Review Category : National Sports

Heavyweight Champ Tyson Fury Says He’s ‘Retired’ from Boxing

Alex Livesey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tyson Fury tweeted Monday morning that he has “retired” from boxing.

In his tweet, the heavyweight champion said the sport is “the saddest thing I ever took part in.”

“I’m the greatest, & I’m also retired,” he added.

It is not yet clear if Fury, 28, will indeed end his career as a boxer.

He had been scheduled to fight Wladimir Klitschko on Oct. 29 but Fury pulled out of the match because he was “medically unfit to fight,” according to his team.

ESPN also reported that Fury failed a drug test recently, testing positive for cocaine.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/2/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Jacksonville 30, Indianapolis 27
Buffalo 16, New England 0
Atlanta 48, Carolina 33
Oakland 28, Baltimore 27
Chicago 17, Detroit 14
Washington 31, Cleveland 20
Seattle 27, N-Y Jets 17
Houston 27, Tennessee 20
Dallas 24, San Francisco 17
New Orleans 35, San Diego 34
Los Angeles 17, Arizona 13
Denver 27, Tampa Bay 7
Pittsburgh 43, Kansas City 14

INTERLEAGUE

Atlanta 1, Detroit 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore 5, N-Y Yankees 2
L.A. Angels 8, Houston 1
Tampa Bay 6, Texas 4, 10 Innings
Toronto 2, Boston 1
Oakland 3, Seattle 2
Minnesota 6, Chi White Sox 3
Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 5, N-Y Mets 2
San Francisco 7, L.A. Dodgers 1
Washington 10, Miami 7
Arizona 3, San Diego 2
Chi Cubs 7, Cincinnati 4
Milwaukee 6, Colorado 4, 10 Innings
St. Louis 10, Pittsburgh 4

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First Round of Chase Ends with Martin Truex Jr. Victory

Hemera/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — Martin Truex Jr. closed the first round of the Chase the same way he opened it: with a win.

He took the Citizen Soldier 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

The Chase field is now reduced from 16 drivers to 12. Aside from Truex, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Austin Dillon have advanced.

Round two begins next weekend at Charlotte.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Citizen Soldier 400, held at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware:

1. Martin Truex Jr.
2. Kyle Busch
3. Chase Elliott
4. Brad Keselowski
5. Matt Kenseth
6. Joey Logano
7. Jimmie Johnson
8. Austin Dillon
9. Denny Hamlin
10. Jeff Gordon

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NBA Star’s Anti-War Stance Adds New Twist to Year of Sports Protest

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Knicks’ newly acquired center Joakim Noah added to what has become a year of protest in American sports by choosing to sit out a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel for what he said are his anti-war views.

Noah, who was born in New York but also holds Swedish and French citizenship, said that his views reflected his concerns about war and the military, not a lack of patriotism for the U.S.

“I love America, but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world,” Noah said to the press on Saturday.

Noah added that he finds the topic particularly sad and difficult because it is primarily young people who fight in wars.

“At the end of the day, I’m not anti-troops. It’s just not comfortable for me to see kids going out to war and coming back having seen what they’ve seen, having done what they’ve done,” Noah told the media. “It’s sad for me. It’s sad for me because they’re just sent out for things that I don’t really want to get into it to be honest with you. It’s hard for me.”

Noah’s Twitter account has a political edge to it. Recently, he posted a quote from a 1964 Malcolm X speech.

“You are not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong no matter who says it or does it”-Malcolm x

— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) September 7, 2016

His comments on war increased speculation among fans and analysts that the Knicks’ player might participate in the protest movement started by NFL 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The 2016 Gold Medal winner Carmelo Anthony, who is the Knicks’ starting small forward and the team’s most visible star, spoke last week about the team’s desire to address the issue of police shootings.

“We want to do it in the right way,” Anthony said. “Whatever we do, we want to do it as a collective group.”

Unlike the NFL, the NBA has a rule that states players must stand during the playing of the national anthem before all games, making the issue somewhat more complex. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a point guard for the Denver Nuggets, was fined for a protest of that nature in 1996.

This summer, Anthony advocated in a social media post that players protest police violence after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

And, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr recently said that he expects “something similar” to the Kaepernick protests to happen when the NBA season starts.

Anthony, who is no stranger to acts of protest in his own right, supported his teammate when asked about Noah’s sitting out the military dinner.

“For him to take the stance that he took and really say it publicly and really mean it and really feel, then he’d have to really believe in that,” Anthony told the press. “I don’t think somebody is just going to say, ‘I’m not going to go just because of this without having a feeling or an emotion about it or really living that.’ That’s a big step for him to take. He must really feel the way that he feels and believes the way he believes.”

The NBA has a recent history of sports protest upon which to draw.

Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving wore black T-shirts in 2014 that read “I Can’t Breathe” while warming up for a 2014 game in Brooklyn against the Nets. The Nets’ Jarrett Jack, Alan Anderson, Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett also wore the T-shirts, which referenced the last words of Eric Garner, a man who died in July of that year after a confrontation with an New York Police Department officer in Staten Island.

