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Shoemaker shuts down hometown Tigers, pitches Angels to win

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 04:11 PM

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning in his hometown ballpark, Albert Pujols drove in one run and scored another and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 Thursday.

The Angels began the day trailing Minnesota by one game for the second American League wild-card spot, with Texas also a half-game ahead of them.

Wilson says he did not have a concussion in NFC title game

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 04:06 PM

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he did not suffer a concussion in the NFC championship game against Green Bay, a day after comments in an article in Rolling Stone indicated Wilson may have suffered a head injury.

Wilson says on Thursday that his comments were "I guess perceived wrong," and he did not have a head injury. Wilson took a big hit in the first half from Green Bay's Clay Matthews but remained in the game and led Seattle's late comeback for a 28-22 overtime win over the Packers.

Harbaugh discusses recent phone conversation with Jordan

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:53 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is quite a celebrity these days, but even he was taken aback when he received a phone call recently from Michael Jordan.

Michigan signed a deal with Nike that begins in August 2016, and that includes a partnership with the "Jumpman" brand. On Thursday, Harbaugh described his surprise when Jordan actually called him.

NC State RB Shadrach Thornton suspended for 1st 2 games

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:49 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has suspended leading rusher Shadrach Thornton for two games for a violation of athletic department rules.

Team spokeswoman Annabelle Myers said Thursday the unspecified violation occurred during the spring semester. The senior running back will miss the Sept. 5 opener against Troy and the Sept. 12 home game against Eastern Kentucky.

Orlando City loses appeal for Ramos red card

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:48 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An independent review panel has denied a red card appeal by Orlando City.

Major League Soccer announced the decision on Thursday. The Lions filed an appeal for a red card issued to defender Rafael Ramos in the 36th minute of their match against Toronto FC last week.

Dodgers finish sweep of Reds with 1-0 win

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:43 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Greinke and two relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the reeling Cincinnati Reds with a 1-0 win on Thursday.

Greinke (14-3) lowered his major league-best ERA to 1.61 and allowed four hits over seven innings while leading Los Angeles to its first sweep of a series in Cincinnati since a three-game set in July 2009. He finished with two walks and nine strikeouts.

He improved to 7-2 in 12 games against Cincinnati.

Rays put Jennings on 15-day DL with left knee injury

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:40 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have put outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled with a bruised left knee and recalled outfielder Joey Butler from Triple-A Durham.

The moves were announced before Thursday night's game against Minnesota.

Jennings bruised the knee sliding last weekend at Oakland. The injury forced him to leave Tuesday night's game with the Twins after three innings.

Jennings played in 10 games after missing 96 earlier this season due to left knee bursitis that required surgery.

Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:38 PM

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months.

Spieth shot a 40 on his back nine and opened The Barclays with a 74. It was his highest score since he had a 75 in The Players Championship, where he missed the cut.

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:37 PM

Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58.

The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning at a hospital. No cause of death was immediately announced and an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.

Dawkins spent parts of 14 seasons in the NBA with Philadelphia, New Jersey, Utah and Detroit. He averaged 12 points and 6.1 rebounds in 726 career regular-season games.

Star ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson out for season

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 03:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson is out for the season following knee surgery.

The U.S. Skiing and Snowboarding Association said Thursday she had surgery in her hometown of Park City, Utah, this week. She is to have a follow-up operation in the coming months.

Hendrickson says in a statement she is fortunate this year does not feature an Olympics or world championships. She plans to be back in 2017 and ready for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea

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