Sep 9, 2014 6:43 PM
Update on the latest in sports:
The Associated Press
Game 2 in the big KC/Detroit series
UNDATED (AP) The showdown for first in the AL Central continues in Detroit tonight. It's game 2 of the series between the division-leading Royals and second-place Tigers. Kansas City holds a one-game lead after a loss in the opener last night. The pitching match-up is fitting for such a pivotal game. The Royals go with 11-game winner Jason Vargas, while Max Scherzer goes after his 16th win of the season for Detroit.
The next-closest divisional race is in the National League West, where the Dodgers top the Giants by 3 games. Tonight the Dodgers are home to San Diego while the Giants are playing host to Arizona.
As far as the wild card races are concerned the Athletics and Mariners currently hold down the two American League spots while in the National circuit the Giants and Pirates have a hold on the two berths. The Pirates currently hold the second spot in the NL, 1 games in front of the Braves and Brewers. Atlanta is playing in Washington tonight while the Brewers are home to Miami and the Pirates are in Philadelphia. The Mariners' lead in the AL for the second wild card spot is just a half game over the Tigers. Tonight the Mariners are entertaining the Astros.
The remaining games tonight have the Twins in Cleveland, the Yankees at home to Tampa Bay, the Cubs in Toronto, the Rockies in New York playing the Mets, Cincinnati home to the Cardinals, Baltimore at Boston, the Rangers entertaining the Angels and Oakland in Chicago to face the White Sox.
Report: Tentative sale of club
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The estate of late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has reached "a definitive agreement" to sell the franchise to Terry and Kim Pegula, who also own the NHL Buffalo Sabres. The sale is subject to being approved by a three-quarters majority of the NFL's 31 owners, which is expected to come at league meetings on Oct. 8.
The Pegulas have committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo. The franchise is valued at $935 million by Forbes but the sale price is expected to exceed $1 billion.
The Pegulas are nearing completion on a privately funded $172 million downtown hockey/entertainment complex called HarborCenter adjacent to the Sabres' arena.
Former NFL star loses shoe and game contracts
NEW YORK (AP) Nike and video game publisher Electronic Arts have severed business ties with former Ravens running back Ray Rice. The moves come a day after Rice was let go by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the release of a video showing him striking his then-fiancee in February.
The Baltimore Ravens have said on Twitter that they're planning to offer an exchange for Rice jerseys
Electronic Arts says it is removing Rice from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title via an online update.
US tops Slovenia
BARCELONA (AP) Klay Thompson's 20 points paced the United States to a 119-76 rout of Slovenia in the quarterfinals at the World Cup. James Harden scored 12 of his 14 points in the third quarter when the Americans started to pull away for their 61st consecutive win in international competition. Kenneth Faried (far-EED') also scored 14. The United States is expected to face its first significant test of the tournament when they face Lithuania in the semifinals Thursday.
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Harvick gets Stewart crew for the Chase
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Stewart-Haas Racing has given Kevin Harvick the crew from Tony Stewart's 2011 championship in a move to strengthen Harvick's title chances in his first year with the team.
Harvick has been critical of the No. 4 team's pit stops this season and said after Saturday night's regular-season finale that it had to be addressed for him to have a shot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
With Stewart, the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, not eligible for the Chase, the organization moved the No. 14 crew to Harvick.
Cavs ink another new player
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Shawn Marion, adding more postseason experience to a team targeting an NBA title. Marion agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavs last month. A 15-year veteran, Marion won a championship with Dallas in 2011. Last season, the 6-foot-7 Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 starts for the Mavericks.
A four-time All-Star, Marion has also played for Phoenix, Miami and Toronto.
Ferry disciplined for comments
ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has told the team's flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline general manager Danny Ferry but allowed him to keep his job. Koonin says he relied on a law firm's three-month investigation of Ferry and his description of Luol Deng. Team co-owner Michael Gearon, Jr wants Ferry fired.
Ferry made the inflammatory comments about Deng in a conference call with the Hawks' ownership group in June when the team pursued Deng as a free agent. Ferry apologized for "repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources" about Deng.
Deng, who now plays for the Miami Heat, says he is "saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today."
Detroit center suspended
NEW YORK (AP) Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired in Michigan. The NBA made the announcement a day after the Pistons signed the restricted free agent to a $5.48 million, one-year qualifying offer.
Monroe's suspension will begin with the first game of the regular season.
The 24-year-old player averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.
Former world champ recovering
GLAND, Switzerland (AP) Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher (SHOO'-mah-kur) has left a Swiss hospital to continue his recovery at home. You might recall he suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident last December in France. Schumacher's manager, Sabine (suh-BEEN') Kehm, says the seven-time champion from Germany has made "progress" since the accident put him in a coma.
"Miracle on Ice" team member dies
UNDATED (AP) Bob Suter, a member of the "Miracle On Ice" team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild star Ryan Suter, died Tuesday at the age of 57.
Suter is the first player from the 1980 American men's hockey team to pass away.
The Madison, Wisconsin, native was a standout defenseman in college for the Badgers and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1977. He never played in the NHL, though he paved the way for brother Gary Suter and son Ryan to become stars in the league.
Former Broncos' star dies
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) Former Pro Bowl safety Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin of the Denver Broncos and a member of the team's Ring of Fame, has died. He was 76. A spokeswoman at a funeral home in Groves, Texas, says Gonsoulin died Monday while in hospice care in nearby Beaumont.
Gonsoulin was a member of the first Broncos team, fielded in 1960. The team said on its website that he still holds the Broncos record for single-season interceptions with 11. He was a five-time Pro-Bowler. He also was named to the second-team AFL All-Time Team.