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Tuesday
Apr242018

Jenny Cavnar makes MLB history with Rockies-Padres play-by-play call

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Jenny Cavnar has had a long-running career in Major League Baseball, but she slid into a historic new role in the broadcast booth Monday night, becoming the first woman since 1996 to call the televised play-by-play for a major league team.

Cavnar called the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres matchup in Denver alongside analyst Jeff Huson and former Rockies outfielder-turned analyst Ryan Spilborghs. It was a fitting assignment for Cavnar, who previously reported for the Padres before joining the Rockies as a pre- and post-game host in 2012.

With more than a decade of baseball reporting in various capacities under her belt, Cavnar called her first televised homerun Monday night when Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado stepped up to the plate.

"That ball is shot into left field, fire up the fountains she's gone," Cavnar announced, describing the two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Her run call coincided with the eruption of the classic Coors Field fountains whenever the home team hits a home run.

Cavnar joins a shortlist of women who have called America's pastime.

Mary Shane was the first female in a booth, doing radio for the Chicago White Sox in 1976 before moving on to television; and Suzyn Waldman was the first woman to do baseball game commentary, for a few New York Mets games on radio in June 1993, according to ESPN. Waldman called her first TV broadcast in July 1995 for a New York Yankees versus Texas Rangers game on ABC's "Baseball Night in America" and her first play-by-play in 1996.

Other notable women who have spent time in the booth include Gayle Gardner, who replaced Charlie Jones on the Rockies TV broadcast for the Aug. 3, 1993 Rockies and Cincinnati Reds game. Pam Boucher announced 36 games on Yankees TV, WPIX in 1977.

Cavnar, a Colorado native, previously made history in 2015 as the first female analyst for a series of National League games in the radio booth.

She felt the love with messages of support from around the league and other women in the industry, including ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst Jessica Mendoza.

Although the Rockies fell to the Padres 13-5, the night will go down as a win for Cavnar.

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Tuesday
Apr242018

White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar improving

David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago White Sox Pitcher Danny Farquhar is improving after undergoing surgery on Saturday following a brain aneurysm.

Farquhar sustained the aneurysm during the team's game against the Houston Astros on Friday. He collapsed in the dugout after pitching the sixth inning of the game.

In a statement released by the team, Farquhar is "responding appropriately to questions and commands" and that he remains in critical, but neurologically stable condition."

The pitcher in the ICU at the Rush University Medical Center. His wife and family are with him at the center, where he is expected to stay for several weeks.

The White Sox moved him to the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday night against Seattle, a team Farquhar used to play for.

The Mariners honored their former teammate by hanging his former jersey in the bullpen.

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Tuesday
Apr242018

High school golfer attacked by goose in hilarious set of photos

Devon Gilson-Pitts/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- Birdies on the golf course are usually a good thing. Just not when that bird is a very angry goose.

At a high school golf tournament last weekend in Adrian, Michigan, a Blissfield High School foursome had teed off and was walking down a fairway where a goose was sitting on an egg in a nest off to the side. There was a sign warning them of the goose and the golfers were respecting its space.

But that's when an additional goose suddenly came up behind the golfers.

And it was not happy.

The foursome was attacked by the goose, with one particular golfer, in his purple pullover, coming under direct assault.

Devon Gilson-Pitts, whose husband is an assistant coach for the Blissford team, says she drove in a golf cart with her husband to get between the golfer and the goose. She said it took four carts to keep the goose away and help retrieve the golfer’s clubs, which fell out during the attack.

"At no point in my life I ever thought golf would be fun or exciting till yesterday," Gilson-Pitts wrote on Facebook. "We have a great group of kids on the golf team and had some excitement on the course yesterday."

Neither man nor goose was injured.

Blissfield finished ninth of the 13 teams in the Saturday tournament.

Isaac Couling, who was competing against Blissfield for Concord High School, was identified as the victim in the attack by The Detroit News. He says he parred the hole.

