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NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Baseball umpire Wally Bell died of an apparent heart attack, a week after working the NL playoff series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He was 48.

The commissioner's office said Bell died in his home state of Ohio.

Bell had not been feeling well over the weekend and had been scheduled to see doctors Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.

Bell had quintuple bypass surgery on Feb. 18, 1999, that left him with an 8-inch scar down the middle of his chest.

PRO FOOTBALL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - No apologies. No promises. No explanations.

Instead, Broncos linebacker Von Miller simply asked his fans, teammates and coaches to judge him on what he does in the future, now that his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy is over.

He fell short of the promise he made in July, when news of his pending suspension first surfaced, that ''when this is all done and resolved, I will sit down with all you guys and be candid about everything.''

Instead, during a nine-minute interview heavy on scripted talking points, the third-year veteran talked about how grateful he was for the support his teammates have shown him during his ordeal, and how happy he'll be to get back onto the practice field with the Broncos on Wednesday.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Matt Flynn is getting his latest chance at a fresh start, this time in Buffalo on a team that has spent the past week scrambling to shore up its injury-depleted quarterback position.

A week after being cut by Oakland, Flynn signed with the Bills after spending the morning working out for general manager Doug Whaley, coach Doug Marrone and his offensive staff. The sixth-year NFL player is now on his third team since December; the Raiders acquired him in a trade with Seattle this past offseason.

Flynn's signing marks the latest in a series of quarterback moves the Bills have made since rookie starter EJ Manuel sprained his right knee in a 37-24 loss to Cleveland on Oct. 3.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell was back at the team's practice facility, less than 24 hours after he was carted off the field in San Francisco.

The 6-foot-8, 300-pounder hopes to be cleared to play for Arizona's home against Seattle on Thursday night. He participated in the team's walk-through practice and expressed no qualms about returning.

Campbell underwent tests at Stanford University' for possible neck and spine injuries, and all results were favorable. He was released late Sunday and flew to Arizona in the plane of Cardinals President Michael Bidwill.

PRO BASKETBALL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A seven-person advisory panel to help the search for a new Texas men's athletic director includes two school regents, a billionaire donor and a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland who was quail hunting with Dick Cheney when the former vice president accidentally shot a man in the face.

The panel was announced by President Bill Powers. The school must find a replacement for longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds, who built Texas into the nation's richest athletic department - its annual budget is nearly $170 million - and is retiring in 2014 after 32 years.

The panel also includes four members who belong to the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, a key ally for Powers in his recent power struggles with some members of the school's board of regents.

OLYMPICS

A year after Usain Bolt made history at the London Olympics and declared himself ''a living legend,'' a bombshell dropped largely unnoticed in The Gleaner, the Caribbean's oldest newspaper: A former director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission alleged the island didn't drug-test its athletes for entire months before they dazzled at the Summer Games.

Statistics compiled by former JADCO Executive Director Renee Anne Shirley indicated a near-complete breakdown in the agency's out-of-competition testing from January 2012 to the July opening of the Olympics.

In an interview with The Associated Press, JADCO chairman Herbert Elliott dismissed Shirley's figures as lies and described her as ''a bit demented'' and ''a Judas.''

But the World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed to AP that there was, as Shirley asserted, ''a significant gap of no testing'' by JADCO as athletes trained for London - and that it would launch an ''extraordinary'' audit of the Jamaican agency.

AUTO RACING

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Michael Waltrip Racing will run only two full-time cars next season because of the loss of sponsor NAPA, part of the fallout from its attempts to manipulate a race to get Martin Truex Jr. into the Chase.

Truex, crew chief Chad Johnston and 15 percent of the workforce were notified they are free to negotiate with other teams. Team co-owner Rob Kauffman said the cuts were across the organization and not limited to Truex's team.

The car Truex drives will be repurposed into a research and development team next season. It will run a partial schedule beginning with the Daytona 500 with team co-owner Michael Waltrip behind the wheel depending on sponsorship, Waltrip said.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the NASCAR season because of a blood clot in his right calf.

The clot was found after an examination and he was placed on blood-thinning medication that will prevent him from racing. Vickers missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season with blood clots, and during that time required heart surgery.

He said in a statement his physicians are confident he'll be able to resume activity before the 2014 season.

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