Review Category : National Sports

Ronaldo Nets 5 in Win

Jean Catuffe/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — For the first time in his career, Cristiano Ronaldo scored five goals in one match, as he led Real Madrid past Granada, 9-1, Sunday.

Ronaldo’s incredible day gives him 36 goals for the season, four better than Lionel Messi.

After Gareth Bale got Madrid on the board in the 26th minute, Ronaldo followed by scoring three goals in eight minutes. Ronaldo then scored his fourth goal 10 minutes into the second half. He scored his fifth and final goal with a 90th-minute header.

Ronaldo becomes the first Real Madrid player to score five goals in one game since Fernando Morientes in 2002.

The win moves Madrid within a point of Barcelona for first place in La Liga play.

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Yasmany Tomas Sent to Minors

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Diamondbacks sent Cuban third baseman Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A Reno for the start of the regular season.

During the offseason the Diamondbacks signed Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract, but this spring Tomas struggled, hitting .257 in 24 Cactus League games while having trouble adjusting to his new defensive position at third base (he’s a natural outfielder).

In 2013, his last season in Cuba with the Industriales, Tomas played in 65 games, hitting .290 with six home runs, 35 RBIs, six stolen bases, and a .346 on-base percentage.

In related news, the Diamondbacks selected the contract of pitcher Archie Bradley while also adding utility man Jordan Pacheco and catcher Gerald Laird to their 25-man major league roster.

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Avery Johnson Agrees to Become the New Head Coach at Alabama

NBA via New Jersey Nets(NEW YORK) — After a two-year hiatus, former NBA Coach of the Year Avery Johnson is getting back into coaching. Johnson has agreed to become the head coach at Alabama.

Johnson last coached during the 2012-2013 season for the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. A sixteen-year NBA veteran, Johnson most recently served as an analyst for ESPN.

He has never coached at the collegiate level, but he won 60 games with the Dallas Mavericks twice during his time in the NBA coaching ranks.

Johnson will take over an Alabama team that started the season off well but wound up finishing 19-15 with a second-round NIT exit.

Alabama wound up firing former head coach Anthony Grant after six seasons in which he went 117-85.

In seven seasons in the NBA, Johnson went 254-186, good for a .577 winning percentage.

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Orioles Place Four Players on the DL to Start the Season

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — The injuries are piling up for the Baltimore Orioles, and the season hasn’t even started yet. The team announced that catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop J.J. Hardy, outfielder David Lough and infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes will all open up the season no the 15-day disabled list.

Hardy, Lough and Wieters’ moves are retroactive to March 27. Paredes is retroactive to April 1.

Wieters starting the season is the least-surprising as he is still recovering from Tommy June Surgery he underwent last June, and the team wasn’t counting on him being ready to start the season healthy.

Hardy is dealing with a strained shoulder, Lough is battling a hamstring issue, and Paredes is dealing with a back strain.

After winning the American League East in 2014, the Orioles were already dealing with a 25-game suspension of first baseman Chris Davis for using amphetamines without a prescription.

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Indians Agree to Contract Extension with Pitcher Carlos Carrasco

iStockphoto/Thnkstock(NEW YORK) — First the Cleveland Indians locked up ace Cory Kluber, now they’ve given their number two starter an extension as they’ve agreed on a deal with Carlos Carrasco.

Carrasco’s new deal will pay him through the 2018 season while also including club options for the 2019 and 2020 season.

This is quite the career turnaround for Carrasco, who at one point was an after-thought for the team. He was highly regarded pitching prospect during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies, and was the centerpiece in the deal sending Cliff Lee to Philadelphia in July 2009.

Toiling back and forth from the rotation and bullpen, Carrasco seemed to figure things out last season as he went 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 14 starts and 26 appearances out of the bullpen.

In a 10-start stretch for hte Indians from August-September, he went 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA along with 90 strikeouts in 69.0 innings.

