Review Category : National Sports

West Virginia Upsets No. 4 Baylor

istockphoto(MORGANTOWN, WV) — The Baylor Bears’ college football playoff chances took a major blow today after losing to the West Virginia Mountaineers 41-27.

Mountaineers quarterback Clint Tricket led the West Virginia aerial attack, completing 23 of 35 passes for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns. His top target on the day was receiver Kevin White who caught 2 of those touchdown passes and racked up 132 yards on 8 catches.

Baylor put forth a mistake filled effort. With 18 penalties for 215 yards the Bears broke a Big 12 record for most penalty yards in a single game.

The West Virginia defense also put forth a marvelous effort. Baylor came into the game as the country’s number 3 ranked offense, averaging 623 yards per game. Today the Bears were held to 318 yards of total offense. The Mountaineers also sacked Bear’s quarterback Bryce Petty four times and held the prolific passer to 223 yards through the air.

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Milan Lucic Apologizes for Obscene Gesture

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(BOSTON, MA) — Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic lost his cool Thursday in a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens and made an obscene gesture towards the fans.

Friday, the NHL fined him $5,000 and today he apologized to Bruins, Canadiens and hockey fans for his actions.

“Obviously, I’m not proud of what I did there,” Lucic said. “… I know (Canadiens fans) can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. I apologize for my actions. I regret what I did.”

All game, Canadiens players were getting under the skin of Lucic and he became visibly frustrated. At 18:40 in the third period, Lucic recieved a two-minute boarding penalty when he hit Canadiens’ Alexei Emelin.

As he entered the box, the fans continued to heckle Lucic. In response he he made a gesture with his right hand and mocked raising the Stanley Cup.

Lucic was then ejected from the game after Montreal scored on the ensuing power-play for mouthing off to an official.

After the apology, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien came to the defense Lucic.

“Everybody that knows Milan knows that he’s a really good person,” Julien said. “His teammates, coaching staff or any people he’s come into contact with knows that he’s a great person off the ice. I think his emotions sometimes on the ice have gotten the better of him and, to his defense, I think that penalty was probably a real tough call that maybe we don’t really agree on.”

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Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has undergone a shake up, manager Don Mattingly will be with the team next season.

In his introductory press conference, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers newly-named president of baseball operations, was asked about the status of Mattingly going forward.

“We’re very aligned on a lot of things philosophically and have thoroughly enjoyed those conversations,” he said. “We’re going to get together next week and I’ll look forward to building that relationship.”

Mattingly recently wrapped up his fourth season as the Dodgers manager after taking over for Joe Torre. Since becoming the manager in 2011, the Dodgers have seen an increase in wins each season.

In 2014, Mattingly helped lead the Dodgers to a 94-69 record, their most in a season since 2009.

Friedman was previously the general manager for the Tampa Bay Rays, and rumors swirled that manager Joe Maddon would be coming with him to Los Angeles.

Mattingly agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Dodgers in 2014.

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Celtics Trade with Pistons for Bynum

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Boston Celtics traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum Friday.

The move saves the Celtics $900,000.

The 31-year-old Bynum has been dealing with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in Detroit’s first four exhibition games.

Bynum has averaged 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his seven NBA seasons.

Meanwhile Anthony, 32, provides the Pistons with depth at the center position. Pistons center Aaron Gray is out for the preseason while he deals with a cardiac episode.

Anthony, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, has averaged 2.3 points, three rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during his seven year career.

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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year’s draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

“He didn’t take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well,” O’Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Clowney Back on the Practice Field

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney practiced Friday for the first time since having arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus during the second week of September.

Clowney, who was the first pick of this year’s draft, practiced with a brace on his right knee. Despite practicing, Clowney will be a game-time decision according to Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

“He didn’t take a ton of reps today, but the ones that he did he seemed to be moving around well,” O’Brien said.

The 21-year-old was injured during the first half of the Texans season opener versus Washington while trying to bat down a pass. Clowney jumped to hit the ball and landed funny.

Whitney Mercilus has been playing in place of Clowney. In six games this season, Mercilus has 19 tackles.

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Celtics Trade with Pistons for Bynum

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Boston Celtics traded center Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for guard Will Bynum Friday.

The move saves the Celtics $900,000.

The 31-year-old Bynum has been dealing with a hamstring injury and didn’t play in Detroit’s first four exhibition games.

Bynum has averaged 8.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his seven NBA seasons.

Meanwhile Anthony, 32, provides the Pistons with depth at the center position. Pistons center Aaron Gray is out for the preseason while he deals with a cardiac episode.

Anthony, a two-time NBA champion with the Miami Heat, has averaged 2.3 points, three rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during his seven year career.

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Jets Acquire WR Percy Harvin in Trade with Seahawks

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite a 1-6 start to the season, the New York Jets are doing everything they can to improve their roster and not give up on a difficult year so far. New York traded for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin on Friday.

Seattle will receive a conditional 2015 draft pick, ESPN NFL insider John Clayton reports.

Harvin was traded to the Seahawks last year after being drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.

Harvin has only played in 43 career games in his career due to injuries, but Seattle gave him a six-year, $67 million contract, with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Harvin has 22 receptions for 133 yards this season and will be one of the main offensive weapons for second-year quarterback Geno Smith.

Harvin played in the Seahawks Super Bowl win over the Broncos at MetLife Stadium in February.

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Nick Saban: Show Our ‘Best’ Against Texas A&M

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — Seventh ranked Alabama (5-1) will host No. 21 Texas A&M (5-2) in a huge SEC matchup on Saturday.

Alabama’s offense has struggled the last three games and the team is coming off a 14-13 win over Arkansas last weekend.

Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban understands the expectations this team has and is preparing them for another tough game.

“We’re going to certainly have to be at our best to do a good job of trying to get them stopped, and also to control the ball on offense so they don’t have it all the time,” Saban said. “Those things are really critical in a game like this.”

Texas A&M won last year’s showdown in a 49-42 slugfest and Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about his favorite memories at Tuscaloosa.

“We’ve had two great football games, games that really went down to the last play,” Sumlin said on Tuesday. “We won one and lost one. Going back over there, it’s a great atmosphere, a great crowd, a loud place. They’ve got a tremendous amount of pride in their program and they should, with the number of national championships and the number of wins.”

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Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a “soft tissue” injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

“X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries,” Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. “Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days.”

Lopez’ health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He’s battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He’s missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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