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Texas QB David Ash Retires


Brian Bahr/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash has decided to end his football journey after battling concussion-related symptoms over the past year.

"We just decided, because of his health -- that's the No. 1 concern for all of us -- that he's no longer going to play football," head coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday. "But he is going to be part of the team, because I told him I wanted him around the team and that's what he deserves."

"It was a very tough call for him," Strong added. "He's very emotional. He's done a lot for this program, been a major part of this university."

Ash played in two games after suffering a concussion last September against BYU.

The junior quarterback had started 22 games during his career. Ash threw for 4,728 passing yards and 36 touchdowns in three seasons.

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Broncos Happy to Have Welker Back


Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- The Broncos are happy to have Wes Welker back on the field after the new NFL drug policy deal was announced on Wednesday.

Welker was re-instated just in time for Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the NFL's new policy on performance enhancing drugs was passed.

Welker was originally suspended for four games and was not eligible to return until Oct. 6.

"It feels great, it feels great,'' Welker said. " ... You really realize how much you miss it.''

Welker continued, "It seemed like every other day, I was kind of going back and forth about whether I was coming back or not.''

Quarterback Peyton Manning is among the players welcoming back Welker on the field. "Good to have Wes back,'' he said. "Guys were excited when he walked in the offensive meeting this morning...I know he's been excited to get back out here.''

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Richard Sherman: I Was Not Exposed


Steve Dykes/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still is confident in his abilities after Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen said Sherman was a "normal guy and not a shutdown corner" after their win over Seattle on Sunday.

"You know, when a guy wants his name in the paper, he's gotta say something crazy," Sherman said about Allen on Wednesday. "It's humorous. I guess he wants something to tell his grandkids: 'Remember the day I caught a couple of balls on Richard Sherman? No touchdowns, but I caught a few.'"

Sherman and the Seahawks are preparing for a Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos on Sunday.

Sherman added that he is still a shutdown cornerback although he isn't perfect all the time. "I played pretty well," he continued. "But it's really funny that two little Chargers say I was exposed. One had 50 yards, and one had 60. It makes you laugh."

Sherman was referencing Allen, who had five receptions for 55 yards, and Eddie Royal, who had seven receptions for 69 yards, respectively.

The Seahawks signed Sherman to a record four-year deal during the offseason.

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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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