Review Category : National Sports

Marlins Reward Manager Mike Redmond with Two-Year Extension

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Even though the Miami Marlins will once again be watching the postseason, there is reason for optimism as the team has given manager Mike Redmond a two-year extension.

Redmond’s new deal now runs through the 2017 season as he had one more year left on his current deal.

“I’m just excited to continue this process of building this team and this organization in the direction that we know we’re headed,” Redmond said Sunday.

Despite finishing 2014 with a 77-85 record, the team has made significant strides on the field as the organization is filled with young talent.

“We sat down as a group and an organization and tried to figure out how we could get better and improve the ballclub. And we’ve been able to do that by 15 games in one year, which is not easy to do,” Redmond added.

Redmond, who played with the Marlins during his playing career, was hired as the manager back in 2013 and has a 139-184 record during that span.

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Pelicans Guard Tyreke Evans Out 3-5 Weeks with Hamstring Injury

NBA via Sacramento(METAIRIE, La.) — The injury bug is biting the New Orleans Pelicans once again as guard Tyreke Evans will miss the next three to five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.

Pelicans general manager Dell Demps confirmed that the injury occurred while Evans was playing in a pickup basketball game, and was not with the team while the incident happened.

Tyreke injured his hamstring playing pickup basketball out of town last week,” Demps said in a statement.”He is back in New Orleans rehabbing with our medical staff.”

It is unknown at this time if Evans will be healthy enough to be ready to play in the team’s season opener on Oct. 28 against the Orlando Magic.

Last season, injuries ravaged the Pelicans as Evans, Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis all missed time.

New Orleans lost a total of 262 games due to injury or illness last season, which largely resulted in the team finishing the season with a 34-48 record.

Coming off the bench for a majority of the season for the first time during his career, the 25-year-old Evans averaged 14.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game in his first season with the Pelicans.

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Suns Reward Marcus and Markieff Morris with Contract Extensions

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After expressing a desire to continue their NBA playing careers together, the Phoenix Suns have announced they’ve reach contract extensions with twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

The Arizona Republic reports Markieff has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus will receive a four-year deal worth $20 million.

“We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp,” Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. “There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures.”

The Morris twins played together at the University of Kansas, but began their NBA careers on separate teams as Marcus was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to Phoenix in 2013 where the two were re-united.

Last season, Marcus averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Markeiff averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Tony Romo threw for three touchdown passes while DeMarco Murray rushed for two more as the Dallas Cowboys dominated New Orleans, winning 38-17 on Sunday night. The Cowboys (3-1) led 24-0 at halftime and maintained their double-digit lead throughout.

“That was very important for us to see what kind of team we were going to be,” said Romo who ended his day with 262 passing yards as well. “We kind of knew but it’s nice to go against a team…that is still a really good football team.”

Dallas began the scoring when Romo found Terrance Williams from six yards out in the first quarter. The two later connected with 19 seconds left in the half, upping the advantage to 24-0. While Romo was lighting it up in the air, Murray led a dominant rushing attack on the ground. The running back totalled 149 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the year, as the Cowboys racked up 445 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Saints (1-3) offense was held in check all night. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 340 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive until the third quarter when New Orleans settled for a Shayne Graham field goal. They would close the gap to 31-17, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Dallas’ defense held strong and prevented any thought of a comeback.

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Cowboys Cruise Past New Orleans

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Tony Romo threw for three touchdown passes while DeMarco Murray rushed for two more as the Dallas Cowboys dominated New Orleans, winning 38-17 on Sunday night. The Cowboys (3-1) led 24-0 at halftime and maintained their double-digit lead throughout.

“That was very important for us to see what kind of team we were going to be,” said Romo who ended his day with 262 passing yards as well. “We kind of knew but it’s nice to go against a team…that is still a really good football team.”

Dallas began the scoring when Romo found Terrance Williams from six yards out in the first quarter. The two later connected with 19 seconds left in the half, upping the advantage to 24-0. While Romo was lighting it up in the air, Murray led a dominant rushing attack on the ground. The running back totalled 149 yards, his fourth 100-yard game of the year, as the Cowboys racked up 445 yards of total offense.

Meanwhile, the Saints (1-3) offense was held in check all night. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 340 yards but was unable to lead a scoring drive until the third quarter when New Orleans settled for a Shayne Graham field goal. They would close the gap to 31-17, scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but Dallas’ defense held strong and prevented any thought of a comeback.

