Review Category : National Sports

Mets Shutdown 3B David Wright

Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets third baseman David Wright was shutdown on Tuesday after being diagnosed with persistent inflammation in his rotator cuff.

Wright has struggled this year at the plate and battled a shoulder injury since being hurt during a slide on July 12.

Wright was batting .269 in 134 games this year with eight home runs and 63 RBIs. He said he doesn’t know how much his injury has
impacted the numbers.

Wright added, “I don’t know. As I’ve said all along, I’m not one to make excuses. This season has left a sour taste in my mouth. I’m confident that after getting healthy, I’ll return to doing what I’m capable of.”

Wright believes that he’ll be fine come 2015 and doesn’t see anything carrying into Spring Training.

“I don’t want to do something to cause this to last into next year,” Wright said. “So I don’t have to feel this way next year.”

“We tried to get through it as best we could,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We wanted to finish strong; when you lose your star, somebody’s else has to pick up the pieces.”

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Luol Deng Responds to Ferry

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Heat forward Luol Deng responded to a recent scouting report that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry read during a June conference call.

Ferry and the Hawks pursued Deng before he signed with Miami last season and apologized on Monday for the racial comments he made in a letter that he sent to Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr.

Deng released a statement on Tuesday.

‘HE HAS A LITTLE AFRICAN IN HIM’

“Ultimately, I’m thankful to be with an organization that appreciates me for who I am and has gone out of its way to make me feel welcome.”

“These words were recently used to describe me. It would ordinarily make any African parent proud to hear their child recognized for their heritage.

“I’m proud to say I actually have a lot of African in me, not just ‘a little.’ For my entire life, my identity has been a source of pride and strength. Among my family and friends, in my country of South Sudan and across the broader continent of Africa, I can think of no greater privilege than to do what I love for a living while also representing my heritage on the highest stage. Unfortunately, the comment about my heritage was not made with the same respect and appreciation.

“Concerning my free agency, the focus should purely have been on my professionalism and my ability as an athlete. Every person should have the right to be treated with respect and evaluated as an individual, rather than be reduced to a stereotype. I am saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting.

“However, there is comfort in knowing that there are people who aren’t comfortable with it and have the courage to speak up. In the same way a generalization should not define a group of people, the attitude of a few should not define a whole organization or league.

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Chauncey Billups Announces Retirement

Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Chauncey Billups, announced his retirement on Tuesday.

“It’s just time. I’m happy, excited. The game was very, very good to me,” Billups told Yahoo! Sports. “I felt like I was equally as good to the game the way I played it and the way I respected it and the way I carried myself through the process.”

Billups played 17 seasons in the NBA for seven different teams, including playing for the Detroit Pistons from 2002-08 and winning a title in 2004.

The 37-year-old averaged 15.2 points, 5.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game throughout his career. Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1997, Billups also played for the Pistons, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Billups rejoined the Pistons this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in only 19 games.

Detroit announced in June that they would not be picking up his option for the 2014-15 season.

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Tigers Beat Royals, Earn Tie Atop AL Central

David Banks/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Max Scherzer gave up just one run in six and two-thirds innings, helping the Detroit Tigers defeat Kansas City 4-2 on Tuesday night. The victory pulled Detroit (80-65) within percentage points of the Royals (79-64) atop the American League Central.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez both homered in the game, as Detroit took a 3-0 lead after two innings. Kansas City made an attempt at a comeback in the fifth on an RBI single by Omar Infante, but could not complete the big inning against Scherzer.

Last year’s Cy Young winner only gave up seven hits and four walks, but did strike out six to improve to 16-5 on the year. Closer Joe Nathan almost gave up the lead, allowing a pair of infield singles in the ninth, but finished the job to earn his 30th save of the year.

The Tigers, who had been scuffling in August, have stayed in the pennant race thanks to impressive play against Kansas City. Detroit is 11-4 this season against the Royals and can sweep their division rivals on Wednesday.

