Review Category : National Sports

Johnny Manziel Indicted on Assault, Family Violence Charges

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was indicted Tuesday in Texas following allegations that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend.

A grand jury charged Manziel, 23, with assault causing bodily injury and family violence, according to court documents. His attorney said earlier that Manziel will plead not guilty.

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, claims her eardrum burst when the former Browns quarterback hit her during an argument that began at a Dallas hotel in January. After the alleged assault, Crowley “met with domestic violence specialists at the Dallas Police Department,” she said in a statement at the time.

Manziel is prevented from seeing Crowley for two years under a protective order, ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV reports.

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Defending Champion Blackhawks Eliminated from Playoffs

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — The Chicago Blackhawks will not get a chance to defend their Stanley Cup title this year.

The defending champions were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs Monday night by the St. Louis Blues. The Blues took the series in seven games, winning 3-2 on Monday.

After the game, Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane was at a loss for words.

“You know, I think right now it just doesn’t really feel right,” he told reporters.

St. Louis will now move on to play the Dallas Stars.

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Broken Hand ‘Doesn’t Look Good’ for Chris Paul, Says Clippers’ Coach Rivers

iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Clippers point guard Chris Paul will likely need surgery for his fractured hand, which could keep him from returning for the remainder of the season.

With 6:07 remaining in the third quarter, Paul broke his right shooting hand during the Clippers’ 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers Monday, ESPN reported. The fracture occurred in Paul’s third metacarpal at the center of his right palm.

Paul will undergo evaluation Tuesday in Los Angeles, but team indications point to surgery and anywhere from three to six weeks of recovery time — which would prohibit him from returning this season.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

The Game 4 win for Portland tied the series 2-2. The Clippers and Trail Blazers play Game 5 on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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NASCAR Updates Rules on Lug Nuts

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — NASCAR sent a memo to teams on Monday, stating that organizations must have all five lug nuts safely and securely installed in all national series races.

NASCAR Senior Vice President of Competition Scott Miller released a statement regarding the update to the rule book that was published by NASCAR.com.

“NASCAR has been closely monitoring the aggressive strategies on pit road. Safety is an area we do not take lightly, as our record has clearly indicated,” he said. “It’s important for us to have a system in place immediately for addressing lug nut installation, while we also work alongside the industry to develop the best long-term solution.”

There are various penalties for a missing lug nut, including a fine and crew chief suspension if discovered after a race.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 4/25/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 1, Atlanta 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chi White Sox 7, Toronto 5
Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0
Detroit 7, Oakland 3
N-Y Yankees 3, Texas 1
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3
L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 1
Seattle 3, Houston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N-Y Mets 5, Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 1
Arizona 12, St. Louis 7
Miami 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
San Francisco 5, San Diego 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Charlotte 89, Miami 85
Oklahoma City 118, Dallas 104
Portland 98, L-A Clippers 84

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Nashville 3, Anaheim 1
St. Louis 3, Chicago 2

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Tiger Woods Registers for US Open, Plays First Holes of 2016

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(PLUM, Pa.) — Tiger Woods has registered for the U.S. Open, but will he tee it up at Oakmont Country Club in June?

The deadline to register for the U.S. Open was Wednesday, and according to ESPN, the United States Golf Association said he registered at 4:33 p.m. on April 4.

Woods, who has been out of commission for more than seven months since he underwent back surgeries in the fall, has yet to announce his return to competitive golf.

On Monday, however, the 14-time major champion hit the ceremonial tee shot at Bluejack National Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas, and played five holes with British Open champion Mark O’Meara. According to Woods, they were the first holes he’s played since the Wyndham Championship last August when he finished for a tie in 10th.

RG: Taking a crack at the par-3 12th hole. pic.twitter.com/hqArUey34r

— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 25, 2016

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Byron Scott Out as Lakers’ Head Coach

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Following a dismal season, Byron Scott is no longer the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a press release Sunday night, the team announced it has “decided not to pick up the option for the 2016-17 season” on Scott’s contract.

“We would like to thank Byron for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the last two years, but have decided it is in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.

Scott has coached the team since 2014. Under his leadership, the Lakers have had the two worst seasons in the franchise’s history. This year, the team finished 17-65, the second-worst record in the NBA.

The Lakers say the search for Scott’s replacement will “begin immediately.”

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry Out for 2 Weeks with MCL Sprain

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Another injury for Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors’ star guard out for another two weeks.

According to ESPN, an MRI on his right knee Monday revealed a Grade I sprain, the lowest sprain possible, and he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Curry appeared to slip on a wet spot at the end of Sunday’s first half of Game 4 against the Houston Rockets. He fell on his knee while guarding Houston’s Trevor Ariza at the buzzer.

He had previously sat out for Game 2 and 3 after he suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter of Game 1.

Despite Curry being pulled from the game, the Warriors defeated Houston 121-94 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 will be held at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday.

Thanks 4 all the prayers & messages. Can feel all the positive energy. God is Great! All things considered I’m Gonna be alright! #DubNation

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 25, 2016

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‘Deflategate’: Tom Brady’s Suspension Reinstated

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A U.S. Appeals court has reinstated the suspension levied against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the suspension after the “Deflategate” scandal stemming from last season’s playoff game.

In September, federal judge Richard Berman in New York overturned Brady’s four-game suspension. The NFL said at the time that it “respectfully” disagreed and filed to appeal Berman’s ruling.

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May last year, along with a $1 million fine levied on the Patriots and the loss of the club’s first-round selection in the 2016 draft and fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. Brady’s suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July.

The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18, 2015. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Conor McGregor Tweets He’s Back on UFC 200

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Conor McGregor says he’s back on UFC 200.

The fighter tweeted Monday morning, “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200!
Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans.”

Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200!
Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2016

UFC president Dana White removed McGregor from the July 9 event because the fighter did not want to partake in promotional obligations.

“I am just trying to do my job and fight here,” McGregor said in a statement last week. “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.”

Sources tell ESPN that the fighter is still not officially back on the card. UFC officials have not responded to ESPN’s requests for comment.

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