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Braves Fire General Manager Frank Wren


Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- After missing out on the postseason this season, the Atlanta Braves fired general manager Frank Wren on Monday.

Wren had been with the Braves organization for 15 seasons, and has served as the team's general manager since 2007.

Team president John Schuerholz has named John Hart as the team's interim general manager.

Even though the Braves have been competitive under Wren, they've had multiple September collapses and have had little postseason success.

Under Wren, the Braves won just three playoff games since 2007 and have not advanced further than the NLDS.

While the dismissal of Wren has been confirmed, there are multiple reports that the Braves going to retain manager Fredi Gonzalez.

The Braves have formed a three-person team to conduct the search for their next general manager. The committee will include Schuerholz, Hart and former Braves manager Bobby Cox.

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Chargers Running Back Danny Woodhead Likely Out for Season


Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Already dealing with an injury to starting running back Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is likely out the rest of the season with a severe high ankle sprain as well as a fractured fibula.

Woodhead suffered the injury during the first quarter of the team's win over the Buffalo Bills. He needed to be carted off the field.

"Hey, we're going to keep rolling," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "We have to keep going, and we're not going to make any excuses."

Donald Brown, who signed with the team during the offseason, will likely see the bulk of the carries while Mathews recovers from a MCL knee sprain.

"Unfortunately, that's the nature of the sport," said Brown, who finished with 62 yards on 31 carries in San Diego's 22-10 win at Buffalo. "Guys are going to get hurt, and other guys have to step out and carry the load. Next man (up) is pretty much the mantra of this team."

Woodhead ends his season with 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.

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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio


Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn't reach by Oct. 31.

"We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love," Newton said. "We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush."

"Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player," Newton continued. "So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides."

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Cardinals Clinch Playoff Spot, Lose to Reds


Major League Baseball(SAINT LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot for the fourth straight season, but did so despite losing to the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Sunday.

St. Louis (87-69) reached the postseason thanks to Milwaukee's 1-0 loss to Pittsburgh earlier.

Jay Bruce hit a pair of home runs, two of the four belted by the Reds (72-84), helping Cincinnati snap a six-game losing streak. Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon (15-10) gave up just two run over six innings for the win. Todd Frazier's solo shot in the top of the sixth gave the Reds the lead for good, one that was ballooned by a Bruce RBI Single later that inning.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals must now fight for the National League Central division crown while battling a flu bug that is going throughout the clubhouse. Both Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter sat out for the second consecutive game due to flu-like symptoms.

"There are a lot of guys that are unavailable," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "Almost as many unavailable as available."

Matheny also added that more than 10 players are sick, many of whom may be held back from the team flight to Chicago on Monday. The Cardinals will play the Cubs in a three-game series and currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Pirates in the division.

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Logano Wins at Loudon


BannanStock(LOUDON, N.H.) -- Joey Logano etched his spot in the next round of NASCAR's "Chase for the Cup" by winning the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It was the fourth win of the season for Logano, and happened at the track he considers to be home.

"To me this is almost like Daytona," said the Connecticut native. "I watched my first Cup race here when I was five, and started my first one, and won my first one...to top it off with a win was really neat."

Logano was the second member of Team Penske to win a Chase race, following Brad Keselowski's victory last week. Keselowski finished seventh and led 78 laps, but hit the wall in the second half of the race. 

The race was marred by a season-high 15 cautions, the last of which came in overtime and saw Logano pull away for the win. Kyle Larson took second followed by Kevin Harvick, who led 27 laps.

Next week's race at Dover International Speedway marks the first "elimination" race in NASCAR's new playoff format where four drivers will be bounced from contention every three weeks. Currently, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, and Aric Amirola are in the bottom four spots.

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Seahawks Win Super Bowl Rematch in Overtime


Jay Drowns/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Marshawn Lynch scored on a six-yard touchdown run on the first drive in overtime, giving the Seattle Seahawks a 26-20 win over Denver in a rematch of Super Bowl 48.

Lynch capped off an 80-yard drive that denied the Broncos (2-1) a comeback win over the team that beat them for the championship in February.

Peyton Manning led a furious fourth quarter rally, erasing a 14-point deficit with a game-tying touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. A successful two-point conversion knotted the game at 20-20, sending the contest into overtime.

However, Seattle (2-1) ensured a win as Russell Wilson led the team down the field on the opening possession of overtime. Wilson finished the game with 258 passing yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards.

The Seahawks led 17-3 at halftime as Wilson connected with both Ricardo Lockette and Lynch on touchdown passes in the first half to take the early lead. Lynch was later tackled in the end zone for a safety, sparking the Broncos comeback.

Manning's day ended with 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but also threw a pick in the fourth quarter.

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Cowboys Rally from Down 21, Beat Rams


Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SAINT LOUIS) -- The Dallas Cowboys mounted the largest comeback in franchise history, rallying from a 21-0 deficit to beat the St. Louis Rams 34-31 on Sunday.

It's the fourth time this season a team has won after trailing by at least 17 points.

