Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup — 11/24/16

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Montreal 2 Carolina 1
Ottawa 3 Boston 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(25) LSU 54 (22) Texas A&M 39

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Final Detroit 16 Minnesota 13
Final Dallas 31 Washington 26
Final Pittsburgh 28 Indianapolis 7

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(20) Baylor 73 (24) Michigan St. 58
Temple 89 (26) Florida St. 86
(21) Iowa St. 73 Indiana St. 71
(10) Louisville 62 Wichita St. 52
(19) West Virginia 89 Illinois 57
(11) Gonzaga 82 Quinnipiac 62
(8) Arizona 69 Santa Clara 61
(14) UCLA 99 Portland 77

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Cavaliers’ Kevin Love Scores 34 Point in First Quarter, Setting New Record

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love set an NBA record for most points scored in the first quarter of a game.

Love scored 34 points within the first quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The forward was just 3 points shy of the league record for points in any quarter. That is held by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015, according to ESPN.

“I’m not trying to be nonchalant about it, but sometimes when you’re in it, you don’t necessarily feel it,” said Love, who finished with 40 points in Cleveland’s victory over Portland.

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San Francisco Cyclists Complete 50-Mile Turkey-Shaped Bike Ride

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — This is a Thanksgiving turkey that will actually help you lose weight.

Take a look at this map throughout San Francisco of the fourth annual “Turkey Ride,” complete with feathers, a beak and a Thanksgiving hat.

Courtesy Bret Lobree

Cyclist Bret Lobree created the route. He and seven of his friends completed the 50.5-mile ride on Monday in just over four hours.

How did the group celebrate?

“No pie or turkey,” Lobree told ABC News. “Just high fives with the riders.”

Lobree tracked the route with GPS and has this awesome map to prove it.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/23/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 96 Indiana 85
Phoenix 92 Orlando 87
Cleveland 137 Portland 125
2OT Memphis 104 Philadelphia 99
San Antonio 119 Charlotte 114
Boston 111 Brooklyn 92
Detroit 107 Miami 84
Toronto 115 Houston 102
L.A. Clippers 124 Dallas 104
Utah 108 Denver 83
New Orleans 117 Minnesota 96
Golden State 149 L.A. Lakers 106
Sacramento 116 Oklahoma City 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
New Jersey 5 Toronto 4
Calgary 2 Columbus 0
Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 1
Pittsburgh 6 N-Y Rangers 1
Detroit 2 Buffalo 1
Washington 4 St. Louis 3
Tampa Bay 4 Philadelphia 2
Nashville 5 Dallas 2
San Jose 2 Chicago 1
Vancouver 4 Arizona 1
Edmonton 6 Colorado 3
L.A. Kings 4 N-Y Islanders 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kentucky 101 Cleveland St. 70
Baylor 71 VCU 63
Oregon 79 UConn 69
South Carolina 61 (25) Michigan 46
Villanova 63 Coll. of Charleston 47
Duke 88 William & Mary 67
Michigan St. 73 St. John’s 62
Purdue 96 Auburn 71
Louisville 68 Old Dominion 62
North Carolina 71 (16) Wisconsin 56

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Ralph Branca, of ‘Shot Heard ‘Round The World’ Fame, Dead at 90

Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, whose baseball career will forever be defined by one fateful pitch, died in Rye, New York on Wednesday. Branca was 90 years old.

In 1951, Branca surrendered a game-winning home run to New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thompson that gave the National League Pennant to the Giants. Known as the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” the home run capped a miraculous climb from more than 12 games back in the standings to win the pennant.

Branca won 76 games in his first seven seasons, including three All-Star Game appearances.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement on Branca’s death calling him “a true gentleman who earned universal respect in the game he loved and served so well. Ralph’s participation in the ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ was eclipsed by the grace and sportsmanship he demonstrated following one of the game’s signature moments.”

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JJ Watt Opens Up About Threatening Staph Infection

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is opening up about a staph infection that nearly ended his NFL career and almost his life.

The three-time defensive player of the year is no stranger to injuries and setbacks. During the 2015 season alone, Watt suffered a broken hand, two torn abs, three torn adductor muscles and herniated discs.

But the four-time all-pro told The Players’ Tribune, “The scariest was probably the staph infection.”

In October 2015, Watt told his trainer about bumps he noticed on his knee. Watt was then rushed him to the hospital for antibiotic treatment.

