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Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Hawks GM Danny Ferry Takes Leave of Absence

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Atlanta Hawks general manager, Danny Ferry, took an indefinite leave of absence Friday.

Ferry recently came under fire for his racial comments about current Miami Heat forward Luol Deng.

Ferry made the comments during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June. The Hawks were interested in signing Deng, and Ferry was reading off a scouting report written by somebody else.

Ferry released a statement regarding the situation:

“No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng.

“Luol is a good man who I have known for many years and he has done a tremendous amount of good for his country and around the world.  I apologize to Luol and I apologize to all that I have offended. As I have said, while these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them.  Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favor of adding Luol to our team but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize.”

There was pressure for Ferry to be fired, but Hawks CEO Steve Koonin refused, instead asking for Ferry to take a leave of absence.

“My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing,” Koonin said in a statement.
                                                                                                                                       

Ferry also stated he plans to undergo sensitivity training.

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NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

NFLPA Approves Drug Policy Changes

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL Players Association approved a league proposal to change its drug policy.

Some of the areas the new policy will affect are marijuana procedures, HGH testing and amphetamines.

The threshold for marijuana testing has been raised from 15 to 35 nanograms per milliliter.

As for amphetamines, a first time positive test during the offseason will now be evaluated under the Substances of Abuse Policy. During the season, violations will still be viewed under the Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.

Finally, human growth hormone testing has been approved for the 2014 season.

The changes will have an immediate effect on the status of a few players. According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Broncos receiver Wes Welker and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick will be allowed to rejoin their teams.

Schefter also reports, Browns receiver Josh Gordon has had his yearlong suspension reduced to 10 games.

“This is an historic moment for our Players and our League,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said. “We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency. Players should be proud of their union for standing up for what was best for the game.”

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Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant has been issued for Peterson’s arrest and he will reportedly turn himself in.

Peterson is accused of using a switch, a flexible tree branch used to swat a child across the backside, on his four-year-old son last May. When the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor where multiple lacerations, cuts, and bruises where found across his thighs, buttocks, and hands.

A police report says the son told doctors his father hit him with a branch from a tree. It also quotes one doctor as saying the wounds were “child abuse” while another deemed the cuts “excessive”.

The Vikings released a statement early Friday evening saying they were in the process of gathering information regarding the All-Pro’s legal situation. Minnesota has since deactived the running back for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. 

“This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter.  Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” said his attorney, Rusty Hardin, in a statement. “He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.  Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning.  It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson is in his eighth season in the NFL, all with Minnesota, amassing more than 10,000 yards in his career.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) – Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed

Baltimore Orioles 2 (87-59) – New York Yankees 1 (75-70) 11 Innings – Game 1

Baltimore Orioles 5 (88-59) – New York Yankees 0 (75-71) Game 2

Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) – Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-75) 10 Innings

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70)

New York Mets 4 (72-76) – Washington Mets 3 (83-63)

Boston Red Sox 4 (65-83) – Kansas City Royals 2 (80-66)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (81-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-88)

Milwaukee Brewers 3 (77-71) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (70-78)

Texas Rangers 2 (55-92) – Atlanta Braves 1 (75-72)

San Diego Padres 6 (68-78) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (59-88)

Seattle Mariners 4 (80-66) – Oakland Athletics 2 (81-66)

San Francisco Giants 9 (82-65) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (83-64)

Pittsbugh Pirates 7 (78-69) – Chicago Cubs 3 (64-83)

College Football: (8) Baylor 63 (3-0) – Buffalo 21 (1-2)

WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 – Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0)

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Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug policy. Davis tested positive for amphetamines and immediately accepted the suspension.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” Davis said in a statement. ““I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

The 28-year-old slugger launched 26 home runs in 2014 but holds a major league-worst .194 batting average for the Orioles, who hold a 10 1/2 game lead in the American League East with 17 games to play. Davis’ suspension will carry into the postseason, under the terms of the league’s drug policy.

Baltimore is already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, who both have undergone season-ending surgery. 

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn’t show it Thursday night.

Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.

 

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Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

Cardinals LB Abraham Takes Leave, Contemplating Retirement

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham has taken a leave of absence and told his coach Bruce Arians that he’s losing his desire to play football.

The 36-year-old Abraham, who is the NFL’s all-time active sacks leader (133.5), left the team’s win over the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter Monday with a concussion.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Abraham has dealt with severe memory loss for more than a year.

“I think when you get to that age, and for whatever reason, if that game on Monday Night Football and that atmosphere didn’t have you flying around like always or more, then something is missing,” Arians said. “That’s basically what he reflected to me. He said, ‘There were times in that game I wasn’t in it, and that’s not fair to my teammates. I’ve got to decide if this is what I still really want to do.’”

