Review Category : National Sports

Vikings’ Mike Wallace Believes He’s the Fastest in the NFL

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Mike Wallace believes that he is the fastest player in the NFL.

Wallace, who was acquired by the Vikings this offseason, said that his personal best in the 40-yard dash is 4.21 seconds.

“Without a doubt, I’m the fastest player in the NFL,” Wallace told the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. “If somebody feels foggy about that, we can [race]. I’m never going to back down from competition.”

“I’ve run a lot of routes and I’ve got a lot of miles on my legs, but I still feel that there’s nobody who can run with me,” Wallace added. “I might have slowed down a little but I could still run 4.25.”

The best recorded time in the 40-yard dash belongs to Chris Johnson, who ran it in 4.24 in 2008.

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Minnesota opens up the season in Tennessee against the Titans on Sept. 3.

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Royals Hope OF Alex Rios Is Back in Two Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Royals are hoping to have right fielder Alex Rios back in two weeks, manager Ned Yost said Tuesday.

Rios suffered a fractured left hand April 13 after being hit by a pitch.

“It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we’ll see. I don’t know yet,” said Yost, when asked if Rios would need a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Rios was hitting .321 with a home run and eight RBIs before he was sidelined.

During his 12-year major league career, the two-time All-Star has suited up for the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Royals. He owns a career .279 batting average, 166 homers, 770 RBIs, 849 runs and 246 stolen bases.

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Chiefs Release QB Terrelle Pryor

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday.

Pryor came over to Kansas City at the end of last season after the Seattle Seahawks released him. Pryor spent 2011 to 2013 with the Oakland Raiders before requesting a trade.

The Chiefs have four other quarterbacks on the roster that include starter Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.

During his time with the Raiders, Pryor completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Chiefs Release QB Terrelle Pryor

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs released quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday.

Pryor came over to Kansas City at the end of last season after the Seattle Seahawks released him. Pryor spent 2011 to 2013 with the Oakland Raiders before requesting a trade.

The Chiefs have four other quarterbacks on the roster that include starter Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray.

During his time with the Raiders, Pryor completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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Royals Hope OF Alex Rios Is Back in Two Weeks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Royals are hoping to have right fielder Alex Rios back in two weeks, manager Ned Yost said Tuesday.

Rios suffered a fractured left hand April 13 after being hit by a pitch.

“It would probably be beneficial to get some at-bats, but we’ll see. I don’t know yet,” said Yost, when asked if Rios would need a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

Rios was hitting .321 with a home run and eight RBIs before he was sidelined.

During his 12-year major league career, the two-time All-Star has suited up for the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Royals. He owns a career .279 batting average, 166 homers, 770 RBIs, 849 runs and 246 stolen bases.

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Strasburg Exits Game with Shoulder Issue

Norm Hall/Getty Images(WASHINGTON D.C.) — Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins after pitching just three innings; the Nats ended up losing 2-1.

“He’s got a little issue under his shoulder blade. Had it last start,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “Could be an alignment issue, but as he finishes pitches, it grabs him every once in a while. Tonight it got a little bit worse. So we’ll have to have the chiropractor look at him.”

In the second inning, Strasburg winced after throwing a pitch and was visited by the team trainer, pitching coach Steve McCatty, and Williams. The right-hander stayed in the game, but not for long.

Strasburg allowed two baserunners in the third before retiring Adeiny Hechavarria to end the inning.

“It’s something that’s just been lingering, and I just felt it more and more,” Strasburg said. “I felt like it was something that I felt I could have gone through it, but at this point in the season you just want to get it right and not alter your mechanics too much.”

Strasburg (2-3) left for a pinch hitter after allowing two runs and throwing 64 pitches in his shortest outing since a two-inning stint against Miami on Aug. 28, 2013.

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Conley Leads Grizzlies Past Warriors to Even Series

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OAKLAND) — Mike Conley returned just eight days after having facial surgery to score 22 points as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Tuesday night, tying the Western Conference semifinals at 1.

Wearing a clear mask to protect his swollen face and red left eye, Conley made his first four shots to get the Grizzlies started, and his teammates did the rest on defense.

Zach Randolph had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee scored 15 points each to help Memphis end Golden State’s 21-game home-winning streak. The Warriors dropped to 42-3 on the season at Oracle Arena, losing for the first time at home in more than three months.

Game 3 will be on Saturday in Memphis.

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Hawks Beat Wizards, Tie Series at 1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Right before tipoff, Wizards point guard John Wall was a scratch from Game 2 in Atlanta. The Hawks took advantage, defeating Washington 106-90, tying the series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, and Al Horford made some huge plays late in the game when the Hawks needed it most.

“We knew this was a game we had to win,” Carroll said. “It was kind of a funky game.”

Atlanta fell in Game 1, but the Hawks caught a huge break when the Wizards announced just before the game that Wall wouldn’t play because of a sprained left wrist.

Ramon Sessions did a great job filling in for Wall, leading the Wizards with 21 points.

The series will shift to Washington for Game 3 on Saturday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/5/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA – Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2: Atlanta Hawks 106 – Washington Wizards 90 (Series tied at 1-1)

NHL – Western Conference Second Round – Game 3: Chicago Blackhawks 1 – Minnesota Wild 0

MLB: New York Yankees 6 (17-10) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (13-15)

Boston Red Sox 2 (13-14) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (14-13)

Miami Marlins 2 (13-14) – Washington Nationals 1 (13-15)

Chicago White Sox 5 (9-14) – Detroit Tigers 2 (17-10)

Kansas City Royals 5 (17-9) – Cleveland Indians 3 (9-16)

Cincinnati Reds 7 (13-13) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (12-14)

Texas Rangers 7 (10-16) – Houston Astros 1 (18-9)

Atlanta Braves 9 (13-14) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (10-18)

Oakland Athletics 2 (12-16) – Minnesota Twins 1 (14-13)

New York Mets 3 (17-10) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (12-12)

Arizona Diamondbacks (10-14) @ Colorado Rockies (11-13) (postponed)

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Marlins Release C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

iStockphoto(MIAMI) — The Miami Marlins released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Tuesday, eight days after the team designated him for assignment. The club will be responsible for what’s remaining on Saltalamacchia’s three-year, $21 million contract he signed prior to the 2014 season.

In 123 games with Miami, he batted .209 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. This season, he went just 2-for-29 (.069) with one homer. With the nine-year veteran playing poorly, the Marlins turned to J.T. Realmuto as their starting catcher.

Saltalamacchia won a World Series championship in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox.

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