July 26, 2008 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates lost four minor league players yesterday, two because of positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs and two due to a revised military policy. Major League Baseball announced 50-game suspensions for righthanders Roman Carrasco and Luis Figuera, who tested positive for anabolic steroids. That span will carry through the end of the organization's Venezuelan Summer League team's season and into early next season. Outfielder Cole White and catcher Chris Simmons both will be forced to leave the Pirates' short-season Class A affiliate in State College, Pa., after the U.S. Army revised its interpretation of the U.S. Department of Defense's policy on allowing cadets to pursue professional sports careers.
September 18, 2008 |
Over and over and over again, New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel left the dugout, made the slow trek to the mound and took the ball from his pitcher. By the time the game was over, and Manuel's beleaguered bullpen had given away nearly all of a six-run lead, he had used a franchise record-tying eight pitchers. At least Manuel and his Mets could savor a victory, something suddenly scarce for them. Carlos Beltran homered from both sides of the plate, Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado also went deep, and visiting New York held on to beat Washington, 9-7, snapping a three-game losing streak.
September 3, 2008 |
It appears that Pedro Martinez is not a lock to make Saturday's start against the Phillies at Shea Stadium. The first doubts surfaced Monday when the team revealed that Martinez had returned to New York to work on his "flexibility" with trainer Chris Correnti. Before last night's game in Milwaukee, manager Jerry Manuel fueled speculation that Martinez might have to be skipped if he still has difficulty getting his shoulder loose. When asked specifically whether Saturday's start was in jeopardy, Manuel first responded, "No, no, no. " But he left the door open to scratching Martinez later this week if Correnti's program can't get him in better shape than he was for Sunday in Florida.
June 19, 2001 |
Cal Ripken, who shattered a baseball record considered unbreakable, told the Washington Post yesterday he intends to retire at the end of the season. "It's inevitable that you can't play forever," Ripken told the Post. "I've maximized my window of opportunity as well as anyone. [Baseball] has given me a lot of joy and happiness and satisfaction. I'm proud of what I've been able to do. " Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record of 2,130 consecutive games played on Sept. 6, 1995, and played 2,632 straight games before voluntarily ending the streak on Sept.
April 15, 2010 |
As expected, Michael Gilchrist will become a Kentucky Wildcat. The prized prospect from Somerdale, Camden County, orally committed Wednesday to play college basketball at Kentucky. The 6-foot-7 junior swingman, who plays for St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth N.J., cannot sign a binding national letter of intent until November. "I like Coach Cal [Kentucky coach John Calipari]," said Gilchrist, who is regarded as the top college prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, regardless of class.
December 29, 2011 |
DWYANE WADE hit a bank shot over Gerald Henderson with 2.9 seconds left to lift the visiting Miami Heat to a 96-95 victory over the pesky Charlotte Bobcats last niight to unbeaten at 3-0. After Henderson hit a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Bobcats up by one with 12 seconds left, the Heat called time and had Wade bring the ball up. He drove to the left side and banked the shot over Henderson, then turned to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam...
January 6, 2012 |
Through five games, Jodie Meeks had been the one 76er who had gotten into a game but really hadn't made his presence felt. Can't say that anymore. Meeks, who before Friday's home opener had made just 9 of 29 shots from the field, caught fire and scored all but four of his season-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Sixers christened the home portion of their season with a 96-73 romp over the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers, who play 17 of their next 21 games at home, have won three in a row and improved to 4-2. Meeks was 7 for 12 against the Pistons.
March 29, 2012 |
KEVIN GARNETT found Keyon Dooling for a three-pointer. Then the Boston big man hit a fallaway jumper of his own. Back at the other end, Garnett grabbed a rebound to start a fast break that ended with Avery Bradley at the free throw line. Just like that, the Celtics broke open a tie game and took a seven-point lead they never relinquished. Garnett had 23 points and 10 rebounds on Wednesday night to lead Boston to a 94-82 victory over visiting the Utah Jazz and move the Celtics back into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.
April 4, 2012 |
GREG MONROE had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the depleted Orlando Magic, 102-95, on Tuesday night. The visiting Magic were without starters Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson because of injuries. Ben Gordon added 18 points for the Pistons. Jason Maxiell and Tayshaun Prince had 15 each, and Jonas Jerebko contributed 13. Glen Davis, who started at center in Howard's place, led Orlando with a career-high 31. The Magic have lost four straight, equaling their longest skid of the season.
March 25, 2011 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The floor at the Prudential Center will be populated by quite a few high-profile freshmen in the NCAA East Regional semifinal game between Ohio State and Kentucky on Friday night, but no two as influential as Jared Sullinger and Brandon Knight. Sullinger, the Buckeyes' 6-foot-9, 280-pound center, is considered not only the best freshman in the country, but the top big man to be found anywhere in college basketball this season. The 6-foot-3 Knight, the Wildcats' top scorer, has exhibited an abundance of talents that he never ceases to work on to improve.