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Tuesday
Sep012015

MLB Won't Reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has decided not to reconsider the lifetime ban of Chicago White Sox star "Shoeless" Joe Jackson from the MLB Hall of Fame.

According to a post on the Facebook page of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum, Manfred determined that "it would not be appropriate for [him] to re-open" the matter of Jackson's eligibility for the hall of fame. "It is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner [Kenesaw Mountain] Landis, to be certain enough of the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis' determinations," Manfred wrote.

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum says that Manfred's letter was dated July 20, and that a response from the museum about ten days later has gone unanswered.

Jackson was placed on baseball's ineligible list for his role in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which the White Sox were accused of throwing the World Series.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Team Penske Reveals XFINITY Series Throwback Paint Scheme for Joey Logano

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Team Penske has announced a special paint scheme for Joey Logano's No. 22 Ford Mustang in this weekend's XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

The black-and-gold scheme will pay homage to the Hertz/Shelby GT350H “Rent-A-Racer” program from the 1960s.

“I’m pretty excited to run this special Hertz paint scheme,” Logano said in a statement. “Anytime you can get behind the wheel of a car that has a new look to it, people take notice. And the Hertz Rent-A-Racer car just looks fast. I think it will stand out, especially among all the cars that will have really cool throwback paint schemes that weekend in Darlington.”

Darlington will have a throwback theme for its events this weekend. The track will host the XFINITY Series' VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 on Saturday.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Robert Griffin III Blames Intern for Instagram Flap

Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said early Tuesday that an Instagram photo criticizing the team that was "liked" by his account was not intentional and not done by him.

The post criticized team owner Dan Snyder and the team's front office while arguing that Griffin "does not deserve the blame or bad rap" for the team's failures.

"I did not 'like' that IG post ridiculing our team," Griffin said in an Instagram post of his own. "I have not been social media active consistently for awhile [sic] now and am ultra-focused on working to get back on the field and trying to help this team."

Griffin explained that an intern who "helps with Instagram" was the one who had liked the post, and that when it came to his attention, Griffin had the "like" removed.

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Tuesday
Sep012015

Scoreboard Roundup - 8/31/15

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

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 7, Texas 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 4, Toronto 2
Boston 4, N-Y Yankees 3
Houston 8, Seattle 3
Oakland 11, L.A. Angels 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 4, Atlanta 0
N-Y Mets 3, Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 13, Chi Cubs 6
St. Louis 8, Washington 5
Colorado 5, Arizona 4
L.A. Dodgers 5, San Francisco 4, 14 Innings

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Monday
Aug312015

UCLA DB Ishmael Adams Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Uber Driver

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- UCLA starting defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery.

A statement from UCLA said Adams was taken into custody on Sunday around 3:30 a.m. for "allegedly using force to take a cell phone from an Uber driver."

He is being held on $100,000 bail and will make an appearance in court on Tuesday.

The arrest happened just days before the beginning of the season. The Bruins' first game of 2015 will be against University of Virginia on Saturday.

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Monday
Aug312015

Tom Brady and NFL Fail to Reach Settlement in "Deflategate" Suspension Decision

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to find out within the next two days whether his four-game suspension is upheld or overturned, according to the judge hearing his lawsuit against the NFL.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the "Deflategate" accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.

Federal judge Richard Berman said at a hearing Monday in New York that the two sides did not reach a settlement, and that he would issue a written ruling on Tuesday or Wednesday. Brady smiled as he walked in the courthouse, with his hands stuffed in his blue suit pants pockets.

Both sides — Brady and the NFL Players Association in one corner and the NFL and Goodell in the other — had asked the judge for a ruling by Friday. Patriots fans are waiting with bated breath before the team's first game of the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Berman credited each side with trying to reach a settlement, saying Monday, "I have no qualms about everybody's dedication."

Brady's suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on the New England Patriots. The suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July. The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was first fined by the NFL.

"I was wrong to put my faith in the league," Kraft said during a news conference last month, adding that Brady "is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field."

Attorney Ted Wells, who has led the Deflategate investigation, stated in May that it "is more than probable" that Brady "was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" involving the release of air from the Patriots' footballs. Brady has denied the allegation.

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Monday
Aug312015

Tom Brady's Fantasy Football Ranking Takes Hit with Looming Suspension

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still fighting a looming four-game suspension penalty by the NFL while he awaits a judge's decision.

This past weekend was the first major draft weekend of the most competitive money fantasy football leagues, said Yahoo Sports Fantasy expert Andy Behrens, and the impending suspension has taken a hit on Brady's fantasy potential.

