Monday, September 26
Marlins coping following death of ace
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez was supposed to start for the Marlins tonight against the Mets. Instead, the team is coping with the loss of their ace pitcher, who was killed along with two others in a boating accident early Sunday morning.
Fernandez had emerged as one of the National League's top pitchers following Tommy John surgery. He was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and 253 strikeouts this year.
Miami players decided to wear Fernandez's No. 16, and his number was also stenciled on the back of the mound. The pregame ceremony included a slow, solemn solo trumpet rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Following the national anthem, New York manager Terry Collins led his Mets across the field to share hugs with the Marlins.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a home run and was crying as he reached home plate. He tapped his chest, waved toward the sky and continued to sob as teammates hugged him in the dugout.
Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.
Plenty of coverage for Scully's final game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully's final game in the Dodgers broadcast booth will be simulcast in its entirety on the team's cable channel and on Los Angeles TV and radio stations.
Sunday's season finale in San Francisco will be aired on SportsNet LA, KTLA-TV and AM 570 radio. SportsNet LA is the team's channel and isn't widely seen in Los Angeles due to a three-year dispute with Time Warner Cable.
The Giants have a tribute planned for Scully on Sunday, when they will simulcast his call of the third inning on KNBR radio and on CSN Bay Area television.
Seahawks QB Wilson optimistic after sprained MCL...Redskins lose Hall again
UNDATED (AP) — Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM that Wilson "feels great" and that his recovery is already going "exceedingly well."
Carroll says Wilson underwent an MRI on Sunday night that confirmed the ligament sprain and that he received treatment all night. Because of the injury there is a chance Wilson may miss this week's game with the New York Jets.
In other NFL injury news:
— Washington coach Jay Gruden says safety DeAngelo Hall will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee. This marks the third straight year the veteran defensive back's season has been cut short by an injury.
— Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece has been released by the Raiders after serving a four-game suspension for violating NFL rules on performance enhancing drugs. Reece was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl last season before the suspension came down. He sat out the final game of 2015 and the first three games this season because of the suspension.
— San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Anthony Davis has retired once again. Davis sat out last year in part because of concerns over a concussion before deciding to return to the Niners this summer. He suffered another concussion in practice on Sept. 15 and has not played since before the team announced his retirement.
— Chargers coach Mike McCoy says linebacker Manti Te'o (MAN'-ty TAY'-oh) will miss the rest of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon. The fourth-year linebacker was hurt in Sunday's 26-22 loss at Indianapolis.
T25-HOUSTON Coogs coach annoyed by LSU chatter
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston football coach Tom Herman says he is annoyed about reports connecting him to the now-vacant LSU job and insists the chatter does not affect his sixth-ranked team. He calls it "really a non-issue."
Herman has become a hot commodity for coaching vacancies after leading the Cougars to a 13-1 record and a win over Florida State in the Peach Bowl in his first season before helping Houston to a 4-0 start this year.
Herman talked to reporters after Sunday's practice and refuted a report that said his agent had been contacted by LSU after coach Les Miles was fired that day.
Heat don't see Bosh returning
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Heat President Pat Riley has told reporters that he believes Chris Bosh has played his last game for the team, saying the team is "not working toward his return."
Bosh has seen each of his last two seasons end prematurely with blood clots that forced him to be shut down. The veteran forward recently said he felt like he could rejoin the club this season, but he reportedly failed his preseason physical last week.
Pierce calling it quits
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers forward Paul Pierce has announced through The Players Tribune that this will be his final NBA season, saying "it's time to move on from the game of basketball."
The soon-to-be 39-year-old Pierce is entering his 19th NBA season. The 10-time All-Star forward spent his first 15 seasons with the Boston Celtics before stops with the Nets, Wizards and the Clippers.
Cavs' star will stand during anthem
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers forward LeBron James says he plans to stand during the national anthem, adding that he supports the decision by some NFL players who have knelt in protest. James spoke as the defending champion Cavs get ready to open training camp.
He says he is troubled by repeated videos of police shootings and that as a father of three he has concerns for their well-being.
Boston likes Marchand
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins' recent salary cap issues must be over.
The B's have locked left wing Brad Marchand into an eight-year, $49 million contract extension. The 28-year-old comes off his best NHL season, setting career highs with 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games. Marchand was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Boston has missed the playoffs the last two seasons following player personnel moves designed to get under the salary cap.
Gaborik shelved up to 8 weeks
TORONTO (AP) — Los Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (GAB'-uh-rihk) will be sidelined about eight weeks because of a foot injury. The 34-year-old Gaborik was hurt while playing for Team Europe in Sunday's 3-2 win over Sweden at the World Cup of hockey in Toronto. Gaborik has had three 40-goal seasons since entering the NHL in 2000, but he scored just 12 times and collected 22 points in 54 games for the Kings last season.
Watson, Moore added to US squad
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has selected Ryan Moore as his 12th and final team member and added Bubba Watson to the squad as a fifth vice-captain.
Moore was chosen over Watson a day after losing the Tour Championship to Rory McIlroy in a playoff.
Watson is ranked seventh in the world but failed to qualify as a player on points or persuade Love to add him as one of four captain's picks.