Manchester United was already without some of its top players for its U.S. tour. Now, it has to worry about opening the Premier League season without them.
Manchester United will likely be without striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who could be sidelined three months after a recurrence of a right knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season.
In addition to missing Solskjaer on the U.S. tour -- which will begin Sunday vs. Bayern Munich in Chicago -- Manchester United will be without two players who will participate in the Olympics: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Gabriel Heinze of Argentina.
* COURTS: Prosecutors seeking a DUI conviction against Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair received a blow when a judge in Nashville ruled the arresting officer didn't have "sufficient basis" to pull him over.
Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Cheryl Blackburn granted McNair's request to suppress all evidence relating to the May 2003 stop, saying officer Shawn Taylor's observations did not provide "specific and articulable facts that [the] defendant was driving under the influence." . . .
In Flint, Mich., a judge has dismissed a felony charge accusing former NFL player Andre Rison of failing to pay more than $90,000 in child support.
Genesee County District Judge Ramona M. Roberts ruled that the Flint native had paid enough to meet his court-ordered obligation, despite missing one or two monthly payments. . . .
A federal judge in Louisville permanently barred the state from enforcing a ban on jockeys wearing advertising and their union logo during races. U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II issued the ruling, ending the four-month old dispute that started days before the Kentucky Derby.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Tim McKenna, who had been the Good Counsel boys' basketball coach the past three seasons, said that he resigned in order to move to North Carolina and be closer to his family.
McKenna, who previously coached the Wheaton private school's girls' team for two seasons, had a 50-33 record in his three seasons coaching the boys' team. The Falcons were 15-10 this past season.
* COLLEGES: Former North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers and ex-Duke basketball player Alana Beard have been named the ACC male and female athletes of the year.
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