Digest for 8-23-12


LOCAL

Time change to UAPB’s schedule

There is a change in the time for one of Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s football game’s this season.

UAPB will play at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Alcorn State.

UAM to host second scrimmage

MONTICELLO —Arkansas-Monticello will conduct its second preseason football scrimmage on Thursday, August 23 today starting at 6 p.m. at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.

The public is encouraged to attend at no charge.

NATIONAL

Colon suspended after failing drug test

OAKLAND, Calif. — Former Cy Young Award winner Bortolo Colon has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Colon joins San Francisco’s Melky Cabrera on the suspended list for the remainder of the season.

The 39-year-old Colon is 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts this season, his first with the A’s, and has a 171-122 record in 15 big league seasons. He will lose the remaining $469, 945 of his $2 million base salary this year.

Santana not expected to return to mound

NEW YORK — New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana is not expected to pitch again this season after an MRI revealed lower back inflammation.

The 33-year old left-hander will be placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 18.

Since throwing a career-high 134-pitch no-hitter — the first one in franchise history — on June 1, Santana is 3-7 with an 8.27 ERA in 10 starts. He has allowed at least six runs in each of his last five outings (0-5, 15.63 ERA).

Strasburg to miss final two to three starts

WASHINGTON — Nationals manager Davey Johnson says Stephen Strasburg could miss his final two or three starts of the regular season.

The 24-year-old rght-hander is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts. Starsburg has thrown 145.1 innings. The Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180.

Teen to receive $14.5 million to settle lawsuit

A New Jersey teenager will receive $14.5 million to settle his lawsuit against the bat manufacturer, Little League Baseball and a sporting goods chain after a line drive hit with a metal bat struck the youngster in the chest.

Stephen D. Keener, president and CEO of Little League Baseball Inc., said the settlement guarantees that “Steven Domalewski will receive the lifetime care he will require as a result of this tragic accident, a type of accident that is extremely rare in youth baseball.”

Surgery not necessary for Cowboys’ Witten

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys may miss the services of Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten for the Sept. 5 season opener against the New York Giants.

Witten suffered a spleen injury against the Oakland Raiders last week but has been told by doctors he will not require surgery.

If Witten misses the opener, he will have an additional 11 days to recover before the Cowboys play at Seattle in Week 2.