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Yankees Brace for the Return of Alex Rodriguez

Yankees Brace for the Return of Alex Rodriguez

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the New York Yankees just lost shortstop Derek Jeter to retirement, they’ll be getting back third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod will be removed from the restricted list at the end of the World Series after his year-long suspension because of his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

Still, Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure how much play they can get out of A-Rod.

“We have to see where he is at,” he said Monday. “I think that is the thing that we have to do. I believe he is going to be 40 next summer, and we need to see where he is physically at.”

The Yankees and Rodriguez both decided it’d be best for both parties to remain apart during the season even though he could have been with the team.

The Yankees still owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three seasons and will make an additional $6 million if he hits six more home runs, which would tie him for 4th place on the All-Time list.

Rodriguez has been one of the best players of his generations, but his connection to PEDs has tainted his playing career. In 20 seasons, Rodriguez has hit 654 home runs.

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NFL Suspends Colts Safety LaRon Landry for Four Games

NFL Suspends Colts Safety LaRon Landry for Four Games

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Colts defense has been dealt another blow as the NFL has suspended safety LaRon Landry for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Landry will be eligible to return to the team on Oct. 27, the day after the team plays the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After a disappointing first season with the Colts, the 29-year-old Landry has been solid so far this season. In four games, Landry recorded 23 tackles and 1.0 sack.

Landry is in his eighth NFL season, and the Colts are his third team after previously playing for the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

This is the second time a Colts player has been suspended in recent memory for a PED violation. Defensive end/linebacker Robert Mathis was suspended for four games. He then torr his Achilles tendon while he was working out during suspension.

The Colts have the 21st ranked defense through four games and are one of the worst teams in stopping the pass.

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Raiders Fire Head Coach Dennis Allen

Raiders Fire Head Coach Dennis Allen

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — After a 0-4 start to the season, the Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Dennis Allen.

Allen ends his tenure like the six head coaches that preceded him, with a losing record. In his two-plus seasons under the helm, Allen went just 8-28.

Dating back to November 2013, the Raiders have lost ten-straight games and are 0-4 for the first time since 2006. The Raiders lost by 20 or more points in nine of Allen’s 36 games as coach.

“It’s a tough deal, especially for him,” tight end David Ausberry told ESPN. “As we all know, this is the NFL and it keeps growing. So we just all got to as a team pull together and keep going forward. That’s all we really can do.”

Since Allen was hired back in 2012, the Raiders have a .222 winning percentage, which is the second-worst mark in the NFL over that time.

Since 2001, the Raiders have had seven head coaches, the most in the NFL during that time.

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Bruins Re-Sign Krug and Smith

Bruins Re-Sign Krug and Smith

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith Monday.

The two players each received one-year contracts worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.

The signings mark the end of a long negotiation between the players and the B’s.

“It was definitely tough,” Smith said of the contract talks. “At times, you think you’re fighting a three-way battle. You’ve got your own ideas, your agent is advising how he probably should and they’ve been in the business a long time and that’s probably the advice you should take. The Bruins also have their ideas and ideologies of how they want the whole situation to go, so you’re kind of bouncing ideas with everyone. Me and Torey were bouncing ideas off each other the whole time, because we just wanted to get to camp. It seems like it all worked out.”

The re-signing of Krug and Smith is huge for a Boston team that finished last season with the most points in the NHL.

Krug, 23, played in 79 games last season recording 14 goals and 26 assists.

As for the 23-year-old Smith, he played in 82 games last season, scoring 23 goals and handing out 31 assists, mainly playing on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

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Charles Returns To Help Chiefs Destroy Patriots

Charles Returns To Help Chiefs Destroy Patriots

Jason O. Wastson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Jamaal Charles’ ankle seemed just fine Monday night. Charles, who missed the Kansas City Chiefs game last week against the Miami Dolphins with a high ankle sprain, caught two touchdowns and ran for another to help the Chiefs rout the New England Patriots 41-14.

“Coach said he was going to look for me, and see how it feels during the game,” Charles said, “and I guess I started feeling like myself. He didn’t want to take me out.”

Charles finished the game with 18 rushes for 92 yards, and teammate Knile Davis had 16 carries for 107 yards in the win.

The Chiefs (2-2) never allowed the Patriots (2-2) to get comfortable on offense, constantly pressuring Tom Brady, who had three turnovers — two interceptions and one fumble — in the loss.

