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Running back Lynch ends holdout, arrives at Seahawks camp
RENTON, Wash. – Marshawn Lynch joined Seattle Seahawks training camp after missing the first week.
Lynch arrived yesterday afternoon following the team’s morning practice. The team confirmed Lynch has reported for camp, ending a holdout that spanned a week.
Lynch missed the first week of training camp because he is unhappy with his contract status. Lynch is scheduled to make $5 million in base salary for 2014 with additional roster bonuses available. It’s the third year of a four-year deal Lynch signed before the 2012 season.
Colts lose starting guard Thomas with season-ending injury
ANDERSON, Ind. – Colts left guard Donald Thomas will require season-ending surgery to repair his injured right quad.
Coach Chuck Pagano said yesterday an MRI confirmed the diagnosis.
Thomas also missed most of last season with a torn right quad in Week 2. The Colts also said he had offseason surgery to repair a torn biceps.
Indy thought Thomas’s return would solidify an offensive line that couldn’t stay healthy in 2013, struggled to open running lanes and allowed franchise quarterback Andrew Luck to be hit far too many times. Rookie Jack Mewhort, Indy’s second-round pick, and NFL veteran Lance Louis will now compete for the open job.
New system in stadiums to measure player statistics
NEW YORK – NFL players will wear transmitters inside their shoulder pads this season to help measure stats such as how far they ran during a game.
The league said yesterday that it will install real-time location systems in 17 stadiums. The receivers located throughout the venue will collect data including position, speed and distance that will be compiled into a database. Coaches, broadcasters and fans will have access to these “next-generation” stats during the game.
The Zebra Technologies systems will be installed in Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, New England, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington. All but two of those stadiums are hosting Thursday night games.
Ravens rookie DE Urban lost for season with torn ACL
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Baltimore Ravens rookie defensive end Brent Urban is done for the season after tearing his right ACL in practice.
The injury occurred during practice Wednesday. Coach John Harbaugh confirmed yesterday that the fourth-round pick from Virginia was lost for the year.
Urban is no stranger to injury. He tore the ACL of his left knee before and had a bad ankle injury during his senior year at Virginia.
This injury occurred when Urban was trying to shake off a block.
Trump selected to advance in Bills’ sale process
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Donald Trump remains in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills.
And so are NHL Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, a person close to the process confirmed last night to the Associated Press while speaking on the condition of anonymity because the sale is supposed to be private.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s executive vice president and special counsel, confirmed in an email to the AP that his boss was chosen to advance to the next round of bidding. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate.
“Mr. Trump’s significant wealth, name recognition and real estate knowledge makes him a viable option,” Cohen said.
Trump is bidding on his own after electing against being joined by partners. He is prepared to make an all-cash offer.
Trump is proving to be serious in his efforts to buy the Bills, who are on the market after Wilson died in March. Trump was previously dismissed by critics as using the Bills’ sale as a publicity stunt.
The Bills most recently were valued by Forbes at $870 million but are expected to sell for at least $1 billion, partly because NFL teams rarely go on the market.
Twins sign catcher Suzuki to 2-year, $12 million extension
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Minnesota Twins signed All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki to a two-year, $12 million contract extension.
The Twins got the deal done yesterday, keeping a respected veteran around the clubhouse on a team that continues to struggle in the standings.
Suzuki signed a one-year deal in the offseason and has delivered one of his finest stories. He will turn 31 in October, but made his first All-Star team and is hitting .304 with two home runs and 41 RBI.
Leg injury will keep Ginobili from playing for Argentina at World Cup
Manu Ginobili will not play for Argentina at the FIBA World Cup because of a stress fracture in his right leg that has bothered the San Antonio Spurs guard since the playoffs.
The Argentine Basketball Federation announced the decision yesterday. The World Cup will be played starting Aug. 30 in Spain, and Ginobili’s loss is a big blow for Argentina’s chances.
The 37-year-old Ginobili played through the injury while helping the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. He has long relished international competition, but the San Antonio Express-News first reported earlier this week that the Spurs requested Ginobili not play in Spain because of the lingering issue.
Bucks sign free agent G Bayless
MILWAUKEE – Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless signed a contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Bayless was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was traded to Portland prior to his rookie season.
General Manager John Hammond announced the signing yesterday, and the team did not disclose terms.
Another decent start for Woods at Firestone; Leishman takes lead
AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods took another step on one of his favorite courses toward showing his game might be turning around.
Woods made six birdies yesterday to account for his mistakes and opened with a 2-under 68 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He was still four shots behind Marc Leishman of Australia, who shot 64 on a perfect day for scoring at Firestone.
Justin Rose was among five players at 65, while 27 players in the 76-man field at this World Golf Championship broke par.
It was only a first step for Woods. He opened with a 69 at the British Open two weeks ago, and then made the cut on the number.
China’s Li pulls out of U.S. Open because of lingering knee injury
NEW YORK – Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open because of a knee injury.
The only tennis player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title is also withdrawing from hard-court events in Montreal and Cincinnati over the next two weeks.
Li said yesterday in a posting on Facebook that she has “been struggling” with her knee since March “and it is just not where I need it to be in order to play at the highest level.”
The U.S. Open begins Aug. 25.
Wozniacki to run NYC Marathon
NEW YORK – Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon.
The former No. 1 player said yesterday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year. She said seeking this challenge wasn’t an attempt to distract herself from her personal life – golfer Rory McIlroy broke off their engagement in late May.