14 dead World Cup watch party bombing

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) — Police say 14 people were known to have died in the bombing of an outdoor World Cup viewing center in a northeast Nigerian city.

The suicide bomber detonated a tricycle taxi packed with explosives Tuesday night.

Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan said Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 26 were wounded in the attack in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.

There was no immediate claim for the blast but Boko Haram was suspected.

Boko Haram wants to enforce an Islamic state in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest oil producer with a population almost equally divided between Christians and Muslims.

16 million watched U.S. win over Ghana

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 16 million people in the United States watched the country’s World Cup opener on television.

The Nielsen company said 11.1 million people who saw the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 on ESPN on Monday represented that network’s biggest audience for a soccer match. Nielsen said an additional 4.8 million people watched the Spanish-language broadcast on Univision.

Browns ink Manziel to deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel agreed to a contract with the Browns, becoming the fourth of the team’s six draft picks to do so. Terms were not immediately available.

The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who has been limited during offseason practices while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Noll remembered at funeral

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll was remembered at a funeral mass by dozens of former players and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Noll led the Steelers from 1969 to 1991, becoming the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls. He died last week at 82.

Steelers President Art Rooney II and Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene were among Noll’s pallbearers.

49ers’ TE David, OL Boone skip minicamp

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped the first day of the San Francisco 49ers’ minicamp. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts.

Coach Jim Harbaugh also said cornerback Eric Wright was not with the team because he’s contemplating retirement. Wright, a seven-year veteran who played in seven games for the 49ers last season, had participated in most of the team’s offseason conditioning program.

Texans name QB Fitzpatrick starter

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans have a starting quarterback. Now they need star wide receiver Andre Johnson back in the fold.

New coach Bill O’Brien named Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter, an announcement overshadowed somewhat by Johnson’s absence on the first day of a mandatory three-day mini-camp.



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