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Bills' Hargrove suspended four games by NFL

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Troubled Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove was suspended for four games without pay by the NFL on Saturday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

In announcing the suspension, the league did not say what banned substance Hargrove tested positive for. Under league rules, players face a minimum four-game suspension for the first positive test, followed by an eight-game suspension for second-time violators.

• MLB -- All-Star Placido Polanco was a last-minute scratch from the Detroit Tigers' lineup against the Oakland Athletics.

Polanco, who is one game short of Luis Castillo's major-league record of 143 straight errorless games at second base, is day-to-day with a sore thumb. Ryan Raburn replaced him in his second career start at second base.

The Tigers also recalled relievers Eulogio De La Cruz and Aquilino Lopez from Triple-A Toledo to bolster an exhausted staff.

The Tigers have allowed 37 runs in their last four games, and have only gotten one win from a starting pitcher since July 19. De La Cruz and Lopez were recalled to replace Jordan Tata and Macay McBride, who combined to allow 11 runs in Friday's 16-10 loss to Oakland.

• Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday, ending his worst year in the major leagues.

Gibbons has a torn labrum, which restricts his ability to throw. He is still able to swing a bat and has been used primarily as a designated hitter. Having the surgery now will enable him to return for spring training in 2008.

The 30-year-old will be placed on the disabled list after Sunday's game or on Monday. He is batting .230 with six homers and 28 RBIs, both career lows, in 83 games.

• The San Diego Padres placed catcher Michael Barrett on the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Jack Cassel to Triple-A Portland.

Pitcher Mike Thompson was recalled from Portland, and San Diego also purchased the contract of catcher Pete Laforest from Portland.

• WNBA -- In Auburn Hills, Mich., Deanna Nolan scored 26 points -- 18 in the second half -- and the Detroit Shock beat the Indiana Fever 74-69 to clinch home-court advantage throughout the WNBA playoffs.

• SUN 88, SKY 66 -- In Chicago, Margo Dydek had a season-high 18 points as Connecticut cruised past Chicago, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot for the fifth straight year.

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