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  • In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. (AP Photo/Edmond Police Department)

    In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. (AP Photo/Edmond Police Department)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2008 file photo, former major league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2008 file photo, former major league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File)

  • In this photo provided by the Edmond, Okla. Police Department, Justin Blackmon is pictured in a booking photo dated July 23, 2014. Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. (AP Photo/Edmond Police Department)
  • FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2008 file photo, former major league baseball player Chuck Knoblauch is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File)

BASEBALL

Twins trade 1B/DH Morales back to Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS – Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners’ struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot.

The Minnesota Twins traded Morales to the Mariners yesterday for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season, but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.

Morales sat out the first two months of the season while searching for a new deal, signing a pro-rated $12 million contract with the Twins on June 8. But he hit .234 with 11 doubles, one homer and 18 RBI in 39 games with the Twins, who have faded from contention in the AL Central.

Pryor has appeared in 34 games for the Mariners since 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA. He will report to Triple-A Rochester.

BASEBALL

Athletics part ways with former closer Johnson

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland Athletics designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits without retiring a batter in Wednesday night’s 9-7 victory over the Astros.

Johnson led the AL in saves in each of the past two seasons, with 50 last year and 51 in 2012.

BASEBALL

Knoblauch charged with assaulting ex-wife

HOUSTON – Former All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston said he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for Wednesday. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

Knoblauch played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals during a 12-year career.

He was set to be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in August. The Twins issued a statement yesterday saying that “in light of recent news reports surrounding Chuck Knoblauch, as well as direct communication” with Knoblauch, they have decided to cancel the Aug. 23 ceremony.

NFL

Suspended WR Blackmon arrested on drug complaint; owner says he won’t be released

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to part ways with troubled receiver Justin Blackmon.

Owner Shad Khan made it clear yesterday that Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest.

“We want to keep him as a player,” Khan said following a charity kickoff luncheon at EverBank Stadium. “He’s not part of the team, obviously. But I think it’s very important for him to get the help. I think that’s the most important thing. ... I think it’s good for him and good for us. We want him to get the help and really beat this.”

A former standout at Oklahoma State, Blackmon was arrested Wednesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession. The police said they noticed his sedan go around stopped traffic in an attempt to get into a turn lane.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said an officer detected a “heavy smell of marijuana” coming from the 2007 Chrysler Blackmon was driving, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked “a blunt” while driving and had another in his vehicle.

Blackmon was suspended without pay indefinitely last November for repeated violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

NFL

Source: Stadium sites explored in Toronto

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A person close to the situation said a Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto.

The person said the study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, and another in the suburb of Mississauga. The person spoke to the Associated Press yesterday on condition of anonymity because Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team.

Andy Bergmann, responsible for overseeing the Bon Jovi group’s stadium plans, confirmed yesterday in an email to the AP that his company has conducted stadium studies “but nothing related to specific sites.”

GOLF

Putnam, Petrovic share Canadian Open lead

MONTREAL – Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open yesterday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley were a stroke back, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Nick Watney and Robert Allenby topped the group at 66.

GOLF

Langer leads British Senior by 2 after 1st round

BRIDGEND, Wales – Bernhard Langer made a statement of intent when he opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl yesterday.

Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th.

HORSE RACING

Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate euthanized

DEL MAR, Calif. – Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate was euthanized after the colt severely injured his leg in a training accident.

A veterinarian at the seaside track said yesterday that Dance With Fate ruptured two of the three large patella ligaments in his right rear leg earlier in the morning.

Dr. Helmuth Von Bluecher said the injury was complicated by possible infection and further injuries in the area, which meant the colt would not be able to bear weight.

Dance With Fate was galloping at 5:30 a.m. when he bolted to the outside fence near the far turn, crashed into the fence and fell, dumping exercise rider Joe Durant, who was hospitalized with unknown injuries.

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