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  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

    Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, returns the ball to Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, runs for the ball against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)
  • Andy Murray, from Great Britain, reacts to losing a point against Marcel Granollers, from Spain, during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Montreal on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

BASEBALL

Braves GM Wren: Tweet at Harper was ‘inappropriate’

WASHINGTON – Atlanta Braves General Manager Frank Wren said a tweet from the team directed at Bryce Harper was “an inappropriate attempt at humor.”

The Braves’ official Twitter account posted “Clown move bro” after the Washington Nationals slugger was angered over being drilled in the leg by Julio Teheran on Tuesday night. It was a reference to Harper’s famous retort to a reporter, “That’s a clown question, bro.”

Harper had homered in his previous at-bat. After he was hit, both benched and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown.

The Nationals answered the Braves’ tweet with one of their own: “Which part, giving up the home run, or drilling the 20-year-old on the first pitch his next time up?”

BASEBALL

Phillies’ Halladay set
for simulated start

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Phillies ace Roy Halladay is set to take the next step in his return from shoulder surgery and will pitch a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

Halladay threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session before yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Halladay said he’s encouraged that his rehabilitation has gone well and hopes to pitch again this season.

He had surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and remove a bone spur. He also has some fraying of the labrum. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is 2-4 with an 8.65 ERA in seven starts this season.

BASEBALL

Tigers release Valverde
from Triple-A contract

CLEVELAND – The Detroit Tigers released veteran closer Jose Valverde from his contract with Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers designated Valverde for assignment on June 21, less than two months after bringing the right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be the team’s closer. Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA, converting nine saves in 12 chances.

Valverde accepted an assignment to Toledo, where he had seven saves with a 4.09 ERA in 11 games.

BASEBALL

Indians starter Kluber out
a month with finger injury

CLEVELAND – Indians starter Corey Kluber will miss at least one month – and maybe longer – with a sprained right middle finger.

Kluber injured his finger while throwing a breaking ball in the eighth inning on Monday night, when he shut out Detroit for 7 1∕3 innings. The Indians said an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a sprain, which is the same injury that sidelined teammate Zach McAllister for seven weeks.

The Indians said Kluber, who is 7-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts, could miss as much as six weeks.

BASEBALL

Reds activate reliever
Broxton, option Villareal

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds activated reliever Jonathan Broxton from the 15-day disabled list before yesterday’s game against Oakland.

RHP Pedro Villareal was optioned to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the roster for Broxton, who had been on the disabled list since June 15 with a strained right elbow. He was 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA before his injury.

NFL

Bears CB Hayden out
for season with leg injury

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Veteran Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after tearing his left hamstring in practice.

Hayden suffered the injury at practice Saturday night at Soldier Field.

He’ll need surgery and six to eight months of rehab. He’ll be replaced by second-year player Isaiah Frey, a practice squad player last year. Frey is a 2012 sixth-round draft pick from Nevada.

NFL

Source: OL Moore tells
Cowboys he’s retiring

OXNARD, Calif. – Former New York Jets offensive lineman Brandon Moore backed out of a deal with the Dallas Cowboys and told the team he plans to retire.

A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that Moore changed his mind yesterday morning after agreeing to a deal the night before. The person spoke on conditioning of anonymity because no announcement was planned.

NFL

Saints WR Morgan,
DE Coleman, out of season

METAIRIE, La. – The Saints lost receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season because of injuries, depriving New Orleans of one of its top deep threats and a reliable veteran run-stopping lineman.

Morgan hurt his left knee in Saturday’s scrimmage, and Coach Sean Payton saID his diagnosis has come back as a torn meniscus and partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament.

Coleman left practice Tuesday and Payton says he tore a pectoral muscle, which also requires season-ending surgery.

Coleman was entering his 12th season after spending the past two with new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Dallas.

NFL

Charges dropped against
ex-Dolphins receiver Duper

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida prosecutors dropped child-abuse charges against former Miami Dolphins receiver Mark Duper.

Prosecutors in Jacksonville, Fla., said the facts in the case did not warrant taking the case against the 54-year-old Duper to trial.

Duper had been accused of punching, body-slamming and choking his 17-year-old son last March. Duper’s attorney George Cholakis said the teen had exaggerated what happened. Former NFL star Hugh Green was at Duper’s house when the altercation occurred. He said Duper’s son started the fight and Duper was only defending himself.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Florida’s Debose out
for season with knee injury

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida senior Andre Debose will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Debose, who owns a school record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns, injured his knee during a non-contract drill in practice Tuesday. He will have season-ending surgery after swelling subsides.

TENNIS

Murray returns to action
with victory in Montreal

MONTREAL – Andy Murray made a successful return in his first match since winning at Wimbledon, beating Marcel Granollers, 6-4, 7-6 (2), yesterday in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

Murray, a two-time Rogers Cup champion, won his 13th straight match, including his victories at London and Wimbledon, where the Scot became the first male British champion in 77 years.

Rafael Nadal also opened with a victory, routing Canada’s Jesse Levine, 6-2, 6-0.

TENNIS

Stephens advances in Rogers Cup with 2nd-round victory

TORONTO – American Sloane Stephens advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup yesterday, beating Germany’s Mona Barthel, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Also, fourth-seeded Li Na of China topped Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-1, 6-4; seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli of France routed American qualifier Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-3; and France’s Alize Cornet of France beat 11th-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia, 7-5, 7-5.

Top-seeded Serena Williams faced Italy’s Francesca Schiavone in the night session.

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