Review Category : National Sports

Ronda Rousey Defeated 48 Seconds into Comeback Fight

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Ronda Rousey was knocked out just 48 seconds into her comeback fight at UFC 207 on Friday night in Las Vegas.

Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes overwhelmed Rousey from the opening bell, defeating Rousey after 27 punches in the brief fight.

Prior to her first career loss to Holly Holm, Rousey had defeated her opponents in 66 seconds or less, according to ESPN.

This was Rousey’s first fight in 13 months since she lost to Holm in November 2015.

Speculation of Rousey’s retirement sparked quickly after her loss. Rousey has yet to address the media after the fight.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/30/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 111 Chicago 101
Washington 118 Brooklyn 95
Boston 117 Miami 114
Minnesota 116 Milwaukee 99
Houston 140 L.A. Clippers 116
New Orleans 104 N-Y Knicks 92
Atlanta 105 Detroit 98
San Antonio 110 Portland 94
Philadelphia 124 Denver 122
Golden State 108 Dallas 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina 3 Chicago 2
Nashville 4 St. Louis 0
San Jose 2 Philadelphia 0
OT Vancouver 3 Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) UCLA 76 Oregon St. 63
(3) Kansas 86 TCU 80
(4) Baylor 76 Oklahoma 50
(11) West Virginia 92 Oklahoma St. 75
(18) Arizona 67 California 62
(21) Oregon 84 (22) Southern Cal 61

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Colin Kaepernick Wins San Francisco 49ers’ Len Eshmont Award

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a season full of headlines, and it continued with a team accolade on Friday.

Kaepernick was awarded the Len Eshmont Award by his teammates, which is given to the 49er who “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.”

Kaepernick made headline this season when he chose to kneel during the national anthem to show displeasure towards the racial inequality in the United States. He started the season on the bench, but become the starter in the middle of the season for San Francisco’s struggling offense.

The award was established after Eshmont’s death in 1957, and is considered the most prestigious honor players vote on.

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Jabrill Peppers Out of Orange Bowl

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) — The sixth-ranked Michigan Wolverines did not have their star defensive player in the Orange Bowl.

Heisman Trophy finalist Jabrill Peppers was ruled out Friday with an unspecified injury, the school announced shortly before the start of the game against the No. 11 Florida State Seminoles.

Sources tell ESPN Peppers tweaked his hamstring in practice Thursday and the injury is not considered serious, but will take some time to heal.

Peppers has two years of eligibility remaining, and it is unknown yet if he will declare for the NFL Draft.

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Report: Tony Romo Expected to Play Sunday

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(FRISCO, Texas) — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may finally take the field on Sunday when the Cowboys wrap up their regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sources tell ESPN Romo, who last played in a regular season game in Thanksgiving 2015, is expected to see game action.

Romo, 36, has been out with a compression fracture in his back since the preseason. He has been medically cleared but has yet to get any game time.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, 23, has been filling in for Romo and he’s expected to be the starter on Sunday. Romo and quarterback Mark Sanchez will serve as Prescott’s backups.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/29/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 91, Miami 82
Memphis 114, Oklahoma City 80
Cleveland 124, Boston 118
Utah 100, Philadelphia 83
Phoenix 99, Toronto 91
Dallas 101, L.-A. Lakers 89

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Boston 4, Buffalo 2
SO/New Jersey 2, Washington 1
OT/Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2
OT/Montreal 3, Florida 2
OT/Detroit 3, Ottawa 2
Chicago 3, Nashville 2
Minnesota 6, N.-Y. Islanders 4
Columbus 5, Winnipeg 3
Dallas 4, Colorado 2
Anaheim 3, Calgary 1
Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 1
N.-Y. Rangers 6, Arizona 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

St. John’s 76, (13) Butler 73
(8) Kentucky 99, Ole Miss 76
(7) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 32
(19) St. Mary’s 72, Loyola Marymount 60
(25) Florida 81, Arkansas 72

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Rashaan Salaam Committed Suicide, Coroner Confirms

John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam committed suicide before he was found dead earlier this month, the Boulder County coroner has confirmed.

The autopsy reveals that the former college standout and NFL player died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Salaam’s body was discovered in a park along with a handwritten note, passport, $63, a red bio-hazard bag and medical gloves for burial purposes.

The coroner’s office offered his family the option of additional neuro-pathological analysis for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), but consent was denied.

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Serena Williams Is Engaged to Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tennis great Serena Williams is engaged.

Her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, made the announcement on Facebook, embedding a Reddit post from her verified account.

“She said yes,” he wrote.

In her Reddit post, Williams, 35, wrote of the proposal, “I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage awaited. Destination: Rome. To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle.”

She continued in the classic Reddit template, “At the same table we first met by chance. This time he made it not by chance. But by choice. Down on one knee. He said 4 words. And. r/isaidyes.”

The two were first linked last year, but haven’t posted much on social media.

On his verified Reddit account, Ohanian, 33, replied to Williams’ post, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”

The cartoon picture of the two has Williams in her classic tennis gear, while his face is the Reddit logo.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/28/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 111, Indiana 105
Charlotte 120, Orlando 101
OT/Atlanta 102, New York 98
Milwaukee 119, Detroit 94
Chicago 101, Brooklyn 99
New Orleans 102, L.-A. Clippers 98
San Antonio 119, Phoenix 98
Denver 105, Minnesota 103
Portland 102, Sacramento 89
Golden State 121, Toronto 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
SO/Toronto 3, Florida 2
Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2
OT/Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 3
St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 3
Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(20) Florida State 88, Wake Forest 72
Nebraska 87, (16) Indiana 83
(1) Villanova 68, DePaul 65
(12) Virginia 61, (6) Louisville 53
(24) Notre Dame 63, St. Peter’s 55
(9) North Carolina 102, Monmouth 74
(17) Xavier 82, Providence 56
(10) Creighton 89, Seton Hall 75
(15) Perdue 89, Iowa 67
(21) Oregon 89, (2) UCLA 87
(23) Cincinnati 56, Temple 50
(22) USC 70, Oregon State 63

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Doug Martin Suspended for Violating NFL’s Drug Policy

Getty/Joe Robbins(TAMPA, Fla.) – Doug Martin, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, will serve a four-game suspension effective immediately, after violating the NFL’s drug policy.

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” Martin said in a statement. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me – including Coach Koetter – I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.”

Before last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, the 2016 Pro Bowl selection was named inactive. Koettter called it a “coach’s decision.”

Prior to the suspension going public, teammate Jameis Winston voiced his support for Martin although he was benched. “I can only do my part [for] Doug to be there, be his friend, be his teammate, be his quarterback, just checking on him. Everything that’s beyond my reach, I can’t control. I know we have a great franchise running back in Doug Martin. I’m not worried about his situation.”

During this past offseason, Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.74 million with $15 guaranteed. According to ESPN’ Field Yates, if the Buccaneers decide to release Martin, the fourth highest paid player on the team, the suspension would void his $7 million guaranteed salary for 2017.

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