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Hamilton: Angels Denied Me Chance To Talk To Owner Moreno

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(ARLINGTON) — After the Angels essentially gave Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers, the Texas slugger paints a picture that insinuates Los Angeles never wanted him to begin with.

Hamilton signed a five-year contract with the Angels in 2010 and claims that despite numerous attempts to speak with team owner Arte Moreno, the front office often proved to be an obstruction.

“I told everybody from MLB to [manager] Mike Scioscia, even when I was there and wasn’t playing in 2013, I wasn’t being the guy that I was supposed to be,” Hamilton said Saturday.

“In 2014, same thing. I tried to reach out to the owner, Arte, and talk to him and tell him, ‘You know what? I’m working my butt off, and I want to be the guy that played against you for all these years.’ I was always turned down by the general manager and team president. They said they would let him know.”

Hamilton said there same situation occurred after his relapse and surgery, when he wanted to talk to Moreno and explain that things were under control.

“Same thing after this incident and after surgery,” Hamilton said. “I talked to [Angels GM] Jerry DiPoto. ‘You know Jerry, I’d love to talk to Arte and reassure him that things are OK,’ and he turned me down again.

“I did what I needed to do to be a responsible man and employee and reach out to him, and I was always denied that opportunity, so my hands are clean.”

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Pete Carroll Clarifies Bruce Irvin’s Atlanta Comments

Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — After rumors surfaced of a potential draft day trade and comments of a potential exit from Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll clarified the situation surrounding defender Bruce Irvin.

After Irvin commented to BlackSportsOnline.com that “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season,” at an Atlanta Hawks playoff game, many assumed that the Seahawks linebacker would reunite with former defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who assumed the head coaching position this season with the Falcons.

“I’m really glad you asked me that, because he didn’t say that,” Carroll said. “We’ve been talking all along. He has been working out in Atlanta for these three weeks, and he said (that) in response to the question ‘Do you want to come back home?’ He said everybody likes to come back home, and it’s a dream to come back home. It wasn’t in reference to leaving us and coming back (to the Falcons). He was really adamant about it, and I asked him to leave it and not go at it anymore.”

The Seahawks recently declined Irvin’s fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would allow him to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.

“Anybody can put those messages out, and they have a life to them,” Carroll said. “Our guys are getting better at understanding that, and Bruce has learned again from this lesson.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/16/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —Preakness Stakes: American Pharoah Wins Preakness Stakes

NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New York Rangers 2 – Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Rangers lead series 1-0)

MLB: Atlanta Braves 5 (17-19) – Miami Marlins 3 (16-21)

Minnesota Twins 6 (21-16) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (20-18)

Detroit Tigers 4 (23-14) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (24-12) *F/10

Chicago Cubs 4 (21-15) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (17-20)

New York Yankees 5 (22-16) – Kansas City Royals 1 (23-14)

San Francisco Giants 11 (19-18) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (18-19)

New York Mets 14 (21-16) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (13-24)

Houston Astros 6 (24-13) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (17-21)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (19-17) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (15-19)

Philadelphia Phillies 7 (15-23) – Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (15-20)

Washington Nationals 4 (21-17) – San Diego Padres 1 (19-19)

Cleveland Indians 10 (14-21) – Texas Rangers 8 (15-22)

Boston Red Sox 4 (18-19) – Seattle Mariners 2 (16-20)

Colorado Rockies 7 (13-20) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (23-13)

Chicago White Sox 4 (16-17) – Oakland Athletics 3 (13-25)

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Lester Leads Cubs to 6th Straight Win

Chicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) — John Lester pitched seven innings allowing nine hits, one run, one walk, while striking out seven, to lead the Chicago Cubs to its sixth straight win, this one over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 Saturday.

Lester outpitched Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, who threw six innings allowing seven hits, two runs, one walk, while striking out eight.

“I was fortunate to get some quick outs, especially early in the game,” Lester said, “and then kind of from there, just trying to maintain, trying to keep our guys in the dugout as best we could, get out of that warm air and you know get these guys up to bat against Cole.”

Kris Bryant went 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, and Starlin Castro had two RBIs in the win.

The Cubs are on their longest winning-streak since 2011 when they won seven straight.

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McIlroy Sinks 11 Birdies, Breaks Course Record at Quail Hollow

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Rory McIlroy broke the Quail Hollow course record shooting an 11-under 61 to take a four-shot lead going into the final day of the Wells Fargo Championship.

