Red Bulls youth coach killed
British-born New York Red Bulls youth soccer coach Michael Jones was fatally slashed in the neck and torso, and his ear cut off in one of New York City’s busiest neighborhoods last weekend, as police on Monday hunted for the suspected killer. The 25-year-old Liverpool native — a coach with the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program — was on 14th Street in Manhattan’s Union Square at about 4:30am on Sunday, when he was seen arguing with a man. Jones had earlier been out with his girlfriend, but they parted at about midnight, police said. Police were called to the bloody scene where Jones lay on the street. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police late on Sunday released surveillance footage of the suspected slasher, a man with a ponytail wearing a dark jacket. No arrests have been made. The New York Red Bulls issued a statement, calling Jones a “fantastic coach who loved soccer.” “This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family at this time,” the team said.
Arvidsson beats Safarova
Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, on Monday in the opening round of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Arvidsson failed to serve out the match at 5-3, but broke the 18th-ranked Safarova again at 6-5 in the indoor hard-court event. The Swede will face another Czech, Lucie Hradecka, who beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-3, 7-6 (7/5). Also, Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands defeated Mona Barthel of Germany 7-6 (7/3), 1-6, 6-1 after winning all of her service points in the decider. She had not won a set against Barthel in their three previous matches.
Cleveland beat Siena 91-85
NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving scored 10 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated Italy’s Montepaschi Siena 91-85 in their pre-season opener on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio. Samardo Samuels led Cleveland with 14 points and Donald Sloan added 13. The Cavaliers had six players score in double figures. Bobby Brown scored a game-high 22 points for Siena, while Matt Janning added 21. Irving, who broke his right hand practicing with the summer league team in July, played 21 minutes and had three assists. Dion Waiters, taken by Cleveland with the fourth pick in the draft, scored 11 points off the bench. C.J. Miles started at shooting guard and scored 10 points. Waiters entered the game in the second quarter and his first shot was an airball. DeRozan scores 18 as Raptors beat Real Madrid.
Raptors beat Real Madrid
DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and John Lucas added 16 to help the Toronto Raptors beat Real Madrid 102-96 on Monday in a pre-season exhibition game in Toronto, Canada. Andrea Bargnani had 14 points for the Raptors, who ended the third quarter up by two before pulling away in the fourth. Amir Johnson added 12 points, scoring on several big dunks, while rookie Terrence Ross had 10 points. Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Real Madrid, who had four players who helped Spain win the silver medal at the London Olympics. The crowd was dotted with Madrid fans, who periodically broke into Spanish songs.