Review Category : National Sports

Kyle Busch’s Crew Chief Fined, Suspended

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kyle Busch’s crew chief has been fined and suspended in connection with infractions incurred last weekend at Kansas Speedway, the site of the Sprint Cup Series’ GoBowling 400.

Adam Stevens was fined $20,000 and suspended from points events through May 18, NASCAR.com reports. He was placed on probation through the end of the year.

The team’s front tire changer, Josh Leslie, was also suspended through May 18 and placed on probation through the end of the year.

An infraction with the team’s lug nuts was found in post-race inspection, according to Richard Buck, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series managing director, NASCAR.com reports.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Scoreboard Roundup — 5/11/16

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

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis 5, L.A. Angels 2
San Francisco 5, Toronto 4, 13 Innings
Washington 3, Detroit 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 9, Minnesota 2
Texas 6, Chi White Sox 5
Houston 5, Cleveland 3, 16 Innings
Seattle 6, Tampa Bay 5, 11 Innings
Kansas City 7, N-Y Yankees 3
Boston 13, Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N-Y Mets 4, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 7, Chi Cubs 4
Colorado 8, Arizona 7
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 5, Cincinnati 4
Miami 3, Milwaukee 2
San Diego 1, Chi Cubs 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 125, Portland 121
Toronto 99, Miami 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 6, Dallas 1

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Nationals’ Scherzer K’s 20, Ties MLB Record in 3-2 Win

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer tied a Major League Baseball record on Wednesday night, striking out 20 Detroit Tigers in a complete game win.

While Scherzer surrendered a pair of home runs in the 3-2 win, he tied the record for most strikeouts in a nine inning game. The feat had previously been accomplished only by Roger Clemens (twice) and Kerry Wood. Randy Johnson also once struck out 20 batters in nine innings, but that game went into extra innings.

Every Tiger hitter except Victor Martinez struck out at least once. Five Tigers — Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, James McCann and Anthony Gose — struck out three times each.

Scherzer entered the ninth inning needing three strikeouts to break the record. He gave up a leadoff home run, struck out a pair surrounding a one-out single for Martinez, and then ended the game with a ground out to third base.

The outing was Scherzer’s first against the Tigers, his former team. Last year Scherzer pitched two no-hitters.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Seahawks Receiver Ricardo Lockette to Announce Retirement Thursday

Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette will announce his retirement on Thursday, an NFL source confirmed to ESPN.

Lockette played in 34 games over five years with Seattle, finishing with 22 catches for 451 yards and four touchdowns. In Week 8 of the 2015 season, Lockette was hit while covering a punt and suffered a concussion and disk and ligament damage in his neck.

He posted a series of photos to Instagram on Wednesday, including a photo of his first career catch, and a photo of another catch that said he “just wanted to make my teammates, family, & The 12th man proud!!!”

Lockette also posted a photo of a calendar on May 12, with the caption “bitter, sweet #Rockette for the 12th Man who created the Monster.”

His contract with the Seahawks expired after last season, and he turns 30 later this month.

During the offseason, Lockette explained in a video posted to Facebook how severe his injuries were. “[The doctors] said if I would have stood up then, the weight of my head — left, right, front back — I would have died,” Lockette said. “If one of my teammates would have come over and pulled my arm, just barely, I might have died. Or if the returner would have broken a couple tackles, and they would have rolled and fell on me, I would have died on that field.”

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

LeBron James: Curry Deserving of MVP, but Word ‘Valuable’ Open to Interpretation

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — There’s no doubt in LeBron James’ mind, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry deserved to win the NBA’s MVP award. But he might admit that the award’s name could prompt some debate.

Curry was named the winner of the award on Tuesday. He was voted MVP unanimously, the first in 61 years to accomplish that. James finished third in the voting behind Curry and San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

Asked whether he felt there was an argument for anyone else to have won the award, James said that “you look at [Curry’s] numbers and look at their success…I think there’s a lot of valuable guys in our league that add value to their teams.” But, he said, if you look on a year-by-year basis, “sometimes the words ‘most valuable’ or best player of the year, you can have different results.”

James wouldn’t take anything away from any MVP winner, and said that he felt Curry was definitely deserving, though.

“You look at Steph’s numbers, you know, he averaged 30 [points], I think he led the league in steals, he was 90/50/40 (Curry’s shooting percentages from the free throw line, the field, and the three-point line}, and they won 73 [games.]”

“Can you have really any debate over that?” James asked.

“When you talk about most valuable, then you can have a different conversation, but take nothing away from him. He’s definitely deserving of that award,” James concluded.

Read More →

Bryce Harper Suspended One Game, Fined for Confronting Umpire

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — Washington Nationals star and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper was handed a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for confronting an umpire following Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

During the ninth inning of the Nationals’ 5-4 victory over the Tigers, Harper was ejected by home plate umpire Brian Knight after teammate Danny Espinosa was called out on strikes. Moments later, Clint Robinson hit a game-winning home run, and Harper ran back onto the field to celebrate with his team.

