Review Category : National Sports

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez commited suicide in prison cell

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his prison cell early this morning.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence in a Massachusetts prison after being convicted of a 2012 murder.

Last week, he was acquitted of a separate double murder charge.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/17/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 9 Baltimore 3
San Francisco 2 Kansas City 1, 11 Innings
Miami 5 Seattle 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 4 N-Y Yankees 1
Boston 8 Toronto 7
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 1
L.A. Angels 5 Houston 2
Cleveland 11 Minnesota 4
Oakland 4 Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 6 N-Y Mets 2, 10 Innings
Washington 3 Atlanta 1
Chi Cubs 9 Milwaukee 7
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Colorado 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Arizona 11 San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Toronto 106 Milwaukee 100
Chicago 111 Boston 97
L.A. Clippers 99 Utah 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
N-Y Rangers 2 Montreal 1
Columbus 5 Pittsburgh 4
San Jose 7 Edmonton 0

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/17/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Seattle 6, Miami 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3
N.Y. Yankees 7, Chi. White Sox 4
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 3, Minnesota 1
Texas 7, Oakland 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 5, San Diego 4
Milwaukee 6, Chi Cubs 3
Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 2


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Cleveland 117, Indiana 111
San Antonio 96, Memphis 82


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

OT/Toronto 4, Washington 3
OT/Ottawa 4, Boston 3
OT/Nashville 3, Chicago 2
OT/Anaheim 5, Calgary 4

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Umpires to explain replays like referees in football?

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In 2008, Major League Baseball adopted an instant replay review system — the last of the four major North American professional sports leagues to do so.

Initially limited to specific calls, replay was expanded entering the 2014 season: managers were granted one challenge, and umpires were given the power to initiate their own reviews later in games.

Now, umpires may soon use a microphone to explain their calls, similar to that of an NFL referee. According to a report on ESPN.com, Major League Baseball and umpires will discuss the possibility of crew chiefs wearing a microphone to explain rulings.

The report adds that the new method could be tested at the All-Star Game July 11 in Miami.

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Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Fizdale rips refs following Game 2 loss

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Memphis Grizzlies head coach expressed his frustration with the officiating in the team’s 96-82 Game 2 first-round playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Fizdale says the referees were making calls in favor of San Antonio, calling 22 total fouls against Memphis, compared to 13 for the Spurs. He specifically referred to two of his players, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph:

“It’s unfortunate that I’ve got a guy like [point guard] Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. It was a very poorly officiated basketball game…. “Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws,” Fizdale said as he stared down at the box score from Monday’s game. “But somehow, Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half, we shot 19 shots in the paint, and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws. I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint. We had 15 free throws for the game. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me.”

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard made 19-19 free throws on his way to scoring a game-high 37 points. He added 11 rebounds, becoming the first player since Dirk Nowitzki in 2011 to hit 19 or more free throws or more in the postseason.

Leonard also set a franchise record for the most free throws made without a miss, previously held by Tim Duncan.

Mike Conley seemed to agree with Fizdale in regards to the Spurs having an advantage with the referees:

“Yeah. You see two different teams here. The Spurs are champions. They’ve won many times. They’ve done a lot of great things. We haven’t earned that yet. We have to get to that mountaintop. And we understand that. I understand that. That’s why I’m not going to complain about it. I’m just going to keep my head down, keep focused, try to play through it the best I can and keep my teammates from letting it affect them mentally.”

The first-round series moves to Memphis as the Spurs hold a 2-0 lead. Game 3 tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

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Paul George bluntly criticizes teammates in postgame press conference

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Following the Indiana Pacers 117-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night, Pacers star Paul George took aim at teammates Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner while answering questions from reporters.

George said of Stephenson:

“He’s got to learn to control himself and be in the moment. Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. His body language has to improve — just for the team. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness. That emotion comes out of him. He’s got to channel that toward making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed.”

Being called on to defend Kevin Love, Stephenson was having trouble keeping the Cavaliers star from scoring, and he was drawing multiple fouls in the process. ESPN notes that at one point in the third quarter, Stephenson slammed the ball on the floor after the play was over.

Using language similar to that of a coach, George then focused his criticism on second-year center Myles Turner, who he says needs to play smarter:

“We just need him to challenge Tristan [Thompson], keep him off the boards. He needs to make himself available down low in the post. He needs to know at this point he has to take it to the next level. We’ll continue to work with him.”

