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Derek Carr, Raiders, Ready for Jets on Sunday

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will get his first start on Sunday against the Jets on the road.

Carr was named the starter earlier this week over veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and is ready for everything that Jets head coach Rex Ryan has to throw at him.

“He’s got a great blitz package. He’s got, obviously, a lot of different looks that he’ll show. Me being a rookie, he’s probably going to want to show them all. I go in and expect, as much as I can, I expect everything. Then if something doesn’t happen, then I’ll be surprised,” Carr said Tuesday.

“That’s how I have to prepare. I have to prepare for everything, even maybe for something he hasn’t shown but could show,” he continued. “Obviously I reach out to anybody who can help me. I called my brother because he’s played them seven times. I called him and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk Jets. You were there, you’ve seen them.’ So we talked. I picked his brain, took notes and that was it. Now I went about my business for the rest of the week, picked [Matt] Schaub’s brain, picked the coaches’ brain, so I expect a lot.”

The Raiders have a brand new roster full of veterans to go along with Carr. Still, Ryan isn’t concerned about it.

“We’re just going to show up and do what we do. Again, we played the Raiders last year, we’ve seen their tape, they’ve seen us and everything else. That part of it is, it’s not like, oh, all of a sudden you’re going to run the wishbone, which by the way, we’re going to run this game. That part of it, ‘oh, we’re holding them back,’ I don’t believe that, everybody, you just play, and that’s really what you do,” Ryan said on Wednesday.

The Raiders have lost 12 straight games on the East coast, but Ryan doesn’t think geographic location has anything to do with it.

“I think at one point it’s overblown, because I think when you look at last year the teams that had the most success were west coast teams coming to the east coast. Now, obviously with the Raiders having bad numbers, they haven’t had the success of it, but I think it’s football is football, regardless of where you play it,” Ryan said of their poor record.

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Cubs’ Starlin Castro Likely to Miss the Rest of the Season

Kent C. Horner/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Earlier this week the Chicago Cubs lost first baseman Anthony Rizzo for an indefinite period of time, and now it has been revealed that shortstop Starlin Castro is likely to miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain.

Castro injured himself when he slid into home during the first inning of the team’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. His cleat got caught in the dirt around home plate. An MRI revealed the sprain.

“Right now the prognosis is four weeks to come back,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “We’re not going to shut him down. His mentality is he can beat four weeks and come back.”

After a down season in 2013, the 24-year-old Castro has rebounded quite nicely in 2014. If his season is truly over, he’ll have played 134 games this season while batting .292 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs.

“In my mind’s eye he’s had a very productive season,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s dealt with a lot of different things very positively. He’s worked extremely hard.”

Rookie Javier Baez will shift over from second base to shortstop.

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Rockies Reward Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa with Contract Extension

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Colorado Rockies were not about to let starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa hit free agency as the two sides have agreed on contract extension.

De La Rosa’s new deal is for two years and will pay him $25 million.

The 33-year-old De La Rosa has been with the Rockies since 2008 and he has proven to be a solid, reliable starting pitcher during his time with the team.

Last season, De La Rosa had arguably the best season of his 11-year career as he went 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA. This season, he hasn’t had quite as much success as he’s 13-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 28 starts.

The Rockies are a pitching starved franchise. They rank near the top in most offensive categories in Major League Baseball, but dead last in Major League Baseball in team ERA.

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ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — He may not be the player he used to be, but the Houston Rockets are rolling the dice on veteran guard Jason Terry. ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings will send Terry to Houston.

While the deal is not yet officially completed, the Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks from the Kings while they will send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to Sacramento.

The 36-year-old Terry began last season with the Brooklyn Nets but wound up being traded to the Kings right before the trade deadline. Because he was recovering from a knee injury, Terry never suited up for the Kings during his brief tenure there.

In 35 games this past season, Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game.

He will likely be a reserve/backup guard to Patrick Beverley in Houston.

Gee is a five-year NBA veteran who will already be playing for his fourth team. This past season, he averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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Saints Ink Galette to 4-Year Extension

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) — Linebacker Junior Galette signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract extension with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday.

The extension keeps Galette with the team through the 2019 season, and $23 million is guaranteed.

According to ESPN, the contract could be worth $48 million if Galette records 12 sacks this season.

“I feel like I’m gonna give ‘em a discount,” Galette said. “But I’m content with what I got. If you’re not happy with what they gave me, then you’ll never be content.”

Galette, 26, had a breakout season last year starting 15 games while compiling 42 tackles, 12 sacks, and one forced fumble.

The 6-foot-2, 257 pound Galette joined the Saints in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Stillman College.

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ESPN: Bruins Sign Krejci to 6-Year Extension

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Boston Bruins signed center David Krejci to a six-year, $43.5 million extension that will keep him with the team through the 2020-21 season, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

Krejci’s has one-year left on his three-year, $15.75 million contract before the new deal kicks in during the 2015-16 season.

The 28-year-old Krejci led the Presidents’ Trophy winning Bruins with 69 points last season, while also leading the NHL with a plus-39 rating.

Krejci was selected by the Bruins with the 63rd pick of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since he started playing on a regular basis in the 2007-08 season, Krejci has tallied 110 goals and 268 assists.

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Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson is Cleared for Contact

NBA via Orlando Magic(NEW YORK) — After sustaining a neck injury in January that required cervical spine surgery, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson declared Wednesday he can play basketball again.

“I’m cleared for contact! After 8 months out, I can finally play again. Thank you God!,” Anderson tweeted.

The 26-year-old played in 22 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 19.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, and three 3-pointers a game.

Anderson will be ready for the Pelicans’ training camp, which begins in three weeks.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/3/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Atlanta Braves 7 (73-67) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (64-75)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (76-63) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (71-68)

Colorado Rockies 9 (56-84) – San Francisco Giants 2 (76-64)

Washington Nationals 8 (79-59) – Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (78-62) 14 Innings

Seattle Mariners 2 (75-63) – Oakland Athletics 1 (79-60)

New York Yankees 5 (71-66) – Boston Red Sox 1 (61-78)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (81-57) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (66-73)

Cleveland Indians 7 (71-66) – Detroit Tigers 0 (76-63)

New York Mets 4 (66-74) – Miami Marlins 3 (67-71)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (71-67) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (67-73)

Chicago Cubs 6 (64-76) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-66)

Houston Astros 4 (61-79) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (83-55)

Kansas City Royals 4 (77-61) – Texas Rangers 1 (53-86)

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Cowboys Sign Michael Sam to Practice Squad

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end Michael Sam on Wednesday and assigned him to the practice squad. He will wear jersey number 46.

“Feels good to be a Cowboy,” Sam said. “Feels great.”

The Rams drafted Sam out of Missouri in the seventh round in this year’s NFL draft. St. Louis cut him on Saturday and he cleared waivers on Sunday. During his pre-season campaign, Sam had 11 tackles and three sacks. He finished with a team-high six tackles in the Rams’ final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

Sam was named the SEC defensive player of the year for 2013.

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Bourjos Leads Cardinals Past Pirates, 1-0

iStockphoto(ST. LOUIS) — Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos drove home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give St. Louis (76-63) a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (71-68) on Wednesday.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Bourjos took a 0-1 pitch from Pirates reliever Mark Melancon (2-4) and singled to center, allowing catcher Yadier Molina to score. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-6) picked up the win, tossing a scoreless one-hit ninth.

Cardinals starter Shelby Miller allowed three hits and three walks while striking out five over seven scoreless innings of work. Pirates starter Edinson Volquez gave up three hits, two walks and struck out five over 6 1-3 innings.

The Cardinals have now won five games in a row.

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