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Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie Ben Bishop Leaves Game on Stretcher

(PITTSBURGH) — Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was taken off the ice by stretcher during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals athe first period of the team’s against the Penguins on Friday night because of a left leg injury, ESPN reports.

The injury occured with 7:35 left in the first period when Bishop was during a Pittsburgh forecheck and fell. The goalie seemed to hurt himself as he fell to the ice and immediately grabbed at his left knee, according to ESPN.

Bishop was replaced bybackup Andrei Vasilevskiy, who closed out the win making 25 saves.

After Tampa Bay’s victory, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Bishop’s X-rays came back negative.

“Injuries are part of the game, and you never want it to happen to anybody on either team,” said Cooper, who offered no indication on whether Bishop will be available for Game 2 on Monday night in Pittsburgh. “You don’t want to see things like that, but he went in and we got him checked out. He had X-rays done, and everything came back negative. So we’re hoping for the best.”

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Report: US and Mexico in Talks for Joint 2026 World Cup Bid

iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — Could the U.S. and Mexico host the World Cup together?

According to ESPN, the U.S. and Mexico are considering a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, and allegedly have won support from FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

United States Soccer Federation board member John Motta told ESPN that Mexican soccer officers were “very open to the idea of a joint bid.”

“It could be a positive move for the game in both countries, and it’s also a very exciting proposition for FIFA. We will now go away and formulate a timetable for further discussions.

“But whatever happens, we will bid for the 2026 World Cup — either jointly or we will go it alone,” he said according to ESPN.

FIFA has not allowed joint bids since Japan and South Korea hosted in 2002, however the FIFA Council said recently it was open to the idea of joint bids.

A final decision on which country or countries will host the 2026 World Cup will be made in May 2020.

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Lightning’s Ben Bishop, Tyler Johnson Suffer Injuries in First Period of Game 1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Tampa Bay Lightning lost two players to injuries in Friday night’s Game 1 of the Eastern final against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Goalie Ben Bishop was taken off the ice by a stretcher after the 29-year-old appeared to fall in the goal crease area in the first period, suffering an apparent injury to his left leg, according to ESPN.

Later in the period, center Tyler Johnson was helped off the ice after suffering a lower body injury on a hit behind the net, according to ESPN. He later returned in the second period.

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Former No. 1 Pick Matt Bush Promoted by Rangers After Prison Release

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — He was once the No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft, started his professional career with a suspension before ever taking the field, and now after serving time in prision, he’s been promoted to the majors.

The Texas Rangers have promoted Matt Bush from the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders, 12 years since he was first drafted by the San Diego Padres.

Bush, 30, signed a minor league deal with Texas in December after serving more than three years of jail time for a DUI and causing serious bodily injury in a 2012 crash in Florida, according to ESPN.

Why did the Rangers promote Bush? According to ESPN, the pitcher has been regularly attending an Alcoholics Anonymous program, respects a set curfew, and does not operate motor vehicles.

“That was a consequence for his actions, but from our observations and the people around him who have experience dealing with folks with alcoholism and some of the issues that come with it, [we] feel like he has done very well,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said according to ESPN.

Bush told ESPN he liked himself sober.

“I’m not the same person when I drink,” he said to ESPN. “I tend to make horrible choices. I don’t want to be that person ever again. I like myself today being sober. I feel like I’m living a dream and I don’t ever want this to stop.”

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FIFA Appoints a Woman as Secretary General for the First Time

ANDREEA CAMPEANU/AFP/GettyImages(ZURICH) — FIFA is set to appoint a woman as its secretary general for the first time.

On Friday, Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura was named as the successor of Jerome Valcke, who was banned from working in football for 12 years after allegations of involvement in FIFA’s corruption scandal.

The 54-year-old previously worked with the United Nations for over a decade and will officially begin work in June.

According to BBC, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said it was important for football’s governing body to incorporate “fresh perspectives” as it works to rebuild from scandal.

“She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform,” he said. “Importantly for Fifa, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”

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MLB Suspends Rockies SS Jose Reyes for Violating Domestic Violence Policy

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(DENVER) — Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes has been suspended by Major League baseball through May 31 without pay for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

The suspension is retroactive to Feb. 23, when Reyes was first placed on leave as criminal proceedings in Hawaii were pending. He was arrested in October in Maui on a domestic violence charge after an incident with his wife turned physical. Prosecutors dropped the case because his wife refused to talk, and she was called “an uncooperative witness.”

