Review Category : National Sports

‘Leg Bags’ Are Star Athletes’ Best Kept Secret

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dynamic compression is a process athletes and fitness fans are embracing to treat a variety of conditions. Marco Nunez, head training coach for the Lakers, regularly uses the pulse compression device on all players.

“I would not travel without NormaTec. I would not have my training room without a NormaTec. It kind of gets the lactic acid out of the body, out of the legs, and you kind of feel more refreshed for the day,” Nunez said.

When it comes to injuries, some feel the NormaTec makes the difference between playing the next game or just sitting out.

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Gary Kubiak Announces He’s Stepping Down as Broncos’ Coach

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DENVER) — It’s official: Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has stepped down.

“As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach,” Kubiak, 55, said in a statement Monday. “I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me.”

It had been reported earlier that Kubiak was expected to step down after two years with the team because of health concerns.

“I gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos,” he said in the statement.

Under his leadership, the Broncos went 21-11 over the past two regular seasons and took home the Super Bowl title last year.

“I’m not sure what my future holds, but I know that I’ll always consider myself a Bronco,” Kubiak said. “This team is in good hands with a lot of outstanding people, and I expect great things ahead for the Denver Broncos.”

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49ers Cut Coach Chip Kelly, GM Trent Baalke

Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco 49ers officially cut ties with its head coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke Sunday night.

“I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. “These types of conversations are never easy, especially when they involve people you respect personally and professionally.”

Their firings come after San Francisco finished out the regular season with a record of 2-14 after falling to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, 25-23. That puts the 49ers out of playoff contention and leaves them with the second worst record in the National Football Conference.

“Despite my feelings for Trent and Chip, I felt the decision to change our football leadership was absolutely necessary,” York said. “The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing.”

“We all expected to see this team progress and develop as the season went on, but unfortunately that did not happen,” he added. “That is why now is the time to find a new direction for this team.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/1/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 117 Orlando 104
OT Atlanta 114 San Antonio 112
Detroit 107 Miami 98Portland 95 Minnesota 89
Toronto 123 L.A. Lakers 114

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

OT Toronto 5 Detroit 4
Washington 2 Ottawa 1
SO Anaheim 4 Philadelphia 3

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

OT Pittsburgh 27 Cleveland 24
Minnesota 38 Chicago 10
New England 35 Miami 14
Cincinnati 27 Baltimore 10
Tampa Bay 17 Carolina 16
Tennessee 24 Houston 17
Philadelphia 27 Dallas 13
N-Y Jets 30 Buffalo 10
Indianapolis 24 Jacksonville 20
Arizona 44 Los Angeles 6
N-Y Giants 19 Washington 10
Atlanta 38 New Orleans 32
Denver 24 Oakland 6
Seattle 25 San Francisco 23
Kansas City 37 San Diego 27
Green Bay 31 Detroit 24

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(13) Butler 78 Providence 61
OT Minnesota 91 (15) Purdue 82
(18) Arizona 91 Stanford 52
(23) Cincinnati 92 Tulane 56

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Cleveland Browns Secure First Pick in NFL Draft

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — With a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Cleveland Browns clinched the first pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

The Browns went 1-15 this season, with their lone win a Week 16 thriller against the San Diego Chargers. The Browns loss also secured the second overall pick in the draft for the San Francisco 49ers.

On Sunday, the Browns used a pair of touchdown passes from Robert Griffin III to take a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. The Steelers rallied back with 21 unanswered points, which meant that Browns running back George Atkinson III’s touchdown run with three minutes left would force an overtime period.

In the overtime, Cleveland used a nearly eight minute drive to take the lead back, but settled for a field goal after stalling out near the goal line. A 26-yard touchdown pass from Steelers backup quarterback Landry Jones to receiver Cobi Hamilton downed the Browns just over four minutes later.

In the loss, Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor became the second player to record 1,000 receiving yards in one season and 1,000 passing yards in another. The only previous member of that club was Marlin Briscoe, who passed for 1,000 yards with the 1968 Denver Broncos and tallied 1,000 as a receiver with the 1970 Buffalo Bills.

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Equipment Manager Takes the Ice for Carolina Hurricanes

(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The Carolina Hurricanes had a new face on the ice on Saturday night, allowing their equipment manager to finish out the game at goaltender.

Jorge Alves in now to make his @NHL debut with the #Canes! #Redvolution #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/XMChJHD89a

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 1, 2017

With normal backup goalie Eddie Lack out sick, the team signed 37-year-old Jorge Alves to a tryout contract before the game. He ended up playing the final eight seconds after replacing starter Cam Ward.

Jorge Alves signs his professional tryout contract to serve as the #Canes back-up goaltender tonight. #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/i3DOaTLlr2

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 31, 2016

The mask Jorge Alves will wear tonight features his fellow equipment managers. Erik Huffine drew caricatures. Jorge painted it himself. pic.twitter.com/PHympx1LhC

— Mike Sundheim (@MikeSundheim) December 31, 2016

“It’s special, it’s unbelievable,” Alves said afterwards. “It’s still pretty emotional for me…I just remember looking down the ice and seeing the puck in the corner, and saying ‘stay in that corner.'”

Alves didn’t face a shot in his short appearance. The Hurricanes lost the game 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

No “New Guy” nameplate for Jorge. #HipHipJorge#CARvsTBL warmups are coming up. pic.twitter.com/txC7yuhkjh

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 31, 2016

Carolina head coach Bill Peters told reporters that it was “a perfect storm of opportunity for him. It couldn’t happen to a better guy.”

Alves was seen leading the team onto the ice for warmups in his number 40 jersey. He also helped sharpen skates and tape sticks during the game. Afterwards he joked that he couldn’t “shake the habit. I have a duty to the team.”

[WATCH] The #Canes send equipment manager, and tonight’s back-up goalie, Jorge Alves on the ice alone for warmups. #HipHipJorge #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/EwlQQXf0XC

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 1, 2017

Water break for Jorge Alves during warmups in Tampa. #HipHipJorge #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/7kVKKbEnOQ

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) December 31, 2016

Alves has been an full-time equipment manager for Carolina since 2012 and practices with the team regularly. He played club hockey at North Carolina State University and had brief stints in minor league hockey.

“It’s been a joke around the locker room that I might go in today,” Alves admitted. “And for it to actually happen, I kind of pinched myself.”

#Canes alternate captain @JeffSkinner gives Jorge Alves the game puck in Tampa. #HipHipJorge #Redvolution #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/OwEMvIegzs

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 1, 2017

Cam Ward waited on the bench after the final horn for Jorge Alves to come off the ice. #HipHipJorge #CARvsTBL pic.twitter.com/gbCiLlVpWq

— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) January 1, 2017

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Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak Expected To Step Down

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(DENVER) — One year after winning the Super Bowl, Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is expected to step down.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the coach that brought a championship back to Denver will be leaving after just two years on the job because of health concerns.

The 55-year-old Kubiak suffered another major health scare this year, the second time in the past four seasons. He had to leave the Broncos for a week in October for what the team called a “complex migraine condition.” And in 2013 while he was coaching the Houston Texans, he suffered a mini-stroke during a game and needed to be rushed to the hospital.

Speaking Friday before the team’s season finale Oakland, Kubiak wouldn’t commit to coaching next season. Kubiak’s plans will be finalized after the season.

Kubiak was hired at the beginning of 2015 and was expected to be with the Broncos for years to come. He won three Super Bowls as an assistant coach, and his latest as the Broncos’ head coach.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 12/31/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Memphis 112 Sacramento 98
Cleveland 121 Charlotte 109
Milwaukee 116 Chicago 96
Utah 91 Phoenix 86
Oklahoma City 114 L.A. Clippers 88
Houston 129 N-Y Knicks 122

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington 6 New Jersey 2
Boston 3 Buffalo 1
Columbus 4 Minnesota 2
OT Pittsburgh 4 Montreal 3
Tampa Bay 3 Carolina 1
N-Y Islanders 6 Winnipeg 2
N-Y Rangers 6 Colorado 2
Florida 3 Dallas 1
SO Vancouver 3 Edmonton 2
Calgary 4 Arizona 2
L.A. Kings 3 San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1) Villanova 80 (10) Creighton 70
Virginia Tech 89 (5) Duke 75
(6) Louisville 77 (16) Indiana 62
(7) Gonzaga 81 Pacific 61
Georgia Tech 75 (9) North Carolina 63
(20) Florida St. 60 (12) Virginia 58
(17) Xavier 81 Georgetown 76
(19) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 72 San Diego 60
OT (24) Notre Dame 78 Pittsburgh 77

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Suspended Grayson Allen ‘Eliminated’ as One of Duke’s Captains

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After an upset loss, Duke drops a captain.

Head coach Mike Krzyzweski announced junior guard Grayson Allen is no longer one of the team’s three captains. Guard Matt Jones and forward Amile Jefferson are now co-captains.

Duke lost to unranked Virginia Tech on New Year’s Eve, the team’s first game without Allen.

Kryzyzweski didn’t want to talk about his star player after the game, saying he was part of the loss since he couldn’t play. He then announced Allen’s title as tri-captain was “eliminated.”

Allen was on the bench for the game.

Allen was suspended indefinitely following Duke’s win over Elon after he tripped one of the opposing players. He has a history of tripping players, committing the technical foul three times in the past year.

Allen has practiced with the scout team since the incident, but there’s no timetable for his return from suspension.

Up next for Duke: Georgia Tech and Boston College, both home games. But it’s unclear if Allen will be on the sidelines for either of them.

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Ronda Rousey Defeated 48 Seconds into Comeback Fight

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Ronda Rousey was knocked out just 48 seconds into her comeback fight at UFC 207 on Friday night in Las Vegas.

Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes overwhelmed Rousey from the opening bell, defeating Rousey after 27 punches in the brief fight.

Prior to her first career loss to Holly Holm, Rousey had defeated her opponents in 66 seconds or less, according to ESPN.

This was Rousey’s first fight in 13 months since she lost to Holm in November 2015.

Speculation of Rousey’s retirement sparked quickly after her loss. Rousey has yet to address the media after the fight.

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