At least it wasn't an eagle.

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Tuesday
Apr242018

Scoreboard Roundup 4/24/18

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

 AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Cleveland       2  Baltimore   1
 Final  N-Y Yankees    14  Minnesota   1
 Final  Oakland         9  Texas       4
 Final  L-A Angels      2  Houston     0
 Final  Chi White Sox  10  Seattle     4
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Cincinnati     10  Atlanta      4
 Final  San Diego      13  Colorado     5
 Final  L-A Dodgers     2  Miami        1
 Final  San Francisco   4  Washington   2
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   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Houston  119  Minnesota      100
 Final  Utah     113  Oklahoma City   96
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   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
 Final  Toronto      3  Boston     1
 Final  Washington   6  Columbus   3

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Sunday
Apr222018

President Trump considering posthumous pardon of boxer Jack Johnson

Topical Press Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON)  -- President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he is considering a posthumous pardon of Jack Johnson, the first black boxing heavyweight champion.

"Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson," the president tweeted Saturday. "His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Trump said he received a phone call from Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone, who told him about Johnson’s life story. The White House did not say when the call occurred, but Trump and Stallone have been acquaintances for years.

In 1913, Johnson, who was black, was convicted by an all-white jury with violating the Mann Act after transporting a white woman he was dating across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Johnson served one year in prison.

Johnson, a boxing legend and major figure in 20th-century sports, bucked racial barriers and racism until his death in 1946.

Johnson’s great-great niece, Linda Haywood, has led the charge for Johnson to receive a rare posthumous pardon, according to official reports.

In recent years, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Harry Reid, R-Ky.; and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have advocated for Johnson’s name to be cleared. This year, McCain; Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.; and Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., reintroduced legislation urging a posthumous pardon.

“Jack Johnson is a boxing legend and pioneer whose reputation was wrongly tarnished by a racially motivated conviction more than a century ago,” McCain said in a statement. “Despite this resolution passing both chambers of Congress several times in recent years, no pardon has been issued to date. I hope President Trump will seize the opportunity before him to right this historical wrong and restore a great athlete’s legacy."

Trump has recently pardoned Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby.

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Saturday
Apr212018

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering brain hemorrhage

Brian Davidson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar is in critical but stable condition after suffering a ruptured aneurysm.

The team put out a statement on Twitter telling fans to "please keep Danny and his family in your positive thoughts and prayers."

Farquhar, 31, was taken to the hospital after passing out in the sixth inning of Friday night's 10-0 loss against the Houston Astros.

He is being treated in the neurosurgical ICU unit at RUSH University Medical Center by Dr. Demetrius Lopez, according to team.

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Friday
Apr202018

1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sells for $2.88 million: Report

ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- A 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card in mint condition sold for $2.88 million Thursday -- making it the second-highest price ever paid for a baseball card, ESPN reported.

The card, sold by former NFL offensive lineman Evan Mathis and auctioned by Heritage Auctions, fell just short of the $3.12 million paid for a 1909 Honus Wagner card in October 2016, according to the report.

The Mickey Mantle card was graded a 9 on a scale of 10 by Professional Sports Authenticator, an organization that describes itself as the "world's largest third-party sports card authentication service."

The value of the late Hall of Famer's rookie card has gone up dramatically in the last few decades, ESPN reported.

In 1988, the card could be had for $3,300; by 2007, the top sale of the card, also graded a 9 out of 10, was $240,000, according to the report.

"It's a remarkable price," Chris Ivy, director of sports auctions at Heritage, told ESPN. "It was 10 years ago when we last had a Mantle 9 sell, but this sold for 10 times that."

Prior to Thursday night's auction, the record for the card was set at $1.13 million in 2016.

Mantle spent his entire 18-year career with the New York Yankees, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was selected to the All-Star game 20 times, won the most valuable player award three times, and was part of seven World Series-winning teams.

