Mets ace Harvey has torn ligament in elbow (Yahoo! Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, an injury the New York Mets' young ace hopes will not require surgery.

Harvey and General manager Sandy Alderson both say they we're shocked when they were given the results of the MRI performed Monday.

The right-hander said he was dealing with forearm discomfort for some time this season and that it got worse after his start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.

The NL All-Star game starter has some swelling in the arm and a more complete prognosis will not be made for a week or two. For now, the Cy Young Award candidate will rest.

Harvey says he will do everything he can to avoid Tommy John surgery that would likely force him to miss an entire season.

Tebow safe, vet LB Koutovides among Patriots cuts (Yahoo! Sports)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Tim Tebow survived the New England Patriots' cut to 77 players on Monday.

The Patriots must make two more moves before Tuesday's league deadline to get to 75. The final roster cut comes after the fourth exhibition game later this week.

Nine-year NFL linebacker Niko Koutovides was among those released.

Koutovides, who played the last two years in New England, saw action in the final 14 regular-season and both postseason games last year. He made eight special teams tackles and one on defense in the regular season, then made one stop in the playoffs.

Also released were wide receiver Kamar Aiken, rookie cornerback Brandon Jones, cornerback LeQuan Lewis and rookie long snapper Mike Zupancic.

Rookie defensive lineman Cory Grissom and tackle Markus Zusevics were placed on injured reserve and defensive lineman Armond Armstead and wide receiver Mark Harrison were placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.


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Jeter returns to Yankees’ lineup (Yahoo! Sports)

TORONTO (AP) -- Derek Jeter was dealing with plenty of emotions as he prepared for his latest return to the New York Yankees' lineup.

''Excited, looking forward to it, anxious, happy,'' Jeter said. ''What else could you have?''

Jeter was activated off the disabled list before New York's game Monday at Toronto, starting at shortstop and batting second against the Blue Jays.

Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL championship series last October and missed the first 91 games this year. Since then, the 13-time All-Star has twice been forced back on the DL, first with a strained right quadriceps and more recently with a strained right calf.

''Hopefully we can keep him this time,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''We haven't been so fortunate the last two times.''

Indeed, neither of Jeter's previous comebacks have lasted very long. He was healthy for just three at-bats as a designated hitter before suffering his quadriceps strain, then made it through a mere four games before being shelved by the calf injury.

''I'm hoping I have no other problems, I really am,'' Jeter said, adding that he hasn't been able to condition his legs as much as he'd like ever since October's initial injury.

''Really, when you think about it, it's not that surprising that something happened to them because it's the first time I'm playing without working them out,'' Jeter said. ''I'll try to do as much as I can to keep them strong for this last month but all I can do is go out and play and hope everything is fine.''

Monday's game marked the first time this season that both Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were in New York's starting lineup.

''It's probably as whole as we've been all year long,'' Girardi said.

Girardi said he'll monitor Jeter's status on a daily basis, particularly over three games on Toronto's artificial turf, and conceded that the 39-year-old may need the occasional day off over the final few weeks of the season.

''I'm just going to watch each day and make a decision,'' Girardi said. ''Depending on how he feels and how we think he feels, we'll make a decision.''

Jeter is batting .211 (4 for 19) with one home run and two RBIs in five games. He has been absent for 125 games this season, more than the 82 total games he missed in five previous career trips to the DL.

The Yankees have gone 12-5 since Aug. 9, vaulting them back into the AL wild-card race. New York entered play Monday 3 1/2 games behind wild-card leaders Tampa Bay and Oakland, with Cleveland and Baltimore both ahead of them.

''I'm happy that the team is playing well, but we have to continue that,'' Jeter said.

New York has reached the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 seasons, only missing out in 2008.

Right-hander Preston Claiborne was optioned to Class A Tampa following Sunday's 11-inning win over the Rays to open a roster spot for Jeter.

Mariners activate Gutierrez from DL (Yahoo! Sports)

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have activated outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the disabled list and recalled him from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday.

Gutierrez, who has been on the disabled list since June 25 and with a strained right hamstring, is expected to start Monday's game against the Texas Rangers in right field. He was also on the disabled list from May 16 to June 2 with the same ailment, and he has had four rehab assignments with Tacoma this season. In 18 games for the Mariners, Gutierrez is .267 with five home runs and 11 RBI.

