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Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays

Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Young all hit home runs in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, capping off a five homer night for Baltimore. The Orioles (74-55) defeated Tampa Bay 9-1 in the first game of a three-game set with the Rays (64-67).
Baltimore had lost three games in a row, being swept by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. 
They rebounded with a dominant effort against rookie Jake Odrizzi. Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce went back-to-back in the third inning, starting the onslaught. All nine of Baltimore’s runs came via the long ball and came after Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the third.
With all the offense, Adam Jones’ brilliant centerfield play almost went overlooked. The Orioles center fielder robbed Evan Longoria of a homer in the sixth with a leaping catch at the wall. Jones then fired the ball to second base and threw out Matt Joyce.
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Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — One day after being suspended by the NFL for violating it’s substance abuse policy, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater apologized to his friends, teammates, and fans. 
“I’m definitely going to make some changes in my life,” Prater said following Monday’s practice. “Not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that [and] keep myself out of certain situations like not go to places where people are drinking.”
“Now I’m going to dedicate myself to working out and getting stronger in the time I have off,” he continued. “I’ll come in here and be here five days a week hitting the weights and I’ll have to kick at a high school field.”
The violation, which is alcohol-related, could have earned Prater a year-long suspension, but it was reduced to just four games. Because of a bye week in Week 4 for Denver, Prater will not be able to compete until a Week 6 matchup with the New York Jets on October 12.
Prater will be allowed to attend team functions and use the weight room, but cannot be on the field or sidelines with the team during his suspension.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 3 (71-59) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (67-64)
Baltimore Orioles 9 (74-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (64-67)
Philadelphia Phillies 3 (59-72) – Washington Nationals 2 (75-55)
Boston Red Sox 4 (57-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (66-65) 10 Innings
New York Yankees 8 (68-61) – Kansas City Royals 1 (72-58)
Milwaukee Brewers 10 (73-58) – San Diego Padres 1 (60-70)
Oakland Athletics 8 (77-53) – Houston Astros 2 (55-77)
Colorado Rockies 3 (53-77) – San Francisco Giants 2 (68-62)
Miami Marlins 7 (65-65) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (77-53)
Texas Rangers 2 (51-79) – Seattle Mariners 0 (71-59)
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Senators Reach Deal with Goalie Craig Anderson

Senators Reach Deal with Goalie Craig Anderson

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(OTTAWA) — The Ottawa Senators and goalie Craig Anderson have agreed to a three-year contract extension on Monday, the team announced.
Anderson will make 4.75 million in each of the first two years and 3.1 million in the final year, reports NHL.com.
Anderson was 25-16-8 in 53 games last season with a 3.00 goals-against-average and has a 81-52-17 career record.
The 12-year veteran has also played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, and Colorado Avalanche.
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Tiger Woods Fires Coach Sean Foley

