Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup — 9/8/16

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

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Denver 21, Carolina 20

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Seattle 6, Texas 3
Cleveland 10, Houston 7
N-Y Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Diego 14, Colorado 1
Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 1
Philadelphia 4, Washington 1
Milwaukee 12, St. Louis 5

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Richmond Hosting Sprint Cup’s Final Race Before the Chase This Weekend

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) — This weekend, the Sprint Cup Series will hold its final race before its version of the playoffs, known as the Chase, begins.

Richmond International Raceway will host the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night. NBCSN’s coverage of the race begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The drivers who have won a race this season have qualified for the Chase, which kicks off September 18 at Chicagoland Speedway. A handful of spots remain available, with Jamie McMurray currently holding the final slot.

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Broncos’ Brandon Marshall Kneels During National Anthem

Steve Nehf/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) — Brandon Marshall, a linebacker for the Denver Broncos, knelt during the National Anthem ahead of the NFL season opener with the Carolina Panthers Thursday night.

Marshall became the latest sports figure to make the gesture, following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick’s move drew fire from some quarters but also expressions of solidarity from others.

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Ryan Lochte Suspended for 10 Months, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz Banned for 4 Months Over Rio Incident

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were handed varying punishments today for their involvement in a highly publicized incident during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last month.

In a joint statement, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced that Lochte is suspended from the sport for 10 months and will have to miss both the 2017 world and national swimming championships. The 32-year-old must also perform 20 hours of community service.

Meanwhile, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen are suspended from the sport for four months, the statement said.

The four swimmers will not receive a monthly stipend during their suspensions and are barred from accessing training centers or other facilities of the U.S. Olympic Committee, according to the statement.

The suspensions come after Lochte recently apologized for “over-exaggerating” a story about being held up at gunpoint in Brazil’s capital after leaving a party during the Olympic Games. The 12-time Olympic medalist had initially called the incident a robbery, saying that a man pointed a gun at his head at a gas station and demanded money from him and teammates Bentz, Conger and Feigen.

But police in Rio said Lochte’s story was a fabrication and that the swimmers were not robbed. Rather, police alleged they vandalized a bathroom at the gas station and were confronted by armed security guards who requested payment for the damage done.

Lochte, who returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina, has since backpedaled. He told NBC News’ Matt Lauer in a clip posted online that although a gun was drawn during the incident, it was not pointed at his head. He also said he “had too much to drink” that night and appeared to concede that he knew the armed guards were demanding money for the damage, not robbing them.

Still, Lochte maintained in the interview that he and his teammates were frightened because there was a gun involved.

Brazilian authorities recommended that Lochte and Feigen be charged with false reporting. Feigen, 26, agreed to donate approximately $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution. He flew home to San Antonio, Texas, after making the payment.

The two other athletes involved — Bentz, 20, and Conger, 21 — returned home after giving statements to police. They claimed Lochte pulled a sign off a wall at the gas station, triggering a confrontation with the armed security guards.

All four swimmers have issued statements since the incident, apologizing for their behavior. Multiple sponsors, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo, have cut ties with Lochte as a result of the scandal.

Last month, both the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming released statements expressing disappointment in the athletes and pledging to further review the matter.

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Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz to Face Suspensions Over Rio Incident

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers are expected to be handed punishments Thursday for their involvement in a highly publicized incident during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last month.

Lochte, 32, is expected to be suspended from the sport for 10 months and will have to miss the 2017 World Swimming Championships, sources tell ABC News. The punishments will reportedly come from both the United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming.

The 12-time Olympic medalist recently apologized for “over-exaggerating” a story about being held up at gunpoint in Brazil’s capital after leaving a party during the Olympic Games. Lochte had initially called the incident a robbery, saying that a man pointed a gun at his head at a gas station and demanded money from him and teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.

But police in Rio said Lochte’s story was a fabrication and that the swimmers were not robbed. Rather, police alleged they vandalized a bathroom at the gas station and were confronted by armed security guards who requested payment for the damage done.

Lochte, who returned home to Charlotte, North Carolina, has since backpedaled. He told NBC News’ Matt Lauer in a clip posted online that although a gun was drawn during the incident, it was not pointed at his head. He also said he “had too much to drink” that night and appeared to concede that he knew the armed guards were demanding money for the damage, not robbing them.

Still, Lochte maintained in the interview that he and his teammates were frightened because there was a gun involved.

Brazilian authorities recommended that Lochte and Feigen be charged with false reporting. Feigen, 26, agreed to donate approximately $11,000 to a Brazilian charity to avoid prosecution. He flew home to San Antonio, Texas, after making the payment.

The two other athletes involved — Bentz, 20, and Conger, 21 — returned home after giving statements to police. They claimed Lochte pulled a sign off a wall at the gas station, triggering a confrontation with the armed security guards.

All four swimmers have issued statements since the incident, apologizing for their behavior. Multiple sponsors, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo, have cut ties with Lochte as a result of the scandal.

Last month, both the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming released statements expressing disappointment in the athletes and pledging to further review the matter.

