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49ers’ Ray McDonald Will Play against Cowboys on Sunday

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald will start on Sunday despite being involved in an alleged domestic dispute case.

McDonald has practiced all week after he was arrested and then posted $25,000 bail last Sunday.

“Two principles are woven together here,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I feel like the way the facts are and what’s known that he has the liberty to play in the game.”

The 49ers continue to respect the process in a case like this and Harbaugh said that his defensive tackle has been “fine” during practice.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently instated a six-game ban for the first domestic violence penalty and a lifetime ban for the second if found guilty.

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Suspended Browns’ Receiver Josh Gordon to Sell Cars During the Season

Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s suspended for the entire 2014 season, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has found a new job…selling cars.

Gordon will serve as the goodwill ambassador for the Sarchione Auto Group in Ohio, according to ESPN. He will work a 40-hour week in all aspects of the Randolph, Ohio-based dealer group’s car business.

The 23-year-old Gordon is one of the most talented players in the NFL, and even led the league in receiving last season despite playing just 14 games.

“He’s going to put his time in,” Jeff Sarchione, who co-owns a dealership in Randolph, told cleveland.com. “He’ll be everything from a salesman to attaching himself at the hip with my brother and I just learning the automotive business from top to bottom.”

Gordon was suspended the entire season for once again violating the league’s drug policy.

“We’re just finding that out as well,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. “That’s something I don’t really want to get into because I want to discuss the guys that are here … Internally we want what’s best for him. We just hope for that to occur.”

Last season, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Ron Washington Resigns as Manager

Harry How/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington resigned as manager, the team announced Friday.

Washington was 664-611 and was a part of two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011.

“Ron Washington informed us today that he has chosen to resign as Rangers manager in order to turn his full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter,” general manager Jon Daniels said in a statement. “Out of respect for Ron’s privacy, the Rangers will leave any comment on the details to him.

“While we are disappointed, we accept Ron’s decision and are grateful for his many contributions to the Rangers organization over the last eight years. This has certainly been a difficult season for our major league club in terms of on-field performance, but we were looking forward to moving ahead with Ron as our manager in 2015.”

Bench coach Tim Bogar will take over as the interim manager.

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Eagles’ Nick Foles Prepares for Jaguars

Rich Shultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Eagles will kickoff their season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is ready to prove himself again entering his second-year as the starter and is looking forward to the challenge that Jacksonville will bring up front.

“It’s a very structured defense,” Foles said on Tuesday. “They know what they do. They’re not going to do a bunch of crazy stuff, but what they do, they do well. They have a great defensive front with a solid secondary that will get you if you try to force a ball. They’re held down by (Paul Posluszny) who’s a great player who really moves around a lot, so it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley interviewed for the open Eagles head coaching job before they eventually hired Chip Kelly last year.

“It was a great process,” Bradley said of the interview process. “I’m lucky in that both of my experiences went well.”

Bradley understands that his young defense will be tested by Foles and the Eagles offense.

“I believe that the NFL is a precision league. I think whatever you decide to do, you have to be precise. You have to be on your job,” Bradley said Wednesday on a conference call. “They’re precise, but they add that extra element of high tempo. They get you high tempo and they’re precise. It’s really a challenge. It’s really a challenge on the defense.”

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Warriors Reward GM Bob Myers with 3-Year Extension

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As the Golden State Warriors continue to ascend as one of the elite teams in the Western Conference, the team has rewarded general manager Bob Myers with a three-year extension.

His deal was set to expire at the end of next season, but now Myers will be under contract with the organization through the 2017-2018 season.

Myers joined the Warriors organization back in 2011 as an assistant GM, he was then promoted to general manager in 2012.

Since taking over the team, Myers has built one of the most entertaining teams in the NBA. They won 47 games his first season as the general manager, and then won 51 games this past season.

Since joining the Warriors, Myers has brought in players like Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson, and Shaun Livingston. All of those players are seen as core players for the franchise.

Myers also oversaw the firing of head coach Mark Jackson and the hiring of Steve Kerr to replace him.

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49ers WR Michael Crabtree Looking Forward to Return to Dallas

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree spent a lot of time as a kid watching and going to Dallas Cowboys games.

The 49ers will play at Dallas on Sunday in their season opener and Crabtree will have a lot of his family in attendance.

