Sports, August 20th


ENGLEWOOD (AP) – A person familiar with Von Miller’s negotiations with the NFL tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos linebacker will serve a six-game suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy.  The league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year linebacker, but the sides agreed to less than half the season. Miller’s suspension will begin Aug. 30. He is eligible to return for Denver’s seventh game, Oct. 20 at the Indianapolis Colts.  The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no official announcement had been made.


The Broncos signed 12-year veteran Paris Lenon, who played his last three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.  After practice, Von Miller spoke with reporters and said he’s aware of reports that say he could be banned for up to six games, “but I haven’t heard anything That’s the crazy thing about it.”  Miller has been practicing with the first team, though a window into the Broncos thinking came last Thursday, when he missed practice while he met with lawyers. Nate Irving, normally a middle linebacker, played on the strong side, and Shaun Phillips filled in at Miller’s spot.


CENTENNIAL (AP) – Ty Lawson’s pregnant girlfriend told investigators the Denver Nuggets guard pushed her during a fight after she heard him on the phone with another woman. Both Lawson and Ashley Pettiford were arrested following Saturday’s fight and held over the weekend because of the domestic violence allegations.
According to a sheriff’s report, Pettiford said Lawson grabbed both of her arms and pushed her back as she tried to pack her clothes to leave. Lawson allegedly admitted to pushing her out of the way but said it wasn’t a “real push.” Pettiford said she threw Lawson’s phone against a wall and Lawson said he ran hers under a faucet after it failed to shatter when he threw it. Pettiford is facing a criminal mischief charge for throwing the phone.


NEW YORK (AP) – Boston pitcher Ryan Dempster has been suspended for five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. Before the ruling was announced Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be “open season” on Rodriguez if baseball failed to suspend Dempster.

CLEVELAND (AP) – It could be the end of the line for former Boston pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS’-kay maht-soo-ZAH’-kah). The 32-year old has been released by the Indians after spending the entire season with their Triple-A team in Columbus, Ohio. In 19 starts with the Clippers he was 5-8 with a 3.92 ERA.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chip Kelly has decided on Michael Vick as his starting quarterback. The Eagles’ first-year coach made the decision after watching Vick’s play in two preseason games. Vick has thrown for 199 yards this preseason and will take a 113.2 quarterback rating into Friday’s game at Jacksonville.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of the 1972 Miami Dolphins undefeated team were honored with a White House celebration today. The ’72 Dolphins are the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season as they were 17-0 after beating Washington in the Super Bowl.

NEW YORK (AP) – The women’s seeds have been announced for the U.S. Open. Defending champ Serena Williams is No. 1 with Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN’-kuh) at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH’-vah) at No. 3. Besides Williams, Sloane Stephens and Jamie Hampton are the other ranked Americans at 16 and 24.