Doomed By Miscues, Bolts Now Prep For Seahawks

When Ryan Mathews scampered 20 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter, the San Diego Chargers led the Arizona Cardinals by 11 points. When the final gun sounded, the Cardinals had won, 18-17. Too many dropped passes, a botched snap and numerous defensive breakdowns doomed the Chargers, who lost their second opener in a row under coach Mike McCoy after leading by double digits in the fourth quarter. Says McCoy, "Unfortunately in the fourth quarter we didn't play our best football, in all phases of the game." The Chargers now face the daunting task of facing the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who dominated the Green Bay Packers 36-16 Thursday night. SAN DIEGO (AP) – September 10, 2014

Nike Ends Business Relationship With Ray Rice

Nike is severing its business ties to Ray Rice a day after he was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the release of a video showing him striking his then-fiancee in February. Nike Inc. confirmed via email Tuesday that Rice is no longer among the athletes it is working with. On Monday TMZ Sports released a grainy video showing Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino. The Baltimore Ravens also said on Twitter Tuesday that they're planning to offer an exchange for Rice jerseys. NEW YORK (AP) – September 10, 2014

Mariners Beat A's 4-1

mariners logo NewBrad Miller had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, helping the Seattle Mariners gain in the AL wild-card race with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. The Mariners moved one game behind Oakland, which lost to the White Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings, for the first wild card and are one game ahead of Detroit for the second playoff spot.

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Injuries Will Test Depth In Seahawks Secondary

Two key injuries will test the depth of the Seattle Seahawks' secondary, especially in the coming weeks. Cornerback Jeremy Lane, the Seahawks' nickel back who plays against slot receivers, was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury Monday with the designation to return. He will miss at least the next eight weeks before he can rejoin the active roster. Cornerback Tharold Simon underwent minor knee surgery last week but is still expected to be out at least four weeks. The injury to Lane is more significant. Seattle played the majority of last Thursday's season-opening win over Green Bay with five defensive backs and is likely to take a similar tack with San Diego and Denver next on the schedule. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – September 9, 2014

NFLPA Head Disturbed By Rice Video

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the video showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in February was "disturbing to watch." Smith was at the Seattle Seahawks' practice facility on Monday beginning his plan to visit all 32 teams. Smith says he was flying cross country when the video was released by TMZ Sports and only saw it after he landed in Seattle. Smith says he has not spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since the video came out. Smith says the union has an "unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included. It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today." Smith also said union negotiators were in New York working with the league on a new drug policy. Smith said a significant sticking point is that players not be punished or suspended upon arrest and players are entitled due process. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – September 9, 2014