Reyes is expected to pay back the salary he received for the 34 games he’s missed since February. According to ESPN, Reyes was expected to make $22 million for the season but will now pay anywhere between $6 million and $7 million.

“Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Reyes violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will expire on May 31st, “commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement according to ESPN. “I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the Policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future.”

After the announcement, Reyes issued an apology:

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family. I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love most, playing baseball. My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

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Prince Harry Closes 2016 Invictus Games: ‘Never Stop Fighting’

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Invictus Games(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Prince Harry closed out the 2016 Invictus Games Thursday night with a star-studded closing ceremony that included performances from Rachel Platten, Rascal Flatts and Flo Rida and a spectacular fireworks presentation.

“You are all Invictus,” Harry told service members and veterans from around the world who gathered at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, over the past week to compete in dozens of athletic competitions.

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“You are now ambassadors for the spirit of these games. Spread the word. Never stop fighting and do all you can to lift up everyone around you,” Harry said before adding, “I’ll see you in Toronto.”

That’s a wrap! See you @InvictusToronto in September 2017.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 13, 2016

Harry, 31, himself a veteran, created the Paralympic-style Invictus Games as a way to draw attention to and inspire wounded servicemen and women. Harry was an ever-present force at the games in Orlando, cheering the athletes on and even supporting the games’ four-legged competitors.

Harry attended the service dog swimming relay on Thursday and greeted the sopping wet dogs as they jumped out of the pool.

A last minute event – let’s not forget the 13 service dogs here who always provide huge support to their owners.

— Invictus Games (@WeAreInvictus) May 12, 2016

At Thursday night’s closing ceremony, the prince presented the Invictus medallion to every competitor.

“I’ve been hugely honored to hand out gold silver and bronze medals over the course of this competition, but what meant the most to me, was handing out your Invictus Foundation medallions this evening,” Harry said Thursday. “Those medallions are the real prizes, for the years of intense rehabilitation you’ve put yourselves through to be here.”

Prior to the Games, Prince Harry, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama challenged their respective U.S. and U.K. teams to perform their best, tweeting video mesages in a lighthearted Team USA vs. Team Great Britain battle for gold.

Unfortunately for you @FLOTUS and @POTUS I wasn’t alone when you sent me that video 😉 – H.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 29, 2016

Although the U.S. edged out the U.K. in the final medal count, the competition was about much more than medals. In the end, it was about the indomitable Invictus spirit that carried the way, about overcoming obstacles and surmounting life’s greatest challenges.

“What inspired me was the courage to make it to the starting line, to take to the field or to dive into that pool, motivated by the goal of giving your all, medal or no medal,” Prince Harry told the competitors. “You showed your families, your friends and yourselves just how far you’ve come, regardless of the result.”

Joining Prince Harry at Thursday’s closing ceremony was Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, who reminded the world of the competitors’ heroism both on the field and off.

“For the past four days the world has watched as some of the finest athletes and warriors carried their country’s flag in competitions against others who truly know the meaning of duty and sacrifice,” Biden said.

The next Invictus Games will be held in Toronto in September 2017.

The Invictus Games officially hands over from @InvictusOrlando to @InvictusToronto. Can’t wait Toronto!

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 13, 2016

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Scoreboard Roundup — 5/12/16

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

St. Louis 12, L.A. Angels 10

Baltimore 7, Detroit 5
N-Y Yankees 7, Kansas City 3
Boston 11, Houston 1

San Diego 3, Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 4, Arizona 2
L.A. Dodgers 5, N-Y Mets 0
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 4, 10 Innings

Oklahoma City 113, San Antonio 99


San Jose 5, Nashville 0

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Sprint Cup Series Holding Race at Dover This Weekend

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Sprint Cup Series is in Delaware this weekend for its latest race.

Dover International Speedway will host the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday afternoon. FS1’s coverage of the race will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend as the points leader. He has a four-point edge over Kyle Busch.

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Carson Wentz, Second Overall Pick in NFL Draft, Signs Rookie Contract

Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Second overall draft pick Carson Wentz has signed his rookie contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Thursday.

Done deal! #Eagles QB @cj_wentz puts the pen to paper on his deal. All of the #EaglesDraft picks are under contract

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 12, 2016

Wentz, a rookie quarterback from North Dakota State University was the final Eagles draft pick who had not yet signed. He will make $26.67 million dollars over the span of his four-year contract with a $17.6 million signing bonus.

So blessed… Finally get to compete on the field again tomorrow! #firedup #FlyEaglesFly #AO1

— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) May 12, 2016

The Eagles begin their three-day rookie camp on Friday.

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