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Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness

Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TORONTO) — New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York on Friday with what is being called “general soreness”. The right-hander was attempting to return from a torn ligament in his elbow suffered in July.
“I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven’t been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I’ve been throwing,” said Tanaka via his interpreter, Shingo Horie. “I think that’s the reason why there’s a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself.”
Tanaka, almost a lock for American League Rookie of the Year before the injury, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers on August 28. Following his performance, Tanaka said he was experiencing a feeling of soreness which then raised questions about his return this season.
“I don’t have percentages,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’d like him to pitch for us, too. But as I’ve said all along, this is something we’re either going to know or not know when he gets into competition.
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Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.
That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.
The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn’t get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.
“I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We dug a hole early, and you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State. They’ve got a team that’s going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that.”
The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. 
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Federer Advances in Straight Sets

Federer Advances in Straight Sets

ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — The No. 2 seed in the U.S. Open rolled to a straight set win over Sam Groth on Friday. Roger Federer defeated the Australian 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, despite consistently facing serves in excess of 130 m.p.h.
“I’m aware of every serve, how hard it is after the point when he goes big, because I think it’s interesting and I want to see,” Federer said. “Sometimes I feel it, as well. I’m like, ‘That felt like 138,’ and it might be just a couple off.”
Facing the big-hitting Groth, Federer limited him to just eight aces while breaking the Aussie’s serve five different times. The Swiss superstar has won five U.S. Open Championships as part of his 17 Major titles.
Federer’s win improved him to 54-1 all-time in Grand Slam second round matches and sets him up for a date with Spaniard Marcell Granollers.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (70-64) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (65-70)
New York Mets 4 (63-72) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (61-73)
Baltimore Orioles 9 (77-56) – Minnesota Twins 1 (59-75)
New York Yankees 6 (70-63) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (67-67)
Atlanta Braves 5 (71-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (65-68)
Boston Red Sox 8 (59-75) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-70)
Chicago Cubs 7 (60-74) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-62)
Texas Rangers 13 (53-81) – Houston Astros 6 (57-79)
Detroit Tigers 7 (73-60) – Chicago White Sox 1 (60-74)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (56-78) – Colorado Rockies 2 (53-81)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (81-53) – Oakland Athletics 0 (78-56)
Washington Nationals 8 (76-57) – Seattle Mariners 3 (72-61)
San Francisco Giants 13 (72-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-61)
San Diego Padres 3 (63-70) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (76-59) 12 Innings
Top 25 College Football: Michigan State 45 (1-0) – Jacksonville State 7 (0-1)
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49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season after violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.
Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving.
On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to press charges.
“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”
Smith is eligible to return to the 49ers roster on Nov. 10.
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Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the few offensive bright spots for the New York Mets is now on the shelf as the team has placed second baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list with a strained right calf.
Murphy’s calf had been bothering him all week, which kept him out of action. The team decided it was best to put him on the shelf so he can get healthy.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It ended up being a little worse than I thought.”
According to Murphy, doctors told him they would take a closer look at this MRI on Friday to help determine just how much time he will miss.
In 126 games this season, the 29-year-old is hitting .301 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs. He was the Mets lone All-Star this season.
Replacing Murphy on the Mets roster will be Dilson Herrera. Herrera was hitting .340 with 10 home runs for Double-A Binghamton this season.
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Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Already recovering from Tommy John surgery he had back in 2013, Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been shut down after tearing an elbow ligament.
Venters had been doing light throwing as part of his recovery when it was discovered that he injured his elbow.
The latest injury could have Venters facing the third Tommy John surgery of his career, with the first one coming back in 2005.
“They did an MRI, and he retore it,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “One of the options is for him to have the third Tommy John.”
Venters, 29, led Major League Baseball in appearances in 2011 after pitching in 85 games and posting a 1.84 ERA.  He hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2012, just one season after he made the NL All-Star team. In 2013, he went 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA.
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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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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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