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Sunday
Mar172019

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament automatic bids up for grabs

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(NEW YORK) -- The following teams have automatically qualified for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament by winning their conference championship:

American Athletic Conference: Cincinnati Bearcats

America East Conference: Vermont Catamounts

Atlantic 10 Conference: Saint Louis Billikens

Atlantic Coast Conference: Duke Blue Devils

Atlantic Sun Conference: Liberty Flames

Big 12 Conference: Iowa State Cyclones

Big East Conference: Villanova Wildcats

Big Sky Conference: Montana Grizzlies

Big South Conference: Gardner-Webb Bulldogs

Big Ten: Michigan State Spartans

Big West Conference: UC Irvine Anteaters

Colonial Athletic Association: Northeastern Huskies

Conference USA: Old Dominion Monarchs

Horizon League: Northern Kentucky Norse

Ivy League: Yale Bulldogs

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: Iona Gaels

Mid-American Conference: Buffalo Bulls

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: North Carolina Central Eagles

Missouri Valley Conference: Bradley Braves

Mountain West Conference: Utah State Aggies

Northeast Conference: Farleigh Dickinson Knights

Ohio Valley Conference: Murray State Racers

Pac-12 Conference: Oregon Ducks

Patriot League: Colgate Red Raiders

Southeastern Conference: Auburn Tigers

Southern Conference: Wofford Terriers

Southland Conference: Abilene Christian Wildcats

Southwestern Athletic Conference: Prairie View A&M Panthers

Summit League: North Dakota State Bison

Sun Belt Conference: Georgia State Panthers

Western Athletic Conference: New Mexico State Aggies

West Coast Conference: Saint Mary's Gael

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Sunday
Mar172019

Blind man finishes New York City half marathon with the help of guide dogs 

Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Guiding Eyes For The Blind(NEW YORK) -- With the help of some very good boys, runner Thomas Panek became the first blind man to finish the United Airlines Half Marathon in New York City on Sunday, along with a trio of guide dogs.

Three highly-trained running guide dogs, Waffle, Westley and Gus, aided Panek as he ran the 13-mile race through New York City. All three are Labrador Retrievers and Gus, who paced Panek for the final 5K of the race, was the first running guide dog ever to complete a New York Road Runners event.

"It's a long race, but dogs are running creatures and they love to move and run," Panek told local ABC station WABC ahead of the race. "A lot of times, when we're walking our dogs, we are holding them back. They want to get out and have fun, and they love it."

Panek ran the half marathon to raise money for blind athletes to be able to get service dogs that can both guide them and run with them.

"There's a big demand from people who have vision loss that want to be active, want to be, well, like the rest of us, want to get out there with their dog," Panek told WABC.

He added that the dogs help him to navigate curbs, other runners and potholes.

"The biggest obstacle is getting it done at a faster pace, moving with the dog and keeping our footwork together," he said. "Like everybody else, one step at a time."

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Friday
Mar152019

Chiefs Hill under investigation for battery

John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation by police for battery.

According to a police report from the Overland Park Police Department obtained by the Kansas City Star, police were called to Hill's home on Thursday to investigate the alleged battery in which a juvenile was involved. Hill's girlfriend, Crystal Espinal, is listed as "other's involved."

Hill was not listed in the report.

In a statement to The Star, the Chiefs said they are aware of the investigation.

"The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill," the Chiefs told The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We'll have no further comment at this time."

Hill has not been charged.

A second police report showed officers were called to Hill's home to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect on March 5.

No charges have been filed.

The 25-year old was convicted of domestic assault while in college at Oklahoma State. He was accused of punching and choking a pregnant Espinal and was given three years’ probation.

He completed probation in 2018 and his conviction was dismissed.

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Friday
Mar152019

Raiders release wide receiver Jordy Nelson, quarterback AJ McCarron

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders continue to shake up their roster.

The team announced Thursday it has released wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback AJ McCarron.

The move comes after Oakland signed two wide receivers earlier this week: Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and free agent Tyrell Williams, who formerly played for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Nelson, 33, joined the Raiders last year, appearing in 15 games and starting in 14 of them. He finished the season with 63 receptions, 739 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

McCarron, meanwhile, appeared in two games last season, completing one of three pass attempts for eight yards.

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Friday
Mar152019

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/14/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Miami 12, Houston 6
Washington 10, Minnesota 4
Philadelphia 4, Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 9, Colorado 3
LA Angels 7, Milwaukee 7
Chi Cubs 2, Texas 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 7, Baltimore 6
Boston 4, Detroit 4
NY Yankees 1, Toronto 1
Texas 5, Kansas City 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 11, Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 1, St. Louis 1
Cincinnati 3, LA Dodgers 3
Arizona 3, San Francisco 0
LA Dodgers 12, San Diego 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 108, Oklahoma City 106
Orlando 120, Cleveland 91
Boston 126, Sacramento 120
Toronto 111, L.A. Lakers 98
Utah 120, Minnesota 100
Denver 100, Dallas 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 0
NY Islanders 2, Montreal 1
Washington 5, Philadelphia 2
Ottawa 2, St. Louis 0
Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 4
Winnipeg 4, Boston 3
Dallas 4, Minnesota 1
Arizona 6, Anaheim 1
Nashville 3, L.A. Kings 1
Florida 4, San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) Virginia 76, NC State 56
(3) North Carolina 83, Louisville 70
(5) Duke 84, Syracuse 72
West Virginia 79, (7) Texas Tech 74
OT (12) Florida St. 65, (16) Virginia Tech 63
(14) Nevada 77, Boise St. 69
(15) Kansas St. 70, TCU 61
(17) Kansas 65, Texas 57
(18) Buffalo 82, Akron 46
Nebraska 69, (21) Maryland 61
(22) Auburn 81, Missouri 71
(23) Marquette 86, St. John's 54
(25) Villanova 73, Providence 62

