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BASEBALL

Slumping Uggla left off Braves’ playoff roster

ATLANTA – Slumping second baseman Dan Uggla was left off the Atlanta Braves’ roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Braves announced their roster yesterday, a day before the series opener.

Uggla, a three-time All-Star, has 22 homers but hit only .179 this season. He struggled with vision problems and finally was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 13 so he could have laser eye surgery.

NFL

Pryor on target to start at QB for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders got one of their two biggest offensive playmakers back at practice.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returned to practice yesterday and was working with the first team after missing last week’s game with a concussion, while running back Darren McFadden is still sidelined by a hamstring injury that prevented him from finishing last week’s game.

NFL

Source: Lions sign WR Ogletree to 1-year deal

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – A person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press the Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to a one-year contract.

Ogletree was cut by Tampa Bay on Tuesday after signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent in March. He adds depth in Detroit, where the Lions are without their No. 2 receiver, Nate Burleson, indefinitely because he broke his left arm in a one-car accident.

NFL

Whitner moves forward with last name change

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Meet Mr. Hitner.

Called by that name for years out of respect for his hard-hitting defense, San Francisco safety Donte Whitner filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the ‘W’ – after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so.

Whitner has been in touch with Nike to determine how many No. 31 Whitner jerseys are still in retail stores and whether he might need to financially contribute to make the switch.

While Whitner would love to debut his new name for Sunday night’s prime-time game with the Houston Texans, he said it realistically would probably take another week before his new name is on the back of his uniform. That would be Oct. 13 at Arizona.

NHL

Penguins G Vokoun out 3-6 months with clots

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun will miss 3-6 months while undergoing treatment for blood clots.

The 37-year-old Vokoun hasn’t played since the blood clots were discovered last month. Vokoun said yesterday he hadn’t thought about retirement yet and wants to see how the treatment plays out before making any kind of decision.

SPRINT CUP

Penske inks Keselowski, Miller Lite through ’17

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Penske Racing signed Brad Keselowski and Miller Lite to contract extensions through the 2017 season.

It’s the second contract extension for the defending Sprint Cup Series champion in less than two years. Keselowski signed an extension after the 2011 season that ran through next year. That contract was redone to put the driver and sponsor in concurrent deals.

Miller Lite is extending a partnership with Roger Penske that spans more than three decades.

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