Review Category : National Sports

Gay Takes Durant’s Spot on Team USA

NBA/Memphis Grizzlies(NEW YORK) — Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay joined the U.S. national basketball team Friday, a day after forward Kevin Durant withdrew from the squad.

“We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program,” USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said when talking about his and head coach Mike Krzyzewski talks about adding Gay to the team. “Rudy has been an integral member of USA Basketball since 2005 and was a tremendous contributor to our 2010 world championship team. He has a lot of equity in the USA Basketball national team.”

During that 2010 world championships, Gay averaged seven points per game while coming off the bench. He was also one of the final cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

Team USA will start practicing again Thursday in Chicago as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

“I am extremely excited to once again be part of Team USA and its rich tradition,” Gay said. “I can’t wait to join my teammates in Chicago and work hard to make certain the USA takes home the gold in Spain.”

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Rory Seizes Lead, Tiger Misses Cut at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy continued his impressive play by shooting a 4-under 67 en route to taking over the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla. His birdie on the final hole put him one shot ahead of both Jim Furyk and Jason Day.

“I scored well, but the golf wasn’t quite as pretty as yesterday at times, neither was the weather, obviously,” said McIlroy after rain delayed day two for almost an hour. “Played well for the most part. There were some key up-and-downs to keep the momentum going in the round.”

The top golfer in the world recorded an eagle, four birdies, and two bogeys in his second round. McIlroy has won each of his last two tournaments, including the British Open, and is a combined 41 under par in his last 10 rounds.

Day had the best Friday round of anyone, posting a 6-under 65 to close to within a stroke of the leader. Furyk also shot well while Ryan Palmer, Rickie Fowler, and Mikko Ilonen all sit at 7-under after two days.

One week after withdrawing from the WGC-Bridgestone, Tiger Woods struggled with back pain and recorded his second straight 3-over to miss the cut at 6-over for the tournament. It is just the fourth time that Woods has missed the cut in a Major.

“It was sore. No doubt about it,” Woods said after totaling a 6-over 148 to miss the cut by five strokes. “It went out on me on the range. Just had to play through it.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/8/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 4 (56-59) – Chicago Cubs 3 (49-64) 10 Innings

Baltimore Orioles 12 (66-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (61-53)

New York Mets 5 (55-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (52-64)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-53) – San Diego Padres 1 (52-62)

Miami Marlins 2 (56-59) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (59-57)

Detroit Tigers 5 (63-50) – Toronto Blue Jays 4 (61-56)

NFL Preseason: Atlanta Falcons 16 (1-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (0-1)

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BREAKING: Judge Rules Against NCAA

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a landmark decision on Friday, a federal judge has ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, and 19 others, saying the NCAA can not stop college football or men’s basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled against the NCAA in a lawsuit that claimed college athletics’ governing body was in violation of the nation’s antitrust laws.

“The Court finds that the challenged NCAA rules unreasonably restrain trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities offered by NCAA Division I schools,” Wilken wrote in her 99-page decision.

Wilken went on to say that the NCAA’s defense “do not justify this restraint and could be achieved through less restrictive means”.

There was one minor victory for the NCAA. Wilken did say that a cap could be put on just hoe much money is paid to athletes, putting the limit at $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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Alonzo Mourning Said It’s a “Reward” to Enter Hall of Fame

iStock/Thinkstock(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Former Miami Heat All-Star Alonzo Mourning will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Mourning was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1992 and played there for three seasons before leaving for Miami, where he became one of the best big men in the game. He also spent two seasons with the Nets.

Mourning was diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease in 2000, which took away most of his strength, but received a kidney transplant and then went on to help Miami win their first title in 2006.

“You don’t think about going to the Hall of Fame. It’s your reward,” Mourning said on Thursday. “This was the last thing on my mind. I had an amazing career. The journey was spectacular for me, personally. If no one else saw it that way, then so be it.”

“It’s the pinnacle of the sport,” Mourning continued. “And outside of the birth of my children and winning a championship, it’s the pinnacle of it all.”

Mourning averaged 17.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocked shots for his career.

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Pistons Hire Tim Hardaway as Assistant Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) — The Detroit Pistons added former NBA star Tim Hardaway to their bench as an assistant coach on Thursday.

The 13-year NBA veteran will bring leadership to a young team coached by Stan Van Gundy, who is also the team president.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of some quality people to our coaching and basketball operations staffs and the Detroit Pistons Organization,” Van Gundy said. “These are all highly-qualified individuals who bring a wide range of experience and will all play very important roles in helping to shape our vision.”

