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Sports briefs for Monday, Dec. 17, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN

Prospect bowler earns berth in national tourney

WATERVILLE — McCayla Donna of Prospect earned a berth in the North Pointe National Junior Gold Championships after winning a Maine State Junior Gold Bowlers tourney Saturday at Sparetime Recreation.

Donna recorded a 1,065 pinfall for five games to earn the national berth in July in Detroit. Brandon Dubuc of Auburn bowled a 1,043 and also earned a berth in the national tourney.

Rays minor-leaguer Rogers suspended 50 games for refusing drug test

Tampa Bay Rays minor league outfielder Cody Rogers has received a 50-game suspension without pay for refusing to take an off-season drug test, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Refusing to take a drug test is a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Rogers is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League and his suspension will begin at the start of the 2013 season.

Rogers hit .244 with four homers at Class A Charlotte last season.

Lakers’ Gasol might return Tuesday

Pau Gasol and Steve Nash both participated in the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice on Monday, and Gasol might play in Tuesday’s game against Charlotte, Mike Trudell of reported Monday.

Gasol, who has missed the past eight games with tendinitis in both knees, will be a game-time decision Tuesday, according to the report, while Nash, who has been out since breaking a bone in his leg in the second game, hopes to return to action on Christmas Day.

The Lakers only had a light workout Monday with no 5-on-5 scrimmaging, so it’s difficult to determine how much progress Nash and Gasol have made.

Gasol is averaging a career-low 12.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in the 17 games he’s played this season.

Pena joins Astros with one-year deal

Veteran Carlos Pena has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.9 million contract with the Houston Astros.

The deal includes $1.4 million in incentives, reported Monday.

The Astros plan to use Pena as a designated hitter in their first year of American League play.

Pena, 34, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBI for Tampa Bay in his second stint with the Rays last season. His best year came with Tampa Bay in 2007, when hit hit 46 home runs and had 121 RBI.

The journeyman also has played for Texas, Oakland Detroit, Boston and the Chicago Cubs.

Redskins OL Black suspended four games

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Jordan Black was suspended without pay Monday for four regular-season and postseason games after violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Black will begin serving the suspension immediately, the NFL said in a statement. He will be eligible to return to the active roster the day after the fourth regular-season or postseason game.

The former Notre Dame player returned to the NFL this year after a year out of football. Before coming to the Redskins, he was with Jacksonville, Houston and Kansas City, starting 40 of 94 career games.

Black had played in all 14 games this season for the Redskins.

Oakley sues McIlroy, Nike in contract dispute

Oakley has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Rory McIlroy and Nike, according to a report.

Oakley, an apparel and sunglasses manufacturer who had sponsored of the world’s top-ranked golfer, claimed in a suit filed Dec. 10 in federal court in Santa Ana, Calif., that it had a “right of first refusal” in its contract with McIlroy. It also argued that he and his agent, Conor Ridge, ignored a counteroffer to match Nike’s bid, reported.

Oakley had signed McIlroy through Dec. 31.

The deal with Nike is reported to be $200 million. Oakley’s suit says its offer to McIlroy would be 30 percent of the Nike package, which factors out to about $60 million.

Finley expects to be back with Packers

Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley answered a weekend report that the Packers would part ways with him after this season with his words and actions Sunday.

Finley caught five passes for 61 yards in Sunday’s 21-13 win over Chicago and afterward spoke about a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story that indicated he wouldn’t be around next year.

“I think that’s just media,” Finley told ESPN. “That’s just talk out there. I haven’t seen anything yet. They haven’t shown me any signs. I’m here as far as I know.”

One of the reasons behind the report was Finley’s hefty $7 million salary for next season would be too rich for the Packers. The Journal-Sentinel indicated that the Packers would trade or release Finley before paying a $3 million roster bonus.

That said, Finley would like to return to Green Bay.

“It’s a business, and I would love to be here my whole career,” Finley said. “I’m comfortable here, and I want to be a Packer for life. That’s all I can say about that.”

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