Review Category : National Sports

Report: Family Matter May Be Reason for Derrick Rose’s Absence from Knicks

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When the Knicks hit the court to face the Pelicans Monday night, one key team member was missing — point guard Derrick Rose.

Though his absence initially appeared mysterious (Knicks staff and players grew concerned and even checked Rose’s apartment), sources later told ESPN the Chicago native had returned to his hometown for a family matter.

The team last saw the 28-year-old point guard earlier Monday for the shootaround, but Rose failed to show up to Madison Square Garden before Monday night’s game. Ahead of tipoff, team officials released a statement that Rose was not with the team, but didn’t comment further.

Teammate Joakim Noah told reporters Monday night that Rose’s health is “OK,” which was “a relief for all of us.”

Immediately after Monday’s night’s game, reasons for Rose’s absence appeared to remain unknown.

“Right now we don’t have information to really give you anything,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said in a post-game news conference, according to ESPN. “So that’s just going to have to wait until we hear something from Derrick himself.”

The Knicks lost to the Pelicans 110-96.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/9/17

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

NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Clemson 35, (1) Alabama 31

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

New Orleans 110, NY Knicks 96
Oklahoma City 109, Chicago 94
Minnesota 101, Dallas 92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Florida 3, New Jersey 0
Washington 4, Montreal 1
Winnipeg 2, Calgary 0
Dallas 6, LA Kings 4

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Clemson Defeats Alabama 35-31 to Win the NCAA College Football National Championship

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson; Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — Clemson avenged last year’s bitter defeat by Alabama in the national championship by last night defeating the #1-ranked Crimson Tide in the final seconds in Tampa, FL, winning the NCAA College Football National Championship game 35-31.

It looked as if Alabama had another victory in the bag, leading the #2-ranked Tigers right up to the final seconds of the game. But then Clemson standout quarterback Deshaun Watson took the snap on first-and-goal with five seconds remaining in the game, completing a two-yard pass to receiver Hunter Renfrow to seal the victory, with a lone second remaining on the clock.

Last night’s win was Clemson’s first national championship since 1981.

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Northwestern Basketball Player Jordan Hankins Found Dead in Dorm

PHOTOS.com/Thinkstock(EVANSTON, IL) — Northwestern Wildcat Jordan Hankins, a 19-year-old player on the women’s basketball team, was found dead in her room on campus.

Hankins averaged 3.6 points in 11 games as a guard for the team. Northwestern coach Joe McKeown called the loss devestating.

We lost a member of our family today. We love and miss you, Jordan.https://t.co/hvobgh62al pic.twitter.com/nP02nXMDeH

— NU Women’s Hoops (@nuwbball) January 10, 2017

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins,” Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said in a statement. “Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends. Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her.”

The cause of her death is not known, but Evanston police said in a statement there is no evidence of foul play.

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Northwestern Bastketball Player Jordan Hankins Found Dead in Dorm

PHOTOS.com/Thinkstock(EVANSTON, IL) — Northwestern Wildcat Jordan Hankins, a 19-year-old player on the women’s basketball team, was found dead in her room on campus.

Hankins averaged 3.6 points in 11 games as a guard for the team. Northwestern coach Joe McKeown called the loss devestating.

We lost a member of our family today. We love and miss you, Jordan.https://t.co/hvobgh62al pic.twitter.com/nP02nXMDeH

— NU Women’s Hoops (@nuwbball) January 10, 2017

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins,” Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips said in a statement. “Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends. Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her.”

The cause of her death is not known, but Evanston police said in a statement there is no evidence of foul play.

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Manny Ramirez to Play in Japan’s Shikoku Island League Plus

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(KOCHI, Japan) – Former Major Leaguer Manny Ramirez is planning a comeback in Japan. The 12-time All-Star has reached an agreement to play for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of the Shikoku Island League Plus.

For Ramirez, 44, this marks his latest attempt at a professional comeback. The 2004 World Series MVP most recently signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs in May 2014. He was released in November the same year.

Ramirez last played in the majors in 2011 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. He appeared in five games that season, but only got one hit during that time. After being suspended for 100 games as a result of testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second time, he opted to retire instead.

During his 19 year career in the Major Leagues, Ramirez played for five teams, most notably the Boston Red Sox. As a member of the Red Sox, he helped the franchise win two World Series, including in 2004 when the team broke an 86 year championship drought.

