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Taijuan Walker, 3 relievers combine on 6-hitter as Mets blank Rockies
05/22/2022 5:16pm

Francisco Lindor broke a scoreless tie with a single in the sixth inning, Taijuan Walker and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and the New York Mets extended their streak of rebounding from losses by beating the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.

Celtics look to free up Jayson Tatum in Game 4
05/22/2022 4:49pm

Jayson Tatum, whose 0-for-4 second half performance on Saturday night ranks among the worst playoff performances in his young career, clearly needs to come forth with much more when Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals begins on Monday night against Miami.

Sun start fast, breeze to road victory over Fever
05/22/2022 4:17pm

Alyssa Thomas and Brionna Jones scored 18 points each as the Connecticut Sun breezed to a 92-70 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.

Regional Digest: Michael Toglia has 2 homers, 5 RBI as Yard Goats rally past Baysox
05/22/2022 3:48pm

Michael Toglia hit two homers, driving in five runs, as the Hartford Yard Goats rallied to an 8-7 victory over the Baysox in Bowie, Maryland, on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester City clinches a 6th Premier League title in 11 seasons
05/22/2022 1:16pm

Manchester City clinched a sixth Premier League title in 11 seasons by scoring three times in five minutes to come from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in the finale to avoid being toppled by challenger Liverpool.

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NBA Playoffs Injury Tracker: Which Players Are Out?
04/11/2022 4:03pm

NBA playoffs injury tracker: Which players are out originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonThe NBA playoffs are more than halfway done, but not every team is at full strength.Marquee players across the NBA dealt with injuries to end the regular season. Some have already been ruled out for their teams playoff runs, while others are in line to return on the big stage. In some cases, the players injury status remains up in the air.Which players are dealing with injuries, and how long will they be out forHeres a team-by-team guide to injuries for the teams that are still standing:Boston CelticsSam Hauser: Out shoulderRobert Williams III: Day-to-day kneeMarcus Smart: Day-to-day right ankle sprainJayson Tatum: Day-to-day right cervical nerve impingementWilliams missed Game 3 against Miami due to his ongoing knee issue. He played in Games 1 and 2 and is now questionable for Game 4.Smart and Tatum both briefly exited Game 3 with injuries before returning to the game. Smart suffered a right ankle sprain, making him questionable for Game 4. Tatum suffered a shoulder injury and he is probable to play in Game 4.Dallas MavericksTim Hardaway Jr.: Out footHardaway underwent surgery on Feb. 1 after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. In March, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd said he didnt expect to have Hardaway available during the playoffs.Golden State WarriorsGary Payton II: Out elbowJames Wiseman: Out kneeAndre Iguodala: Out neckAndrew Wiggins: Questionable ankleWiggins is the latest addition to the injury report. He is questionable for Sundays Game 3 in Dallas with left ankle soreness. He has yet to miss a playoff game this postseason.Payton left Game 2 of the second round early after Dillon Brooks Flagrant 2 foul on him left him with an injured elbow. The Warriors announced on Friday he will be re-evaluated again in one week.Wiseman was shut down for the season on March 25. The No. 2 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft did not play for Golden State at all this year after tearing his meniscus last April.Iguodala has not played since Game 4 of the Warriors first-round series against the Nuggets.Miami HeatKyle Lowry: Day-to-day hamstringP.J. Tucker: Day-to-day kneeMax Strus: Day-to-day hamstringGabe Vincent: Day-to-day hamstringTyler Herro: Day-to-day groinJimmy Butler: Day-to-day kneeSix Heat players are listed as questionable for Game 4 in Boston: Lowry, Tucker, Strus, Vincent, Herro and Butler.Lowry did not play in Game 1 or 2 due to a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for most of the playoffs, but he returned to play in Game 3.Tucker left Game 2 early with a left knee injury, but played in Game 3. Vincent and Strus have been listed as questionable for every game this series but have not missed any time.Butler, citing knee inflammation, did not play in the second half of Miamis Game 3 victory.

