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CYCLING

Sagan leads Tour of Poland

Slovak rider Peter Sagan of the Liquigas team held the Tour of Poland lead after winning the fifth stage over 201.5km around Zakopane on Thursday. Sagan, 21, won a sprint finish ahead of Australian riders Michael Matthews of Rabobank and Heinrich Haussler of Team Garmin.

FOOTBALL

Eagles player hospitalized

Eagles defender Mike Patterson has been diagnosed with a brain condition that could require surgery after suffering a seizure in practice, the NFL team said on Thursday. Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder said Patterson was found to have arteriovenous malformation, which is a tangling of blood vessels near the skull. “We’re pretty sure it’s what caused the seizure and we’re pretty sure it’s not football related,” Burkholder said. “It just so happened at football practice. It could’ve happened anywhere.” Patterson, 28, was hospitalized after the seizure on Wednesday morning at the team’s training camp. Burkholder said the player had been put on medication to prevent another seizure and could have surgery, although that was not certain. “In medicine today, there’s tons of options,” Burkholder said. “Everybody wants to jump right into surgery and I’m not saying for this particular case, I’m saying with everything, but there’s so many other avenues out there. It would be foolish to speculate what’s going to happen to Mike.” It was not immediately clear whether Patterson would be able to resume training with the team.

BASEBALL

Molina banned for spittle

St Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for making contact with an umpire and spraying him with spittle during a heated confrontation. The incident occurred when Molina, who was also fined an undisclosed amount for his actions, was ejected from Tuesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers for arguing a called third strike during the 10th inning. St Louis went on to win the game 8-7 in 11 innings. The three-time All-Star is batting .293 with 40 runs batted in this season for a Cardinals team that is three-and-a-half-games back of the NL Central division-leading Brewers.

SOCCER

Mexico recalls dopers

Mexico have included four players suspended for doping at the Gold Cup in their squad to face the US in a friendly on Wednesday in Philadelphia where Juergen Klinsmann will make his debut as US head coach. Five players had tested positive for clenbuterol and were booted out of the Gold Cup in June, but they escaped punishment from the country’s soccer association because they ingested the banned substance accidentally by eating tainted meat. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defender Francisco Rodriguez and midfielders Antonio Naelson “Sinha” and Christian Bermudez were named in the squad on Thursday. Defender Edgar Duenas was not named part of the squad. Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was not included in the squad named by coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, whose team beat the US 4-2 in the Gold Cup final on June 25.

FOOTBALL

49ers ink receiver Edwards

Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards and the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a one-year deal, the National Football League team said on Thursday. Terms were not announced, but according to local media reports the deal was for US$3.5 million. Edwards had 53 catches for 904 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the New York Jets. Taken with the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2005 NFL draft, Edwards has amassed 326 career receptions for 5,142 yards and 39 touchdowns. In 2007, he broke the Browns’ single-season records for receiving yards (1,289) and touchdown receptions (16) earning a Pro Bowl selection.

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