Sports in Brief: Tennis Hall investigating allegations against Hewitt

Posted: July 04, 2012

The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., is investigating allegations that former doubles champion Bob Hewitt sexually abused girls he coached, an inquiry that could result in expulsion from the Hall.

Hewitt, 72, won all of the Grand Slam doubles during his decades-long career in the 1960s and 1970s and was inducted into the Hall in 1992. He lives in South Africa and has not been charged criminally.

Among Hewitt's accusers is Heather Conner, of West Newbury, Mass., who has spoken publicly before and agreed to be identified.

AUTO RACING:Maria de Villota, a 32-year-old Spanish driver for the Russian-owned Marussia F1 team, suffered life-threatening injuries after her car smashed into a team vehicle during testing at Duxford Airfield in Cambridgeshire, north of London.

SOCCER: Reigning MLS defender of the year Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, sidelined since knee surgery in January, has been activated and could make his season debut Wednesday against the Union.

English Premier League club Manchester United filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to hold an initial public offering of stock and become a listed company on the New York Stock Exchange. The deal could ease pressure on the club's cash flow.

The U.S. audience for Spain's 4-0 win over Italy in the European Championship final on ESPN was up 8 percent from the 2008 final on ABC, the network said. ESPN said the 31-game tournament averaged 1.3 million viewers, up 51 percent from 2008.

Former Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas was named to coach rival Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League.

HORSE RACING:Gitchee Goomie exploded through the last furlong to take the lead, then held off Hessonite through the final yards to win the Grade 3 $250,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Parx Racing by half a length. The five-year-old mare's time for the mile and one-sixteenth on grass was 1:41.23.

GOLF: The Turkish Airways World Golf Finals will begin in October with a $5.3 million purse and the best players in the world. Britain's Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph report the field is set to include Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan.

The winner would receive $1.5 million, with $1 million to the runner-up.

COLLEGES: The Atlantic Coast Conference announced a 12-year agreement with the Orange Bowl beginning after the 2014 season.

BOXING: Nevada's state attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, found nothing illegal or criminal in Manny Pacquiao's controversial split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley in a welterweight title fight June 9 in Las Vegas.

- Staff and wire reports

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