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Sports briefs for Aug. 23, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Track star Gay facing suspension

Former Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay faces a two-year ban after testing positive for steroids, BBC Sports reported Friday.

Gay, who holds the U.S. record in the 100 meters, admitted he tested positive in March.

“I don’t have a sabotage story,” he said at the time. “I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games. I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”

He also failed an out-of-competition test in May and another one during the U.S. World Championship Trials in June.

The positive test was probably for testosterone or something similar, based on officials referring to a carbon isotope test, according to the BBC.

Gay did not compete at the world championships. He is believed to be cooperating with officials for a reduced suspension.

Broadcaster Scully returning for 65th season

Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will return for a 65th year, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Scully, 85, has been deciding on a year-to-year whether or not to return.

“It has been such an exciting, enjoyable, wonderful season — the big crowds in the ballpark, everybody is talking about the ball club, and I really respect, admire and love the management — so everything just fell into place,” Scully said.

Scully said he feels healthy, he still enjoys the work and his wife game him her blessing.

He also he just is not ready to retire.

Owens suing Rosenhaus for $6.5 million

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens is suing agent Drew Rosenhaus and his brother, Jason Rosenhaus, for $6.5 million.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Owens is seeking damages for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and negligence.

In the lawsuit, Owens claims that Rosenhaus introduced him to financial adviser Jeff Rubin and recommended that Owens hire Rubin to manage his finances. He alleges that the now-banned financial adviser poorly invested his money, including in an illegal and now-bankrupt casino project in Alabama.

Owens claims that the advice given by the Rosenhaus brothers and hiring Rubin caused him to lose nearly $5 million, and another $1.5 million in income could have been generated if invested properly.

Big 12, Liberty Bowl reach 6-year deal

The Liberty Bowl on Friday announced a six-year deal with the Big 12 that takes effect in the 2014 season.

Currently, the bowl matches the Conference USA champion against a team from the SEC, but that will change next year, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Liberty Bowl officials will have the fourth selection of Big 12 teams after that league’s college football playoff representatives have been chosen.

The Big 12 had been searching for a bowl that would be favorable for traveling fans, and last season Iowa State’s appearance in the Liberty Bowl provided the impetus for negotiations.

Iowa State at 6-6 was a backup choice after no SEC team was available. Almost 25,000 Cyclones fans descended on Memphis to watch Iowa State lose to Tulsa.

Steelers trade for Felix Jones

The Pittsburgh Steelers have acquired running back Felix Jones from the Philadelphia Eagles for linebacker Adrian Robinson.

Jones was a first-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2008. In five seasons with Dallas, Jones rushed for 2,728 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also caught 127 passes for 1,062 yards with three touchdowns. In that span, Jones is the only player in the NFL to have a 60-plus yards touchdown run, a 70-plus yards touchdown reception and a 90-plus yards kickoff return for a touchdown.

Jones signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in May.

Rays acquire DeJesus from Nationals

For the second time this week, outfielder David DeJesus was traded.

The Tampa Bay Rays announced Friday that they acquired DeJesus from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

DeJesus is expected to report to the Rays for Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees. The Rays did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move.

DeJesus, 33, was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Nationals on Monday. He played three games for Washington.

He is batting .247 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 19 doubles and a .327 on-base percentage in 87 games this season.

Reds’ Broxton has season-ending surgery

Cincinnati Reds right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton will need six months to recover from a flexor mass strain in his right forearm, MLB.com reported Friday.

Broxton had surgery, which was performed by Dr. Tim Kremchek.

The Reds placed Broxton on the 15-day disabled list Thursday.

Broxton left Wednesday’s 10-7 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks after facing two batters in the eighth inning. He had appeared in five games since coming off the DL on Aug. 7 with a strained right elbow. He was on the DL for nearly two months.

Broxton, who is in the first year of a three-year, $21-million deal, went 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA over 30 2/3 innings this season.

Braves acquire Freddy Garcia

The Atlanta Braves acquired veteran right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations.

Garcia, who has been pitching for the Orioles’ Class AAA affiliate in Norfolk, Va., will join the Braves’ Class AAA team in Gwinnett, Ga.

Garcia could get a callup soon since Tim Hudson is done for the season and Brandon Beachy could also go on the disabled list.

Garcia, 36, was demoted to the minors in June after he went 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 53 innings for the Orioles. For Norfolk, he has a 2.84 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 15 walks in 13 starts.

For his career, Garcia is 155-106 with a 4.18 ERA.

Texas DE Smith loses appeal

Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith lost his suspension appeal and will miss the season opener, ESPN reported Friday.

Smith was suspended for forcing off the helmet of Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito and swinging it at him during the team’s preseason game last Saturday.

Part of Smith’s punishment is that he also has to miss the Texans’ last two preseason games. He will lose about $400,000 in salary.

Smith is allowed to practice through Aug. 30, but after that is ineligible to participate in team activities until Sept. 10.

A’s acquire Suzuki from Nationals

The Oakland A’s announced Friday that they re-acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals will receive a low-level pitching prospect in return.

The A’s were looking for backstop help because they have two injured catchers. John Jaso has been out since late July due to a concussion, and it’s uncertain if he’ll be able to return this year. Derek Norris broke his left big toe Tuesday, and he’s likely to land on the disabled list.

Suzuki, 29, lost the Nationals’ regular catching role to Wilson Ramos over the past month. In 79 games this season, Suzuki is batting .222 with a .283 on-base percentage, a .310 slugging percentage, three homers and 25 RBI.

Chargers agree to deal with Marshall

The San Diego Chargers announced Friday that they agreed to a contract with cornerback Richard Marshall.

Terms were not disclosed.

Marshall played in four games last year with the Miami Dolphins and had 17 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup before a back injury ended his season.

The Dolphins cut Marshall this week after attempts to trade him failed. He had five tackles and one pass breakup in three preseason games. He signed a three-year, $16 million deal with Miami last year.

Marshall was drafted in the third round in 2006 out of Fresno State by the Carolina Panthers and has 451 tackles, 57 pass breakups, 18 interceptions and seven sacks in his career with three teams.

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