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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (63-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-66)
Miami Marlins 9 (67-69) – New York Mets 6 (64-74)
Minnesota Twins 6 (60-77) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (79-57)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-71) – Boston Red Sox 3 (60-77) – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 4 (62-76) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-64)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (74-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-66)
San Francisco Giants 4 (75-62) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-83) – Game 1 (Suspended Game from May 22)
Colorado Rockies 10 (55-83) – San Francisco Giants 9 (75-63) – Game 2
Oakland Athletics 6 (79-58) – Seattle Mariners 1 (73-63)
San Diego Padres 3 (65-71) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (57-80)
Detroit Tigers 12 (75-62) – Cleveland Indians 1 (70-65)
Kansas City Royals 4 (75-61) – Texas Rangers 3 (53-84)
Washington Nationals 6 (78-58) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (77-61)
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Four Phillies Combine for No-Hitter Against Braves

Four Phillies Combine for No-Hitter Against Braves

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Phillies starter Cole Hamels left after the sixth inning on Labor Day with a no-hitter in place and watched three other teammates complete the no-hit bid in their 7-0 win over the Braves.
Hamels threw 108 pitches and struck out seven with five walks, but was battling the hot Atlanta heat and exited after getting Phil Gosselin to pop out to end the inning.
Jake Diekman came into the game, but did not know about the no-hitter until he looked at the scoreboard and struck out two in the seventh.
Ken Giles was aware of the combined no-hitter and struck out the side in the eighth inning.
Jonathan Papelbon felt the pressure coming in during the bottom of the ninth and retired Gosselin by getting him to line out to first base to complete the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history.
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Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Week 1 Against Dolphins

Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Week 1 Against Dolphins

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he’s ready to go for their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Gronkowski had reconstructive surgery on his left knee during the offseason and doctors gave him the green light on Monday.
“Super excited, super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure. No doubt about it,” Gronkowski said Monday. “My mentality now is I’m ready to go, I’m ready to be out there, I’m ready to hit, I’m ready to start going.”
Gronkowski plans on wearing a knee brace on Sunday, but doesn’t see that stopping him from being productive.
“It feels good to be out here now this week, preparing for the Dolphins, knowing that I put myself in the best situation the last few weeks and few months to get back out here,” he said. “That was my plan the whole time — to work as hard as I could so I’d be ready for this week.”
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Astros Fire Bo Porter

Astros Fire Bo Porter

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday.
Porter was in the midst of his second year. Bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.
“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” General manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible.
“… What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so-even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”
The Astros were 59-79 and owned the second worst record in the league.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”
Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager. 
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Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

National Football League(NEW YORK) — Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans.
The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team.
“Health-wise he’s perfect,” Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks said. “He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn’t good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you.”
The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games, recording 24 tackles.
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Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Brewers Acquire Reds Reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Reds

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As Major League Baseball enters the final month of the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers have helped solidify their bullpen by acquiring reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds.
No longer the player he once was during his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Broxton has re-emerged has a dominant reliever this season with the Reds.
“Part of the thinking was his contract. We had to recognize we’re taking on this contract for next year, too,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “You try to get somebody who can help. There’s a lot of big money guys today, whether they’re relievers or [position] players, whatever. We’ve done a pretty good job with bullpens without having to spend a lot of money.”
In 51 games this season, the 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.01.
More importantly for the Brewers, Broxton is eligible to pitch for the team during the postseason, as he was acquired prior to the September 1st deadline.
He is expected to serve as the set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
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Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays

Phillies Trade Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays

Photos.com/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Fighting for a playoff spot in the American League, the Toronto Blue Jays have acquired veteran outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor leaguer Gustavo Pierre.
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49ers Ray McDonald Arrested for Domestic Violence

