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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) – Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) – Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) – Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) – 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges by Phoenix police on Wednesday. According to the police report, he is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also accused of punching her in the face the following day.

Dwyer has appeared in two games this season with the Cardinals, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The fifth-year NFL veteran signed with Arizona this past offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. He was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.

To take Dwyer’s roster spot, Arizona re-signed running back Jalen Parmele. The Cards also added running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks after the NFL’s new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

“It feels great, it feels great,” Welker said. ” … You really realize how much you miss it.”

Welker continued, “It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.”

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. “Good to have Wes back,” he said. “Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning…I know he’s been excited to get back out here.”

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a “normal guy and not a shutdown corner” after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

“You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he’s gotta say something crazy,” Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. “It’s humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: ‘Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.’”

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn’t perfect all the time. “I played pretty well,” he continued. “But it’s really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh.”

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a “normal guy and not a shutdown corner” after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

“You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he’s gotta say something crazy,” Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. “It’s humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: ‘Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.’”

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn’t perfect all the time. “I played pretty well,” he continued. “But it’s really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh.”

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Joe West one game without pay for grabbing Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon’s jersey during an argument Sunday.

West and Papelbon got into the argument after West thought Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward the Philadelphia fans because they booed him.
                                                                                                    
After West made the ejection, Papelbon ran back out onto the field, bumping West, who then grabbed the pitcher’s jersey.
                                                                                                                                               

“Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player’s lewd gesture to the fans,” Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said in a statement. “I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.

“However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire. I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation. I consider this matter closed.”

Papelbon has already been suspended seven games by the league after they concluded the gesture was directed at the crowd, and for bumping West.

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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is officially out for the season.

Stanton was hit in the face in a game last Thursday by Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. The beaning resulted in Stanton suffering facial fractures, dental damages, two black eyes and more than 20 stitches.

Stanton was examined by doctors in Miami Tuesday when it was decided the 24-year-old needed more time to recover.

“As soon as the injury happened, the most important thing was obviously his health,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “That was always at the forefront. We wanted to make sure he received the best care he possibly could get from the second he was carted off the field.”

Despite being done for the season, Stanton is still a top candidate to win the NL MVP.

For the season, he hit .288 with 37 home runs, 89 runs scored, 105 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .395 on-base percentage.

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Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) — Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson isn’t going to let a shoulder injury stop him from playing against his former team on Sunday.

Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring after articles came out questioning his character, says despite spraining his left shoulder last week against Jacksonville, he will be on the field Sunday.

“I don’t think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul,” Jackson said. “If it’s all on me, I’m playing. I don’t plan on missing this game.”

Jackson did not practice Wednesday, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the receiver will be a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Before being released, Jackson played six seasons with the Eagles. During that time he played in 87 games, catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, and also returning four punts for touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Colorado Rockies 16 (61-91) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (86-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (84-68) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (62-90)

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (81-70) – Boston Red Sox 1 (66-86)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (92-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (77-74)

Miami Marlins 4 (74-77) – New York Mets 3 (73-80)

New York Yankees 3 (77-74) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (74-79)

Atlanta Braves 3 (76-76) – Washington Nationals 1 (87-64)

Chicago Cubs 3 (68-84) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (71-82)

Kansas City Royals 6 (83-68) – Chicago White Sox 2 (69-83)

Cleveland Indians 2 (78-73) – Houston Astros 0 (67-85)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (84-68) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (79-73)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (70-82) – San Diego Padres 2 (70-81)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (95-57) – Seattle Mariners 0 (81-70)

Minnesota Twins 8 (65-87) – Detroit Tigers 4 (84-68)

Texas Rangers 6 (59-92) – Oakland Athletics 1 (83-68)

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents — involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child — that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

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Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Sacramento Kings dealt guard Jason Terry and draft picks to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson.

In 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Terry averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. He was dealt to the Kings along with forward Reggie Evans on Feb. 19 for guard Marcus Thornton.  Terry did not appear in a game with Sacramento due to knee issues. The 15-year veteran is second among active players with 1,950 three-pointers.

The Rockets acquired Gee and Hopson in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans during this offseason that also included forward Trevor Ariza.

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Panthers DE Greg Hardy Placed on NFL’s Exempt List

Panthers DE Greg Hardy Placed on NFL’s Exempt List

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the NFL’s exempt list Wednesday.  He will be continued to be paid his guaranteed salary of $13.1 million and will be allowed to be at the team facility.

Hardy is awaiting a new trial in North Carolina after appealing a guilty verdict from July on two domestic violence charges.

“I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter,” Hardy said in a statement. “I am entitled to my day in court and that’s where my focus should be.”

