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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose is disputing MLB's exemption from federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a "guise" to control team locations, according to the suit.

The San Francisco Giants have objected to the A's potential move on grounds they relied on territorial rights to the San Jose-area market when they built their ballpark, AT&T Park.

The lawsuit contends that such territorial rights reduce competition and harm consumers.

NFL

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was honored with the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.

Gonzalez, who recently announced he will play one more season after originally planning to retire, was awarded for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs.

Gonzalez had one of his best seasons at age 36 as the Falcons went 13-3. He caught a team-high 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns, earning his 13th Pro Bowl appearance.

He is the first tight end in NFL history with 100 TD catches and owns career records at the position in receptions (1,242), yards receiving (14,268) and TD catches (103).

TENNIS

After 16 consecutive years showing up at Wimbledon, winning five titles along the way, Venus Williams pulled out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament citing a lower back injury.

Williams, who turned 33 on Monday, never had missed Wimbledon since making her debut there in 1997, although she lost in the first round a year ago. She won the singles trophy — it happens to be called the Venus Rosewater Dish — in 2000-01, 2005 and 2007-08, to go with two more major championships at the U.S. Open in 2000-01.

But Williams has been dealing with a bad back for a while, playing only three matches in the last two-plus months. She was clearly hampered by the injury at the French Open last month.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. collegiate national baseball team will host its Cuban counterpart next month in a five-game international "friendship" series.

The Triple-A Iowa Cubs said the series will start in Des Moines on July 18. The Americans and Cubans will then play two games each in Omaha, Neb., and Durham, N.C.

The U.S. and Cuba resumed play at the collegiate level last year in Havana after a 16-year hiatus. This year's series will be the first on American soil between the two nations since 1996.

The 24-man American roster will be announced on June 30. The team will be coached by Jim Schlossnagle of TCU.

AUTO RACING

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Daytona International Speedway is getting another facelift, this one considerably bigger than the last.

Three years after a complete repaving project, the famed track is overhauling the frontstretch to enhance the "fan experience."

International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona and 12 other NASCAR tracks, estimates the redesign will cost between $375 million and $400 million. The project will complete by January 2016.

The redevelopment will give Daytona's aging grandstands a modern look and feel. It will include expanded entrances and concourse levels where fans can meet and socialize during events.

DIVING

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall.

People magazine says the 53-year-old Louganis will marry paralegal Johnny Chaillot.

The four-time gold medalist is the only man to win consecutive Olympic titles in springboard and platform diving — 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul.

After his diving career ended, Louganis revealed he was gay in 1994 and announced he was HIV-positive a year later.

Louganis is helping Olympic hopefuls as an athlete mentor for USA Diving. He's also been featured as a coach on ABC's reality diving competition "Splash."

RACING

ASCOT, England (AP) — Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom was unable to go out a winner, fading quickly and finishing 11th in the Queen Anne Stakes in his last race before retirement.

Animal Kingdom, the 5-4 favorite, had a mediocre start and was no factor in the prestigious race — a straight mile on a humid opening day of the Royal Ascot meet.

Animal Kingdom won the Derby in 2011 and the $10 million Dubai World Cup this year. The previous time a Derby winner ran at Ascot was in 1936 when Omaha, the 1935 Triple Crown winner, finished second in the signature Gold Cup race.

Declaration of War won the Queen Anne by three-quarters of a length.

OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state development bank says it stands to lose billions of dollars from financing unprofitable construction projects for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

VEB chairman Vladimir Dmitriev said in a recent interview with the Gazeta.ru news portal that of the 19 projects the bank is funding, at least eight would fail to turn a profit. The eight projects are receiving about $5.2 billion, and Dmitriev expressed doubts the money will be repaid.

Among those receiving the credits are companies owned by metals tycoons Vladimir Potanin and Oleg Deripaska, and also state-owned Sberbank and Gazprom. The overall bill for the Winter Games stands at $51 billion, making them by far the most expensive Olympics in history.

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