Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 97 (14-9) – Charlotte Hornets 88 (6-18)

Indiana Pacers 110 (8-17) – Los Angeles Lakers 91 (8-17)

Boston Celtics 105 (8-14) – Philadelphia 76ers 87 (2-22)

Atlanta Hawks 93 (17-7) – Chicago Bulls 86 (15-9)

Toronto Raptors 95 (19-6) – Orlando Magic 82 (10-17)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (20-6-4; 44pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (19-10-3; 41pts)

Buffalo Sabres 5 (13-16-2; 28pts) – Ottawa Senators 4 (12-12-6; 30pts) SO

New York Islanders 3 (21-10-0; 42pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (11-15-6; 28pts) SO

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Duke 75 (9-0) – Elon 62 (5-5)

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N.Y. Yankees & Headley Agree to 4-Year Contract

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –Third baseman Chase Headley and the New York Yankees have agreed to a four-year contract, the team announced on Monday. The deal is worth $52 million, according to ESPN.

The 30-year-old Headley was acquired by the Yankees on July 22, 2014 from the San Diego Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitcher Rafael De Paula. In 58 games with New York, he batted .262 with six home runs and 17 RBIs.

Headley had his best season in 2012 when he hit .286 with 31 homers and a National League-leading 115 RBIs. He won his first career Gold Glove that season with a field percentage of .976. and a Silver Slugger award.

The Padres originally selected Headley in the second round of the 2005 MLB draft.

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Astros Sign INF Jed Lowrie to 3-Year Contract

Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros have agreed to a three-year contract with free agent infielder Jed Lowrie, the team announced on Monday. He will receive a guaranteed $23 million, according to ESPN.

In 136 games with the Oakland Athletics last season, the 30-year-Lowrie batted .249 with six home runs and 50 RBIs. He also scored 59 runs and had an OBP of .321.

Lowrie previously played for Houston in 2012, where he hit .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games. He was dealt to Oakland on Feb. 4, 2014 along with right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez with Houston receiving first baseman Chris Carter, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.

Lowrie’s new contract contains a club option for 2018.

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Heat Forward Chris Bosh Out with Injured Calf

NIBA via Miami Heat(MIAMI) — As the Miami Heat look to keep their heads above water in the Eastern Conference playoff race, they’ll be without forward Chris Bosh for a few games and possibly more after suffering a calf strain.

Bosh missed the team’s game against against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, which they wound up losing.

Even though he has yet to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury, he still plans to meet with a team doctor Monday to have the injury reevaluated.

“We’re just trying to see how my body responds,” said Bosh. “It’s one of those things that can get worse, if you don’t take care of it. It can be a lot worse than it has to be. So we have to take this precaution right now.”

The Heat, who have made the NBA Finals the past four seasons, are off to their worst start in seven years at 11-13.

A lot of the team’s struggles can be traced back to Lebron James’ departure back to Cleveland, as well as injuries to starters Dwayne Wade and Luol Deng.

The 30-year-old Bosh is off to his best start since joining the Heat prior to the 2010-2011 season. He’s averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in 23 games.

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Knicks Guard Iman Shumpert Out 3 Weeks with Shoulder Injury

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The bad news keeps coming for the New York Knicks as guard Iman Shumpert will miss the next few weeks with a dislocated left shoulder.

Shumpert suffered the injury during the second quarter of the team’s win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night after colliding with Celtics’ forward Jeff Green.

Now in his fourth year in the NBA, the 24-year-old Shumpert is one of the team’s best defenders. In 24 games, he’s averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.

According to the team, Shumpert will be reevaluated after three weeks to see if and when he’ll be ready to return to the court.

“We don’t want to jeopardize the remaining part of his season, so we’ll have to see,” Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said.

Filling in for Shumpert will likely be second-year guard Tim Hardaway Jr. He’s averaging 9.9 points per game this season so far.

Guard J.R. Smith is still dealing with a small partial tear of the plantar fascia and is day-to-day.

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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a move that has some people around the NBA scratching their heads, the Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Mike Malone.

The Kings started the season on a roll, going 5-1 behind the play of center DeMarcus Cousins. Still, Cousins has missed the last nine games and the team wound up losing eight of their last ten games.

Despite Cousins absence, the Sacramento ownership group and front office “expected more” from the team at this point as they have gone 11-13 to start the season.

Malone was hired by the team following the 2013 season. He was the sixth head coach hired by the Kings since the 2005-2006 season, the last season they made the postseason. Overall he went 39-67 during his time tenure as head coach.

Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will take over the team on an interim basis. He went 112-146 in three-plus seasons as the head coach for the Utah Jazz.

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Broncos Kick Their Way to 4th Straight AFC West Title

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Connor Barth kicked five field goals, and Peyton Manning threw for 233 yards and a touchdown while playing with flu-like symptoms, to lead the Denver Broncos past the San Diego Chargers 22-10 Sunday.

The win clinches Denver (11-3) its fourth straight AFC West title.

The Broncos are currently tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC, but the Pats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

“We’re one step closer,” Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders said. “Obviously we’ve got a playoff berth now and in order to win it all we have to make the playoffs and that’s something that we did. We’re excited but we’ve still got two more games left on the schedule and we’re watching New England close and obviously we want to clinch home-field advantage but we just have to continuously handle business.”

Manning had to take four bags of intravenous fluid between Saturday night and Sunday morning, and while he wasn’t perfect, he was still effective. He even extended his NFL record to 14 seasons with 4,000 passing yards.

“He went out there and battled,” Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 89 yards, said of Manning. “He battled the Chargers’ D, battled the crowd, battled the adversity and battled himself. That’s a lot of battles going on in one man’s lifetime right now. But he went out there and overcame it and helped us out with a `W’ today.”

The Chargers (8-6) dropped out of the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs with the loss.

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Bills Keep Packers Winless in Orchard Park

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Aaron Rodgers was intercepted twice in a game for the first time since Week 8, as the Green Bay Packers fell to 0-6 all-time at Orchard Park by losing to the Buffalo Bills 21-13 Sunday.

With the win, the Bills (8-6) remain one game out of a wild card spot in the AFC.

Trailing 19-13 with 1:58 left in the game, the Packers had one last chance to drive for the win, but Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams caused Rodgers to fumble in the end zone, forcing a safety and clinching a Bills victory.

Rodgers finished the game 17 of 42 for 185 yards with no touchdowns.

“It’s a testament to what we do,” defensive tackle Kyle Williams said. “We’ve played against great quarterbacks, so the only expectation that we had was to play well and win a football game.”

Dan Carpenter kicked four field goals and Marcus Thigpen returned a 75-yard punt for a touchdown to complete the scoring for Buffalo.

The Packers (10-4) are now tied with the Detroit Lions for first in the NFC North.

Buffalo clinches its first eight-win season since 2004.

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Colts Top Texans, Win AFC South

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes to help the Indianapolis Colts edge the Houston Texans 17-10 Sunday, clinching their second straight AFC South title.

“This never gets old. This feeling never gets old,” said Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who has made the playoffs in 12 of his 14 NFL seasons. “At training camp we made some goals. Taking care of the division was our first goal so we were able to check that one off.”

Luck finished the day 18 of 24 for 187 yards, with one interception.

The Texans (7-7) lost quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the second quarter. He suffered a left leg injury after he was hit while trying to scramble. He had to be carted off the field.

Rookie Tom Savage took Fitzpatrick’s place, completing 10 of 19 passes for 127 yards, with two turnovers.

The Colts (10-4) have won four straight.

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Patriots Explode in 2nd Half, Clinch AFC East

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots outscored the Miami Dolphins 27-0 in the second half to stampede to their sixth consecutive AFC East title by winning 41-13 Sunday.

The Patriots (11-3) scored on all four of their third-quarter offensive series, the first coming after quarterback Tom Brady scrambled for a clutch 17-yard first-down run on third and 11 to set up a LeGarrette Blount 3-yard touchdown run.

“I think it was a play that we needed to make so it was good to make it at that time,” Brady said of his first-down run. “I was going to slide but I was pretty [upset] that time so I figured I wouldn’t slide.”

The Dolphins (7-7) hung tough in the first half after the Patriots ran the ball three times without gaining a first down. Jarvis Landry returned a punt 32 yards to put Miami on the Patriots’ 32-yard line with 11 seconds to play. The following play, Ryan Tannehill went deep to Mike Wallace, who made an acrobatic catch in the left corner of the end zone. The play was initially called incomplete, but the call was reversed after review.

Despite their strong first half, the Dolphins couldn’t get anything going in the second half as the Patriots avenged their early-season loss that was suffered in Miami.

“Going down there and losing Week 1; we’ve been waiting all season to get back and play this game,’ Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “So I thought we did a great job in the second half of playing good football and executing.”

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