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Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Ryan Mallett Traded to Texans

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick in 2016, a source said on Sunday.

Mallett had served as the primary backup for Tom Brady in each of the last two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2011. A 6’6″ quarterback out of Arkansas, Mallett will enter Houston as the backup for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

The Texans will waive Case Keenum in order to make room for Mallett and still have rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart. It was a rookie in New England that led to the trade as Jimmy Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason.

During limited action this year, Mallett was just 14-for-26 passing in three games with one touchdown.

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Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Kahne Wins in Atlanta; Stewart Crashes in Return

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) — With only two races remaining before the NASCAR “Chase for the Cup,” Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.

The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart, denying him a weekend sweep.

Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place. 

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Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Chiefs Sign Smith to Four-Year Deal

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently found their quarterback of the future, signing Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension. Multiple media reports say the deal is worth approximately $68 million.

Smith was acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for a third round pick in 2013 and 2014. The extension will keep the signal caller in Kansas City through the 2018 season as he still has one year remaining on his current contract. 

“It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term,” Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here.”

The 30-year-old posted one of the best seasons of his career last season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and a career-high 3,313 passing yards. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith helped the team to an 11-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) – New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 

Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) – Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)

New York Mets 6 (64-73) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)

Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) – Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)

Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)

Houston Astros 3 (59-79) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) – Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) – Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)

Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) – Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)

San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)

Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) – Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)

Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) – Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain

NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) – SMU 0 (0-1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250

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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.

According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A’s will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season.

The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics’ team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.

Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he’s compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team’s practice squad.

Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.

“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted Saturday. “The journey continues.”

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.

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S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

S.D. Padres Win Third Straight Game In Extra-Innings

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.

With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.

Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.

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(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

(13) Tigers Rally to Beat (14) Wisconsin

ThinkStock(HOUSTON, Texas) — Wisconsin held a 24-7 lead over No. 13 Louisiana State University (LSU) just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. When the final whistle blew, the 14th-ranked Badgers found themselves on the wrong end of a 28-24 comeback win by the Tigers who scored 21 straight points.

“We played sloppy, we did everything to the latest possible time before we decided to play best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

Corey Clement’s two-yard touchdown run in the third made it a 24-7 Wisconsin lead before LSU turned it around. A pair of Colby Delahoussaye field goals cut the deficit to 11 at the end of three quarters but the Tigers still struggled to find the end zone.

They finally broke through three minutes into the fourth as Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a 36-yard strike. Jennings then connected with Trey Quinn for a two-point conversion that made it a 24-21 Wisconsin lead.

LSU’s Jalen Mills then picked off a pass from Tanner McEvoy on the ensuing possession. Three plays later, Kenny Hilliard busted through the line for a 28-yard touchdown run to complete the comeback. Another interception by McEvoy sealed the deal for the Badgers who gained just 65 yards in the fourth quarter.

“They battled. They hung in there,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “I thought both teams fought like crazy. They made one more play than we did and won the game in the end.”

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Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Saints Cut Bailey and Meachem

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Saints made their final roster cuts on Saturday in preparation for Week One of the 2014 NFL Season. Among those left off the final 53 were veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem and cornerback Champ Bailey.

Bailey, who was also released by the Denver Broncos this year, was sidelined for three weeks during training camp with a foot injury. The 36-year old played 10 season with the Broncos before his release.

“Even though I’ve played 15 years, it doesn’t matter. Man, this is a production business,” Bailey said last week. “I think every guy going into training camp has to show what he can do. And, you know, I feel good. If they like what I do, then I’ll play a lot on Sundays. Plain and simple.”

A 29-year-old receiver, Meachem’s release is less shocking to most. The Saints have a plethora of young wide outs including Nick Toon and Joe Morgan, who sit at the bottom of the depth chart. Meachem caught 157 passes for 2,593 yards and 25 touchdowns during his six seasons in New Orleans.

The Saints also released both kickers they had brought to camp in Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke.

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USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

USA Basketball Dominates in FIBA Opening Game

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BILBAO, Spain) — The United States began defense of their FIBA Basketball World Cup title with a 114-55 blowout over tournament newcomer Finland on Saturday. The US limited the Finns to just a pair of free throws in the second quarter, holding them to 0-for-17 from the floor.