Aston Villa Goalkeeper Robin Olsen Assaulted Amid Man City Fans' Invasion of Field
05/22/2022 4:32pm

Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen was assaulted as Manchester City fans invaded the Etihad Stadium pitch to celebrate the clubs second straight Premier League title on Sunday.After Man City pulled off an improbable title-winning comeback victory over Aston Villa, fans stormed the pitch in a chaotic scene. In a video captured by Sky Sports, Olsen appeared to get in the head multiple times by fans running past him as he was trying to exit the field.Manchester City issued an apology to Olsen and said an investigation into the incident is underway.Manchester City would like to sincerely apologize to Aston Villa goalkeeper Robin Olsen, who was assaulted after the final whistle at todays match when fans entered the pitch, Man City said in a statement.The Club has launched an immediate investigation and once identified, the individual responsible will be issued with an indefinite stadium ban.The 32-year-old Olsen, who was making his Aston Villa debut, did not sustain any significant injuries, according to ESPNs Rob Dawson.My goalkeeper was attacked, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard said when asked about the incident. So I think those questions should go to Mancester City manager Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.Guardiola apologized to Olsen and Aston Villa when asked about it.Im so sorry on behalf of the club, he said, via The Guardian. The emotions, its difficult to understand why the people respond in this way. Hopefully we can discover who it was and hell be punished. I dont know how to stop it, you cannot put 1,000 guards around the pitch.This is the third time in the past week that a player or coach in the upper levels of English soccer was involved in an altercation with a fan that ran onto the pitch.Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira appeared to grab and kick a fan following Evertons relegation-avoiding comeback win over Palace at Goodison Park on Thursday. And, in the second-tier Championship, a Nottingham Forest fan was sentenced to 24 weeks in jail and handed a 10-year ban from soccer matches for headbutting Sheffield Uniteds Billy Sharp after a playoff game on Tuesday.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Terrell Owens Gets First Win in Fan Controlled Football as Knights Break Record
05/22/2022 2:42pm

