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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/18/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/18/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 93 - Toronto Raptors 86 (Washington Leads Series 1-0) NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning 5 - Detroit Red Wings 1 (Series Tied 1-1) St. Louis Blues 4 - Minnestoa Wild 1 (Series Tied 1-1) MLB: Chicago White Sox 12 (4-6) - Detroit Tigers 3 (9-2) Philadelphia Phillies 5 (4-8) - Washington Nationals 3 (5-7) Toronto Blue Jayes 6 (6-6) - Atlanta Braves 5 (7-4) (F/10) Cleveland Indians 4 (4-6) - Minnesota Twins 2 (4-7) St. Louis Cardinals 5 (7-3) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (5-6)     Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Giancarlo Stanton Calls Out the Struggling Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton Calls Out the Struggling MarlinsJonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A popular postseason pick, the Miami Marlins have not looked like a team capable of playing in October early on. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton made it known that he's frustrated with how the team has played this season. Through 11 games, the Marlins are 3-8, tied for worst in the National League East. "We're not really giving ourselves a chance, it feels like," Stanton said after the team's loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. "We've got a positive vibe, but [something] is just not there. "The fire is not there, it seems like. You always want to have it. But when you're out there and it's game time, it's just nothing there." During the offseason, Stanton agreed on a record-setting $325 million contract. The Marlins also brought in players like Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Martin Prado, and Michael Morse. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lionel Messi Scores 400th Goal for Barcelona

Lionel Messi Scores 400th Goal for BarcelonaDavid Ramos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lionel Messi reached another milestone, scoring his 400th career goal for Barcelona on Saturday in his club's La Liga meeting with Valencia. Messi has scored 278 goals in La Liga, 75 in Champions League, 32 in Copa Del Rey, 10 in the Spanish Super Cup, four in the Club World Cup, and one goal in the UEFA Super Cup. Messi became Barcelona's all-time goal scorer last March, when he passed Paulino Alcantara, who scored 369 goals for the club between 1912 and 1927. The Argentina forward has won the Ballon d'Or four times, and holds the record for leading goal scorer in a single La Liga season, with 50 in 2011-12. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Pacers Uncommital Towards Center Roy Hibbert Next Season

Pacers Uncommital Towards Center Roy Hibbert Next SeasonAndy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Once seen as a core player for the Indiana Pacers, the organization isn't so sure anymore where center Roy Hibbert fits in with the team going forward. Now in his seventh season with the Pacers, Hibbert's performance has slipped considerably this year. Never much of a scorer, Hibbert averaged 10.6 points per game this season, the lowest mark since his rookie year. The Pacers have stated they will try to change their playing style next season, head coach Frank Vogel says Hibbert's place with the team is in question. “We’ll have to see how it all plays out and what the roster ultimately looks like but there’s a possibility that Roy’s role will be diminished, if we’re trying to play faster and trying to play smaller,” Vogel said, via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star. “But a lot of stuff is going to happen this summer, we’ll see how the roster shapes out coming into next season." Hibbert has averaged 11.1 points, 6..8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game during hsi time with the Pacers. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A-Rod Inches Closer to Willie Mays

A-Rod Inches Closer to Willie MaysMike Stobe/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG) -- Don't look now, but Alex Rodriguez is arguably the hottest hitter on the New York Yankees. A-Rod homered twice in the Yankees 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. It was career home run number 657 and 658. He's just two home runs away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. "I try not to think about that," Rodriguez said. "I’m just really focusing on trying to help the team win.” Through 10 games this season, Rodriguez leads the Yankees in batting average, home runs, and RBIs. Rodriguez was suspended the entire 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. "More than anything, I’m just feeling very grateful to be back playing baseball," he said. "I’m very grateful to (owners) Hank and Hal [Steinbrenner] for giving me the opportunity to put the uniform on again. It’s something I don't take for granted and it’s much appreciated. It just feels good to be playing baseball. I’m having fun out there." Rodriguez is under contract for three more seasons. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kris Bryant Goes Hitless with 3 Ks in MLB Debut

Kris Bryant Goes Hitless with 3 Ks in MLB DebutChicago Cubs/MLB(CHICAGO) -- Top prospect Kris Bryant made his much anticipated major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Friday in front of a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts while batting cleanup in the Cubs 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres."Sure, I could have done a little better," Bryant said. "There's two sides to the ball. I felt I did well on defense."He did. In the first inning he handled a hard-hit grounder by Derek Norris to start a double play. Then, in the fifth inning, he caught a screaming line drive with a runner on first base that possibly saved a run.Bryant hit .321 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and two stolen bases for Triple-A Iowa before being called up. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Flyers Fire Coach Berube

