Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the regular season following his offseason arrest.
"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice said in a statement released by the team. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways."
Rice is able to participate in training camp and the pre-season games, but will miss the first two home games against the Bengals and Steelers. Rice will also be fined $58,000 and will be required to go to counseling, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.
"There are consequences when you make a mistake like that," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. "I stand behind Ray. He's a heck of a guy."
"He's done everything right since [the incident]," Harbaugh continued. "He makes a mistake, alright? He's going to have to pay a consequence."
Rice will be back on the field when the Ravens play in Cleveland against the Browns in Week 3.
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the longest tenured members of the Atlanta Falcons is sticking around even longer as the team has agreed on a four-year extension with wide receiver Roddy White.
White's new deal is worth up to $30 million, which includes $18 million over the next two seasons.
"I always wanted to be back in Atlanta,'' White told ESPN.com. "Once we got to the guaranteed money that I wanted to get to that I felt would secure my future as a football player, then I could sign a contract. When we got it done, I was happy, because I don't want to go anywhere. I love this place. I wanted to be here. And I'm going to be here for the next four years.''
The 32-year-old White has been with the Falcons since he was drafted 27th overall by the team during the 2005 Draft. From 2007-2012, White averaged nearly 1,200 receiving yards. Since entering the NFL, his 685 receptions rank eighth among active players, while his 9,436 receiving yards rank fifth.
Ed Zurga/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The back end of the Detroit Tigers bull pen just got a whole lot stronger as the team has acquired closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers.
"I'm going to a new team, and that's going to be my new family and I will do whatever they want me to do," Soria said of the Tigers. "I want to help them win the World Series -- that's what this is all about -- and I hope to help them out as much as I can."
Despite the recent trade, Tigers closer Joe Nathan is expected to remain the team's closer, for now.After a hot start to the season, Nathan has struggled mightily recently. He has 20 saves this season, but also has a bloated ERA of 5.89 and has blown five saves.
Soria may not have been the dominant closer he was while he was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but he's still an above-average reliever who is capable of closing out games. In 35 games this season, Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA with 17 saves.
Rich Pilling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the midst of a disappointing season, San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamines.
"I have been undergoing treatment for several years for a medical condition, Attention Deficit Disorder, for which I previously had a Therapeutic Use Exemption,'' Maybin said in a statement. "Unfortunately, in my attempts to switch back to a medicine that had been previously OK'd, I neglected to follow all the rules and as a result I tested positive."
Maybin was once considered one of the best young prospects in baseball not too long ago, but never fully reached his potential. In 62 games this season, the 27-year-old Maybin is hitting .247 with one home run and drove in nine runs.
The Padres signed Maybin to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in March 2012, but he's had trouble staying on the field in terms of durability and production.
The team has added outfielder Jeff Francoeur from their Triple-A El Paso club to replace Maybin.
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Washington Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to a strained right hamstring.
This is the second time this season Zimmerman will head to the DL. Earlier this year he missed 44 games with a broken right thumb.
The injury occurred while Zimmerman was attempting to run to first base to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning of the Nationals win over the Rockies Tuesday.
Zimmerman had an MRI prior to the team's game Wednesday, but has not yet received the results.
"He's pretty sore today," Nationals skipper Matt Williams said. "It's actually a little worse (than Tuesday night). When I spoke with him this morning, he hadn't had any treatment on it. When you're hot and it happens, it doesn't feel as bad as it does the next morning."
Zimmerman has played in 53 games this season and is hitting .282 with five home runs, 36 RBIs and a .345 on-base percentage.
Infielder Zack Walters was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Zimmerman's roster spot.
iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider has avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract with the New York Rangers.
ESPN reports Kreider will make an average of $2.475 million annually.
Kreider was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the 23-year-old scored 17 goals and dished out 20 assists in 66 regular season games for the Blue Shirts.
The Rangers and Kreider came to terms just before their arbitration hearing that was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Houston Astros placed rookie outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with strained left quadriceps.
Springer claims he was hurt on July 9, when he slammed into a wall, after making a catch against the Rangers.
The move is retroactive to Sunday.
"He's been day to day, and we could have continued to keep him day to day because obviously taking him out of the equation for two weeks is a blow to the team, but the way Springer plays the game is 100 percent," Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Even if we use him as a pinch-hitter or a DH and he's in the game and he hits a ground ball he's going to run 100 percent. In order to protect him from himself for a certain extent, we kind of need to force him to get some rest."
Springer leads the team with 20 home runs and is hitting .231 with 51 RBIs through 78 games.
Outfielder Marc Krauss has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer's roster spot.
Dave Sandford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Colorado Avalanche signed center Ryan O'Reilly to a two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 23-year-old in Colorado through the 2015-16 season and avoids arbitration.
O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct, and also led the team with 28 goals last last season.
"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."
ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reports the contract contains a cap hit of $5.8 million in the first year and $6.2 million in the second year.
O'Reilly was selected by the Avalanche with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. During his five seasons in Colorado, O'Reilly has played in 345 games, recording 73 goals and 191 points.