Sports in brief: Heisman winner rehabbing

NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) - Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford attempted to go through quarterback drills with Oklahoma as he rehabs from a sprained right shoulder.

Bradford has missed the last two games for the No. 10 Sooners (2-1) after spraining the AC joint in his throwing shoulder just before halftime in the team's season-opening loss to BYU.

Coach Bob Stoops has said Bradford would be out two to four weeks, putting the timeframe for his return at approximately the same time as Oklahoma's next game at ninth-ranked Miami (2-0) on Oct. 3.

Bradford's teammates said he went through team drills for the first time since he was hurt on Sept. 5, but his participation was limited to short throws without requiring him to make a full follow-through.


SANTA CLARA, California (AP) - The 49ers have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets regarding top San Francisco draft pick Michael Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed.

When asked if his team filed charges, 49ers coach Mike Singletary said it's a situation "the league is going to handle internally."

The 22-year-old Crabtree, selected No. 10 overall by the Niners in April's draft, is the last draft pick not signed. The wide receiver is seeking money comparable to higher picks and hasn't accepted the 49ers' offer for approximately five years and $20 million, with a reported $16 million guaranteed.


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) - A top prospect for the San Francisco Giants was charged with murder in the death of a 25-year-old man last weekend at a bar in his Caribbean homeland.

Angel Villalona, who received a club-record $2.1 million bonus when he was signed by the Giants in 2006, wore a bulletproof vest to his hearing at a court in the city of La Romana. He pleaded innocent to the murder charge.

The 19-year-old Villalona could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty in the Saturday night shooting death of Mario Felix de Jesus Velete. Police haven't said what the motive for the shooting was.


JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South African track officials will meet Thursday to discuss the future of their president, who admitted to lying about his role in the gender-test case of runner Caster Semenya.

Politicians are calling for ASA president Leonard Chuene's dismissal, but Maponyane and other ASA officials refused to say what recommendations the council might make to the board.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has been criticized in South Africa and abroad for publicly acknowledging tests, which under IAAF rules are supposed to be confidential, putting the 18-year-old Semenya at the center of an international media storm in which intimate details of her anatomy made headlines. Chuene led a South African campaign to place all the blame on the IAAF.


MIAMI (AP) - Michael Beasley rejoined his Miami Heat teammates following a monthlong stay in a rehabilitation facility to address substance abuse and other issues.

Beasley took part in a voluntary offseason workout and quickly drew rave reviews from coaches, many of whom were able to visit and work with him during the rehab stint. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra personally saw Beasley three times in the past month, and someone from the Heat staff was with the second-year forward daily.

Beasley, who starred at Kansas State for one season before jumping to the NBA, will be with the team when training camp opens officially on Sept. 29. No specifics of his treatment have been offered, with both the Heat and people close to Beasley citing privacy concerns.


BRUSSELS (AP) - Former top-ranked player Justine Henin will announce her return to competitive tennis Tuesday, according to two top Belgian newspapers. La Derniere Heure and Le Soir reported the comeback Monday. Her spokeswoman did not return phone calls and Henin's Web site had no comment on the rumors.

Last year, Henin shocked the tennis world by announcing her retirement while still ranked No. 1. As recently as May, she complained that the sport had left her with so many physical ailments that a return was unthinkable.

At 27, it would certainly not be too late for a comeback, as compatriot Kim Clijsters proved when she won the U.S. Open earlier this month.


PHOENIX (AP) - A federal bankruptcy judge has scheduled an emergency hearing on Wednesday on a request by Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to force the NHL into mediation over the contentious issues surrounding the sale of the team.

Judge Redfield T. Baum set the hearing for 9 a.m. MST and said it would last no longer than 30 minutes.

Moyes wants the judge to force mediation over, among other things, the NHL's rejection of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie as an owner.

Baum is expected to rule in the next few days whether to award the team to the NHL or to Balsillie, who would move the team to Hamilton, Ontario, over the league's vehement objection. Baum could also reject both bids.


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