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Serena Williams Moves Closer to Grand Slam History With US Open Quarterfinal Win

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams fought off losing her first set in the U.S. Open Wednesday night to beat No. 5 seed Simona Halep and earn a berth in the semifinal.

The 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 quarterfinal win gave No. 1 seed Williams, 34, her 309th Grand Slam match win and put her one step closer to winning her 23rd career major title.

A U.S. Open win would put Williams ahead of Steffi Graf for the most championships since the introduction of the Open era in 1968, when the Grand Slam tournaments agreed to permit professional players to compete with amateurs.

A U.S. Open win by Williams, the No. 1 seed, would also move her ahead of Chris Evert for the most U.S. Open titles, at seven.

“I’ve never met anybody like her before,” Evert, who retired in 1989, told ABC News Wednesday just before Williams’ quarterfinal match. “She wants to be the greatest at everything that she does.

“She’s sort of got that insatiable appetite to excel and that’s why she’s a tennis champion,” Evert said. “She’s a perfectionist.”

Evert reflected on her own groundbreaking career, including 18 Grand Slams, at an event Wednesday for card members of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card American Express.

Evert now coaches players at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in her home state of Florida but said her relationship with Williams, who also trains in South Florida, is as a friend, not a mentor or coach.

“We keep in touch a lot and I try to encourage her because I believe in her,” Evert said. “As far as a mentor, she had that in her mom and dad and her older sister Venus.”

Williams will face Karolina Plishkova, 24, in the semifinals tonight. Plishkova, the No. 10 seed, defeated Venus Williams in three sets in the fourth round.

The Serena Williams-Plishkova match is being hyped as one that could see a record number of aces, given the two players’ serve domination. Evert, an ESPN commentator, said she watches for two things at the start of Williams’s matches to see whether the player is on her game.

“I watch her moving right from the start, to see if she’s moving well. That’s a sign of nerves if she’s stuck and not moving well,” Evert said. “And her first serve. She needs those two things to win.”

Williams will turn 35 later this month and Evert said she sees no signs of the tennis legend slowing down.

“Serena, she has passion in her,” Evert said. “She’s very intense and she still wants it.”

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New York Mets Sign Tim Tebow to Minor League Contract

Travis Bell / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Mets have signed former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow to a minor league contract and will send him to the Florida Instructional League.

Tebow worked out for more than 20 teams last week. He has not played baseball since high school in 2005.

ESPN reports that the deal was signed after Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and co-owner Jeff Wilpon agreed it was in the team’s best interests. ESPN had reported “multiple” conversations between Tebow’s representatives and the Atlanta Braves earlier this week.

The 29-year-old showed off a powerful swing at his workout, but reports indicated that his fielding and throwing would need work.

Tebow’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen also represents Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, and Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, among others.

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Ryan Newman Penalized for Failing Post-Race Inspection

Robert Laberge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Newman and his team have been penalized after his No. 31 Chevrolet failed a post-race pass through the Laser Inspection Station platform at Darlington Raceway last weekend.

Newman was docked 15 points in the standings. In addition, crew chief Luke Lambert was fined 25 thousand dollars and Richard Childress Racing was penalized 15 points in the owner standings.

Newman finished eighth in the Sprint Cup event at Darlington last Sunday, the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Newman is fighting for a spot in the Chase; he’s currently on the outside looking in. The Chase field will be set following this Saturday’s race at Richmond.

Also on Wednesday, Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet team with Chip Ganassi Racing was penalized for a similar violation at Darlington. Larson, who was docked 15 points, will compete in the Chase.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/7/16

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

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 7, San Diego 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 6, Kansas City 5
Seattle 8, Texas 3
Tampa Bay 7, Baltimore 6
Chi White Sox 7, Detroit 4
Oakland 4, L.A. Angels 1
N-Y Yankees 2, Toronto 0
Cleveland 6, Houston 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 5, Atlanta 4, 11 Innings
Colorado 6, San Francisco 5
L.A. Dodgers 3, Arizona 1
N-Y Mets 6, Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
Miami 6, Philadelphia 0
Milwaukee 2, Chi Cubs 1

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Ryan Lochte to Be Suspended for 10 Months, Sources Tell ABC Contributor

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ryan Lochte is expected to be suspended for 10 months and will have to miss the 2017 World Swimming Championships, sources tell ABC News contributor Christine Brennan.

The expected suspension comes after the 12-time Olympic medalist recently apologized for telling an “over-exaggreated” story about being held up at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Summer Olympic games last month.

Lochte had initially called the incident a robbery, saying that a stranger pointed a gun at him and demanded money from him and his teammates — Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen — at a gas station.

However, Brazilian police said that Lochte’s story was a fabrication and that the Olympians were not robbed. The police alleged that the swimmers vandalized a bathroom at the gas station and were confronted by armed security guards who requested money for the damage.

Last month, the U.S. Olympic Committee said it was disappointed and pledged to further examine the matter.

“We apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence,” it said.

Amid the scandal, Lochte was dropped by four sponsors, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo.

Lochte later apologized for his behavior in a statement, saying that he was traumatized by being out in a foreign country with a language barrier and having a stranger point a gun at him and demand money.

The swimmer told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the weeks after the Rio incident were the “lowest point of my life.”

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