COLUMBIA — There will be no changes to alcohol sales policies at Williams-Brice Stadium for the 2019 season, University of South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner announced Tuesday.
As in previous years, the sale of alcoholic beverages will only be done in premium seating areas for the upcoming football season.
The Southeastern Conference rescinded its ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in public areas at home athletics events in its annual meetings in late May.
Panthers owner Tepper to meet with MLS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and team president Tom Glick will travel to New York next week and meet with Major League Soccer officials in an effort to convince them to bring an expansion team to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Tepper has been working to bring an MLS team to Charlotte since purchasing the Panthers last summer.
Glick believes "the region deserves it. We think the region will support it, and we are confident of that."
He says the goal is to land an MLS team as soon as possible.
MLS will announce two expansion teams by July 31.
Glover Quinn retires after 10 NFL seasons
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Glover Quin has retired after 10 seasons in the NFL.
The former Detroit Lions and Houston Texans safety announced his plans Tuesday on Instagram .
Quin started every game for nine straight years after starting in 12 games as a rookie in 2009 with the Texans. He had an NFL-high seven interceptions in 2014 with the Lions and 24 interceptions during his career.
Houston drafted him in the fourth round out of New Mexico in 2009. Quin left the Texans to sign a five-year deal in 2013 with the Lions and was given a contract extension with them in 2017.
Chicago Fire paying $65.5 million to leave stadium
CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire will pay $65.5 million to leave the suburban Chicago stadium that has been the team's home for more than a decade.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported the team has agreed to pay the community of Bridgeview to break its lease at SeatGeek Stadium, which is approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.
The agreement calls for the Fire to pay $10 million upfront plus $5 million to upgrade existing soccer facilities near the stadium and the $50.5 million balance through 2036. With the agreement, the Fire won't play their home matches at SeatGeek Stadium beginning next season but will still be allowed to train there and its youth academy will continue to be based in Bridgeview.
Soccer star's dog stolen in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — European soccer star Daniel Sturridge says his beloved dog was stolen from his Los Angeles home and he's appealing through social media for its return.
Sturridge says in an Instagram post Tuesday that he'll pay anything for the return of the little Pomeranian named Lucci .
He tells KABC-TV that pets are just like family.
Sturridge posted a video showing a shattered glass door and said thieves also took bags, but he did not say what they contained.
MLB union wants changes
CLEVELAND — The head of the baseball players' association has detailed the union's goals during collective bargaining, listing the restoration of a "competitive environment" and "meaningful free agency" as aims.
Baseball's labor contracts runs until December 2021, but the sides committed last winter to early talks. Thus far, they met once to discuss the scheduling of future meetings.
Union head Tony Clark says his members want to have "getting players something closer to their value as they are producing it," a reference to the structure that has players getting close to the minimum until they have nearly three years of major league service time, when they become eligible for salary arbitration.
NYC to host parade for soccer champs today
NEW YORK — A ticker tape parade to shower the U.S. women's national soccer team with praise and paper confetti will start at 9:30 a.m. EDT in New York City on Wednesday.
It will be the city's first ticker tape parade since the team's Women's World Cup win in 2015.
The procession will move down the Canyon of Heroes, a section of Broadway between the Battery and City Hall in Manhattan. Large crowds are expected.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, will then give the players a symbolic key to the city. All tickets for the City Hall ceremony have now been issued.
Boston Marathon runners raise record amount
BOSTON — Boston Marathon runners raised a record $38.7 million for 297 charitable organizations this year.
That's $300,000 more than 2014, when the field expanded to 36,000 people to accommodate those who wanted to run in the year after the finish line bombings.
The 2019 total was also $2 million more than the previous year.
Most of the money was raised through Boston Athletic Association and John Hancock programs that provide nonprofit groups with entries to the race. They provide the bibs to athletes who agree to raise funds for the organization.
Olympic swimmer Magnini saves life
MILAN — A swimmer struggling in the sea off Sardinia soon discovered it was his lucky day.
Italian news agency ANSA says the male tourist got in trouble Sunday afternoon after his inflatable swan was carried away by the wind. According to a witness, the swimmer's friends alerted a life guard — but someone else was closer by.
Former world champion swimmer Filippo Magnini, who won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, had no problem in reaching the man in a few quick strokes.
Magnini told La Gazzetta dello Sport that "the swimmer was in trouble. At a certain point, he got scared, couldn't move and swallowed a bit of water. When I reached him, he couldn't even speak."
2 Kenyan runners disciplined in doping cases
MONACO — Two Kenyan distance runners have been provisionally suspended and charged in doping cases, including 2014 African and Commonwealth Games 10,000 meters champion Joyce Chepkirui.
Track and field's Athletics Integrity Unit says Chepkirui's case relates to results in her biological passport, and Jacob Kendagor is charged with avoiding giving a sample.
The latest round of doping cases involving runners from Kenya in recent weeks follows a four-year ban for 2016 Olympics marathon silver medalist Eunice Kirwa.