Review Category : National Sports

First College Football Playoff Ranking Surprises

iStock/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) – The first rankings for the College Football Playoff have been released and it comes with a few surprises — the biggest being Texas A&M at No. 4, while undefeated Washington landed at No. 5.

One of the reasons for the Aggies’ higher placement is due to their schedule being more difficult than the Huskies.

The other top three teams are Alabama, Clemson and Michigan, coming in at No. 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

While only the top four teams make it to the College Football Playoff, schools like Ohio State, Louisville and Wisconsin still have a chance to improve their ranking before the final selections are made on Dec. 3.

The CFP consists of two semi-final games, the Fiesta Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, that lead to the College Football Playoff National Championship that will be played in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 9.

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Chicago Cubs Win World Series Game 6

Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The World Series is going to Game 7 after the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night defeated the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland in a solid 9-3 thumping.

The Cubs started out strong, scoring their first three runs in the first inning, helped by the game’s only error that allowed two runners to score on a missed pop fly in the outfield. Chicago added four more in the third, while Cleveland’s three runs came in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings on a total six hits. Chicago tacked on two more in the ninth to win on 13 hits in all.

If Chicago wins Game 7 Wednesday night, they’ll be the first team to come back from a 1-3 deficit and win since Kansas City defeated St. Louis in 1985. Only six teams have done it in the history of the Series.

World Series Game 7 begins Wednesday night at 8:08 PM. ET at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/1/16

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

WORLD SERIES

Chicago Cubs 9, Cleveland 3 (Series tied 3-3)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Golden State 127, Portland 104
Cleveland 128, Houston 120
Indiana 115, L.A. Lakers 108
Orlando 103, Philadelphia 101
Detroit 102, NY Knicks 89
Miami 108, Sacramento 96 (OT)
Milwaukee 117, New Orleans 113
Minnesota 116, Memphis 80
Utah 106, San Antonio 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Arizona 3, San Jose 2
Anaheim 4, L.A. Kings 0
Columbus 3, Dallas 2
NY Rangers 5, St. Louis 0
Toronto 3, Edmonton 2
Ottawa 2, Carolina 1
Tampa Bay 6, NY Islanders 1
Boston 2, Florida 1
Washington 3, Winnipeg 2
Buffalo 2, Minnesota 1
Chicago 5, Calgary 1
Nashville 5, Colorado 1

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Last Living Member of 1948 Cleveland Indians Team Will Be at Game 6

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Eddie Robinson, the last living member of the Cleveland Indians’ 1948 World Series championship team, will be at Progressive Field Tuesday night as the Indians attempt to win their first World Series title in 68 years.

Robinson, 95, was the starting first baseman on the ’48 team. He drove in the decisive run in Cleveland’s victory over the Boston Braves in Game 6 of the ’48 Fall Classic, according to MLB Network.

“That was such an exciting time,” Robinson told MLB Network of the ’48 season. “All we wanted to do was win the American League pennant. Once we did that, we were a little bit free and easier in the World Series.”

The retired baseball player and his wife flew from their home in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday to Cleveland, MLB Network reported. They will be hosted in a suite during Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday night.

The Indians currently lead the Chicago Cubs, 3-2, in the best-of-seven set.

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Tiger Woods to Make Return at Hero World Challenge in December

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(ALBANY, Bahamas) – Tiger Woods will make his long awaited return to competitive golf next month, when he will compete in the Hero World Challenge.

Woods sat out the entire 2015-2016 season of the PGA Tour, as he was recovering from a pair of back surgeries. Although it seemed Woods was going to play in October’s Safeway Open in Florida, he pulled out, saying his “game [was] vulnerable it [wasn’t] where it need[ed] to be.”

While on a media tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Tiger Woods Foundation, the 14-time major champion said in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that “I’ll be there. I’m playing,” regarding the Hero World Challenge.

With the announcement now official, Woods joins the 18-player field consisting of past winners such as Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth. The tournament, however, will not feature two of the sport’s top players, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy.

The tournament is set to take place from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4.

