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Monday's Sports In Brief
August 20, 2013, 3:31 am

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for Alex Rodriguez declined Major League Baseball's challenge to make public the drug evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York Yankees star.

MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred wrote to lawyer Joseph Tacopina on Monday, urging him to waive his client's confidentiality under baseball's Joint Drug Agreement so the documents could be released. Tacopina had said he wanted to discuss evidence publicly but was constrained by the provision.

"We will agree to waive those provisions as they apply to both Rodriguez and the office of commissioner of baseball with respect to Rodriguez's entire history under the program, including, but not limited to, his testing history, test results, violations of the program, and all information and evidence relating to Rodriguez's treatment by Anthony Bosch, Anthony Galea and Victor Conte," Manfred wrote in the letter that was released by MLB.

Bosch was head of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Galea pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada. Conte was head of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, the target of a federal investigation that led to criminal charges against Barry Bonds, Marion Jones and others.

Tacopina, a lawyer with one of the four firms representing Rodriguez, said the players' association would have to agree to waive confidentiality.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured.

Ralph Sasson, a Milwaukee law student, said Braun's agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the left fielder tested positive for steroid use. The agent later asked him to investigate the man who collected Braun's urine, Dino Laurenzi Jr., and Braun personally asked him to prank call two journalists working on a story about the failed test, according to the lawsuit filed last month in Milwaukee County court.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols finally agreed he should wait till next year.

Pujols will miss the rest of the season to rest his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced.

The $240 million slugger gave up his hope to play again next month when the team's medical staff and front office advised him to avoid rushing back to the lineup late in the Angels' dismal season. Pujols partially tore his left plantar fascia last month, and only recently got his foot out of a walking boot.

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PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Von Miller lined up at his usual position and flashed the freakish athletic moves that might soon be missing from the Denver Broncos' ramshackle defense.

The All-Pro linebacker brushed past reporters after another stellar practice, choosing not to stop and talk about the latest report that he could be facing an even longer suspension that originally thought.

ESPN reported that Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league's drug abuse policy. Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a monthlong suspension to start the 2013 season.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will have further medical tests on a bruised lung, an injury that caused him to spit up blood during an exhibition game last week.

Mingo was hospitalized for two days at The Cleveland Clinic after he sustained the unusual injury during the first half of Thursday night's win over the Detroit Lions. The No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft said he coughed up blood and experienced shortness of breath on the sideline before he told coaches and the team's trainers that he was hurt.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said running back Dion Lewis had surgery Monday after breaking his left leg against the Lions. Banner said the team still does not know if Lewis will play this year.

Banner said Mingo will have more tests and the team does not yet know how long he will be out.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert has a starting job and a broken thumb.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley chose Gabbert as his starting quarterback, but said Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason to heal the hairline fracture in his right thumb he sustained when he hit his hand on a defenders helmet in a 17-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday night.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A lawyer brought in by Penn State to help resolve civil claims with former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse victims said he expects 25 of 31 to be settled by the end of the week.

Attorney Michael Rozen said "the overwhelming majority" of the eight young men who testified against Sandusky last year are among the 25. A 25-year-old man from suburban Philadelphia, a trial witness referred to as "Victim 5," became the first to finalize a deal on Friday.

Rozen said all of the deals include provisions to give the university the right to pursue claims against the university's insurer, The Second Mile charity founded by Sandusky and The Second Mile's insurer.

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LEGAL

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Olympian Oscar Pistorius was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day.

A Pretoria court set March 3 as the trial date for the double-amputee, who says he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder in his home. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument. The prosecution submitted a list of more than 100 witnesses.

Pistorius was in court for the indictment, and was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before proceedings started.

He faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Australian man attending an Oklahoma college on a baseball scholarship was shot and killed in what police described as a random act of violence by three "bored" teenagers who decided to kill someone for the fun of it.

Christopher Lane, 22, of Melbourne, was found dead Friday while visiting the town of Duncan, where his girlfriend lives. Three boys, ages 15, 16, and 17, are in custody and face a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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TENNIS

NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Federer is seeded No. 7 for the U.S. Open, his first slot outside the top three at any Grand Slam tournament in a decade.

Federer's ranking dropped two slots to seventh, and the U.S. Tennis Association's seedings followed the ATP standings.

Federer's record 17 Grand Slam titles include five at the U.S. Open. He's among five former champions in the men's field, including No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No. 3 Andy Murray, who won the 2012 title.

Federer was seeded No. 1 at 18 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments from 2004-08.

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AUTO RACING

Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR's most respected drivers to take over the No. 14.

At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend.

Martin was released from his part-time schedule at Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday and will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in 12 of the final 13 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, will miss the rest of the season while he recovers from the broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

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