“Tim Hardaway informed us that he has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Detroit Pistons. [Owner] Micky [Arison] and I, and the entire organization, couldn’t be more thrilled for Tim as he embarks on the next chapter of his basketball career,” Miami Heat team president Pat Riley said. “Tim was one of the cornerstones of this franchise for six seasons; providing excitement to fans in Miami and all over the country with his dazzling moves and killer crossover, and he has been a franchise pillar since the day he arrived in Miami. But most of all, he has been an important figure in the South Florida community.”

Hardaway made five All-Star teams and averaged 17.7 points, 8.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 867 career games.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Confident Headed into Watkins Glen

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — After winning last weekend at Pocono, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is more hopeful going into the second road course as the Sprint Cup series heads to Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

“I definitely have more confidence going into the Glen then I do Sonoma,” said Earnhardt Jr., who has three wins this season. “Sonoma is a much more technical track and a lot more challenging for me as a driver. When we run the Glen, it’s straightaway then turn, straightaway then turn. I think I can be more of an asset to [crew chief] Steve [Letarte] and help him with the car more so then I can at Sonoma.”

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m not going to get too overly confident. We are just going to go there with no pressure and have fun and try to get a great finish,” he continued.

Jeff Gordon is also competing Sunday. He has four career wins at Watkins Glen and two wins this season. He said he knows exactly how to drive on the course.

“While Sonoma is a finesse track, Watkins Glen is a track where you have to be aggressive and attack. It’s a very challenging track, but it’s fun and it’s fast,” Gordon added. “Double-file restarts really changed things, too. It changed things on the ovals, but it really changed things on the road courses because it gives you that extra opportunity to be aggressive, to get the position and to take some extra chances to try to get that position or maintain a position — and that causes a lot of incidents.”

“But that has also made the road course events some of the most exciting races we have on the circuit,” he added.

Jimmie Johnson is seeking his fourth win of the year, but has never taken home a checkered flag on this tough road course.

“Watkins Glen is one of the four tracks I’ve not won a race at in my career,” Johnson said. “It’s a great race, lots of strategy plays out, and it would be nice to check that one off the list this year. I like going there, the area is beautiful and we usually enjoy a good group bike ride on Saturday after the garage closes. After last weekend at Pocono, we need a good solid finish.”

Tony Stewart has the most wins among active drivers with five. Kyle Busch won last year’s race.

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Dodgers Trade for SP Roberto Hernandez

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday in exchange for two players to be named later.

The 33-year-old Hernandez, who used to go by the name Fausto Carmona, has thrown 121 innings this season, compiling a 6-8 record, 4.62 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 55 walks, and 75 strikeouts.

According to ESPN.com, Hernandez will take Josh Beckett’s place in the rotation. Beckett has been pitching with a torn labrum in his hip.

“Roberto provides us with another big league starting pitcher, who has pitched well this year, particularly the last seven starts,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “He has postseason experience and helps fortify the rotation down the stretch.”

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Cardinals Cut LB Ernie Sims

Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) –The Arizona Cardinals released veteran linebacker Ernie Sims Thursday.

The 29-year-old was signed by the Cardinals on June 3, but he was having trouble adjusting to the team’s 3-4 defense.

“I think (as) a veteran you owe him the respect to find a team that he can fit,” Cardinals Bruce Arians said when explaining why he cut Sims two days before the team’s first preseason game. “I like where some of the young guys are, so I let him go so that he could hopefully catch on real quick somewhere else.”

Sims was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He’s played eight NFL seasons split between the Lions, Eagles, Colts, and Cowboys, during which Sims recorded 419 tackles, 5.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, and an interception.

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NBA Suspends Felton 4 Games

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton was suspended by the NBA Thursday for the first four games of next season.

The suspension is in response to Felton pleading guilty July 23 to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm while he was in New York. He also admitted he knowingly had a large-capacity ammunition magazine and a semi-automatic pistol without a license.

By admitting his guilt, Felton avoided jail time but was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and charged a $5,000 fine.
“I demonstrated poor judgment and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Felton said in a statement. “Moving forward, I’m eager to get to Dallas, to start fresh and make a positive impact in the Dallas metropolitan area.”

The 30-year-old Felton was traded to from the Knicks to the Mavericks in June.

The fifth pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, Felton has averaged 13.1 points, 6.5 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game throughout 10 NBA seasons.

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