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NFL: Broncos’ Miller facing ban

on August 21, 2013 10:50 AM

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller lined up at his usual position and flashed the freakish athletic moves that might soon be missing from the Denver Broncos’ ramshackle defense.

The All-Pro linebacker brushed past reporters after another stellar practice, choosing not to stop and talk about the latest report that he could be facing an even longer suspension than originally thought.

ESPN reported that Miller might have to sit out at least six games for violating the league’s drug abuse policy. Previously, it was believed Miller was facing a monthlong suspension to start the 2013 season.

Injuries aplenty for Browns

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo will have further medical tests on a bruised lung, an injury that caused him to spit up blood during an exhibition game last week.

Mingo was hospitalized for two days at The Cleveland Clinic after he sustained the unusual injury during the first half of Thursday night’s win over the Detroit Lions.

The No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft said he coughed up blood and experienced shortness of breath on the sideline before he told coaches and the team’s trainers that he was hurt.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said running back Dion Lewis had surgery Monday after breaking his left leg against the Lions. Banner said the team still does not know if Lewis will play this year.

Banner said Mingo will have more tests and the team does not yet know how long he will be out.

Jaguars name Gabbert starter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blaine Gabbert has a starting job and a broken thumb.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley chose Gabbert as his starting quarterback, but said Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason to heal the hairline fracture in his right thumb he sustained in a 17-3 loss to the Jets on Saturday night.

Olympian indicted

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Olympian Oscar Pistorius was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

A Pretoria court set March 3 as the trial date for the double-amputee, who says he shot Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, believing she was an intruder in his home.

Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument.

Pistorius was in court for the indictment, and was seen crying and holding hands with his siblings before proceedings started.

He faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Seeds set for U.S. Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Federer is seeded No. 7 for the U.S. Open, his first slot outside the top three at any Grand Slam tournament in a decade.

Federer’s ranking dropped two slots to seventh, and the U.S. Tennis Association’s seedings followed the ATP standings.

Federer’s record 17 Grand Slam titles include five at the U.S. Open. He’s among five former champions in the men’s field, including No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No. 3 Andy Murray.

Martin named as replacement for Stewart

UNDATED (AP) — Out for the season with a broken leg, Tony Stewart turned to one of NASCAR’s most respected drivers to take over the No. 14.

At 54, Mark Martin is up for the challenge of taking the wheel for his good friend.

Martin was released from his part-time schedule at Michael Waltrip Racing on Monday and will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet in 12 of the final 13 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing. Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, will miss the rest of the season while he recovers from the broken right leg suffered in a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

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