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Seau's daughter to speak

Officials from the Pro Football Hall of Fame have reversed course and will now allow the daughter of the late Junior Seau to speak live at the former linebacker's Hall of Fame induction Saturday. The existing policy of having presenters speak only in a video tribute for inductees, including deceased former players or league executives, has been amended to allow Sydney Seau to speak about her father, an All-Pro linebacker for the Chargers, Dolphins and Patriots, at the ceremony. Seau committed suicide in 2012 at age 43. The Seau family has sued the NFL, claiming the league did not properly warn Seau of the dangers of head trauma.


Nadal romps in Hamburg

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 yesterday to set up a Hamburg (Germany) Open final against Fabio Fognini, who beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3). Nadal, the former No. 1, has dropped to 10th in the rankings and is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon . . . Two-time defending champion John Isner rallied to reach his 19th ATP Tour final, beating friend Denis Kudla 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the Atlanta Open semifinals.


USOC launches search

U.S. Olympic leaders have started contacting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington about the possibility of bidding for the 2024 Games and believe the demise of Boston's candidacy will be "ancient history" by the time the host city is selected in 2017. U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst said yesterday a decision will be made by the end of August on which of three cities should replace Boston as the American contender in a race that already features four European cities.


Texas Red takes Jim Dandy

Texas Red took the lead from Japan with an eighth of a mile left and held off Frosted to win the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by a half-length at Saratoga Race Course. -- AP

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