Cycling champ and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong said he’s backing a proposed tax on tobacco in California to fund research on cancer and tobacco-related illnesses.
Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner, joined Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to urge support for the California Cancer Research Act that would increase taxes on cigarettes by $1 a pack to raise more than $500 million a year.
All-Star Game is less costly
Tickets for baseball’s All-Star Game this year in Phoenix will cost slightly less than those for last year’s event in Anaheim.
Major League Baseball said that tickets for the July 12 game at Chase Field in Phoenix will range from $90 to $350, down from $150 to $360 when the Angels were host last year.
All-Star prices have fluctuated depending on the market in recent years, running $75-$285 in San Francisco in 2007, $170-$725 at New York’s Yankee Stadium the next year to $100-$360 at St. Louis in 2009.
Soccer fans cry fowl over owl
An apologetic player is facing sanctions after he kicked an injured owl that landed on the field during a game Sunday in Colombia. The owl was a mascot for the opposing team and was being treated Monday at a veterinary clinic in Barranquilla. The bird is expected to recover from a slight fracture of its right leg.
The owl had landed injured near the corner of the field when Panama defender Luis Moreno of the Colombian club Deportivo Pereira walked over and kicked it about 3 yards. Atletico Junior fans shouted “murderer, murderer.”
“I want to apologize to the fans,” he said after the game. “I was not trying to hurt the owl. I did it to see if it would fly.”
Pereira club president Francisco Javier Lopez said the player would be punished.
Summerall receives honor
Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summerall will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.
Summerall, a former NFL kicker and tight end with the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals, will receive the award May 2 in New York.
After his playing days, Summerall’s broadcasting career spanned six decades, mostly as a partner with John Madden in NFL games.
Summerall is a member of the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.
Comets’ Alvarez honored
Comets forward Byron Alvarez was chosen player of the week by the Major Indoor Soccer League. Alvarez had 13 points in two games last week, the most scored by any player over a two-game span this season.
Green going to the CFL
Running back Ahman Green agreed to play in the CFL next season for the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes.
Green, 34, formerly from Nebraska, is the all-time leading rusher for the Green Bay Packers. He played last season for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
- Howard Bryant, a senior writer for ESPN, pleaded not guilty to allegations that he assaulted his wife outside a pizza parlor in western Massachusetts over the weekend. State police said Bryant was arrested after witnesses told authorities they saw a man choking a woman and pinning her against a parked car.
- The U.S. men finished fourth in the combined team event at the Nordic world championships in Oslo, Norway.
The American team featured Olympic champion Billy Demong and two-time world champion Todd Lodwick and was 54.8 seconds behind first-place Austria.
- World Cup overall ski champion Carlo Janka had surgery last week to correct an irregular heartbeat and said he hopes to race Saturday in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.
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