Review Category : National Sports

Tony Romo Says Dak Prescott Has ‘Earned the Right’ to Be Cowboys QB

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo has thrown his support behind rookie starter Dak Prescott.

In a news conference Tuesday, he said Prescott had “earned the right to be our quarterback” as the Cowboys lead the NFC East 8-1.

Romo added that he wanted to be playing on the field, and admitted he was in a “dark place” at the moment.

“If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, you probably have never felt the pressure of competing and winning,” Romo said at the news conference.

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Report: Rookie Jared Goff to Start as Rams’ QB Against Dolphins

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Rams rookie Jared Goff will reportedly take the field for the first time in his career this upcoming weekend.

Team sources tell ESPN that Goff, 22, will start at quarterback when the Rams take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Quarterback Case Keenum, who has started all of Los Angeles’ games this season, will be his backup.

Goff and Keenum were informed of the lineup change on Tuesday after meeting with Rams coach Jeff Fisher, according to the sources.

So far this season, the Rams are 4-5.

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Bulls and Blackhawks End ‘Circus Trips’

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Another streak is coming to an end for Chicago sports teams. Every November, the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, both tenants of the United Center, vacate the arena for two weeks for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, that will no longer be the case.

After this season, the circus will not return to the United Center. In addition, Disney on Ice, which forces the teams to take another long road trip in February, will be condensed to one week beginning in 2018.

The end of the road trips should have a positive effect on the two organizations, according to Terry Savarise, senior vice president of operations for the United Center.

“The reason we’re doing this is twofold,” Savarise told the Chicago Tribune. “One is that in future years the Bulls and Blackhawks no longer have to endure two two-week road trips, and a subset of that is that those trips had resulted in a compression of our home schedules. There were times when you’d have four home games in a one-week period, which fans didn’t like.”

The Blackhawks have a 14-3-2 record over the last three “circus trips,” while the Bulls have gone 23-78 since Feb. 1998.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/14/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 88, Orlando 69
NY Knicks 93, Dallas 77
Detroit 104, Oklahoma City 88
New Orleans 106, Boston 105
Houston 115, Philadelphia 88
San Antonio 94, Miami 90
Memphis 102, Utah 96
LA Clippers 127, Brooklyn 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NY Giants 21, Cincinnati 20

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(12) Louisville 91, William & Mary 58
(19) West Virginia 107, Mississippi Valley St. 66
(24) Cincinnati 74, Albany 51
(11) Xavier 86, Buffalo 53
(21) Rhode Island 107, Marist 65
(3) Villanova 79, (15) Purdue 76
(20) Iowa St. 73, Mount St. Mary’s 55
(23) Texas 80, Louisiana-Monroe 59

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Bears’ Alshon Jeffery Suspended 4 Games for PED Violation

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, has been suspended without pay for four games after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

According to a statement from Jeffery, he was taking a “recommended supplement to combat inflammation,” but it contained an ingredient banned by the league.

“I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement,” he said.

“I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”

Jeffery will be able to return after the Bears’ Dec. 11 game against the Detroit Lions.

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Dodgers’ Corey Seager Named NL’s Rookie of the Year

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager has been named the National League’s rookie of the year.

Seager, 22, was the unanimous winner after helping lead his team to the NL championship series as the Dodgers’ shortstop.

He finished the season with 193 hits, the second-most in the league.

Seager is also one of three finalists up for the NL Most Valuable Player award.

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Cowboys to Keep Dak Prescott as Starter, Tony Romo as Backup

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — With the Dallas Cowboys winning their eighth consecutive game on Sunday, the team doesn’t want to stop the positive momentum. And that’s why, they’re keeping rookie quarterback Dak Prescott as a starter next week.

“Dak has got a hot hand, and we’re going to go with it,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters Sunday following the team’s 35-30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With Sunday’s win, Dallas now has an 8-1 record — the best in the NFL.

Prescott, 23, has been filling in for quarterback Tony Romo, who’s been out with a compression fracture in his back since the preseason. Despite being medically cleared last week and completing his second consecutive practice, Romo did not play on Sunday.

Romo, 36, will now be Prescott’s backup when the Cowboys face the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

“It’s just going with the obvious,” Jones said. “You are going with how the team is doing right now.”

“It’s not hard. It’s not hard at all,” he added. “Tony would make the same decision. That’s what you do.”

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Joey Logano Wins in Phoenix; Championship Four Is Set

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Joey Logano notched another win Sunday, taking the Can-AM 500 in Phoenix in a race that set the Championship Four for next Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 4000 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Defending series champ Kyle Busch finished second. He and Logano, along with Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards, will advance to the championship round, starting the race tied with 5,000 points each. Whomever finishes ahead of the other three will be crowned the 2016 Sprint Cup champion.

Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch were eliminated from the Round of Eight.

Here are the top ten finishers at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday:

1. Joey Logano
2. Kyle Busch
3. Kyle Larson
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Kurt Busch
6. Alex Bowman
7. Denny Hamlin
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Chase Elliott
10. Paul Menard

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/13/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland 100, Charlotte 93
Minnesota 125, LA Lakers 99
Orlando 119, Oklahoma City 117
Golden State 133, Phoenix 120
Portland 112, Denver 105

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Winnipeg 3, LA Kings 2 (2OT)
Vancouver 5, Dallas 4
Minnesota 2, Ottawa 1
Boston 2, Colorado 0
Chicago 3, Montreal 2
NY Rangers 3, Edmonton 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Washington 26, Minnesota 20
Los Angeles 9, NY Jets 6
Kansas City 20, Carolina 17
Philadelphia 24, Atlanta 15
Tennessee 47, Green Bay 25
Houston 24, Jacksonville 21
Denver 25, New Orleans 23
Tampa Bay 36, Chicago 10
Miami 31, San Diego 24
Dallas 35, Pittsburgh 30
Arizona 23, San Francisco 20
In 2nd New England 14 Seattle 12

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(6) North Carolina 97, Chattanooga 57
(2) Kentucky 93, Canisius 69
(16) UCLA 102, Cal State Northridge 87

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Rams Not Ready to Turn to Jared Goff Yet, Fisher Says

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — An ugly 9-6 win over the New York Jets will allow Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum to keep his job, at least for now.

Though the quarterback went 17-for-30 with just 165 passing yards against a struggling Jets defense, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said that he didn’t put the team’s offensive struggles on Keenum. “I don’t believe it’s the quarterback play,” Fisher said after the game, “I think it’s collectively.”

The Rams drafted rookie quarterback Jared Goff out of the University of California with the number one overall pick in this spring’s draft. Still, they aren’t ready to turn over the keys to their offense to Goff.

Changing quarterbacks, Fisher said, is “always a possibility when his time comes,” but that for now, he thought “Case did a nice job.”

In the win over the Jets, the Rams had the ball within the ten-yard line twice and within the 20-yard line three times, settling for field goals each time.

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