Tiger Woods Fires Coach Sean Foley

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods has parted ways with swing coach Sean Foley. 
“I’d like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship,” Woods said on his website. “Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando [in December], this is the right time to end our professional relationship.”
The 14-time major champion said that there is no timetable for hiring a new coach.
Woods suffered severe back pain throughout the 2014 PGA season and withdrew from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone classic before failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship.
Woods is aiming for a Dec. 4 return for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
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Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the teams final preseason game this week after he suffered a hairline fracture of the ribs during Saturday’s game, head coach Ron Rivera said in an announcement Sunday.
Coach Rivera added he expects Newton to play in the regular season opener.
“I do, but a lot of it is he had to get past the soreness, which we expect, and we’ll see how he starts to progress,” Rivera said.
Newton underwent both an MRI and a CAT scan after showing up to practice in a great deal of pain. The tests showed that the quarterback suffered the break when New England’s Jamie Collins stepped on his back in a vulnerable spot on the flak jacket Newton was wearing.
The 2011 number one pick was 8-for-12 passing with 88 yards in Saturday’s affair, but missed some key opportunities in his return from offseason ankle surgery.
Rivera hoped to give his quarterback one more game to work on his timing. Instead, Newton will be re-evaluated over the weekend in preparation for the Sept. 7 opener at Tampa Bay.
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Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — Hunter Mahan’s drought is finally over. After more than 30 months and 48 tournaments, Mahan shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to claim The Barclays Championship at Ridgefield Country Club.
His performance was capped off by three straight birdies down the stretch, finishing with a 20-foot putt on 17 that allowed him to bogey the 18th and still win by two strokes over Cameron Tringale.
“This game is all about winning,” Mahan said. “You can have a great year and if you don’t win, it just feels like you missed out on something. So to get a win, and do it in a tournament like this in this kind of fashion with a 65 on Sunday, feels great.”
The 32-year-old took over the lead for good after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on 15, and then expanded the lead with birdies on each of the next two holes. Despite driving his final tee shot into the trees, Mahan was able to pitch back on to the fairway and eventually knock in an 8-foot bogey putt.
Mahan has never missed a FedEx Cup playoff event and has now put himself in contention for a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team. This victory catapults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup points standings after the first tournament of the PGA’s playoff system. The top 100 players in the standings advance to the Duetsche Bank Championship next week in Boston.
World number one, Rory McIlroy, who had won his last three tournaments, shot a final round 70 and tied for 22nd.
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Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The two days off for Josh Hamilton have proven to be a perfect remedy for the former slumping slugger. Hamilton drove in three runs, including his 10th home run of the year, on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated Oakland 9-4 to regain the best record in baseball.
The Angels (77-52) also took back the top spot in the American League West division with the victory. Los Angeles also got a sixth inning homer from Mike Trout, which opened up a 9-0 lead on the Athletics (76-53). That proved to be more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-7) as the righty struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings.
“It’s nice to end the series on top of the AL West division,” Weaver said. “This was obviously a huge game. We didn’t want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game.”
Los Angeles opened the scoring in the second, plating three runs off Scott Kazmir (14-6) before Hamilton’s two-run blast in the third made it a 5-0 lead. Hamilton brought home another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, effectively ending Kazmir’s night. 
Oakland did attempt a comeback late, getting home runs from Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino in the seventh to make it a 9-3 deficit. The Athletics added another in the ninth, but Jason Grilli struck out the final two batters of the night.
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South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) — South Korea built up an 8-1 lead in the Little League World Series (LLWS) title game before ultimately fending off a late rally by the United States champions from Chicago for an 8-4 victory on Sunday.
It is the third time in the last four years that an international team has won it all in Williamsport.
Don Wan Sin scored twice and homered for the Asia-Pacific region champs while Jae Yeong Hwang drove in a pair of runs as well in the victory. Hwang started the game on the mound, but exited after allowing one hit in two innings because he was not feeling well.
Hae Chan Choi pitched the final four innings in relief for South Korea, which won it’s third LLWS title and the first since going back-to-back in 1984 and 1985. 
Jackie Robinson West, the little league squad from outside Chicago, had won four consecutive knockout games to reach the championship tilt. That included a 7-5 win over Las Vegas in the United States title game in which they rallied from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits. 
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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 8/24/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 8/24/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (58-72) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (70-59)
Cleveland Indians 3 (66-63) – Houston Astros 1 (55-76)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (63-68) – Atlanta Braves 3 (68-63)
New York Yankees 7 (67-61) – Chicago White Sox 4 (59-71) – 10 Innings
Washington Nationals 14 (75-54) – San Francisco Giants 6 (68-61)
Tampa Bay Rays 2 (64-66) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (66-64)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (72-58) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (67-73)
Seattle Mariners 8 (71-58) – Boston Red Sox 6 (56-74)
Chicago Cubs 2 (58-72) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (73-55)
Detroit Tigers 13 (70-59) – Minnesota Twins 4 (58-72)
New York Mets 11 (61-70) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (74-58)
Texas Rangers 3 (50-79) – Kansas City Royals 1 (72-57)
Colorado Rockies 7 (52-77) – Miami Marlins 4 (64-65)
San Diego Padres 7 (60-69) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (55-76)
Los Angeles Angels 9 (77-52) – Athletics 4 (76-53)
IndyCar: Scott Dixon won the IndyCar Grand Prix at Sonoma
Golf: Hunter Mahan wins the Barclays
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Orioles Demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bullpen

