Review Category : National Sports

Spieth Still Leads, Rose and Mickelson Lurking After Day 3 at The Masters

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Jordan Spieth continues to break records in Augusta.

Spieth shot a 2-under 70 Saturday, putting him at 16-under for the tournament, the lowest 54-hole score ever at the Masters.

For the third-straight day Spieth finishes atop the leaderboard at Augusta National but he has company. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson each shot 5-under putting them at 12-under and 11-under respectively heading into Sunday.

Rose birdied five of his last seven holes to earn himself a place alongside Spieth in the final pairing on Sunday.

Tiger Woods is at 6-under for the tournament after shooting a 4-under 68, his lowest weekend round at a major since 2011.

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Mets Closer Mejia Suspended 80 Games

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(NEW YORK) — New York Mets Closer Jenrry Mejia will be suspended 80 games after testing positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol, Major League Baseball announced.

Mejia had not pitched so far this season, having sat out Opening Day after claiming to have experienced elbow soreness.

“We were disappointed when informed of Jenrry’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” the Mets said in a statement. “We fully support MLB’s policy toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the sport. As per the Joint Drug Program, we will have no further comment on this suspension.”

Last season, Mejia earned 28 saves after incumbent starter Bobby Parnell suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery.

Mejia released a statement saying, “I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/11/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 8 (4-1) – New York Yankees 4 (1-4)

Chicago White Sox 5 (1-4) – Minnesota Twins 4 (1-4)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (2-2) – Cincinatti Reds 1 (4-1)

NHL: New York Rangers 4 (53-22-7, 113 pts) – Washington Capitals 2 (45-26-11, 101 pts)

Ottawa Senators 3 (43-26-13, 99 pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (33-31-18, 84 pts)

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Manziel Released From Rehab

Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) — Now that Johnny Manziel has likely finished rehabbing his personal life, he will attempt to do the same with his football career.

According to multiple media reports, Manziel has been released from rehab and will now return to the Browns for their offseason conditioning programs. ESPN first reported the story.

Manziel, 22, was more famous in his rookie season for his off the field activities than his feats on it. He was photographed in a bathroom with a rolled up dollar bill, readily admitted that he had numerous incidents of hard partying instead of working at his craft and even overslept for an injury treatment session after a night of drinking.

During Manziel’s six quarters of game action he looked lost and proved ineffective, most notably in week 15 when the Bengals shutout the Browns 30-0 and he completed 10 of 18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions.

Currently, the Browns have Manziel and offseason addition Josh McCown at the top of the quarterback depth chart. Both players are expected to compete for the lead job when the team enters training camp, unless Cleveland adds a quarterback later this month in the draft.

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Ottawa Senators Clinch Playoff Berth

Len Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Needing just one point in the season finale, the Ottawa Senators wrapped up their second-half rally with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday and clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The Senators were headed toward a spot in the NHL draft lottery two months ago, but they finished 23-4-4 over their final 31 games to get into the postseason.

The Senators hope they can play deep into the postseason behind goalie Andrew Hammond. Hammond went from a borderline AHL goalie to posting a 20-1-2 record since he was recalled in the second half.

He stopped 34 shots and made sure the Senators would not need help from other teams to make the playoffs.

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Source: Jets will exercise 5th-year option on Quinton Coples’ contract

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets will exercise their fifth-year option on outside linebacker Quinton Coples’ contract, a league source confirmed to ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini.

Coples’ option for 2015 will be worth $7.8 million. The Jets’ decision to pick up the option was reported earlier Saturday by the New York Daily News.

Coples recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks and started 15 games last season while making the transition from defensive end to linebacker.

A first-round draft selection in 2012, Coples has 16.5 career sacks with the Jets.

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Josh Hamilton’s Future with the Angels in Doubt

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — Even though Major League Baseball will not discipline outfielder Josh Hamilton for his latest relapse into substance abuse, his future with the club is cloudy at best.

Angels’ owner Arte Moreno stated that Hamilton’s contract contains certain language that protects the team against a relapse by Hamilton.

According to the player’s union, no such language exists.

“To the contrary, the collectively bargained provisions of the [Joint Drug Agreement] and the Basic Agreement supersede all other player contract provisions and explicitly prevent clubs from exactly the type of action Mr. Moreno alluded to,” the MLBPA said in a statement.

Reporters asked Moreno on Friday night whether Hamilton definitely would play again for the team. Moreno’s response was “I will not say that.”

Hamilton has three years left on his current contract that will pay him $83 million.

“It’s not about money,” Moreno said. “Nothing about money.”

The former American League MVP has battled addiction going back to his time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He overcame his dependency to become one of baseball best hitters, but he hasn’t produced during his time in Los Angels and his latest relapse has his playing career in doubt.

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MLB, Union Prohibiting Players from Participating in Daily Fantasy Games

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With seasonal and daily fantasy leagues rapidly growing in popularity, Major League Baseball and the player’s association has agreed on a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize.

Even though MLB commissioner Rob Manfred does not consider fantasy sports to be gambling, participating in daily fantasy baseball games could fall into a grey area.

Major League Baseball has strict rules in place that bans players from gambling.

“There is a clear legal line and, quite frankly, we spent some considerable effort and money to make sure we knew where DraftKings is in relation to that line and we’re very comfortable with the idea that it’s fantasy,” Manfred said. “Having said that, fantasy is a very important method of engagement, particularly with younger people.”

ESPN is reporting that Manfred is considering a similar prohibition of playing daily fantasy baseball for prizes that would cover all non-playing personnel.

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Red Sox Top Yankees in 19 Inning Classic

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox added another chapter on Friday night/Saturday morning. In a 19 inning marathon, the Red Sox were able to come out on top, 6-5.

“It’s a testament to the will and the resiliency of this team,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

The game clocked in at 6 hours, 49 minutes. It was the longest game played in the history of the Red Sox, and the second-longest in Yankees history.

The teams combined for 138 at-bats, 32 hits, 28 strikeouts and 627 pitches thrown by 17 pitchers.

“It feels worse than one loss, but thank goodness it’s only one,” Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said afterward.

The game could have been over much earlier, as the Red Sox blew leads in the 9th 16th, and 18th inning.

With one out left in the top of the 19th, shortstop Xander Bogaerts singled to shallow right field. He wound up stealing second and then advanced to third base after a passed ball. Rookie outfielder Mookie Betts then hit a sac-fly to bring in the game-winning run.

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Spieth Breaks 36-Hole Record at Masters

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Jordan Spieth is tearing up Augusta National. After shooting a 64 on Thursday the 21-year-old shot a 66 on Friday, putting him at 14-under and atop the leaderboard at the Masters.

Spieth breaks the tournament’s 36-hole scoring record and ties the record held after the first two days at any major championship.

“It’s cool,” Spieth said. “Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome. I’m very excited about today and the way I struck the ball. I struck it I thought better than yesterday. Didn’t rely on the (fortunate) breaks as much. Very pleased.”

Spieth is playing at the Masters for only the second time in his career, the other time being last year when he finished second to Bubba Watson.

Charley Hoffman is in second place at 9-under followed by a three-way tie for third between Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, and Paul Casey at 7-under.

Tiger Woods shot a 3-under 69 Friday putting him at 2-under for the tournament.

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