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Thursday
Mar302017

Basketball star, 7, shocked by Harlem Globetrotters surprise

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Little Samaya Clark-Gabriel of Brooklyn, New York can dribble a basketball -- or two -- like nobody's business.

The 7-year-old is such a talented baller that she’s already met the Harlem Globetrotters and was invited to their game Sunday at the Barclays Center. But she got an even bigger surprise Thursday when one of the team's most famous dribblers took that invitation one step further.

“I have some good news for Samaya,” Herbert "Flight Time" Lang said on ABC News' Good Morning America Thursday after shocking her with his appearance. “Samaya, along with attending the game this coming Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, you’re also going to have the chance to go out to center court with myself and my teammates to have a chance to entertain all the fans at the game with your ball handling skills.”

Samaya was so stunned by his offer that she was slack-jawed. But there was still more in store for her.

“And if you do a great job, which I’m sure that you will, we’ll also give you the chance to do it again on April 14 at the new Nassau Coliseum,” he added. “We’re looking forward to having you there.”

“Flight Time” even handed her another Globetrotters jersey to add to her collection.

“She was so excited,” Samaya’s dad, Wayne Gabriel, said after the surprise. “When the wall opened and he walked out you can see the thrill and excitement in her eyes. She’s just enjoying every moment.”

The pint-sized basketball queen showed off her skills on GMA, dribbling two balls back and forth in between cones, all while sporting her hot pink basketball sneakers.

Samaya, who has only been playing basketball for one year, said her favorite part about the sport is “that you can have fun.”

She said she learned to dribble by “practicing and watching YouTube.”

Gabriel confirmed that his daughter’s talents came purely from watching videos, and that he was just as shocked as the rest of world at her quick ability to pick up the sport.

“We were watching the New York Knicks game,” he recalled. “She looked over at me and said she wanted to play basketball. So the next day we went to the mall [and] picked up a ball. That same day we went outside and she just started dribbling. I looked at her said, ‘Where did you learn this from?’ She said, ‘YouTube.’”

The second grader also plays soccer and gymnastics, but her dad said they’re taking a break from soccer for the moment because he doesn’t want her “to get burnt out.”

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Thursday
Mar302017

Fans brawl following McDonald’s All-American game 

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The McDonald's All-American game at the United Center in Chicago features some of the best high school basketball players in the country. But following Wednesday night's game, a brawl among fans broke out in the concourse.

The Chicago Sun Times obtained video showing several people swinging punches, tackling and shoving each other until security officials in yellow jackets broke it up.

The game's organizers released a statement saying they were "disappointed by this kind of activity" but thanked security officials for restoring order.

No arrests were made.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Scoreboard roundup — 3/29/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Miami 5, Houston 5
Philadelphia 8, Detroit 2
L.A. Angels 8, Milwaukee 6
Cleveland 9, Cincinnati 6
San Diego 9, Chi White Sox 9
Chi Cubs 15, Oakland 11
L.-A. Dodgers 3, Seattle 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 15, Baltimore 6
Minnesota 5, Boston 3
N.-Y. Yankees 3, Toronto 1
Texas 0, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 6, Washington 2
Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 2
N.-Y. Mets 2, Atlanta 2


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

OT/Oklahoma City 114, Orlando 106
Atlanta 99, Philadelphia 92
Charlotte 110, Toronto 106
Miami 105, N.-Y. Knicks 88
Milwaukee 103, Boston 100
Memphis 110, Indiana 97
New Orleans 121, Dallas 118
Golden State 110, San Antonio 98
Utah 112, Sacramento  82
L.-A. Clippers 133, Washington 124


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Chicago 5, Pittsburgh 1
L.A. Kings 4, Calgary 1
Washington 5, Colorado 3
St. Louis 3, Arizona 1

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Wednesday
Mar292017

Carroll: Lynch "entertaining the thought" of returning

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(PHOENIX) – Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says retired running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t ruling out a return to the NFL.