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Thursday
Mar142019

Engaged couple sets their sights on gold at Special Olympics World Games

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mixed doubles tennis pair Brittany Tagliareni and Ryan Smith are ready for the competition.

The dynamic duo from Florida will be competing at the Special Olympics World Games being held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Tagliareni and Smith are also a couple off the court -- and are now engaged after meeting through the Special Olympics in 2013.

Together, they are ready to bring home the gold. The two spoke with "Good Morning America’s" Robin Roberts to discuss their road to the games just days before the big event.

For the couple, it’s all about the support from their families, coaches and especially each other -- a unique experience as they represent Special Olympics USA.

"I support him on the court by telling him 'good job' and 'you can do this,'" Tagliareni told "GMA."

Diagnosed with autism, Tagliareni was nonverbal as a child and deals with sensory and visual issues and has since found her voice as a Special Olympics athlete.

"It has helped me make new friends [and] compete all over the world," she said. "My coach and teammates are very nice. I just have fun doing it."

Smith, who was also diagnosed with autism, has been involved with the Special Olympics for several years, winning two tennis gold medals during the Special Olympics' 2018 USA National Summer Games.

In preparation for the World Games, Tagliareni practiced up to five hours six days a week.

Together, Tagliareni and Smith hope to step onto the winners’ podium before their walk down the aisle.

"I would like to accomplish being the best that I can be," Tagliareni said. And her dream in Abu Dhabi? She told Roberts, "To win the world title."

The historic Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi officially kicked today in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first time in the organization’s 50-plus-year history that the games are being hosted in the Middle East.

The Special Olympics USA athletes come from 45 states across the country and will compete against teams from about 190 others around world, with more than 7,500 athletes expected to compete over the next week in 24 different sports.

"It’s overwhelming, the energy, the countries are wonderful, the positivity -- we are so very blessed to be part of this," said Tagliareni’s mother Catherine.

"Special Olympics has not only changed Brittany’s life but has given Brittany a life," she added. "Brittany was nonverbal and now because of Special Olympics, she’s not only confident, she’s becoming independent and she’s loving life, and we are forever grateful. And oh, by the way, can talk a lot now."

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Thursday
Mar142019

Raiders sign free agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams

33ft/iStock(ALAMEDA, Calif.) -- The Oakland Raiders have added another wide receiver to their roster.

The team announced Wednesday it has signed free agent Tyrell Williams. The deal is for four years and is worth $44 million, a source tells ESPN. It has a max value of $47 million and includes a $22 million guaranteed.

The addition of Williams comes after the Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers in a trade late last week.

Williams, 27, has spent his entire NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers. In his four seasons with the team, he has made 37 starts, totaling 155 receptions for 2,530 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Last year, he wrapped up the season with 41 receptions for 653 yards and five touchdowns.

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Thursday
Mar142019

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/13/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL


INTERLEAGUE

NY Mets 2, Houston 1
Oakland 12, Chi Cubs 11
Cleveland 9, Milwaukee 3
Philadelphia 5, NY Yankees 5
San Diego 9, LA Angels 3
Seattle 8, San Francisco 4
Chi White Sox 10, LA Dodgers 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Minnesota 9, Boston 5
Baltimore 6, Toronto 4
Kansas City 17, Cleveland 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Miami 4, St. Louis 1
Washington 8, Atlanta 4
Colorado 5, Arizona 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 100, Orlando 90
Oklahoma City 108, Brooklyn 96
Atlanta 132, Memphis 111
Miami 108, Detroit 74
Golden State 106, Houston 104
Utah 114, Phoenix 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Chicago 5, Toronto 4
New Jersey 6, Edmonton 3
Vancouver 4, NY Rangers 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(16) Virginia Tech 71, Miami 56

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Wednesday
Mar132019

Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated, court rules

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The highest court in Massachusetts has ordered Aaron Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated.

The former New England Patriots star committed suicide in April 2017. He was serving a life sentence in prison for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

The judges said Tuesday that the Commonwealth’s law automatically vacating the conviction because of Hernandez’s suicide is “outdated.”

“We conclude that the doctrine of abatement ab initio is outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life, if, in fact, it ever was,” the judges wrote.

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Wednesday
Mar132019

Report: Giants agree to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Odell Beckham Jr. is about to run a deep route out of New Jersey -- straight to Cleveland.

A source confirms to ESPN that the New York Giants have agreed to trade the superstar wide receiver to the Cleveland Browns.

In exchange, the Giants will receive safety Jabrill Peppers from the Browns, along with first- and third-round picks, according to the source.

The trade comes less than a year after Beckham, 26, signed a five-year contract worth up to $98.5 million with the Giants last August.

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