Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
MLB roundup: Brewers sweep Marlins, win seventh straight
Ryan Braun, wearing injured teammate Christian Yelich's jersey under his own as a tribute, slugged a go-ahead, two-run homer to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 win over the host Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. Yelich, the National League's reigning MVP, was lost for the season on Tuesday with a fractured kneecap. However, that hasn't stopped the Brewers, who have won seven straight contests, including a four-game sweep of the Marlins.
College football notebook: A&M seeks culprit in Manziel uniform theft
Police at Texas A&M haven't exactly got their man in the theft of a Johnny Manziel uniform from the Hall of Champions at the school's football stadium on campus in College Station, Texas, but they have identified a man they want to interview. Campus police on Thursday released a photo of man whom they are calling a person of interest in the Aug. 26 theft, in which the uniform of the 2012 Heisman-winning quarterback was taken off a mannequin at the 30,000-square-foot museum at Kyle Field.
NFL to invest $3 million into building a better helmet
In a quest for a safer helmet, the NFL is starting a $3 million program aimed at the development of new headgear that outperforms anything currently available. Manufacturers, engineers and entrepreneurs all are welcome to submit prototypes in the NFL Helmet Challenge, with the goal of reducing head trauma.
NFL notebook: Pats, Raiders reportedly were unaware of AB civil matter
Neither the New England Patriots nor the Oakland Raiders were aware of rape allegations involving Antonio Brown until a civil sexual-assault lawsuit was filed by Britney Taylor, ESPN reported Thursday. Representatives for Brown and Taylor have had discussions over the past few months but agreed to keep those discussions confidential before the suit was filed, sources told ESPN.
Horse racing: Local weed caused Justify's positive drug test - Baffert
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Thursday denied intentionally administering the banned drug scopolamine to Triple Crown-winning horse Justify in 2018, saying a positive test had been a result of "environmental contamination." The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Justify had tested positive to the substance after winning the Santa Anita Derby in California, less than a month before the start of the Triple Crown.
Serbia beats Team USA in World Cup
Serbia beat Team USA 94-89 in a consolation game at the FIBA World Cup in China on Thursday, continuing a spiral that will conclude Saturday with no better than a seventh-place finish in the tournament. It is guaranteed as the worst showing in international play by the United States, as the top-ranked team in the world will wrap up the World Cup with another consolation game Saturday. In 45 major international competitions, Team USA had never finished worse than sixth and medaled 39 times.
Osaka sacks her second coach of 2019
Twice Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has sacked her second coach in seven months, splitting with Jermaine Jenkins in the wake of her disappointing U.S. Open title defense. Jenkins, a long-time hitting partner of Venus Williams, replaced Sascha Bajin in February, weeks after Osaka's Australian Open triumph.
MLB notebook: More injury issues for surging Yankees
While the New York Yankees continue to roll toward the American League East title, they are still dealing with a number of injury issues. In between games of a doubleheader sweep at Detroit on Thursday, the Yankees sent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (oblique) and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ (biceps tendinitis) back to New York for tests on injuries.
Golf: Rookie of the year Im celebrates with Greenbrier ace
A day after winning the Arnold Palmer Award as the 2018-19 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Im Sung-jae celebrated the start of the new season in style with a hole-in-one during the opening round at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Thursday. The feat helped the South Korean to a four-under 66 that left him four shots behind American leader Robby Shelton in White Sulphur Springs.
Korda sisters paired on opening morning at Solheim Cup
Americans Jessica and Nelly Korda will become the first sisters paired at a Solheim Cup when they team up in foursomes on the opening day against Europe at Gleneagles on Friday. The Kordas will face Caroline Masson and Jodi Ewart Shadoff in the third match of the morning in the alternate-shot format at the Scottish course which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.