Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he's unlikely to take part in another Home Run Derby

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- After winning the Home Run Derby at least year's MLB All Star Weekend, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge says he doesn't think he'll compete in the event again.

"One and done, Home Run Derby champion," Judge said to reporters on Thursday. "It was a cool experience. I enjoyed it all, but I don't think I really need to go out there and do it again."

Judge burst into the spotlight last year, winning the American League Rookie of the Year award and leading the AL in home runs.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reportedly shrugged off Judge's comments, telling reporters "my job is to get as many Home Run Derby candidates as I can find. How it plays out after that..."

Judge slumped somewhat after the Home Run Derby, hitting .185 in August with just three home runs. He eventually re-discovered his swing, hitting .311 with 15 home runs over the season's final five weeks.

But Judge says the fear of a slump isn't what prompted his decision. "That's the least of my concerns," he said. "I know everyone always talks about [how] the Derby will do that, but it didn't have that effect on me."

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Kevin Stallings fired after Pittsburgh goes winless in ACC play

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) -- After one of the worst seasons in program history, the University of Pittsburgh fired head basketball coach Kevin Stallings on Thursday.

Stallings spent two seasons in charge of the Pitt program. In a statement, athletic director Heather Lyke expressed appreciation for Stallings' "commitment to our program."

Stallings replaced Jamie Dixon after the latter left Pitt to take the head coaching job at Texas Christian University.

Dixon's Panthers won 20 games in 12 of his 13 seasons in charge. Stallings won just 24 out of 65 games including an 0-18 run in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season.

Pitt also lost their lone ACC Tournament game, marking just the second 0-19 mark in ACC history. The school was the only Division I team not to win a conference game this year.

Part of the team's struggles can be attributed to the loss of senior forward Ryan Luther, who missed the remainder of the season after suffering a foot injury in December.

Attendance at Pitt home games dropped by 50 percent from 2016-2017, with just over 4,000 fans showing up per game.

Prior to taking over at Pitt, Stallings had coached 17 seasons at Vanderbilt University, going 332-220.

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Le'Veon Bell says he wants to stay with Pittsburgh, won't sit out 2018 season

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell said he won't sit out next season, even without a long-term contract, but that his team shouldn't expect anything "extra" from him if a multi-year deal isn't reached.

During an Instagram Live chat on Wednesday, Bell said he would be at the team facility in time for Week One of the 2018 season. "It's going to be a rerun of last year," Bell said. "I'm not going to [training] camp. I'm not doing nothing else extra, OTAs, none of that."

Earlier in the offseason, Bell hinted that he could sit out the season or retire if the Steelers asked him to play out the year on a franchise tag contract.

Bell has said he wants at least $14.5 million per year in a new contract. The team offered Bell $13.3 million per year last year -- an offer that it has reportedly increased somewhat.

Still, Bell says he has no inclination to leave the team he's spent his whole career with. "I am going to stay in Pittsburgh," he said Wednesday. "For one, I don't have an option. For two, I want to stay in Pittsburgh. So the ultimate goal is to get that done."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/8/18

 iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores from yesterday's sports events:
 Final  Miami           7  Houston       6
 Final  Philadelphia    2  Boston        1
 Final  Toronto        13  Pittsburgh    4
 Final  N-Y Yankees    11  N-Y Mets      4
 Final  Milwaukee      10  Kansas City   6
 Final  Chi White Sox  14  Cincinnati   12
 Final  L-A Dodgers     4  L-A Angels    2
 Final  Colorado        5  Texas         4
 Final  Chi Cubs       11  Cleveland     6
 Final  Toronto     6  Detroit     5
 Final  Minnesota   8  Boston      1
 Final  Baltimore   7  Tampa Bay   2
 Final  Oakland     7  Seattle     3
 Final  St. Louis   4  Washington      3
 Final  San Diego   4  San Francisco   4, 10 Innings
 Final  Utah         104  Indiana      84
 Final  Chicago      119  Memphis     110
 Final  Houston      110  Milwaukee    99
 Final OT  Toronto      121  Detroit     119
 Final  New Orleans  114  Sacramento  101
 Final  L.A. Lakers  108  Orlando     107
 Final  Cleveland    113  Denver      108
 Final  Calgary      5  Buffalo        1
 Final  Pittsburgh   5  Philadelphia   2
 Final  Arizona      2  Vancouver      1


 Final  (12) North Carolina   78  Syracuse   59

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Seattle Seahawks trade Michael Bennett to Philadelphia Eagles, Richard Sherman could be next

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Seahawks may be preparing to mark the end of their Legion of Boom era, as they traded away one member of their star defense on Wednesday, and reports indicate another could be on the way out next.

ESPN reports that defensive end Michael Bennett will be sent to the Philadelphia Eagles, along with a seventh-round draft pick. In return, Seattle will get a fifth-round draft pick and wide receiver Marcus Johnson.

The Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers were also in the running to acquire Bennett, ESPN says.

The teams can't officially announce the trade until March 14, when the 2018 league year starts.

Bennett joins an organization that is supportive of players engaging in social and political advocacy. Bennett sat during the national anthem last season to protest social issues. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is a co-leader of the Players Coalition, which has worked with the league to encourage players to contribute to their local communities.

Eagles defensive end Chris Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith have also been among the most socially active players in the league.

Bennett, 33, registered 8.5 sacks last year, despite dealing with knee injuries and a torn plantar fascia in his foot.

Earlier in the day, Seahawks defensive back Jeremy Lane tweeted a vague statement that seemed to indicate cornerback Richard Sherman would not return to the team. While there is no indication that a trade involving Sherman is close, the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that the cornerback was scheduled to meet with members of the team's front office to discuss his future.

The Seahawks have featured one of the league's best defenses for most of the past five years -- winning Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014. Over the last two years, however, Sherman and Bennett, as well as defensive standouts Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, have dealt with injuries that have kept them off the field for extended periods. 

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Spurs' Kawhi Leonard could be nearing return, wants to finish career in San Antonio

Photo by Antonio Hernandez / ESPN Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard could be nearing a return to the court, he said Wednesday, adding that he would be open to playing his entire career with the Spurs.

"I don't have a set date right now," Leonard said about his return from a largely lost season. Leonard has played in just nine games this year, sitting out since January 13 to rehab a quadriceps injury.

Leonard has been working out with the team for about two weeks, and ESPN says league sources indicate Leonard hopes to return to game action by the end of the month.

The handling of Leonard's injury has complicated the relationship between player and team. Leonard, a free agent after next season, was asked Wednesday whether he wanted to finish his career with San Antonio, saying "yes, for sure."

Leonard is eligible for a five-year contract worth $219 million -- called the supermax extension -- this summer. He remains under contract for one more season and has a player option for 2019-2020 worth $21.3 million.

Leonard's return would be something of a surprise after head coach Gregg Popovich said last month that time was against Leonard.

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Los Angeles Lakers fan joins uses billboards to help recruit LeBron James

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers make their only trip to Los Angeles this weekend, one Lakers fan is turning up the city's recruiting efforts of the four-time MVP.

ESPN reportsd that Jacob Emrani, a personal injury attorney and Lakers season ticket holder, put up four billboards around Los Angeles in an effort to convince James to join his team via free agency. Similar billboards were also erected in Cleveland, to convince James to stay, and in Philkadelphia.

The team is not involved with the billboards in any way. That after being fined twice for tampering charges.

Each of the billboards bears the hashtag #LABron. One reads "Cleveland & Philly, You Can't Compete with L.A." and another reads "FORGET THE PROCESS, WE WIN BANNERS." The latter is a reference to the Philadelphia 76ers rebuilding efforts that have been nicknamed The Process.

Another billboard, Emrani says, features retired Lakers jersey numbers -- including those of Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal and Magic Johnson -- with James' number 23 next to them.

Emrani says he has over 50 billboards around Los Angeles, but wouldn't say how much he paid for the LeBron-focused billboards. He plans on keeping them up for the month, however.

"This is a first. If this goes well, I'm planning to do the same thing for Paul George sometime down the road," Emrani said. "What I am hoping to accomplish is for LeBron to know how badly he is wanted here. ... This is going to be the best situation here. We bring him the weather, we bring him his two houses, all of his business partners are out here. His future."

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Tom Brady: Patriots' Super Bowl loss was 'a great lesson' for my children

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady, after reflecting on the New England Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, says the defeat was an opportunity to teach his kids a valuable lesson.

Brady's three children -- Vivian, 5, John, 10, and Benjamin, 8, -- were visibly upset after watching his team lose.

"That was the first time that I'd seen my kids really react in that way," Brady, 40, said on his Facebook show Tom vs. Time.

"You know, Benny was crying, Vivi was crying and they were sad for me and sad for the Patriots. But I just said to them, 'Look you guys this is a great lesson. We don't always win. We try our best and sometimes it doesn't go the way we want.'"

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/7/18

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


Washington 117, Miami 113; OT  
Toronto 106, Atlanta 90
Philadelphia 128, Charlotte 114
Houston 122, Oklahoma City 112
Dallas 118, Denver 107
Portland 111, N.Y. Knicks 87
Golden State 114, Brooklyn 101
New Orleans 121, L.A. Clippers 116

Winnipeg 3, N.Y. Rangers 0
Columbus 4, Vegas 1
New Jersey 6, Montreal 4
Boston 6, Detroit 5;  OT  
Tampa Bay 5, Florida 4; OT  
Minnesota 6, Carolina 2
Nashville 2, Dallas 0
Chicago 2, Colorado 1; OT
Anaheim 4, Washington  0


(6) Gonzaga 74, BYU 54

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Man, 18, accuses former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of abuse, joins civil lawsuit

University of Michigan(LANSING, Mich.) -- In April 2016, a 16-year-old gymnast at a critical point in his career, on the verge of making nationals, but with a nagging pain in his shoulder visited the home of a family friend and doctor for help.

