Texans’ Clowney has surgery
Jadeveon Clowney, the first player drafted this year, is recovering from sports-hernia surgery.
Houston outside linebacker Clowney played defensive end in his college career at South Carolina. He had been struggling with a groin issue and had the surgery Thursday, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said.
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O’Brien said he expects Clowney to be ready for training camp, which begins in late July.
“ We looked at it as, let’s take care of it now and he will be ready to go for training camp,” O’Brien said.
The Texans have their mandatory minicamp next week, and all eyes are on standout receiver Andre Johnson and if he will actually skip the practices after saying he would last month. Johnson, 32, hasn’t attended any of Houston’s voluntary workouts this offseason after saying, “I just kind of wonder sometimes, ‘Is this still the place for me?’ ”
Kansas City releases Flowers
Kansas City released cornerback Brandon Flowers, 28, a Pro Bowl performer who was absent from three weeks of voluntary workouts.
The move will save the Chiefs about $7.25 million in salary-cap money this season.
Lions cut cornerback Houston
The Detroit Lions cut cornerback Chris Houston one year into his $25 million, five-year contract.
“Chris Houston underwent a significant medical procedure (foot surgery) this spring,” Lions officials said in a statement. “Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time was to release Chris and allow him to rehabilitate away from the club.”
Toe and foot injuries limited Houston, 29, to 12 games last season.
Beason suffers foot injuries
Middle linebacker Jon Beason of the New York Giants has a broken bone and torn ligament in his right foot and is expected to miss most of training camp.
Beason, 29, was injured while changing directions as he was defending a pass play Thursday.
“It’s not season-ending, so I’m happy about that,” he said.
Farmers to stick with Kahne
Farmers Insurance will keep sponsoring driver Kasey Kahne’s Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for an additional three years, through 2017.
Farmers has been a sponsor with Kahne, who is from Enumclaw, since he joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2011. Kahne is 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings.
Harvick earns pole in Michigan
Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400, a Sprint Cup event at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Harvick set a track record by qualifying at 204.557 mph.
Season points leader Jeff Gordon was second at 203.776 mph. Kahne qualified in 13th, and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., qualified in 18th.
USOC has 4 possible ’24 bid cities
A bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics would come from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington, D.C., if the U.S. Olympic Committee decides to put a city in the running.
A process that began 16 months ago when the USOC sent letters to leaders in 35 cities is at four finalists after Dallas and San Diego were scratched from the list. The site of the 2024 Games will be decided in 2017.
Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Games. Boston, San Francisco and Washington would be first-time hosts.
Meanwhile, Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone signed on as a top-tier global Olympic sponsor in a 10-year deal that will cover the 2020 Tokyo Games and provide further long-term financial security to the International Olympic Committee.
Bridgestone reportedly will pay $344 million to become a worldwide sponsor from the 2016 Olympics through the 2024 Games.
Van Dyken-Rouen is paralyzed
Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a winner of six gold medals in swimming, remains paralyzed a week after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident June 6 in the Show Low, Ariz., area. Doctors said they are not certain whether the paralysis will be permanent.
Van Dyken-Rouen, 41, is listed in good condition at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital.
“I just heard a rumor that I’m not paralyzed anymore,” she wrote on Twitter. “Sorry 2 say, it is NOT true. Please don’t listen to misinformation.”
• Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who admits to a dislike of competing on grass tennis courts, is one victory from her first final on the surface.
Top-seeded Ivanovic, who is from Serbia, beat sixth-seeded Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England.
Ivanovic has described playing on grass as “like being stuck to the ground all of a sudden,” but there was little wrong with her movement against Koukalova.
• Roger Federer of Switzerland advanced to the semifinals of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, when Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan pulled out of their quarterfinal match because of back problems.
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