Review Category : National Sports

Angels Power Past Oakland, Regain MLB’s Best Record

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The two days off for Josh Hamilton have proven to be a perfect remedy for the former slumping slugger. Hamilton drove in three runs, including his 10th home run of the year, on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated Oakland 9-4 to regain the best record in baseball.

The Angels (77-52) also took back the top spot in the American League West division with the victory. Los Angeles also got a sixth inning homer from Mike Trout, which opened up a 9-0 lead on the Athletics (76-53). That proved to be more than enough offense for starting pitcher Jered Weaver (14-7) as the righty struck out eight in six and two-thirds innings.

“It’s nice to end the series on top of the AL West division,” Weaver said. “This was obviously a huge game. We didn’t want to get swept, and the offense was the story of the game.”

Los Angeles opened the scoring in the second, plating three runs off Scott Kazmir (14-6) before Hamilton’s two-run blast in the third made it a 5-0 lead. Hamilton brought home another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, effectively ending Kazmir’s night.

Oakland did attempt a comeback late, getting home runs from Alberto Callaspo and Andy Parrino in the seventh to make it a 9-3 deficit. The Athletics added another in the ninth, but Jason Grilli struck out the final two batters of the night.

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South Korea Wins Little League World Series Title

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) — South Korea built up an 8-1 lead in the Little League World Series (LLWS) title game before ultimately fending off a late rally by the United States champions from Chicago for an 8-4 victory on Sunday.

It is the third time in the last four years that an international team has won it all in Williamsport.

Don Wan Sin scored twice and homered for the Asia-Pacific region champs while Jae Yeong Hwang drove in a pair of runs as well in the victory. Hwang started the game on the mound, but exited after allowing one hit in two innings because he was not feeling well.

Hae Chan Choi pitched the final four innings in relief for South Korea, which won it’s third LLWS title and the first since going back-to-back in 1984 and 1985.

Jackie Robinson West, the little league squad from outside Chicago, had won four consecutive knockout games to reach the championship tilt. That included a 7-5 win over Las Vegas in the United States title game in which they rallied from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits.

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Orioles Demote Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bullpen

Photos.com/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez’ first season with the Baltimore Orioles isn’t going how either side had hoped. The team has decided to take him out of the rotation and put him in the bullpen.

During the offseason, the Orioles signed Jimenez to a four-year deal worth $50 million. That is proving to be so far quite an expensive mistake.

“It’s a little bit disappointing, it’s a little bit hard, but like I say, we’re all here for the same thing, and that’s hopefully getting us into the World Series,” Jimenez told The Baltimore Sun. “This is no time to be selfish or to be putting your head down, like this is the end of the world. You have to keep going for the team.”

In 20 starts this season, the 30-year-old Jimenez is 4-9 with a 4.74 ERA to go along with a 1.53 WHIP.

Jimenez hasn’t pitched in relief since his major league debut back in 2006.

Taking his place in the rotation will be Miguel Gonzalez.

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Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford Tears ACL, Out Entire 2014 Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season and the St. Louis Rams are dealing with a devastating injury has quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the entire season with a torn ACL.

Bradford suffered the injury during the team’s preseason win over the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. This is the same ACL that Bradford tore last season that caused him to miss the final nine games of the season.

“Anyone that’s gone through that procedure and the rehab understands and to have it happen again within the calendar year is very, very difficult,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’re thinking of Sam. I met with him this morning. He’s left the building to spend time with his parents. I really can’t give you any timetable as to when he’s going to have this procedure done.”

The Rams by all accounts have one of the better rosters in the NFC, but play in the ultra-competitive NFC West, so this will certainly have an effect on their playoff hopes.

Bradford was entering his fifth season in the NFL, all with the Rams.

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Indians Place C Yan Gomes On 7-Day Disabled List

iStockphoto(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians placed catcher Yan Gomes on the seven-day disabled list Saturday because of a concussion.

Gomes suffered the injury during Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins when he took a foul ball off his mask.

In 109 games this season, Gomes his batting .284 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. He has scored 52 runs and has an OBP of .324.

To take Gomes’ spot on the roster, the Indians acquired catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for future considerations. In 34 games with this season, he’s hitting .262 with 11 RBIs.

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Logano Earns First Ever Win at Bristol

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(BRISTOL, Tenn.) — Joey Logano had never won more than one race in a single Sprint Cup season. On Saturday he took his third checkered flag of 2014, holding off Brad Keselowski to win the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third or fourth biggest race of the year,” Logano said after his first ever win at the track. “Just the atmosphere before the race, if it doesn’t pump you up, nothing does. It’s just the baddest mamma jamma race track ever built.”

The 24-year-old passed Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining but had to hold off a late charge by Keselowski to earn the victory. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three different races, joining Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Kenseth ended up finishing third and is still looking for the win that will clinch a spot in the “Race to the Chase”. There are just two races remaining before NASCAR’s playoff begins and Kenseth sits fifth in points standings, tops among non-winners looking to qualify.

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Logano Earns First Ever Win at Bristol

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(BRISTOL, Tenn.) — Joey Logano had never won more than one race in a single Sprint Cup season. On Saturday he took his third checkered flag of 2014, holding off Brad Keselowski to win the IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I feel like the Bristol night race is maybe the third or fourth biggest race of the year,” Logano said after his first ever win at the track. “Just the atmosphere before the race, if it doesn’t pump you up, nothing does. It’s just the baddest mamma jamma race track ever built.”

The 24-year-old passed Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining but had to hold off a late charge by Keselowski to earn the victory. Logano became the fifth driver this season to win three different races, joining Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Kenseth ended up finishing third and is still looking for the win that will clinch a spot in the “Race to the Chase”. There are just two races remaining before NASCAR’s playoff begins and Kenseth sits fifth in points standings, tops among non-winners looking to qualify.

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Sam Bradford Hurts Knee against Browns

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford left Saturday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter after getting hit by defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.

Bradford limped off the field on his own power after doctors and the team staff made sure he was able to.

Bradford suffered a torn left ACL injury against the Carolina Panthers last October and was making his second preseason start.

Bradford was 4 of 9 for 77 yards before the injury.

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Orioles Lose Manny Machado for the Season

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Baltimore Orioles will lose third baseman Manny Machado to a knee injury for the second-straight season as he will undergo surgery on his right knee after suffering a sprain back on August 11.

This is a tough blow for the Orioles as Machado was finally starting to come around at the plate since the All-Star Break.

He missed the first month of the season after recovering from an injury to his left knee.

“I’ll probably try to bring some clarity into that situation and gather what he’s being told as far as when baseball activity would start and all that stuff, I’ll try to clear that up for you, probably tomorrow, give you a more definitive idea,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told Comcast Sportsnet.

The 22-year-old Machado is one of baseball’s brightest young stars not only at the plate, but he’s also a stellar defensive player as well as he took home the AL Gold Glove last season.

In 82 games this season, Machado hit .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs.

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Team USA Final Roster Announced

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a thorough evaluation process, USA Basketball has finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

USAB instead announced its final 12-man squad for Spain in a 1 a.m. ET news release. They decided to drop Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver, and Gordon Hayward.

“Since taking over the USA Basketball men’s national team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” USAB chairman Jerry Colangelo said in a statement. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent; each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.”

The final roster is: DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Farried, Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, and Mason Plumlee.

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