Review Category : National Sports

‘Deflategate’: Tom Brady’s Suspension Reinstated

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A U.S. Appeals court has reinstated the suspension levied against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the suspension after the “Deflategate” scandal stemming from last season’s playoff game.

In September, federal judge Richard Berman in New York overturned Brady’s four-game suspension. The NFL said at the time that it “respectfully” disagreed and filed to appeal Berman’s ruling.

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May last year, along with a $1 million fine levied on the Patriots and the loss of the club’s first-round selection in the 2016 draft and fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. Brady’s suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July.

The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18, 2015. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Conor McGregor Tweets He’s Back on UFC 200

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Conor McGregor says he’s back on UFC 200.

The fighter tweeted Monday morning, “Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200!
Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans.”

Happy to announce that I am BACK on UFC 200!
Shout out to @danawhite and @lorenzofertitta on getting this one done for the fans. #Respect

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 25, 2016

UFC president Dana White removed McGregor from the July 9 event because the fighter did not want to partake in promotional obligations.

“I am just trying to do my job and fight here,” McGregor said in a statement last week. “I am paid to fight. I am not yet paid to promote.”

Sources tell ESPN that the fighter is still not officially back on the card. UFC officials have not responded to ESPN’s requests for comment.

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Byron Scott Out at Lakers’ Head Coach

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Following a dismal season, Byron Scott is no longer the head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a press release Sunday night, the team announced it has “decided not to pick up the option for the 2016-17 season” on Scott’s contract.

“We would like to thank Byron for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the last two years, but have decided it is in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.

Scott has coached the team since 2014. Under his leadership, the Lakers have had the two worst seasons in the franchise’s history. This year, the team finished 17-65, the second worst record in the NBA.

The Lakers say the search for Scott’s replacement will “begin immediately.”

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Boston Celtics Star Isaiah Thomas’ Sons Take Over Post-Game News Conference

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Isiah Thomas hit clutch shots Sunday to help his Boston Celtics tie up their playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks, but the star’s plays were not the sole focus of the post-game news conference.

Instead, it was Thomas’ two sons, Jaden and James, who stole the show.

The dynamic duo, dressed in Boston Celtics gear, had fun racing each other to the microphones next to their dad’s seat at the player’s table.

“Isaiah is the greatest basketball player,” James said into the microphone.

The fun even continued after Thomas left the table, with the boys’ running back to the microphones before a final goodbye.

“Thank you,” Jaden said.

The brothers’ playfulness brought back memories of Riley Curry, the daughter of Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry. Riley made a name for herself by stealing the spotlight during her dad’s run through the 2015 NBA playoffs.

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Grand Jury Indictment for Browns Ex-QB Johnny Manziel

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Officials are expected to announce Monday that Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a misdemeaner assault charge. A source in the district attorney’s office confirmed the indictment to ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV on Sunday.

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, claims her eardrum burst when the former Browns quarterback hit her during an argument that began at a Dallas hotel in January. After the alleged assault, Crowley “met with domestic violence specialists at the Dallas Police Department,” she said in a statement at the time.

Manziel, 23, is prevented from seeing Crowley for two years under a protective order, WFAA-TV reports.

Ahead of the indictment, football and business matters for the Heisman Trophy winner have gone from bad to worse. The Cleveland Browns released Manziel from the roster in March after two rough seasons for the player — on and off the field — including failure to comply with the NFL’s concussion protocol. He later lost his endorsement deal with Nike and was dropped by his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Manziel’s misdemeanor assault charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

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Carl Edwards Wins Second Sprint Cup Race in a Row

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) — Carl Edwards won his second Sprint Cup Series race in a row on Sunday, taking the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

He passed teammate Kyle Busch on the last lap to win the event.

Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Toyota Owners 400, held at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia:

1. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch
3. Jimmie Johnson
4. Kasey Kahne
5. Kevin Harvick
6. Denny Hamlin
7. Matt Kenseth
8. Joey Logano
9. Martin Truex Jr.
10. Kurt Busch

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Carl Edwards — 331 points.
2. Kevin Harvick — 324 points.
3. Jimmie Johnson — 310 points.
4. Kyle Busch — 302 points.
5. Joey Logano — 299 points.
6. Kurt Busch — 279 points.
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — 278 points.
8. Denny Hamlin — 258 points.
9. Brad Keselowski — 255 points.
10. Martin Truex Jr. — 246 points.
11. Chase Elliott — 234 points.
12. Austin Dillon — 234 points.
13. Jamie McMurray — 224 points.
14. Kasey Kahne — 222 points.
15. Matt Kenseth — 212 points.
16. Ryan Newman — 205 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 4/24/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Washington 6, Minnesota 5, 16 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 8, N-Y Yankees 1
Toronto 6, Oakland 3
Cleveland 6, Detroit 3
Chi White Sox 4, Texas 1
Kansas City 6, Baltimore 1
Seattle 9, L.A. Angels 4
Boston 7, Houston 5, 12 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi Cubs 9, Cincinnati 0
N-Y Mets 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 8, Philadelphia 5
Miami 5, San Francisco 4
L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 12, Arizona 10, 13 Innings
St. Louis 8, San Diego 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

San Antonio 116, Memphis 95
Golden State 121, Houston 94
OT Boston 104, Atlanta 95
Cleveland 100, Detroit 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Washington 1, Philadelphia 0
Dallas 5, Minnesota 4
2OT N-Y Islanders 2, Florida 1

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Warriors Defeat Rockets in Game 4, Despite Another Stephen Curry Injury

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Stephen Curry played Game 4 against the Houston Rockets on Sunday, until he injured his right knee at the end of the first half.

The Golden State Warriors star guard was playing for the first time since he sprained his ankle in the third quarter of Game 1. He slipped, apparently on a wet spot, and fell on his knee while guarding Houston’s Trevor Ariza at the buzzer.

Curry is set to undergo an MRI on Monday for his sprained knee.

Despite Curry being pulled from the game, the Warriors defeated Houston 121-94 to take a 3-1 series lead. Game 5 will be held at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday.

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Jacob deGrom Returns to Mets with Son Free of Medical Issues

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom rejoined his teammates Saturday, ESPN reports.

His return comes nearly two weeks after his son was born with medical complications at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.

DeGrom’s son, Jaxon Anthony, was suffering from apnea and would stop breathing while sleeping, according to the pitcher.

After extensive tests, the 12-day-old was free of issues for five consecutive days and was discharged Monday without any procedures being required, according to ESPN.

“It was definitely scary,” deGrom said. “He had to be checked into the NICU, and they had to monitor him in there. But when all the tests came back and nothing was seriously wrong, we were pretty relieved. … The doctor said they go looking for problems, but you don’t really want to find any. Luckily they didn’t find any, and he’s doing great now.”

DeGrom returns to the rotation on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

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University of Miami Running Back Mark Walton Facing DUI Charge

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(MIAMI) — University of Miami running back Mark Walton was arrested on suspision of driving under the influence on Saturday.

Walton has since been suspended indefinitely from the team, according to ESPN.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Mark Walton and we have taken immediate action by suspending him from the team,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “We have no further comment at the time.”

Miami police said charges against Walton are pending.

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