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St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) is hit by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) is hit by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


Jays’ Encarnacion out for rest of season

TORONTO – Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion needs surgery on his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season.

All-Star left-hander Brett Cecil is also being shut down for the final 13 games with a sore elbow.

Encarnacion sat out four games last week with soreness in his wrist. He returned to play all three games of a weekend series against Baltimore, but had just one hit in 12 at-bats.

Encarnacion ranks third in the majors with 36 home runs this season, while his 104 RBI are the fourth highest total. He’s batting .272.

Manager John Gibbons said there is no structural damage to Encarnacion’s wrist. The surgery, which will clean up scar tissue and repair damaged cartilage, requires about two months of recovery, meaning Encarnacion should be fully recovered before spring training.

Gibbons said Cecil has been dealing with soreness for about a month and is scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine the cause of the pain.


Rangers GM Daniels expects Washington
back next season despite late-season swoon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said it’s his full expectation that manager Ron Washington will return next season.

The Rangers started play yesterday mired in a seven-game losing streak and have seen their AL West title hopes apparently slip away for a second straight season because of a September slide. Texas dropped 12 of its first 14 games this month.

“I refer to us as partners, and I feel very much that way,” Daniels said before last night’s game at Tampa Bay. “Other than that, we’ll address everything in the offseason. Like I said, I fully expect that partnership will continue.”

Texas is in a crowded field for an AL wild-card spot.

“We’re in a position to make the playoffs ... it’s our job to hold on to that,” Daniels said. “We’ve got to go and have a good at-bat, a good inning, a good game and turn the tide here a little bit. That’s where our focus has to be. Everything else is just a distraction from where our energy and focus should be.”

Washington managed the Rangers to the playoffs each of the past three years, including trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.


Falcons: RB Jackson won’t play Sunday, Weatherspoon out until at least Week 11

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Falcons Coach Mike Smith said running back Steven Jackson will miss Sunday’s game at Miami with a thigh injury.

Smith said Jackson has a short-term injury. He provided no further details.

Jackson left last week’s win over the Rams after scoring in the first quarter on an 8-yard pass from Matt Ryan. Smith says Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will share the work at running back against the Dolphins.

Earlier yesterday, the team announced linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. Weatherspoon can return in Week 11.

On Monday, the Falcons placed defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn right Achilles tendon) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated left shoulder) on the reserve list with season-ending injuries.


Texas player, 12, dies after ant bites

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 12-year-old Texas boy died after apparently suffering a severe allergic reaction to ant bites while warming up for the second half of a middle school football game.

Officials confirmed yesterday that Cameron Espinosa died days after being bitten multiple times by fire ants. Corpus Christi school district spokeswoman Lorette Williams said the boy used a water bottle to try and remove the ants, but he eventually fell unconscious last Wednesday. He was taken to a hospital and was hospitalized in critical condition. The eighth-grader died Monday.

The game resumed after Cameron was transported to the hospital, but it was later halted when the severity of his condition became apparent.

Williams said the boy didn’t know he was allergic to ants. The district had no record of allergies.


Three-time U.S. champ Weir out of Sochi Games after not registering for season

Three-time U.S. champion figure skater Johnny Weir will not be competing at the Sochi Olympics, likely bringing an end to his amateur career.

U.S. Figure Skating confirmed yesterday that Weir did not register for the qualifiers for the national championships, where the Olympic team will be selected. The deadline to register was Sept. 1.

Weir also is not eligible for a bye into nationals, which begin Jan. 9 in Boston. According to U.S. Figure Skating, only skaters who placed in the top five at last year’s nationals, or won medals at the most recent Olympics or world championships, are eligible.

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