Mariners downplay Figgins-to-A's trade rumors


Mariners downplay Figgins-to-A's trade rumors

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SEATTLE (AP) The SeattleMariners and third baseman Chone Figgins tried to quiet trade rumorsduring the team's annual fanfest celebration Saturday.Both Figgins and general managerJack Zduriencik downplayed the possibility of a deal that would sendthe speedy, defensive standout to the Oakland Athletics. The OaklandTribune , citing unnamed sources, first reported Friday the A'sinterest in acquiring Figgins."I've always said it's a greatthing to be wanted but I want to win here," Figgins said. "I'll alwayslove playing here and like I said before this is where I want to be.Until they force me out of here this is where I'm going to be."Zduriencik said the team isgoing forward under the assumption that Figgins will be theiropening-day starter at third base. The two had a conversation whereZduriencik explained the situation to Figgins, trying to ease anyconcerns he may have had."You have general managers talk,agents talk about players - I'm not referring to this particularsituation, but the next thing you know, someone is putting two and twotogether and coming up with five," Zduriencik said."That's where this whole thingis at," he added. "What it means, our plan when we open the season,Chone is going to be our third baseman."Figgins played second base forthe Mariners last season after signing with Seattle as a free agent andstruggled early, hitting just .235 at the All-Star break.He responded with a strongsecond half by hitting .286 to lift his average to .260 for the season.Figgins is moving back to third base after the Mariners traded JoseLopez to Colorado this winter."I think I was trying to do alittle more than I was expected to do. I really wasn't attacking thegame," Figgins said of his struggles. "Once the second half hit, Isaid, 'You know what, I'm going to attack the game.' The results end upbeing probably one of the best seasons I ever had, personally, becauseof the struggles I went through earlier."Figgins has a limited no-tradeclause that is thought to include the A's as one of his blockeddestinations. When asked if he would consider waiving the clause ifapproached, Figgins responded, "Like I said, I want to be here."

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Report: Kings forward Matt Barnes accused of choking woman

Matt Barnes may be in some trouble.

The New York Police Department wants to question the Kings forward because he allegedly choked a woman inside a nightclub early Monday morning, according to TMZ Sports.

Barnes reportedly punched two other people as well.

TMZ Sports has video of Barnes and teammate DeMarcus Cousins in front of Avenue Nightclub after the alleged incident.

The Kings lost to the Knicks on Sunday night and Barnes shot 1-for-11 from the field.

Cousins scored 36 points on 9-of-30 shooting.

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

49ers snap count: Buckner never comes out against Bears

CHICAGO – Rookie DeForest Buckner continues to be one of the most heavily-used defensive lineman in the NFL.

Buckner, whom the 49ers chose with the No. 7 overall pick, was one of just two defensive players to be on the field for every snap during the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Buckner is playing an inordinate number of snaps on the line, which generally consists of a handful of players who rotate in and out of the game. Buckner was credited with five tackles in the game.

Shaun Draughn, who opened the season as the 49ers’ No. 2 running back before briefly losing playing time to Mike Davis and DuJuan Harris, has returned to be Carlos Hyde’s backup. Draughn saw action on 25 offensive plays, while Hyde played 33 snaps.

Colin Kaepernick started his seventh game of the season and played the first 45 snaps before he was benched. Blaine Gabbert finished up, as he was on the field for the 49ers’ final 13 plays.

Neither quarterback experienced much success. Kaepernick completed one of five attempts for 4 yards. He was sacked five times and gained 20 yards on six running attempts. Gabbert was four of 10 for 35 yards. He was sacked late in the game for a safety.

Here’s a look at the complete playing time of every 49ers player on offensive, defensive and special teams:

58 -- LT Joe Staley, LG Zane Beadles, C Daniel Kilgore, RG Joshua Garnett, RT Trent Brown
53 -- TE Vance McDonald
45 -- QB Colin Kaepernick
39 -- WR Quinton Patton
38 -- WR Torrey Smith
37 -- WR Jeremy Kerley
33 -- RB Carlos Hyde
25 -- RB Shaun Draughn, TE Garrett Celek
19 -- WR Chris Harper
14 -- WR Rod Streater
13 -- QB Blaine Gabbert
5 -- TE Blake Bell
2 -- RB DuJuan Harris

63 -- CB Jimmie Ward, DT DeForest Buckner
62 -- LB Nick Bellore, SS Antoine Bethea, CB Tramaine Brock
59 -- SS Jaquiski Tartt, LB Ahmad Brooks
51 -- LB Eli Harold
48 -- LB Gerald Hodges
47 -- DL Glenn Dorsey
28 -- DL Chris Jones
23 -- CB Rashard Robinson
21 -- DL Ronald Blair
14 -- LB Michael Wilhoite
13 -- DL Quinton Dial
11 -- LB Tank Carradine
2 -- DB Dontae Johnson, DB Vinnie Sunseri, DB Keith Reaser
1 -- DL Mike Purcell

Special teams
27 -- Johnson
23 -- Bell, Aaron Burbridge
22 -- Wilhoite
20 -- Draughn
19 -- Sunseri
17 -- Marcus Ball, Streater
12 -- Bellore, Tartt
11 -- Bradley Pinion, Harris
10 -- Kyle Nelson, Celek, Robinson, Purcell
8 -- Ward, Jones
7 -- Kerley
6 -- JaCorey Shepherd, Reaser
5 -- Phil Dawson
4 -- Buckner, Brooks, Blair
2 -- Andrew Tiller, Staley, Beadles, Garnett, Brown, Dial
1 -- Harper

Did not play
OL Marcus Martin

Not active
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Quinton Dial