Seattle designated right-hander Aaron Harang for assignment. Harang (5-11, 5.76 ERA) started 22 games for the Mariners. He lost 7-1 to the Angels on Sunday, giving up all the runs. The Mariners have 10 days to trade, release or outright Harang's contract to the minors.

Royals rout Rays 11-1 in makeup of May snow-out (Yahoo! Sports)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals' Jeremy Guthrie held down Wil Myers and the Tampa Bay Rays over five innings and Kansas City rolled to an 11-1 victory Monday in the makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.

Guthrie (13-10) allowed six hits and three walks but twice delivered timely strikeouts. He fanned Kelly Johnson with two aboard to end the third inning, and then struck out David DeJesus on a called third strike to leave the bases loaded in the fourth.

Rays manager Joe Maddon argued that the call and was tossed by plate umpire Greg Gibson.

Jeremy Hellickson (10-8) allowed five runs in just 2 2-3 innings for Tampa Bay. It was the struggling right-hander's shortest start since June 30, 2012, when he went the same distance in a game against Detroit before getting pelted in the leg by a line drive.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, Billy Butler homered and drove in three, and Mike Moustakas also drove in a pair as the Royals won their second straight following a seven-game slide in which their biggest problem was scoring runs.

James Loney drove in the only run for the Rays, who no doubt rued having to make the quick trip to Kansas City in the midst of a six-game homestand. They began the day a game back of the Red Sox in the AL East and lead the American League wild-card standings.

It seemed like a season ago when the teams first tried to play. The temperature was 41 degrees with a wind chill of 21 at first pitch on May 2, and Kauffman Stadium resembled a snow globe by the fourth inning as flurries fell. The game called with the Royals leading 1-0.

It was 93 degrees at first pitch Monday, making for a 52-degree difference from the original date. Sunny skies and a slight breeze made it feel even warmer.

The biggest subplot to the game wasn't the weather, though, but the return of Myers to Kansas City. The former minor league player of the year was the key to a seven-player trade last December that netted the Royals starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis.

Myers hadn't played at the K since the All-Star Futures Game in 2012, when he went 2 for 4 and drove in the three runs. He didn't fare nearly as well against big league pitching, either: He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, slamming his bat down after a pop out in the fifth inning.

The Royals struck first on Butler's RBI single in the first, but they didn't really break through until the third inning. Three straight hits and a walk scored two runs, a sacrifice fly added another, and Justin Maxwell's RBI single helped drive Hellickson from the game.

Hellickson fell to 0-5 in his last six starts. He's made it through five innings once.

The Royals tacked on five more runs in the sixth against the Tampa Bay bullpen, highlighted by Perez's three-run shot. That was more than enough help for the Royals' relief corps, which put together four shutout innings to end Guthrie's three-game losing streak.

Notes: Rays LHP Matt Moore (sore left elbow) remains on track to start a minor league game Thursday. He could rejoin Tampa Bay at the Angles on Sept. 3. ... Rays OF Jason Bourgeois cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. ... Royals RHP Luke Hochevar was absent after his wife gave birth to a daughter Sunday. Hochever will rejoin the club Wednesday in Minnesota. RHP Will Smith took his place on the 25-man roster.

Athletics put Reddick on DL; designate Neshek (Yahoo! Sports)

DETROIT (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics placed right fielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with a sprained right wrist.

He injured the wrist on Sunday and was hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 97 games.

Oakland selected first baseman Daric Barton from Triple-A Sacramento to take Reddick's place on the roster. Brandon Moss will start in right field in Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers and Barton will start at first base.

The Athletics also designated right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek for assignment on Monday. He was 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 41 games.

Right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner was recalled from Sacramento to take Neshek's roster spot.

Soccer-United and Chelsea draw as Rooney saga bubbles on (Reuters)

* United and Chelsea draw 0-0 at Old Trafford

* Chelsea target Rooney cheered by both sets of fans (Adds quotes, details)

By Sonia Oxley

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Manchester United and Chelsea drew 0-0 in the Premier League on Monday as the action in the season's first big match failed to match the intrigue of the Wayne Rooney transfer saga that swirled throughout.

David Moyes began his first home match in charge of the champions by naming Chelsea target Rooney in his starting line-up, giving a clear message that his club's message of 'he is not for sale' still stood after two failed bids for the striker.

