Scoreboard roundup -- 7/7/18

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

Colorado 5, Seattle 1
Tampa Bay 3, N.Y. Mets 0
L.A. Dodgers 3, L.A. Angels 1

Minnesota 5, Baltimore 4
N.Y. Yankees 8, Toronto 5
Detroit 7, Texas 2
Houston 12, Chicago White Sox 6
Oakland 6, Cleveland 3, 11 Innings
Boston 15, Kansas City 4

Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 7
St. Louis 3, San Francisco 2
Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 2
Atlanta 5, Milwaukee 1
Washington 18, Miami 4
Arizona 20, San Diego 5

Washington 83, L.A. Sparks 74
Chicago 77, Minnesota 63
Las Vegas 94, Connecticut 90

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/6/18

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

N.Y. Mets 5, Tampa Bay 1
L.A. Angels 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
Colorado 7, Seattle 1

Toronto 6, N.Y. Yankees 2
Detroit 3, Texas 1
Cleveland 10, Oakland 4
Houston 11, Chicago White Sox 4
Minnesota 6, Baltimore 2
Boston 10, Kansas City 5

Cincinnati 3, Chicago Cubs 2
Washington 3, Miami 2
Philadelphia 17, Pittsburgh 5
Milwaukee 5, Atlanta 4
Arizona 3, San Diego 1
San Francisco 3, St. Louis 2

Seattle 95, Atlanta 86

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FIFA invites boys soccer team trapped in Thailand cave to World Cup final

Linh Pham/Getty Images(CHIANG RAI, Thailand) -- FIFA has invited the boys soccer team trapped in a partly flooded cave in northern Thailand to attend the World Cup final in Russia -- that is, if they are rescued in time.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent a letter on Thursday to the head of the Football Association of Thailand, expressing his "deepest sympathies and support" to the families of the 12 boys and their soccer coach. Infantino said he's been "anxiously following the news" since the group disappeared inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in mountainous Chiang Rai province on June 23. He added that he was "greatly relieved to hear the good news" that all 13 were found alive on July 2.

"On behalf of the international football community, I would like to join you in expressing my deepest sympathies and support to the families of the players and coach, as well as my solidarity with the people of Thailand at this time of great concern," Infantino wrote. "We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring them a little peace and courage in these difficult moments of uncertainty and concern."

Infantino said having the Wild Boar soccer team and the coach at the World Cup final in Moscow on July 15 would "undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration."

"If, as we all hope, they are reunited with their families in the coming days and their health allows them to travel, FIFA would be delighted to invite them to attend the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow as our guests. I sincerely hope that they will be able to join us at the final, which will undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration," Infantino wrote.

The teammates, between the ages of 11 and 16, have reportedly asked the Royal Thai Navy members taking care of them in the cave about what has happened in the international soccer tournament since they got trapped.

The Football Association of Thailand posted Infantino's letter on Facebook and translated it into Thai.

Thai officials are leading a massive rescue operation in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park involving more than 1,000 people, including specialists drafted from various nations such as Australia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. Rescue crews have been working around the clock to drain the flooded passageways and chambers within the vast cave complex leading to the elevated slope where the boys and their 25-year-old coach remain stranded.

Seven members of the Royal Thai Navy, a medical doctor and a nurse have been looking after the group, providing them with food and medical assessments.

It's unclear exactly how and when rescuers will try to extract the group, and Thai officials have cautioned that it could take "weeks or months." But Mother Nature might not allow for that length of time, with heavy seasonal rains forecast to hit the region this weekend.

Thai officials had said the boys were practicing breathing in diving masks in case heavy rain forces the group to swim and dive out the same way rescuers entered. But on Thursday, authorities told ABC News they are no longer pursuing that option amid concerns that something could go awry or the boys could panic underwater.

Instead, authorities said rescue crews will focus on pumping out water from the cave, drilling into the rock to widen some of the narrow passageways and scouring the region's rugged jungle-covered terrain for any natural shafts that connect to the cave network below.

"The current obstacles are the imminent rainfall and the narrow and slippery trails in the cave," the Thai government said in a statement Thursday. "Rescuers and doctors are constantly assessing the weather condition and the survivors’ health in order to come up with an appropriate extraction plan."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/5/16

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

Texas 7, Detroit 5
Minnesota 5, Baltimore 2
Houston 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Seattle 4, L.A. Angels 1

Washington 14, Miami 12
Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 2
San Diego 6, Arizona 3
St. Louis 11, San Francisco 2

Washington 86, N.Y. Liberty 67
Dallas 90, Indiana 63
Minnesota 83, L.A. Sparks 72
Phoenix 84, Connecticut 77
Las Vegas 84, Chicago 80

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/4/18

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

Boston 3, Washington 0
N.Y. Yankees 6, Atlanta 2
Miami 3, Tampa Bay 0
Chicago Cubs 5, Detroit 2
Philadelphia 4, Baltimore 1
Oakland 4, San Diego 2
Milwaukee 3, Minnesota 2
N.Y. Mets 6, Toronto 3
Cincinnati 7, Chicago White Sox 4

L.A. Angels 7, Seattle 4
Houston 5, Texas 4, 10 Innings
Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2

L.A. Dodgers 6, Pittsburgh 4
Colorado 1, San Francisco 0
St. Louis 8, Arizona 4

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Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut gobbles 74 hotdogs, setting new world record at Nathan's contest

Steven Ferdman/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ten minutes, 74 hotdogs and an estimated 22,200 calories later, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut is once again the undisputed chow champion. Wednesday marked Chestnut's 11th win at the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island.

