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Jameis Winston’s Suspension Increased

Jameis Winston’s Suspension Increased

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Citing new findings in their investigation to his sexual and profane outburst at a student union meeting, Florida State announced late Friday they were suspending quarterback Jameis Winston for the full game against No. 22 Clemson on Saturday. Winston had originally been suspended for only the first half.

“Based upon the results of our continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” interim Florida State president Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox said in a joint statement.

Winston, the reigning Heisman trophy winner, was seen shouting an obscene sexual phrase on campus earlier in the week. The top ranked Seminoles will start sophomore Sean Maguire against the Tigers. Maguire has completed 12 of 26 career passes while at Florida State.

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Kershaw Wins 20th Game, Dodgers Clinch Playoff Spot

Kershaw Wins 20th Game, Dodgers Clinch Playoff Spot

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Despite only throwing five innings, Clayton Kershaw picked up his league-leading 20th win of the season as Los Angeles defeated the Chicago Cubs (68-86) 14-5 on Friday. It was the shortest outing in nearly four months for Kershaw (20-3), who was aided by his offense.

“Obviously, you want to go eight or nine every time and be the reason why your team won,” Kershaw said. “But sometimes your team does it for you and you just have to be out there. So that was the way it happened today and I’ll take it.”

The Dodgers hit four home runs as a team, including two from catcher A.J. Ellis. In total, Los Angeles (88-66) racked up 13 hits against Edwin Jackson (6-15) who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list. 

Los Angeles also clinched a playoff spot with Pittsburgh’s 4-2 win over Milwaukee. It’s the second straight season the Dodgers will be in the playoffs as they hold a 3 1/2 game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/19/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 9/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 14 (88-66) – Chicago Cubs 5 (66-88)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (83-70) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-75)

Washington Nationals 3 (89-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-79)

New York Mets 5 (74-80) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-77)

Colorado Rockies 15 (63-91) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-92)

Boston Red Sox 5 (67-77) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (92-61) in 10 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (86-68) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (71-83)

New York Yankees 5 (79-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (77-76)

Chicago White Sox 4 (70-83) – Tampa Bay Rays 3 (74-80)

Detroit Tigers 10 (85-68) – Kansas City Royals 1 (83-69)

Seattle Mariners 10 (83-70) – Houston Astros 5 (67-87)

Minnesota Twins 5 (66-87) – Cleveland Indians 4 (79-74)

Oakland Athletics 3 (84-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (70-84)

San Diego Padres 5 (72-81) – San Francisco Giants 0 (84-69)

Texas Rangers 10 (61-92) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (95-59)

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Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time since the release of the second Ray Rice video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media regarding the recent controversy’s swirling around the league.
Goodell shouldered most of…

Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Dalton, Bengals Look to Start 3-0

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to go 3-0 for the first time since 2006 when they host the Tennessee Titans (1-1) on Sunday.

Cincinnati has a ten-game win streak at home headed into Sunday.

Quarterback Andy Dalton is well aware of the Titans defense. “They do a good job with different looks,” Dalton said of the Titans defense.  “We have to be sharp mentally to handle what they’re going to throw at us.”

Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked yet this year and credited the hard work of his offensive line.

“It’s been a thing that we’ve really prided ourselves on,” Dalton said.  “It’s one of our top goals, win the game, then no turnovers and then no sacks.  We’ve done a good job of that obviously, so we’ve got to keep that going.”

The Bengals will have a bye following their game against Tennessee on Sunday and will play the Patriots in week 5.

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Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Giants Hope to Avoid 0-3 Start

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants (0-2) hope to turn around a tough start to the season on Sunday against the Houston Texans (2-0).

“You treat every game as a must-win,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. “You don’t want to put any extra pressure on guys, but we know we’ve got to get things going. We have to start playing better football.”

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is well aware of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who also scored his first career touchdown in their win last week against the Raiders.

“He’s a very good football player,” Coughlin said of Watt.  “Very energetic, they move him around, they play him in different spots, comes off the ball very well.  There’s no doubt people have to be aware of where he is.”

New York opened last season with a 0-6 start.

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Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Chargers Prepare for Tough Road Game in Buffalo

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Chargers (1-1) have a tough task at hand on Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (2-0).

San Diego is coming off a big win against the Seattle Seahawks in week 2 and quarterback Philip Rivers understands this will be another challenge in a long season.

“It’s going to be tough,” Rivers said. “[They're] not a team we’re overly familiar with and they’ve won two in a row. We got to go play good.”

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy is doing everything he can to prepare his defense for stand-out rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

“He’s on his first go-around with each defensive back,” McCoy said of the rookie.  “He plays it for a little bit and as the game goes on he learns a few more things about the technique that guys trying to play. He’s got so much to learn, but he’s done a nice job the first couple weeks of the season, very explosive player.”

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Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Falcons Stomp Bucs 56-14

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Falcons scored 35 first-half points en route to a 56-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night.

The game was out of reach by the end of the first quarter, when the Falcons scored 21 points, 14 of them on Matt Ryan touchdown passes.

Ryan finished the game completing 21 of 24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.
                                                   

Falcons receiver Devin Hester scored twice, the second time on a 62-yard punt return that moved him ahead of Deion Sanders for the most return touchdowns in NFL history.

“It’s tough to break the record of the guy who is my No. 1 mentor,” Hester said. “I’m kind of emotional right now.”