"He came through the office and had a good visit," Carroll said at the league owners meetings on Wednesday in Phonenix. "I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it. I can't tell you how strong it is. You've got to talk to him. And that chance isn't happening."

The 30-year-old was placed on the reserve/retired list in May 2016.

Carroll was asked if Lynch could contribute after being away from the game. "I don't know," Carroll said. "It depends on how he's approached this offseason. He looked OK. The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays this game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. Whether or not that's still in him, the burn is still there, I couldn't tell that from talking to him. I know that he was playing with the idea."

If Lynch was reinstated, he would remain under contract with the Seahawks.

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Wednesday
Mar292017

Warriors' Durant could return during regular season

G Fiume/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) – Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant could make his return from injury sooner than expected.

The team announced Wednesday that Durant could rejoin the team before the end of the regular season.

"His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts," the team said in a statement.

The team also said Durant, who has been out after suffering a leg injury on Feb. 28, has been making “very good progress” and will be evaluated in 7-10 days.

The team’s final regular season game is on April 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Wednesday
Mar292017

Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has been suspended 15 games without pay over over a domestic violence incident that occurred last year.

Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Wednesday, saying that Familia has agreed not to appeal it.

Last October, police in Fort Lee, New Jersey said they found "a scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek" of Familia's wife. She declined to press charges.

While MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said his office "does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm," he said the relief pitcher's "overall conduct that night was inappropriate, violated the Policy, and warrants discipline."

Manfred added in a statement that Familia has undergone counseling and agreed to speak to other players about what he learned.

The 15-game suspension begins on Opening Day. In the meantime, Familia is allowed to take part in all Spring Training and exhibition games.

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Wednesday
Mar292017

Scoreboard roundup — 3/28/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 5, Atlanta 4
Houston 7, Miami 3
Texas 4, Colorado 3
Milwaukee 13, Cleveland 12
Arizona 15, Seattle 6
Boston 9, Pittsburgh 2
Toronto 10, Philadelphia 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minnesota 1, Tampa Bay 0
Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 4
L.-A. Angels 14, Oakland 3
Detroit 6, N.-Y. Yankees 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 3, N.-Y. Mets 3
San Francisco 10, Chi Cubs 7
L.A. Dodgers 3, San Diego 1
Cincinnati 9, L.-A. Dodgers 3
Miami 4, Washington 2


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Milwaukee 118, Charlotte 108
Minnesota 115, Indiana 114
Atlanta 95, Phoenix 91
Miami 97, Detroit 96
Philadelphia 106, Brooklyn 101
Golden State 113, Houston 106
Portland 122, Denver 113
Washington  119, L.A. Lakers  108


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Carolina 4, Detroit 1
SO/Philadelphia 3, Ottawa 2
SO/Winnipeg 4, New Jersey 3
Columbus 3, Buffalo 1
Boston 4, Nashville 1
Montreal 4, Dallas 1
Toronto 3, Florida 2
OT/Washington 5, Minnesota 4
Edmonton 2, L.A. Kings 1
Anaheim 4, Vancouver 1
OT/San Jose 5, N.-Y. Rangers 4

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Tuesday
Mar282017

US women's hockey team reaches agreement with USA Hockey after planned boycott

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. women's national hockey team has reached an agreement with USA Hockey after  planning to boycott the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championship.

“Today reflects everyone coming together and compromising in order to reach a resolution for the betterment of the sport,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey, in a statement. “We’ll now move forward together knowing we’ll look back on this day as one of the most positive in the history of USA Hockey.”

Before the agreement, players said they were getting unequal treatment and they were fighting for the future of the sport. They said it was not as much about them and what they were going to make playing for USA Hockey as it is about growing the women's game and adding funding to the women's national development team.

Team USA is scheduled to face off against Canada on Friday to kick off the world championship in Plymouth, Michigan.

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Gymnasts testify before Congress about sex abuse claims

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- “They were in control of taking my dream away in a second.”