The Rams (1-2) opened up their lead with a pair of first half touchdown throws from Austin Davis, holding a 14-0 lead just seconds into the second quarter. The advantage then went to 21 when Janoris Jenkins picked off Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 25 yards to the end zone. However, the St. Louis defense could not hold back a pass-happy Cowboys squad.

Romo led the comeback march beginning with an 80-yard scoring drive late in the first half, capped off by a DeMarco Murray touchdown run to get on the board. A field goal with just two seconds left in the period made it a 21-10 game at halftime.

"We never blinked, I can honestly say that," wide receiver Dez Bryant said.

Bryant contributed to the rally, catching a 68-yard pass from Romo in the third that brought the Cowboys (2-1) within four points. After another Dan Bailey field goal, Dallas trailed 21-20 heading into the final frame.

St. Louis would get a field goal early in the fourth, making it a four point contest, but Romo again captained a drive that ended with a Terrance Williams 12-yard touchdown catch, giving the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 27-20. On the next Rams possession, Bruce Carter returned an interception for a touchdown to help put the game out of reach.

The Rams did get a late score on an Austin Pettis touchdown reception, but they were unable to complete a comeback of their own. Despite throwing two picks, Davis tossed for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for St. Louis.

Romo rebounded from an early interception to finish with 217 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns, earning his franchise-best 21st come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 9/21/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: New York Giants 30 (1-2) - Houston Texans 17 (2-1) 

Philadelphia Eagles 37 (3-0) - Washington Redskins 34 (1-2)

Dallas Cowboys 34 (2-1) - St. Louis Rams 31 (1-2)

Baltimore Ravens 23 (2-1) - Cleveland Browns 21 (1-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 33 (3-0) - Tennessee Titans 7 (1-2) 

Indianapolis Colts 44 (1-2) - Jacksonville Jaguars 17 (0-3)

New England Patriots 16 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 9 (0-3)

San Diego Chargers 22 (2-1) - Buffalo Bills 10 (2-1)

Detroit Lions 19 (2-1) Green Bay Packers 7 (1-2)

New Orleans Saints 20 (1-2) - Minnesota Vikings 9 (1-2)

Kansas City Chiefs 34 (1-2) - Miami Dolphins 15 (1-2)

Arizona Cardinals 23 (3-0) - San Francisco 49ers 14 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 26 (2-1) - Denver Broncos 20 (2-1) - Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 37 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 19 (2-1)

MLB: New York Mets 10 (76-80) - Atlanta Braves 2 (76-79)

New York Yankees 5 (80-75) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (78-77)

Boston Red Sox 3 (68-88) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (93-62)

Washington Nationals 2 (91-64) - Miami Marlins 1 (74-81)

Chicago White Sox 10 (70-84) - Tampa Bay Rays 5 (75-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (84-71) - Milwaukee Brewers 0 (80-76)

Kansas City Royals 5 (83-70) - Detroit Tigers 2 (86-68)

Cleveland Indians 7 (80-74) - Minnesota Twins 2 (68-88)

Houston Astros 8 (68-87) - Seattle Mariners 3 (83-71)

San Diego Padres 8 (74-81) - San Francisco 2 (84-71)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (89-67) - Chicago Cubs 5 (69-87)

Texas Rangers 2 (62-93) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 (96-60)

Oakland Athletics 8 (85-70) - Philadelphia Phillies 6 (71-85)

Colorado Rockies 8 (65-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (62-94)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (72-84) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (87-69)

NASCAR: Joey Logano won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Eagles Defeat Redskins in 37-34 Shootout


Rich Shultz/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, PA.) -- The Philadelphia Eagles moved to 3-0 with a 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles tossed three touchdowns, including two to rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

The game was full of hard hits, injuries and even a brawl as the teams battled back and forth. 

Washington receiver DeSean Jackson, a former Eagle, drew significant attention as he was a frequent target of Philadelphia defenders. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy briefly left the game after a stunning hit by Washington defensive back David Amerson.

Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall said after the game he believes he suffered a torn Achilles.

After an interception by Washington cornerback Bahaud Breeland (that was later overturned), Foles took a strong hit from Chris Baker.  Foles laid on the ground for several minutes as his teammates, including tackle Jason Peters, came to his defense and a brawl ensued on the Redskins sideline.  Several punches were thrown; both Baker and Peters were ejected. 

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Victor Cruz Scores First Touchdown at MetLife, Giants Beat Texans


NFL via Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- The New York Giants earned their first win of the season, defeating the Houston Texans 30-17 on Sunday.

The Giants took advantage of three Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions and methodically moved the ball against the Texans all day.

Eli Manning returned to form, throwing for 234 yards and two touchdowns. 

Victor Cruz capitalized on the Texans defense, hauling in five passes, including a 61-yard reception and his first touchdown at MetLife Stadium, which gave the Giants a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

Despite the stifling front seven of the Texans, led by J.J. Watt, Giants running back Rashad Jennings gashed Houston all day, running for 176 yards and a touchdown.

New York has a quick turnaround as they travel to face their division rival Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

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