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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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Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel

Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Texas A&M’s life without quarterback Johnny Manziel started off well: the 21st-ranked Aggies destroyed 9th-ranked South Carolina 52-28 Thursday.
Not only did A&M thrive without Manziel, his replacement at quarterback, Kenny Hill, broke Manziel’s single-game passing record by throwing for 511 yards, completing 44-of-60 passes and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) was never in trouble as it mounted a 31-14 lead by halftime and scored touchdowns on seven of its first 11 offensive possessions.

Dylan Thompson completed 20-of-40 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1 SEC), which had its 18-game home win streak snapped.
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Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country. The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador.”For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he’s provided over the years.”Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA. “Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow,” Klinsmann said in a statement. “As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished.”
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SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday’s Start

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost has elected to scratch pitcher Yordano Ventura from his start Wednesday while the rookie deals with a sore back. Ventura complained of pain in his lower back after his start last Friday night against the Rangers. An MRI revealed inflammation but no damage.The Royals are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central.”There’s the hope that he’s not going to miss anything more. He’s made good progress to this point. He’s feeling much better,” Yost said. “We could try to push it, but it doesn’t make much sense right now. Let him get through it.”The Royals called up 25-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Omaha to take Ventura’s place. Hendriks has pitched 143 innings this season split between Omaha and Buffalo. During that time, he has compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 13 walks.Ventura has been solid all season for the Royals, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched.
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Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Red Sox Snap Eight Game Skid

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(TORONTO) — After Koji Uehara blew another save, Yoenis Cespedes picked up his teammate with a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the tenth inning to give Boston a 4-3 win over Toronto. The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the Red Sox (57-74).
“Cespy has been so good since coming over to us,” manager John Farrell said. “Whether it’s been with a base hit or a long ball, he’s been big for us late in games.”
Cespedes’ RBI was his 19th in a Red Sox uniform, seven of which have been to put Boston ahead. Uehara (6-4) got the win despite blowing his fourth save in 30 opportunities. Craig Breslow pitched a scoreless bottom of the tenth for his first save of the season. 
Boston built up a 3-0 lead in the fifth on a solo homer from Mookie Betts before a two-run shot from Dustin Pedroia. That advantage was carried into the ninth before the Blue Jays (66-65) rallied to force extras.
Jose Reyes scored on a fielder’s choice to start the comeback before Edwin Encarnacion doubled home a pair, knotting things up at 3-3. Brock Holt then singled off Aaron Sanchez (2-1) to open up the tenth and later stole second and third base, setting up the go-ahead run. 
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Brandon Meriweather Suspended Two Games

Brandon Meriweather Suspended Two Games

NFL Shield(ASHBURN, Va.) — Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was suspended for the first two games of the season by the NFL on Monday.
The punishment comes after another helmet-to-helmet hit from Meriweather on Baltimore’s Torrey Smith over the weekend.
“Meriweather delivered a forceful blow to the head and neck area of a defenseless receiver with no attempt to wrap up or make a conventional tackle of this player,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent in a statement.
Meriweather said after the game on Saturday that he did not believe there was anything wrong with the hit on Smith.
“I’m trying to do what the NFL asked me after going through the offseason, and working on the things I need to work on, and the first chance I get, it seems like I failed,” he said.
Meriweather has been fined five different times by the league over the course of his career, including a $42,000 fine for a hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy in 2013. The safety was also suspended two games last year, but had it reduced to one game following an appeal.
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Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays

Orioles Launch Five Homers in Win over Rays

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Young all hit home runs in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, capping off a five homer night for Baltimore. The Orioles (74-55) defeated Tampa Bay 9-1 in the first game of a three-game set with the Rays (64-67).
Baltimore had lost three games in a row, being swept by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. 
They rebounded with a dominant effort against rookie Jake Odrizzi. Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce went back-to-back in the third inning, starting the onslaught. All nine of Baltimore’s runs came via the long ball and came after Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the third.
With all the offense, Adam Jones’ brilliant centerfield play almost went overlooked. The Orioles center fielder robbed Evan Longoria of a homer in the sixth with a leaping catch at the wall. Jones then fired the ball to second base and threw out Matt Joyce.
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Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

