Sports News-August 20, 2013

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A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez has declined Major League Baseball's challenge to make public the drug evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star, calling the letter written by MLB executive vice-president Rob Manfred "a cheap publicity stunt."  Manfred urged attorney Joseph Tacopina to waive his client's confidentiality under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement so the documents could be released.  Tacopina had said he wanted to discuss evidence publicly but was constrained by the provision.
 
Von Miller practiced with the Denver Broncos yesterday as a new report suggests the All-Pro linebacker could be facing an even longer suspension than originally thought.  ESPN, citing people it didn't identify, reported that Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league's drug-abuse policy.  In that case, Miller's earliest possible game would be Oct. 20 at Indianapolis.  Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a possible month long suspension to start the 2013 season.  Miller had repeatedly expressed confidence he was going to successfully win an appeal of that penalty, insisting he had "done nothing wrong."

It is "not realistic" to expect New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who underwent offseason back and forearm surgery, to be ready to play in the team's regular-season opener against the Bills in Buffalo, ESPN.com reported yesterday.  Despite that, another source said Gronkowski "looks great, is doing great" during his workouts at the Patriots' training facility, where he has been running and lifting.  Progress is being made, but not enough for there to be much confidence Gronkowski will be ready for the start of this season.  Before then, one of the biggest roster decisions New England will have to make is whether to carry Gronkowski on the 53-man roster or place him on the physically unable to perform list, which would automatically sideline him for at least the first six games.

The Los Angeles Angels say slugger Albert Pujols is done for the season because of an injured left foot.  Pujols hasn't played since July 26 and was hoping to return when his partially torn plantar fascia healed.  The 33-year-old Pujols hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs this year.  This is the first time the three-time National League MVP finished with fewer than 30 homers in his 13-season major league career.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball team will play 28 regular-season games and will participate in the Wichita State Classic in December, as part of the schedule released yesterday.  Due to the addition of Denver and the departure of Kansas City and Oakland, the Mavs will have a 14-game Summit League schedule in 2013-14 as opposed to the 16-game schedule last season.  The regular season begins with a road trip to the South, starting November 8 at Louisiana-Lafayette and finishing up two days later at Alcorn State in Lorman, Mississippi.  Nebraska-Omaha's home opener will be Thursday, November 14 against Graceland.  In year three of their Division I transition, the Mavs remain ineligible for the conference tournament and NCAA Tournament until the 2015-16 season.

Local Schedule:  Omaha Storm Chasers at Memphis (Bsbl-7:05)

Local Scores:  Memphis 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 4 (Bsbl).

     INTERLEAGUE
    
      Final    N-Y  Mets              6    Minnesota              1
      Final    Boston                  7    San  Francisco      0
    
    
          AMERICAN  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Tampa  Bay            4    Baltimore              3
      Final    Texas                  16    Houston                  5
      Final    Cleveland            5    L.A.  Angels          2
      Final    Oakland                2    Seattle                  1
    
    
          NATIONAL  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Philadelphia      5    Colorado                4
      Final    Cincinnati          5    Arizona                  3
      Final    Miami                    6    L.A.  Dodgers        2
      Final    Chi  Cubs            11    Washington            1
      Final    St.  Louis            8    Milwaukee              5
      Final    Pittsburgh          3    San  Diego              1
    
    
          NATIONAL  FOOTBALL  LEAGUE  PRESEASON
    
      Final    Washington    24    Pittsburgh    13

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