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Sports in Brief: Pocono Raceway not for sale, co-owner says

Rose Mattioli told the Associated Press yesterday that there there are no plans to sell Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Rose Mattioli

told the Associated Press yesterday that there there are no plans to sell Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Mattioli, who owns the track with her husband,


a former Philadelphia dentist, said the track was "not available and will never be available."

Pocono hosts two Sprint Cup races, and speculation in NASCAR circles held that another party would buy the track and move one of the races elsewhere. The Pocono 500 is scheduled for June 8. The Pennsylvania 500 is Aug. 3.


Manchester United has threatened to report Real Madrid to FIFA over the Spanish club's attempts to lure

Cristiano Ronaldo

from Old Trafford. Madrid wants to acquire the Portugal winger, whose 42 goals for the Red Devils this season helped United win the English Premier League and European Champions League.

Elsewhere: Steve Ryan,

commissioner and chief executive officer of the Major Indoor Soccer League, announced his resignation, effective immediately.


The United States will face host China on Aug. 10 in the final game on the opening day of the Olympic men's basketball tournament. FIBA announced that the Americans would play all their games at night. Beijing is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time.

Olympic gold medalist gymnast

Paul Hamm

had surgery to repair the broken bone in his right hand at the Ohio State Medical Center. He will begin rehabilitation tomorrow and recovery will take three or four weeks, his doctors said.


Tiger Woods

said he is on track to play in the U.S. Open on June 12-15 after arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15. Woods withdrew from this week's Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, and said he had no plans to play in next week's Stanford St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

Elsewhere: Michelle Wie

will make her first appearance in a full Ladies European Tour field at this week's German Open.

Pro football

The Washington Redskins acquired defensive end

Erasmus James

from Minnesota for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.


The New York Jets signed free-agent running back

Musa Smith

, who played the last five seasons for Baltimore. . . . The San Francisco 49ers waived undrafted free agent

Ezra Butler

after the linebacker was arrested over the weekend on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. . . . The Denver Broncos agreed to a one-year deal with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back

Michael Pittman,


Drew Rosenhaus



Arrest warrants were issued for two former Iowa football players,

Cedric Everson


Abe Satterfield,

who are accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus last year.


Georgetown guard

Jeremiah Rivers

will transfer to Indiana,

Doc Rivers

- the player's father and the Boston Celtics' coach - confirmed. . . .

Mike Jarvis

was introduced as the men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic.


Track coach

Trevor Graham

orchestrated a doping scheme for his elite track athletes and lied to federal investigators about his role in it, the prosecution said in closing arguments of Graham's trial in San Francisco. The defense had officially rested its case outside the presence of the jury without calling a witness.