Orioles Demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bullpen

Photos.com/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez’ first season with the Baltimore Orioles isn’t going how either side had hoped. The team has decided to take him out of the rotation and put him in the bullpen.
During the offseason, the Orioles signed Jimenez to a four-year deal worth $50 million. That is proving to be so far quite an expensive mistake.
“It’s a little bit disappointing, it’s a little bit hard, but like I say, we’re all here for the same thing, and that’s hopefully getting us into the World Series,” Jimenez told The Baltimore Sun. “This is no time to be selfish or to be putting your head down, like this is the end of the world. You have to keep going for the team.”
In 20 starts this season, the 30-year-old Jimenez is 4-9 with a 4.74 ERA to go along with a 1.53 WHIP.
Jimenez hasn’t pitched in relief since his major league debut back in 2006.
Taking his place in the rotation will be Miguel Gonzalez.
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Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Out Entire 2014 Season

Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Out Entire 2014 Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, and the St. Louis Rams are dealing with a devastating injury. Quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the entire season with a torn ACL.
Bradford suffered the injury during the team’s preseason win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. This is the same ACL that Bradford tore last season that caused him to miss the final nine games of the season.
“Anyone that’s gone through that procedure and the rehab understands and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’re thinking of Sam. I met with him this morning. He’s left the building to spend time with his parents. I really can’t give you any timetable as to when he’s going to have this procedure done.”
The Rams by all accounts have one of the better rosters in the NFC, but play in the ultra-competitive NFC West, so this will certainly have an effect on their playoff hopes.
Bradford was entering his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Rams.
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Indians Place C Yan Gomes On 7-Day Disabled List

Indians Place C Yan Gomes On 7-Day Disabled List

iStockphoto(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day disabled list Saturday because of a concussion.
Gomes suffered the injury during Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins when he took a foul ball off his mask.
In 109 games this season, Gomes his batting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. He has scored 52 runs and has an OBP of .324.
To take Gomes’ spot on the roster, the Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. In 34 games with this season, he’s hitting .262 with 11 RBIs.
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Hammon’s Playing Career Ends in Playoff Loss

Hammon’s Playing Career Ends in Playoff Loss

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Becky Hammon’s playing career came to an end on Saturday night as her San Antonio Stars suffered a 94-89 playoff loss to the Minnesota Lynx. The 16-year veteran will now join the San Antonio Spurs as the first full-time woman assistant coach.
The Stars opened the game on a 7-0 run and eventually led 22-4 before the Lynx turned things around. Lindsay Whalen scored 31 points, a career high in the playoffs, while Seimone Augustus added 21.
Hammon had 12 points and four assists in the final game of her career and received a standing ovation from the crowd and players as time ran out.
“I just congratulated her and said that I love her,” Augustus said. “Thank you for everything you did for women and sports.”
The defending champion Lynx advanced to the Western Conference finals where they will face either Phoenix or Los Angeles.
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Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) — Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.
“It was determined it was a concussion,” said Denver head coach John Fox. “He’ll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety.”
The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.
Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.
There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.
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Logano Earns First Ever Win at Bristol

Logano Earns First Ever Win at Bristol

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(BRISTOL, Tenn.) — Joey Logano had never won more than one race in a single Sprint Cup season. On Saturday he took his third checkered flag of 2014, holding off Brad Keselowski to win the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
“I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third- or fourth-biggest race of the year,” Logano said after his first-ever win at the track. “Just the atmosphere before the race, if it doesn’t pump you up, nothing does. It’s just the baddest mamma jamma race track ever built.”
The 24-year-old passed Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining but had to hold off a late charge by Keselowski to earn the victory. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three different races, joining Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Kenseth ended up finishing third and is still looking for the win that will clinch a spot in the “Race to the Chase.” There are just two races remaining before NASCAR’s playoff begins and Kenseth sits fifth in points standings, tops among non-winners looking to qualify.
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Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

