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Sports in brief: U.S. players confident Jozy Altidore will be healthy

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U.S. confident Altidore will be healthy for Cup

IRENE, South Africa — Goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Steve Cherundolo are confident forward Jozy Altidore will be healthy for the Americans' World Cup opener against England on June 12.

Altidore, 20, sprained his right ankle in training Wednesday and missed Thursday's practice. X-rays were negative. He was held out of training Friday and could miss today's exhibition game against Australia (8:30 a.m., ESPN2).

"We all hope Jozy will get better. We think he will," Howard said. "We're not losing sleep over it."

Altidore appeared to be walking without a limp.

"Thankfully, with Jozy, it seems to be just mild," Cherundolo said. "I think he'll be okay in a couple of days."

Key injuries: Ivory Coast likely lost star and captain Didier Drogba when he broke his right arm in a 2-0 warmup win over Japan in Sion, Switzerland. … England captain Rio Ferdinand is done after injuring ligaments in his left knee in practice. … Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo is at home in Milan with a calf injury that could force him to sit out.

Et cetera

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao, 31, accepted his third fighter of the year award in New York, while his trainer, Freddie Roach, was honored for the fourth time by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Track: Former Florida standout Kerron Clement won the 400 hurdles at the Diamond League's first visit to Oslo, Norway.

Times wires

Sports in brief: U.S. players confident Jozy Altidore will be healthy 06/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 5, 2010 12:03am]
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