Monday's Sports In Brief

The Associated Press Published:

The Mid-American Conference has agreed to a new 13-year contract with ESPN. The agreement gives the network all television distribution rights to the league's football games through the 2026-27 season.

The MAC has three years left on its current eight-year deal with ESPN that pays the conference about $1 million per year.

The new agreement also gives ESPN rights to some MAC men's and women's basketball and Olympic sports.

The MAC's often high-scoring Tuesday and Wednesday night games in November have built almost a cult following and even given birth to the Twitter hashtag #MACtion. The unusual time slot gives the conference a chance to showcase its big games and best teams when there are usually no other college football games vying for air time.

This season the MAC will play two games each Tuesday throughout November and two games each of the first three Wednesday's of that month. Each of those games will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

• Football

Gronk participates:Rob Gronkowski is participating in contact drills with the New England Patriots for the first time since his knee surgery.

The star tight end says he's planning to be ready for the season opener on Sept. 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on Dec. 8 and underwent surgery on Jan. 9.

Receiver dismissed: Michigan wide receiver Csont'e York, who is facing assault charges, has been dismissed from the team.

Coach Brady Hoke says in a statement Monday that while second chances are certainly deserved, sometimes it's better for everyone if that occurs somewhere else.

York was charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery. The charges are all misdemeanors and are related to a July 18 incident.

Mixon suspended: Oklahoma has suspended freshman running back Joe Mixon for the season after he pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault.

Mixon, one of the nation's top recruits and a potential starter, is accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch and breaking several bones in her face last month. Mixon will be excluded from all team activities and removed from the team roster.

• Elsewhere

Nadal withdraws: Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open on Monday because of an injury for the second time in three years.

Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows.

Palmer has surgery: Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released today.

Legion World Series: The American Legion World Series concludes tonight with Midland, Mich., facing defending champion Brooklawn, N.J. in the finals at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Midland (50-7) edged Omaha, Neb. Westside 4-3 while Brooklawn held off Waipahu, Hawaii 7-6.

Brooklawn (53-7) won the 2013 title and finished second in 2012. The Brookers, 4-0 in this year's tournament.

Brooklawn handed Midland its only loss in the tourney 9-8 in an early-round pool play game, coming back from a 5-0 deficit.

Tressel installed: Youngstown State University has officially installed Jim Tressel as president.

Tressel officially became president July 1 at the school where he started his college coaching career years earlier. Youngstown State agreed to pay him $300,000 a year as president.

Tressel had been an administrator at the University of Akron the past two years. Before that, he was forced out at Ohio State after players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

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