Review Category : National Sports

Report: Rockets to acquire Lou Williams from Lakers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to acquire shooting guard Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell ESPN.

In exchange, the Rockets will send small forward Corey Brewer and an unprotected first-round pick to Los Angeles.

The trade comes ahead of this year’s NBA trade deadline, set for Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. It also comes a day after Hall of Famer Magic Johnson became the Lakers’ president of basketball operations following the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/21/17

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 2, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 1
Montreal 3, NY Rangers 2 (SO)
Tampa Bay 4, Edmonton 1
Toronto 5, Winnipeg 4 (OT)
NY Islanders 3, Detroit 1
Calgary 6, Nashville 5 (OT)
Chicago 5, Minnesota 3
LA Kings 2, Colorado 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(9) Baylor 60, Oklahoma 54
(11) Kentucky 72, Missouri 62
(13) Florida 81, South Carolina 66
(14) Purdue 74, Penn St. 70 (OT)
(25) Wichita St. 109, Evansville 83

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MLB agrees to new intentional walk rule

moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Major League Baseball has approved a change to its intentional walk rule on Tuesday in an effort to speed up the pace of game play.

According to ESPN, instead of throwing four balls to a batter, the umpire will receive a signal from the dugout allowing the hitter a free pass to first base.

According to studies performed by MLB, an intentional walk takes about one minute. The rule change would eliminate that and keep the game moving along.

This comes after Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to the press earlier on Tuesday about how he did not anticipate any rule changes for the 2017 season and blamed the players’ association for the delay.

“There really won’t be any meaningful change for the 2017 season,” Manfred said. “Due to a lack of cooperation from the MLBPA.”

Any rule changes that were to go into effect for the upcoming season had to be agreed upon between the league and the union prior to the start of spring training games. The Grapefruit League and Cactus League begin play on Friday.

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Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey valued at $500K

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey, which went missing from his locker after the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl 51 victory, has an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department.

Police have classified the case as a possible first-degree felony.

“On 2/05/17, the City of Houston hosted Super Bowl LI in the NRG Stadium. Shortly after winning the game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady noticed his game jersey missing from his locker in the Patriots designated locker room,” according to the police report detailing the Feb. 5 incident at NRG Stadium.

News of the missing jersey first surfaced when Brady told team owner Robert Kraft in an on-camera locker room conversation after the game that he was unable to locate the jersey he wore as he led the team to the 34-28 overtime win on Feb. 5

“Someone stole my game jersey,” Brady said after kissing Kraft on the cheek.

“You better look online,” Kraft responded. The NFL, which captured the exchange, shared it on Twitter, posting the video with the caption: “Hey can someone give Tom Brady his jersey back? #SB51.”

Brady, listed as the complainant in the Feb. 6 police report, told reporters the day after the game that, “I put it in the bag, and then I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. So it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. “So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know.”

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Lakers name Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations

Rich Arden / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Hall of Famer Magic Johnson is now the Lakers’ president of basketball operations after general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss were fired.

As the Lakers work to rebuild from a 19-39 record, the third-worst in the NBA, president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said in a statement she believed Tuesday’s actions “will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect.”

“Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me,” Buss, Jim Buss’ sister, said. “Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

Johnson said it is “a dream come true to return to the Lakers as president of basketball operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family.”

“Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization,” he said in a statement. “I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

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Report: Timberwolves reach out to Knicks over Derrick Rose

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be interested in New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose.

Sources tell ESPN the Timberwolves have contacted the Knicks to talk about potential trades for Rose, who will become a free agent in the summer. Sources say other teams have reached out to the Knicks, as well.

Should Minnesota strike a deal to acquire Rose, it is not yet clear who they would offer to New York in exchange.

This year’s NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/20/17

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Florida 2, St. Louis 1
Arizona 3, Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(12) West Virginia 77, Texas 62
Miami 54, (18) Virginia 48 (OT)
(19) Florida St. 104, Boston College 72

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Abby Wambach engaged to Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Retired U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is engaged to Christian mom blogger Glennon Doyle Melton.

The Momastery blogger and mother of three made the announcement on her Facebook page Saturday.

