Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Soccer

Ohio-Michigan rivalry set to side in MLS bid

DETROIT — Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert are teaming up to try to bring a Major League Soccer team to downtown Detroit.

MLS said commissioner Don Garber will be in Detroit today for meetings with the potential ownership group. Garber recently said Detroit was a candidate to get a team. Last week, Garber called St. Louis and Sacramento front-runners for expansion, perhaps by 2020.

Gores and Gilbert are both Michigan State graduates.

Europe: Real Madrid, without injured Cristiano Ronaldo, tied host Manchester City 0-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Olympics

Parker not on women's roster

Candace Parker, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, was shocked when learned that she will not be on the U.S. women's basketball roster for the Rio Games. "I was surprised and disappointed," Parker told the Associated Press. "Having gone to last two Olympics, I know what it means to represent the USA. I wish everybody on the team good luck." USA Basketball is expected to announce its Olympic roster today.

Track: Two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold medalist Felix Sanchez, 38, announced his retirement and will not compete in Rio. Sanchez was born in the United States but his parents were Dominican and he ran in the Olympics for the Dominican Republic.

Et cetera

Autos: Stefan Wilson, the younger brother of late IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, will attempt his first Indianapolis 500 this year. Wilson will drive a No. 25 Chevrolet for KV Racing Technology as a teammate to St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais.

Cycling: Caught using a hidden motor at a world championship race, cyclo-cross rider Femke Van Den Driessche of Belgium was banned for six years. The sanction by the International Cycling Union is a first for technological fraud.

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