Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 3:36 AM

BASEBALL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A doctor retained by Alex Rodriguez for a second opinion — one that contradicted the New York Yankees' diagnosis of his leg injury Wednesday — was reprimanded this year by New Jersey's board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions.

Rodriguez is one of more than a dozen players under investigation by Major League Baseball for alleged ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners filed an order of reprimand against Dr. Michael Gross on Feb. 13 for his conduct at his Active Center for Health & Wellness.

The New York Daily News first reported the reprimand Wednesday and said MLB would expand its drug probe to examine Rodriguez's relationship with Gross.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is committed to keeping Ryan Braun on the team and knows the suspended slugger has a lot of work to do to repair his image.

Braun was suspended Monday for the rest of the 2013 season for violations of Major League Baseball's drug policy. Attanasio met with Braun in Milwaukee on Wednesday and then made his first public comments on the suspension to reporters during the Brewers' game against the San Diego Padres.

Attanasio says he is not yet aware of all the details of the case, saying Braun could not provide additional details due to the ongoing investigation.

Attanasio also reiterated that he was disappointed by Braun's actions and said he told the 2011 NL MVP that he wants to be more involved in helping him overcome this setback.

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Hudson needs surgery on his broken right ankle, an injury that leaves the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves without one of their top pitchers.

Hudson got hurt while covering first base during an 8-2 victory over the New York Mets when Eric Young Jr. stepped on the back of his lower leg. The 38-year-old right-hander was carted off the field in obvious pain.

He had X-rays at Citi Field, and the Braves say Hudson (8-7) will undergo surgery in Atlanta once the swelling goes down. It's unclear how long Hudson will be out or whether he'll be able to pitch again this season.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia completed a $110 million, eight-year contract through the 2021 season.

Pedroia had been signed for 2014 at $10 million under his old deal.

The 5-foot-8, 165-pound infielder was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Commissioner Bud Selig defended baseball's fight against performance-enhancing drugs, declining to discuss the recent suspension of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun or whether other stars will also face penalties.

Selig said he was proud of baseball's drug testing program. Since the program was first implemented in 2004, 32 major league players have been suspended for using banned substances. Three were suspended a second time.

In addition, 47 minor league players or players formerly in the major leagues have been suspended, including six repeat offenders.

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners manager Eric Wedge sustained what the club called a "very mild stroke," but he was released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The 45-year-old Wedge was hospitalized Monday when he complained about light-headedness during batting practice.

He missed the entire three-game series against Cleveland, but after a battery of tests was sent home from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Mariners said in a statement.

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) — A player in a collegiate summer league will miss the rest of the season after being kicked in the face by a skydiver during a pregame show and sustaining a concussion.

Shortstop Mattingly Romanin and his Hannibal Cavemen teammates were on the field, about to play the Terre Haute Rex on Saturday, when three skydivers dropped onto Clemens Field.

Video posted on YouTube showed one of the divers veering too close to Romanin, who was knocked over. He went to play all nine innings in Hannibal's 7-3 loss.

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PRO FOOTBALL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A grim-faced coach Bill Belichick said the New England Patriots will learn from the "terrible experience" of Aaron Hernandez's arrest on a murder charge and work to improve their player evaluation process.

Speaking publicly for the first time since the tight end was arrested four weeks earlier, Belichick said he was "shocked and disappointed" to learn of the criminal investigation while he was out of the United States.

He also sought to minimize future attention on the case.

"My comments are certainly not in proportion to the unfortunate and sad situation that we have here, but I've been advised to address the subject once, and it's time for the New England Patriots to move forward," Belichick said. "Moving forward consists of what it's always been here — to build a winning football team, to be a strong pillar in the community and be a team that our fans can be proud of."

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A judge gave prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury in their murder case against former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez was in court for what was supposed to be a probable cause hearing, but prosecutors said the grand jury is still considering the evidence against him.

Judge Daniel O'Shea considered defense objections to a delay but decided to reschedule the hearing for Aug. 22. Hernandez will continue to be held without bail until then.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New York Jets will bring back wide receiver Braylon Edwards on a one-year deal.

Edwards is expected to sign the contract Thursday morning, marking his third tenure with the Jets, before the team reports for training camp in Cortland. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't complete and the Jets hadn't announced it.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robert Griffin III says he doesn't think he'll be playing in any preseason games.

