Digest for 08-07-14


NATIONAL

Sharks, Kings to play at 49ers stadium

NEW YORK — There will be outdoor hockey in California for a second straight season.

The NHL announced Wednesday that the San Jose Sharks will be the home team when they play the Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015.

The venue is the new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California hockey, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Los Angeles rallied from a 3-0 deficit to eliminate San Jose in the first round of this year’s playoffs. The Kings went on to capture their second Stanley Cup title in three years.

It will be the first outdoor game for San Jose. Los Angeles will participate in its second after losing 3-0 to Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.

Dolphins take RB Moreno off PUP list

DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins activated running back Knowshon Moreno from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday.

Moreno participated in training camp practice for the first time with the Dolphins, who signed him in March to a reported one-year, $3 million deal.

“It feels good to put the shoulder pads on and come out here and work with the guys,” Moreno told reporters.

Moreno, 27, had minor knee surgery last month and said he feels “good” after testing the knee as a limited participant in practice Wednesday.

He broke out for career-highs in nearly every category last season with the Denver Broncos, rushing for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns and catching 60 passes for 548 yards and three scores in 16 games.

Moreno spent his first five NFL seasons with the Broncos and helped them reach the Super Bowl this past season. He rushed for 17 yards on five carries in the blowout loss to Seattle.

Padres tab Preller as new GM

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres have hired Texas Rangers executive A.J. Preller to fill their vacant general manager position, with the team announcing the move during a press conference held on Wednesday.

Preller, who has spent the past 10 seasons in the Rangers’ organization and most recently served as the team’s assistant GM, beat out three other finalists to replace Josh Byrnes, whom the Padres fired in June following an uninspiring 2 1/2-year run.

The 37-year-old Preller helped build the Rangers into one of the American League’s most successful teams over the past five seasons, with Texas having won 90 or more games in each of the previous four years and reaching the World Series in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Preller, a Cornell graduate and college roommate of current Texas GM Jon Daniels, has particularly made his mark in the area of international scouting, having been instrumental in the Rangers landing such impact players as Yu Darvish, Jurickson Profar, Leonys Martin and Rougned Odor on the foreign market.

The Padres initially interviewed eight candidates following Byrnes’ dismissal on June 22, then narrowed that field down to Preller, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen and MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng.

Redskins WR Jackson twists ankle

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson twisted his ankle in practice Wednesday and could miss Thursday’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots.

The teams have been holding joint practices.

“DeSean got cleated today in a walkthrough and twisted his ankle just a hair,” said Redskins coach Jay Gruden. “We’ll see how he does at rehab or treatment and all that. We’ll find out.”

Gruden said “there’s a possibility” Jackson will miss Thursday’s game. He said wide receiver Pierre Garcon would definitely be out after tweaking a hamstring on Tuesday.

The Redskins signed Jackson in April to a reported three-year, $24 million deal. The dynamic playmaker spent his first six NFL seasons with NFC East rival Philadelphia.