Sports News-August 8, 2013

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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 twelve players accepted 50-game suspensions, but Rodriguez said he planned to fight.  Rodriguez was allowed to keep playing until yesterday's grievance was heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who isn't expected to rule until November or December at the earliest.

Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders says the team "fully supports" the decision to send first-round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad home from the NBA's rookie transition program due to a rules violation.  Muhammad was sent home after bringing a female visitor to his hotel room Tuesday night.  Players are required to get approval for guests from program officials.  Muhammad also will be fined for the infraction, which was first reported by USA Today.  He will have to go through the program again next summer.  Muhammad was chosen 14th overall by the Timberwolves in June after one season at UCLA.  The rookie transition program is a four-day seminar that is held to help teach young players about making the jump from college, or overseas, to the NBA.

The Atlanta Braves' amazing late-season run continues.  The Braves won their 13th straight game by rallying past the Washington Nationals 6-3 to complete a three-game sweep in the Nation's Capital.  Jason Heyward's go-ahead single in the Braves' three-run eighth inning was the big hit.  Justin Upton went 3-4 with three RBIs, including his 21st homer.  The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, but Kimbrel recovered to get Wilson Ramos to line out to right field for the final out to secure his league-leading 36th save.  The Braves now own a commanding 15 ½ game lead in the National League East.  They are the first team to reach 70 wins.

The Creighton women's soccer team was tabbed to finish ninth in the BIG EAST preseason coaches poll released yesterday.  The Bluejays finished the 2012 season with a 3-13-3 overall record and a 0-6-0 mark in their final season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.  Heading into the 2013 season, Creighton remains a very young team, as 18 players on the squad are either a freshman or sophomore.  Marquette, the 2012 BIG EAST Championship titlist, was picked to the win the 2013 BIG EAST women's soccer regular-season crown.

Wayne State head men's basketball coach Brian Dolan has announced that Brett Putz has been named assistant coach for the Wildcats.  Putz comes to Wayne State after serving the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at St. Cloud State following a stellar playing career with the Huskies from 2008-12.  As a player, Putz was a part of three NCAA Tournament and two NSIC Conference Tournament championships teams at St. Cloud State, including a trip to the NCAA Division II Final Four in 2010.  The Wildcats return two starters and six letter winners from last season's 17-12 team.

Chris Mangan of Omaha edged Jay Muller of Bennington 3 and 1 in the championship final of the third Nebraska Senior Match Play yesterday at The Pines Country Club in Valley.  In the morning's semifinals, Mangan trailed Jeff Epstein 3 Down after nine holes before coming back for a 2 Up triumph.  Meanwhile, Muller took down Senior Amateur champion Steve Samuelson 3 and 2.  Muller finishes runner-up in this event for the second consecutive year.  In the Presidents Flight, Elkhorn's Roger Miller defeated Rick Sessions of Omaha 2 up.  On the net side, Mark Roseland won the Bob Astleford Flight and Tony Zabawa claimed the Sam Reynolds Flight.

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      Final            Cincinnati            6    Oakland              5
      Final            Baltimore            10    San  Diego          3
      Final            Arizona                  9    Tampa  Bay          8
      Final            Seattle                  9    Toronto              7
      Final            Detroit                  6    Cleveland          5,  14  Innings
      Final            Boston                    7    Houston              5
      Final            Kansas  City          5    Minnesota          2
      Final            Chi  White  Sox      6    N-Y  Yankees      5,  12  Innings
      Final        Texas    10                L.A.  Angels      3
      Final    Atlanta                6    Washington            3
      Final    Chi  Cubs              5    Philadelphia        2
      Final    Pittsburgh          4    Miami                      2
      Final    N-Y  Mets              5    Colorado                0
      Final    L.A.  Dodgers    13    St.  Louis              4
      Final    Milwaukee            6    San  Francisco      1

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