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Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers sent starter Yu Darvish to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on Wednesday.Darvish felt tightness in the elbow while playing catch Monday. The tightness did not go away on Tuesday, so Darvish skipped his bullpen session. He played catch for a little bit on Wednesday before the Rangers decided to place the three-time All Star on the DL.Darvish has been a bright spot for a struggling Rangers team this season. The 27-year-old has thrown 144 1/3 innings, compiling a 10-7 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 49 walks and 182 strikeouts.The Rangers will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock to make Darvish’s start Thursday.
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Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Yedlin Signs 4-Year Deal with Tottenham

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defender DeAndre Yedlin is headed to England. Yedlin’s current team, the Seattle Sounders, reached an agreement Wednesday to transfer the 21-year-old to Tottenham Hotspur. Yedlin signed a four-year deal with Tottenham, but will stay with Seattle through the end of the 2014 MLS season, which ends in December, possibly longer.According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, the Spurs will pay MLS a $4 million transfer fee, 75 percent of that will go to the Sounders because Yedlin is a homegrown player from Seattle.”We are extremely proud of what DeAndre has accomplished in his young professional career,” Sounders part owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer said in a statement. “His success is a reflection of his individual ability as well as soccer development in Washington State and the continued commitment to progress the sport in this country. DeAndre is and always will be a special member of the Sounders FC family, and we are excited to have him in Seattle for the remainder of the season.”Yedlin came in as a substitute in three games for the U.S. National Team in the 2014 World Cup.
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Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Everett Golson Takes Back Notre Dame’s Starting QB Job

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) — After missing all off last season due to suspension, Everett Golson is Notre Dame’s starting quarterback once again.Golson, who in 2012 led the Fighting Irish to the BCS national title game, beat out redshirt freshman Malik Zaire to reclaim the job. The decision was announced Wednesday by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.”Generally when you look at making that decision, I’m using from January through right now as the basis of that decision, so winter workouts, how he handled himself with the team, our workouts, his spring practice and then his leadership in the summer and in camp here,” Kelly said. “I think he’s put himself in a position to get that opportunity to be our starter against Rice.”Golson, 21, was suspended for the 2013 season for what he called “poor academic judgement.”In 2012, the 6-foot, 200-pound Golson completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also ran for 298 yards and six touchdowns. Golson and Notre Dame start their season August 30 at home versus Rice.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/13/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/13/14

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 5 (54-65) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (60-60)
San Francisco Giants 7 (63-57) – Chicago White Sox 1 (57-64)
Minnesota Twins 3 (54-65) – Houston Astros 1 (50-71)
Cleveland Indians 3 (60-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (51-68) Game One
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (52-68) – Cleveland Indians 0 (60-60) -14 Innings – Game 2
San Diego Padres 5 (57-62) – Colorado Rockies 3 (46-74)
Baltimore Orioles 5 (69-50) – New York Yankees 3 (61-58)
Detroit Tigers 8 (64-54) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-56)
Atlanta Braves 3 (61-59) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (69-53)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (63-56) – Miami Marlins 2 (59-61)
Washington Nationals 3 (65-53) – New York Mets 2 (57-64)
Chicago Cubs 4 (52-67) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (66-55)
Tampa Bay Rays 10 (59-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (47-73)
Kansas City Royals 3 (65-54) – Oakland Athletics 0 (73-47) 
Seattle Mariners 2 (65-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (63-59)
Los Angeles Angels 4 (70-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (53-68)
 
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Tiger Woods Withdraws From Consideration For Ryder Cup

