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Tuesday's Sports In Brief
July 31, 2013, 3:35 am

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has told the union which players it intends to suspend in its drug investigation and which ones will receive lengthier penalties for their roles in the Biogenesis case, two people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.

The sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings, and talks could push back an announcement until Friday.

The meeting between MLB and the union on Tuesday, first reported by the New York Daily News, signaled the final stretch of talks. MLB hopes to announce the penalties for all players involved at the same time, both people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.

Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees stands to receive the longest suspension. While 50 games is the standard for a first offense, the stiffer penalties for some players are tied to other alleged violations, including not being truthful to MLB investigators.

Three 2013 All-Stars could face bans: Texas outfielder Nelson Cruz, San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera and Detroit shortstop Jhonny Peralta.

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox needed a starting pitcher. The Detroit Tigers were looking for infield help. The Chicago White Sox wanted more prospects for the future.

And that's why baseball's biggest trade of the season came together.

The Red Sox acquired Jake Peavy from the White Sox in a blockbuster three-team deal that also sent shortstop Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers.

The slick-fielding Iglesias provides a nice insurance policy for AL Central-leading Detroit in case Jhonny Peralta is suspended as part of baseball's Biogenesis drug investigation. Iglesias also can play second and third.

"The frank reality is that I do not know what is going to happen with Jhonny, but with this move, we now feel well protected if there is a long suspension," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Beard is back in baseball.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year contract.

He hasn't pitched in the major leagues since April 12, 2012, the same month he had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Wilson was one of the majors' top relievers from 2008-11 with the San Francisco Giants. He was a three-time All-Star and led the big leagues with 163 saves in 186 chances.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL:

Texas A&M said that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a friend who was joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, stunning both schools just days before fall practices begin.

Manukainiu, a 19-year-old defensive lineman for the Aggies, and 18-year-old Utah recruit Gaius "Keio" Vaenuku were killed, officials from both schools said.

The wreck happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, N.M., about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, as the group of five was returning from Salt Lake City to suburban Dallas, where three of them had ties to prep football power Trinity High School in Euless.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Rutgers will retire the jersey number of parlayzed former player Eric LeGrand.

Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood made the announcement during football media day for the American Athletic Conference.

LeGrand and his No. 52 will be honored in a ceremony Sept. 14 when Rutgers plays at home against Eastern Michigan. It will be the first number retired in the history of the program.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde was suspended Tuesday for at least three games and will be required to meet additional obligations before he plays again for the Buckeyes.

Hyde had been suspended indefinitely after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar. But police said earlier Tuesday that the case had been dropped.

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LEGAL

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Jerry Sandusky scandal appears headed for another court battle that is sure to prolong the media spotlight on how the former Penn State football icon molested boys, sometimes in the school's facilities.

Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered to stand trial on charges accusing them of covering up their failure to tell police about a 2001 allegation that Sandusky molested a boy in a university locker room shower, even after they knew police investigated complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998.

It was, said lead state prosecutor Bruce Beemer, a "conspiracy of silence."

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Police divers returned for a second day of searching in a lake in the Connecticut hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder.

Authorities have declined to comment on the search at Pine Lake, a 54-acre man-made lake in Bristol, except to confirm it is related to the Hernandez investigation.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough, Mass.

Authorities believe Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber Glock, which hasn't been recovered.

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PRO FOOTBALL

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Percy Harvin will have hip surgery on Thursday, sidelining the dynamic wide receiver for the start of his first season with the Seattle Seahawks.

Harvin made the announcement on his Twitter account on Tuesday night, hours after getting a second opinion on the injury in New York. The Seahawks then said the operation was scheduled for Thursday, but no timetable for recovery was provided.

Harvin was seeking more information about the hip soreness in the area of his labrum that popped up just before the Seahawks opened training camp. Harvin noted the discomfort when he reported for camp last Wednesday.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston signed free agent Joe Mays after the linebacker was suspended and fined last season for a hit on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Mays knocked Schaub's helmet off and the star QB lost a chunk of his left ear on the play during Houston's 31-25 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sept. 23. Mays was fined $50,000 and suspended for one game.

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) - Daniel Adongo has never played a down of American football, has watched only a few games on television and he tends to fidget with his helmet.

Somehow, the Indianapolis Colts found this muscle-bound 6-foot-5, 257-pound athlete on the rugby fields of Africa and decided to give him a shot at making an NFL roster.

"Just take your steps and be patient," Adongo said. "The biggest thing is to be patient with myself and allow myself to have a good learning curve and build myself up."

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Barry Church is finished with Jolly Ranchers. The candy-loving Dallas Cowboys safety missed a day of training camp because of a cherry-flavored one.

Church chipped a tooth on a piece of the hard candy about a week before reporting to camp. He felt pain off and on, but says it was unbearable when he woke up Monday morning.

The fourth-year pro missed a walkthrough and a full practice to get a root canal, returning Tuesday.

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PRO BASKETBALL

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Pistons acquired point guard Brandon Jennings the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Brandon Knight and two prospects, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the trade hasn't been announced, said Jennings has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons. The person said Detroit will also give up seldom-used Ukrainian center Viacheslav Kravtsov and forward Khris Middleton in the deal.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The Grizzlies signed Mike Miller in a deal that brings back the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as the Grizzlies try to find a way to improve coming off their first Western Conference final.

The Grizzlies did not disclose details of the contract.

Miller still holds eight franchise records with the Grizzlies, including 3-point shooting percentage and the most 3s made and attempted. He spent parts of six seasons with the Grizzlies from 2003 through 2008. He helped the Heat win the past two NBA titles, and has shot 41 percent from 3-point range in 13 NBA seasons.

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OBITUARY

Oscar "Ossie" Schectman, the former New York Knicks guard who scored the first basket in NBA history nearly seven decades ago, died Tuesday. He was 94.

Schectman's son Peter confirmed his father's death, which was also announced by the Knicks. Peter Schectman said his father did not have a prolonged illness and succumbed after developing complications related to respiratory failure.

Schectman scored the opening basket of a game in what was then known as the BAA on Nov. 1, 1946, for the Knicks against the Toronto Huskies, a layup after cutting down the center of the lane. The Knicks wound up winning that game at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens 68-66, and Schectman went on to average 8.1 points that season, his only one with the franchise.

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CYCLING

GENEVA (AP) - With embattled UCI president Pat McQuaid in an intense contest for his job against British challenger Brian Cookson, the election rules for the cycling body are set to be changed.

The International Cycling Union said late Monday it's preparing an amendment to its statutes, which could safeguard McQuaid's nomination for the September election.

On Tuesday, Cookson denounced the tactic as "a clear sign of desperation" by McQuaid, who must also give up his International Olympic Committee membership if the presidency is lost.

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SOCCER

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - With questions surrounding the death of striker Christian Benitez, Ecuador's soccer federation said a plane has been hired to bring the player's body home.

Autopsy results have not been released by Benitez's new Qatari club, El Jaish, which has yet to say how the 27-year-old forward died Monday. But the team said he didn't complain about his health Sunday after playing his first match with the club in hot and humid conditions.

The club said he passed a medical checkup July 4 and entered the game as a substitute in the final 10 minutes. The team is awaiting a medical report that is expected Wednesday.

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TENNIS

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jack Sock beat No. 59-ranked Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Citi Open to set up a second-round matchup with No. 2-seeded Kei Nishikori, a

On the women's side, top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruised past Irina Falconi 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Carla Suarez Navarro used a strong return game for a 6-4, 6-3 win over Sachie Ishizu in the first round of the Southern California Open.

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