Sydney Leroux, a forward for the U.S. national soccer team, said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her celebration after scoring a goal Sunday against Canada was a response to the abuse. Leroux played for the Sounders Women last year.

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Leroux says she was target

of racist, sexist tweets

Sydney Leroux, a forward for the U.S. national team, said she was the object of a series of racist and sexist tweets in recent days and said her celebration after scoring a goal Sunday against Canada was a response to the abuse.

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After scoring the final goal in a 3-0 exhibition victory over Canada at BMO Field in Toronto, Leroux raised the U.S. Soccer Federation crest on her jersey toward the crowd and put a finger to her mouth as if to silence the fans.

Leroux, 23, played for the Sounders Women last year. Her father, former major-league baseball pitcher Ray Chadwick, is black and her mother, Sandi, is white.

Born in British Columbia, Leroux moved to the United States as a teenager and was taunted with chants of “Judas” during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament at Vancouver’s BC Place last year.

On Monday, Leroux said on Twitter: “When you chant racial slurs, taunt me and talk about my family don’t be mad when I shush you and show pride in what I represent. #america.”

Leroux said later Monday, in a statement issued through the USSF, “my tweet from this morning wasn’t in response to anything from yesterday’s match at BMO Field.

“In fact, the atmosphere at the stadium was a positive step forward for women’s soccer. Unfortunately, the type of abuse I have received in the past and via social media for my decision to play for the United States is a step backwards. That is what prompted my response in the heat of the moment.”

The USSF collected some of the offensive tweets aimed at her, which referred to her with racial and sexist slurs and called her a “scab,” “insufferable classless” and “a loser.”

“I hope you die of aids,” one tweet read.


Hall of Fame defensive end

‘Deacon’ Jones dies at 74

David “Deacon” Jones, a Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, died Monday. He was 74.

Washington Redskins officials said Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California.

Jones was the leader of the Los Angeles Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line from 1961 to 1971 and the eight-time Pro Bowl selection finished his career with Washington in 1974.

Former Rams coach George Allen once described Jones as the “greatest defensive end of modern football.”

Sacks were not an official NFL statistic until 1982, but Rams stats show Jones with 159 ½ for them and 173 ½ for his career.

Ex-Bills QB Kelly has cancer

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly revealed cancer has been found in his upper jaw bone. Doctors plan to remove part of his jaw during an operation Friday in Buffalo.

It won’t be determined until after the surgery whether former Bills standout Kelly, 53, will require chemotherapy.


Agent says Woods is close

to new deal with Nike

Tiger Woods is close to signing a new long-term endorsement agreement with Nike that probably will keep the world’s top-ranked player with the sporting-goods company for the rest of his career, his agent, Mark Steinberg, said.

Woods’ existing agreement, which was signed in 2006, is set to expire this year.

Woods, 37, has endorsed Nike’s golf division since turning pro in 1996 and re-signed with Nike in 2001 and 2006. His agreement has been reported to be worth as much as $20 million a year since 2001.

College baseball

Rice ends Oregon’s season

Hunter Kopycinski drove in four runs, helping Rice beat host Oregon 11-4 to win the NCAA tournament’s Eugene regional.

Regional winners Oregon State and UCLA are the Pac-12 teams among the final 16.

Oregon State (48-10) will host Kansas State (44-17) in a best-of-three super regional. UCLA (42-17) will visit Cal State Fullerton (51-8) in another super regional.

No. 1 national seed North Carolina had to work hard to advance. The Tar Heels beat Florida Atlantic 12-11 in 13 innings.


• Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar completed his transfer from Santos of Brazil to FC Barcelona of Spain. Neymar, 21, signed a five-year contract and was welcomed by a crowd of 56,500 at Camp Nou.

• Highly touted quarterback recruit Kyle Allen of Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., has committed to Texas A&M.

Allen has been rated the nation’s top prostyle QB in the 2014 prep class by Rivals and Scout.

• Penske Racing contends Brad Keselowski‘s car failed a postrace inspection Sunday in Dover, Del., because of a broken part in the front of his Ford.

Keselowski finished fifth in Sunday’s FedEx 400, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

• Olympic figure-skating champion Evan Lysacek will return to competition for the first time since the 2012 Vancouver Games at Skate America, which starts Oct. 18 in Detroit.

• The Big Ten will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as a sport in 2015 and traditional powerhouse Johns Hopkins of Baltimore is joining the conference for men’s lacrosse.

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