Union appeals ARod's suspension
CHICAGO (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association has formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension. He was suspended through the 2014 season on Monday when the league penalized 13 players following an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The other 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions, but Rodriguez said he planned to fight. Union head Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur) said the punishment for the third baseman was "way out of line."
Rodriguez is allowed to keep playing until Wednesday's grievance is heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who isn't expected to rule until November or December at the earliest.
Detroit dumps Valverde
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have released veteran closer Jose Valverde (val-VAYR'-day) from his contract with Triple-A Toledo. Valverde faltered during the 2012 playoffs and became a free agent in the offseason. He didn't sign with another team and Detroit eventually brought him back on a minor league deal, calling him up to the majors in late April.
The Tigers designated him for assignment on June 21.With Triple-A Toledo he had seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games.
Reds get to Colon
UNDATED (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer and Corky Miller drove in a pair to lead the Reds to a 6-5 win over the Athletics in Cincinnati. The Reds roughed up Oakland starter Bartolo Colon (bahr-TOH'-loh kuh-LOHN') for five runs on seven hits with three walks in 2 2/3 innings. He had gone at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer in his last 15 starts.
The AL West leading Athletics have lost six of their last seven.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians starter Corey Kluber (KLOO-bur) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will miss at least one month with a sprained right middle finger. He suffered the injury while throwing a breaking ball in Monday's game against Detroit.
The Indians said Kluber could miss as much as six weeks, a major blow to their playoff chances.
Raburn get contract extension
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have signed utilityman Ryan Raburn to a two-year, $4.85 million contract extension that includes a $3 million club option for 2016. He has had a major impact with Cleveland, which signed him to a minor league free agent contract in January, following his release by Detroit.
Raburn is batting .277 with 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 66 games. With runners in scoring position he's been even better, hitting .462 with 19 runs RBIs when there are two out.
BASEBALL-JACKIE ROBINSON STATUE DEFACED
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and a teammate outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium.
A manager at MCU Park noticed the defacement, which included the words "Heil Hitler," an expletive and racist epithets black marker. Workers later covered up the vandalism.
The statue is of Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese.
Woods readies for PGA
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Golfers are making final preparations for the last major of the year. The PGA Championship begins tomorrow at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester, N.Y., with a number of interesting story lines. Not the least of which is Tiger Woods' resurgence with five wins this year. He's trying to break a five-year-plus winless drought in the majors.
Phil Mickelson is also drawing interest after capturing the British Open two weeks ago, following a win the previous week in the Scottish Open.
The defending champ is Rory McIlroy, whose game has fallen into disarray following his victory at Kiawah Island last year.
This is the third time Oak Hill has hosted PGA Championship. It's also staged three U.S. Opens and a Ryder Cup.
Saints lose two
UNDATED (AP) — The Saints have lost receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season because of injuries, depriving New Orleans of one of its top deep threats and a reliable veteran run-stopping lineman.
Coach Sean Payton says Morgan suffered a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL in his left knee Saturday.
Payton said Coleman tore a pectoral muscle, which also requires season-ending surgery.
In other NFL news;
— Mark Sanchez says he "earned the right to start" the New York Jets' preseason opener at Detroit on Friday night. His comments come a day after coach Rex Ryan named Sanchez over rookie Geno Smith as the preseason game starter.
— Cleveland's star running back Trent Richardson will not play in the club's exhibition opener on Thursday night against the St. Louis Rams as he continues to recover from an injured right shin. Richardson was accidentally kicked in the shin last week, and the Browns won't risk him hurting it further.
— Veteran Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after tearing his left hamstring in practice Saturday. He'll need surgery and six to eight months of rehab.
Oden returns to NBA
MIAMI (AP) — Greg Oden is back in the NBA after four years away, signing a one-year contract with the Miami Heat. The former No. 1 overall draft pick was plagued by knee problems throughout his career, including having the cartilage-repair procedure known as microfracture surgery three times.
The 7-foot Oden's last NBA appearance was Dec. 5, 2009, for Portland against Houston when he fractured his kneecap.
He had about a half dozen teams interested in him, but picked the Heat in part by how the team will not have the expectations for him to play big minutes right away.
Stewart return up in the air
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing does not know how many races driver Tony Stewart will miss with a broken right leg he sustained in a sprint car race in Iowa.
The three-time NASCAR champion remains in an Iowa hospital recovering from surgery to stabilize and clean a Grade 2 break to his tibia and fibula in the leg. He broke both bones when his sprint car flipped while leading late in a race Monday night.
Stewart's streak of 521 consecutive NASCAR starts will end Sunday at Watkins Glen.
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OSU Autograph flap
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) —Ohio State has determined star quarterback Braxton Miller did not profit from the sale of items he signed at a Big Ten preseason kickoff luncheon after the school conducted an investigation. Athletic director Gene Smith says the university talked to Miller after someone offered autographs and signed memorabilia for sale online without the junior's knowledge. He says Miller has been cleared of breaking any NCAA bylaws.
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ACC extends deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Military Bowl is extending its relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Bowl officials have announced that the game will get the fifth choice among ACC bowl eligible schools from 2014-19. The ACC team will face a school from the American Athletic Conference, the splinter conference formed from the old Big East.
The Military Bowl is moving to Navy's stadium in Annapolis, Md., this year after five years at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Russia's anti-gay law causes concern
MOSCOW (AP) — Track and field's governing body is calling on Russia to reconsider its views on gays. But the IAAF says that it does not want to raise political issues about the country's new anti-gay legislation at the world track championships that begin Saturday in Moscow.
Russia has come under fire from outside the country for passing a law that bans promoting gay relations and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies.