Review Category : National Sports

ABC Scoreboard 3/7/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 95 (34-29) – Memphis Grizzlies 89 (44-18)

Philadelphia 76ers 92 (14-49) – Atlanta Hawks 84 (49-13)

Cleveland Cavaliers 89 (40-25) – Phoenix Suns 79 (33-31)

Indiana Pacers 92 (28-34) – New York Knicks 86 (12-49)

Minnesota Timberwolves 121 (14-47) – Portland Trail Blazers 113 (41-20)

NHL: Washington Capitals 6 (36-21-10) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (19-42-5)

Montreal Canadiens 2 (42-18-6) – Arizona Coyotes 0 (21-38-7)

Boston Bruins 3 (32-22-10) – Philadelphia Flyers 2 (28-25-13) – Overtime

Florida Panthers 4 (29-23-14) – New York Islanders 3 (42-21-4) – Shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning 5 (41-20-6) – Dallas Stars 4 (29-27-10)

Colorado Avalanche 4 (29-25-11) – Columbus Blue Jackets 0 (27-34-4)

Winnipeg Jets 3 (33-21-12) – Nashville Predators 1 (41-19-7)

St. Louis Blues 6 (41-19-5) – Toronto Maple Leafs 1 (26-35-5)

NCAA-Top 25: (1) Kentucky 67 (31-0) – Florida 50 (15-16)

(16) Louisville 59 (24-7) – (2) Virginia 57 (28-2)

(4) Villanova 105 (29-2) – St. Johns 68 (21-10)

(5) Arizona 91 (28-3) – Stanford 69 (18-12)

Illinois State 65 (21-11) – (8) Wichita State 62 (28-4)

(15) Oklahoma 75 (21-9) – (9) Kansas 73 (24-7)

(11) Northern Iowa 63 (29-3) – Loyola (IL) 49 (19-13)

(12) Notre Dame 81 (26-5) – Clemson 67 (16-14)

Washington 77 (16-14) – (13) Utah 68 (23-7)

LSU 81 (22-9) – (18) Arkansas 78 (24-7)

(20) West Virginia 81 (23-8) – Oklahoma State 72 (18-12)

(21) Butler 68 (22-9) – (24) Providence (21-10)

Belmont 88 (22-10) – (25) Murray State 87 (27-5)

NASCAR: Austin Dillon won the NASCAR XFINITY Series at Las Vegas

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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich Strongly Against the NBA Lengthening the Season

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(NEW YORK) — The idea of spacing out the NBA’s regular season has gained traction recently, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is among those who are against the idea.

In an effort to get players more rest and avoid back-to-back games, the idea has been floated out that the NBA would benefit from playing into July instead of June.

“I’ve been bringing it up for years,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday. “[Commissioner Adam Silver is] more open to it, and he’s going to be considering it. Everybody’s for it now.”

Popovich, who’s team won the Championship last summer, is not in favor of the proposal.

“If there is a game in July, count me out,” Popovich said Wednesday. “Count me out. Count me out. Life is too short.”

“I think the season is long enough,” Popovich added. “I will not come to work in July.”

NBA teams typically have between 16 and 20 back-to-backs per season.

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Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free to 3-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) — The Dallas Cowboys locked up one of their key components to their offensive line signing right tackle, Doug Free to a three-year deal worth $15 million, including $6 million in guaranteed money.

The Cowboys are unsure if they will resign running back DeMarco Murray, however they kept their most important piece of their offense in tact — the offensive line. All five offensive linemen are set to have a second season together in the 2015 season.

Free has been a full-time starter since 2010. He started at left tackle in 2010 and 2011 before moving to right tackle in favor of Tyron Smith in 2012.

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Clippers Add Nate Robinson

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Nate Robinson to a 10-day contract.

Robinson joined the team on Saturday and he will be available to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

Robinson played for Doc Rivers in Boston in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons and he also formed a came off the bench with current Clippers forward Glen Davis during the Celtics’ run to the 2010 NBA Finals.

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Rangers’ Yu Darvish Has Torn Ligament in Elbow

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had an MRI that revealed partially torn ligaments in his right elbow, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Darvish first felt tightness in the elbow after throwing 12 pitches in a spring training game against the Royals.

Darvish will now take a couple days to decide whether he’ll try to pitch with the elbow, shut it down for four months, or undergo Tommy John surgery.

“The concern with the first two options is, are you delaying the inevitable?” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

This is the same elbow that bothered Darvish at the end of last season and forced him to shut down the final eight weeks of the season.

“I will be disappointed if I have to miss this season, but I want to look at all the options including getting a second opinion before I make a final decision,” Darvish said in a statement Saturday. “My heart is with my teammates and our focus remains on accomplishing our goals.”

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Henrik Lundqvist: ‘I Feel Good’

Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s return will be on the doctors giving him the okay, the All-Star goalie said on Friday.

Lundqvist has missed the last 15 games on the ice as he continues to recover from a unique vascular injury in his neck after being struck by a shot by Carolina’s Brad Malone on Jan. 31.

“I feel physically in good shape. I am waiting for the doctors,” Lundqvist said at an event for his foundation on Friday. “We have a constant contact, and we talk about it and look at different things to make sure when they give me the go-ahead I am ready to go.”

The Rangers have found a way to compete without Lundqvist due to the outstanding play of backup Cam Tallbot and rookie Mackenzie Skapski.

“You can choose so many ways to approach this, and for me right now I am taking this as an opportunity to rest,” Lundqvist said. “I’m super excited to come back playing. I can’t wait, but until then I will focus on the things I can control.”

New York is two points behind the Islanders in the Metropolitan Divison.

“It’s kind of weird, though, this time of the year not being able to play,” Lundqvist said. “I miss that, but it’s part of the game. Sometimes you get hurt and you just have to deal with it the right way. That’s what I am trying to do.”

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Matt Harvey’s Flawless in First Start Since Tommy John Surgery

Norm Hall/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) — New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was dominant in his first start on Friday at spring training against the Tigers.

Harvey threw 25 pitches and struck out three in two scoreless innings of work.

“The big thing is I was happy throwing strikes and not walking anybody. Those are the things you try to work on,” Harvey said. “Especially hearing things about guys going through this process and having tough command, for me, that was the big thing that I was focusing on today. And I was pretty happy about it.”

Harvey understands that the challenge is building up his arm for six to seven innings of work by the end of spring training, but joked about pitching another frame on Friday.

“I was joking with [Mets manager Terry Collins] a little bit because I know at some point we’re probably going to have some innings limits,” Harvey said. “I asked him if I could go out for a couple of more innings, and that was laughed about. Obviously, we both know that’s going to happen at some point. So giving him a little chuckle about wanting to go back out was my way of saying I understand the process and I know how things are going to go.”

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Jeff Gordon Wins Pole at Las Vegas

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Jeff Gordon took home his 79th career pole on Friday for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

This is Gordon’s first career pole at Las Vegas in what will his last stop at this track as he’s set to retire from full-time racing at the end of the season.

“After last week and that whole mess, it was great to get out there and qualify,” Gordon said on Friday. “This feels amazing to me, I can’t believe this is my first pole here in Las Vegas and it happens in my final race, so that is pretty cool.”

Joey Logano had the second fastest qualifying speed and knows his team can take some risks having won at the Daytona 500 already.

“Our sports all about risks versus reward,” Logano said. “The risk has gone down because we’re pretty much in the Chase. We can take those gambles.”

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Jets Re-Up MLB David Harris To Three-Year Deal

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets are bringing back David Harris to lead their defense for a few more seasons.

The 31-year-old linebacker known as “Hitman,” signed a three-year contract worth $21.5 million, $15 million of it guaranteed in the first two seasons.

“After hearing the plans and vision of Coach Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, there was no doubt I wanted to return, help win a Super Bowl with the Green & White, and retire a Jet,” Harris said.

The Buffalo Bills, now led by former Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Miami Dolphins who added former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum to their front office were expected to aggressively pursue Harris once free agency began.

Harris was selected by the Jets in the second round out of Michigan in 2006. He has played in all but five games since 2007.

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LaRon Landry Suspended 10 Games For PED Use

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free agent safety LaRon Landry will be unavailable to any team for the first ten weeks of the 2015 NFL season.

The NFL suspended the former Indianapolis Colts defensive back for ten games after a second positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

Last season, Landry missed four games for the Colts season as a result of his first positive drug test. His impact was mixed as he registered just 46 tackles on the season, creating no turnovers and according to Pro Football Focus, graded out marginally well in coverage.

Landry was released last month by the Colts after signing a four-year deal worth $24 million in 2013.

Landry has never admitted to PED use, but he famously tweeted out this picture after a workout:

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