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Sports briefs for Aug. 19, 2014

BDN staff and wire reports

UMaine baseball players help summer league team win title

University of Maine baseball players Scott Heath and Lou Della Fera helped lead their summer baseball team, the Bellingham (Washington) Bells to the West Coast League Championship on Monday with a 3-2 victory over Corvallis.

Heath went 2-for-4 in the championship game, while Della Fera was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Heath batted .293 this summer for the Bells with 31 runs scored and 33 RBIs during the regular season and hit .444 in the playoffs. He also earned a spot on the the West Coast League All-Star team.

Della Fera hit .230 with 19 runs scored and 14 RBIs.

Vikings reach settlement with former punter Kluwe

The Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement with former punter Chris Kluwe over his claim that he was released by the team last year due to his support of same-sex marriage.

Though terms of the resolution were not disclosed, the Vikings said they will “provide continued financial support for human rights and anti-hate causes” and enhance their “sensitivity training policy”.

Kluwe, who was released by the Vikings in May 2013 despite having established several punt records for the team, said: “I’m pleased that the issue has been resolved.”

In January, Kluwe, who is now retired, alleged in a scathing article he wrote for the website Deadspin that he was urged by former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and general manager Rick Spielman to stop speaking out about his support for same-sex marriage.

Cowboys’ Jones wanted to draft Manziel

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not deny a report that he was physically restrained in the team draft room from turning in Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as their first-round pick.

Responding Tuesday to a report that Jones was restrained by his son, CEO Stephen Jones, who “snatched the Manziel card straight out of his (Jerry Jones’) hand” in May’s draft, the longtime Cowboys owner said there was truth to the report by Jim Dent.

“Figuratively speaking, it got close to that,” said Jones on 105.3 FM in Dallas. “It certainly was a big debate going on, if no place else other than my mind.”

Ohio State loses QB Miller for season

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, considered a preseason contender for the Heisman Trophy, reinjured his right shoulder in practice on Monday and will undergo season-ending surgery, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

Miller was hurt throwing a short pass in practice but was not hit on the play. There was no indication from the university when the surgery would take place.

The senior’s throwing shoulder was surgically repaired in February after he was injured during the Orange Bowl loss to Clemson in January.

Miller indicated through the university that he plans to remain in school and return next season. He is eligible for a redshirt.

Pirates’ McCutchen returns from DL

The Pittsburgh Pirates welcomed back center fielder Andrew McCutchen on Tuesday with his activation from the 15-day disabled list.

McCutchen had been sidelined since Aug. 4 with a fracture in his lower left rib cage after he was hit by a pitch in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Pirates went 5-9 since he went on the DL.

McCutchen won the National League Most Valuable Player award last season and is a contender to repeat as he is hitting .311 with 17 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 109 games.

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