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Sports briefs: Aug. 15


Brady day-to-day after injury

Tom Brady walked off the field under his own power. Several teammates didn't think he was hurt badly when he grabbed his left knee after being knocked down. Yet the possibility that the New England Patriots might lose their star quarterback caused a scare at the team's joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

A person with knowledge of the injury said an MRI was negative and Brady was day-to-day with a left knee sprain. Asked if Brady might play Friday night in an exhibition game against the Buccaneers, the person said he didn't know. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots didn't make an announcement.

Brady was injured midway through practice Wednesday when left tackle Nate Solder was pushed into him by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Brady, entering his 14th NFL season, fell, rocked backward on the ground and held his left knee.

The two-time league MVP had a season-ending injury to the same knee in the 2008 opener.

■ Bengals receiver A.J. Green returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, ending a nearly three-week absence because of a bruised knee. Green was allowed to participate in non-contact drills only. The All-Pro receiver said the team was being cautious, easing him in slowly.

"I am back to 100 percent," Green said. "They just don't want to throw me back just like this. As the days go on I am going to work my way back into them."

■ Denver Broncos Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller, already facing a suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy, is now confronted by charges that he failed to show up in court on misdemeanor traffic violations.

Miller was arrested in the Denver suburb of Centennial on Sunday and then released, Arapahoe County sheriff's detention chief Louie Perea said Wednesday. The Broncos released a two-sentence statement saying they and league officials are aware of the allegation that Miller didn't appear at a court hearing. The matter is "being handled through the legal system," the statement said.

College Football

Western Ky. hosts Vanderbilt in 2016

Western Kentucky announced Wednesday a new series with Vanderbilt University, which includes a home game in 2016.

That contest will mark the first time a current program from the Southeastern Conference has played at Houchens-Smith Stadium. The Hilltoppers are 1-16 all-time against SEC opponents, with the lone win coming at Kentucky, 32-31 in overtime, last season.

The series will begin in 2015 at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville as part of a true home-and-home agreement. In 2017, Western will travel back to Nashville and receive an undisclosed sum of money for doing so.

■ The Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference are following the NCAA's lead and will no longer allow EA Sports to use league logos in its college football video games.

The NCAA announced last month it will no longer allow Electronic Arts Inc. to use its logo starting next year. The move comes as the NCAA fights a high-profile lawsuit that says the governing body owes millions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used for free.

ESPN first reported the SEC would end its licensing agreement with EA, and a spokesman confirmed that Wednesday. Spokesmen for the Big Ten and Pac-12 said their conferences also will not renew agreements with EA.


Williams advances despite poor start

Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open.

On the men's side, No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a ragged first set while beating Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, leaving him 8-0 career against the Argentine. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, seeded second, needed only 69 minutes to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 in his opening match at the tournament, which he has won twice. Fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat German qualifier Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2, running his streak to 11 straight wins on hard courts.

Eleventh-seeded German Tommy Haas also advanced, earning a matchup with fifth-seeded and five-time tournament champion Roger Federer.


T-wolves center gets $60M deal

After weeks of negotiations, Nikola Pekovic and the Minnesota Timberwolves came to agreement on Wednesday on a new five-year contract that could be worth more than $60 million after incentives. The 27-year-old center posted a career-high 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game last season.

UK sports pegged for national exposure

The Southeastern Conference announced the Kentucky volleyball team's game at Georgia on Oct. 23 will air on ESPNU at 6 p.m. It is the fifth consecutive season UK will appear on an ESPN prime-time telecast. Additionally, the team's game at Florida on Oct. 11 will be broadcast by SportsSouth at 6:30 p.m.

The UK women's soccer team also was selected for three national TV appearances Wednesday. Comcast Sports Southeast will air the team's Sept. 29 home game against Georgia at 6 p.m. Fox Sports will broadcast Kentucky's road games at Vanderbilt on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. and at Florida on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

South Lexington routed to end pool play

West Raleigh, N.C. defeated South Lexington 10-0 in four innings in the Cal Ripken 10-Year-Old World Series at Ocala, Fla. .The loss — the team's first at the World Series — came on the final day of pool play. Single-elimination play begins Thursday.

■ Top-seeded South Lexington will face Kingsbridge, N.Y. Thursday in the semifinals of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series. Kingsbridge defeated Oahu, Hawaii 8-3 on Wednesday.

Legends, RiverDogs rained out

Lexington's game at Charleston was rained out Wednesday night. The game was set to be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday evening, with the first of two seven-inning games to begin at 5:05 p.m.

The last word

Miami Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra visited Tennessee's campus on Wednesday. Spoelstra, a friend of Volunteers head football coach Butch Jones, spoke to the team Wednesday afternoon. Jones believes Spoelstra's ability to help the Heat win back-to-back championships should serve as an example for his team as they attempt to bounce back from three straight losing seasons. Vols linebacker Dontavis Sapp shared his thoughts about meeting Spoelstra:

"My first reaction was he's taller than I thought he was. I guess when you're around 7-footers, you don't look as tall as you really are."