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Monday's Sports In Brief
September 17, 2013, 3:28 am

BASEBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves following shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.

The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.

"It's a very emotional day. An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and all the people affected by this. We felt it was inappropriate to play a major league baseball game with such tragedy right down the street."

Located just blocks from the Navy Yard, one of the stadium's parking lots was used for families of the Navy Yard employees to meet following the evacuation of the facility.

PHOENIX (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers activated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list for the third time this season.

Kemp wasn't in the lineup for the Dodgers' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

In 62 games, Kemp is hitting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs.

NEW YORK (AP) - Jerry Seinfeld will join the broadcast crew for the New York Mets games against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

The comic is a longtime fan of the team, which is 15 games below .500 and with little to laugh about this season. He will appear on the pregame show and then join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling for the call of the game against the San Francisco Giants.

Seinfeld also broadcast a game between the Mets and Detroit on June 23, 2010.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics will be using a walkthrough metal detection system for fans entering the Coliseum beginning Thursday night against the Minnesota Twins.

Major League Baseball said Monday that there is no league-wide mandate on the new security. The Pittsburgh Pirates began using the system in June. The NBA's Golden State Warriors, whose arena shares the same parking lot with the Coliseum, already have been using walkthrough metal detectors.

The A's said fans will have their bags searched and will need to empty pockets of keys, cellphones and other items before walking through a metal detector.

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GOLF

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Zach Johnson won the rain-delayed BMW Championship on Monday and now has a chance to win something bigger.

Johnson rolled in two birdie putts over the closing holes at soggy Conway Farms and closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory over Nick Watney, giving him one of the top five seeds for the Tour Championship next week and a clear shot at the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize.

His first win of the year came at the expense of Jim Furyk, who endured another dose of final-round disappointment after grabbing a slice of history Friday as the sixth player in PGA Tour history with a 59.

Furyk's victory drought is now at three years, and he has failed to win the last six times he had at least a share of the lead going into the final round. He lost the outright lead with a bogey on the 11th hole and then fell too far behind with two more bogeys in his round of 71. He wound up alone in third.

Watney started the week at No. 34 in the FedEx Cup. He closed with a 64, and his runner-up finish allowed him to join the 30 players who advance to East Lake next week, all of them with at least a mathematical chance at the $10 million bonus.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Hours after Bo Pelini fired back at criticism from one of the Nebraska program's all-time greats, he had to apologize for a profane rant in which he criticized "fair-weather" Cornhuskers fans.

The sports website Deadspin.com on Monday posted the 2-year-old audio of the Cornhuskers' coach going off on fans and newspaper reporters after a game.

Pelini's problematic Monday came on the heels of yet another brutal loss for the Huskers. UCLA wiped out an 18-point deficit in Lincoln and beat Nebraska 41-21 on Saturday.

The Deadspin audio caught Pelini speaking off air with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska's win over Ohio State in October 2011. Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading to the Ohio State game for the Huskers' performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.

In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls "fair-weather" fans.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State has appointed a former NCAA official to investigate alleged misconduct in the football program.

School president Burns Hargis and the Board of Regents said Monday that Charles E. Smrt will lead an independent review of alleged violations first reported by Sports Illustrated.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - The Pac-12 Conference reprimanded the officials in Saturday night's game between Wisconsin and Arizona State for their actions in the bizarre closing seconds.

The Pac-12 said the officials did not act with enough urgency or properly handle the end of game situation when Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave awkwardly took a knee and the clock ran out on the Badgers in the ensuing confusion.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon apologized for actions that drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the Texas A&M game.

Yeldon made a money sign and a double throat-slashing gesture toward the stands after running for a 4-yard touchdown in the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 49-42 victory.

Yeldon did not speak to the media on Monday but issued a statement through media relations apologizing for "my selfish action."

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The latest game-day seizure suffered by Minnesota coach Jerry Kill again raised the question: Could his unpredictable condition make him unable to continue with this high-profile, demanding job?

Kill's boss, echoing Gophers assistants and players, answered another time with an emphatic no.

"Jerry is our coach, and we are 100 percent behind him. I am 100 percent behind him," athletic director Norwood Teague said Monday.

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PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Hard-hitting Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday's game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless receiver, Darren Sproles.

The suspension was imposed Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks. Goldson can't practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers' game on Sunday against New England.

He can return to football activities with the team next Monday.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said tests on Reggie Bush's left knee were "encouraging," and his ailment isn't a long-term injury.

Bush took a helmet to his left knee in the first half Sunday at Arizona and played only briefly in the third quarter, leading to the Lions losing 25-21.

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a tendon strain in his left foot, and the Jaguars hope he won't miss any games.

Coach Gus Bradley said Monday that Jones-Drew will undergo an MRI and may sit out practice this week as a precaution. But he's encouraged that Jones-Drew could be ready to play Sunday in Seattle.

"We'll know more on Wednesday but by all accounts it looks pretty good," Bradley said.

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NCAA

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The structure of the NCAA could look very different by this time next year as members try to resolve the growing disparity between big-money schools and smaller institutions.

What won't change, however, is the amateur status of the players who make college athletics a billion-dollar business.

"One thing that sets the fundamental tone is there's very few members and, virtually no university president, that thinks it's a good idea to convert student-athletes into paid employees. Literally into professionals," NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday at Marquette University. "Then you have something very different from collegiate athletics. One of the guiding principles (of the NCAA) has been that this is about students who play sports."

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TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Former top-10 player Marin Cilic was suspended nine months for a doping violation.

The ban was back-dated to May 1, so Cilic can return to competition Jan. 31, the International Tennis Federation said Monday.

Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, at a tournament in Munich last spring. The ITF said it accepted the player's contention that he ingested the substance inadvertently in glucose tablets and was not trying to cheat.

As a result, the ITF gave him a reduced penalty rather than a ban of up to two years.

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CYCLING

MADRID (AP) - American cyclist Christopher Horner has not officially missed a doping test despite being at the center of a whereabouts mix-up on Monday, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said.

USADA's statement said Horner had provided an update on his whereabouts in advance, but as the information had been emailed to the U.S., an anti-doping control officer in Spain was not informed of the change.

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