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Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel

Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Texas A&M’s life without quarterback Johnny Manziel started off well: the 21st-ranked Aggies destroyed 9th-ranked South Carolina 52-28 Thursday.
Not only did A&M thrive without Manziel, his replacement at quarterback, Kenny Hill, broke Manziel’s single-game passing record by throwing for 511 yards, completing 44-of-60 passes and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) was never in trouble as it mounted a 31-14 lead by halftime and scored touchdowns on seven of its first 11 offensive possessions.

Dylan Thompson completed 20-of-40 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1 SEC), which had its 18-game home win streak snapped.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Detroit Tigers 3 (72-60) – New York Yankees 2 (69-63) 
Cincinnati Reds 7 (65-69) – Chicago Cubs 2 (59-74)
San Francisco Giants 4 (71-62) – Colorado Rockies 1 (53-80)
Baltimore Orioles 5 (76-56) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-69)
Atlanta Braves 6 (70-64) – New York Mets 1 (62-72)
Cleveland Indians 3 (68-64) – Chicago White Sox 2 (60-73)
Minnesota Twins 11 (59-74) – Kansas City Royals 5 (74-59) – 10 Innings
Los Angeles Angels 4 (80-53) – Oakland Athletics 3 (78-55) – 10 Innings
Top 25 College Football: (21) Texas A&M 52 (1-0) – (9) South Carolina 28 (0-1)
(18) Ole Miss 35 (1-0) – Boise State 13 (0-1)
(19) Arizona State 45 (1-0) – Weber State 14 (0-1) *
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USC RB Anthony Brown Quits, Calls Sarkisian a Racist

USC RB Anthony Brown Quits, Calls Sarkisian a Racist

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — USC running back Anthony Brown announced on Thursday that he is qutting the team after calling head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.
 “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton,” Brown posted on Instagram. He posted a similar message on Facebook.
Brown took down the posts shortly thereafter.
The senior running back had been sidelined most of training camp with an elbow injury. He had six starts and 43 tackles during his USC career.
“As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous,” Sarkisian said. “Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players — feel free to — that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”
Sarkisian has no history of being a racist and called Brown’s announcement surprising.
“Anthony decided not to play football anymore,” Sarkisian said. “We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy. We really tried to make it a point to accommodate the position change he wanted. He wanted to move to running back and we did so.
“He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn’t want to play anymore. It’s a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us.”
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NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge

NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Any player that commits a domestic violence crime will be handed a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense, the NFL announced on Thursday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension to Ravens running back Ray Rice correct, which led to the news.
“At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals,” Goodell wrote in a letter. “We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence….My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.”
Rice was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after being arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Goodell and the NFL received much criticism for not coming down harder on a domestic violence case.
“Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will,” Goodell continued.
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Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension

Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension

National Football League(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After a breakout season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have rewarded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey with a four-year extension.
ESPN reports Casey’s deal will pay him $36 million over those four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed.
“We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. “This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell’s professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come.”
Even though the team has moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, the team has assured Casey he will still be able to play like he’s used to at the pro level.
Casey is entering his fourth season with the Titans after the team selected him in the third round back in 2011. After accumulating 5.5 sacks his first two seasons, Casey exploded for 10.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 55 total tackles.
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ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa

ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(BILBAO, SPAIN) — In an effort to load up on depth at the guard position, ESPN reports that the Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms on a contract with Leandro Barbosa.
Barbosa’s deal with the Warriors will be for the league minimum.
Even though he’ll start out as the third guard on the depth chart behind Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, he still provides good value for his salary and place on the roster.
At this point in his career, the Warriors will likely use Barbosa as a 15-20 minute per game player, who can help take the pressure off of Curry at the point guard position.
Now 31 years old, Barbosa will enter his 12th season in the NBA. In 20 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes per game.
The Warriors are entering their first season under head coach Steve Kerr after they fired Mark Jackson after three seasons.
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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.
“This is g…