Tampa Bay (0-3) turned the ball over five times and mustered only 217 yards of offense in the loss.

Julio Jones caught nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns for Atlanta, which improves its record to 2-1.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) – Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) – Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) – Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) – 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

Cardinals Place RB Jonathan Dwyer on Reserve List

David Lee/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — The Arizona Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list on Thursday.

Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges by Phoenix police on Wednesday. According to the police report, he is accused of head-butting his wife and breaking her nose after she refused his sexual advances. He is also accused of punching her in the face the following day.

Dwyer has appeared in two games this season with the Cardinals, rushing for 51 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. The fifth-year NFL veteran signed with Arizona this past offseason as a free agent after spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cardinals also cut running back Chris Rainey from their practice squad. He was waived by the Steelers in 2013 after being accused of slapping his girlfriend.

To take Dwyer’s roster spot, Arizona re-signed running back Jalen Parmele. The Cards also added running back Kerwynn Williams to the practice squad.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks after the NFL’s new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

“It feels great, it feels great,” Welker said. ” … You really realize how much you miss it.”

Welker continued, “It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.”

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. “Good to have Wes back,” he said. “Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning…I know he’s been excited to get back out here.”

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Madison Faces Tough Test Against Highland

Madison Faces Tough Test Against Highland

  Photo by Idaho Falls photographer Brad Barlow (REXBURG, ID) — The Madison Bobcats will face their toughest test of the season Friday night as they travel to Holt Arena in Pocatello to take on the Highland Rams. Madison (2-1, 1-0) has won two straight and is coming off a 29-7 win over Skyview last […]

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a “normal guy and not a shutdown corner” after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

“You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he’s gotta say something crazy,” Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. “It’s humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: ‘Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'”

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn’t perfect all the time. “I played pretty well,” he continued. “But it’s really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh.”

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a “normal guy and not a shutdown corner” after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

“You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he’s gotta say something crazy,” Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. “It’s humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: ‘Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'”

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn’t perfect all the time. “I played pretty well,” he continued. “But it’s really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh.”

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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Live Sports Broadcast Schedule Sept 18-22

Live Sports Broadcast Schedule Sept 18-22

Live Sports Broadcast Schedule Sept 18-22 Thursday September 18 NFL Football – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons 6:00 p.m. Friday September 19  High School Football – Madison Bobcats @ Highland Rams 5:30 p.m. Saturday September 20  NCAA Football – Clemson Tigers @ Florida State Seminoles 5:30 p.m. Sunday September 21 NFL Football – Kansas […]

Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball suspended umpire Joe West one game without pay for grabbing Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon’s jersey during an argument Sunday.

West and Papelbon got into the argument after West thought Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward the Philadelphia fans because they booed him.
                                                                                                    
After West made the ejection, Papelbon ran back out onto the field, bumping West, who then grabbed the pitcher’s jersey.
                                                                                                                                               

“Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player’s lewd gesture to the fans,” Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said in a statement. “I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.

“However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire. I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation. I consider this matter closed.”

Papelbon has already been suspended seven games by the league after they concluded the gesture was directed at the crowd, and for bumping West.

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Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is officially out for the season.

Stanton was hit in the face in a game last Thursday by Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. The beaning resulted in Stanton suffering facial fractures, dental damages, two black eyes and more than 20 stitches.

Stanton was examined by doctors in Miami Tuesday when it was decided the 24-year-old needed more time to recover.

“As soon as the injury happened, the most important thing was obviously his health,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “That was always at the forefront. We wanted to make sure he received the best care he possibly could get from the second he was carted off the field.”

Despite being done for the season, Stanton is still a top candidate to win the NL MVP.

For the season, he hit .288 with 37 home runs, 89 runs scored, 105 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .395 on-base percentage.

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Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Injury or Not, Jackson Not ‘Missing This Game’

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) — Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson isn’t going to let a shoulder injury stop him from playing against his former team on Sunday.

Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring after articles came out questioning his character, says despite spraining his left shoulder last week against Jacksonville, he will be on the field Sunday.

“I don’t think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul,” Jackson said. “If it’s all on me, I’m playing. I don’t plan on missing this game.”

Jackson did not practice Wednesday, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the receiver will be a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Before being released, Jackson played six seasons with the Eagles. During that time he played in 87 games, catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, and also returning four punts for touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/17/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Colorado Rockies 16 (61-91) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (86-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (84-68) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (62-90)

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (81-70) – Boston Red Sox 1 (66-86)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (92-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (77-74)

Miami Marlins 4 (74-77) – New York Mets 3 (73-80)

New York Yankees 3 (77-74) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (74-79)

Atlanta Braves 3 (76-76) – Washington Nationals 1 (87-64)

Chicago Cubs 3 (68-84) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (71-82)

Kansas City Royals 6 (83-68) – Chicago White Sox 2 (69-83)

Cleveland Indians 2 (78-73) – Houston Astros 0 (67-85)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (84-68) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (79-73)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (70-82) – San Diego Padres 2 (70-81)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (95-57) – Seattle Mariners 0 (81-70)

Minnesota Twins 8 (65-87) – Detroit Tigers 4 (84-68)

Texas Rangers 6 (59-92) – Oakland Athletics 1 (83-68)

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents — involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child — that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

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