>>Lions, Stafford Agree To Extension
(Allen Park, MI) — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is set to become the highest-paid player in NFL history. Detroit and the signal-caller have agreed to a five-year contract extension NFL.com reports is worth 135-million-dollars. Stafford threw for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season.
>>Colts Close Preseason Thursday
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts close out the preseason on Thursday at home versus the Cincinnati Bengals. All NFL teams must trim their rosters from 90 players to 53 players by Saturday afternoon. The Colts are 1-and-2 this preseason following Saturday’s win at Pittsburgh.
>>No Luck Update
(Indianapolis, IN) — As the preseason comes to a close this week, there is still no sign of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. He’s still on the physically-unable-to-perform list as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. Scott Tolzien is in line to start for Indianapolis in Week One. The Colts visit the L.A. Rams on September 10th to start the season.
>>Texans-Cowboys Preseason Game Moved To Arlington
(Arlington, TX) — Thursday’s preseason game between the Texans and Cowboys is being moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington due to Tropical Storm Harvey. The contest was originally scheduled to be played in Houston, but is being moved due to catastrophic flooding in the area.
>>Astros, Rangers To Play In Florida
(Houston, TX) — The damage from Harvey is also uprooting the Houston Astros. The Astros are moving their three-game series with the Rangers from Houston to Tropicana Field in Florida. The teams will play at the home of the Rays after the Rangers refused to swap dates for a series scheduled in Arlington late next month.
>>Cardinals At Brewers Tonight
(Milwaukee, WI) — After an off-day, the Cardinals return to the diamond tonight against the Brewers in Milwaukee. It’s the start of a brief, two-game series, with Luke Weaver slated to oppose Milwaukee’s Matt Garza. The Cardinals are 65-and-65 on the season, five games behind the Cubs in the NL Central and five-and-a-half out of the second NL wild card.
>>Cardinals’ Carpenter Pledges Harvey Relief With Each HR
(Milwaukee, WI) — Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter is pledging money to relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. He tweeted that he’ll donate 10-thousand-dollars for each home run he hits the rest of the season. The Galveston, Texas native has 17 homers this year. Teammate Adam Wainwright is matching Carpenter’s donations.
>>Cubs Pull Away Late To Beat Pirates
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs scored three times in the seventh inning to pull away for a 6-1 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mike Montgomery tossed seven-plus innings of one-run ball for his fifth win. Chicago had lost three of its previous four games. The Cubs lead the NL Central by two-and-a-half games over Milwaukee. They host the Bucs again tonight.
>>White Sox Take On Twins
(Minneapolis, MN) — The White Sox start a three-game series with the Twins in Minnesota this evening. Chicago is an AL-worst 52-and-77. James Shields toes the rubber tonight for the Sox. The Twins send out Ervin Santana.
>>Sharapova Upsets Halep At U.S. Open
(Flushing Meadows, NY) — Maria Sharapova is moving on at the U.S. Open. In her first appearance at a major since returning from a 15-month suspension, Sharapova outlasted second-seeded Simona Halep in three sets in an opening-round match. Meanwhile, top American male John Isner also advanced.
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