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Adrian Peterson Suspended for 2014 Season.

November 20th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Adrian Peterson Makes First Court Appearance On Child Abuse Charges

 

Adrian Peterson has missed 9 games with the Minnesota Vikings after his run in with the law on various felony charges such as committing reckless or negligent injuries to a child. Peterson’s 4 year old son sustained injuries when Peterson disciplined him with a “switch”.  Peterson pleaded no contest to the charges this past Tuesday morning. Peterson will be suspended without pay for the remainder of the season and the Vikings running back will not be eligible for reinstatement no time before April 15, 2015.  Apart from his suspension Peterson is required to pay $4,000 and also provide 80 Hours of Community Service.  Peterson’s reinstatement is said to depend on the progress of his counseling and program treatment.

 

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Jennifer Montero

Pittsburgh Pirates Clinch a Spot in the Playoffs with 3-2 Over the Atlanta Braves

September 24th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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In their 60th one-run game of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Atlanta Braves and clinched their second-straight playoff appearance. Starling Marte had the game winning hit last year in the playoff clincher and pushed across the winning run in this game with a double in the top of the sixth. The win and a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the postseason for the Pirates. It is the fourth time in the franchise’s history they have earned back-to-back playoff berths.  The Pirates fell behind 2-0 early in the game, but Gerrit Cole settled down as the game went along. His mound opponent, Alex Wood, was solid over 6.2 innings. Wood struck out six and walked two while allowing seven hits. However, it was Cole that would take the game over retiring the last 17 batters he faced.  The Pirates showed some leather as well. Jordy Mercer made a great play in the hole with a jump throw from short to get Chris Johnson at first in the eighth. Evan Gattis grounded into a double play to end the eighth inning. Freddie Freeman represented the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth and grounded into a game-ending double play. Andrew McCutchen who went 2-2 with two walks led the offense. He reached base all four times at bat. He scored the first run of the game for the Pirates on a throwing error in the top of the fourth. Travis Snider tied the game at two with a solo home run to lead off the fifth. The winning run came in the top of the sixth when McCutchen was brought home by the Marte double after McCutchen doubled off the end of his bat.  The win moved the Pirates to 15-6 in September. They still have something to play for with home field in the Wild Card game or even the NL Central title on the line. Two games remain in the series with the Braves, but it is all about the celebration tonight for the Pirates.

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Cristian Hernandez

Atlanta Braves Fire Manager Frank Wren for Missing Playoffs

September 22nd, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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News broke that General Manager of the Atlanta Braves Frank Wren has been fired, less than 24 hours after the team had been eliminated from the race to the playoffs. After releasing the news on Wren, team president John Schuerholz announced that MLB network analyst John Hart will be the new interim General Manager for the team. He has since then scheduled a news conference at Turner Field. Wren was in his 15th season with the team. He accepted the position in 2007 after Schuerholz left the job in order to be team president. Although he did take the Braves to the playoffs three times while being GM, he also suffered much criticism surrounding his costly decisions regarding players. One of those players is second baseman Dan Uggla who was released in July, despite still owing the team $13 million this season and the next. Another player is center fielder B.J. Upton who was an even bigger bust with three years remaining on a $75.25 million five year contract. There is no definitive answer as to what led to Wren’s termination at the moment, but the Braves have already formed a three person team of Schuerholz, Hart and retired manager Bobby Cox to find a new GM.

 

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Helen Trieu

After 260 Years, Royal & Ancient Golf Club Votes to admit Female Members

September 19th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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It seems as if Scotland will be making history again, and this time not for reasons of their independence.  In the midst of deciding whether or not to split from the United Kingdom, members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews have decided to finally allow women to become members.  “I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said in a statement.  This comes two years after Augusta National, home of the Masters, became the first course to change its policy to allow female members. More than three quarters of the club’s membership took part in the ballot, with 85% voting in favor of women becoming members; a result announced outside its famous clubhouse on Thursday evening.  “This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club,” said Dawson. “The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”  The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) also put out a statement after the announcement by the Royal & Ancient, “The LPGA is happy to hear that the members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews have voted to include female members. This decision is certainly a step in the right direction and one that better captures the current diversity and inclusiveness of our great game.”

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Cristian Hernandez

NFLPA files appeal on Ray Rice’s Suspension

September 17th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Ray Rice has begun the process to return to playing in the NFL.  On Tuesday, The NFL’s Player’s Association filed a formal appeal of the indefinite suspension given to the former Baltimore Ravens running back.  In a statement posted to their website, the NFLPA said they were appealing to “protect the due process rights of all NFL player.”  Their statement read:

Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.  The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.”

Initially the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, had given Rice a two game suspension, but when video of Rice knocking his now wife, Janay Palmer, unconscious surfaced last week he increased the penalty to an indefinite suspension.   NFLPA President Eric Winston believes Rice should be allowed to play again.  “I think that we’re all entitled to a second chance,” said Winston, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals.  “Obviously he made a horrific mistake and he’s paying for it. He’s already disciplined once, and actually disciplined multiple times by the commissioner.”  The NFLPA said that the collective bargaining agreement requires a hearing date be set within 10 days of the appeal notice. It also said the hearing will require a neutral arbitrator to determine what information was available to the NFL and when it was available.  Both the NFL and players’ association agree that Rice will remain suspended indefinitely while the appeal is resolved.

