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L.A. Dodgers Place SS Hanley Ramirez On 15-Day D-L

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to August 9.

Ramirez was removed during the first inning of Friday night’s 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 100 games this season, he’s batting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.

The Dodgers recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s roster spot. The 2012 Gold Glove award winner was acquired on July 28 from the Chicago Cubs for minor league-right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez. He’s batting .230 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 72 games.

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L.A. Dodgers Place SS Hanley Ramirez On 15-Day D-L

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to August 9.

Ramirez was removed during the first inning of Friday night’s 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 100 games this season, he’s batting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.

The Dodgers recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s roster spot. The 2012 Gold Glove award winner was acquired on July 28 from the Chicago Cubs for minor league-right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez. He’s batting .230 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 72 games.

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ESPN: Teams Attempting to Trade for 49ers Guard Alex Boone

National Football League (NEW YORK) — Several NFL teams have approached the San Francisco 49ers to see if the team is interested in trading holdout guard Alex Boone, according to ESPN.

Boone has been holding out since the beginning of the offseason. Sources say the two sides are far apart on a new deal and that Boone is willing to stay away from the 49ers until he receives a new contract.

The 27-year-old Boone has two seasons remaining on his current deal that will pay him about a total of $4 million.

Trading Boone will likely be a last resort for the 49ers. He has developed into one of the better guards in the NFL and the team would like to work out a contract extension with him.

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Veteran Safety Steve Gregory Retires from the NFL

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After eight seasons, veteran safety Steve Gregory is retiring from the NFL.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Gregory last month to add depth to their secondary, but he announced his retirement in a statement over the weekend which was released via his agent David Canter.

“It is with tremendous respect, appreciation, and admiration for the game of football that I’ve decided to announce my retirement effective immediately,” Gregory said. “After entering the game as an undrafted free agent, I was fortunate to play twice as long as the average player.”

“I’m tremendously happy with my decision and being able to walk away from this great game both healthy and on my own terms,” he added. “I would be remiss in announcing my retirement without thanking my great family, coaches, teammates, scouts, trainers, agent, and all of the fans that have supported me along the way.”

Gregory, 31, spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, who signed him as an undrafted free agent back in 2006. He also played two seasons with the New England Patriots. He retires with seven interceptions, three sacks, and two touchdowns over 111 career games.

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Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Even with a rain delay and extra innings, the Washington Nationals still found a way to win.

Wilson Ramos hit a three-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help the Nationals outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.

The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.

Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the victory, and Rafael Soriano closed the door on the Braves in the bottom of the 11th for his 26th save.

“Considering all that happened today, and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “We fought all the way.”

David Carpenter (4-2) took the loss for Atlanta.

The Braves have now lost nine of their past 10 games.

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Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a wreck that killed one person at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the late hours of Saturday night. While authorities have not released the name of the victim, many witnesses identified him as Kevin Ward, Jr.

Video of the crash shows Stewart and Ward colliding, spinning out the 20-year old. Ward then proceeded to get out of his car and point at Stewart. As the 42-year old came around the turn again, Ward walked closer and was then struck by Stewart’s tire and thrown 50 feet.

The Ontario County Sherrif’s Department did not release the name of the victim but did confirm he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stewart was “fully cooperative” during his questioning according to Sherrif Phillip Povero. The current investigation is not a criminal one.

Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancelled all remaining races on Saturday as the investigation began. Stewart is still scheduled to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, about an hour away from Canandaigua.

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Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It wasn’t the most glamorous of debuts, but Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows in his first NFL preseason game. The rookie quarterback played four series for Cleveland in a 13-12 loss at Detroit on Saturday night.

While completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 63 yards, Manziel also rushed for 27 yards on six carries. His longest of the night, a 16-yard scamper, gave fans a glimpse into the possible future of “Johnny Football” in the NFL.

“For me it was a good start,” Manziel said. “Have to start somewhere and set a foundation.”

Brian Hoyer got the starting nod for Cleveland and was 6-of-11 for 92 passing yards, leading a pair of drives that resulted in field goals. Hoyer, who was the starter last year for the Browns, has not voiced a concern about potentially losing his job to Manziel.

“That decision has not been made yet,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine. However, a source has told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman says there is a “very good chance” Manziel starts next week against Washington.

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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) — In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.

The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols.

“I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn’t come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit,” said Pujols. “I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it.”

Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout’s solo homer.

Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder’s choice, helping to set up Pujols’ heroics.

“A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that’s the case, it’s worth it to play 19 innings,” Pujols said.

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Ambrose Wins at Watkins Glen

BananaStock(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — Marcos Ambrose competes in one Nationwide race per year, and he usually wins it. That was the story on Saturday as Ambrose took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen for a fourth time in his career.

Ambrose won the race for the fourth time in as many starts, the first since winning his third in a row in 2010. The 38-year old won three in a row from 2008-2010 before missing the last three because he failed to find a sponsor.

It was an up-and-down day for Ambrose and his crew. After starting the race in a heated battle with Kyle Busch, the No. 9 crew fell well off the pace but was able to rebound and hold off Busch for the win. The Australian’s win was his fifth Nationwide victory, all of which have been on road courses.

Joey Logano finished third behind both Ambrose and Busch while Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. Ambrose now looks for a weekend sweep as he will start second in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 3 (62-56) – Detroit Tigers 2 (63-51) – 10 Innings

Cleveland Indians 3 (58-59) – New York Yankees 0 (61-55)

Baltimore Orioles 10 (67-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (61-54)

Tampa Bay Rays 4 (57-59) – Chicago Cubs 0 (49-66)

96th PGA Championship: (1) Rory McIlroy -13

(2) Bernd Wiesberger -12

(3) Rickie Fowler -11

(4) Phil Mickelson -10

(4) Jason Day -10

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen International

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