Chances for both sides were few and far between on a warm evening at Old Trafford as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's decision to play much of the match without a recognised striker had little attacking impact and his defence held firm.

Rooney, in the unusual position of being cheered by both sets of fans, had a decent chance in the second half when his right-footed drive forced Petr Cech to dive to his right but the two title hopefuls were left to share the points.

"It was a tight game," Moyes, who received a warm reception from the Old Trafford crowd before taking his seat in the dugout opposite the stand that bears the name in big letters of his illustrious predecessor Alex Ferguson, told a news conference.

"We just didn't quite have the final cross, the final pass tonight but I thought we played very well."

The result means United have started their campaign with four points from a possible six, while Chelsea have made it seven from nine as the clubs' new managers enjoy unbeaten starts to the season.

"I think it's a fair point," Mourinho said.

"Nobody deserved to lose...nobody was better than the opponents to deserve a clear victory. For us, after two home victories to come to the champions in their first match at home, to get a point I think it's fine, it's positive."


Much of the pre-match buildup had focused on Chelsea's so far unsuccessful attempts to lure United striker Rooney to Stamford Bridge and it was this sub plot that dominated a match which was not the best advertisement for the English top flight.

Mourinho's decision to start without a recognised striker could have been a message to Rooney that the place was his for the taking and as the player listened to "Rooney, Rooney" chants from his own fans and "Wayne Rooney, we'll sign you next week" from Chelsea's, the match trundled along in the background.

The visitors' only real first-half chance fell to Oscar who shot straight at keeper David de Gea early on, while at the other end Robin van Persie slammed a shot into the side netting and Rooney sent a tame effort into the arms of Petr Cech.

The two teams are likely to be embroiled in the title fight later in the season. But they were meeting far too early in the fixtures list for the match to be decisive and it showed as both sides struggled to keep possession or muster meaningful shots.

Which side Rooney will be playing for by the time the two teams meet again remains to be seen after the England forward gave a reasonable account of himself, a neat touch here and there and some good distribution.

Mourinho had plumped for Oscar, Andre Schurrle, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard as his attacking force, and even without reading the frantic scribbling in the notebook he keeps in his top pocket it was clear the set-up was not working.

The Portuguese finally brought on a striker on the hour mark, sending on Fernando Torres for De Bruyne, but it did not make much difference with Rooney ultimately showing glimpses of why he might be a better prospect up front for the London team.

Rooney had a chance to snatch a winner midway through the second half when his right-footed shot from outside the box was put behind by Cech for a corner and he also attempted an acrobatic volley in stoppage time. (Editing by John Mehaffey)

Team Canada preps for larger ice surface at camp (Yahoo! Sports)

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Steve Yzerman still remembers what it was like in Nagano in 1998, the first Olympics with NHL players and an example of Canadian failure on the bigger, international-sized ice surface.

The time-honored strategy of dumping the puck in and forechecking didn't work.

''You can spend a lot of time skating places and getting there just a second late, taking yourself out of the play,'' said Yzerman, now Canada's general manager. ''It is a different game.''

It was a different game at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, too, when Canada finished seventh thanks to a lack of offense and speed and the wrong mix of talent for the 200-by-100-foot rink.

San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle viewed from the stands as his teammates struggled.

''It was tough to watch, it was frustrating,'' Boyle said. ''Even though every player on that team deserved to be there and was great, sometimes you need certain things and that's where different guys come into play. I just thought we lacked some things.''

Eight years removed from that debacle and four years after winning Olympic gold in Vancouver on NHL-sized 200-by-85-foot ice, Team Canada is determined to learn from what went wrong without abandoning its style. As players gathered this week here for a camp, ice size has been a buzz worthy topic.

''One of the critical things is to continue to play the Canadian game and not adjust to some of the spaces that suddenly arise,'' coaching consultant and former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. ''But you need to make sure that you don't change your game or make too many adjustments that will weaken what makes Canada strong.''

What makes Canada strong, Yzerman and the coaching staff hope, is speed and agility. Perhaps that's part of what the 2006 group was lacking.

Judging by the comments of those in charge of making up the 2014 roster, it doesn't sound like that'll be a problem this time around, even if it's at the expense of some players who won gold four years ago.

