A 72-foot-long, high-tech catamaran sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the America's Cup races this summer...

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Sailor dies in America’s Cup training accident

A 72-foot-long, high-tech catamaran sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the America’s Cup races this summer, killing an Olympic gold medalist from England and injuring another sailor, authorities said.

Artemis Racing said Andrew “Bart” Simpson died after the capsized boat’s platform trapped him underwater for about 10 minutes.

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Artemis and two other yacht teams, each outfitted with multimillion-dollar racing boats that can achieve speeds of 45 mph, are challenging defending champion Oracle Racing for the America’s Cup, sailing’s most prestigious trophy.

Simpson, 36, served as the Swedish team’s strategist. British newspapers reported Simpson is survived by a wife and an infant.

Horse racing

Hollywood Park to close after 75 years

Betfair Hollywood Park will close by year’s end and the 75-year-old racetrack property in Inglewood, Calif., that hosted Seabiscuit and the first Breeders’ Cup in 1984 will be developed with new housing and retail by its owner.

It’s the second major California racetrack to close since 2008, when Bay Meadows near San Francisco was shuttered after 74 years to make way for a similar development.

Hollywood Park announced it won’t apply to the California Horse Racing Board for 2014 dates, signaling the end of the line for a property whose future had been in question since Churchill Downs sold it to Hollywood Park Land Co. in 2005.


Federer ousted

Roger Federer lost to Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Madrid Open. After the defeat by the second-ranked Swiss, Rafael Nadal of Spain is now the clear favorite for the title. Nadal didn’t let his sore knee get in the way in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia that put him in the quarterfinals. Third-seeded Andy Murray of Great Britain had to come from behind to edge Gilles Simon of France 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).


Moyes leaving Everton

to manage Man United

David Moyes inherited one of the toughest and most coveted jobs in soccer — succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager of mighty Manchester United.

Moyes, 50, is leaving Everton to join the 20-time English champions. He has a six-year contract and will take charge of the Premier League champs July 1.


Te’o signs with Chargers

Manti Te’o is one of four draft picks who have signed contracts with the San Diego Chargers. Te’o, the star linebacker from Notre Dame, was picked by the Chargers in the second round. Also signing a four-year deal was third-round pick Keenan Allen, a receiver from California.

College basketball

NCAA refs getting leeway

in calling elbows to head

The NCAA committees for men’s and women’s basketball rules said referees who call an elbow to the head will be allowed to use a video monitor to determine the severity of the blow. If deemed inadvertent, the referee could call a player-control foul or even nothing rather than the mandatory flagrant foul.


• American Jozy Altidore scored the decisive goal in the 14th minute, leading AZ Alkmaar over PSV Eindhoven 2-1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for its first Dutch Cup title in 31 years.

• Defender Tal Ben Haim has been loaned from Queens Park Rangers to Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC, where he rejoins former QPR teammate Ryan Nelson.

• Chivas USA midfielder Carlos Alvarez was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for violent conduct during a game last weekend.

• The Dallas Cowboys cut quarterback Aaron Corp two days after signing him. They also waived defensive tackle Brian Price. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh retired with the Cowboys after spending the last half of an eight-year career with them.

• The Baltimore Ravens acquired center A.Q. Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick.

• Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, who started five games as a freshman, is transferring.

• Hofstra’s Olivia Galati tied an NCAA Division I record by pitching her fifth career perfect game as the Pride beat James Madison 8-0 to advance to the Colonial Athletic Association championship.

• Olympic diving champion David Boudia moved into the FINA USA Grand Prix platform final at the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquatic Center.

• Defending champion Russia was upset 2-1 by France, which shocked a team dominated by NHL and KHL players at the hockey worlds in Helsinki.

Mark Cavendish of Great Britain dominated the sprint finish of the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia in Margherita di Savoia for his second victory in this month’s race, while Italy’s Luca Paolini retained the overall lead.

The Associated Press