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Sports briefs for July 27, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Report: Phils sign Gonzalez to $50M deal

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year contract worth more than $50 million, Yahoo! Sports reported.

The 26-year-old Gonzalez was cleared for employment on July 15 by the United States government. Nearly every Major League team showed interest at that point, and ultimately it came down to the Phillies and Boston Red Sox.

The Phillies simply made the highest offer, according to the report.

Gonzalez defected in February after being suspended by Cuba for trying to defect in January of 2012.

He reportedly has a mid-90s fastball and a variety of breaking and off-speed pitches, all of which he throws for strikes.

The Phillies are expected to send him to the minors, and whether he’ll be summoned to the majors this season or next will likely be determined by how well he pitches and adjusts to a new environment.

Philadelphia had never signed an international player to a contract worth more than $2 million.

Report: Biogenesis issued PEDs to HS athletes

Biogenesis of America, the Florida clinic at the center of baseball’s investigation of major-league players, gave performance-enhancing drugs to a number of high school students, ESPN reported on “Outside the Lines.”

ESPN based its report on information from former associates of Tony Bosch and documents it obtained.

Porter Fischer, a former Biogenesis employee, told ESPN he saw boys age 16 and 17 come into the clinic, sometimes with their fathers. He said they were given packages that included HGH and testosterone.

Clinic documents obtained by ESPN in February included the names of 10 Miami-area high school baseball players with dollar amounts listed next to their names.

Another former Biogenesis employee said the packages for teenage athletes often featured HGH and Sermorelin, a drug that stimulates growth hormone release in the body.

NCAA penalizes Montana football program

The University of Montana was hit with NCAA sanctions on Friday for failing to monitor the football program under former coach Robin Pflugrad.

The findings of an NCAA investigation included improper booster benefits to players, bail money and free legal representation for two athletes, and complimentary meals, clothing, lodging and transportation.

The penalties, most of which were self-imposed by the university, were a three-year probation, the loss of four scholarships in each of the next three seasons and vacating five wins because ineligible athletes played in those games. Two of the victories came in the FCS playoffs against Central Arkansas and Northern Iowa during an 11-3 season.

Pflugrad, who was fired in 2012 and currently serves as the offensive coordinator at Weber State, is suspended from coaching for the first game of the 2013 season. He also will be restricted in recruiting and required to attend an NCAA regional rules seminar next year.

Chiefs sign No. 1 pick Fisher

The Kansas City Chiefs signed No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Friday before the start of training camp, the team announced.

The five-year deal is worth $22.2 million and includes a $15.5 million bonus, ESPN reported. The numbers are in line with the previous two top picks in the NFL Draft and follow the league’s new rookie wage scale.

The offensive tackle from Central Michigan could start his rookie season on the right side for the Chiefs. Coach Andy Reid has indicated that he might keep franchise-tag player Branden Albert at left tackle.

Fisher was primarily a left tackle at CMU. He started 32 career games, including four at right tackle.

Delle Donne to miss WNBA All-Star Game

Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne will not play in the WNBA All-Star game on Saturday because of a concussion.

Delle Donne, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, was the top vote-getter for the all-star game, becoming the first rookie in WNBA history to receive that honor.

She was injured Wednesday in the Sky’s 82-78 loss to the Washington Mystics while going for a loose ball in the third quarter.

Delle Donne, the WNBA’s third leading scorer this season at 18.2 points per game, will be replaced on the Eastern Conference roster by Atlanta’s Erika de Souza.

Brittney Griner, the top pick in the 2013 draft, also will miss the game because of a sprained left knee.

Blackhawks sign Quenneville to extension

The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have retained head coach Joel Quenneville on a three-year contract extension, the National Hockey League team said Friday.

Quenneville, who led the Blackhawks to Stanley Cups titles in 2010 and 2013, will remain behind the Chicago bench through the end of the 2016-17 NHL season.

The 54-year-old became the franchise’s 37th head coach in October 2008 and has since compiled a 222-106-44 record in 372 regular-season games.

Florida’s Muschamp gets $250,000 raise

Florida football coach Will Muschamp will get a $250,000 raise in each of the five years remaining on his contract, the school announced Friday.

The Gators were 11-2 in 2012, losing to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. They are 18-8 in two seasons under Muschamp.

With the raise, Muschamp will earn about $3 million per year. That ranks about in the middle of the pack for salaries among Southeastern Conference head coaches, according to

Alabama’s Nick Saban ($5.47 million annually) leads the SEC, and LSU’s Les Miles, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, Georgia’s Mark Richt, Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Texas A&M’ s Kevin Sumlin all make between $3.1 and $3.8 million annually, according to the report.

Vince Young forced to auction possessions

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young was thrown for a big loss this week.

According to reports, Houston-area authorities entered Young’s home on Monday to inventory his possessions for an auction that will be held by court order to pay down $1.7 million owed to Pro Player Funding.

Young defaulted on a high-risk loan from Pro Player during the NFL lockout in 2011. He claims he was duped by former financial adviser Ronnie Peoples to take out the loan, but a court ruled against Young and he has been fighting the case.

The court judgment does permit Young to maintain $60,000 of his personal belongings.

Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft out of Texas and signed a guaranteed contract worth $26 million with the Tennessee Titans. But he never lived up to expectations, spending five seasons with the Titans and one season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.

Jets CB Berry suffers season-ending knee injury

The New York Jets announced that cornerback Aaron Berry suffered a knee injury in Friday’s practice that will sideline him for the entire season. reported that the injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

A date for surgery has not yet been set.

Berry started three games for the Detroit Lions in 2011, but was arrested twice in one month during the ensuing offseason. He was cut by the Lions last July and served a three-game suspension in 2012 for a DUI and brandishing a gun.

Berry signed with the Jets last year and played in seven games last season, but did not make any starts.

Two minor-leaguers suspended 50 games

Two minor league players were suspended by Major League Baseball for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Atlanta Braves minor league right-handed pitcher Humberto Carpio received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

He is currently on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Braves.

Cincinnati Reds minor league outfielder Yoel Noel received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone.

He is on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Reds.

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