Briefs

Tulane sets home football start times

NEW ORLEANS — Start times for Tulane’s home football schedule have been finalized, while new Conference USA member North Texas will be the Green Wave’s homecoming opponent on Oct. 5, the school announced Tuesday.

Tulane moved its season opener against Jackson State to Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Kickoff against Jackson State will be at 7 p.m., while the remaining five homes games will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tulane will appear on television three times during the season, including a nationally televised game at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Sept. 12 on Fox Sports at 6:30 p.m. and will play a pair of local and regional contests on Cox Sports Television, including South Alabama on Sept. 7 and C-USA rival Tulsa on Oct. 26.

Game times have not been set for the Green Wave’s five road contests.

Jesters to begin season Saturday

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Jesters minor league soccer team will open the season Saturday against the Houston Hurricanes. Game time is 7 p.m. at Pan American Stadium.

Two players with New Orleans-area ties — Andrew Tarbell (Mandeville and Clemson) and P.J. Kee (Jesuit) are returning to the team. Tarbell is back for his third season, while Kee is returning to the team after a three-year absence after living in New York.

In recognition of the recent partnership between the Jesters and the Carrollton Boosters, Carrollton Booster players in all sports are invited to attend the game. Any child under the age of 13 wearing a Carrollton Booster team T-shirt will be admitted free.

Prizes will be given away, and a petting zoo will be available before the game.

For more information, visit http://www.NolaJesters.com.

Djokovic loses
at Madrid Open

MADRID — Grigor Dimitrov stunned Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday, beating the top-ranked Serb 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3 for the biggest win of his career.

The 28th-ranked Bulgarian saved three set points in the first before taking the lead, and Djokovic then appeared to hurt his right ankle while trailing 4-2 in the second. The Serbian player slipped on the baseline and winced in pain, then immediately called for a trainer and took a lengthy break to get treatment.

The wait for the match to resume annoyed the crowd, who turned against Djokovic and began chanting Dimitrov’s name.

Earlier, defending champion Roger Federer looked comfortable on clay in his first match in two months, easing past Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round.

In the women’s half of the draw, defending champion Serena Williams moved into the third round after beating Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 6-2, 7-5.

Partial win for Penske in appeal

CONCORD, N.C. — NASCAR’s chief appeals officer has upheld the fines and points penalties against Penske Racing for parts infractions at Texas last month.

John Middlebrook issued his decision Tuesday. He did reduce the suspensions of team members from the next six races to the next two, which means they can return to the track at Dover for the June 2 race.

Team owner Roger Penske said that was the “most important” part of the decision. He says the “key thing” is having his crew back at the track.

NASCAR inspectors confiscated parts from the rear suspensions of the cars of defending champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano before the April 13 race at Texas. Penske said the parts were approved but the organization was working in a gray area of the rule book in how they were used.

The team was hit with $200,000 in fines and seven Penske team members were suspended. Keselowski and Logano were docked 25 points each. A three-member appeals panel upheld the penalties last week, but Penske appealed. Middlebrook’s decision is binding.

Burglars strike home of Heat’s Haslem

MIAMI — Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem’s home in South Florida has been burglarized, although authorities say it’s not clear if anything was taken.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report released Thursday, someone broke into the house April 13 by prying open a side garage door. Deputies responded after a home alarm activated, but no one was inside when they arrived.

Closets in the house had been ransacked and alarm boxes had been ripped off the walls. Deputies say some belongings were found in trash bags and other valuable items were left untouched. Authorities surmised that the thieves left hurriedly when deputies arrived.

No arrests have been made.

Tomic’s father charged with assault

MADRID — The father of Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has been charged with assaulting his son’s hitting partner before this week’s Madrid Open.

A Madrid court said Monday that John Tomic, who is also his son’s coach, disputed the charges and will face trial May 14.

Tomic’s hitting partner, Thomas Drouet, told the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun that John Tomic head-butted him Saturday during a scuffle outside the players’ hotel.

At a hearing Monday, the court said it could not hold a trial immediately because John Tomic disputes the facts as presented by prosecutors. Under Spanish law, a speedy trial can be held if both sides agree on the facts. Such an agreement can lead to reduced penalties.

Tennis Australia said it was working with the ATP tour in investigating what happened.

Tomic lost in straight sets to Radek Stepanek in the first round Sunday.

Russia beats U.S.
at hockey worlds

HELSINKI — Russia got two late goals to beat the United States 5-3 in a hard fought game, while Canada scored four unanswered goals en route to a 7-1 rout of Norway on Tuesday at the ice hockey world championships.

The Americans gave the defending champions their toughest test yet at this year’s tournament, leading 3-2 after two goals from captain Paul Stastny and a slap shot from the blue line by Matt Hunwick.

Russian defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev took a loose puck from in front of a crowded goal to put Russia ahead for good with 6:25 left, and Kirill Petrov then combined with Ilya Kovalchuk to set up Alexander Radulov for another score two minutes later.

Kovalchuk put in Russia’s second goal — his fifth of the tournament — and Anton Belov and Alexej Tereshenko also scored.

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