Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay pro teams paying to move Confederate statue

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, FL.) -- Former NFL Head Coach Tony Dungy challenged Tampa Bay's professional sports franchises to help pay to move a Confederate statue from a local courthouse.

The three teams, the Lightning, Buccaneers and Rays, said they would help. 

On Wednesday, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted 4-2 to block public funds from being used to move the statue. The county said it would cost $140,000 to move the statue and that that money would have to come from private funds.

Dungy, the former Buccaneers and Colts coach, lives in Tampa Bay and tweeted out an appeal following the county decision.

The three teams issued a joint statement on Twitter saying they would assist in moving the statue.


Dungy's appeal was also heard by former Tampa Bay Storm, a professional arena football team, owner Bob Gries, who pledged $50,000 and current Tampa Bay Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who offered $1,000.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/16/17

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

L.A. Angels    3  Washington      2
N-Y Yankees    5  N-Y Mets        3
Boston         5  St. Louis       4
Houston        9  Arizona         5
L.A. Dodgers   5  Chi White Sox   4

Kansas City   7  Oakland     6
Seattle       7  Baltimore   6
Toronto       3  Tampa Bay   2
Texas        12  Detroit     6
  Cleveland  at  Minnesota   8:10 p.m., postponed

Miami       8  San Francisco   1
Milwaukee   7  Pittsburgh      6
San Diego   3  Philadelphia    0
Chi Cubs    7  Cincinnati      6
Colorado   17  Atlanta         2

L.A. Sparks   95  Washington   62
Seattle       62  Minnesota    61

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Saints fire two team doctors after misdiagnosis

Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) – The New Orleans Saints have fired  team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri after they misdiagnosed an injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux.

The pair had originally diagnosed Breaux’s fibula injury as a bruise, but it was later discovered that he had fractured the bone.

Breaux has a history of injuries and while the team believed he could have played through some of them, the team did not release him after learning of this misdiagnosis, according to the New
Orleans Advocate.

Jones and Suri have worked with the team for a number of years and have also done work for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

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Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler rips umpire: 'He needs to stop ruining baseball games'

33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez is no stranger to controversy, and he was involved once again on Tuesday when Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler unleashed harsh criticisms of Hernandez to a local newspaper.

Kinsler told the Detroit News that Hernandez "needs to re-evaluate his career choice," claiming that the ump is "messing with baseball games."

Hernandez has been an umpire in the major leagues for 24 seasons. Hernandez has been involved in a number of controversial calls, and in a 2010 ESPN survey, 22 percent of players asked called him the worst umpire in the major leagues.

"I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is," Kinsler told the News. "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad."

Hernandez ejected Kinsler from the Tigers' game on Monday after the infielder tossed his bat following a strikeout. Kinsler disagreed with Hernandez' ball and strike calls.

Asked if he had a personal problem with Hernandez, Kinsler told the News "I'm not mad at him. He just needs to go away."

When told of Kinsler's comments, Hernandez reportedly said "I'm not at liberty to discuss tit-for-tat what's going on. As a matter of fact, I don't even caer what he said."

Hernandez, born in Cuba, filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball earlier this year alleging racial discrimination and a vendetta against him by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre has prevented him from career advancement. That suit is pending.

Hernandez also served as an umpire for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Miami last month.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/15/17

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

Houston        9  Arizona         4
N-Y Yankees    5  N-Y Mets        4
Washington     3  L.A. Angels     1
Boston        10  St. Louis       4
L.A. Dodgers   6  Chi White Sox   1

Tampa Bay   6  Toronto       4
Texas      10  Detroit       4
Cleveland   8  Minnesota     1
Oakland    10  Kansas City   8
Seattle     3  Baltimore     1


San Francisco   9  Miami          4
Milwaukee       3  Pittsburgh     1
Cincinnati      2  Chi Cubs       1
Atlanta         4  Colorado       3
San Diego       8  Philadelphia   4

Connecticut   96  Atlanta   75

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Tom Brady says his mother is 'on the road to recovery' after cancer battle

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BOSTON) -- Tom Brady's mother is on "the road to recovery" after a battle with cancer, the quarterback said Tuesday.

In an interview with the Kirk & Callahan radio show to launch the 2017 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, Brady said that his mother, Galynn Brady, recently got back "really positive" rest results and "couldn't be any better considering everything she's gone through."

Brady did not give details about his mother's condition, nor did he specify the type of cancer with which she was diagnosed.

“She’s doing really well," Brady said. "Everyone in our family is so happy."

Brady, 40, told the radio hosts that much of his mother's treatment took place during the 2016-2017 football season, during which his team, the New England Patriots, won the Super Bowl. Before the big game this past February, Brady told reporters that it was the only one of the season that his mother had been able to attend, and that he was hoping to win it for her.

"It was a really special time for our family. We have such great memories being there together," he shared Tuesday. "It’s great it turned out the way it did because it really — her treatments were ending at that point. It kind of signified not only the end of the season, but what she was going through, what our family was going through. It was a great way to end the year.”