"I went to Larry, thinking that I was going to get some legitimate medical treatment," 18-year-old Jacob Moore told ABC News on Tuesday. "I got nothing even close to that."

On Monday, Jacob Moore, alongside his lawyers, announced that he'd joined more than 250 accusers in a civil lawsuit against Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics physician currently in prison for abusing hundreds of women and children.

USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and others are also being sued.

Jacob Moore's story was first shared by his sister Kamerin Moore, who spoke of her own abuse at the hands of Nassar in a victim impact statement during his sentencing in January.

Kamerin Moore told the Michigan courtroom that she began seeing Nassar for treatment at the age of 10 when she suffered an injury performing gymnastics. She said shortly after her father died when she was 12, Nassar began molesting her.

In her statement, Kamerin Moore said Nassar became the "only adult male figure" in her life after her father's death.

"You weren't just a doctor to me, you were my buddy, but it wasn't long after our friendship developed that you decided what we now call 'your special treatment,'" she said. "My whole family was fooled by you."

She then said that Nassar had also molested her brother Jacob Moore after he'd injured his shoulder while doing gymnastics.

Jacob Moore, currently a freshman at the University of Michigan and on the gymnastics team, said that in April 2016, he was a member of USA Gymnastics and suffering from a shoulder injury. One day, after practice, he, Kamerin Moore and their mother went to Nassar's house. Jacob Moore said that he had been to the house for medical assistance once or twice before.

"He was pretty good friends with, you know, my whole family," he said. "He just seemed really trustworthy."

Jacob Moore said Nassar had exam tables set up in the basement that evening. Jacob Moore, who said he was not wearing a shirt, laid on a table and Nassar started putting acupuncture needles in his shoulder.

"He pulled my pants down on one side, partially exposing me," Jacob Moore said during a news conference Monday. "Slowly he would work his way with acupuncture needles towards my inner groin."

Jacob Moore said a young woman, whom he identified as a "victim" of Nassar's, was also in the room.

His lawyer Ven Johnson told ABC News on Tuesday that Nassar exposed Jacob Moore's genitals to the young woman, all while "explaining how chi from the shoulder is related to chi down in the area of the groin."

"A lot of these young people like Jacob or Kami [Kamerin] would go to him [Nassar] with a specific pain or an issue in a particular part of their body. Larry would run this manipulative B.S. on chi and energy," Johnson said.

Jacob Moore said he felt uncomfortable at the time but believed the doctor was healing his shoulder.

"The amount of trust that I had in him, kind of, lead me away from thinking that something was actually wrong with the situation," he said.

Nearly two years later, he said, he started learning of the allegations against Nassar. Jacob Moore said neither he nor Kamerin Moore had spoken to each other about their alleged abuse at the hands of Nassar until one day, when the two siblings were having lunch with friends.

He said it was then that he decided to research the treatment he'd received in 2016. Jacob Moore, who eventually had to have surgeries on both of his shoulders, said he found nothing.

"I immediately was very shocked and almost angry," he said.

Nassar pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison in January on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree.

After the sentencing, the entire board of USA Gymnastics resigned under pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Also, the president and athletic director of Michigan State University, where Nassar worked for decades, stepped down.

In two other cases, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison for possession of child pornography in December 2017 and 40 to 125 years in prison for three more criminal sexual conduct cases in early February. He pleaded guilty in both of those cases as well.

USA Gymnastics told ABC News on Tuesday it would not comment on the complaint filed by Jacob Moore.

"USA Gymnastics supports our athletes, like Aly Raisman, Jacob Moore and others, who have shared their experiences with abuse, and we are very sorry that any athlete has been hurt by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar. USA Gymnastics first became aware that an athlete had expressed concern about a procedure by Larry Nassar in June 2015, which led USA Gymnastics to report Nassar to the FBI and dismiss him from further involvement with USA Gymnastics. USA Gymnastics is committed to doing everything we can to prevent this from happening again by making bold decisions and holding ourselves to the highest standards of care. We need the gymnastics community to join with us to accomplish this for both the young men and women who are pursuing their gymnastics dreams today and to honor those who have gone before," the organization said in an email.

MSU and Nassar's lawyers did not respond to requests for comment.

Jacob Moore said that the stigma surrounding men who have suffered sexual abuse is wrong and that men should be given a platform to come forward and share their stories. He said for now he's focusing on gymnastics and trying to leave the past behind him.

"If I allow him [Nassar] to kind of take away that love for the sport, I see that as kind of him winning. ... That's the last thing that, you know, any of us want," he said.

Each accuser is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

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