“Abby and I have decided to hold hands forever,” she wrote, beside a black and white photo of the couple’s hands, showing off their diamond rings.

“Love Wins,” she added.

Wambach, 36, and Melton, 40, went public with their relationship last November.

In a Facebook post at the time, Melton, who is best known for her bestselling books, Carry On, Warrior and Love Warrior, told her 645,000 followers that she was in love with Wambach three months after announcing her split from her husband of 14 years, Craig Melton.

“She’s unwaveringly good to Craig, to the kids, to Sister and to all my people. And oh my God, she is so good to me,” she wrote next to a photo of her and Wambach. “She loves me for all the things I’ve always wanted to be loved for. She’s just my favorite. My person.”

Calling themselves a “beautiful, modern family,” Melton wrote, “We have family dinners together — all six of us — and Abby cooks. (She is an AMAZING chef because Jesus loves me).”

Melton’s surprise post came two months after Wambach announced that she and wife Sarah Huffman were divorcing.

The former couple shared a high-profile kiss after Wambach led the U.S. women’s soccer team to victory in the 2015 World Cup.

On Valentine’s Day, Wambach wrote, “I found myself when I met you @glennondoylemelton. The end. I love you!”

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Lauren Holiday opens up about brain tumor health scare while pregnant

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Retired U.S. women’s soccer player Lauren Holiday took to social media over the weekend to open up about her life as a new mother and the obstacles she faced upon learning she had a benign brain tumor while six months pregnant.

Holiday, 29, posted a photo of daughter Jrue on Saturday to her Instagram page and wrote, “I have never quite known suffering like I experienced the last 6 months. I can remember countless nights repeating ‘there may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.’ I remember half believing it and half still in disbelief that this was my life.”

The two-time Olympic gold medalist had the tumor, a type called meningioma, successfully removed in October, just one month after she gave birth to her daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday.

Holiday says that in addition to the support of her husband, NBA player Jrue Holiday, and other family, her strength comes from her faith in God.

“I memorized scripture and some days my faith felt unshakable and others I was scared to death,” she wrote beneath the photo of her daughter. “Every time I see this smile, I’m reminded that joy does come in the morning. Maybe not the next day, maybe not even the next month but it comes. I can’t imagine what heaven will be like if this is the joy I get to experience on earth. Psalm 30:5”

The Holidays, college sweethearts, married in 2013. After Lauren Holiday’s diagnosis, her husband, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, took a leave of absence from the team to focus on his family.

He missed the preseason and 12 regular season games before returning to the court in late November.

“I’m blessed, man,” he said at a news conference at the time. “Blessed to have my family back, blessed that we’re OK. So blessed for the support from especially the team. I can’t even explain how much they were there for me and my family through everything.”

Jrue Holiday gave another update in January, saying, “My wife is a lot better so I’m doing a lot better.”

“I guess it’s been going well and it hasn’t been affecting me, I don’t think,” he said, according to ESPN. “My wife is doing really well and she’s gradually getting better, and that’s all I can ask for. She’s alive, and I’m blessed for that. My daughter is OK. So, I’m happy.”

Lauren Holiday has used social media to post photos of the couple’s daughter, including one eight weeks ago, captioned, “You’re my hallelujah.”

“There’s ultimate joy for Lauren Holiday on social media,” said USA Today columnist and ABC News consultant Christine Brennan. “I mean, she’s using it to tell what appears to be a very happy ending.”

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Dustin Johnson claims world No. 1 ranking after winning Genesis Open

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Dustin Johnson became the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer after winning the Genesis Open this weekend at the Riviera Country Club.

Johnson secured a five-shot victory after shooting 64 in the third round and 71 in the fourth. At one point, he was nine shots ahead of the field.

The newly anointed No. 1 finished the tournament at 17-under 267, which was just three shots shy of the oldest 72-hole scoring record on the PGA Tour schedule according to ESPN. Lanny Wadkins shot a record 20-under also at Riviera.

Johnson is the 20th player to reach the No. 1 spot since the beginning of the world rankings in 1986. Jason Day had been top-ranked golfer for 47 straight weeks.

When asked about being the top player in the world, Johnson replied, “It sounds good.”

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