Easy to find autographs of college stars for sale: NEW YORK (AP) — A simple search on eBay reveals Johnny Manziel is far from the only college football player whose autograph is for sale.
Pick a star and you can find memorabilia with a signature the seller claims to be verified.
South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller. Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Alabama’s AJ McCarron. The list goes on and on.
ESPN has reported the NCAA is investigating Manziel for getting paid to sign autographs, and that has led to other schools being asked questions about whether their players were ever paid for signatures.
If the allegations made by unidentified sources to ESPN against Manziel are ever proven true, his eligibility for the coming season could be in doubt as well as his status as Heisman Trophy winner.
Oden finalizes his signing with Heat: MIAMI (AP) — Greg Oden has signed his contract with the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
The deal was completed Wednesday. The former No. 1 overall pick has already spent a few days in South Florida taking his physical and working out some contract language.
Oden announced Friday that he was accepting Miami’s offer that will pay him about $1 million this coming year and includes a player option for the 2014-15 season. He last played in the NBA on Dec. 5, 2009, sidelined since by a series of major knee problems.
Heat managing general partner Micky Arison announced the deal, posting a tweet to congratulate Oden and saying “the journey continues.”
Serena Williams advances in Toronto: TORONTO (AP) — Top-seeded Serena Williams easily won her opening match in the Rogers Cup, beating Italy’s Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday night at Rexall Centre.
Williams, coming off a victory 2½ weeks ago in the Swedish Open, set up a third-round match Thursday against 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Flipkens edged Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
Earlier, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined her since her major victory, beating American qualifier Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.
American Sloane Stephens also advanced, topping Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Also, fourth-seeded Li Na of China topped Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4; fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy edged Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (2); and France’s Alize Cornet of France beat 11th-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia 7-5, 7-5.
Murray, Nadal win in Montreal: MONTREAL (AP) — Andy Murray made a successful return in his first match since winning at Wimbledon, beating Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup.
Murray, a two-time Rogers Cup champion, won his 13th straight match, including his victories at London and Wimbledon, where the Scot became the first male British champion in 77 years.
Rafael Nadal also opened with a victory, routing Canada’s Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0.
Fox Sports gets US Open in 12-year deal: PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open is leaving NBC Sports for Fox Sports starting in 2015.
In a surprising announcement Wednesday, the U.S. Golf Association said it has signed a multimedia agreement with the Fox network and Fox Sports 1 as the domestic partner for the U.S. Open and the rest of the USGA championships.
The deal is for 12 years and runs through 2026. The first U.S. Open for Fox will be from Chambers Bay outside Seattle.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The U.S. Open had been televised by NBC Sports on the weekend, and ESPN over the first two rounds. Under the agreement, Fox will deliver 146 hours of USGA championship golf. That includes the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and amateur events.
Ronaldo’s 2 goals lift Real Madrid to title: MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a pair of dazzling goals, lifting Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Wednesday night.
Marcelo Vieira also scored for Real Madrid, which became the event’s inaugural champion by topping a Chelsea club now coached by Jose Mourinho. He left Real Madrid earlier this year for a return to Chelsea.
Ronaldo’s first goal off a free kick came in the 31st minute, curling it just under the crossbar and off the fingertips of diving Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. Ronaldo added a header in the 57th minute.
Ramires scored for Chelsea, which posted a pair of shutouts to get into the championship match.
AC Milan tops Galaxy for 3rd at Champions Cup: MIAMI GARDENS, Florida (AP) — Mario Balotelli and M’baye Niang scored first-half goals as AC Milan controlled most of the match to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 and claim the third-place in the International Champions Cup friendly tournament Wednesday.
Balotelli scored in the 17th minute and Niang in the 40th, but the Italian club got a scare in the 79th when Balotelli played a ball across the field and went down holding his lower right leg.
AC Milan won two of its three matches in the tournament, a series of friendlies among eight club teams.
IOC VP: US-Russia tensions won’t hurt Sochi Games: LONDON (AP) — IOC vice president Craig Reedie says the strained relations between Russia and the United States should not affect the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Reedie downplays President Barack Obama’s decision Wednesday to call off a Moscow summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month. The move follows Russia’s decision to grant asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
Relations between the two countries are also strained over missile defense, human rights, Syria and other issues.
Reedie tells The Associated Press “if there are political tensions rising, it wouldn’t be the first time before an Olympic Games, and in the main, Olympic Games overcome political tensions.”
The heightened tension comes six months before the start of the Olympics in Sochi, a Black Sea resort in southern Russia.
Tour champion Froome headlines USA Pro Challenge: DENVER (AP) — Tour de France champion Chris Froome of Sky Procycling and points jersey winner Peter Sagan of Cannondale Pro Cycling will headline the field for the USA Pro Challenge.
The provisional start list for the race was announced Wednesday.
Froome will make his first appearance in the Colorado stage race Aug. 19 in Aspen, when he returns to the bike after his win on the Champs-Elysees. Froome will be joined on the Sky team by Richie Porte, who helped pace him in the mountains of France.
BMC Racing Team will be led by Tejay van Garderen. Fellow American Taylor Phinney will remain in Europe to race. Phinney won the USA Pro Challenge time trial last year.
Other prominent riders include former Tour champion Andy Schleck, David Millar and Christian Vande Velde of U.S.-based Team Garmin-Sharp and German Jens Voigt.
The seven-stage race ends Aug. 25 in Denver.
Luna Rossa sails to 2-0 lead in challenger semis: Italy’s Luna Rossa rolled over Artemis Racing rounding the first mark and sped away to victory Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in the America’s Cup challenger trials on San Francisco Bay.
Luna Rossa again showed better crew work and its chrome-hulled catamaran proved superior on the downwind legs between the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
Thursday is an off day before the best-of-seven series resumes Friday and Saturday.
There was a heart-stopping moment when Luna Rossa’s port hull dug into the waves as the crew attempted to gybe while the boat rode above the waves on hydrofoils. Helmsman Chris Draper steered the boat out of trouble an on to victory.
Artemis is struggling to catch up following the deadly capsize of its first boat during a training run on May 9.
The final margin was 2 minutes, 6 seconds.