Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/13/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: ALCS: Kansas City Royals – Baltimore Orioles (Royals lead series, 2-0) Postponed

NFL: San Francisco 49ers 31 (4-2) – St. Louis Rams 17 (1-4)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 5 (2-1-0, 4 points) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (0-3-0, 0 points)

Colorado Avalanche 2 (1-2-0, 2 points) – Boston Bruins 1 (1-3-0, 2 points)

Ottawa Senators 1 (2-1-0, 4 points) – Florida Panthers 0 (0-2-1, 0 points)

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (2-0-1, 5 points) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (3-1-0, 6 points)

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Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out with Sprained Knee

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a sprain in his left knee during the team’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

After Caldwell-Pope fell underneath Washington’s basket, he needed assistance getting back to the locker room.

“We’ll re-evaluate it going forward,” Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We’ll get him an MRI and we’ll go from there [to] see what’s going on. …You go through these things, everybody goes through them.”

After averaging 5.9 points per game last season as a rookie, Caldwell-Pope was averaging 16.7 points in the Piston’s first three preseason games.

Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall selection by the Pistons back in 2013 out of Georgia. He was primed to see an expanded role behind Jodie Meeks in the guard rotation.

It is unknown just how long he’ll be out of action as the Pistons begin their regular season on Oct. 29.

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Wild Reward Defenseman Jonas Brodin with Contract Extension

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — Only in his second full season in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild have already determined they want defenseman Jonas Brodin around for the long-term as they’ve given him a new contract.

Still just 21 years old, Brodin and the Wild have agreed on a six-year extension worth $25 million. Brodin’s new deal will keep him under contract through the 2020-2021 season.

“We are very excited to get Jonas Brodin signed through the 2020-21 season,” said Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He is one of the premier young defensemen in the NHL and has played a huge role on our team since entering the league as a 19-year-old. We’re confident that his game will continue to evolve in all areas and he will be a valuable part of our core for years to come.”

Brodin has performed very well for the Wild since his rookie season. Through 126 games, Brodin has 10 goals, 21 assists and a plus-8 rating.

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Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) — A couple of days after criticizing newly-signed forward Chandler Parsons for his weight and conditioning, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has apologized for his comments.

“An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much,” Carlisle said Friday night. “We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He’ll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren’t helping.”

Carlisle realized he was wrong to publicly criticize Parsons, and promptly apologized.

“It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night,” Carlisle wrote in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. “I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise.”

Parsons, who signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks this past summer worth $46 million, says he has moved on from the incident.

“It just shows what kind of guy he is,” Parsons said of Carlisle’s apology. “We’re in this together. Everybody makes mistakes, and he came to me as a man. We have a great relationship. It’s in the past, and we’re going to move forward. It’s over with.”

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

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Cowboys Quiet 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) knocked off the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (3-2) in front of the 12th man in Seattle on Sunday.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s 15-yard rushing touchdown with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter gave his team a 26-23 lead and Dan Bailey’s field goal late pushed the lead to seven, which set the stage for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson’s last throw intended for Luke Wilson was picked off by Rolando McClain to put the Cowboys’ win in the books.

Tony Romo passed for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

The Cowboys defense held Wilson and the Seahawks offense to 80 rushing yards, 126 passing yards, and a Wilson rushing touchdown.

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Giants Suffer Big Blow in Loss to Eagles

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants were shut out by the Philadelphia Eagles 27-0 during Sunday Night’s football game.

That wasn’t the worst news as wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered a knee injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. Cruz immediately grabbed his knee and could be seen fighting off tears.

It is believed that Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee.

Quarterback Eli Manning was harrassed all night by the Eagles defense, being sacked six times. The Giants could not find a rhythm all night as they could only muster 253 yards of total offense.

The Eagles soared as Nick Foles completed two touchdown passes, both to his tight ends; James Casey and Zach Ertz. Philadelphia also ran over the Giants as LeSean McCoy rushed for 149 yards on 22 carries.

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Wong Blasts Cardinals Past Giants

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, MO) — Kolten Wong has tied up the NLCS at a game apiece with a ninth inning walk-off solo home run.

The Cardinals second baseman took a Sergio Romo pitch deep to right field in the bottom of the ninth giving St. Louis a 5-4 victory over San Francisco.

“I didn’t know if it was going out or not,” Wong said to ESPN after the game. “When it finally went out, all emotion came out.”

Not all news was good for the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier Molina left the game in the sixth inning with what is described as a strained oblique. Manager Mike Matheny said Molina was undergoing further tests but that the injury “didn’t look real good.”

The series resumes Tuesday night in San Francisco as John Lackey takes the hill for the Cardinals. For San Francisco Tim Hudson will get the nod.

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Flacco Feasts on Bucs Secondary

Rob Carr/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL) — Joe Flacco tossed five touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the Baltimore Ravens went on to win 48-17.

Flacco threw four of his touchdowns in the first quarter, putting up a lead that would prove too much for the Bucs to remain competitive.

“It was very enjoyable. You don’t get those too often in this league. … It was pretty crazy,” Flacco said. “It happened so quickly. It was such an awkward situation, but it was definitely fun for us.”

On the receiving end of those passes were Torrey Smith, who caught the first two, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro and Steve Smith.

Baltimore returns home to host the Atlanta Falcons next week.

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Cowboys Quite 12th Man, Beat Seahawks, 30-23

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) knocked off the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (3-2) in front of the 12th man on Sunday.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s 15-yard rushing touchdown with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter gave his team a 26-23 lead and Dan Bailey’s field goal late pushed the lead to seven, which set the stage for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson’s last throw intended for Luke Wilson was picked off by Rolando McClain to put the Cowboys win in the books.

Tony Romo passed for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and Murray rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

The Cowboys defense held Wilson and the Seahawks offense to 80 rushing yards, 126 passing yards, and a Wilson rushing touchdown.

The Seahawks only last season at CenturyLink Field was to the Cardinals.

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Kevin Durant Out 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant will be out six to eight weeks with a Jones fracture in his foot, the team announced on Sunday.

Durant noticed the pain in his foot and notified the team after practice on Saturday.

There is no official timetable for the reigning MVP, but general manager Sam Presti said that he will do his best to improve the team while Durant is sidelined.

“In regard to replacing a player like Kevin Durant, you don’t replace Kevin Durant. It’s not going to be one person. It’s going to be a collective mindset,” Presti said. “We know we’re a better basketball team with Kevin Durant on the floor. But we can have some influence on how good we are in the meantime. We’re certainly not going to be looking at the calendar waiting for him to get back. I don’t think he’d want us to do that.”

Presti said that it’s a good thing that Durant let the team know now instead of starting the regular season with the fracture.

“Because it’s a stress injury, it happened over time,” Presti said. “The fact that Kevin mentioned it when he did is a real fortunate piece of this because if he had continued to play on it, it would continue to get worse. So that it was identified when it was identified, and that the pain, or achiness, was enough to mention it, is a positive.”

Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games last season and has played the most minutes in the league since 2007.

“Coming in to this season having not played USA Basketball, reflecting on that decision now, I think clearly, probably helped him a great deal, just the amount of stress he was able to avoid at that point in time,” Presti said. “I think that brought him back in to camp in a good spot.”

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