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Gordon Wins Final Race of “Challenger Round”

Geoff Burke/Getty Images(DOVER, Del.) — Jeff Gordon led the final 71 laps of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, cementing his spot in the next round of the NASCAR’s 10-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup”. It was Gordon’s fifth win at The Monster Mile, and his first since winning his last series crown in 2001.

“I think it makes a statement of what type of team we are,” Gordon said. “I think that it makes a statement that we’re a team to beat for this championship.”

Although he didn’t need the win to advance, Gordon joined Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano as winners through the first round of NASCAR’s new playoff format which eliminates four drivers after every third race. At the conclusion of the race at Dover, Kurt Busch, AJ Allmendinger, Greg Biffle, and Aric Amirola were knocked from championship contention.

Kevin Harvick led 223 laps but poor tire management left him with a 13th place finish. Keselowski took second while Jimmie Johnson, Logano and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. The points will now reset for the “Contender Round” which features races at Kansas, Charlotte, and Talladega.

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MLB Postseason Matchups Set

Zoonar/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It took all 162 games, but the Major League postseason was decided on Sunday as the top 10 teams found out where and when their next games will be. Both the American League and National League Central division titles were also won on Sunday while the final AL Wild Card spot was decided.

David Price tossed seven and one-third innings of shutout baseball, giving up four hits and striking out eight, to give the Detroit Tigers the AL Central crown for the fourth straight year. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair of runs in the 3-0 victory while Joe Nathan picked up his 35th save of the season. The Tigers will travel to AL East Champion Baltimore to begin best-of-five divisional series against the Orioles on Thursday.

The Tigers’ victory means that Kansas City’s first postseason appearance in 29 years will come in the Wild Card round. The Royals will host the Oakland Athletics, who eliminated the Seattle Mariners with a 4-0 win over the Texas Rangers Sunday, in a one-game “play-in” on Tuesday night. The winner of that contest will then travel to Los Angeles to battle the Angels in the divisional round, beginning Thursday.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 after they were already crowned Central division champs. Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss relegated the Pirates to the Wild Card round where they will host the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. Whoever advances will then visit the Washington Nationals, winner of the NL East, in the divisional series on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals begin their defense of the NL Pennant on Friday when they travel to NL West champion Los Angeles to battle with the Dodgers.

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Europeans Win Ryder Cup

James_Thomas_Photo/Thinkstock(GLENEAGLES, Scotland) — Europe continued its dominance as it won a third consecutive Ryder Cup behind the charge of Rory McIlroy and rookie Jamie Donaldson on Sunday.

McIlroy started the round strong with a score of six under par on the first six holes.

Donaldson sealed the day with a powerful drive on the 15th hole that placed the ball within two feet of the cup.

The Europeans finshed the Ryder cup with a final score of 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 over the Americans.

The event was not without controversy for the Americans as Phil Mickelson rode the bench for the final two days of the event and was quick to criticize captain Tom Watson.

“We had a great formula in ’08, and I don’t know why we strayed from it,” Mickelson said. “What Zinger did was really a good format. Maybe we should relive that.”

The Europeans can celebrate with the Ryder cup for another two years until the rivalry renews at Hezeltine outside Minneapolis.

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Tigers Clinch A.L. Central

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers (90-72) clinched the A.L. Central for the fourth consecutive season after they beat the Twins, 3-0 on Sunday.

Ian Kinsler led the offense, with a solo homerun in the third and further cemented the lead with an RBI single in the eighth.

David Price tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Joe Nathan closed out the game to earn his 35th save of the season.

The Tigers will travel to Baltimore to face Orioles Thursday in the A.L. Divisional Series.

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Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman Tosses No-Hitter

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jordan Zimmerman tossed a no-hitter in the Nationals 1-0 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Zimmerman became the fifth pitcher in MLB history to pitch a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season.

This is the second year in a row the unique feat has happened after Henderson Alverez of the Marlins threw nine hitless innings against the Detroit Tigers.

The final out occured in dramatic fashion as Christian Yelich smashed a ball to deep left center. Nationals left fielder Steven Souza tracked the ball perfectly through the air, dove for the ball and raised his hands in triumph as he came up with the game-ending catch.

The Nationals will host the winner of the Pirates/Giants wild card playoff game, which will take place on Wednesday.

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