Review Category : National Sports

Red Wings and Hurricanes Game Postponed

iStock/Thinkstock(Raleigh, N.C.) — Monday night’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena was delayed due to an issue with the cooling system in the arena.

Tonight’s #RedWings vs. #Canes game has been postponed. Ticket and parking refund information will be available on https://t.co/SACN74E3P3

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 20, 2016

Eventually, the game was postponed because the Red Wings have to travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning Tuesday night.

As of Monday night, no makeup date for the game had been announced.

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Clemson Quarterback Disagrees with Heisman Voters

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Although he did not win the Heisman, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson believes he is the best player in college football.

“I’m the best player in the country. That’s how I think. That’s how I feel. People have their own way of voting,” Watson said according to ESPN on Monday after a team practice.

These comments have the support of the Tigers’ head coach, Dabo Swinney, saying that he thinks “Deshaun is so good, people are numb to it”.

Not only did the junior finish second in Heisman voting behind Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson, but he also was denied being a first-team Atlantic Coast Conference member as well.

One major difference between the two ACC quarterbacks is that Jackson’s team only has one game left, the Citrus Bowl against LSU, while Watson’s team has a chance to win the College Football Playoff as the second seed.

Clemson will play Ohio State at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The winner will play either Washington or Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 9.

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Stanford Star Skipping Sun Bowl to Prepare for NFL Draft

BananaStock/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) – Christian McCaffrey, Stanford University’s star running back, announced he will not join his team in the Sun Bowl against North Carolina on Dec. 30.

In a statement from his Twitter account, McCaffrey cited preparing for the NFL Draft as his main reason.

“Very tough decision, but I have decided not to play in the Sun Bowl so I can begin my draft prep immediately. Thx to all my teammates for their 100% support-It means a lot to me. Go Cardinal!”

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— Christian McCaffrey (@CMccaffrey5) December 19, 2016

McCaffrey made his initial announcement on his plans to forgo his senior year to enter the draft on Dec. 7.

Although Stanford was upset to not have their star player in the game, his coach David Shaw seemed to understand. In a statement, Shaw said. “We understand this was a very difficult decision. For three years Christian has not only been a great player, but a great teammate as well. We wish him great success at the next level, as we continue our preparation for the Sun Bowl”.

Although suffering a midseason injury, McCaffrey finished the season leading all of college football with 2,327 all-purpose yards. He also had 1,603 rushing yards.

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Spurs Retire Tim Duncan’s No. 21 Jersey

Ronald Cortes/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Following their 113-100 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs officially retired Tim Duncan’s No. 21 jersey.

Duncan, 40, retired this past July after 19 seasons in the NBA — all with the Spurs.

“To all of you in here, the fans, all of San Antonio, thank you,” he told the audience during the retirement ceremony. “The love and support is overwhelming, especially over the last couple of weeks.”

“I’ve heard from teammates, from the guys I’ve been with forever, to guys I played a year or two with, to these jokers over here; just an amazing response, and just an overwhelming amount of love from these guys for what I meant to them,” Duncan added. “And it doesn’t even explain how much they meant to me because I got so much more from you guys, from my teammates, than they can explain that they got from me. And I know that.”

The Spurs chose Duncan in the first round of the NFL Draft in 1997. Since then, he’s helped the team win five championship titles.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/18/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 117, LA Clippers 110
Dallas 99, Sacramento 79
Toronto 109, Orlando 79
Boston 105, Miami 95
Philadelphia 108, Brooklyn 107
Utah 82, Memphis 73
San Antonio 113, New Orleans 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Boston 1, LA Kings 0
Winnipeg 4, Colorado 1
Columbus 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)
Ottawa 6, NY Islanders 2
Chicago 4, San Jose 1
NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Indianapolis 34, Minnesota 6
NY Giants 17, Detroit 6
Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 20
Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17
Baltimore 27, Philadelphia 26
Green Bay 30, Chicago 27
Houston 21, Jacksonville 20
Buffalo 33, Cleveland 13
New Orleans 48, Arizona 41
Atlanta 41, San Francisco 13
New England 16, Denver 3
Oakland 19, San Diego 16
Dallas 26, Tampa Bay 20

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(4) Baylor 107, John Brown 53
(8) Gonzaga 86, Tennessee 76

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Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Head Coach Gus Bradley

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Gus Bradley has coached his final game for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Bradley, 50, was fired after a 21-20 loss to the Houston Texas on the road in which Texans’ quarterback Brock Osweiler was benched.

Bradley was 14-48 with the Jaguars in three plus seasons with the team, including a 2-12 record this year. He currently holds the second-worst winning percentage of any head coach that has coached a maximum of 50 games.

Bradley joins Jeff Fisher as the only two head coaches to be fired in season this year.

