Thursday's Sports In Brief

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension ended when both sides rested their cases, a day after the New York Yankees third baseman angrily walked out and decided not to testify in his own defense.

The sides set a schedule to file briefs and reply briefs next month, which will close the record and submit the matter to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

His decision on whether to uphold or alter the discipline for the three-time AL MVP likely will be made in January, a person familiar with the proceedings told The Associated Press.

Rodriguez's lawyers already are vowing to challenge the ruling in federal court, where judges usually are reticent to overturn an arbitration decision unless there is a finding the arbitrator was biased, exceeded his authority or failed to comply with the rules agreed to by the parties.

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.

The Major League Baseball Players Association said Weiner died at his home in Mansfield Township, N.J.

As Weiner's health deteriorated this summer, a succession plan was put in place. Former big league All-Star Tony Clark took over as acting executive director and is to be approved as Weiner's successor when the union's board meets from Dec. 2-5 at La Jolla, Calif.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carlos Ruiz and the Philadelphia Phillies completed their $26 million, three-year contract.

Ruiz, an All-Star catcher in 2012, hit .268 with five homers and 37 RBIs in 92 games last season after serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. He also spent time on the disabled list.

The sides agreed to terms Monday in a deal that takes Ruiz off the free-agent market. Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, has spent his entire career with the Phillies. He played a key role in helping them win five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 and the 2008 World Series title.

Ruiz, who earned $5 million last season, will make $8.5 million in each of the next three years. Philadelphia holds a $4.5 million club option for 2017 with a $500,000 buyout.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - There was a lot of finger-pointing in the sexual assault investigation involving Florida State's Jameis Winston after a DNA report linking the quarterback to the alleged victim was leaked to the media.

Timothy Jansen, Winston's attorney, and State Attorney Willie Meggs held press conferences within minutes of one another. Jansen insinuated that the leak came from Meggs' office, an assertion the state attorney denied.

Though it is still unclear who leaked the information, Jansen did reveal that Winston voluntarily gave a DNA sample to Tallahassee police last week, but said that even if it matches that of the alleged victim it wouldn't mean his client raped the woman.

Jansen said the sex between Winston and the accuser ''absolutely'' was consensual, but then retreated when pressed by reporters who asked him to confirm what he just said.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III will miss the team's final two regular-season games and its bowl game after having season-ending knee surgery.

Nix told the media that it was a hard to miss the rest of the season, but said he decided to have the surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after talking to doctors with the school and getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

The 6-foot-2, 349-pound senior who didn't play as a freshman has been projected as a possible first-round draft pick. He hasn't decided whether to turn pro or return to Notre Dame for a final season of eligibility.

He had been playing with the injury all season, saying the knee first bothered him in the national championship game against Alabama last January. Earlier this season he also was diagnosed with tendinitis in the same knee.

GOLF

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Lydia Ko didn't feel any differently on the first tee than she has at any other LPGA Tour events she has played, even the two that she won. It just took her a few hours before she started producing the kind of golf that brought so much attention to her professional debut.

The 16-year-old from New Zealand overcame a double bogey on her third hole with three birdies on the back nine at Tiburon Golf Club for a 1-under 71.

Ko was seven shots behind Sandra Gal of Germany, who opened with six straight birdies on her way to a 64.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Canada had six birdies on the back nine for a 65. Another shot behind was a group that included Lexi Thompson, coming off a win last week in Mexico, and Anna Nordqvist, who can make more money by winning the CME LPGA Titleholders than she has all year.

PRO BASKETBALL

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The fans who go see Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder are pretty good shooters, too.

For the second straight game, and the fifth time during the 2013 calendar year, a Thunder fan hit a half-court heave to win $20,000 during a second-quarter promotion sponsored by MidFirst Bank.

Brad Brucker, a 33-year-old business teacher at Piedmont High School, made the midcourt shot during the Thunder's 105-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Two days earlier in a game against the Denver Nuggets, fan Cameron Rodriguez won from long range at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Dream hired former NBA star Michael Cooper as head coach, hoping he can lead the team to a WNBA championship after three winless trips to the finals.

The 57-year-old Cooper won five titles as a defensive stopper for the Lakers during the ''Showtime'' era, and he followed up his playing career by guiding the Los Angeles Sparks to consecutive WNBA titles as a coach in 2001 and 2002.

Atlanta won three of the last four Eastern Conference titles, but has yet to win a game in the finals. Cooper takes over for Fred Williams, who was relieved of his coaching duties after Atlanta was swept by Minnesota in this year's championship series.

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