LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robbie Rogers is joining the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in another step by openly gay athletes in professional sports.
He said his fears about returning to soccer were eased by the support he received from family, fans and players, including Galaxy star Landon Donovan.
Rogers is ready to accept his role as the soccer league’s first openly gay player. He says: “I don’t know what I was so afraid of.”
The 26-year-old winger had retired in February on the same day the former U.S. national team player publicly came out in a blog post.
Last month, NBA veteran Jason Collins came out, and Rogers spoke with him on the day of the center’s announcement.
Duke, Syracuse to play for title
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — David Lawson scored the winning goal with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter to lift Duke to a 16-14 victory against Cornell in the NCAA lacrosse semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.
Duke (15-5) advanced to Monday’s championship to play Syracuse, and 9-8 winner over Denver in the other semifinal.
The Blue Devils are in the finals for the first time since 2010, when they won their only national championship.
Cornell’s Rob Pannell became the NCAA Division I career scoring leader with five goals and two assists to give him 354 career points, passing the mark held by former Duke star Matt Danowski.
Derek Maltz scored with 19.2 seconds left to give Syracuse its victory against Denver.
The Orange (16-3) didn’t hold a lead until Maltz scored. With 59 seconds left to play, Luke Cometti tied it at 8-8 for Syracuse.
Bayern wins Champions title
LONDON (AP) — Arjen Robben scored in the 89th minute Saturday to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over German rival Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, ending four years of frustration for his team in Europe’s biggest tournament.
Robben ran on to Franck Ribery’s backheeled flick-on in the area and calmly slotted the ball past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller to give Bayern its first Champions League victory since 2001. The German team had lost two of the last three finals.