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Saturday
Apr292017

Cincinnati Bengals select embattled running back Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick in the NFL Draft

iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals selected Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the 48th overall pick amid major character concerns.

Mixon was suspended for the entire 2014 college season when surveillance video showed him punching a woman at a deli, breaking four bones in her face. The video was released in December, more than two years after the incident occurred.

Mixon recently reached a civil settlement with the victim.

The Bengals met with Mixon at the NFL Combine in February and then hosted him in Cincinnati for an individual visit. Head coach Marvin Lewis says the team did "such a lot of work regarding Joe Mixon,” speaking to his former coaches and hearing Mixon’s own explanation of the incident.

While Lewis says he accepted what Mixon said, but added that he is "disgusted" by his actions.

Where or if Mixon would be selected was entirely unpredictable entering the draft. He was considered a first-round prospect before the video surfaced, excelling as a runner, pass-catcher, and pass protector during his time at Oklahoma.

However, teams shied away from the talented prospect following the release of the video. Speaking to the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told the Boston Herald:

"While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women."


Other teams did not express reservations regarding Mixon as publicly as Kraft, but reports indicated teams were hesitant to pick him.

Following his selection, Mixon told reporters, "You know, I am still sitting here crying. I can't believe it. I can't believe it... I am thankful and very honored to be a part of -- to be a Cincinnati Bengal."

He also discussed how the incident altered his perspective:

"It changed me a lot as a person, the way you think, the way you carry yourself, go about things. I'm going to continue to keep doing the right thing around the community, on and off the field. And I'm going to prove to them why they kept me. Leaving from Oklahoma, I still have their name, at the end of the day. I'm going to do whatever I can to make them proud and make them happy. I'm looking forward to doing that with the Cincinnati Bengals as well."

Kim Gandy, the president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, expressed to ESPN her concern that Mixon could have another outburst. She says while "it's not so surprising that a team picks a violent person," it is "disappointing."

The Bengals have a history of adding talented players with checkered pasts to their roster. Cornerback Adam Jones, linebacker Vontaze Burfict, and former NFL player Odell Thurman are a few examples.

Mixon could slide into a starting role as Cincinnati continues to build its offense through early draft picks. The team selected wide receiver John Ross with the ninth pick in the draft.

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Saturday
Apr292017

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/28/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Boston   5  Chi Cubs   4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N-Y Yankees    14  Baltimore    11, 10 Innings
Tampa Bay       7  Toronto       4
Seattle         3  Cleveland     1
Chi White Sox   7  Detroit       3
L.A. Angels     6  Texas         3
Houston         9  Oakland       4
Minnesota       6  Kansas City   4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N-Y Mets        7  Washington     5
Pittsburgh     12  Miami          2
Atlanta        10  Milwaukee      8
St. Louis       7  Cincinnati     5
Colorado        3  Arizona        1
L.A. Dodgers    5  Philadelphia   3
San Francisco   4  San Diego      3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington     115  Atlanta   99
Boston         105  Chicago   83
L.A. Clippers   98  Utah      93

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
St. Louis   3  Nashville   2
Edmonton    2  Anaheim     1

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Friday
Apr282017

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/27/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis 8, Toronto 4, 11 Innings
Toronto at St. Louis, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 2, Detroit 1
Cleveland 4, Houston 3
N.Y. Yankees 3, Boston 0
L.A. Angels 2, Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 3, Miami 2
Atlanta 7, N.Y. Mets 5
Washington 16, Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 5, San Francisco 1, 10 Innings
Arizona 6, San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Toronto 92, Milwaukee 89
San Antonio 103, Memphis 96

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Ottawa 2, N.Y. Rangers 1
Pittsburgh 3, Washington  2

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Thursday
Apr272017

Browns select DE Garrett with first overall pick in NFL draft

Bob Levey/iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) – The Cleveland Browns selected former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the first pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Garrett finished his college career with 31 sacks and 141 tackles. 8.5 of those sacks came in his final season, where he was bothered by an ankle injury.

Cleveland has not had a player record 10-plus sacks since Kamerion Wimbley in 2006.

Garrett, 21, did not attend the draft, opting instead for a watch party in Arlington, Texas.

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Thursday
Apr272017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up about his retirement

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke out about his retirement, saying, "I don't want to let anybody down," and opened up about his concussion and his relationship with his father in an interview with ABC News.

"I know people would love me to race forever," Earnhardt, who announced earlier this week that he will retire at the end of this year, told ABC News. "But there comes a time when ... you have to make certain tough decisions about your career, and your life, and when it’s time to make a change, it’s time to make a change."

The two-time Daytona 500 champion thanked his fans for the "overwhelmingly positive" response to his announcement, adding that he hopes he can give them a "few more things to celebrate before it’s all over with."

The 42-year-old driver also opened up about the fear he felt following the concussion he sustained last summer after he crashed during a competition, saying that he "had a lot of worry that I would never go back in the car again."

