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Saturday
Feb172018

Scoreboard roundup -- 2/16/18

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Team World  155  Team USA  124
 
 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Philadelphia    2  Columbus    1
 Final  N-Y Islanders   3  Carolina    0
 Final  Winnipeg        6  Colorado    1
 Final  Dallas          2  St. Louis   1
 
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final  St. Bonaventure   77  (16) Rhode Island   74

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Friday
Feb162018

Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy breaks thumb, takes jab at Mike Pence

ABC News(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- And the jabs at Vice President Mike Pence keep coming.

U.S. Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy took aim at Mike Pence again Thursday night, joking that he's unable to shake the vice president's hand because of a thumb injury.

"Broke my thumb yesterday in practice," Kenworthy tweeted, along with an X-ray of his thumb. "It won't stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence's hand so... Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and literally everyone else) an enthusiastic 'thumbs up!' of encouragement the rest of the trip."

A Twitter user blasted Kenworthy, tweeting at him, "Your obsession with Pence is creepy."

But Kenworthy, unlike fellow openly gay U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon, hasn't publicly criticized Pence too much.

"This was literally my first tweet ever that mentioned him," Kenworthy shot back in a tweet.

While Kenworthy, 26, may not have previously taken to Twitter to express disdain for Pence, he did tell Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance earlier this month on her show that “to have someone leading the delegation that's directly attacked the LGBT community” seems like a “bad fit.”

“I feel like the Olympics is all about inclusion and people coming together, and it seems like it's not really doing that,” he said.

And during an interview with USA Today last month, Rippon said of Pence's involvement with the Olympics, "You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy?” Rippon said. "I’m not buying it."

Kenworthy and Rippon's distaste for the vice president stems over the former Indiana governor's record on same-sex marriage, LGBT rights in the workplace and the widespread notion that he once supported so-called gay conversion therapy.

In a 2000 statement on his congressional campaign website, Pence said, "Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." During the 2016 election campaign, however, Pence's spokesman said he does not support the concept.

Kenworthy and Rippon are the first openly gay U.S. Winter Olympians to compete in the games.

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Friday
Feb162018

Scoreboard roundup -- 2/15/18

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Denver 134, Milwaukee 123
Minnesota 119, L.A. Lakers 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 3, L.A. Kings 1
N.Y. Islanders 3, N.Y. Rangers 0
New Jersey 5, Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 1
Ottawa 3, Buffalo 2
Calgary 4, Nashville 3
Washington 5, Minnesota 2
Anaheim 3, Chicago 2
Arizona 5, Montreal 2
Vegas 4, Edmonton 1
San Jose 4, Vancouver 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Houston 67, (5) Cincinnati 62
Wisconsin 57, (6) Purdue 53
Penn St. 79, (8) Ohio St. 56
(9) Gonzaga 76, Loyola Marymount 46
San Francisco 70, (15) Saint Mary's (Cal) 63
(17) Arizona 77, (25) Arizona St. 70
(19) Wichita St. 93, Temple 86

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Thursday
Feb152018

Track coach recalls how teen saved his life after heart attack: 'I start crying' when I see her now

City of Twinsburg(TWINSBURG, Ohio) -- Dramatic video shows a student saving an assistant track coach after he collapsed at the gym last October.

“I set the weights on the floor and was catching my breath between sets and next thing I know face-first on the floor, not breathing and had no pulse,” Chuck Glover, who coaches at Twinsburg High School in Ohio, told ABC News.

Glover, who said he works out three times a week and is on heart-healthy diet, had just suffered a massive heart attack.

“I always considered myself pretty fit,” Glover said. “I’m probably carrying a little more weight than I should, but I never had any indication, no symptoms, no pain.”

Nearby, 17-year old gym lifeguard Nicole Fruscella -- who attends the high school where Glover coaches -- was doing her homework in the gym office.

“My manager called me, told me to grab the trauma bag and go to the fitness center,” Fruscella told ABC News.

Suddenly, it was time to put her lifesaving training into action.

Newly released surveillance video from the gym shows Fruscella, armed with a portable defibrillator, rushing into the weight-training area to help Glover.

“We do training twice a month on CPR and on how to use the defibrillator, so I was prepared,” Fruscella said. “We cut open his shirt, set up the defibrillator, it told us to shock him, so we did. EMS arrived shortly after that.”

Paramedics rushed Glover to the hospital, where he underwent heart surgery immediately, followed by another procedure in December, he said.

