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Sports Report: Bills Release RB Fred Jackson, Start QB Tyrod Taylor



In baseball, in the American League, Boston edged the Yankees 4-3 which puts New York back 1 ½ games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East, Cleveland doubled up Toronto 4-2, Tampa Bay bested Baltimore 6-3, Houston won against Seattle 8-3, and it was Oakland over the Angels 11-5.

In the National League, the Mets beat Philadelphia 3-1 extending their lead to 6 ½ games over the Nationals, St. Louis topped Washington 8-5, Miami blanked Atlanta 4-0, Cincinnati bested the Cubs 13-6, Colorado slid past Arizona 5-4, and it was the  Dodgers over San Francisco 5-4 in 14 innings.

In interleague play San Diego shut out Texas 7-0.

The Yankees have sent first baseman Mark Teixeira back to New York for further tests on his bruised right shin. Manager Joe Girardi made the announcement before the Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series last night at Fenway Park.

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann's bat slipped out of his hands and hit a female fan near the Boston Red Sox dugout in the seventh inning of last night's game. The fan was seated four rows from the field. She was hit on the left elbow and was attended to by medical personnel. She appeared to be holding an ice pack on her elbow, but stayed in her seat.

The Chicago Cubs made a key acquisition just before the waiver trade deadline. The Cubs have picked up outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season. He gives the Cubs' outfield depth and defense as the team tries to nail down its first postseason berth since 2008.

Meanwhile, the AL Central-leading Royals have acquired outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Atlanta Braves. Gomes hit .221 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 195 at-bats with Atlanta.

And the San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox for a minor league pitcher. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games split between the Bosox and Baltimore this season.


Opponents of a proposed stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, have held a rally on the riverfront land where the team wants to build. About 150 stadium naysayers gathered last night on the five-acre parcel that's slated to become a public park.


The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor following a three-way quarterback competition. Taylor won the job over former starter EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota. Meanwhile the Bills have released 34-year old running back Fred Jackson, who spent nine seasons in Buffalo.

A federal judge in Manhattan says he will decide the fate of "Deflategate." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union yesterday before the judge made the announcement. A decision is expected in the next day or two.

Washington coach Jay Gruden has announced that Kirk Cousins will be his starting quarterback for the season, saying the Michigan State product gives the Skins the best chance to win. Cousins was selected over Robert Griffin III, who was thought to have the job until he was held out of Saturday's preseason game because of a concussion suffered the previous week.

Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas could miss multiple games to start the regular season because of an injured right hand. Thomas broke a bone in the back of his hand during the preseason opener against Pittsburgh. He initially was supposed to be back for the regular-season opener Sept. 13 against Carolina, but general manager Dave Caldwell says Thomas would be sidelined four weeks if he requires surgery.

Horse Racing:

The New York State Gaming Commission plans to review measures available for taking care of retired racehorses, which can live for 30 years after careers generally lasting only three or four years.

The daylong public session at the Fasig-Tipton Pavilion near the Saratoga Race Course will review state and national initiatives, as well as recommendations issued by a New York task force in 2011.

Executive Director Robert Williams says the commission believes responsible horse stewardship includes ensuring they have opportunities to thrive once their racing careers end.

The panel discussions Tuesday are expected to examine what's been done so far for thoroughbreds and Standardbred horses and remaining challenges.


The Sacramento Kings have announced that Vlade Divac will serve as the team's general manager as well as vice president of basketball operations. The former Kings forward was hired in March as VP of basketball and franchise operations.

The Kings also announced that Mike Bratz will be assistant general manager, Roland Beech will serve as vice president of basketball strategy and Peja Stojakovic will be director of player personnel and development.


The defending women's and men's singles champions were easy winners in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

Top-ranked Serena Williams didn't drop a game in her match with Vitalia Diatchenko. Williams was leading 2-0 in the second set when Diatchenko retired due to injury.

Williams is trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 to complete a calendar grand slam. She's also trying to match Graf's professional-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

Ninth seed Marin Cilic opened his title defense with a 6-3, 7-6, 7-6 win over qualifier Guido Pella. Cilic was the first reigning U.S. Open men's champ since 2001 to not begin his title defense at Arthur Ashe Stadium, playing at Louis Armstrong instead.

In other first round action:

— Top-ranked Novak Djokovic made quick work of Brazil's Joao Souza 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Djokovic didn't face a single break point and needed just 71 minutes to advance.

— Fourth seed Kei Nishikori was ousted in his match, losing to Benoit Paire 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. Nishikori was the runner-up last year.

— Seven-time major champion Venus Williams overcame Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. The 35-year old Williams has never lost in the opening round of the U.S. Open.

— Seventh seed Ana Ivanovic was defeated by Dominika Cibulkova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. No. 8 Karolina Pliskova lost to Anna Tatishvili 6-2, 6-1, and 10th seed Carla Suarez Navarro was a 6-1, 7-6 loser against Denisa Allertova.

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