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Cristian Hernandez

Peterson is back with the Vikings despite Child Abuse Charges

September 15th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Adrian Peterson, who is considered one of the best running backs in the NFL, was benched Sunday due to his scandal regarding the physical abuse of his 4 year old son. He was charged with child abuse less than a week ago when news broke that he used a wooden switch to spank his young son. Zygi and Mark Wilf, the owners of the Minnesota Vikings, said they were looking to await more definitive news of the legal processes at hand before making any rash decisions on Peterson’s future. “To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently, we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward,” the owners said. Peterson will be facing court in Texas on Wednesday, on the charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child. If convicted he can go to jail for up to two years and have to pay a $10,000 fine.

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Helen Trieu

Oscar Pistorius Aquitted for Girlfriend’s Murder, Convicted of Culpable Homicide

September 12th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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“The accused cannot be found guilty of murder,” the Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa said.  Those are the words Oscar Pistorius heard as the judge began reading aloud the verdict.  The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ trial ruled out a murder conviction for the double-amputee Olympian on Thursday, in the death of his girlfriend but said he was negligent, raising the possibility he will be convicted of culpable homicide; the killing of someone through reckless or negligent behavior.  Early this morning Judge Masipa announced the final verdict. After being found guilty of culpable homicide Pistorius will be facing a maximum of 15 years behind bars. Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day last year, about six months after he dazzled the world by running in the Olympics on carbon-fiber blades called “Flex-Foot Cheetahs.” He claimed that it was in defense as he believed an intruder had entered his home. He shot at a locked toilet cubicle door only to find out after breaking it down that it was Steenkamp that was inside. Her death has been determined to be an accident. Judge Masipa has agreed to extend Pistorius’ bail until his hearing proceedings begin October 13th, 2014.

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Cristian Hernandez

Floyd “Money” Mayweather to Retire in 2015

September 10th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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The best pound for pound fighter in boxing has decided to walk away from the sport next year.  During a press conference, in advance of Saturday’s rematch against Marcos Maidana, Mayweather said that he plans to retire at the conclusion of his six-fight Showtime/CBS contract, which will likely be next September. “I only got two more fights left (after Saturday) and after the next two fights I just want to build the Mayweather Promotions brand.  My next fight [after Maidana] is in May [next year] and my last fight is in September, so a year from now will be my last fight,” said the 37-year-old legend. “My focus is on Maidana. I can’t focus on the other two fights after that. I have to focus on Maidana. After that we can’t say who’s the next two are going to be but I’m pretty sure the next two will be exciting fights.” Last May, Maidana gave the champ one of the most competitive fights of his dominant career, landing 221 punches, which is the most ever against Mayweather.  He has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the boxing ring, amassing a 46-0 record with 26 knockouts (KOs).  Although he will no longer be fighting, Mayweather still plans to be involved in the sport as a promoter.  “I’ll still work with my stable of fighters, still build the Mayweather Promotions brand,” he said. “We have young fighters that we work with.”

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Cristian Hernandez

Running Back Ray Rice is Cut from the Ravens after Video of Domestic Violence was Released

September 8th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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Although the Baltimore Ravens originally supported Ray Rice, their running back, during the off season as he was dealing with a domestic violence scandal, they have now officially cut the cord after TMZ leaked footage of the incident. The team cut him this afternoon, taking to their Twitter to officiate the news stating “The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon.” Not long after the NFL also made a statement, tweeting “Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice.” Just a few months prior, members of the Raven’s roster were supporting Rice, making statements in his defense. John Harbaugh, the head coach stated, “He will be part of our team. He’s a person of character. The thing that’s really important is to be able to support the person without condoning the action. He makes a mistake. There’s no justifying what happened. When you drink too much in public, those kind of things happen.” I guess it was easier to make those generalized statements and keeping him on board for the sake of the team when there was just verbal accounts of the incident. However, after seeing it inaction and on video, it’s hard to condone someone with that kind of behavior, no matter how beneficial. It’s hard to say what will be next for Rice, but let’s hope he learned his lesson.

 

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Helen Trieu

Seattle Crushes Green Bay in the 2014 NFL Season Opener

September 5th, 2014   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

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With the new NFL season finally kicking off, the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, picked up right where they left off.  The Seahawks came out playing the same brand of football that earned them the Lombardi Trophy at the end of last year! Russell Wilson, Percy Harvin, and Marshawn Lynch powered a Seattle offense to an easy victory on Thursday Night Football.  Wilson went for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 of 28 passing, Harvin had 100 combined yards rushing and receiving, and Lynch rushed for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Seahawks stymied Aaron Rodgers’ up-tempo offense in a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers to kick off the regular season. A usually potent offense, anchored by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was held in check by a Seattle defense that looked elite causing 3 sacks, 1 turnover and a safety.  Coming into the season the Packers were seen as a team that would contend with the Seahawks in the NFC, but after Thursday’s performance the Packers proved they have a long way to go. Both teams will get some extra rest and return to action next Sunday as the Seahawks take on the San Diego Chargers and the Packers go up against the New York Jets.

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Cristian Hernandez