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Sports briefs for July 28, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Patriots claim RB Gaffney off waivers

The New England Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina on Monday.

Gaffney, 23, was originally drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 draft out of Stanford. He was injured in training camp and was released by the Panthers on July 27.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Gaffney started all 14 games for Stanford during his senior season, finishing with 330 rushing attempts for 1,709 yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.

The Patriots also released linebacker Josh Hull.

Hull, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the St. Louis Rams (2010-12) and the Washington Redskins (2013). He was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on April 24.

Hull has played in 39 NFL games with one start and has registered 25 total tackles. Last season with the Rams, Hull played in 11 games and finished with 14 total tackles.

Minor leaguer Delmonico gets 50-game ban

Milwaukee Brewers minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced the ban on Monday in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Delmonico, who is currently on the roster of Class A Brevard County of the Florida State League, is effective immediately. He was hitting .262 with four home runs and 15 RBIs.

Red Wings sign Tatar to 3-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with left winger Tomas Tatar on a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Tatar, 23, completed his first full NHL season in 2013-14 and ranked sixth on the Red Wings with 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 73 games. He also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and had one goal and one assist in four games.

Tatar, who was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2009 draft, has 24 goals and 23 assists in 100 games for the Red Wings.

A’s Crisp on shelf for second leg of trip

Oakland continued on to the second leg of its six-game road trip, but Coco Crisp didn’t join them.

The team’s concern about Crisp’s sore neck increased as news surfaced that the center fielder would return to Oakland to see a doctor rather than make the trip to Houston. Crisp missed his second game in three days Sunday because of the condition.

“His neck is bothering him again,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It has been lingering. We felt like we were getting over the hurdle a little bit.”

James returning to No. 23

Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James is switching back to wearing jersey No. 23.

James wore that number in high school and during his first stint with the Cavaliers. He changed to No. 6 during his four-year stint with the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA titles.

James announced on Instagram that he is switching back to his original number.


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