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Van Dyken Rouen suffers a severed spinal cord

Amy Van Dyken Rouen, a winner of six Olympic gold medals, suffered a severed spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident Friday in Show Low, Ariz.

Van Dyken Rouen, 41, told emergency workers she could not move her toes or feel anything touching her legs. She was airlifted to a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital and had surgery to stabilize her spine.

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A hospital spokeswoman said Van Dyken Rouen, the wife of former Denver Broncos punter Tom Rouen, was listed in good condition Monday.

A letter from the Van Dyken and Rouen families said she severed her spinal cord at the T11 vertebrae and that the broken vertebrae came within millimeters of rupturing her aorta.

A report by Show Low police said the ATV that Van Dyken Rouen was driving hit a curb in a restaurant parking lot and sent her over a dropoff of between 5 and 7 feet. She reportedly was not wearing a helmet.

Wielgus issues an apology

More than four years after saying he had no reason to be sorry, USA Swimming chief Chuck Wielgus apologized to victims of sexual abuse for the first time.

Wielgus has resisted repeated calls to step down as executive director and pointed to enhanced steps to protect athletes as proof he was serious about eradicating sexual predators from the program.

But recently he was virtually forced to withdraw from the International Swimming Hall of Fame induction class and now acknowledges he should have done more.

Wielgus wrote a post on the organization’s website that began: “I’m sorry.”

The apology referenced a much-criticized 2010 television interview in which a defiant Wielgus said he had done nothing wrong in the handling of dozens of sexual-abuse cases under his leadership.

“These are powerful words some people have wanted to hear from me for a long time,” he wrote. “And so today, four long years later, I can truthfully say how sorry I am to the victims of sexual abuse.”

Wielgus added: “Going back in time, I wish I knew long before 2010 what I know today. I wish my eyes had been more open to the individual stories of the horrors of sexual abuse. I wish I had known more so perhaps I could have done more. I cannot undo the past. I’m sorry, so very sorry.”


U.S. team arrives in Brazil

The 4,080-mile overnight flight from Miami to Sao Paulo, Brazil, was relatively easy for the U.S. World Cup team.

A 4-mile bus ride from its base hotel through Sao Paulo’s perpetually congested streets to the U.S. team’s training camp was another matter. It took 45 minutes in late-afternoon traffic as a subway strike in its fifth day tightened bottlenecks.

The Americans play their first World Cup match on Monday against Ghana.

In an exhibition in Miami Gardens, Fla., Jordan Ayew scored three goals as Ghana routed South Korea 4-0.

Meanwhile, Mexico’s World Cup team had to use taxis to get to training after its bus failed to start.

College baseball

TCU, Virginia, Ole Miss win

Kyle Bacak executed a suicide-squeeze bunt to send home the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning and Texas Christian beat visiting Pepperdine 6-5 to advance to the College World Series.

Teams winning best-of-three super regionals go to the eight-team CWS in Omaha, Neb.

TCU triumphed in a decisive third game.

In other super-regional Game 3s Monday, host Virginia beat Maryland 11-2 and Mississippi won 10-4 at Louisiana-Lafayette. Ole Miss, which eliminated Washington at the regional level June 2, ended a 42-year CWS drought.

Vanderbilt, Louisville, UC Irvine, Texas and Texas Tech clinched their CWS berths over the weekend.

Arizona State coach resigns

Arizona State coach Tim Esmay has resigned after five seasons.

He had a 201-94-1 record with the Sun Devils, who were 33-24 this year.


• West Virginia basketball guard Eron Harris, who averaged 17.2 points as a sophomore last season, is transferring to Michigan State. After sitting out a year, Harris will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Harris picked Michigan State over Michigan, Wisconsin, Purdue and UCLA.

• Second-year player Manti Te’o is back practicing with the NFL San Diego Chargers instead of working on a side field.

“It’s way better than running gassers, that’s for sure,” the inside linebacker from Notre Dame said as the Chargers started their third and final week of organized team activities, which are practices in shorts, jerseys and helmets.

Te’o previously had been working on a side field with other players recovering from injuries. He had surgery on his right foot in late January.

“I’m very confident coming into the offseason and today was a great day to be out with the guys,” he said.

• British cyclist Chris Froome of the Sky team has won the first two stages of the eight-stage Criterium du Dauphine in France.

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