Hunter keys Tigers’ rally

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter stroked a go-ahead, two-run double as part of a four-run seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers ran away with a 7-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Wednesday at Comerica Park.

Hunter finished the game 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.


Texans’ Foster returns to practice

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans activated All-Pro running back Arian Foster from the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday, with the hope he’ll be ready to go when the team opens the regular season in less than three weeks.

Head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters after Wednesday’s practice that the three-time Pro Bowl selection is unlikely to play in either of Houston’s two remaining preseason games, but he expects Foster to be available for the club’s Week 1 matchup against San Diego on Sept. 8.

Cowboys, Lee agree to 6-year extension

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys signed middle linebacker Sean Lee to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday.

The Cowboys’ official site reported the deal, which will run through the 2019 season, is worth approximately $42 million with more than $16 million guaranteed, and includes playing-time incentives that could earn Lee as much as $51 million.


Cavs ink No. 1 pick Bennett

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially brought No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett into the fold, signing him on Tuesday.

No terms of the deal were disclosed by the club, but the Plain Dealer reported it is worth $16.7 million over three years.

Braves’ Heyward breaks jaw

FLUSHING, N.Y. — Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward may miss the rest of the regular season due to a fractured right jaw he suffered in Wednesday’s 4-1, 10-inning victory over the New York Mets.

Heyward was hurt in the top of the sixth inning after taking a pitch from Jon Niese to the side of his face.

X-rays taken at a local hospital showed Heyward’s jaw was fractured in two places. He is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks.

Ichiro records 4,000th career hit

BRONX, N.Y. — New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded the 4,000th hit of his professional career during the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Suzuki reached the rare milestone by slashing a 1-1 knuckleball from Toronto starter R.A. Dickey past a diving third baseman Brett Lawrie and into left field in his initial at-bat.

Sharapova pulls out of U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Former top-ranked 2006 U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova withdrew from this year’s final Grand Slam event on Wednesday due to right shoulder bursitis.

The career Grand Slam winner Sharapova was seeded third for the U.S. Open, which will commence Monday in New York.

Steelers’ rookie Bell out indefinitely

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell appears unlikely to be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season due to a foot injury the rookie sustained in the team’s last preseason game.

Head coach Mike Tomlin revealed Wednesday that the team is awaiting the results of a second opinion on Bell’s ailing right foot, which he hurt in the first quarter of Monday’s 24-13 loss to Washington. NFL.com reported that the Steelers are concerned that the 2013 second-round pick may have a Lisfranc injury that could require surgery.