ECKERD BASEBALL COACH MOVING ON
ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd baseball coach Bill Mathews will step down at the end of his 24th season to take on a larger role in the school's athletic administration. Mathews has won a school-record 477 games. He will remain on the teaching staff as an assistant professor. The school said it will conduct a search in the spring to find his successor.
LAWSUIT: Seton Hill lacrosse players Siiri Mason and Abigail Shaughness, injured in a team bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that killed pregnant coach Kristina Quigley, sued the bus company, Mlaker Transportation Inc.
Beckham: MLS team coming to Miami
David Beckham exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, and the deal with the former England captain will be finalized when he can secure a financing plan and stadium location. "This is an exciting time and something we're really looking forward to bringing to Miami," Beckham said at a news conference Wednesday with MLS commissioner Don Garber and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Miami's last pro soccer team, the Fusion, disbanded in 2001 after four seasons in MLS.
U.S. WOMEN: The national team will play Japan, Sweden and Denmark in Group B of the Algarve Cup in Portugal next month.
WORLD CUP: The city of Curitiba is expected to remain in the tournament despite stadium construction delays, according to Brazil sports minister Aldo Rebelo.
FRANCE: Lyon beat second-division Troyes 2-1 in the French League Cup semifinals to line up Paris Saint-Germain.
ITALY: Roma beat Napoli 3-2 in the first leg of their Italian Cup semifinal thanks to a double from Ivory Coast forward Gervinho.
SPAIN: Real Madrid spoiled crosstown rival Atletico Madrid's short honeymoon as Spanish leader by winning a bad-tempered Copa del Rey semifinal first leg 3-0.
Defending champ in Zagreb quarterfinals
Defending champion and fifth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia was first through to the Zagreb Indoors quarterfinals by beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-4, 7-5. Cilic improved to 16-1 in his past five attempts here, winning titles in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Royal Guard Open: Second-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain was knocked out in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Vina Del Mar, Chile, falling for the second time to Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Ex-Tour champ says kids were bullied
Former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins has had to find a new school for his children after what he described as harassment and bullying following the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. Wiggins told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper that he moved his children, Ben and Isabella, to another school last year because they were repeatedly asked whether their father had used drugs like Armstrong.
DUBAI TOUR: Taylor Phinney of the United States won the opening time trial of the inaugural race, a four-stage race organized by the same group that puts on the Giro d'Italia.
AUTOS: Morgan Shepherd, 72, will attempt to become the oldest driver in the Daytona 500 when he tries to qualify this month.
GOLF: The World Match Play Championship is returning to England for its 50th anniversary this year. Organizers said it will be hosted Oct. 15-19 by the London Golf Club at Ash in the southeast county of Kent.
Times staff, wires