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Last Update on September 19, 2014 00:52 GMT


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Texas Rangers currently own the worst record in the majors, but they've spent the last seven days ruining the playoff chances of their opponents. The Rangers have followed last weekend's sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a three-game sweep of the Athletics in Oakland.

Jake Smolinski began his four-hit afternoon by lining an RBI single that sparked the Rangers' four-run first in a 7-2 triumph over the A's. Tomas Telis (toh-MAHS' the-LEES') had two RBIs for the Rangers, who also received two hits from each of their top three batters in the lineup.

Nick Martinez held the punchless A's to two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings after entering the contest 3-11 with a 4.93 ERA. He outpitched Sonny Gray, who was reached for four earned runs and eight hits in five innings.

The outcome drops the A's into the second AL wild-card slot, a half-game behind Kansas City and just 1 1/2 games ahead of Seattle. The Mariners are taking on the Los Angeles Angels later today.


IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Ron Washington has admitted being untrue to his wife of 42-years in his first public statement since resigning as Texas Rangers manager 13 days ago. He apologized to his wife, Gerry, who sat nearby while Washington made a 3 1/2 minute statement. The 62-year old Washington says he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife, calling it a low time in his life.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day.

The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early today.


NEW YORK (AP) -- PepsiCo Inc.'s CEO Indra Nooyi has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') is "a man of integrity."

Pepsico is one of the league's biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year's Super Bowl halftime show.

The league and its teams have come under fire over the past two weeks over how it is dealing with several players with domestic violence allegations against them. An investigation has been launched into whether Goodell knew about or saw a video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee earlier than the commissioner said.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Jets quarterback is defending NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') who has come under fire for a spate of domestic violence incidents involving players and how Goodell has handled them. Vick says the commissioner is doing a great job.

Goodell has remained mostly silent during the last two weeks as the NFL has dealt with perhaps its most brutal stretch ever, starting last week when video surfaced that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, elevator.

Vick dealt directly with Goodell when he was suspended in 2007 and reinstated after serving nearly two years in prison for his role in a dog fighting ring.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes attempts to link his troubled past to the controversy about NFL domestic violence have been made only for personal gain. Marshall spent 40 minutes today responding to allegations made a day earlier by the father of a woman who once dated Marshall. Clarence Watley called for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign because he's disappointed in the way his daughter's abuse allegations were handled.


UNDATED (AP) -- Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles practiced today in a limited capacity despite a high ankle sprain sustained last Sunday against Denver. Charles did not work out yesterday amid fear that one of the game's dynamic playmakers could miss several weeks. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has not said whether there's a chance Charles will be available for Sunday's game in Miami.

In other injury news:

-- Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks has missed a second straight day of practice after suffering a calf injury in last Monday's win over Indianapolis. That leaves the status of the team's top defensive player up in the air for Sunday's game against Washington.

-- Denver linebacker Danny Trevathan (treh-VAY'-than) is practicing for the first time since breaking his left leg Aug. 12. The team's leading tackler last year is expected to miss one more game and then return Oct. 5 against Arizona following the team's bye week.

-- New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker sat out practice and cornerback Dee Milliner was limited, leaving their status uncertain for the team's game against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Decker is dealing with tightness in his right hamstring while Millner is recovering from a high ankle sprain.


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