A’s Andrew Triggs out for season after hip surgery

A’s pitcher Andrew Triggs underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Dr. Marc Philippon performed the surgery on Thursday in Vail, Colo., on the right-hander.

Triggs got off to a nice start with the club by going 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA in his first eight starts, but his numbers had declined severely in his last four starts (0-4, 9.64 ERA) before being placed on the disabled list June 10.

The injury did not respond to treatment.

Rams receiver Mike Thomas suspended four games

Rams receiver Mike Thomas has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, the league announced Friday afternoon.

Thomas will be suspended without pay “for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.”

The league did not give specifics on Thomas’ alleged violation, but the NFL’s drug policy calls for an automatic four-game suspension for a positive test result for a “stimulant or anabolic agent.”

A sixth-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2016, Thomas appeared in 15 games last season, caught three passes for 37 yards and also contributed on special teams.

Thomas had drawn praise from new coach Sean McVay throughout the Rams’ offseason program for his on-field improvement, and Thomas is expected to compete for a spot on the final 53-man roster in training camp.

Thomas can participate in training camp and in preseason games but won’t be able to return to the active roster until Oct. 2.

In April, Rams cornerback Troy Hill was suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of the league’s drug policy. Hill previously pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the influence.

LA Kings sign D Kevin Gravel, avoiding arbitration

EL SEGUNDO (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings re-signed Kevin Gravel to a one-year, $650,000 contract extension Friday, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent defenseman.

The Kings also signed restricted free agents Justin Auger, Andrew Crescenzi, Zachary Leslie, Kurtis MacDermid, Michael Mersch, Jonny Brodzinski and Paul LaDue.

Gravel broke through as an NHL regular last season, scoring seven points in 49 games while getting a steadily increasing role on the power play. He scored his first and only NHL goal Feb. 23 against Boston.

Gravel filed for arbitration earlier this month after receiving a qualifying offer from Los Angeles. He was the Kings' only remaining restricted free agent who logged significant time in the NHL last year.

LaDue's one-year extension is worth $874,125 at the NHL level. The rookie defenseman scored eight points in 22 games last season, and he also logged 38 games in the AHL after helping North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA championship.

Brodzinski, who got a two-year extension, also made his NHL debut last season with two points in six games for Los Angeles. He was a standout scorer for the Kings' AHL affiliate in Ontario.

Auger, Crescenzi, Leslie, MacDermid and Mersch are all regulars in Ontario.

NCAA committee to place greater emphasis on road wins

Winning road games will have a greater emphasis than before in the NCAA Tournament selection process.

The NCAA Division I men's basketball committee is altering its definition of a "quality win" to highlight the importance of winning on the road.

For the last several years, team sheets used in evaluation of NCAA Tournament contenders were divided into four columns: Results against top-50 teams in the RPI, teams ranked 51-100, teams ranked 101-200 and teams outside the top 200.

Starting in the 2017-18 season, these team sheets will place greater emphasis on where the games are played rather than the ranking of each opponent.

The committee also plans to continue studying different available metrics for evaluating teams, with the likelihood that a new metric could be in place by 2018-19.

Media overwhelmingly pick Alabama to win SEC championship

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Three-time defending champion Alabama is picked to win the Southeastern Conference title again in a preseason media poll.

Alabama was the preseason choice of 217 of the 243 people who cast ballots at this week's SEC Media Days. The only other school to receive as many as 10 votes was Auburn with 11.

The predicted order of finish in the Western Division was Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

Georgia's the favorite in the Eastern Division. Following Georgia in order were Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

The media have correctly picked the SEC champion two of the last three years, but only four times in the last 20 years.

Alabama also had a record 10 first-team picks on the media's preseason all-SEC team.

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