Despite always having had regular cholesterol levels, Glover said doctors told him he had a nearly complete blockage in a main artery.

“My cardiologist told me that the survival rate is less than 5 percent. The response time is probably the most critical element. The fact that Nicole was there was in less than 2 1/2 minutes saved me,” Glover said.

“It’s crazy for me to think that I’m basically the reason this guy's alive,” Fruscella added.

“Every time I see her, I gotta give her a big hug and I start crying," said Glover.

"I just feel like there was an angel on my shoulder that day and her name was Nicole."



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Thursday
Feb152018

Olympics women's hockey rivalry heats up between US, Canada

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Watch out world -- the U.S. and Canadian women’s hockey teams have the Winter Olympics' most intense rivalry.

With National Hockey League (NHL) players not taking part in the games in South Korea and a lot of rosters filled out with unfamiliar players, all eyes will turn to the ladies who are expected to meet in the gold medal game.

The atmosphere was electric at Kwandong Hockey Centre on Thursday morning for a preliminary round contest as the two teams battled on the ice until the final horn. Canada held on for a 2-1 win.

The play got physical, as expected considering the history of the two teams on the ice.

The game ended with fans of both teams holding their breath at the scrum in front of the net, with the U.S. players desperately trying to put one past Canadian goalie Geneviève Lacasse as the players knocked each other around.

Canada’s players lined up for the traditional postgame handshake as the U.S. players waited by the bench, calling for a review of what they thought was a goal in the final seconds.

But the result stood, and Canada earned the No. 1 seed heading into the quarterfinals. Both teams earned bids to the semifinals.

There's high anticipation for the gold-medal game one week from Thursday. If these two teams don’t overlook their semi-final opponent, fans should get the match-up they've been waiting for.

The only time the U.S. women have gone home from an Olympics with a gold medal was in 1998 in the Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, when they upset Canada to win the first-ever gold in women's ice hockey.

Since then, Canada has won every other Olympics gold. Four years ago, the United States suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, blowing a two-goal lead late in the game and losing in overtime, watching their Canadian rivals celebrate once again.

That loss has served as motivation for this team, determined to make up for it and return to the top of the medal podium. Although they did not come out on the winning end of this game, they played hard, fast and aggressive, out-shooting their rivals 45-23.



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Thursday
Feb152018

Shaun White apologizes for dismissing sexual misconduct allegations against him as 'gossip'

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Olympic gold medalist Shaun White today apologized for referring to sexual misconduct allegations against him as “gossip.”

“It was a poor choice of words to describe such a sensitive subject in the world today,” White told NBC’s “Today” show later. “And, you know, I'm just truly sorry. And I was so overwhelmed with just wanting to talk about how amazing today was and share my experience.”

The Olympic snowboarder had earlier deflected questions by ABC News about a sexual misconduct lawsuit after his winning performance today in South Korea, where he offered the "gossip" explanation and tried to move on from follow-up questions during a news conference today.

White, 31, won his third gold medal Wednesday morning in Pyeongchang, to add to medals he won in 2006 in Italy and 2010 in Canada.

His former Bad Things bandmate Lena Zawaideh sued White in April 2016, asking for what she said was unpaid salary after he allegedly fired her from the group that he started.

Zawaideh later added claims of sexual harassment to her suit, according to ESPN, saying White forced her to watch pornography and sent her text messages asking her to wear more provocative clothing. White reportedly reached an unspecified settlement with Zawaideh last year.

"Honestly, I'm here to talk about the Olympics, not you know, not gossip," White told ABC News’ Matt Gutman today before his apology. "I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am. And my friends you know love me and vouch for me and I think that stands on its own."

When asked by Gutman at today’s news conference about the allegations affecting his legacy, White said, "I don't think so."

U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing spokesman Nick Alexakos then tried to turn the news conference back to the discussion of White's performance.

"I think we’re here to talk about the gold medal and the amazing day we had today," Alexakos said. "Thank you, so if we don’t have another question why don’t we go ahead and just pass the mic."

Gutman attempted to follow up, but White interrupted to say, "I feel like I addressed it."

USA Today columnist and ABC News commentator Christine Brennan noted that Alexakos took no questions from any female journalists.

"I understand that he would rather not talk about this, but I don't know that he gets to make that call,” Brennan told ABC News. "This ‘me too’ movement is a very significant, important part of American culture right now and he now is in it.”

