Braxton Miller Out for the Season

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On Monday, reports out of Columbus, Ohio, stated that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had reinjured his right shoulder and could miss the entire 2014 season.

According to a report by Brett McMurphy, the worst news came true for the Buckeyes on Tuesday, as Miller will indeed miss the season.

Ohio State has not confirmed Miller will miss 2014. If the news holds, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is in line to start at QB for OSU.

Mariners (67-56) Take 2 of 3 from Tigers

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Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.

Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon, managing his first series in Detroit after serving as Jim Leyland’s hitting coach, was ejected for the second straight game. McClendon was tossed for arguing after Detroit’s Alex Avila drew a seventh-inning walk.

Young (12-6) allowed four hits and a walk. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit.

Tigers rookie Robbie Ray (1-3) struggled while replacing injured Anibal Sanchez. He allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

Ray got into trouble in the first inning, walking Dustin Ackley with one out and then appearing to lose his concentration in mid-delivery. He ended up stumbling off the mound without throwing the pitch – an obvious balk.

Kendrys Morales singled home Ackley, and Kyle Seager made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.

Seattle made it 3-0 in the third, scoring on Ray’s wild pitch after Victor Martinez’s error at first base had kept the inning going.

Chris Denorfia’s two-out triple gave the Mariners another run in the fifth, and Seattle made it 7-0 with three runs in Jim Johnson’s first inning as a Tiger.

Johnson, the former Baltimore relief ace who struggled this year in Oakland, recently signed a minor league contract with the Tigers. He was called up by Detroit over the weekend.

Martinez drove in Detroit’s only run with an eighth-inning double.

Seahawks Look Loaded at all Positions- Smash Chargers 41-14

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The Seahawks showed why they are defending champions. Russell Wilson went a tidy 11-of-13 for 121 yards, and running back Robert Turbin enjoyed a big game with 81 yards on 12 carries. Seattle dominated the first half, outgaining the Chargers, 260-122 for a 24-7 advantage on the scoreboard.

San Diego played most of its starters through the first half, except for Philip Rivers. Rivers stayed in for the initial drive before giving way to backup Kellen Clemens. Rivers went 2-of-4 for 20 yards. Keenan Allen had the lone Chargers touchdown, catching a 13-yard strike.

Seattle continued its domination in the second half. Terrelle Pryor got in the game, and contributed to scoreboard with a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. There was a moment of controversy when a Tharold Simon pick-six was called back due to an iffy illegal contact call.

 

Carmelo -$62 Million Advance on Salary

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Carmelo Anthony might be losing some weight during the offseason because of his diet, but his pockets are only getting fatter.

Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million deal to remain with the New York Knicks in July, and is taking an advance payment of over $62 million — 50 percent of his contract — according to Wall Street Journal sources.

The total advance is the maximum amount the seven-time All-Star can take under league rules. The contract he signed to stay in the Big Apple is the fourth largest of all time, trailing only Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O’Neal, Kevin Garnett and Rashard Lewis in amount. Anthony started a venture capital firm days after his new deal, which could be the reason why he’s taking so much of the money upfront.

Anthony isn’t the first player in the league to take a 50 percent advance on his contract. In fact, he’s not even the first to do so on his team. J.R. Smith took a 50 percent advance on his $18 million deal last season.

And while Anthony insists he returned to New York to win a championship under team president Phil Jackson, you can bet he’s not complaining about his new abundance of cash, either.

Tiger Woods withdraws from Ryder Cup

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Tiger Woods removed himself from consideration for the Ryder Cup team Wednesday evening with a clear message that he is not healthy enough to play.

One day after U.S. captain Tom Watson said he trusted Woods to give him the “straight skinny” on the condition of his back injury and his game, Woods said he called the 64-year-old captain to say he would not be available.

The decision spares Watson from having to leave Woods off the team, and it eliminates a distraction over the next three weeks before Watson announces his three captain’s picks for the Sept. 26-28 matches against Europe at Gleneagles.

“I have already spoken to Tom about the Ryder Cup, and while I greatly appreciate his thinking about me for a possible captain’s pick, I took myself out of consideration,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best.”

That he was even under consideration was mildly surprising.

Woods’ best finish this year was a tie for 25th because of nagging back issues at the start of the year that led him to have surgery on March 31. He missed two majors, including the Masters for the first time, and did not return for three months. In the four events he played upon his return, he missed the cut twice, withdrew during the final round at Firestone and finished 69th in the British Open for his worst 72-hole result in a major.

“My primary wish is for Tiger to be healthy and competitive, and I hope that he’ll return to the game very soon,” Watson said in a statement released by the PGA of America. “Of course, I’m disappointed that Tiger Woods has asked not to be considered for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and that his health is not where he would like it to be. However, I think we can all agree that we need Tiger Woods in this great sport, and he has taken the high road by informing me early on in the selection process.

“My focus will remain on identifying three players to join the U.S. team and give us the best chance for success at Gleneagles.”

Woods said his recent back trouble was not related to the impinged nerve that led to surgery.

Police Clear Marshawn Lynch

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Police have cleared Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch in an assault and property damage case.

The Bellevue Police Department issued a statement late Wednesday night saying Lynch wasn’t involved and that the case remained open. The police department expressed appreciation for cooperation from Lynch and the Seahawks.

Police initially released a statement Monday mentioning Lynch. The Seahawks released a statement a day later saying they believed the accusations to be ”bogus” after speaking with Lynch.

Mariners- Toronto Preview

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The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays were tied in the AL wild card standings when they began this three-game set.

The Mariners have used their starting pitching to move ahead and can push Toronto further back if Hisashi Iwakuma continues to pitch like he has since the start of July.

Iwakuma has also pitched well against the Blue Jays as he looks to help Seattle complete a nine-game homestand with a sweep Wednesday night.

The starters employed by Seattle (64-55) in this series have yielded one run in each contest. Felix Hernandez gave up three hits in seven innings of Monday’s 11-1 rout and Chris Young allowed two in Tuesday’s 6-3 victory.

Mariners starters own an AL-best 3.27 ERA.

“Top to bottom the (Seattle) pitching staff – rotation and bullpen – is one of the best in baseball,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ”But we have got to score for our staff.”

Seattle has moved into a tie with plummeting Detroit for the AL’s second wild card, with Toronto (63-58) falling two games back.

”It’s awesome. It’s a whole new ballgame when it means something and you get in here and you’re pumped and you look and see what everyone else is doing and where you stand,” said left fielder Dustin Ackley, who has four RBIs in this series. ”It’s a lot more fun. Baseball is always fun but it makes it that much more enjoyable when you’re actually in it.”

The Mariners will like their chances of a sweep that would complete an 8-1 homestand if Iwakuma (10-6, 2.86 ERA) maintains the mound mastery that has seen him go 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA in eight outings since the start of July. He has lasted at least seven innings in seven straight, and owns a 1.66 ERA in the last three.