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Sports in brief: FC Tampa Bay game postponed

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FC tampa bay game postponed

FC Tampa Bay's match at Puerto Rico on Saturday was postponed until Sept. 21 because of the anticipated arrival of Tropical Storm Maria on the island.

The change shortens the club's four-game road swing and means Tampa Bay won't play again until Sept. 17. That home game will now begin a string of three games in eight days to end the regular season.

Tropical Storm Maria is forecasted to reach Puerto Rico on Saturday night with 40 mph winds.

Tampa Bay was scheduled to fly from Minnesota to Puerto Rico today but will instead return to Tampa.

The club clinched a postseason berth Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Minnesota, but it can't get any higher than a No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Puerto Rico clinched the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye with a 1-1 draw with Montreal on Wednesday.

More soccer

Colombia names Alvarez new coach

Leonel Alvarez was named Colombia's national team coach. Hernan Dario Gomez resigned last month after striking a woman in a Bogota bar.

Colombia opens its qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup on Oct. 11 against Bolivia.

"We are going to put all our effort toward the objective of returning to the World Cup," Alvarez said. "Believe me, it is an immense honor, a great pleasure."

Colombia has not played in the World Cup since 1998 in France.

Stadium opens: Juventus opened its new stadium with a friendly against Notts County, the English club that provided its white-and-black jerseys more than 100 years ago. The 40,200-seat facility, which cost $168 million, is on the outskirts of Turin, Italy.

Pro basketball

NBA owners, players meet, plan more talks

NBA owners and players met for a second consecutive day and plan to have larger groups attend a session Tuesday, with negotiations at what commissioner David Stern says is "getting to be an important time." Both will update their members on the state of the talks next Thursday, not long before a decision would have to be made if changes in the NBA calendar are needed.

More nba: A task force established by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recommended a rough plan Thursday to raise $400 million to build a downtown arena, a key step in the city's efforts to keep the Kings. The Think Big Sacramento committee proposed combining user fees with public money and private investment. … Darquan Lynneral Swift, 20, was sentenced to 97 years in prison for shooting and critically injuring Grizzlies guard Antonio Burks during a dice game behind a vacant complex in Memphis in 2009. Burks testified that Swift shot him in the stomach and then tried to shoot him in the head but the gun jammed. Another man was injured, and several others were robbed.

Et cetera

Track: Yohan Blake ran a personal-best 9.82 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Weltklasse meet in Zurich. The Jamaican, 21, won the event at the world championships last month after training partner Usain Bolt was disqualified. Asafa Powell of Jamaica was second in 9.95, and former FSU standout Walter Dix was third in 10.04. Grenada's Kirani James won the 400 in a personal-best 44.36 to repeat his world championships victory over Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt of the United States. American Jennifer Suhr won the pole vault at 15-5¾.

Boxing: Vitali Klitschko will fight only two or three more bouts before retirement, the WBC heavyweight champion's trainer said. Fritz Sdunek told Die Welt newspaper that the 40-year-old boxer "is not getting any younger and his political activity in Ukraine requires a lot of time and energy."

Olympics: Leo Rautins stepped down as coach of the Canadian men's national basketball team after it was eliminated from qualifying for the 2012 Olympics. Canada last qualified for the Olympics in 2000.

Horses: Saturday's $342,875 Cane Pace, the first jewel in harness racing's Pacing Triple Crown, has been moved to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., because of flooding in the Tioga Downs area in Nichols, N.Y.

Times staff writer Eduardo A. Encina; Times wires

Sports in brief: FC Tampa Bay game postponed 09/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 1:00am]
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