LU women’s soccer releases schedule

Lander women’s soccer head coach Chris Ayer has finalized the 2019 fall schedule, and the Bearcats’ regular season will consist of 16 matches.

The Bearcats will open the schedule with three home matches, with Lander hosting Converse on Sept. 5 in the season’s first match. Coker then visits Lander at Van Taylor Stadium on Sept. 11, followed by a matchup against Wingate on Sept. 14.

Lander advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history last season while finishing second in the Peach Belt Conference regular season standings.

Ex-Patriot Bruschi recovering after stroke

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke.

His family says in a statement the 46-year-old suffered the stroke Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.

Bruschi was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where his family said Friday he was “recovering well.”

Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl and learned he had a congenital heart defect that produced a hole in his heart. He had surgery to repair the hole and retired. But he sat out less than a year before returning for the seventh game of the 2005 season.

Herrera suspended for rest of 2019

NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera accepted a suspension for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

The commissioner’s office announced his decision Friday, two days after domestic assault charges against Herrera in Atlantic City, New Jersey, were dismissed. He had been charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury stemming from an incident on May 27 at the Golden Nugget Casino. The woman, his girlfriend, declined to press charges.

Runner found dead after cheating claims

LOS ANGELES — A runner has been found dead days after he was disqualified from the Los Angeles Marathon following allegations of cheating.

Authorities say 70-year-old Dr. Frank Meza’s body was found Thursday morning in the Los Angeles River.

Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office, says an autopsy is pending.

The Los Angeles Times reported Meza as the man found dead and a medical license and voter registration records match his home address and date of birth.

The Los Angeles Marathon disqualified his finish in this year’s race after they said he left the course and came back from a different position. His time had been the fastest ever for a man his age and triggered suspicion within the running community, which began investigating.

Wolves add assistant under Saunders

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have rehired Bryan Gates as an assistant coach, joining the staff of new coach Ryan Saunders.

The Timberwolves announced the hire on Friday. Gates spent the 2015-16 season with Minnesota before serving as an assistant coach with Sacramento the last three years. He worked five seasons on staff with New Orleans before his first stint in Minnesota.

CC Sabathia to be honored at ASG

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will be honored by Major League Baseball at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sabathia is in the final season of his 19-year career. He’ll be recognized for his contributions to the game and his longtime service to the community.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s glad Sabathia and his family will join the festivities in Cleveland, where he began his pro career.