Category: Sports Written by Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports
Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports
It might have been Mariano Rivera's emotional going-away party, but after getting a first-hand glimpse of the dismal state of offense at Tuesday's All-Star Game, he may want to delay those retirement plans.
The American League suffocated the National League's offense in their 3-0 victory at Citi Field, giving up just three hits, the fewest since 2001, while ending its three-year losing streak, giving the AL home-field advantage in the World Series.
"They call it the year of the K for a reason,'' Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis said of the record-setting strikeout total in the first half, with 15 strikeouts Tuesday. "There's a reason for that. There's good pitching. It's good for baseball.''
As he departed Citi Field's visiting bullpen, Metallica's Enter Sandman rumbled through the stadium sound system to the delight of the crowd — and every All-Star.
"That's why I'm here," said Rivera, the last man who will ever wear Jackie Robinson's No.42 in an All-Star Game. "That's what I love to do."
He came out of the bullpen gate with his entrance song blaring on the speakers and stood on the mound alone. It was nearly a minute before anyone even came onto the field, with players from both teams standing on the dugout rail.
Yes, after four All-Star saves, he got his first hold in 11 years.
"Hey, I'm still not sold it's his last year," Boston Red Sox All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. "He's dealing."
Then again, so was every other pitcher Tuesday night, reminding everyone why the Home Run Derby is such a sensation.
It's the only time fans get to see anyone actually hit. The NL managed four baserunners the entire night, and they barely averted tying the All-Star record of fewest hits in a game.
"Now they get to see what we have to deal with,'' Detroit Tigers All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter said. "We've got to deal with that pitching all of the time.''
The AL's three runs will hardly be preserved on any highlight reel, but it was their biggest offensive output in four years, scoring just one run in the previous 23 innings.
The scary part for those baseball purists who like to see an occasional run, there's a good chance these same dominant pitchers will be around for quite a while. New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, 24, was the youngest to start and All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden in 1988, and seven All-Star pitchers were under 25.
"These guys are here for a reason,'' Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer said. "It was just fun catching them. I just kept shaking numbers down there, and they kept saying yes.''
The AL pitching staff was so dominant that until Rivera's entrance in the eighth inning, the only real drama in this game occurred in the first inning when Mets starter Matt Harvey drilled Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano in the right leg. He was forced out of the game with a bruised quadriceps.
American League pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) of the New York Yankees waves to the crowd as he takes the mound in the 8th inning in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. American League pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) of the New York Yankees waves to the crowd as he takes the mound in the 8th inning in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.
It immediately launched a conspiracy theory on social media. Let's see, Harvey happens to be a Scott Boras client. Cano left Boras for Jay-Z. So, retribution?
Uh, no. Harvey apologized. And Cano accepted.
"Obviously, that was the last thing I wanted to do,'' Harvey said, "go out there and possibly injure somebody. Obviously, I apologized and made sure that he was ok. It definitely was not intentional.''
Said Cano: "I know he doesn't want to hurt anybody. It's just part of the game. Luckily it hit the quad. If it had been something where I couldn't walk, then I would have been worried. Thankfully I was able to walk.''
And, yes, throbbing leg and all, Cano still hung around to the end of the game, wanting to see his teammate one last time, old No. 42.
"For us, to see him out there,'' AL starting pitcher Max Scherzer said, "we all had chills down our back. We got to watch the greatest closer of all time pitching his last All-Star Game.
"You know you're never going to see it again.''
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 10:14
Category: Sports Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
American 100-meter record holder,Tyson Gay, came clean about the results of a May 16 out-of-competition for substance use test which came back positive for banned substances. Gay, unlike many athletes who found have found themselves in similar positions did not make excuses or deny the findings.
The athlete who has promoted himself as the clean athlete, simply took it on the chin after being contacted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency late last week that a test sample came back positive for banned performance enhancing substances. Gay announced that he would withdraw from the World Championships competition in Moscow, next month.
Gay made a statement from Amsterdam after receiving the news via phone call from the USADA. "I don't have a sabotage story. I don't have any lies. I don't have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA's hands, someone playing games," said Gay, who fought back tears as he spoke. "I don't have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down."
Asked who that person was, Gay replied: "I can't really say it. Sometimes a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody. That's what people do."
USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement: "It is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete."
Siegel added: "We do not know the facts of this case and look to USADA to adjudicate it and handle it appropriately."
The IAAF said the credibility of the sport's anti-doping program was "enhanced, not diminished" with the news of Sunday's positive tests. Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson each tested positive for banned stimulants.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:59
Category: Sports Written by News One
The miffed ex missus claims in the suit, which was filed at a Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois last week, that monies earned by Wade, including half of his July 2006 NBA income, were supposed to be placed in a joint bank account. Siohvaughn is also accusing Wade’s attorneys and agents of conspiring to keep the disputed monies from her.
The lawsuit also alleges that Siohvaughn is struggling to pay the mortgage on her home and insurance on both her residence and vehicle.
The couple, who were high school sweethearts, parted ways in 2007 after five years of marriage. The divorce proceedings were outright vicious, with nasty accusations and character assassinations coming from both parties. In March 2011, Wade was given sole custody of his two young...
Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 06:58
Category: Sports Written by TIM KEENEY, Bleacher Report
Opting to extend his brilliant career for at least two more seasons, 36-year-old guard Chauncey Billups has signed with a familiar team in the Detroit Pistons.
The news comes courtesy of Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:
Nearly a decade after resurrecting the franchise and leading it to an NBA championship, Chauncey Billups has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The deal will be worth approximately $5 million-plus for Billups, league sources said...
... Pistons general manager Joe Dumars has long regretted tradingBillups to the Denver Nuggets for the expiring contract of Allen Iverson in the 2008-09 season. Now, Dumars has brought back Billups with a mandate to nurture and perform for the Pistons.
Billups is unquestionably at the tail end of his career. In the past two seasons, he logged a mere 42 games as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. He is coming off one of the most injury-plagued, unproductive seasons of his illustrious career.
Hindered by the rehabilitation process from a ruptured Achilles along with various foot, back, hamstring and groin injuries throughout the season, Billups averaged just 8.4 points and 2.2 assists in 19.0 minutes per contest in 2012-13.
But the encouraging part is he made it through what he himself called "a really, really tough year for me personally" and is still willing to put in the necessary work to be a factor in the NBA.
Moreover, in early May, Billups said he "feels as good as he has in two years."
Should he indeed return to full health in time for the start of next season, Billups can still play a valuable role in this league. Don't forget that just three years ago—which seems like a long time, but because of injuries there hasn't been much mileage put on his legs since then—he averaged 16.8 points, 2.0 threes made and 5.4 assists per game between the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks.
At the very worst, Detroit is getting a 20-minute-per-game veteran who can knock down open threes, play both guard positions if necessary and be trusted down the stretch—as if you would expect anything else from someone with the moniker Mr. Big Shot.
Billups may not have the same capabilities that made him a beloved member of the Pistons, but he's a veteran role player who will have a positive effect on the locker room and organization, which is highly valuable in this league.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 11:20
Category: Sports Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The Detroit women's golf team was champions on the course this past season, tying an NCAA record with nine tournament victories and winning the Horizon League Championship, and today the squad added to its academic profile as senior Collette Hansen (West Olive, Mich./Grand Haven) and junior Lindsey Lammers (Milan, Mich./Milan) were named All-American Scholars by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA).
For Hansen, the award marks the third time in her career that she has been named an All-American Scholar, while it is the second time for Lammers.
Hansen recently graduated from Detroit with a nursing degree. She finished her career sixth in school history with an 82.4 average and had 15 top-10 efforts and 27 top-20 performances. She was a four-year member of the Detroit Athletic Director's Honor Roll, a three-year member of the Horizon League Fall and Spring Academic Honor Rolls and was tabbed to the HL Spring All-Academic Team as a junior and senior.
Lammers – the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year - will enter her senior year as UDM's all-time leader with a 78.3 career average in 59 rounds of golf. She broke her own school record with a 76.2 tally on the links this past season and is a three-year member of the University's AD's Honor Roll, a two-time recipient of the HL Fall and Spring Honor Rolls and was named Academic All-League as a sophomore and junior.
The Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars for Division I, II & III totaled 644 women's collegiate golfers who were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.
For a full list of the 2012-13 honorees, click here.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 15:39
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