Watt said “team doctors told me that if our trainer hadn’t recognized the problem so quickly, I could have lost my leg.”

ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser said, “Staph infections are spread among teams very easily. They’re spread through contact, also spread in the locker room through surfaces people can sit on, through razors, through sharing towels.”

Concerns are growing in the football world, especially after the outbreak in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ locker room that led to three players who contracted staph infections.

Lawrence Tynes, a former placekicker for the Buccaneers, said, “This infection is [was] just eating me up inside. It can kill you.”

Also in 2015, New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells almost had his foot amputated because of a staph infection.

Luckily for Watt, this infection did not get the better of him and won’t keep him down.

“The kid in me is back,” he said. “Am I done? Hell, no. I’m just getting started.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/22/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

NY Knicks 107, Portland 103
New Orleans 112, Atlanta 94
Denver 110, Chicago 107
LA Lakers 111, Oklahoma City 109

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
St. Louis 4, Boston 2
Carolina 2, Toronto 1
Ottawa 4, Montreal 3
Philadelphia 3, Florida 1
NY Islanders 3, Anaheim 2 (SO)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(13) Oregon 69, Tennessee 65 (OT)
Colorado 68, (22) Texas 54
(18) Syracuse 101, SC State 59
(7) Virginia 90, Grambling St. 34
(16) Wisconsin 73, Georgetown 57
(17) Purdue 85, Utah St. 64
IPFW 71, (3) Indiana 68 (OT)
(15) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 81, San Jose St. 64
(5) Kansas 65, Georgia 54
North Carolina 107, Oklahoma St. 75

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Vegas NHL Team Unveils Name And Logo

iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) – The long anticipated announcement of the NHL’s newest franchise in Las Vegas is over Tuesday at the T Mobile Arena. Despite some technical difficulties, the team finally unveiled its name: the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

It’s official! Our #NHL hockey team is called the Las Vegas Golden Knights & here’s the logo! #VegasIsHockey #Vegas pic.twitter.com/MG9m2fzZ34

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) November 23, 2016

The decision comes after speculation over which name the team would choose, when the team trademarked the Golden Knights along with Desert Knights and Silver Knights earlier in the year.

The expansion team joins the NHL at the start of next season.

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NCAA Orders Notre Dame Football to Vacate 2012 and 2013 Season Wins

Elsa/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind) – On Tuesday, the NCAA ordered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate all the wins from their 2012 and 2013 football seasons.

According to the decision, the agreed-upon violations centered on academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer and two football student-athletes during a three-year period. The student trainer also provided six other football players with impermissible academic benefits across 18 courses in two years.

The NCAA committee on infractions prescribed a public reprimand and censure of Notre Dame, one year of probation, a two-year show-cause order for the former trainer, a two-year disassociation of the former student trainer, a vacating of all records in which ineligible student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and a $5,000 fine.

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, said the entire school has been cooperative throughout the investigation, and he thanked it for its support. Kelly said he bears no culpability for the academic misconduct that occurred under his watch.

Notre Dame announced it will appeal the decision. The Fighting Irish were the national runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game and finishing with a 12-1 mark. The Irish went 9-4 in 2013.

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2017 National Hall of Fame Ballot Revealed

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Fresh off of naming baseball’s MVPs, the Baseball Writers Association of America has released the ballot for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Of the 34 players on the ballot, 15 are returning. Most notably, this is the last time Fred McGriff, Tim Raines and Lee Smith will appear on the ballot. While Smith has appeared on the ballot 15 times, McGriff and Raines are making their 10th appearance. Due to a rule change, ballot eligibility was changed from 15 years to 10 years. Smith was grandfathered in due to his name appearing on the ballot prior to the change.

Some of the 19 new players the BWAA have deemed Hall of Fame eligible include Vladimir Guerrero, Jorge Posada and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.

A player is inducted into the Hall of Fame if they receive 75-percent of the vote. They also need at least 5-percent to stay on the ballot for the next year. All players who appear on the ballot must have played 10 seasons in the Major Leagues. In addition, their final game must have been at least five years ago.

Former Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell looks most likely to be inducted, as he received almost 72-percent of the vote last year.

All votes must be submitted by Dec. 31. The Class of 2017 will be revealed on Jan. 18 during a live broadcast on MLB Network.

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