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Avery Johnson Agrees to become the New Head Coach at Albabama

NBA via New Jersey Nets(NEW YORK) — After a two-year hiatus, former NBA Coach of the Year Avery Johnson is getting back into coaching. Johnson has agreed to become the head coach at Alabama.

Johnson last coached in the NBA during the 2012-2013 season for the Brooklyn Nets. A sixteen-year NBA veteran, Johnson most recently served as an analyst for ESPN.

He has never coached at the collegiate level, but he won 60 games with the Dallas Mavericks twice during his time in the NBA coaching ranks.

Johnson will take over an Alabama team that started the season off well, but wound up finished 19-15 and a second-round NIT exit.

Alabama wound up firing former head coach Anthony Grant after six seasons in which he went 117-85.

In seven seasons in the NBA, Johnson went 254-186, god for a .577 wining percentage.

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Ricky Rubio Will Sit Final Six Games of Season

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(MINNESOTA) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio’s season is over.

Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said that Rubio will not play the final six games of the season after missing the last nine with a left ankle injury.

“He’s just got soreness in that ankle,” Saunders told reporters Saturday. “So they want to rest [it], take care of it. There is no use of him playing. We thought, with what we were doing, that he would get relief. And he’s not getting relief. So we want to make sure there is nothing else happening in there.”

Rubio is in the first year of his four-year deal worth $56 million.

“We’re hoping that rest, the next month, will put him in a situation where he’s going to be pretty healthy,” Saunders told reporters. “I don’t think anyone thought it was going to take the turn that it took. They’re trying to do some different things to see if they can get him pain-free.”

Rubio missed the first 42 games of the season before returning on Feb. 2.

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Phil Hughes Excited for Opening Day Start

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Twins pitcher Phil Hughes will make the first Opening Day start of his career on Monday when Minnesota takes on the Detroit Tigers.

Hughes will have a tough counterpart in David Price, but is looking forward to it.

“It’s very cool,” Hughes said this week about making the Opening Day start. “It’s something that I never had the opportunity to do in my career.”

“I’ve been a part of a lot of Opening Day’s and to see that kind of atmosphere is going to be great to be a part of.”

Hughes was 16-10 last season with a 3.52 ERA in his first season in Minnesota.

“It’s a little bit different,” Hughes said of the adjustments to pitching on Opening Day. “You have to time your routine. I’ll just kind of play it by ear, it should be a good atmosphere in Detroit.”

Hughes spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees before coming to Minnesota last year.

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Phil Hughes Excited for Opening Day Start

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Twins pitcher Phil Hughes will make the first Opening Day start of his career on Monday when Minnesota takes on the Detroit Tigers.

Hughes will have a tough counterpart in David Price, but is looking forward to it.

“It’s very cool,” Hughes said this week about making the Opening Day start. “It’s something that I never had the opportunity to do in my career.”

“I’ve been a part of a lot of Opening Day’s and to see that kind of atmosphere is going to be great to be a part of.”

Hughes was 16-10 last season with a 3.52 ERA in his first season in Minnesota.

“It’s a little bit different,” Hughes said of the adjustments to pitching on Opening Day. “You have to time your routine. I’ll just kind of play it by ear, it should be a good atmosphere in Detroit.”

Hughes spent seven seasons with the New York Yankees before coming to Minnesota last year.

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Ricky Rubio Will Sit Final Six Games of Season

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(MINNESOTA) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio’s season is over.

Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said that Rubio will not play the final six games of the season after missing the last nine with a left ankle injury.

“He’s just got soreness in that ankle,” Saunders told reporters Saturday. “So they want to rest [it], take care of it. There is no use of him playing. We thought, with what we were doing, that he would get relief. And he’s not getting relief. So we want to make sure there is nothing else happening in there.”

Rubio is in the first year of his four-year deal worth $56 million.

“We’re hoping that rest, the next month, will put him in a situation where he’s going to be pretty healthy,” Saunders told reporters. “I don’t think anyone thought it was going to take the turn that it took. They’re trying to do some different things to see if they can get him pain-free.”

Rubio missed the first 42 games of the season before returning on Feb. 2.

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