"Seventy-four hot dogs -- I've earned it," he said after the event in an interview with ESPN. Chestnut marked a new world record set using his signature style of stuffing two frankfurters down his throat at a time. "This was a beautiful day. I love to eat and I tried to enjoy the food."

For yet another year, the favorites in both the men's and women's categories -- Chestnut, 34, and Miki Sudo, 33, -- strutted off the stage after braving the broiling heat to brandish mustard title belts and oversized checks, proving they reign supreme when it comes to speed-eating encased meat.

Chestnut, the current hotdog-eating world record holder from Vallejo, California, downed a whopping 74 weiners, dipping the buns in super-sized plastic cups of water during the 10-minute-long contest. Judges peered below and Nathan's helpers stood by with paper plates loaded with more hotdogs.

Chestnut said he had "a vision" for this year's win, and seemed to be unfatigued after "10 minutes of work."

"I'm going to keep riding the wave," he said of his carer on the competitive eating circuit.

New Jersey native Carmen Cincotti finished second by eating 64 hot dogs. Third place finisher Darron Breedon got 43 frankfurters down.

The Fourth of July event, considered by some to be the Super Bowl of competitive eating, also featured 74-year-old Rich "The Locust" LeFevre -- the oldest competitor in the contest's 101-year history.

In the women's competition, Sudo, a native New Yorker by way of Japan and Hawaii, accomplished her goal to "5-pete" the competition by gobbling 37 hot dogs and water-dipped buns in 10 minutes.

"I had a comfortable lead, and I left room to eat more for next year," Sudo told ESPN while hoisting her pink title belt.

Sudo's dad was in the crowd to watch her win. While her grand total was four fewer than her tally last year, it was nine more than the closest challenger, Michelle Lesco.

Third place finisher Juliet Lee came in with just 25.

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Rep. Jim Jordan denies knowing about alleged sex abuse at Ohio State

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Jim Jordan – the powerful Republican founder of the House Freedom Caucus, staunch Trump ally and dark horse candidate for speaker – is denying new claims that as an assistant wrestling coach at The Ohio State University in the late 1980s he failed to address alleged sexual abuse by a team physician.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, through a spokesman, called the matter "serious."

“These are serious allegations and issues," Doug Andres, spokesman for Ryan, told ABC News. "The university has rightfully initiated a full investigation into the matter. The speaker will await the findings of that inquiry.”

A Ryan spokesman clarified that the "serious allegations" referred to include both "the molestation and the failure to report."

In April, the university announced an investigation into recently surfaced allegations against the former wrestling team physician, Dr. Richard Strauss, who served between the mid-1970s and late 1990s. Jordan was an assistant coach on the team from 1986 to 1994. Strauss died in 2005.

Three former OSU wrestlers have now gone public with their stories, detailing alleged sexual molestation by Strauss during medical appointments to NBC News. One man said he directly reported the abuse to Jordan; all three said Jordan could not have been unaware of the inappropriate behavior.

Jordan has consistently denied witnessing any cases of abuse or receiving any reports of misconduct from the student wrestlers.

“Congressman Jordan never saw any abuse, never heard about any abuse, and never had any abuse reported to him during his time as a coach at Ohio State,” Jordan spokesman Ian Fury told ABC News in a statement.

The university says its investigation includes “outreach to former student-athletes, coaches and others who may have been affected or may have had knowledge of these alleged incidents.” Fury says Jordan has not yet been contacted by investigators but will cooperate.

“If what is alleged is true, the victims deserve a full investigation and justice,” Fury said.

Jordan, who frequently talks about his roots as a wrestler prior to a career in politics, has kept close ties to the sport. He was a two-time national champion wrestler at the University of Wisconsin and a three-time All-American. His brother Jeff Jordan also wrestled at Wisconsin from 1983-86 and was a two-time All-American. Jordan’s sons also wrestled at Wisconsin - Ben from 2008-12, including as an All-American in 2012; Issac from 2012-17, a four-time All-American and current assistant wrestling coach at the University of Indiana.

“Our efforts will continue to be focused on uncovering what may have happened during this era, what university leaders at the time may have known, and whether any response at the time was appropriate,” University spokesman Benjamin Johnson said last week, though he did not directly address Jordan's role on the team. “Once the independent investigation has been completed, we will be in a position to consider what further action may be appropriate.”

