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Buffalo Bills Name Nathan Peterman Starting Quarterback Over Rookie Josh Allen

The Buffalo Bills named Nathan Peterman their starting quarterback for the regular-season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Peterman has been one of the better preseason quarterbacks; he had a 80.5 completion percentage and averaged 10.5 yards per attempt. The decision to name Peterman the starter was expected after he completed 33 of 41 passes this preseason for 431 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Peterman will be the Bills’ 11th season-opening starting quarterback since 1997, their first season without Jim Kelly. Peterman, 24, was a fifth-round pick of the Bills in the 2017 draft. He began his college career at Tennessee before transferring to Pittsburgh for his final two seasons. ...Read more

Golden State Warriors’ Forward David West Announces Retirement

Golden State Warriors’ forward David West announced his retirement on Thursday. “I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA,” West wrote on Twitter. “After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience.” West was a two-time All-Star with New Orleans, where he played his first eight seasons. He joined the Pacers in 2011-12, but shocked many in 2015 by rejecting a $12.6 million option to stay in Indiana and instead signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Spurs. When he didn’t win a title with San Antonio, he joined the Warriors the following season. West won the championship with the Warriors in his 14th season, and again this year. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a statement, “the consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.” ...Read more

NY Jets Trade QB Teddy Bridgewater To Saints For Draft Picks

The New York Jets are trading quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick to the Saints in exchange for a third-round pick. Bridgewater joined the Jets this past offseason. In March, he signed a one-year, $6 million deal that included $9 million in incentives after being released by the Minnesota Vikings at the end of last season. Earlier this month, it was reported that at least two teams had expressed interest in acquiring Bridgewater. The Jets close their preseason schedule against the Eagles on Thursday and they start their regular season on Monday, Sept. 10 on the road versus the Lions. New York head coach Todd Bowles said he would not name a starter until after New York’s final preseason game. ...Read more

Cleveland ​Browns’ Linebacker Mychal Kendricks Charged With Insider Trading​

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks won the Super Bowl with the Eagles last season before signing with the Browns in June. Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. ...Read more

Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers To Become Highest Paid Player In NFL

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will become the highest paid player in NFL history, after agreeing a four-year contract extension reported to be worth $134M. The 34-year-old will reportedly earn more than $80m by March 2019. The new deal surpasses that of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who held the previous record. Rodgers, 34, led the Packers to the Super Bowl championship in 2011, where he was also named most valuable player. The two-time MVP has spent his career at the Packers since being selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Rodgers still has two years remaining on his contract, but it has been extended through 2023. ...Read more

Veteran Slugger Jose Bautista Traded From NY Mets To Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired veteran slugger Jose Bautista from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash. Bautista batted .196 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs for the Braves and Mets this season. Bautista is a six-time All-Star for Toronto between 2010-2015 and has 342 career homers. The Phillies entered Tuesday night’s game against Washington 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East. Bautista is expected to come off the bench for the Phillies. Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Bautista. ...Read more

Atlanta Braves Sign Catcher Tyler Flowers To One-Year, $4 Million Extension

The Atlanta Braves announced that veteran catcher Tyler Flowers has signed a one-year, $4 million contract extension for 2019. The deal also includes a $6 million club option for 2020, along with a $2 million buyout for that season. Flowers, 32, is hitting .225/.357/.335 this season with five home runs, six doubles and 20 RBI. Flowers had an MLB-best 28.1 runs above average last season, he’s ninth (5.6) in a year in which he missed 24 games after suffering an oblique injury in his first at-bat of the season. ...Read more

San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili Announces Retirement After 16 Seasons

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, 41, announced Monday that he is retiring. “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” he said in a tweet. “It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”  His decision brings a historic 16-season run with the Spurs to an end. He is one of the most decorated international players in basketball history, a four-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA All-Star, an Olympic gold medalist for Argentina and a Euroleague MVP. Ginobili played 1,057 regular-season and 218 playoff games with the Spurs, ranking in the franchise’s top five all time in games, points (14,043), assists (4,001) and steals (1,392). He averaged 8.9 points and 20 minutes a game for the Spurs last season. Ginobili had one year left on his contract, worth $2.5 million. ...Read more

Odell Beckham Jr. Signs Five Year Extension With New York Giants

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants has signed to a five-year extension that is worth $95 million. The new deal for makes Beckham the highest paid receiver in the NFL, and contains $65 million guaranteed. Odell is coming off an injury, however he is currently slotted to start in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Prior to his injury, Odell racked up over 300 catches and 4,000 yards with 38 touchdowns in his first four seasons. ...Read more

NASCAR Xfinity Driver Conor Daly Loses Sponsorship Over Father’s Alleged Racial Slur

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Conor Daly will no longer be sponsored by Eli Lilly due to allegations that his father, former IndyCar and Formula 1 driver Derek Daly, used a racial slur during a radio interview in the early ’80s. The allegations surfaced last week when the employee of an Indianapolis radio station overheard longtime NFL Colts radio commentator Bob Lamey narrate a story that took place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway nearly 30 years ago. Lamey’s usage of the N-word while retelling his story motivated the anonymous employee to submit a complaint to the company’s HR department, which resulted in an investigation that targeted Derek Daly. As a result, Lamey has been forced into retirement and Derek Daly was fired from his racing analyst position at a local TV station. Despite having to pay for his father’s actions from over 30 years ago, Daly released a statement on Twitter where he thanked his team, fans and even the pharma company for its support. ...Read more