Review Category : National Sports

Ty Dillon to Fill In for Tony Stewart This Weekend at Las Vegas

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ty Dillon has been tapped to fill in for Tony Stewart in the No. 14 car at this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart-Haas Racing also announced that Brian Vickers will replace Stewart the following weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stewart is recovering from a broken back suffered in an ATV accident last month. Vickers filled in for him in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

SHR has yet to name a replacement driver for the March 13 race at Phoenix.

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Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving Says He Left OKC Game Early Because of Bed Bugs

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving wasn’t pulled from Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of a stomach bug, but because of another type of bug.

Irving said Monday that despite the team saying he had “flu-like symptoms,” he was actually “freaked out” after dealing with bed bugs at the hotel the team stayed the night before the game, according to ESPN.

“It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin’ Hilton that we stayed at,” he said according to ESPN.

He also said he wasn’t able to get any sleep and he started to feel nauseous during the game.

The hotel where the Cavs stayed Saturday night was the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel, which is allegedly haunted.

A spokesperson for the hotel confirmed the bed bug problem in Irving’s room.

“Unfortunately, every hotel occasionally has a case of bed bugs,” the spokesperson told ESPN. “This is one of those cases where a guest did bring in bed bugs to this particular room, and it was reported to us, fortunately, and we responded immediately and put the room out of order and all of the surrounding rooms to be inspected by a professional company.”

On Tuesday, pest control company Terminix left a message for Irving on Facebook from a Cleveland branch manager.

“Hi Kyrie, we’re sorry to hear about your unfortunate bed bug experience in Oklahoma! We’re all huge, huge Cleveland Cavaliers fans here in my office so we want to help you out. Tell the Cavs to call me and I’ll arrange to have one of our best technicians accompany you and the team on your next road trip. We’ll inspect every hotel room and ensure they’re bed bug-free so you can sleep easy and focus on a deep playoff run. Go Cavs!”

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MLB Places Jose Reyes on Paid Leave Pending Domestic Violence Case

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) — Major League Baseball has placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid leave pending a resolution of his domestic violence case.

According to a statement, MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. will make a decision in terms of discipline for Reyes after the conclusion of criminal proceedings and after an MLB investigation.

The 32-year-old allegedly assaulted his wife on Halloween at a Maui resort in Hawaii. He’s scheduled to go on trial in April.

Because Reyes was placed on paid leave, he is still set to earn his $22 million salary this season.

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Report: New Orleans Saints Likely to Release WR Marques Colston

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — It could be the end of Marques Colston’s 10-year career with the New Orleans Saints.

According to ESPN, a league source has said the team will likely release the wide receiver in the next few days after last year’s injuries led him to have his worst season yet.

The 32-year-old was the Saints’ No.3 receiving option in 2015 and was out for three games in the season because of his injuries.

In 2006, Colston was drafted out of Hofstra in the seventh round and boasts a Saints-best in receiving yards (9,759) and receiving touchdowns (72).

If the Saints choose to keep Colston, he will earn $3.2 million next season.

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University of Tennessee Coaches Address Sexual Assault Allegations

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Coaches from the University of Tennessee defended the athletic department’s culture on Tuesday after former student athletes accused the school of creating a “hostile sexual environment.”

During a joint news conference with 16 head coaches, the head coaches of female teams said their players were “shocked” by the allegations that the school acted with “deliberate indifference in its response to incidents of sexual assault.” They also shared the advice they give their athletes to avoid potential dangers on campus, including avoiding walking alone at night and not putting themselves in a “bad situation.”

“We’re in an environment that’s a safe environment,” female basketball coach Holly Warwick said, adding, “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

A group of six unidentified women filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Feb. 9 alleging that the school violated Title IX, a federal law that bans sex discrimination in education. The plaintiffs said in the lawsuit that the school had a “clearly unreasonable response” to the reports of sexual assault by student athletes, which caused them to endure additional harassment.

Coaches of female teams also described Tuesday the plethora of facilities and opportunities made available to female athletes at the University of Tennessee.

“That’s all because of the wonderful culture that’s created by our administration,” softball coach Karen Weekly said.

No one from the University of Tennessee’s administration spoke in the news conference, including Athletic Director David Hart.

Head basketball coach Rick Barnes said the coaches feel that an unfair picture has been painted of the university’s athletic department.

“We don’t want the stereotype out there that there’s something there that isn’t true,” Barnes said.

Head football coach Butch Jones said the athletic department is full of “great individuals.”

