Review Category : National Sports

ABC Scoreboard Roundup – 9/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Minnesota Twins (62-84) – Chicago White Sox (66-80) Postponed

Baltimore Orioles 2 (86-60) – New York Yankees 1 (76-69) 11 Innings – Game 1

Baltimore Orioles 5 (87-60) – New York Yankees 0 (76-70) Game 2

Detroit Tigers 7 (81-66) – Cleveland Indians 2 (76-70)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (68-79) – Miami Marlins 1 (71-75)

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (71-77) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (76-70)

WNBA: Championship Series: Phoenix Mercury 87 – Chicago Sky 82 (Mercury win series, 3-0)

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Chris Davis Suspended 25 Games

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended 25 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s drug policy. Davis tested positive for amphetamines and immediately accepted the suspension.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Orioles organization and especially the fans,” Davis said in a statement. ““I made a mistake by taking Adderall. I had permission to use it in the past, but do not have a therapeutic use exemption this year. I accept my punishment and will begin serving my suspension immediately.”

The 28-year-old slugger launched 26 home runs in 2014 but holds a major league-worst .194 batting average for the Orioles, who hold a 10 1/2 game lead in the American League East with 17 games to play. Davis’ suspension will carry into the postseason, under the terms of the league’s drug policy.

Baltimore is already without catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado, who both have undergone season-ending surgery.

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Indians’ Jason Kipnis Thinks New Contract Led to Poor Season

BananaStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — Even by his standards, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has struggled to follow up his breakout 2013 season despite a new contract. Kipnis thinks his new deal is partially to blame for his struggles.

“I might have taken it the wrong way,” Kipnis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “There’s one of two ways to go about it. There’s ‘Hey, I have the security and the money now I can go out and just play the game of baseball.’ I took the way, where, ‘I’ve got this money, I’ve got to live up to it.'”

“So I might have pressed at the beginning and tried to do too much,” he continued. “In hindsight that could have hurt me and played a little part of this season.”

Last season, Kipnis made the American League All-Star team after he batted .284 with 17 home runs with 84 RBIs and 30 steals.

The Indians rewarded Kipnis with a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million.

Kipnis has struggled to live up to the deal this season. Through 119 games, he’s hitting .247 with six home runs and 41 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Kipnis is a career .264 hitter.

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Marlins’ Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton Suffers Multiple Facial Fractures

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — One of Major League Baseball’s best players suffered a scary injury Thursday night as Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch and suffered facial lacerations requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage.

In the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers, Stanton was struck in the face by starter Mike Fiers. He was eventually driven off the field in an ambulance.

“@Giancarlo818 I am deeply sorry about what happened tonight. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery,” Fiers tweeted early Friday morning.

“That was one of the to hardest things I’ve ever had to watch here’s to hoping Big G is alright and makes a full recovery prayers ur way bud,” Marlins’ outfielder Christian Yelich tweeted Thursday night.

In his fifth Major League season, Stanton leads the National League with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. He is considered one of the favorites to win the National League MVP Award despite the Marlins faint playoff hopes at this point in the season.

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Report: Hawks Re-Sign Forward Elton Brand

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While the team is dealing with plenty off the court thanks to the scandal involving general manager Danny Ferry and owner Bruce Levenson, the Atlanta Hawks are still taking care of business on the court as they’ve re-signed veteran forward Elton Brand.

Reports have surfaced that the team has agreed on a one-year deal with Brand worth $2 million.

No longer the nightly double-double machine he used to be, Brand will serve as a bench player again for the Hawks, playing behind starter Al Horford and Pero Antic.

The 35-year-old Brand spent last season, his 15th in the NBA, with the Hawks and provided solid depth and leadership for the squad. In 73 games, Brand averaged 5.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game while averaging 19.4 minutes per game.

In his heyday, Brand was an All-Star caliber forward. Injuries took their toll on him, but he still holds career averages of 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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Wild Sign Niederreiter to 3-Year Deal

Karl Gehring/Denver Post/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Winger Nino Niederreiter signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild Thursday.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth $8 million.

Niederreiter was acquired last summer by the Wild in a trade with the New York Islanders. He played 81 games with Minnesota, scoring 14 goals and dishing out 22 assists.

Niederreiter, 22, was selected by the Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played in 145 games, tallying 16 goals and 39 points.

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Lacy Cleared to Play Against Jets Sunday

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been cleared to play in Sunday’s game versus the New York Jets.

Lacy suffered a concussion during the Packers’ loss last week to the Seattle Seahawks.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy declared Thursday that Lacy passed the NFL’s concussion protocols.

Lacy, who was a full participant in practice Thursday, has now endured two concussions within a calendar year. Because of this, Lacy acknowledges that he needs to tweak his running style.

“I can only be myself. I was drafted here because of the way I run,” Lacy said. “It’s just trying to alter it, make sure I’m still physical, but keep the concussions out of it somehow. But I’m definitely still going to run the way I run.”

Lacy will switch back to the helmet he wore last season after wearing the new Riddell “SpeedFlex” helmet last week, which was created to help prevent concussions.

The Packers selected Lacy with the 61st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He started 15 games last season, rushing for 1,178 yards, 11 touchdowns, and also caught 35 passes.

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Sale’s 2-Hitter Shuts Down A’s

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Pitcher Chris Sale threw eight innings of two-hit ball to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics Thursday.

Sale (12-3) allowed zero runs, two walks and struck out nine as he lowers his AL-leading ERA to 1.99.

“I’m not a numbers guy,” Sale said. “I don’t care about any of that stuff.”

Sale outdueled Oakland starter Scott Kazmir, who pitched eight innings allowing four hits, one run, and one walk, while striking out seven in Oakland’s 11th loss in its last 14 games.

The Athletics are now one game ahead of Detroit for the top AL wild card spot.

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn’t show it Thursday night.

Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)

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