After more than a month in Fan Controlled Football and more than a decade after his last victory in the NFL Terrell Owens has his first win in the league.Owens got off to an 0-5 start in FCF, with his first four losses coming with the Zappers before he was dealt to the Knights of Degen and lost in his debut.T.O. finally got into the Fan Controlled Football win column Saturday during the Knights record-breaking 66-42 win over the Kingpins. The Knights set a league record for most points in a single game, and the two teams broke the record for most combined points.It was one of the highlights of Saturdays slate of games in FCF, which also included the ownership debut of former Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley, a cameo by former NFL running back and Dancing With the Stars champion Rashad Jennings and a record-breaking individual performance by 8okis Malcolm Ballard.Here are the must-see moments from Week 61. Two Two-Pointers for T.O.The box score will show that the Knights scored 66 points and Terrell Owens didnt have a catch.But the Hall of Fame wide receiver did make two catches that dont qualify as official receptions, grabbing a pair of two-point conversions in FCFs one-on-one man-up formation to contribute four points to the Knights single-game record total. My two points, the man-up was very successful, said Owens, who hopes to return to the NFL. Thats something I wanted to try to correct. The first three or four weeks it didnt go well for me. Just getting a feel for the game, getting my feet underneath me, pitch and catch, chemistry with the quarterback. Those are the results you get.To be on the side of history, 108 total pointsgreat to be a part of it.It was T.O.s teammates who made the biggest contributions in the record-breaking offensive performance. Superback Terelle West had 110 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just four carries more on that coming soon and Yedidiah Louis had three catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. I draw a lot of double team coverage, Owens said. So, any time that Im out there, they know, more times than not the ball may come my way. So, thats why those guys are open. They have playmaking ability. Yedi you saw in the open field, hes electric. He can make some plays. Again, at the next level, you look for players like that and he can definitely play at the next level, as well.2. Record-Breaking KnightWhats more impressive than the Knights scoring an FCF single-game record of 66 points The fact that they did so in a grand total of nine minutes and 22 seconds.That time of possession shows just how efficient and effective the Knights offense was, with five of their nine touchdowns coming on the first play of a drive. The Knights became the first FCF team to score more than 50 points in a game 3. West Goes North to SouthTerelle West had just four carries for the Knights.He turned that into 110 yards and three touchdowns, two of which were on 40-yard runs during the first play of a Knights drive.4. Todd Gurley Debuts as Team OwnerFormer All-Pro running back Todd Gurley, who joined Beasts ownership earlier in the week, attended his first game and was ready to put on the pads.Anything is possible, Gurley told Keith Kocinski of NBC LX of potentially playing in an FCF game. Anything is possible. The energy that Im getting right now, I might have to go back there in the locker room and go put something on, man. It is possible. Its possible.5. Down Go the ApesThe Bored Ape Football Club has been handed its first L.The Apes entered 5-0 but lost their starting quarterback Deondre Francois to injury and then lost to 8oki, 34-22.Helping to deliver the L was Malcolm Ballard, who ran for 85 yards and five touchdowns6. Malcolm Ballard Runs Out of Touchdown Celebrations8oki superback Malcolm Ballard entered the game with two touchdown celebrations prepared. Turns out he needed three more.Ballard ran for five touchdowns in 8okis victory over the previously unbeaten Apes, breaking the FCF record for rushing touchdowns in a single game.Ballards third touchdown, a 27-yard run, pulled 8oki within 22-20 with 3:37 remaining. 8oki then intentionally failed to convert the two-point conversion in order to enact the Comeback Rule, FCFs version of an onside kick which gives trailing teams the opportunity to retain possession by converting a fourth-and-10 from their own 10-yard line.Mitch Kidd then hit Patrick Smith for a 25-yard gain to put 8oki on the Apes 15-yard line. Ballard later scored his fourth TD on a five-yard run with 1:42 left to put 8oki in front, and Smith followed with the catch on a two-point conversion for a 28-22 lead.Ballard sealed the win with his fifth touchdown, a one-yard run with seconds remaining, and celebrated by simply staring at his hand. I had the first two planned, Ballard said of his touchdown celebrations. After that, I had to become creative with it.7. Zappers Winning StreakNo Terrell Owens. No Johnny Manziel. No problem.The Zappers won their second straight game since trading T.O., routing the Glacier Boyz, 44-14 to improve to 2-4 on the season. Quarterback Jason Stewart, acquired in the Owens deal and starting in place of Manziel, had four touchdowns passes in the win, throwing two each to James Harden and Joshua Johnson.8. Another Andrew Jamiel TDTime for the weekly Andrew Jamiel touchdown highlight.The Glacier Boyz wide receiver reversed field, weaved through traffic and made his way into the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. It was his league-leading eighth touchdown reception of the season.9. Guest PlayerFormer NFL running back, Dancing With the Stars champion and current coach of the Kingpins, Rashad Jennings, made a surprise appearance on the field.Jennings who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants during his seven-year NFL career was in uniform for the Kingpins but did not get a carry in the 66-42 loss. 10. Looking Ahead to Next WeekThe final playoff spots will be determined on Saturday during the final week of the regular season in Fan Controlled Football.There reportedly also could be a special appearance by a former star NFL quarterbackWatch Fan Controlled Football every Saturday on NBCLXover the air, on cable, atLX.comand on your favorite streaming platform.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Manchester City Claim Premier League Title With Improbable Comeback Win Vs. Aston Villa
05/22/2022 1:04pm

The Premier League title is staying in Manchester.In a title race that came down to the final day of the 2021-22 season, reigning champion Manchester City successfully defended their Premier League crown with an improbable 3-2 comeback win over Aston Villa on Sunday.Man City entered Championship Sunday holding a one-point advantage in the table and a plus-six edge in goal difference over Liverpool. And the Sky Blues shockingly went down 2-0 to the Lions in the 69th minute at the Etihad Stadium, opening the door wide open for Liverpool, who were playing to a 1-1 draw against Wolves at Anfield.But, just when it seemed like Man City were going to suffer an epic Championship Sunday collapse, they flexed their championship pedigree in a major way.The Sky Blues ripped off three goals in a span of five minutes late in the second half to pull off the repeat in thrilling fashion.It was Ilkay Gundogan who finally ended the scoreless drought for Man City in the 76th minute when he headed in a cross from Raheem Sterling.Then, in the 78th minute, Rodri evened the score with a smooth strike into the near-corner.Gundogan came through again in the 81st minute, this time tapping in the go-ahead goal off a perfect pass from Premier League Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne.City ultimately needed that ferocious comeback to win the title, as Liverpool scored twice in the final six minutes against Wolves for a 3-1 win. Had the Sky Blues tied or lost to Aston Villa, the Reds would have been crowned champions.It was an unbelievable game, Gundogan said, via AP. We are human beings and, after going 2-0 down, the chances were just very, very small. But we had to do the simple things and scoring two goals quickly and then having 10 minutes to score the third one gave us the right lift.It was about getting that goal and then the momentum was on our side then were able to score three goals in just a few minutes. These are the days you look back to, it was an unbelievable game.With Manchester City finishing with 93 points and Liverpool with 92, its just the seventh time that the first- and second-place teams were separated by one point or fewer.Jurgen Klopps group will be feeling dj vu because the last time it happened was to them in 2018-19 when Man City won the title over Liverpool by one point. The Reds also fell short of the 2013-14 title by two points to the Sky Blues.Manchester City have now won four of the last five PL titles and six total since 2011-12. The Sky Blues six Premier League championships are second to only Manchester United, who own 13. In terms of all-time top-flight English championships, Man City are now in sole possession of fifth with eight, trailing Man United 20, Liverpool 19, Arsenal 13 and Everton 9.Pep Guardiola also took over sole possession of second place from Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger for the most PL titles won by a manager with four. The record is held by Sir Alex Ferguson with 13.Guardiola and Co. will likely be favored to pull off the first Premier League three-peat since Fergusons 2006-09 Man United squads next season. Man City, who already led the league in goals scored this season, should become even more dangerous offensively with the transfer of budding star striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

