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Sports Briefs

- - Monday, August 15, 2011

TRACK AND FIELD

U.S. sprinter Rodgers may be ineligible for world meet

Former American 100-meter champion Michael Rodgers tested positive for a stimulant found in an energy drink and could be ineligible for the world track championships later this month.

Rodgers is the 2009 national champion and qualified for this year's team by finishing third at nationals. He said on his Twitter account that he tested positive.

USA Track and Field spokeswoman Jill Geer said the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is handling his case and would decide Rodgers' eligibility for worlds. A hearing could be expedited and held later this week. A backup sample for Rodgers will be tested Wednesday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NCAA probing Miami over allleged improper gifts

MIAMI — An attorney said NCAA investigators are visiting the University of Miami campus looking into claims that more than a dozen former or current players received gifts and services from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro.

His attorney, Maria Elena Perez, said Shapiro has told the NCAA he provided players with the use of a yacht and other favors.

Shapiro, 42, was sentenced in June by a New Jersey federal judge to 20 years in prison for his role in an investment fraud scheme.

BASEBALL

Tigers acquire Twins' Young for insurance in outfield

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers made a move to bolster their outfield Monday, acquiring Delmon Young from the division rival Minnesota Twins for minor league left-hander Cole Nelson and a player to be named.

Young, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft by Tampa Bay, didn't become the feared power hitter that the Twins were hoping for when they acquired him in 2008. He was hitting .266 with just four homers and 32 RBI in 84 games this season.

He's still only 25, though, and had what probably was his best season in 2010, hitting .298 with 21 home runs.

TENNIS

Serena surges up rankings after Rogers Cup victory

Her game growing stronger as the U.S. Open nears, Serena Williams soared from No. 80 to No. 31 in the WTA rankings following her victory in the Rogers Cup.

Williams has won her past two tournaments, the other title coming at the Stanford Classic two weeks ago. She has played in four tournaments since her return.