Review Category : National Sports

Canadiens Trade Moen to Stars for Gonchar

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens traded winger Travis Moen to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Sergei Gonchar Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Gonchar agreed to wave his no-trade clause, allowing the transaction to go through.

“When you look at Montreal as a team, you see they’re a group with a lot of good players. They’re playing the game with good puck possession. They’re skating well, and they’re winning games,” Gonchar said during a conference call. “They’re one of the most recognized franchises in hockey, so I would say when you look at all of that, you want to join that and you want to be a part of it. That’s why it was a no-brainer for me to accept that trade.”

Gonchar is a four-time All Star, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. He’s played in 1,256 regular season games, recording 219 goals and 579 assists.

The Stars receive the 32-year-old Moen, who has 56 goals and 69 assists throughout his 11 seasons in the NHL.

“Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in statement. “He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill.”

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Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring.

The 29-year-old was placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered the injury during the team’s win Sunday over the New York Giants.

Mebane has been dominant for a Seahawks team that ranks fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.

“There is nobody like Mebane,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point — most consistent, best factor — so that’s a big hit to take.”

Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, and Jordan Hill will take Mebane’s place on the line.

The Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to take Mebane’s roster spot.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.

Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.

Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.

Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.

Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy.

In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.

Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.

Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.

Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.

Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy.

In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Allen Robinson on the injured reserve list Tuesday because of a broken right foot. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in London.

The Jaguars selected Robinson out of Penn State in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. In his rookie campaign, he had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

With Robinson out, the Jaguars are expected to rely heavily on veterans Cecil Shorts III as well as rookies Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee.

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Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the college basketball season tipping off on Friday, after scrimmaging against top ranked Kentucky, Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs came away very impressed.

“Those guys are unreal,” Briggs told reporters. “I told the guys in the locker room, [the Wildcats] could have beaten some NBA teams tonight. There’s no question in my mind.”

The Wildcats are expected to be among college basketball’s elite this season with players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, and others set for big seasons.

Despite the praise from Briggs, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was quick to dismiss his claims.

“I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY,” Calipari tweeted on Monday night.

Kentucky went 29-11 last season, but ultimately lost to UCONN in the National Title game. They open the season Friday against Grand Canyon.

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Broncos Running Back Ronnie Hillman Out 2-3 with a Foot Sprain

Scott Boehem/Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) — The Denver Broncos running back issues continue as Ronnie Hillman will be out of action the next 2-3 weeks with a mid-foot sprain to his left foot.

Hillman suffered the injury on Sunday during the team’s 41-17 win over the Oakland Raiders. He limped off the field after a second quarter reception and had to be taken out of the game.

Now in his third NFL season, Hillman has filled in quite nicely for the injured Montee Ball. The Broncos are hoping that Ball can return to the field this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. Still, Hillman has the team’s only two 100-yard rushing games and helped solidify the running game in Ball’s absence.

With Hillman out of the game, the Broncos turn to CJ Anderson, who filled in admirably for the injured starter.

“[It] speaks to the depth we have. We’ve been pretty fortunate with some guys, [and the] next man up stepping in [is] doing a good job,” Broncos head coach John Fox said. ” …[It’s a] tribute to those guys staying on top of their craft.”

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Cardinals’ Carson Palmer Out Rest of Year

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer will be out the rest of the year with a torn ACL in his left knee.

Palmer will be placed on the season-ending reserve list and head coach Bruce Arians said on Monday that he expects Palmer to be back in football action in June or July.

Palmer was injured while trying to avoid a sack by Rams safety Mark Barron.

“Selfishly, very unfortunate,” Palmer said. “A bump in the road for me, but I’ve been through this before and I’ve had something worse actually before. I’m going to attack this thing. I’m going to grind and be back and hopefully be back here and be ready to roll by OTA time.”

Palmer signed a three-year contract extension worth reportedly $50-million, including $20.5 million guaranteed.

“It’s hard,” Arians said. “I knew walking out on the field what I was going to find. You’re pulling for a guy because he’s put so much into it, to get into the playoffs and win some games and maybe go all the way, because you know what it means to him at this point of his career. This team is special and we’ll miss him on the field, but his leadership will still be there.”

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White Sox’ Jose Abreu and Mets’ Jacob deGrom Named Rookie of Year

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom took home the Rookie of the Year award for their respective leagues on Monday.

It was a clean sweep for Abreu, who took all 30 votes, and led all rookies in home runs (36) RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581), and OPS (.964).

The last White Sox player to win the Rookie of the Year was Ozzie Guillen in 1985.

deGrom, 26, beat out Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton and Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong.

deGrom was 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 144 strikeouts in a tough year for the Mets.

deGrom is the first Mets rookie since 1984 when Doc Gooden took home the award. Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry, and John Matlack also were former Mets to win the award.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

“Just an outstanding performance by all three phases,” Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

“We’ve got to do things better,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we’re going to do it together as a team.”

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