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Broncos’ Miller to serve
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a violation the linebacker said did not result from a positive test.
The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season, a person familiar with the negotiations between the linebacker and the NFL told the Associated Press.
Miller’s suspension will begin Aug. 30, the day after Denver’s final preseason game. He is eligible to return for Denver’s seventh game, Oct. 20 at the Indianapolis Colts.
After being notified of the decision, Miller released a statement saying “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”
Eagles name Vick starting quarterback over Foles
PHILADELPHIA – Eagles first-year Coach Chip Kelly named veteran Michael Vick Philadelphia’s starting quarterback.
Vick has been solid in two preseason games, and backup Nick Foles, in his second season with the Eagles, has struggled to grasp Kelly’s multifaceted offense. Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday’s game at Jacksonville (0-2).
There wasn’t a lot of suspense with Kelly’s decision, which was announced after practice yesterday, and after the coach met with both players. Foles has been sacked six times in two games, and has a quarterback rating of 65.5, after showing flashes as a rookie last season while Vick was injured.
Browns name Weeden
BEREA, Ohio – Brandon Weeden was named the Browns’ starting quarterback.
Coach Rob Chudzinski announced his decision yesterday, ending weeks of speculation about whether Weeden would start the season opener against Miami on Sept. 8. Chudzinski said Weeden has earned the job with a strong offseason, training camp and preseason. Weeden started 15 games as a rookie last year, but Chudzinski and the Browns’ new coaching staff wanted to see improvement from the 29-year-old – and they have.
Weeden was pushed in camp by veteran Jason Campbell. In two preseason games, Weeden has completed 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Police: Bills LB Bradham
facing marijuana charge
TONAWANDA, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills linebacker Nigel Bradham said he made a mistake and doesn’t want to be a distraction to the team after the police said they ticketed him for marijuana possession during a weekend traffic stop.
At training camp in Pittsford yesterday, Bradham said he anticipates some sort of action from the team and NFL but doesn’t know yet what that will be.
Town of Tonawanda Police Lt. Nicholas Bado said the 23-year-old starter was given an appearance ticket for unlawful possession of marijuana after he was stopped at about 2 a.m. Saturday and an officer smelled marijuana. He said Bradham had a baggy containing a small amount of the drug, but there was no indication he’d been using it while driving.
Rangers put RHP Ogando on DL for third time this season
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers put right-hander Alexi Ogando on the disabled list for the third time this season.
Texas made the move before last night’s game, three days after Ogando (5-4) had an injection because of an inflamed nerve in his right shoulder. The DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 14, the day after Ogando’s last start.
Left-hander Travis Blackley was selected from Triple-A Round Rock to take Ogando’s spot in the rotation against Houston.
Ogando missed three weeks earlier this season because of right biceps tendinitis, then made only one start – on June 5 – before going back on the DL due to right shoulder inflammation.
Astros C Corporan placed
on 7-day concussion DL
ARLINGTON, Texas – Houston Astros catcher Carlos Corporan was placed on the seven-day disabled list for a concussion.
Corporan was struck in the head by a foul tip in the Astros’ 16-5 loss to Texas on Monday night. He was hit during the Rangers’ 11-run inning.
Astros manager Bo Porter said after the game that Corporan was “nauseated, dizzy and slow to respond” in the dugout.
Cavaliers sign top pick
Bennett to contract
CLEVELAND – The Cavaliers signed Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, to his guaranteed rookie contract.
Financial terms were not immediately known, but the deal can be worth up to $22.8 million over four years.
Bennett was somewhat of a surprising selection by the Cavaliers, who believe the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder from UNLV can play power forward. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery, but the Toronto native is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as a freshman with the Runnin’ Rebels.
Girlfriend: Call to woman
led to fight with Lawson
CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Ty Lawson’s pregnant girlfriend told investigators the Denver Nuggets guard pushed her during a fight after she heard him on the phone with another woman.
Both Lawson and Ashley Pettiford were arrested following Saturday’s fight and held over the weekend because of the domestic violence allegations.
According to a sheriff’s report, Pettiford said Lawson grabbed both of her arms and pushed her back as she tried to pack her clothes to leave. Lawson allegedly admitted to pushing her out of the way but said it wasn’t a “real push.”
Pettiford said she threw Lawson’s phone against a wall and Lawson said he ran hers under a faucet after it failed to shatter when he threw it, according to the report obtained by KMGH-TV.
Serena, defending champ, seeded No. 1 for U.S. Open
NEW YORK – Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open as she tries to do something she’s never done: win a second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.
Williams is a four-time champion at the U.S. Open, including in 2012. Only Chris Evert, with six, and Steffi Graf, with five, have won the tournament more times in the Open era, which began in 1968.
The U.S. Tennis Association stuck to the WTA rankings yesterday in announcing the 32 seeded women, including Victoria Azarenka at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova at No. 3. Williams is one of three seeded Americans: No. 16 Sloane Stephens and No. 24 Jamie Hampton are the others.
Fish retires in third set
at Winston-Salem Open
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – American Mardy Fish retired because of heat stroke during the third set of his second-round match yesterday at the Winston-Salem Open.
Jarkko Nieminen, the No. 11 seed, was leading Fish, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 3-2, when Fish resigned.
Fish said in a statement issued by the ATP he developed “heat stroke” and the “very hot and humid” weather made it difficult to continue the match.
Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, the 14th seed, was upset, 6-4, 6-1, by Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round. Eighth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated France’s Nicolas Mahut, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4, in the final hard-court tune-up before the U.S. Open.