Abraham was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He’s played in 192 games since then recording 547 tackles, 47 forced fumbles, and one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 10 (86-59) – Boston Red Sox 6 (63-83)

Atlanta Braves 6 (75-71) – Washington Nationals 2 (82-62)

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (76-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 3 (67-78)

New York Yankees 8 (74-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (70-76)

Toronto Blue Jays 11 (76-69) – Chicago Cubs 1 (64-82)

New York Mets 2 (71-75) – Colorado Rockies 0 (59-87)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (69-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (80-66)

Houston Astros 5 (65-81) – Seattle Mariners 2 (79-66)

Chicago White Sox 2 (65-80) – Oakland Athletics 1 (81-64)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (90-55) – Texas Rangers 1 (54-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (83-63) – San Diego Padres 0 (67-78)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (75-71) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-73)

Kansas City Royals 3 (80-64) – Detroit Tigers 0 (80-66)

San Francisco Giants 5 (80-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (59-86)

Minnesota Twins (62-82) @ Cleveland Indians (74-69) (postponed due to rain)

 

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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me,” Billups told Yahoo! Sports. “I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer.

Last year’s Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year.

The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday.

Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Houston.

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Mayweather Planning to Retire in 2015

Mayweather Planning to Retire in 2015

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Prior to his welterweight title fight against Marcos Maidana this weekend, defending world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is planning to retire at the end of his current six-fight contract.

The fourth bout of that deal is this Saturday, meaning the conclusion of the contract could come in September 2015.

“I only got two more fights left and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” Mayweather said.

“I’ll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” he said. “We have young fighters that we work with.”

The 37-year-old is 46-0 in his professional career with 26 knockouts while holding the claim as boxing’s pound-for-pound king.

This past May, Mayweather beat Maidana by majority decision.

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Team USA Advances to FIBA Semifinals

Team USA Advances to FIBA Semifinals

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — James Harden scored all 14 of his points in the second half while Klay Thompson added 20 points, helping the United States pull away from Slovenia in a 119-76 win in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday.

The game was not as easy as the final score suggests, however. Team USA only led 49-42 at the half, with Slovenia closing the gap to as close as five in the third quarter. However, the Americans would reel off a 27-10 run before scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to make it a 96-64 contest.

“We just stick to the program. We know it’s tough for any team to run with us for 40 minutes because of how deep we are and how hard we work on the floor,” said Stephen Curry. “I think we understand we didn’t make many shots in the first half but our defense was pretty solid, and if we kept the pressure on them, things would open up.”

Team USA shot just 36 percent in the first half, but finished the game at 50 percent, thanks in large part to Thompson’s 20 points. The US will play Lithuania on Thursday in the semifinals.

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Serena Tops Wozniacki for 3rd-Straight U.S. Open Title

Serena Tops Wozniacki for 3rd-Straight U.S. Open Title

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams won her third-straight U.S. Open Championship by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.

It’s Williams’ sixth U.S. Open title and 18th Grand Slam singles title, which ties Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for the fourth most all-time.

“I have been trying to reach it for so long, since last year, well, since the beginning of the year,” Williams said on reaching 18 Grand Slam championships. “I didn’t really think I would get there. I just felt so good.”

Williams cruised through the entire tournament, winning in all 14 sets she played.

The 32-year-old American is now the oldest major champion since Martina Navratilova won at Wimbledon at the age of 33 in 1990.

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Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Bryant’s Kick KO’s Saints in OT

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Matt Bryant’s 52 yard field goal 1:43 into overtime clinched the Atlanta Falcons 37-34 victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The Saints had the ball first in overtime, but receiver Marques Colston fumbled the ball, allowing the Falcons the chance to win on a field goal.

Before overtime, it was the Matt Ryan show: the Falcons quarterback threw for a franchise-record 448 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

“He’s played a lot of games, made a lot of plays for us,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “But I was really impressed with his ability to extend some plays by moving around in the pocket. And he was very, very accurate. When you have (568 yards) of total offense and 448 through the air, your quarterback is playing well.”

Julio Jones was on the receiving end of many of Ryan’s passes. After missing most of last season with a broken foot, Jones returned to the field catching seven balls for 116 yards.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed 29 of 42 passes for 333 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

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Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

Dolphins Hand Pats First Opening Day Loss Since 2003

Comstock/Thinkstock(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — The Miami Dolphins scored 23 unanswered points in the second half to beat the New England Patriots 33-20 Sunday.

