Review Category : National Sports

Gatorade Issues Apology to LeBron, Electrical Malfunction Fixed

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An electrical malfunction left the air conditioner within the AT&T Center useless, causing temperatures within the arena to reach the nineties during Thursday night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.

Heat All-Star LeBron James suffered cramps in the fourth quarter that kept him out the final four minutes of the game in San Antonio’s 110-95 win.

Following the game, Gatorade tweeted, “Our athletes can take the heat,” but issued a statement to ABC News on Friday.

“Our apologies for our response to fans’ tweets during last night’s Heat vs. Spurs game. We got caught up in the heat of the battle. As a longtime partner of the Miami Heat, we support the entire team,” a Gatorade spokesperson said.

The electrical failure was fixed on Friday morning and the Spurs Sports & Entertainment issued a statement regarding the issue.

“The electrical failure that caused the AC system outage during Game 1 of the NBA Finals has been repaired. The AC system has been tested, is fully operational and will continue to be monitored. The upcoming events at the AT&T Center, including the Romeo Santos concert tonight, the Stars game on Saturday night and Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, will go on as scheduled. We apologize for the conditions in the arena during last night’s game.”

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Pete Carroll Takes a Shot at the 49ers

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is still committed to the run game in 2014.

Coming off their Super Bowl run, the Seahawks have put their win over the Broncos in February in the past and are focusing on one practice and one week at a time headed into September.

“We want to run the football whenever we want to,” Carroll said on Wednesday the team’s annual Town Hall meeting with fans, according to the Seattle Times. “We are an absolutely committed running football team.”

The Seahawks will square off against the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game and Carroll was asked about their head coach, Jim Harbaugh.

“[He's] a great coach and we love beating him,” Carroll said.

The 62-year-old coach signed a contract extension in April that will keep him with the Seahawks through the 2016 season.

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Tampa Bay Loses 10th Straight Game

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Rookie Jacob Reamulto drove in three runs in his Major League debut, helping Miami down Tampa Bay 11-6 on Thursday night. The Marlins completed a four-game sweep of the Rays who have now lost 10 consecutive games.

Tampa Bay took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when James Loney drove in David DeJesus with a sacrifice fly.

From there it was all Miami, scoring three runs in both the fourth and sixth to hold a 6-3 advantage.

Reamulto’s first career hit came in the fourth when he broke a 1-1 tie with a two-RBI single. He added a second hit in the sixth, giving the Marlins a 5-3 advantage.

The Rays fought their way back to within one run, utilizing a pair of run scoring hits from Matt Joyce and Jerry Sands in the bottom of the second. However, a Giancarlo Stanton two-run blast in the seventh helped put the game out of reach. Marcell Ozuna added a two-run homer in the ninth for the final margin.

Despite striking out eight batters without a walk, Jake Odorizzi took the loss giving up four runs in just five innings of work. Miami’s Jacob Turner got the win, tossing five and one-third innings and giving up five runs on eight hits.

Tampa Bay has lost 10 in a row with their last win coming against the Boston Red Sox on May 25, the last of a three game sweep. The Rays hold the worst record in MLB, sitting at 23-38, and are 14 games out of first place in the AL East.

“This team’s too good for that,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “There’s too much talent on this team to go through this particular moment. I’m really not into the blame game. We’re all culpable when it doesn’t go well. I mean that sincerely. It’s a good ballclub. These are good baseball players.”

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Bestwick Wins Ninth Straight X-Games Gold

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) — For the ninth consecutive year, Jamie Bestwick stood at the top of the podium at X-Games. Bestwick earned his ninth straight gold medal in BMX Vert, extending his own 2013 record.

“When I broke the record last year, that was stressful,” said Bestwick. “I really wanted that record. Everything after that is just seeing how long it can hold up.”

Approximately 12,000 fans converged on the Texas State Capitol building in downtown Austin to watch the event, and see Bestwick continue to cement his legacy. The 42-year-old posted a two-round score of 92.66, allowing him to take a victory lap in his final run.

Simon Tabron and Dennis McCoy took second and third respectively in the event. McCoy, a 47-year-old competitor, won his last X-Games medal 19 year ago.

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Spurs Top Miami, and Beat the Heat, in Game 1

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — The San Antonio Spurs outscored Miami 36-17 in the fourth quarter, and battled an air conditioner issue to boot, to defeat the Heat 110-95 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. An electrical malfunction left the air conditioner within the AT&T Center useless, causing temperatures within the arena to reach the nineties.

“It was tough on both teams,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “They were pretty dead. We tried to get guys in and out. It was really hot out there.”

