Review Category : National Sports

Report: Miami Heat to Sign Joe Johnson

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Joe Johnson could soon be signed by the Miami Heat.

According to ESPN, sources say the Heat is expected to sign the shooting guard who’s been playing with the Brooklyn Nets.

The 34-year-old reportedly has been sought after by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, but sources say he’s still going with Miami despite Cavs star LeBron James even saying “It’d be great,” to have him in Cleveland.

This season with the Nets, Johnson averaged 11.8 points with 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

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Kyle Busch’s Failed Car Inspection Puts Kurt Busch on Atlanta Pole

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) — Kyle Busch’s No. 18 car failed a technical inspection on Friday night, pulling him from Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Race and putting older brother Kurt on the pole instead.

According to ESPN, NASCAR said Busch’s rear toe alignment was illegal, but he would face no other penalties besides disallowing his qualifying time.

At Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 in Atlanta, Busch will start last in 39th while Kurt Busch will be on the front row.

In a statement according to ESPN, Kurt Busch said NASCAR’s decision revealed “the amount of enforcement that NASCAR is ready to apply.”

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Jason Bohn Suffers Mild Heart Attack During Honda Classic

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) — American golfer Jason Bohn suffered a mild heart attack on Friday at the Honda Classic.

According to a statement from Honda Classic, the 42-year-old experienced chest pains after he completed his second round. An ambulance took him to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center where he was then diagnosed with a mild heart attack.

The statement said he was in the hospital and stable as of Friday evening, but more tests would be done on Saturday.

Bohn’s in-laws and pro-golfer George McNeil were with him at the hospital while his wife and kids were at home.

Bohn is a two-time PGA Tour winner with one win at the B.C. Open in 2005 and another in 2010 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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New Title for Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah: Dad in Waiting

Travis Lindquist/Getty Images(VERSAILLES, Ky.) — Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is going to be a dad.

Thoroughbred racehorse breeder Coolmore Stud announced the news in a tweet on Friday.

It’s very early days but we’re happy to confirm Untouched Talent (dam of
Bodemeister) is in foal to American Pharoah pic.twitter.com/AjOsHYdyMy

— Coolmore (@coolmorestud) February 26, 2016

“It’s very early days but we’re happy to confirm Untouched Talent (dam of Bodemeister) is in foal to American Pharoah,” said the tweet.

American Pharoah became the 12th Triple Crown Champion after winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes last year.

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FIFA Elects Gianni Infantino to Be Its New President

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ZURICH) — After being rocked by claims of widespread corruption, which led to the six-year ban of President Sepp Blatter, FIFA has named its new leader.

Members of soccer’s international governing body elected Gianni Infantino to be their new president at the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich Friday.

The 207 members that voted had five candidates to choose from: Infantino, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne. Sexwale, however, announced he was dropping out of the race in a speech before the vote.

Infantino won the election in the second round of voting after failing to secure two-thirds of the vote in the first round.

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Stephen Curry Sets Record with 3-Pointer in 128th Straight Game

Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — With a 3-pointer midway into the first quarter during Thursday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry broke an NBA record, scoring beyond the arc in 128 straight regular season games.

The former record holder was Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver with 127 games, which Curry tied the day before.

Curry’s record-breaking shot was just one of 10 3-pointers Thursday night for the league’s reigning MVP. In all, he scored 51 points — the third time this season he’s topped 50 points — helping his team beat the Magic, 130-114.

The win brought the Warriors to 52-5, the best record ever for any team at this stage of the NBA season. By comparison, during their 72-10 record season in 1995-96, the Chicago Bulls won 51 of their first 57 games.

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Sprint Cup Series Visits Atlanta This Weekend

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The second race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season takes place this weekend.

Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday afternoon. Fox’s coverage of the race begins at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

The season began last weekend with Denny Hamlin winning the Daytona 500 in the closest finish in the event’s history.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/25/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Golden State 130, Orlando 114
Boston 112, Milwaukee 107
New Orleans 123, Oklahoma City 119
Brooklyn 116, Phoenix 106
San Antonio 96, Utah 78

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Philadelphia 3, Minnesota 2
Columbus 6, New Jersey 1
Florida 3, Arizona 2
Toronto 3, Carolina 1
N.Y. Rangers 2, St. Louis 1
Nashville 3, Chicago 1
Winnipeg 6, Dallas 3
OT N.Y. Islanders 2, Calgary 1
Vancouver 5, Ottawa 3
Los Angeles 2, Edmonton 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(15) Duke 80, Florida St. 65
(18) Indiana 74, Illinois 47
(22) Utah 81, Arizona St. 46
(24) SMU 69, Memphis 62

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Afghan Boy Who Wore Plastic Bag ‘Messi’ Shirt Gets Signed Jersey From Soccer Star

Mahdy Mehraeen/UNICEF Afghanistan(GHAZNI, Afghanistan) — Meet Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old boy from Ghazni, Afghnistan, who just may be Argentine soccer player Leo Messi’s biggest fan.

Murtaza stole the hearts of millions on social media this past January, when photos of him wearing a blue and white plastic bag with “Messi” and “10” written in marker went viral.

Now, the 5-year-old’s dreams have come true.

UNICEF Afghanistan surprised Murtaza with two new signed Messi soccer jerseys and a soccer ball from the Argentine National and FC Barcelona teams, UNICEF told ABC News in a statement Thursday. Messi plays for both teams.

“As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Leo Messi believes in the child’s right to play and the transforming power of sport in children’s lives,” UNICEF said. “All the items were signed by Messi himself. Both jerseys carried the message, ‘Con mucho cariño, Leo.'(Translation: “With much love, Leo”). The football was signed ‘Leo.'”

Murtaza was “very happy” and is now asking his family to “only call him Messi,” according to his 15-year-old brother Hamayon Ahmadi.

Hamayon told ABC News Thursday he was the one who took the viral photos of his little brother in the plastic bag Messi jersey.

He explained that his little brother was “crazy” about Messi at the time and kept asking his father for a Messi jersey.

“My father did not have enough money to buy it,” Hamayon said, adding that his father didn’t make much as a farmer. “So one day, I just made a jersey from a plastic bag.

Hamayon said soccer is just one of the few ways he and his brother “try and stay happy” despite “constant war and violence” in their village.

“Everyday someone is killed by the brutal Taliban,” he said. “This is our life, always war and violence.”

Hamayon said no one in his family has been hurt, but many of his friends have been killed by the Taliban.

He added that he hopes his little brother’s story will help encourage peace in the country.

“I love my homeland,” he said. “But how long do we have to tolerate the violence? A peaceful life should be our right.”

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MLB Introduces New Rules on Sliding, Visiting Pitcher’s Mound

33ft/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — New rules in baseball were introduced Thursday by Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Assocation (MLBPA).

One of the new rules includes limiting pitcher’s mound visits to 30 seconds. Pitching coaches and managers will be limited to this amount of time when at the pitcher’s mound.

Another rule implemented on Thursday is meant to cut down on colisions when a runner is moving toward second base.

According to MLB, “slides on potential double plays will require runners to make a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on the base. Runners may still initiate contact with the fielder as a consequence of an otherwise permissible slide.”

The rules were approved for the upcoming 2016 baseball season.

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