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Sports briefs for Feb. 6, 2015

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Miller tears hamstring tendon in fall during Super-G

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado — American showman Bode Miller, one of the greatest and most controversial skiers of all-time, crashed out of the alpine ski world championships on Thursday, tearing his hamstring tendon after a nasty fall in the Super-G.

Taking the most direct line to the finish as always, Miller clipped a flag with his arm as he neared the bottom of the course and flew into the air before hitting the snow hard.

A statement released by the U.S. team said Miller had been released from hospital after surgery on his torn hamstring tendon from the lower leg laceration.

“Out of a successful surgery for a severed hamstring tendon. Feeling lucky since things could have been way worse,” Miller posted on Twitter.

The injury will keep Miller out of the world championships and perhaps raises questions about the future of the 37-year-old’s career.

Miller is a Carrabassett Valley Academy graduate.

NFL, players union spar in court over Peterson suspension

MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL and its players union argued in court on Friday over whether the child abuse-related suspension of the league’s 2012 most valuable player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings should be overturned.

U.S. District Judge David Doty said he would rule at a later date in the NFL Players Association challenge to the suspension of Peterson, which was handed down Nov. 18.

“I feel like I got a fair hearing today and I really appreciate all the support from my fans,” Peterson said outside the courthouse. “It feels good to be in Minnesota.”

A Texas grand jury indicted Peterson last September on felony child abuse charges after he whipped his 4-year-old son with a switch, a thin tree branch with its leaves removed.

He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, taking him off the field with pay until his legal issues were settled. After pleading no contest to a lesser charge on Nov. 4, the NFL suspended him without pay until at least April 15.

Peterson’s suspension was upheld on Dec. 12 by arbitrator Harold Henderson, but the union feels Henderson, a former NFL executive hand-picked by Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case, was not impartial.

Yankees willing to meet with Rodriguez

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the team is “more than happy” to meet with Alex Rodriguez.

According to the Boston Globe, Cashman said earlier reports that the Yankees turned down a meeting with the third baseman were not true.

According to reports last month, the Yankees were working on legal arguments to void milestone home run bonuses for Rodriguez.

The New York Daily News reported that the Yankees would go after the bonuses — worth up to $30 million — as the two sides continue their frayed relationship.

Rodriguez needs just six more home runs to tie Willie Mays’ 660 and become eligible for a $6 million bonus.

Rodriguez, 39, also would pocket $6 million apiece if he tied Babe Ruth (714 homers), Hank Aaron (755), Barry Bonds (762) and topped Bonds’ record.

Giants’ minor leaguer suspended for 50 games

Geno Escalante, a catcher in the San Francisco Giants’ minor League organization, was handed Friday a 50-game suspension without pay resulting from a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Escalante, who is on the Class A San Jose Giants roster in the California League, will begin serving the suspension at the start of the 2015 season.

The 25-year-old batted .174 with no homers and seven RBIs in 122 plate appearances last season for Class A Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League and Augusta in the South Atlanta League. He was a 15th-round draft pick in 2013.

Since the start of the year, 19 players have received discipline under the minor league program for drugs of abuse.


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