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Sports briefs for Aug. 4, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Goalie suffers perforated intestine, but plays on

Goalkeeper Mauricio Viana played the last few minutes of a Chilean league game, even saving a last-minute penalty, unaware that he had suffered a perforated intestine, his club Santiago Wanderers said Sunday.

Viana was injured in a clash with rival forward Omar Zalazar in the 78th minute of Saturday’s match against Audax Italiano, the club said on their website (www.santiagowanderers.cl).

There was no obvious injury and the 22-year-old Brazilian born goalkeeper played on, saving a penalty taken by Cristian Canuhe in the 89th minute to earn his team a 0-0 draw.

However, afterwards he complained of severe pain in the dressing room and underwent emergency surgery after it was diagnosed as a perforated intestine.

Wanderers said the operation had gone well and Viana was expected to recover in around four weeks.

Questions arise over Cooper’s knowledge of video

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper apparently was aware of the video in which he was shown using a racial slur before it emerged in public lsst week and informed the team that he received threatening messages through Twitter.

Cooper was fined by the team for his controversial comments at a Kenny Chesney concert in June that have angered teammates and the public. He took an indefinite leave of absense from training camp on Friday to seek counseling.

“Riley Cooper made us aware of the tweets when the video became public,” the team said in a statement released Sunday. “He told us that he did not know about the video. He informed us he blocked the tweets because he did not know the person nor understand the context of what that person was threatening.

“We promptly alerted NFL Security. This information potentially speaks to a legal issue that is a matter between Riley and the authorities. Our focus has been on Riley’s words and actions.”

The Eagles’ statement failed to make it fully clear whether Cooper knew about the contents of the footage before or after it was made public. But the statement raised the possibility of extortion if a person was seeking to collect money from Cooper in exchange for the video.

Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Friday that the team is not considering cutting Cooper.

“His status with us is not in question,” Kelly said.

Garza tweets dissatisfaction with Sogard, wife

Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Garza was upset enough about a squeeze bunt by A’s infielder Eric Sogard in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game in Oakland that he vented his frustration on social media after the game.

Garza was so disenchanted with the play, which gave the A’s an insurance late in the game, that he he shouted at Sogard walking off the field during the game and later took to Twitter to express his feelings.

Acquired in a trade with the Chicago Cubs last month, Garza tweeted at Sogard and his pregnant wife, Kaycee, who was posting on Twitter during the game. When Kaycee said on Twitter that “Eric is probably the last person to respond to getting called names,” Garza replied several hours later, “Childish is having your wife speak for you! certain people can’t shut there woman up!.”

In the clubhouse after the A’s 4-2 win, Garza had been questioned about what he said to Sogard on the field and he would only say, “I asked him if there were any good places to eat in Oakland.”

Later referring to that comment and the tweets from Sogard’s wife, Garza offered, “Keep your woman out of it. … Mans game … So no place in Oakland to eat huh!”

After several other comments on Twitter, Garza ended the evening with. “I appreciate the love baseball fans. sorry I let my competitive edge out. guess people thought athltees don’t care. Don’t like me don’t follow.”

He apologized again before Sunday’s game.

Bengals WR Green to miss preseason opener

The Cincinnati Bengals want to avoid taking any chances with the health of wide receiver A.J. Green’s knee and announced Sunday that he will not play in the team’s preseason opener on Thursday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Green’s injury, called a knee bruise by coach Marvin Lewis, occurred July 25 during training camp on a pass route. The Bengals have kept him out of practices since then, but the knee issue is not considered serious.

The third-year pro caught 97 passes for 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

The Bengals also announced that wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (ankle), offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) and defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (knee) will not make the trip to Atlanta for the game this week.

Royals’ Perez goes on concussion DL

The surging Kansas City Royals were dealt a blow on Sunday when they placed catcher Salvador Perez on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

The Royals’ medical staff labeled the injury a low-grade concussion, but it is unknown how long Perez might be sidelined.

The 23-year-old Perez is hitting .278 with four home runs and 43 RBI this season.

His backup is George Kottaras, who started Sunday’s game against the New York Mets and is expected to get the bulk of playing time behind the plate until Perez returns.

The Royals are 12-3 since the All-Star break and moving into American League Wild-card contention.

Sanchez hears boos during scrimmage

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is getting booed even before preseason games begin.

Sanchez threw an interception and stumbled on a dropback during a controlled Green & White scrimmage during training camp on Saturday night in Cortland, N.Y., and heard it from some of the approximately 6,000 in attendance.

“I think that’s bullcrap,” Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie said of the booing, according to ESPN.

Sanchez completed 6 of 11 passes for 93 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown strike to Stephen Hill on the final play of the scrimmage, but threw the interception, fell for a sack while going back to pass and overshot a wide-open Clyde Gates in the end zone.

“It was nice to close it that way and finish strong,” Sanchez said.

Rookie Geno Smith, who is competing with Sanchez, was 9 of 16 for 77 yards without an interception and completed four straight passes on his first drive. Third-stringer Greg McElroy threw 47- and 70-yard touchdown passes.

“This is the beginning stages, if you will, of the competition,” Ryan said.

Sanchez brushed off the crowd reaction after the interception.

“Oh, shoot, I don’t care,” he said. “That’s the way it goes.”

Rice: Only players can save Pro Bowl

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL can keep tinkering with the location and the format of the Pro Bowl, but Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice believes the annual all-star game will remain in trouble until the mindset of the players selected changes.

“You’ve got prima donnas, egocentrics, who act like it’s not an honor,” Rice told USA Today Sports at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in Canton, Ohio. “Plus, they’re thinking, ‘Why should I go and jeopardize what I’m doing?’ But it should be for the fans.

“How can you get the players to recognize that it’s an honor? You’ve got to play your best football in the Pro Bowl. So the spirit of this needs to be changed. I’m not sure that can be accomplished now.”

The league announced Rice and Deion Sanders will assist the top two vote-getters — who will serve as “captains” — along with two NFL.com fantasy football players in drafting the teams rather than having traditional AFC and NFC rosters. Kickoffs have also been eliminated.

“I don’t know if this will help the Pro Bowl survive,” Rice told USA Today, stressing the attitude of the players ultimately will decide the fate of the game. “If they want a vacation, go to the Bahamas. Back in the day, it was an honor to play in the Pro Bowl.”

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