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Josh Brent Allowed to Return to the Cowboys in Week 11

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The NFL is allowing defensive lineman Josh Brent to return to the Dallas Cowboys once he serves a 10-game suspension.

On Tuesday, the NFL announced that Brent can return to the team, but he must stay out of legal trouble and “any prohibited alcohol-related conduct will likely result in an immediate suspension and potential banishment from the NFL.”

Back on Dec. 7, 2012, Brent was part of a car accident that killed his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter and sentenced to six months in jail. He spent the final 45 days of his sentence at an alcohol and drug treatment center.

“If Brent fully complies with these terms, and following an additional report and recommendation from the league’s substance abuse program advisors, he will considered for full reinstatement to return to play following Week 10,” the NFL’s statement said. “Brent may appeal this decision within five days.”

The Cowboys have remained supportive and always said they would welcome Brent back if and when he was ready to return to football.

Brent spent three seasons with the Cowboys before the incident.

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Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Out Indefinitely

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — One of the feel good stories for the Cubs this season might have a rough ending as first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely with a mild back strain.

“We’re going to be cautious with him,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday. “It’s the type of thing where if it was before expanded rosters he probably would be a DL. With the expanded rosters in September there is no need to DL him. We’re going to be cautious and make sure we knock it out. It’s nothing chronic, nothing that will bother him long term, but it’s just something we don’t want to rush back from.”

In his second full season in Major League Baseball, Rizzo made his first All-Star team and gave Cubs fans hope for the future.

In 129 games this season, the 25-year-old Rizzo is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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Panthers Sign Stephen Hill to Practice Squad

National Football League(NEW YORK) — After a brief and frustrating time with the New York Jets, the Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Stephen Hill to their practice squad.

The Jets drafted Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 Draft. They traded up in the second round to select the former Georgia Tech product, and even passed on Alshon Jeffrey, who has emerged as one of the top young receivers in the NFL.

Hill wound up disappointing the receiver-needy Jets. In two seasons with the team, Hill caught 45 passes for 594 yards with four touchdowns.

The team decided it was in the best interest of both sides to part ways.

Hill went unclaimed through waivers, so the Panthers, who are also shallow at the wide receiver position, decided to roll the dice and see if their coaches can turn him into the player some thought he could one day become.

Aside from tight end Greg Olsen, the team is thin at the receiver position. They have veterans Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery. No other wide receiver on the team has a single NFL catch in their career.

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Brewers Lose Gomez for at Least a Week

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Milwaukee Brewers will be without All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez for at least a week.

The Brewers, who trail the Cardinals by two games for first place in the NL Central, learned the news Tuesday after Gomez had his left wrist examined by the team doctor. It was determined Gomez had no structural damage but that he had a significant sprain that requires the wrist to be in a brace.

Gomez injured the wrist while swinging the bat during the team’s loss to San Francisco Sunday. He will be shut down completely for a week before resuming baseball activities.

“It is going to take some time,” Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke said. “He’s not going to swing a bat for a week from two days ago when he hurt it. After a week of doing nothing, he’ll start some light swings and see how it feels. If it’s OK, then we’ll progress with it. In the meantime, whenever he’s comfortable, he’ll be OK to be used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement late in games. Then, we’ll see how long it takes. The tough thing with Carlos is because of the way he swings — how long is it actually going to take before he feels like it’s full strength?”

The 28-year-old Gomez is hitting .282 with 21 home runs, 85 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases this season.

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Brewers Lose Gomez for at Least a Week

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Milwaukee Brewers will be without All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez for at least a week.

The Brewers, who trail the Cardinals by two games for first place in the NL Central, learned the news Tuesday after Gomez had his left wrist examined by the team doctor. It was determined Gomez had no structural damage but that he had a significant sprain that requires the wrist to be in a brace.

Gomez injured the wrist while swinging the bat during the team’s loss to San Francisco Sunday. He will be shut down completely for a week before resuming baseball activities.

