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Braves’ Riley avoids surgery…Mets lose McNeil…Brown back with Raiders…Giants’ Tate loses appeal

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta Braves rookie slugger Austin Riley will not need surgery on his injured right knee and expects to return to the lineup in about two weeks. Riley has been on the IL since Aug. 5 after spraining his knee during a workout. But Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson continues to rehab a bruised right foot and is unsure when he’ll be able to come off the IL.

ATLANTA (AP) – New York Mets All-Star utilityman Jeff McNeil had to be helped off the field in the ninth inning last night after he sustained a hamstring injury while trying to beat out a grounder in Atlanta. McNeil says he felt “a little snag” in his left hamstring as he approached first base. An MRI is scheduled for this morning in Atlanta to determine the seriousness of the injury, but McNeil says he hopes it won’t be enough to send him to the injured list.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has returned to training camp after missing time to see a specialist for his frostbitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet. Brown was surrounded by cameras as he walked onto the field late in practice and greeted his teammates for the first time since leaving camp about a week ago. Coach Jon Gruden says he expects him to be ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against Denver.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers. Tate announced the suspension on Twitter last month and felt his appeal had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor. The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.

UNDATED (AP) – Coco Gauff has received a wild-card entry for the U.S. Open’s main draw, the second Grand Slam tournament for the 15-year-old from Florida. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there. Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon and upset five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round but wound up losing to eventual title winner Simona Halep.

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