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Ray Allen Announces Retirement

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ray Allen on Tuesday announced that his time in the NBA has come to an end after 18 years.

In a letter posted on The Players Tribune website, the shooting guard addresses his 13-year-old self , saying: “I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.”

Allen last played in the NBA during the 2013-14 season for the Miami Heat. League sources told ESPN the 10-time All-Star recently considered getting back in the game with either the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers.

In his career, Allen played for four teams — the Heat, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and Milwaukee Bucks — and won two NBA championships. He leads the NBA in career 3-pointers with 2,973.

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Thunder Sign Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams to Contract Extensions

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Victor Oladipo and center Steven Adams are staying put in the Sooner State for several years to come.

The Thunder announced late Monday that both Oladipo and Adams were signed to multi-year contract extensions.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Steven and Victor,” Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti said in a statement. “Both players represent the Thunder’s present and future, exhibiting the values that the Oklahoma community and our organization hold in high regard: hard work, team first, resiliency and citizenship.”

While Oklahoma City did not disclose the terms of the deals, sources told ESPN both players got four-year extensions, with Oladipo’s being worth $84 million and Adams’ worth $100 million.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/31/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Clippers 116, Phoenix 98
Atlanta 106, Sacramento 95
Toronto 105, Denver 102
Chicago 118, Brooklyn 88

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Chicago 20, Minnesota 10

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Simone Biles Talks Life Post Olympics, Autobiography and Internet Trolls

Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Simone Biles is one very busy 19-year-old.

The four-time gold medalist at this year’s Rio Olympics spoke to ABC News while she was attending the Quickbooks Connect conference in San Jose, California. Biles had just been in New York City the day before and had traveled to Pennsylvania a few days prior.

The Olympian takes her packed schedule in stride. She said a simple schedule helps her though all these “fun events.”

“It kind of helps me build out my day,” she said. “It’s pretty rough, but it’s good.”

In addition to her crazy traveling schedule, Biles also has an autobiography, Courage to Soar, out in the next couple weeks.

“It’s just me telling my life. I know it’s all over the internet, but I wanted you guys to hear it from me,” she said. “When I was younger I was adopted [by grandparents], that’s in there. Then, the things I’ve had to go through and the competitions, injuries.”

In fact, she’s so busy right now that her days off are rare. But she tries to make time for friends, including fellow Olympian Aly Raisman.

“I have a couple off days … on tour, I have like four or five shows in a row, but we are excited about everything we do, because these are opportunities we might not get again,” she said. “The girls and I love to go to the pool or go get our nails done, or we just go shopping. A lunch place to go to or a dinner place to go to, as well.”

What Biles has absolutely no time for are Internet trolls.

After appearing in a Jake Miller music video last week, there were some comments made on Twitter and other forms of social media. Biles is too busy to entertain hurtful slurs.

“Honestly like most of the time, I’m so busy, I don’t even see any of it,” she told ABC News.

She added, “I have no idea what people are talking about, I know it’s crazy to say that. I’m on tour, I’m going to events and appearances. I don’t have time to see any of that.”

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Cubs Fans Vote World Series More Important Than Presidential Election

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The United States presidency and the World Series winner will both be determined this November.

For many fans of the Chicago Cubs, the baseball championship is clearly the most pressing concern.

An informal survey outside Wrigley Field found that far more Cubs fans are concerned with the team’s winning its first World Series championship since 1908 than with the presidential race.

Until Sunday night, the team had not won a World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 when a tavern owner named William Sianis was turned away at the stadium gates because of the foul odor of his pet goat. The outraged Sianis allegedly protested by saying, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

The Cubs lost that 1945 World Series to the Detroit Tigers and are currently behind the Cleveland Indians 2-3 in the 2016 series.

The win Sunday came after Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman managed to close the game for the first eight-out save of his big league career.

In the game the day before, celebrity Cubs fan Bill Murray led the crowd at Wrigley Field in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.

The final games of the World Series will be played in Cleveland, which also served as home to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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