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Sportslog: Patriots release offensive line R. J. Mattes

BASKETBALL

July hearing scheduled for Sterling

A Los Angeles County probate judge has scheduled a four-day trial for July 7-10 to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife’s planned sale of the Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team. An attorney for Shelly Sterling went to court to request a trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Also, a former intern for the Clippers, Frank Cooper, filed a federal class action lawsuit accusing the team and its owners of violating labor laws by not paying its interns. . . . Kansas center Joel Embiid worked out for the Cavaliers, who are trying to decide what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in this month’s draft. Cleveland is eager to put the 7-foot Embiid through medical and physical tests as there have been concerns about the 18-year-old’s back . . . Bulls forward Ronnie Brewer pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge in Beverly Hills, Calif . . . In the WNBA, Erlana Larkins scored 17 points and Natasha Howard and Shavonte Zellous each added 13 to help the host Indiana Fever beat the Seattle Storm, 76-68.

NFL

Patriots release lineman Mattes again

The Patriots released offensive lineman R.J. Mattes Wednesday for the third time in 13 months. He was signed as a rookie free agent out of North Carolina State last year. Listed at 6 feet 6 inches, 315 pounds, Mattes spent part of training camp last year with the Patriots, then came back to the practice squad in December . . . Lions tight end Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL and he blames having three concussions over the past four years with ‘‘a lot’’ to do with his decision. The Lions released him in October . . . Jets cornerback Dee Milliner remained limited at practice because of tightness in his left hamstring. After an up-and-down rookie season, Milliner is being counted on to be the Jets’ No. 1 cornerback, replacing the departed Antonio Cromartie . . . The Browns signed rookie running back Terrance West, a third-round selection, to a four-year deal worth approximately $2.8 million.

BASEBALL

Pirates place Liriano on disabled list

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The Pirates placed lefthanded starter Francisco Liriano on the disabled list because of a strained left oblique, a day after he left a start in the fourth inning when he felt discomfort while throwing a pitch . . . Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers is going back on the disabled list because of right elbow inflammation less than a week after a return from the same problem . . . The White Sox signed Olympic speedskater Eddy Alvarez to a minor league deal as an infielder. The 24-year-old Alvarez was part of the relay team at the Sochi Olympics that won the silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay. He was a standout shortstop in high school in Miami and played for Salt Lake Community College in Utah in 2011, batting .303 with 43 RBIs . . . Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn was given a one-year contract extension as coach at San Diego State . . . The Cubs signed Indiana catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber, their first-round draft pick and the No. 4 overall selection, to a contract worth $3.125 million, well under the $4.6 million slot Major League Baseball set for the selection.

MISCELLANY

Felix wins 200 meters in Norway

Olympic and world champion Allyson Felix won the 200 meters in 22.73 seconds at Bislett Games in Oslo. Myriam Soumare won the 100 meters in a season-best 11.18 seconds. Tianna Bartoletta jumped a year-leading 7.02 meters to win the women’s long jump, Will Claye led an American 1-2 in the men’s triple jump, and Joe Kovacs won the shot put. With Usain Bolt still working his way back from a foot injury, Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson won the men’s 100 meters in a slow 10.02 seconds . . . Workers at Rio de Janeiro’s two airports in Brazil declared a partial work stoppage beginning at midnight Wednesday, on the eve of the opening match of the World Cup. Meanwhile, a subway strike in Sao Paulo that threatened to disrupt the opening of the event was averted . . . ESPN hired Landon Donovan to offer commentary on the US soccer team he was cut from just before the World Cup . . . Belgium World Cup soccer coach Marc Wilmots didn’t want to get caught in one of Sao Paulo’s famous traffic jams, so Thursday’s scrimmage between the Red Devils and the US in Brazil was canceled . . . Luis Silva scored three first-half goals and D.C. United beat the host Montreal Impact, 4-2, to take the lead in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference . . . In sailing, America’s Cup officials confirmed that San Francisco is out of the running to host the 2017 regatta, with the field narrowed to San Diego, Bermuda and Chicago . . . Sebastien Bourdais was fined $10,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the season for unsafe driving during last weekend’s IndyCar race in Texas. IndyCar officials also said Honda had lost 30 points in the manufacturer’s championship for changing engines in three cars earlier than allowed, and that Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing was fined $5,000 for a technical violation. Hartman’s team was found to have used an improper rear wing angle on Josef Newgarden’s car . . . Defending champion Loic Duval escaped unscathed from a crash which destroyed his Audi during practice for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France . . . Two-time Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher of Austria is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting four minor pupils as a coach in Vienna in the early 2000s.

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