The Washington Redskins quarterback also said that he'll be limited in practice when the team opens training camp Thursday.

Griffin says he'll take part in certain drills but will sit out the 11-on-11 plays in the early days.

He was cleared by doctors a few days ago, about 6½ months after he had reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans linebacker Jonathan "Tig" Willard says he helped rescue a family from a burning vehicle on his way to Tennessee training camp.

The rookie was driving on Interstate 40 Tuesday near Oak Ridge when he noticed a sports utility vehicle smoking. He first told TigerNet.com that he flashed his lights and honked his horn to get the driver to pull over when he saw flames shoot out the back.

Willard said Wednesday he handed an infant to the woman before pulling out another child. A second man rescued a third child and the family's dog with the SUV exploding into flames a couple minutes later.

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SOCCER

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Even by the very high standards of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Landon Donovan is regaining top form after taking a break from the national team.

Donovan scored two goals and set up another to help the United States beat Honduras 3-1 to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

The Americans will play Panama, a 2-1 winner over Mexico in the second semifinal, on Sunday in Chicago. The U.S. has won a team-record 10 straight games.

DETROIT (AP) — The Silverdome's owner is proposing a $1 billion complex in Detroit that would include a new soccer stadium — part of an effort to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise to the city.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CHICAGO (AP) — Urban Meyer was hailed as a savior when he agreed to take over Ohio State in the wake of the tattoo scandal that sullied the program. That support became even more frenzied when he coached the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in his first season.

Like Meyer said at the Big Ten media days, it's been a great year — right up until last weekend.

Running back Carlos Hyde, star cornerback Bradley Roby and two freshmen were disciplined by the school after a run of legal problems that brought to mind the end of Jim Tressel's time in Columbus, and once again raised questions about Meyer and how he disciplines his players.

CHICAGO (AP) — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany knows change is coming to the NCAA, major developments that will alter the landscape of college sports.

He just wants to make sure it's done right.

Speaking at the league's media days in a Chicago hotel, Delany echoed the chorus of major conference commissioners calling for a new model when it comes to the governing body of college athletics. But he said it's important to address the issues at the center of their concerns.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's athletic compliance department is looking into contact between defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and rap mogul turned sports agency head, Jay-Z.

Spokesman Steve Fink said Wednesday the department was aware of reports about conversations between Jay-Z and Clowney, the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman who's considered the top pick in next year's NFL draft.

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PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council voted to limit Madison Square Garden's permit to operate at its current spot above Penn Station to 10 years.

The Council voted 47-1 in favor of the 10-year limit.

The Garden had requested to operate at the site in perpetuity. The city planning commission recommended a 15-year extension.

Civic organizations are campaigning to move Madison Square Garden to another location so the station can be overhauled.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Miller is going back to a former home, agreeing to a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Miller confirmed the deal to The Associated Press about a week after the Miami Heat designated him as their amnesty player after three seasons with the team. Miller will still collect more than $12 million in salary from the Heat over the next two seasons, but will not count against their salary cap or luxury tax.

The Grizzlies have not yet formally announced the deal.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder re-signed guard Derek Fisher.

The 38-year-old Fisher has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Thunder, averaging 4.5 points in 44 regular-season games. He has averaged 7.1 points in 31 playoff games for them.

The five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers has appeared in 240 postseason games.

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CYCLING

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A day after retiring from professional cycling, Stuart O'Grady admitted to using a blood-booster during the scandal-plagued 1998 Tour de France.

The 39-year-old Australian rider, a six-time Olympian and a stage winner on the Tour, announced his retirement after finishing his 17th Tour de France. He admitted he had used erythropoietin (EPO) for two weeks before the 1998 race, and said he had acquired it himself and used it without the knowledge of his team.

PARIS (AP) — A French inquiry into sports doping indicates 1998 Tour de France champion Marco Pantani and runner-up Jan Ullrich used the banned blood-booster EPO.

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TENNIS

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.

ATLANTA (AP) — Mardy Fish took a hit in his gradual return to full-time tennis at the Atlanta Open, falling 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Michael Russell in a rain-delayed first-round match that began Tuesday.

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