Manchester United accepted a world-record transfer offer for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid yesterday, clearing the FIFA player of the year to negotiate terms with the Spanish club.

The English Premier League champion said it received an unconditional offer of 80 million pounds, or $131 million, for the 24-year-old midfielder.

It was the second major move for Real Madrid this week, following the acquisition of Brazilian star Kaka from AC Milan, which sold the 27-year-old midfielder for a transfer fee said to be worth $92 million.

Elsewhere: Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak named Mechanicsburg, Pa., native Josh Gros as team coordinator. Gros, 26, was a starter for D.C. United in all four of his years with the team and was an MLS all-star in 2006, when Nowak was his coach.

Auto racing

The crew chief for Nationwide Series driver Brendan Gaughan was suspended indefinitely for using a racial slur about rival driver Marc Davis, who is black.

Bryan Berry apparently used the slur as he walked toward the Nashville Speedway garage to confront Davis during Saturday night's race. At least two people heard the slur and reported it to NASCAR, which investigated the claims before suspending Berry.

The 19-year-old Davis did not comment on the incident.

Elsewhere: Carl Edwards' former car chief sued Roush Fenway Racing, accusing the organization of firing him shortly after his suicide attempt. Jason Myers said his dismissal in February violated the Family Medical Leave Act.


Maria Sharapova won twice within hours to advance to the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic in London. Sharapova needed only two minutes and five points to wrap up a 6-3, 6-4 victory against American Alexa Glatch in a second-round match suspended Wednesday by rain.

She required little more than an hour to dispatch seventh-seeded Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-3.

After the start of the match was delayed by a bomb threat, Andy Roddick defeated Lleyton Hewitt, 7-6, 7-6, to advance to the quarterfinals at Queen's Club, London. A security sweep after the bomb threat found nothing.

Novak Djokovic saved five match points in beating Florent Serra, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, and advancing to the Gerry Weber Open quarterfinals in Halle, Germany.

The father of tennis player Jelena Dokic was sentenced to 15 months in jail on charges that he threatened the Australian ambassador to Serbia.

Damir Dokic was found guilty of "endangering the security" of the ambassador in Belgrade.


Lock Haven softball star Kristin Erb was voted the nation's top collegiate female athlete in Division II. She will be presented the Honda Sports Award at a ceremony at Columbia University in New York on June 22.

Erb, a pitcher who is a graduate of Exeter High in Berks County, also won the award as a freshman in 2006.

The dispute between the NCAA and Florida State over sanctions that could force the school to forfeit wins in 10 sports is drawing scrutiny from elected officials.

The NCAA cannot privately respond to a Florida State appeal - which it is attempting to do in violation of the state's open government laws, the attorney general's office said.

An NCAA spokeswoman said the long-established process maintains the integrity of investigations.