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Sunday
Mar192017

Djokovic withdraws from Miami Open

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- Another top player will not be on the court for the Miami Open. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic announced that he has withdrawn from the tournament due to a right elbow injury.

He joins No. 1-ranked Andy Murray, who withdrew from the Miami Open on Saturday due to a right elbow injury, and eight-time champion Serena Williams on the women's side, who is out with a left knee.

Djokovic lost to Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California on Wednesday. The Miami Open begins on Tuesday.

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Sunday
Mar192017

Blue Jackets clinch playoff spot

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- One day after the Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the Stanely Cup playoffs, another Metropolitan Division team followed. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on the road to earn their spot in this year's playoffs.

It was an unorthodox win for the Blue Jackets, scoring two short-handed goals in the first period, one from Lukas Sedlak and the other from Boone Jenner, and adding a penalty shot from Brandon Dubinsky in the second. Jenner added a second goal with the Devils' net empty in the third period with under two minutes to play.

The Blue Jackets are currently tied for first with the Capitals with 100 points and 11 games to go in the Metropolitan Division, with the Pittsburgh Penguins not far behind with 99 points. This marks the first time in franchise history Columbus has reached the 100-point mark.

It is the third time the Blue Jackets have made the playoffs in their 17-year history and the first time they've made it since 2014.

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Sunday
Mar192017

Washington hires Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as head coach

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Washington University has a new head basketball coach. After firing Lorenzo Romar earlier in the week, the team announced Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as its next head coach. Sources tell ESPN the deal is for six years.

"I'm extremely excited to welcome Mike and his family to Seattle," Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen said in a statement. "His résumé and reputation within the basketball community made him stand out to us, but ultimately it was his vision for Washington, his passion for teaching and developing student-athletes and his close alignment with the core values of our institution and department that made it more than clear that he was the right fit for us."

Hopkins, 47 and a California native, has worked under Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim since 1996, playing basketball for the school as a player. He was named the head coach-in waiting in 2015 for when Boeheim eventually retired.

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Sunday
Mar192017

Cavs' Big 3 sit against Clippers 

Alan Kee/ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A marquis matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night on ABC was anything but, as the defending champs fell to the Clippers 108-78 on the road. Cleveland decided to sit stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, which was a major reason for the lopsided score.

Cavaliers' general manager David Griffin told ESPN the league office called him shortly after the team announced the Big 3 would not play and said they were not happy. Griffin also said his job is not to appease the league or its TV partners, but to ensure his team has the best chance to win a championship.

Cavalier head coach Tyronn Lue said afterwards that the team only rested one healthy player, LeBron James. Love was coming off his first game back from knee surgery, and Iriving left the Cavs' game on Thursday with tightness in his knee and was feeling sore. Lue said he did not want James to carry the load on his own, so he rested him as well, but said James was unhappy and wanted to play.

This is the second time in two weeks that stars have sat out of prime time network TV games. Just last week, the Warriors decided to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Iguodala against the San Antonio Spurs.

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Sunday
Mar192017

U.S. defeats D.R., will play Japan in WBC semifinals 

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The United States baseball team is heading to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time. The team defeated the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday night at Petco Park in San Diego, eliminating the defending champions.

The U.S. was propelled to victory thanks to a home run by Giancarlo Stanton, which gave the Americans a 4-2 lead, and a robbed home run by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones off the bat of Baltimore teammate and Dominican Republic star Manny Machado.

The United States will face Japan Tuesday night in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Sunday
Mar192017

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/19/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit  5  Miami  4
Detroit 7  Atlanta  5
Houston 5  Washington  4
L.A. Dodgers  13  Chi White Sox   7
Oakland  2  San Diego  1
Texas    3  Cincinnati 3
L.A. Angels 9  Colorado  3
Seattle 6  San Francisco   5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston  12  Minnesota     5
Baltimore   5  N-Y Yankees   4
Tampa Bay   3  Toronto    2
Texas  8  Cleveland 4
Cleveland   4  Kansas City   4, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N-Y Mets     5  St. Louis      4
Pittsburgh  13  Philadelphia   8
Milwaukee   13  Chi Cubs       7

