From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys have become the first American sports franchise worth more than 2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.The NFL's most valuable team for the sixth consecutive year, the Cowboys saw their overall worth increase 14 percent to 2.1 billion. That's about 1 billion higher than the average NFL team value, 1.11 billion, up 7 percent.New TV contracts, the collective bargaining agreement signed last year and lasting for a decade, and higher premium seating revenue contributed to the increases.With new stadiums in the works for the Vikings and 49ers, their values skyrocketed. Minnesota had a 22 percent increase to 975 million, while San Francisco moved up 19 percent to 1.175 billion.New England was second to Dallas in overall value at 1.635 billion.
BALTIMORE---Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup for the third straight game with a strained left hamstring. Jones left Friday night’s game in the second inning.
“I’m not playing tonight. I’m feeling a lot better. It’s still there,” Jones said. “It’s still August. We’ve got a whole month to go. We’re being smart with it.”
Jones said that it was his decision not to play against Toronto, but he discussed it with manager Buck Showalter.
“A collective decision. It’s being smart together. We have to work together as a collective unit,” Jones said. “I woke up today and felt like I could play, but as you get closer and closer to reality, it’s probably not the smartest thing to go out there and try and blow it out.”
Jones said that he didn’t want to start a game and have to leave it because the hamstring bothered him.
“I want to get back on the field as soon as possible, but one thing I’m not going to do is hurt myself,” Jones said. “The most selfish to do is say I can play a game and come out midgame.”
Nolan Reimold will start in center against the Blue Jays, and Jones will be patient even though it’s a big series.
“It’s an important series. A game is a game. It’s not like it’s Sept. 30,” Jones said. “It’s August 30. Be smart, and be honest with my body, which I don’t like to do, but in this instance I have to.”
Redskins Park was a busy place on Monday, with the departure of Bryan Stork and the signing of Cullen Jenkins both becoming official. Those weren't the only two moves made by the team, however, as they also announced that they had claimed a player off waivers who could add some depth to the backend of an important position.
That player is Vinston Painter, a former sixth-round draft pick taken by the Broncos out of Virginia Tech in 2013. The 26-year-old has also been with the Browns and Dolphins, with his only real experience coming with Cleveland in 2014, where he suited up for three games.
Spencer Long, an interior lineman like Painter, was sidelined during practice on Monday with an ankle problem, meaning Painter's signing could be interpreted as a reaction to Long possibly missing some additional time.
The ex-Hokie appeared in 31 contests in his college career, and is listed at 6-foot-4, 322 pounds on NFL.com.
Nats (75-55) at Phillies (60-70) at Citizens Bank Park
Having lost six of their last eight, the Nats now hit the road to face the Phillies for three games. This could be a good opportunity to collect some wins against a lesser team, as the Nats swept each of their last two head-to-head series.
Also working in the Nats' favor is that Tanner Roark is on the mound. Roark is 13-7 with a 2.99 ERA and is very good at going deep into games, having pitched at least seven innings in 15 of his 25 starts.
Ryan Zimmerman gets the day off as manager Dusty Baker looks to get him some rest. Clint Robinson is instead playing first base.
First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Phillies - Jake Thompson
CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
SS Danny Espinosa
RHP Tanner Roark
RHP Jake Thompson