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Press Box: U.S. soccer player Holden tears ACL

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U.S. international midfielder Stuart Holden, who missed most of the previous two years due to right knee injuries, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final.

Holden, 27, was subbed off in the first half, and the U.S. went on to beat Panama 1-0.

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement released by the national soccer federation, "We are absolutely devastated for Stuart. He is such a great part of our team on the field and the locker room. He worked tremendously hard to recover from previous injuries and had really come back into form. He was fully prepared to head back to Bolton and challenge for a starting spot. Now he will have our full support as he goes down this road again, and we will be with him every step of the way."

In March 2011, Holden's right knee was ripped apart by the studs of Manchester United's Jonny Evans. Holden briefly returned to action in September 2011, but he subsequently underwent another knee procedure that sidelined him until January 2013.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

---The car driven by North Carolina player P.J. Hairston when he was cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving Sunday was registered to a woman who has referred to him as her boyfriend.

A DMV spokeswoman confirmed to USA Today on Monday morning that the car is registered to 21-year-old Randi Lee Furr.

The school announced Sunday night that it was suspending the junior guard indefinitely hours after Hairston received the citation near Salisbury, N.C. Hairston, the Tar Heels' leading scorer, was cited for driving 93 mph in 65 mph zone.

A court date was set for Aug. 30 in Rowan County, N.C.

NHL

--- The Nashville Predators announced that they signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.

Rodney, 29, had four goals and 11 assists in 44 games with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs last season.

In 34 career NHL games, Rodney has one goal and 12 assists with the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

---An agreement could be finalized that will enable USC to take over the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena on Monday with a 98-year lease that has already been negotiated, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lease is expected to begin when the school and the nearby California Science Center finalize a management agreement of state-owned parking lots during Coliseum and Sports Arena events.

The Trojans have played at the coliseum since it opened in 1923.
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