Category: Sports Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
(Reuters) - The Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0, nearly posting a rare postseason no-hitter in capturing the opening game of the best-of-seven American League Championship Series on Saturday.
Starter Anibal Sanchez and relievers Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras, Drew Smyly and Joaquin Benoit combined to keep the Red Sox without a hit until Daniel Nava dumped a single to center off Benoit with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Pinch-runner Quintin Berry stole second base after Stephen Drew had flied out to right field but rookie Xander Bogaerts hit a towering pop-out to shortstop Jose Iglesias to end it.
The five Detroit pitchers bamboozled Boston batters in registering a total of 17 strikeouts at Fenway Park.
"It's unbelievable today with the pitchers," said Jhonny Peralta, the hitting star for Detroit.
Peralta, who rejoined the Tigers for the playoffs after serving a 50-game doping suspension, went 3-for-4 and drove in the game's only run in the sixth inning with a soft single to center off Boston starter Jon Lester that scored Miguel Cabrera.
Sanchez, the AL earned run leader at 2.57, set the tone from the start striking out four Red Sox hitters in the first inning, a feat enabled when a third strike got past catcher Alex Avila for a wild pitch that allowed Shane Victorino to reach first.
The Venezuelan stymied the Red Sox with a tantalizing assortment of pitches, all of which he moved around the strike zone at varying speeds.
The worst jam he faced was of his own doing, as he walked three batters in Boston's half of the sixth before striking out Drew to escape damage.
Sanchez struck out 12 and walked six and left the game after six innings and 116 pitches, only 66 of which were strikes.
"He gave us what we needed," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who had left-handed relievers warming up and looked close to removing him. "He made a great pitch to Drew to get out of that inning. We stuck with him and he came through."
The procession of relievers held Boston at bay, though Leyland could not relax as Detroit failed to cash in on their baserunners, stranding 12 in the game.
"A one-run lead and you almost feel like you're behind in this ballpark," the Detroit manager said with a nod to the short distance to the tall, left-field wall known as the Green Monster.
"I mean a walk and a home run over the Monster... you never feel comfortable."
Many Boston players complained about strike calls from the home plate umpire but Red Sox manager John Farrell said that was not a factor.
"I can't say that there was an issue with the umpiring because I would be taking away from the talent that this pitching staff has and they had good stuff," said Farrell, a former major league pitcher and pitching coach.
Benoit struck out Mike Napoli looking for the first out in the ninth before Nava singled to end the no-hit suspense.
Two more outs for Detroit would have registered the first combined no-hitter ever thrown in Major League Baseball's postseason.
The only previous postseason no-hitters were New York Yankee Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Roy Halladay's no-hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 National League Division Series against Cincinnati.
Game Two of the series, which will produce the American League representative in the World Series, will be played on Sunday in Boston with Detroit's Max Scherzer (21-3) taking the mound against Clay Buchholz (12-1).
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by John O'Brien)
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 18:26
Category: Sports Written by Fox 2 News
One win from reaching the AL championship series for the first time in seven years, the Oakland Athletics face a pitcher they knocked around just over a month ago.
The A's look to build on their latest showing and again frustrate Doug Fister as they try to close out the Tigers in Game 4 at Comerica Park on Tuesday.
Despite splitting the two AL division series games in Oakland, the A's looked a bit shaky having totaled three runs and three extra-base hits. Things didn't look promising Monday with a matchup against Anibal Sanchez, the AL's ERA leader at 2.57, but Oakland took him deep three times on its way to a 6-3 victory.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 09:30
Category: Sports Written by Eric Guster/ NewsOne Staff
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and universities are the perfect plantations. They have slaves who work for them tirelessly for no money. For free. Not a dime. Not only do the slaves work for the NCAA and the universities, but the slaves earn the NCAA and said universities millions of dollars in various forms of revenue. They have money rolling in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! In business, we call that a multiplication of your efforts: making money while you sleep.
It is the perfect situation for the plantation owners and handlers, but does nothing to help the slaves.
The plantation owners get to make money off the labor of the slaves in various forms, including selling shirts and other officially licensed gear with the names, faces, and identification numbers of the slaves while prohibiting the slaves to earn any money at all.
All plantation owners have to do is give the slaves a room to sleep, food to eat, and classes, while the owners earn millions. I guess the classes are a step up from the old plantations, but it is still a pretty good deal for the owners.
Let me break it down for you: The plantation owners are the universities and the NCAA. All of them have a collective agreement to share the slaves and the revenue from them. The slaves, of course, are the football players. The minders or the handlers are the coaches. The merchants who go to the market to trade the slaves are the agents.
A major change in this new-era of plantation is that now Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and other races are included. They all are subjected to similar treatment, with, again, no payment for their services. Not only are they cheated because of the amount of income they make for the plantations (universities and NCAA), but they are also subjected to the long-term effects of injuries sustained while playing sports.
There are no funds set aside for the players who suffer concussions, broken limbs, memory loss, and other ailments.
All a player gets is a "thank you for your football playing days" and possibly a championship ring or two.
That is it.
However, universities do provide scholarships to other students and provide them with a stipend. You know, spending money. For example, the University of Alabama gives merit scholarships with a stipend of $3,500 per year, including tuition and room and board. In other words, you get extra spending money just for being smart.
