Manager John McLaren is amazed that a nine-game losing streak hasn’t killed Seattle’s playoff hopes. Matt Stairs and Gregg Zaun each hit two-run homers, A.J. Burnett pitched seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Mariners 6-4 on Sunday, the nine-game losing streak Seattle’s longest since an 11-game skid in August 2006.
Tom Glavine allowed himself just a “fleeting 15 seconds” Sunday to consider his past in Atlanta and his future in baseball. “During the course of the game I thought this could be the last time I pitch here,” said Glavine, who has said he hasn’t decided if he will retire after the season. A long-awaited win over longtime teammate and friend John Smoltz, in the midst of a playoff run, could be a…
Bills linebacker Keith Ellison is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle, and Coy Wire will replace him when Buffalo opens the season against Denver next Sunday. “It’s not good. It’s going to be a while,” coach Dick Jauron said Sunday. Ellison was hurt in the second quarter of Buffalo’s preseason finale, a 16-13 win at Detroit Thursday.
Jeff Burton turned a late pit stop and fresh tires into a NASCAR Busch Series win Saturday night at California Speedway.
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle called it the “Tulo Trap.” Whatever it’s called, it helped the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. Troy Tulowitzki caught rookie outfielder Justin Upton making a wide turn at third base to end an Arizona rally and the Rockies held on to beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.
Chad Billingsley probably will have one more start against San Diego this season, which can’t be good news to the Padres. Billingsley shut down San Diego’s resurgent offense with seven brilliant innings of four-hit ball that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 win on Sunday. The 23-year-old right-hander beat the Padres for the third time this season by matching his career-high with nine…
The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed right guard Kendall Simmons to a four-year extension on Sunday that could be worth as much as $24 million, a deal that makes certain they won’t go into the 2008 season without both starting guards. The deal secures Simmons through the 2011 season and guarantees him $7.85 million in new money.
The New England Patriots activated tight end David Thomas off the physically unable to perform list and released 21 players Saturday, including quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who at 43 would have been entering his 21st season in the NFL. New England also placed defensive lineman Richard Seymour on the physically unable list.
Brad Keselowski, driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports, injured a leg in a four-car crash midway through Saturday night’s NASCAR Busch Series race at California speedway.
Two executives with the Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased majority interest in the NASCAR team owned by Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, Sports Betting News learned Saturday night.
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