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Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Miami. Wilson, who was activated Monday by the Dodgers, has not pitched in a major league game since last year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson watches batting practice before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in Miami. Wilson, who was activated Monday by the Dodgers, has not pitched in a major league game since last year. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Reds place Broxton on DL with elbow injury

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati RHP Jonathan Broxton is expected to have surgery after he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.

Broxton left Wednesday’s 10-7 win over Arizona after facing two batters in the eighth inning. The appearance was his fifth since being activated Aug. 7 following almost two months on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.


Dodgers’ Wilson makes return from elbow surgery

MIAMI – Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson took the biggest step yet in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, pitching a scoreless ninth inning to seal the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-0 victory over the Miami Marlins yesterday.

Wilson gave up a two-out double, struck out two and looked a lot like the pitcher who saved 171 games for the Dodgers’ rivals, the San Francisco Giants.

The game was Wilson’s first since April 12, 2012 with the Giants.


Braves’ Heyward has surgery on broken jaw

ATLANTA – Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery yesterday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch. The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.

Before his injury, Heyward had moved into the leadoff spot and become one of the Braves’ hottest hitters. He was batting .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBI.


Rays sign Young to minor league contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Delmon Young is returning to Tampa Bay on a minor league deal after the Rays selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft.

The club said yesterday that the 27-year-old outfielder/designated hitter will report to Double-A Montgomery. Young began the season with the Philadelphia Phillies after helping Detroit reach the World Series last year, winning the AL Championship Series MVP award with the Tigers.


SEC coaches drop Manziel to preseason second team

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southeastern Conference coaches picked Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as the second-team All-SEC quarterback, behind Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

The coaches rated the Texas A&M quarterback as the preseason second-team selection on the teams released by the league yesterday. Murray was the first-team choice while Alabama’s AJ McCarron received third-team honors.

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman last season, but allegations that he received payment for autographs could threaten his eligibility. He set an SEC record with 5,116 total yards.


Congress could ‘intervene’ on HGH testing

NEW YORK – The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the NFL players’ union “is now holding HGH testing hostage” and that could “force Congress to intervene.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said in a statement emailed by his office to the Associated Press yesterday that the “NFL Players’ Association continues to disregard its promise to implement HGH testing.”

The oversight committee held a hearing in December to take a look at the science behind blood tests for human growth hormone. HGH is a banned performance-enhancing drug that is hard to detect and has been linked to health problems such as diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.

Two full NFL seasons have passed without a final agreement on HGH since the August 2011 labor deal paved the way for testing.


Steelers rookie RB Bell’s foot injury not serious

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic rookie running back Le’Veon Bell’s sprained right foot isn’t as bad as it initially appeared.

While Bell will miss Saturday night’s preseason game against Kansas City, Tomlin said he’s encouraged by how quickly the foot is responding to treatment. Bell suffered the injury early on in Monday night’s 24-13 loss to Washington.

Tomlin said the foot will not require surgery but he did not offer a timetable for a return.


Smith to start at QB for Jets vs. Giants

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Geno Smith will start at quarterback over Mark Sanchez in the New York Jets’ preseason game against the Giants tomorrow night.

The announcement by Coach Rex Ryan yesterday was expected since the rookie has worked with the first-team offense all week. Smith, in a tightly contested competition with Sanchez, did not play in the Jets’ last preseason game last Saturday night against Jacksonville because of a sprained ankle.

Ryan said the team is still not prepared to select a starter for the regular-season opener against Tampa Bay.


Jets sign veteran receiver Massaquoi

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to add depth to their receiving corps.

Massaquoi was cut by Jacksonville on Monday after signing a two-year deal in April. He had two catches for 15 yards in the Jaguars’ preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday night.

He was drafted by Cleveland in the second round out of Georgia in 2009. Massaquoi had 118 catches for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Browns.


49ers sign quarterback Wallace to one-year deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers added another quarterback to the competition to be Colin Kaepernick’s backup, signing nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract yesterday.

While Colt McCoy had appeared to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job coming into training camp, neither he nor Scott Tolzien have separated themselves. Even rookie B.J. Daniels has been deemed a contender, though clearly Wallace now will get a chance with little time to prepare before the Sept. 8 season opener against Green Bay.

Wallace, who was competing with Luke McCown to back up Drew Brees in New Orleans, had his contract terminated by the Saints on Monday.


Buccaneers diagnose 2 players with MRSA infections

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay players Carl Nicks and Lawrence Tynes are being treated for MRSA infections.

General Manager Mark Dominik confirmed yesterday that guard Nicks has an infected blister on the side of his left foot and kicker Tynes has an infected toe on his right foot.

MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to some antibiotics.

The Bucs said they know where Nicks and Tynes were exposed to MRSA.


Murray could face Djokovic in U.S. Open semifinals

NEW YORK – Defending champion Andy Murray could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic only in the U.S. Open semifinals, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – who have never played each other at Flushing Meadows – might meet in the quarterfinals.

Murray beat Djokovic in the 2012 final.

Yesterday’s draw for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament also set up these possible men’s quarterfinals: 2011 champion Djokovic vs. 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 3 Murray vs. No. 5 Tomas Berdych, and No. 4 David Ferrer vs. No. 8 Richard Gasquet.

The potential women’s quarterfinals are No. 1 Serena Williams against No. 8 Angelique Kerber, No. 2 Victoria Azarenka against No. 7 Petra Kvitova, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska against No. 5 Li Na, and No. 4 Sara Errani against No. 6 Caroline Wozniacki.


Kvitova, Halep advance to semifinals in New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Defending champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic advanced to the semifinals of the New Haven Open, beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5, yesterday.

Romania’s Simona Halep also advanced, topping Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 7-6 (6).

Halep will play the winner of last night’s marquee quarterfinal match between four-time New Haven champion Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and rising American star Sloane Stephens.

Kvitova will face Russia’s Elena Vesnina or the Czech Republic’s Klara Zakopalova.

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