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Rocky Widner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday of three counts stemming from an incident outside a New York City nightclub earlier this year.

The Atlanta Hawks forward was arrested in April outside the nightclub, where former New York Knicks player Chris Copeland had been stabbed. Sefolosha had nothing to do with the stabbing but was charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and disorderly conduct.

Sefolosha suffered a season-ending leg injury, and while his attorney conceded Sefolosha called a police officer a "midget," the defense argued he was the victim of excessive force by an officer with "implicit racial biases."

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Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners on Friday announced that manager Lloyd McClendon would not return to that role in 2016.

Just weeks after naming a Jerry Dipoto the team's new general manager -- replacing fired executive Jack Zduriencik -- the Mariners cut ties with most of their coaching staff. In addition to McClendon, bench coach Trent Jewett, third base coach Rich Donnelly, outfield coach Andy Van Slyke and bullpen coach Mike Rojas were also let go.

"I have a great deal of respect for Lloyd, as a person and as a manager," Dipoto said in a press release. "It is a credit to his professionalism that the team continued to play hard through the final day of the season."

Still, the team had underperformed after preseason expectations that they could contend for a playoff berth.

"After extensive conversations it became clear to me that our baseball philosophies were not closely aligned," Dipoto added.

Some of the coaching staff, however, including Mariners legend and batting coach Edgar Martinez, infield coach Chris Woodward and pitching coach Rick Waits, were invited to return next year.

McClendon managed the Mariners to a 163-161 record in two seasons in Seattle. The team finished this year 76-86.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TORONTO) -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will not be on the field Friday when his team faces off against the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Beltre strained his back in Game 1 Thursday when he was sliding into second base. The Rangers went on to beat the Blue Jays 5-3.

"He is continuing to get treatment and he is still sore," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said on Friday, MLB.com reports. "There is some improvement in the sense that I have seen him walking around. To me that is an improvement."

Banister added, "How he actually feels, I have allowed him to stay in and get treatment. I haven't asked him how he feels."

Hanser Alberto will step in for Beltre at third base. He also replaced Beltre on Thursday.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The second phase of the Sprint Cup Series' Chase, known as the "Contender Round," kicks off this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The track will host the Bank of America 500 Saturday night. NBC's coverage of the race will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time.

The "Contender Round" will feature 12 of the 16 drivers who qualified for the Chase. Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer were eliminated following last week's race at Dover.

Here's a look at the Chase standings entering the "Contender Round":

1. Matt Kenseth -- 3,000 points.
2. Joey Logano -- 3,000 points.
3. Denny Hamlin -- 3,000 points.
4. Carl Edwards -- 3,000 points.
5. Martin Truex Jr. -- 3,000 points.
6. Kurt Busch -- 3,000 points.
7. Jeff Gordon -- 3,000 points.
8. Brad Keselowski -- 3,000 points.
9. Kyle Busch -- 3,000 points.
10. Ryan Newman -- 3,000 points.
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 3,000 points.
12. Kevin Harvick -- 3,000 points.
13. Jamie McMurray -- 2,098 points.
14. Jimmie Johnson -- 2,086 points.
15. Paul Menard -- 2,075 points.
16. Clint Bowyer -- 2,048 points.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:


Texas 5, Toronto 3
Houston 5, Kansas City 2


Indianapolis 27, Houston 20


Ottawa 3, Buffalo 1
Winnipeg 6, Boston 2
OT Tampa Bay 3, Philadelphia 2
Nashville 2, Carolina 1
St. Louis 3, Edmonton 1
Dallas 3, Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 5, Colorado 4


Washington 17, (17) Southern California 12

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JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)(DOHA, Qatar) -- Manny Pacquiao says he wants one more fight before he puts away his boxing gloves.

Pacquiao confirmed the news to ESPN while he was visiting Doha, Qatar for the AIBA World Championships.

He told ESPN he's retiring not because he's not passionate about boxing anymore, but he says he wants to help people from a different platform and has plans to run for senator.

