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Sports briefs for Nov. 7, 2013

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Brewer athletes schedule food drive Monday

The Brewer High School Student-Athlete Advisory Council will be going door to door on Monday collecting items to donate to a local food bank.

The student-athletes will be going around Brewer and surrounding neighborhoods from noon to 2 p.m.

There is also an opportunity to drop off items at Brewer High School between those hours at the Coffin Softball Field located next to the Hannaford Parking lot.

Packers’ Matthews aims for Sunday return

After missing four games with a thumb injury, linebacker Clay Matthews expects to return to the field for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they face the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the coaches and medical staff give him the go-ahead, Matthews plans to play with a protective covering over the fractured thumb. He worked out Wednesday and practiced on a limited basis with the team on Thursday.

Matthews suffered a broken thumb in an Oct. 6 win over the Detroit Lions and underwent surgery. Before the injury, the fifth-year pro had three sacks in five games.

Coach Kubiak visits Texans practice

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak made an appearance near the end of practice Thursday, visiting the team four days after he collapsed from a mini-stroke suffered at halftime of Sunday’s game.

Kubiak is recovering from a transient ischemic attack he suffered at Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Texans have not said when they expect Kubiak to resume any of his job responsibilities.

Kubiak has been in contact with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who is serving as the interim head coach in Kubiak’s absence.

Phillips said after practice that Kubiak stopped by the team’s facility and spoke with the players before they were done with Thursday’s session.

Attorneys for A-Rod, MLB meet in court

NEW YORK — Attorneys for Major League Baseball and embattled star Alex Rodriguez agreed on one thing at a judicial hearing in New York on Thursday — neither side wants to be in federal court.

The New York Yankees slugger, who is suing MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig, wants the case moved to state court, while Selig and the league want it thrown out altogether.

Attorneys for the two sides argued before U.S. District Court Judge Lorna Schofield.

Rodriguez, in a lawsuit against MLB and Selig, accuse them of trying to destroy his reputation and his career by suspending him for 211 games for his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

Rodriguez’s attorney, Jordan Siev, argued that the case should be moved back to state Supreme Court, where the lawsuit was initially filed last month.

The case was moved to federal court at the request of MLB, which argued that Rodriguez had signed labor agreements governed by federal law.

Bears’ Cutler cleared, expects to start Sunday

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been cleared and is expected to start Sunday against the Detroit Lions, coach Marc Trestman said Thursday.

Cutler was cleared by the team’s medical staff after missing Monday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a groin injury.

Cutler missed just one game after suffering the injury against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 20.

Cutler was able to take every rep during Thursday’s practice.

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