Miami led 86-79 with just under nine minutes to play in the fourth quarter, but a 15-4 Spurs run turned it into a four-point San Antonio lead. After LeBron James cut the deficit to 94-92, the sweltering temperatures forced the Heat forward out of the game with apparent cramps. The Heat scored just three points in the final four minutes without James as San Antonio won their eighth straight home playoff game.

“After I came out of the game, they kind of took off,” James told a pool reporter after the game. “And it was frustrating sitting out and not be able to help our team.”

Danny Green scored 11 of his 13 points in the final frame, including three 3-point baskets, leading a San Antonio charge that saw them close the game on a 30-9 run. Tim Duncan had 21 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Spurs while James led all scorers with 25 points.

NBA President of Basketball Operations, Rod Thorn, said after the game that the conditions on the court were not harmful to the players. Thorn also stated that officials expected the air conditioning issue to be resolved in time for Game 2 on Sunday.

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Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(SECAUCUS, N.J.) — The Houston Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the number one overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Aiken, a high schooler from California, becomes just the third prep school pitcher ever taken with the top pick.

The 17-year-old southpaw, recruited by UCLA, has great command of three pitches including a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. A soon-to-be graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Aiken is the first high school lefty taken in the first five picks since 2002 when Baltimore drafted Adam Loewen with the fourth overall pick.

Houston became the first team ever to have three consecutive number one picks. The Miami Marlins selected high schooler Tyler Kolek, marking the first time two high school pitchers were taken with the top two picks in draft history.

In total, 20 pitchers were drafted in the first round, tying the record set in 2001. The Chicago White Sox selected pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. First baseman Kyle Schwarber was the first position player taken, drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth selection, while Minnesota took shortstop Nick Gordon, rounding out the top five picks.

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Astros Select Aiken with Top Pick

Rich Schultz/Getty Images(SECAUCUS, N.J.) — The Houston Astros drafted Brady Aiken with the number one overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Aiken, a high schooler from California, becomes just the third prep school pitcher ever taken with the top pick.

The 17-year-old southpaw, recruited by UCLA, has great command of three pitches including a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. A soon-to-be graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Aiken is the first high school lefty taken in the first five picks since 2002 when Baltimore drafted Adam Loewen with the fourth overall pick.

Houston became the first team ever to have three consecutive number one picks. The Miami Marlins selected high schooler Tyler Kolek, marking the first time two high school pitchers were taken with the top two picks in draft history.

In total, 20 pitchers were drafted in the first round, tying the record set in 2001. The Chicago White Sox selected pitcher Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick. First baseman Kyle Schwarber was the first position player taken, drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the fourth selection, while Minnesota took shortstop Nick Gordon, rounding out the top five picks.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/5/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 6 (39-21) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (27-31)

New York Yankees 2 (30-29) – Oakland Athletics 1 (37-23)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 (37-24) – Detroit Tigers 3 (31-25)

Washington Nationals 4 (30-28) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (24-34)

Miami Marlins 11 (32-28) – Tampa Bay Rays 6 (23-38)

Chicago Cubs 7 (23-34) – New York Mets 4 (28-32)

Houston Astros 8 (26-35) – Los Angeles Angels 5 (31-28)

Kansas City Royals 3 (29-31) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (31-30)

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Report: Flip Saunders To Coach Minnesota Timberwolves

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision(MINNEAPOLIS) — Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders will roam the sidelines next season as their new coach, according to ESPN.

Saunders previously led the Timberwolves from 1995-2005, compiling a record of 411-326. During his tenure, the T-Wolves made the postseason eight times and appeared in the Western Conference finals in 2004. Minnesota hasn’t been back to the postseason since Saunders last coached the team.

Saunders will try to turn the team’s fortunes around and convince three-time All-Star Kevin Love to stay in Minnesota. Love can opt out of his contract next summer and become an unrestricted free agent.

A news conference is scheduled for Friday.

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Blue Jays Tame Tigers 7-3 for Three-Game Sweep

Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Blue Jays third baseman Juan Francisco and second baseman Brett Lawrie hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning off of Tigers starter Justin Verlander as Toronto (37-24) tamed Detroit (31-25) 7-3 on Thursday to sweep the three-game series.

With a runner on and nobody out, Francisco took the first pitch he saw from Verlander and sent it over the right field wall for his 10th home run of the year. Lawrie followed with his 10th homer of the season to give Toronto a 6-3 lead.

Verlander (6-5) allowed six runs — five earned — and eight hits in seven innings of work. He walked four and struck out four batters.

Blue Jays starter J.A. Haap (5-2) was solid on the afternoon, allowing three earned runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Toronto has now won 19 of their last 23 games.

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