Oakland, CA. - The Raiders will be without their top two Running backs once again for this weekend's game against the high flying New Orleans Saints.
Both starter Darren McFadden, and top back-up Mike Goodson are still wearing protective boots on their injured ankles and have been ruled out for Sunday's game. Marcell Reece, Jeremy Stewart, and Taiwan Jones will most likely be asked to handle the ball carrying duties.
Safety Tyvon Branch is also hurting with a neck injury and has missed the last two practices, his status is questionable, as is safety Matt Giordano who missed Wednesdays practice with a concussion. It may be rough sailing for the Raider's secondary if their two top safety's miss the game. Drew Brees and his myriad of receivers lead the NFL in passing yards this year.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is also questionable with a bad hammy, but it looks like TE Brandon Myers (concussion) will be a go as he has been cleared to participate in all football related activities.
Former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to sign a 2 year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth an estimated $16 million dollars.
Cabrera was having an amazing 2012 year until he was suspended for 50 games in August due to a failed drug test. He was named to the NL All-Star team and named MVP of the All-Star game. Cabrera was also leading the National League in hits and was second in Batting Average at the time of his suspension.
The Giants were able to fill Cabrera's shoes with the mid-year signing of outfielder Hunter Pence.
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Sacramento, Ca. - Sacramento King's center DeMarcus Cousins was given a two game suspension following a heated exchange in which he is said to have confronted former player and San Antonio Spur's announcer Sean Elliott in a "hostile manor".
Cousin's has served his two game suspension both games in which the King's lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers. He lost an estimated $70,500 for the two games.
The NBA Player's Association is continuing with their appeal even though the suspension has already been fulfilled by Cousin's."Based on the accounts we have heard to date of the incident, we believe that a two-game suspension is excessive and unwarranted," the union said in a statement Wednesday. "We recognize the Commissioner's desire to discourage confrontations between players and members of the media, but he needs to exercise more subtlety and discretion in ascertaining and examining the specific facts and circumstances before handing down such heavy-handed discipline."
Cousin's who has had prior run-ins with both coaches, teammates, and during his one year with the Kentucky Wildcats did express remorse about the situation."Despite believing the penalty (is) unwarranted, I want to apologize to the Sacramento Kings, our fans and especially to my coaches and teammates for this distraction of our goals," Cousins said. "As a leader of the team, I have to make the best decisions so my teammates can count on me. I am committed to continued growth and being the best player I can be."
Cousins will return tonight as the Atlanta Hawk's visit sacramento.
Santa Clara, Ca. - 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital on Thursday with an irregular heartbeat. Sources said Harbaugh started feeling some chest pain and discomfort on Wednesday and doctor's would discover the irregular heartbeat Thursday afternoon.
The 49ers say that the procedure is, "not a major cause of concern; it's more precautionary," and that they fully expect the coach back to work today to resume his normal friday practice regimen. By all accounts Harbaugh will also be available to coach Monday night's showdown with the Chicago Bears.
"It's one of those things that, like coach Harbaugh always tells us, he's tougher than a $2 steak," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We know he's going to be all right. We know we have a bunch of great coaches here that keep everything on track, and we're going to practice today as if he was here."
San Francisco, Ca. - Congratulations to Giants catcher Buster Posey on being named the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player. Just weeks after winning his 2nd World Series ring in 3 years and just one year removed from a horrific ankle injury that shelved him for much of 2011, Buster came back with a vengeance receiving 27 of the 32 first place votes.
Posey becomes the first catcher to win NL MVP in over 40 years (Johnny Bench 1972). At just 25 years old Buster set career high's in Batting Average - .336, Home Runs - 24, and RBI's - 103, while being the dominate force in the Giants line-up during the second half of their championship season.
Posey knows playing catcher is rigorous and takes its toll on player's.
"I think anybody that has caught before understands the grind of catching, not only the physical, the nicks, the wear and tear of squatting for nine innings night in, day out, but just the mental grind of working a pitching staff," Posey said. "It's demanding."
Posey beat out 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun of the Brewer's , and Pirate's outfielder Andrew McCutchen for the honors.
Buster fought extremely hard while recuperating from his 2011 fractured fibula and severely torn ligaments in his left ankle.
"I definitely have a deeper appreciation for being able to play baseball," he said. "I've seen that it can be taken away quick."
His hard work and dedication paid off in a huge way. A stellar all around year and a World Series Championship...I don't think it could have gotten much better.
Oakland, CA - A's manager Bob Melvin narrowly beat out Baltimore Oriels skipper Buck Showalter for AL manager of the year honors. Melvin guided the A's to a 20 game improvement and a playoff birth for the rookie infused team. The A's once again had the lowest payroll in all of baseball. He would receive 16 first place votes to Showalter's 12.
"Absolutely shocked, I mean Buck had such a great year," Melvin would tell the MLB Network.
The A's were a Major League best 72-38 after June 1st, win the AL West in which they battled all year with the Texas Ranger's becoming the first team in history to come back from at least 5 games back with just 10 games to play to win the division. The A's would ultimately lose to the Detroit Tiger's in the first round of the playoffs.
"We just tried to keep it day to day," Melvin said. "It's a credit to the guys each and every day going out there and just worrying about that particular day."
Melvin became a two-time winner, having previously been chosen in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He joined Davey Johnson (this year's NL manager of the year with the National's), Jim Leyland, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Lou Piniella as the only managers to win the award in both leagues.