Around the Nation (July 12): Indians send rookie to minors after dazzling debut

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BASEBALL

Indians send Salazar to minors after debut

CLEVELAND -- The Indians have optioned rookie Danny Salazar back to the minor leagues one day after his dazzling debut.

Salazar took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, struck out seven and got his first win Thursday in a spot start against Toronto. The 23-year-old was sent back to Triple-A Columbus and the team recalled reliever Chen-Chang Lee from the Clippers.

Salazar showed the Indians he was ready for the promotion, and it may not be long before he's back. Cleveland has had inconsistent starting pitching and the team is waiting for Zach McAllister to return after being sidelined with a sprained index finger.

Salazar began this season in Double-A Akron. He missed the 2011 season following Tommy John elbow surgery.

Lee gives the Indians short-term help in the bullpen.

Jeter to miss weekend series with quad strain

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter will miss the Yankees' weekend series against Minnesota with a strained right quadriceps, and New York cannot rule out a return to the disabled list.

After missing the first 91 games of the season because of a broken ankle, Jeter was activated Thursday and went 1-for-4 with an RBI groundout as the designated hitter Thursday against Kansas City. He injured the leg in his third at-bat.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that an MRI showed a grade one stain.

New York is off from Monday to Thursday for the All-Star break, so the Yankees will have a week to decide whether Jeter has to go back on the DL.

Cashman says "we'll have to give it some time and see how he responds."

The 39-year-old shortstop broke his left ankle Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener, then broke it again in April during his rehabilitation.

CRIME

Former Buckeye facing drug, weapons charges

COLUMBUS -- The prosecutor's office in Columbus says a former Ohio State football player previously caught up in the school's memorabilia scandal has been indicted on felony drug and weapons charges.

The Franklin County prosecutor said 26-year-old former Buckeyes receiver Ray Small was indicted this week on felony drug possession and trafficking charges that included firearms specifications. Records showed he was in jail Friday but not give attorney information.

Authorities said the grand jury indictments stemmed from an April search of Small's Columbus apartment that yielded heroin and oxycodone, as well as a semi-automatic handgun and assault rifle.

Small played at OSU from 2006 to 2009 was one of several players involved in a high-profile football memorabilia scandal. He also was indicted earlier this year on drug charges in Meigs County.

AUTO RACING

Harvick keeps sponsor for switch to Stewart-Haas next season

LOUDON, N.H. -- Kevin Harvick will take his Budweiser sponsorship with him when he moves to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

Harvick will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet for SHR. Budweiser will serve as primary sponsor for 20 races as well as the Budweiser Duel during Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway. Budweiser will serve as a major associate sponsor for the remaining races on the Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Harvick has 21 Cup wins, 96 top-fives and 198 top-10 finishes in his career. He drives the No. 29 for Richard Childress Racing and is fourth in the point standings this season.

Harvick made the decision last year to leave the RCR team that hired him in 1999. He's made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship the last three seasons.

ICE HOCKEY

Bruins sign Bergeron to eight-year extension

BOSTON -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has signed an eight-year extension through the 2021-2022 season.

The contract worth $52 million begins after next season, the last of Bergeron's current three-year deal with Boston.

The signing of their alternate captain on Friday comes two days after the Bruins signed goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million deal. Rask had been a restricted free agent.

Bergeron tied for the team lead with nine postseason goals. He played the last game of the Stanley Cup finals with a broken rib and separated shoulder. After that Game 6 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, he was hospitalized with a punctured lung. He was released two days later.

Bergeron says he won't need surgery and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

SOCCER

England's Fulham bought by NFL owner of Jacksonville Jaguars

LONDON -- A spokesman for Shad Khan says the Jacksonville Jaguars owner has bought English Premier League club Fulham.

Jim Woodcock told The Associated Press on Friday that the deal to buy the London club from Mohamed Al Fayed has been completed.

The sale comes with Khan's Jaguars preparing to play NFL regular-season games in London.

The Jaguars have a deal to play one home game in London for four consecutive seasons starting in October at Wembley Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

Khan becomes the sixth American owner of a Premier League team.

Al Fayed had owned Fulham since 1997.

COLLEGE

LSU's Hill pleads guilty to misdemeanor battery

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill has pleaded guilty to simple battery in connection with a bar fight in April.

Hill entered the plea Friday in state district court in Baton Rouge. He will not have to go to jail for the fight, but his future remains in question. He faces the possible revocation of the probation he was granted following a January 2012 guilty plea to a misdemeanor stemming from his sexual relationship with a then-14-year-old girl at his high school.

District Attorney Hillar Moore says it will be up to a judge to decide whether Hill should serve the suspended six-month sentence in that earlier case.

A hearing would likely be set for August. Coach Les Miles, who suspended Hill after the bar fight, was not immediately available for comment.

North Carolina women's basketball team hires Latta as assistant

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Former North Carolina All-American Ivory Latta is now a women's assistant coach for the Tar Heels.

The school has hired Latta to replace Trisha Stafford-Odom, who left in May to become head coach at NAIA Concordia-Irvine in California. Latta led UNC to consecutive Final Fours in 2006 and 2007 along with three straight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships. She graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,285 points.

Latta also owns the ACC record with 345 career 3-pointers, and the school's record for career 3-point and free-throw percentage.

She plays for the WNBA's Washington Mystics.

Head coach Sylvia Hatchell says Latta has "expanded her knowledge of the game" playing professionally in the WNBA and overseas, which will help in coaching and recruiting.

Latta called it "a dream come true."

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