US Soccer Hall of Fame Inductees Praise Equal Pay Agreement
05/22/2022 12:08am

Shannon Boxx, Christie Pearce Rampone and Linda Hamilton all celebrated this weeks landmark equal pay agreement with U.S. Soccer as the three women were enshrined Saturday in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.As the womens national team, we have always known we have a greater responsibility than just winning games. The newest contract is a testament to the work the past and the present players have done off the field, Boxx said. As a Black athlete, I also felt the responsibility to every young Black girl and boy whos sitting in the stands or watching on TV.Clint Dempsey, Marco Etcheverry and Esse Baharmast were also inducted in the ceremony at the Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium, home of FC Dallas.U.S. soccer announced earlier this week it had reached collective bargaining agreements with both themens and womens teams to equalize their paygoing forward. The two teams agreed to share World Cup prize money.The history lesson of this is, a couple of days ago there was that equality pay agreement, but maybe some of you dont actually know where we started. When we won the World Cup in 1991, we made $15 a day. That was the per diem, no salaries. No bonuses. It was $15 a day, Hamilton said. So I think about that. And I think we werent winning for the money, obviously. But we wanted to be competitors.Dempsey,a three-time U.S. Soccer Federation Player of the Year, is tied with Landon Donovan for the U.S. record of 57 international goals. Donovan made 141 appearances for the national team from 2004-17. He played for New England 2004-06, Fulham 2017-12, Tottenham 2012-13 and Seattle 2013-18, and his 82nd-minute chip against Juventus put Fulham into the 2010 Europa League quarterfinals.Dempsey sobbed as he thanked his parents for launching his career.Anything is possible, because if you look at where I came from, I wasnt supposed to make it and through the craziness my parents were able to fight against the odds, Dempsey said.Former U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo was voted into this years class but announced last month that she would delay her induction for a year while she participates in an in-patient treatment program following her arrest on a DWI charge in late March.Boxx was a midfielderwho scored 27 goals in 195 international appearancesfrom 2003-15. She is among three women who played in all three seasons of the Womens United Soccer Association and Womens Professional Soccer and the first three seasons of the National Womens Soccer League.Rampone, a defender, won three Olympic gold medals and two World Cup titles in a career that spanned three decades. She was originally voted into the Hall of Fame last year but put off her induction until this season in reaction to a string of scandals in the NWSL.I can truly say I was surrounded by powerful women who knew that we had to make the sacrifices in order to gain greater opportunity for the future generations, Rampone said. To see growth of the team over the years and the opportunities that are available for the younger generation is genuinely one of the most fulfilling parts of the journey. Hamilton, elected from the veteran ballot, was part of the U.S. championship team at the 1991 Womens World Cup and made 71 international appearances from 1987-95.Etcheverry, also chosen from the veteran ballot, was a three-time Major League Soccer champion with D.C. United from 1996-2003 and was voted league MVP in 1998. He scored 13 goals in 71 appearances for Bolivia from 1989-2003.Baharmast, elected from the builder ballot, was as MLS referee and officiated games between Spain and Nigeria, and Brazil-Norway at the 1998 World Cup.Dempsey received 97.9 from the player voting committee, followed by Boxx at 91.7, Solo at 81.3.

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