Dickerson’s Heroics Lead Rockies to Walk-Off Win

Rob Carr/Getty Images(DENVER) — Corey Dickerson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at 4-4, and drove in the winning run in the 13th as Colorado beat Miami 5-4 on Saturday night. It’s the sixth walk-off win of the season for the Rockies (51-77).
“Last night, bases loaded, same guy and I swung first pitch on a sinker and grounded out,” Dickerson said of the hit that came off Sam Dyson, who bested him on Friday. “I kind of wanted to see a pitch and I wanted to get a pitch up. He threw a ball down like last night, and I think he hung a changeup or a slider up and in.”
It was a back-and-forth affair that saw four lead changes. The Marlins (64-64) took a 1-0 third inning lead on a Giancarlo Stanton double before the Rockies scored three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Brandon Byrnes gave Colorado the lead with a two-run homer after the tying run came home on a double-play ball.
Miami later tied the game in the fifth before taking a lead in the top of the ninth thanks to Adeiny Hechavarria’s RBI single. Closer Steve Cishek blew his fourth save of the year when Dickerson launched a 455-foot blast to the third deck before sealing the deal in the 13th.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Yankees 5 (66-61) – Chicago White Sox 3 (59-70)
Minnesota Twins 12 (58-70) – Detroit Tigers 4 (68-59) – Game 1
Detroit Tigers 8 (69-59) – Minnesota Twins 6 (58-71) – Game 2
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (66-63) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (63-66) – 10 Innings
Seattle Mariners 7 (70-58) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-73)
Washington Nationals 6 (74-54) – San Francisco Giants 2 (68-60)
Chicago Cubs 7 (57-72) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (73-54)
Cleveland Indians 3 (65-63) – Houston Astros 2 (55-75)
Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (67-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (71-58)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (55-75) – San Diego Padres 2 (59-69)
Kansas City Royals 6 (72-56) – Texas Rangers 3 (49-79)
Cincinnati Reds 1 (62-68) – Atlanta Braves 0 (68-62)
St. Louis Cardinals 6 (70-58) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (57-72) – 12 Innings
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (74-57) – New York Mets 4 (60-70)
Oakland Athletics 2 (76-52) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (76-52)
Colorado Rockies 5 (51-77) – Miami Marlins 4 (64-64) 13 Innings
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Sam Bradford Hurts Knee against Browns

Sam Bradford Hurts Knee against Browns

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford left Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter after getting hit in the left leg by defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.
Bradford limped off the field on his own power after doctors and the team staff made sure he was able to.
Bradford received tests which showed no initial damage to his surgically repaired leg, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.
“I’ve talked to Sam,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said after the game. 
“He’s fine, he’s upbeat,” Fisher continued.  “We’ll see.”
Bradford suffered a torn left ACL injury against the Carolina Panthers last October and was making his second preseason start.
Bradford was 4 of 9 for 77 yards before the injury.
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Orioles Lose Manny Machado for the Season

Orioles Lose Manny Machado for the Season

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Baltimore Orioles will lose third baseman Manny Machado to a knee injury for the second-straight season as he will undergo surgery on his right knee after suffering a sprain back on August 11.
This is a tough blow for the Orioles as Machado was finally starting to come around at the plate since the All-Star Break.
He missed the first month of the season after recovering from an injury to his left knee.
“I’ll probably try to bring some clarity into that situation and gather what he’s being told as far as when baseball activity would start and all that stuff, I’ll try to clear that up for you, probably tomorrow, give you a more definitive idea,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Comcast Sportsnet.
The 22-year-old Machado is one of baseball’s brightest young stars not only at the plate, but he’s also a stellar defensive player as well as he took home the AL Gold Glove last season.
In 82 games this season, Machado hit .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs.
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