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  • In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)

    In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)

  • Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred participates in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge outside the organization's headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Manfred participated with more than 160 other MLB employees to raise more than $16,000 for the ALS Association. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)

    Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred participates in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge outside the organization's headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Manfred participated with more than 160 other MLB employees to raise more than $16,000 for the ALS Association. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)

  • New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)

    In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)

  • New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)
  • Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred participates in the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge outside the organization's headquarters in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Manfred participated with more than 160 other MLB employees to raise more than $16,000 for the ALS Association. (AP Photo/Vanessa A. Alvarez)
  • New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • In this Aug. 2014, photo provided by Kent State University, Jason Bitsko poses during football photo day in Kent, Ohio. Kent State says Bitsko has died and that police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue. He was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kent State University)
  • New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, May 3, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Kent State starting center Bitsko dies at 21

CLEVELAND – Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died yesterday.

The police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

When Bitsko failed to show up at practice, calls were placed to Bitsko’s roommate, who called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed.

Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013, and received an award during this year’s spring game for “exemplifying hard work and dedication.”

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UCF, Penn State opener in Ireland threatened by volcano

ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF’s season opener in Ireland next week against Penn State may be in peril because of a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Iceland’s Civil Protection Department said yesterday that about 500 people were evacuated from the highlands part of the Vatnajokull glacier. The action was taken as a precaution following thousands of small earthquakes recently near Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial stratovolcano under the glacier.

UCF departs for Ireland Aug. 26 for its Aug. 30 game. Athletics spokesman Andy Seeley said school officials are monitoring the situation.

Iceland is separated from Ireland by the Atlantic Ocean and about 900 miles, but a volcanic eruption in Iceland could produce volcanic ash and potentially affect flights to Europe. More than 100,000 flights were cancelled following the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokul volcano.

BASEBALL

Lackey gives Neshek a Ruth ball for number switch

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Cardinals newcomer John Lackey really wanted to keep his old number, so he gave teammate Pat Neshek quite a reward for switching jerseys.

After Neshek gave up his No. 41 uniform, Lackey gave him a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth that’s worth thousands of dollars.

Neshek switched to No. 37 after Lackey was acquired from Boston last month at the trade deadline. Neshek announced the payoff yesterday on Twitter, along with a photo of the ball and a letter of authenticity.

Manager Mike Matheny remembers giving up No. 22 when the Cardinals traded for Will Clark in 2000 and said it was no big deal, just a number. Clark gave Matheny a compound bow that the manager has passed on to his children.

BASEBALL

Yankees RHP Tanaka throws 35-pitch bullpen session

NEW YORK – Masahiro Tanaka threw 35 pitches in his second bullpen session as he tries to return to the New York Yankees this season.

The rookie ace from Japan threw fastballs, breaking balls and five splitters yesterday at Yankee Stadium. He said he felt a little rusty, but his elbow is fine and now it’s just a matter of rebuilding arm strength and getting sharp.

Tanaka went on the disabled list July 9 with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow and had a platelet-rich plasma injection. New York hopes he can avoid Tommy John surgery and return to the rotation next month.

BASEBALL

Manfred, Torre take ice bucket challenge for ALS

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball officials are not afraid of getting their feet wet for a good cause.

Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer Joe Torre and more than 160 baseball employees poured ice water over their heads outside the league’s Manhattan headquarters yesterday to raise money for ALS.

For every employee involved in the Ice Bucket Challenge, an altruistic stunt gone viral, the league is donating $100 to the ALS Association. So far, that’s more than $16,000.

The San Francisco Giants challenged the league office to participate and Manfred challenged other departments within the organization.

Torre was challenged by wife Ali and sports columnist Mike Lupica. He told fellow 2014 Hall of Fame classmates they’re next.

BASEBALL

Indians’ Swisher done for season after surgery on knees

CLEVELAND – Nick Swisher’s disappointing second season with the Indians is over.

Swisher underwent surgery on both knees yesterday, procedures the first baseman/outfielder hopes will alleviate pain and prolong his career. The 33-year-old has underperformed after getting a four-year, $56 million contract from the Indians before last season. He entered 2014 looking to improve on a subpar first season with Cleveland, but he’s not been able to produce and the Indians finally put him on the disabled list on Aug. 10.

Swisher has chronic medial knee discomfort as a result of medial meniscus wear and tear in both knees.

Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 97 games.

NFL

Steelers running backs Bell, Blount to face pot charges

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop yesterday afternoon.

The Ross Township police said a traffic officer pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.

Bell, Blount and a female passenger were arrested and are expected to receive notice of formal charges through the mail. The possession and DUI charges are both misdemeanors.

NFL

Hall of Fame senior panel tabs Tingelhoff as ’15 finalist

CANTON, Ohio – Former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff was nominated as the senior finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2015 class of inductees.

The Hall of Fame made the announcement yesterday.

Tingelhoff will join 15 modern-era finalists and two contributor finalists on the ballot, but the endorsement from the Hall of Fame’s senior committee was a big step toward enshrinement for the six-time Pro Bowl pick. Tingelhoff went undrafted out of Nebraska in 1962, yet became a starter as a rookie and kept the job his whole career until retiring after the 1978 season.

NBA

Seven teens charged with trespassing at Allen’s home

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Seven people accused of walking through an unlocked door at the home of former Miami Heat player Ray Allen were charged with trespassing.

The police said the teens were attending a party next door when they entered the Coral Gables home last week. Allen’s wife and children were sleeping upstairs. Allen’s wife woke up and screamed, and the teens ran.

The 18- and 19-year-olds told the police they thought the Allens had moved. The police initially released them because there was no forced entry and nothing was taken. At the time, the Allens’ attorney said the couple was upset that charges weren’t filed because a crime had been committed.

TENNIS

Wozniacki upset by Giorgi at Connecticut Open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four-time champion Caroline Wozniacki was upset, 6-4, 6-2, yesterday by Camila Giorgi of Italy in the second round of the Connecticut Open.

Giorgi, who beat Wozniacki in last year’s U.S. Open, dominated the service game, facing just two break points.

It was the earliest exit at this tournament for the 24-year-old Dane, who has appeared in New Haven seven times. She won in each of her first four trips and lost in the semifinals in 2012 and 2013.

TENNIS

Garcia-Lopez outlasts Young at Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Guillermo Garcia-Lopez battled through a third-set tiebreaker before beating 11th-seeded Donald Young, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), yesterday in the third round of the Winston-Salem Open.

Garcia-Lopez, the tournament’s fifth seed, overcame a 6-4 deficit in the third tiebreaker by winning four consecutive points in the final tuneup before next week’s U.S. Open.

In other matches yesterday, Belgian qualifier David Goffin extended his winning streak to 25 matches by taking a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory over 15th-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

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