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Apr 20, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is held back by teammate Patty Mills (right) after being ejected for throwing the ball at referee Scott Foster (48) against the Denver Nuggets in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
April 21, 2019
San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan was ejected during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 117-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets for firing the basketball in the direction of official Scott Foster.
DeRozan was called for an offensive foul after charging into Denver guard Gary Harris with 5:01 remaining. He then leaped in the air and spun and sent the ball flying to the left of Foster.
DeRozan headed to the exits with the Spurs trailing 110-92. He scored 19 points in 34 minutes.
The series is tied 2-2 after Saturday’s result. DeRozan’s status for Game 5 is unclear as he figures to draw a fine with the possibility of a suspension.
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: Apr 10, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates his goal with the team bench against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
April 15, 2019
Jordan Eberle scored his third goal in as many games Sunday as the New York Islanders took a commanding lead in their first-round playoff series with a 4-1 win over the host Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brock Nelson, Leo Komarov and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders, who took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. New York spotted Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead before netting four unanswered goals.
The Penguins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, continued to be thwarted by the Islanders’ stifling pressure and the play of goaltender Robin Lehner, who made 25 saves Sunday.
Garrett Wilson scored for Pittsburgh, which has gotten no points in the series from Sidney Crosby — who had 100 points in the regular season — or his linemate, 40-goal scorer Jake Guentzel.
Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 32 New York shots.
The Islanders hold an 11-5 goals edge in the series.
Pittsburgh took a short-lived lead at 12:54 of the first period. Just after a Penguins power play expired, Marcus Pettersson launched a shot from the left point. Wilson, part of a crowd in front of the crease, reached out to chop the puck down past Lehner to make it 1-0 for his first career playoff goal.
Eberle tied it 28 seconds later. From a sharp angle near the bottom of the left circle, he threaded a shot behind Murray.
Nelson gave New York a 2-1 lead 1:02 after Eberle’s goal. As Pittsburgh defenseman Justin Schultz pinched in along the left-wing boards, Nelson forced Crosby to turn the puck over, leading to a New York two-on-one. Nelson kept the puck and, from the right circle, beat Murray far side.
Pittsburgh’s top line got a three-on-one in the waning seconds of the first, but Guentzel’s pass to set up Dominik Simon near the left post was in Simon’s skates, and he did not get off a clean shot.
Komarov gave New York a 3-1 lead at 10:27 of the third. Anthony Beauvillier corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and got it to Valtteri Filppula. He fed Komarov, who beat Murray short side from the right circle.
Lee added an empty-netter with 1:28 remaining.
–Field Level Media
FILE PHOTO: Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel throws in the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington August 6, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
April 15, 2019
spo – Unemployed closer Craig Kimbrel’s asking price may have fallen.
The free agent, who pitched for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox last year, originally was seeking a deal in the vicinity of six years for $100 million, The Athletic reported in December.
But on Sunday, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel could be willing to take less. Rosenthal tweeted that “Kimbrel continues to seek a deal he believes to be fair” and cited the deals signed by relievers Wade Davis (three years, $52 million) and Zack Britton (three years, $39 million) as benchmarks for Kimbrel.
Kimbrel, who turns 31 in May, was 5-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 42 saves last season. Four times in his nine-year career he has led the league in saves and has 333 for his career. The seven-time All-Star has finished in the top 10 in Cy Young Award balloting five times. He has a career 31-19 record and 1.91 ERA.
–After missing a weekend series at Chicago against the Cubs, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is expected to be with the team Monday at Texas for the start of a three-game series.
Trout’s availability for Monday’s game versus the Rangers still is not known, but his most recent examination for a right groin strain was positive. According to mlb.com, ultrasound images revealed that Trout’s injury is progressing in a positive direction.
The two-time MVP was injured on the bases in Tuesday’s victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He did not play in Wednesday’s series finale against Milwaukee and was absent for the series at Wrigley Field (Sunday’s game was postponed because of weather).
–Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi exited Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning after fouling a pitch off the top of his right foot the inning prior.
Benintendi got on top of a 93 mph fastball and knocked it just under the shin guard on his right leg, howling in pain and hitting the ground immediately. Despite a noticeable limp, Benintendi initially remained in the contest.
