Star goalkeeper Tim Howard is taking a one-year break from the U.S. national soccer team because of a "commitment" to his family.
The three-time World Cup veteran asked coach Jurgen Klinsmann to not consider him for the roster until September 2015. Howard, 35, will continue to play for Everton in the English Premier League.
"Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time," Howard said.
His backup on the national team is Brad Guzan, who plays for Aston Villa of the Premier League. Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando was the third keeper at the World Cup.
Chicago held off Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams before 21,119 fans at the World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented Mo'ne Davis from pitching in the U.S. title game. Chicago will play Las Vegas on Saturday. Davis, the only girl to win a LLWS game on the mound, played first base the first two innings before re-entering the game at third base in the fifth. Also, Japan beat Mexico 12-1 to reach the international final against South Korea on Saturday.
Minnesota secured the final piece it was looking for in a blockbuster Kevin Love trade. A source said the Timberwolves will get Philadelphia power forward Thaddeus Young as part of the deal that will send Love to Cleveland. Minnesota agreed weeks ago to send Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland. The Wolves will also get Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal that can't be completed until Saturday, 30 days after Wiggins signed his rookie contract. The 76ers will get Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota and a 2015 first-round pick from the Cavaliers.
The NCAA notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it'll appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 in Oakland that the NCAA broke the law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes.
Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series victory, holding off Darrell Wallace Jr. by 0.776 seconds at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Keselowski's father, Bob, won a series race in 1997.
Hours after being named league MVP, Maya Moore scored 24 points to help defending champion Minnesota beat San Antonio 88-84 in the opener of the best-of-three Western Conference playoff series. Tamika Catchings had 22 points to lead Indiana to a 78-73 win over Washington in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal.
Simone Biles closed in on her second straight women's title at the U.S. championships. She had 61.60 points after four nearly flawless events, well ahead of Maggie Nichols in Pittsburgh.