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Sports briefs for Sept. 3, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Celtics’ Sullinger faces charges

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger entered a not-guilty plea on Tuesday on charges tied to an alleged domestic dispute Saturday.

Sullinger was arraigned on charges of battery, malicious destruction of property and witness intimidation stemming from an alleged incident with his girlfriend, Deann Smith. Bail was set at $5,000. Judge Gregory C. Flynn also ordered Sullinger not to contact Smith in person unless a third person is present, according to The Boston Globe.

A warrant was issued for Sullinger’s arrest Saturday when police responded to an incident call at his home. Sullinger had fled before police arrived.

Sullinger, a first-round pick in 2012 and two-time All-American at Ohio State, played in 45 games as a rookie with the Celtics before he was injured in January.

Sea Dogs’ Linares named EL player of week

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Sea Dogs outfielder J.C. Linares has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the league’s final week of the season; Aug. 26 through Sept. 2.

He led all Eastern League players in batting average (.486), hits (17), extra-base hits (9), total bases (35), RBI (13), slugging percentage (1.000) and OPS (1.500) last week.

Linares batted .276 (83-for-301) with 24 doubles, eight home runs, 51 RBI and 44 runs scored in 81 games for the Sea Dogs. Linares, a native of Cuba, was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an international free agent on July 8, 2010.

Sanchez could be out several weeks

Mark Sanchez might be limited to riding a stationary bike at New York Jets’ practice for the foreseeable future with a shoulder injury that is more severe than the team has said.

ESPN reported Tuesday that Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in 2013, could miss “several weeks.”

Sanchez hasn’t thrown a football since being injured during late in the fourth quarter of the Jets’ third preseason game. Members of the organization were immediately concerned he could be out beyond the opener Sunday against Tampa Bay with rookie Geno Smith expected to start.

Coach Rex Ryan didn’t budge on his wait-and-see stance regarding Sanchez.

“On Wednesday, that’s when the injury report, the official injury report, will come out and I think we’ll just wait and we’ll make all announcements then,” Ryan said.

Ravens DE Jones out with illness

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones will miss the season opener because of an undisclosed illness and will visit a specialist on Wednesday to have tests performed.

Jones had 4.5 sacks while starting six games last year and was expected to be a starter this season.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh did not provide specifics on Jones’ illness and did not know when Jones might return.

Game 7 of World Series set for Oct. 31

The 2013 Major League Baseball season will not extend into November — but it’s close.

Major League Baseball announced the playoff schedule for this year, and if there is a Game 7 of the World Series, it will be played Oct. 31. Of course, if there is a postponement for inclement weather, the World Series could get into November.

The last day of the regular season is Sept. 29, and the next day will be reserved for any tiebreaking games that may be necessary.

The one-game playoff between the two National League wild-card teams will be played Tuesday, Sept. 30, with the American League wild-card game scheduled for the next day. Both National League Division Series will begin Oct. 2, and both American League Division Series will get started Oct. 3. Game 1 of the NL Championship Series is set for Oct. 11 and Game 1 in the ALCS is scheduled for Oct. 12.

The World Series will begin Oct. 23 at the home ballpark of the American League champ.

Manziel shielded from media

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Johnny Manziel would be permitted to meet with the media at some point, but it won’t be this week.

“We feel like right now is not the time,” Sumlin said.

Manziel has been under fire for emotional reactions and apparent jawing with Rice players, though one defender said Manziel simply congratulated him for a nice hit.

“I don’t think him coming out here saying a word is going to change some people’s opinion about who he is,” Sumlin said. “… People want to make a story about everything happening on this team.”

Braves’ Heyward resumes light baseball work

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is making progress in his recovery from multiple jaw fractures after he was hit in the face by a fastball last month.

Heyward told reporters before Tuesday night’s Braves-New York Mets game that his oral surgeon cleared him to start playing catch and to hit off a tee. On Aug. 21, Heyward was hit by a pitch from New York’s Jonathan Niese and had surgery on the jaw the next day.

The 24-year-old Heyward had said previously that he was aiming for a return in the postseason, but there might be some optimism now that he could play before the end of the regular season.

“I was excited to get the process started,” Heyward said. “It happened sooner that I would have expected.”

Before Tuesday’s game, Heyward took some swings in the indoor cage and played catch with Braves outfielder B.J. Upton.

In 95 games this season, Heyward is hitting .253 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs.

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