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SP Petit Sets MLB Record for Most Batters Retired in a Row


Baseball/Red Stitches and Morning/iStockphoto(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record by retiring 46 consecutive batters.

Petit set the record during his start against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, when he struck out Charlie Culberson in the third inning.

The 29-year-old had retired 38 batters in seven previous appearances before breaking Mark Buehrle's record of 45, which was set in 2009.

"What a roll to get on to have that kind of record," Giants skipper Bruce Bochy said. "As long as this game's been going on, now he's got it."

Petit began his streak during the end of a start against Philadelphia on July 22. He then appeared in six games in relief before setting the record in the Giants (71-62) 4-1 win over the Rockies Thursday.

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Tanaka Felt 'Rusty' Throwing Simulated Game


Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw a 49 pitch simulated game Thursday against teammate Brendan Ryan.

Tanaka, who hasn't pitched in a MLB game since July 8 because of a injured right elbow, said he felt 'rusty'.

"I'm actually still not there yet," Tanaka said through an interpreter. "I think some of the balls I am throwing, I'm still not able to hit my spots. The rust is still there, so I still have some work to do to get back to game-ready."

Meanwhile, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi seemed more upbeat when it came to the 25-year-old's progress.

"I'm optimistic," Girardi said. "I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe he won't take the next step. At no point has he said he's felt anything in his arm. I think he has normal soreness after a day like today, but I am optimistic."

The Yankees (69-63) hope to have Tanaka back sometime this September.
                                                     

Before the injury, Tanaka threw 129.1 innings this season, compiling a 12-4 record, 2.51 ERA, and a 1.01 WHIP, while striking out 135.

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Watkins Reinjures Ribs in Bills' Preseason Finale


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins re-injured his ribs in the teams' final preseason game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Watkins had to leave the game after being hit by Pittsburgh linebacker Ashlee Palmer during a play in the first quarter.

After the hit, Watkins walked back to the huddle but quickly changed his mind and walked off the field to be checked out by team doctors. He did not return to the game.

Watkins, who the Bills selected with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, had previously bruised his ribs on Aug. 16.

The 6-foot-1, 205 pound Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns during his final season at Clemson.

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Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Texas A&M's life without quarterback Johnny Manziel started off well: the 21st-ranked Aggies destroyed 9th-ranked South Carolina 52-28 Thursday.

Not only did A&M thrive without Manziel, his replacement at quarterback, Kenny Hill, broke Manziel's single-game passing record by throwing for 511 yards, completing 44-of-60 passes and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) was never in trouble as it mounted a 31-14 lead by halftime and scored touchdowns on seven of its first 11 offensive possessions.

Dylan Thompson completed 20-of-40 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1 SEC), which had its 18-game home win streak snapped.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/28/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 3 (72-60) - New York Yankees 2 (69-63) 

Cincinnati Reds 7 (65-69) - Chicago Cubs 2 (59-74)

San Francisco Giants 4 (71-62) – Colorado Rockies 1 (53-80)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (76-56) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (65-69)

Atlanta Braves 6 (70-64) – New York Mets 1 (62-72)

Cleveland Indians 3 (68-64) - Chicago White Sox 2 (60-73)

Minnesota Twins 11 (59-74) - Kansas City Royals 5 (74-59) - 10 Innings

Los Angeles Angels 4 (80-53) - Oakland Athletics 3 (78-55) - 10 Innings

Top 25 College Football: (21) Texas A&M 52 (1-0) – (9) South Carolina 28 (0-1)

(18) Ole Miss 35 (1-0) - Boise State 13 (0-1)

(19) Arizona State 45 (1-0) - Weber State 14 (0-1) *

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Tony Stewart Returning To NASCAR At Atlanta


BananaStock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Tony Stewart will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in this Sunday’s race at Atlanta. He had missed the last three races after his car struck and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. at an August 9 sprint car race in upstate New York.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.

“Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway,” NASCAR Executive Vice President Steve O’Donnell said in a statement. “NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

Stewart is a three-time Sprint Cup champion, having won 48 races in 542 career starts.

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USC RB Anthony Brown Quits, Calls Sarkisian a Racist


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- USC running back Anthony Brown announced on Thursday that he is qutting the team after calling head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.

 "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office...Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton," Brown posted on Instagram. He posted a similar message on Facebook.

Brown took down the posts shortly thereafter.

The senior running back had been sidelined most of training camp with an elbow injury. He had six starts and 43 tackles during his USC career.

"As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it's ridiculous," Sarkisian said. "Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players -- feel free to -- that's about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I'm shocked."

Sarkisian has no history of being a racist and called Brown's announcement surprising.

"Anthony decided not to play football anymore," Sarkisian said. "We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy. We really tried to make it a point to accommodate the position change he wanted. He wanted to move to running back and we did so.

"He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn't want to play anymore. It's a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us."

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NFL: Six-Game Suspension for Any Domestic Violence Charge


Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Any player that commits a domestic violence crime will be handed a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense, the NFL announced on Thursday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension to Ravens running back Ray Rice correct, which led to the news.

"At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals," Goodell wrote in a letter. "We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence....My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values."

Rice was suspended for the first two games of the regular season after being arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly knocking out his fiancee in an elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Goodell and the NFL received much criticism for not coming down harder on a domestic violence case.

"Our personal conduct policy has long made clear that domestic violence and sexual assault are unacceptable. We clearly must do a better job of addressing these incidents in the NFL. And we will," Goodell continued.

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Titans Reward Jurrell Casey with Contract Extension


National Football League(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- After a breakout season in 2013, the Tennessee Titans have rewarded defensive lineman Jurrell Casey with a four-year extension.

ESPN reports Casey's deal will pay him $36 million over those four years, with $20.5 million guaranteed.

"We are excited to come to an agreement on an extension with Jurrell," Titans general manager Ruston Webster said in a statement. "This is something Jurrell has earned not only with his play on the field but his work ethic as well. We appreciate Jurrell's professionalism through this process and look forward to many good years to come."

Even though the team has moved from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4, the team has assured Casey he will still be able to play like he's used to at the pro level.

Casey is entering his fourth season with the Titans after the team selected him in the third round back in 2011. After accumulating 5.5 sacks his first two seasons, Casey exploded for 10.5 sacks in 2013 to go along with 55 total tackles.

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ESPN: Warriors Agree to Deal with Guard Leandro Barbosa


Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(BILBAO, SPAIN) -- In an effort to load up on depth at the guard position, ESPN reports that the Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms on a contract with Leandro Barbosa.

Barbosa's deal with the Warriors will be for the league minimum.

Even though he'll start out as the third guard on the depth chart behind Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, he still provides good value for his salary and place on the roster.

At this point in his career, the Warriors will likely use Barbosa as a 15-20 minute per game player, who can help take the pressure off of Curry at the point guard position.

Now 31 years old, Barbosa will enter his 12th season in the NBA. In 20 games last season for the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 7.5 points in 18.4 minutes per game.

The Warriors are entering their first season under head coach Steve Kerr after they fired Mark Jackson after three seasons.

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