“It was just a bad performance by everybody,” Brady said. “We need to make sure we never have this feeling again. We’ve got to figure out what we have to do better.”

Alex Smith completed 20 of 26 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns for Kansas City, whose fans set the record for loudest outdoor sports venue in the first half, according to the Guinness World Records. The Chiefs’ fans hit a noise level of 142.2 decibels, which tops the previous record of 137.6 set by the Seattle Seahawks’ fans last season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Week 4: Kansas City Chiefs 41 (2-2) – New England Patriots 14 (2-2) 

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Suns Reward Marcus and Markieff Morris with Contract Extensions

Suns Reward Marcus and Markieff Morris with Contract Extensions

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After expressing a desire to continue their NBA playing careers together, the Phoenix Suns have announced they’ve reach contract extensions with twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

The Arizona Republic reports Markieff has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus will receive a four-year deal worth $20 million.

“We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp,” Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. “There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures.”

The Morris twins played together at the University of Kansas, but began their NBA careers on separate teams as Marcus was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to Phoenix in 2013 where the two were re-united.

Last season, Marcus averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Markeiff averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Marlins Reward Manager Mike Redmond with Two-Year Extension

Marlins Reward Manager Mike Redmond with Two-Year Extension

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Even though the Miami Marlins will once again be watching the postseason, there is reason for optimism as the team has given manager Mike Redmond a two-year extension.

Redmond’s new deal now runs through the 2017 season as he had one more year left on his current deal.

“I’m just excited to continue this process of building this team and this organization in the direction that we know we’re headed,” Redmond said Sunday.

Despite finishing 2014 with a 77-85 record, the team has made significant strides on the field as the organization is filled with young talent.

“We sat down as a group and an organization and tried to figure out how we could get better and improve the ballclub. And we’ve been able to do that by 15 games in one year, which is not easy to do,” Redmond added.

Redmond, who played with the Marlins during his playing career, was hired as the manager back in 2013 and has a 139-184 record during that span.

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Pelicans Guard Tyreke Evans Out 3-5 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Pelicans Guard Tyreke Evans Out 3-5 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

NBA via Sacramento(METAIRIE, La.) — The injury bug is biting the New Orleans Pelicans once again as guard Tyreke Evans will miss the next three to five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.
Pelicans general manager Dell Demps confirmed that the in…

Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Tony Romo threw for three touchdown passes while DeMarco Murray rushed for two more as the Dallas Cowboys dominated New Orleans, winning 38-17 on Sunday night. The Cowboys (3-1) led 24-0 at halftime and maintained their double-digit lead throughout.

“That was very important for us to see what kind of team we were going to be,” said Romo who ended his day with 262 passing yards as well. “We kind of knew but it’s nice to go against a team…that is still a really good football team.”

Dallas began the scoring when Romo found Terrance Williams from six yards out in the first quarter. The two later connected with 19 seconds left in the half, upping the advantage to 24-0. While Romo was lighting it up in the air, Murray led a dominant rushing attack on the ground. The running back totalled 149 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the year, as the Cowboys racked up 445 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Saints (1-3) offense was held in check all night. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 340 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive until the third quarter when New Orleans settled for a Shayne Graham field goal. They would close the gap to 31-17, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Dallas’ defense held strong and prevented any thought of a comeback.

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Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Geoff Burke/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jeff Gordon led the final 71 laps of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, cementing his spot in the next round of the NASCAR’s 10-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup”. It was Gordon’s fifth win at The Monster Mile, and his first since winning his last series crown in 2001.

“I think it makes a statement of what type of team we are,” Gordon said. “I think that it makes a statement that we’re a team to beat for this championship.”

Although he didn’t need the win to advance, Gordon joined Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as winners through the first round of NASCAR’s new playoff format which eliminates four drivers after every third race. At the conclusion of the race at Dover, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, and Aric Amirola were knocked from championship contention.

Kevin Harvick led 223 laps but poor tire management left him with a 13th place finish. Keselowski took second while Jimmie Johnson, Logano and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. The points will now reset for the “Contender Round” which features races at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega.

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MLB Postseason Matchups Set

MLB Postseason Matchups Set

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It took all 162 games, but the Major League postseason was decided on Sunday as the top 10 teams found out where and when their next games will be. Both the American League and National League Central division titles were also won on Sunday while the final AL Wild Card spot was decided.

