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Sportshorts for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

BASKETBALL

Bulls’ Rose returns to practice

Team USA is scheduled to board a charter flight Saturday afternoon to Spain, where the FIBA World Cup begins Aug. 30.

By then, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo should have a much better idea of whether Derrick Rose is healthy enough
to join the squad for the tournament.

The Bulls guard said he was “feeling good” after practicing Thursday at the New York Athletic Club, the first time he has participated in full workouts since playing in Saturday’s exhibition at the United Center.

NFL

Foles leads Eagles past Steelers

Nick Foles threw for 179 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles to a 31-21 exhibition victory over the Steelers on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and
LeGarrette Blount both played, 1 day after they were arrested for marijuana possession.

Eagles All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy left the game with a right thumb injury after a 22-yard TD catch gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead. X-rays on McCoy’s thumb were negative, but he didn’t return.

Soldier Field beer 4th-most overpriced

Concessions at most stadiums usually carry a high markup, but according to Forbes, Soldier Field’s beer is expensive even by those standards.

The financial magazine ranked the Bears’ brew the fourth-most overpriced alcoholic beverage among NFL teams, after the Lions, Seahawks, and Raiders.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

More allegations against Mizzou RB

Two more former University of Missouri students have gone public with assault allegations against ex-running back Derrick Washington, including a women’s soccer player who said her coach suggested she could lose her scholarship if she pursued her complaint that Washington punched her in a 2010 bar fight.

The second woman accuses Washington of raping her in a dorm room as a sophomore in 2008. Local prosecutors in that case declined to file criminal charges, despite a request to do so by campus police. Washington instead agreed to not contact the woman and to complete a rape awareness class under
a deferred prosecution agreement.

SOCCER
Goalie Howard to take year off
U.S national team goalkeeper Tim Howard says he will take a year off from international duty in order to spend more time with his family.

Howard, who will continue to play in England’s Premier League with Everton, has been capped 104 times by the U.S. and was the starting goalkeeper in the last two World Cups.

Howard, 35, said he had told U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann that he would not be available for national team selection until September 2015, meaning he would miss next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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