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Near-drowning of MLS player due to cold water shock

Associated Press Published: July 8, 2017 4:00 AM
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A professional soccer player who nearly drowned in Lake Tahoe likely suffered cold water shock, a condition that regularly overwhelms swimmers in the icy waters of the mountain lake, authorities said Friday.

Matheus Silva, 20, emerged from a coma Thursday, the San Jose Earthquakes said. The Brazilian defender was responsive and able to speak but will undergo additional testing.

Swimmers drown or nearly drown each year in the lake along the Nevada-California border from cold water shock syndrome, in which people lose the ability to float because their muscles cramp, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Eric Guevin said. There are two to three similar cases each year.

"He's probably a real strong swimmer. This is frequent with athletes who don't have a lot of insulation or fat," Guevin said. "It is a point where they lose the control of their body and their muscles."

Silva was swimming early Tuesday with teammates about 20 yards from the shore of the public beach near Zephyr Cove Resort when he cried out for help and then went underwater, the fire marshal said.

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His teammates and a person on a paddleboard rescued him and started CPR before emergency crews arrived.

Surface water temperature in the famed lake hovers around the mid-50s this time of year. Silva wasn't wearing a lifejacket, which is recommended in the cold water.

Silva's pulse and breathing came back with emergency aid at the scene, Guevin said. He was taken to a nearby hospital before being flown to a facility in Reno, Nevada. Family members and Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli were by his side.

TENNIS LEGEND DIES AT 88

DALLAS -- Nancy P. Jeffett, who was instrumental in arranging the first network broadcast of women's tennis, has died. She was 88.

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International Tennis Hall of Fame spokeswoman Anne Marie McLaughlin on Friday confirmed the 2015 inductee's death. A news release said she died peacefully Thursday.

Jeffett was among the first female promoters in the sport. She staged the Maureen Connolly Brinker Memorial Tournament in 1969. Three years later, it became the first televised women's tournament and the first to award prize money. The tournament evolved into the Virginia Slims of Dallas.

Jeffett and Connolly, a nine-time Grand Slam singles champion, co-founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to help get more people involved in the sport.

Jeffett was the longtime chair of both the U.S. Wightman Cup and Federation Cup.

REDS REACH DEAL WITH NO. 2 OVERALL PICK

PHOENIX -- Hunter Greene, the high school right-hander taken by the Cincinnati Reds with the second overall pick last month in the amateur draft, agreed to a minor league contract Friday with a $7.23 million signing bonus -- the highest since constraints on draft spending began in 2012.

Reached just before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline to sign for players with remaining college eligibility, the deal topped the $7,005,000 signing bonus Tampa Bay agreed to last week with Louisville pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay, the No. 4 pick.

"I was pretty stressed there today," general manager Dick Williams said during a conference call. "You never know until you dot the i's and cross all the t's. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say it came down to the final seconds instead of minutes."

If the Reds had failed to sign the 17-year-old Greene, they would have received the No. 3 pick next year as compensation.

"If it didn't work out, we were at peace with the consequences," Williams said. "That being said, our strong preference was to get this young man signed, because we think he is a generational talent and we really think he's going to have a positive impact on our team. ... We think he's got impeccable character and pretty impressive on-field ability. He's the kind of guy we want to sign and build around."

Greene's bonus is the highest ever for a high school pitcher. He also played shortstop at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and had accepted a scholarship to UCLA. A fastball that can reach 100 mph has the Reds projecting him as a future ace. He will begin his professional career with Billings in the rookie-advanced Pioneer League, likely after a short stop in Arizona because the Montana farm team is on the road.

DRAFTKINGS TO OFFER WNBA FANTASY GAME

NEW YORK -- WNBA daily fantasy players will have more options after DraftKings added the league to its offerings on Friday.

"It's been on our roadmap since we launched the company," said Matt Kalish, DraftKings Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer. "Glad we finally (added it), think it will do really well."

DraftKings has had a sponsorship deal with Madison Square Garden for the past few years. It's been the marquee name on the New York Liberty's jersey since 2015. Kalish said it was too early to say if the site would offer any sort of promotions with the Liberty or MSG.

"Having the partnership with MSG and the relationship with the team gives us a lot of options, experience packages, and ticket packages," he said. "We haven't gotten into those too, too much. As we start to get a better understanding of the performance, that will help us to realize what we can do."

Daily fantasy games pit people against each other by picking a lineup of WNBA players. DraftKings contests will have participants choosing six WNBA players, which is different than the site's NBA offerings where eight players are used.


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