Review Category : National Sports

Chelsea Wins Premier League Title

Michael Dodge/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chelsea secured its first Premier League title in five years with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea needed just three points to claim the trophy with three games left on the season. Midfielder Eden Hazard scored on a rebound to give the Blues the victory on Sunday.

Head Coach Jose Mourinho won the Capital One Cup in March, and now he has his third Premier League title and Chelsea’s fourth in the last 11 seasons. He won the first title for Chelsea in 2004-2005, which was the team’s first championship in 50 years.

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Chris Paul is Questionable for Game 1 vs Rockets

NBA via Los Angeles Clippers(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers have officially listed point guard Chris Paul as questionable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Doc Rivers is very concerned with Paul’s injury.

Yeah, yeah, very,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Saturday night. “Someone is going to have to step up. I was thinking it’s funny how coaches think with three minutes left, I’m thinking, ‘OK, if we win this game, thank God I signed Lester [Hudson] because now you have two guards left.’ We almost went big, and then we would literally have no other guards left. That was the first thing I thought.”

“Chris may play or may not play the first game, but the game is Monday. My guess right now if I had to guess, I would say no, but I’m not sure.”

Paul suffered the injury in the 1st quarter of Game 7 against the Spurs and played injured throughout the entire game.

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Odor Leads Rangers to Extra-Innings Win Over A’s, 8-7

Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor singled home Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Texas (8-15) an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics (10-15) on Saturday night.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Odor took a 2-0 pitch from A’s reliever R.J. Alvarez and drove it to centerfield for the winning base hit. Choo tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh inning with a three-run blast, his second home run of the season.

Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks was 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. He also hit his second homer in two days.

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Pederson, Turner Powers L.A. Dodgers Over Diamondbacks, 6-4

Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and third baseman Justin Turner each hit a home run as Los Angeles (15-8) took care of the Arizona Diamondbacks (10-13) on Saturday night, 6-4.

Pederson’s game-tying homer came in the seventh on a pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Evan Marshall. Two batters later, second baseman Howie Kendrick drove home Turner for the go-ahead run.

Dodgers right-hander Juan Nicasio (1-1) picked up the win with three innings of scoreless relief. Chris Hatcher notched his second save of the season with a clean ninth.

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S.D. Padres Defeat Rockies, 4-2

iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) — Padres starter Brandon Morrow (2-0) allowed two earned runs in six innings as San Diego (13-12) doubled up the Colorado Rockies (11-12) on Saturday night, 4-2.

Morrow gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Padres right-hander Brandon Mauer pitched two innings of scoreless relief while Closer Craig Kimbrel notched his seventh save of the season with a perfect ninth.

With the Rockies leading, 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Padres outfielder Justin Upton took a 1-1 pitch from Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) and singled home two runs.

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Odor Leads Rangers to Extra-Innings Win Over Rangers, 8-7

Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor singled home Shin-Soo Choo in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Texas (8-15) an 8-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics (10-15) on Saturday night.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Odor took a 2-0 pitch from A’s reliever R.J. Alvarez and drove it to centerfield for the winning base hit. Choo tied the game at 7-7 in the seventh inning with a three-run blast, his second home run of the season.

Rangers first baseman Kyle Blanks was 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. He also hit his second homer in two days.

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Mayweather Defeats Pacquiao in Twelve Rounds

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(LAS VEGAS) — The fight of the century between two of the best welterweights in boxing history has declared a winner.

In front of numerous A-List celebrities, thousands of fans and millions of television viewers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao via unanimous judge’s decision.

Mayweather endured several flurries of punches from Pacquiao, being backed against the ropes several times but Pacquiao could not land the knockout he needed.

The fighters lasted all twelve rounds, with Pacquiao landing 81 punches to Mayweather’s 148.

The fight was in such demand that it was delayed more than 30 minutes as consumers attempting to buy the Pay Per View found blank screens. So many people attempted to buy the fight that the service crashed.

The title bout was estimated to draw nearly $500 million.

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Paul Shrugs Off Injury, Propels Clippers Into Western Conference Semis

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Paul wasn’t going to let a bum hamstring stop him from being on the court in Game 7 of the Los Angeles Clippers’ first round playoff series versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Paul, who left the game at the end of the first quarter to tend to a left hamstring strain, returned in the second quarter. He played the rest of the way, scoring a team-high 27 points including what proved to be the game winning shot with a second remaining as the Clippers top the Spurs 111-109 Saturday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Spurs once again fail to repeat as NBA champions, but they put up a good fight. In a game that featured 31 lead changes, their old horse, Tim Duncan, was fouled with a little over eight seconds remaining. He knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 109.

On the following play, Paul drove Danny Green into the paint, pulled up, and knocked down a five-foot jumper to take the lead. The Spurs had one last crack at tying the game, but Boris Diaw’s inbounds pass that was meant for Kawhi Leonard, who was driving to the hoop, was swatted away by Matt Barnes as the clock struck zero.

Duncan finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The No. 3 seed Clippers advance to the second round where they will take on the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets.

Game 1 is Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Houston.

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Yankees Say They Won’t Pay A-Rod Bonus for Hitting HR 660

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The New York Yankees have no intention of paying designated hitter Alex Rodriguez a $6 million bonus for tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home runs list.

According to multiple reports, Rodriguez was supposed to receive $6 million for reaching each of the following home run milestones: 660 (Willie Mays), 714 (Babe Ruth), 755 (Hank Aaron), 762 (Barry Bonds), and 763, which would make him the all-time home run champ.

“We have the right but not the obligation to do something, and that’s it,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Saturday. “We’re going to follow the contract as we follow all contracts, so there is no dispute, from our perspective.”

That contract, according to the Yankees, states that Rodriguez would not earn the bonuses if the team could not market the achievement. The Yankees believe this can’t be done because of Rodriguez’s troubled past with his admitted usage of illegal PEDs.

Rodriguez has refrained from commenting on the issue publicly.

The 39-year-old has 14 days from the time the Yankees refuse to pay the bonus to file an appeal, according to baseball’s collective bargaining agreement.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Blake Swihart

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Boston Red Sox called up top prospect, catcher Blake Swihart.

The 23-year-old Swihart comes up to replace catcher Ryan Hanigan who underwent surgery Saturday on the knuckle of his right pinkie finger.

Swihart started and hit ninth in the Red Sox 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees Saturday. The youngster went 1-for-3 with an infield single, a walk, and a run scored.

“I was definitely nervous, but I had to turn it into focus,” Swihart said. “I had a big job to do.”

Swihart, who the Red Sox selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft, played in 18 games for Triple-A Pawtucket before the promotion. During that time, he hit .338 with no home runs, 11 RBIs, one stolen base, and a .392 on-base percentage.

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