Monday, February 19, 2018
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Sports in brief: Longtime Rowdie Perry Van Der Beck resigns from post

Soccer

Rowdies' Van Der Beck resigns

Perry Van Der Beck has resigned as the Tampa Bay Rowdies' assistant general manager and vice president of community relations. Van Der Beck was an original member of the Rowdies' initial iteration, in the old NASL, after the club drafted him out of high school in 1978. He made the announcement in a recent email to friends and colleagues.

"My decision to step aside from the Rowdies was one of the most difficult I have ever made in my soccer life and it was done with very serious consideration," Van Der Beck wrote. "I have been associated with the club through numerous owners and over 38 years; while I may no longer be in the Rowdies' front office — my heart will never leave the Rowdies."

Van Der Beck, 56, a native of Florissant, Mo., was also involved in various roles with Tampa's former Major League Soccer team, the Mutiny, which folded in 2001. He did not return a call from the Times on Saturday seeking comment.

England: Leicester City captain Wes Morgan collected the Premier League trophy after a 3-1 victory over visiting Everton. The preseason 5,000-1 title longshots clinched their first league title Monday. "It's the best time of my life," said Morgan, who joined Leicester as a second-tier club four years ago. "You just want to enjoy every minute."

Germany: Robert Lewandowski, the Bundesliga's top scorer, scored twice for Bayern Munich to clinch an unprecedented fourth successive title with a 2-1 win at Ingolstadt.

Player death: Prosecutors are investigating the sudden death of Dinamo Bucharest and Cameroon midfielder Patrick Ekeng after he collapsed on Friday during a match in the Romanian capital. He was 26.

Tennis

Murray tops Nadal, faces Djokovic for title

Continuing to impress on clay ahead of the French Open, Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 to reach his second straight Madrid Open final. Murray, who saved 11 break points to win a rematch of last year's final, will play the decider against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated No. 6 Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the other semifinal. Djokovic has won 11 of 12 meetings against Murray since 2014 including all four on clay. Murray needs to successfully defend his title today to avoid losing the No. 2 ranking, which he has held since November, to Roger Federer. On the women's side, No. 6 seed Simona Halep won the championship, defeating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-4.

Hockey

U.S. team bounces back, tops Belarus

Auston Matthews scored his first two goals for the United States in a rough-and-tumble 6-3 win over Belarus in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the world championships. Coming off Friday's 5-1 loss to Canada in the opener, the Americans led 5-1 at one point. In addition to the two goals from Matthews, 18, who is widely predicted to be the No. 1 NHL draft pick, three more U.S. goals were scored by players 20 or younger. The Americans registered nine minor penalties and Belarusian defenseman Ilya Shinkevich was ejected for a head butt on Jordan Schroeder.

ET CETERA

Man arrested in death of MMA fighter: Nearly a week after Jordan Parsons was left for dead on a Delray Beach road, the hit-and-run driver who struck the 25-year-old mixed martial arts fighter was arrested, police said. Dennis Wright, 28, of Boca Raton, is charged with leaving the scene of a crash causing death, driving while his license was suspended and tampering with evidence, the Sun Sentinel reported. Parsons was struck at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday and died of his injuries Wednesday.

NFL: Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake, 34, signed a two-year extension worth $10 million guaranteed, the Miami Herald reported.

Cycling: Tom Dumoulin kept the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia as Marcel Kittel sprinted to victory in the 118-mile second stage from Arnhem to Nijmegen, Netherlands. After today's stage and a rest day, the tour will resume in Italy.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer; Times wires

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