Broncos’ Prater Apologizes for Suspension

National Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — One day after being suspended by the NFL for violating it’s substance abuse policy, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater apologized to his friends, teammates, and fans. 
“I’m definitely going to make some changes in my life,” Prater said following Monday’s practice. “Not drink at all or risk doing anything stupid like that [and] keep myself out of certain situations like not go to places where people are drinking.”
“Now I’m going to dedicate myself to working out and getting stronger in the time I have off,” he continued. “I’ll come in here and be here five days a week hitting the weights and I’ll have to kick at a high school field.”
The violation, which is alcohol-related, could have earned Prater a year-long suspension, but it was reduced to just four games. Because of a bye week in Week 4 for Denver, Prater will not be able to compete until a Week 6 matchup with the New York Jets on October 12.
Prater will be allowed to attend team functions and use the weight room, but cannot be on the field or sidelines with the team during his suspension.
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Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Cam Newton Suffers Fractured Rib

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the teams final preseason game this week after he suffered a hairline fracture of the ribs during Saturday’s game, head coach Ron Rivera said in an announcement Sunday.
Coach Rivera added he expects Newton to play in the regular season opener.
“I do, but a lot of it is he had to get past the soreness, which we expect, and we’ll see how he starts to progress,” Rivera said.
Newton underwent both an MRI and a CAT scan after showing up to practice in a great deal of pain. The tests showed that the quarterback suffered the break when New England’s Jamie Collins stepped on his back in a vulnerable spot on the flak jacket Newton was wearing.
The 2011 number one pick was 8-for-12 passing with 88 yards in Saturday’s affair, but missed some key opportunities in his return from offseason ankle surgery.
Rivera hoped to give his quarterback one more game to work on his timing. Instead, Newton will be re-evaluated over the weekend in preparation for the Sept. 7 opener at Tampa Bay.
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Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Mahan Wins at The Barclays

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RIDGEFIELD, N.J.) — Hunter Mahan’s drought is finally over. After more than 30 months and 48 tournaments, Mahan shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday to claim The Barclays Championship at Ridgefield Country Club.
His performance was capped off by three straight birdies down the stretch, finishing with a 20-foot putt on 17 that allowed him to bogey the 18th and still win by two strokes over Cameron Tringale.
“This game is all about winning,” Mahan said. “You can have a great year and if you don’t win, it just feels like you missed out on something. So to get a win, and do it in a tournament like this in this kind of fashion with a 65 on Sunday, feels great.”
The 32-year-old took over the lead for good after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on 15, and then expanded the lead with birdies on each of the next two holes. Despite driving his final tee shot into the trees, Mahan was able to pitch back on to the fairway and eventually knock in an 8-foot bogey putt.
Mahan has never missed a FedEx Cup playoff event and has now put himself in contention for a spot on the United States Ryder Cup team. This victory catapults Mahan to the top of the FedEx Cup points standings after the first tournament of the PGA’s playoff system. The top 100 players in the standings advance to the Duetsche Bank Championship next week in Boston.
World number one, Rory McIlroy, who had won his last three tournaments, shot a final round 70 and tied for 22nd.
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Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The two days off for Josh Hamilton have proven to be a perfect remedy for the former slumping slugger. Hamilton drove in three runs, including his 10th home run of the year, on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated Oakland 9-4 to regain the best record in baseball.
The Angels (77-52) also took back the top spot in the American League West division with the victory. Los Angeles also got a sixth inning homer from Mike Trout, which opened up a 9-0 lead on the Athletics (76-53). That proved to be more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-7) as the righty struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings.
“It’s nice to end the series on top of the AL West division,” Weaver said. “This was obviously a huge game. We didn’t want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game.”
Los Angeles opened the scoring in the second, plating three runs off Scott Kazmir (14-6) before Hamilton’s two-run blast in the third made it a 5-0 lead. Hamilton brought home another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, effectively ending Kazmir’s night. 
Oakland did attempt a comeback late, getting home runs from Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino in the seventh to make it a 9-3 deficit. The Athletics added another in the ninth, but Jason Grilli struck out the final two batters of the night.
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South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) — South Korea built up an 8-1 lead in the Little League World Series (LLWS) title game before ultimately fending off a late rally by the United States champions from Chicago for an 8-4 victory on Sunday.
It is the third time in the last four years that an international team has won it all in Williamsport.
Don Wan Sin scored twice and homered for the Asia-Pacific region champs while Jae Yeong Hwang drove in a pair of runs as well in the victory. Hwang started the game on the mound, but exited after allowing one hit in two innings because he was not feeling well.
Hae Chan Choi pitched the final four innings in relief for South Korea, which won it’s third LLWS title and the first since going back-to-back in 1984 and 1985. 
Jackie Robinson West, the little league squad from outside Chicago, had won four consecutive knockout games to reach the championship tilt. That included a 7-5 win over Las Vegas in the United States title game in which they rallied from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits. 
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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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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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