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Thursday
Jan172019

Stephen Curry makes history with third straight game of eight or more 3-pointers

Anthony Causi / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry made history from beyond the arc Wednesday night.

In the Warriors’ matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans, Curry knocked down nine 3-pointers, becoming the first player in NBA history to sink eight or more 3-pointers in three consecutive games.

Curry finished the game with 41 points, helping the Warriors beat the Pelicans, 147-140.

Another NBA record was also set during Wednesday night’s game: A total of 43 3-pointers were made between both teams, marking the most ever in a single game.

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Thursday
Jan172019

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi speaks out about her viral floor routine

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The UCLA gymnast who nailed a flawless floor routine that has been viewed tens of millions of times opened up about the body shaming she has faced as a gymnast and how she reclaimed her joy in the sport.

Katelyn Ohashi, a 21-year-old senior, said she faced body shaming since the age of 14.

"In the gym, outside of the gym, on the internet, so it’s something that you can never really escape," Ohashi, 21, said Thursday on ABC News' Good Morning America. "As a 14-year-old, it’s kind of hard to cope with, because you’re still developing as a person, and so everything really impacts you."

In addition to the support of her coach at UCLA, Valorie Kondos Field, Ohashi has learned to use poetry to help her cope.

"I am my own size and no words or judgmental stares will let me compromise," Ohashi said on GMA, reading from one of her own poems. Field and Ohashi's UCLA teammates were by her side on Saturday when she flipped and did splits during her flawless floor routine at the 2019 Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, California.

The video of the performance posted by Ohashi's team, the UCLA Bruins, has more than 39 million views and counting.

Ohashi performed to songs by Tina Turner and Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as the Jackson 5 and Michael and Janet Jackson. Her teammates could be seen in the background, cheering her on and even performing bits of her choreography.

"Every time I get on the floor, that’s always been my favorite part of gymnastics, and being there with my team and my coach and being able to see them dancing with me, it just feels like home," Ohashi said on GMA.

One of Ohashi's tumbling passes in the floor routine was such a high level of difficulty that the team had to resubmit it in competition because "it wasn't in the code of points," according to Ohashi.

Her flawless routine was her fourth career perfect 10 on the floor, according to the UCLA Bruins.

Prior to her reign at UCLA, Ohashi spent four years on the USA Gymnastics Junior National Team, even beating out future Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles at the 2013 American Cup.

After suffering a fractured back and two torn shoulders, Ohashi stepped away from the elite circuit. She recalled being told by doctors after the American Cup that she may never be able to compete in gymnastics again.

"It was almost like this weight was lifted off of me, but then at the same time I realized that was the only thing I knew how to do," Ohashi said. "It was taken away from me at the same time."

When Ohashi defied doctors' expectations and returned to competing at the collegiate level, she made sure that she was having fun, according to Field, her coach.

"Her freshman year she comes to us and halfway through our competition season she says, 'I just don’t want to be great again,'" Field recalled. "When we delved into it, she just said, 'When I was great, there was nothing joyful about it. I wasn’t happy so why would I want to go back there?'"

"At that point, I knew I had to earn her trust," Field said.

Ohashi's viral, flawless performances show she has found joy in her re-emergence as a college-level powerhouse at UCLA. A floor routine performance by Ohashi to the music of Michael Jackson also went viral last year.

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Thursday
Jan172019

Louisville renames airport for boxing legend Muhammad Ali

Stanley Weston/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville, Kentucky's airport is now the greatest of all-time -- well, according to its namesake.

The Louisville International Airport, one of the busiest in the country for cargo transport, is now the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

The airport announced the change Wednesday afternoon, saying, "On Wednesday, January 16 2019, the Board of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority voted to meaningfully recognize the legacy of the humanitarian, boxing legend and Louisville native, Muhammad Ali by renaming the airport in his honor."

Ali, the former heavyweight boxing champion and a civil rights icon, was granted the honor one day before his birthday. He was born in Louisville on Jan. 17, 1942 and died in June 2016.

Born Cassius Clay, he changed his name in 1964, the same year he won the heavyweight championship for the first time by defeating Sonny Liston. It was just two years later, though, that he refused to be drafted to fight in Vietnam, was sentenced to five years in prison and was stripped of the title. Though he appealed the criminal case, he was denied a boxing license nationwide and did not fight for three-and-a-half years in the prime of his career.

