Review Category : National Sports

Cavaliers’ Kevin Love expected to miss 6 weeks

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss six weeks as he undergoes a scope on his injured left knee according to ESPN. The regular season ends two weeks after his expected return, and even if Love does return on time, he may possibly not be able to play his usual amount of minutes until the postseason.

The subject of trade rumors with Carmelo Anthony in recent weeks, Love has had a stellar year in Cleveland. He is averaging over twenty points per game and earned his fourth All Star appearance, helping lead the Cavs to the top of the Eastern Conference.

It’s unclear how the Cavaliers will replace Love’s production. He is the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer. One potential player they could have traded for to replace Love was dealt on Tuesday. ESPN reports the Orlando Magic shipped Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Terrance Ross and a first round pick in this summer’s draft.

LeBron James said of the injury it, “sucks,” and that it’s particularly hard with guard J.R. Smith also out of the lineup. Channing Frye will start in place of Love in the first game he’s sidelined. James Jones and Derrick Williams could be relied upon to play in Love’s place as well.

The Cavaliers are in action Tuesday night. They face the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Raptors are in Chicago to play the Bulls. Both start times are 8 p.m. ET.

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Report: Knicks lift ban on Charles Oakley

Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Knicks have lifted their ban on Charles Oakley, sources said to ESPN.

The retired Knicks forward made headlines last week when he was removed from Madison Square Garden and arrested after the team said he became “completely abusive” to arena staff.

A police source told ABC News the incident began when Oakley started yelling at Knicks owner James Dolan who asked security to escort him out of the venue. Oakley refused to leave without incident, the police source said, and proceeded to assault a couple of arena employees.

Dolan announced Friday that Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden after his arrest.

Oakley told ESPN on Tuesday he was “in pain now” and he wants the team to apologize to the fans.

“I have never asked for nothing,” Oakley said to ESPN. “I love the fans in New York. They’ve been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want him to apologize to me and the fans. They’ve had my back and they’ve felt the pain. I really appreciate the people all around who’ve had my back.”

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Families of victims in Jose Fernandez boat crash sue

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) – In the wake of Miami Marlins’ All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death, there is now a battle for his estate. A pair of lawsuits claim wrongful death and negligence for the boating accident that killed Fernandez and two others this past September.

Obtained by ESPN.com, the complaints from both families of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, the two other people on the boat, are claiming that Fernandez’s “negligence” was a “direct and proximate cause” of death. The complaints further allege that Fernandez failed to comply with Florida state statutes “while illegally intoxicated and/or under the influence of an illegal substance.”

The lawsuits were recently filed in Miami circuit court and come at a critical time for the late Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias. She is expected give birth to the couple’s daughter very soon. Arias is expected to be the beneficiary of Fernandez’s estate, valued at $2-3 million.

Speaking out against the lawsuit, Ralph Fernandez, a family friend and attorney representing the pitcher’s mother, said to ESPN.com, “I don’t want to project an end to this, but it’s had a bad start with the lawsuit timing, not necessarily the claim itself, which they are fully entitled to make, but with Maria Arias’ imminent childbirth. I think it was a sensitivity issue and a poor choice, but everyone represents clients in a different way.”

The family’s lawyer also said that a settlement offer of $500,000 each to both the families of Rivero and Macias on behalf of the insurance company was rejected.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/13/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 99
San Antonio 110, Indiana 106
Memphis 112, Brooklyn 103
Orlando 116, Miami 107
Washington 120, Oklahoma City 98
Milwaukee 102, Detroit 89
Boston 111, Dallas 98
Denver 132, Golden State 110
L.-A. Clippers 88, Utah 72
New Orleans 110, Phoenix 108
Atlanta 109, Portland 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N.-Y. Rangers 3, Columbus 2
Arizona 5, Calgary 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(8) Louisville 76, Syracuse 72
Texas Tech 84, (4) Baylor 78
OT/(3) Kansas 84, (9) West Virginia 80
(2) Villanova 75, DePaul 62

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UConn women win 100th straight game

PHOTOS.com/Thinkstock(STORRS, Conn.) — The UConn women’s basketball team beat South Carolina Monday night, 66-55, for the Huskies’ 100th straight win.

The Huskies’ last loss came in a 2-point overtime defeat at Stanford in November 2014. The Huskies have been undefeated this year, as well as the two previous seasons.

The last Division I men’s college basketball team to finish unbeaten was Indiana in 1975-76.

