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Closing arguments in Rose trial

LOS ANGELES — Closing arguments were underway Tuesday in the trial of a lawsuit alleging NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends raped an incapacitated woman.

When the case goes to the jury, the panel will have to determine whether the woman agreed to sex or was too incapacitated to do so. Rose and two friends say the woman seemed sober and she willingly participated in sex and initiated acts earlier in the night.

All-Star Game: Commissioner Adam Silver said returning the All-Star Game to Charlotte in 2019 is "a high priority," provided there's a resolution to a North Carolina law that restricts the rights of LGBT people. The NBA recently decided to move the 2017 All-Star Game to New Orleans because it didn't believe it could successfully host the event in Charlotte under the climate created by the law known as House Bill 2. Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game in 2018.


Five picked for Hall of Fame

Ian Woosnam, Davis Love III, Meg Mallon and Lorena Ochoa were selected for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine. Also selected was Henry Longhurst, a London Sunday Times columnist and commentator for the BBC. The induction is Sept. 26 in New York. The inductees were chosen by a 16-member commission.

Et cetera

Soccer: Leicester City beat visiting Copenhagen 1-0, leaving the defending English champion needing only one win from its final three games to make the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League after Riyad Mahrez's first-half goal. Also, visiting Tottenham drew 0-0 at Bayer Leverkusen and five players scored for Real Madrid in a 5-1 win over visiting Legia Warsaw.

Tennis: Svetlana Kuznetsova and Carla Suarez Navarro, playing at this week's Kremlin Cup, and Johanna Konta are jockeying for the last spot in the WTA Finals, vacated when Serena Williams withdrew with a right shoulder injury.

Doping: Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov was stripped of his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics after testing positive for the steroids turinabol and drostanolone.

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