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  • New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey speaks during a news conference announcing that he has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament prior to a baseball game between the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

    New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey speaks during a news conference announcing that he has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament prior to a baseball game between the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

  • Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by Josh Reddick after Cespedes hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by Josh Reddick after Cespedes hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • This is a 2013 photo of Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. This image reflects the Minnesota Vikings active roster as of Thursday, June 6, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

    This is a 2013 photo of Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. This image reflects the Minnesota Vikings active roster as of Thursday, June 6, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

  • New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey speaks during a news conference announcing that he has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament prior to a baseball game between the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
  • Oakland Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by Josh Reddick after Cespedes hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson in the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
  • This is a 2013 photo of Jerome Felton of the Minnesota Vikings NFL football team. This image reflects the Minnesota Vikings active roster as of Thursday, June 6, 2013 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

BASEBALL

Mets ace Harvey has
torn ligament in elbow

NEW YORK – Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, a potentially devastating injury for the pitcher that had given the foundering New York Mets reason to be hopeful about its future.

For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.

“It was tough. Obviously it was the last thing I was expecting when I went this morning,” Harvey said yesterday. “I am going to do everything I can to avoid surgery.”

The National League’s All-Star game starter on his home field this July, Harvey has been experiencing forearm tenderness for some time but he could not pinpoint exactly when it began. The discomfort increased during his start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers, when he allowed a career-high 13 hits.

The seventh pick overall of the 2010 draft, Harvey is 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and has a league-leading 191 strikeouts in 178 1∕3 innings pitched.

BASEBALL

Athletics put Reddick
on DL; designate Neshek

DETROIT – The Oakland Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a sprained right wrist.

He injured the wrist on Sunday and was hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBI in 97 games.

Oakland selected first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento to take Reddick’s place on the roster.

The Athletics also designated right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek for assignment on Monday.

He was 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 41 games.

BASEBALL

Cuban newspaper says
first baseman Abreu defects

HAVANA – An official Cuban newspaper said star first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu defected to try to play in Major League Baseball.

The weekly Trabajadores newspaper reported yesterday that Abreu departed Cuba “illegally and silently” for a Caribbean nation, most likely Haiti or the Dominican Republic. No further details were provided.

The 26-year-old Abreu played in all six games for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic in March, hitting .383 with three home runs and nine RBI.

Abreu is the fourth Cuban player to defect in the past two months, adding to the departures of first baseman Yozzen Cuesta, and pitchers Misael Siveiro and Odrisamer Despaigne.

NFL

Jets’ Sanchez aiming to
be back for season opener

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Mark Sanchez is hoping to return for the start of the regular season.

The New York Jets quarterback, dealing with a shoulder injury, rode a stationary bike at practice yesterday but didn’t participate in any throwing drills. He has been ruled out for the team’s final preseason game Thursday against Philadelphia, and won’t practice until Friday at the earliest.

“I’m a little sore,” Sanchez said. “I have an injured shoulder here, so I’ll just take it day to day and keep rehabbing and try to get back as soon as possible.”

Neither Sanchez nor Coach Rex Ryan would go into details of the injury or the rehabilitation process. The Jets announced Sunday only that Sanchez is “day-to-day” with an injured shoulder.

NFL

Source: Saints lose LB
Smith to injury for season

NEW ORLEANS – A person familiar with the situation said New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Will Smith, one of the team’s top pass-rushers during the past nine seasons, has a knee injury that will sideline him for the season.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not commented publicly on Smith’s injury.

Smith, a former first-round draft choice, spent his first nine seasons as a defensive end and this year switched to outside linebacker in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme. Smith was a projected starter, as was fellow outside linebacker Victor Butler, who also is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season.

NFL

Chiefs tight end Moeaki
fractures shoulder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs lost injury-prone tight end Tony Moeaki, who fractured one of his shoulders in Saturday night’s preseason victory over Pittsburgh.

Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said yesterday that Moeaki was undergoing further exams on the shoulder and did not say when the tight end would return. The Chiefs play their last preseason game Thursday night against Green Bay before making final roster cuts by Saturday.

It was unclear exactly when Moeaki got hurt, but Reid said it occurred late in the Steelers game. Moeaki was hit near the shoulder and then tackled to the ground on it.

NFL

Vikings fullback Felton
suspended for three games

MINNEAPOLIS – The NFL suspended Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton for three games for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

The punishment was announced yesterday without disclosing details.

Felton made the Pro Bowl last season after blocking for many of teammate Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 yards rushing. He signed a three-year contract with the club in March worth as much as $7.5 million, including $2 million guaranteed. Felton bounced around with three NFL teams until breakthrough last season with the Vikings.

NFL

Redskins QB Cousins:
‘No doubt’ for Week 1

ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said there’s “no doubt at all” he’ll be healthy for Week 1 of the regular season.

Cousins planned to return to practice yesterday, a week after spraining his right foot in the Redskins’ preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cousins’s status is vital because he will be the starting quarterback if Robert Griffin III isn’t cleared to play by the team doctor and Coach Mike Shanahan ahead of the Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL

Texans hope to know more about Reed’s status soon

HOUSTON – The Houston Texans expect to have a better idea of whether injured safety Ed Reed will play in their opener by the end of this week.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Reed visited the surgeon who did his April hip surgery in Vail, Colo., yesterday. He will receive injections in his hip during the visit and then travel Atlanta later this week to continue his rehabilitation.

The Texans wrap up their preseason on Thursday night at Dallas. Kubiak said the team “will have a really good idea” of his status after that game as they begin preparations for the Sept. 9 opener at San Diego.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Coach suspended for
slapping player’s helmet

WESTON, Fla. – The coach of a prominent South Florida high school football team was suspended from athletic events for two weeks after slapping one of his players in the side of the helmet in a nationally televised game.

Broward County school officials said Mark Guandolo of Cypress Bay High will also serve a three-day suspension from his job.

Guandolo struck quarterback Lucas Tellefsen in the left side of the helmet after an incompletion during Cypress Bay’s loss to American Heritage on Sunday. The game was shown on ESPN.

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