After the conviction was overturned on appeal, he returned to the ring against Joe Frazier in 1971 in a fight dubbed "The Fight of the Century." Ali lost for the first time in his pro career. He won the title for the second time in 1974 when he defeated George Foreman at the "Rumble in the Jungle."

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted, "Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown."

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called the decision "only fitting because he seemed to fly when he was in the ring."

"For millions of people around the globe, our airport is their first impression of Louisville, and I can think of no better way to introduce travelers to our community than Muhammad Ali and the values he embodied and fought for his entire life," Yarmuth said.

The airport will retain its location identifier initials of SDF.

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Thursday
Jan172019

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/16/19

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
OT Detroit 120, Orlando 115
Milwaukee 111, Memphis 101
Boston 117, Toronto 108
OT Brooklyn 145, Houston 142
San Antonio 105, Dallas 101
Portland 129, Cleveland 112
Golden State 147, New Orleans 140
Utah 129, L.A. Clippers 109

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa 5, Colorado 2
Philadelphia 4, Boston 3
OT Buffalo 4, Calgary 3
SO Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2
Arizona 6, San Jose 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Iowa St. 68, (8) Texas Tech 64
(14) Auburn 85, Texas A&M 66
Kansas St. 74, (20) Oklahoma 61
(21) Houston 69, SMU 58
(23) Iowa 89, Penn St. 82

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Chefs, rappers and celebrities offer to show Clemson Tigers 'a real feast' after Trump served team fast food

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chefs, rappers and celebrities are set on showing President Donald Trump "what an actual celebration dinner should be," after he served a spread of McDonald's Big Macs, Domino's Pizza, fries and more to the NCAA college football national champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday.

Trump called the dinner "great American food," but Nick Kokonas, the co-owner of Alinea — the only Chicago restaurant with three Michelin stars and No. 34 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list — thinks otherwise. While Kokonas said he could "care less" about college football, he invited the Clemson Tigers to Chicago over Twitter to eat at his restaurant, where one meal can go for hundreds of dollars.

"I'm not joking," he wrote. "It'll be worth it."

"Nothing wrong with fast food from time to time. But when you knock off a national championship, it's time to teach our youth that there are experiences to strive for in life moving forward," Kokonas tweeted. "Plus... in the White House? No."

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday that Trump personally paid for the catered fast food because much of the White House residence staff is furloughed due to the longest-running government shutdown that is now in its fourth week.

Kokonas wasn't alone.

Quavo, a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, tweeted that he wanted to show the football team "how champs are supposed to be treated," and invited them to come by the record label Quality Control Music's headquarters "anytime."

Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers' quarterback who called the trip to the White House "awesome" on Twitter, responded to Quavo's tweet with two "mind-blown" emojis.

Good Morning America's Michael Strahan invited the team to join the show for lobster, and maybe some caviar too.

"Whatever you want, we're going to take care of you. We're going to give you the proper meal you deserve," Strahan said on-air Tuesday. "I'll pay for it."

And Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and wife to NBA star Stephen Curry, tweeted that she'll show the Tigers a real feast with "no 10 cent dipping sauces on silver platters."

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Report: LeBron James will miss next two games over groin injury

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James will reportedly not be joining the Los Angeles Lakers when the team heads east to face the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

The forward's agent told ESPN Tuesday that James will be out for at least the next two games due to his strained left groin.

James has been rehabilitating the injury since suffering it on Christmas Day, when the Lakers went up against the Golden State Warriors. Since then, James has missed 11 games and Los Angeles has gone 4-7.

ESPN reports James' injury will be looked at again on Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Serena Williams: Australian Open jumpsuit is celebrating moms 'that are trying to get back and get fit'

Julian Finney/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Serena Williams defeated Tatjana Maria in her first match at the 2019 Australian Open on Monday. It was a triumphant return to the tournament after competing -- and winning -- while pregnant in 2017.

Perhaps what was equally exciting to fans of the tennis star was her choice of performance wear this year: a bright green Nike bodysuit.

During her post-match presser, Williams described the look as a "Serena-tard," to the delight of the room.

"I wanted to be fit. I came back. Nike always wants to make an incredibly strong, powerful statement for moms that are trying to get back and get fit," she said. "That was basically it for me."

Williams posted a photo of herself from the match, with a reference to her last Australian Open appearance when she was pregnant.