Flyers Fire Coach BerubeLen Redkoles/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA, Pa) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube Friday after the team finished 33-31-18, placing sixth in the Metro division. The move comes as a bit of a surprise as general manager Ron Hextall said he would take a "methodical" approach to evaluating the head coach position. “I'm not going to make a quick decision to appease people, or to follow along like it's supposed to be done. I'm going to do everything I can to do the due diligence that's appropriate to make the decision. Once I get there, then we'll let people know. I'm not going to make a hasty decision and look back and regret it. I'm going to do everything I can to gather all the information out there and make the right decision,” Hextall said Wednesday. Berube was hired last season and amassed a record of 75-58-28, with just one playoff appearance.  ''I think in the end, a coach's job is to get the most out of his players, and in the end that's the conclusion that I came to, was that that wasn't the case,'' Hextall said.   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Police Suspend Investigation of Aqib Talib

Police Suspend Investigation of Aqib TalibMatthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images (DALLAS, Tx) -- Last week, Aqib Talib and his brother drew the attention of the Dallas Police Department for an assault that occurred outside of a nightclub. The Dallas Police announced Friday that they were suspending their investigation due to a lack of leads. On April 8, a gun was fired after an altercation outside of Club Luxx. The Talib brothers left the scene and drove to XTC Cabaret. The Dallas police took possession of the brothers Ranger Rover and Jaguar for investigation. Talib is in the second year of a six-year contract he signed with the Denver Broncos after leaving the New England Patriots. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/17/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/17/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Washington Capitals 4 - New York Islanders 3 (Series Tied 1-1) Montreal Canadiens 3 - Ottawa Senators 2 (F/OT) (Montreal Leads 2-0) MLB: Detroit Tigers 2 (9-1) - Chicago White Sox 1 (3-6) San Diego Padres 5 (7-4) - Chicago Cubs 4 (5-4) Washington Nationals 7 (5-6) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (3-8) New York Mets 4 (8-3) - Miami Marlins 1 (3-8) Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (4-6) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (2-8) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in Rehab

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Issues Statement Regarding His Time in RehabElsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- A week after being released from a rehab treatment facility, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has issued a statement to the fans and to members of the Browns organization.  "I would like to thank my family, friends, the Browns organization, my teammates, and Browns fans everywhere, for your patience, understanding, and support during my stay at Caron," Manziel said. "The doctors and staff have been amazing and what I've learned in the last couple of months has been tremendous. I owe private apologies to a lot of people that I disappointed but a very public one to the Browns organization and the fans that I let down. "I take full responsibility for my actions and it's my intention to work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect," the statement continues.  "I understand that will take time and will only happen through what I do and not what I say. I also understand there's a lot of curiosity about this but anyone who has a friend or family-member that's been through things like this knows it's an ongoing process. "I'm going to continue to ask folks to try to respect my privacy as I determine to what degree I am comfortable talking about a subject which I consider very personal. Most of you have been considerate about that and I thank you for it," Manziel concludes. The team has been non-committal regarding Manziel's playing future, but he's expected to join the team for offseason workouts. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brewers Place Outfielder Carlos Gomez on the DL

Brewers Place Outfielder Carlos Gomez on the DLMike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Milwaukee Brewers will have to keep their head above water in the NL Central without one of their best players for at least a couple of weeks.  The team announced they've place outfielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list. Gomez will head to the DL with a slight “defect” or “tear” in his hamstring. "When you talk about a leadoff guy who can do what he can do, and in center field, it's concerning,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We know offensively we need to get things going and we're losing a guy who has a chance to do a ton for you. "When you lose Carlos, you lose a piece that's got a chance to really get things going," he said. For the past couple seasons, Gomez has been a dynamic player for the Brewers. He's made the All-Star game the past two seasons, and in 2014, Gomez hit .284 with 23 home runs ,73 RBIs, 95 runs scored, and 34 stolen bases. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NBA to Begin Testing Players for HGH Next Season

NBA to Begin Testing Players for HGH Next SeasonChristpher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Beginning next season, NBA players will be tested for human growth hormone, the league has announced. This is the first time the NBA has approved blood testing for its players. Owners and players agreed during collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 to determine a process for how HGH testing could be implemented. Testing will begin during training camp this coming fall and players will be subjected to three random, unannounced tests annually. Players will be tested twice during the season, and once during the offseason. Players will also be subject to reasonable-cause testing for HGH. A player will be subjected to a 20-game suspension for his first violation, and a 45-game ban for a second positive test. If a player fails a third test, he will be dismissed and disqualified from the NBA. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore Ribs

Jose Reyes Leaves Game with Sore RibsTony Firriolo/MLB Photos Via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Another year, another injury for Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes.On Thursday, Reyes left the team's game against the Tampa Bay Rays after one at bat with soreness in his ribs. This injury is not a huge surprise, considering Reyes has been dealing with soreness in his left side for several days.Reyes grounded out in his one at-bat, and after reaching the dugout, he smashed his helmet into the ground before going into the clubhouse.Ryan Goins took over for Reyes at shortstop.There has been no update on Reyes' status for Friday's game against the Atlanta Braves.Since 2009, Reyes has missed 267 games due to injury.In nine games this season, Reyes has hit .333 with five RBIs, one stolen base, and a .359 on-base percentage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subban’s Slash Fractures Stone’s Wrist