After birdieing nine out of 10 holes, McIlroy went into the par-3 17th with a chance at breaking the PGA’s all-time record for lowest round (58), but his tee shot landed 40 feet from the cup, leading him to par the hole, ending any hope at making PGA history.

“I was little disappointed with not finishing it off the way I wanted to, but still it was a great run,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy started the day three shots off the lead but goes into Sunday at the top of the leader board four strokes in front of Webb Simpson and five strokes ahead of Robert Streb.

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Moore Nets Late Goal to Give Rangers Game 1 of Conference Final

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Dominic Moore’s goal with 2:25 left in regulation gave the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Every game (13) this postseason for the Rangers has been decided by one goal, and nine of them have been by the score 2-1.

Moore scored the game-winner 30 seconds after leaving the penalty box when Kevin Hayes’ shot deflected off his skate and past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

The Rangers led 1-0 after the second period, but Ondrej Palat tied the game when he scored a power play goal 6:45 into the third, before Moore won it at the end.

“I think we’re just calm out there,” Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi said. “We’re not nervous. We’re like, they tied it up, no big deal. They make a good play on it, make a good shot. We just stick to our game plan. We never deviate from it. I think that’s what helps us in the one-goal games.”

Derek Stepan scored the Rangers’ first goal, and Henrik Lundqvist had 23 saves in the victory.

Game 2 is in New York on Monday night.

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Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera Hits 400th Career Home Run

Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cabrera connected for a solo homer in the first inning breaking a tie with Andres Galarraga for the most by a Venezuelan-born player.

The game at Busch Stadium was stopped in the bottom of the first because of rain. The Tigers and Cardinals waited out an hour and 20 minute rain delay before resuming. For some reason, if the game doesn’t reach the fifth inning, Cabrera’s home run would not count.

Cabrera’s 10th homer of the season came against Tyler Lyons and was his fourth in three days.

The home run would be his 262nd with the Tigers, tying Willie Horton for fourth on the franchise list.

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Report: Phil Jackson Not Happy About Isiah Thomas Hiring

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Isiah Thomas is returning to New York as team president of the New York Liberty and as a minority owner of the franchise.

Current Knicks president Phil Jackson is reportedly unhappy with the development, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

“[Jackson]’s not happy about it but what can he do about it,” an unnamed Madison Square Garden official told Isola. “This is just the start of it.”

Thomas previously worked for the Knicks, who are owned by the MSG group that also own the Liberty, as team president from 2003-2008 and head coach from 2006 to 2008.

A jury ruled in 2007 that Thomas had sexually harassed a former Knicks executive, Anucha Brown Sanders, and awarded her $11.5 million after it was also found that she was improperly fired for complaining about his behavior.

“The Madison Square Garden organization announced that Isiah Thomas has been named president of the New York Liberty and that he will take an ownership interest in the team, pending WNBA approval,” WNBA president Laurel Richie said in a statement. “New owners are approved by our WNBA Board of Governors, and this process has not yet begun.”

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NCAA Committee Proposes Lowering Shot Clock to 30 Seconds

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NCAA men’s rules committee proposed a few rule changes Friday, one that includes reducing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds.

If this rule were to change, it would be the first time the shot clock was reduced since the 1993-94 season when it went from 45 to 35 seconds.

A few of the other proposed rule changes include an extension of the restricted-area arc and fewer second-half time outs. These rules were proposed in hope that they could help accelerate the game.

“The areas of concern in our game have been about pace of play, about scoring, about increased physicality defensively,” NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd said. “There are concerns about how long it takes to play our games sometimes, particularly as we’ve introduced review in the last two minutes. I think we’ve addressed all these areas as best we can.”

The proposed rule changes must be approved by the NCAA’s playing rules oversight panel, which will meet in June.

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Kenley Jansen Activated From DL

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers activated closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list Friday.

Jansen has been out the entire season after having surgery to remove a growth from his foot.

The 27-year-old Jansen had a career-high 44 saves last season and returns to a Dodgers’ bullpen that has blown wins in two of its last three games.

Before returning to the Dodgers, Jansen pitched six rehab games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. During that time he threw 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight while only walking one batter.

Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly said he doesn’t want to throw Jansen into the closer role right away but also added he could use the flame-thrower if a three-run save situation occurred.

Despite the skipper’s convictions, Jansen seems ready to take his role as the team’s closer back.

“I just need to pitch one inning,” Jansen said. “That will tell me if I’m ready for it, just to feel comfortable again, to feel that I can do that job.”

To make room for Jansen, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Daniel Coulombe to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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