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Sports briefs for Aug. 29, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Colts owner Irsay reaches plea agreement

A plea agreement was reached Friday with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in his impaired driving case, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The details of the agreement were not immediately available.

Irsay’s trial date had been set for Oct. 30 on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving.

Irsay was arrested March 16 in Carmel, Indiana, after he was stopped by police officers. Police records indicate that the officers had to support Irsay to keep him from falling down.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for each.

Bengals’ Kirkpatrick fined $22,050

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick drew a $22,050 fine from the NFL for his hit against Ted Ginn of the Arizona Cardinals during their preseason game last Sunday, according to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

Kirkpatrick’s helmet to helmet hit on Ginn during a first-quarter punt return did not draw a penalty flag.

Braves pitcher headed to third Tommy John surgery

NEW YORK — Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez figured the news might be bad for Jonny Venters when the left-handed pitcher went to visit Dr. James Andrews this week.

Still, the official news Thursday that Venters has torn the UCL in his left elbow for a third time — and will likely need a third Tommy John surgery if he wants to pitch again — left Gonzalez shaken.

“I feel for the young man,” Gonzalez said before the Braves’ 6-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. “I called and left a message. I’m sure we’ll see him on the homestand (which begins Friday) and see what his decision is in the next couple days.”

Bills’ cuts include QB Palmer

The Buffalo Bills reduced their roster Friday with the release of recently signed quarterback Jordan Palmer and nine other players.

Palmer, who joined the Bills after he was let go by the Chicago Bears, did not last a week in Buffalo. The Bills also waived two-time Pro Bowl punter Brian Moorman.

Others released were linebacker Xavius Boyd, defensive tackle Landon Cohen, tight end Dominique Jones, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Sam Miller, fullback Evan Rodriguez, wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt and center Jared Wheeler.

The Bills placed three additional players on the reserve/injured list, including tight Tony Moeaki.

Bengals cut Green-Ellis, three others

The Cincinnati Bengals terminated the contract of running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis on Friday, the team announced.

Green-Ellis joined the Bengals in 2012 after a four-year stint with the New England Patriots.

Green-Ellis led the Bengals in rushing yards in each of the last two seasons.

“It’s very difficult to release such a fine player and person as BenJarvus,” coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement. “He has been an exceptional player and teammate, as well as mentor to our younger players. He has also been a standout person in the community. We thank Bennie for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Green-Ellis, 29, rushed for 756 yards with seven touchdowns last season. In six NFL seasons, he has 3,914 rushing yards with 42 TDs.


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