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Sports in brief: Former Gator WR Harvin leaves 'crazy reports' in past at Vikings minicamp

NFL

Harvin appears to turn page on 'crazy reports'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Percy Harvin was back on the field Thursday morning, laughing with teammates and participating fully in the last practice of Vikings minicamp. Frustration with the organization he described sternly but vaguely earlier in the week was not apparent by his demeanor. The former Gator's request to be traded, followed by his absence Wednesday afternoon from the mandatory session, was shelved for a while.

"It's a new day today," coach Leslie Frazier said, avoiding talk of his star wide receiver's still-unexplained discontent. "The fact that he was engaged and working to help us win, that's where my focus is."

Harvin declined to be interviewed but tweeted an hour later, "I'm really clueless on the crazy reports." He went on to declare Thursday's practice "great" and told fans he'd see them in Mankato, where the Vikings report to training camp July 26.

Panthers likely to pass on WR: Plaxico Burress said again he would like to sign with the Panthers, but the Charlotte Observer reported the team isn't interested in signing the former Jets, Giants and Steelers receiver.

Soccer

Ronaldo sends Portugal to semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a powerful header in the 79th minute, sending Portugal to the European Championship semifinals with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Warsaw, Poland.

Ronaldo hit the post twice, then headed a cross by Joao Moutinho straight at the ground and up past the hands of Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech. It was Ronaldo's third goal in two games.

U.S.-Mexico friendly set in Mexico City: The United States will face rival Mexico on Aug. 15 in Mexico City, the first exhibition between the teams on Mexican soil in nearly 18 years. The Americans are seeking their first win south of the border since the first match in 1934.

Boxing

Pacquiao wants to win back title

Manny Pacquiao says he wants a rematch with Timothy Bradley after a five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored the Filipino fighter in a video review.

Pacquiao said he would prefer a rematch rather than Bradley giving up the WBO welterweight title that he won on a split decision because "people may think I just usurped it." The WBO can't overturn the result of the fight.

The five judges on the review panel scored the fight in Pacquiao's favor. At the June 9 bout in Las Vegas, judge Jerry Roth had it 115-113 for Pacquiao, and Duane Ford and C.J. Ross had it for Bradley by the same score.

"My supporters shouldn't worry. We're going to get that title," Pacquiao said.

Et cetera

Basketball: Florida's Billy Donovan coached the U.S. team to gold in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, defeating host Brazil 81-56 Wednesday in the finale at Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso. VCU's Shaka Smart and Gonzaga's Mark Few served as assistants.

WNBA: Briann January scored 20 and Katie Douglas added 17 to help host Indiana cruise 95-61 over Connecticut. The Fever set a franchise record with 15 3-pointers.

Tennis: David Ferrer routed Igor Sijsling 6-0, 6-1 to reach the Unicef Open semifinals in Den Bosch, Netherlands. On the women's side, Kim Clijsters beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 7-6 (9-7).

Times wires

Sports in brief: Former Gator WR Harvin leaves 'crazy reports' in past at Vikings minicamp 06/21/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:35pm]
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