“It is going to take some time,” Brewers skipper Ron Roenicke said. “He’s not going to swing a bat for a week from two days ago when he hurt it. After a week of doing nothing, he’ll start some light swings and see how it feels. If it’s OK, then we’ll progress with it. In the meantime, whenever he’s comfortable, he’ll be OK to be used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement late in games. Then, we’ll see how long it takes. The tough thing with Carlos is because of the way he swings — how long is it actually going to take before he feels like it’s full strength?”

The 28-year-old Gomez is hitting .282 with 21 home runs, 85 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases this season.

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ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(NEW YORK) — The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for using amphetamines, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to ESPN, Welker tested positive in a sample given shortly after the Kentucky Derby. ESPN also reports Welker claims the test was tainted and he will appeal the decision.

The 33-year-old returned to the practice field Monday after suffering the third concussion of his career during the team’s preseason game against Houston on Nov. 17.

Welker caught 73 passes and a career high 10 touchdowns for Denver last season.

The five-time Pro Bowler has played in 154 career regular season games catching 841 passes for 9.358 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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ESPN: Welker Suspended 4 Games

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(NEW YORK) — The NFL has suspended Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker four games for using amphetamines, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to ESPN, Welker tested positive in a sample given shortly after the Kentucky Derby. ESPN also reports Welker claims the test was tainted and he will appeal the decision.

The 33-year-old returned to the practice field Monday after suffering the third concussion of his career during the team’s preseason game against Houston on Nov. 17.

Welker caught 73 passes and a career high 10 touchdowns for Denver last season.

The five-time Pro Bowler has played in 154 career regular season games catching 841 passes for 9.358 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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Cardinals Announce Wacha Will Start Thursday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — After missing 11 weeks to rehab a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha will return to the mound Thursday.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Wacha will start the first game of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday.

The hurler will be held to a 50-60 pitch count as he continues to build up the endurance in his shoulder.

“He’s been working diligently for the last two months,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said when talking about how long it took for the team to allow Wacha to comeback. “From a physical standpoint, we had to make sure that his shoulder was where it needed to be. This guy is as strong as he’s ever been.”

The 23-year-old Wacha started 15 games before the injury this season. During those starts, he pitched 90 1/3 innings compiling a 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 26 walks while striking out 83.

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Watson Makes Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

Michael Cohen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup team is set.

U.S. captain Tom Watson selected Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and Hunter Mahan Tuesday to round out the team of 12.

Bradley, who hasn’t won a tournament in two years, was close to qualifying for the team on his own. He played in the 2012 Ryder Cup and went 3-0 in matches with Phil Mickelson.

“Keegan has the ability to hit the ball a long way,” Watson said. “Now, Keegan, he can go real low. He certainly teamed up great with Phil Mickelson. There are a lot of great pluses about Keegan, but the most important thing he brings to it is his unbridled passion to play on the Ryder Cup team.”

Simpson went 2-2 during the American’s heartbreaking loss in 2012, when the U.S. blew a 10-6 lead on the final day.

Mahan, who won the Barclays a few weeks ago, was on the last American team to win the Ryder Cup in 2008.

Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Zach Johnson will also represent the U.S. against Europe in the tournament, which begins Sept. 26 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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Cardinals Announce Wacha Will Start Thursday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — After missing 11 weeks to rehab a stress fracture in his throwing shoulder, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha will return to the mound Thursday.

The Cardinals announced Tuesday that Wacha will start the first game of their series with the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday.

The hurler will be held to a 50-60 pitch count as he continues to build up the endurance in his shoulder.

“He’s been working diligently for the last two months,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said when talking about how long it took for the team to allow Wacha to comeback. “From a physical standpoint, we had to make sure that his shoulder was where it needed to be. This guy is as strong as he’s ever been.”

The 23-year-old Wacha started 15 games before the injury this season. During those starts, he pitched 90 1/3 innings compiling a 2.79 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 26 walks while striking out 83.

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