Review Category : National Sports

Matt Kenseth Wins at New Hampshire

Joe Faraoni / ESPN(LOUDON, N.H.) — Matt Kenseth earned his second Sprint Cup win of the year on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The former Cup champion took the New Hampshire 301, finishing ahead of Tony Stewart.

Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the New Hampshire 301, held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire:

1. Matt Kenseth
2. Tony Stewart
3. Joey Logano
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Greg Biffle
6. Jamie McMurray
7. Ryan Newman
8. Kyle Busch
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick — 636 points.
2. Brad Keselowski — 622 points.
3. Kurt Busch — 602 points.
4. Carl Edwards — 587 points.
5. Joey Logano — 571 points.
6. Kyle Busch — 556 points.
7. Martin Truex Jr. — 540 points.
8. Matt Kenseth — 521 points.
9. Jimmie Johnson — 514 points.
10. Denny Hamlin — 505 points.
11. Chase Elliott — 499 points.
12. Ryan Newman — 497 points.
13. Austin Dillon — 488 points.
14. Jamie McMurray — 474 points.
15. Dale Earnhardt Jr. — 461 points.
16. Trevor Bayne — 447 points.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/17/16

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

INTERLEAGUE
Texas 4, Chicago Cubs 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 1
Toronto 5, Oakland 3
Houston 8, Seattle 1
N.Y. Yankees 3, Boston 1
Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 2
Detroit 4, Kansas City 2
Cleveland 6, Minnesota 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 2, Washington 1, 18 Innings
Arizona 6, L.A. Dodgers 5
San Diego 5, San Francisco 3
Cincinnati 1, Milwaukee 0
N.Y. Mets 5, Philadelphia 0
Atlanta 1, Colorado 0
Miami 6, St. Louis 3

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Henrik Stenson Claims Open for First Major Title

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Henrik Stenson beat Phil Mickelson to win the 145th British Open golf tournament on Sunday.

Stenson was shot 8 under par for the day and 20-under for the open, birdying the 18th hole. Mickelson pushed Stenson, at one point taking the lead in this final round.

Mickelson shot a 6-under par round and ended up at minus-17 for the open, three strokes back of the winner.

A week of tough golf in rugged conditions in Scotland ended with Americans JB Holmes and Steve Stricker finishing 3rd and 4th. Tied for 5th were Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tyrrelel Hatton.

Stenson becomes the fourth man over 40 to win the Claret Jug in the last six years, according to BBC.

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Czech Tennis Player Tomas Berdych Withdraws from Rio Olympics over Zika Concerns

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has announced that he will not participate in the Rio Olympics due to concerns about the Zika virus.

Berdych took to Twitter to share the news saying he came to the decision after a “long and painstaking discussion” with his wife.

“It is because of the zika virus spread in the country of the Olympics,” he said. Adding that the health of his family is his first priority.

I am very sorry to announce… pic.twitter.com/5z45ZS4K2R

— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) July 16, 2016

Berdych lost in the Wimbledon semi-final to eventual winner Andy Murray earlier this month. He is ranked number 8 in the world, according to BBC.

The Czech is the third tennis player after Simona Halep and Milos Raonic to withdraw from the Olympics.

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Nate Thurmond, Warriors Center and Hall-of-Famer, Dies at 74

Focus on Sport/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hall-of-Famer Nate Thurmond has died at the age of 74.

The Golden State Warriors center and seven-time NBA All-Star passed away Saturday morning after a short battle with leukemia.

Warriors owner Joe Lacob called Thurmond in a statement “one of the most iconic figures in the history of not only our organization, but the NBA in general…”

“Nate represented this franchise with class, dignity and humility as both a player and community relations ambassador for over 40 years,” Lacob said. “Without a doubt, he is one of the most beloved figures to ever wear a Warriors uniform and both a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person, hence his #42 jersey hanging from the rafters at Oracle Arena.”

In his 14-year NBA career, Thurmond spent 11 years with the Warriors and retired after the 1976-77 season.

Thurmond was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985 and was voted one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in 1996.

“Nate Thurmond was a giant of his era and one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Explains Why He Didn’t Save Cake From Recent Wedding

Norm Hall/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s a well-known wedding tradition: couples save the top of their wedding cake to celebrate their union on their first anniversary.

But newlyweds Russell Wilson and Ciara will have to find another way to mark one year of marriage: They didn’t save their cake after tying the knot July 6 in England.

“It was hard to bring back the cake from Liverpool to America, and I’d truly be a fat kid if I did that,” the Seattle Seahawks player told E! News.

There was another reason why they couldn’t save the top of their cake, Wilson, 27, said.

“We ate pretty much all the cake already so I don’t think there was any more cake toppings at all,” he added.

This is the first marriage for Ciara, 30, who has a son from a previous relationship, and the second marriage for Wilson.

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Brock Lesnar Flagged for Possible Anti-Doping Sample Taken Before UFC 200

Rey Del Rio/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Brock Lesnar has been flagged for a possible anti-doping violation.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) told the 39-year-old wrestler the violation came from an out-of-competition collection on June 28.

“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” UFC said in a statement. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.”

Lesnar was able to compete on July 9 at UFC 200, but UFC said it was only just notified of the violation on Thursday night.

“Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward,” UFC said.

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Von Miller Agrees to 6-Year Deal with Denver Broncos

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(DENVER) — Von Miller has agreed on a new contract with the Denver Broncos.

The oustide linebacker has signed a six-year deal with the team for $114.5 million with $70 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

“It’s been a great 5 years, here’s to 6 more amazing years! Thanks Bronco Nation, I love you and I appreciate you!” Miller said in a tweet.

“It’s been a great 5 years, here’s to 6 more amazing years! Thanks Bronco Nation, I love you and I appreciate you! pic.twitter.com/2EEcgXylgV

— Von Miller (@Millerlite40) July 15, 2016

Miller weas named Super Bowl MVP for the 2015 NFL season after the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers.

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Tom Brady Announces He Will Not Appeal Suspension to Supreme Court

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will not appeal the ruling of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after it rejected his attempt to overturn his “Deflategate” suspension.

In an announcement on his Facebook page Friday, the New England patriots quarterback said he would “no longer proceed with the legal process,” meaning he would not take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall,” he said.

Although Brady has abandoned his appeal, the NFL Player’s Association said in a statement the union would still consider a Supreme Court appeal on his behalf.

“After careful consideration and discussion with Tom Brady, the NFLPA will not be seeking a stay of the four game suspension with the 2nd Circuit,” the statement said. “This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season. We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court.”

Brady is set to serve the four-game suspension at the start of the season.

The NFL suspended Brady for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal where the Patriots were suspected of tampering with footballs in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts in 2015.

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Kansas City Royals to Visit White House Next Week

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — The World Series champion Kansas City Royals will visit the White House next week, the team announced on Twitter Thursday.

A video tweeted by the team features White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest filling a Gatorade joke with a garden hose, and joking “getting ready for you, Salvy,” a reference to Royals catcher Salvador Perez who was named the World Series MVP last October and became known for splashing his teammates with Gatorade.

The Royals’ visit to Washington will take place on an off-day in the midst of a nine-game homestand. They will host the Cleveland Indians in the conclusion of a three-game series on July 20, attend the ceremony at the White House on July 21, and return for a home date with the Texas Rangers on July 22.

Kansas City defeated the New York Mets in a tight five-game series last October, winning their first title since 1985.

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