Mantle was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

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Friday
Apr202018

Scoreboard Roundup 4/20/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Detroit      13  Baltimore    8
 Final  Houston       9  Seattle      2
 Final  N-Y Yankees   4  Toronto      3
 Final  Boston        8  L-A Angels   2
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Chi Cubs       8  St. Louis       5
 Final  Philadelphia   7  Pittsburgh      0
 Final  Atlanta       12  N-Y Mets        4
 Final  Milwaukee     12  Miami           3
 Final  Arizona        3  San Francisco   1
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   NBA PLAYOFFS
 Final  Philadelphia  128  Miami        108
 Final  New Orleans   119  Portland     102
 Final  Golden State  110  San Antonio   97
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   NHL PLAYOFFS
 Final  Boston       3  Toronto    1
 Final  Washington   4  Columbus   1

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Thursday
Apr192018

Girl, 6, captured on video scoring puck from NHL player after 2 tries

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- The moment has been viewed and shared by millions online: NHL player Brett Connolly trying desperately to get a puck behind the glass to 6-year-old Keelan Moxley.

On Sunday, Keelan and her family were rink-side as the Washington Capitals prepared to face the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Twice, Connolly, a forward for the Washington Capitals, attempted to connect with Keelan. And, both times, the puck was caught by a man and delivered to a different child.

But on his third try, Connolly hit the glass, signaling to Keelan that this puck was going to be hers.

This time, she scored!

"I felt so happy. I felt, I felt amazing," she told ABC News today. "I was just so happy."

Her family said today that despite what others had said on social media, the people around Keelan at the time were not her family. Keelan's parents were actually a few rows behind her.

Despite the confusion and momentary disappointment that day, Keelan told ABC that she was super proud of her new prized possession. She's already taken her puck to show-and-tell at school. She also said that she bore no hard feelings for the children who'd received pucks before her.

"I felt happy for the boys because the boys were, like, happy," she said.

This weekend, Keelan will have even more to be happy about. The family will be heading back to the rink and this time the Capitals owner says he will give her and her family his front-row seats.



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Thursday
Apr192018

Yankees players go to bat for bullied fourth-grader after heartbreaking plea

New York Yankees/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Members of the New York Yankees stood up in support of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl on Wednesday after the fourth-grader made a public plea to end bullying.

Cassidy Slater bared her heart to the world in a Facebook video shared on April 4, holding up a series of handwritten signs that explained what she felt like after being bullied for more than three years.

"One day during recess, a group of kids grabbed my purse off a teacher, and spit on it and me," one sign read. "The group of kids always come up to me during recess, trying to fight me."

"Kids don't even want to go near me," she added.

The video, shared on her mother’s Facebook page, had racked up thousands of shares and reactions as of Wednesday night, when the Yankees responded.

"Hey Cassidy -- we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have your back," the team wrote on Twitter.

The team also shared a nearly two-minute video featuring several players holding handwritten signs.

"We know sharing your story must have been difficult, but you showed courage and strength and inspired us to reach out to you," the team wrote in the video. "We may be older than you, we may be taller than you, but we want you to know that we look up to you. You are not alone!"

"Count the New York Yankees among your friends! You can sit next to us at lunch anytime."

Cassidy's father, James Warner, told ABC News that the video "devastated" him.

"I don't know how to explain how it made me feel," he said, adding, "Even talking about it I get choked up."

Cassidy's mother, Jenn Slater, reposted the video to her own Facebook page after it was removed from Cassidy's account because of age restrictions.

"I will be my daughter's voice. I will share her story and I hope others will share too," Slater wrote in a post. "Her story reached 22k views before the Scranton School District contacted Facebook and her Facebook got shut down."

"This isn't about the shares or views or if it goes viral. It's about spreading awareness," she added.

Alexis T. Kirijan, superintendent of the Scranton School District, told ABC News in an email that "the district cannot share student personal information. Please understand you are hearing only one side of this story. The school is and has been working very closely with this young lady and her father."

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