Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup – 11/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Washington Wizards 107 (6-2) – Detroit Pistons 103 (2-6)

Atlanta Hawks 100 (4-3) – Utah Jazz 97 (3-6)

Oklahoma City Thunder 109 (3-6) – Boston Celtics 94 (3-4)

Indiana Pacers 81 (3-6) – Miami Heat 75 (5-3)

Orlando Magic 97 (3-6) – New York Knicks 95 (2-7)

New Orleans Pelicans 109 (4-3) – Los Angeles Lakers 102 (1-7)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (9-5-2; 20pts) – Boston Bruins 1 (10-7-0; 20pts)

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NASCAR’s Championship Race Set

BananaStock(MIAMI) — Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman and Kevin Harvick will battle it out for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup championship this Sunday afternoon in the running of the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. None of the four drivers have previously capture the Cup.

On the season, Logano has five wins, 16 top-five finishes and 22 top-ten finishes. Meanwhile, Harvick has four wins, 13 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes.

“We need to stay on course and try to treat this just like we have every other race this year and try not to really put any extra pressure on go down there and do the same things we’ve been doing.

Hamlin has won one race this year, at Talladega back in May, while Newman is still in search of his first checkered flag.

Sunday’s green flag is set to drop at 3:15 p.m. Eastern.

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TCU Moves to No. 4 in College Football Playoff Rankings

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The TCU Horned Frogs moved to No. 4 in the latest Colllege Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.

While the Mississippi State Bulldogs (9-0) still are sitting at No. 1, TCU (8-1) is followed by Florida State (9-0) and Oregon (9-1) with the Crimson Tide ranking No. 5 in the playoffs.

“For the third consecutive week, the committee looked at the overall body of work, their strength of schedule, and looked at the number of top 25 wins,” committee chairman Jeff Long said.

“TCU has two top 25 wins and Baylor has one. And TCU’s loss is a top-10 loss. When you put all those factors together, we still think at this time TCU has a better resume and was voted that way ahead of Baylor,” he continued.

“I think that our rankings will send the message,” Long added. “We as a committee are not charged with sending messages to coaches and ADs about scheduling, but I think it’s likely that they will see the factors that we take into account and will take a message from that. But we’re not trying to send a message about that. We’ve said from the beginning, strength of schedule, total body of work, complete resume, all of those are factored into this decision to get to the best four teams and rank our 25.”

Mississippi State will travel to Alabama (8-1) on Saturday.

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Nowitzki Passes Hakeem Olajuwon on All-Time Scoring List

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) — Dirk Nowitzki moved past Hakeem Olajuwon into ninth place on the all-time scoring list on Tuesday night, making him the only international player in the top-ten

Nowitzki finished with 23 points in their 106-98 victory over the Kings to give him 26,953 in his career.

“It’s an honor,” Nowitzki said. “To do it at home, it was even more special. Getting a standing ovation, it was great.”

“Hakeem, to me, was one of the greatest,” Nowitzki continued. “I grew up watching him in the 90s. His footwork, his touch, was next to no other. I’m really humbled to keep climbing the ladder, blessed to stay healthy, and play at a semi-high level, I guess.”

The 12-time All-Star had his longtime short doctor and mentor, Holger Geschwindner, in the crowd to see it as well.

“It’s great for him to be here and see it,” Nowitzki said. “He meant so much to me in my career and he still does. I’m 36 years old and we still work on my game like I’m 21 years old. It’s fair to say that without him I wouldn’t be sitting at number 9 right now.”

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Golden: Florida State Is ‘a Big Game’

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Miami Hurricanes are looking to hand Florida State their first loss of the season on Saturday as Miami will play host to the Seminoles.

Head coach Al Golden said this week that he doesn’t have to remind his team about how big this game is.

“We can’t get into all that,” Golden said. “They know it’s a big game. We just have to focus on what we control and we’ve been doing a good job of that the last month.”

Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya has thrown 20 touchdowns and passed for 2,087 yards this season. He’s looking forward to going up against reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jamies Winston.

“He always finds a way to win,” Kaaya said of Winston. “And he’s also really good at tuning out all the outside noise, no matter what’s going on. He doesn’t let anything from the outside affect him.”

Still, Winston is looking to lead Florida State to their 26th consecutive win.

“I’ve got to stop turning the ball over, and we’ve got to start making some noise in the first half,” Winston said. “But the good thing is our defense is playing lights out. They continue to play better and better, but my job as the leader of the team and as the quarterback of this team, I have to put both sides of the ball in good position to win the game.”

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Canadiens Trade Moen to Stars for Gonchar

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(MONTREAL) — The Montreal Canadiens traded winger Travis Moen to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Sergei Gonchar Tuesday.

The 40-year-old Gonchar agreed to wave his no-trade clause, allowing the transaction to go through.

“When you look at Montreal as a team, you see they’re a group with a lot of good players. They’re playing the game with good puck possession. They’re skating well, and they’re winning games,” Gonchar said during a conference call. “They’re one of the most recognized franchises in hockey, so I would say when you look at all of that, you want to join that and you want to be a part of it. That’s why it was a no-brainer for me to accept that trade.”

Gonchar is a four-time All Star, who won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. He’s played in 1,256 regular season games, recording 219 goals and 579 assists.

The Stars receive the 32-year-old Moen, who has 56 goals and 69 assists throughout his 11 seasons in the NHL.

“Travis is a proven forward that does all the gritty things needed to win,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in statement. “He brings leadership and experience to our forward group and will be an important part of our penalty kill.”

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Seahawks DT Mebane Done for Season

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn hamstring.

The 29-year-old was placed on the season-ending injured reserve Tuesday; he suffered the injury during the team’s win Sunday over the New York Giants.

Mebane has been dominant for a Seahawks team that ranks fourth in rushing yards allowed per game.

“There is nobody like Mebane,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s a unique player. He’s had, I think, the best season he’s had since he’s we’ve been here to this point — most consistent, best factor — so that’s a big hit to take.”

Kevin Williams, Tony McDaniel, and Jordan Hill will take Mebane’s place on the line.

The Seahawks signed tight end RaShaun Allen from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad to take Mebane’s roster spot.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.

Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.

Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.

Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.

Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy.

In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Showalter and Williams Named Managers of the Year

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) — Washington Nationals skipper Matt Williams and Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter were each named Manager of the Year in their respective leagues Tuesday.

Williams, who was in his first season as a major league manager, led the Nationals to a National League best 96 wins.

Showalter earns his third Manager of the Year award. He won his other two in 1994 and 2004.

Showalter led the Orioles to their first American League East title since 1997, and then led the team past the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series before losing to the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS.

Showalter is the first Orioles skipper to win this award since 1997, when Davey Johnson received it.

Williams had 18 first place votes, which are placed by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle came in second, followed by San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy.

In the AL, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in the votes, followed by Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost.

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Jaguars Place Rookie WR Allen Robinson on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Allen Robinson on the injured reserve list Tuesday because of a broken right foot. He suffered the injury during Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in London.

The Jaguars selected Robinson out of Penn State in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. In his rookie campaign, he had 48 receptions for 548 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.

With Robinson out, the Jaguars are expected to rely heavily on veterans Cecil Shorts III as well as rookies Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee.

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