Both teams did leapfrog the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot on Tuesday, thanks to Seattle’s 2-1 loss to Houston.

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Mayweather Planning to Retire in 2015

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Prior to his welterweight title fight against Marcos Maidana this weekend, defending world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he is planning to retire at the end of his current six-fight contract.

The fourth bout of that deal is this Saturday, meaning the conclusion of the contract could come in September 2015.

“I only got two more fights left and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” Mayweather said.

“I’ll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” he said. “We have young fighters that we work with.”

The 37-year-old is 46-0 in his professional career with 26 knockouts while holding the claim as boxing’s pound-for-pound king.

This past May, Mayweather beat Maidana by majority decision.

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Suggs Takes Shot at Mike Tomlin

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is looking forward to playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

Suggs wore a customized black T-shirt that said “We Will Never Forget” with a picture of Tomlin and Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones. Below the picture, the shirt read, “The North Remembers.”

The T-shirt refers to last year’s game when Tomlin stepped on the sideline as Jones was running back a kickoff.

“We just wanted to let their head coach know we will never forget what transpired here last year,” Suggs said.

Speaking on the rivalry between the teams, Suggs said: “Hatred is a very strong word. But it seems fitting. There is a lot of respect because the two teams are so similar. We plan on displaying our thoughts of each other come Thursday.”

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Team USA Advances to FIBA Semifinals

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — James Harden scored all 14 of his points in the second half while Klay Thompson added 20 points, helping the United States pull away from Slovenia in a 119-76 win in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup on Tuesday.

The game was not as easy as the final score suggests, however. Team USA only led 49-42 at the half, with Slovenia closing the gap to as close as five in the third quarter. However, the Americans would reel off a 27-10 run before scoring the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to make it a 96-64 contest.

“We just stick to the program. We know it’s tough for any team to run with us for 40 minutes because of how deep we are and how hard we work on the floor,” said Stephen Curry. “I think we understand we didn’t make many shots in the first half but our defense was pretty solid, and if we kept the pressure on them, things would open up.”

Team USA shot just 36 percent in the first half, but finished the game at 50 percent, thanks in large part to Thompson’s 20 points. The US will play Lithuania on Thursday in the semifinals.

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NBA Suspends Pistons F Greg Monroe For 2 Games

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(DETROIT) – Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay by the NBA following his guilty plea to driving while visibly impaired. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2014-15 regular season.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and made a regrettable mistake,” Monroe said in a statement. “I apologize to my family, the Pistons’ organization, my teammates and fans. I will learn from this and continue my work to be a positive influence in the community.”

On Monday, Monroe signed a one-year qualifying offer with the Pistons. In four years with Detroit, Monroe has averaged 14 points, nine rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.

“The organization is aware of the matter resulting in the NBA’s announced two-game suspension for Greg Monroe,” the Pistons said in a statement. “Greg has taken responsibility in a conscientious manner and resolved the matter with his representatives.”

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Cavaliers Sign F Shawn Marion

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Shawn Marion, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Shawn brings great versatility, talent and championship experience to the team,” Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said in a statement. “He will impact both ends of the floor and his ability to guard multiple positions will be particularly important to us. Shawn is an accomplished, high-caliber veteran that will help with leadership on and off the court and we’re very happy to welcome him to the Cavaliers family.”

During his 15-year career with the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks, Marion has averaged 15.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 rebounds per game.

Marion is a four-time All-Star (2003, 2005-2007).

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A’s Activate INF Nick Punto From 15-Day Disabled List

Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Oakland Athletics have activated infielder Nick Punto from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Tuesday.

Punto was placed on the disabled list Aug. 3 with a strained right hamstring. In 64 games this season, he is batting .207 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. He was hitting just .123 over 25 games before he landed on the disabled list.

Punto has appeared in 34 games at second base, 15 at shortstop, two at third base and one in right field.

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