Review Category : National Sports

MLB Suspends Yankees Pitcher Aroldis Chapman for Domestic Dispute

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman is facing punishment for domestic violence.

The four-time All-Star has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 30 games without pay starting on opening day, according to a statement.

Chapman said he would not appeal the decision.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, the pitcher allegedly fired eight shots from a handgun into the wall of his garage after an argument with his girlfriend. The police report said the argument began when she “found something on his phone that she did not like.”

Even though there were no criminal charges, MLB’s new domestic violence policy calls for discipline regardless.

The suspension will cost Chapman $1,856,557 in lost salary.

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Sam Bradford Signs 2-Year Deal with Philadelphia Eagles for $36M

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Eagles have pulled quarterback Sam Bradford away from the free-agent market with a two-year contract.

According to ESPN, Bradford’s deal is worth $36 million, including $26 million of it guaranteed.

Last season, the 28-year-old started 14 games in Philadelphia but had to miss two games for a sprained shoulder and a concussion.

In his first season in the NFL in 2010, Bradford was chosen by the St. Louis Rams as the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2010, he set a record for most completions by a rookie in history.

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MLB Suspends Yankess Pitcher Aroldis Chapman for Domestic Dispute

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankess Pitcher Aroldis Chapman is facing punishment for domestic violence.

The four-time All-Star has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 30 games without pay starting on opening day, according to a statement.

Chapman said he would not appeal the decision.

According to a police report obtained by ESPN, the pitcher allegedly fired eight shots from a handgun into the wall of his garage after an argument with his girlfriend. The police report said the argument began when she “found something on his phone that she did not like.”

Even though there were no criminal charges, MLB’s new domestic violence policy calls for discipline regardless.

The suspension will cost Chapman $1,856,557 in lost salary.

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Clippers’ Steve Ballmer Richest Among NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB Team Owners

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is the richest sports team owner out of the four major leagues in the U.S., according to Forbes’ annual list of the world’s billionaires.

With a net worth of $23.5 billion, Ballmer ranks 26th on the list. Prior to purchasing the Clippers in 2014, Balmer was the CEO of Microsoft.

In all, 20 NBA owners, 19 NFL owners, 10 NHL owners and eight MLB owners made the list, which was released on Monday.

Following Ballmer in net worth is Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen at $17.5 billion. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross ($12 billion), Los Angeles Kings owner Phil Anschutz ($9.7 billion) and Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke ($7.7 billion) round out the top five.

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Johnny Manziel Caught on Video at a Nightclub Amid Legal Troubles

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) — Johnny Manziel is at the center of another video controversy. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was reportedly caught on video at a Miami nightclub just hours after Dallas police announced they had sent a domestic violence case against him to prosecutors.

Now a grand jury expects to decide if Manziel will face charges stemming from an altercation in January with his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley at a Dallas hotel.

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New Orleans Saints Release Wide Receiver Marques Colston

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — After 10 years with the New Orleans Saints, wide receiver Marques Colston was released from the team on Monday.

His release was anticipated and comes following a failed physical designation.

“I want to thank the New Orleans Saints for providing me the opportunity to spend the last 10 years with such a first class organization,” Colton, 32, said in a statement on his website. “It truly is, and always will be, a dream come true for a young athlete out of Hofstra University.”

Colston, who was drafted by the Saints in 2006, was sidelined with a chest injury towards the end of last season. By releasing him, New Orleans will save $3.2 million against the salary cap, according to ESPN.

During his time in New Orleans, Colston had 9,759 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns, and helped the team win its first Super Bowl championship.

“It has truly been an honor to wear the Black & Gold, and I look forward to the next chapter of my career,” Colston said.

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NASCAR CEO Endorses Donald Trump

Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images(VALDOSTA, Ga.) — NASCAR CEO Brian France endorsed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at a rally in Valdosta, Georgia, on Monday.

“I’ve known Donald for over 20 years,” France remarked. “I’m going to tell you one thing about him. You know about his winning in business and success. I’m here to tell you, he wins with his family.

“If you leave on one other thing, any of his children, you’d be proud to have him as part of your family. That’s how I judge a winner. How somebody manages their family, raises their family, that’s how I judge a family,” he added.

