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Charges are dropped against Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey

Prosecutors in Tucson say all charges have been dropped against Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey in a domestic-violence case.

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College football

All charges are dropped against Arizona RB Carey

Prosecutors in Tucson, Ariz., say all charges have been dropped against Arizona All-America running back Ka’Deem Carey in a domestic-violence case.

Carey, 20, was facing misdemeanor assault and disorderly-conduct charges stemming from an alleged domestic-violence incident in December involving his ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time.

The Tucson City Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement Friday saying it was dismissing all charges against Carey.

The statement said “a key witness for the prosecution is unavailable and even if the witness were available, there is no substantial likelihood that a judge would convict Mr. Carey.”

According to the Arizona Daily Star, the 23-year-old woman, in requesting an order of protection, wrote that Carey entered her room looking for a lighter to smoke an illegal substance. She told police she asked Carey to leave several times, but he refused, knocked her to the floor and slammed her fingers in a door, the paper reported.

As a sophomore for the Wildcats last season, Carey led the nation in yards rushing with 1,929.

Soccer

Protests precede beginning of Confederations Cup

The Confederations Cup begins Saturday, after protests that turned violent in three of Brazil’s biggest cities while builders were still slapping cement on stadiums.

The eight-nation tournament, a test of Brazil’s organizational ability a year before the World Cup, begins in Brasilia when Brazil hosts Japan. It ends June 30 at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

The quadrennial tournament is held every four years — one year before the World Cup — among the champions of each soccer confederation, the World Cup champion and the host.

In Brasilia, about 200 people burned tires and blocked the main road in front of the stadium. The protest was organized by local groups complaining about the excessive cost of the sports events.

Thousands of protesters marched in Rio and Sao Paulo on Thursday.

U.S. team adds Beckerman

Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman has been added to the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying match against Honduras in Sandy, Utah.

Tennis

Murray to face Tsonga

Two-time former champion Andy Murray of Britain edged Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to reach the semifinals at Queen’s Club in London.

The top-seeded Murray will play fourth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in a repeat of the 2011 final.

Federer serves double bagel

Third-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland cruised past 156th-ranked Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Gerry Weber Open semifinals in Halle, Germany, recording his second career double bagel and first since 2005.

“I hope he doesn’t take it too badly,” Federer said.

WNBA

Smith becomes No. 2 scorer

Ex-Storm player Katie Smith moved into second place on the league all-time scoring list as the host New York Liberty beat Connecticut 78-68.

Smith scored 10 points and has 6,272 in her career, nine more than Leslie. Tina Thompson of the Storm leads with 7,053.

In other league games, visiting Minnesota beat Tulsa 83-74 and host Phoenix beat Los Angeles 97-81.

Holdsclaw pleads guilty

Retired player Chamique Holdsclaw, 35, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an argument and shooting in Atlanta in November.

Holdsclaw pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and other charges. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine under the plea agreement.

Holdsclaw was arrested after the confrontation with Tulsa Shock player Jennifer Lacy, who told police she was Holdsclaw’s ex-girlfriend. Authorities said Holdsclaw broke Lacy’s car windows with a bat and fired a shot into it. No one was injured.

ELSEWHERE

• Mikey Garcia’s reign as WBO featherweight champion didn’t last long. Garcia failed to make weight for his Saturday bout in Dallas against former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez. The fight will go on, with Lopez regaining the title if he wins. The title will be vacant if Garcia wins.

Garcia weighed in at 128 pounds; the featherweight limit is 126. Lopez weighed in at 125½ .

• Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez reached 5,000 North American career victories by going 3 for 3 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Velazquez, 41, is the 28th rider to reach the 5,000 level.

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