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Sharks Sign Braun to 5-Year Extension


Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Defenseman Justin Braun signed a five-year, $19 million extension with the San Jose Sharks Wednesday that will keep the 27-year-old with the team through the 2019-20 season.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponent's top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

Braun played in all 82 games for the Sharks last season and set career highs in goals (4), assists (13) and points (17).

Braun was selected with the 201st overall pick by the Sharks in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He has played his entire career with the organization.

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Umpire Suspended One Game for Involvement in Papelbon Incident


iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball suspended umpire Joe West one game without pay for grabbing Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon's jersey during an argument Sunday.

West and Papelbon got into the argument after West thought Papelbon made an obscene gesture toward the Philadelphia fans because they booed him.
                                                                                                    
After West made the ejection, Papelbon ran back out onto the field, bumping West, who then grabbed the pitcher's jersey.
                                                                                                                                               

"Joe West handled himself appropriately in ejecting Papelbon after the player's lewd gesture to the fans," Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said in a statement. "I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation.

"However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire. I spoke to Joe about the incident, and he admitted that there was a better way to handle the situation. I consider this matter closed."

Papelbon has already been suspended seven games by the league after they concluded the gesture was directed at the crowd, and for bumping West.

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Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton Out for Season


Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is officially out for the season.

Stanton was hit in the face in a game last Thursday by Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers. The beaning resulted in Stanton suffering facial fractures, dental damages, two black eyes and more than 20 stitches.

Stanton was examined by doctors in Miami Tuesday when it was decided the 24-year-old needed more time to recover.

"As soon as the injury happened, the most important thing was obviously his health," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "That was always at the forefront. We wanted to make sure he received the best care he possibly could get from the second he was carted off the field."

Despite being done for the season, Stanton is still a top candidate to win the NL MVP.

For the season, he hit .288 with 37 home runs, 89 runs scored, 105 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .395 on-base percentage.

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Injury or Not, Jackson Not 'Missing This Game'


Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) -- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson isn't going to let a shoulder injury stop him from playing against his former team on Sunday.

Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring after articles came out questioning his character, says despite spraining his left shoulder last week against Jacksonville, he will be on the field Sunday.

"I don't think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul," Jackson said. "If it's all on me, I'm playing. I don't plan on missing this game."

Jackson did not practice Wednesday, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the receiver will be a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Before being released, Jackson played six seasons with the Eagles. During that time he played in 87 games, catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, and also returning four punts for touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/17/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Colorado Rockies 16 (61-91) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (86-66)

San Francisco Giants 4 (84-68) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (62-90)

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (81-70) – Boston Red Sox 1 (66-86)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (92-60) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (77-74)

Miami Marlins 4 (74-77) – New York Mets 3 (73-80)

New York Yankees 3 (77-74) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (74-79)

Atlanta Braves 3 (76-76) – Washington Nationals 1 (87-64)

Chicago Cubs 3 (68-84) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (71-82)

Kansas City Royals 6 (83-68) – Chicago White Sox 2 (69-83)

Cleveland Indians 2 (78-73) – Houston Astros 0 (67-85)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (84-68) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (79-73)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (70-82) - San Diego Padres 2 (70-81)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (95-57) - Seattle Mariners 0 (81-70)

Minnesota Twins 8 (65-87) - Detroit Tigers 4 (84-68)

Texas Rangers 6 (59-92) - Oakland Athletics 1 (83-68)

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Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Charged with Aggravated Assault


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of aggravated assault for two separate incidents -- involving a 27-year-old woman and an 18-month-old child -- that occurred at his home in July, according to the Phoenix police department.

Dwyer was booked on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.

The Cardinals said in a news release that Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities.

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Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings


Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Sacramento Kings dealt guard Jason Terry and draft picks to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson.

In 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Terry averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. He was dealt to the Kings along with forward Reggie Evans on Feb. 19 for guard Marcus Thornton.  Terry did not appear in a game with Sacramento due to knee issues. The 15-year veteran is second among active players with 1,950 three-pointers.

The Rockets acquired Gee and Hopson in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans during this offseason that also included forward Trevor Ariza.

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Panthers DE Greg Hardy Placed on NFL's Exempt List


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy agreed to be placed on the NFL’s exempt list Wednesday.  He will be continued to be paid his guaranteed salary of $13.1 million and will be allowed to be at the team facility.

Hardy is awaiting a new trial in North Carolina after appealing a guilty verdict from July on two domestic violence charges.

"I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter," Hardy said in a statement. "I am entitled to my day in court and that's where my focus should be."

The Panthers selected Hardy out of Mississippi in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  In 63 games with Carolina, he has 203 tackles and 34 sacks. Last year, he had a career-high 15 sacks, earning him his first Pro Bowl selection.

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Vikings' Owner: We Made a Mistake


Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNESOTA) -- Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said that the team finally did the right thing in regards to putting running back Adrian Peterson on the exemption list Tuesday.

Wilf and the rest of the Vikings organization believes that they made a mistake reactivating Peterson on Monday, but once major sponsors began to chime in, they did what was right.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

"We made a mistake and we need to get this right," Wilf said Wednesday. "It is important to always listen to our fans, the community and our sponsors."

"We embrace our role -- and the responsibilities that go with it -- as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community," he continued.

Peterson cooperated during the process and will still get paid during the time he is away from the field.

"Adrian Peterson made a decision to take a voluntary leave with pay to take care of his personal and legal issues," the NFLPA's statement said. "The NFLPA and NFL worked with Adrian and the Minnesota Vikings to resolve this unique situation. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."

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FSU Suspends Jameis Winston for First Half of Clemson Game


Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson for yelling an obscene sexual phrase on campus Tuesday.

Winston will also undergo "internal discipline" regarding this matter.

"As the university's most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University," FSU's joint statement said. "Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others."

Winston allegedly stood on a table and began to shout obscenities that were mimicking a popular video on the Internet.

"First of all, I want to apologize to the university, my coaches and to my teammates," Winston said. "I'm not a 'me' person, but in that situation, it was a selfish act, and that's not how you do things around here.

"I want to apologize to my teammates because I have now made a selfish act for them. That's all," he concluded.

Sophmore Sean Maguire will start the first half against Clemson.

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