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Sunday
May062018

Dodgers place ace Kershaw on 10-day DL

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have not had the start to the season they were hoping for, and the team received more bad news Sunday.

L.A. manager Dave Roberts announced the team is placing ace Clayton Kershaw on the ten-day disabled list with left biceps tendinitis.

Kershaw felt discomfort while playing catch Saturday, but Roberts told reporters he's "cautiously optimistic " about the injury. The 30-year-old has not been his typical Cy Young self on the mound of late, giving up nine earned runs in 18 innings over his last three starts.

Kershaw returned to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, according to Roberts. Replacing Kershaw in the rotation will be veteran Rich Hill, who is coming off a stint on the DL himself for a cracked fingernail. He'll start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

It's been an injury-plagued season for L.A., who already have shortstop Corey Seager and third baseman Justin Turner on the shelf. The team also lost another starter, lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, until at least the All-Star break with a major groin injury.

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Sunday
May062018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/5/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Arizona 4, Houston 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 5, Cleveland 2
Detroit 3, Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 5, Toronto 3
Minnesota 8, Chicago White Sox 4
Boston 6, Texas 5
Oakland 2, Baltimore 0, 12 Innings
Seattle 9, L.A. Angels 8, 11 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 8, Chicago Cubs 6, 10 Innings
Philadelphia 3, Washington 1
Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 3
Miami 6, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 11, Atlanta 2
Colorado 2, N.Y. Mets 0
San Diego 7, L.A. Dodgers 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 105, Toronto 103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Washington 6, Pittsburgh 3
Winnipeg 6, Nashville 2

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Saturday
May052018

Favorite Justify wins the 144th Kentucky Derby during an historic day at Churchill Downs

Robb Carr/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Justify took home the Kentucky Derby crown at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening, defeating the competition on the wettest day in the race's history.

Justify ran the race, which is 1 1/4 miles in length, in 2:04:20, according to ESPN. Local meteorologists reported more than two and a half inches of rain fell on Louisville, more than any other Derby race, making it an historically wet day.

Justify is the sixth consecutive pre-race favorite to win the Derby, the longest such streak in race history, according to ESPN. It is also the ninth undefeated winner in Derby history.

Another record, dubbed a hex by the racing community, was also snapped on Saturday. Justify became the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old, ending a 136 year drought.

Hall of Famer Mike Smith was Justify's jockey in the race.

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Saturday
May052018

NHL issues edict ordering Brad Marchand to stop licking opponents

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Boston Bruins Brad Marchand has twice been caught licking opponents on the ice during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and now, the NHL is issuing a warning.

ESPN reports the league is warning that future actions such as the two previous incidents will warrant punishment and are unacceptable.

Marchard was first seen licking the face of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov in the team's first round playoff series, after having previously kissed Komarov on the cheek in a regular season game. The edict was issued after he licked the face of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan in Game 4 of the Bruins' series Friday.

After the incident involving Komarov, Marchand told reporters the following:

"I thought he [Komarov] wanted to cuddle. I just wanted to get close to him. He keeps trying to get close to me. I don't know if he's got a thing for me or what. He's cute."


Marchand has not been penalized for either lick this postseason.

Callahan told reporter after the game licking an opponent is worse than spitting in their face, and hopes "the league looks at it."

The Lightning and Bruins face off in Game 5 of their series on Sunday afternoon.

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Saturday
May052018

Becky Hammon to become first woman to interview for NBA head-coaching vacancy

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon made NBA history in 2014 when she became the NBA's first full-time female assistant coach.

She is set to make history again when she meets with the Milwaukee Bucks to interview for their head-coaching vacancy, becoming the first woman to ever to interview for the position. ESPN reports Milwaukee requested permission from the Spurs to speak with their assistant.

Hammon, 41, is a 16-year WNBA veteran and joined the Spurs' coaching staff in 2014 after retiring as a player. She is one of several potential candidates for the Bucks' head-coaching vacancy.

