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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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Team USA Final Roster Announced

Team USA Final Roster Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a thorough evaluation process, USA Basketball has finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.
USAB instead announced its final 12-man squad for Spain in a 1 a.m. ET news release. They decided to drop Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver, and Gordon Hayward.
“Since taking over the USA Basketball men’s national team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent; each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”
The final roster is: DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Farried, Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, and Mason Plumlee.
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Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Jets Name Geno Smith the Starting Quarterback

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — Despite the signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, the New York Jets have named Geno Smith the team’s starting quarterback.
“I think he’s taken off from where he left off [last season],” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “I expect great things in the future.”
Smith was the team’s starting quarterback last year, and played well at times as he navigated through his rookie season. Even though Vick has been a Pro Bowl quarterback, he will start the season on the sidelines.
“I think it’s great for Geno,” Vick said. “I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he’s capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win.”
In five quarters of play in the preseason, Smith threw only one interception. He also completed 70 percent of his passes with one touchdown.
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ESPN: Manziel Fined $12K

ESPN: Manziel Fined $12K

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline during a preseason game Monday night, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The incident occurred after Manziel threw an incompletion in the third quarter of the Browns 24-23 loss to the Redskins.                                                                                                                                                 
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt says the rookie hasn’t decided whether to appeal the fine.                                                                                                                                                  
The 21-year-old Manziel, who was recently beat out by teammate Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, was selected with the 22nd overall pick in this year’s draft.
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Oklahoma Transfer Green-Beckham Cannot Play in 2014

Oklahoma Transfer Green-Beckham Cannot Play in 2014

JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham must sit out the 2014 season because his waiver request to play for Oklahoma after transferring from Missouri was denied by the NCAA.”The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU,” the school said in a statement.The 6-foot-6, 225 pound Green-Beckham had a stellar sophomore season in 2013 with Missouri, catching 59 balls for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. But after several off-the-field incidents, Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham in April. Green-Beckham then transferred to Oklahoma in July.
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Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Bruce Pearl is already making his presence felt at Auburn. The school’s newly hired men’s basketball coach received a commitment from small forward Danjel Purifoy, the 50th ranked player in the ESPN 100, on Friday.
The 6-foot-7 Purifoy was also being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.

Pearl’s three-year NCAA penalty ends at midnight Friday. That means Pearl will be allowed to communicate with recruits for the first time since he accepted the Auburn job in March.                                                                                                                 

Auburn is hoping Pearl can continue to help the school rebuild a basketball program that last season finished 6-12 in the SCC and 14-16 overall.
       

Next up for Pearl and Auburn, a visit from another ESPN 100 player, forward Horace Spencer.                                                                                                                                                                                          

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (56-72) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (73-53)
Tampa Bay Rays 8 (63-65) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (65-63)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 (57-71) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (69-58)
San Francisco Giants 10 (68-59) – Washington Nationals 3 (73-54)
Houston Astros 5 (55-75) – Cleveland Indians 1 (64-62)
New York Yankees 4 (65-61) – Chicago White Sox 3 (59-69)
Seattle Mariners 5 (69-58) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-72)
Kansas City 6 (71-56) – Texas Rangers 3 (49-78)
Atlanta Braves 3 (68-61) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (61-68) 12 Innings
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (66-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (71-57)
Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (54-75) – San Diego Padres 1 (59-68)
Minnesota Twins 20 (57-70) – Detroit Tigers 6 (68-58)
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (73-57) – New York Mets 2 (60-69)
Oakland Athletics 5 (75-52) – Los Angeles Angels 3 (76-51)
Miami Marlins 13 (64-63) – Colorado Rockies 5 (50-77)
NFL Preseason: New England Patriots 30 (2-1) – Carolina Panthers 7 (1-2)
Detroit Lions 13 (2-1) – Jacksonville Jaguars 12 (1-2)
New York Giants 35 (4-0) – New York Jets 24 (2-1)
Green Bay Packers 31 (2-1) – Oakland Raiders 21 (1-2)
Seattle Seahawks 34 (2-1) – Chicago Bears 6 (2-1)
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Ryan Blaney wins the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Saints’ Graham Fined $30K for Dunks

