America’s Cup Will Continue as Scheduled
San Francisco — The America’s Cup will go on as planned after the death of a sailor during a training run last week on San Francisco Bay.
America’s Cup officials made the announcement at a news conference in San Francisco yesterday afternoon. The officials also said they expected all four entrants to compete, including Artemis Racing.
One of Artemis’ two boats was badly damaged when it capsized and broke into pieces Thursday. Strategist Andrew “Bart” Simpson was trapped under the wreckage for more than 10 minutes and was pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
Chuck Muncie, Ex-RB,
Dies at 60
Metairie, La. — Chuck Muncie, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died at age 60, the NFL clubs and a family spokesman said yesterday.
Muncie family spokesman Vintage Foster of AMF Media Group in San Ramon, Calif., said Muncie died at his Los Angeles-area home on Monday from heart failure.
Muncie was the Saints’ first-round pick, third overall, out of California in 1976. He played 4½ seasons in New Orleans before being traded in 1980 to San Diego, where he finished his nine-year NFL career.
Djokovic, Federer Win
Rome — Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer appear back on track after early losses in Madrid last week.
Top-ranked Djokovic quickly overcame an early break to cruise past Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-3 and second-seeded Federer routed Italian wild card Potito Starace 6-1, 6-2 yesterday to reach the third round of the Italian Open.
Djokovic dropped his serve to fall behind 2-1 in the opening set but broke back immediately and took control from there against his 32-year-old opponent.
The six-time Grand Slam champion didn’t appear to have any problem with his right ankle, which he twisted while representing Serbia in the Davis Cup in April then appeared to hurt again in a loss to Grigor Dimitrov at the Madrid Open last week.
FA Cup Champ Relegated
London — Wigan became the first team to win the FA Cup and get relegated in the same season, losing 4-1 at Arsenal last night and ending its eight-year stay in the Premier League.
Arsenal moved past Tottenham and into fourth place with one game remaining, on track to qualify for the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season.