James addressed police violence again on his team’s media day last week when he said that he was afraid for the life of his son.

“I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own car and being able to leave the house on his own,” James said. “It’s a scary thought right now to think if my son gets pulled over, and you tell your kids if you just [comply] and you just listen to the police that they will be respectful and things will work itself out. And you see these videos that continue to come out. It’s a scary-a– situation that if my son calls me and said he’s been pulled over, that I’m not that confident that things are going to go well and that my son is going to return home.”

Noah, who was signed by New York in the off-season as free agent, is a nine-year veteran of the NBA who played the entirety of his career on the Chicago Bulls until now. His protest of the dinner, along with the presence on the team of former-Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose, who is battling a civil suit alleging he participated in the gang rape of a woman, has driven up the already-high level of media interest in the Knicks’ pre-season.

The Knicks’ first pre-season game is October 4th in Oct. in Houston.

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Jaguars Defeat Colts in NFL’s First International Series Game of 2016

iSTock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 30-27 in the first game of the NFL’s 2016 International Series. The game kicked off at 9:30 Eastern Time from Wembley Stadium in London.

The Jaguars held a 23-6 lead through three quarters, and the Colts tried to mount a comeback but lost in the final seconds of the game, securing Jacksonville’s first win of 2016.

There are two more games scheduled in London this season. The New York Giants face the St. Louis Rams on October 23 at Twickenham Stadium. The NFL returns to Wembley Stadium on October 30th when the Washignton Redskins take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

The league’s International Series concludes on November 21, when the Houston Texans face the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azeteca in Mexico City. It will be the NFL’s first game in Mexico City since 2005, according to NFL.com.

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White Sox Not Expected to Bring Back Manager Ventura

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(CHICAGO) — The Chicago White Sox are not expected to retain manager Robin Ventura. According to reports, bench coach Rick Renteria will replace.

Renteria is familiar with managing in Chicago. He served as the Cubs manager in 2014, finishing 73-85. He was fired after one season.

Ventura managed the White Sox for five seasons, never making a postseason appearance. He won 85 games in his first year with the club, finishing third in the American League Manager of the Year voting, but failed to post a winning record in any of the following seasons.

The 49-year-old Ventura has a long history with the White Sox, spending the first ten years of his playing career with the franchise. He then accepted his first career Major League managing job with the club after the 2011 season.

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Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins to Visit the White House

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will welcome Pittsburgh Penguins to The White House on Thursday afternoon to congratulate the team on their 2016 Stanley Cup victory.

The Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos and NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers were invited by the President over the summer.

The Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks in six games in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals. It marks the fourth time the franchise has won the Stanley Cup.

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Giants’ Outfielder Angel Pagan Bodyslams Fan Who Ran onto Field

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Giants outfielder Angel Pagan tackled a male fan who ran onto the field Friday night at AT&T Park, ESPN reports.

The man entered the field during the fourth inning and first approached catcher Buster Posey, who shoved him to the ground. Third baseman Gordon Beckham swiped at the fan as he sprinted towards left field, where he was eventually body-slammed by Pagan. Pagan then held the man on the ground before he was taken away by security.

The outfielder talked about the incident after the game.

“After I saw him getting too close to Buster that he had to push him away, I just thought that my teammate could be in danger… So I had to do something because you never know what they’ve got on their body. So I just wanted to tackle him. I mean, I didn’t want to harm him or anything. But I just wanted to make sure I helped the security people as well as protect my teammates.”

Pagan tipped his cap towards fans who gave him a standing ovation as the Giants returned to the dugout after the third out was recorded.

The Giants went on to win the game 9-3 over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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No. 1 Overall Pick and Sixers Forward Ben Simmons Fractures Bone in Foot

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) The No. 1 overall draft pick has fractured a bone in his foot.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons rolled his ankle during the final scrimmage of training camp and suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot, according to the team.

It was not immediately clear if Simmons would undergo surgery. The team said, “Further medical evaluation and treatment options are being considered at this time and additional updates will be provided when appropriate.”

Simmons was set to start for the Sixers Tuesday in their preseason opener against the Boston Celtics. Originally from Australia, he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Philadelphia finished last season with 10-72.

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Major League Baseball Game Ends in Tie

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — Thursday night’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates ended in a 1-1 tie.

The contest was called in the sixth inning due to heavy rain.

The clubs aren’t scheduled to meeting again this year. Since the Pirates are out of postseason contention and the Cubs have the league’s best record, officials decided rescheduling the matchup would not be necessary since it would not affect playoff positioning.

Tonight’s game has been officially suspended & will not be made up.

MLB has deemed it a tied game. All stats from tonight will count. pic.twitter.com/YmIOsnyaxW

— Pirates (@Pirates) September 30, 2016

It’s the first time since 2005 a Major League Baseball game finished with a tie score. The Pirates’ last tie came in 1998 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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