He continued his at-bat and managed to leg out a double on a flare down the left field line. He was stranded at second after Mookie Betts flew out to center to end the inning. Blake Swihart took over for Benintendi in left field between innings.
–The Seattle Mariners placed left-hander Wade LeBlanc on the 10-day injured list with a strained right oblique.
The Mariners recalled right-hander Erik Swanson from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.
LeBlanc, 34, left Friday’s start against Houston with two outs in the fifth inning. He is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts this season.
–Pittsburgh Pirates starter Chris Archer said he has dropped his appeal of his five-game suspension, but with the way the schedule falls, he shouldn’t miss his turn in the rotation.
Archer was among three people suspended for their participation in a brawl between the Pirates and Cincinnati Reds on April 7. MLB issued suspensions for Archer, Reds manager David Bell and outfielder Yasiel Puig on Tuesday.
Archer began serving his suspension Sunday. The right-hander started Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals, and because the Pirates have two days off next week, he isn’t scheduled to pitch until next Sunday at home against San Francisco.
–Detroit Tigers left-hander Matt Moore will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the team revealed.
Moore is slated to undergo the procedure Wednesday and told reporters he hopes to return in four to six weeks. Moore initially injured the knee during a start against the Kansas City Royals on April 6. He departed that contest in the third inning.
He said he has experienced two setbacks since suffering the injury.
–The Milwaukee Brewers added catching depth, acquiring David Freitas from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league right-hander Sal Biasi.
Freitas, who appeared in one game with the Mariners this season, has 43 games of major league experience, batting .214 with one home run and eight RBIs. He was assigned to Triple-A San Antonio.
Freitas, 30, will take the 40-man roster spot left vacant when the Brewers transferred right-hander Corey Knebel (elbow) to the 60-day injured list.
–Field Level Media
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday maintained that Democrats need to “hold the center” to succeed and waved off the left flank of the Democratic Party – represented by freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – as “like five people.”
Pelosi was responding to a question by Lesley Stahl during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” when she made the comment.
“So you are contending with a group in Congress: Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates,” Stahl said. “And you yourself said that you’re the only one who can unify everybody. And the question is can you?”
Pelosi replied: “By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to be m– go down the mainstream.”
Stahl interjected, noting that the Democratic Party looked “fractured.”
“You have these wings – AOC, and her group on one side,” Stahl continued.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi dismissed.
“No, it’s – the progressive group is more than five,” Stahl pressed.
“Well, the progressive – I’m a progressive,” Pelosi replied.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ most recognizable freshmen members. She is also part of seven Democratic House members supported by the progressive political action the Justice Democrats.
Source: NewsMax Politics
Apr 13, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis (19) hits an RBI double against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
April 14, 2019
Chris Davis had three hits and four RBIs to end his record skid with a flourish as the Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the host Boston Red Sox on Saturday.
Davis, who entered the contest hitless in his last 54 at-bats dating to last season, hit a two-run single in the first inning to end his hitting drought. He added a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning and another double in the eighth, his first three-hit game since Aug. 28.
Andrew Cashner (3-1) once again played stopper for the Orioles, giving up three runs on three hits in five-plus innings. It was the third straight win for Cashner, who similarly ended a four-game Orioles’ losing streak his last time out against the Oakland A’s.
Christian Vazquez hit a two-run home run and had four RBIs for the Red Sox, whose first winning streak of the season was snapped at two games. Rick Porcello (0-3) struggled with his command through four-plus innings, walking five and allowing three runs on six hits.
Yankees 4, White Sox 0
CC Sabathia pitched five sharp innings in his season debut, Luke Voit delivered a pinch-hit bases-loaded RBI single, Aaron Judge added his first homer of the season at Yankee Stadium and New York halted a four-game losing streak with a shutout victory over Chicago.
Sabathia was activated Saturday from the injured list and held the White Sox to one hit. He struck out three, did not issue a walk and retired 15 of the 16 hitters he faced in a 62-pitch outing.
The veteran Sabathia had knee surgery and angioplasty in the offseason.
Astros 3, Mariners 1
Jose Altuve homered for the fifth consecutive game, and Justin Verlander pitched six dominant innings as Houston defeated host Seattle. Robinson Chirinos also homered for Houston, which won its eighth consecutive game.
The Mariners lost their second in a row following a six-game winning streak. The two teams wrap up their three-game series Sunday afternoon.
Verlander (2-0) allowed one run — a solo homer by Mitch Haniger — on two hits. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter and struck out 11. He threw 105 pitches, 76 for strikes.
Reds 5, Cardinals 2
Derek Dietrich hit a home run to lead off the seventh inning and drove in three runs as Cincinnati recorded its fourth straight win, defeating St. Louis in Monterrey, Mexico.
Jesse Winker launched an opposite-field solo homer with one out in the sixth inning for Cincinnati’s first hit of the contest. Scott Schebler ripped an RBI single, and Joey Votto had a double to reach base for the 17th straight game against St. Louis.
Jared Hughes (1-0) struck out one in two-thirds of an inning to secure the win for the Reds, who have outscored the opposition 26-3 during their winning streak.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 1
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and Toronto came back to defeat visiting Tampa Bay.
Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI single in the eighth for Toronto. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.
Thomas Pannone (1-2) pitched around two errors in the seventh inning to earn the win in relief. Ken Giles pitched around a single in the ninth and had two strikeouts to earn his fourth save in five opportunities.
Royals 3, Indians 0
Homer Bailey threw seven sterling innings for Kansas City in a victory over visiting Cleveland. The Royals won back-to-back games after snapping a 10-game losing streak with an 8-1 win on Friday.
Bailey entered the game with just one win in his last 22 home starts, compiling a 1-14 record with a 7.49 ERA over that span. He had not won in an American League ballpark since May 19, 2012, when he was victorious at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.
Bailey gave up only a single and a double to No. 8 hitter Brad Miller. He threw 102 pitches. Bailey allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings Monday vs. Seattle in his previous start.
Giants 5, Rockies 2
Kevin Pillar hit his fourth home run in the last six games and Madison Bumgarner (1-2) carried a lead into the eighth inning as San Francisco made it three in a row over visiting Colorado which has lost eight straight.
Reyes Moronta stranded the potential tying run in scoring position in the eighth before the Giants tacked on two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning, sending San Francisco to a triumph in a game that began barely 12 hours after a marathon 18-inning Giants win had ended earlier in the morning.
Pillar, acquired in-season from Toronto, contributed a sacrifice fly to a two-run third inning against Rockies starter Kyle Freeland (1-3) before adding a solo shot in the fifth, taking the left-hander into the left field bleachers for his fourth home run of the season.
Marlins 10, Phillies 3
Rookie Austin Dean went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs as host Miami broke out of a slump and defeated Philadelphia.
Caleb Smith (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings, overcoming a shaky first frame in which he tossed 29 pitches. In all, he threw 99 pitches and allowed three walks and just one hit — a double by Andrew McCutchen — while striking out six.
Dean, who was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, fell a triple short of the cycle and helped the Marlins snap a five-game losing streak, as Miami belted a season-high 18 hits. Miami had scored just twice in its previous four games but plated four runs in Saturday’s third inning on homers by Brian Anderson, Neil Walker and Dean.
Twins 4, Tigers 3
Eddie Rosario had two hits and drove in two runs, and three relievers combined to pitch three shutout innings to help lead Minnesota to a victory over visiting Detroit.
Michael Pineda (2-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five.
Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers each followed with a scoreless inning of relief. Blake Parker overcame a one-out walk to Gordon Beckham and a wild pitch in the ninth by striking out JaCoby Jones and Josh Harrison to pick up his third save of the season.
Angels 6, Cubs 5
Zack Cozart had three hits, and closer Cody Allen notched an adventurous four-out save to help Los Angeles to a victory against host Chicago.
Allen worked around a walk, a double and a run-scoring outfield fielding error in the ninth, ending the game with strikeouts of Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber with runners at second and third. Schwarber was called out on a checked swing, and teammates restrained him from charging after third base umpire Gabe Morales as the game ended.
Justin Bour and Brian Goodwin added two hits apiece for the Angels, who evened the three-game series at 1-1. Javier Baez doubled three times for the Cubs, and Jason Heyward had two hits.
Braves 11, Mets 7
Touki Toussaint earned the win by tossing six solid innings of one-run relief in his season debut as host Atlanta scored four runs apiece in the first and second innings of a victory over New York.
