Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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BASEBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Texas Rangers third base coach Gary Pettis still has vivid memories of that day 12 years ago, when two hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center towers.

Back then, Pettis was a coach for the Chicago White Sox, who had arrived in town only a few hours earlier for a scheduled game that night against the New York Yankees.

He believes it is important for Major League Baseball - and all Americans - to take a moment to remember Sept. 11.

Players, coaches and umpires wore American flag patches embroidered on the side of their caps in commemoration of the tragedy. Special lineup cards were used, and patriotic on-field tributes were held. Also, flags were half-staff, and there were moments of silence across baseball.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Derek Jeter began the season on the disabled list, and that's how it will end.

The New York Yankees shortstop will miss the rest of the year after being placed on the DL with an injured left ankle.

Jeter missed the first part of the season after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He returned to the DL twice more and played only 17 games, batting .190 with one homer and seven RBIs.

And now, he's been shelved for a fourth time.

The captain fully intends to return next year, even though he turns 40 on June 26.

PRO FOOTBALL

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he isn't going to change what he does on the field.

And he's appealing his latest fine, too.

Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on a Minnesota Vikings player in the Detroit Lions' season-opening win last weekend. It is the NFL's biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including the dollars lost by players due to suspensions.

Suh's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, said he expects the appeal to be heard later this week, when he hopes to provide another perspective to reduce his client's fine.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The devastated parents of a 32-year-old football fan who fell to his death from a pedestrian overpass outside Candlestick Park said their son had a ''few'' beers while tailgating but wasn't so drunk he couldn't walk straight.

Janet and Dennis Hayes, responding to reports from witnesses that her son Kevin Hayes was heavily intoxicated and stumbling before the San Francisco 49ers game, said he had walked up a ramp and was turning onto a staircase where the rail was lower when he slipped and fell.

''Kevin put his hand out thinking the rail was going to be there, but he slipped, tried to grab the rail, and went over the side,'' Janet Hayes told The Associated Press, citing the account provided by her son, Jeffrey, who was with his older brother when he fell.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) - Grambling State fired head football coach Doug Williams after the Tigers lost the first two games of the season.

The university announced it bought out the remainder of the former NFL quarterback's contract. Running backs coach George Ragsdale is taking over as interim head coach.

Grambling had a 1-10 record in 2012 - including going 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference - under the 58-year-old Williams. Grambling lost this season's opener to Alabama State 23-9 and was dominated by Louisiana-Monroe 48-10 last weekend

Williams, who led the Washington Redskins to a win over the John Elway-quarterbacked Denver Broncos in 1988, became Grambling's head coach in 1998. Then in 2004 he moved to a front-office job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He returned to Grambling as head coach in 2011, when he led the Tigers to a SWAC championship.

PRO BASKETBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Michael Beasley's NBA career got started in Miami, and now the Heat are hoping it can be revived in Miami.

The troubled forward is back with the Heat, signing a contract that will give him another chance to prove he belongs in the NBA. He was bought out earlier this month by the Phoenix Suns, not long after the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft was arrested in Arizona on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Beasley will be in training camp with the two-time defending NBA champions on Oct. 1.

HOCKEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres re-signed center Cody Hodgson to a six-year contract a day before the team opens training camp.

The Sabres announced the signing after players reported for physicals. Hodgson was already in Buffalo and is expected to be present for the team's first practice Thursday.

He is a four-year NHL player who was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by offering him a qualifying tender in June.

Hodgson centered Buffalo's top line last season and finished second on the team with 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games.

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