Review Category : National Sports

Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Praises Jared Goff’s Performance

(Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Rams head cocah Jeff Fisher told reporters on Sunday that quarterback Jared Goff did a “really good job” in his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins.

Goff was the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, selected out of the University of California.

Fisher went on to say Goff “did a nice job on the line of scrimmage,” adding that he was “in complete control” during the game.

The 22-year-old quarterback did not score a touchdown nor did he commit any turnovers. He completed 17-of-31 passes for 134 yards. Speaking to reporters, Goff said he felt “very comfortable” while playing on wet field conditions.

Goff earned the Rams’ starting quarterback job due in part to ineffective play from previous starter Case Keenum. The Rams face the New Orleans Saints next weekend on the road, where Goff is expected to make his second career start.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Historic 7th NASCAR Championship; Ties Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Record

Hemera/Thinkstock(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — Jimmie Johnson has made history, winning his seventh Sprint Cup Championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Johnson, 41, now ties Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as the only drivers to win the championship seven times. He’s also the youngest, a year younger than Petty was when he won his seventh title in 1979.

The win is particularly sweet for Johnson, who earlier this season went 25 starts without a victory, the longest winless stretch of his career.

The driver of the Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy SS pulled away from Kyle Busch and Joey Logano with just three laps to go, to seal his victory.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/20/16

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


NY Knicks 104, Atlanta 94
Portland 129, Brooklyn 109
Indiana 115, Oklahoma City 111 (OT)
Sacramento 102, Toronto 99
Denver 105, Utah 91
Chicago 118, LA Lakers 110


Columbus 3, Washington 2
Carolina 3, Winnipeg 1
Florida 3, NY Rangers 2 (2OT)
Calgary 3, Detroit 2
LA Kings 3, Anaheim 2


Pittsburgh 24, Cleveland 9
Minnesota 30, Arizona 24
Buffalo 16, Cincinnati 12
Dallas 27, Baltimore 17
Detroit 26, Jacksonville 19
Tampa Bay 19, Kansas City 17
Indianapolis 24, Tennessee 17
NY Giants 22, Chicago 16
Miami 14, Los Angeles 10
Seattle 26, Philadelphia 15
New England 30, San Francisco 17
Washington 42, Green Bay 24


(19) West Virginia 100, New Hampshire 41
(8) Virginia 62, Yale 38
(1) Duke 75, (21) Rhode Island 65
(20) Iowa St. 130, The Citadel 63
(24) Cincinnati 71, Penn St. 50
(11) Xavier 67, N. Iowa 59
(13) Michigan St. 78, Florida Gulf Coast 77
(22) Creighton 112, NC State 94
(3) Villanova 67, UCF 57
(2) Kentucky 93, Duquesne 59
(16) UCLA 114, Long Beach St. 77

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FCS Playoff Bracket Revealed

(Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(NEW YORK) — The Football Championship Subdivision playoff bracket was released Sunday morning, and five-time defending champion North Dakota State once leads the 24-team tournament as the No. 1 seed, earning a first-round bye.

Second seeded Eastern Washington, third seeded Jacksonville State, fourth seeded James Madison, fifth seeded Sam Houston State, sixth seeded The Citadel, seventh seeded North Dakota and eighth seeded South Dakota State also earned byes in the first round.

The Bracket.
#FCSPlayoffs ➡️

— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) November 20, 2016

The first round starts next weekend on Saturday, Nov, 26, leading up to the FCS Championship game in Frisco, TX on Jan. 7.

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Andre Ward Defeats Sergey Kovalev by Decision

(Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)(LAS VEGAS) — The light heavyweight fight between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev lived up to the hype. The three-belt champion Kovalev knocked Ward down in the second round for the first time in the American’s career, and continued to attack relentlessly.

As the fight wore on, Ward started to land more punches and landed a left that snapped Kovalev’s head back in the seventh round.

In the end, the decision went to the judge’s score cards. Each judge scored the fight 114-113 in favor of Ward, giving him the victory and Kovalev’s belts.

The judges had Ward winning the last six rounds of the fight, while Kovalev said he thought Ward only won three rounds total and was unhappy with the judges’ decision.

Ward remained perfect at 31-0 while Kovalev fell to 30-1-1. Kovalev’s promoter, Kathy Duva, hinted that she would use the rematch clause in the contract for a second fight.

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Cowboys McClain Suspended Another Year

(Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended another year for missing another drug test, sources tell ESPN. This is in addition to the 10-game suspension that was scheduled to end on Monday.

McClain is likely to appeal the suspension, but there is doubt he will ever play in the NFL again. The 27-year-old’s original 10-game suspension was for a positive test for opiates.

