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FOOT­BALL Cow­boys LB ar­rested

Dal­las Cow­boys line­backer Damien Wil­son has been ar­rested on two counts of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a deadly weapon, po­lice said. Frisco po­lice said Wil­son was ar­rested Tues­day out­side of Toy­ota Sta­dium dur­ing the city’s Fourth of July cel­e­bra­tion. Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s FC Dal­las played Tues­day night at the sta­dium in Frisco, a sub­urb north of Dal­las that’s also home to the Cow­boys’ prac­tice fa­cil­ity. Dur­ing a dis­pute with some tail­gaters at the soc­cer game, Wil­son in­ten­tion­ally backed his truck into a wo­man while park­ing, then threat­ened a man by bran­dish­ing a ri­fle, po­lice records show. Po­lice said Wil­son was re­leased from jail af­ter post­ing $20,000 bond. They said the case re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Wil­son is en­ter­ing his third sea­son with the Cow­boys. Team spokesman Scott Agul­nek said the Cow­boys were gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion and didn’t have im­me­di­ate com­ment. Wil­son is the sec­ond Dal­las de­fender to be ar­rested this off­sea­son. Corner­back Nolan Car­roll, a free-agent pickup from Philadel­phia, was charged with drunken driv­ing in Dal­las in May. The Cow­boys also have two sus­pended starters in de­fen­sive ends David Irv­ing and Randy Gre­gory. Car­roll and Wil­son could face sus­pen­sions even with­out con­vic­tions for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s per­sonal con­duct pol­icy.

BASE­BALL Fran­cona still hos­pi­tal­ized

Cleve­land In­di­ans Man­ager Terry Fran­cona re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized Wed­nes­day and missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game. Fran­cona, 58, has been at the Cleve­land Clinic since Tues­day. Doc­tors are run­ning tests to de­ter­mine what’s been mak­ing him feel light-headed. This is Fran­cona’s third hos­pi­tal stay in the past month. It’s not clear when he will be dis­charged. Fran­cona is sched­uled to man­age the Amer­i­can League team at the All-Star Game next week in Mi­ami. Fran­cona has been wear­ing a heart mon­i­tor to help doc­tors bet­ter eval­u­ate him. He left Cleve­land’s game early on June 26 af­ter feel­ing dizzy and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a rapid heart rate. He had sim­i­lar symp­toms on June 13. While Fran­cona is out, bench coach Brad Mills is han­dling man­age­rial du­ties.

Fowler blames self for in­jury

The New York Yan­kees’ Dustin Fowler had a lot of feel­ings af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­son-end­ing in­jury in his ma­jor league de­but, but want­ing some­thing to blame wasn’t one of them. The 22-year-old out­fielder spoke with re­porters at Yan­kee Sta­dium be­fore Wed­nes­day’s game for his first news con­fer­ence since hav­ing surgery to re­pair the patel­lar ten­don he rup­tured dur­ing a col­li­sion with a metal box along the right foul line at Chicago’s Guar­an­teed Rate Field. He needed a pair of crutches to make his way across the hall­way from the Yan­kees club­house to the in­ter­view room. His in­jured leg was en­cased in a de­vice that keeps his knee from bend­ing. Fowler at­trib­uted the in­jury to his style of play. “I’m al­ways a guy that’s go­ing to try and do ev­ery­thing I can to make the play. Got to it too ag­gres­sively,” he said. “I don’t re­ally re­gret any­thing. I think I would give the same ef­fort if I did it all over again.”

Dual cham­pi­onship win­ner dies

Gene Con­ley, one of the only play­ers in his­tory to win cham­pi­onships in two ma­jor pro­fes­sional sports, has died. He was 86. The Bos­ton Red Sox, for whom Con­ley played for from 1961-63, said he died Tues­day. Con­ley helped pitch the Mil­wau­kee Braves to a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship in 1957 and won three NBA ti­tles with the Celtics. Otto Gra­ham won cham­pi­onships in the NFL and the NBL, a pre­cur­sor to the NBA. Con­ley was a right-han­der and three-time All-Star who spent 11 years in base­ball with four teams. He was se­lected by the Celtics in the 1952 draft and, af­ter spend­ing most of the next six years play­ing only base­ball, he re­turned to the NBA in 1958 and won three con­sec­u­tive ti­tles.

BAS­KET­BALL

Van Gundy to lead U.S. men

For­mer NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead the U.S. men’s bas­ket­ball team through the early stages of qual­i­fy­ing for the 2019 Bas­ket­ball World Cup. He will guide a team made up of mostly NBA G-League play­ers in this sum­mer’s FIBA Amer­iCup 2017 tour­na­ment and in qual­i­fy­ing games be­tween Novem­ber and Septem­ber 2018. USA Bas­ket­ball an­nounced Van Gundy’s ap­point­ment Wed­nes­day. San An­to­nio’s Gregg Popovich will coach the Amer­i­cans in the World Cup and the 2020 Olympics, should they qual­ify. But nei­ther he nor NBA play­ers can take part through­out the qual­i­fy­ing stages, be­cause some will fall dur­ing the NBA sea­son un­der FIBA’s new com­pe­ti­tion sched­ule. The World Cup in China will then serve as the qual­i­fier for the Tokyo Olympics. Van Gundy went 430-318 as coach of the New York Knicks and Hous­ton Rock­ets, lead­ing the Knicks to the 1999 NBA Fi­nals.