Ramirez finished his career 15th on the career home run list with 555 and tied at 88th for most career hits at 2,574 with Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn.

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Steelers Assistant Coach Arrested at Pittsburgh Bar

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) – Joey Porter, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ outside linebackers coach, was arrested Sunday night outside a Pittsburgh bar hours after his team won a playoff game over the Miami Dolphins.

According to local law enforcement, security guards at The Flats on Carson called for a police officer who was working at a nearby restaurant “due to an unruly customer who was in the process of assaulting the doorman.” The officer then stopped the assault and arrested the patron, who was later identified as Porter.

The Steelers coach was taken to the Allegheny County jail and was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, and disorderly conduct.

In a statement about the Sunday night incident, team spokesman Burt Lauten said, “We are still gathering information as it pertains to the situation, and we will have no further comment until we get more details.”

This is not Porter’s first arrest. The former NFL player was arrested in 2010 for suspicion of drunken driving and an accusation of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Those charges were later dropped.

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MMA President Responds to Streep Golden Globes Speech Diss

Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After Meryl Streep took a shot at mixed martial arts in her Golden Globes speech, the president of Bellator MMA wrote her an open letter inviting her to a match.

In her speech, which was a pointed criticism of President-elect Donald Trump, Streep declared, “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, so if you kick them all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.”

Bellator MMA president Scott Coker responded by posting an open letter on Twitter to the actress.

As a martial artist and an MMA promoter, here is my open letter and #Bellator170 invite to the very talented #MerylStreep #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/zostN22RAK

— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) January 9, 2017

“Meryl, I’m a lifelong fan of your work but also a lifelong martial artist who happens to promote mixed martial arts around the world,” he wrote. “The global sport of mixed martial arts celebrates male and female athletes from all around the world who work years tirelessly honing their craft and — yes — art.”

Coker added, “They come from every country and every walk of life. We at Bellator support them and honor their skill. Please be my guest at the LA Forum on January 21st and you will see that Mixed Martial Arts is truly artistic — which will feature fighters from all over the world competing at a world class level.”

No word on whether or not Streep will accept the invite.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/8/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Philadelphia 105, Brooklyn 95
Washington 107, Milwaukee 101
LA Clippers 98, Miami 86
Houston 129, Toronto 122
Memphis 88, Utah 79
Cleveland 120, Phoenix 116
Detroit 125, Portland 124 (2OT)
Golden State 117, Sacramento 106
LA Lakers 111, Orlando 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, Tampa Bay 2
Carolina 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Columbus 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Ottawa 5, Edmonton 3
Chicago 5, Nashville 2
Minnesota 2, Anaheim 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Pittsburgh 30, Miami 12
Green Bay 38, NY Giants 13

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(4) UCLA 89, Stanford 75
(11) Virginia 79, Wake Forest 62
(20) Purdue 66, (13) Wisconsin 55
(14) North Carolina 107, NC State 56
California 74, (25) Southern Cal 73

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Aaron Rodgers, Packers Defeat Giants 38-13

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wisc.) — In the battle of red hot offense versus red hot defense, the red hot offense prevailed. The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 38-13 in the NFC Wild Card playoff round for their seventh straight victory.

The Giants took an early 6-0 lead on two field goals, after drives stalled in enemy territory thanks to a dropped passes in key situations. The Packers eventually took the lead 7-6 on a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams.

It appeared as if that would be the score heading into the half, but a call to give the ball to New York running back Bobby Rainey on 3rd and 1 gave the Packers the ball back with under a minute to go. With the ball, Rodgers delivered another unbelievable Hail Mary touchdown pass to give the Packers a 14-6 lead at halftime.

In the second half, it was all Packers. Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb, who caught the Hail Mary in the first half, added two more touchdown catches from Rodgers and the Giant offense couldn’t get anything going.

After the game, Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was asked about his trip to Miami with fellow wide outs Sterling Sheppard and Victor Cruz earlier in the week, where he was seen on a ship with rapper Trey Songz, and whether or not that had an affect on his team’s play. Beckham said he didn’t really see a correlation between the two. “I went through practice had zero drops, zero missed assignments,” Beckham Jr. said “There was nothing that could connect seven days ago to today and how we played and executed.”

The Packers now move on to face another NFC East opponent, the rookie-led Dallas Cowboys, on the road this Sunday.

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