Review Category : National Sports

Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith Suspended for Match Penalty

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been suspended indefinitely for hitting Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle in the face Tuesday night, according to ESPN.

Keith was ejected from the game Tuesday when he swung his stick at Coyle after Coyle knocked him to the ice. Coyle had blood dripping down the bridge of his nose.

According to ESPN, Keith will be suspended until the league reviews the play.

The penalty happened at 9:27 in the first period, and it left the Blackhawks shorthanded for five minutes. ESPN reports the penalty also left the Blackhawks without two important defensemen, with Brent Seabrook out of the game due to illness.

The Wild ended up winning the game, 4-1.

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MLB Teams Up with Apple to Equip Players and Coaches with iPads

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Apple is teaming up with Major League Baseball to bring iPad technology into dugouts and bullpens.

The Wall Street Journal reported that MLB is signing a deal with Apple to equip every team with iPad Pros so teams can take advantage of its new app called MLB Dugout.

The app consists of numbers like performance stats, analyses of pitcher-hitter matchups, comparisons of pitching range, and more.

The app will be preloaded into the machines.

Apple and MLB have declined to disclose details about the deal.

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Cole Custer to Race in Five XFINITY Series Events for JRM

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — JR Motorsports announced Tuesday that its Camping World Truck Series driver, Cole Custer, will race in five XFINITY Series events for them this season.

The first of the 18-year-old Custer’s XFINITY Series races is scheduled for April 23 at Richmond International Raceway. He’s also set to race at Charlotte on May 28, at Kentucky on July 8, at Charlotte again on October 7, and at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19.

“Cole is a driver who has shown a lot of potential,” team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said in a statement. “He is fast and tenacious, he leads laps and wins races; everything you want out of a driver no matter how much experience they have. We take a lot of pride in helping guys advance their careers towards their ultimate goal of racing in the Cup Series. Cole is on that path and I’m happy that we’re able to put him in our cars to help in that process.”

Custer is currently competing in his first full season in the Camping World Truck Series with JRM.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 3/29/16

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


Orlando 139, Brooklyn 105
Charlotte 100, Philadelphia 85
Chicago 98, Indiana 96
Detroit 88, Oklahoma City 82
Houston 106, Cleveland 100
Golden State 102, Washington 94


New Jersey 2, Boston 1
2OT Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 4 (SO Pittsburgh 2-0)
2OT N-Y Islanders 2, Carolina 1 (SO N.Y. Islanders 1-0)
Montreal 4, Detroit 3
Toronto 5, Florida 2
Minnesota 4, Chicago 1
St. Louis 3, Colorado 1
Dallas 5, Nashville 2
San Jose 4, Vancouver 1

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Rockets’ Montrezl Harrell Suspended 5 Games After Pushing D-League Referre

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Houston Rockets rookie forward Montrezl Harrell has been suspended by the NBA Development League for five games without pay after pushing a game official to the ground on Saturday.

Harrell, who was playing with the Rockets-affiliated Rio Grande Valley Vipers, pushed D-League referee Jason Goldenberg to the ground after he tried to break up a scuffle between Harrell and Bakersfield forward Derek Cooke Jr. at the final buzzer.

According to ESPN, a statement from the National Basketball Referees Association released on Monday said: “Harrell committed a deliberate assault and battery against Referee Goldenberg. Anything less than a multiple game suspension would constitute a green light for violence against officials.”

Harrell will be able to be recalled by the Rockets after he fulfills his suspension and misses the last three games of the Vipers’ regular season.

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Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, Alonzo Gee, Out for the Season

Sean Gardner/Getty Images)(NEW ORLEANS) — More injury woes for the New Orleans Pelicans.

The team announced Tuesday that Jrue Holiday and Alonzo Gee would be out for the rest of the season after Holiday was diagnosed with a right inferior orbital wall fracture and Gee suffered a complete rupture of the right proximal rectus femoris.

Both were injured during Monday night’s 99-91 victory against the New York Knicks.

Holiday and Gee join the list of injured Pelicans players which includes forward Ryan Anderson and guard Norris Cole. Anderson has a sports hernia and missed his fifth consecutive game on Monday while Cole has been out for the past 11 games for lower back issues.

According to ESPN, the team’s players have missed 262 games total this season due to injuries.

“I am gonna send out an all-points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Monday night after the win. “We need a voodoo doctor or something here. We’ve gotta find the bones under this place. We’ve got to do something, because this is becoming comical.”

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Crazy New Stadium Eats Debut for Opening Day

Aramark(NEW YORK) — To all of you itching for baseball season to arrive, get ready for a big treat. Or, we should say, big treats.

Ahead of Opening Day this Sunday April 3, Major League Baseball teams have released some wild new food options featured in ballparks around the country.

We’ve picked the top 10 wackiest options between the National and American league to see which league takes the cake.

National League:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Cheeseburger Hot Dog

The Diamondbacks’ Cheeseburger Dog is made from char-grilled hamburgers that have been deep-fried. The meal is served with bacon, lettuce, tomato & a house-made secret sauce.

Meet the latest #DbacksEats sensation, the Cheeseburger Dog, available at Chase Field this season.

— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 24, 2016

Atlanta Braves: Burgerizza

This 2-in-1 combination snack features a 20 oz patty, 5 slices of cheddar, bacon served between two 8-inch pepperoni pizzas.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Cracker Jack & Mac Dog

This foot-long, all beef hot dog is topped with Cracker Jack, macaroni and cheese, salted caramel sauce and fried jalapeños on naan bread. And in case you didn’t get enough on the hot dog, the meal is served with an additional bag of Cracker Jack.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Shock Top Bratwurst

New at #DodgerStadium, Shock Top Bratwurst. Spicy pork infused with @ShockTop beer at @Dodgers#ThinkBlueBBQ

— Chef Jay (@Chef_Jay) March 26, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals: Dinger’s Donuts

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these fresh fried mini-donuts, served warm and topped with your choice of ingredients; including chocolate icing and rainbow sprinkles.

American League:

Houston Astros: Irish Nachos

These fully-loaded nachos are made from Kettle chips and covered with jalapeño queso, roasted tomatoes and assorted nacho toppings.

Kansas City Royals: Champions Alley Burger

This burger is cheese stuffed and tempura battered, served with sweet slaw, chipotle ketchup and fried pickle on a local roll.

Toronto Blue Jays: Chicken & Waffle on a Stick

This creative snack is drizzled with maple Sriracha and served with a broccoli and cabbage slaw.

Texas Rangers: Chicken & Donut Skewer

If you can’t decide if you want a sweet or salty snack, try this 12-inch skewer of fresh donut holes & fried chicken drizzled with sweet & spicy buffalo honey sauce.

Boston Red Sox: Savenor’s Steak Tip Sandwich

Sink your teeth into this savory sandwich, which features marinated steak tips with cheese and BBQ sauce.

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NHL Concedes Risks of Fights in Emails

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NHL has acknowledged the risks of fighting among hockey players during games, including concussions and long-term health problems like depression, in a series of emails revealed in an ongoing court battle with former players.

The New York Times reports the emails were exchanged in 2011 and are mostly between NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and his top lieutenants. The emails reportedly contradict what the NHL has said about fights in order to defend itself from a class-action lawsuit by dozens of former players, whose plaintiffs argue that the NHL didn’t warn the players about the short- and long-term effects of concussions.

Instead of defending themselves in the emails, league officials talked about the possibility of eliminating fighting from the league. According to The New York Times, the emails started circulating after three NHL players died between May and August 2011, all either by suicide or accidentally while struggling with personal issues.

“An interesting question is whether being an NHL fighter does this to you (I don’t believe so) or whether a certain type of person (who wouldn’t otherwise be skilled enough to be an NHL player) gravitates to this job (I believe more likely),” Bettman wrote in an email on Sept. 3, 2011 to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and Brendan Shanahan, the then-senior vice president for player safety and operations.

“I tend to think it’s a little bit of both,” Daly replied to the others. “Fighting raises the incidence of head injuries/concussions, which raises the incidence of depression onset, which raises the incidence of personal tragedies.”

A short time later, The New York Times reports Brettman responded, “I believe the fighting and possible concussions could aggravate a condition, but if you think about the tragedies, there were probably certain predispositions.”

The Canadian sports network TSN originally reported the unveiling of the emails Monday morning. The New York Times then obtained the files from lawyers for the former players.

Hockey is known for stopping the game and letting players fight that dates. The NHL says the number of fights during games has dropped in recent years.

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Matt Harvey Cleared for Season Opener After Having Clot in Bladder

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has been cleared to play in Opening Day Sunday against the Kansas City Royals after a medical scare, according to ESPN.

“It started with a bladder infection and it created a blood clot in the bladder,” Harvey said Tuesday morning when he returned to camp. “I passed it yesterday. It wasn’t a great first day [after] my 27th birthday. But we cleared that. And then we had a little procedure done this morning just to go in and check the bladder and everything was clear.”

ESPN reports Harvey is planning to pitch Wednesday night for a few innings to try to stay sharp for Sunday’s World Series rematch opposite Edinson Volquez.

“I’m cleared to go, cleared to do some minor activities [Tuesday],” Harvey said. “And then we’ll be back to normal [Wednesday].”

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UFC Star Jon Jones Cited for Drag Racing

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — UFC star Jon Jones received a total of five citations for drag racing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 24, according to Albuquerque police.

Police department spokesman Tanner Tixier said Jones, 28, was driving a white Corvette and was likely alone at the time of the traffic stop.

“I was not drag racing nor was I speeding. I did not get a speeding ticket. I was driving within the speed limit of the 35 mph zone,” Jones said in a statement. “I feel that police used a technicality to ticket me for drag racing, for simply revving my engine and acknowledging some of my local fans. I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.”

This isn’t Jones’ first alleged run-in with traffic violations. ESPN reports he was pulled over and cited in February, and was caught driving without a license, registration, or proof of insurance. As a result, Jones received a 90-day deferred sentence for those citations in a March 23 court appearance.

Jones, who is originally from New York, is currently under supervised probation as part of a September plea agreement, which stemmed from a felony charge he received for leaving the scene of a crash in April 2015. ESPN reports it is not yet known whether the March 24 citations will affect his probation.

The UFC released a statement Monday afternoon about Jones, saying, “We are aware of the situation and are looking into the matter.” The organization added, “We’ve also been in touch with Jon’s team regardign the matter.”

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