Review Category : National Sports

Rory McIlroy Leads Day One of the British Open

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOYLAKE, England) — Rory McIlory has taken the British Open by storm after shooting a 6-under 66 on Thursday.

“It was pretty stress free to be honest,” McIlroy said after his round. “I got myself out of position a couple of times on the course but that was really it. And obviously no bogies when i did get myself out of position. I was able to get it up and down nicely. Just a really solid round of golf.”

Matteo Manassero made only one bogey and also shot 33 after the turn, resulting in second-place finish after one round at 5-under 67.

After a tough start to the day, Tiger Woods rebounded nicely to shoot a 3-under 69, which is tied for 10th.

Defending champions Phil Mickelson had a tough day on the course, shooting a 74 and closing with a bogey.

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ESPN: Sabres Re-Sign Center Tyler Ennis

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — As the Buffalo Sabres continue to rebuild their franchise, the team is committed to having center Tyler Ennis part of their future as ESPN is reporting the team has rewarded Ennis with a five-year contract worth $23 million.

“I like his approach to the game. I like his compete level. I like his speed,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said of Ennis. “There’s a lot of things I like about him, and if we can do a long-term deal with him, then obviously the decision we’ve made is we’d go forward with him.”

In his fifth NHL season, Ennis scored 21 goals and totaled a career-high 43 points.

This past season, the Sabres had the worst record in the NHL at 21-51-10.

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Pacers Agree to Deal with Guard Rodney Stuckey

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Now that Lance Stephenson has taken his talents to Charlotte, the Indiana Pacers have signed guard Rodney Stuckey to a one-year deal.

Terms of the deal have not been released yet.

Stuckey had spent his entire seven-year career with the Detroit Pistons, and while he never quite blossomed into the player many had hoped, he remains a great scoring option off the bench and sometimes as a spot starter.

Last season for the Pistons, 28-year-old Stuckey averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in 73 games.

Stuckey, who hasn’t played in the postseason since the 2008-2009 season, will go from one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference to the team THAT had the best record in the Eastern Conference this past season.

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Matthew Lombardi Agrees to Join Rangers

Len Redkoles/ NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Center Matthew Lombardi agreed to return from playing overseas and join the reigning Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers.

Lombardi played in Switzerland for Geneve-Servette last season and led the league in points with 50 in 46 games.

Before leaving for Switzerland, Lombardi played for five teams over nine NHL seasons.

The 32-year-old Lombardi has played in 536 NHL games scoring 101 goals while dishing out 161 assists.

Lombardi also has postseason experience, tallying 16 points in 40 Stanley Cup playoff games.

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ESPN: DeJuan Blair Will Be Traded to Wizards

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dallas Mavericks will send forward DeJuan Blair to the Washington Wizards as part of a sign-and-trade, according to ESPN.

The 6-foot-7, 265 pound Blair will sign a three-year, $6 million contract, according to Yahoo! Sports.

In return for Blair, the Wizards will send one of their three trade exceptions to Dallas.

Blair, 25, played his first four NBA seasons in San Antonio before joining the Mavericks last season. During his career he has averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

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Brandon Rush Agrees to 2-Year Deal with Warriors

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Calif.) — After a year in Utah, guard Brandon Rush is returning to California.

Rush agreed to a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors, that according to Yahoo! Sports is worth $2.5 million.

Before joining the Jazz last season, Rush spent his previous two years with the Warriors. During the 2011-12 season, he played in 69 games for Golden State averaging 9.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. The following season Rush played in only two games after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Rush, 29, was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 13th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his six NBA seasons, Rush has averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

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ESPN: James Jones Leaves Miami for Cleveland

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the second time in two days, a former Miami Heat player has agreed to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Forward James Jones agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum ($1.4 million) with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN.com.

Jones played his last six NBA seasons with the Heat and is known as a 3-point specialist, hitting just over 40 percent from behind the arc for his career.

Jones, 33, joins Cleveland just a day after Mike Miller, who played with Jones for three seasons in Miami, agreed to a two-year contract with the Cavaliers. Both players reportedly headed to Ohio to play with their other former teammate, LeBron James.

Throughout his 11 NBA seasons, Jones has averaged 5.7 points and two rebounds per game.

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Rangers Trade RHP Jason Frasor to Royals

Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers dealt reliever Jason Frasor to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league pitcher Spencer Patton.

In 38 games this season with the Rangers, the 36-year-old Frasor is 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. He has struck out 30 batters in 29 2-3 innings of work.

The Royals will be Frasor’s fourth team in his ten-year career, following stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox and Rangers. He owns a career record 31-35 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.

In 34 relief appearances this season with Triple-A Omaha, Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves.

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Buffalo Sabres Re-Sign D Chad Ruhwedel

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The Buffalo Sabres re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

In 28 career games with the Sabres, the 24-year-old Ruhwedel has one assist for one point. He also has spent time with Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, appearing in 47 games where he recorded four goals and 24 assists.

Ruhwedel spent his college career with the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he scored 15 goals and 48 assists for 63 points in 110 games.

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