Sports Digest: Bears sign QB Trent Edwards

2013-08-19T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:28:05Z Sports Digest: Bears sign QB Trent Edwards nwitimes.com
August 19, 2013 9:15 pm

Youth baseball

CROWN POINT PLANS PARADE FOR CHAMPS: Mayor David Uran, Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department are proud to announce parade plans for the U12 Cal Ripken World Series Champions.

The parade for the team will begin at 8 p.m. today. Residents are invited to watch the parade downtown on the square or at the Cal Ripken fields located off North Street. Players will be escorted by the police and fire departments around the square and led to the Cal Ripken fields on North Street for a brief ceremony.

“What an amazing accomplishment. We are so proud of these boys. They played hard and represented Crown Point at the World Series” Uran said. “I would like to invite everyone to come out and join us to celebrate their success.”

 

Pro baseball

LAWSUIT DETAILS BRAUN'S EFFORTS TO FIGHT DRUG TEST: A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured.

Ralph Sasson, a Milwaukee law student, said Braun's agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the left fielder tested positive for steroid use. The agent later asked him to investigate the man who collected Braun's urine, Dino Laurenzi Jr., and Braun personally asked him to prank call two journalists working on a story about the failed test, according to the lawsuit filed last month in Milwaukee County court.

Braun was the first baseball player to successfully challenge a drug-related penalty in a grievance. He accepted a longer, 65-game suspension last month amid reports of ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers but did not publicly admit using banned drugs.

 

Pro football

BEARS SIGN QB TRENT EDWARDS: The Bears signed QB Trent Edwards to a one-year contract and waived WR Jerrell Jackson.

Edwards has started 33 games in a five-season career with Buffalo, Jacksonville, Oakland and Philadelphia. The former Stanford quarterback has more than 6,000 yards passing, with 26 TDs and 30 interceptions in his career.

Originally a third-round selection by the Bills, he is 14-19 as a starter.

COLTS AVOID KEY INJURIES AS DEFENSE STEALS SHOW: Colts tight end Coby Fleener could return to practice later this week after an MRI on his knee during Sunday night's 20-12 victory at New York.

Following the game, the Colts said he had a minor knee sprain. Coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Fleener could return to practice Thursday.

Linebacker Lawrence Sidbury hurt his shoulder in the game and is listed as day to day.

College football

LAWYER: 25 OF 31 EXPECTED TO SETTLE WITH PENN ST.: A lawyer brought in by Penn State to help resolve civil claims with former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse victims said Monday he expects 25 of 31 to be settled by the end of the week.

Attorney Michael Rozen said "the overwhelming majority" of the eight young men who testified against Sandusky last year are among the 25. A 25-year-old man from suburban Philadelphia, a trial witness referred to as "Victim 5," became the first to finalize a deal on Friday.

Rozen said all of the deals include provisions to give the university the right to pursue claims against the university's insurer, The Second Mile charity founded by Sandusky and The Second Mile's insurer.

 

Around the horn

The Times is looking for correspondents to cover Illinois prep sports. Those interested should contact Mike Nieto at (219) 933-3232 or at mike.nieto@nwi.com. ... Dyron Dyewill no longer be part of the Miami football program, a decision Monday that ends the Hurricane career for the last member of the program with any real ties to the Nevin Shapiro scandal. The university made the announcement Monday, the same day that Dye was hoping to receive clearance from doctors to resume playing. He injured his Achilles' and needed surgery after Miami's spring practice season, and it was never clear if he would be physically able to play at any point this year anyway. ... The death of a suburban Atlanta high school player who suffered a spinal cord injury during a preseason football game has prompted an investigation by Georgia authorities. De'Antre Turman, a 16-year-old junior at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., fractured a vertebrae in his upper spinal cord during a scrimmage Friday night, investigators in the Atlanta area's Fulton County Medical Examiner's officials have said.

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