Review Category : National Sports

Pirated Designate Ike Davis for Assignment

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Once seen as a potential All-Star caliber player, first baseman Ike Davis’ fall continues as the Pittsburgh Pirates have decided to designate him for assignment.

The Pirates now have 10 days to trade or release Davis.

Davis was acquired by the Pirates back in April from the New York Mets. After struggling in recent years, some felt a chance of scenery was necessary for him.

Despite the new team, Davis’ struggles continued. In 131 games with the Pirates, Davis hit .235 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs.

During his first two seasons in Major League Baseball in 2010 and 2011, Davis showed flashes of being a power-hitting player who could also hit for average. Injuries and a bout with valley fever in 2012 wound up having more long-term damage then he had hoped. He hit 32 home runs in 2012, but has only hit 19 the past two seasons combined.

Former number two overall pick Jameson Taillon was added to the 40-man roster to replace Davis.

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Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Since 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, but after a recent child abuse scandal, Peterson knows it might be best to move on.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson said “maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” Peterson said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He had missed the previous nine games after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

Now in his eighth NFL season, Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards during his career.
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Pirated Designate Ike Davis for Assignment

BananaStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Once seen as a potential All-Star caliber player, first baseman Ike Davis’ fall continues as the Pittsburgh Pirates have decided to designate him for assignment.

The Pirates now have 10 days to trade or release Davis.

Davis was acquired by the Pirates back in April from the New York Mets. After struggling in recent years, some felt a chance of scenery was necessary for him.

Despite the new team, Davis’ struggles continued. In 131 games with the Pirates, Davis hit .235 with 10 home runs and 46 RBIs.

During his first two seasons in Major League Baseball in 2010 and 2011, Davis showed flashes of being a power-hitting player who could also hit for average. Injuries and a bout with valley fever in 2012 wound up having more long-term damage then he had hoped. He hit 32 home runs in 2012, but has only hit 19 the past two seasons combined.

Former number two overall pick Jameson Taillon was added to the 40-man roster to replace Davis.

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Tim Howard Named US Male Soccer Player of the Year

Stock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tim Howard, goalkeeper of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year on Thursday.

It is the second time in his career that Howard has received the honor, first winning it in 2008.

The award, revealed on ESPN’s SportsCenter, is given to the top performer from the United States National Team.

“It’s pretty special to have my name up there with the greats,” Howard said on SportsCenter.

Howard beat out five of his teammates to take the accolade, helping the U.S. reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this past summer. Among the others on the ballot were Kyle Beckerman, Alejandro Bedoya, Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, and Jermaine Jones.

His most memorable performance was a World Cup record 15 saves in the Round of 16 against Belgium. Howard helped to keep the match scoreless until extra time when Belgium came away with a 2-1 victory, eliminating the Americans.

Howard has started eight consecutive matches for the U.S., earning a 3-3-1 record in 2014. This year, he became the all-time leader for starts as a goalkeeper as well as the American’s all-time leader in wins with 55.

Votes were collected from current U.S. coaches, players and staff, MLS and NASL head coaches, select media members, and former players and administrators.

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Cal Routs No. 23 Syracuse, Earns Spot in 2K Classic Final

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The California Golden Bears opened up a 12-point halftime lead, maintaining the advantage all the way until the final buzzer for a 73-59 upset win over 23rd-raked Syracuse on Thursday night.

With the victory, Cal (3-0) moves on to the finals of the annual 2K Classic against Texas on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

“We lost to them the past two years, and with guys that were returning it plays on your mind,” said first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. “But I thought our guys did a great job of accepting the challenge.”

The Bears hit four consecutive three pointers late in the first half, holding a 34-22 advantage at the break. Jordan Matthews helped keep the game in control by scoring 20 of his 22 points in the second half. Meanwhile, the defense was strong against Rakeem Christmas, the leading scorer for Syracuse (2-1), holding him to just eight points before the big man fouled out.

It was a sigh of relief when the final buzzer sounded for those associated with Cal. In each of the last two seasons, the Orange (2-1) have found ways to beat the Bears. The first came in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight while the second was part of the Maui invitational during the 2013-14 campaign.

Both Kaleb Joseph and Michael Gbinije scored 13 points to pace Syracuse while Matthews poured in a game-high 22.

Cal will take on No. 10 Texas, who beat Iowa 71-57, in the championship game on Friday night.

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NHL Postpones Buffalo Sabres Game

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The NHL announced on Thursday that the Buffalo Sabres home game on Friday night has been postponed due to severe lake-effect snowstorms in the area. Buffalo was scheduled to host the New York Rangers and a make-up date has not been announced.

More than five feet of snow has fallen across parts of Western New York, and as many as three more is projected to fall by Friday night. This has left many residents in and around Buffalo incapable of leaving their homes — and has also accounted for multiple deaths.

Buffalo hosted San Jose on Tuesday night, one day after the first storm. An estimated crowd of just 6,200 was able to attend the 4-1 victory.

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NFL Announces Bills’ Game Won’t Be Played in Buffalo

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Due to the extreme blizzard that’s hit the Buffalo area, the NFL announced Thursday that the Sunday’s Bills game against the New York Jets would be moved to another city.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports the game will be played Monday night in Detroit at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

The Buffalo area has been hammered with at least six feet of snow which has stopped the Bills from holding practice Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Bills’ officials, every foot of snow that falls in and around the teams’ stadium takes three days to remove. It is estimated that the stadium currently has four feet of snow in it — and another two feet is expected to fall before it’s all over.

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Blount Is a Patriot Again

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back LeGarrette Blount is a New England Patriot again.

After being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, Blount signed with the Patriots Thursday, the team he played for last season.

ESPN reports the deal is for two years, is worth the veteran’s minimum, and comes with incentives.

The 27-year-old Blount was released by the Steelers the day after he left the field — before the team’s Monday night game versus the Titans ended. Reportedly Blount was mad because he didn’t receive any carries in the game. He then went unclaimed on waivers.

Blount played a big role in the Patriots making the AFC Championship game last season. He ran for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s AFC Divisional playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Blount has played in 10 games this season rushing for 266 yards on 65 carries and two touchdowns.

The Patriots released defensive lineman Casey Walker to open up a roster spot for Blount.

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Raiders Notch Year’s First Win, Upset Chiefs 24-20

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Derek Carr threw only one touchdown pass Thursday night, but it was the most important one for the Oakland Raiders. With 1:42 remaining in regulation, Carr connected with James Jones on a 9-yard scoring play that put the Raiders ahead for good as they beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20.

It was the first win of the year for Oakland (1-10) who snapped a 16-game losing streak that dated back to last season. Led by a dominant run game, the Raiders racked up 179 yards on the ground while the defense held the Chiefs to just one touchdown on three redzone trips.

“That was really hard-fought, they are a great team obviously, they will probably go to the playoffs and do some great things,” Carr said. “I can’t wait to see my teammates’ smiles.”

The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs from Latavius Murray in the first half. Kansas City (7-4) eventually clawed back, tying the game at 17-17 in the four quarter when Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles connected for a 30-yard touchdown pass. The Chiefs then took the lead on a Cairo Santos field goal with nine minutes to play.

Over the next seven minutes, Carr orchestrated a 17-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the Raiders earning their first victory since Nov. 17, 2013, when they defeated Houston.

Meanwhile, Kansas City had their five-game win streak snapped and fell half a game behind Denver for first place in the AFC West.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 11/20/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Top 25 College Baksetball: (10) Texas 71 (3-0) – Iowa 57 (2-1)

(12) Villanova 72 (3-0) – Bucknell 65 (1-2)

(15) VCU 106 (3-0) – MD-E Shore 66 (1-3)

(17) Connecticut 65 (2-0) – College of Charleston 57 (1-2)

Indiana 74 (3-0) – (22) SMU 68 (1-2)

(24) Michigan 71 (3-0) – Detroit 62 (1-2)

NFL: Oakland Raiders 24 (1-10) – Kansas City Chiefs 20 (7-4)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 110 (7-4) – Miami Heat 93 (6-6)

NHL: Montreal Canadiens 4 (14-5-1, 29pts) – St. Louis Blues 1 (12-5-1, 25pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (10-8-2, 22pts) – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (13-6-2, 28pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (9-5-4, 22pts) – Nashville Predators 2 (12-5-2, 26pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (9-4-5, 25pts) – Winnipeg Jets 3 (10-8-3, 23pts)

Minnesota Wild 3 (11-7-0, 22pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (7-9-2, 16pts)

Dallas Stars 3 (7-9-4, 18pts) – Arizona Coyotes 1 (8-10-2, 18pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (9-7-3, 17pts) – Colorado Avalanche 2 (6-9-5, 17pts)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 (11-7-1, 23pts) – Calgary Flames 3 (12-7-2, 26pts)

Top 25 College Football: (12) Kansas State 26 (8-2) – West Virginia 20 (6-5)

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