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Holden rejoins U.S. men's soccer team | A.M. Briefing

The host Portland Timbers played New England to a scoreless draw Thursday night to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. It is the longest...

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Soccer

Timbers, Revolution draw

The host Portland Timbers played New England to a scoreless draw Thursday night to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.

It is the longest streak without a loss for the Timbers since the team joined Major League Soccer in 2011.

Revolution (2-3-3) goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had eight saves as the Timbers dominated possession. Donovan Ricketts had four saves for Portland (3-1-5).

Holden rejoins U.S. team

Midfielder Stuart Holden, 27, will rejoin the U.S. national team after an absence of 2 ½ years for its training camp ahead of three World Cup qualifiers next month and for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

A member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, Holden injured his right knee in March 2011 and didn't play much until Jan. 15 this year. He made four starts during a one-month loan to second-tier Sheffield Wednesday that ended last week, but has yet to play more than 72 minutes in a match.

Wambach had concussion

When American star Abby Wambach was drilled in the head by a ball April 20, it was obvious she was at risk for a concussion. For 11 days, though, Wambach and her team, the Western New York Flash, didn't so much as say the word.

This week the National Women's Soccer League admitted Wambach did suffer a concussion in the final minutes of a road game against the Washington Spirit. It conceded the referee erred in barring medical personnel from coming onto the field to examine Wambach. It admitted that Wambach should have been removed from the game. And it pledged to use the episode to better inform players, coaches, trainers and fans about the risks of head injuries.

NFL

Bears sign WR Wilson

The Chicago Bears agreed to four-year contracts with two more draft picks in receiver Marquess Wilson and linebacker Khaseem Greene.

Wilson, taken in the seventh round, set Washington State's career receiving record with 3,207 yards. Greene, a fourth-round pick, had 387 tackles and an NCAA-record 15 forced fumbles at Rutgers.

Redskins name has support

Four in five Americans don't think the Washington Redskins should change the team's nickname, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Some consider "Redskins" to be a derogatory term for Native Americans, and the team has faced a barrage of criticism for refusing to change it. Opponents recently launched a new round of legal proceedings intended to deny the team federal trademark protection.

But the poll shows that nationally, "Redskins" still enjoys widespread support. Seventy-nine percent of Americans were in favor of keeping the name and just 11 percent said it should be changed.

Auto racing

Hamlin cleared to return

Denny Hamlin received medical clearance to return this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. Hamlin missed four races after suffering a compression fracture of a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap accident at California on March 24.

Colleges

SEC network debut in 2014

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced a 20-year agreement to operate an SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August 2014.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said the SEC network will produce 1,000 live events each year, including 450 televised on the network and 550 distributed digitally. Slive said the network will carry approximately 45 football games each year "and a depth of content across all sports."

Rule change suspended

The NCAA board of directors suspended the biggest and most contentious rules change it approved 3 ½ months ago — eliminating the restrictions on how coaches can contact recruits and how often those contacts can take place outside the traditional no-contact periods.

Elsewhere

• Left tackle Bryant McKinnie, 33, agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Baltimore Ravens.

• New York Jets defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris were cut a day after they were charged with possession of marijuana.

• Phoenix police say they're investigating a domestic violence call involving Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington.

Kevin Tillie had 14 kills to help defending champion UC Irvine sweep Loyola of Chicago 26-24, 25-18, 29-27 in the NCAA men's volleyball semifinals in Los Angeles. The third-ranked Anteaters (24-7) will face No. 1 Brigham Young (26-4) in the final Sunday night. The Cougars beat Penn State 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.

• Chelsea reached its first Europa League final, rallying past Basel 3-1 for a 5-2 aggregate win. Chelsea will play Benfica in Amsterdam on May 15 in the final of Europe's second-tier club tournament. Benfica won 3-1 at home against Turkey's Fenerbahce to advance on 3-2 aggregate.

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