Update on the latest sports

July 28, 2017 - 6:40 pm

MLB-NEWS

Rays acquire Steve Cishek from Mariners for Erasmo Ramirez

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays continue to bolster their bullpen for the pennant race, acquiring reliever Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk) from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for versatile right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.

It was a surprising deal announced today by teams that are competing for the same thing, a wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay began the day with the second wild card spot in the AL, with Seattle 3 ½ games behind.

Cishek had appeared in 23 games this season for Seattle after recovering from major offseason hip surgery. Cishek was 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA, mostly working in the seventh and eighth innings out of Seattle's bullpen. He was a closer in the past with the Marlins.

Ramirez has appeared in 26 games, with eight starts, for the Rays this year and was 4-3 with a 4.80 ERA. He was with the Mariners from 2012-14.

In other baseball news:

— Red Sox pitcher David Price is going back on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow. Boston announced the move ahead Price's scheduled start tonight against Kansas City. Rick Porcello will start in Price's place. Eduardo Rodriguez will start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday in the series finale.

The inflammation is in the same elbow that Price strained during spring training and caused him to begin the regular-season on the disabled list. The Red Sox recalled Robby Scott from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill his spot on the 25-man roster.

NFL-NEWS

Titans extend deal with 2-time Pro Bowler Jurrell Casey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multi-year extension with two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

The team announced the extension today as the Titans went through their conditioning test.

Casey still had two seasons remaining on his current contract. ESPN reported Casey received a four-year, $60.4 million extension.

General manager Jon Robinson says it's rare to do an extension this early, but calls Casey someone they want to keep around for years.

The Titans drafted Casey in the third round in 2011. He has missed only two games, playing in 94 with 33 sacks, 41 tackles for loss and 106 quarterback pressures. He is the team's first back-to-back Pro Bowl defensive player since Albert Haynesworth in 2007-08.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City and Seattle have swapped linebackers, with D.J. Alexander joining the Seahawks and Kevin Pierre-Louis being sent to the Chiefs.

Alexander was a Pro Bowl selection last season as a special teams player for the Chiefs and played sparingly on defense. He had 16 total tackles in the regular season on defense and made one start.

Pierre-Louis appeared in 34 regular-season games with Seattle, with one start. He had 43 total tackles playing outside linebacker.

In other NFL news:

— Chicago Bears outside linebacker Pernell McPhee had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. There is no timetable for his return. Coach John Fox described today's operation as "just a cleanup." The Bears placed McPhee on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday after he mentioned during his physical that the knee was bothering him. He missed the first six games last season following surgery on his left knee.

— The Tennessee Titans have released offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola, days after he was grazed by a bullet in the leg. The July 23 incident in Arkansas was Tretola's second this year. A man is suing Tretola and former teammate Tajae Sharpe, accusing the lineman of being a lookout while the wide receiver assaulted him in April.

The Titans also announced they agreed to terms with nine-year veteran linebacker Erik Walden and offensive lineman Jake Simonich. The team released linebacker Johnny Ragin and cornerback John Green off injured reserve.

— The San Francisco 49ers have signed No. 3 overall pick Solomon Thomas and now have all 10 of the team's 2017 draft picks under contract. The defensive lineman out of Stanford, who got a four-year deal, was one of two first-round picks for the 49ers this year. The other, linebacker Reuben Foster, had signed previously and was cleared to go after missing the offseason program rehabilitating his injured right shoulder.

NHL-PREDATORS-JOHNSON

Predators sign Ryan Johansen to 8-year, $64 million deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed top center Ryan Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract, the largest deal the franchise has ever handed out.

General manager David Poile announced the deal today.

Poile noted he's been looking for a No. 1 center for years and believes Johansen is poised to become an elite player in the NHL. Now the Predators have him under contract at an average of $8 million a year through the 2024-25 season, and linemates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson are signed for the next five years.

The 24-year-old Johansen tied for the lead in scoring with 61 points over 82 games this season. He had 13 points in 14 playoff games this spring before acute compartment syndrome ended his postseason in the Western Conference final.

SWIMMING-WORLDS

Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Simone Manuel backed up her historic victory at the Olympics with a world championship in the 100-meter freestyle.

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom jumped out to a quick lead and was under her own world-record pace when she made the flip, with Manuel in third. But the 20-year-old Texan stormed from behind on the return lap, steadily closing the gap until she caught the leader on the very last stroke.

Manuel touched first with a time of 52.27 seconds — edging Sjostrom by just four-hundredths of a second. Pernille Blume of Denmark grabbed the bronze.

Last summer, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Canada's Penny Oleksiak for the gold in Rio de Janeiro.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWS

Florida gives DC Shannon $400K raise to go with new title

UNDATED (AP) — Florida's Randy Shannon has gotten a $400,000 raise to go along with his promotion to defensive coordinator.

Shannon was promoted to defensive coordinator in January, four days after the Gators beat Iowa 30-3 in the Outback Bowl. Shannon's contract was released today along with those of new assistants Ja'Juan Seider, Corey Bell and Brad Davis. Shannon signed a three-year deal worth $890,000 annually. The contract also includes $300,000 in retention bonuses, including $75,000 paid to Shannon for being employed on March 1. Shannon also gets $10,000 annually for the team's equipment/apparel contract with Nike, a dealer car and $1,500 as an academic incentive.

In other college football news:

— Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi has dismissed defensive end Rori Blair and suspended offensive tackle Alex Bookser, linebacker Quintin Wirginis and safety Jordan Whitehead for rules violations less than a week before the team begins fall practice. Narduzzi said Blair, a senior, was kicked off the team for "conduct detrimental to the program." Blair collected 3½ sacks last season for the Panthers.

Whitehead and Wirginis will sit out Pitt's first three games for a violation of team policy. Bookser will miss the Sept. 2 opener against Youngstown State after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in May.

Wirginis picked up four sacks as a reserve while Whitehead collected 65 tackles on defense and added 98 yards rushing on offense while being named second-team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2016.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NC STATE-BEVERLY

Wolfpack adds former Buckeyes recruit Braxton Beverly

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has signed former Ohio State recruit Braxton Beverly.

N.C. State announced Beverly's addition for this fall, roughly a month after Ohio State granted Beverly his release. Beverly had signed under former coach Thad Matta, who has since been replaced by Chris Holtmann from Butler.

The 6-foot guard from Hazard, Kentucky, played the past two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia under A.W. Hamilton, now an assistant under new Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts.

Beverly joins graduate transfers Sam Hunt from North Carolina A&T and Allerik Freeman from Baylor, as well as in-state freshman Lavar Batts Jr., as new Wolfpack players this season.

Utah transfer Devon Daniels and UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce also joined the roster but must sit out this year.

NASCAR-TARGET-GANASSI

Target to leave NASCAR

UNDATED (AP) — Target will leave NASCAR at the end of this season after 16 years with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Target had served as the primary sponsor for Cup driver Kyle Larson since his debut in 2013. The 24-year-old Larson has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in NASCAR and has two wins and nine top-10 finishes this season.

His success wasn't enough to keep Target interested in racing. The Minneapolis-based retail giant left Ganassi and IndyCar at the end of last season following a 27-year run.

Target says it will focus it sports sponsorship on soccer.

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