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Friday's Sports In Brief
July 27, 2013, 4:06 am

PRO FOOTBALL

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Ryan Braun apparently has some work to do to repair his friendship with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Describing himself as shocked and disappointed, Rodgers said that Braun "looked at me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied the allegations" that the Milwaukee Brewers slugger was using performance-enhancing drugs. Braun this week accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension after admitting to violating baseball's rules against using PEDs.

Rodgers last year defended his friend on Twitter, going so far as to betting his multimillion-dollar salary that Braun was clean.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jarvis Jenkins became the eighth Washington Redskins player to receive an NFL drugs-related suspension in 22 months, sanctioned for four games without pay for testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance.

Expected to start at defensive end, Jenkins will instead miss the first four games of the regular season. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 30, following the Week 4 game against Oakland.

Jenkins, who was on the practice field at training camp working with the first-string unit when the suspension was announced, released a statement saying he was "shocked and confused" to learn that he had tested positive for what he called "an obscure substance." Then he addressed reporters at length following the practice, apologizing to fans, the team and his parents.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Tim Tebow had a rough day throwing the ball in his first training camp practice. But he caught a short toss during a screen-passing drill. His future with the New England Patriots, if he has one, may depend on that kind of versatility rather than his questionable quarterbacking skills.

And the arrest of tight end Aaron Hernandez, of course, his former teammate at Florida, could help his chances.

Coach Bill Belichick wouldn't commit to using Tebow only at quarterback, where his throwing mechanics were faulty while with the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Tebow has the size to play tight end and H-back but said he's only been in the quarterback room during positional meetings with the Patriots.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Brian Cashman's expression said it all. Every time Alex Rodriguez's name was mentioned, the New York Yankees general manager appeared as if he might get sick.

The subject was the third baseman's claim that his left quadriceps really isn't injured, but it could have been any one several topics: Rodriguez's alleged performance-enhancing drug use, his pesky Twitter and radio appearances or his knack for creating tabloid headlines.

Cashman challenged A-Rod to have his leg examined by an outside doctor or perhaps even file a grievance, defending the team's medical and training staff and saying he wouldn't comment on "extra noise."

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs, bringing back the seven-time All-Star to give a power boost to a team that desperately needs more pop.

Soriano immediately went into the starting lineup, batting cleanup and playing left field against Tampa Bay. The Cubs got minor league pitcher Corey Black and are also sending almost $17.7 million to the Yankees to cover the rest of Soriano's rich contract.

Soriano, who went 0 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in the Yankees' 10-6 loss to the Rays, outhomered the Yankees all by himself (10-8) in the four weeks prior to the deal. Overall, the 37-year-old was hitting .254 with 17 homers and 51 RBIs with the Cubs.

HOCKEY

CHICAGO (AP) - Stan Bowman wanted to keep Joel Quenneville in Chicago, and the coach had no desire to leave.

After two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, this was a no-brainer.

The Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension for Quenneville, kicking off their sixth annual fan convention with a crowd-pleasing move.

The 54-year-old Quenneville is 222-106 in five seasons in Chicago. He led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup in 2010, ending a 49-year drought, and then coached them to another title this year.

GOLF

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) - Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open.

Coming off a ninth-place tie last week in the British Open, the five-time PGA Tour winner had eight birdies in his bogey-free round at Glen Abbey to reach 13-under 131.

John Merrick was second after a 62. He tied the course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Andy Bean in 1983 - both when Glen Abbey played to a par of 71 - and Greg Norman in 1986. Merrick had an eagle and 10 birdies, playing the back nine in 6-under 31.

Bubba Watson was 9 under after a 67. Aaron Baddeley and Patrick Reed shot 68 to reach 8 under, and Tommy Gainey (64), Chris Kirk (69) and James Hahn (68) followed at 7 under.

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany's Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open.

Langer, the 2010 champion at Carnoustie, had a 67 to match Wiebe at 5-under 135.

South Africa's David Frost was a stroke back after a 68. First-round leader Gene Sauers had a 70 join Peter Fowler (69) and Mark McNulty (67) at 3 under.

SOCCER

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. soccer team will be missing a key figure for the Gold Cup final against Panama on Sunday: their coach.

Jurgen Klinsmann was suspended for one game by CONCACAF's disciplinary committee, the result of his ejection in the 87th minute of a 3-1 victory over Honduras in the semifinals Wednesday. Klinsmann was dismissed "for showing dissent towards the referee by throwing the ball in a violent manner," the disciplinary committee found, and said FIFA rules require anyone ejected from a match to be suspended for the following game.

The decision cannot be appealed.

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