Review Category : National Sports

Marcell Dareus Clarifies Contract Comments

Siri Stafford/iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus clarified his comments regarding his contract negotiations Saturday, saying he isn’t necessarily looking to land a contract as lucrative as Ndamukong Suh’s $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.

“I’m not necessarily looking at Suh numbers,” Dareus told reporters after practice Saturday. “I just want to be treated right, just like every one of us.”

Dareus told The Buffalo News after the Bills’ preseason win Thursday night that the team was “making it hard” in negotiations.

Asked by the newspaper whether he had a specific number in mind, Dareus responded, “I’ll just say, ‘Thank you, Suh.'”

Dareus was reportedly offered a six-year extension worth more than $90 million.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan responded to Dareus’ comments, saying “I made of it that he’s probably in good position. I mean when you see what the numbers were and all that stuff,” Ryan said. “I might settle for those numbers, but I’m not sure. I don’t play defensive tackle.”

Dareus will earn $8.06 million from the Bills this season.

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Former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse

Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader has been sentenced to jail for child sex abuse.

On Friday, former Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was sentenced to 48 weekends in a Delaware detention center after pleading guilty to child sex abuse.

Last year, the 48-year-old engaged in sexual activities with a 15-year-old boy who went to the same school as her son.

She cried in court, even falling to her knees at one point, as she apologized to the victim’s family. She told the judge she took full responsibility and she never meant to hurt anyone.

Shattuck will have to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling.

The former cheerleader gained notoriety in 2005 when she was hired by the NFL as the oldest cheerleader, then 38 years old, at the time.

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Memorabilia Company Sells Out of Autographed Photos of Wilmer Flores Crying

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Steiner Sports has sold out of autographed photographs of New York Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores crying on the field earlier this season.

Flores, thinking he was being dealt away by the only organization he’d ever been a part of, cried while standing at his position last month. The image rallied huge swaths of Mets fans to Flores’ corner. Earlier this month, Steiner Sports said it would sell 8×10 and 16×20 photos of the scene with Flores’ signature.

All of those photos have now been purchased, and the listing has been removed from Steiner’s website.

Brandon Steiner, CEO of the memorabilia company told ESPN that the image is “an emotional moment” that “showed how much he cared for playing for the team.”

“We thought it was a magical Met moment that fans would enjoy,” he added.

On July 29, Flores believed he had been traded by the Mets — the team that signed him out of Venezuela in 2007 — to the Milwaukee Brewers. Word had circulated online and among fans that Flores and Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler were being sent to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez.

Unbeknownst to him, the trade was called off when the Mets expressed serious reservations about Gomez’ health.

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Michael Jordan’s Lawsuit Against Chicago Grocery Chain Wraps Up

Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Closing arguments get underway Friday in Chicago, in a lawsuit filed by basketball legend Michael Jordan against a Chicago grocery chain.

The former Chicago Bulls shooting guard is suing Safeway, Inc. after one of its subsidiaries, Dominick’s, a now-defunct Chicago grocery chain, ran a 2009 steak coupon ad that used his image. The ad ran in Sports Illustrated, congratulating Jordan on his induction into the basketball Hall of Fame.

Jordan is suing for $10 million — he says that’s his standard rate for endorsement deals. Safeway is trying to bring that number down.

A jury will have the final say.

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Ronda Rousey Announces Next Fight, Her ‘Biggest Challenge to Date’

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — UFC star Ronda Rousey announced her next fight exclusively on ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday.

“January 2nd I’ll be fighting Holly Holm, who is actually the most decorated striker we have in all of Mixed Martial Arts,” Rousey, 28, said. “She is definitely my biggest challenge to date so I’m super excited about it.”

Holm, her newest opponent, was the 2005 and 2006 Ring Magazine Female Fighter of the Year, and the magazine’s 2013 Women’s Number One Pound-for-Pound Fighter. She has multiple world boxing championships under her belt and Rousey says she’s the most dangerous and accomplished striker she’s ever faced.

But Rousey’s not worried. When asked if she’ll be able to defeat Holm, her reply was simple.

“Of course, I can take anyone,” she replied.

After Rousey’s last fight where she knocked out her opponent, Bethe Correira, in just 34 seconds, some are wondering how long this fight could possibly last.

“I prepare for a 5-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until after you beat them,” Rousey said. “With Holly Holm, she’s the type that is ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She’s not the average chick that I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought and striking is something I learned much later in my career. I don’t ever expect fights to be easy and fast.”

The Rousey vs. Holm fight takes place Saturday, Jan. 2, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, Oct. 23.

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J.R. Smith Returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — J.R. Smith is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he announced in an Instagram post Thursday night.

“Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait,” the shooting guard, who had opted out of his contract, said in the post.

Sources tell ESPN that Smith has agreed to a two-year deal worth more than $10 million. The second year will be a player option.

“When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster,” Smith, 29, said.

“I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen,” he added.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/20/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cleveland 3, N-Y Yankees 2
Detroit 4, Texas 0
Boston 4, Kansas City 1
Tampa Bay 1, Houston 0
Minnesota 15, Baltimore 2
Chi White Sox 8, L.A. Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 4, San Francisco 0
Arizona 5, Cincinnati 4
Miami 9, Philadelphia 7
Chi Cubs 7, Atlanta 1
Colorado 3, Washington 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Washington 21, Detroit 17
Buffalo 11, Cleveland 10

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Early Exit for Redskins QB Robert Griffin III During Preseason Game

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — An early exit for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday.

Griffin fell to recover a fumble after losing the ball on his final play, when Lions defensive lineman Corey Wootton fell on top of him. According to ESPN, Wootton fell on Griffin’s head while his right arm was also extended.

For several minutes, Griffin was on the ground until he was able to walk off the field under his own power and managed to give a thumbs-up to the crowd, said ESPN.

Earlier in the week, Griffin said he was the best quarterback in the NFL, he just needed a chance to prove it.

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Elderly Couple’s Cardinals-Giants Jerseys Say It All

ABC News(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — St. Louis native Pete Hubert was walking into the St. Louis Cardinals game against the San Francisco Giants Monday night when something caught his eye.

An elderly couple, each with their own cane, was walking in front of Hubert and his own wife. The couple, whom Hubert did not know, had on baseball caps and jerseys that stood out from the crowd.

The husband, later identified as Warren Reckmeyer, was wearing a Cardinals jersey with the word “Together” and the number “19.” His wife of 63 years, Carol, a Giants fan, wore a jersey from the away team with the word “Since” and the number “52.”

“I looked and said, ‘That is so awesome,’” Hubert told ABC News of the jerseys, which side-by-side say, “Together Since 1952.” “I said hi to the couple and snapped the photo on the way into the game.”

Hubert sent the photo to a friend with the comment, “Hopefully, we can all be so lucky!” he said.

Hubert’s friend sent it to his fiance, who posted it on Facebook, where it was seen by her friend Ben Hochman, a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Hochman tweeted the photo Tuesday, and it quickly went viral. It was then that Hubert realized the story behind the couple he’d photographed and sent into the spotlight.

“They’ve been married forever and call a truce whenever there teams are in the same place at the same game,” he said.

The couple, who could not be reached by ABC News, told ABC News affiliate station WTVO-TV in July that they love baseball and grew up watching the Cardinals and the Giants play.

Carol, a former music teacher, like her husband, also shared the secret to the couple’s long marriage.

“Well,” she told WTVO-TV. “He always has the last word …Yes, Dear.”

Unfortunately for Carol, it was her husband’s favorite team that had the last word Monday night. The Cardinals beat the Giants 2-1.

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Elderly Couple’s Cardinals-Giants Jerseys Say It All

ABC News(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — St. Louis native Pete Hubert was walking into the St. Louis Cardinals game against the San Francisco Giants Monday night when something caught his eye.

An elderly couple, each with their own cane, was walking in front of Hubert and his own wife. The couple, whom Hubert did not know, had on baseball caps and jerseys that stood out from the crowd.

The husband, later identified as Warren Reckmeyer, was wearing a Cardinals jersey with the word “Together” and the number “19.” His wife of 63 years, Carol, a Giants fan, wore a jersey from the away team with the word “Since” and the number “52.”

“I looked and said, ‘That is so awesome,’” Hubert told ABC News of the jerseys, which side-by-side say, “Together Since 1952.” “I said hi to the couple and snapped the photo on the way into the game.”

Hubert sent the photo to a friend with the comment, “Hopefully, we can all be so lucky!” he said.

Hubert’s friend sent it to his fiance, who posted it on Facebook, where it was seen by her friend Ben Hochman, a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Hochman tweeted the photo Tuesday, and it quickly went viral. It was then that Hubert realized the story behind the couple he’d photographed and sent into the spotlight.

“They’ve been married forever and call a truce whenever there teams are in the same place at the same game,” he said.

The couple, who could not be reached by ABC News, told ABC News affiliate station WTVO-TV in July that they love baseball and grew up watching the Cardinals and the Giants play.

Carol, a former music teacher, like her husband, also shared the secret to the couple’s long marriage.

“Well,” she told WTVO-TV. “He always has the last word …Yes, Dear.”

Unfortunately for Carol, it was her husband’s favorite team that had the last word Monday night. The Cardinals beat the Giants 2-1.

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