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Marlins Fire Manager Mike Redmond

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond following their 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

The Marlins sit at 16-22 and owner Jeffrey Loria could not watch anymore of the lack-luster play this season.

“We haven’t played to our capabilities,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We’re hopeful that a new voice will spark and motivate our guys.”

“We’re looking for that consistency,” Hill continued. “We’re swinging the bat well at times, but not when we need to do it. We’re pitching well at times, but not when we need to do it. I think the solution is in that clubhouse.”

Redmond went 62-100 during his first year with the club in 2013 and they improved under him, finishing 77-85 in 2014, but the organization couldn’t afford another losing season.

The Marlins will announce who is taking over the club on Monday at 11 A.M. Eastern.

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Rockets Complete Comeback, Headed to Western Finals

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Houston Rockets became the ninth team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-100 on Sunday.

James Harden scored 31 points and Dwight Howard added 16 points in the victory.

“I told our guys 3-1 it feels really bad especially when they stomp on you in games three and four,” Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said about the team’s mindset. “Our guys just kind grinded it out, one game at a time, we’ve had many three game winning streaks throughout the year and our guys just rallied together.”

This is the Rockets first apperance in the Western Conference Finals since 1997 when Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley were on the roster.

“So close,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said on dropping three games in a row. “I don’t even know what that means anymore. If you’re not first, your’e last, being close ain’t good enough.”

Paul finished with 26 points and Blake Griffin had 27 in the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/17/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: New York Mets 5 (22-16) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (13-25)

Atlanta Braves 6 (18-19) – Miami Marlins 0 (16-22)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (16-19) – Los Angeles Angels 0 (19-18)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (16-23) – Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (15-21)

Houston Astros 4 (25-13) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (17-22)

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Braves’ Shelby Miller Loses No-Hitter After 8 2/3 IP vs Marlins

Zoonar/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Shelby Miller lost his no-hitter with one out to go in the ninth inning against the Marlins when Justin Bour hit a single to center field.

Dee Gordon followed up with a single of his own, before Miller got the final out to complete the two-hit shutout.

Miller walked one and struck out four over nine innings of work and the Braves defeated the Marlins, 6-0.

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Barcelona Wins Fifth La Liga Title in Seven Years

David Ramos/Getty Images(BARCELONA, Spain) — Lionel Messi’s second-half goal sealed the La Liga title for Barcelona, who defeated Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday.

Barcelona dominated for the majority of the first half but it wasn’t until the 65th minute when Messi opened the scoring and eventually clinched the three points needed to seal their 23rd Spanish title with one game remaining on the season schedule.

Messi broke the tie after 65 minutes in what ended up becoming a defining moment for his side as they officially sealed the title.

The Argentina striker played a one-two pass with Pedro on the edge of the box before shooting at goal from close range into the bottom corner for the winner.

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Kyrie Irving Uncertain For Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Kyrie Irving’s status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks remains uncertain, as Irving continues to deal with injuries to his left knee and right foot.

Irving sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice on Saturday, a day after visiting with team doctors for his left knee, which he aggravated in the second quarter of the Cavs’ 94-73 Game 6 win over the Chicago Bulls.

“He’s going through a lot of treatment, and we’re monitoring and just hoping that he progresses from here until game time,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.

After the Bulls game, Irving was certain that he would be ready for the start of the next series against the Hawks, however, head coach David Blatt did not confirm he would be in the lineup come gametime.

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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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