It’s the Patriots first opening week loss since 2003.

After the Dolphins scored in the first drive of the game, the Patriots retaliated with 17 straight points, the last of them coming from a six yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. The two teams then traded field goals and went into the half with the Pats leading by 10.

The second half was all Dolphins. Miami quickly erased its 10 point deficit by scoring on its first three drives to take a 23-20 lead.

The Patriots had multiple opportunities to retake the lead, but the Miami pass rush made sure Brady couldn’t get into a groove.

The Dolphins clinched the victory with 3:29 left in the game when running back Knowshon Moreno ran for a four yard touchdown.

Moreno, who was playing in his first game as a Dolphin, rushed for 134 yards in the win.

Gronkowski had four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in his first game back since having surgery on his knee.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Miami Dolphins 33 (1-0) – New England Patriots 20 (0-1) 

Carolina Panthers 20 (1-0) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-1) 

Houston Texans 17 (1-0) – Washington Redskins 6 (0-1) 

Tennessee Titans 26 (1-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 10 (0-1) 

Cincinnati Bengals 23 (1-0) – Baltimore Ravens 16 (0-1) 

Buffalo Bills 23 (1-0) – Chicago Bears 20 (0-1) – OT

New York Jets 19 (1-0) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 34 (1-0) – Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-1) 

Minnesota Vikings 34 (1-0) – St. Louis Rams 6 (0-1)

Pittsburgh Steelers 30 (1-0) – Cleveland Browns 27 (0-1) 

Atlanta Falcons 37 (1-0) – New Orleans Saints 34 (0-1) – OT

Denver Broncos 31 (1-0) – Indianapolis Colts 24 (0-1)

MLB: Houston Astros 4 (63-80) – Oakland Athletics 3 (80-62) 

Texas Rangers 1 (54-89) – Seattle Mariners 0 (78-64) 

Colorado Rockies 6 (59-84) – San Diego Padres 0 (66-76) 

Los Angeles Angels 14 (87-55) – Minnesota Twins 4 (61-82) 

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (81-62) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-84) 

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (74-68) – Chicago Cubs 4 (64-79) 

Baltimore Orioles 7 (83-59) – Tampa Bay Rays 5 (69-75) – 11 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (79-64) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (74-69) 

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (73-69) – Boston Red Sox 1 (63-80) 

Washington Nationals 3 (80-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (66-76) 

Kansas City Royals 2 (79-62) – New York Yankees 0 (73-68) 

Cleveland Indians 2 (74-67) – Chicago White Sox 0 (63-79)

Miami Marlins 4 (69-72) – Atlanta Braves 0 (74-69) 

New York Mets 4 (68-75) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (67-76) 

Detroit Tigers 6 (78-65) – San Francisco Giants 1 (78-65)

Tennis: (1) Serena Williams defeats (10) Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3 to win the US Open

PGA: Billy Horschel wins the BMW Championship at Cherry Hills

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Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Blue Jays Lose Cabrera for Rest of Season

Major League Baseball(BOSTON) — Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the remainder of the season due to a broken right pinkie finger.

Cabrera suffered the injury when diving back to first base during a pick-off attempt in the third inning of the Blue Jays 9-8 loss to Boston Friday. Cabrera remained in the game until the sixth inning before having to leave the field in the middle of his at-bat.

“I thought it might be broke, but I wanted to stay in the game,” Cabrera said. “When I took a swing the next at-bat, the pain was too much and I had to come out.”

The 30-year-old Cabrera was hitting .301, with 16 home runs, 81 runs scored, 73 RBIs, six stolen bases and a .351 on-base percentage.

“That’s one of our top dogs,” Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons said. “He’s one of those guys that’s really tough to replace. He had a tremendous year for us. That’s tough.”

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Serena Dominates, Advances to 8th US Open Final

Serena Dominates, Advances to 8th US Open Final

Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA(NEW YORK) — Top-seeded Serena Williams defeated 17th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova in straight-sets 6-1, 6-3 Friday to advance to her 8th US Open Final Friday.

Williams has yet to drop a set this tournament and has now won 20 straight matches at the US Open.

The 32-year-old Williams will now look to win her third-straight US Open, something no women has done since Chris Evert did it in the 1970s, when she takes on Caroline Wozniacki Sunday.

Williams is trying to win her sixth US Open championship and 18th grand slam title, which would tie Williams with Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth most all-time.

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Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Rick Stewart/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free.
Kelly learned the news Thursday after follow-up biopsies came back negative.
“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly said in a stat…

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks are not having a Super Bowl hangover. 
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw for two scores, as the Seahawks started off their title defense by blo…

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