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Charlie Strong Continues to Clean House at Texas

Charlie Strong Continues to Clean House at Texas

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong continued cleaning house Tuesday.

Strong dismissed his ninth player of the season when he kicked junior offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle off the squad for violating team rules.

Estelle has been suspended for the last three games after starting at left tackle in the team’s season opener.

This is not the first time Estelle has been suspended while at Texas. He wasn’t allowed to play in the Alamo Bowl last season after being ruled academically ineligible.

Estelle joins former starters Kendall Sanders and Joe Bergeron, as well as Leroy Scott, Chet Moss, Montrel Meander, Chevoski Collins, Deoundrei Davis and Jalen Overstreet, as players that have been dismissed from the team since March.

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Cary Williams Apologizes for Practice Comments

Cary Williams Apologizes for Practice Comments

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Cary Williams apologized Tuesday to his teammates and coach regarding remarks he made after Sunday’s game about how the team practices.

Williams blamed the Eagles sluggish starts in their first three contests on head coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo practices.

“When you’re a pro for seven years and you make a mistake, you understand you affected the welfare of everybody in this locker room, and you have to address those guys man to man and let them know that you’re sorry,” Williams said. “That’s what I did.”

Williams and Kelly have since talked about the player’s controversial comments.

“I’m not telling you guys anything that Chip said to me personally,” Williams said to the media. “We just had a great conversation, guys. We have a little bit more of an understanding. We understand where each other stand. We’re able to agree on some things. That was that.”

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Bucs OC Jeff Tedford Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team, the Bucs announced Tuesday.

Tedford had a heart procedure performed in late August; since then he’s been working with the team on a limited basis while recovering.

Tedford was hired by new Bucs coach Lovie Smith in January.

Before joining Tampa Bay, Tedford was the head coach at the University of California from 2002-12.

The Buccaneers (0-3) declared that the offensive play-calling, which Tedford never did this season, will continue to be a collaborative effort among offensive coaches.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 5 (94-63) – New York Yankees 4 (81-76)

Kansas City Royals 7 (86-71) – Cleveland Indians 1 (82-76)

Washington Nationals 4 (92-64) – New York Mets 2 (76-81)

Toronto Blue Jays 10 (80-77) – Seattle Mariners 2 983-74)

Detroit Tigers 4 (87-70) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-65)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (73-84) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (80-77)

Miami Marlins 2 (75-81) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (71-86)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (86-71) – Atlanta Braves 2 (76-81)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (76-81) – Boston Red Sox 2 (68-89)

Texas Rangers 2 (64-93) – Houston Astros 1 (69-89)

Chicago Cubs 4 (70-88) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (88-70) – 10 Innings

Minnesota Twins 6 (67-90) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (63-95)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (90-68) – San Francisco Giants 2 (85-72)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (97-61) – Oakland Athletics 0 (86-71)

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Little League Hero to Donate Game Jersey to Baseball Hall of Fame

Little League Hero to Donate Game Jersey to Baseball Hall of Fame

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(COOPERSTOWN, NY) — Mo’ne Davis, who became the first female player to win a game at the Little League World Series, will donate the jersey she wore to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 13-year-old Davis and her teammates from both her Taney Little League World Series team and her traveling team will visit the museum on Thursday.

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, will also attend the event on Thursday.

Davis became the fourth American girl to appear in the Little League World Series. She tossed a complete-game 4-0 shutout against Nashville in her first game.

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Linebacker James Harrison Ends Retirement, Returns to Steelers

Linebacker James Harrison Ends Retirement, Returns to Steelers

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Less than three weeks after holding a retirement ceremony in Pittsburgh, veteran linebacker James Harrison has decided to come back and return to the Steelers.

“It’s really family here, and I wanted to come back and finish it off where it started,” Harrison said earlier this month.

The Steelers recently lost two of their starting linebackers as Jarvis Jones and Ryan Shazier were both injured Sunday night against the Carolina Panthers. Facing a shortage of linebackers, the team decided to go back in time to bring back one of their long-time leaders.

The 36-year-old Harrison spent the first nine of his ten-year career with the Steelers and won two Super Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh. He played one season with the Cincinnati Bengals and decided that 2013 would be his last season in the NFL, before returning.

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Pirates Will Do All They Can to Keep Catch Russell Martin

Pirates Will Do All They Can to Keep Catch Russell Martin

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the midst of a career-year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acknowledged that they will make a strong push to bring back catcher Russell Martin, who is set to hit the free agent market.

Martin has helped lead the Pirates to become one of the top teams in the National League again this season. The  team will most likely make the playoffs.

In line for a big pay day, Pirates’ general manager Neil Huntington knows the risk and reward involved with negotiations.