49ers Ray McDonald Arrested for Domestic Violence

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers find themselves with another player in trouble with the law. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed the arrest occurred following a call at 2:48 a.m. local time. McDonald later posted bail and was released from the Santa Clara Sherrif’s Department. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the team takes “such matters seriously” while a league source told ABC News the NFL is aware of the incident.
The 29-year-old defensive lineman reportedly had an altercation with his fianceé at a party celebrating his birthday. The woman showed police bruising on her body which led to McDonald’s arrest.
This incident comes in the same week that teammate Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL nine games for multiple off-field run-ins, including a DUI last September. McDonald was also arrested for DUI in 2010.
On Thursday, the NFL publicized new policies regarding domestic violence. First-time offenders will be suspended six games while a second arrest could mean a lifetime ban.
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Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick in 2016, a source said on Sunday.
Mallett had served as the primary backup for Tom Brady in each of the last two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2011. A 6’6″ quarterback out of Arkansas, Mallett will enter Houston as the backup for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. 
The Texans will waive Case Keenum in order to make room for Mallett and still have rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart. It was a rookie in New England that led to the trade as Jimmy Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason.
During limited action this year, Mallett was just 14-for-26 passing in three games with one touchdown.
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Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) — With only two races remaining before the NASCAR “Chase for the Cup,” Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.
The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart, denying him a weekend sweep.
Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place. 
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Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently found their quarterback of the future, signing Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension. Multiple media reports say the deal is worth approximately $68 million.
Smith was acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for a third round pick in 2013 and 2014. The extension will keep the signal caller in Kansas City through the 2018 season as he still has one year remaining on his current contract. 
“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”
The 30-year-old posted one of the best seasons of his career last season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and a career-high 3,313 passing yards. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith helped the team to an 11-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) – New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 
Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) – Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)
New York Mets 6 (64-73) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)
Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) – Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)
Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)
Houston Astros 3 (59-79) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)
St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) – Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)
Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) – Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)
Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) – Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)
San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)
Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) – Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)
Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) – Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain
NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) – SMU 0 (0-1)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250
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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A’s will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season. The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics’ team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he’s compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.
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ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.
Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team’s practice squad.
Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.”The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted Saturday. “The journey continues.”
Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.
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S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.
With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.
Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.
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(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

ThinkStock(HOUSTON, Texas) — Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.
“We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.
Corey Clement’s two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.
They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.
LSU’s Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.
“They battled. They hung in there,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end.”
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Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints made their final roster cuts on Saturday in preparation for Week One of the 2014 NFL Season. Among those left off the final 53 were veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Champ Bailey.
Bailey, who was also released by the Denver Broncos this year, was sidelined for three weeks during training camp with a foot injury. The 36-year old played 10 season with the Broncos before his release.
“Even though I’ve played 15 years, it doesn’t matter. Man, this is a production business,” Bailey said last week. “I think every guy going into training camp has to show what he can do. And, you know, I feel good. If they like what I do, then I’ll play a lot on Sundays. Plain and simple.”
A 29-year-old receiver, Meachem’s release is less shocking to most. The Saints have a plethora of young wide outs including Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, who sit at the bottom of the depth chart. Meachem caught 157 passes for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns during his six seasons in New Orleans.
The Saints also released both kickers they had brought to camp in Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke.
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USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BILBAO, Spain) — The United States began defense of their FIBA Basketball World Cup title with a 114-55 blowout over tournament newcomer Finland on Saturday. The US limited the Finns to just a pair of free throws in the second quarter, holding them to 0-for-17 from the floor.
“Our coaches were encouraging us to keep up that effort by telling us every timeout, every dead ball, they only had two points or whatever,” guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s just motivation to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The dominating effort continued into the third quarter as Finland ended up going 19 consecutive shots before one finally went in. by the time Tuukka Kotta’s basket dropped with 8:48 to play in the third, the Americans had already built up a 62-20 lead.
Klay Thompson came off the bench to lead all players with 18 points while Anthony Davis poured in 17 as well. The 59 point margin of victory is just the second highest in USA Basketball history, sitting behind a 79 point win over South Korea in 1990. The Americans will next take on Turkey in group stage play, a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.
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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.
“We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Now I think we can relax and go play football.”
Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around. 
The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State’s P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.
 
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF: (1) Florida State 37 (1-0) – Oklahoma State 31 (0-1)
(2) Alabama 33 (1-0) – West Virginia 23 (0-1)
(4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) – Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1)
(5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) – Navy 17 (0-1)
(6) Auburn 45 (1-0) – Ark…

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