Review Category : National Sports

NFL Unveils Next Round of ‘Color Rush’ Uniforms

dehooks/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NFL unveiled the latest version of the “Color Rush” uniforms that will be worn in the Thanksgiving Day matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

The Color Rush campaign features teams wearing largely monochromatic uniforms — the Cowboys will wear head-to-toe white, while the Panthers will wear all-blue.

Your first look at the @dallascowboys‘ Thanksgiving Day uniforms: #ColorRush #CARvsDAL

— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2015

Check out the #ColorRush uniforms the @Panthers will wear on Thanksgiving Day: #CARvsDAL

— NFL (@NFL) November 20, 2015

The campaign began in an inauspicious way in Week 10, when the Buffalo Bills’ all-red jerseys and the New York Jets’ all-greens left colorblind fans unable to differentiate one team from another. The campaign continued on Thursday with the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars taking part.

There are two more matchups slated for the program, the Thanksgiving Day matchup, and a Dec. 17 game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Saint Louis Rams.

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‘Clasico’: Decision on Lionel Messi to Come Right Before Match

VI Images via Getty Images(MADRID) — Will Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who’s been battling a torn ligament, play in this weekend’s “clasico” against Real Madrid?

The decision won’t be made until just right before the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said on Friday.

“Whether Messi plays or not, the great news is that he is fit again,” Enrique said, according to ESPN. “When will I make the decision about Messi starting or not? I’ll talk today with him, tomorrow, and it’ll be decided an hour before the game.”

The striker has been off the field since late September, when he injured a ligament in his left knee.

“We know he’s not going to be 100 percent fit, coming back from injury, depends how he feels, but it’s great for us he’s back,” Enrique said of Messi.

Saturday’s “clasico” in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. ET.

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Four Drivers Competing for Sprint Cup Championship This Weekend in Season Finale

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) — The 2015 Sprint Cup Series season comes to an end this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Four drivers remain in contention for the championship entering the Chase finale, the Ford EcoBoost 400: the retiring veteran Jeff Gordon, defending champ Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr.

NBC’s coverage of the race begins at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/19/15

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

Jacksonville 19, Tennessee 13

Miami 116, Sacramento 109
Cleveland 115, Milwaukee 100
Golden State 124, L-A Clippers 117


Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 3
Dallas 3, Washington 2
Boston 4, Minnesota 2
OT San Jose 1, Philadelphia 0
Anaheim 3, Florida 1
Arizona 3, Montreal 2
Ottawa 3, Columbus 0
Tampa Bay 2, N-Y Rangers 1
2OT St. Louis 3, Buffalo 2


(6) Virginia 82, Bradley 57
(12) Arizona 88, Boise St. 76
(14) Indiana 86, Creighton 65
(16) Utah 73, Texas Tech 63
OT (17) Vanderbilt 79, Stony Brook 72
(22) Butler 93, Missouri St. 59
(23) LSU 78, South Alabama 66

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MLB to Hold Games in Puerto Rico in 2016 on 15th Annual Roberto Clemente Day

David Lee/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that it would hold its first regular season games in Puerto Rico in five years this coming May.

Roberto Clemente Day to be celebrated as part of two-game series between @Pirates & @Marlins in San Juan on 5/30-31.

— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) November 19, 2015

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins will play a two-game series in San Juan on May 30 and 31 of 2016. The games will coincide with the 15th annual Roberto Clemente Day, meant to honor the legacy of the Pirates’ star who was born in Puerto Rico and died in a tragic plane crash in 1972.

The games will count as home games for the Marlins.

The most recent games played at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium — formerly the part-time home of the Montreal Expos — were in 2010, between the Marlins and the New York Mets.

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Harper, Donaldson Win Most Valuable Player Awards

Bryce Harper (L) Photo by Patrick McDermott/Washington Nationals/Getty Images, Josh Donaldson (R) Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Major League Baseball announced the winners of its Most Valuable Players awards on Thursday night, with one honoree widely expected and another the result of tough choice.

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper won the National League award unanimously. Harper became just the seventh player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs in a season this year — joining Mel Ott, Joe DiMaggio, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Bench, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez.

.@Bharper3407 is your UNANIMOUS @officialBBWAA NL #MVP:

— MLB (@MLB) November 19, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt came in second place with 18 of the 30 second-place votes.

In the American League, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout were considered to be in a tight race. The Baseball Writers Association of America selected Donaldson — with 23 of 30 voters choosing him over Trout.

.@BringerOfRain20 is your @officialBBWAA AL #MVP:

— MLB (@MLB) November 19, 2015

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, in an appearance on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Thursday, predicted that Donaldson’s team’s appearance in the playoffs may be a boon to his candidacy.

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Eagles Quarterback Sam Bradford Has Separated Shoulder

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia Eagles announded Wednesday that quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a separated shoulder in addition to a concussion in Sunday’s game, ESPN reports.

Bradford left the game after he was tackled by Miami Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain, landing on his left shoulder.

The Eagles had announced Bradford’s concussion after the game.

The quarterback could miss this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depending on his progress, according to ESPN.

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Michael Phelps and His Fiancee Expecting Baby Boy

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps and his fiancee are expecting a baby boy.

The Olympic swimmer announced the news on his Instagram page Wednesday, posting a photo of himself, posing behind fiancee Nicole Johnson with his arms wrapped around Johnson’s stomach.

“We found out 8 weeks ago we were expecting,” Phelps wrote. “Today we’re over 12 weeks and it looks like we’re having a boy!!!”

The 22-time Olympic medalist proposed to Johnson last February.

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Doug Flutie’s Parents Die on Same Day

Sporting News via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie announced on Facebook Wednesday that his parents died within an hour of each other.

Flutie said his father Dick died of a heart attack while undergoing treatment in the hospital. Less than an hour later, Dick’s wife, Joan, suddenly had a heart attack and also died.

“They say you can die of a broken heart and I believe it,” Flutie said.

“The most important part of their 56 years of marriage was providing opportunities to their children,” he continued. “They were incredible parents and Grandparents and my family and I will miss them both. On behalf of me and the entire Flutie family, I would like to thank you all for your well wishes and prayers during this difficult time.”

Flutie spent 12 years in the NFL with various teams, inlcuding the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, and played for Boston College before going professional.

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Fox Announces NASCAR Broadcaster Lineup for 2016

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days before the 2015 Sprint Cup Series finale, Fox Sports on Wednesday announced its full broadcaster lineup for its NASCAR coverage next year.

Retiring driver Jeff Gordon will join analyst Darrell Waltrip and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy in the broadcast booth for Sprint Cup Series broadcasts.

Fox will broadcast 10 Sprint Cup Series races next year, while its sister cable network FS1 will broadcast six.

Fox Sports’ XFINITY Series coverage will feature play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander, plus analyst Michael Waltrip and a rotation of Sprint Cup Series drivers.

Camping World Truck Series telecasts will be led by longtime pit reporter Vince Welch as the new full-time play-by-play man, plus analysts Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons.

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