Review Category : National Sports

Mets promote Tim Tebow to advanced minor league team

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow is getting a promotion.

The New York Mets boosted the former football star from low-A ball with the Columbia Fireflies to St. Lucie of the Class A-Advanced League.

With the Fireflies, he was batting .222 with 3 home runs; 23 RBIs; a .311 on-base percentage; and a .340 slugging percentage, with 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 212 at-bats.

The 29-year-old signed with the Mets in September. Before that, he won the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators in 2007.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/24/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 7, Detroit 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 8, N.Y. Yankees 1
Oakland 10, Chicago White Sox 2
Kansas City 3, Toronto 2
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 2
Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 3
L.A. Angels 6, Boston 3
Houston 5, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 18, Cincinnati 3
Chicago Cubs 5, Miami 3
Atlanta 3, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 3
N.Y. Mets 5, San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 4, Colorado 0
Arizona 9, Philadelphia 2

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Sparks 84, Indiana 73

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White Sox retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 jersey

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 10-2 on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. They probably could’ve used the arm of the man they were retiring, Mark Buehrle.

Before the game, the Whie Sox retired Buehrle’s No. 56 jersey. “It’s an amazing feeling,” said the 38-year-old Buehrle, “I really can’t put it into words how I feel. … It’s a special day.”

Buehrle is considered the greatest White Sox left-hander in the expansion era, helping the White Sox win the 2005 World Series. The former starter was gifted a four-wheeler and a pickup truck duringt the 30-minute ceremony.

“As I look around this stadium, it is just amazing how much these people love you or how many people came out to see you on this great day,” team owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. “In case you weren’t aware of it, we don’t draw 40,000 every day.”

Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and manager Ozzie Guillen were among several former Buehrle teammates in attendance. “Buehrle, day in and day out, was the same guy, and that’s what makes him so special,” Guillen said. “His teammates love him.”

The five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner earned 161 or his 214 victories in a White Sox uniform. He is the 11th player in team history to have his number retired.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/23/2017

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 1, Detroit 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 2, Texas 1
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 0
Boston 9, L.A. Angels 4
Tampa Bay 15, Baltimore 5
Oakland 3, Chicago White Sox 0
Kansas City 5, Toronto 4
Seattle 13, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 6, Cincinnati 5
Miami 2, Chicago Cubs 0
Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 4
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 6, Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 6, Colorado 1
N.Y. Mets 11, San Francisco 4

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 94, N.Y. Liberty 89
Chicago 82, Atlanta 78
Minnesota 93, Washington 76
Dallas 81, San Antonio 69
Phoenix 85, Seattle 82

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/22/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 9, Minnesota 0
Texas 11, Toronto 4
Houston 12, Oakland 9
L.A. Angels 10, N.Y. Yankees 5
Cleveland 6, Baltimore 3
Seattle 9, Detroit 6

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 1
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 10, Colorado 3
Chicago Cubs 11, Miami 1
Atlanta 12, San Francisco 11
L.A. Dodgers 9, N.Y. Mets 6

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Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz first in NBA draft

Willard/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The top of the NBA draft when as planned after a week of rampant speculation.

With the first pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers followed the expected script and chose University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz.

The Los Angeles Lakers chose hometown boy Lonzo Ball, from UCLA, with the second pick, and Boston got their man in forward Jason Tatum from Duke at number three.

Here’s a full list of Thursday night’s draft picks:
1. Philadelphia 76ers – Markelle Fultz (PG, Washington)
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA)
3. Boston Celtics – Jason Tatum (SF, Duke)
4. Phoenix Suns – Josh Jackson (SF, UNC)
5. Sacramento Kings – De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky)

Check back for updates.

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Kansas City Chiefs extend coach Andy Reid’s contract, part ways with GM John Dorsey

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to extend the tenure of head coach Andy Reid, while parting ways with general manager John Dorsey.

Reid has brought the team to three playoff berths in his four seasons in Kansas City. The Chiefs have won 43 of their 64 games under Reid.

“My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under Coach Reid,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats.”

Reid is 173-114 in 18 seasons as an NFL head coach. Only Bill Belichick has won more games among active NFL coaches.

As for Dorsey, Hunt released a statement saying that his contract would not be renewed beyond the upcoming 2017 season. “After consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now,” Hunt explained.

Dorsey was the sixth GM in Chiefs history, and has spent 27 years in the NFL as a player and a staffer.

“I want to think Clark, the Hunt family and the Chiefs fans for the opportunity to be a part of Chiefs Kingdom over the last four seasons,” Dorsey said. “I believe this team is well positioned for the future and I wish Coach Reid, the players and the entire organization the best.”

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Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season — that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year’s World Series.

Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year’s third game.

The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year — slugging 12 homers in 64 games — the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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James Blake no longer threatening to sue NY after wrongful tackle

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tennis star James Blake withdrew his notice of claim against the City of New York, nearly two years after he was tackled by a plainclothes police officer who wrongly identified Blake as a suspect in a credit card fraud ring.

In exchange, the city agreed to establish the “James Blake CCRB Fellowship” to investigate police misconduct.

The arrangement appoints a fellow to the CCRB, who will perform outreach in neighborhoods with a high volume of police complaints to help the agency close more of its investigations.

In exchange for the creation of the fellowship, Blake has agreed to withdraw the notice of claim that he filed against the city. The city law department will also pay about $175,000 in legal costs Blake accumulated over the past two years and his travel expenses associated with developing the fellowship.

Blake’s attorney, Kevin Marino, said, “Mr. Blake and I are very pleased that we were able to turn this unfortunate incident to advantage with the establishment of the James Blake CCRB Fellowship.”

The officer who tackled Blake, James Frascatore, was later brought up on departmental charges after the CCRB determined he used excessive force. Frascatore has been negotiating a plea deal with the CCRB, but no resolution has been reached.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/21/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 8, Cincinnati 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 6, Boston 4
N.Y. Yankees 8, L.A. Angels 4
Cleveland 5, Baltimore 1
Toronto 7, Texas 5
Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5, Oakland 1
Seattle 7, Detroit 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 2, Washington 1
San Diego 3, Chicago Cubs 2
St. Louis 7, Philadelphia 6, 10 Innings
Atlanta 5, San Francisco 3, 11 Innings
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3
Arizona 16, Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 8, N.Y. Mets 2

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