The NFL star said that now, he's hoping to raise awareness of the disease -- as well as money for thee Jimmy Fund, which supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

“Cancer is such a part of everyone’s life, unfortunately," Brady said. "It hits everyone at some point and is in everyone’s family. It’s great that people are continuing to create awareness and trying to find ways to create better solutions and cures and really help people who are in need."

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Serena Williams on returning to the court after childbirth: 'I win, or I don’t play'

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With Serena Williams nearing the end of her first pregnancy, the 35-year-old tennis icon opened up about her plans to return to the court early next year -- and under what conditions she would choose to walk away from the game she loves for good.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion announced in April that she is expecting her first baby with her fiance, Alexis Ohanian.

In a new interview with Vogue, Williams admits that she used to think that having children would mean quitting tennis.

"It’s hard to figure out what the end of your tennis career should look like," she told Vogue. "But no. I’m definitely coming back. Walking out there and hearing the crowd, it may seem like nothing. But there’s no better feeling in the world."

In fact, Williams won her last major competition, the Australian Open, while she was a few weeks along in her pregnancy.

Now, she said she plans on returning to defend her Australian Open title in January, even though that will be just three months after she gives birth.

She said she knows returning to the court so soon after childbirth is going to be a big challenge, and adds that if she finds she isn't the player she was at the height of her career, she will hang up her tennis shoes.

"In this game, you can go dark fast. If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, 'She’s done.' Especially since I’m not 20 years old," Williams told Vogue. "I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.”

Williams said aside from her career, she is also focused on the health and well-being of her child, and how that factors into life with her fiance and their growing family.

"I’m nervous about childbirth. I’m not a spring chicken," she said. "The biggest thing is that I don’t really think I’m a baby person. Not yet. That’s something I have to work on. I’m so used to me-me-me, taking care of my health, my body, my career. I always ask, 'Am I going to be good enough?'"

Although she knows she'll have to worry about a daughter or son very soon, she told ABC News last month that she was enjoying her pregnancy and taking some time off from tennis.

"I’ve never had this time off before," she said. "I’ve been really enjoying my time off and getting ready for this new, massive chapter in my life."

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Giancarlo Stanton sets Marlins single season HR record 

Alan Kee/ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- Nobody in baseball is on a run like Giancarlo Stanton. In his last 34 games he's hit 22 home runs, including one Monday night against the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 victory.

It was Stanton's 43rd home run of the season, breaking Miami's record for the most homers in a season set by Gary Sheffield in 1996, and it came in just the 117th game of the season.

Speaking after the game with ESPN, Stanton said he's made a lot of adjustments since he's returned from the All Star break, where he put on quite the show for the hometown fans in the Home Run Derby. In addition to adjusting his stance and watching more film of his swing, Stanton said keeping a simple approach at the plate has helped him.

When asked what home run total excites him, Stanton said he's always wanted to hit 62, but he's not sure he can get there. Sixty-one was the record held by Roger Maris in his 1961 season, and lasted up until 1998 when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa hit 70 and 66 long balls respectively. Sosa ended up breaking 61 to more times, while McGwire did it once more. Barry Bonds holds the overall record of 73 in 2001.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/14/17

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

N-Y Yankees   4  N-Y Mets   2
Arizona       2  Houston    0

Cleveland     7  Boston      3
Toronto       2  Tampa Bay   1
Texas         6  Detroit     2
Kansas City   6  Oakland     2
Baltimore    11  Seattle     3

Miami       8  San Francisco   3
Chi Cubs   15  Cincinnati      5
Colorado    3  Atlanta         0
San Diego   7  Philadelphia    4

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager admits mistake in drafting kicker Roberto Aguayo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to select Roberto Aguayo of Florida State in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Over the weekend, the team waived Aguayo, who joined the Chicago Bears shortly afterwards.

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht says he's "owning up to it," telling that drafting Aguayo was a bold move that did not work out. Licht says:

"I'm owning up to it by releasing him. It was a bold move, and it didn't work out. I don't know what else to say. I know I have the support of my coach and my ownership."

Kickers are rarely picked in the top two rounds in the draft, if they are even drafted at all. It is even rarer to trade up in the draft to select a kicker.

Licht says he was determined to solidify the kicker position for years to come, but concedes the organization made a mistake in anointing Aguayo the starter right away without bringing in serious competition to challenge him.

Aguayo will battle Connor Barth for the starting kicker job in Chicago. Barth was released from the Buccaneers after Aguayo was drafted.

Despite missing on Aguayo, Licht tells he is not afraid to make more bold choices in the future:

"You can't make decisions, or not make them, based on fear. I will say that you have to learn from things that didn't work out. Whatever that is in this case, we'll figure it out."

Aguayo called his struggles with the Buccaneers "unfortunate," but the Florida native is ready for a fresh start in Chicago

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