That’s what Jamie Dantzscher, a former U.S. gymnastics member who won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics, said Tuesday of the psychological, emotional and sexual abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of some coaches and doctors with the USA Gymnastics group, the official American governing body for the sport.

Former female gymnasts accuse doctor of molesting them during treatment

Dantzscher and two other gymnasts, Jessica Howard and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Moceanu, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, telling their stories and expressing support for a bill that the committee hopes will stop alleged abuse in the future.

Dantzscher and Howard claim they were sexually assaulted, repeatedly, by Dr. Larry Nassar, a doctor employed by USA Gymnastics at the famous Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, where the most elite American gymnasts train.

They also claim to have suffered verbal and emotional abuse from coaches that screamed at them for the slightest mistake.

Nassar was charged in February in Michigan with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct, five of which, according to prosecutors, relate to victims who were under 13 years old.

The charges relate to Nassar’s time when he was a faculty member at Michigan State University, from 1997 to when the university fired him in 2016 after allegations surfaced. He has pleaded not guilty.

While he was on staff at Michigan State, Nassar was the chief medical coordinator of the USA Women’s gymnastics team, and now, many of the athletes he treated are coming forward with allegations, saying they were so young when he abused them that they didn't understand what he was doing.

More than 80 victims have reported allegations of sexual assault against Nassar, according to the MSU Police Department.

Some, like Dantzscher are also suing Bela and Marta Karolyi, gymnastics coaches and owners of the Karolyi ranch, saying they created an environment there that allegedly gave Nassar the opportunity to abuse young gymnasts under the guise of medical procedures.

A spokesman for the Karolyis told ABC News that they “deny the existence of a ‘toxic’ environment,” and that the Karolyis say they “were never aware that Dr. Nassar would be performing any procedures which are now the subject of the present litigation.”

Tuesday's Senate hearing was focused on what can be done to prevent sexual assaults from not being reported.

“Dr. Nassar acted as the good guy, supporting me emotionally and promising me relief from the pain," Howard told the committee. "Now I know in actuality he expertly abused me under the guise of treatment.”

Dantzscher and Howard both said they did not realize that Nassar had been abusing them until last summer. Nassar had established their trust such that they believed he was acting as a medical professional, they said.

“Now I know that I am not alone," Howard said. "More than 100 women have come forward and shared stories that are shockingly similar to mine."

USAG did not send a representative to the hearing Tuesday, which several senators decried during and after the hearing.

In a statement to ABC News earlier this week, USAG said they were “outraged that a physician would exploit his patient in the alleged manner” and reiterated that they dismissed Nassar when they learned of the accusations and reported him to the FBI.

The bill under consideration by the Judiciary Committee would require anyone with suspicions of abuse to report it immediately, with penalties for not doing so. It would also prevent perpetrators from simply moving on to a different gym.

Speaking in a press conference after the hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had a message for whomever is replacing Steve Penny, who stepped down from USAG only earlier this month.

“Whoever is the new head of USAG has to know that the United State Senate is going to be watching. Because it will be a federal crime not to report,” Feinstein said.

Dantzscher told ABC News after testifying that she is committed to helping other young girls, including her six nieces, stay safe in the sport she loves so much.

“I can't get back my childhood, and obviously I'm working on my issues from the result of all the abuse every day,” she said. “But the start of my healing process is making sure I keep speaking up and I'm committed to bring awareness and even bring awareness about the bill and sexual abuse."

Dantzscher continued, "I'm going to keep fighting so that this doesn't happen to other little girls.”

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Tuesday
Mar282017

President Trump declines invitation to throw out first pitch at Nationals home opener

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump has declined the Washington Nationals' invitation to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day due to a scheduling conflict, according to a team spokesperson.

Since 1910 with William Howard Taft, presidents have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for home openers for the Washington Senators, later known as the Nationals.

The Nationals will host the Miami Marlins Monday. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch, and the president in 2012 was critical of the Nationals in 2012 for shutting him down.

 

 

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