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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/21/17

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By Michelle Boncardo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle 6 Atlanta 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 7 Minnesota 6
Baltimore 7 Oakland 3
Cleveland 5 Boston 4
Minnesota 10 Chi White Sox 2
Texas 5 L.A. Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 Pittsburgh 5, 12 Innings
Arizona 3 N-Y Mets 2, 10 Innings
San Francisco 2 Milwaukee 0

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NFL close to extending Commissioner Roger Goodell's current deal

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By Eric Mollo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League and its commissioner Roger Goodell are close to agreeing on a new five-year extension that runs through 2024, according to ESPN. The deal was first reported by the Sports Business Journal.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says while a deal is likely, talks have not progressed as expected due to some issues with the deal.

ESPN reports Goodell made $32 million during the 2015 fiscal year, citing the league’s 2015 tax filing, and has surpassed $200 million since becoming commissioner in 2006.

An extension would mark the third time in Goodell’s tenure that the league has agreed to rework his deal. He was extended in 2009 and again in 2012.

Goodell’s current deal expires in 2019.

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Denver Broncos name quarterback Trevor Siemian starter ahead of Paxton Lynch

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By Eric Mollo

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(DENVER) — ESPN reports Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph named quarterback Trevor Siemian the team’s starting quarterback, calling him the “clear-cut winner” over Paxton Lynch.

Joseph made the announcement to the media:

“We decided on making Trevor Siemian our quarterback. Both guys competed hard. Both guys wanted the job. We’re pleased with both guys, but overall the operation of the entire offense, decision-making, ball placement, was more consistent with Trevor. That’s why he won the job.”

Siemian and Lynch each started one preseason game in what was a competition between the two for the starting job. They both took first-team reps throughout the early offseason.

Siemian has outperformed Lynch statistically so far this preseason, throwing for 144 yards and a touchdown. Lynch has thrown for 81 yards and has not led the offense to a touchdown to date.

Siemian started 14 games for the Broncos last season after beating out then-backup Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

Lynch was Denver’s first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, selected after playing for the University of Memphis.

Joseph had positive things to say about Lynch despite him not becoming the starter:

“He knows he’s one play from playing, so he can’t lose his enthusiasm for getting better as a quarterback. That’s a big deal for him, just keep his focus, be a good teammate and keep working.”

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Detroit Tigers' second baseman Ian Kinsler fined for comments about umpire

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By Eric Mollo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(DETROIT) — Major League Baseball (MLB) has fined second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers $10,000 for comments he made about umpire Angel Hernandez, ESPN reports.

Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez for arguing balls and strikes in a game on August 14 when the Tigers were playing the Texas Rangers. The following day, Kinsler unloaded on Hernandez, telling reporters Hernandez is a bad umpire who is “messing with baseball games, blatantly.” He continued his criticism, saying, “He needs to find another job, he really does.”

Umpires across Major League Baseball wore white wristbands on August 26 in a show of support for Hernandez. They made the decision after MLB did not suspend Kinsler. The umpires ended their protest on Sunday when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their umpires’ union governing board.

Hernandez has been an umpire since 1993. When told of Kinsler’s criticism, Hernandez said, “It doesn’t matter.”

Kinsler says he has no regrets about his comments.

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told the media that Kinsler’s fine is “the biggest fine I’ve ever seen Major League Baseball give a player,” adding, “I don’t want them to minimize that he’s not being punished.”

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Source: Don't expect Le'Veon Bell back this week

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Steelers might have to wait even longer for the arrival of their star running back Le’Veon Bell to training camp. A source tells ESPN Bell is not expected to be back for Week 3 of the pre season, when Pittsburgh takes on the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday.

Bell and the Steelers were unable to reach a long-term agreement before the July 17 deadline this off-season, meaning the 25-year-old will have to play under the franchise tag this upcoming season. However, Bell has yet to sign the $12.2 million tender. He has instead been in South Florida for most of August.

Bell, when healthy, has been one of the most dominant running backs since he stepped into the league in 2013. He’s amassed 26 touchdowns and 4,045 rushing yards, while adding 2,005 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.

The source, however, would be shocked if Bell is not back with the Steelers shortly after due to his love for football.

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