Review Category : National Sports

Kevin Spacey Cheers at Florida Hockey Game Wearing Sweatshirt with His Face on It

Robin Marchant/Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fla.) — What was Kevin Spacey doing at the Florida Panthers hockey game Saturday, wearing a sweatshirt with his own face on it?

No, the House of Cards actor isn’t like his narcissistic character, Frank Underwood. Instead, the actor was lending his support to the NHL team, attending their game against the Detroit Red Wings.

In case you didn’t know, the Panthers have sort of adopted Spacey, 56, as the team’s unofficial mascot. Whenever a player performs really well during a winning game, they’re handed a blue sweatshirt with Spacey’s head floating on it.

It has been dubbed the “Spacey in Space” sweatshirt and the actual meaning behind it remains a mystery.

The only one in on the team’s inside joke is Spacey himself. He tweeted in December, “Only I really know what #SpaceyInSpace means. Hope it continues to bring good luck!”

Still, Spacey sported his own blue sweatshirt Saturday during the game. Masks featuring Spacey were even handed out inside the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to fans.

After the game, the Oscar winner stopped by the locker room to greet the team and take pictures, of course. In a photo posted to Instagram, Spacey said to the team: “Thank you @flapanthers and all the fans for such a wonderful welcome tonight.”

But Spacey’s visit didn’t bring much luck to the team. The Florida Panthers lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 5-3.

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Serena Williams Fires Back After Tournament Director’s ‘Offensive’ Remarks

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After a tennis tournament director said female pro players “ride on the coattails of the men” and are “lucky” and “don’t make any decisions,” Serena Williams called the director’s remarks “very much mistaken and very, very, very inaccurate.”

The initial remarks came from BNP Paribas Open tournament director and CEO Raymond Moore, who told reporters before Sunday’s tournament finals, in Indian Wells, California, “In my next life when I come back I want to be someone in the WTA [Women’s Tennis Association]. Because they ride on the coattails of the men.”

“They don’t make any decisions and they are lucky. They are very, very lucky,” he said. “If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born, because they have carried this sport.”

Moore later issued an apology, but Serena Williams, who lost the tournament this weekend to opponent Victoria Azarenka, called Moore’s comments a “disservice” to tennis legend Billie Jean King as well as “every woman on this planet that has ever tried to stand up for what they believed in and being proud to be a woman.”

“We as women have come a long way. And we shouldn’t have to drop to our knees at any point,” Williams said.

King also spoke out, tweeting that Moore was “wrong on so many levels.”

Moore apologized for his initial remarks, saying, “At my morning breakfast with the media, I made comments about the WTA that were in extremely poor taste and erroneous.”

He continued: “I am truly sorry for those remarks, and apologize to all the players and WTA as a whole. We had a women’s final today that reflects the strength of the players, especially Serena and Victoria, and the entire WTA. Again, I am truly sorry for my remarks.”

Steve Simon, CEO of the WTA, assailed Moore’s comments as “extremely disappointing and alarming.”

“The WTA stands on its own and was founded on the principles of equality and empowerment,” Simon said. “I am proud of all the strong athletes on the WTA who put in hard work and sacrifice every single day. Tennis as a whole is enriched by the contributions and accomplishments of every player, both female and male.”

International Tennis Federation President David Haggerty said the ITF found Moore’s remarks “irresponsible and offensive.”

“Our sport benefits from the contribution of both sexes and celebrates the achievements of great women players alongside their male counterparts,” Haggerty said. “This generation of women is blessed with talent like Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka who played yesterday, but the long line of outstanding women includes Suzanne Lenglen, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf among others who attracted millions of fans to our sport.”

“There is no room for remarks like those of Mr. Moore in tennis or in society,” Haggerty said.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Auto Club 400, Moves to 7th on All-Time Win List

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(FONTANA, Calif.) — Jimmie Johnson recorded his second overtime win the season on Sunday at the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California. It was Johnson’s 77th career win, placing him seventh in all-time NASCAR wins, ahead of Dale Earnhardt.

Johnson was able to take the lead from Kevin Harvick on the overtime restart after Kyle Bush blew a tire in Lap 198 of the 200-lap race, causing a caution and the overtime. After leading 142 of the race’s 200 laps, Harvick finished second.

The rest of the top five were Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Ricky Stenouse Jr.

Sprint Cup racing resumes April 3 with the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 3/20/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
OT/Dallas 132, Portland 120
Toronto 105, Orlando 100
Boston 120, Philadelphia 105
New Orleans 109, L.-A. Clippers 105
Utah 94, Milwaukee 85
Sacramento 88, New York 80

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT Anaheim 3, Winnipeg 2
New Jersey 2, Columbus 1
Calgary 4, Montreal 1
Colorado 3, Edmonton 2
Pittsburgh 6, Washington 2
SO/Minnesota 3, Chicago 2
San Jose 3, Arizona 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

(2)Villanova 87, (7)Iowa 68
(6)Notre Dame 76, (14)Stephen F. Austin, 75
(2)Oklahoma 85, (10)VCU 81
(10)Syracuse 75, (15)Middle Tennessee 50
(5)Maryland 73, (13)Hawaii 60
2OT/(3)Texas A&M 92, (11)Northern Iowa 88
(7)Wisconsin 66, (2)Xavier 63
(1)Oregon 69, (8)St. Joseph’s 64

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Akron Football Player Accidentally Shoots Teammate in Stomach

Photodisc/Thinkstock(AKRON, Ohio) — Fromer Akron wide receiver Andrew Pratt is in stable condition at an area hospital Sunday after a teammate accidentally shot him in the stomach early Saturday morning, according to ESPN.