Tiger Woods Withdraws From Consideration For Ryder Cup

ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods has pulled himself out of the running for a spot on this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team.
“I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed,” Woods said in a statement released on his website Wednesday. “They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only. “
The 14-time major champion missed the cut in this past weekend’s PGA Championship after shooting a 74 in the first two rounds.
Woods says he plans to return to the links on Dec. 4 for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.
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Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Report: Greg Monroe Will Sign Qualifying Offer with Pistons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Greg Monroe is taking a gamble on himself. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports the Detroit Pistons big man will sign his qualifying offer with the team and become a free agent next season.
Monroe and the Pistons were unable to come to an agreement on a new deal, so he will sign a $5.5 million qualifying offer for the 2014-2015 season.
Now a restricted free agent, Monroe will become an unrestricted free agent following this season.
The two sides have until October 1 to agree on a deal, or the two sides could work on a sign-and-trade during that time frame.
During his four-year NBA career, Monroe, 24, is one of the up-and-coming big men in the league today. This past season, he averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.
There is a bit of a logjam in the Piston’s front court though. Along with Monroe, the Pistons also have center Andre Drummond and forward Josh Smith.
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Rockies Starting Pitcher Brett Anderson Out for the Rest of the Season

Rockies Starting Pitcher Brett Anderson Out for the Rest of the Season

Robert Binder/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The injuries continue to pile up for the Colorado Rockies. The latest injury to hit the team is starting pitcher Brett Anderson, who will miss the remainder of the 2014 season to repair a disk in his lower back.
He will undergo surgery to fix the issue, and will sit out to rest of the year.
This a tough break for Anderson, who was enjoying success in his first season with the Rockies. He had spent the first five seasons of his career with the Oakland Athletics.
Despite his talent, Anderson has had trouble staying on the field due to health. The year 2009, his rookie season, was the only season the 26-year-old Anderson was able to make at least 30 starts. Aside from his rookie year, Anderson has never been able to make more than 19 starts in a season.
In eight starts this season, Anderson went 1-3 with a 2.91 era and a 1.32 WHIP.
Despite the injury, Anderson is expected to be ready for spring training.
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Astros’ George Springer Suffers Setback, Out Two More Weeks

Astros’ George Springer Suffers Setback, Out Two More Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Astros were hoping to get back prized rookie outfielder George Springer in the near future, but after suffering a setback to his injured quadriceps, he’ll miss an additional two weeks.
Springer has been out of action since July 19, but was set to return shortly. After an MRI was performed on Springer’s balky left quadriceps, doctors recommended additional time to aid in its recovery. Now, his next appearance may not come until September.
After a tough start to his rookie campaign, the 24-year-old Springer emerged as one of the best power hitters in baseball before getting hurt. In a span of 59 games, Springer hit 20 home runs and was carrying the Astros offense. Overall, Springer is hitting .231 this season with 20 home runs, 50 RBIs, and an OBP of .336.
This has been another rough season for the Astros, as they sit at 50-70, which is the third-worst record in Major League Baseball.
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Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Orioles 3B Machado has Ligament Sprain

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had an MRI Tuesday revealing a ligament sprain in his right knee.
The 21-year-old Machado suffered the injury while taking a swing in the team’s 11-3 loss against the New York Yankees Monday night. After Machado took the swing, he fell to the ground grabbing his knee and had to be helped off the field.

The Orioles still haven’t determined whether Machado will go on the disabled list.
“I’m not going to handicap it,” Orioles skipper Buck Showalter said. “I don’t know yet, but just because someone goes on the DL doesn’t mean that he’s not going to play again this year, or he’s going to have surgery or this and that.”

This is the second time Machado suffered an injury to a knee while in the major leagues. In October 2013, Machado had reconstructive surgery on his left knee. That procedure caused the youngster to start this season on the DL.

In 82 games this season, Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .324 on-base percentage.
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Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Verlander Diagnosed with Shoulder Inflammation

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (PITTSBURGH) — Detroit Tigers starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, had an MRI Tuesday that revealed the former Cy Young Award winner has inflammation in his right shoulder but no major structural damage.
“Really, there was no major structural damage,” Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus said. “At this point, we don’t expect him to go on the DL. We’re still kind of evaluating what the treatment options are, but there’s a possibility he may only have to miss a start and be back with us.”

While it’s a relief to the Tigers that Verlander hasn’t suffered a major injury, it’s still questionable whether he will make his scheduled start Sunday against the Mariners.