Saints’ Graham Fined $30K for Dunks

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 on Friday by the NFL for dunking on the goalpost twice during a preseason game against Tennessee last week. 
The new rule, instituted this season, re-defines unsportsmanlike conduct to include any act using the ball as a prop. Many have referred to the new interpretation as the “Jimmy Graham rule” directed at the veteran tight end’s signature touchdown celebration.
Graham twice dunked the football after scoring touchdowns against the Titans, resulting in a pair of 15-yard penalties. The acts also drew some frustration from head coach Sean Payton as the Saints committed a total of 28 called penalties. 
League rules state that players can be fined at least $11,025 for a their first unsportsmanlike penalty, and $22,050 for a second offense if the league deems necessary. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture towards the Washington Redskins bench on Monday night.
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Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth approximately $72 million. 
The heavily back loaded deal, as confirmed by a team source on Friday, is a record dollar amount for a free-agent amateur. Castillo is en route to Boston and has a physical scheduled for Saturday, according to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez.
An impressive defensive player with good speed, Castillo has spent the last five years playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top league. The 27-year old is highly regarded as a base stealer and boasts an above-average bat. Even with all of the hype, Red Sox manager John Farrell knows how scouting reports can be.
“Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average?,” pondered Farrell. “Obviously our scouts liked him enough, if the reports are true, that’s a significant investment. It’s an exciting, athletic player by all accounts.”
Once officially with the club, Castillo is expected to play centerfield for Boston, next to countrymen Yoenis Cespedes. 
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Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Gordon Beckham-era is over in Chicago as the White Sox have traded the second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later.
“This trade, quite frankly, was more about creating an opportunity for some of our young players to come up here, get some playing time and become part of this next core of White Sox players that we have put together over the last several months and are going to continue to work on over the next several months,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.
Beckham was the eighth overall pick by the White Sox back in 2008 and much was expected of him once he made his MLB debut back in 2009. Even though he’d been the team’s primary second baseman since being called up, he never quite lived up the lofty expectations placed on him.
In 739 games with the White Sox, Beckham hit just .244 with 61 home runs and a .306 on base percentage.
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Cowboys Linebacker DeVonte Holloman Advised to Retire

Cowboys Linebacker DeVonte Holloman Advised to Retire

Darrin Kilmek/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) — Due to neck injuries, doctors have advised Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman to retire from football.
Holloman missed seven games last season with a bruised spinal cord.
Just 23 years old, Holloman received a second opinion from a doctor who recommended he immediately retire. He will reportedly seek out a third opinion.
“I don’t want to get into anything medical about it,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “I don’t know that much about it, and there’s a lot of very specific things regarding that. But it has to do with his neck and he had that injury last year and he dealt with it again this year.”
It’s a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player, achieves those dreams,” he added.
In what could be his final NFL game, Holloman recorded 11 tackles and two sacks in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Holloman was selected in the sixth-round of the 2013 Draft. He made 26 tackles in nine games during his potentially lone season in the NFL.
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Tim Howard Taking 1-Year Break from US National Team

Tim Howard Taking 1-Year Break from US National Team

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Goalie Tim Howard announced Thursday he will take a one-year off from the United States men’s national soccer team.The 35-year-old will still play for Everton in England’s Premier League and won’t have a chance to return to the national team until September 2015.
“Having played overseas for the last 12 years and missing out on spending time with my family, making this commitment to my family is very important at this time,” Howard said in a statement. “I am grateful for the willingness of both Jurgen Klinsmann and Everton manager Roberto Martinez to afford me the opportunity to spend time with my kids. It’s the right decision at the right time. Jurgen has always been up front with all the players in saying you have to earn your place, which is something I agree with, so I look forward to coming back next fall and competing for a spot.”
On his Facebook page, Howard also expressed interest in playing for the U.S. in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 
“Physically I feel as strong as ever, and right now my heart, mind, and body all feel good about continuing on with the national team for the next World Cup,” Howard wrote. “It is difficult to predict the situation in four years but I know this decision is right for me today.”
Howard has played every minute of every match for the Americans at the last two World Cups.
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