Investigators appointed by the Ohio attorney general say they have interviewed more than 150 former students and witnesses. They have amassed reports of alleged sexual misconduct by Strauss spanning 14 university sports programs and former patients in the student health services.

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Octopus killed for food after correctly predicting 3 World Cup games

iStock/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Rabiot, the World Cup-predicting octopus, has died.

More precisely, he's been turned into sashimi, reports Japanese newspaper Mainichi.

Japanese outlet Sora News 24 was more gruesome in its description of Rabiot's fate: "match-predicting octopus gutted after loss to Poland … literally."

Rabiot was a Giant Pacific Octopus caught off the coast of Obira, Hokkaido.

According to Mainichi, fisherman Kimio Abe, 51, named the mollusk on June 19.

Abe then placed his new invertebrate in a paddling pool containing three boxes with food, one representing Japan, another representing its opponent and a third representing a draw, according to reports.

In the experiment, the octopus tipped its tentacles towards the right boxes, thus predicting a Japanese win against Colombia, a draw with Senegal and a loss to Poland. All three predictions were true.

"I'm glad that all the forecasts turned out correct and Japan moved on to the knockout stage," fisherman Abe told Mainichi in an interview published before the team's loss to Poland.

Rabiot is not the first octopus to predict World Cup results.

Paul, an octopus who lived in a German aquarium, correctly predicted eight World Cup games in 2010. He was found dead of natural causes later that fall.

Abe told Mainichi that he sent Rabiot to the fish market before Japan lost 1-0 to Poland last week, an outcome the tasty invertebrate didn't see coming.

Meanwhile, scientists feel we might be better served keeping octopuses off dinner plates. Researchers at Cambridge University specifically mentioned octopuses in their 2012 Declaration of Consciousness, which states that some animals also possess the "neurological substrates" that generate consciousness.

For his part, Abe told the Japanese newspaper that he is now on the hunt for another eight-limbed oracle to predict the remaining World Cup results.

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Pitcher CC Sabathia credits training regimen for late-career success

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is pitching in the midst of his eighteenth Major League season, and it has been one of his most effective in several years.

Sabathia entered the month of July ranked among the top pitchers in the American League in earned run average (ERA), and has kept the Yankees in the running for a division title.

Weeks away from his 38th birthday, Sabathia says one of the keys to his late-career success has been his training regimen, a routine he developed while working out with his former teammate, Andy Pettitte.

"I think everything late in my career has been after Andy. We worked out a lot together when he was playing, and I was picking his brain on what to do in the offseason from a routine perspective," Sabathia said in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. "Andy Pettitte has been a great mentor... I've watched a lot of video of him the last couple of years, and what he's turned into the past couple of years, it's really helped me."

Sabathia was speaking before attending Triple Play Day at the Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center in New York City in late June. As he discussed his season and dedication to fitness with ABC News, he was kicking off a series of nationwide events with the Boys & Girls Clubs to encourage youth development, exercising, and physical health.

Sabathia says he has tried boxing in recent years--a newer workout routine for the long time ace, who stands six feet and six inches tall. He says boxing does not put as much stress on his lower body, and he has alternated between other workouts to put less stress on his joints, such as swimming.

Shaking up his exercise regimen is not the only change Sabathia made.

"Oh no, I've completely changed the style I pitched," Sabathia tells ABC News, when asked whether he adjusted the way he approaches pitching or if he made fewer, subtler changes. Earlier in his career, while he was pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Sabathia says he pitched with a "football mentality," something he believes he picked up while playing a variety of contact sports with the Boys & Girls Club as a kid. He was a harder thrower, a more aggressive pitcher, and accumulated more strikeouts than he does now.

Pitching into his late thirties, Sabathia has had to face the realities of playing baseball as his body fails to move as fast as it once did and does not recover as quickly: "I think it's just getting around older players and kind of realizing what you need to do to take that next step in your career."

Sabathia first joined the Yankees as a free agent in December 2008, leading New York to their 27th World Series championship in his first year with the team. Now in his tenth season in New York, Sabathia is continuing to develop his workout routine so he can extend his career in hopes of winning another championship and lead a healthy lifestyle long after he is done pitching.

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Scoreboard Roundup 7/3/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's games:

 Final  Atlanta      5  N-Y Yankees     3, 11 Innings
 Final  Boston       4  Washington      3
 Final  Cincinnati   5  Chi White Sox   3
 Final  Miami        3  Tampa Bay       2, 10 Innings
 Final  Milwaukee    6  Minnesota       5, 10 Innings
 Final  Detroit     3  Toronto       2, 10 Innings
 Final  Cleveland   9  Kansas City   3
 Final  Colorado      5  San Francisco   2
 Final  St. Louis     6  Arizona         3
 Final  L-A Dodgers  17  Pittsburgh      1

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