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Report: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Out for the Season

Football Texture/iStockphoto(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire upcoming college football season after injuring his right shoulder during practice on Monday, according to ESPN.

Miller suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s Orange Bowl game, which required surgery during the off-season.

Under center for the Buckeyes last season, Miller passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman, is expected to be named starter for Ohio State’s season opener against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30.

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NY Islanders Getting New Owners

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) — A group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin have reached an agreement with Charles Wang to take over ownership of the New York Islanders in two years.

The deal is pending approval by the NHL board of governors.

The deal calls for Ledecky and Malkin to purchase a “substantial minority interest” in the club, with them taking over majority ownership in a couple of years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said in a statement.

The Islanders will play their final season at their longtime home, the Nassau Coliseum, before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

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Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett Out Entire Season with Torn ACL

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Before a single regular season game has been played, the Arizona Cardinals have lost one of their best defensive players. Defensive end Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Dockett suffered the injury during practice on Monday on a passing play during an 11-on-11 period.

“Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I’ve been through worse,” Dockett tweeted early Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old Dockett is a three-time Pro Bowl pick who was set to enter his 11th season with the Cardinals.

“He’s a great player, a guy we count on day-in and day-out to be a leader and take us where we want to go,” defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “…Hopefully he’ll come back soon.”

Last season, Dockett recorded 46 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks. He was a key part of a Cardinals’ defense that was ranked first overall in stopping the pass, and ranked sixth overall in the NFL.

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Reds Activate Second Baseman Brandon Phillips Off the DL

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — In desperate need of a shot in the arm, the struggling Cincinnati Reds have activated second-baseman Brandon Phillips off the disabled list.

Phillips had been out of action since July 11 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.

“I would not say he’s 100 percent like brand-new and that may not be until spring training of next year,” manager Bryan Price said. “But he’s definitely good to play.”

The Reds could certainly use Phillips back in the lineup. They’ve been slipping in the standings in recent weeks, losing eight out of their last 10 games and trailing the first-place Milwaukee Brewers by nine games in the NL Central.

Now in his eighth season with the Reds, Phillips is hitting .269 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 87 games this season. He made his return to the team Monday.

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Manziel Flips the Bird in Preseason Loss

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — It was not a good night for the Cleveland Browns offense, and the frustration showed when backup quarterback Johnny Manziel flipped the bird to the Washington Redskins sideline late in a 24-23 preseason loss.

The incident occurred late in the third quarter after an incomplete pass in front of the Washington bench. As Manziel trotted back across the field, he raised his right hand and extended his middle finger in the direction of his opponents. The rookie admitted post-game that he exchanged words with the bench, and he should have responded better.

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up,” said Manziel.

While the play was not flagged, Manziel is subject to a fine of $11,025 from the NFL. He can appeal the fine and have it limited to 25 percent of a weekly check, roughly $6,200.

Manziel, like the entire Cleveland offense, struggled last night, going 5-for-13 with only 49 passing yards. The rookie did however connect with Dion Lewis for a short touchdown pass as the Browns fought to come back.

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Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — For the third consecutive game, the Washington Nationals earned a walk-off victory, this time beating Arizona on an Adam LaRoche solo home run in the 11th. The previous two walk-offs came against Pittsburgh, helping to sweep the Pirates.

“I got every bit of it, I did,” said the 34-year-old LaRoche, who hit his first career walk-off homer. “Just a crazy few days. I don’t know how we’ve gotten these walk-off situations the last few days, but we have and have been able to grind back.”

The Diamondbacks (53-72) led 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a Didi Gregorious homer. Washington (70-53) followed with a pair of runs in their at-bat, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Tyler Clippard came on to save the game for the Nationals but gave up a game-tying shot to David Peralta.

Both teams had chances to score in extras, none better than Arizona’s attempt in the top of the 11th. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with nobody out, but Craig Stammen somehow worked out of it, not allowing a single run. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, LaRoche launched a pitch off Will Harris for the win.

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Ohio State’s Miller Re-Injures Shoulder

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ohio State football fans had cause to be excited about the upcoming 2014 season. That excitement has been put on hold after it was revealed quarterback Braxton Miller re-injured his right shoulder during practice Monday.

According to a source, Miller sustained a non-contact injury and was helped off the field by medical staff. Earlier in the day, the senior declared himself 100 percent cleared to play. Miller underwent offseason shoulder surgery, a minor procedure, in February and was slowly being eased back into football.

The Buckeyes were picked fifth in the preseason AP poll, while Miller was projected to be a Heisman trophy finalist. In his last full season in MLB, Miller threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 12 more.

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Red Sox Make a Pair of Roster Moves

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox demoted center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday and recalled outfielder Mookie Betts.

In 112 games this season, Bradley was batting .216 with one home run and 30 RBIs. He also scored 45 runs and swiped eight bases.

Betts, who is joining the Red Sox for the third time this season, is hitting .244 with one homer and two RBIs in 41 at-bats. In his last ten games with the PawSox, Betts was batting .386.

Bradley leads all-major league outfielders with 13 assists.

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Red Sox Make a Pair of Roster Moves

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox demoted center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday and recalled outfielder Mookie Betts.

In 112 games this season, Bradley was batting .216 with one home run and 30 RBIs. He also scored 45 runs and swiped eight bases.

Betts, who is joining the Red Sox for the third time this season, is hitting .244 with one homer and two RBIs in 41 at-bats. In his last ten games with the PawSox, Betts was batting .386.

Bradley leads all-major league outfielders with 13 assists.

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Hendricks Leads Cubs Past Mets, 4-1

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-1) allowed one earned run on three hits across seven innings as Chicago (54-70) took care of the New York Mets (59-67) on Monday, 4-1.

With the game tied at one in the top of the eighth inning, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took a 1-1 pitch from Mets reliever Buddy Carlyle and sent it over the right field wall. Chicago would tack on a two more runs in the ninth, on a two-run homer from rookie second baseman Javier Baez.

First baseman Lucas Duda put the Mets on the score board first with a solo blast off of Hendricks in the fourth.

Mets starter Carlos Torres, filling in for Bartolo Colon, tossed five scoreless inning, allowing three hits while striking out six.

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