Rangers waive Hamilton, return possible

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CINCINNATI (AP) The Texas Rangers placed Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, though they hope his surgically rebuilt left knee is healthy enough to allow him to try for a spot with the team next season.

Texas activated Hamilton off the 60-day disabled list and put him on waivers, a move that was expected. The 35-year-old outfielder had surgery on June 8 to reconstruct his ACL and repair cartilage damage. He's hoping to be ready for spring training.

It was Hamilton's third operation on the knee since September.

Cowboys WR Bryant concussed at practice

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will miss the next preseason game after suffering a concussion in practice.

Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Bryant was hurt a day earlier when the receiver's head hit the shoulder pads of safety Barry Church. Garrett says Bryant was held out of the rest of that practice and will not play Thursday night at Seattle. (MORE)

Brady OK to play after scissors mishap

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady is ready to play after cutting his right thumb with scissors in a "silly accident" before the Patriots' preseason game against the Bears last week.

Brady said Tuesday he missed the first two practices this week for personal reasons, but that he's available and ready to play when New England visits Carolina on Friday. (MORE)

Irish CB Butler charged with 2 felonies

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A Notre Dame cornerback accused of tackling a police officer and punching him in the side and stomach during an altercation outside a bar was charged Tuesday with felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official.

Devin Butler was arrested Saturday and released on a $1,000 bond, but St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth P. Cotter requested more time to investigate the case and determine what charges were appropriate. (MORE)

Lesnar's doping suspension extended

LAS VEGAS (AP) Nevada athletic regulators have extended a temporary suspension of UFC heavyweight Brock Lesnar pending a hearing on his failure of drug doping tests at UFC 200 last month.

State Athletic Commission officials say the move approved Tuesday came after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found violations of UFC drug policy in June and at Lesnar's July 9 fight against Mark Hunt. (MORE)

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