• best-of-three championship series beginning tonight in Oklahoma City.


    Retired football players angry with the NFL Players Association over disability and pension benefits said that the executive director of the union, DeMaurice Smith, may be ahead of himself in seeking their support during upcoming contract talks with the league.

  • FC Dallas handed the host Chicago Fire its first loss of the season with a 3-0 victory. The Eastern Conference-leading Fire's franchise-record unbeaten streak ended at 11. The Fire (5-1-6) was trying to match the league-record 12-game streak set by Los Angeles in 1996 and matched by Kansas City in 2000.
  • Carlo Ancelotti has quit as coach of AC Milan, seemingly paving the way for him to take over at Premier League club Chelsea.
  • Soccer's world governing body has chosen the 12 Brazilian cities that will host matches for the 2014 World Cup. They are Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Cuiaba, Manaus, Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Brasilia, Salvador and Bela Horizonte.

    n Lance Armstrong concluded a relatively quiet Giro d'Italia in 12th place overall, then jetted home to await the birth of his fourth child.