Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup — 12/29/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 91, Miami 82
Memphis 114, Oklahoma City 80
Cleveland 124, Boston 118
Utah 100, Philadelphia 83
Phoenix 99, Toronto 91
Dallas 101, L.-A. Lakers 89

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Boston 4, Buffalo 2
SO/New Jersey 2, Washington 1
OT/Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2
OT/Montreal 3, Florida 2
OT/Detroit 3, Ottawa 2
Chicago 3, Nashville 2
Minnesota 6, N.-Y. Islanders 4
Columbus 5, Winnipeg 3
Dallas 4, Colorado 2
Anaheim 3, Calgary 1
Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 1
N.-Y. Rangers 6, Arizona 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

St. John’s 76, (13) Butler 73
(8) Kentucky 99, Ole Miss 76
(7) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 32
(19) St. Mary’s 72, Loyola Marymount 60
(25) Florida 81, Arkansas 72

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Rashaan Salaam Committed Suicide, Coroner Confirms

John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam committed suicide before he was found dead earlier this month, the Boulder County coroner has confirmed.

The autopsy reveals that the former college standout and NFL player died of a gunshot wound to the head.

Salaam’s body was discovered in a park along with a handwritten note, passport, $63, a red bio-hazard bag and medical gloves for burial purposes.

The coroner’s office offered his family the option of additional neuro-pathological analysis for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), but consent was denied.

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Serena Williams Is Engaged to Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tennis great Serena Williams is engaged.

Her fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, made the announcement on Facebook, embedding a Reddit post from her verified account.

“She said yes,” he wrote.

In her Reddit post, Williams, 35, wrote of the proposal, “I came home. A little late. Someone had a bag packed for me. And a carriage awaited. Destination: Rome. To escort me to my very own ‘charming.’ Back to where our stars first collided. And now it was full circle.”

She continued in the classic Reddit template, “At the same table we first met by chance. This time he made it not by chance. But by choice. Down on one knee. He said 4 words. And. r/isaidyes.”

The two were first linked last year, but haven’t posted much on social media.

On his verified Reddit account, Ohanian, 33, replied to Williams’ post, “And you made me the happiest man on the planet.”

The cartoon picture of the two has Williams in her classic tennis gear, while his face is the Reddit logo.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/28/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 111, Indiana 105
Charlotte 120, Orlando 101
OT/Atlanta 102, New York 98
Milwaukee 119, Detroit 94
Chicago 101, Brooklyn 99
New Orleans 102, L.-A. Clippers 98
San Antonio 119, Phoenix 98
Denver 105, Minnesota 103
Portland 102, Sacramento 89
Golden State 121, Toronto 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
SO/Toronto 3, Florida 2
Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2
OT/Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 3
St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 3
Vancouver 2, Los Angeles 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(20) Florida State 88, Wake Forest 72
Nebraska 87, (16) Indiana 83
(1) Villanova 68, DePaul 65
(12) Virginia 61, (6) Louisville 53
(24) Notre Dame 63, St. Peter’s 55
(9) North Carolina 102, Monmouth 74
(17) Xavier 82, Providence 56
(10) Creighton 89, Seton Hall 75
(15) Perdue 89, Iowa 67
(21) Oregon 89, (2) UCLA 87
(23) Cincinnati 56, Temple 50
(22) USC 70, Oregon State 63

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Doug Martin Suspended for Violating NFL’s Drug Policy

Getty/Joe Robbins(TAMPA, Fla.) – Doug Martin, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back, will serve a four-game suspension effective immediately, after violating the NFL’s drug policy.

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” Martin said in a statement. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me – including Coach Koetter – I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.”

Before last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, the 2016 Pro Bowl selection was named inactive. Koettter called it a “coach’s decision.”

Prior to the suspension going public, teammate Jameis Winston voiced his support for Martin although he was benched. “I can only do my part [for] Doug to be there, be his friend, be his teammate, be his quarterback, just checking on him. Everything that’s beyond my reach, I can’t control. I know we have a great franchise running back in Doug Martin. I’m not worried about his situation.”

During this past offseason, Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.74 million with $15 guaranteed. According to ESPN’ Field Yates, if the Buccaneers decide to release Martin, the fourth highest paid player on the team, the suspension would void his $7 million guaranteed salary for 2017.

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Carson Wentz Buys Offensive Line Custom Shotguns

Getty/Rich Schultz(PHILADELPHIA) – The tradition of the quarterback rewarding his offensive line is alive and well in Philadelphia, thanks to Eagles’ Carson Wentz.

This season, the rookie quarterback gave each lineman a personalized Berretta shotgun for Christmas. Each firearm is personalized with the player’s number engraved on the butt of the gun.

Based on reaction from his teammates, they seem to love the gift. Allen Barbre, a hunter, said, that “this is an awesome gun. I’m excited about it.”

The guns have not been delivered yet, as they are not quite finished yet. However, Wentz sent a text message to the offensive line with a picture of the custom gun attached.

The Eagles look to finish the season at home this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cam Newton Fulfills Christmas Wish for Sick 10-Year-Old

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Taylor Deckard’s Christmas wish was to meet his favorite football player, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

The 10-year-old boy’s wish came true when Newton paid him a visit in the hospital, where Deckard is battling a severe heart condition.

See footage of Newton’s hospital visit below:

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/27/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 113, Memphis 103
Oklahoma City 106, Miami 94
Houston 123, Dallas 107
Utah 102, L.A. Lakers 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2
N.Y. Islanders 4, Washington 3
N.Y. Rangers 4, Ottawa 3
Columbus 4, Boston 3
Buffalo 4, Detroit 3
OT/Minnesota 3, Nashville 1
Winnipeg 3, Chicago 1
Calgary 6, Colorado 3
Dallas 3, Arizona 2
OT/San Jose 3, Anaheim 2

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Derek Carr Optimistic After Leg Surgery

Getty Images/Harry How(ALAMEDA, Calif.) – After undergoing surgery to repair a broken right leg on Tuesday, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said that it “couldn’t have gone better.”

In a tweet, Carr shared the news of his recovery process.

Surgery couldn’t have gone better! Received great news! Already started the recovery process!Thank you for all of your prayers as I heal up!

— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) December 27, 2016

While the Raiders have not given a timetable for Carr’s return, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that he is expected to be out for at least six weeks.

In addition, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, if the Raiders were to make it to the Super Bowl, it is possible Carr could be used in some capacity.

Carr broke his fibula after being sacked in a Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Raiders will finish the regular season this Sunday against the Denver Broncos before entering the playoffs as the second seed in the AFC.

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Bills Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan, Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) — Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan has been “relieved of his duties,” the team announced on Tuesday.

Rex Ryan has been relieved of his duties as head coach. Anthony Lynn will serve as interim head coach. pic.twitter.com/8Vf0fxqwcl

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 27, 2016

His firing follows Buffalo’s lost to the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, which booted the Bills from having a chance to play in the playoffs.

Ryan’s twin brother, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, was fired as well.

Rob Ryan has also been relieved of his duties.

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 27, 2016

Anthony Lynn, the team’s offensive coordinator, has been chosen as the interim head coach and will lead the Bills during their final game of the season against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Rex Ryan, 54, has been with the Bills since January 2015, when he signed a five-year deal with Buffalo. The team has a 15-16 record under his leadership.

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