Kawhi Leonard injury update: Clippers star has surgery to repair partially torn ACL

  • NBA Los Angeles Clippers Basketball The Clippers will likely be without their best player for a good portion of the 2021-22 season.Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of the ACL in his right knee. The team added that there is currently no timetable for his return to basketball activities. MORE: Could Mavericks steal Leonard away from Clippers?Leonard suffered the injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The two-time NBA Finals MVP came up limping after a drive toward the basket against Jazz forward Joe Ingles. He ended up sitting the last four-plus minutes of that contest, but in his postgame interview with TNT's Rebecca Haarlow, he said, "I'll be good." With 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Jazz, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard tweaked his right knee.After the game, Leonard told TNT, “I’ll be good.”Read more on the @kslsports app!#TakeNote #UTAatLAC #NBA🎥: TNT pic.twitter.com/DJGcSQitCs— KSL Sports (@kslsports) June 15, 2021Unfortunately for Leonard, the knee issue was more serious than he thought and ended what had been a spectacular playoff run. In 11 postseason games, Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 stea[......]

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    David Ortiz speaks out about steroid claims

  • Baseball Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz usually doesn't hold his tongue when he feels wronged, and that trend continued in a piece Ortiz wrote for The Players' Tribune.Ortiz again denied using steroids, as claimed in a 2009 article by The New York Times. The report said Ortiz failed a test for steroids in 2003, when conducted anonymous "survey testing" for performance-enhancing drugs to determine if random testing should be implemented the next year. The results of those tests were meant to remain confidential but were later obtained by the federal government as part of an investigation into PEDs and leaked to the media.  "In some people’s minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that’s bulls—. Mark my words: Nobody in history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I’ve been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it’s really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It’s no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will."MORE: Every player suspended for PEDs | Ortiz stands behind Schilling on Twitter rants | Papi attacks pace-of-game rules The briefcase comment was a reference to testers, who this offseason showed up unannounced at Ortiz's house in the Dominican Republic.Ortiz[......]

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    NCAA Baseball Tournament 2015: Selection Monday time, TV schedule

  • UPDATE: Full 64-team field announcedWhen is the Selection Show for the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament? The 64-team field for the 2015 NCAA Division 1 Baseball Tournament will be revealed at 12 noon ET on Monday. TV: The Selection Show will be broadcast live on ESPNU.NCAA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT 2015: Times, dates, TV schedule | Mock Draft: Who goes No. 1? Selection process: Thirty conference champions qualify automatically; the remaining 34 teams are selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.FormatThe tournament begins with 16 four-team regionals hosted by the 夜网论坛highest seeded teams. One winner advances from each double-elimination regional to the super regionals. The super regionals are hosted by the eight national seeds if those teams advance. The super regionals are a best-of-three format.The eight winners of the super regionals advance to the College World Series, which will be held from June 13-June 24 in Omaha, Neb.[......]

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    Nightly 9: Matt Kemp becomes first Padres player to hit for the cycle

  • Baseball 夜网论坛 Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.Hitters sure do love Coors Field. Padres outfielder Matt Kemp joined the Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo as players to hit for the cycle in Colorado this season. Like Choo, Kemp capped his feat with a ninth-inning triple in San Diego's 9-5 win. Kemp started the game with a two-run homer in the first, added a single in the third, then connected on an RBI-double in the seventh. The triple in the ninth drove in Yangervis Solarte, giving Kemp four RBIs on the night. The cycle was the first of Kemp's career and the first in franchise history. He is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Choo, Adrian Beltre and Boston's Brock Holt. Kemp wasn't the only player with a memorable home run. Yankees pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran drilled a three-run shot off Blue Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez in a come-from-behind, 4-3 win to snap the Jays' 11-game winning streak. With the victory, the Yankees jumped a half-game in front of the Jays in the AL East. Here are more highlights from Friday's games:Impact players: C — Stephen Vogt, Athletics: Getting the most out of his extra at-bats in a 13-inning affair with the Orioles, Vogt finished 3 for 5 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk. 1B — Travis Shaw, Red Sox: Shaw went 3 for 5 with two home runs and three RBIs[......]

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    ALCS 2015: Royals' Edinson Volquez follows Johnny Cueto's gem with Game 1 brilliance

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hardly seems possible now, but once upon a time (actually, not so long ago) the biggest knock against this Royals team was its starting rotation.The Kansas City defense remains amazing, as good as any team in baseball. The outfielder are speedy and sure-handed. The infielders are reliable, with a knack for making plays they have no business making.  MORE: Best ALCS photos | Jose Bautista plays the villain in Kansas CityThe offense is solid, top-to-bottom. Alex Gordon, a potential free agent this offseason who could land a contract north of $100 million, is the team’s No. 8 hitter, for crying out loud. And though it makes little sense that Alcides Escobar, a guy with a .293 on-base percentage, would make for an effective leadoff man, they win when he’s there.  But the starting pitching? Ugh. Take a look at the ERAs of that group from Sept. 1 through the end of the regular season: Edinson Volquez, 4.89; Johnny Cueto, 5.58; Kris Medlen, 4.41. Danny Duffy had a 6.28 ERA in three starts before he was moved to the bullpen. And Yordano Ventura had a 4.34 ERA in his first five starts in that time before he was brilliant in his final two. Those struggles, a big reason the team went just 15-17 in that stretch, are a thing of the past. Cueto was brilliant in his Game 5 start of the ALDS, retiring the final 19 Astros he faced and finishing with just two hits (and no walks) in eight innings. On Friday in Game 1 of the ALCS, Volquez was only slightly less bri[......]

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    Watch Jon Lester, career .041 hitter, hit opposite-field homer

  • Cubs left-hander Jon Lester has a reputation as a solid pitcher, but his lack of hitting ability is also well-known. He has just four hits in his career (all l夜网论坛ast season), with no extra-base hits, and has struck out in 53 percent of his at-bats.It won't count for anything because it's spring training, but Lester shocked everyone Wednesday afternoon by hitting a two-run home run in an exhibition against the Rockies. To the opposite field, no less. MORE: Rizzo poised for MVP season | Every team's potential downfallLester just crushed a home run!!! #cubs pic.twitter.com/JlR5Jqbeel— Jon Ferlise (@CubsKingdom) March 30, 2016Shortly after it happened, the Cubs made it into a GIF so it could live on the Internet forever. To anyone who thought @JLester34's home run was an early April Fool's joke.The joke's on you! pic.twitter.com/zPXuYvoNbK— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 30, 2016The Cubs' offense is already lethal (Kyle Schwarber followed Lester with a homer of his own). If the pitchers can be a threat to go deep, too . . . well, that's not even fair.[......]

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