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Sports briefs for Aug. 11, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Brewer High seeks Hall replies

The Brewer High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is asking for banquet RSVP’s to be returned by Sept. 4 for the banquet reception and dinner scheduled for Oct. 2.

Banquet forms can either be picked up at the superintendent’s office, the Brewer High School main office during regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or requested via email by contacting David Utterback at Forms can also be printed from the athletic website, under the Hall of Fame page.

The banquet dinner costs $25 per person with check-in at 5 p.m. The inaugural inductees are: Clara Sawn, Dan Coombs, David Farley, David Jeffrey, Joseph Ferris, Jeff Lynn, Amy Winchester, Chad White, Ken Perrone and Larry Mahaney.

Oden charged with felony battery

Former Miami Heat player Greg Oden was charged Monday by Indiana prosecutors with felony battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.

Oden, 26, was charged in Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury.

Oden’s felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars.

Oden was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. Thursday in his mother’s Lawrence home, according to a Lawrence (Ind.) Police Department report.

Oden is scheduled to appear in court for his initial hearing Tuesday.

Bengals wide receiver Jones breaks foot

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones broke his foot in practice and will miss a few weeks, coach Marvin Lewis told reporters Monday.

Lewis said Jones was injured at Saturday’s practice. Jones had a pin placed in his left foot — specifically in the fifth metatarsal bone.

Jones, during his second season in the league, recorded 51 catches for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013.

Yankees to start Pineda on Wednesday

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will skip his next minor-league rehab start and instead take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Esmil Rogers was initially tabbed to be New York’s starter. Pineda has made two rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was scheduled for one more. However, the Yankees decided to get Pineda back in the rotation as they hope to remain in contention in the National League East. Baltimore leads the division.

Pineda, who is recovering from a strained lat muscle, has not pitched in the majors since April 23. He was suspended 10 games for using pine tar in a game against the Boston Red Sox and sustained the injury in a simulated game while waiting to be reinstated.

Raptors fined $25,000 for tampering

The NBA fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for comments that rapper and team ambassador Drake made at a recent concert about Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant that were deemed as tampering, reported Monday.

According to the report, Drake made what the NBA considered to be a public pitch to Durant, who was in attendance at the Toronto concert. The league considered Drake’s comments a violation of its anti-tampering rules.

The Raptors hired Drake as the team’s global ambassador in September 2013.

“I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake said to the crowd. “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”

Durant, the NBA’s MVP last season, received an ovation and the crowd started a “KD” chant.


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