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Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Rays Reach .500 With Shutout Of Yankees

Tom Szczerbowkski/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Just over two months ago, the Tampa Bay Rays sat 18 games under .500 at 24-42. Now, following a 5-0 win against the New York Yankees, the Rays are back even with a 61-61 record.
“Really proud of the boys,” manager Joe Maddon said. “It was not easy.”
Alex Cobb certainly made it look easy for the Rays who won their third straight. The righty pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work with eight strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay plated a pair of first inning runs in the first to give Cobb a lead to use.
The Rays become just the fourth team ever to get back to .500 after being 18 games under earlier. Back in 2004, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays also completed the feat, as did the 2006 Florida Marlins and 1899 Louisville Colonels. 
“It started with Joe and not letting us believe that we were that team,” Cobb said. “It’s mind-boggling that we went through the stretch we did, but we’re back on track now.”
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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 8/15/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 8/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Washington Nationals 5 (67-53) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (64-58)
New York Mets 3 (58-65) – Chicago Cubs 2 (52-69)
Seattle Mariners 7 (66-55) – Detroit Tigers 3 (65-55) 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (53-69) – Miami Marlins 2 (60-62)
Tampa Bay Rays 5 (61-61) – New York Yankees 0 (61-59)
Atlanta Braves 7 (62-60) – Oakland Athletics 2 (73-49)
Cleveland Indians 2 (61-60) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (69-51) – 11 Innings
Houston Astros 5 (51-72) – Boston Red Sox 3 (55-66) – 10 Innings
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (65-56) – San Diego Padres 2 (57-64)
Chicago White Sox 11 (58-64) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (63-60)
Kansas City Royals 6 (67-54) – Minnesota Twins 5 (54-66)
Los Angeles Angels 5 (71-49) – Texas Rangers 4 (47-45)
Cincinnati Reds 3 (61-61) – Colorado Rockies 2 (47-75)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (68-55) – Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (70-54)
Philadelphia Phillies 5 (54-68) – San Francisco Giants 3 (63-58) 10 Innings
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Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Notre Dame Investigating Academic Fraud

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The University of Notre Dame is investigating four football players for allegedly violating the university’s honor code by receiving improper help on classwork.
ESPN is reporting the two players are wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore were among the players involved, along with some non-student-athletes.
“Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do.
“We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating.”
Williams and Moore are seniors this season, Daniels and Russell are juniors. Notre Dame are ranked 17th in the USA Today/Coach’s poll.
The university have also come out and said that they will vacate any wins as a result of the investigation, if necessary.
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Chiefs Suspend Wide Reciever Dwayne Bowe One Game

Chiefs Suspend Wide Reciever Dwayne Bowe One Game

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs will start their season without one of their best play makers as the team has suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe one game for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Bowe will now miss the team’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 7. He will be allowed to play in the Chiefs final three preseason games.
“I am extremely sorry that I can’t be on the field for the first game of the 2014 season because I made an error in judgment,” Bowe said in a statement. “I take responsibility for my mistake, and it will not happen again. I hope that my teammates, coaches and Chiefs fans accept my sincere apology.
“I will be supporting my teammates in Week 1, and I cannot wait to get back on the field to help us win in Week 2 and beyond as we work towards our goal of winning the Super Bowl.”
The 29-year-old Bowe has spent his entire seven-year career with the Chiefs.
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Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Terry Collins Wants Matt Harvey to Back Off His Rehab

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn’t want rehabbing pitcher Matt Harvey to overdo it as he continues to come back from Tommy John surgery.
Harvey is the key to the Mets pitching staff moving into 2015 as the team continues to work towards their goal of getting back into the playoffs.
“No. 1, he’s a tremendous competitor,” Collins said. “That being said, he’s a bulldog at the same time. There’s no backing down with Matt Harvey — for anything. He was bound and determined to get ready. We slowed him down. It frustrated him to the max. He’s feeling good.”
Harvey has continuously said that he wants to pitch by the end of the season, but Collins believes he shouldn’t do anything to ruin 2015.
“He wants to try to get back here to help,” Collins said about Harvey. “And I explained to him, ‘I understand that. But…you have got to understand the big picture. And the big picture is 2015. So back off.’ …Now, does he get it? You’d have to ask him. I mean, I can’t answer that for him. I just trust him. I just trust him that he gets it. So we’ll see.”
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NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

NASCAR Institutes New Rule to Keep Drivers in Car

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton instituted a new rule on Friday that will not allow drivers to get out of their car until told to do so by a NASCAR official.
The announcement comes in the wake of Tony Stewart’s fatal sprint car crash that killed Kevin Ward Jr. in upstate New York on Saturday.
“Throughout the history of our sport, NASCAR has reviewed and analyzed situations and occurrences that take place not just in NASCAR racing but also throughout all motorsports and other sports,” Pemberton said. “When we believe we can do something to make our sport safer and better for the competitors and others involved in the competition environment, we react quickly. Safety always has been priority No. 1 at NASCAR.”
The rule, listed as Section 9-16, will be effective immediately. Here’s the rule below:

During an Event, if a racecar is involved in an on track incident and/or is stopped on or near the racing surface and unable to continue to make forward progress, unless extenuating emergency conditions exist with the racecar (i.e. fire, smoke in cockpit, etc.) the driver should take the following steps:

Shut off electrical power and, if driver is uninjured, lower window net
Do not loosen , disconnect or remove any driver personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
After being directed to exit the racecar, the driver should proceed to either the ambulance, other vehicle, or as otherwise directed by safety personnel or a NASCAR/Track Official
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach any portion of the racing surface or apron
At no time should a driver or crew member(s) approach another moving vehicle

All vehicles not involved in the incident or that are able to continue afterwards should slow down to a cautious speed as outlined in Section 10-4 (Yellow Flag), use extreme care as they approach an incident scene, and follow any directions given by safety personnel or NASCAR/Track Officials. Cars in line behind the safety car should not weave or otherwise stray from the line in the vicinity of the incident.

