Vancouver’s DeMerit retires

Center back Jay DeMerit, the first player signed by the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and the Major League Soccer team’s first captain, has decided to retire.

DeMerit, 34, is a former U.S. national-team player who started four matches in the 2010 World Cup.

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“About six weeks ago, when I tore the new tendon in my ankle, I knew I was up against it,” DeMerit said. “This is something when it makes sense, when it’s right, it’s not sad. It’s not something that I’m going to regret.”

DeMerit will continue to work with the Whitecaps as an ambassador.

Rapids rout Chivas USA

Nick LaBrocca, Drew Moor and Gabriel Torres scored as host Colorado beat Chivas USA 3-0 in Friday’s only MLS match. Colorado won for the first time since June 28.

Maradona rips Argentina

Diego Maradona has criticized Argentina for its second-place finish to Germany in the World Cup this month, saying the team “did not play at all.”

Maradona was a standout for Argentina when it won the 1986 World Cup and coached its national team four years ago in South Africa. He said this year’s team, led by Lionel Messi, should have been winning matches by three goals each time.

Drogba returns to Chelsea

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba, 36, has rejoined Chelsea of the English Premier League.

Drogba was a free agent after stints with Shanghai Shenhua of China and Galatasaray of Turkey.

With the last kick in his most recent match with Chelsea in May 2012, Drogba secured the UEFA Champions League title, scoring the decisive penalty in a shootout against Bayern Munich of Germany.


Tyson, Foxx discuss project

Mike Tyson says he has met with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx about collaborating on a possible biopic on the former heavyweight champion’s life.

“Me and Jamie Foxx have been talking and he’s willing to take that role and portray me as Mike Tyson, doing my life story,” Tyson said. “I think he’s splendid because he’s really up to par. I think he would do a magnificent job.”

Further brainstorming of the project will “happen very shortly,” he said.

“I saw him the other night and we discussed it,” the 48-year-old Tyson said. “He doesn’t have the physicality, but he will. He’s able to … get bulky, so he’s capable of doing it in the future.”

Fighters lack headgear

It was the first bout of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Within minutes, Mathew Martin of Nauru had a large lump on his head from a punch. Northern Ireland’s Michael Conlan, who won unanimously on points, had blood streaming down his face.

That is what fighting without protective headgear can do.

In a decision last year, the International Boxing Association stopped the use of headgear in male bouts, citing medical experts who said such a policy would help reduce concussions.

College football

TCU’s Fields posts bond

Texas Christian defensive end Devonte Fields surrendered to Tarrant County authorities on a misdemeanor assault warrant and was released after posting bond of $3,500.

The Big 12 Conference preseason defensive player of the year was suspended amid allegations he punched an ex-girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”

Fields hasn’t been formally charged but has been accused of a Class A misdemeanor assault, which would be punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.


Lynx win 6th game in a row

Seimone Augustus scored 17 points in her return from a knee injury that caused her to miss eight games and the host Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Stars 88-78 for their sixth straight victory.

In other league games, Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points as Chicago won 79-75 at Atlanta and Ivory Latta had 17 points in Washington’s 82-77 victory over visiting Tulsa.


• The Vancouver Canucks signed forward Jake Virtanen, the sixth player taken in last month’s NHL draft, to an entry-level contract. The Vancouver Sun reported Virtanen, 17, has a three-year deal believed to be worth $925,000 per year.

Virtanen played for the Calgary Hitmen last season and scored 45 goals, ranking sixth in the Western Hockey League. He is recovering from May shoulder surgery.

• Americans John Isner, who is the No. 1 seed and defending champion, and Jack Sock will meet Saturday in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open tennis tournament.

Isner beat Australian Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 and Sock defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

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