Last time I checked, the merit scholars did not make millions for the universities, did not have their names and identification numbers for sale, and people did not pay lots of money to see them perform — yet they get paid for school.
It's simply not fair.
One of the major issues with the NCAA rules is that players cannot be paid a stipend, cannot make money off of autographs or appearances, and the players cannot profit from their own likeness; slavery, of course, works that way.
The players risk their lives and health for the sport but cannot get enough money to get them a cheeseburger or buy a pair of shoes. Due to their grueling football practice schedules, these players do not have the opportunity or time to procure a part-time job. Many are from low-income families who cannot afford to send them spending money for the weekends.
That is a travesty and a shame.
It is time for the rules to be changed to protect the players.
At the end of their four-year tenure on the plantation, the slaves are taken to the NFL scouting combine to be measured, weighed, sized up, and tested for agility. This is where the merchants come in to play. If you know your history, the market was the place where all slaves were traded. They were put on display like animals to be looked over to see which specimen was best.
Sounds familiar, huh?
If that is not modern-day slavery, tell me what is.
Eric L. Welch Guster is founder and managing attorney of Guster Law Firm in Birmingham, Ala., handling criminal and civil matters, catastrophic injuries, criminal defense, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Guster has become a go-to lawyer for the New York Times, NewsOne, NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, Black America Web, and various radio programs about various court issues and high-profile cases.
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Last Updated on Friday, 13 September 2013 15:17
Category: Sports Written by Nick Hopson
Through two games, Reggie Bush has already been injured three times. He has hurt his finger, his groin and his knee. Although none have been season threatening, he is still missing a fair amount of time. For Sunday’s game against the Redskins, Bush is said to have a fifty-fifty chance at playing.
Considering that Bush is a big part of the Lions offense, it is necessary that they have a suitable backup. The Lions have that this year in Joique Bell. He is a hard runner with pass catching ability that can help the Lions on a regular basis.
Bell is a Michigan native who was born in Benton Harbor in 1986. He attended Wayne State University for football. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy his senior year rushing for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Harlon Hill Trophy is the award that is given to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II. It is basically the Heisman trophy at the Division II level.
Following his award winning season, he went undrafted in 2010. After going undrafted he bounced around on several practice squads. Originally he was signed by the Buffalo Bills to their practice squad but was signed off of it by the Eagles.
In the same year, he was cut by the Eagles and claimed by the Colts. He played in 5 games for the Colts but registered no stats. The Colts eventually cut him and he was resigned by the Eagles. He appeared in three games before being cut by them yet again.
In 2011 he signed with New Orleans’ practice squad. The Lions signed him off the Saints’ practice squad when they were dealing with running back injuries. He made his debut for the Lions September 9th, 2012. In his first season for the Lions, he racked up 414 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries. He also had 52 catches for 485 in his first season with the Lions.
His production led the Lions to resign him before the 2013 season. He is now an important part of the Lions offense. His versatility and his determination have created a spot for him on this team. He is a more than capable replacement for Reggie Bush.
Bell will most likely get a lot of use Sunday even if Bush ends up playing. The Lions play the 0-2 Redskins on Sunday at 1.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 19:05
Category: Sports Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan/newsone
Legendary boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya (pictured) voluntarily checked himself in to a rehab facility Monday night, just two years after completing a program for cocaine and alcohol addiction, according to USA Today. While the details as to which substance the former boxer is battling are yet to be released, many speculate that the same demons which have haunted him in previous times have once again resurfaced.
The 10-time world-title winner announced that he will not be present at the highly-publicized upcoming "battle of the year" between undefeated welterweight titleholders Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday night because of his substance abuse problems. De La Hoya, who is president of the mega-successful boxing promotion company, Golden Boy, will be producing the fight and has been a mentor to AlvarezDe La Hoya, who retired shortly after boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao stopped him in the eighth round in 2008, said he had a chat with Alvarez and he understood that his need for entering the treatment facility to seek help for his addiction took precedence over the much-anticipated boxing match:
"I explained this to Canelo, and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support and privacy during this difficult time for me and my family. I'm sure he's going to win his battle, and I'm going to win my battle," De La Hoya said in a press statement that was released on Tuesday.
Two years ago, De La Hoya was MIA due to another drug and alcohol rehab stint for another historical boxing match between boxing great Bernard Hopkins and opponent Jean Pascal in a rematch that took place in Montreal. The Hopkins/Pascal fight made boxing history because Hopkins, a.k.a. "The Executioner" who is considered to be one of the greatest middleweight champions of all time, became the oldest fighter to ever win a world championship. Hopkins was 46-years-old when he fought Pascal; De La Hoya's Golden Boy produced the battle.
Mayweather, who reportedly does not indulge in vices such as drinking alcohol or smoking and who defeated De La Hoya in 2007, has been quoted in the past as saying, "I wouldn't even show up to the fights if I were him [De La Hoya]," according to USA Today.
Still, Mayweather appears to have no ill will toward De La Hoya, telling USA Today, "I wish him nothing but the best. Hopefully he will pull through like a true champion."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:37
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