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Rams DE Sam Survives First Cut


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(EARTH CITY, Mo.) -- St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay active player in NFL history, survived the team's first round of cuts Tuesday.

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the 7th round of the 2014 Draft by the Rams, has five tackles and three sacks through three preseason games.

The Rams made four moves to make the league mandated 75-player roster limit. The team released defensive end Sammy Brown and safety Matt Daniels, and placed quarterback Sam Bradford and center Demetrius Rhaney on injured reserve.

The Rams have one more preseason game before they must reduce their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. Sam's main competition for making the team is fellow rookie lineman Ethan Westbrooks.

"I think they're both doing well right now," Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. "No different than any other positional races on this football team. They're both doing well. You know me, I'm not going to say who's one or who's two."

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15-Year-Old American Upsets 12-Seed Cibulkova


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Fifteen-year-old American CiCi Bellis defeated 12th seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the first-round of the US Open Tuesday.

Bellis becomes the youngest player to win a match at the US Open since 1996 when Anna Kournikova won at the age of 15.

"I went into the match thinking it was going to be such a great experience, but I never thought I would come out on top," Bellis said.

Since Bellis is still an amateur, she can't collect on what will at least be $60,420 in prize money for winning the match.

Bellis will take on Kazakh Zarina Diyas in the second round.

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Donovan Will Play One Last Time for U.S.


Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team's all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan, who announced in early August he would retire at the end of the MLS season, will play in one more game for the country.

The 32-year-old will be part of the American team Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn. when it takes on Ecuador.

"For 15 years, Landon has thrilled us with his amazing abilities on the field and impressed us with his gracious approach off the field," U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. "We are looking forward to celebrating his legacy during our next home national team match and allowing fans the opportunity to thank him for all the memories he's provided over the years."

Donovan, who was left off the U.S. 2014 World Cup team by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, has 57 goals and 58 assists throughout his 156 matches with Team USA.

"Congratulations to Landon Donovan on an absolutely amazing career. He consistently raised the bar for himself these last 15 years, and he set a fantastic example for so many other American players to follow," Klinsmann said in a statement. "As one of the best players in U.S. Soccer history, Landon should be proud of everything he has accomplished."

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SP Ventura Will Miss Wednesday's Start


Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost has elected to scratch pitcher Yordano Ventura from his start Wednesday while the rookie deals with a sore back.

Ventura complained of pain in his lower back after his start last Friday night against the Rangers. An MRI revealed inflammation but no damage.

The Royals are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central.

"There's the hope that he's not going to miss anything more. He's made good progress to this point. He's feeling much better," Yost said. "We could try to push it, but it doesn't make much sense right now. Let him get through it."

The Royals called up 25-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A Omaha to take Ventura's place.

Hendriks has pitched 143 innings this season split between Omaha and Buffalo. During that time, he has compiled a 12-2 record with a 2.45 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Ventura has been solid all season for the Royals, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.40 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings pitched.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/26/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (68-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (71-60)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (75-55) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (64-68)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (60-72) – Washington Nationals 3 (75-56)

Detroit Tigers 5 (71-59) – New York Yankees 2 (68-62)

New York Mets 3 (62-70) – Atlanta Braves 2 (68-64)

Chicago Cubs 3 (59-72) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (63-69)

Kansas City Royals 2 (73-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-73)

Houston Astros 4 (56-77) – Oakland Athletics 2 (77-54)

San Francisco Giants 3 (69-62) - Colorado Rockies 0 (53-78)

Cleveland Indians 8 (67-63) - Chicago White Sox 6 (59-72) -10 Innings

Boston Red Sox 11 (58-74) - Toronto Blue Jays 7 (66-66) -11 Innings

Seattle Mariners 5 (72-59) - Texas Rangers 0 (51-80)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (78-53) - Miami Marlins 2 (65-66)

San Diego Padres 4 (61-70) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (73-59)

Los Angeles Dodgers 9 (75-58) - Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (55-77)

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N.E. Patriots Trade G Logan Mankins To Buccaneers


David Lee/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots dealt six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

“Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “It is hard to imagine a better play at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I every coached.”

New England selected Mankins out of Fresno State with the 32nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. In nine seasons with the Patriots, he started 130 games.

The 24-year-old Wright is entering his second season in the NFL. Last year with the Buccaneers, he had 54 receptions for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Wright is expected to provide depth behind starting tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Report: Clippers Trade Jared Dudley To Bucks


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Clippers traded small forward Jared Dudley and a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica, and a 2015 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old Dudley is a seven-year veteran of the NBA, having played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns and Clippers. In 523 career regular-season games, he has averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

The 31-year-old Delfino missed all of last season after suffering a fracture in his right foot during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Houston Rockets. Last offseason, he signed a two-year contract with the Bucks.  During his eight-year career, Delfino has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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Matt Kenseth Remains Positive with Two Races Left Before Chase


Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) -- Matt Kenseth led 62 laps at Bristol Motor Speedway before falling short of a checkered flag on Saturday night.

The 2003 Sprint Cup champion has nine top-five finishes this season and could get into the chase for the championship without a win, but first he has to get past Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

"It's been up and down," Kenseth told ABC Sports Radio on Tuesday.  "It's a track that I really like; we haven't been able to win there yet. Kyle [Busch] won there last year, so hopefully I can pick his brain a little bit and figure out how to have a shot this year."

Kenseth, who has yet to have a win this season in the new NASCAR format, had a season-high seven victories last season and has confidence in his Joe Gibbs Racing team.

"We have been caught up in a lot of accidents, other people's problems" Kenseth said.  "Some of them I created myself, but got up in a lot of different accidents that typically we don't get caught up in. Certainly that's hurt us in the points standings and taken us out of a few races.  Without those races, I feel like we've been pretty consistent."

Kenseth, who was bullied in high school, is the co-author of a new children's book, with his wife, Katie, Race Against Bullying that can be purchased on DollarGeneral.com.

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Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Await Punishment


Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is not worried about being without both his running backs come the season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

"Everything's on the table," Tomlin said regarding punishment coming to running backs, LeGarrett Blount and Le'Veon Bell.

The two were charged with marijuana possession and driving under the influence during their trip to play the Philadelphia Eagles last week and both could be suspended at the start of the regular season.

Veteran wide receiver Lance Moore defended his teammates.

"We don't spend a lot of time talking about what happens off the field. Obviously what's going to those guys is going to happen to those guys, and nothing we can do or say here is going to change that," he said. "We're not going to disown them or treat them differently. Obviously it's a situation that we would like to have not have happened, something that maybe could have been avoided. They made a decision, [but] once we walk through these doors, it's all work."

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Dez Bryant Still Seeking Long-Term Deal with Cowboys


Rich Schultz/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and if a deal is not done before week 1 of the regular season, he won't be talking about it during the year.

Bryant will be paid $1.78 million this season and is seeking a long-term deal.

"I don't want to talk about it anymore," Bryant said Monday evening after an event to announce the Cowboys' corporate sponsorship deal. "Put it behind me. I love this game. Either way, I feel like I can't be distracted once I'm on the football field."

"We're in conversation," Bryant added. "I'll say that. We're talking. We are talking. It only gets better from there. Let's see what happens."

Bryant is hoping to have a deal done before they open up on Sept. 7 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Cowboys remain positive that both sides will be able to work out a deal.

"He obviously feels in the right circumstances he wants to get something done. We do, too. That can be good," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said of negotiations.

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