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Soccer game is off

The U.S. national soccer team canceled its Feb. 9 exhibition against Egypt in Cairo because of the political turmoil there.

The game against the Egyptian national team had been announced Dec. 13. In the last week, street protests aiming for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak have caused disruption in Cairo and Alexandria.

"We were excited about the opportunity to play against Egypt, but due to the current situation all parties agreed it was best to cancel the match," U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said. "We appreciate the efforts of the Egyptian Football Association and the U.S. State Department as we worked through this situation."

The U.S. State Department has recommended American citizens avoid travel to Egypt "due to ongoing political and social unrest." On Sunday, the State Department authorized the voluntary departure of dependents and nonemergency employees, saying "U.S. citizens currently in Egypt should consider leaving as soon as they can safely do so."

The U.S., ranked 18th in the world, had planned to fly a top roster to the game, including Americans based with European clubs, to face 10th-ranked Egypt. The two nations met in the first round of the 2009 Confederations Cup, with the U.S. winning, 3-0.


PGA helps flood victims

The PGA Tour has donated $150,000 on behalf of the Presidents Cup and International captain Greg Norman to a relief appeal to help victims of the devastating floods in Australia's Queensland state.

Floodwaters killed 35 people, damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes and businesses and left Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, under water for days.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement that he hopes the donation to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal "will provide some relief to those who are going through such a terrible time."


Meyer heads for TV job

Urban Meyer is joining ESPN as an analyst less than two months after he surprised the college football world by resigning from his plum job as Florida's coach.

Meyer will call one game a week during the regular season and also serve as a studio analyst, the network said Monday. He'll start with Wednesday's signing day coverage.

"It's a great opportunity to stay around the game," he said.

From News and wire service reports.

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