Kemp has knee contusion, needs X-rays for jaw – Matt Kemp | LA
Kemp has knee contusion, needs X-rays for jaw – Matt Kemp | LA
Female hockey icons Hayley Wickenheiser, Angela Ruggiero among newest legends in NHL 13
"Be The Next Great Legend" was the tagline for NHL 12 a year ago. With NHL 13 being released in two weeks on Sept. 11, gamers will still be able to be that great legend, except this time around they'll have few new and interesting options. Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe were among nine playable NHL legends in NHL 12. For the latest installment of the game, EA Sports will make some history.
Joining Jari Kurri, Dominik Hasek and Doug Gilmour as the newest legends will be women's hockey greats Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero, marking the first time female athletes have been playable characters in the NHL series. These five will join the nine legends from last year's game. (UPDATE: EA says this group will be added to last year's core Legends Lemieux, Gretzky and Jeremy Roenick.)
"We selected Hayley Wickenheiser and Angela Ruggiero for their leadership qualities on the ice and within the community," said EA Sports NHL general manager Dean Richards. "Both athletes are champions who have been a positive force in driving women's hockey forward, and creating further opportunities for young women in the United States and Canada to participate in the sport, either competitively or recreationally."
In NHL 12, female characters could be created and used in the game for the first time ever thanks to the frustrations from a 14-year-old girl from Buffalo, N.Y. Now, female gamers will be able to use two of the greatest women's hockey players ever in several modes in the game.
According to EA, the legends can be used in the Be A Legend mode, allowing users to play their entire career with one of hockey's greats; on Legends teams -- Team Wickenheiser and Team Ruggiero -- made up of current and former NHL stars; and Hockey Ultimate Team and Be A GM modes.
It's only a matter of time before women's soccer appears in EA's popular FIFA series. So next in line, at some point, would be including regular female characters and teams in basketball and hockey video games on more than just a special basis, as we see with Wickenheiser and Ruggiero's inclusions in NHL 13. Game producers are still finding a way to incorporate such a new addition without making it look like it was rushed into the game.
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Stewart and Kenseth don’t anticipate carryover from Bristol crash
Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth have moved on from their tangle on Saturday night.
On Saturday, after the two collided on the track and Stewart flung his helmet at Kenseth, Stewart said that "I'm going to run over him every chance I get for the rest of the year." On Tuesday after a promotional appearance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, he said that he had no intention of seeking Kenseth out on the track for unprovoked retribution.
From the AP:
'You get over that stuff. It's been part of racing for as long as I can remember and that won't be the last time you see two drivers have a disagreement,'' Stewart said, adding he'll only run over Kenseth ''if I need to. It's not our intention to go seek him out.
''We've gotten along more races than we've disagreed.''
Kenseth was at Kansas Speedway on Tuesday for a Goodyear tire test to prepare for the track's newly repaved surface, and he shared Stewart's sentiment and said that the two had more important things to focus on in the next 12 race; namely the championship.
"I think you're going to have problems with people here or there and most times its not one person's fault and you've got to work those problems out and move on," Kenseth said.
"People don't see things the same way. If everybody saw the same thing the same way, there would never be wrecks — well, I guess there would be accidents but there wouldn't be as many."
Stewart added that he was happy that he wasn't penalized for the helmet toss. However, it would have been surprising if he did. Todd Bodine threw his helmet earlier in the year at Pocono and wasn't penalized.
'I figured I was going to get some kind of penalty for it, so it's nice to know that's something you can get away with," Stewart said. "I just wish we could get a more lengthy list of what we can do and can't do. I think we could make it a lot more entertaining if we knew what we could do.''
Athletics shut out Indians again 7-0 (Yahoo! Sports)
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Tommy Milone and three Oakland relievers extended Cleveland's scoreless streak to 22 innings and the Athletics beat the Indians 7-0 on Tuesday night.
