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Sports briefs for Sept. 1, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN


Mariners suspend Montero for rest of season

The Seattle Mariners’ suspended catcher Jesus Montero for the remainder of the season on Monday following an altercation with a team scout last week.

Montero was on a rehab assignment with short-season Everett when he went after a cross-checker scout with a bat during Thursday’s game when the scout heckled him.

Montero went into the stands with a bat after the scout ordered him to hustle off the field in Spanish and had an ice cream sandwich sent to him in the dugout.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik called the behavior of Montero and cross-checker Butch Baccala “unacceptable” and “embarrassing.”

Concussion symptoms sideline Texas QB

EditorsNote: Updates with more details, adds Espinosa injury Texas QB Ash ruled out vs. BYU

Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash experienced more concussion-related symptoms following the season opener and will miss this week’s game against BYU.

Head coach Charlie Strong told reporters Monday that Ash took a hit during the first quarter of Texas’ 38-7 win over North Texas, and appeared fine. Texas trainers then received a call from Ash in the middle of the night. Strong said that some of the post-game symptoms Ash exhibited were headaches and dizziness.

Ash missed 10 games last season and received a medical redshirt after suffering a concussion at BYU last season.

Phillies trade Mayberry to Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league third baseman Gustavo Pierre.

The trade was made before Sunday’s midnight waiver trade deadline

Mayberry, 30, batted .213 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 63 games (29 starts) for the Phillies this season. He was originally acquired by the Phillies in November of 2008 from the Texas Rangers and has spent his entire major league career with the team, batting .242 with 52 home runs and 169 RBIs in 500 games.

Pierre split this season between Class A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. He batted a combined .260 with 24 doubles, eight home runs and 43 RBIs in 116 games.

Sam not signed to Rams practice squad

The St. Louis Rams announced the signing of 10 players to their practice squad on Monday, and defensive end Michael Sam was not among them.

The absence of Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, brings him a little bit closer to being a man without a team this season.

He was waived by the Rams on Saturday, and no team picked him up off waivers. His chances of being employed by the NFL this year decreased further when the Rams did not sign him to the practice squad.

Alabama loses receiver, defensive back

Alabama defeated West Virginia in a hard-fought 33-23 victory at Atlanta, but the win came at a cost, coach Nick Saban said.

Senior defensive back Jarrick Williams fractured his foot and will miss at least four weeks. Williams has started 10 games in his career.

Another senior, wide receiver DeAndrew White, has a separated shoulder and is expected to miss two weeks. White made six receptions for 73 yards.


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