The Sprint Cup series will be in Michigan International Speedway on Sunday.
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Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Tony Stewart Will Not Race at Michigan This Weekend

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for NASCAR(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Tony Stewart has decided not to race this Sunday in the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. It will be the second consecutive Cup event he will sit out since his involvement in a fatal accident in a sprint car race in New York that took the life of Kevin Ward, Jr.
Stewart’s NASCAR team, Stewart-Haas Racing, announced Thursday that Jeff Burton will drive the No. 14 car in Stewart’s place at Michigan. It also stated, “Stewart’s plans for upcoming Sprint Cup races have yet to be determined.”
Stewart struck and killed Ward Jr. during a sprint car race in Canandaigua, New York, last Saturday night. He missed the Cup event at Watkins Glen the next day.
A funeral for Ward Jr. was held Thursday in Turin, New York.
An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/14/14

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (70-53) – Atlanta Braves 4 (61-60)
Detroit Tigers 5 (65-54) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (64-57)
Kansas City Royals 7 (66-54) – Oakland Athletics 3 (73-48)
Milwaukee Brewers 6 (67-55) – Chicago Cubs 2 (52-68)
Miami Marlins 5 (60-61) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (52-69)
Boston Red Sox 9 (55-65) – Houston Astros 4 (50-72)
Washington Nationals 4 (66-53) – New York Mets 1 (57-65)
Tampa Bay Rays 6 (60-61) – Texas Rangers 3 (47-74)
St. Louis Cardinals 4 (64-56) – San Diego Padres 3 (57-63)
Colorado Rockies 7 (47-74) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (60-61)
NFL Preseason: Chicago Bears 20 (2-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 19 (1-1)
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Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

Gordon Leads Dodgers Past Braves, 6-4

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon scored four times as Los Angeles (70-53) took care of the Atlanta Braves (61-60) on Thursday, 6-4.
With L.A. leading 1-0 in the second inning, Dodgers catcher Drew Butera took the first pitch he saw from Braves starter Aaron Harang (9-7) and sent it over the left-field wall for a two-run home run. Harang allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 4 1-3 innings of work.
Robert Hernandez (7-8) kept the Braves in check across six innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits and four walks. Kenley Jansen picked up his 34th save of the season.
Braves outfielder Justin Upton left the game in the eighth with a mild left hamstring strain. The team says his status is day-to-day.
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Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Pedro Martinez: Bonds and Clemens are Hall of Famer’s

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former MLB pitcher Pedro Martinez believes Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens should be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Martinez, along with Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, and broadcaster Joe Castiglione were all inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame on Thursday and spoke out about the issue.
“With all due respect to everybody that votes, I’ll have to say Roger and Barry Bonds are two guys that I think had enough numbers before anything came out to actually earn a spot in the Hall of Fame,” Martinez said. “I’m not quite sure 100 percent how close they will be before all the things came out, but in my heart, if you asked me before any of that, I would’ve said, ‘Yes, 100 percent,’ without looking back.
“It wasn’t just the individual performances. [It was] how they dominated the time that they came up and stayed in the big leagues until those things happened. I believe they have a legit chance, and I think, with time, the voters will take into consideration what they did previously,” Martinez continued.
Clemens was in attendance at the ceremony, but decided not to comment on the issue.
“I don’t know if it’s that important,” Clemens said. “It’s not going to change me as a person. I tell people I’ve got bits and pieces of us there now. We go visit those people and they’re great to us, but it’s not something I sit up and worry about every day.
“I’m far too busy to worry about something like that. I know what I did in my career and how I did it, and I did it right. I can’t control what people think or people that don’t look at facts.”
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ASU Offensive Lineman Chip Sarafin Announces He’s Gay

ASU Offensive Lineman Chip Sarafin Announces He’s Gay

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin told Compete Magazine that he is gay.
Sarafin becomes the first openly gay player in Division I football and told the magazine that former Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, who is currently fighting for a roster spot on the St. Louis Rams, inspired him to no longer hide his sexuality.
“It was really personal to me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” Sarafin told the mag — a Tempe, Arizona-based LGBT sports publication — of revealing his sexual orientation to teammates this past spring.
Sam, who continues to impress his teammates and head coach Jeff Fisher, sent his own message to Sarafin.
“Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season. #courage2014,” Sam tweeted on Wednesday.
ASU head coach Todd Graham also had positive words for his player. “We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way,” he said in a statement. “Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”
Sarafin has spent most of his time as a reserve offensive lineman and has yet to play in a game.
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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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