Review Category : National Sports

Sources: San Diego Chargers Planning Move To Los Angeles

Thinkstock/iStock(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Chargers plan to announce a move to Los Angeles, NFL sources told ESPN. The move, expected to be announced as early as Thursday, would mark an end to a 55-year-stretch in San Diego.

The move would be a return to the team’s birthplace, where they played their first season in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961.

Sources told ESPN that the Chargers notified NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league sources that they planned to make the move for the 2017 season.

However, one league source cautioned that nothing is final. As of Wednesday evening, Chargers chairman Dean Spanos had yet to send a formal relocation letter to the NFL, had not informed public officials in either California city of the team’s move, and had not told members of the San Diego organization about his theoretical relocation plans.

If the move goes forward, Los Angeles will have two NFL teams after spending more than twenty years without one. (The Rams moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016.)

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New Pro Football League Looks to Kick Off in 2018

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – A new professional football league was announced on Wednesday and is looking to play its first game in summer 2018.

The Pacific Pro Football League is being described as a league for players who graduated from high school, are not in college, and have not been out of high school for three years. This system is designed to help high school graduates make themselves for the NFL.

The four-team league will be based in Southern California and pay its players an average salary of $50,000. It will be an eight game season and will play “under professional football rules, protocols, and style,” according to a statement by the league.

Furthermore, each team, which will consist of 50 players, will have a combination of professional and college coaches. In addition, players will receive paid tuition and books at local community colleges.

This league is looking to become an alternative to college football for high school football players. NCAA rules prohibit players from profiting in any capacity from playing football, a point of controversy among student-athletes. The Pacific Pro Football League looks to compensate the players while giving them access to an education.

According to Bradley Edwards, the league’s chief operating officer, the league is currently seeking sponsors and facilities.

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Cubs to Visit White House Before Obama Leaves

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs will reportedly pay a visit to the White House before President Obama leaves office later this month.

A team source tells ESPN the 2016 World Series champions will go to Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The Cubs’ visit comes after Obama invited the team to the White House in November after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series. The extra innings win marked Chicago’s first championship since 1908.

It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That’s change even this South Sider can believe in. Want to come to the White House before I leave?

— President Obama (@POTUS) November 3, 2016

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/10/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 101, Chicago 99
Toronto 114, Boston 106
Atlanta 117, Brooklyn 97
Houston 121, Charlotte 114
Milwaukee 109, San Antonio 107
Utah 100, Cleveland 92
Portland 108, LA Lakers 87
Golden State 107, Miami 95
Sacramento 100, Detroit 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Carolina 5, Columbus 3
Buffalo 4, Philadelphia 1
Boston 5, St. Louis 3
Nashville 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
Chicago 4, Detroit 3 (OT)
San Jose 5, Edmonton 3
Anaheim 2, Dallas 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(10) West Virginia 89, (1) Baylor 68
(2) Kansas 81, Oklahoma 70
(3) Villanova 79, (15) Xavier 54
(6) Kentucky 87, Vanderbilt 81
(9) Florida St. 88, (7) Duke 72
(23) Florida 80, Alabama 67
Texas Tech 66, (26) Kansas St. 65

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Former Olympic Medalist Paul Wylie Spreading Awareness About Cardiac Arrest

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Olympic figure skater Paul Wylie took home the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics and is a member of the Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Now at age 52, he is looking to spread awareness about cardiac arrest.

Wylie spoke exclusively with ABC News after he suffered cardiac arrest almost two years ago. In April 2015, Wylie was running with friends when he collapsed. One of the people he was with performed CPR and kept him alive until paramedics could resuscitate him.

Wylie, who now wears a defibrillator, doesn’t recall much of the incident and says he didn’t have symptoms that would have led him to believe he could be a victim of cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function that can result in death if not treated within minutes, and the survival rate is extremely low. As Wylie’s case shows, it can appear unexpectedly and without major symptoms.

The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released a joint report outlining different steps people can take to prevent the disease. Wylie adds that a yearly visit to and good communication with a personal doctor can lessen a person’s chances of having cardiac arrest.

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FIFA World Cup to Include 48 Teams in 2026

Ben Solomon / ESPN Images(ZURICH) — The FIFA World Cup is expanding come 2026.

The FIFA Council met in Zurich on Monday and Tuesday, and unanimously voted to increase the number of teams allowed to compete from 32 to 48.

FIFA Council unanimously decides on expansion of the FIFA World Cup to a 48-team competition as of 2026. https://t.co/zPRIt5lU0w

— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) January 10, 2017

Under the new format, the 48 teams will be split into 16 groups of three. “The top two teams from each group will then advance to a 32-team knockout stage,” FIFA explained in a press release Tuesday.

The world’s governing body of soccer added that the format “has been drawn up in such a way that there is no reduction in the overall number of rest days and a guaranteed maximum of seven matches for the teams reaching the final, while the current 32-day tournament duration is kept, so as not to increase the length of time for which clubs have to release their players.”

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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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