LU women’s hoops releases schedule

The Lander women’s basketball team aims for its sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance with the release of its 2019-20 schedule. The slate consists of 15 matchups at home and seven games against NCAA tournament teams from last season.

Lander will visit Clemson for a preseason exhibition before hosting Lenoir-Rhyne and Carson Newman, for the PBC/SAC Challenge to begin the season. In total, the Bearcats will compete against five NCAA tournament teams from last season: Carson-Newman (Nov. 9), Anderson (Nov. 19), Barton (Nov. 26), Clayton State (Dec. 14, Jan. 20), and North Georgia (Jan. 18, Feb. 15).

The Bearcats will travel to PBC foe Clayton State for a non-conference game before Peach Belt Conference play begins Dec. 19 at Young Harris. Lander then heads to Columbus State (Dec. 21) and Georgia Southwestern (Jan. 4). The Bearcats will return home to for their first PBC game in Horne Arena on Jan. 8 against Augusta.

Homecoming Week features contests against Flagler (Feb. 19) and Francis Marion (Feb. 22). The matchup against the Patriots is also Lander’s final home game of the regular season. The PBC Tournament begins with quarterfinal action on Mar. 4, hosted by the higher seeds. The highest remaining seed will host the semifinals and championship on Mar. 7-8.

No surgery for Riley, Swanson in rehab

ATLANTA — Rookie outfielder Austin Riley will not need surgery on his injured right knee and expects to return to the Atlanta Braves’ lineup in about two weeks.

Riley revealed the good news before the NL East leaders opened a three-game series against the New York Mets on Tuesday. He went on the 10-day injured list Aug. 5 after spraining his knee during a workout.

After a dazzling start to his first season in the big leagues, Riley slumped to a .242 average by the time of his injury. He has 17 homers and 45 RBIs.

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson continues to rehab a bruised right foot that already has kept him out far longer than the team expected. He went on the IL retroactive to July 24 and still is not sure when he’ll be able to return.

NFL denies appeal of Tate’s suspension

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has had the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers turned down.

The decision by an independent arbiter was announced Tuesday and means the 10-year-veteran will miss the first four games of the regular season, starting with Dallas on Sept. 8.

Tate, who signed a $37.5 million contract as a free agent with the Giants in March, announced the suspension in a Twitter post on July 27.

He said he intended to appeal it and felt his case had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor.

Brown returns to Raiders

NAPA, Calif. — Antonio Brown walked onto the Oakland Raiders practice field in his familiar No. 84 jersey surrounded by cameras and received warm greetings from teammates.

His weeklong absence to deal with his frostbitten feet and a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet has ended and now he’s eager to get back on the field as soon as he can.

Brown has not participated in a full practice for the Raiders after starting training camp on the non-football injury list with injuries to his feet that reportedly came from frostbite suffered while getting cryotherapy treatment in France.

Peterson won’t address financial woes

ASHBURN, Va. — Adrian Peterson says he won’t be discussing financial woes that came to light over the summer.

The Washington Redskins running back conducted his first interview of training camp Tuesday and declined to answer a question about pending legal action against him. Peterson was sued last month over failure to fully repay a $5.2 million loan and was ordered to pay $2.45 million to another creditor.

Lawyer Chase Carlson said in a statement last month that “the truth behind Adrian Peterson’s current financial situation is more than is being reported at this time.”

Ollie wins ruling on union protection

HARTFORD, Conn. — The arbitrator in the dispute between UConn and Kevin Ollie has ruled that the former basketball coach is protected by a union contract when it comes to the standard the school must meet in proving his firing was justified.

The collective bargaining agreement between the school and the American Association of University Professors, of which Ollie is a member, requires a showing of serious misconduct in order to fire an employee for “just cause” and also affords Ollie other union protections

UConn had argued that Ollie’s personal contract superseded the union deal, allowing it to fire him in March, 2018 for a broader range of offenses.

Jets sign veteran CB Cooper

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have signed veteran cornerback Marcus Cooper for depth in their depleted secondary.

The team also announced Tuesday it waived tight end Nick Truesdell to make room on the roster.

Cooper has played in 74 games, including 28 starts, in stints with San Francisco, Kansas City, Arizona, Chicago and Detroit in six NFL seasons. He was released by the Lions on Monday.

The 2013 seventh-round draft pick out of Rutgers has seven career interceptions with 36 passes defensed and 154 tackles.