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Tuesday
May242016

NFL Owners Announce Super Bowl Hosts for 2019, 2020, and 2021

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- It's official.

The National Football League announced the sites for Super Bowls 53, 54, 55 on Tuesday during the owners' meetings in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Super Bowl LIII is scheduled to be in Atlanta for the 2019 season, South Florida will host Super Bowl LIV (2020), and Super Bowl LV will be in Los Angeles for 2021.

All three of the cities have upgraded their stadiums or will have new stadiums in time for the hosting gigs.

Los Angeles will be hosting a Super Bowl for the first time since 1993 as the relocated Los Angeles Rams will be in the new Inglewood stadium scheduled to open in 2019.

South Florida last hosted a Super Bowl in 2010 and Atlanta last hosted the game in 2000.

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Tuesday
May242016

Report: Nyquist Out of Belmont Stakes Because of Illness, No Rematch with Exaggerator

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ELMONT, N.Y.) -- Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not make an appearance in the Belmont Stakes.

A few days after the colt lost his bid for a Triple Crown when he ran third in the Preakness Stakes, Nyquist is said to not be competing in Belmont on June 11 because of illness.

Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form Tuesday that Nyquist had an elevated white blood-cell count and his temperature was 101.2 degrees, a full degree above normal.

“We’re going to put him on stronger antibiotics, get him right, get him back to California and let him relax and recover from the trip,” O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form.

Nyquist, who was undefeated until last weekend, will not have a rematch with Preakness winner Exaggerator in June, but O'Neill said he hoped the colt would be able to return to racing sometime this summer.

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Tuesday
May242016

Cavaliers' Kevin Love Injures Knee, Says He'll Play in Game 5

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TORONTO) -- Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love says he won't sit out the next game against the Toronto Raptors despite injuring his knee on Monday.

Love said he hurt himself towards the end of the third quarter after stepping on a referee's foot.

"I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," he said after the game.

But that won't keep him from playing in Game 5 on Wednesday.

"Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing," Love said after Monday's game.

Love was sidelined for the fourth quarter in Game 4 as his team lost 105-99 to Toronto. The Raptors now lead the Eastern Conference Finals 2-2.

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Tuesday
May242016

Tony Gwynn's Family Hits Tobacco Industry with Wrongful Death Suit

MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Tony Gwynn's family is reportedly suing the tobacco industry over the baseball Hall of Famer's death.

The New York Times reports Gwynn's son Tony Gwynn Jr., widow Alicia Gwynn and daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in San Diego against tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. and other defendants. The family says the defendants urged Tony Gwynn to start using smokeless tobacco during his time at San Diego State University.

Gwynn became addicted to dip after being introduced to it in 1977, using up to two cans of it per day for 31 years, the suit says. The 15-time All-Star died in 2014 of salivary gland cancer. He was 54 years old.

“Now that the family understands how he was targeted, they understand that the industry knew they had this highly carcinogenic product and they were marketing it to people like Tony,” David S. Casey, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the Times. “They want to hold them accountable and let a jury make a decision as to what is proper in this case.”

Gwynn's son said tobacco companies were using his father's addiction to "turn him into their ultimate walking billboard."

"He never knew it, but they were using him to promote their dip to the next generation of kids and fans who idolized him," Tony Gwynn Jr. told the newspaper.

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Tuesday
May242016

Whelen Engineering Named Ryan Newman's Primary Sponsor for This Weekend's Race

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Newman's primary sponsor at this weekend's Sprint Cup race will be Whelen Engineering Co.

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Whelen Engineering, the "Official Warning Lights of NASCAR," will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet SS for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday.

This is the first time RCR has partnered with Whelen in the Cup Series.

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Tuesday
May242016

Scoreboard Roundup — 5/23/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Detroit 5, Philadelphia 4
Miami 7, Tampa Bay 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kansas City 10, Minnesota 4
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
Oakland 5, Seattle 0
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6
L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 1, San Diego 0
Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3
N-Y Mets 7, Washington 1
St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Toronto 105, Cleveland 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

San Jose 6, St. Louis 3

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Monday
May232016

Warriors' Draymond Green Not Suspended After Steven Adams Kick

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Golden State Warriors' guard Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 after he kicked the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams.

Green reiterated Monday that the kick in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was accidental, and denied allegations from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook that it was intentional.

"You know, Russell said I did it on purpose, but he's a part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA," Green said Monday according to ESPN. "I didn't. So, I sold the call. [The official] called me that way. I sold the call."

He was given a Flagrant-1 foul for the kick.

Green has been compared to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones, who was recently suspended for one game after he struck Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Monday
May232016

LeBron James Will Pay Dahntay Jones' $80 Fine for Groin Punch

Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James has offered to pay for Cavaliers teammate Dahntay Jones' NBA fine after he punched Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final moments of Game 3.

James told Cleveland.com he would "take care of" the $80.17 fine, which is worth 1/110 of Jones' 2015-16 salary (his salary is about $8,800 because he was signed on the last day of the regular season).

"It is what it is, man," Jones, who was also suspended for one game, told ESPN Monday about the punishment. "Can't get too upset about it. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is."

Jones will be out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night against the Raptors.

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Monday
May232016

Pirates' Ryan Vogelsong Suffers Left Eye Injury After Hit from Pitch

Justin Berl/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was sent to the hospital Monday after he was hit in the head by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.

According to the team, Vogelsong suffered a left eye injury and was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital. The Pirates said more information would be available Tuesday.

After the hit in the second inning, Vogelsong fell to the ground covering his left eye. Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk was able to sit him up and according to ESPN, there was blood coming out of Vogelsong's nose.

Despite the hit, the Pirates defeated the Rockies 6-3.

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Monday
May232016

Tom Brady to Appeal Deflategate Ruling to Entire US Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will appeal the federal court ruling re-instating his four-game suspension for "Deflategate," requesting that the entire U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals re-hear his case in what's known as an en banc hearing, Brady's lawyer, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.

Olson, who was recently added to Brady's legal team, is famous for arguing high-stakes Supreme Court cases like Bush v. Gore and challenging Proposition 8, a California state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

"The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it," Olson said.

Olson said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fumbled the case, adding that he "completely ignored the schedule of penalties for equipment-related violations," which could have resulted in nothing more than a fine.

In April, a three-person federal appeals court panel ruled 2-1 that Brady must serve a four-game suspension handed down by the NFL for the use of under-inflated footballs at the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. The panel ruled that Goodell "properly exercised his broad discretion" in suspending Brady for his alleged role in Deflategate.

The panel overturned a ruling by a Manhattan judge while siding with the league in its battle against Brady and the NFL Players Association after an independent investigator found it was "more probable than not" Brady was "at least generally aware" of the alleged scheme to deflate footballs.

Brady has repeatedly denied any involvement in the scandal.

En banc hearings — in which a case is heard by a full panel of judges, rather than by a panel selected from them — are rarely heard and often involve unusually complex cases, making it all the more likely the case ends up being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The SCOTUS has the discretion to reject an appeal. But they are inclined to take up cases where the law is unsettled due to contrary rulings by lower courts, where there are potential national implications, and where the issues may continue to be litigated by lower courts.

Sunday was the final day for the Patriots quarterback to file an appeal to his four-game suspension after he was granted an extension earlier this month.


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