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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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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (61-77) – New York Yankees 4 (70-66)

Detroit Tigers 4 (76-62) – Cleveland Indians 2 (70-66)

New York Mets 8 (65-74) – Miami Marlins 6 (67-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-67)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (70-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (67-72)

Kansas City Royals 2 (76-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-85)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – MLB: Boston Red Sox 9 (61-77) – New York Yankees 4 (70-66)

Detroit Tigers 4 (76-62) – Cleveland Indians 2 (70-66)

New York Mets 8 (65-74) – Miami Marlins 6 (67-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-67)

Toronto Blue Jays 8 (70-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (67-72)

Kansas City Royals 2 (76-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-85)

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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Bring In Michael Sam

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Dallas Cowboys are planning to bring in free agent defensive end Michael Sam for a physical on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

If Sam passes the exam, the Cowboys will sign him to the team’s practice squad.

The Rams drafted Sam out of Missouri in the seventh round in this year’s NFL draft. St. Louis cut him on Saturday and he cleared waivers on Sunday. During his pre-season campaign, Sam had 11 tackles and three sacks. He finished with a team-high six tackles in the Rams’ final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

Sam was named the SEC defensive player of the year for 2013.

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NFL Fines and Suspends Colts Owner Jim Irsay

David Lee/Thinkstock(NOBLESVILLE, Ind.) — The National Football League fined and suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay on Tuesday, for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Irsay received a six-game ban and was fined $500,000 following his guilty plea earlier on Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. The suspension will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday and he will be eligible to return on Oct. 9, following the Colts game against the Houston Texans.

“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell said in a letter to Irsay. “We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunterring that owners should be held to the highest standard.”

The fine handed down to Irsay is the maximum allowed under the league rules.

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