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Baseball

Orioles’ Machado has right knee ligament sprain

BALTIMORE – Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a right knee ligament sprain – welcome news for a team contending for a berth in the AL playoffs.

The injury could land Machado on the 15-day disabled list, but it’s not as serious as it looked on Monday night, when the third baseman crumpled in a heap at the plate after taking an awkward swing in a game against the New York Yankees.

Machado had to be helped off the field and had a pair of crutches resting against his locker when he talked to reporters.

The Orioles spent much of yesterday waiting out a steady rain and awaiting the results of Machado’s MRI.

One issue was resolved by late afternoon: Baltimore’s game against the Yankees was postponed and will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader on Sept. 12.

Machado isn’t Baltimore’s only injured infielder. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has a sprained left thumb.

Baseball

Royals place LHP Downs on 15-day DL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Scott Downs on the 15-day disabled yesterday with a stiff neck.

The Royals had to open a roster spot with the arrival of Josh Willingham, acquired in a trade Monday with Minnesota. Willingham was in the lineup as the designated hitter and batting sixth for the second game of a four-game series with Oakland.

Downs, who had not pitched since Aug. 2, is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Royals. The 38-year-old was signed July 6 after the Chicago White Sox released him.

NFL

Broncos linebacker Trevathan out 6-8 weeks

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Denver Broncos leading tackler Danny Trevathan is out six to eight weeks after fracturing his left knee during a particularly intense padded practice yesterday.

The Broncos said their weakside linebacker has what’s called a medial tibial impaction fracture but, fortunately, no torn ligaments.

Trevathan, who didn’t put any weight on his left leg after being carted off the field during team drills, is expected to return to the Broncos right around their bye week in late September, meaning he’d only miss three regular season games, at most.

He was hurt on an 11-on-11 run play in which center Will Montgomery rolled over him.

NFL

Cowboys CB Scandrick gets four-game ban

OXNARD, Calif. – Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick apologized to his family, teammates and organization for failing a drug test that will force him to be suspended for the first four games of the season.

The NFL announced the suspension yesterday.

Scandrick said in a statement released by his agent, Ron Slavin, that he unknowingly took a substance while on vacation in Mexico that led to the positive test. He said he takes full responsibility for what goes into his body and is embarrassed by the failed test.

Slavin said he believes that if testing for human growth hormone was in place that Scandrick would have been subjected to the substance abuse policy and been warned instead of receiving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

Scandrick will be eligible to return following Dallas’s game against New Orleans on Sept. 28.

NFL

Seahawks call Lynch assault accusation ‘bogus’

RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks said accusations that star running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property are “bogus.”

In a statement yesterday morning the team said it has “the utmost respect for the investigative process,” but that after speaking with Lynch the Seahawks concluded the allegations were without merit.

The Bellevue Police Department released a statement Monday saying the alleged incident took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and that Lynch is alleged to have been involved. Bellevue police are investigating.

The incident was reported by a female about 12 hours after it allegedly took place at a downtown Bellevue apartment. Police say there was no domestic violence or sexual assault involved in the allegation.

The police department had no new information to release yesterday.

Sprint Cup

3M reaches 3-year sponsorship deal with Gordon

CONCORD, N.C. – 3M reached a three-year deal with Hendrick Motorsports and will serve as Jeff Gordon’s primary sponsor for 11 races a season starting in 2015.

The deal was announced yesterday. 3M will serve as the associate sponsor for Gordon’s No. 24 Chevrolet in all other races from 2015-17.

3M had been on Greg Biffle’s car for Roush-Fenway Racing.

Gordon is a four-time NASCAR champion, and his 90 victories rank third on the career wins list. He’s second in the points standings, with two wins and 15 top-10s in 22 Sprint Cup races this season.

All five of 3M’s business units, which comprise more than $31 billion in annual sales, will use the sponsorship in consumer promotions, product launches and business-to-business opportunities.

NHL

Oilers sign No. 3 pick Leon Draisaitl

EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, to a three-year entry level contract.

Draisaitl had 105 points (38 goals, 67 assists) in 64 regular-season games for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders last season. He also had a goal and two assists on four playoff games.

The 6-foot-1, 209-pound center from Cologne, Germany, has represented his country several times, most recently at the 2014 world championships, where he had four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games.

He joins a young Oilers team that includes recent No. 1 overall picks Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.

Soccer

Ronaldo’s two goals clinch Super Cup for Real Madrid

CARDIFF, Wales – Cristiano Ronaldo put a disappointing World Cup behind him by scoring twice to win the UEFA Super Cup for Real Madrid with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Spanish rival Sevilla yesterday.

The world player of the year netted just once as Portugal made an early exit from Brazil, but the goal-scoring swagger returned in Madrid’s first competitive fixture since the Champions League final win in May.

Ronaldo swept the ball in at the far post in the 30th minute after racing onto Gareth Bale’s cross, and the forward powered in another four minutes into the second half after being setup by Karim Benzema.

The victory over the Europa League winners secured the first of a possible six trophies for Madrid this season.

Tennis

Djokovic gets ragged start toward Cincy title

MASON, Ohio – Novak Djokovic had a ragged start in the one tournament that has always eluded him.

The top-ranked player beat Gilles Simon, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in his opening match at the Western & Southern Open last night. It’s the only Masters series event he has never won, finishing as the runner-up four times.

If he wins this week, he’ll become the first with titles at all nine ATP Masters events.

While Djokovic moved on, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Venus Williams left their winning touch in Canada. Both followed successful tournaments last week with early exits yesterday.

The tournament lost its other defending champion when Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of an injured right knee. Defending champion Rafael Nadal withdrew before the tournament because of an injured wrist.

Tennis

Williams loses, Azarenka withdraws in Cincinnati

MASON, Ohio – Lucie Safarova outlasted Venus Williams, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4, yesterday in the first round of the Western & Southern Open.

Suarez Navarro also needed three sets to get past Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Meanwhile, defending champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of a right knee injury, the WTA said. Azarenka withdrew after practicing early yesterday and was replaced in the draw by Mona Barthel.

Azarenka injured her knee in her first-round win at Wimbledon and played in two tournaments after the grass-court major. She hopes to be ready for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 25.

“I’m going to get more treatment and get more work done and should be good for the U.S. Open,” Azarenka said in a release. “I feel strongly that it’s the best for me at this moment.”

In men’s play, Marin Cilic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Feliciano Lopez, while qualifier James Ward, ranked 148th, upset No. 32 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

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