Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup — 5/8/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 4, Toronto 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 5, N-Y Yankees 1
Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4
Texas 8, Detroit 3
Baltimore 11, Oakland 3
Chi White Sox 3, Minnesota 1
Houston 5, Seattle 1
Tampa Bay 3, L.A. Angels 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 6, Miami 5
Milwaukee 5, Cincinnati 4
Arizona 5, Atlanta 3, 11 Innings
Pittsburgh 10, St. Louis 5
Chi Cubs 4, Washington 3, 13 Innings
Colorado 2, San Francisco 0
N-Y Mets 4, San Diego 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Oklahoma City 111, San Antonio 97
Cleveland 100, Atlanta 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 4, N-Y Islanders 0

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Kyle Busch Picks Up First Career Sprint Cup Win at Kansas

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup Series’ night race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night.

He picked up his third win of the season, and the first at Kansas, in the GoBowling 400, following a late wreck.

Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Blaney.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the GoBowling 400, held at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kevin Harvick
3. Kurt Busch
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Austin Dillon
7. Ryan Newman
8. AJ Allmendinger
9. Chase Elliott
10. Brad Keselowski

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick, 390 points.
2. Kyle Busch, 386 points.
3. Carl Edwards, 367 points.
4. Jimmie Johnson, 353 points.
5. Kurt Busch, 350 points.
6. Brad Keselowski, 332 points.
7. Joey Logano, 320 points.
8. Austin Dillon, 307 points.
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr, 305 points.
10. Martin Truex Jr., 303 points.
11. Chase Elliott, 303 points.
12. Jamie McMurray, 276 points.
13. Denny Hamlin, 273 points.
14. Matt Kenseth, 269 points.
15. AJ Allmendinger, 265 points.
16. Ryan Blaney, 255 points.

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Prince Harry Opens Invictus Games with Promise ‘You Will Be Inspired’

Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Invictus(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry, officially kicked off Sunday evening with a star-studded ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

Michelle Obama, George W. Bush, Morgan Freeman and Prince Harry all took the stage, along with performances from veteran James Blunt and singer Laura Wright.

There are some 500 competitors representing 14 countries from around the world taking part in 10 events, including wheelchair rugby, archery, and powerlifting. The Invictus Games are the only international competition of its kind for injured veterans.

“Mark my words, you will be inspired, you will be moved, and you will be entertained,” Prince Harry told the crowd at the opening ceremony at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

Obama joined the prince on the stage, alluding to the fun rivalry that has played out on Twitter between them in the lead-up to the games.

“I have asked the U.S. team not to win too much … it’s the least we can do, right?” Obama joked about the U.S.-U.K. rivalry.

“Over the past five years, I have had to privilege of meeting so many of you, and like Prince Harry, I am so incredibly inspired by all of you,” the First Lady said. “I am inspired by your courage, your love of country, the sacrifices you all make every day.”

The Invictus Games will continue through Thursday, May 12, with coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

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Mom Calls Son’s Mother’s Day Invictus Games Win the ‘Perfect Gift’

ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Navy Corpsman Angelo Anderson was originally planning on getting his mother, Angela, a card for Mother’s Day.

Instead, he gave her something even better — a first place finish in the 400 meter prelims at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida.

“She hadn’t seen me compete, but once since my injury. So, I told her early, I was going to get you a card but I figured making finals would be the equivalent … and she was like, couldn’t ask for anything better,” Anderson said.

Despite a titanium rod in his right leg and a plate in his right arm due to gunshot wounds suffered in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, his win Sunday morning solidifies his place in the track and field finals scheduled for Tuesday morning.

More than 500 other veterans are competing at the second Invictus Games, representing 14 countries that are participating in the event. Sunday evening’s opening ceremony marks the official start to the games, which will continue until Thursday, May 12.

Angela Anderson said she didn’t know if she was going to make it on time to see her son run, but when she arrived, he was just winning his race.

“I am so surprised. It’s just so great to see him back a full person and competing, it’s just wonderful,” she told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff Sunday at the Invictus Games. “The most perfect gift a mother could ever receive.”

