Nets lose Lopez again

Nets center Brook Lopez has a sprained right ankle and will miss three weeks. Lopez was injured in the third quarter of the Nets' 104-101 win over Charlotte on Sunday. The oft-injured Lopez has played in only five games this season, averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 27.2 minutes. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

SOCCERJapan beats Americans

Japan beat the U.S. women's soccer team, just like last summer. And this time, the Japanese didn't need penalty kicks. Megumi Takase scored on a 6-yard header off Aya Miyama's corner kick in the 84th minute to give the world champions a 1-0 victory Monday in Faro, Portugal, in a rematch of last year's World Cup championship game. The Japanese became the first team in more than three years to hold the Americans scoreless and advanced to a matchup against Germany in the Algarve Cup final. The Americans, who had been seeking their third straight title and ninth overall in the annual tournament, finished second in Group B with a 2-1 record and will play Sweden in the third-place game Wednesday.


More abuse case accusers

Nine more men are accusing a now-dead Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager of sexual abuse, including assaults at Fenway Park and Memorial Stadium, former home of the Baltimore Orioles. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said 11 men have now come forward to him to claim abuse by Donald Fitzpatrick between the 1960s and early 1990s.

HORSE RACINGDerby hopeful ruled out

Kentucky Derby hopeful Out of Bounds won't make the race because of a leg injury that will require surgery. Out of Bounds won the Sham Stakes on Jan. 7 at Santa Anita and was scheduled to run in the San Felipe Stakes on Saturday. Trainer Eoin Harty said that about 20 minutes into the colt's cooling- out period from a workout he noticed something was wrong. -- AP

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