The following day, Ferdinand tweeted: "What I said yesterday is not a racist term. It's a type of slang/term used by many for someone who is being fake. So there."
In other soccer news:
* FIFA appointed former U.S. attorney Michael J. Garcia as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia's first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair.
* Scott Stevens, a longtime New Jersey captain and Hall of Fame defenseman, was named an assistant coach by the Devils.
* The NHL and the NHL Players Association are set to resume labor talks on Wednesday at the league offices in New York. The collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15.
* Kelly Hardwick will be headed to the Olympics after all. The NBA security official who filed an employee discrimination lawsuit against U.S. women's national coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball will be on a security detail in London, the NBA confirmed. The league wouldn't comment on which she which team she would be working with because it doesn't reveal specific security assignments. The lawsuit filed June 11 by Hardwick alleges Auriemma tried to kiss her on a trip to Russia in 2009. Auriemma denies the claim.
* A fraudster has been jailed for a scam that offered young dance students fake places in the closing ceremony for the London Olympics. Judge Sylvia De Bertodano sentenced Stephen Moonesamy to 2 years in prison.
* London Olympic organizers are reducing capacity at several stadiums hosting soccer matches after failing to sell all the tickets.
* Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has been banned from driving for 20 months in his native Czech Republic for drunk driving.
* Bob Osborne stepped down as Carl Edwards' crew chief, citing undisclosed health concerns.
* Shanterrica Madden, of Memphis, was sentenced to 29 years in prison for fatally stabbing Middle Tennessee State basketball player Tina Stewart in March 2011, in the off-campus apartment they shared.
* Suspended NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger will have his second urine sample tested for banned substances next week. He has elected to bring his own toxicologist to the July 24 testing of his "B" sample.