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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/27/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (69-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-61)

Texas Rangers 12 (52-80) – Seattle Mariners 4 (72-60)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (65-68) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (75-56)

Philadelphia Phillies 8 (61-72) – Washington Nationals 4 (75-57)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (67-66) – Boston Red Sox 2 (58-75)

New York Yankees 8 (69-62) – Detroit Tigers 4 (71-60)

Atlanta Braves 3 (69-64) – New York Mets 2 (62-71)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (64-69) – Chicago Cubs 5 (59-73)

Kansas City Royals 6 (74-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-74)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (79-53) - Miami Marlins 1 (65-67)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (76-58) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (55-78)

Oakland Athletics 5 (78-54) - Houston Astros 4 (56-78)

San Diego Padres 3 (62-70) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-60) -10 Innings

Chicago White Sox 3 (60-72) - Cleveland Indians 2 (67-64)

 

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USC CB Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Injury Story


Banana Stock(LOS ANGELES) -- Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw told school officials that he lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend, according to a statement released by the school. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the university.

Shaw claimed he was injured after leaping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling in the pool.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He let us all down.  As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.

“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized.  Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable.  Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program.  I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”

USC did not release details on how Shaw injured himself.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon's Season-Long Suspension Upheld


iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will miss the entire 2014 season after his season-long suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy was upheld on appeal Wednesday.

The 2013 first-team All-Pro will be allowed to apply for reinstatement following the 2014 season.

 “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon said in a statement. “I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t exercise better discretion and judgment in my case.”

In 14 games last season, Gordon had 87 receptions for 1,649 yards and nine touchdowns. He was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2013.

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Clippers Reward Head Coach Doc Rivers with Contract Extension


Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers have agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the club announced on Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“This is an important day for this organization,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a statement. “I am excited to work with Doc for a long time as we build a championship culture that will deliver results both on and off the court. Not only is Doc one of the best coaches and executives in the game, but he continually embodies the hard core, committed and resilient character and winning culture that the Clippers represent.  It was one of my top priorities to ensure that he was firmly in place as the long-term leader of this team.”

In his inaugural campaign with the Clippers last season, Rivers led them to a 57-25 record and first place in the Pacific Division. They lost in six games in the NBA’s Western Conference Semifinals to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Rivers led the Boston Celtics to an NBA Championship in 2008.

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Ned Yost Calls Out Royals Fans


Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Kansas City Royals are in the midst of one of their best seasons in decades, manager Ned Yost decided to give the fans a piece of his mind on Tuesday night.

Despite their success this season, the team is just 25th in Major League Baseball in attendance.

“I mean, what, 13,000 people got to see a great game? ...We’re in a pennant race, yeah," Yost, who has been the Royals manager since 2010, said.

"We’ve been working on trying to build this team for the last three or four years to put ourselves in a position where we can contend for a championship. And not only the division, but we want to contend for a world championship. It’s really, really important we have our fans behind us at the stadium," he added.

"I know there’s different things you can do. You can watch it on the Internet. You can watch it on TV. But there’s a real need for our fans to be a part of this," Yost continued. "We had a great crowd last night, and I was kind of hoping we’d have another great crowd tonight, and we really didn’t.”

Heading into Wednesday night, the Royals hold a 1.5 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The team hasn't made the playoffs since 1985, which is the last time they also won a World Series.

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Jets Suspend Cornerback Dimitri Patterson for Rest of Preseason


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- After he never showed up for the team's preseason game, the New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the remainder of the preseason.

Patterson didn't show up for the team's preseason game last Friday night against the New York Giants. He went AWOL and wasn't heard from for 48 hours.

"I think there's a level of accountability," guard Willie Colon said. "I think if he's able to stand up in front of the team and say, 'Hey, this is how I felt, such-and-such happened,' whether it's right, wrong or indifferent, for him to say something would be welcomed. We'll have to proceed from there."

Though there was speculation that Patterson could be cut, the team has decided to just suspended him until Monday as they get ready for their first game of the 2014 regular season.

The 31-year-old Patterson is a nine-year NFL veteran, but this is his first season with the Jets.

He's battled injuries the past few seasons, as he's played in just 15 out of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.

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Yadier Molina Nearing Return to Cardinals


Tony Firriolo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the St. Louis Cardinals holding onto the lead in the first Wild Card playoff spot in the National League, one of their best players is getting closer to coming back as catcher Yadier Molina will begin his rehab assignment on Wednesday.

Molina has been out of action since tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right (throwing) thumb back on July 9.

After taking part in batting practice Tuesday, the plan is for Molina to catch five or six innings for Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.

“My thumb feels great,” Molina told the Springfield News-Leader. “I’m in really good shape. I’m happy with the way everything is going. I can’t wait for tomorrow. I’m going to be nervous. ...It’s been a long time. It’s been the longest two months ever. But I’m so excited to come back on the field.”

The 32-year-old Molina is still one of the best catchers in baseball. In 83 games this season, Molina is batting .287 with 7 home runs and 30 RBIs.

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Rams DE Sam Survives First Cut


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay active player in NFL history, survived the team's first round of cuts Tuesday.

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 Draft by the Rams, has five tackles and three sacks through three preseason games.

The Rams made four moves to make the league mandated 75-player roster limit. The team released defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels, and placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve.

The Rams have one more preseason game before they must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Sam's main competition for making the team is fellow rookie lineman Ethan Westbrooks.

"I think they're both doing well right now," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."

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15-Year-Old American Upsets 12-Seed Cibulkova


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fifteen-year-old American CiCi Bellis defeated 12th seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the first-round of the US Open Tuesday.

Bellis becomes the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since 1996 when Anna Kournikova won at the age of 15.

"I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top," Bellis said.

Since Bellis is still an amateur, she can't collect on what will at least be $60,420 in prize money for winning the match.

Bellis will take on Kazakh Zarina Diyas in the second round.

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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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