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Saturday
May052018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/4/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 8, Arizona 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 7, Cleveland 6
Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 2
Boston 5, Texas 1
Minnesota 6, Chicago White Sox 4
Kansas City 4, Detroit 2
Oakland 6, Baltimore 4
L.A. Angels 5, Seattle 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, Philadelphia 3
Colorado 8, N.Y. Mets 7
Cincinnati 4, Miami 1
San Francisco 9, Atlanta 4
Pittsburgh 6, Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 2
L.A. Dodgers 4, San Diego 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
New Orleans 119, Golden State 100
Houston 113, Utah 92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Vegas 5, San Jose 3

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Friday
May042018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/3/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto        13  Cleveland  11, 11 Innings
N.Y. Yankees     6  Houston     5
Kansas City    10  Detroit     6
Texas          11  Boston      5
Chi White Sox   6  Minnesota   5
Cleveland      13  Toronto     4
L.A. Angels     12  Baltimore   3
Seattle         4  Oakland     1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington    3  Pittsburgh   1
Atlanta      11  N-Y Mets     0
L.A. Dodgers   5  Arizona      2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland  128  Toronto       110
Boston     108  Philadelphia  103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh   3  Washington   1
Nashville    2  Winnipeg     1

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Thursday
May032018

Falcons QB Matt Ryan to get $100 million guaranteed

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons. Sources tell ESPN that the deal will make Ryan the first NFL player to earn $30 million per year.

The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to sources.

Ryan was entering the final year of a five-year, $103.75 million extension he signed in July 2013.

Minnesota's Kirk Cousins set the previous record for average annual salary ($28 million), followed by San Francisco's Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million) and Detroit's Matthew Stafford ($27 million).

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Thursday
May032018

Scoreboard roundup - 5/2/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis 3, Chicago White Sox 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, Kansas City 4
Cleveland 12, Texas 4
Detroit 3, Tampa Bay 2, 12 Innings
Minnesota 4, Toronto 0
N.Y. Yankees 4, Houston 0
L.A. Angels 10, Baltimore 7
Oakland 3, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 11, Chicago Cubs 2
San Francisco 9, San Diego 4
Washington 9, Pittsburgh 3
Atlanta 7, N.Y. Mets 0
Philadelphia 6, Miami 0
Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 1
L.A. Dodgers 2, Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Utah 116, Houston 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 1
San Jose 4, Vegas 0

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Wednesday
May022018

Karolyis suing USA Gymnastics for $1M after refusal to buy training facility

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bela and Martha Karolyi are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics after the organizations told the gymnastics icons they no longer wanted to purchase the Karolyis' training facility.

Citing negligence, the U.S. Olympic Committee wrote in a Feb. 6 letter that any agreement to buy the so-called Karolyi Ranch in Texas was invalid because of crimes committed there by Larry Nassar, who also worked for Michigan State University.

The USOC and USAG wrote in that letter that although it wasn't alleging "any direct claims" against BMK, the Karoylis' organization, "employees and agents of BMK who worked at the Karolyi Ranch, through their actions and inactions, were negligent in their supervision of athletes, which caused the Plaintiffs in the Lawsuits to suffer bodily injury."

The Karolyis, themselves involved in other lawsuits linked to allegedly mistreating gymnasts and creating or supporting an environment that allowed Nassar to abuse more than 250 young women for decades, said in court documents that a 2016 agreement to sell their 36.2-acre property for more than $3 million is still valid.

Part of their argument is that U.S. Gymnastics agreed to the purchase after learning in 2015 of Nassar's behavior, for which he was sentenced to hundreds of years in prison.

"USAG's termination of the Purchase Agreement based upon a stigma associated with the land is not a valid excuse for termination, because USAG knew there were allegations that its agent, Larry Nassar, had sexually assaulted gymnasts at the NTTC in 2015 -- a year before the contract was signed," court records show.

The Karolyis are seeking $1 million in damages.

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