Review Category : National Sports

Lincecum No-Hits the Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Penguins Name Mike Johnston Head Coach

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Penguins named Mike Johnston as their new head coach, the team announced on Wednesday.

Johnston has been a coach and general manager with the Western Hockey League’s Portland team since 2008 and prior to that was an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

“As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions,” Johnston said. “It’s been my goal. It’s been my dream.”

Johnston takes over for Dan Bylsma, who was 252-117-32 and led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009.

“Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey,” Penguins vice president/GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be good for the players we have here with the Penguins — it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We’re very excited to have him.”

Johnston understands that the expectations are high and isn’t worried about that one bit.

“Everything we do [from day one] is setting the table for the playoffs,” Johnston said.

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday. “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued. “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday. “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued. “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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Phillies Sign Grady Sizemore to Minor League Deal

Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Less than a week after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal.

“I know Boston gave him the opportunity to play, and he had some level of success, and then he did struggle at times,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said, “but we’ll see what he’s got in the tank. We believe in the athlete. We’ll see what he’s got left.”

Injuries had kept Sizemore out of baseball for two full seasons. He signed with the Red Sox during their offseason and he got off to a great start, but his production faded as the season went on. In 52 games this season, the 31-year-old Sizemore hit .216 with two home runs and 15 RBIs.

The Phillies are rolling the dice on Sizemore in an effort to jolt their offense. They rank 22nd in Major League Baseball in runs scored.

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Bucks Owner Says Team Won’t Draft Center Joel Embiid

Cooper Neil/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — With the recent foot injury to center Joel Embiid, the top of the draft underwent a major shakeup. Once in the running for the number one pick, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry says the team, which owns the second overall pick, will not take a gamble on him.

“I think it’s hard to take Embiid,” Lasry said Monday at a joint breakfast meeting of the region’s Rotary Club and the Milwaukee Press Club. “I think he’s a phenomenal individual, but with the injury and not knowing how severe or long it will take to recover, I think for us today we’re going to want somebody who’s going to help us on day one.”

Last week it was revealed that Embiid needed foot surgery, a procedure that could keep him out of action his entire rookie year.

The Bucks are now expected to select either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.

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Rays’ David Price Upset with Trade Rumors

Robbie Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price’s name has come up again in trade rumors with the July deadline looming, and he’s tired of seeing his name being thrown around in rumors.

“I mean, obviously I think about it,” Price told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s why I’ve been in a bad mood the last week and a half. I think about it. You guys know that. And it’s nothing I really want to talk about.”

The Rays are in the midst of a down season, and they have one of the worst records in all of Major League Baseball. The Rays likely won’t be able to re-sign their ace, which is why his name has popped up in reports as someone who could get dealt.

“I don’t have an answer for you guys. I don’t know where I’m going. I don’t know when I’m going. So there’s nothing I can really comment on,” he added.

Price is in his seventh season in the big leagues, all with the Rays. This season, Price leads the American League in strikeouts. After a rough start to the season, Price has pitched like fans are used to seeing. In 16 starts, Price is 5-7 with a 3.81 ERA.

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Greece Advances at World Cup in Dramatic Fashion

Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(FORTALEZA, Brazil) — Greece picked a good day to score.

After being held goal-less for its first two World Cup matches, Greece scored two goals, including the game-winner on a penalty kick in stoppage time, to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 Tuesday and advance to the Knockout Stage at the World Cup.

Greece, which wouldn’t have advanced with a tie, started the scoring in the 42nd minute when Andreas Samaris turned an Ivory Coast turnover into a goal to give the Greeks a 1-0 lead.

The Ivory Coast countered in the 74th minute when Gervinho tapped a pass to Wilfried Bony in the penalty box and Bony smashed it into the back corner of the net.

But the Greeks scored again in the second minute of stoppage time when Georgios Samaras was fouled in the penalty box. Samaras made the penalty shot to send Greece to the Knockout Stage of the World Cup for the first time ever.

Greece finishes second in Group C and will play Costa Rica Sunday at 4 p.m Eastern on ESPN.

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Uruguay Eliminates Italy to Advance to Knockout Stage

Julian Finney/Getty Images(NATAL, Brazil) — Uruguayan captain Diego Godin scored the golden goal in the 81st minute of the match as Uruguay advanced to the Round of 16 at the World Cup by ousting Italy 1-0 Tuesday in Group D play.

The game was scoreless in the 59th minute when Italy’s Claudio Marchisio was given a red card, knocking him out of the match and forcing Italy to play with 10 men.

Uruguay capitalized on the man advantage in the 81st minute when Godin headed in a corner from Gastón Ramírez.

There was controversy just a few minutes before the goal. Uruguay star striker Luis Suarez was accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Chiellini, who complained many times in the game when nothing happened, complained to the referee — pointing at his shoulder — but the referee paid no attention. After the game Suarez — who has been suspended twice in his career for biting the opposition — didn’t confirm or deny the bite.

“These are just things that happen out on the pitch,” Suarez said. “It was just the two of us inside the area and he bumped into me with his shoulder, and that’s how my eye got like this as well. There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them.”

Although nothing was called on the pitch, FIFA has announced it will investigate the alleged bite. If Suarez is found guilty he will likely face a long suspension.

The loss means Italy is eliminated from the tournament.

Uruguay finishes Group D play in second place and will face Columbia Saturday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. Eastern and can be seen on ABC.

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