"There were times during the illness when the symptoms were very severe that I obviously had a lot of doubt as to how well you’ll heal, if you’ll be well enough and have the reaction skills and all the skills that you obtained before ... you don’t know whether those are going to recover," the driver said of his health scare.

"Missing all the races, going through the recovery, that certainly gave me an opportunity to just sit back and think about my priorities," Earnhardt added. "I had a new perspective on my entire life. I got married this off-season. That certainly changes the way you think about things."

While Earnhardt admits that the injury caused him to reassess his priorities, he adds that it was not a "major deciding factor" in his retirement.

Earnhardt told ABC News that if he could say anything to his father, the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., "I would ask him what he thought about Amy, my wife."

"I think he’d be pleased with the person I am, the person I’ve become over the last several years. I know he would be excited about my marriage, happy with a lot of the personal decisions that I’ve made," Earnhardt added of his father.

"But with all that said, I mean he would be equally as critical of everything, because that’s how Dads are you know, he would he would tell you how it is," Earnhardt said. "Even though I know he would be really proud, you know, I think the criticism is really what I miss the most, just knowing exactly where I stood with him all the time."

"Racing is one thing and something we shared and had in common, but when we had conversations, it was always about personal things in life, and are your morals where they need to be? Are you doing the right thing? Treating somebody right? Are you acting right?" he remembered of his father. "It was never about how to drive a car."

Following 18 seasons and more than 600 races, Earnhardt will end his long-running career as a NASCAR driver at the end of 2017. In addition to racing, Earnhardt has also made his mark advocating for concussion research, and he has pledged to donate his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, according to ESPN.

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Thursday
Apr272017

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/26/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto at St. Louis, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 2
Cleveland 7, Houston 6
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4, 11 Innings
Seattle 8, Detroit 0
N.Y. Yankees 3, Boston 1
Texas 14, Minnesota 3
L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 6, Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 7, Miami 4
Atlanta 8, N.Y. Mets 2
Washington 11, Colorado 4
San Diego 8, Arizona 5
San Francisco 4, L.A. Dodgers 3, 10 innings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 103, Atlanta 99
Boston 108, Chicago 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Nashville 4, St. Louis 3
Edmonton 5, Anaheim 3

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Maria Sharapova returns from doping ban

Adam Pretty/iStock/Thinkstock(STUTTGART, Germany) -- After 15 months, Maria Sharapova is back.

The one time world number 1 faced off against Roberta Vinci in front of a sellout crowd at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany taking the match 7-5, 6-3 after a shaky start. Wednesday's match was the Russian's first since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.

Last year, Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. She had her initial two-year ban reduced to 15 months. Sharapova said at the time that she had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked an announcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it added the drug to its banned list at the beginning of 2016..

Sharapova tweeted after the match “This feeling is everything!! Thank you!!”

She received a wildcard to enter the tournament – essentially a free pass into the draw thus not being required to play qualifying matches. Some of her fellow players have been vocal about their displeasure that Sharapova got a wildcard for the Stuttgart tournament. In her post match press conference, Sharapova defended her accepting of the slot by saying “I am not getting a wildcard to receive a trophy or a golden platter. I have to get through the matches and still have to win them and that’s my job.”

But that might be different for the upcoming French Open. The French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday that they will be making their decision in the coming weeks as to whether Sharapova will receive a wildcard to play in Paris. The tennis world has been buzzing with speculation that the two-time winner would be forced to play qualifying matches – facing off against ‘rising’ stars on side courts to actually earn a place in the main draw.

She responded to the speculation saying “I think I would be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to… If I get the opportunity to be in a draw, I’ll take it.”

The French Tennis Federation is expected to announce their decision on her fate on May 16th. Awaiting Sharapova in the round of 16 is fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter reportedly set to buy Miami Marlins

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are reportedly teaming up to buy the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Herald reports the two are part of a group joining forces to buy the team for $1.3 billion.

The Marlins are currently owned by Jeffrey Loria, who purchased the team in 2002 for $158 million.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto 6, St. Louis 5, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 4, Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0
Detroit 19, Seattle 9
Minnesota 8, Texas 1
Chicago White Sox 10, Kansas City 5
L.A. Angels 2, Oakland 1, 11 innings
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 1, Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 1
Washington 15, Colorado 12
Arizona 9, San Diego 3
L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1
Miami at Philadelphia, postponed
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, postponed

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Houston 105, Oklahoma City 99
San Antonio 116, Memphis 103
Utah 96, L.A. Clippers 92

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after 2017 season

Jared C. Tilton/iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.C.) -- The 2017 racing season will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last behind the wheel.

A press release from Hendrick Motorsports said Earnhardt first met with team owner Rick Hendrick on March 29 about his decision to retire.

Earnhardt, who has been racing since 1999, has been voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for 14 consecutive years and has won 26 Cup races, including two Daytona 500 victories.


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Teammates and fellow drivers of Jr.'s reacted to his decision on Tuesday afternoon.

His final race will be on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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