Washington Wizards Isaiah Thomas Undergoes Surgery To Repair Thumb Ligament

Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas underwent thumb surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. The team says Thomas ruptured the radial collateral ligament in his left thumb during routine workouts Monday and had surgery Wednesday. General manager Tommy Sheppard said the team expects the 30-year-old Thomas to make a full recovery.

Thomas signed with Washington as a free agent July 6 after spending last season with the Denver Nuggets. Thomas has averaged 18.6 points and 5.1 assists a game during his eight-year NBA career.

Wizards news: Isaiah Thomas undergoes surgery to repair thumb ligament, out 6-8 weeks

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LA Dodgers Outfielder Alex Verdugo To Miss NLDS

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that rookie outfielder Alex Verdugo will miss the NLDS with a sore back, an injury he suffered while rehabbing from an oblique injury that sidelined him in early August. The club is hopeful he could potentially return for the NL Championship Series if they advance. 

Verdugo confirmed the news, saying: “It’s actually extremely disappointing. I love to play. It’s my happy place. I’ve always been like that, even when I was a kid. No matter what happened outside the field, I could go out there, in between the lines, and nothing mattered. It was just go out there and play and have fun. That part, yeah, I miss it a lot. It’s tough. I miss the daily grind of the guys, coming in with them every single day. It’s hard. I love this game.”

Verdugo, 23, is batting .294 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 43 runs scored this season, adding stellar defensive play in the outfield.

Dodgers’ Verdugo out for NLDS; Hill uncertain

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Pittsburgh Pirates Closer Felipe Vazquez Arrested Over Alleged Child Solicitation Charges

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Vazquez was arrested and is facing charges related to his alleged sexual involvement with a child.

Police in Lee County, Fla., said on Tuesday that Vazquez, 28, is facing multiple charges including solicitation of a minor, providing obscene material to minors and computer pornography. The charges stem from an investigation that began in August and revealed Vazquez had a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old child, whom he communicated with via text message. 

Major League Baseball has placed Vazquez on administrative leave. Vazquez is in his fourth season with the Pirates, who acquired him in a trade with the Washington Nationals back in 2016. The left-hander has a 1.65 ERA with 28 saves in 31 attempts.

Pirates’ Vazquez jailed on child solicitation charge

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New York Giants Bench Eli Manning; Elevate Daniel Jones To Starting QB

Three weeks into the season, the New York Giants announced on Tuesday that 38-year-old QB Eli Manning will be benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones.

Coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement, “Eli and I spoke this morning, I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games.” He added, “This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.”

The Giants are 0-2 to start the season, losing to the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards in those games, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Since Manning’s second Super Bowl win the team has made the playoffs only once, losing in the first round in 2016.

Jones will begin on Sunday in Tampa, Fla., against the Buccaneers.

Giants bench Eli, elevate Jones to starting QB

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Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger Out For Season With Elbow Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending the 37-year-old’s 16th season just two weeks in.

Roethlisberger injured the arm late in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-26 loss to Seattle. He did not play in the second half, as backup Mason Rudolph took over. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger underwent an MRI exam on Sunday night and team doctors determined Roethlisberger requires surgery. Roethlisberger will have the procedure later this week. 

Roethlisberger signed an extension in March that runs through the 2021. 

The Steelers play at San Francisco (2-0) next Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, will have elbow surgery

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New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees To Undergo Thumb Surgery; Likely Out Six Weeks

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is set to undergo thumb surgery and is expected to be out six weeks.

Brees tore a ligament in the thumb on his injured throwing hand vs. the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday during the first quarter, when he collided with Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s hand on an incomplete pass to Jared Cook. Backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played the rest of the game.

The schedule for the Saints (1-1) over the next several weeks includes games at Seattle, vs. Dallas, vs. Tampa, at Jacksonville, at Chicago and vs. Arizona. 

The Saints play at Seattle Seahawks (2-0) next Sunday at 3:25 p.m.

Sources: Brees surgery likely, could miss 6 weeks

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Spain Defeats Argentia 95-75 To Take Home World Cup Title

Spain defeated Argentina 95-75 to capture its second World Cup title on Sunday in Beijing, China. Ricky Rubio scored 20 points, Sergio Luill had 15 and Marc Gasol chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Rubio, of the Phoenix Suns, was named tournament MVP.

Team USA finished the tournament in a disappointing seventh place.

Rubio, Gasol lead Spain to 2nd World Cup title

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Florida QB Feleipe Franks Out for Season With Dislocated Ankle Injury

Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks suffered a serious leg injury while attempting to scramble for a first down in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Florida head coach Dan Mullen said after the game Franks will likely miss the rest of the season with a dislocated ankle.  Franks exited the game at Kroger Field after he connected on 12 of 17 pass attempts for 174 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had 23 rushing yards on eight carries.

Redshirt junior Kyle Trask replaced Franks while the Gators trailed 21-10 and wound up leading the Gators to a comeback victory, 29-21.

Florida QB Franks expected to miss rest of season

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Trainer For Triple Crown Winner Justify Denies Giving Banned Drug To Horse

Horse trainer Bob Baffert has vehemently denied allegations that the 2018 Triple-Crown winner Justify was intentionally given performance-enhancing drugs.  Baffert’s statement comes following a report that the horse failed a drug test following last year’s Santa Anita Derby, but was still allowed to compete for the Triple Crown.

Baffert said that the Scopolamine found in Justify’s system after the horse won the Santa Anita Derby in April of 2018 was due to “the presence of Jimson Weed in feed, a naturally growing substance in areas where hay and straw are produced in California.”  However according to the report, Justify failed a drug test immediately after winning the Santa Anita Derby. Following the Santa Anita Derby, Justify went on to win the Triple Crown.

Baffert denies giving Justify a banned substance

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NY Jets QB Sam Darnold To Sit Out Monday Night’s Game Against Browns Due To Mono

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is out for the Monday Night Football game against the Cleveland Browns. Jets head coach Adam Gase said Darnold was diagnosed with has mononucleosis and could possibly miss several weeks. 

Trevor Siemian, a five-year veteran, will start in his place. He took most of the reps during Wednesday’s practice when Darnold was sent home. 

Sam Darnold diagnosed with mono, will sit out Monday Night Jets game against Browns

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