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Boy drilled in face by line drive at Mets game

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Boy drilled in face by line drive at Mets game

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NEW YORK (AP)A young fan was hurt when he was hit in the face with a line drive during the first game of a doubleheader between the Florida Marlins and New York Mets on Monday.

The boy was struck in the ninth inning when Floridas Greg Dobbs hooked a foul liner into the right-field seats, just beyond the New York dugout. Stadium medical workers immediately tended to the boy, who was bleeding heavily. Accompanied by his mother, he was carted away in a wheelchair after the game and taken under the stands to an ambulance.

After the second game, Dobbs said he was informed by Mets vice president of security Rob Kasdon that the boy was expected to be OK. Dobbs said the youngster had a deep cut on his nose, but no breaks to his nose or orbital bones.

Dobbs said he was told the boys eyesight was not damaged, and he planned to call the childs mother to check on him.

I didnt see it. I saw the aftermath. Its just disturbing. You dont want anybody getting hurt from something that youve done, Dobbs said. Ive got two kids of my own. Id never want that to happen to either of my children. So its a tough thing.

Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said the team could not provide any information because of medical privacy laws.

Rookie second baseman Justin Turner had an all-too-clear view of the scary scene.

I saw the whole thing. I dont think he even moved, Turner said. Some guys in the front row jumped up for it and probably blocked him from even seeing it, but it didnt even look like he flinched or moved or anything because it hit him square right in the face.

As soon as it hit him, I turned and cringed. I mean, you dont want to see that happen. I heard his mom start screaming, and I turned back around and saw all the blood and got sick to my stomach, Turner added. I hope it doesnt turn him away from baseball. But I hope hes OK first. If he doesnt want to come again to a baseball game, as long as hes OK, its OK with me.

Following the final out of New Yorks 2-1 victory in the opener, Turner waited for the boy by the field-level railing. He took off his jersey and handed it to the childs mother as a souvenir.

New York manager Terry Collins also stopped by, and Dobbs rushed over to give the boy a bat.

You never want to see anything like that happen, especially to a 10-year-old kid. He was just coming to watch the game, Turner said. Im glad that we got through that inning pretty quick so we could get him out of there through the field. He ended up coming through the clubhouse. He was conscious and talking when he was coming through the clubhouse.

Nathan Wise, 18, and his brother Daniel, 14, from New Rochelle were sitting near the boy, who was in the front row of section 119. The crowd was fairly sparse for the first game of the single-admission doubleheader.

His mom stood up and was screaming for a medic. A guy came running over and took off his shirt and put it on the kids head, Daniel Wise said.

Between games, the seat bottom was removed with drills, and a crew of at least four other maintenance workers was washing the area to clean up the blood.

We saw him hit a line drive and, at first, we thought we might catch it. But it went past us and we saw it hit the kid, Nathan Wise said. We saw him put his hands out and try to block it, but hes a little kid, so his reactions were slow. We saw his hands up and then saw blood trickling down his face. A security guard called over to the Mets dugout for some towels. It looked really serious, but after a couple of minutes, we saw the medics standing around and we realized it was bad, but it wasnt life-threatening.

It was the latest injury to a fan at a major league ballpark this season.

A San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten outside Dodger Stadium in March, causing serious injuries. A man died when he fell from a stairway during a May 24 Colorado Rockies game. And a Texas firefighter tumbled over an outfield railing to his death July 7 while catching a ball tossed to him at a Rangers game.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

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LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo