Review Category : National Sports

Bucks’ Jabari Parker Out for Season

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Tuesday.

Parker, 19, underwent an MRI that showed a complete tear in his left knee.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of Monday’s 96-94 win over Phoenix.

Parker was averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games, and was a rookie of the year contender.

He spent one season with the Blue Devils before being drafted by Milwaukee with the second overall pick in June.

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Jets Defenseman Jacob Trouba Out at Least 6 Weeks

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(WINNIPEG, Manitoba) — Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will be out until at least February with an upper-body injury, Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday.

Maurice did not explain when the injury occurred, but said no surgical procedure will be required.

“He’s had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with and what you’re hopeful for is that it heals and gets better and progresses and he had the opposite experience,” Maurice said. “Things started progressively getting a little bit worse on him and it just got to the point where the only and best way for us to get him back to 100 percent was that we had to shut him down.”

The 20-year-old Trouba was selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Jets. Since then he’s played in 96 games for the team, averaging 22:48 minutes of ice-time with 14 goals and 27 assists.

“It is a big challenge,” Maurice said. “Jake had been a big part of some big goals late in games and he drives the offence and has been part of a power play unit that has been getting better but I think it’s more the defensive concern with the three guys out. All three kill penalties for us so we need to get better in that department.”

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Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians

Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.

The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

“His elbow’s actually fine,” Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. “We went through an extensive physical…His ligament is strong and intact. The fracture he suffered last year is well healed. We expect him to be fully ready for Spring Training.”

Before 2013, Floyd was one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander pitched five straight seasons of at least 29 starts for the Chicago White Sox.

During his 11 big league seasons, Floyd has pitched 1,205 2/3 innings, compiling a 72-72 record with a 4.40 ERA, 948 strike outs, and a 1.33 WHIP.

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ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent Michael Morse on a two-year, $8 million contract, according to ESPN.

ESPN also reports Morse will be able to earn performance bonuses.

The 32-year-old Morse played last season for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The right-handed hitter played in 131 regular season games as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, hitting .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Morse has played 10 major league seasons with stints in Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, and San Francisco. He’s a career .281 hitter with 99 home runs and 333 RBIs.

Morse becomes the latest in a flurry of acquisitions made by the Marlins this offseason. Miami signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million contract, and also traded for second baseman Dee Gordon and pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/16/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Washington Wizards 109 (18-6) – Minnesota Timberwolves 95 (5-19)

Miami Heat 95 (12-13) – Brooklyn Nets 91 (10-13)

Memphis Grizzlies 105 (20-4) – Golden State Warriors 98 (21-3)

New Orleans Pelicans 119 (12-12) – Utah Jazz 111 (6-19)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (18-8) – New York Knicks 87 (5-22)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (9) Texas 106 (9-1) – Lipscomb 61 (4-6)

(15) Oklahoma 85 (7-2) – Oral Roberts 53 (4-5)

(24) North Carolina 79 (7-3) – UNC Greensboro 56 (4-7)

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (20-10-3; 43pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (11-14-5; 27pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (19-9-3; 41pts) – Anaheim Ducks 2 (21-7-5; 47pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (20-10-2; 42pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-19-3; 19pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (13-15-2; 28pts) – Detroit Red Wings 0 (17-7-8; 42pts) SO

Florida Panthers 2 (13-8-8; 34pts) – Washington Capitals 1 (14-10-6; 34pts) SO

Winnipeg Jets 5 (16-10-6; 38pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (13-17-2; 28pts)

St. Louis Blues 5 (21-8-2; 44pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (15-11-6; 36pts)

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Rays Deal Joyce to L.A. Angels for Jepsen

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.

Joyce was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers out of Florida Southern College in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB draft. He was dealt to the Rays on Dec. 10, 2008 for right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson.

In seven big-league seasons, Joyce batted .250 with 88 homers and 313 RBIs. He also scored 309 runs and has an OBP of .342.

Jepsen made 74 relief appearances for the Angels last season, posting an 0-2 record along with a 2.63 ERA. He struck out 75 batters in 65 innings of work.

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LHP Chris Capuano Returning to N.Y. Yankees

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees re-signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. The deal is worth $5 million, according to ESPN.

In 40 appearances last season with the Boston Red Sox and Yankees, the 36-year-old Capuano went 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA. He struck out 84 batters in 97 1/3 innings of work.

Capuano was originally selected out of Duke University by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 1999 MLB draft. During his 10-year career with the D-Backs, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, he is 76-87 with a 4.28 ERA. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2006 as a member of the Brewers.

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Trail Blazers Center Robin Lopez Out Indefinitely with Broken Hand

Ronald Martinez/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — One of the NBA’s best teams will be without its starting center for the foreseeable future as Portland Trail Blazers big man Robin Lopez is out indefinitely after breaking his hand.

Lopez suffered the injury in the third quarter during the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

Lopez hasn’t missed a game in nearly three years and established himself as a defensive presence on a Blazers team that has the fourth-best record in the Western Conference.

“It’s a little frustrating,” said Lopez. “I’ve been pretty fortunate with injuries in my career.”

While there is no timetable for his return, head coach Terry Stotts admitted he will “be out a while.”

“He’s a big part of this offense and this team and our identity,” forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of Lopez. “He does so many things that people don’t notice. He’s a hard worker, the guy that does all the things that nobody else really does in the first unit. So it’s going to be tough.”

In 25 games this season, Lopez averaged 9.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Royals Agree on One-Year Deal with Outfielder Alex Rios

Jason Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Royals and outfielder Alex Rios are taking a gamble on each other as they’ve agreed on a one-year deal worth $11 million.

With the loss of Norichika Aoki and Billy Butler, the reigning American League champs needed a boost on offense, and they’re hoping that Rios can help fill the void.

An 11-year veteran, the 33-year-old Rios is coming off a down season for his standards. While he did hit .280 in 131 games with the Texas Rangers, Rios was held to just four home runs and 17 stolen bases.

In 2013, Rios hit .278 with 18 home runs, 81 RBIs, and stole 42 bases while playing for the Rangers as well as the Chicago White Sox.

The team also recently agreed on a two-year deal with DH Kendrys Morales to help boost an offense that ranked 14th overall in Major League Baseball in runs scored.

In 2014, the Royals made the playoffs for the first time since 1985.

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Fast Start Powers Cleveland Past Hornets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Cavaliers jumped out to a 21-0 lead over New Orleans and pulled away in the third as the Cavaliers (14-9) defeated the Hornets (6-18) 97-88 on Monday night.

It was the third straight loss for New Orleans and the sixth straight home win for Cleveland.

“We had a lull in the second quarter and in the third quarter, which really allowed them to get back in the game, but we sustained the effort for close to 48 minutes,” Cavaliers forward LeBron James said.

The 21-0 lead to open the game is the largest since a 22-0 lead for Portland against Boston in 2004.

“Being 21 down against an elite team on their floor is tough to overcome,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “We played a good enough offensive game to win against a terrific team, but our first-quarter defense was obviously poor.”

Despite trailing 21-0, the Hornets did fight back and closed the gap to within two points. However, after cutting the deficit to 59-57, New Orleans watched as the Cavs went on a 21-9 run to end the third.

James finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Love added 22 points and 28 rebounds for Cleveland. Meanwhile, Kemba Walker led the way for the Hornets, pouring in 24 points while Al Jefferson added 14.

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