Verlander felt discomfort in his shoulder while pitching against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the team’s 11-6 loss Monday night. He lasted only one inning, allowing four earned runs, before being pulled.

The 31-year-old Verlander is having a tough season. The former American League MVP has pitched 158 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 10-11 record, 4.76 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 55 walks and 118 strikeouts.

Ausmus told MLB.com that he does not expect Verlander to go on the DL.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-55) – Detroit Tigers 2 (63-54)
Boston Red Sox 3 (53-65) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (60-59)
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (69-52) – Atlanta Braves 2 (60-59)
Miami Marlins 3 (59-60) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (62-56)
Washington Nationals 7 (64-53) – New York Mets 1 (57-63)
Chicago Cubs 3 (51-67) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (66-54)
Houston Astros 10 (50-70) – Minnesota Twins 4 (53-65)
Oakland Athletics 11 (73-46) – Kansas City Royals 3 (64-54)
San Diego Padres 4 (56-62) – Colorado Rockies 1 (46-73)
Seattle Mariners 6 (64-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (63-58)
Los Angeles Angels 7 (69-49) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (53-67)
Texas Rangers 3 (47-72) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (58-61) -14 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3 (57-63) – San Francisco Giants 2 (62-57) -10 Innings
New York Yankees (61-57) @ Baltimore Orioles (68-50)  (postponed due to rain)
Arizona Diamondbacks (51-67) @ Cleveland Indians (59-59) (postponed due to rain)
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Royals Acquire OF Josh Willingham from Twins

Royals Acquire OF Josh Willingham from Twins

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) –  In attempt to bolster their lineup, the Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Josh Williingham from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Adam.
Willingham was hitting just .210 this season for the Twins, but the Royals were looking to add power to their lineup and were intrigued by the 35-year-old.  Just two years ago he hit 35 home runs and drove in 110 runs for Minnesota.
“Obviously the goal was to win with the Twins,” Willingham said upon hearing about the trade. “Unfortunately, we weren’t. Now I have a chance to go help another club and hopefully make the playoffs.”
Willingham is expected to play Tuesday night when the Royals take on the Oakland Athletics at home.
The Royals hope Willingham will help the team make the playoffs for the first time since 1985, when they beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win the World Series.
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Dolphins Sign Quarterback Brady Quinn

Dolphins Sign Quarterback Brady Quinn

Leon Halip/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  Brady Quinn is receiving one more chance to prove himself in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins signed the 29-year-old quarterback after he and several other free agents worked out at the team’s facility on Monday. Quinn is expected to compete for a backup job behind starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Also in attendance at the workout were QB’s Rex Grossman and John Skelton.
Quinn has played in 24 games over seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and St. Louis Rams. The former 2007 first-round pick has thrown for 3,403 yards with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions over the course of his career.
In a corresponding roster move, the team released quarterback Pat Devlin.
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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) — Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.
Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George’s injury.
The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.
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Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Orlando Scandrick Suspended Four Games

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(OXNARD, Calif.) — Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended by the NFL for four games on Monday for violating it’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Sources say the violation stemmed from a supplement taking by Scandrick, which included a substance banned by the league.
“I would like to apologize to my children, my family, the Jones Family, my coaches, my teammates and my fans,” Scandrick said in a statement released by his agent, Ron Slavin. “Failing a drug test is far out of my character, and although I never knowingly took a performance-enhancing drug/banned stimulant while on vacation in Mexico, I take full responsibility for what goes in my body and more importantly for the embarrassment of a failed drug test. It’s my goal by issuing this statement to clear my name and more importantly to be judged by what happens to me in the future.”
The seven-year veteran is coming off the best year of his career, recording 64 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. Scandrick beat out Morris Claiborne for the starting job last summer and was doing so again in 2014.
Slavin placed blame for the suspension on the NFL and the NFL Players Association for their failure to pass an agreement on the use of human growth hormone testing.
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Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

Orioles Trounce Yankees, Machado Injured

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(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles hammered New York in an 11-3 win at home on Saturday. However, Baltimore (68-50) may have lost third baseman Manny Machado to the disabled list.
Machado exited the game in the third i…