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One piece of missing Patriots Super Bowl memorabilia found

iStock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — A valuable item from Super Bowl 51 has been found.

Not long after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced that his jersey from his fifth Super Bowl win was missing from his locker, running back James White said he couldn’t find the football that he used to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

The ball was tracked down and is now on display at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame next to Gillette Stadium.

Now on display: The game winning ball from the #Patriots record breaking comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. pic.twitter.com/6EVXfXoyli

— The Hall (@TheHall) February 13, 2017

Brady’s jersey, however, is still missing.

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Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son arrested on child sexual abuse charges

iStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on charges related to child sexual abuse.

Jeffrey Sandusky was arrested after two underage teens told Pennsylvania State Police he solicited them for oral sex and nude photos. His arrest comes more than five years after his father was arrested for abusing minors.

Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Bail was set at $200,000. His attorney had no comment.

Sandusky works as a corrections officer. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections suspended him without pay.

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Patriots trademark phrase ‘Blitz for Six’

iStock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) – The New England Patriots’ journey for their sixth Super Bowl title is already underway.

The Patriots filed to trademark the phrase “Blitz for Six” just two days after orchestrating an historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI. The team hopes for the phrase to be used on an array of apparel and merchandise.

This is nothing new for the Patriots, as they have a history of trademarking phrases associated with the team. Prior to this year’s Super Bowl, the team filed to trademark “Ignore the Noise.” The team also received trademarks to “Do Your Job” and “We are all Patriots.”

In one case, attempting to trademark a phrase backfired on the team. The team tried to trademark the terms “19-0” and “Perfect Season” nine years ago when the Patriots were undefeated heading into Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants. The Giants ended up winning that game, but the Patriots recently received the trademarks.

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Derek and Hannah Jeter are expecting a baby girl

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(NEW YORK) — In a new essay for the Player’s Tribune, Hannah Jeter opens up about “The Derek I Know,” while writing about her husband and soon-to-be father of her child, a baby girl.

In a heartfelt piece, Hannah explains that she didn’t know who the baseball legend was when she first met him, and that it took a while to understand his connection to the fans of New York.

“You probably don’t believe me,” she explains. “But it’s true … I grew up in the Virgin Islands, on St. Thomas, which is only about three miles wide. Baseball wasn’t really ‘a thing.'”

She continues to write that while Google may have had its fair share of stories about the Yankees great, now 42, she got to know him on her own terms.

“Derek and I met during the off-season, and I think that was a lucky break,” she writes. “We met at the right time. To me, what matters in a relationship is being at the same place in your lives. And right from the start, I could tell that the timing of Derek’s life and mine were aligned.”

The fashion model, 26, came to terms with Jeter’s career and says in his final season as a ballplayer she canceled jobs to be with him, support him and “be present at those remaining games” of his career in an attempt to “reconcile” the love fans have for the World Series champ.

“Even during those last few months, I felt like I was still learning to identify the Derek Jeter everyone was saying goodbye to as the same Derek that I knew,” she writes. “And then, during his last game at Yankee Stadium … that’s when, for me, everything fell into place.”

This understanding of Jeter’s legacy is something that is on Hannah’s mind as she and her husband are now “pregnant with our first child … looking to the future.”

In the middle of the article, Jeter shares a picture of the baseball legend, holding pink balloons to signify the daughter they are expecting.

“He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.),” she adds. “Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him … They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation. They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be ‘Dad.’ That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t.”

But there is “some sadness,” she admits, that their children won’t know the sports icon firsthand at games, because he’s now retired and the Yankees will retire his jersey later this year.

“We can show them videos, and photos, and memorabilia … But I know it won’t be quite the same … You had to be there,” she writes. “We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart, and that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less.”

Though she wants her children to know all aspects of their father’s life, she closes with, “if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/12/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Minnesota 117, Chicago 89
NY Knicks 94, San Antonio 90
Detroit 102, Toronto 101
Sacramento 105, New Orleans 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

San Jose 4, New Jersey 1
Minnesota 6, Detroit 3
NY Islanders 5, Colorado 1
Nashville 5, Dallas 3
Boston 4, Montreal 0
Vancouver 4, Buffalo 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Northwestern 66, (7) Wisconsin 59
(10) UCLA 78, Oregon St. 60
(25) SMU 60, (11) Cincinnati 51
Virginia Tech 80, (12) Virginia 78 (2 OT)

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