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on July 31, 2013 10:00 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Expansion is coming to Major League Soccer. The only questions facing the league’s board are how many teams to add, where to locate them and when to bring them into the fold.

Commissioner Don Garber told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview Monday that the league’s owners plan to discuss expansion “in great detail” on Wednesday.

The MLS will play Italian club AS Roma in its annual All-Star game that night.

At the moment, the league is primarily focused on adding a second team in New York. But with David Beckham holding an ownership option and several cities expressing interest in a establishing a franchise, the league could shoot past the 20-team mark in the next few years.

 

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities searched in and around a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder.

Connecticut police declined to comment on the nature of the search at Pine Lake in Bristol and referred calls to Massachusetts prosecutors. Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County district attorney, would not comment.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass. The ex-player’s attorneys have called the case against him circumstantial.

Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn’t been recovered.

 

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — George “Boomer” Scott, a three-time All-Star first baseman who hit 271 homers in a 14-year major-league career and is a member of the Red Sox hall of fame, died. He was 69.

Washington County coroner Methel Johnson confirmed Scott died on Sunday in Greenville, Miss., his hometown.

Scott spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. He hit 27 homers with 90 RBIs during his rookie season in 1966 — second for a Red Sox rookie only to Ted Williams — and had his best year with the Brewers in 1975, when he hit 36 homers and had 109 RBIs.

 

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. national soccer team member Stuart Holden tore right anterior cruciate ligament, yet another major knee injury for the unlucky midfielder.

Holden was hurt early in the Americans’ 1-0 victory over Panama in the Gold Cup final on Sunday. He will consult with the medical staffs of U.S. Soccer and of the Bolton Wanderers, his England-based club, to formulate a treatment plan.

 

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Christian Benitez, a soccer star from Ecuador who led the Mexican league in scoring last season, died Monday a day after playing in a game for his club in Qatar. He was 27.

The Qatari club El Jaish provided no details about the death but said Benitez did not complain about his health Sunday. The team is awaiting a medical report.

 

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets signed veteran free agent center Marcus Camby.

It is the second stint for Camby in Houston. The 39-year-old played 19 games for Houston in 2012 and averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.53 blocks. He was shipped to the New York Knicks by the Rockets in a sign-and-trade in July 2012 and appeared in 24 games for the Knicks last season. The 6-foot-11 player was traded to Toronto on July 10 and waived by the Raptors on July 17.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — No. 2 seed Sloane Stephens, playing her first match since Wimbledon, fell to unseeded Olga Puchkova 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Citi Open. In the men’s event, Mardy Fish rebounded from an early exit in Atlanta and losing the first set to defeat qualifier Matthew Ebden 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

• CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Virginie Razzano of France stunned two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the first round of the Southern California Open. Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur beat Varvara Lepchenko 7-5, 6-1 in another first-round match.

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