“We are going to try to do everything we can to keep Russ. We’d love nothing more than to have (Martin) in a Pirates uniform,” Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “(Martin) is a unique circumstance where we got beat up for signing him and if he does (leave), we are going to get highly criticized.”

Now 31 years old and in his ninth season in Major League Baseball, Martin is hitting .297 with 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, and a .409 OBP. It is the first time he’s hit over .250 in a season since back in 2008 when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Rangers’ Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Rangers’ Guilder Rodriguez, 31, Gets First Major League Hit

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) — In what has been a lost season for the Texas Rangers, Monday night was a bright spot as career minor leauger Guilder Rodriguez played a big part in the team’s 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.

Rodriguez has spent the vast majority of his baseball career in the minor leagues before getting called up by the Rangers — 13 seasons and 1,095 games to be exact.

In his second-career start, Rodriguez belted his first Major League hit with members of his family in attendance. As if that wasn’t a big enough moment for him, in the seventh inning he hit a two-out single to drive in outfielder Jake Smolinski for what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

“This is my second-best moment after seeing my two daughters born,” Rodriguez said. “It’s unbelievable. I feel great. My first big league hit, my first RBI, my father in the stands, my wife.”

After the game, Rodriguez received a Gotorade shower from teammate Elvis Andrus.

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Lions LB Tulloch Done for Season

Lions LB Tulloch Done for Season

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee Sunday in the Lions win over the Green Bay Packers.

The injury occurred while Tulloch was celebrating a sack of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter.

Tulloch stayed in the game for one more play before leaving the field for good.

“Obviously he’s disappointed,” Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s been one of our fine team leaders, but obviously he’ll still be around helping our guys with a little instruction and things of that nature.”

The 29-year-old Tulloch has never missed a game since being drafted in 2006.

Tulloch had 135 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and an interception last season for the Lions.

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ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

ESPN: Steelers Lose LB Jarvis Jones at Least 8 Weeks

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Monday, according to ESPN.com.

Jones had surgery on his wrist Monday after he dislocated it during the team’s 37-19 victory over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

The Steelers used their one annual injured reserve exemption on Jones, meaning the linebacker will be able to practice in six weeks and play in a game in eight weeks if deemed healthy.

The 24-year-old Jones, who was drafted by the Steelers with the 17th overall selection of the 2013 NFL Draft, had 14 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in three games this season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, linebacker James Harrison, who retired less than three weeks ago, is expected to join the Steelers.

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Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Bears Thwart Jets Late Rally, Win 27-19

Nick Laham/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — Down by eight with 3:18 left in the game, quarterback Geno Smith led the New York Jets 71 yards before his fourth down pass to Jeremy Kerley was caught out of bounds, sealing the Chicago Bears a 27-19 win Monday night.

The Bears (2-1) started their scoring early when safety Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards on the second offensive play of the game.

Jay Cutler completed 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns — both to tight end Martellus Bennett — in the win.

“Right now I feel I’m very intelligent on the field,” Bennett said. “The game is getting a lot easier. I know the offense better. I know what Jay wants.”

The Jets (1-2) had problems on offense, turning the ball over three times and losing receiver Eric Decker to a hamstring injury in the first half.

Alshon Jeffrey had eight receptions for 105 yards in the win.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings

 

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Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doran Lamb on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 53 games with the Orlando Magic last season, Lamb averaged 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. The three-year NBA veteran was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Lamb was a member of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.7 points in 31.2 minutes of action.

In 100 career regular-season NBA games, Lamb has averaged 3.6 points per game.

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Braves Fire General Manager Frank Wren

Braves Fire General Manager Frank Wren

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — After missing out on the postseason this season, the Atlanta Braves fired general manager Frank Wren on Monday.

Wren had been with the Braves organization for 15 seasons, and has served as the team’s general manager since 2007.

Team president John Schuerholz has named John Hart as the team’s interim general manager.

Even though the Braves have been competitive under Wren, they’ve had multiple September collapses and have had little postseason success.

Under Wren, the Braves won just three playoff games since 2007 and have not advanced further than the NLDS.

While the dismissal of Wren has been confirmed, there are multiple reports that the Braves going to retain manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The Braves have formed a three-person team to conduct the search for their next general manager. The committee will include Schuerholz, Hart and former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

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Chargers Running Back Danny Woodhead Likely Out for Season

Chargers Running Back Danny Woodhead Likely Out for Season

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Already dealing with an injury to starting running back Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is likely out the rest of the season with a severe high ankle sprain as well as a fractured fibula.

Woodhead suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team’s win over the Buffalo Bills. He needed to be carted off the field.

“Hey, we’re going to keep rolling,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “We have to keep going, and we’re not going to make any excuses.”

Donald Brown, who signed with the team during the offseason, will likely see the bulk of the carries while Mathews recovers from a MCL knee sprain.

“Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the sport,” said Brown, who finished with 62 yards on 31 carries in San Diego’s 22-10 win at Buffalo. “Guys are going to get hurt, and other guys have to step out and carry the load. Next man (up) is pretty much the mantra of this team.”

Woodhead ends his season with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.

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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn’t reach by Oct. 31.

“We’re going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love,” Newton said. “We’re going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we’re not necessarily in a rush.”

“Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player,” Newton continued. “So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides.”

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Cardinals Clinch Playoff Spot, Lose to Reds

Cardinals Clinch Playoff Spot, Lose to Reds

Major League Baseball(SAINT LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, but did so despite losing to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Sunday.

St. Louis (87-69) reached the postseason thanks to Milwaukee’s 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh earlier.

Jay Bruce hit a pair of home runs, two of the four belted by the Reds (72-84), helping Cincinnati snap a six-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (15-10) gave up just two run over six innings for the win. Todd Frazier’s solo shot in the top of the sixth gave the Reds the lead for good, one that was ballooned by a Bruce RBI Single later that inning.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals must now fight for the National League Central division crown while battling a flu bug that is going throughout the clubhouse. Both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter sat out for the second consecutive game due to flu-like symptoms.

“There are a lot of guys that are unavailable,” said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. “Almost as many unavailable as available.”

Matheny also added that more than 10 players are sick, many of whom may be held back from the team flight to Chicago on Monday. The Cardinals will play the Cubs in a three-game series and currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the division.

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Logano Wins at Loudon

Logano Wins at Loudon

BannanStock(LOUDON, N.H.) — Joey Logano etched his spot in the next round of NASCAR’s “Chase for the Cup” by winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, and happened at the track he considers to be home.

“To me this is almost like Daytona,” said the Connecticut native. “I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and started my first one, and won my first one…to top it off with a win was really neat.”

Logano was the second member of Team Penske to win a Chase race, following Brad Keselowski’s victory last week. Keselowski finished seventh and led 78 laps, but hit the wall in the second half of the race. 

The race was marred by a season-high 15 cautions, the last of which came in overtime and saw Logano pull away for the win. Kyle Larson took second followed by Kevin Harvick, who led 27 laps.

Next week’s race at Dover International Speedway marks the first “elimination” race in NASCAR’s new playoff format where four drivers will be bounced from contention every three weeks. Currently, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Aric Amirola are in the bottom four spots.

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Seahawks Win Super Bowl Rematch in Overtime

Seahawks Win Super Bowl Rematch in Overtime

Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Marshawn Lynch scored on a six-yard touchdown run on the first drive in overtime, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 26-20 win over Denver in a rematch of Super Bowl 48.

Lynch capped off an 80-yard drive that denied the Broncos (2-1) a comeback win over the team that beat them for the championship in February.

Peyton Manning led a furious fourth quarter rally, erasing a 14-point deficit with a game-tying touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. A successful two-point conversion knotted the game at 20-20, sending the contest into overtime.

However, Seattle (2-1) ensured a win as Russell Wilson led the team down the field on the opening possession of overtime. Wilson finished the game with 258 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards.

The Seahawks led 17-3 at halftime as Wilson connected with both Ricardo Lockette and Lynch on touchdown passes in the first half to take the early lead. Lynch was later tackled in the end zone for a safety, sparking the Broncos comeback.

Manning’s day ended with 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but also threw a pick in the fourth quarter.

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Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAINT LOUIS) — The Dallas Cowboys mounted the largest comeback in franchise history, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.

It’s the fourth time this season a team has won after trailing by at least 17 points.

The Rams (1-2) opened up their lead with a pair of first half touchdown throws from Austin Davis, holding a 14-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. The advantage then went to 21 when Janoris Jenkins picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. However, the St. Louis defense could not hold back a pass-happy Cowboys squad.

Romo led the comeback march beginning with an 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half, capped off by a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to get on the board. A field goal with just two seconds left in the period made it a 21-10 game at halftime.

“We never blinked, I can honestly say that,” wide receiver Dez Bryant said.

Bryant contributed to the rally, catching a 68-yard pass from Romo in the third that brought the Cowboys (2-1) within four points. After another Dan Bailey field goal, Dallas trailed 21-20 heading into the final frame.

St. Louis would get a field goal early in the fourth, making it a four point contest, but Romo again captained a drive that ended with a Terrance Williams 12-yard touchdown catch, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 27-20. On the next Rams possession, Bruce Carter returned an interception for a touchdown to help put the game out of reach.

The Rams did get a late score on an Austin Pettis touchdown reception, but they were unable to complete a comeback of their own. Despite throwing two picks, Davis tossed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for St. Louis.

Romo rebounded from an early interception to finish with 217 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his franchise-best 21st come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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