Doomed By Miscues, Bolts Now Prep For SeahawksWhen 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 RiceNike 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
Brad 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.