Zawaideh's lawyer, Lawrance Bohm, said on her behalf in a statement to ABC News, "There are powerful legal forces at play which prevent Ms. Zawaideh from speaking about the allegations and ultimate outcome of the sexual harassment case. Before Mr. White made his comment [on Wednesday], Ms. Zawaideh believed that this matter was in the past, and she was happy to put the situation behind her so she can focus on her blossoming music career. Unfortunately, by his recent comments and conduct, Mr. White has minimized the problem of sexual harassment in this country.

"Minimizing sexual harassment maximizes the harm to Ms. Zawaideh," he added. "Hopefully, before our country declares someone 'the best of the U.S.,' there will be [an] investigation and due diligence."

White’s lawyers have always denied the allegations.

White is one of the most popular so-called alternative sports athletes in the world. His net worth is estimated at between $20 million and $40 million, according to Money magazine, and has endorsement deals from companies, including Burton snowboards and GoPro cameras.

His Olympic snowboarding career may be over, but White said he plans to compete in skateboarding when the sport makes its debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Chloe Kim's wish list after winning gold medal at Olympics 2018: 'I will try to go to prom, find me a boy'

ABC News(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- Now that snowboarder Chloe Kim has won a gold medal at the U.S. 2018 Olympics, the 17-year-old Californian would like to go back to just being a normal teenager.

"I will try to go to prom, find me a boy," she told ABC News' Amy Robach.

Kim, who won the halfpipe snowboarding competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this week, has already sacrificed many events in her young life.

"I missed out on a few proms, homecomings, might miss my graduation," she said, adding that she'd do it all over again if she could. "I wouldn’t want it any other way...it’s worth it."

Kim described to Robach the thrill of competing at the Olympics.

"I think the scariest part is learning a new trick and the first runs, I was pretty nervous my first run but after that, I was like, 'Eh,'" Kim said.

"I think the cool thing about snowboarding is that everyone has their own style," she added.

Kim also talked about the support of her family.

"I didn’t know my grandmother was going to be there...I think she was stoked," she said. "She was jumping up and down...she was so cute and I am glad she was able to watch."

Kim was excited to share her win with her parents.

"I don’t think I made many sacrifices myself but my parents have," Kim said. "If anything, I feel like they’ve given up so much for me and this is [the] least I could do, ‘Look, guys, I made it!'"

Kim’s parents emigrated from South Korea to California in the 1980s. As a Korean American competing in Pyeongchang, Kim had fans not only from the U.S. but fans from South Korea as well who embraced Kim as their own.

When asked what makes South Korea special, Kim said: “Everyone is super down with like anything here. Like every cool trend is here."

Back home, Kim loves Beyonce, Kpop, shopping, potato chips and binge watches "Riverdale." She also has a celebrity crush on “Riverdale” actor KJ Apa.

Her guilty pleasure is sweets, and she can't go anywhere with her lip balm.

Kim also enjoys changing her hair color. When she was 13 years old, Kim made a bet with her mom that if she made podium at her contest, she could dye her hair.

Kim earned third place and got her wish. Since then, she has changed her hair color from pink, purple, blue and now blonde hair.

"I told my mom I wanted to do silver and she said 'No,'" she said.

Now Kim wants to go back and spend time with her dog.

"I want to go home because my dog is at home and I’d do anything for my dog," she said.

And Kim also wants to catch up on some much-needed rest.

"I think and it will be nice just chill a little bit," Kim said. "I’m probably going to be hibernating for however many days in my room sleeping. Wake up to eat, go back to sleep. That sounds very nice."

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Thursday
Feb152018

North Korean pair skaters disappointed in finish but 'proud to have participated'

Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images(PYEONGCHANG, South Korea) -- North Korea finished 13th in pair skating at the Winter Olympics as each competitor achieved a personal-best score.

Ryom Tae Ok, 19, and Kim Ju Sik, 26, scored 124.23 points on Thursday in the free stake after gaining 69.40 points in the short program Wednesday for a total of 193.63.

North Korean spectators and cheerleaders loudly applauded for the pair as they skated to the French-Canadian song "Je ne suis qu’une chanson" (“I am a song”) during their performance at Gangneung Ice Arena.

Ryom and Kim's coaches, Bruno Marcotte of Canada and Kim Hyong Son of North Korea, emotionally hugged each other while waiting for scores to post from the routine. The skaters appeared disappointed with their marks.

