Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard roundup — 5/22/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 1
Arizona 5, Chicago White Sox 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 14, Baltimore 7
N.Y. Yankees 4, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 3, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 1, Detroit 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 8, Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 6, Chicago Cubs 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 129, San Antonio 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Nashville 6, Anaheim 3

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Amid death threats, Thunder center Enes Kanter wants US citizenship

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter has received online death threats and suspects his recent detention at a Romanian airport stems from his criticism of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. On Monday the center said the United States “is my home now,” ESPN reports.

At a news conference in New York Monday, Kanter spoke out about his desire for U.S. citizenship just two days after being detained at a Romanian airport due to the cancellation of his Turkish passport.

Kanter, who often speaks out against Turkish President Erdogan, according to ESPN, repeated that he believes the passport incident is connected to such frequent criticism, saying Monday, “I know how bad of a man he is.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/21/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Angels 12, N.Y. Mets 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 2
Toronto 3, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 8, Houston 6
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4
Boston 12, Oakland 3
Chicago White Sox 8, Seattle 1
Texas 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City at Minnesota, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 1, Philadelphia 0
Washington 3, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 8, San Francisco 3
Chicago Cubs 13, Milwaukee 6
L.A. Dodgers 6, Miami 3
San Diego 5, Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 111, Cleveland 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 7, Ottawa 0

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Kyle Busch takes $1M prize at Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race

iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.C.) — It might not have earned him any points, but that $1 million prize sure must have been sweet for Kyle Busch who won the Monster Energy All-Star Race on Saturday Night.

Not only did he take home the $1 million, he also recorded his first winning race in a Cup car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

It wasn’t like Busch had no competition in the final, 10-lap stage.

Jimmie Johnson literally gave Busch a run for his money, hoping that Brad Keselowki would be able to slow Busch on the final restart, but Busch passed Keselowski — running on old tires because he had no fresh ones left — and Johnson on the first of the last 10 laps and never looked back, winning by 1.274 seconds.

Kyle Larson finished second, and Johnson finished third with Keselowski slipping to ninth.

The rest of the top 10 were Kurt Busch in fourth place, Jamie McMurray in fifth, Kevin Harvick in sixth, Chase Elliott in seventh, Joey Logano in eighth and Denny Hamlin in 10th.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to action in earnest next Sunday at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600.

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Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter claims he was detained in airport over political views

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Enes Kanter, an NBA center with Turkish roots, is returning to the U.S. on Sunday after having been detained for several hours at a Romanian airport following statements he made criticizing Turkey’s president.

“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views,” Kanter said of his detainment in a cellphone video captured at the airport on Saturday and posted to Twitter. “And the person who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”

I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017

Kanter, 25, a popular player with the Oklahoma City Thunder, is a supporter of Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gülen, a staunch critic of Erdogan. The Turkish president has blamed Gülen for the failed July 2016 coup that took place in the country. Erdogan has called for the extradition of Gülen, who has denied involvement in the attempted coup.

In the video posted online on Saturday, Kanter also refers to the widely circulated footage of Erdogan’s security detail beating up demonstrators in Washington, D.C. this week following his meeting with President Trump.

“You know he attacked the people in Washington,” Kanter said in the video. “He’s a bad, bad man. He’s a dictator.”

Kanter is now headed back to the U.S. via London. It is unclear how he is able to travel with an invalid passport.

In addition to the video, Kanter also posted a photo of himself giving a “thumbs up” on Twitter, acknowledging that his travel restrictions had been lifted.

He promised to elaborate on the situation at a press conference in New York, which is expected later on Sunday.

“Gonna give press conference tomorrow in NY,” he wrote on Twitter. “Got lots of things to say with lots of crazy stories.”

Kanter’s support for Gülen has caused a rift within his own family, according to the BBC, which reported that Kanter’s father published a letter disowning his son in the weeks following the failed coup attempt.

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/20/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Mets 7 L.A. Angels 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 8 Boston 3
Cleveland 3 Houston 0
Tampa Bay 9 N-Y Yankees 5
Detroit 9 Texas 3
Baltimore 7 Toronto 5
Chi White Sox 16 Seattle 1
Kansas City at Minnesota 5:40 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6 Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 5 Washington 2
Cincinnati 12 Colorado 8
San Francisco 3 St. Louis 1, 13 Innings
Arizona 9 San Diego 1
Miami 10 L.A. Dodgers 6
Milwaukee at Chi Cubs 2:20 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Golden State 120 San Antonio 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Nashville 3 Anaheim 1

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 81 Connecticut 79
Minnesota 89 Dallas 87

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NBA player Enes Kanter in London after being detained in Romanian airport

J Pat Carter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter is now safe in London after being detained in an airport in Romania, a spokesman has told ABC News.