Jef­fer­son re­turn­ing to Cavs

Richard Jef­fer­son isn’t mess­ing with any re­tire­ment talk this sum­mer. Af­ter say­ing he would stop play­ing af­ter the Cava­liers won the NBA ti­tle in 2016 and chang­ing his mind, Jef­fer­son said Wed­nes­day that he will be back with Cleve­land next sea­son — his 17th as a pro. The 37-year-old an­nounced his plans on an episode of his “Road Trip­pin’” pod­cast. Jef­fer­son, who had con­tem­plated quit­ting, has one guar­an­teed sea­son left on his con­tract worth $2.5 mil­lion. He av­er­aged 5.7 points and 2.6 re­bounds in 79 games for the Cavs, serv­ing mostly as a backup for Le­Bron James. He pro­vided Cleve­land with a big lift off the bench dur­ing the NBA Fi­nals, when he was asked to guard Golden State’s Kevin Du­rant and was per­haps the Cavs’ most pro­duc­tive re­serve. Jef­fer­son’s re­turn is the lat­est news in what has been an in­ter­est­ing off­sea­son for the Cavs.

SOC­CER

Saief out of Gold Cup

Mid­fielder Kenny Saief will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup be­cause of a groin in­jury and will be re­placed by Chris Pon­tius on the U.S. ros­ter. A 23-year-old mid­fielder with Gent in Bel­gium, Saief made his U.S. de­but in Satur­day’s 2-1 ex­hi­bi­tion vic­tory over Ghana, en­ter­ing in the 71st minute. He made two ap­pear­ances for Is­rael, then was given per­mis­sion by FIFA to switch af­fil­i­a­tion to the U.S. Saief was train­ing with the Amer­i­cans on Mon­day in Nashville, Tenn., ahead of Satur­day’s opener against Panama. The U.S. Soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion said Wed­nes­day that Saief’s in­jury oc­curred dur­ing the Euro­pean sea­son and got worse. He was sched­uled to re­turn to Bel­gium later Wed­nes­day. Pon­tius, who plays for Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s Philadel­phia Union, made his first two U.S. ap­pear­ances last win­ter against Ser­bia and Ja­maica.

GOLF

Bri­tish Open to pay U.S. $

The Bri­tish Open is pay­ing its prize money this year in Amer­i­can dol­lars. Golf’s old­est cham­pi­onship an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the to­tal purse will be $10,250,000, with $1.845 mil­lion go­ing to the win­ner. The Bri­tish Open is July 20-23 at Royal Birk­dale along the Lan­cashire coast in Eng­land. R&A chief Martin Slum­bers said the Open will not be us­ing the Bri­tish ster­ling this year be­cause of what he called an in­creas­ingly global mar­ketplace. He said the prize fund is in U.S. dol­lars be­cause it is the most widely adopted cur­rency for prize money in golf. Hen­rik Sten­son earned 1,175,000 pounds last year, which equaled $1,549,590. The value of the pound be­gan fall­ing af­ter Bri­tain voted last year to leave the Euro­pean Union.

Trump irons in auc­tion

A set of irons used by Don­ald Trump be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent is be­ing auc­tioned off. Bos­ton-based RR Auc­tion said Trump used the Tay­lor­Made RAC TP ForgedIrons golf clubs at the Trump Na­tional Golf Club in Bed­min­ster, N.J. Each of the irons has “D. Trump” en­graved on its head. The auc­tion house says Trump gifted the set to An­drew Lom­bardo, who cad­died for Trump from 2004 to 2008. Lom­bardo says Trump used the clubs in rounds played at Bed­min­ster with a va­ri­ety of celebri­ties, busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives and pro golfers. The clubs have a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $30,000. Bid­ding opened June 26 and con­cludes July 12.

OLYMPICS

Brazil seeks fi­nan­cial help

Al­most a year af­ter the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Brazil­ian or­ga­niz­ers are ask­ing for help from the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to sat­isfy cred­i­tors who are still owed about $40 mil­lion. A spokesman for the Rio or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee said of­fi­cials will meet next week at IOC of­fices in Switzer­land. Rio spokesman Mario An­drada said the IOC “might help us in the di­a­logue to get the govern­ment to pay.” How­ever, the IOC was cau­tious in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day to The As­so­ci­ated Press, say­ing it needs “re­li­able and un­der­stand­able in­for­ma­tion from those in charge, some­thing which re­gret­tably at the present time we do not have.” Con­trac­tu­ally, host cities and coun­tries are ob­li­gated to pay Olympic debts. The Rio Olympics were bat­tered by or­ga­ni­za­tional prob­lems and vari­able at­ten­dances, while the coun­try faced a se­ries of cor­rup­tion scan­dals and the worst re­ces­sion in decades.

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