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Sports briefs for Aug. 10, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Bears reinstate Bennett after fight

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was back at practice Sunday, six days after he was suspended by the team for fighting with rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller.

The team official suspended Bennett for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

Bennett slammed Fuller to the ground after Fuller tried to strip the ball from him during a play in practice.

“I think I could have handled the situation differently,” Bennett said Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Everything in life is about learning lessons. Whatever situation you’re going on through life, you always learn from it. Whether it’s good or bad, there’s always a lesson or moral to the story.”

Bennett said he was welcomed back by his teammates and does not believe the incident will change his approach to the game.

Ray Allen to play next season

Veteran guard Ray Allen will return to the NBA next season rather than retire, ESPN.com reported Saturday.

The 39-year-old Allen has said he’ll decide by September whether he wants to come back for a 19th season, but he has indicated privately that he intends to play in 2014-15, according to the report.

Allen could be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with LeBron James, his teammate the past two seasons with the Miami Heat. But the 10-time All-Star has not yet made a decision on where he will play. It is known that he wants to go to a team that will be a title contender.

“It’s August and I don’t want to rush to judgment,” Allen said at a charity golf outing on Friday. “I want to get to September and see how I really feel.”

Dodgers place shortstop Ramirez on DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique.

The move was made retroactive to Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Dodgers recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Miguel Rojas started in place of Ramirez at shortstop Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers and could fill in for a while. Ramirez may be out longer than 15 days.

Ramirez is batting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs this year.

Indians place Murphy, Swisher on DL

The Cleveland Indians placed outfielder David Murphy and first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

The club recalled outfielder Tyler Holt and infielder/outfielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Columbus.

Murphy has a right abdominal strain and Swisher has right knee soreness.

Murphy is batting .262 with seven home runs and 55 RBIs in 362 at-bats this season while Swisher is batting .208 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 360 at-bats.

Marlins’ Penny posts first win in four years

CINCINNATI — Brad Penny was making his first start for the Miami Marlins since 2004 on Saturday night. So when he was confronted in the dugout by manager Mike Redmond about nibbling too much on the corners, it was a flashback to 2000-04 when Penny and Redmond were regular battery mates in South Florida.

“He used to yell at me a lot more as a catcher,” Penny said. “He’s nice as a manager.”

Penny, making his first major league start since 2011, allowed one earned run in five innings and left fielder Christian Yelich went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, lifting the Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

After pitching exclusively in relief for the San Francisco Giants in 2012, Penny sat out the 2013 season before being signed by Miami to a minor-league deal in June.


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