“Our coaches were encouraging us to keep up that effort by telling us every timeout, every dead ball, they only had two points or whatever,” guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s just motivation to keep doing what we’re doing.”

The dominating effort continued into the third quarter as Finland ended up going 19 consecutive shots before one finally went in. by the time Tuukka Kotta’s basket dropped with 8:48 to play in the third, the Americans had already built up a 62-20 lead.

Klay Thompson came off the bench to lead all players with 18 points while Anthony Davis poured in 17 as well. The 59 point margin of victory is just the second highest in USA Basketball history, sitting behind a 79 point win over South Korea in 1990. The Americans will next take on Turkey in group stage play, a rematch of the 2010 world basketball championship gold-medal game.

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(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

(1) Florida State Survives Scare From Oklahoma State

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The defending national champions got their first scare of the year in their season opener, holding off Oklahoma State 37-31 on Saturday. The Florida State Seminoles (1-0) had led 17-0 in the second half but the Cowboys (0-1) closed the gap to 27-24 late and had a chance to take the lead.

“We all preached it, but I do think they felt the pressure of being No. 1. I do,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Now I think we can relax and go play football.”

Sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for one as well. The reigning Heisman trophy winner also threw a pair of interceptions that helped keep Oklahoma State hanging around. 

The Cowboys J.W. Walsh scampered 24 yards for a touchdown, making it a three-point game, before ultimately leading a drive back into Seminoles territory. However, Walsh fumbled when he was flipped into the air by Florida State’s P.J. Williams. Winston then connected with Rashad Green for a 50-yard scoring pass, sealing the deal.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAAF: (1) Florida State 37 (1-0) – Oklahoma State 31 (0-1)
(2) Alabama 33 (1-0) – West Virginia 23 (0-1)
(4) Oklahoma 48 (1-0) – Louisiana Tech 16 (0-1)
(5) Ohio State 34 (1-0) – Navy 17 (0-1)
(6) Auburn 45 (1-0) – Ark…

ESPN: Michael Sam Released by Rams

ESPN: Michael Sam Released by Rams

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) –  Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.  He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.

“You know what, it’s not going to be like the draft,” Sam said earlier this week. “I’m very confident that I’m going to sleep really well tonight and I’m very confident I’m going to be on a team, the Rams or any other team in the NFL.”

Sam made headlines before the NFL scouting combine when he announced that he’s gay. He’d be the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Even with a chip on his shoulder, Sam was unable to prove to Rams coaches that as a seventh round pick, he should make the team.

Despite being let go, Sam had a very productive preseason. In four preseason games, he’s recorded 11 tackles while also registering three sacks.

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Bengals Release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Bengals Release BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) –  Veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, the team announced Friday.

The move was expected, as Green-Ellis did not dress for the Bengals’ last two preseason games.  Giovani Bernard will be the team’s starting running back, with rookie Jeremy Hill serving as the primary backup.  Cincinnati selected Hill in the second-round of this year’s NFL draft.

“It’s very difficult to release such a fine player and person as BenJarvus,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “He has been an exceptional player and teammate, as well as mentor to our younger players. He has also been a standout person in the community. We thank Bennie for all he has done and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

Green-Ellis was entering the final year of his three-year contract and was scheduled to make $2.3 million this season.  In his two seasons in Cincinnati, Green-Ellis rushed for more than 1,700 yards.  He averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry last season and had just four catches.

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Jim Irsay Reportedly Has Plea Deal in Place

Jim Irsay Reportedly Has Plea Deal in Place

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly reached a plea deal as part of his impaired driving case. That according the Indianapolis Star, citing court officials.

Irsay was arrested in March on a pair of misdemeanor charges. The Colts owner was arrested near his home after failing a field sobriety test. Officers on the scene said he had trouble reciting the alphabet. Police reports showed that Irsay had various prescription drugs and $29,000 in cash in his position at the time of the arrest.