''The biggest lesson is foot speed, for all players. You have to be able to skate and you have to be able to move the puck,'' Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe said. ''The team will be made up of players who can skate, think and move the puck. There could be a number of changes form the gold medal team in Vancouver.''

From the standpoint of piecing the team together, Canada learned from its folly in Turin that bringing back the majority of a team that just won gold - in that case the 2004 world championship - doesn't always work. Turnover is to be expected because Yzerman wants a team built for big ice.

Of course it's not as simple as picking 22 speedsters.

''We're not just going to take the 14 fastest forwards and the eight fastest defensemen,'' Yzerman said. ''Hockey sense is probably the most important aspect a guy can have, particularly playing at a really high level, playing with good players around you.''

If it were all about speed, Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, Marty St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins would be locks.

''I think I'd be a great player on big ice,'' Hall said. ''I've always felt that the big ice would certainly be good for my kind of game. Hopefully they see that, too. I think they're going to really determine their team on what it's like to play on big ice.''

Boyle, who played in Sweden during the 2004-05 lockout, knows it's about more than just racing up and down the ice.

''You've got to be able to skate, but your angles are a little bit different,'' he said. ''Whether you're a forward or defenseman, I think the angling out there is a little bit different.''

That's where hockey sense comes in. Because of the high cost of insurance, coach Mike Babcock had to get creative, putting players through ball-hockey walkthroughs on a boarded-up international-sized rink at Canada's Olympic Park. What that exercise allowed players to see was the amount of space they'll have to work with.

Having experience on big ice could be valuable, especially for defensemen. Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators represented Canada at the world championships in 2012 and 10 players from the 2013 team are at camp.

''The game's completely different,'' Methot said. ''Showing that you can keep up and defend properly on that big ice surface is huge. It's an advantage I have, and I'm hoping that it'll help me out.''

Wayne Rooney sends statement to Man U brass (Yahoo! Sports)

Wayne Rooney, right, attempts a bicycle kick past Chelsea's Ramires. (AP)Manchester United could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea in the first blockbuster clash of the English Premier League season, but within moments of the final whistle was left feeling like it had secured a significant victory.

For even though the two title favorites battled to a stalemate at Old Trafford, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho appeared to admit defeat in his bid to sign United star Wayne Rooney, a "will-he, won't-he" potential transfer that has rumbled on for most of the summer.

Mourinho has already made two bids to secure Rooney's services, with the player having stated he wants to leave the Manchester club after falling behind Robin Van Persie in the pecking order.

But after Rooney produced a standout performance to earn himself the man-of-the-match award and was loudly cheered by the home crowd despite his wish to be transferred, Mourinho voiced fears that a possible deal is now dead.

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"We have to speak but I think that [United] must be a very special club," Mourinho said. "In every club in the world when the player wants to leave [the fans] don't support him. When the player wants to leave, they give him a hard time. And [here] they support him all the way. So I think this is a real special club with special fans, and I think probably now he decides he wants to stay. And if he makes that decision we will be the first to respect that and say it is over."

On this night, Rooney showed the kind of intensity you only see from a man with a point to prove, though it was hard to tell exactly which boss he was trying hardest to impress. His effort will not have escaped the notice of new United boss David Moyes, and on this evidence the 27-year-old won't be returning to the substitutes' bench any time soon.

If he stays.

Mourinho is a master of mind games, and his post-game comments do not necessarily guarantee that the fight for the England international's signature is over. However, the price tag might just have increased again, well beyond the latest rejected offer of around $40 million.

Small margins will likely determine the fate of this PL season, which is why any moves made or not made during the final week of the transfer window could be critical.

And while Monday's scoreless evening was the kind of result no neutral likes to see, it was an outcome that ensured the delicate balance of power at this early stage of the campaign remains intact.

Chelsea has played one game extra and holds a three-point advantage, one United will seek to erase this weekend when the London club misses a PL fixture due to their involvement in the European Super Cup.

United rarely drop points at home, meaning this draw probably suited Chelsea a little more, and Moyes appeared frustrated at the visitors' lack of attacking intent.

The biggest talking point came courtesy of a second-half penalty appeal, when Tom Cleverley's strike struck Chelsea's Frank Lampard on the arm, but Martin Atkinson waved play on. It was a borderline call, and one that only highlighted the shambolic and unpredictable nature of the regulation.