He also said he would love to have a rematch with Floyd Mayweather, who beat him in a highly anticipated fight in May, but a more "feasible" option would be Amir Khan.

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Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Vin Scully won't be calling an Dodgers postseason games.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully will miss the Dodgers' postseason games because of a "medical procedure."

In a series of tweets, the team said Scully had underwent a medical procedure on Thursday morning and was now "resting comfortably."

"On the advice of his doctors, Scully will miss the Dodgers’ postseason games to rest up but is looking forward to returning in 2016," said one tweet.

"Everyone in the Dodgers organization wishes Vin the speediest of recoveries," the team tweeted.

Scully recently said he would return in 2016, but he also said it will likely be his last. Next year will be Scully's 67th consecutive year broadcasting Dodgers' games.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The biggest names in fantasy football are getting sued.

On Thursday, a class action lawsuit was filed against DraftKings and FanDuel for negligence, fraud, and false advertising.

According to ESPN, the suit filed in federal court in Manhattan by Adam Johnson of Kentucky says recent policies between the two companies allowed employees to enter on other sites to play for prizes.

ESPN reports the suit says, "DraftKings performs analytics to determine winning strategies, return on investment of certain strategies and even how lineups on FanDuel would do if they were entered into DraftKings contests."

With that information, employees of DratfKings could then play on a competitor's site.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel said this week they will no longer allow employees to participate on competitors' sites.

The lawsuit comes recently after a DraftKings employee posted his player roster percentages and his subsequent $350,000 take in a FanDuel contest, reports ESPN.

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Grant Halverson/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Greg Hardy has a few things to stay about Tom Brady and his wife.

Fresh off the commissioner's exempt list for most of 2014 and part of this season stemming from domestic violence allegations, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has apparently put his foot in his mouth with some Ill-advised comments.

Hardy was sidelined after his ex-girlfriend accused him of domestic violence and allegedly throwing her on a couch covered with guns. 

Preparing to face the New England Patriots this weekend, he said he views Tom Brady "the same way I did last time I saw him, hopefully on the ground."

And about Brady'a wife, super-model Giselle Bundchen: "You seen his wife?  I hope she comes to the game.  I hope her sister comes to the game."

His most scrutinized comments came when asked about possibly returning to pro-bowl form on the field: "I hope to come out guns blazing."

When told about his phrasing surrounding guns, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told SI.com "oh my goodness" but later noted to ESPN that guns aren't allowed on the field, adding "we all know that's just a way of expressing yourself.  I hope his guns are ablazin." 

As for Brady, he took the high road, reportedly saying Hardy is a great talent, that he's focused on playing and "I really don't care about his personal feelings."

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Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been suspended for three months, FIFA announced on Thursday.

During the 90-day ban, Blatter cannot "represent FIFA in any capacity, act on the organisation’s behalf, or communicate to media or other stakeholders as a FIFA representative," FIFA said in a statement.

The suspension stems from criminal proceedings that were opened against Blatter last month amid accusations that he signed an "unfavorable" deal for FIFA and made a "disloyal payment" to Michel Platini, president of Europe's governing body for the sport. Platini and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke have also been banned for 90 days.

In a statement Thursday, Blatter's lawyers said their client was "disappointed that the Ethics Committee did not follow the Code of Ethics and Disciplinary Code, both of which provide for an opportunity to be heard."

"Further, the Ethics Committee based its decision on a misunderstanding of the actions of the Attorney General in Switzerland, which has opened an investigation but brought no charge against the President. In fact, the prosecutors will be obliged by law to dismiss the case if their investigation, barely two weeks old, does not establish sufficient evidence," they continued.

"President Blatter looks forward to the opportunity to present evidence that will demonstrate that he did not engage in any misconduct, criminal or otherwise,” the statement concluded.

Issa Hayatou, the longest-serving vice president on FIFA's executive committee, will serve as the acting president during Blatter's ban.

Blatter has been the head of FIFA since 1998, though numerous accusations of corruption and scandals have befallen the organization since then.

Earlier this summer, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch opened up an investigation into bribery and corruption within FIFA.

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