“I cannot provide any details of — or even verify the existence of — an agreement unless and until one would be tendered to the Court at such a hearing,” said Andre Miksha, a spokesman for the Hamilton County prosecutor.

The trial, originally scheduled for Oct. 30, was reportedly rescheduled for Tuesday. While details of the plea agreement were not released, the announcement of the plea will allow NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to deliver his punishment of Irsay.

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Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness

Yankees Tanaka Returns to New York with Soreness

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TORONTO) — New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka returned to New York on Friday with what is being called “general soreness”. The right-hander was attempting to return from a torn ligament in his elbow suffered in July.

“I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven’t been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I’ve been throwing,” said Tanaka via his interpreter, Shingo Horie. “I think that’s the reason why there’s a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself.”

Tanaka, almost a lock for American League Rookie of the Year before the injury, threw 49 pitches in a simulated game prior to the Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers on August 28. Following his performance, Tanaka said he was experiencing a feeling of soreness which then raised questions about his return this season.

“I don’t have percentages,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We’d like him to pitch for us, too. But as I’ve said all along, this is something we’re either going to know or not know when he gets into competition.

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Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Michigan State Cruises to Season Opening Win

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — A 64-yard touchdown pass from Connor Cook to Tony Lippett opened the scoring for Michigan State football in 2014. It also started a brief injury scare as Cook needed to be helped off the field following a hit to his leg.

That scare did not last long as Cook returned to throw three touchdowns in helping the eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans to a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. The junior completed his first nine passes of the game and finished the day going 12-for-13 for 285 yards before sitting out the second half.

The defending Big Ten Champions led 38-0 at halftime before resting the majority of their starters. The Gamecocks, considered a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), didn’t get on the board until the Max Shortell found Markis Merrill for a nine-yard strike.

“I was proud of our kids on how we finished the game,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass. “We dug a hole early, and you can’t do that against a team like Michigan State. They’ve got a team that’s going to make a run at a national championship. I really believe that.”

The Spartans will have a much tougher task next week when they take on the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. 

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Federer Advances in Straight Sets

Federer Advances in Straight Sets

ANDREW YATES/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — The No. 2 seed in the U.S. Open rolled to a straight set win over Sam Groth on Friday. Roger Federer defeated the Australian 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, despite consistently facing serves in excess of 130 m.p.h.

“I’m aware of every serve, how hard it is after the point when he goes big, because I think it’s interesting and I want to see,” Federer said. “Sometimes I feel it, as well. I’m like, ‘That felt like 138,’ and it might be just a couple off.”

Facing the big-hitting Groth, Federer limited him to just eight aces while breaking the Aussie’s serve five different times. The Swiss superstar has won five U.S. Open Championships as part of his 17 Major titles.

Federer’s win improved him to 54-1 all-time in Grand Slam second round matches and sets him up for a date with Spaniard Marcell Granollers.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/29/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (70-64) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (65-70)

New York Mets 4 (63-72) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (61-73)

Baltimore Orioles 9 (77-56) – Minnesota Twins 1 (59-75)

New York Yankees 6 (70-63) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (67-67)

Atlanta Braves 5 (71-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (65-68)

Boston Red Sox 8 (59-75) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-70)

Chicago Cubs 7 (60-74) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-62)

Texas Rangers 13 (53-81) – Houston Astros 6 (57-79)

Detroit Tigers 7 (73-60) – Chicago White Sox 1 (60-74)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (56-78) – Colorado Rockies 2 (53-81)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4 (81-53) – Oakland Athletics 0 (78-56)

Washington Nationals 8 (76-57) – Seattle Mariners 3 (72-61)

San Francisco Giants 13 (72-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-61)

San Diego Padres 3 (63-70) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (76-59) 12 Innings

Top 25 College Football: Michigan State 45 (1-0) – Jacksonville State 7 (0-1)

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49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

49ers’ LB Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season after violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County (Calif.) court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving.

On April 13, Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International airport for making a false bomb threat after an altercation at the security checkpoint, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office declined to press charges.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

Smith is eligible to return to the 49ers roster on Nov. 10.

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