George has starred early this postseason, and led his team in points, rebounds, and assists on Tuesday night.

Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 37 points on the night. Monday marked the first time Cleveland’s big three of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Irving all scored 25 or more points in one playoff game as teammates.

The Pacers now trail the Cavaliers 2-0 in the first round of the playoffs. The series moves to Indiana for Game 3, which will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.

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Carolina Panthers sign Kawann Short to five-year deal

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The Carolina Panthers and defensive tackle Kawann Short have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $80 million according to an ESPN report. The team has not disclosed the financial details yet.

General manager Dave Gettleman released the following statement:

“KK has been very important to what we’ve been able to accomplish on defense,” Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement released by the team. “In 2013, when we drafted KK, I thought he was the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the Draft, and he’s been able to develop into one of the top young defensive tackles in the NFL. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team. I’m absolutely thrilled that we were able to get this deal done.”

Short, who has 22 career sacks since the Panthers made him a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was named a 2015 Second-team All-Pro and earned a Pro Bowl berth that same year.

The Panthers assigned the franchise tag to Short in February to prevent him from reaching free agency. Carolina had until July 15 to sign Short to a long term deal according to ESPN.

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Isaiah Thomas stars in Game 1 of playoffs following the death of his sister

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Just a day after his sister died in a one-car crash, star point guard Isaiah Thomas played 38 minutes and scored a team-high 33 points in the Boston Celtics’ first-round Game 1 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Thomas added six assists in five rebounds, but it was not enough as Chicago upset the top-seeded Celtics 106-102 on Sunday night.

There was a pregame moment of silence at the TD Garden to honor Chyna Thomas, who died early Saturday morning in the state of Washington. Isaiah learned of her death later that afternoon.

Head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Thomas was “really hurting” leading up to the game.

Stevens also praised Thomas before the game, saying:

“I don’t think there’s any question that people around here have a great affinity for him. And we’ve all, even in my short time here, when you see that really tough things happen to people, this [Boston] community really rallies around them. So you can already feel that. You can already feel, as I was at church this morning, I could feel people coming up to me, and they all wanted to know how he was doing and all talking about it. When you get here, that’s all everybody wants to talk about. I think it’s going to be really emotional. And that’s part of what makes this place really special is they get it. I think they really appreciate Isaiah, and I know Isaiah really appreciates everybody here.”

Jimmy Butler, who played with Thomas in the past two All-Star games and led all Bulls’ scorers in Game 1 with 30 points, said afterwards, “He’s a helluva player. It just goes to show the type of player and man he is to go out there and battle through what he was going through for his organization and team.”

Stevens left open the possibility of Thomas missing some time in the series, saying, “Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we’ll help him in any way.”‘

Game 2 will be played in Boston on Tuesday night.

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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert hopes to return for first round of playoffs despite injuring knee

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Utah Jazz star center Rudy Gobert, who suffered a hyperextension and a bone bruise in his left knee less than a minute into the first game of Utah’s first-round playoff matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers, told ESPN he hopes to return before the series is finished.

Gobert informed ESPN via text message that he is “trying to get better every day.”

A Saturday MRI revealed no structural damage, but it is unclear when or if he will be able to return for the series.

Jazz head coach Quin Snyder did not specify on timetable for return, saying at the team’s practice it is “wide open.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 4/16/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 9, St. Louis 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore 11, Toronto 4
Detroit 4, Cleveland 1
Boston 7, Tampa Bay 5
Kansas City 1, L.A. Angels 0
Seattle 8, Texas 7
Chi. White Sox 3, Minnesota 1, 10 Innings
Houston at Oakland, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Miami 4, N-Y Mets 2
Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 2
Washington 6, Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 9, San Diego 2
Pittsburgh 6, Chi. Cubs 1
Colorado 4, San Francisco 3
Arizona 3, L.A. Dodgers 1


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Washington 114, Atlanta 107
Golden State 121, Portland 109
Chicago 106, Boston 102
Houston 118, Oklahoma City 87


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 3, Minnesota 1
OT/Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 4
Montreal 3, N-Y Rangers 1
Edmonton 1, San Jose 0

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