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May 17, 2013
The Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

OSU's Big Ten schedule released

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State's first two Big Ten games in the 2014 season will be against the conference's newest members.

The Buckeyes travel to Maryland on Oct. 4 and, after a bye week, play host to Rutgers on Oct. 18.

The Big Ten released the conference schedule Thursday. With non-league games that had already been disclosed, the Ohio State schedule shapes up like this: Aug. 30 at Navy (in Baltimore); Bye; Sept. 13, Kent State; Sept. 20, Virginia Tech; Sept. 27, Cincinnati; Oct. 4 at Maryland; Bye; Oct. 18 Rutgers; Oct. 25, Penn State; Nov. 1, Illinois; Nov. 8 at Michigan State; Nov. 15, at Minnesota; Nov. 22, Indiana; Nov. 29, Michigan.

Beckham to retire after season ends

LONDON - David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.

The 38-year-old former England captain, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will quit after the season.

"It's a good way to go out," Beckham said in Paris. "It's every athlete's dream, every footballer's dream to go out on the top - on top form or winning a trophy ... leaving as a champion."

U.S. Open tennis leaving CBS

The U.S. Open tennis tournament will leave CBS after nearly a half-century and move all TV coverage to cable starting in 2015 under an 11-year contract with ESPN.

The new deal between the U.S. Tennis Association and ESPN, announced Thursday, also includes the series of North American summer hard-court tournaments leading up to the Open.

Since 2009, ESPN already has shown some matches from the season's last Grand Slam championship, with CBS airing a half-dozen days of coverage, including the men's and women's singles finals.

CBS has broadcast the U.S. Open every year since 1968; its current deal expires after the 2014 tournament.

U.S. beats Russia at hockey worlds

HELSINKI - Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists and Craig Smith had five assists on Thursday to give the United States an 8-3 victory against Russia and a spot in the semifinals of the hockey world championships.

T.J. Oshie, Nate Thompson, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan Carter, Jacob Trouba and David Moss also scored. Goaltender John Gibson had 31 saves.

The Americans will face either Switzerland or the Czech Republic.

Alexander Ovechkin scored one goal for the Russians, while Alexander Svitov and Alexander Perezhogin added the others.

Ex-NASCAR driver Trickle dead at 71

CONCORD, N.C. - Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.

The sheriff says Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.

Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race.

 
 

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