EARTHQUAKES WIN LOTTERY FOR RIGHTS TO MARCUS TRACY: SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes have won a lottery for Major League Soccer's rights to oft-injured forward Marcus Tracy.
The 26-year-old from Chesnut Hill, Pa., won the 2008 Hermann Trophy as the top college soccer player after helping Wake Forest win the 2007 NCAA title. He spent 2009-11 with Aalborg in Denmark, appearing in a 2009 UEFA Cup quarterfinal against Manchester City and scoring against in the Danish league against Midtjylland, but was sidelined much of the last two years by knee injuries.
San Jose was among eight teams in Thursday's weighted lottery and had a 4.6 percent chance of winning, seventh-best. The lottery was based on a team's record in its last 34 regular-season games.
GOODELL TO MEET MONDAY WITH VILMA : NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will meet Monday with Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to discuss Vilma's suspension that was temporarily lifted last week.
A person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press that Vilma will be in New York to present his case in the Saints' bounties scandal for which he was suspended for the 2012 season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting has not been announced.
Vilma and three other players were suspended, but an appeals panel ruled last Friday that Goodell must clarify his earlier rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary cap violations. Goodell still could reinstate the suspensions to Vilma, New Orleans defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove for participating in a pay-for-injure program that violates the league's detrimental conduct policy.
Smith, Fujita and Hargrove are expected to meet with Goodell on Tuesday.
SILVER MEDALIST MANZANO TO RUN FIFTH AVENUE MILE: NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano will challenge defending champion Bernard Lagat in the Fifth Avenue Mile in Manhattan later this month.
In London, Manzano became the first American man to win an Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters since 1968. U.S. teammate Matt Centrowitz, who just missed bronze, will also take part in the race Sept. 22.
Lagat is the 2007 world champion in the 1,500 and now focuses on longer distances. He ran the 5,000 in London, also just missing bronze.
Jenny Simpson will look to defend her title in the women's race. The 2011 world champion in the 1,500, she failed to qualify for the Olympic final.