The Panthers selected Hardy out of Mississippi in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  In 63 games with Carolina, he has 203 tackles and 34 sacks. Last year, he had a career-high 15 sacks, earning him his first Pro Bowl selection.

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FSU Suspends Jameis Winston for First Half of Clemson Game

FSU Suspends Jameis Winston for First Half of Clemson Game

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson for yelling an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday.

Winston will also undergo “internal discipline” regarding this matter.

“As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University,” FSU’s joint statement said. “Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others.”

Winston allegedly stood on a table and began to shout obscenities that were mimicking a popular video on the Internet.

“First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates,” Winston said. “I’m not a ‘me’ person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that’s not how you do things around here.

“I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That’s all,” he concluded.

Sophmore Sean Maguire will start the first half against Clemson.

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NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

NFL, Union Agree to New Drug Policy

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL and its union announced on Wednesday that they have a new drug policy agreement regarding performance-enhancing drugs, which also includes testing for human growth hormone.

With the new deal in place, three previously suspended players will now be able to play on Sunday for their respective teams.

Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick, and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey can return this weekend.

The new policy is as follows:

  • A first violation of the PED policy will result in a suspension without pay for up to six games depending on violation;
  • Positive tests for diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game ban;
  • Positive tests for a steroid, stimulant or HGH will result in a four-game ban;
  • Evidence that an attempt was made to manipulate a test result will result in a six-game suspension.
  • Players will receive a 10-game suspension for the second violation and a third will be a two-year suspension.

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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Orioles Clinch AL East for First Time Since 1997

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(BALTIMORE) — For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are the American League East champions.

“It’s everything I hoped for, man. It’s an awesome experience,” Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis, who has played with Baltimore since 2006, said. “We worked hard all season long to get where we are now. We got one step out of the way. Now we have a couple more steps to go.”

First baseman Steve Pearce hit a three-run homer to help the Orioles top the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2, giving the O’s their ninth win in 10 games.

“We’re AL East champs,” Pearce said while celebrating in the clubhouse. “Awesome.”

It’s the ninth time the Orioles have won the division, but only the second time since 1983, when they won the World Series.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing two hits, two runs, and four walks while striking out six.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (80-70) – Boston Red Sox 0 (66-85)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (91-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-73)

New York Mets 9 (73-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (73-77)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (74-78) – New York Yankees 1 (76-74)

Washington Nationals 3 (87-63) – Atlanta Braves 0 (75-76)

Chicago Cubs 7 (67-84) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (71-81)

Minnesota Twins 4 (64-87) – Detroit Tigers 3 (84-67) 

San Francisco Giants 2 (83-68) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (62-89)

Colorado Rockies 10 (60-91) – Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (86-65)

Cleveland Indians 4 (77-73) – Houston Astros 2 (67-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (79-72) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (83-68) -12 Innings

San Diego Padres 5 (70-80) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-82)

Texas Rangers 6 (58-92) – Oakland Athletics 3 (83-67)

Seattle Mariners 13 (81-69) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (94-57)

Chicago White Sox 7 (69-82) – Kansas City Royals 5 (82-68)

 

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Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

Grand Jury to Hear Tony Stewart’s Case

BananaStock(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart will have his sprint car case in New York presented in front of a grand jury, Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said on Tuesday.

“Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter,” Tantillo said.

Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9. After Stewart spun him out, Ward climbed out of his car to confront Stewart while the race was still taking place.

“I respect the time and effort spent by both the Ontario County District Attorney and the Sheriff’s Office in investigating this tragic accident,” Stewart said in a statement. “I look forward to this process being completed, and I will continue to provide my full cooperation.”

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N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

N.Y. Yankees INF/OF Martin Prado Placed on 60-Day DL

iStockphoto(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — New York Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an emergency appendectomy early Tuesday morning. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

The Yankees acquired Prado in a trade on July 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league catcher Pete O’Brien and a player to be named.  In 37 games with New York, the former All-Star batted .317 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. He also scored 18 runs and swiped a base.

To take Prado’s spot on the roster, the Yankees added infielder/outfielder Jose Pirela.

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Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

Linebacker John Abraham Returns to the Cardinals

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Even though he recently contemplated retirement, linebacker John Abraham is rejoining the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

Abraham suffered a concussion in the team’s season opener against the San Diego Chargers. He was suffering from apparent memory loss, and at age 36, his playing career was in doubt. He was even doubting his desire to play football anymore, but now Abraham is feeling much better and is ready to resume his football career.

“A lot of it was to do with the headaches,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said. “First real big one he’s ever had. There’s other things that we’re dealing with, and he’s fine with those.”

“He’s ready to play,” Arians added.

Abraham is in his 14th NFL sesaon and is the NFL’s active leader in sacks at 133.5. He ranks ninth on the all-time sack list as well.

It is currently unknown if Abraham will be activated for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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