McClain will be out at least until Nov. 2017 before being eligible for reinstatement. He has 407 combined tackles, two forced fumbles and four interceptions in his six-year career.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/19/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
Houston 111 Utah 102
Orlando 95 Dallas 87
Miami 114 Washington 111
Boston 94 Detroit 92
New Orleans 121 Charlotte 116
Philadelphia 120 Phoenix 105
Memphis 93 Minnesota 71
Golden State 124 Milwaukee 121
L.A. Clippers 102 Chicago 95

Tampa Bay 3 Philadelphia 0
L.A. Kings 4 New Jersey 2
Montreal 2 Toronto 1
Florida 4 Ottawa 1
Boston 4 Winnipeg 1
Buffalo 2 Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 5 Dallas 2
St. Louis 3 Nashville 1
Colorado 3 Minnesota 2
Arizona 3 San Jose 2
Chicago 4 Vancouver 3

(13) Oklahoma St. 31 TCU 6
(2) Ohio St. 17 Michigan St. 16
(23) Texas A&M 23 Texas San-Antonio 10
(19) Nebraska 28 Maryland 7
(6) Wisconsin 49 Purdue 20
(21) Florida 16 (16) LSU 10
Oregon 30 (11) Utah 28
(4) Michigan 20 Indiana 10
Wyoming 34 (24) San Diego St. 33
(12) Colorado 38 (20) Washington St. 24
(17) Florida St. 45 Syracuse 14
(14) W. Michigan 38 Buffalo 0
(1) Alabama 31 Chattanooga 3
(5) Clemson 35 Wake Forest 13
(7) Washington 44 Arizona St. 18
(18) Auburn 55 Alabama A&M 0
(9) Penn St. 39 Rutgers 0
(8) Oklahoma 56 (10) West Virginia 28
(15) Southern Cal 36 UCLA 14

(5) North Carolina 83 Hawaii 68
(1) Duke 78 Penn St. 68
(17) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 61 Dayton 57
(21) Rhode Island 76 (24) Cincinnati 71
(6) Indiana 87 Liberty 48

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Teammates Rally Behind Joe Flacco After Ray Lewis Comments

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — It seems like birds of a feather don’t always flock together.

Former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis criticized his old teammate Joe Flacco while appearing on FS1’s Speak For Yourself, saying that the Super Bowl winning quarterback’s emotionless approach to the sport is the reason for his inconsistency.

The critique comes as Flacco’s performance led him to rank at 29th in the National Football League in passer rating.

Although Flacco was surprised by the comments, he seemed to handle it in stride.

“It’s a little surprising coming from Ray,” Flacco said after Friday’s practice. “But it’s been something I’ve dealt with probably back before high school. It’s just part of my personality. When things are going good, it’s questioned as if it’s a good thing. When things aren’t going as well as you might like them to be, it’s always a question as to whether my personality is that of one that fits what an NFL quarterback should be. It’s not anything I’m not used to. But it is a little bit different coming from Ray.”

During Flacco’s response, his teammates, safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Jimmy Smith, could be heard yelling “we got your back” during the interview.

Weddle also went on to say that it was odd for Lewis to critique Flacco, considering the quarterback was instrumental in their 2012 Super Bowl win.

“It’s just odd that you hear Ray Lewis saying something,” Weddle said. “Joe Flacco won you a Super Bowl; did you forget about that?”

“We love Joe. He’s our guy,” Weddle added. “He’s a great teammate, professional, leads, everything you want. It’s kind of irrelevant. We don’t really care what the outside thinks. For an old teammate to say that, it’s just like, ‘Don’t you have something better to talk about?’ I guess he didn’t.”

While the comments definitely meant something to “Joe Cool,”Flacco said that he does not plan on reaching out to Lewis.

“Probably not,” Flacco said. “Me and Ray are going to cross paths again. It might be brought up. It might not. Who knows?”

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Daily Fantasy Sports Rivals FanDuel and DraftKings Agree to Merge

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to merge into one fantasy football giant in 2017.

The companies announced the deal on Friday, saying in a statement the two were “bringing together the shared talent, technology and industry relationships of DraftKings and FanDuel to advance the fantasy sports industry and to better serve players and fans.”

DraftKings said the combined resources would allow both companies to “work more efficiently and economically with state government officials to develop a standard regulatory framework for the industry.”

The deal, which is pending regulatory approval, comes after both DraftKings and FanDuel suffered from increased scrutiny as some states pondered the legality of the gambling operations.

Among the states to rule that daily fantasy sports violated state gambling laws were New York, Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi and Texas.

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Panthers’ Luke Kuechly Being Evaluated for Concussion

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 23-20 Thursday night, but it wasn’t all good news. Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was removed from the field in the fourth quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit with Saints running back Tim Hightower. He is now being evaluated for a possible concussion, ESPN reported.

Kuechly was reportedly in tears as he was being transported to the locker room Thursday. It’s his second concussion in two years, as he was forced to miss three games last season in Week 1 due to a concussion.

Kuechly’s teammate, Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson, called him a leader and “when you see a leader call down like that, we just rally behind him.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees also expressed concern for Kuechly Thursday.

“I tried to let him know that I was gonna be praying for him,” he said, according to ESPN. “He is certainly one of the best football players I’ve ever seen and played against. And I hope that he’s OK.”

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