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Blue Jays reportedly scouted CC Sabathia, Andrew Cashner

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An arms race is brewing in Toronto.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, the Blue Jays sent scouts to watch both CC Sabathia and Andrew Cashner in their respective starts on Thursday. Heyman notes that the move could be an indication that Toronto is trying to acquiring another starter in order to shift All-Star right-hander Aaron Sanchez into a bullpen role.

Sabathia, 36, has gone 5-8 with a 4.04 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and 76 strikeouts in 17 starts for the Yankees this season. Unfortunately however, he probably didn’t put his best foot forward in front of the scouts on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Cashner, on the other hand, sports a 4-7 record this year with a 4.79 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts in 15 starts for the Padres.

Based on their 2016 performances and the non-contending status of each of their teams, both pitchers appear to be on the lower end of their individual values. With the Blue Jays just 1.5 games behind the Red Sox for the AL East division lead at the moment, acquiring another innings-eater to complement their potent offense could work wonders for a potential late-season push.

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Report: Ezekiel Elliott told police Tiffany Thompson’s injuries were from bar fight

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The woman who accused Ezekiel Elliott of assaulting her filed two reports with police on Friday morning, and the rookie running back has denied that any of the allegations are true.

As we learned earlier, Elliot’s ex-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson told police the former Ohio State star attacked her while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked car on Friday. That was the first report. According to The Huffington Post, Thompson filed a second report claiming Elliott repeatedly abused her between the dates of July 16 and July 20. She says Elliott hit her several times and left bruises.

Elliott, who has not been charged with a crime, told police Thompson’s injuries were the result of a bar fight she was involved in. Thompson shared several photos on Instagram and claimed she was a victim of domestic abuse, with the implication being that Elliott was the attacker. You can see the photos here.

The Cowboys are said to believe Elliott is innocent. One report claims Thompson threatened to “ruin” Elliott if he broke up with her and that she went to the police after he ended the relationship. Mike Leslie of WFAA in Dallas cites a source who claims Elliott has text messages saved proving Thompson was trying to set him up:

The NFL will conduct its own investigation into the allegations against Elliott. Even if he is not charged, he could still face discipline from the league pending the results.

Dennis Rodman reportedly a ‘person of interest’ in hit-and-run investigation

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For those of you who are wondering what Dennis Rodman is up to these days, the only thing we can tell you is that he may or may not have been involved in a recent hit-and-run.

TMZ is reporting that Rodman has been named a “person of interest” in a hit-and-run investigation in Santa Ana, Calif., following a collision early Wednesday morning. California Highway Patrol reported to the scene of the accident and found a smashed BMW, and Rodman was not present. However, someone at the scene claimed Rodman was in another car that was involved.

The incident is under investigation, with one witness having told police he or she saw Rodman at a bar prior to the crash drinking and signing karaoke. No arrests have been made.

When we last heard from Rodman, he was stumping for an NBA job by reaching out to a familiar face. If he was involved in the hit-and-run, that probably isn’t going to help his chances.

Draymond Green takes plea deal in assault case

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has reached a plea deal in his assault case and will not face jail time for the recent incident.

Officials announced Friday that Green’s charges have been reduced to a noise violation, for which he will have to pay a $500 fine, according to Christopher Haxel of the Lansing State Journal. He is also ordered not to contact alleged victim Jermaine Edmondson for a year. If he does, or if he is convicted of a new charge within that timeframe, the original assault charge would return.

“The plea agreement reached with Mr. Green is in accordance with our normal plea bargain procedures and guidelines for a case with similar circumstances, evidence and witness statements,” assistant city prosecutor Meyers said. “We simply treated Mr. Green no differently than any other defendant that we prosecute.”

Green was arrested on July 10, and he allegedly taunted Edmondson, a Michigan State defensive back. The fact that Green dealt with things so quickly will come as a a relief with the Olympics on the horizon.

Yankees have reportedly considered cutting Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira

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The possible rebuild of the New York Yankees could claim two very high profile victims.

According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Yankees higher-ups have discussed potentially releasing first baseman Mark Teixeira and DH Alex Rodriguez.

Teixeira is gone after the season anyway, with his contract set to expire. Rodriguez, though, is still signed through 2017 and owed $21 million, so the Yankees would be making quite the statement if they cut him, though it makes sense if the Yankees have other options they’d like to evaluate.

Rodriguez. who sits just four home runs shy of 700 in his career, is hitting just .210 with a .360 slugging percentage. His numbers are even more disastrous against righties, where he’s hitting .193 with very little power. Rodriguez has seen his playing time cut as the Yankees realize that he simply cannot hit right-handed pitching effectively anymore.