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Royals Take AL Central Lead with Win

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Just over a week ago, Kansas City was five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. Now, the Royals (64-53) won their eighth straight on Monday and overtook the Tigers in the division race with a 3-2 win over Oakland.
Kansas City jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after two innings, but Brandon Moss singled home a pair of runs for the Athletics (72-46) in the third to tie the game.
It remained deadlocked until Alcides Escobar singled in a run in the seventh, giving the Royals a 3-2 advantage.
Yordany Ventura out dueled Sonny Gray by allowing two runs on two hits over six innings. Gray went seven strong, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out a pair.
Kansas City was able to gain the top spot in the AL Central when Pittsburgh defeated Detroit 11-3. It marks the latest point in the season since 2003 that the Royals have been in first place.
“You want to be in first place. Our goal was to get back to first place,” said Royals manager Ned Yost, who has won eight games in a row. “Now our goal is to stay in first place.”
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/11/14

Photos.com​/Thinkstoc​k(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Mets 5 (57-62) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (53-66)
Pittsburgh Pirates 11 (63-55) – Detroit Tigers 6 (63-55)
Baltimore Orioles 11 (68-50) – New York Yankees 3 (61-57)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (68-52) – Atlanta Braves 2 (60-58)
Miami Marlins 6 (58-60) – St. Louis Cardinals 5 (62-55)
Kansas City Royals 3 (64-53) – Oakland Athletics 2 (72-46)
Tampa Bay Rays 7 (58-60) – Texas Rangers 0 (46-72)
Minnesota Twins 4 (53-64) – Houston Astros 2 (49-70)
Milwaukee Brewers 3 (66-53) – Chicago Cubs 1 (50-67)
Seattle Mariners 11 (63-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (63-57)
San Diego Padres 4 (55-62) – Colorado Rockies 3 (46-72)
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Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) — Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins doesn’t mind that he’s being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wiggins joined his former Kansas head coach Bill Self this weekend at a basketball camp in Kansas City and did not speak with reporters about the pending trade that would send him to Minnesota.
Self spoke to reporters about what was said between Wiggins and himself.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, ‘I hope I get traded,’” Self said. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, ‘Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.’”
Self said that playing with an All-Star like LeBron James could only help Wiggins’ career, but longterm, Wiggins is best suited to be in Minnesota.
“Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you’re guaranteed winning,” Self said, “for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that.”
The trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves that will also send former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future 2015 first-round draft pick for Love cannot be completed until Aug. 23.
“I think he’s handled everything great. He’s excited,” Self said. “I think the whole thing that’s been blown out of proportion a bit is that he’s been in limbo. He’s known since the summer that he’d be traded. It’s OK. In some ways he’s looking forward to going to Minnesota.”
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Tom Watson: Tiger Must Be Healthy for Ryder Cup

Tom Watson: Tiger Must Be Healthy for Ryder Cup

Michael Cohen/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson isn’t ruling Tiger Woods out next month.  
Woods failed to make the cut at the PGA Championship following severe back pains at the WGC Bridgestone Classic and Watson said on Monday he’s not ruling him out yet.
“I think it directly comes from Tiger,” Watson said. “How he assesses himself. He has a directness to him. I’m direct and he’s direct. The main thing is I can’t assess his medical condition. And I really can’t assess how he is playing. It’s really going to have to come from him.”
Nine players qualified for the team after the PGA Championship ended on Sunday.
“I don’t make this comment loosely,” Watson said.  “He is Tiger Woods and he brings a lot to the team if he has the ability to play and he is healthy. He brings a lot to the team. And I would be a fool not to consider him.”
The United States last won the Ryder Cup in 1999, but Watson believes that the American’s are catching up to the European players and said that they’ll be a threat to win the Ryder Cup.
“I think the European team is the stronger of the teams right now, on paper,” Watson said. “But I have extreme confidence in the players that we have on our team and their motivation to go out and win the cup back. It doesn’t leave me any question that we’re capable of winning the cup.”
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