>>Former NFL QB Stabler Dies
Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler passed away Wednesday as a result of complications associated with colon cancer.
Stabler, who was 69, battled Stage 4 colon cancer since being diagnosed in February 2015, according to a statement from his family.
Nicknamed "The Snake" for a long touchdown run during his high school career, Stabler played college ball for Alabama and was a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 1968. He played a total of 15 seasons in the NFL, the first 10 with Oakland (1970-79), two with Houston (1980-81) and three with New Orleans (1982-84).
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Stabler was named the 1974 NFL MVP. He led the Raiders to the title in Super Bowl XI, a 32-14 triumph over Minnesota on Jan. 9, 1977.
>>Rams Select Isaiah Battle In Supplemental Draft
Former Clemson offensive tackle Isaiah Battle was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the NFL Supplemental Draft conducted Thursday.
By taking Battle, an 11-game starter at left tackle as a junior last season, the Rams forfeit their fifth-round pick in next year's draft.
Battle becomes the first player chosen in the supplemental draft since the Cleveland Browns took troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the 2012 edition.
The 22-year-old Battle declared for the supplemental draft last month, citing family matters that included an expecting child. Off-field issues may have played a part in the decision as well, as multiple outlets reported that he was cited for marijuana possession after being pulled over by Clemson police for speeding on June 11.
Battle was the one of seven players eligible for this year's supplemental draft and the only one selected.