Teixeira may survive as he is a favorite of GM Brian Cashman. Rodriguez doesn’t quite have a champion in the front office anymore.

Barring something unexpected, there will be quite the exodus from the Bronx in the next week and a half. Two of the team’s longest-tenured, most prominent players could be part of it.

Report: Cowboys don’t believe allegations against Ezekiel Elliott are true

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The Dallas Cowboys reportedly believe the woman who has accused Ezekiel Elliott of assaulting her is not telling the truth.

A woman who claims to have lived with Elliot while the two were dating told police in Columbus on Friday that the former Ohio State star assaulted her while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle. According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cowboys officials believe she is lying.

Hill also heard from a source that the alleged victim threatened to “ruin” Elliott after he broke up with her.

Elliot denied the allegations when contacted by police, and four witnesses reportedly claimed they did not see an assault take place. The woman who says Elliott hit her shared some photos on social media Friday morning showing various injuries she claims to have sustained while being abused over the past several months. You can see the photos here.

The NFL has already said it will investigate the matter. No charges have been filed against Elliot.

Dennis Green ‘they are who we thought they were’ rant revisited (Video)

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The NFL lost a legend on Friday with the passing of former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green, who died of cardiac arrest at age 67.

Green was one of the more well-liked figures in football. While most will remember him for bringing us one of the most incredible rants of all time, he was also a heck of a coach. In 10 seasons with the Vikings, he compiled a 97-62 record and reached the playoffs eight times.

But boy was that rant a good one.

If for some reason you haven’t seen Green’s infamous “the Bears are who we thought they were” meltdown, now is a good time to check it out. Here’s the video:

Rest in peace, Denny.

Michael Vick says he would only sign with contender

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Michael Vick is hoping to play at least one more season in the NFL, but that does not mean he is desperate enough to take any offer that comes along.

While speaking to reporters at the HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic in Charlotte earlier this week, Vick said he is not giving up hope despite still being a free agent with training camp about to begin. He also said he would not just sign with any team that is interested.

“I’m going to continue to stay optimistic about my 2016 season and try to enjoy it,” Vick said, via Jonathan Jones of The Charlotte Observer. “I wouldn’t say that I would go to any of the 32 teams. At this point in my career I would love to play for a contender. If anything, you’ve just got to be willing to make a contribution. In the NFL, that’s what it’s all about.”

Vick is 36 and has not looked impressive in limited duty over the past few seasons. He knows he doesn’t have a chance to win a starting job, so it makes sense that he would want to be a backup on a contender. His previous remarks made it seem like he is not going to be aggressive in pursuing a job opportunity, and it sounds like that still holds true.

Ezekiel Elliott’s girlfriend Tiffany Thompson accuses RB of domestic assault

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been accused of assaulting his former girlfriend, and the woman shared photos of her alleged injuries on social media Friday.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, a woman claiming Elliott was formerly her live-in boyfriend told Columbus police on Friday morning that Elliott assaulted her while she was sitting in the driver’s seat of her parked vehicle. Police who responded to the scene noticed a red mark on the woman’s wrist and said she reported being in pain, though she refused treatment.

Police contacted Elliott, who denied hitting the 20-year-old accuser and said he has never lived with her. Police spoke with four witnesses — one of whom was in the vehicle at the time of the incident — and none of them reported seeing an assault. No charges were filed but the alleged victim was referred to the prosecutor’s office if she wants to pursue the matter further.

On Friday morning, a woman named Tiffany Thompson shared a series of photos on Instagram claiming she has been abused for months. The photos showed bruises and marks on her legs, arms, neck and hands. She tagged Elliott’s Instagram handle in one of the posts. Thompson made her account private after sharing the posts, but we were able to screenshot them:

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Elliott has already been wildly popular in Dallas without even appearing in his first NFL game, and the team has tried to capitalize on it by selling merchandise that is customized for the former Ohio State star. While being accused does not make him guilty, it certainly isn’t a good look.

Report: Le’Veon Bell facing four-game suspension for missing drug test

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is reportedly facing the possibility of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

As Dan Graziano of ESPN reports, the situation is somewhat unique. Bell did not test positive for anything, but rather missed a drug test. The Steelers have known for weeks that he could be facing a suspension and are awaiting the outcome of the appeals process. If the decision is not overturned, Bell will miss the first four games of the 2016 season.

If you remember, Bell was suspended for the first three games of the season last year after he was arrested for possession of marijuana and driving while under the influence. He reportedly made a classic remark to police just before he was taken into custody.

D’Angelo Williams was outstanding filling in for Bell last year after the former Michigan State star suffered a season-ending injury, so the Steelers would likely lean on the veteran again if Bell is out to start the year.

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