Review Category : National Sports

Tiger Woods Delaying Professional Golf Comeback

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tiger Woods is delaying his comeback.

After it was announced last week he would be making his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open in Napa, California, the golf star revealed Monday he had decided to withdraw.

“After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey,” Woods said in a statement on his website. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

Woods said despite practicing the past few days in California, he “knew [he] wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world.”

“I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV,” he said. “This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”

Woods has been recovering from back surgeries he had almost a year ago, and has yet to play in a PGA Tour event this year.

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Justice Ginsburg Calls Kaepernick’s Protest ‘Dumb’

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out about the sports protest movement started by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick — where he kneels during the national anthem — calling it “dumb and disrespectful.”

Ginsburg, who has served at her post since 1993, and is a popular figure among liberals, particularly for her advocacy of gender rights in the court, spoke about Kaepernick and other political issues of the day in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said about the protests. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”

She joins a list of prominent critics of Kaepernick, who has knelt during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season and preseason for what he described as the mistreatment of “black people and people of color” in America.

Criticism of the protest has been primarily split along ideological lines with conservatives serving as the quarterback’s harshest critics, and civil rights activists, like former NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar, backing it.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke in harsh terms about Kaepernick after news of the protests first broke, saying “maybe he should find a country that works better for him,” and President Barack Obama offered tentative support, saying that the player was “exercising his constitutional right.”

Kaepernick’s protest struck a nerve, and spread throughout the NFL and to other sports, launching a public debate about race relations in America. The Beaumont Bulls, an all black youth football team in Beaumont, Tex., for example, joined the protests this year despite members of the team receiving death threats for doing so.

The phenomenon has inspired athletes to be more outspoken about politics in general, something that has proven to be divisive among fans.

Most recently, New York Knicks’ newly acquired center Joakim Noah sat out a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel for what he said are his “anti-war” views, adding new layers to the larger story of sports protest in America.

As for Kaepernick, he continued to push the discussion on race in September, when he called both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump “embarrassing” on the issue.

“Both are proven liars, and it seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil,” Kaepernick said to the media regarding the presidential race.

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Justice Ginsburg Calls Kaepernick’s Protest Against Mistreatment of People of Color ‘Dumb’

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke out about the sports protest movement started by San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick — where he kneels during the national anthem — calling it “dumb and disrespectful.”

Ginsburg, who has served at her post since 1993, and is a popular figure among liberals, particularly for her advocacy of gender rights in the court, spoke about Kaepernick and other political issues of the day in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

“Would I arrest them for doing it? No,” Ginsburg said about the protests. “I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”

She joins a list of prominent critics of Kaepernick, who has knelt during the national anthem throughout the 2016 season and preseason for what he described as the mistreatment of “black people and people of color” in America.

Criticism of the protest has been primarily split along ideological lines with conservatives serving as the quarterback’s harshest critics, and civil rights activists, like former NBA star Kareem Abdul Jabbar, backing it.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke in harsh terms about Kaepernick after news of the protests first broke, saying “maybe he should find a country that works better for him,” and President Barack Obama offered tentative support, saying that the player was “exercising his constitutional right.”

Kaepernick’s protest struck a nerve, and spread throughout the NFL and to other sports, launching a public debate about race relations in America. The Beaumont Bulls, an all black youth football team in Beaumont, Tex., for example, joined the protests this year despite members of the team receiving death threats for doing so.

The phenomenon has inspired athletes to be more outspoken about politics in general, something that has proven to be divisive among fans.

Most recently, New York Knicks’ newly acquired center Joakim Noah sat out a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel for what he said are his “anti-war” views, adding new layers to the larger story of sports protest in America.

As for Kaepernick, he continued to push the discussion on race in September, when he called both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump “embarrassing” on the issue.

“Both are proven liars, and it seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil,” Kaepernick said to the media regarding the presidential race.

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Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak Hospitalized with Flu-Like Symptoms

Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) — Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak was hospitalized Sunday night following the team’s 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Broncos say Kubiak, 55, was taken to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.

Team officials say he felt ill during the game but remained on the sidelines through all four quarters and even did his post-game news conference with reporters. However, Kubiak continued to not feel well and was admitted as a precaution.

Kubiak remains in the hospital and is feeling better, a team official told ESPN Monday.

It is not yet clear if he will be able to coach the Broncos’ next game, scheduled for Thursday against the San Diego Chargers.

