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Sports Briefs

Colon suspended

for testosterone

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games Wednesday after testing positive for testosterone.

Major League Baseball made the announcement one week after All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants received a 50-game suspension following a positive test for the same substance.

 

Tupa wins workers

compensation case

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has ruled that longtime-NFL punter Tom Tupa is eligible for workers compensation for an injury he suffered while warming up for a preseason game in 2005 at FedEx Field.

The Maryland Court of Appeals said Wednesday that ample evidence showed that Tupa suffered a compensable accidental injury during the course of his employment with the Washington Redskins.

The court considered whether injuries while playing and practicing professional football are “accidental injuries” and compensable under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act. It also considered whether the claim should have been brought in Maryland or Virginia.

The 46-year-old Tupa played 18 seasons in the NFL for seven teams from 1988 to 2005. He played no games for the Redskins after the 2005 injury.

 

Strasburg may miss

final three starts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Stephen Strasburg could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season.

In his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1-3 innings, and the Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180.

Johnson says that after talking with general manager Mike Rizzo, “I think it came out that with the off days, we’d need another starter for I think two starts. I think two starts, might have been three.”

 

Umpire saves life

of D-Backs’ fan

PHOENIX (AP) — Umpire Jim Joyce is being credited with taking quick action to help save the life of a food service worker who collapsed of an apparent heart attack at Chase Field.

Russ Amaral, vice president of ballpark operations, says Joyce happened to be walking past Jayne Powers when she collapsed before Monday night’s game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins.

After deciding it wasn’t a seizure, as some of her co-workers suggested, Joyce quickly started CPR.

Marlins bullpen catcher Jeff Urgelles, a former firefighter and paramedic, was called to the scene and began helping Joyce.

Paramedics arrived moments later and transported the woman to a hospital, where her conditioned improved.