The misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge against Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby has been conditionally dropped, according to a published report.
Roby, involved in a fight at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, must avoid any additional legal trouble until Aug. 16, 2014, in order to have the charge dismissed, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The redshirt junior, one of the top players on the second-ranked Buckeyes’ defense, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of making contact with the chest of the bar’s security guard. The charge was reduced last week from battery to disorderly conduct.
• Former South Florida wide receiver D’Vario Montgomery is transferring to Iowa State. He signed a financial aid agreement with the university and will redshirt the upcoming season.
• The NFL has granted the Buffalo Bills a roster exemption for newly signed safety Jairus Byrd that lasts only through the team’s two final preseason games.
• The Cardinals signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team’s kicker. Carpenter was released by Miami a week ago.
• Middle linebacker Sean Lee and the Cowboys agreed on a six-year contract extension through the 2019 season. A story on the team’s website said Lee’s deal is worth about $42 million but could escalate as high as $51 million depending on different incentives.
• Jets fullback Lex Hilliard was placed on season-ending injured reserve a day after seriously injuring his shoulder at practice.
• Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes acknowledged he has no timetable for when he might return to the field as he recovers from a serious foot injury that sidelined him most of last season.
• The Ravens acquired running back Delone Carter from the Colts in a trade for wide receiver David Reed. The deal involves two players who have seen limited playing time in the NFL.
• Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell is getting a second opinion on his sprained right foot and will miss Saturday night’s preseason game against Kansas City.
• Texans defensive end Antonio Smith lost his cool in a preseason game, and it’s going to keep him out of the team’s season opener. Smith was suspended by the NFL for Week 1 of the regular season and the last two preseason games for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player’s helmet.
Heyward has broken jaw
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was struck by a pitch and will undergo surgery today. The Braves said that Heyward’s jaw has been stabilized, and he was to return to Atlanta on Wednesday night in advance of the operation. The team will announce how long Heyward will be sidelined after surgery is completed. Heyward was beaned by a 90 mph fastball from Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the sixth inning of the Braves’ 4-1, 10-inning win.
• Yankees infielder Jayson Nix suffered a broken his left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in the second inning Wednesday night. He went to first base and stayed for one pitch before leaving. Mark Reynolds pinch ran.
• The Twins recalled Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester to take Joe Mauer’s spot on the roster. Mauer was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday. He experienced dizziness during his pregame routine and was scratched from the lineup vs. Detroit.
• Alex Rodriguez said he’s cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field.
• Mike Shannon, 74, the former St. Louis Cardinals third baseman who has been a popular radio broadcaster for the team for more than 40 years, is recovering after heart surgery.
Fish, Sharapova out
American Mardy Fish and 2006 champ Maria Sharapova have withdrawn from the U.S. Open which begins Monday. The U.S. Tennis Association said the 31-year-old Fish cited “personal reasons” for his withdrawal, while Sharapova is out because of a shoulder injury.
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