The Braves, who lost the first two games of the four-game series, have won four of six. The Mets had a three-game winning streak snapped despite scoring at least six runs for a team-record seventh straight game.
Both starters were chased early Saturday. Mets left-hander Jason Vargas recorded just one out in the first inning and Braves southpaw Sean Newcomb exited after 1 1/3 innings.
Padres 5, Diamondbacks 4
Franmil Reyes hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, and Kirby Yates picked up his ninth save after fellow reliever Trey Wingenter worked out of a wild, seventh-inning jam as San Diego defeated Arizona to stretch its winning streak to four straight games.
Reyes hit a towering drive to off Matt Andriese that landed in the stands in right-center field, just beyond the reach of Diamondbacks center fielder Ketel Marte. It was Reyes’ second game-winning homer on the Padres’ 7-2 road trip, which ends Sunday.
Arizona drew three walks and had a hit batter in the bottom of the seventh against Padres relievers Robert Stock and Wingenter but failed to score.
Nationals 3, Pirates 2
Adam Eaton hit his first homer of the season and Howie Kendrick also added a blast with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Washington rallied to beat visiting Pittsburgh.
Eaton (three hits) and Kendrick went back-to-back against Richard Rodriguez (0-1), who took over for starter Chris Archer.
The winning pitcher was Wander Suero (1-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth, while Sean Doolittle got the save despite allowing two baserunners in the ninth. Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer off Washington starter Anibal Sanchez in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
Brewers 4, Dodgers 1
Mike Moustakas and Orlando Arcia hit solo home runs and visiting Milwaukee handed Los Angeles its sixth straight loss.
Brewers starter Zach Davies (2-0) threw seven innings in the second game of the three-game series, allowing one run and eight hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter while lowering his ERA to 1.53. Davies benefited from three double plays in the first five innings.
Dodgers left-hander Caleb Ferguson (0-1) came out of the bullpen to make his fourth major league start and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run and four hits.
Rangers, Athletics, ppd.
Saturday night’s game between Texas and visiting Oakland was postponed after a nearly hour-long rain delay, before it ever got started. The game will be made up as part of a split day-night doubleheader on Saturday, June 8. In between those games, the Rangers will retire Adrian Beltre’s No. 29.
–Field Level Media
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 12, 2019 – Tiger Woods of the U.S. tips his hat on the 18th green during second round play. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
April 13, 2019
By Frank Pingue
AUGUSTA Ga. (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was so determined to claw his way up the Masters leaderboard on Friday that not even a security guard who nearly knocked him over when he crashed into his foot could shake his steely-eyed focus.
Woods was in the midst of a decent second round when, moments after an impressive shot through the trees to reach the 14th green, a security guard who rushed in to control a swarming crowd slipped on the rain-soaked ground and into his right foot.
The former world number one winced and walked gingerly before trying to stretch it out for a few seconds and then got back to work as he fired a four-under-par 68 to sit one shot behind of the five co-leaders.
“I’m fine. It’s all good,” said four-times Masters champion Woods, who has had his remarkable career interrupted by a number of back and knee surgeries. “Accidents happen and move on.”
Woods went on to birdie the 14th and 15th to send familiar roars through the Georgia pines and could very well have grabbed the outright lead but sent an eight-foot birdie putt at 17 just past the hole and left a 14-footer at 18 just short.
Despite the missed opportunities, Woods said he was not going to lose any sleep over the missed putts, which he said were all due to bad reads rather than bad strokes.
“I missed a few putts out there but I’m not too bummed out about it because I hit them on my lines. So I can live with that,” said Woods. “I can live with days when I’m hitting putts on my line and they just don’t go in, that’s the way it goes.”
The 14-times major champion reached the turn at one under on the day and then, right after his tee shot at the par-three 12th stuck five feet from the hole, had to wait out a 30-minute suspension in play due to lightning in the area.
When play resumed Woods, who later said he was a little bit stiff as he started swinging again, failed to convert the birdie as his putt curled around the left edge of the cup.
Woods, who finished the first round four shots back of the co-leaders, had plenty of work to do by the time he teed off in the penultimate group on Friday as several players from the early groups had already moved up the leaderboard.