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Oklahoma City  110  Sacramento    94
Portland  113  Atlanta  97
Charlotte 98  Washington 93
L.A. Clippers  108  Cleveland  78
Chicago  95  Utah   86
Memphis  104  San Antonio   96
Houston  109  Denver  105
Golden State  117  Milwaukee     92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Detroit   5  Colorado  1
OT/Columbus  3  N-Y Islanders  2
Washington 5  Tampa Bay   3
Carolina  4  Nashville  2
N-Y Rangers   3  Minnesota  2
SO/Montreal  4  Ottawa  3
OT/Chicago  2  Toronto 1
St. Louis     3  Arizona  0
Edmonton  2  Vancouver   0
Anaheim  2  San Jose  1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(25) Wisconsin  65  (1) Villanova   62
(2) Gonzaga  79  Northwestern  73
(4) Arizona  69  (22) Saint Mary's (Cal)   60
(13) West Virginia   83  (14) Notre Dame  71
(15) Purdue  80  (17) Iowa St.  76
Xavier  91  (16) Florida St.  66
(20) Florida  65  (24) Virginia  39
(21) Butler  74  Middle Tennessee  65

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Saturday
Mar182017

Jeanie Buss wants brothers' votes for life

Getty/Kevork Djansezian(LOS ANGELES) – Jeanie Buss, the president of the Los Angeles Lakers, has asked her older brothers Johnny Buss and Jim Buss for assurance they will vote her for her to remain both the controlling owner and a member of the team’s board of directors for the rest of her life. This according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

These documents are a response to a filing made by the Buss brothers’ attorneys that affirmed they would vote in their sister to the board of directors for a least the upcoming year.

In order to be elected controlling owner, Jeanie Buss must be on the Lakers’ board of directors, as it is mandated by the four family trusts that own 66-perecent of the team.

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Saturday
Mar182017

Former FSU player to begin Harvard medical residency

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Former Florida State defensive back Myron Rolle is continuing his post football career in medicine by announcing he will begin a neurosurgery residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The former Rhodes Scholar played three seasons at Florida State, and graduated early in 2008. Before beginning his NFL career, Rolle earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology at Oxford.

Rolle was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2010, but never appeared in a regular season game. He then returned to Florida State as a medical student three years later.

In an interview with WCTV in Tallahassee, Rolle said, “Seven years of neurosurgery is a big deal, something I wanted for a long time, really excited about it. Today is just great, it's remarkable ... Saving lives and helping people live a better life, that's going to make life worth living."

Rolle begins his residency in July.

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Saturday
Mar182017

Investigation shows Jose Fernandez operated boat in fatal crash

Getty/ Mike Ehrmann(MIAMI) – After an investigation lasting almost six months, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has determined that Jose Fernandez, former Miami Marlins pitcher, was the operator in the fatal speeding boat crash that killed the All-Star and two others in late September of last year.

In public records obtained by ESPN, the Fish and Wildlife Commission confirmed alcohol and drugs were involved and that the 24-year old Fernandez violated multiple boating laws, including Boating Under the Influence Manslaughter, Vessel Homicide and Reckless or Carless Operation of a Vessel.

According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s toxicology report, Fernandez’s blood alcohol level reached .147 and there was a “noted presence of cocaine.”

In a statement responding to the report, Marlins president David Samson pledged the team’s support for the deceased pitcher.

"No matter what the report has concluded," Samson said, "nothing will ever diminish Jose's everlasting positive connection with Miami and the Miami Marlins. Nor can it lessen the love and passion he felt for his family, friends, teammates and all his fans in South Florida and around the world."

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Friday
Mar172017

Final-minute foul is a factor in eighth-seeded Arkansas' NCAA Tournament win over No. 9 Seton Hall

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Jaylen Bayford made a key layup with 57.8 seconds left in the game, and later drew a flagrant foul and made two free throw shots in Arkansas' 77-71 first round win over Seton Hall in the NCCA Tournament.

Bayford stole the ball with the Razorbacks trailing 71-70 and converted a layup with just under a minute left.

After timeouts by both teams, and Arkansas winning the game 72-71, the Razorbacks brought the ball across the floor. Seton Hall's Desi Rodriguez appeared to push Bayford in the back and to the ground as he was going towards the basket with 18.3 left on the clock, and Rodriguez was called for a flagrant foul. Bayford made both free throws, and teammate Daryl Macon made another shortly after, sealing the victory.

"I didn't realize how hard I pushed him, but I thought it was a basketball play," Rodriguez said afterwards. "It wasn't intentional."

Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson told reporters that he agreed with the call, saying Rodriguez "pushed the guy."

Arkansas advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with the win and will face the South Region's No. 1 seeded North Carolina.

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