"The suspension is definitely built into the price," Behrens said of Brady's rank. "I don’t think anybody would have had Tom Brady as his number-one quarterback this year."

Behrens said that in the fantasy sports world, Brady "is ridiculously cheap." However, Brady's ranking isn't completely out of line with how he finished in last season's rankings.

"Last year, he just had a really slow start for the first few weeks, then he absolutely blew up in the second half," Behrens said.

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

Under Yahoo's Fantasy Sports quarterback rankings today, Brady is 11th with the word "Out" next to his name. The Patriots' first game in the regular season is scheduled against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10. But a federal judge in New York said he will provide a written ruling as late as Wednesday on the lawsuit filed by the NFL Players' Association and Brady.

Instead, at the top of the quarterback fantasy rankings is Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck, followed by Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

Behrens doesn't discourage fantasy players who still want Brady on their team. If you want to include Brady in your trading deck, he just suggests including another four-week quarterback placeholder, in case Brady is indeed suspended for four games. Philadelphia Eagles' Sam Bradford and Arizona Cardinals' Carson Palmer come to mind, Behrens said.

Either way, if Brady comes back and you change your mind, "it’s really easy to sell Tom Brady," Behrens said.

But luckily, the first four weeks of the NFL season are the easiest to manage in fantasy football and arguably the least important, Behrens said.

Luckily, off-season NFL suspensions typically start in September.

"If the NFL ever starts suspending players in December, than fantasy players have a problem," Behrens said.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the "Deflategate" accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.

Brady's suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on the New England Patriots. The suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July. The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game, 45-7.

"I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either," Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

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Monday
Aug312015

Serena Williams Seeks to Make History at US Open

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is the queen of Grand Slams, and the number one female tennis player in the world is back to defend her U.S. Open crown.

Williams, 33, talked with ABC News Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts ahead of the her bid for her fourth consecutive U.S. Open title.

The tournament starts Monday and Roberts asked Williams how she was handling its approach.

“Actually it’s really easy. I don't feel pressure to win here,” Williams replied. “I feel like I want to win here more than probably anybody but at the same time I don't feel that pressure. I felt a lot of pressure at Wimbledon, getting that Serena slam and getting four in a row, that was interesting.”

Williams recently celebrated her second so-called “Serena slam,” which refers to her winning four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, but, although she’s been celebrated for her accomplishments, she had also faced body-shaming.

“I love me and I have learned to love me and I have been like this my whole life and I embrace me and I love how I look,” she said. “I love that I am a full woman and I am strong and I am powerful and I am beautiful at the same time and there is nothing wrong with that … It is so important to look at the positives and if I get caught up in all the negatives, it could really bring you down and I don't have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do. I mean, I have Grand Slams to win or people to inspire and that is what I am here to do.”

Roberts asked the tennis superstar whether the physical or mental aspect of being on the court was more challenging.

“That's a really good one, gosh, I don't know I have to say mental,” Williams replied. “I mean just to stay in there 2 hours, 2 ½ hours can sometimes be tough.”

Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999, making history as the first ever African-American to do so since the 1950s. Roberts asked the player whether she was ever amazing at her journey in the sport.

“Sometimes ... I'll look at pictures of me winning that first Open and remember it like it was yesterday, and I remember thinking I'm just not going to miss on this shot, I'm not going to miss, I don't care if I have to hit 100 balls I'm not missing,” she said. “Just remembering that moment, holding that trophy was everything to me.”

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Monday
Aug312015

Paul Menard Wins XFINITY Series Race in Wisconsin

Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) — While the Sprint Cup Series was idle this weekend, the XFINITY Series was in action at Road America in Wisconsin.

Paul Menard, a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, won the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville on Saturday.

It was his third career XFINITY Series win at the track.

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Monday
Aug312015

Scoreboard Roundup — 8/30/15

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

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Mets 5, Boston 4
N-Y Yankees 20, Atlanta 6
Oakland 7, Arizona 4, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 9, Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2
Cleveland 9, L.A. Angels 2
Minnesota 7, Houston 5
Chi White Sox 6, Seattle 5, 11 Innings
Texas 6, Baltimore 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 5, Pittsburgh 0
Washington 7, Miami 4
San Diego 9, Philadelphia 4
Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 1
St. Louis 7, San Francisco 5
Chi Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 (Cubs' Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Houston 27, New Orleans 13
Arizona 30, Oakland 23

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