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Banned Rose Appeals to Hall of Fame for Eligibility

By MITCH STACY,  AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Pete Rose is appealing directly to baseball's Hall of Fame to restore his eligibility, arguing the lifetime ban he agreed to in 1989 was never intended to keep him out of Cooperstown.


Pete Rose


A seven-page letter to Hall president Jeff Idelson on Tuesday makes the case that the settlement agreement reached by Rose and then-Commissioner Bart Giamatti didn't include a provision that he be ineligible for election to the Hall of Fame.


"At the time Pete agreed to the settlement, the consequences of being placed on the ineligible list were clear and specific — and did not include a Hall of Fame prohibition," according to the letter, signed by Rose's longtime attorney Raymond C. Genco and attorney Mark Rosenbaum.


The Hall of Fame changed its bylaws two years after Rose's banishment to make permanently banned players ineligible for the Hall, which shut out the career hits leader as long as he remained barred from baseball.


Genco is asking the Hall to amend that bylaw specifically to allow Rose to be eligible for baseball writers to elect at their discretion. He makes the point that the banishments of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays for their association with casinos didn't affect their Hall status, and even Shoeless Joe Jackson had remained eligible after he was banned from the game for accepting money to throw the 1919 World Series.


"We believe that the institution of Baseball will be strengthened by this act of grace — an act that would give Pete Rose the same treatment that every other Major League Baseball player and manager received throughout the first 55 years of the National Baseball Hall of Fame," the letter said.


In a statement, Idelson said, "Pete Rose remains ineligible for Hall of Fame consideration, based on the Hall of Fame's bylaws, which preclude any individual on baseball's ineligible list from being considered for election."


New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred in December denied the 75-year-old Rose's latest petition for reinstatement, but Genco said Manfred "opened the door" by also stating that it wasn't Manfred's responsibility to determine whether Rose should be eligible for the Hall. Petitioning the Hall to change the rule, Genco said, was the next logical step.


Genco noted that Manfred had allowed Rose to participate recently in some ceremonial activities, including the retirement of his number by the Cincinnati Reds and his induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in June.


"This play may only bring further scrutiny to Pete," Genco said. "He may not get in. It may open a magnifying glass on Pete Rose's transgressions, but if you look at it from a fundamental fairness point of view, I think we have good footing. 


We have a very reasonable argument where the board can take very reasonable action in their power to bring real closure to this."


Spokesman Michael Teevan said MLB would have no comment on Rose's latest appeal.




Marlins Say Jose Fernandez Has Been Killed in Boat Crash

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Marlins have announced the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez.



The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.

The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.


Browns Sign Kicker Parkey After Murray Injured in Practice


CLEVELAND (AP) — Ravaged by injures, the Browns signed kicker Cody Parkey after Patrick Murray injured his knee in practice.




The Browns have been struck by major injuries at a disturbing rate, losing six starters before the season's third game.


Parkey, who previously kicked for Philadelphia, will make his debut for Cleveland on Sunday at Miami. He set the NFL rookie scoring record in 2014 for the Eagles with 150 points and made the Pro Bowl. He injured his groin last year and was later waived.


Murray got hurt during Friday's walkthrough. He missed last season with Tampa Bay after tearing a knee ligament. Murray beat out incumbent Travis Coons in training camp this summer.


Murray missed a 52-year-field goal and had an extra-point blocked last week in a loss to Baltimore. The Browns placed him on injured reserve.


Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler will start against the Dolphins following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown.




Browns Rookie Wide Receiver Corey Coleman Breaks Hand


CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand during practice Wednesday, another major blow to the struggling team.




Coleman's injury comes on the heels of the Browns losing starting quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown in the first two weeks this season.


They also lost starting center Cam Erving with a bruised lung and promising rookie defensive end Carl Nassib with a broken hand in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.


Coleman scored two touchdowns against the Ravens and was finally looking like a big-time playmaker the Browns envisioned he could be when they drafted him in the first round.


There's no immediate word from the team on how long he will be out.


The former Baylor star has seven catches for 173 yards in two games.



Kluber's strong outing knocks Royals from AL Central race


CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed two runs and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Wednesday night, eliminating the reigning World Series champions from the AL Central race.




The Indians, who led Detroit by seven games in the division going into Wednesday, reduced their magic number for clinching the Central to five.


Carlos Santana was 4 for 5 with an RBI single in the eighth. Jose Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth with his third double of the game.


Kluber (18-9) matched his career high in wins and is 10-1 in his last 14 starts, strengthening his case to win his second AL Cy Young Award in three years.


Cody Allen allowed Salvador Perez's leadoff homer in the ninth, but recorded his 28th save in 31 opportunities. Catcher Roberto Perez threw out pinch-runner Terrance Gore trying to steal second for the first out and Allen retired the final two batters.


