GLASGOW, Scotland – American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley says he plans to leave Glasgow Rangers.
The 27-year-old Fort Wayne native joined Rangers for the 2007-08 season. He left MLS’ Chicago Fire to sign with PSV Eindhoven for 2004-05, then spent 2006-07 on loan to Manchester City before signing with Rangers.
Yes, I’m leaving, for everyone that asked, Beasley wrote on Twitter on Sunday. Will never forget my time at Rangers.
He had two goals in nine league appearances this season and two goals in 14 games overall, scoring in December against Dundee United and Motherwell.
Beasley, who hopes to be invited to U.S. training camp ahead of the World Cup, wrote Monday he was heading to Miami.
Carroll senior changes mind
Carroll senior Shane Merryman has decided to play for Huntington University after first committing to play at 2010 NAIA national champion Saint Francis. Merryman switched to the Foresters after Jeff Rekeweg left the Cougars to become the coach at NCAA Division II Northwood in Michigan. The 6-foot-5 Merryman averaged 17.9 points and 6.6 rebounds last year for the Class 4A semistate runner-up Chargers.
IU women land Hawaiian recruit
Milika Taufa has signed a national letter-of-intent to play women’s basketball at Indiana. The 6-foot forward is from Lahaina, Hawaii, and averaged 15.3 points and 9.1 rebounds during her senior season at Lahainaluna High School.
Indianapolis would suffer if Pacers exit
A new study has concluded that Indianapolis businesses would lose $55 million if the Indiana Pacers left town. Hunden Strategic Partners conducted the research for the Marion County Capital Improvement Board. The CIB owns Conseco Fieldhouse, where the Pacers have been paying $15 million annually to play their home games. CIB president Ann Lathrop said the sides are discussing a deal in which the CIB would pay the operating costs and still let the Pacers play there.
Megafight talks to head up again
Negotiations for a megafight involving Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are expected to begin again this week. The matchup involving boxing’s two most high-profile fighters was discussed at length this year, but negotiations fell apart when the sides could not agree on drug-testing protocol.
Around the NFL
The Cowboys and Rams have swapped underachieving former first-round picks, with offensive tackle Alex Barron going to Dallas and linebacker Bobby Carpenter headed for St. Louis. Carpenter made only two starts in four seasons for the Cowboys, while Barron has made 74 starts for St. Louis. Detroit signed former Giants safety C.C. Brown
City man tied atop state Senior Open
Tom Wood of Fort Wayne is in a three-way tie for first at the Indiana PGA Senior Open at Morris Park Country Club in South Bend. Wood shot an even-par 70. Bill Schumaker of Columbia City is tied for sixth (three-over 73) and Warsaw’s Jerry Nelson is tied for 12th (four-over 74). The event concludes today.
Irish player DQ’d from tournament
A Notre Dame golfer disqualified from an NCAA tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct after giving false scores during the final round said she was just trying to be funny. Annie Brophy said she now knows it wasn’t funny. She was disqualified Saturday from the NCAA Central Regional tournament. Brophy said her scorecard was accurate. But during the round she gave inaccurate scores to people posting the scores.
Around the NHL
The Blue Jackets have asked for and been granted permission to speak with Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean about their vacant head coaching position. MacLean has spent the past five seasons as an assistant in Detroit. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch says the team will probably play at Joe Louis Arena again next season, despite the team’s lease expiring at the end of the NHL season. The Red Wings have been contemplating whether to build a new arena or move at least temporarily to The Palace of Auburn Hills, home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons.
Trine earns 5 seed
Trine earned a No. 5 seed in the DePauw Regional of the NCAA Division III softball tournament. Trine (23-16) faces No. 4 North Central (Ill.) at noon Thursday in Greencastle.