In 2007, Angelo joined the Navy to be a field medical Corpsman, serving with the U.S. Marines. In 2010, he was shot several times in a firefight in Afghanistan.

“Gunshot wound to the upper arm and gunshot wound to the right leg. Broke my femur, broke my humerus,” he told ABC News.

He’s since undergone 16 surgeries.

“Now I have a titanium nail up through my femur into my hip. And I have a metal plate over my humerus,” he said.

Besides track and field, 26-year-old Angelo also will be competing in cycling and wheelchair rugby at this week’s Invictus Games — a competition for wounded servicemen and women created by Prince Harry. Angelo also competed at the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014.

“Our coach always tells us, know the difference between pain and discomfort,” Angelo said. “So, with that, he’s saying welcome pain, you know. And just make sure that you know your limit in the midst of that.”

Angelo said of making the 400 meters finals on Mother’s Day, “this is probably one of the best Mother’s Day gifts” he could give his mother.

Angela, meanwhile, reflected on her son’s injury, telling ABC News the healing process took patience, endurance and love.

“We always see things as parents that, we see boo boos that we can fix, such as ‘Oh, mommy, this hurts, or that hurts.’ But when something like that happens it really tests your faith, to see if your spirit can actually endure,” she said. “It takes patience, endurance and most of all the love. That’s most important, that’s what heals our nation and heal our heroes.”

“There is no connection that you can explain for family. Family provides that connection that keeps the heart beating,” she added. “I’m so thankful to just be his mom. Out of all the things you can make choices, I’m glad he didn’t have a choice to choose anyone else but me.”

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Bartolo Colon Hits First Career Home Run After 19 Years in MLB

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Saturday was a historic day for New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon, who hit his very first career home run after 19 years in Major League Baseball.

Colon hit the two-run home run during the second inning of the Mets victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The first homer of Colon’s career came at age 42 years, 349 days. Colon is the oldest player ever to hit first career homer, unseating Randy Johnson (40 years, 9 days), according to ESPN.

MLB shared the moment on their Twitter account.

Do you believe in miracles? YES!https://t.co/zEgp22OsD1

— MLB (@MLB) May 8, 2016

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How Invictus Games Competitor Israel Del Toro Overcame Severe Burns After IED Explosion

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro was nearly killed by an IED explosion in Afghanistan, collapsing when the flames overtook him and burned his body. But he persevered, always thinking of his son, and after becoming the first 100 percent disabled veteran to re-enlist in the Air Force, he’s ready to compete again at this week’s Invictus Games in Orlando.

Del Toro was on deployment in Afghanistan when, on Dec. 4, 2005, an IED explosion severely burned more than 80 percent of his body.

“We crossed this creek and I feel this intense heat blast on my left side,” Del Toro told ESPN.

“People talk about your life flashing in front of you … for me, everything started just coming in waves,” said Del Toro, then a father to a 2-year-old son. “And when I got out of the truck I was on fire from head to toe. I collapsed cause the flames overtook me.”

“I’m thinking I’m gonna die here,” he said.

Del Toro jumped in a creek to douse the flames. He was having trouble breathing.

But he said his lieutenant told him, “You’re not gonna die here. … you said you would never let your son grow up without his dad. You gotta fight.”

Del Toro then woke up months later, in March 2006. He was told 80 percent of his body was covered in third-degree burns.

“You almost died on us three times,” he was told.

He said he was also told he might not walk again and would be on a respirator of the rest of his life.

He then noticed he didn’t have his fingers.

He said he was told: “Your military career is probably over.”

But Del Toro started the recovery process.

“Learning to walk, you never think it would hurt so much,” he said. “It was just some of the most unbearable pain … but I had to do it,” he said, for his son.

“Never throughout my recovery, even when I saw my body … never did I wish I died. Until I did see my face for the first time,” he said.

He said caregivers initially cover up mirrors to ease the severely burned into seeing themselves.

“When I did see myself [my face] for the first time I break down,” he said. “I was scared.”