Ian Kennedy (11-10) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and lost for the first time since July 25.



Browns Sign QB Charlie Whitehurst; Release Two

The Cleveland Browns have signed OL Austin Reiter off Washington’s practice squad and QB Charlie Whitehurst.
To make room on the roster, the team terminated the contact of DL John Hughes III and waived LB Scooby Wright III.
QB Josh McCown has a left shoulder injury and OL Cameron Erving a pulmonary contusion from last weeks game against Baltimore and are expected to miss time.


Jay Cutler Among injured Bears to have tests


CHICAGO (AP) — Not only are the Chicago Bears off to an 0-2 start this NFL season, but they're facing some injuries to key players following last night's loss to Philadelphia.


Jay Culter


Quarterback Jay Cutler is due to have tests on a right thumb injury that forced him out of the game in the third quarter.


The Bears are also hoping for some good news on injuries to linebacker Lamarr Houston (left knee), nose tackle Eddie Goldman, (ankle) and safety Adrian Amos and cornerback Bryce Callahan (concussions).



Browns' RG3 Breaks Bone in Shoulder, Will Miss Extended Time


BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III broke a bone in his left shoulder and will miss at least eight games.


RG3 Browns


Griffin was injured on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. As he tried to get out of bounds, Griffin was drilled by Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills.


The team said Griffin will be placed on injured reserve — under new rules he can brought off the list — and will be evaluated in 3 to 4 weeks.


The 26-year-old returned to the game for Cleveland's final series, but only handed the ball off while favoring his left arm.


RG3 is the 25th quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999, a roll call of rookies, veterans and free agents.


With Griffin out, Josh McCown will start this week's home opener against Baltimore.


No. 9 Tennessee Escapes with OT Win Over Appalachian State


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jalen Hurd recovered quarterback Joshua Dobbs' overtime fumble in the end zone and No. 9 Tennessee overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to escape with a 20-13 victory over Appalachian State on Thursday night.


App State


Tennessee faced third-and-goal from the 2 when Dobbs ran to his right and lost control of the ball as he tried to stretch his arms across the goal line. Hurd won the scramble for the loose ball in the end zone to give the Volunteers their only lead of the night.


Micah Abernathy ended the game by breaking up a pass into the end zone on fourth-and-5 from the 20.

"On a night where just about everything and anything went wrong, we found a way to win," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.


Appalachian State nearly pulled off another shocker nine years to the day after the Mountaineers stunned No. 5 Michigan in one of the greatest upsets in college football history.


"It's definitely heartbreaking," said Appalachian State's Marcus Cox, who rushed for 115 yards. "I feel like we put ourselves in position to win, and we just didn't capitalize when we should have."


The Vols tied it on Dobbs' 67-yard touchdown pass to Josh Malone with 10:30 left in regulation. Appalachian State's Michael Rubino, who earlier missed an extra point, was wide right on a 42-yard field goal attempt with 5:24 remaining.

Rubino's miss wasted a 57-yard punt return by Jaquil Capel that gave Appalachian State the ball at the 28.


Tennessee entered the season with its highest ranking since 2006 after winning its final six games last year, but the Volunteers looked nothing like a Top 10 team Thursday. The Volunteers committed two turnovers and lost linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin to a targeting penalty in the first half as Appalachian State built a 13-3 lead.


"I'm never going to apologize for a win, guys," Jones said. "I think we've learned around here wins are pretty hard to come by."


Cam Sutton fumbled on a punt return and Appalachian State's Alex Gray recovered at Tennessee's 36 to set up the first touchdown, a 5-yard keeper from Taylor Lamb barely four minutes into the game. Appalachian State's other touchdown came in the second quarter on a 33-yard completion from Lamb to Cox.



Appalachian State: The Mountaineers had lost by at least 28 points in each of their six meetings with Power Five teams since that Michigan game, but they showed Thursday that they could compete with college football's big-name programs. Appalachian State refused to get pushed around and kept Tennessee's offense out of the end zone for the first 49 1/2 minutes.


Cox, who has rushed for over 1,200 yards each of the last three years, showed he can run effectively against any team from any conference.


Tennessee: The Vols vowed they weren't overlooking Appalachian State and weren't distracted by sky-high preseason expectations, but something was clearly missing Thursday. Tennessee didn't bear any resemblance to the team that ended the 2015 season on a six-game winning streak.


The biggest question surrounding Tennessee during the offseason was whether it could add efficiency and explosiveness to its passing attack. That area remains a major concern.



Appalachian State: The Mountaineers have their home opener Sept. 10 against Old Dominion. Appalachian State must avoid looking ahead to its Sept. 17 home game with Miami.


Tennessee: The Volunteers face Virginia Tech at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Sept. 10 "Battle at Bristol" is expected to draw over 150,000 fans, which would mark the largest recorded attendance for a college football game.




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