"Playing solo this time," she wrote, adding a wink emoji to the caption.

She described how she felt about the win after her 2017 victory during a press conference.

"I think the last time I was here, I was actually pregnant and playing at the same time, which is insane," she said.

"It was kind of weird walking back on -- by myself, this time," she added.

Williams' on-court looks have become a topic of conversation, especially after French Open president Bernard Giudicelli criticized her outfit from the tournament in 2018. Williams was instrumental in enacting change in the tennis performance wear rules for women.

After the controversy, the Women's Tennis Association made a dress code change and will now allow athletes to wear leggings and mid-thigh length compression shorts with or without a skirt, shorts or dress.

During the post-game presser after her match against Maria, Williams revealed how she uses her time off.

"Spending a lot of time with my daughter," she shared. "I think that's the priority for me. And I feel like literally every moment I get I practice, and then I go home. It's kind of what I do in Florida. I train and I go right home and I spend the rest of the day with my daughter."

She also explained why taking time to be with her daughter, 1-year-old Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr., is so important to her.

"For now, as a working mom, I feel guilty. And I understand that that's normal, but -- and these are years I'll never get back," she said. "I just try to spend every moment that I can when I'm not working with her. And for me that's super important."

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Wednesday
Jan162019

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/15/19

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 131, Phoenix 97
Philadelphia 149, Minnesota 107
Atlanta 142, Oklahoma City 126
Milwaukee 124, Miami 86
Golden State 142, Denver 111
L.A. Lakers 107, Chicago 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 4, New Jersey 1
OT NY Islanders 2, St. Louis 1
NY Rangers 6, Carolina 2
Montreal 5, Florida 1
Detroit 3, Anaheim 1
Nashville 7, Washington 2
SO Minnesota 3, L.A. Kings 2
Winnipeg 4, Vegas 1
Tampa Bay 2, Dallas 0
San Jose 5, Pittsburgh 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(3) Tennessee 106, Arkansas 87
(4) Virginia 81, (9) Virginia Tech 59
(10) Nevada 72, Boise St. 71
(12) Kentucky 69, Georgia 49
(13) North Carolina 75, Notre Dame 69
(15) Marquette 74, Georgetown 71
(16) Buffalo 88, W. Michigan 79
Wake Forest 71, (17) NC State 67
LSU 83, (18) Mississippi 69
(24) Mississippi St. 71, Florida 68

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Tuesday
Jan152019

Alaska boy picked as NFL Kid Correspondent for Super Bowl 53

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The NFL teams aren't quite set, but one person is already Super Bowl bound after finding out Tuesday morning that he will be this year's NFL Kid Correspondent.

Camdyn Clancy, 8, came to ABC News' Good Morning America all the way from Alaska to get the surprise of his life: that he has been selected as this year's big winner for the NFL Play 60 contest.

Clancy was visibly stunned and excited upon hearing the wonderful news and said, "It means a lot to me."

He will head to Atlanta the week of the Super Bowl and get behind-the-scenes access to players, coaches and fans throughout the week and, of course, on Sunday, Feb. 3, he will stand on the sidelines to cover the biggest football game of the year.

The excited youth football quarterback told former NFL star and GMA co-anchor Michael Strahan that he led his team in Alaska to a championship after battling back from an injury -- just like his favorite player, Tyler Lockett.

"He broke his leg and came back through the injury that could have actually stopped him from playing, but he actually chose to play," Clancy said. "I broke my arm when I was 4 years old, and four years later, I was quarterbacking and led my team to the championship."

Clancy said he admires the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver because he's a good sport who is "humble; he wins with class and he loses with class."

Then, Lockett delivered a personal message to the young fan via video message on GMA and told him he hopes to see him in Atlanta.

"Thanks for cheering us on from Alaska," Lockett said. "I sent you a jersey to represent the 12s. Have a great time, and I hope to see you in Atlanta. Go Hawks!"

The Seahawks mascot, Blitz, presented Clancy with a brand new jersey, and Clancy celebrated with his best touchdown dance.

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Tuesday
Jan152019

Serena Williams dominates in first round of Australian Open

Mark Kolbe/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Serena Williams cruised to a first round victory in the Australian Open on Monday.

In her first appearance at the Grand Slam tournament since winning the title in 2017 while pregnant, Williams, 37, defeated Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2. The match took just 49 minutes.

Williams will now face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

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