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Baltimore Ravens Fire Offensive Coordinator

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly parted ways with offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.

League sources tell ESPN the Ravens cut Trestman and brought in quarterbacks coach Marty Mornhinweg in his place. Trestman, 60, had been with the team since last season.

The move came following Baltimore’s second loss of the season. The Ravens were defeated by the Washington Redskins on Sunday, 16-10.

Including Sunday’s loss, ESPN reports the Ravens rank in the bottom 10 in points scored, third-down conversions and offensive penalties.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Chase Event at Charlotte

Hemera/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.C.) — Jimmie Johnson is headed to the third round of the Chase.

He won the Sprint Cup Series’ Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. The event had been postponed by one day due to rain from Hurricane Matthew.

Johnson led 155 laps en route to his third victory of the season.

The race marked the start of the second round of the Chase, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Bank of America 500, held at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina:

1. Jimmie Johnson
2. Matt Kenseth
3. Kasey Kahne
4. Ryan Newman
5. Kyle Larson
6. Kyle Busch
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Kurt Busch
9. Tony Stewart
10. Jamie McMurray

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Jimmie Johnson — 3,045 points.
2. Matt Kenseth — 3,040 points.
3. Kyle Busch — 3,036 points.
4. Brad Keselowski — 3,034 points.
5. Kurt Busch — 3,033 points.
6. Carl Edwards — 3,029 points.
7. Martin Truex Jr. — 3,028 points.
8. Denny Hamlin — 3,012 points.
9. Austin Dillon — 3,009 points.
10. Chase Elliott — 3,009 points.
11. Joey Logano — 3,006 points.
12. Kevin Harvick — 3,004 points.
13. Kyle Larson — 2,109 points.
14. Tony Stewart — 2,106 points.
15. Jamie McMurray — 2,084 points.
16. Chris Buescher — 2,070 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/9/16

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 7, Texas 6, 10 Innings (Toronto wins series 3-0)
Cleveland at Boston (postponed)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 5, L.A. Dodgers 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 31, N-Y Jets 13
Minnesota 31, Houston 13
Washington 16, Baltimore 10
Detroit 24, Philadelphia 23
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 23
New England 33, Cleveland 13
Tennessee 30, Miami 17
Atlanta 23, Denver 16
Buffalo 30, Los Angeles 19
Oakland 34, San Diego 31
Dallas 28, Cincinnati 14
Green Bay 23, N-Y Giants 16

WNBA FINALS

L.A. Sparks 78, Minnesota 76

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Former Boxing Champion Aaron Pryor Dies at 60

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former boxing champion Aaron Pryor died of heart disease Sunday morning at the age of 60, according to ESPN.

An all-time great junior welterweight, Pryor is rememberd for two famous knockouts he had over Alexis Arguello. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996, according to ESPN.

Pryor is survived by wife, Frankie, two sons, a daughter, and three grandsons. Aaron’s widow, Frankie, released a statement on his passing.

“We are heartbroken and sad to announce that our beloved Aaron passed away at home surrounded by his family at 5:57 a.m. He was known around the world as ‘The Hawk’ but to our family he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We appreciate the outpouring of condolences and sympathy and ask that our family be allowed time to grieve and mourn his loss. We will announce plans for a public memorial shortly.”

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Arizona State Kicker Zane Gonzalez Sets New NCAA Record

iStock/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Arizona State Sun Devils kicker Zane Gonzalez kicked his 89th career field goal, setting an NCAA-record, in the team’s 23-20 win over the UCLA Bruins on Saturday.

The Texas native converted three field goals in the win and passed former Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins for the most converted career field goals. Hopkins had 88 while playing for Florida State from 2009-12.

Arizona State and UCLA play in the PAC-12 conference. Gonzalez broke the conference record for field goals the week prior, previously held by former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath (85).

Gonzalez is 89 for 111 attempting field goals in his career (80.2 percent).

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Cam Newton Ruled Out for Week 5 Matchup with Buccaneers

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(CHARLOTTE, N.C). — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in the team’s Monday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he recovers from a concussion.

Newton sustained the concussion in the team’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Falcons linebacker Deion Jones delivered an illegal hit on Newton in the fourth quarter and he was unable to finish the game.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera told reporters after Saturday’s practice, “We’ve done this before. It’s that next man up mentality. We’ve done it before.”

Newton has missed just two games since joining the league in 2011. He will be replaced by backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who will be making his third career start as a Panther.

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