Friday's Sports In Brief


LINDEN, N.J. (AP) Uncertainty is the only sure thing for Muhammad Wilkerson these days.

The disgruntled defensive end is in a contract dispute with the New York Jets, unsure if he'll ever get the long-term extension he desires from the Jets.

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''Yeah, I'm surprised, frustrated,'' Wilkerson said Friday night. ''But what can I do? What can I say?''

Wilkerson had a career-high 12 sacks last season and was selected for his first Pro Bowl, but was unable to play after breaking his right leg in the Jets' season finale at Buffalo. He has been asking for a new deal for the past two years, but Wilkerson received the franchise tag this offseason and has yet to sign his tender, which is worth $15.7 million.

''It's out there and I feel like I deserve it, you know, a deal,'' Wilkerson said at his Strikes For Scholarships charity bowling event at Jersey Lanes. ''I understand it's a business, but my focus right now is just rehabbing the leg and getting ready.''

Wilkerson was at the Jets' facility during minicamp this week, but didn't practice as he continues to work his way back from the injury. He said he has been running for ''several weeks,'' but is unsure whether he will be healthy enough to practice at the start of training camp.


SEATTLE (AP) - The U.S. Soccer Federation has appealed the red card given to midfielder Jermaine Jones and a yellow card assessed to forward Bobby Wood, who are both suspended for Tuesday's Copa America semifinal.

Jones was given the red card Thursday night in a quarterfinal win by Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan during a 52nd-minute confrontation that also saw Ecuador winger Antonio Valencia sent off after a second yellow card for a harsh tackle on Alejandro Bedoya.

U.S. players immediately rushed to the scrum after Valencia's tackle, and Jones raised an arm at Arroyo. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann blamed fourth official Wilton Sampaio for the decision.

U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said the Jones appeal was based on Law 12 of the revised Laws of the Game, which states a player who ''deliberately strikes an opponent or any other person on the head or face with the hand or arm is guilty of violent conduct unless the force used was negligible.''

Wood, already carrying a yellow card coming in, was given another in the 53rd minute. The USSF said it should not have been assessed because the ball was dead, claiming that because Jones remained on the field, the restart should not have taken place. The USSF also said the restart took place at the spot of the red card, not of Woods' foul.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rob Moor, the longtime CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, is stepping down, owner Glen Taylor announced on Friday.

Moor will transition to a role that assists Taylor in overseeing his business interests.

''As I continue preparations for succession planning, I recognize that our family's assets have reached the point where a new approach needed to take place,'' Taylor said in a statement. ''The management and oversight over this diverse portfolio of companies requires more involvement by the family than they have in the past. Thus, I have asked Rob to join me in support of the oversight over these companies.''

Moor served as CEO for both teams since 2004 and helped Taylor execute the purchase of the Timberwolves in 1995.

''Glen has planned that the family assets will eventually move to a foundation,'' Moor said in a statement. ''I am honored that Glen would select me to join a team that will be responsible for safeguarding those assets and seeing them continue to develop in the future.''

Moor worked primarily with the business side of the franchises, but did play a prominent role in hiring David Kahn as the Timberwolves' top executive back in 2009. Kahn's tenure in Minnesota was a disastrous one, resulting in the franchise setting itself back years in its push to get back to the playoffs.

Kahn was fired in 2013 and the Timberwolves are only now showing signs of recovering from the Kahn era.

Taylor says a new CEO will be determined ''in the near future.''


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Ron Capps raced to the Funny Car qualifying lead in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Capps powered his Dodge Charger R/T to the provisional top spot with a track-record 3.880-second pass at 323.66 mph. Capps is coming off victories as the No. 1 qualifier in New Hampshire and New Jersey. He has 20 top qualifiers in his career and is a three-time Thunder Valley winner.

''It's been great, but let's not get carried away,'' said Capps, the Funny Car points leader. ''You're going to a different track and you hope that you can keep it up. As a driver, you hope that your crew and crew chief can keep it up because it's been so much fun. We had an issue in the first run today and it put us back a little bit. I shut it off a little early and it could've been worse, but they bounced back. That (second run) was breathtaking.''

Steve Torrence led in Top Fuel, and Jason Line topped the Pro Stock field.

Torrence, who has appeared in the last two final rounds and sprinted to victory last weekend in New Jersey, had a 3.745 at 324.12. Torrence has five top qualifiers in 2016 and 10 in his career. The 2013 Bristol winner has two wins this season.

Line took the lead with a 6.680 at 206.92 in a Chevrolet Camaro.