The rally was also attended by NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, his son Chase Elliott, and fellow drivers Ryan Newman and David Ragan. It was held one day before the Super Tuesday primaries.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/29/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 100, Indiana 96
Washington 116, Philadelphia 108
Boston 100, Utah 95
Milwaukee 128, Houston 121
Memphis 103, Denver 96
Oklahoma City 131, Sacramento 116
L-A Clippers 105, Brooklyn 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 0
Philadelphia 5, Calgary 3
N-Y Rangers 2, Columbus 1
Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1
OT Detroit 3, Dallas 2
San Jose 6, Montreal 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Kansas 86, (23) Texas 56
(8) North Carolina 75, Syracuse 70

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Center Fielder Adam Eaton Apologizes for Controversial Oscars Tweet

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton apologized after a tweet he posted on Sunday during the Oscars created some controversy.

While Chris Rock gave his opening monologue tackling issues with race in Hollywood, Eaton allegedly tweeted, “[Why] does it always have to be about black and white…? #American.”

Many of his 34,000 followers took offense to his question.

The tweet has since been deleted.

In other tweets, Eaton said he was sorry if he upset anyone and “didn’t mean anything by it.”

Hope everyone sees me as a person that loves anyone and everyone. I’m sorry if I upset anyone. Didn’t mean anything by it. My apologizes…

— Adam Eaton (@AdamSpankyEaton) February 29, 2016

“Hope everyone sees me as a person that loves anyone and everyone. I’m sorry if I upset anyone. Didn’t mean anything by it. My apologizes…” said one tweet.

According to the Chicago Tribune, both White Sox Vice President Ken Williams and manager Robin Ventura said Eaton did not mean to be hurtful, but Ventura believed his players should stay off Twitter.

“For me, anytime you get on Twitter, you’re going to get some backlash,” Ventura said according to the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t care what you say.”

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NFL’s Torrey Smith Praying for Unborn Son’s Life After Medical Scare

Kimberly White/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF(SAN FRANCISCO) — One NFL player is opening up about his family’s personal struggle in an inspiring blog post that’s going viral.

Torrey Smith, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, revealed in a touching blog that the baby his wife Chanel is carrying is facing complications. The Smiths are already parents to a 1-year-old son, Torrey “TJ” Smith.

He wrote in a post titled “Prayers Up” that doctors told him and his pregnant wife that their baby — whom they’ve already named Kameron — had a “high risk” of having Trisomy 18.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Trisomy 18 is a genetic disorder, also known as Edwards syndrome, that results in early death, severe developmental delays and physical malformations. The disorder occurs in roughly one in 5,000 U.S. children.

Smith, 27, wrote that his wife “was struggling handling it all at first, but later on it all changed. I noticed this strength about her that I had only seen one time before; the same strength she displayed throughout TJ’s birth process. She proved that she could handle anything.”

The Colonial Beach, Virginia, native said that because of Chanel’s newfound strength they “were able to talk about what we would do with this situation knowing that her life, as well as the baby’s, could be at risk. …What do you do? Do you go forward knowing the outcome will be a miscarriage or death shortly after birth all while putting your life in danger? Or do you terminate the pregnancy?”

He continued: “Being in this situation has changed the way I view everything about it. I realized I have no right to suggest to her what she should do. I can talk about the pros and cons of each, or maybe even make suggestions, but I couldn’t pressure her one way or the other.”

Then the Smiths got good news.

“Thankfully, we don’t have to make that decision because the results came back that he does not have Trisomy 18,” Smith wrote, noting that his child will likely have “more issues.”

“We have been talking about what else it could be and have been preparing for whatever results lie ahead. I’m not worried about it a single bit! I always believed that it takes special parents to provide and show love to a kid with special needs,” he wrote. “I do know that we are ready for whatever may come and my wife is leading the way.”

He added: “Now we are praying that our little fighter continues to grow and we can meet him. I’m praying for life, not for his health. A disability doesn’t make you unhealthy; it just means you may have different challenges. We all have challenges, and we are ready for ours that will soon come. Prayers Up for Kameron!”

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