Review Category : National Sports

Candiens to Retire Guy Lapointe’s No. 5 Jersey

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe will have his No. 5 jersey retired by the Montreal Candiens next season, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

Lapointe’s jersey will be the second one to hang from the Bell Centre rafters along with Bernie Geoffrion’s.

Lapointe, 66, was part of six Stanley Cup teams with the Candiens and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. The defenseman spent 14 seasons in Montreal and played for the Blues and Bruins at the tail end of his career. He played 894 games in his career and scored 171 goals with 451 assists.

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A’s Have Best Record in MLB After Rolling Past Rangers

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — For the first time since May 22, Sonny Gray allowed fewer than three runs, helping the Oakland Athletics top the Texas Rangers 4-2 Sunday and grab the best record in baseball.

Gray pitched seven innings allowing six hits, two runs, two walks while striking out seven.

“I don’t think there really is a difference other than I was able to make pitches,” Gray said. “That’s probably it. People sometimes forget that baseball is a pretty hard game and there’s going to be some rough patches that you’re going to go through.

Oakland (44-28) started its scoring in the third inning when John Jaso doubled to center off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch allowing Craig Gentry to score. Jaso crossed home plate just a few batters later when Josh Donaldson slapped a single to center.

The Rangers (35-37) tied the game in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run single, but the A’s answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring twice to take the lead for good.

Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save of the season.

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Croatia Eliminates Cameroon from World Cup

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was ejected after getting a red card late in the first half, and Croatia capitalized scoring three of their four goals after the penalty en route to a 4-0 win over Cameroon in Group A play at the World Cup Wednesday.

Song was ejected in the 40th minute when he elbowed Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. That gave Cameroon 10 men for the rest of the match. Mandzukic, who had been suspended from Croatia’s first game versus Brazil, capitalized on the penalty by scoring twice to help eliminate Cameroon from World Cup contention.

Ivica Olic and Ivan Perisic also scored for Croatia, who can advance out of the group stage with a win over Mexico on Monday.

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Kershaw No-Hits Rockies

Victor Decolongon/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Clayton Kershaw can add another feather to his cap: the 26-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander no-hit the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night, as the Dodgers blanked the Rockies 8-0.

Kershaw, who already is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out a career-high 15 while walking none. He becomes the first pitcher ever to strikeout that many batters without allowing a walk.

The Dodgers’ ace almost had the perfect game. In the seventh inning shortstop Hanley Ramirez fielded a Corey Dickerson grounder and threw wide to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, allowing Dickerson to get on base. The play was ruled a throwing error and was the only blemish in Kershaw’s 107 pitch masterpiece.

While Dickerson was the only man to get on base, he also ended the game when he struck out swinging sending the crowd at Dodger Stadium wild.

“To get to do it in front of this crowd with how excited they were, and how into it they were is pretty special,” Kershaw said.

The no-hitter is the second of the season for the Dodgers. Josh Beckett threw one in Philadelphia on May 25. It’s the first time since 1956 two Dodgers pitchers threw a no-hitter in the same season.

“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”

Kershaw’s no-hitter is the 22nd in Dodgers history.

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Brantley Has Concussion, Likely Out Until Saturday

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday and likely won’t play until Saturday.

Brantley suffered the injury Monday when he slid into second base trying to break up a double play in the Indians 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Brantley was taken out of the game and passed a concussion test. He was in Tuesday’s lineup before further tests at the Cleveland Clinic revealed the concussion.

“Michael is doing very well,” Indians skipper Terry Francona said. “Everything that has been introduced to him today . . .the reaction tests . . .he’s done very well. Every activity that has been given to him today he’s handled without any occurrences. With that being said, the doctors, trainers and Michael think that Saturday is realistic.”

The 27-year-old Brantley is having a breakout season, hitting .323 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs, 49 runs scored, nine stolen bases, and a .391 on-base percentage.

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Spain Knocked Out of World Cup After 2-0 Loss to Chile

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — There will be a new World Cup champion this year, after defending champion Spain was knocked out of contention by Chile on Wednesday, 2-0.

Chile’s first goal came in the 19th minute when Eduardo Vargas faked out goalkeeper Iker Casillas for the score. The team’s second goal occurred in the 43rd minute on a score by Charles Aranguiz.

With the loss and a 5-1 opening match defeat to the Netherlands, Spain will not advance to the round of 16. Chile will take on the Netherlands in Sao Paulo on Monday to determine the winner of Group B.

Spain captured the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup title in 2010.

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Spain Knocked Out of World Cup After 2-0 Loss to Chile

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) — There will be a new World Cup champion this year, after defending champion Spain was knocked out of contention by Chile on Wednesday, 2-0.

Chile’s first goal came in the 19th minute when Eduardo Vargas faked out goalkeeper Iker Casillas for the score. The team’s second goal occurred in the 43rd minute on a score by Charles Aranguiz.

With the loss and a 5-1 opening match defeat to the Netherlands, Spain will not advance to the round of 16. Chile will take on the Netherlands in Sao Paulo on Monday to determine the winner of Group B.

Spain captured the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as the World Cup title in 2010.

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K.C. Royals Win 10th Straight, Tame Tigers, 2-1

Zoonar/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie struck out nine over 6 2-3 innings of work as Kansas City (39-32) won their 10th straight game on Wednesday, 2-1 over the Detroit Tigers (36-32).

Outfielder Alex Gordon put the Royals on the scoreboard first with an RBI infield single in the first inning. Second baseman Omar Infante followed with a solo home run in the fifth.

Guthrie allowed one earned run and four hits as he improved to 4-6 on the season. Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly gave up two earned runs and seven hits across seven innings of work.

The Royals will attempt to sweep the four-game series with the Tigers on Thursday.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — World Cup: Group B: Netherlands 3 – Australia 2

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 2 (37-34) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (28-45)

Kansas City Royals 2 (39-32) – Detroit Tigers 1 (36-32)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (32-38) – Atlanta Braves 5 (36-35)

Chicago Cubs 6 (30-40) – Miami Marlins 1 (36-35)

Boston Red Sox 2 (34-38) – Minnesota Twins 1 (32-38) – 10 Innings

New York Mets 3 (32-40) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (39-33)

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Emmitt Smith: Cowboys Must Create Balance on Offense

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith believes the Dallas Cowboys must run the ball in 2014.

The Cowboys finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year on the final day of the season, but Smith is hopeful that his former team can turn things around.

“With some of the draft picks that we selected, I expect us to be a little better,” Smith told ABC Sports Radio on Wednesday. “If we don’t run the football, I don’t know how good we’re going to be.”

“It’s extremely important for the Dallas Cowboys to find that balance,” Smith continued.

The Cowboys passed the ball 586 times and had a 64 completion percentage last season. Their running game had 336 attempts and collected 1,504 yards on the ground.

The three-time Super Bowl champion also stressed that the Cowboys recent struggles should not be placed solely on quarterback Tony Romo.

“Some of this is not [Romo's] fault,” Smith said. “At the end of the day the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinators have to do a better job of putting together a balanced game plan and resist the urge to throw the ball 45 to 50 times a game.”

Smith, who is partnering with Tadeka Pharmaceuticals, has something in common with an estimated 8 million Americans — he has gout. He’s encouraging anyone with this problem to visit GoutSmart.com

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