Enes’ representative, Hank Fetic, said the athlete plans to discuss the incident at a press conference in New York on Sunday. Kanter said he was held by police officers “for hours” after arriving in Bucharest from Jakarta, Indonesia, where he had visited as part of a tour for his foundation.

Kanter posted a video on Twitter when the incident happened

I’m being held at Romanian airport by Police!! pic.twitter.com/uYZMBqKx54

— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 20, 2017

“The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views,” Kanter said in the Twitter video. “And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey.”

The 25-year-old has been an outspoken critic of Erdogan and a known supporter of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic leader and the face of the “Gulen Movement.”

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NHL fines Ducks captain for ‘inappropriate remark’

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been fined thousands of dollars for making an “inappropriate remark” during Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

The NHL announced on Saturday that Getzlaf will face a $10,000 fine. This comes shortly before Game 5 against the Nashville Predators.

“Getzlaf’s comment in Thursday’s game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful, and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable,” Colin Campbell, NHL’s executive vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. “The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League.”

Getzlaf avoided a suspension, but was fined the maximum amount. The NHL said he violated a policy that “prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks, and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 5/19/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Mets 3 L.A. Angels 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5 Toronto 3, 10 Innings
Tampa Bay 5 N-Y Yankees 4
Texas 5 Detroit 3
Cleveland 5 Houston 3
Minnesota 4 Kansas City 3, 10 Innings
Oakland 3 Boston 2, 10 Innings
Chi White Sox 2 Seattle 1, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 6 Chi Cubs 3
Philadelphia 7 Pittsburgh 2
Colorado 12 Cincinnati 6
Atlanta 7 Washington 4
San Francisco 6 St. Louis 5
Arizona 10 San Diego 1
L.A. Dodgers 7 Miami 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 130 Boston 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 3 Ottawa 2

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 78 San Antonio 72
Atlanta 91 Chicago 83
L.A. Sparks 99 Washington 89

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Cleveland Cavaliers crush Boston Celtics in Game 2 as Isaiah Thomas aggravates injury

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 130-86 drubbing of the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James learned he was not named a top 3 finalist for the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award.

He did not seem to care when speaking to reporters though, saying:

“What are you going to do about it at the end of the day? My only job is to try to be the MVP for this team every night, put my teammates, put our franchise in position to be successful and ultimately compete for a championship.”

However, ESPN reports James expressed some frustration after leaving the arena while he was standing with a group of Cleveland reporters.

According to the report, he questioned why one voter did not put him on their All-NBA first team. The first, second, and third All-NBA teams were announced Thursday. As for finishing fourth in the MVP voting, James wondered, “Fourth? I haven’t been fourth in a long time.”

This year marked the first time since 2008 James did not finish as a top 3 finalist for the MVP award.

Head coach Tyronn Lue was too curious about James’ absence as an MVP candidate, but acknowledged that Russell Westbrook, Kawhi Leonard, and James Harden were all deserving finalists.

However, Lue still questioned the decision:

“I look at LeBron like Shaq; I think every year he’s the MVP, and you can give him the award every year if you wanted to. When guys have incredible seasons like James Harden did and Westbrook and Kawhi, then you kind of credit those guys and give those guys the nod. But to me, I mean, LeBron is MVP, just like Shaq, you can give it to him every year if you wanted to.”

Richard Jefferson and J.R. Smith came to James’ defense amongst other teammates, with Smith telling reporters, “He got a vote for [All-NBA] second team. Somebody’s trippin’. … He’s driven by a completely different monster.”

James says his only concern is being the Cavaliers’ MVP each and every night, and he was just that in their Game 2 win over the Boston Celtics. He led the game in scoring with 30 points, and contributed on the defensive end of the floor, notching four steals and three blocks.

As for the Celtics, they suffered a disheartening playoff loss and in the process, lost their top scorer.

All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas aggravated a hip injury in the first half of Friday’s game and sat out the second half. His status for Game 3 is uncertain.

Head coach Brad Stevens said Thomas’ right hip was a nagging injury that he originally re-aggravated in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Washington Wizards days ago.

The Celtics will have a better idea of Thomas’ status for Game 3 when he undergoes additional tests on Saturday.

Boston trails the Cavaliers 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.

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