Around the Nation (Aug. 12): Gunman gets 18-30 years in slaying of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed

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FOOTBALL
Gunman gets 18-30 years for Demarius Reed slaying

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A man who confessed to robbing and killing Eastern Michigan University wide receiver Demarius Reed has been sentenced to 18 to 30 years in prison.

Kristopher Pratt apologized to the family of the 20-year-old Chicago native before Washtenaw County trial Judge Donald Shelton issued the sentence Tuesday.

Pratt pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a deal that called on the 20-year-old Detroit man to testify against 21-year-old co-defendant Ed Thomas. A jury acquitted Thomas of murder and other charges on July 28.
Pratt says he shot Reed and that Thomas participated in the Oct. 18, 2013, robbery at an off-campus apartment in Ypsilanti.
 

Two Ohio State freshmen suffer knee injuries
COLUMBUS — Two Ohio State freshmen have sustained knee injuries, with linebacker Kyle Berger facing surgery on the same knee he injured before his senior season last year.

Ohio State, which confirmed the injuries on Tuesday, said the Cleveland St. Ignatius High School product would have surgery next week.

Classmate Dylan Thompson, out of Montini Catholic in Lombard, Ill., also sustained a knee injury but he will not require an operation.

Both players are out indefinitely.

Team spokesman Jerry Emig also disclosed that third-year wide receiver Frank Epitropoulos from Upper Arlington will end his playing career to concentrate on academics in hopes of going to medical school.
 

BASEBALL
Tigers pitcher Verlander has right shoulder inflammation

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Justin Verlander has inflammation in his right shoulder.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says an MRI on Verlander’s shoulder revealed no structural damage but the Cy Young winner will likely miss at least one start for the slumping Tigers.

Verlander left Monday night’s 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after giving up five runs in one inning. He complained of discomfort in the shoulder but Ausmus stressed the initial plan for Verlander is rest and not surgery.

The 31-year-old Verlander is just 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA this season for Detroit, which fell to second place in the AL Central on Monday night behind Kansas City.

Ausmus says the team is still evaluating Verlander but added Verlander is thrilled the injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
 

BASKETBALL
L.A. Clippers sale to Ballmer goes through

LOS ANGELES — Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

The NBA Board of Governors had previously approved the sale.

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