“I’m a 30-year-old man, and if I think I’m a monster, what’s my 3-year-old son gonna think? I don’t want my son to be scared of me. But I’m thinking in my head, ‘He wants his dad.’ That’s all he wants, is his dad,” he said.

In May 2006, Del Toro was out of the hospital “walking and breathing on my own.”

His son, Israel Jr., told ESPN of seeing his dad for the first time: “I ran out the door. And my dad was all burned, I didn’t really recognize him.”

“All of a sudden he [Israel Jr.] stops,” Del Toro said. “I was like, ‘Is he scared of me?'”

“I just gave him the greatest hug,” Israel Jr said. “I really just wanted my dad home.”

With his son as motivation, Del Toro made his comeback.

He was awarded the Purple Heart. Then in 2010, he became the first 100 percent disabled veteran to re-enlist in the Air Force.

And as a part of his return to physical fitness, in 2014 he competed in the inaugural Invictus Games — a competition for wounded servicemen and women created by Prince Harry. He’s now back for the second Invictus Games, beginning today in Orlando.

More than 500 veterans from around the world are expected to participate. The games “shine a light on the holistic recovery and rehabilitation that occurs through sport for the wounded, ill, and injured Service men and women who participate in them,” according to the official Invictus Games website.

Most importantly, the games represent “coming back from rock bottom,” Prince Harry said.

“All [these competitors] want to do is get back to that status amongst their family that I am still the same person. I may look different or I may have a disability now, but I’m stronger now than I ever have been,” the prince said. “This is a big moment for everyone to say thank you to the guys who put their life on the line. Thank you to the people who serve our country and put themselves in harm’s way so we don’t have to.”

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Michael Phelps’ Fiancee Gives Birth to a Boy

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps is a first-time father.

The 18-time Olympic gold medalist and fiancee Nicole Johnson welcomed a baby boy Thursday night in Arizona, according to ESPN.

The couple announced the baby is named Boomer Robert Phelps.

Phelps has been training in Arizona in preparation for this summer’s Rio Olympics.

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Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby

Dylan Buell/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Nyquist has been crowned the winner of the 142nd Kentucky Derby.

The colt, who was the Derby favorite, remains undefeated.

Nyquist took the lead around the final bend to win the Kentucky Derby, becoming just the eighth unbeaten Derby winner in history.

Danzing Candy bolted out of the gate to the early lead, with Nyquist and Gun Runner close on his heels, but couldn’t hold on. First Danzing Candy went by, and then Nyquist came around the outside, charging down the stretch to win the 142 running.

Nyquist is the fourth straight favorite to come in and win the race.

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Grizzlies Fire Dave Joerger After Three Seasons

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The Memphis Grizzlies have fired their head coach Dave Joerger after three seasons, the organization announced Saturday morning.

“The decision was made because I believe you need a deeply committed leadership team in order to establish the strong culture needed for sustainable long-term success,” general manager Chris Wallace said on the team’s website. “I don’t want to get into specifics, but our goal now is to identify the best candidate for our organization.”

Sources told Yahoo! Sports’ that Joerger was seeking permission to talk to other teams about coaching positions.

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MLB Relocates Puerto Rico Series Amid Zika Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Zika virus concerns have caused two Major League Baseball games to be moved from Puerto Rico.

On Friday, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced that the two-game Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins series set to be played in San Juan, would be moved to Miami’s Marlins Park.

According to a statement, the decision came after “numerous players expressed concerns about contracting and potentially transmitting the Zika virus to their partners.”

“[MLB] Commissioner [Rob] Manfred and the MLBPA fully understand the disappointment by those in Puerto Rico to the relocation of the games,” said the statement. “MLB and the Players Association did everything possible to adequately address the concerns raised by players and still play the games in Puerto Rico, but despite extensive efforts, they were unable to develop a workable solution.”

MLB said since the games were moved, they instead would hold “several youth baseball and community events” on the island later in May, and the commissioner was expected to attend along with former MLB players.

“Both MLB and the Players Association also will make contributions to the CDC Foundation to assist the efforts to eradicate Zika in Puerto Rico,” the statement said.

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