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Sportshorts for Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

NFL

Bears sign Edwards to boost depth

After thinking about it for a day, the Bears decided to bring in a second veteran quarterback. Now they have options if they choose to keep a third-stringer on the roster when final cuts come Aug. 31.

Trent Edwards passed a physical and was signed to a 1-year contract Sunday, a day after the team added Jordan Palmer in the wake of Matt Blanchard breaking his left hand.

Dolphins lose TE Keller for season

Miami Dolphins rookie tight end Dion Sims started his first NFL game during Saturday night’s 24-17 preseason loss to the Houston Texans, and it likely won’t be his last of 2013.

Considering the season-ending knee injury Dustin Keller suffered in that game, the Dolphins are actively searching for replacement options.

A league source confirmed that Keller tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL) when Texans safety D.J. Swearinger’s helmet hit his right knee during a passing play that ended with Keller dropping the ball.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Penn State settles with first victim

Penn State has agreed to a settlement with a 25-year-old man who was sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a campus shower, the man’s attorney said late on Saturday.

It is the first of 26 claims to be finalized in the Sandusky scandal, Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline told Reuters. He declined to give details of the settlement but the university has approved spending $60 million for the payouts.

Alabama CB charged with DUI

Alabama cornerback Geno Smith has been charged with driving under the influence.

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department records show the sophomore for the top-ranked Crimson Tide was arrested Sunday and jailed on $1,000 bond. He had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.

GOLF

Johnson proposes to Gretzky’s daughter

Golfer Dustin Johnson proposed to girlfriend Paulina Gretzky this weekend, and he reports via his official Twitter account (DJohnsonPGA) that the daughter of NHL great Wayne Gretzky said yes.

The couple reportedly has been dating since the start of the 2013 PGA Tour season.

Ftizpatrick wins U.S. Amateur

BROOKLINE, Mass. – Incoming Northwestern freshman Matt Fitzpatrick pulled away late en route to defeating Oliver Goss, 4 & 3, in Sunday’s final at the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Fitzpatrick only trailed for four holes on the first 18, and took a 1-up lead into the second 18 at The Country Club. Goss squared the match on the 19th hole, but won only one more hole in falling to Fitzpatrick.

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