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Sports briefs for Aug. 28, 2014

By Staff and Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Sea Dogs’ pitcher, manager gain top Eastern League honors

PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Sea Dogs gained two major awards Thursday when the Eastern League named Henry Owens its pitcher of the year and Billy McMillon the league’s manager of the year.

The left-handed Owens is the second straight Sea Dogs pitcher to earn the honor and the fourth in franchise history joining Anthony Ranaudo (2013), Jon Lester (2005), and Michael Tejera (1999).

In 20 starts with the Sea Dogs, Owens produced a 14-4 record with a 2.60 ERA and 126 strikeouts. He earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 1 where he has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.66 ERA in five starts. At the time of his promotion, Owens was leading the Eastern League in wins (14), strikeouts (126), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and average against (.201).

McMillon is the second manager in the Sea Dogs 21-year history to earn the honor joining Carlos Tosca who earned the distinction in 1996.

In his first season as the Sea Dogs manager, McMillon has led the Sea Dogs to their first playoff appearance since 2008 with the Eastern League’s best record of 85-52 (.620). The Sea Dogs are currently in first place in the Eastern Division with a two-game lead over the second place Binghamton Mets.

Cowboys’ Hamilton suspended four games

Dallas Cowboys safety Jakar Hamilton was suspended Thursday for four games because of a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The suspension will be in effect for the first four games of the regular season. Hamilton is fighting to make the Cowboys’ 53-man roster.

He is the second Cowboys player to be punished for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Earlier this month, cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended for four games.

Domestic violence charges dropped against ex-NFL player

WASHINGTON — Domestic violence charges have been dropped against former Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis, court papers showed on Thursday.

Davis, 28, was charged with simple assault and attempted threats to do bodily harm because of an altercation in June with a former girlfriend at a Washington restaurant.

Davis had been scheduled to appear in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday for a status hearing. Online records show the charges were dismissed on Wednesday.

Davis, a second-round draft pick from the University of Southern California, played for the Redskins for six years. He was suspended indefinitely in February by the National Football League for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

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