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Sports briefs for July 9, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Celtics’ Sullinger to appear at Hadlock

PORTLAND — Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger is scheduled to make an appearance at Hadlock Field on Aug. 7 when the Portland Sea Dogs host the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 7 p.m.

Sullinger, 21, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will be available to sign free autographs on photos provided by the Sea Dogs for fans from 7 to 8 p.m.

In his rookie season, the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 6.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 49.3 percent from the field in 45 games.

NBA to fine Rockets $150,000

The Houston Rockets apparently spoke too soon about landing free-agent center Dwight Howard.

The Rockets were fined $150,000 by the NBA for unauthorized comments made during the league’s free-agency moratorium, reported Tuesday. Teams are not allowed to sign or discuss free agents until Wednesday.

After the highly sought Howard announced his decision on Friday night to sign with Houston after one season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on Twitter: “Welcome to Houston @DwightHoward!!!” And then, “Years of work by Dwight & Rockets went into this. This team is going to be special.”

In addition to his Twitter posts, Morey appeared in television in Houston to discuss Howard’s announcement.

Report: Rodriguez, Braun suspensions coming

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and as many as 20 others players at the center of Major League Baseball’s investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs are expected to be suspended next week, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.

The length of the suspensions is not yet known, but ESPN reported in June that MLB was considering 100-game bans for the players connected to the south Florida anti-aging clinic and Anthony Bosch, who alllegedly supplied the PEDs.

Braun would not answer questions last week from baseball investigators about possible ties to Bosch and the Biogenesis clinic, according to ESPN sources. Rodriguez, meanwhile, is supposed to be interviewed soon,

49ers sign first-round pick Reid

The San Francisco 49ers signed first-round draft pick Eric Reid to a four-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Reid, a safety who was the 18th overall selection in April, started all 13 games for LSU last season and had 91 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed. He was named an All-American after his junior season.

The 22-year-old Reid finished his college career with 199 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six interrceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Reid was the last of the 49ers’ 12 picks from this year’s draft to sign. San Francisco is the 14th team to sign all of its 2013 draft choices.

Trenton Thunder bat dog dies

Chase That Golden Thunder, the bat-retrieving dog of the New York Yankees’ Double-A team, died Monday at age 13.

The lovable canine had delighted fans since his 2002 debut with the Trenton Thunder and has received worldwide recognition over his loyal years of service at Waterfront/ARM & HAMMER Park. The pup has been seen on CNN, Japanese television, ESPN, FOX and the YES Network as well as numerous local television stations.

Chase died three days after the team held a celebration his contributions during a retirement ceremony.

Tigers’ Infante placed on DL

Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante was placed on the 15-day disabled Tuesday, retroactive to July 4, with a left ankle sprain.

Infante was injured on a hard slide into second base by Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus, which angered some Tigers.

Infante has been one of the team’s better performers batting second in the lineup, ahead of sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Price Fielder. The second baseman is batting .309 with six home runs.

Padres’ President, CEO resigns

San Diego Padres President and CEO Tom Garfinkel has resigned after four years with the team.

Garfinkel had been team president since April 2009 and promoted to chief executive officer in 2012. He stayed with the Padres after Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler bought the franchise from John Moores last August for $800 million. Fowler, the executive chairman, will take on Garfinkel’s responsibilities until the team secures a new president and CEO.

Garfinkel’s contributions to the Padres include helping to increase the team’s season-ticket base, and landing a 20-year television deal worth $1.2 billion with Fox Sports San Diego.

Report: Alford’s deal contains large buyout

UCLA basketball fans should get used to the sight of Steve Alford pacing the court for at least three years, thanks to a large mutual buyout should either side sever ties early, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Alford’s contract contains a $10.6 million buyout provision should either side decide to end their relationship before April 30, 2016, more than four times his annual pay. After that, the amount shrinks each year, to $7.8 million, $5.2 million in 2017 and 2018, respectively, then $2.6 million after years five and six of the seven-year, $18.2 million deal, the paper said.

The large amount is likely a result of Alford’s previous departure from the University of New Mexico, when the 48-year-old coach left the school two weeks after agreeing to a contract extension. His signing ignited a debate over how much he owed his former boss to purchase his contract.

2nd Broncos exec arrested for DUI

A second member of the Denver Broncos’ personnel department has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Tom Heckert, the team’s director of pro personnel, was charged with DUI on June 11, but it was first reported Tuesday. This past weekend, Matt Russell, the Broncos’ director of player personnel, was arrested on the same charge.

Both Heckert and the Broncos acknowledged his arrest on Tuesday in statements. Russell and Heckert could face fines and suspensions from the NFL.

The Broncos hired Heckert in May after he was fired in December by the Cleveland Browns after three seasons as general manager.

Islanders sign Cal Clutterbuck

Forward Cal Clutterbuck agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

The team didn’t announce the financial term, but Newsday reporting that the deal is worth $11 million.

Clutterbuck, a restricted free agent, came to the Islanders in a June 30 trade with the Minnesota Wild for Nino Niederreiter. The 25-year-old had 10 points and 27 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Wild last season.

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