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Brewers Activate Starting Pitcher Matt Garza

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the St. Louis Cardinals breathing down their neck in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers are getting reinforcements as the team has activated starting pitcher Matt Garza off the disabled list.

Garza had been on the shelf since early August as he dealt with an oblique injury.

During the offseason, the Brewers signed 30-year-old Garza to a four-year deal worth $50 million.

Aside from the injury, it’s proven to be a wise investment so far. In 23 starts this season, Garza has gone 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA to go along with a 1.13 WHIP.

Garza’s return to the Brewers could not have come at a better time. The team has lead their division for the majority of the season, but now find themselves with just a one game lead over the Cardinals with just 25 games to play.

The team has Garza scheduled to return to the mound on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs.

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Texans Sign Watt to $100M Deal

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Scott Halleran/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Texans have rewarded one of the top defensive players in the league with the top contract ever for a defensive player. J.J. Watt and the Texans have agreed to a new six-year deal worth a reported $100 million.

The contract will have a guaranteed $51.8 million payday for Watt, the highest amount ever for a defensive player in the NFL. Watt will earn an approximate $16.6 million per year, also a record total for a defensive player.

Watt had hoped in August to work out a new deal with the team that drafted him with the 11th overall pick in 2011.

“I think when a team gives a big contract after the third year, they’re saying, ‘Listen, we think you’ve earned this,’” Watt said. “I don’t know if [the Texans] feel that way or not, but I sure hope I’ve put in all the work, and I’ve put in everything I can do to hopefully earn it.”

The 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, Watt has racked up 36.5 sacks during his first three seasons.

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Louisville Dominant in Petrino’s Return

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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iStockphoto(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The Louisville Cardinals (1-0) defense held Miami to 1-for-13 on three downs, helping lead the team to a 31-13 win over the Hurricanes on Monday in their season opener.

It was also the first victory for head coach Bobby Petrino in his return to Louisville.

“I thought it would be a real battle and we would have to work extremely hard,” said Petrino. “Obviously, we made some mistakes on offense and on special teams. I thought the defense really did a great job all night long, especially on third down.”

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the first quarter when Will Gardner hit Charles Standberry on a two yard touchdown pass. The Hurricanes countered with 10 straight points before Louisville regained the lead just prior to halftime when Corvin Lamb went 97 yards on a kickoff return.

Coming out of the locker room it was all Louisville as they scored 17 straight points after Miami closed the gap to 14-13 just four minutes into the third.

The game also saw a pair of quarterbacks making their first career starts. Gardner was 20-for-28 passing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman Brad Kaaya did not fare as well for Miami (0-1), tossing a pair of interceptions and going just 17-for-29 in his debut.

“We did not do a good enough job protecting a first-start quarterback. Period,” said Hurricanes coach Al Golden.

Louisville opened their tenure in the Atlantic Coast Conference, dominating a mainstay program in the ACC. Petrino led the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as head coach. 

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Falcao Joins Manchester United on Loan

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Striker Radamel Falcao has joined Manchester United on a season long loan from Monaco. 

United will reportedly pay Monaco between five and six million pounds for the striker and have an option to buy Falcao at the end of the loan period.

The transfer required an extension past the deadline, allowed by Premier League rules when all three parties are committed to finalizing the deal. 

Despite an injury-shortened 2013-14 season, Falcao scored nine goals in 17 games for Monaco. The injury also kept him out of the World Cup for his native Colombia. Prior to his season with Monaco, Falcao scored a combined 52 goals in two years with Atletico Madrid.

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Raiders Name Derek Carr as Starter

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Raiders announced on Monday that rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start Week One for the team.

Carr becomes the 18th different starting quarterback since 2003, beating out veteran Matt Schaub.

“Not an indictment on Matt Schaub, Derek Carr is mature beyond his years,” coach Dennis Allen said. “We feel very comfortable with him helping us win football games. …Derek is the starting quarterback.”

A second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, Carr was 11-for-13 passing in the Raiders final preseason game with three touchdowns to help beat Seattle 41-31. The rookie is expected to be the only first-year player to start at quarterback in the NFL week 1.

Oakland will travel to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the New York Jets in the season opener.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/1/14

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 7 (63-74) – Atlanta Braves 0 (72-66)

Miami Marlins 9 (67-69) – New York Mets 6 (64-74)

Minnesota Twins 6 (60-77) – Baltimore Orioles 4 (79-57)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-71) – Boston Red Sox 3 (60-77) – 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 4 (62-76) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-64)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (74-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (71-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (75-62) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-83) – Game 1

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Four Phillies Combine for No-Hitter against Braves

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Phillies starter Cole Hamels left after the sixth inning on Labor Day with a no-hitter in place and watched three other teammates complete the no-hit bid in their 7-0 win over the Braves.

Hamels threw 108 pitches and struck out seven with five walks, but was battling the hot Atlanta heat and exited after getting Phil Gosselin to pop out to end the inning.

Jake Diekman came into the game, but did not know about the no-hitter until he looked at the scoreboard and struck out two in the seventh.

Ken Giles was aware of the combined no-hitter and struck out the side in the eighth inning.

Jonathan Papelbon felt the pressure coming in during the bottom of the ninth and retired Gosselin to line out to first base to complete the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history.

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Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Week 1 against Dolphins

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he’s ready to go for their season opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Gronkowski had reconstructive surgery on his left knee during the offseason and doctors gave him the green light on Monday.

“Super excited, super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure. No doubt about it,” Gronkowski said Monday. “My mentality now is I’m ready to go, I’m ready to be out there, I’m ready to hit, I’m ready to start going.”

Gronkowski plans on wearing a knee brace on Sunday, but doesn’t see that stopping him from being productive.

“It feels good to be out here now this week, preparing for the Dolphins, knowing that I put myself in the best situation the last few weeks and few months to get back out here,” he said. “That was my plan the whole time — to work as hard as I could so I’d be ready for this week.”

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Astros Fire Bo Porter

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday.

Porter was in the midst of his second year and bench coach Dave Trembley was also let go.

“Bo’s passion and energy are unparalleled, and his desire to win unquestioned,” General manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “This decision was not made because of our current level of competitiveness in the Major Leagues. I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible.

“… What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the Major League level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed. Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so-even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”

The Astros were 59-79 and owned the second worst record in the league.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “We wish Bo nothing but the best in the future. Jeff has my full support moving forward. Our goal to bring a championship to Houston remains.”

Tom Lawless takes over as interim manager. 

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Texans Bring Back Safety Danieal Manning

Monday, September 1st, 2014 by

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National Football League(NEW YORK) — Even though he left the team via free agency this offseason, veteran safety Danieal Manning is back with Houston Texans.

The Texans had originally offered Manning a pay cut following last season, but he declined and instead opted for free agency. He signed a contract with teh Cincinnati Bengals.

Manning wound up getting cut by the Bengals, and decided to reunite with his old team.

“Health wise he’s perfect,” Manning’s agent, Russel Hicks said. “He may be in better shape than when he left. His leg was fine. He was cleared to play. He played all four [preseason games]. It just wasn’t good fit for him in [Cincinnati]. It was a numbers game. It happens like that. The right fit for you is the right fit for you.”

The 32-year-old Manning is an eight-year NFL veteran who can still contribute to an NFL team. He battled injuries last season and appeared in just six games and recorded 24 tackles.

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