“I’m excited,” Crabtree said Thursday. “It’s just big for the team. We’ve got a lot on the table, every game counts.”

Crabtree and the 49ers are currently working on a new deal, but he isn’t letting that disrupt his preparation.

“I don’t worry about all that,” Crabtree said. “I’ll let it handle itself, right now we’re thinking about the Cowboys.”
Crabtree sold hot dogs at the old Cowboys Stadium as a six-year-old and bought over 70 tickets for Sunday’s game for his family. He even has favorite players. “Troy Aikman, Dion [Sanders], Michael Irvin,” he said of his favs. “I know all those guys, I’ve known those guys since I was young. Troy, I talk to him every time I see him.”

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49ers WR Michael Crabtree Looking Forward to Return to Dallas

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree spent a lot of time as a kid watching and going to Dallas Cowboys games.

The 49ers will play at Dallas on Sunday in their season opener and Crabtree will have a lot of his family in attendance.

“I’m excited,” Crabtree said Thursday. “It’s just big for the team. We’ve got a lot on the table, every game counts.”

Crabtree and the 49ers are currently working on a new deal, but he isn’t letting that disrupt his preparation.

“I don’t worry about all that,” Crabtree said. “I’ll let it handle itself, right now we’re thinking about the Cowboys.”
Crabtree sold hot dogs at the old Cowboys Stadium as a six-year-old and bought over 70 tickets for Sunday’s game for his family. He even has favorite players. “Troy Aikman, Dion [Sanders], Michael Irvin,” he said of his favs. “I know all those guys, I’ve known those guys since I was young. Troy, I talk to him every time I see him.”

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Bailey To Have Elbow Surgery

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Image(BALTIMORE) — The Cincinnati Reds announced Thursday that starting pitcher Homer Bailey will undergo surgery Friday to repair a small tear in the flexor mass tendon near his right forearm.

Reds medical director, Dr. Tim Kremchek, will perform the operation in Cincinnati.

Bailey, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 16, should be ready in time for spring training, according to Reds trainer Paul Lessard.

“This may be the best way to go in the sense that now there is a timetable,” manager Bryan Price said. “The other option is that we could have continued to do a strengthening routine and a recovery routine over the offseason,” Price said. “If for some reason that didn’t satisfy the issue with his elbow, then that would have necessitated having a surgery to begin the season and that would basically have eliminated him from our club for all of 2015.”

Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the team in February.

The 28-year-old Bailey pitched 145 2/3 innings this season, compiling a 9-5 record, 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 45 walks, and 124 strikeouts.

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Jim Kelly is Cancer Free

Rick Stewart/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Hall-of-Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer free.

Kelly learned the news Thursday after follow-up biopsies came back negative.

“This is some of the greatest news I’ve ever gotten,” Kelly said in a statement. “It’s been a long road, and I’m still not back to 100 percent, but I have a lot to be thankful for.”

Kelly has been battling cancer of the upper jaw since earlier this year. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments it was declared in August that initial tests found no evidence of cancer. Despite the news, Kelly still needed to have biopsies on other area’s of his mouth to make sure he was cancer free.

Kelly spent 11 seasons with the Bills before retiring back in 1996. He holds franchise records for passing yards and and touchdowns. Kelly was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Seahawks Start Title Defense by Blowing Out Packers

Kevin Casey/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Seattle Seahawks are not having a Super Bowl hangover.

Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw for two scores, as the Seahawks started off their title defense by blowing out the Green Bay Packers Thursday night, 36-16.

Before the game, the Seahawks revealed their first Super Bowl banner in franchise history — they then performed like they’re ready to hang another one.

The Seahawks (1-0) held the usually potent Packers’ offensive attack to 225 total yards and sacked Aaron Rodgers three times.

Receiver Percy Harvin, who only played one regular season game last season due to injury, had seven catches for 59 yards and rushed for another 41 in the win.

“‘Lord have mercy, we have Percy,’ that’s what I always say,” Wilson said. “He is a great player, plays so hard, pushes the other receivers and players and they have a great relationship.”

The Packers (0-1) lost right tackle Bryan Bulaga to a knee injury in the second quarter. It got worse in the fourth quarter when running back Eddie Lacy, who rushed for 34 yards on 12 carries, left the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

Aaron Rodgers completed 23-of-33 passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss.

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