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (69-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-61)
Texas Rangers 12 (52-80) – Seattle Mariners 4 (72-60)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (65-68) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (75-56)
Philadelphia Phillies 8 (61-72) – Washington Nationals 4 (75-57)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (67-66) – Boston Red Sox 2 (58-75)
New York Yankees 8 (69-62) – Detroit Tigers 4 (71-60)
Atlanta Braves 3 (69-64) – New York Mets 2 (62-71)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (64-69) – Chicago Cubs 5 (59-73)
Kansas City Royals 6 (74-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-74)
Los Angeles Angels 6 (79-53) – Miami Marlins 1 (65-67)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (76-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (55-78)
Oakland Athletics 5 (78-54) – Houston Astros 4 (56-78)
San Diego Padres 3 (62-70) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-60) -10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3 (60-72) – Cleveland Indians 2 (67-64)
San Francisco Giants 4 (70-62) – Colorado Rockies 2 (53-79)
 
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USC CB Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Injury Story

USC CB Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Injury Story

Banana Stock(LOS ANGELES) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw told school officials that he lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend, according to a statement released by the school. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the university.
Shaw claimed he was injured after leaping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling in the pool.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He let us all down.  As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.
“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized.  Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable.  Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program.  I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
USC did not release details on how Shaw injured himself.
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ISU Opens 2014 Season at Utah

ISU Opens 2014 Season at Utah

POCATELLO, Idaho- The Idaho State football team opens the 2014 season on Thursday, August 28, at the University of Utah. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with Kevin Calabro, Glenn Parker and Jill Savage calling the action. Jerry Miller and Tim Lewis will call all the action on the 930 CBS […]

Orem Completes Sweep Idaho Falls

Orem Completes Sweep Idaho Falls

OREM, UT — Orem is starting to play the type of baseball that brought the team the first half division crown. It was that Owlz squad that buried the Chukars early in the season. Late in the season, Orem has made it difficult for Idaho Falls again, completing the sweep with a 2-1 win. Idaho […]

Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — After he never showed up for the team’s preseason game, the New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason.
Patterson didn’t show up for the team’s preseason game last Friday night against the New York Giants. He went AWOL and wasn’t heard from for 48 hours.
“I think there’s a level of accountability,” guard Willie Colon said. “I think if he’s able to stand up in front of the team and say, ‘Hey, this is how I felt, such-and-such happened,’ whether it’s right, wrong or indifferent, for him to say something would be welcomed. We’ll have to proceed from there.”
Though there was speculation that Patterson could be cut, the team has decided to just suspended him until Monday as they get ready for their first game of the 2014 regular season.
The 31-year-old Patterson is a nine-year NFL veteran, but this is his first season with the Jets.
He’s battled injuries the past few seasons, as he’s played in just 15 out of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.
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Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals

Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals

Tony Firriolo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the St. Louis Cardinals holding onto the lead in the first Wild Card playoff spot in the National League, one of their best players is getting closer to coming back as catcher Yadier Molina will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday.
Molina has been out of action since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) thumb back on July 9.
After taking part in batting practice Tuesday, the plan is for Molina to catch five or six innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.
“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous. …It’s been a long time. It’s been the longest two months ever. But I’m so excited to come back on the field.”
The 32-year-old Molina is still one of the best catchers in baseball. In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.
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Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country. The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador.”For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA. “Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished.”
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SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost has elected to scratch pitcher Yordano Ventura from his start Wednesday while the rookie deals with a sore back. Ventura complained of pain in his lower back after his start last Friday night against the Rangers. An MRI revealed inflammation but no damage.The Royals are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central.”There’s the hope that he’s not going to miss anything more. He’s made good progress to this point. He’s feeling much better,” Yost said. “We could try to push it, but it doesn’t make much sense right now. Let him get through it.”The Royals called up 25-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Omaha to take Ventura’s place. Hendriks has pitched 143 innings this season split between Omaha and Buffalo. During that time, he has compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 13 walks.Ventura has been solid all season for the Royals, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (68-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-60)
Baltimore Orioles 4 (75-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (64-68)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (60-72) – Washington Nationals 3 (75-56)
Detroit Tigers 5 (71-59) – New York Yankees 2 (68-62)
New York Mets 3 (62-70) – Atlanta Braves 2 (68-64)
Chicago Cubs 3 (59-72) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (63-69)
Kansas City Royals 2 (73-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-73)
Houston Astros 4 (56-77) – Oakland Athletics 2 (77-54)
San Francisco Giants 3 (69-62) – Colorado Rockies 0 (53-78)
Cleveland Indians 8 (67-63) – Chicago White Sox 6 (59-72) -10 Innings
Boston Red Sox 11 (58-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 7 (66-66) -11 Innings
Seattle Mariners 5 (72-59) – Texas Rangers 0 (51-80)
Los Angeles Angels 8 (78-53) – Miami Marlins 2 (65-66)
San Diego Padres 4 (61-70) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-59)
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (75-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (55-77)
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Report: Clippers Trade Jared Dudley To Bucks

Report: Clippers Trade Jared Dudley To Bucks

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers traded small forward Jared Dudley and a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica, and a 2015 second-round pick, according to ESPN.
The 29-year-old Dudley is a seven-year veteran of the NBA, having played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns and Clippers. In 523 career regular-season games, he has averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
The 31-year-old Delfino missed all of last season after suffering a fracture in his right foot during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Houston Rockets. Last offseason, he signed a two-year contract with the Bucks.  During his eight-year career, Delfino has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about being without both his running backs come the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
“Everything’s on the table,” Tomlin said regarding punishment coming to running backs, LeGarrett Blount and Le’Veon Bell.
The two were charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence during their trip to play the Philadelphia Eagles last week and both could be suspended at the start of the regular season.
Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore defended his teammates.
“We don’t spend a lot of time talking about what happens off the field. Obviously what’s going to those guys is going to happen to those guys, and nothing we can do or say here is going to change that,” he said. “We’re not going to disown them or treat them differently. Obviously it’s a situation that we would like to have not have happened, something that maybe could have been avoided. They made a decision, [but] once we walk through these doors, it’s all work.”
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Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and if a deal is not done before week 1 of the regular season, he won’t be talking about it during the year.
Bryant will be paid $1.78 million this season and is seeking a long-term deal.
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Bryant said Monday evening after an event to announce the Cowboys’ corporate sponsorship deal. “Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can’t be distracted once I’m on the football field.”
“We’re in conversation,” Bryant added. “I’ll say that. We’re talking. We are talking. It only gets better from there. Let’s see what happens.”
Bryant is hoping to have a deal done before they open up on Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cowboys remain positive that both sides will be able to work out a deal.
“He obviously feels in the right circumstances he wants to get something done. We do, too. That can be good,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of negotiations.
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Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(TORONTO) — After Koji Uehara blew another save, Yoenis Cespedes picked up his teammate with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth inning to give Boston a 4-3 win over Toronto. The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the Red Sox (57-74).
“Cespy has been so good since coming over to us,” manager John Farrell said. “Whether it’s been with a base hit or a long ball, he’s been big for us late in games.”
Cespedes’ RBI was his 19th in a Red Sox uniform, seven of which have been to put Boston ahead. Uehara (6-4) got the win despite blowing his fourth save in 30 opportunities. Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth for his first save of the season. 
Boston built up a 3-0 lead in the fifth on a solo homer from Mookie Betts before a two-run shot from Dustin Pedroia. That advantage was carried into the ninth before the Blue Jays (66-65) rallied to force extras.
Jose Reyes scored on a fielder’s choice to start the comeback before Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a pair, knotting things up at 3-3. Brock Holt then singled off Aaron Sanchez (2-1) to open up the tenth and later stole second and third base, setting up the go-ahead run. 
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