David Price tossed seven and one-third innings of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out eight, to give the Detroit Tigers the AL Central crown for the fourth straight year. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair of runs in the 3-0 victory while Joe Nathan picked up his 35th save of the season. The Tigers will travel to AL East Champion Baltimore to begin best-of-five divisional series against the Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers’ victory means that Kansas City’s first postseason appearance in 29 years will come in the Wild Card round. The Royals will host the Oakland Athletics, who eliminated the Seattle Mariners with a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers Sunday, in a one-game “play-in” on Tuesday night. The winner of that contest will then travel to Los Angeles to battle the Angels in the divisional round, beginning Thursday.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 after they were already crowned Central division champs. Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss relegated the Pirates to the Wild Card round where they will host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Whoever advances will then visit the Washington Nationals, winner of the NL East, in the divisional series on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals begin their defense of the NL Pennant on Friday when they travel to NL West champion Los Angeles to battle with the Dodgers.

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Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) — At Fenway Park, the home of the Yankees’ archrivals the Boston Red Sox, Derek Jeter received a standing ovation after recording the final hit of his 20 year career. The New York Yankees shortstop singled home a run in the top of the third before being lifted for a pinch-runner.  

The base hit was the 3,465th of his career, sixth most all-time, and gave New York a 3-0 lead en route to a 9-5 win. The 40-year-old removed himself from the game, being replaced by Brian McCann at first base. 

“I had a blast,” said Jeter, who made his Major League debut in 1996, winning the AL Rookie of the Year. “Listen, I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do, the only thing that I ever wanted to do. I know that not a lot of people can say that. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had fun. There is not a thing I would change.”

Prior to the game, a ceremony honoring Jeter featured multiple Boston sports icons who could also call themselves “Captain” — former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, current Washington Wizard and former Celtics guard Paul Pierce all paid tribute to the 14-time All-Star.

The Red Sox also donated $22,222.22 to Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. Almost $600,000 in charitable donations were given to his foundation throughout the course of the season.

Despite not reaching the postseason in his final year, Jeter was a member of five World Series championship teams and is the Yankees all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, singles, and doubles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Green Bay Packers 38 (2-2) – Chicago Bears 17 (2-2)

Indianapolis Colts 41 (2-2) – Tennessee Titans 17 (1-3) 

Baltimore Ravens 38 (3-1) – Carolina Panthers 10 (2-2)

Detroit Lions 24 (3-1) – New York Jets 17 (1-3)

Miami Dolphins 38 (2-2) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-4)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 (1-3) – Pittsburgh Steelers 24 (2-2)

Houston Texans 23 (3-1) – Buffalo Bills 17 (2-2)

San Diego Chargers 33 (3-1) – Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-4)

Minnesota Vikings 41 (2-2) – Atlanta Falcons 28 (2-2) 

San Francisco 49ers 26 (2-2) – Philadelphia Eagles 21 (3-1)

Dallas Cowboys 38 (3-1) – New Orleans Saints 17 (1-2)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 7 (85-77) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (77-85)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (76-86) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (88-74)

Baltimore Orioles 1 (96-66) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (83-79)

New York Mets 8 (79-83) – Houston Astros 3 (70-92)

Detroit Tigers 3 (90-72) – Minnesota Twins 0 (70-92)

Washington Nationals 1 (96-66) – Miami Marlins 0 (77-85)

Atlanta Braves 2 (79-83) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (73-89)

New York Yankees 9 (84-78) – Boston Red Sox 5 (71-91)

Kansas City Royals 6 (89-73) – Chicago White Sox 4 (73-89)

Chicago Cubs 5 (73-89) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (82-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (88-74) – Texas Rangers 0 (67-95)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (90-72) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (64-98)

San Francisco Giants 9 (88-74) – San Diego Padres 3 (77-85)

Seattle Mariners 4 (87-75) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (98-64)

Los Angeles Dodgers 10 (94-68) – Colorado Rockies 5 (66-96)

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon won the Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

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Tigers Clinch A.L. Central

Tigers Clinch A.L. Central

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers (90-72) clinched the A.L. Central for the fourth consecutive season after they beat the Twins, 3-0 on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler led the offense, with a solo homerun in the third and further cemented the lead with an RBI single in the eighth. 

David Price tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Joe Nathan closed out the game to earn his 35th save of the season.