Subban’s Slash Fractures Stone’s WristMark Serota/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- Ottowa Senators winger Mark Stone has a microfracture of his right wrist, a result of being slashed by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the first game of the Senators' first-round playoff series with the Canadiens.The infraction occurred at the 8:23 mark of the second period of Wednesday's game. Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, NHL disciplinarian Stephane Quintal said Subban won't receive any additional discipline from the league.After the slash, Stone received treatment before reentering the game. He then left the game early in the third period, returning midway through the period. Stone also said that Subban had targeted him earlier in the game."(Stone) came back as a courageous guy after being hurt," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday. "The disturbing part from our point of view is that there was a threat made before by Subban to Stone."There were two attempts on faceoffs to slash him, one connected. Then he two-handed him across the wrist in front of the net. (Stone) has been one of the top five players in the league the last two months of the year. It's a huge loss."I thought the officials made the right call on the ice, but I thought also, after knowing the extent of the injury, that something further would be considered."When Murray was asked if Stone would play in Game 2, he said that he would assume not and that Stone has no mobility in his wrist at this point.Stone played in 80 games this season, scoring 26 goals and dishing out 38 assists. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/16/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/16/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round: Detroit Red Wings 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Red Wings lead series, 1-0) New York Rangers 2 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Rangers lead series, 1-0) MLB: Minnesota Twins 8 (3-6) – Kansas City Royals 5 (7-2) Tampa Bay Rays 4 (6-4) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (5-5) St. Louis Cardinals 4 (5-3) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (2-7) Washington Nationals 5 (4-6) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (3-7) New York Mets 7 (7-3) – Miami Marlins 5 (3-7) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Vargas, Suzuki Power Twins Over Royals, 8-5

Vargas, Suzuki Power Twins Over Royals, 8-5Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Twins first baseman Kennys Vargas and catcher Kurt Suzuki each blasted a two-run home run as Minnesota (3-6) took care of the Kansas City Royals (7-2) on Thursday afternoon, 8-5. Trailing the Royals 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Vargas took a 1-1 offering from Royals starter Jason Vargas (1-1) and sent it over the left-field wall. He would finish the day 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Twins starter Tommy Milone (2-0) allowed three earned runs on seven hits across 5 1-3 innings of work. Closer Glenn Perkins recorded the game’s final two outs to picked up his second save of the year . Outfielder Lorenzo Cain put Kansas City on the board first with a two-run blast. He finished the contest 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ Future

Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ FutureBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok) --  The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to seriously evaluate whether to retain head coach Scott Brooks, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooks' contract is guaranteed through the 2015-2016 season with Oklahoma City, with a team option for the season after. Brooks has led the team since 2008. In a season where the Thunder played a portion of the season without Russell Westbrook and most of the year without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City finished 45-37 and missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Pelicans. Westbrook returned from injury and had a career season, eventually winning the NBA scoring title. However, Westbrook said the title "means nothing" because he would "rather be in the playoffs than win the scoring title." Wojnarowski reports that Florida University head basketball coach Billy Donovan would be a heavy favorite to replace Brooks if the team were to go in a different direction. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the final night of the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets found out if they would be heading home or extending their season. Brooklyn defeated Orlando 101-88 thanks to the strong shooting of rookie point guard Bojan Bogdanovich, who dropped a career high 28 points. The Nets faltered down the stretch, dropping two in a row, which allowed the Indiana Pacers to re-enter the playoff picture. Brooklyn was forced to watch their televisions to find out later in the evening that the Pacers would fall to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83.    "If you get in, it's a whole new season," said Nets guard Joe Johnson. "Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go." The Nets will face Johnson's previous team, the top seeded Atlanta Hawks on April 19. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt

Study: 16% of Retired NFL Players Go Bankrupt NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The rewards of playing in the NFL may be fleeting for some of the players who choose to put their bodies at risk. A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that of the thousands of players drafted into the NFL during the years of 1996 through 2003, almost 16% of them declared bankruptcy within 12 years of retirement. "Moreover, bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length. Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt," researchers concluded. For example, Terrell Owens, a six-time pro bowler drafted in 1996, made an estimated $80 million during his 15-season NFL career and filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Researchers examined NFL players' financial behavior to test the traditional life-cycle model of savings. That theory claims that people optimize their consumption over their entire lifetimes, which would indicate that NFL players would have set aside a large portion of their income for when they retired from the league. "Our findings are different from what the life-cycle model predicts," the study wrote. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West

Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans downed the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Wednesday night to clinch the eighth and final playoff seed in the NBA Western Conference.Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to lead New Orleans (45-37) to its first playoff appearance since 2011.The Pelicans stepped on the gas right out of the gate. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter to give New Orleans a 15-point lead heading into the second quarter.The Pelicans then led by double digits until the fourth quarter, when the Spurs (55-27) outscored New Orleans 32-26. San Antonio made their runs, but every time they got close, New Orleans would come up with a big basket.The Pelicans' win eliminates the Oklahoma City Thunder from playoff contention.The Thunder cruised by the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113 and finished with the same record as the Pelicans, but New Orleans held the head-to-head tie-breaker.Meanwhile, the Spurs, who had a chance to clinch the two-seed in the Western Conference with a win, fell to the six-seed with the loss. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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