“Everything is about the alleged victims. We feel for them, hurt for them,” he said. “Also, though, it’s not who we are.”

Jones said people were using the lawsuit against the university as a recruiting advantage. “Our competitors are using it against us,” Jones said.

Baseball coach Dave Serrano said he teaches his players “respect.”

“We educate them on respecting others,” he said. “Everyone is treated with respect.”

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was among those cited in the lawsuit for a sexual assault that allegedly happened during his time at the University of Tennessee 20 years ago.

Manning’s trainer, Jamie Naughright, reported the then-student athlete to a sexual assault crisis center in 1996 for allegedly placing his bare bottom and genitalia on her while she examined his foot, according to court documents.

Naughright included the allegations in a 1997 lawsuit against the school. She eventually settled with the university and agreed to leave her job.

Manning denied the assault, according to court records. In his book “Manning: A Father, His Sons and A Football Legacy,” he wrote that Naughright simply caught him “mooning” a fellow athlete, describing the act as “crude … but harmless.”

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Memphis Grizzlies’ Gasol Out for the Season with Foot Injury

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — Marc Gasol, center for the Memphis Grizzlies, will be out for the rest of the season recovering from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot, the team said Tuesday.

Gasol had the surgery on Saturday, and the team said he’s expected to make a full recovery.

“Marc remains a cornerstone of our franchise and we are pleased to hear that the surgery went according to plan,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “Mar’s determination and competitive spirit will serve him, his family, and the team well as he begins the healing and rehab process from which we expect him to make a full recovery. We are confident we will have Marc back anchoring our team next season and beyond.”

It is still uncertain whether Gasol, who suffered the injury on Feb. 8, will be able to play for Spain at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to ESPN.

“It is frustrating not to be on the court with my teammates at this time,” Gasol said in a statement. “But I understand that the focus of this process is on long-term health and stability. I look forward to the road ahead and a full and successful recovery.”

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Yankee Aroldis Chapman Denies Domestic Violence Allegations

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has announced that he denies any domestic violence allegations against him, according to ESPN.

He also said the media’s portrayal of him is “slightly unfair.”

ESPN reports that chapman left Yankees training camp Monday and returned home to take care of what he called a family matter.

According to a Davie, Florida, police report filed on Oct. 30, Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots. But no charges were pressed after an investigation.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has hinted possibly suspending Chapman sometime in the future, according to ESPN. But Chapman said he plans to appeal the decision if it is against him.

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Tennessee Coach Butch Jones Defends Team’s Culture after Lawsuit

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones made a public statement Saturday amid sexual assault grievances regarding the school’s student-athletes, according to ESPN.

In his three-minute media conference before the Tennessee men’s basketball game with LSU on Saturday, Jones defended his program’s culture despite sexual assault complaints.

“We’ve worked very hard to build our culture,” Jones said. “We’ll continue to defend it, but we’re very proud of what we have here.”

Jones also mentioned the university’s personal growth and development program and its improved classroom performance. He said this is proof of his team’s progress off the field in addition to on the field.

Six unidentified women filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 9 in Nashville. The lawsuit alleges that the school has created a “hostile sexual environment” by being indifferent toward assaults by student athletes, ESPN reports.

Jones’ speech came just days after Tennessee defensive lineman Alexis Johnson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and false imprisonment, according to ESPN.

The university suspended Johnson from all activities related to the team.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/22/16

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

Detroit 96, Cleveland 88
OT Miami 101, Indiana 93
Toronto 122, New York 95
Minnesota 124, Boston 122
Golden State 102, Atlanta 92
Milwaukee 108, L.A. Lakers 101
L.A. Clippers 124, Phoenix 84

Washington 3, Arizona 2
Columbus 6, Boston 4
2OT Nashville 2, Montreal 1 (SO Nashville 1-0)
San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

(12) Miami 64, (3) Virginia 61
(14) West Virginia 97, (17) Iowa St. 87
(25) Texas 71, Kansas St. 70

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Denny Hamlin Making Appearance on “Live with Kelly and Michael”

Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One of the benefits of winning the Daytona 500 is the opportunity to visit New York City to make the media rounds.

Denny Hamlin is no exception. On Tuesday, he will be interviewed on the daytime TV program Live with Kelly and Michael. Check your local listings for channel and airtime.

Hamlin on Sunday won the Daytona 500, the season-opening race for the Sprint Cup Series, edging Martin Truex Jr. in the closest finish in the history of the event.

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