The Tigers will travel to Baltimore to face the Orioles Thursday in the A.L. Divisional Series. 

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Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman Tosses No-Hitter

Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman Tosses No-Hitter

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter in the Nationals 1-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Zimmerman became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season.

This is the second year in a row the unique feat has happened after Henderson Alverez of the Marlins threw nine hitless innings against the Detroit Tigers.

The final out occurred in dramatic fashion as Christian Yelich smashed a ball to deep left center.  Nationals left fielder Steven Souza tracked the ball perfectly through the air, dove for the ball and raised his hands in triumph as he came up with the game-ending catch. 

The Nationals will host the winner of the Pirates/Giants wild card playoff game, which will take place on Wednesday.

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Europeans Win Ryder Cup

Europeans Win Ryder Cup

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(GLENEAGLES, Scotland) — Europe continued its dominance as it won a third consecutive Ryder Cup behind the charge of Rory McIlroy and rookie Jamie Donaldson on Sunday.

McIlroy started the round strong with a score of six under par on the first six holes.

Donaldson sealed the day with a powerful drive on the 15th hole that placed the ball within two feet of the cup. 

The Europeans finshed the Ryder cup with a final score of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 over the Americans. 

The event was not without controversy for the Americans as Phil Mickelson rode the bench for the final two days of the event and was quick to criticize captain Tom Watson.

“We had a great formula in ’08, and I don’t know why we strayed from it,” Mickelson said. “What Zinger did was really a good format. Maybe we should relive that.”

The Europeans can celebrate with the Ryder cup for another two years until the rivalry renews at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis.  

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Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

Minnesota Rolls Past Michigan, 30-14

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Golden Gophers senior running back David Cobb rushed for 183 yards on 32 carries as Minnesota (4-1; 1-0 Big Ten) rolled past Michigan (2-3; 0-1 Big Ten) 30-14, in front of 102,926 fans at the Big House on Saturday.

Michigan got on the board first when sophomore running back De’Veon Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Wolverines a 7-0 lead with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Minnesota proceeded to score 30 unanswered points, with the big blow coming late in the third quarter when sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner connected with sophomore tight-end Maxx Williams on a 1-yard TD pass to give the Golden Gophers a 27-7 lead.

During the game, Michigan fans chanted for the dismissal of head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director Dave Brandon. It’s the first time in the program’s 135-year history that they have ended September with three losses.

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Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Demetrious Johnson Maintains UFC Belt

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — For the fifth time in his career, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title at UFC 178 on Saturday night. Johnson submitted Chris Cariaso in the second round to improve to 21-2-1 in the mixed martial arts career.

The fighter known as “Mighty Mouse” was in cruise control from the start, scoring multiple takedowns in the first round. Johnson controlled the tempo throughout and landed an overhand right, coupled with a left knee to the chin, that dazed Cariaso (17-6) as time expired.

In the second round, Johnson immediately scored a double-leg takedown and worked to side control. After securing an arm bar, the 28-year-old switched to a kimura and finished the fight at 2:29 of the second round. It was the eighth submission of his career and improved Johnson to 6-0-1 since dropping to the 125-pound weight class.

Donald Cerrone (25-6) also picked up a win at UFC 178 by defeating Eddie Alvarez (25-4) by unanimous decision, while Conor McGregor (16-2) earned a knockout victory over Dustin Porier (16-4) in the first round.

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(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

(6) Texas A&M Needs Overtime to Beat Arkansas

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — With Johnny Manziel on the sidelines, (6) Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill used a little “Johnny Football” magic to help the Aggies avoid a monumental upset on Saturday. Texas A&M (5-0) rallied from a 28-14 deficit to beat Arkansas 35-28 in overtime at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns in the win, leading a fourth quarter comeback that included two 50-plus yard scoring passes. His first was an 86-yard strike to Edward Pope just three minutes into the final frame. Hill then found Josh Reynolds for a 59-yard touchdown pass, knotting the game at 28-28 with 2:08 to play in regulation.

The Aggies had a chance to win the game in regulation, but let the clock run out when facing fourth down at midfield. They took their shot early in the extra session, scoring on the first play as Hill found Malcome Kennedy for a 25-yard score.

That forced Arkansas (3-2) to go for it on fourth-and-one to keep the game alive, but a defensive stand by Texas A&M sealed the victory. It was the 14th straight conference loss for the Razorbacks who did not score in the final 20:02 of regulation.

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