"We feel somewhat disappointed because in our training we did a whole lot better than the results we got here," Kim said in an interview with South Korean TV station SBS. "We will try our best to improve our score in our next performance. We want to break our record, step by step, and hope to get better and better."

His partner agreed.

"I feel the same," she said, looking away from the camera. When asked about her next goal, she said, "I will tell you after I reach that goal. Right now, I have nothing to say."

Ryom said hearing the crowd's enthusiastic support for her and Kim was inspiring.

"At the start of the competition we were very nervous," she said. "But as we heard the crowd cheering we were very happy, and the hardship just melted away and I felt better. I was very happy."

Kim, who has skated with Ryom since 2015, also told reporters that they "are proud to have participated" in an Olympics that celebrated both nations.

"We would like to send our thanks to the South Koreans and our fellow Koreans for cheering us on," he said. "We were happy to perform here."

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Thursday
Feb152018

NBA player brings gun control message to the basketball court following shooting

Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell made a pair of powerful statements Wednesday about the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead: "Pray for Parkland" and "End Gun Violence."

But the rookie player didn't tweet those words, nor did he issue a statement through his press representative: Instead, with a black magic marker in hand, he jotted down those messages on the side of his shoes.

Following the game -- Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns 107-97 -- Mitchell explained why school shootings struck a nerve with him.

"My mom's a schoolteacher," the Connecticut native, 21, told reporters. "I was about 15, 20 minutes away during the Sandy Hook shooting. It's kind of scary. I'm not saying all shootings make me feel the same way, but especially school shootings, with my mom being a nursery teacher, it's kind of scary that that could happen at any moment, anywhere."

Mitchell continued, "And that’s kind of one of the things that hit home with me, and why I came in here early. I saw a Snapchat video of a kid screaming. And I just sat there for 5 minutes just thinking about it. My prayers go out to all those families. It's tough. It's crazy."

Mitchell took the opportunity to speak out about gun control legislation.

"We definitely have to do something about it," he said. "A lot of people, we talk about it, and there's a lot of so-called awareness of it, but there's nothing being done. I looked something up, and the same gun that was used in Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and I'm missing more. It's interesting how it just continues to happen, and the movement doesn't do much."

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Wednesday
Feb142018

UVA's 1st black female athletic director: 'I'm living proof that you can do anything'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Meet Carla Williams, the first African-American female athletic director at a Power Five institution, who said she wants young girls to know, "I'm living proof that you can do anything."

During her career, Williams has competed, coached and managed at the highest level of National Collegiate Athletic Association sports, and she currently works as the athletic director at the University of Virginia (UVA).

Williams first started breaking barriers in sports when she earned a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Georgia in the 1980s, which is where she said she became inspired to pursue a career in athletics.

"I got recruited by Georgia and I thought Coach [Andy] Landers was, kind of, the boss at Georgia until I got there, and I saw that there were administrators ... and they got to work with different sports," Williams said. "That sparked my interest right there."

She went on to become an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, and later spent more then twenty years at her alma mater working as an administrator.

Williams then decided to get her Ph.D. "I felt like if I was going to be an athletic director," she said, "that I needed to take away any excuse for me not to be hired."

Even with an advanced degree and decades of experience, Williams said she was still met with opposition.

"There aren't many women in decision-making positions," she said. "I knew my time was coming. I knew at one point it would be my season. And so I was just very, very, patient."

Her appointment as athletic director at the UVA came just months after violence in Charlottesville this summer thrust the community into the center of a nationwide discussion, after a driver rammed a car into a crowd protesting a white nationalist rally this August.

Williams told ABC News that while some may have turned away from Charlottesville in the aftermath of the incident that rocked the nation, she thinks it was her "destiny" to come and be a positive influence in her community.

"I believe this is ... a destiny for me," Williams said. "I think the people of Charlottesville have decided that they won't allow the darkness here, that they are going to fight back."

Lauren Moses, a student-athlete at UVA on the women's basketball team said having Williams as her athletic director is "inspiring."

"It's just great to have someone who is like you in a powerful position," Moses said. "And just, especially for the Charlottesville community, for everything that's going on with the world today, it's just really inspiring."

Williams said that she hopes her career will encourage other young black girls to know that they "can do anything."

"I get chills, you know, just thinking about it," she told ABC News of the young black girls who may be inspired to pursue their dreams by watching her career.

"I'm living proof that you can do anything," Williams added. "If you work hard, if you ... fight for your education, you fight for the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than you, and you dream it."

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