Sports log: Braves fan death appears accidental


Lifetime Atlanta Braves fan Ronald Lee Homer Jr. knew the stadium where he fell to his death well. He attended three or four games a month at Turner Field and watched as many televised games as he could, his father said. He always had on a Braves hat. On Monday night, Homer, 30, was waiting out a rain delay in a fourth-level smoking area with a 42-inch railing that would have come up to the 6-foot-6-inch fan’s midsection. He’d told his mother during a phone conversation that the rain was letting up and he was about to head to his seat for the game against the Phillies. Shortly afterward, he fell about 85 feet into a parking lot. ‘‘He said ‘I love you, mom,’ and I said, ‘I love you, too,’ and that was it,’’ his mother, Connie Homer, told the Associated Press on Tuesday morning. While it’s not clear exactly why he fell, police say the death around 8:30 p.m. appears to have been an accident and didn’t involve foul play. At least four witnesses told police that no one else was standing near him when he fell. A police report released Tuesday said Homer was unconscious and wasn’t breathing when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Toxicology tests were pending.

Morneau placed on revocable waivers

The Twins placed first baseman Justin Morneau on revocable waivers. If Morneau is claimed before Wednesday’s deadline, the Twins can work out a trade with the claiming team, let that team take his contract, or pull him back and keep him in Minnesota. If he is not claimed, the Twins are free to negotiate with any team. Morneau is in the final season of a five-year, $80 million deal . . . Former Red Sox All-Star Manny Ramirez, 41, was released from his minor league contract by the Texas Rangers. He hit .259 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 30 games for Triple A Round Rock after agreeing to a deal early last month . . . Opening Day starter Matt Harrison won’t pitch again this season for the Rangers. Harrison made only two starts before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back . . . Braves second baseman Dan Uggla will have Lasik eye surgery and was placed on the 15-day disabled list . . . Rays righthander Alex Cobb is expected to pitch Thursday against the Mariners for the first time in the majors since getting hit in the right ear by a liner off the bat of Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15.


Merritt reclaims world title in 400m

American LaShawn Merritt reclaimed the world title in the men’s 400 meters at Moscow, pulling away from the pack early and winning in 43.74 seconds, the fastest time of the year. Teammate Tony McQuay earned the silver in 44.40, and Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic took the bronze in 44.52. Elsewhere, Yelena Isinbayeva won gold in the pole vault, clearing 16 feet ½ inch for her third world title. She was followed by the Olympic champion, American Jenn Suhr, and Yarisley Silva of Cuba, both at 15-9¾. Ganna Melnychenko of Ukraine won the heptathlon gold medal with 6,586 points. Canada’s Brianne Theisen Eaton earned the silver and Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands took bronze. Theisen Eaton’s husband, Ashton Eaton, won the decathlon Sunday. They married last month.


Cal safety released from hospital


California safety Avery Sebastian was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, a day after he was injured in a hard collision during a scrimmage that had appeared to leave him immobilized. Reports out of Cal’s scrimmage said Sebastian hit running back Jeffrey Coprich on a run up the middle and immediately went down. Late Monday, the school released a statement saying he had movement in all his extremities and would be released from the hospital . . . UConn running back Joe Williams has been charged with larceny and suspended indefinitely from the team. Police say Williams was charged Aug. 9 with larceny, theft of a credit card, and illegal use of a credit card.


MIAA joins new all-digital network

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association joined the NFHS Network, the new all-digital network devoted to coverage of high school sports and performing arts through the Internet at . . . A South African police spokesman said Oscar Pistorius will be served with an indictment now that police have completed an investigation into the shooting death of his girlfriend. Pistorius said he accidentally shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14. The state alleges the couple may have argued and he intentionally killed her . . . Juan Pablo Montoya, one of the most decorated drivers in the world, will not have a chance to find success in NASCAR with longtime team owner Chip Ganassi, who told Montoya he will not bring the Colombian back for an eighth NASCAR season . . . PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said two British newspaper reports of the PGA Tour’s bid to take over the European Tour are inaccurate. The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported the PGA Tour made an ‘‘audacious’’ bid to acquire the European Tour. . . In the WNBA, Candace Parker had 18 points and seven rebounds, Kristi Toliver scored 15 and the host Los Angeles Sparks beat the Chicago Sky, 80-76 . . . Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ralph Raymond, the former coach of the US women’s softball team, is teaming up with Mass. Drifters coach Curt Schilling to form an elite 18-and-under fast-pitch softball team to compete on a national level. Tryouts are at Crescent Street Fields in Bridgewater Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-noon. Contact Carol Savino at 774-222-3076.