Review Category : National Sports

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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American Pharoah Wins the 2015 Kentucky Derby

Rob Carr/Getty Images(KENTUCKY) — Eighteen horses ran for the roses and in a neck-and-neck finish American Pharoah came away with the victory in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

“He’s been special since the day I rode him,” said jockey Victor Espinoza, who won his third Derby and second consecutive.

Firing Line placed and Dortmund took the show.

It was the fourth victory for trainer Bob Baffert who also was also the trainer for Dortmund and Espinoza’s second consecutive Derby victory.

The time was 2:03.02 for the 1 1/4 miles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/2/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK)– MLB: New York Yankees 4 (15-9) – Boston Red Sox 2 (12-12)

Minnesota Twins 5 (12-12)- Chicago White Sox 3 (8-13)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (6-18) – Chicago Cubs 1 (13-9)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (17-6) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (12-12) (F/11)

NHL: New York Rangers 3 – Washington Capitals 2 (Series Tied 1-1)

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Jets Trade Up in Draft to Add Bryce Petty

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets made a quarterback controversy even more interesting when the team traded up in the fourth round to draft Bryce Petty of Baylor.

“That was the longest 48 hours I’ve ever had in my life,” Petty told reporters after being drafted.

Petty said falling to the fourth round didn’t bother him.

“No, not at all,” he said. “That’s part of it, when people question you. My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they’re missing out on.”

Petty will be added to a depth chart that includes Geno Smith and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was acquired in a trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets haven’t named a starter, saying Smith and Fitzpatrick will compete in training camp. Coach Todd Bowles said Smith will go into training camp as the No. 1 quarterback, but he also said that it could change.

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Nets’ Hollins: Deron Williams Not a Franchise Player Anymore

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A day after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Brooklyn Nets from the playoffs, Brooklyn Head Coach Lionel Hollins had some strong words for his point guard, stating that Deron Williams is no longer a franchise player.

“He’s not a franchise player anymore,” Hollins said on Saturday. “He’s a good player, he’s a solid player, but I don’t think he’s a franchise player anymore. That’s just my opinion. He’s a good player. I’m proud of the way he’s bounced back and played, and there’s so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team.”

In 2010, general managers across the league voted Deron Williams as the best point guard in the NBA.

Williams did not address the media on Saturday. He is owed $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17, assuming he does not opt out of the final year of his contract.

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