Seferian-Jenkins signs deal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed second-round draft pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a four-year contract.
The tight end out of Washington was the 38th overall selection after winning last season’s John Mackey Award, presented annually to the nation’s top college tight end.
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Seferian-Jenkins finished his college career with 146 receptions for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns — all Washington records for a tight end.
Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin’s NFL career is over after a neck injury he suffered last November. Coach Mike McCarthy made the announcement after practice, saying he had “unfortunate news” about Franklin, who joined the team as a fourth-round pick out of UCLA last year and was injured on a kickoff return against Minnesota Nov. 24.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released veteran defensive end Jason Babin, parting ways with the 34-year-old pass-rusher for the second time in three months.
Alex Morgan scored the second of her two second-half goals in the 85th minute to give the United States a 2-2 tie with France in an exhibition game in East Hartford, Conn.
The U.S. star, coming off a seven-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her left ankle, has 46 goals in 72 games for the national team. She returned to play Saturday night in the Americans’ 1-0 victory over France in Tampa, Fla.
The United States is 7-2-3 this year.
Orlando City is set to enter Major League Soccer with a major international star on its roster. Orlando City is set to sign Brazilian midfielder Kaka as its first designated player, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The 2007 world player of the year has long been linked to the Lions because of his ties to Orlando City’s Brazilian owner Flavio Augusto da Silva. The club will loan Kaka to his home club São Paulo for the remainder of the year before it begins play in MLS in 2015.
Mississippi stays alive
Will Allen drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Mississippi relievers held Texas Christian without a hit after Kevin Cron’s homer in the fifth, and the Rebels stayed alive in the College World Series with a 6-4 victory.
Ole Miss (48-20) will play Virginia on Friday night. The Rebels would need to beat the Cavaliers (51-14) on Friday and again Saturday to reach next week’s best-of-three championship series.
It was the most runs allowed by TCU (48-18) in 16 games.
Allen, who was 0 for 8 in the CWS when he came to bat in the third inning, went 3 for 5 with three runs batted in.
Sparks snap losing skid
Candace Parker scored 24 points and the host Los Angeles Sparks snapped a four-game losing streak with an 87-77 win over the Tulsa Shock.
Alana Beard scored 20 points and Jantel Lavender had 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Sparks (4-7) avoided their worst start since 2010.
Glory Johnson had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Skylar Diggins added 16 points for Tulsa (4-6), which saw its four-game winning streak end.
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark held off a strong challenge from Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-2 in the Aegon International quarterfinals in Eastbourne, England.
Meanwhile, 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova withdrew with a right hamstring injury but expects to play in Wimbledon next week.
Nicolas Almagro of Spain has withdrawn from Wimbledon because of a left foot injury.
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• A federal judge in Washington, D.C., refused to dismiss the government’s lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques.
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• Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine will defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts against undefeated Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria in Hamburg, Germany, on Sept. 9.
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