Police told the Akron Beacon Journal that no charges would be filed because both players agreed that the shooting was accidental.

According to ESPN, Zips offensive tackle Scott Boyett said he mistook Pratt for a burglar when Pratt entered his appartment unannounced at 3 a.m. Saturday morning, and shot him in the stomach. According to police, Boyett drove Pratt to the Akron Children’s Hospital emergency room.

The Akron athletic director Larry Williams said in a statement the athletic department there is looking into the incident.

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Seahawks’ Richard Sherman Rips on Goodell for New Rules

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman took aim at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Sunday.

According to ESPN, Goodell proposed a rule that had players who have committed two personal fouls in a game exected. However, Sherman didn’t approve of the idea behind the proposal.

“I think it’s foolish,” Sherman told ESPN. “It sounds liek something somebody who’s never played the game would say, something that they would suggest, because he doesn’t understand. He’s just a face. He’s just a suit. He’s never stepped foot on the field and understood how you can get a personal foul.”

ESPN reports Sherman, who was elected to the NFL Players’ Association executive committee, also asked why the rules governing what constitutes a catch have created so much controversity.

“Because you’ve got a bunch of suits doing it,” Sherman told ESPN. “Like I said before, you don’t have a bunch of guys … let Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin talk about it for about 20, 30 minutes. Maybe Cris Carter. Randy Moss, let those guys have a roundtable discussion about what a catch should be and come up with a rule. I guarantee you it’d be more effective than the rule they have now because those are the pass-catchers. Those are some of the best pass-catchers we’ve had.”

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Cavaliers Loss Marks 11-Game Losing Streak at Miami

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Saturday night loss against the Miami Heat marked the 11th time in a row the Heat was able to defeat the Cavs at home since 2010.

“The way they’ve beat us here is a little concerning if we face them [in the playoffs],” Cavs star LeBron James said Saturday night according to ESPN. “I think we’ll be ready for it more. We didn’t play [up to our] potential. We didn’t play our game. We let them play their game, and they took it to us.”

James played with Miami from 2010 until 2014, when he returned home to Cleveland.

“With LeBron James coming back here, they get up for the game,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said according to ESPN. “We need to start getting up for these games.”

After Miami’s 122-101 victory, the team is 4-0 in the series. Both the Cavs and the Heat could possibly be matched in the second round in the playoffs.

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New Orleans Not Ruling Out Anthony Davis Shutdown

(NEW ORLEANS) — New Orleans Pelicans All-Star center Anthony Davis could be shut down for the season, head coach Alvin Gentry admitted on Saturday.

With the Pelicans sitting in 12th place in the Western Conference at 25-43, and on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, Gentry said there wasn’t much benefit to rushing Davis back. The center has been dealing with shoulder injuries in recent weeks, and suffered a knee injury during Friday’s game when he bumped knees with Portland’s C.J. McCollum.

“I wouldn’t say no that that,” Gentry told reporters about a possible shutdown of the team’s best player. “I think we’ve gotta be smart collectively, along with him.”

As for the lingering shoulder issue, Gentry only said that it was “something that’s kind of been there.”

Davis was slated to see team doctors on Saturday, with a final decision likely to come after that.

“I think [a shutdown is] something that he would definitely have to consider,” Gentry added.

The 23-year-old former first-round draft pick is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Davis has missed just seven games this season, before Saturday, while the rest of the Pelicans roster has missed 228 games with injuries, illnesses, and personal absences.

The Pelicans have started 33 different lineup combinations so far this year, the most in the NBA.

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NCAA Tournament First Round Matches Record For Upsets

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Friday capped off a record first round of upsets in the NCAA tournament.

11th-seeded Northern Iowa’s buzzer-beating win over No. 6 Texas was the 13th upset of the first round, tying the record for upsets since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

There were also 13 upsets in the first round of the 2001 tournament, including 15-seed Hampton’s victory over Iowa State.

Michigan State became the latest two-seed to fall, after suffering a loss to Middle Tennessee on Friday.

“There’s such great college stories this time of year, every year. We looked at it and said, ‘Guys, why not Middle Tennessee?'” Blue Raiders coach Kermit Davis said. “It’s going to be something after this weekend, and everyone is going to have a great, great moment.”

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Indianapolis Colts to Honor Peyton Manning by Retiring Jersey, Building Statue

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis Colts are honoring Peyton Manning in a big way.

The team announced Friday that they will retire Manning’s No. 18 jersey and will build a statue of the quarterback in front of Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’ll be a destination spot for all of our fans, a destination for cans of Budweiser,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said laughing. “It’s not too often you build statues of people. We’re really excited about putting this iconic statue outside of Lucas Oil Stadium where it’ll stand many, many years. So deserving,” Irsay said Friday.

Manning announced his retirement after winning his second Super Bowl title with the Denver Broncos.

He was drafted as a first round pick in 1998 and played with the organization for 14 years.

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