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Michael Phelps Reveals He Actually Had Two Weddings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many fans were shocked when Michael Phelps revealed he kept his marriage to Nicole Johnson Phelps a secret for months.

But in fact, the Olympic swimmer had to keep two secrets as the pair celebrated their union with two ceremonies.

The couple opened up about their intimate June 13 wedding in Arizona and their October 29 wedding, held in Mexico.

Phelps, 31, and the former Miss California USA initially tied the knot in Tempe, Arizona, before the swimmer competed in the summer Olympics.

“On June 13, we look at it more like we signed our paperwork,” Johnson Phelps, 31, told Brides magazine.

The Olympic gold medalist added that there were only five people in attendance at their backyard wedding. His bride said that in fact, the two “got married in sweats and jams.”

Four months later, and after Phelps earned his 23rd gold medal, the couple along with family and friends celebrated their nuptials in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Johnson Phelps also revealed that their 7-month-old son, Boomer, played a very important role during the ceremony. He was the ring bearer.

The mother of one added that the ring hung “around his wrist and he was carried down the aisle by [eight-time Olympic medalist swimmer] Allison [Schmitt], our roommate.”

In the interview with Brides magazine, Phelps then reflected on what it was like to watch his bride walk down the aisle.

“[I said,] ‘Wow, now this is really happening,'” he recalled. “I made the joke to a friend of mine, ‘Well, there’s no turning back now,’ and he was like, ‘Nope, you’re stuck, bro!’ But a lot of my friends are really big smart a—-, and we enjoy laughing and having fun.”

The swimmer added that there was “also a little bit of tears of happiness as well” especially after “everything we’ve been through, we’re finally at that point where we can make promises to each other.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/17/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Oklahoma City 114 Phoenix 101
Indiana 105 Detroit 90
Charlotte 107 Atlanta 99
Cleveland 119 L.A. Lakers 108
OT Houston 111 Minnesota 109
Denver 127 N-Y Knicks 114
Golden State 135 Portland 90

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Dallas 3 Philadelphia 1
Minnesota 4 Arizona 1
Montreal 2 Washington 1
Ottawa 3 New Jersey 1
SO Carolina 2 Buffalo 1
OT Toronto 2 Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 6 Anaheim 4
Chicago 6 St. Louis 4
SO N-Y Rangers 2 Nashville 1
SO Edmonton 3 Tampa Bay 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Miami 34 N-Y Jets 13

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) UCLA 86 Ohio St. 73
(3) Kansas 89 Davidson 71
(4) Baylor 82 Jackson St. 57
(6) Kentucky 103 (7) North Carolina 100
(18) Butler 83 (9) Indiana 78
(10) Creighton 66 Oral Roberts 65
(11) Louisville 87 E. Kentucky 56
(12) West Virginia 112 UMKC 67
(13) Virginia 79 Robert Morris 39
(15) Purdue 86 (21) Notre Dame 81
(16) South Carolina 77 South Florida 66
(17) Xavier 69 Wake Forest 65
(19) Arizona 67 Texas A&M 63
(22) Oregon 83 UNLV 63
(23) Florida St. 83 Manhattan 67
(24) Southern Cal 82 Troy 77
(25) Cincinnati 119 Fairleigh Dickinson 68

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Buffalo Bills Offering Money, Free Tickets for Snow Shoveling Help

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills fans who want to see the team host the winless Cleveland Browns on Sunday can get a free ticket to the game…by shoveling snow.

The Bills announced on Saturday that the team would offer $10 per hour to anyone 18 years or older who could help shovel a few inches of snow inside New Era Field, with lunch and dinner breaks provided.

Any snow shovelers that worked for 4 hours or longer would receive a complementary Bills football game ticket.

The team said shovelers should bring proper identification and their own shovels, but added that shovels would be provided for any Bills fans that did not have one.

Shoveling is expected to go on throughout the day and possibly into Sunday when the Bills will play the 0-13 Cleveland desperately looking for a win.

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Nerlens Noel: “Too Good To Be Playing Eight Minutes”

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) – Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel sounded off about his lack of playing time after Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Noel, who was playing in just his second game of the season after returning from offseason knee surgery, logged just eight minutes against Los Angeles.

“I think I’m too good to be playing eight minutes,” said Noel. “That’s crazy. Need to figure this s— out.”

In Noel’s season debut on Sunday, he scored eight points in 10 minutes, but suffered a sprained left ankle and did not return to the game.

He scored two points and grabbed five rebounds on Friday.

He said he wasn’t sure how the situation should be resolved. “I just want to be on the court playing basketball. I don’t really care who I’m playing with,” Noel said. “Ideally, I’d just like to be playing basketball. Just doing my thing, care free.”

Noel was drafted sixth overall in the 2013 draft.

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