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injured green dropped from U.s. exhibitions

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Tampa native Julian Green will miss the United States' exhibition games against Ecuador and Honduras because of a rib injury. The 19-year-old midfielder trained with the Americans in Boston on Tuesday and Wednesday, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Green will return to Hamburg to recover from the injury, sustained Sept. 20 playing for Hamburg against Bayern Munich in a German Bundesliga match. Green was born at MacDill Air Force base to an American father and a German mother, and was raised in Germany. The Americans play Ecuador tonight in East Hartford, Conn., in Landon Donovan's final international match, and they face Honduras on Tuesday in Boca Raton.

EUROPE: Spain's eight-year unbeaten run in qualifying matches ended in a 2-1 defeat at Slovakia in the European Championship. It was Spain's first qualifying loss for Europe and the World Cup since 2006.


Djokovic, Federer advance in China

Novak Djokovic rallied to defeat No. 85-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. Roger Federer advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut. Rafael Nadal, who lost Wednesday to Feliciano Lopez, will stay on antibiotics for appendicitis for at least five more days.


NBA: Thunder rookie F Mitch McGary has a broken bone in his left foot and is expected to miss about six weeks. McGary fractured a metatarsal Wednesday in a game at Denver. ... The Grizzlies waived F Michael Beasley, who signed with the team last month. Beasley will sign with the Shanghai team owned by former Rockets C Yao Ming, reported. ... Sixers coach Brett Brown said G Michael Carter-Williams "is a few weeks away'' from any court action, reported. Carter-Williams had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder in May and has not participated in contact basketball in six months.

BOXING: Tampa's Christina Swanson(3-1-1, 2 KO's) will fight for the vacant World Boxing Union Junior Welterweight world title against Atlanta's Karie Contreras (4-0, 3 KO's) on Oct. 17 at the USF Sun Dome Corral.

Times wires