Adu draws cheers for Europe debut

LISBON, Portugal - Freddy Adu made his European debut Tuesday, drawing cheers when he entered as a first-half substitute for Benfica of Portugal during its 2-1 Champions League victory over FC Copenhagen.

The 18-year-old American came on about 10 minutes before halftime after Copenhagen had tied the score 1-1 in the first-leg, third-round qualifying game. Adu's team travels to Copenhagen for the second leg.

Benfica coach Fernando Santos had said he intended to ease Adu gently into the team after he arrived in Lisbon at the end of last month. Adu missed all Benfica's preseason games.

Benfica, the two-time European champion, was struggling and needed some zip in its attack. Adu's entrance brought a loud cheer from the 55,000 crowd at the Stadium of Light

Adu, one of the highest-profile players in Major League Soccer, got a taste of how hard it is to please Benfica's fans. The team was jeered off the field at halftime.

MLS and Benfica agreed at the end of last month to a $2 million transfer fee for Adu, the U.S. captain at the under-20 World Cup in Canada in July who long sought a move to European soccer. Adu signed with D.C. United in 2003 at 14, becoming the youngest player in MLS history.

College basketball

n RUTGERS PLAYER SUES IMUS, CBS: A member of the Rutgers women's basketball team sued Don Imus and CBS on Tuesday, claiming the radio personality's sexist and racist comments about the team damaged her reputation.

Kia Vaughn filed the lawsuit alleging defamation of character in state Supreme Court in the Bronx the same day Imus settled with CBS Radio in a deal that pre-empts his threatened $120 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS.

Vaughn's lawsuit, believed to be the first by a player in the case, says Imus and his former co-host Bernard McGuirk, along with CBS Corp. and CBS Radio, are legally responsible for damage done to her character and reputation. There is no dollar amount listed in the suit.


n ADAMS AUTOPSY SHOWS NO CAUSE OF DEATH: An autopsy on pro wrestler Brian "Crush" Adams failed to show a specific cause of death.

The Hillsborough County medical examiner's office said Tuesday it will now conduct tissue and toxicology tests to try to determine what killed the 44-year-old wrestler. A completed autopsy report is expected in six to eight weeks.

Adams wasn't breathing when his wife found him unconscious in their Tampa home Monday. His body showed no visible signs of injury and foul play was not suspected, police said.

Adams, a former world tag team champion, last performed for the World Wrestling Federation in 2001 and served intermittently on the roster beginning in 1990, World Wrestling Entertainment said.

In 2001, Adams left the WWE, formerly the WWF. He competed in Japan and then attempted a career in boxing, the WWE said. He wrestled his last match in January 2003 when a spinal injury forced him into retirement.

Adams' death comes less than two months after pro wrestler Chris Benoit killed his wife and son before hanging himself on the cable of a weight machine in his Georgia home. Prescription anabolic steroids were found in the family's home, raising questions about whether the drugs played a role in the killings.


n Roddick wins opener: Andy Roddick relied on the best part of his game - the nasty serve - to set up a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory Tuesday night over Fernando Verdasco in his first match at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Mason, Ohio.

Roddick won the tournament last year, making a triumphant return from a long slump and pulled side muscles that had left him vulnerable.

n Sugiyama upset at Rogers Cup: Stephanie Dubois of Canada upset Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 Tuesday in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Dubois, ranked 115th, fired a tennis ball in delight into the stands at Rexall Centre after completing her victory against her 27th-ranked opponent.