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Sportshorts for Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014


Bears part ways
with Steltz

The Chicago Bears released veteran safety and special teamer Craig Steltz on Monday evening.

Steltz is the latest core special teams veteran to get cut, joining Eric Weems and Jordan Senn. He missed the offseason program and most of training camp because of offseason groin surgery.

He made his 2014 preseason debut Friday against the Seahawks.

suspended again

The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games for an illegal hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Meriweather was penalized for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area when he struck Smith in the second quarter Saturday night during the Ravens’ 23-17 victory. Smith was unhurt on the play.

Meriweather also hit Ravens running back Bernard Pierce in the head, causing a concussion and forcing him out of the game, but it was a legal hit.

This marks Meriweather’s sixth violation of unnecessary roughness rules regarding hits to defenseless players and impermissible use of the helmet.

Last year, Meriweather was suspended for one game.


Shaw saves
drowning nephew

USC cornerback Josh Shaw suffered two high ankle sprains Saturday night after he leaped from a second-story balcony to come to the aid of his 7-year-old nephew who cannot swim.

Shaw, who was attending a family function at an apartment in Palmdale, landed on concrete and then crawled into the pool to assist his nephew.

He will be sidelined indefinitely because of the ankle injuries.


White Sox send Danks down

The Chicago White Sox optioned outfielder Jordan Danks to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday after he played in 12 games this month.

The move clears space for the return of center fielder Adam Eaton from the 15-day disabled list, likely for today’s game against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

Eaton has been on the DL with a strained right oblique since Aug. 9, and recently played two games with Charlotte on a rehab assignment.


Klitschko postpones title defense

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko postponed his scheduled Sept. 6 mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg, Germany, because of a torn left biceps.

Dr. Robert Siorpaes diagnosed the injury, and recommended that Klitschko stop training for a month.

Klitschko, the 38-year-old Ukrainian, is 62-3 with 53 knockouts. His opponent, Pulev, a 33-year-old from Bulgaria, is 20-0 with 11 KOs.

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