During the celebration, Harper pointed at Knight and appeared to curse out the umpire.

Afterwards, Harper said he had shared “a couple choice words” for Knight. He also acknowledged the possibility of a fine, saying “Maybe [Knight will] get fined too.”

Harper is appealing the suspension, and will play in Wednesday night’s game, which happens to be Bryce Harper bobblehead night.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Patriots’ Edelman Undergoes Second Foot Surgery, Expects to Be Ready for Training Camp

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN(BOSTON) — Despite a second foot surgery this offseason, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman expects to return in time for the team’s training camp.

ESPN reports that Edelman was recently seen in New York City sporting a boot on his foot and utilizing a motorized vehicle to get around. Edelman recently underwent a second surgery — considered a cleanup procedure — on his left foot. The foot was initially broken in a game against the New York Giants in November.

Edelman had surgery on the foot, including a screw inserted, and returned during the postseason. ESPN says Edelman knew all along a second surgery was a possibility.

The eighth-year wide receiver is the Patriots’ top returning wide receiver, with Danny Amendola likely to start opposite him this coming season.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Unveils New Look for All-Star Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will show off a new paint scheme when he takes part in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race later this month.

His No. 88 Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS will sport a green-and-white look in a nod to the soft drink.

You can check out the paint scheme at the website of his team, Hendrick Motorsports.

Charlotte Motor Speedway will host the All-Star Race on Saturday, May 21.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Tom Brady on CTE, Concussions and His Future in Football

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been part of a growing discussion for almost a decade now as it relates to pro football.

Dr. Bennet Omalu and his colleagues at the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh published findings in 2005 revealing that a number of former NFL players suffered from CTE in the time before their eventual deaths. Prior to that, the disease was mostly found in former boxers.

The disease, according to the CTE Center at Boston University, is “is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions.”

“The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia,” the center adds. The disease can only be diagnosed after death.

With the release of Will Smith’s movie “Concussion” last December, CTE hit the mainstream. Smith took on the role of Omalu and his road to sharing his science with the world.

“It’s a very important topic,” New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told ABC News while he was in New York this week to promote Simmons’ new mattress, Beautyrest Black. “If you are going to put yourself kind of in the line of fire, so to speak, you better educate yourself.”

Brady, 38, has been a star in the NFL for more than 15 years and is one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

“I think there’s been more awareness from the general media on what CTE is, how it affects you, the long term ramifications of it,” he added. “I think, as an athlete, you have to take all those things into consideration and try to be as proactive as you can. Gain information, then go through the proper protocols if you do get a concussion.”

The four-time Super Bowl champion and 11-time Pro Bowler isn’t the usual candidate for CTE, having been well protected by his offensive line. Players in the trenches like Mike Webster, the first NFL player diagnosed postmortem, were and are the most likely to get this disease. There’s also been scrutiny, in recent years, for athletes in sports like soccer, where head injuries can be common.

Brady’s also a master of escaping the rush. “I’ve been very fortunate over the course of my career,” he added. “So, part of it, I try to take care of myself and prevent a lot of injuries, as well. When you do get them, you just have to deal with them the best way you can.”

“It’s just part of life, you know, not only football, but contact sports,” Brady added. “It’s part of people walking down the street. You run, you fall, you hit your head. There’s a lot of sports that are involved, but I think it’s good there’s more awareness than there’s been in the past. Woman’s soccer and cycling, water polo, there’s a lot of sports.”

Brady stresses “implementing the right protocols,” so that if a concussion does occur, the player involved gets “treated the right way. So that there are no long-term ramifications for it.”

Brady will be 39 on Aug. 3 and lives by a strict regimen of training and diet, which is one of the reasons he’s excelled for so long.

“You’d hate to stop doing something you love to do cause of an injury,” he said. “I’m someone that’s a proponent, yeah, keep doing what you love to do, but treat your body the right way and then you’ll be able to continue doing it.

“I believe quality over quantity, so play football and love doing that, then take good care of yourself and afterwards, hopefully try to live a great life,” he added.

Earlier this year in March, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, told the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce that there is “certainly” a link between head injuries in football and CTE.

“I think the broader point … is what that necessarily means, and where do we go from here with that information,” Miller said in Washington, D.C., according to ESPN.

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →

Scoreboard Roundup — 5/10/16

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

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis 8, L.A. Angels 1
Toronto 4, San Francisco 0
Detroit 5, Washington 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 11, Texas 3
Seattle 6, Tampa Bay 4
N-Y Yankees 10, Kansas City 7
Boston 13, Oakland 5
Baltimore 5, Minnesota 3
Cleveland 4, Houston 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 5, Colorado 1
L.A. Dodgers 3, N-Y Mets 2
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 10, Miami 2
Chi Cubs 8, San Diego 7
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (postponed)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Oklahoma City 95, San Antonio 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Read More →