"I don't think the referees know what to do," Moyes said, referring to interpretation of the rule, which requires the contact between arm and ball to be "deliberate."

Ultimately, a share of the spoils was probably the correct outcome in any case, and this night gave away nothing in terms of which team has a better shot at being crowned champions.

The tag of favorites could still be shifted in either direction over the next week though, once the tense wrangling over Rooney's future is decided one way or another.

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Tuel-Time in Buffalo? Rookie QB in line to start (Yahoo! Sports)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Passed over in the NFL draft in April, quarterback Jeff Tuel settled on signing with the Buffalo Bills a few days later with the sole objective of cracking the team's roster.

As of Monday, the raw rookie out of Washington State is in line to start in the Bills' season opener against New England Sept. 8.

''I came here to play football, and that's what I'm doing,'' Tuel said. ''It just explains, you can never expect. You never know what's going to happen in this league.

''It's why you've got to be ready.''

Tuel is in this position because of a string of injuries that have hit the Bills' quarterback position.

Veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion - the third of his seven-year career - in a 30-7 loss to Washington on Saturday. Then there's rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel, who might not be ready to play because he's still recovering from a left knee injury he hurt in a 20-16 win over Minnesota a week earlier.

The Bills did sign free agent Matt Leinart on Sunday, but the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner needs time to become familiar with the offense.

Should Tuel start against New England, he would be the first undrafted rookie directly out of college to start in Week 1 for any team since the NFL merger in 1970, according to STATS LLC.

This is not exactly what rookie coach Doug Marrone envisioned when he intended to have his starter in place within 10 days of the season.

''Well, I don't know if I'd use the word crazy,'' Marrone said. ''But I would say a little bit of adversity, for sure.''

And that wasn't the only unsettling news to greet the Bills, who returned to practice in preparing for their preseason finale against Detroit Thursday.

Top cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss between six and eight weeks after breaking his left wrist against Washington. It's an injury that further depletes a cornerback position that already lacks experienced depth behind Leodis McKelvin.

Running back C.J. Spiller has been excused to be with his family near Jacksonville, Fla., where his step-grandfather Hubert Allen Jr. allegedly killed two people and shot two others before killing himself on Saturday. Marrone said the team has been in contact with Spiller, but there's no timetable as to when he'll return.

Chris Hairston, who was supposed to compete for the starting right tackle job, was placed on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list. Hairston has not practiced after opening training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

And two-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd didn't sound entirely thrilled to be back in Buffalo after practicing with the team for the first time since signing his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender last week.

Byrd said he didn't want to be a distraction, but acknowledged being ''disappointed'' when Buffalo applied the franchise tag in March to prevent him from testing free agency.

Byrd declined to say whether he's asked to be traded. He wouldn't directly answer a question regarding his chances of playing in Buffalo next season. Byrd only noted that the Bills have the option to place the franchise tag on him again next year.

The two sides failed to negotiate a long-term deal before a July 15 deadline. That left Byrd the option of accepting the tender or losing pay once he began missing regular season games.

Byrd's not sure how ready he'll be to open the season after having missed the entire offseason of practice

''Only time will tell,'' he said.

The problem is the Bills are quickly running out of time, and healthy bodies.

At the least, Buffalo has some reinforcements at quarterback, with Leinart and Thaddeus Lewis each making their practice debuts. Lewis was acquired Sunday in a trade that sent linebacker Chris White to Detroit.

Tuel, 22, found it strange providing offensive tips to a 30-year-old Leinart, a 2006 first-round pick.

''It was odd,'' Tuel said. ''The last time I saw Matt, I was watching him in the Rose Bowl in the national championship play Texas, and I was in the stands. I was like in eighth grade.''

The injuries to Manuel and Kolb have at least provided Tuel additional practice and playing time than most third-stringers usually get. In three preseason games, he's combined for 31 of 43 for 299 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Leinart is happy to get one more chance to prove himself after spending the entire offseason looking for a job. After spending his first four seasons in Arizona, he's on his third team in as many years.

''I'm just excited just to be here obviously and humbled and just thankful for the opportunity,'' said Leinart, who is expected to play Thursday. ''Obviously, I know nothing is guaranteed ever. But I'm excited to be playing football.

''I was getting bored.''


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