Knee surgery will keep Heat’s Wade off U.S. team for London Olympics

Dwyane Wade needs surgery on his ailing left knee and will not play in next month’s London Olympics.

The Miami Heat guard called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Olympic Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Thursday to break the news, which was not totally unexpected after Wade played through pain in the postseason.

WNBA: Sophia Young scored 23 points to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 94-80 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Mario Balotelli finally showed some quality finishing, scoring twice in the first half at Warsaw, Poland, to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany and an unexpected spot in Sunday’s final against Spain.

In the 20th minute, Balotelli had no trouble getting past Holger Badstuber to head in a pinpoint cross from Antonio Cassano. Then in the 36th, the 21-year-old striker received the ball behind the defense and blasted a long shot into the top right corner.

OLYMPICS: Former England captain David Beckham was left off the British team for the London Olympics.

Beckham was expected to be selected after playing an instrumental role in helping his hometown win the bid in 2005 to host the games.


AHL: The American Hockey League honored Portland Pirates managing owner/chairman Lyman G. Bullard, Jr. with the Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of his contributions to the league.

The award is named for the former owner and governor of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Portland Pirates who passed away in 1997.


PGA: Bo Van Pelt holed out from the fairway for eagle and kept bogeys off his card for a 4-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead in the AT&T National at Bethesda, Md.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bruce Vaughan shot a 6-under 64 at Pittsburgh to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk in the Senior Players Championship, the third of five majors.

EUROPEAN TOUR: France’s Gregory Bourdy and India’s Jeev Milkha Singh shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Irish Open, while home favorite Rory McIlroy was five strokes back at Portrush, Northern Ireland.


COLLEGES: The Rose Bowl has agreed to a 12-year extension with ESPN that will keep the game on the network through 2026.

–From staff and news services