NEW YORK (AP) – Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has declined to appeal the five-game suspension he received from Major League Baseball for throwing at Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez during Sunday’s game at Fenway Park. Dempster threw one pitch behind A-Rod’s knees in Sunday’s game at Fenway Park and two more inside before hitting the Yankees shortstop. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was fined for arguing with plate umpire Brian O’Nora following the plunking.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Broncos linebacker Von Miller will serve a six-game suspension under the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and will be eligible to return to the regular-season roster on Oct. 14. A person familiar with the decision says the league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season. Miller released a statement saying “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”
UNDATED (AP) – The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles have named their starting quarterbacks for the season opener. Brandon Weeden will be under center for the Browns, ending weeks of speculation about whether Weeden or veteran Jason Campbell would start against the Dolphins. Eagles first-year coach Chip Kelly has named veteran Michael Vick his starting quarterback.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Alabama football coach Nick Saban has suspended cornerback Geno Smith for the season opener with Virginia Tech after a weekend drunken driving arrest. The projected starter at nickel back was arrested Sunday morning and charged with DUI. Saban said Smith has some “in-house” things to do in order to return in time for the Sept. 14 game against Texas A&M.
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has accepted a contract extension after posting career-highs of 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds last season. Sanders is considered a key component of the starting lineup after finishing second in the NBA with 2.8 blocks per game.