Review Category : National Sports

Tortorella Leaves Blue Jackets for Family Emergency

Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella left the team before its game on Thursday against the Nashville Predators to deal with a family emergency. He will also be unable to coach in Los Angeles this weekend at the NHL’s All-Star Game.

“Regrettably, there is a personal matter that requires my immediate attention that will force me to leave the team temporarily and miss the All-Star Game in Los Angeles,” Tortorella said in a statement. “This decision was not made lightly as representing the Columbus Blue Jackets is something I am very proud of, but it is the right decision for my family and I. I appreciate the support of our organization and the National Hockey League and my hope is to be back with the team next week.”

Assistant coaches Brad Larsen and Brad Shaw took over for Tortorella in the Blue Jackets’ game against the Predators, but no replacement has been named for the All-Star game yet.

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Tiger Woods Struggles in First Round

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) — It was a first round to forget for Tiger Woods at the Torrey Pines South Course in the Farmers Insurance Open. The 41-year-old shot a 76, four over par, his worst opening round in a calendar year in his career.

Woods is currently tied for 133rd, and will need to go well under par in the second round to make the 36-hole cut, where he’ll need to be in the top 70.

After bogeying his first hole, Woods was able to par eight straight to stay at one over in the front nine. He started the back nine off strong, hitting birdies on his first two holes, but struggled down the stretch, incluidng a double-bogey on the par-4 15th.

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Thunder’s Kanter Breaks Forearm

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) — The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks 109-98 Thursday night, but did suffer a significant loss.

Center Enes Kanter fractured his right forearm punching his hand on a chair on the Thunder bench out of frustration, and league sources told ESPN he could miss up to two months. Kanter will be re-evaluated.

“It’s tough, man, especially to do it the way he did it, it’s very unfortunate,” Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook said. “He’s a strong man, and he’ll be back better.

Kanter will be a big loss off the Thunder bench, averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.6 minsues per game this season.

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Nadal Advances to Australian Open Final Against Federer

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — The stage is set for the men’s Australian Open final.

The Grand Slam final will pit Roger Federer against Rafael Nadal. Nadal, the No. 9 seed, beat Grigor Dimitrov in five sets Friday — 6-3, 5-7, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 — to advance to the final.

Federer, the No. 17 seed, bested Stan Wawrinka in five sets Thursday to head to his sixth Australian Open final and his 28th overall Grand Slam final.

As for Nadal, this marks his fourth Australian Open final. He last appeared in the final Down Under in 2014, when he loss to Wawrinka.

Nadal, 30, and Federer, 35, last faced off against each other in a Grand Slam final in 2011 for the French Open. Nadal won in four sets, 7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–1.

The two will battle it out in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/26/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 109, Minnesota 103
Oklahoma City 109, Dallas 98
Denver 127, Phoenix 120
Utah 96, LA Lakers 88

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Islanders 3, Montreal 1
Boston 4, Pittsburgh 3
Philadelphia 2, Toronto 1
LA Kings 3, Carolina 0
Washington 5, New Jersey 2
Florida 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Calgary 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
Minnesota 5, St. Louis 1
Nashville 4, Columbus 3
Dallas 4, Buffalo 3
Winnipeg 5, Chicago 3
Arizona 3, Vancouver 0
Edmonton 4, San Jose 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) Gonzaga 79, San Diego 43
(7) Arizona 79, Washington St. 62
(9) North Carolina 91, Virginia Tech 72
(10) Oregon 73, Utah 67
(19) Cincinnati 86, (24) Xavier 78
(21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 66, San Francisco 46

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Zach LaVine Not Participating in Dunk Contest

Yobro10/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNESOTA) – Minnesota Timberwolves forward Zach LaVine announced Wednesday that he will not participate in this year’s dunk contest at All-Star Weekend.

The two-time champion says he wants to focus on helping the Timberwolves making the playoffs and has nothing left to prove.

LaVine defeated Aaron Gordon in last year’s dunk contest.

Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau says he approves of LaVine’s decision.

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Williams Sisters to Face Off in Australian Open Final

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — It’s been 16 years since they first met in their first major final, and now the Williams sisters will match up in the land down under.

No. 2 Serena Williams beat Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the Australian Open final. Her sister Venus advanced after defeating American Coco Vanderweghe in the semifinal round. The final score in that match was 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.

Saturday’s final will be the 29th Grand Slam final for 35-year-old Serena. She will battle it out against her sister, trying to win her 23rd Grand Slam title. With a victory from that match, Serena would surpass Steffi Graf’s record for the most Women’s Singles titles in the Open Era. Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

Serena last faced her sister Venus, 36, in a thrilling quarterfinal match at the 2015 US Open. This is will mark their ninth Grand Slam Championship opposing each other.

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Roger Federer Advances to Australian Open Final

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Roger Federer will have the chance to add another Grand Slam title to his name after beating Stan Wawrinka Thursday to advance to the Australian Open final.

The No. 17 seed beat Wawrinka, ranked fourth in the world, in five sets: 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3.

The win marks Federer’s sixth time going to the Australian Open final and his 28th overall Grand Slam final. It also comes after the 35-year-old took off the last six months of 2016 to recover from an injured knee.

Federer hasn’t won the Australian Open since 2010, when he went up against Andy Murray. This time around, he’ll either face Rafael Nadal or Grigor Dimitrov. The two play Friday in Melbourne.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/25/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Sacramento 116, Cleveland 112 (OT)
Miami 109, Brooklyn 106
Boston 120, Houston 109
Philadelphia 114, Milwaukee 109
Oklahoma City 114, New Orleans 105
Atlanta 119, Chicago 114
Golden State 113, Charlotte 103
Memphis 101, Toronto 99
Dallas 103, NY Knicks 95
Portland 105, LA Lakers 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Toronto 4, Detroit 0
Philadelphia 2, NY Rangers 0
Vancouver 3, Colorado 2
Edmonton 4, Anaheim 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(5) Baylor 65, Texas Tech 61
Georgia Tech 78, (6) Florida St. 56
Southern Cal 84, (8) UCLA 76
(11) Butler 61, Seton Hall 54
Georgetown 71, (16) Creighton 51
(25) Florida 106, LSU 71

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Oscar De La Hoya Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Omar Vega/CON/Getty Images(PASADENA, Calif.) – International Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya was arrested early Wednesday under suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to a California Highway Patrol incident report obtained by our partners at ESPN, “A Land Rover was seen speeding on Del Mar Blvd. west of Arroyo Blvd. with mechanical violations. The vehicle was subsequently pulled over and the driver was advised of the reason for the stop. While speaking with the driver of the vehicle, the investigating officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle. The driver was asked to exit the vehicle.

“While the investigating officer talked with the driver outside of the vehicle, he continued to detect an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath and person. The driver was shown and demonstrated a series of field sobriety tests. The driver agreed to the tests and failed to perform them as shown and demonstrated. The driver was arrested.”

The CEO of Golden Boy Promotions has a history of drug and alcohol problems, twice checking into rehab. He was scheduled to appear at a news conference Wednesday promoting an upcoming Golden Boy fight card but was a no-show.

De La Hoya was cited and released after the incident.

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