MIAMI (AP) — A packed outdoor deck behind a popular Miami-area sports bar partially collapsed during the NBA Finals on Thursday night, sending dozens of patrons into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief David Downey said 24 people were taken to area hospitals. Many had cuts and bruises, though one person suffered a fracture, a fire official said. Two people were in serious condition.
Authorities said about 100 people were on the deck of Shucker's Bar & Grill in North Bay Village, north of Miami Beach, when it gave way.
TRACK AND FIELD
OSLO (AP) — Piqued by suggestions of a possible decline, Usain Bolt responded with a blistering season debut at 200 meters and a track record at the Bislett Games.
Bolt, whose conditioning was questioned after losing the 100 by 0.01 seconds in Rome last week, finished in 19.79. He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season.
Bolt topped the Bislett record set by Frank Fredericks of Namibia in 1996 by 0.03 seconds.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As expected, Oscar Pistorius has been left off South Africa's track team for the Paralympic world championships.
South Africa selected 32 athletes for the event next month in Lyon, France.
It marks the first major meet that Pistorius will miss as he prepares for his murder trial in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage after a beating at Dodger Stadium has returned home after two years in hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
Bryan Stow's family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehab facility.
The family said Stow could have used more time at the center, but their insurance will no longer pay for it, so Stow's parents and home nurses will give him the around-the-clock care he needs.
Stow, a paramedic, was beaten in a parking lot after the 2011 opening day game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles. Two Dodgers fans are awaiting trial on charges in the beating, which sparked outrage and brought stadium security changes around the state and country.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been medically cleared to resume full baseball activities and running on his surgically repaired left ankle.
The Yankees said that Jeter was examined by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., and that he is continuing to heal. He received clearance to progress into baseball activities and running.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets are willing to do most anything to get David Wright elected to the All-Star team. Well, almost anything.
The Mets said they had backed off their latest idea — teaming up with a racy dating website that caters to women looking to meet younger men. The team said it approached CougarLife.com about trying to help Wright get picked for the All-Star game the Mets will host next month, but later decided to pass.
NEW YORK (AP) — Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez announced his retirement, forced out of horse racing because of head injuries sustained in a January spill at Aqueduct.
The 36-year-old New York-based rider said he had hoped to resume his career, but doctors advised him to retire after he fractured his skull.
Dominguez was injured Jan. 18 when his mount, Convocation, fell and he was thrown to the inner dirt course. After more than two weeks in the hospital, he was transferred to a rehab facility.
Dominguez won the Eclipse Award as the nation's top jockey the past three years.
MADRID (AP) — Spain passed a new anti-doping law in an effort to clean up the country's tarnished image after the Operation Puerto case and boost Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympics.
The new law approved by parliament includes the expansion of doping tests for athletes to night hours (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and costly fines for those who deal in doping substances. It also creates a new national anti-doping agency with greater autonomy and an additional focus on athletes' health.
Madrid is competing with Istanbul and Tokyo for the 2020 Games. The IOC will select the host city on Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The new law was passed two days before the bid cities make presentations to national Olympic committees in Lausanne, Switzerland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A day after signing coach Dan Bylsma to a two-year contract extension, the Penguins and star forward Evgeni Malkin agreed to an eight-year deal that will keep the 2012 NHL MVP and franchise cornerstone Sidney Crosby in the fold well into the next decade.
The $76-million deal begins with the 2014-15 season and will carry an average salary cap hit of $9.5 million, a little bit less than the $10.6 million Crosby will average over the first nine years of the 12-year extension he signed last summer.
LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray won twice Thursday to reach the Queen's Club quarterfinals, defeating Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a suspended match and then beating Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2.
Also winning were second-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina and No. 4 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. But the No. 6 Sam Querrey, the 2010 champion, was ousted by former four-time tournament winner Lleyton Hewitt, who won 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
HALLE, Germany (AP) — Defending champion Tommy Haas advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open by outlasting Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (5), 6-4.
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Top-seeded Kirsten Flipkens lost at the Aegon Classic, leaving four seeded players in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon tuneup.