“I feel like I played my own way back into the tournament,” said Woods, who is seeking his first major victory since 2008. “I was just very patient today, felt very good to be out there doing what I was doing.
“This is now three straight majors that I’ve been in the mix and so it’s good stuff.”
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 12, 2019 – Brooks Koepka of the U.S. hits off the 4th tee during second round play. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
April 12, 2019
By Frank Pingue
AUGUSTA Ga. (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka was all brawn in the first round of the Masters but on Friday he was all brains as he showcased his mental toughness on a day when it looked like he might drop out of contention.
A day following a flawless trip around Augusta National, overnight leader Koepka was forced to battle through ups-and-downs en route to a one-under-par 71 that left him in a five-way share of a one-shot lead after the second round.
“I’m proud of myself the way I hung in there,” said Koepka, who is on seven-under-par for the tournament. “To be where I’m at, as badly as I putted and hit the ball today, I’m pleased with it.”
Three-time major champion Koepka birdied the first hole but looked like he might unravel after running into trouble at the par-five second where he made a double-bogey after his drive found the trees to the left and second shot went in a hazard.
Koepka responded immediately with a birdie but then had a pair of bogeys over the next three holes, at which point it appeared the new leaders would begin to pull away on an Augusta National layout that was softened due to rain.
But Koepka righted the ship with a birdie at the par-five eighth and then played solid golf on the back nine with birdies at 15 and 18, the latter which will surely send him into the night feeling better.
“I know some people don’t think I’m mentally tough, or tough in general, but I think I am,” said Koepka. “I’ve proven that with three (major) trophies.
“I feel like no matter how things are going, whether they are going really well or really poorly out there, I can grind it out, and especially during a major.”
Koepka, who has won two of the last three majors and missed last year’s Masters due to a wrist injury, is not about to panic or overanalyze what happened during the second round.
“I’ve been playing this game for 22, 23 years. Nothing is going to change overnight,” said Koepka. “I know how to play the game. I just know how to hit the ball. I know I’m going to go out there and go do what I normally do.
“I’m not trying to, you know ‑‑ just because it’s a major on a Saturday, I’m not going to go out and do anything different. Just go tee it up, look where I want to hit it and fire at it.”
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
FILE PHOTO: Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) looks on following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
April 12, 2019
Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster will be fined but not suspended for his involvement in an incident that led to misdemeanor domestic violence battery charges that ultimately were dropped, the NFL announced Friday.
The league said Foster would be fined two game checks. He is scheduled to earn a base salary of $1.29 million in the 2019 season.
The charges stemmed from an incident in Tampa on Nov. 24 when Foster was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. His former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, said Foster pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face at a Tampa hotel on the eve of the 49ers’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 49ers released Foster the next day and the Redskins claimed him two days later. The NFL placed Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list, and he did not play the rest of the season.
“Following a thorough investigation, the evidence did not support a finding that Foster violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy in connection with the Tampa incident in November 2018. The NFL has returned Foster to the active roster from the Commissioner Exempt list. He may fully participate in all team activities,” the NFL said in a statement issued Friday.
Washington team president Bruce Allen said the team has told Foster it will not tolerate any further off-field incidents.
“The Redskins have put in place a comprehensive responsibility and accountability plan to help Reuben be successful on and off the field,” Allen said in a statement. “Elements of this plan include individual counseling, a structured living arrangement, weekly meetings with the club player engagement director, weekly meetings with our team chaplain, and targeted community service engagements.
“We have been very clear with Reuben that his past does not have to determine his future – but the responsibility is squarely on him to change. Reuben must fully adhere to the plan we have developed for him. Reuben knows that we simply will not tolerate any future conduct that is detrimental to the Washington Redskins organization or to the NFL.”
In a statement issued by the team, Foster said he understood the conditions.
“I accept the NFL’s decision and want to say that I am truly sorry for my past actions and the people who may have been hurt by them,” Foster said. “Going forward, I will follow the plan outlined for me and work hard to earn back the trust of my teammates, the NFL, NFL fans, and the community. I know that my success is all up to me, and I am committed to not letting you down.”
A first-round draft pick in 2017, the 31st player selected overall, Foster had 29 tackles but no sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or interceptions in the six games he played last season.
–Field Level Media