Yadier Molina injured in violent home plate collision, benches later warned after Cardinals’ retaliation
A scary scene played out at PNC Park on Tuesday night as St. Louis Cardinals All-Star and Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina was forced from the game with what was later diagnosed as upper back, shoulder and neck strains after a violent high-speed collision with Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison on a bang-bang play at home plate.
The play happened in the second inning with Harrison running at second base. Jose Tabata lined a one-hop base hit to right field that Carlos Beltran scooped up quickly and fired home. Unfortunately, Beltran's throw would short-hop on Molina, forcing him to adjust slightly to make a clean play on the ball. Of course Molina handled that part expertly. However, as he turned to regain his strong position protecting the plate, Harrison was right there bearing down and then exploded through him with a clean, but very dangerous hit.
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Here's a look at the collision, which incredibly resulted in an out as Molina managed to hold on to the ball:
It appears Molina took Harrison's left shoulder flush in the face, so it's a real good thing he was still wearing his mask at the time of contact to keep his facial structure intact. It also appears it was enough to save him from a concussion, as team doctors have given no indication that's a concern at this point. However, there was nothing that could be done to avoid the whiplash effects that resulted in his relatively minor injuries (thankfully). For now, he'll be listed as day-to-day.
Like I mentioned earlier, the hit is a clean one as there was really nowhere else for Harrison to go. But these are the Cardinals, so you knew it wouldn't go unanswered, clean or otherwise. Three innings later, Jake Wesbrook plunked Harrison, which drew warnings for both benches. The Pirates were none too pleased themselves with the retaliation or the warnings, but there were no further incidents in the game and Pittsburgh was able to cruise to a 9-0 victory.
Now, it'll be interesting to see if those warnings carry over to Wednesday's game. And if not, will the Pirates have an answer of their own, or will we see civilized baseball as the wild-card race in the National League continues to heat up?
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Inside NHL’s new CBA proposal: Enough to sway NHLPA before lockout?
The National Hockey League's counterproposal to the NHLPA is leaking like a faucet after their meetings finished up in New York on Tuesday, and it's certainly reframing the optimism that reigned earlier in the day.
From Kevin Allen at USA Today:
According to details provided to USA TODAY Sports, the plan calls for fixed dollars in the first three seasons that would put players share of revenue at 51.6% in 2012-13, 50.5% in 2013-14 and 49.6% in 2014-15. In the final three years, the players and owners would split revenue 50-50.
The initial NHL proposal had called for an immediate cut of players' share of revenues to 43%. According to the NHL's calculations, under its proposal, players would receive an 11% decrease in the first year, an 8.5% decrease in the second and a 5.5% decrease in the third.
The NHL proposal calls for a fixed salary cap of $58 million next season and then caps of $60 million and $62 million. Under the plan, the league projected a fourth-year salary cap of $64.2 million, a fifth year at $67.6 million and the final season's cap of $71.1 million. Last season's salary cap was $64.3 million and the cap was projected to rise to $70.2 million in 2012-13.
The NHL proposal doesn't include an immediate salary rollback, which had been an expected facet of any deal the League offered. It also doesn't seem like something the NHL could avoid if the cap is going to plummet by over $12 million, but that's their word according to Allen.
Meanwhile, there are 16 teams above that cap number for next season. Amnesty buyouts, anyone?
So where do the players take a hit?
According to Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, it's in escrow:
The NHL wants the current the percentage of player salaries put towards escrow to significantly increase, which, according to the source, effectively cancels out any real changes from the NHL's original proposal back in July and makes today's proposal more or less the same deal.
If you need an escrow primer, get thee to the Globe & Mail. Pagnotta also reports that the NHL proposal redefines Hockey Related Revenue, which is a major battleground for the NHLPA in this CBA debate.
Again, it's the "fundamentals" that will make or break this offer. Are there still five-year rookie contracts? Is arbitration still viable? Are players shackled to their teams for 10 NHL seasons before unrestricted free agency?
The players are willing to surrender a percentage of their revenue, but not if the League restricts their earning potential in a significant way.
The NHLPA's response to this offer is going to speak volumes about the 2012-13 season, and when it might begin.
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