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Sports briefs for Jan. 30, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Uecker will cut back on his travel schedule

Legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker said Thursday he will cut back his travel schedule for first time during 2014 season.

Uecker, who just turned 79, told Newsradio WTMJ 620 and MLB.com he will still do all home games.

Uecker said he talked to legendary colleagues Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Marty Brennaman of the Cincinnati Reds, each of whom has taken some games off in recent seasons.

Uecker delivered a one-liner with his trademark deadpan before a chuckle escaped.

“I saw (Brewers manager Ron) Roenicke at the ‘On Deck’ deal Sunday,” Uecker said, “and I told him I’d like to take one more shot at becoming active during those games I’m not going to broadcast.”

Bills’ Manuel confirms he had knee surgery

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel confirmed Thursday that he underwent a second surgery on his left knee earlier this month.

Manuel said he is still rehabbing, but feels he has effectively put the knee problems of 2013 behind him.

“The knee injury feels a lot better now,” Manuel told reporters in the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, site of the media center for Super Bowl XXVIII. “I’ve got everything resolved and behind me. It was a minor procedure. I’m glad I got it done and kind of put it past me. With the rehab and things like that I’ll be back to full strength and I don’t think it’ll bother me.”

Manuel said the injury that required the procedure was the one he suffered in the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings last August.

“It was a meniscus tear,” he said. “That’s everything I got taken care of so now I have a clean slate. I don’t have to worry about it.”

NYC officials bust drug and prostitution ring ahead of Super Bowl

NEW YORK — A multimillion-dollar New York City drug and prostitution ring has been busted, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, as they warned Super Bowl fans to steer clear of the city’s sex and narcotics underworld.

Ring leaders offered high-flyer clients “party packs” of drugs and prostitutes in three separate operations aggressively pushing both sex and cocaine, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told a news conference.

“Once the “john” (customer) was high or impaired on drugs, they would call in other prostitutes and repeatedly charge the john’s credit cards, in excess of $10,000, in some cases, for one evening,” Schneiderman said.

The 11-month probe by Schneiderman’s organized crime task force, in coordination with the New York Police Department’s vice squad, netted more than $3 million in credit card charges over the past year, he said.

“Keep in mind that most johns pay cash, so that’s a staggering number for an enterprise like this.”

Cardinals, Descalso agree to $1.29 million deal

The St. Louis Cardinals and infielder Daniel Descalso agreed to a 2014 contract for $1.29 million, avoiding arbitration.

Descalso was the final arbitration-eligible player for the Cardinals, who earlier had reached agreements on one-year contracts with outfielders Jon Jay ($3.25 million) and recently acquired Peter Bourjos ($1.2 million).

Descalso, who has spent the majority of his playing time at three different positions each of the last three seasons, had filed a request for $1.65 million for arbitration purposes, which the club had countered with an offer of $930,000. The agreement on Wednesday is at the precise midpoint between the two numbers.

The left-handed hitter has a career batting average of .243


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