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Patriots Sign 3rd-Round Pick Harmon

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots Wednesday signed third-round draft pick Duron Harmon.

The safety taken with the 91st overall pick was one of three Rutgers players chosen by the Patriots in last month's draft. They also took cornerback Logan Ryan in the third round with the 83rd pick and inside linebacker Steve Beauharnais in the seventh round with the 235th pick.

Harmon had five interceptions as a junior in 2011 then made 50 tackles while starting all 13 games as a senior in 2012.

RAVENS: In Owings Mills, Md., the Baltimore Ravens say linebacker Rolando McClain is retiring.

GM Ozzie Newsome says the 23-year-old McClain has been placed on the reserve/retired list.

McClain signed with the Ravens as a free agent on April 12. Ten days later, he was arrested in Alabama and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Before joining the Ravens, McClain spent his first three NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Alabama.

In 41 games with Oakland he had 274 tackles, 6½ sacks and one interception. In his final season, he was suspended for two games for conduct detrimental to the team.


Man Dribbling Soccer Ball 10,000 Miles Killed by Truck

A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon coast.

Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.

Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable blue soccer balls to people in developing countries.

His website said he left Seattle on May 1, and the trip would take him on foot for more than a year through 11 countries before reaching Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the World Cup soccer tournament will be played.

Swanson started out in flip-flops, and managed to spend 13 nights but switched to hiking sandals in Portland, Ore. He stayed two nights with his son in Vancouver, Wash., but otherwise had been able to sleep on on the couches of one stranger after another who befriended him and helped him on his journey.


Seattle Still Without NBA After Relocation Denied

SEATTLE -- After nearly four months of pondering the return of professional basketball, Seattle was left feeling jilted again after the NBA Board of Governors rejected the prospective relocation of the Sacramento Kings with no promise of a future team for fans in the Puget Sound region.

The board voted 22-8 Wednesday in Dallas to deny the move of the franchise. That set off a string of anger and frustration on social media from NBA fans in Seattle anxious at the possibility of seeing the SuperSonics return.

Instead, it's another waiting game for Sonics fans.

If there is hope for Seattle fans, it came from NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, who indicated that expansion was discussed for the future and, "We fully expect we will return there one day."


Murray Retires With Back Pain; Nadal Wins in Rome

ROME -- Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too.

Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique.

Murray, who was celebrating his 26th birthday, walked off the court after winning the second set against Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers.

"I have an issue with my lower back," Murray said. "I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris. I need to make a plan as to what I do. I'll chat with the guys tonight and make a plan for the next few days then make a decision on [the French Open] after the next five days."

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