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Saturday
May122018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/11/18

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

INTERLEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 11, Chicago White Sox 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 9, Tampa Bay 4
Oakland 10, N.Y. Yankees 5
Toronto 5, Boston 3, 12 Innings
Kansas City 10, Cleveland 9
Texas 1, Houston 0
Minnesota 5, L.A. Angels 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 3, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 11, San Francisco 2
Miami 6, Atlanta 3
Milwaukee 11, Colorado 10, 10 Innings
Washington 3, Arizona 1
St. Louis 9, San Diego 5
Cincinnati 6, L.A. Dodgers 2

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Friday
May112018

Turnover in Toronto

Lou Rocco/ESPN Images(TORONTO) -- It was a big news day in Toronto sports on Friday, as both the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs announced major changes to their teams.

Toronto Raptors team President Masai Ujiri announced that head coach Dwane Casey had been relieved of his duties.

“After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very difficult but necessary step the franchise must take. As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level,” Ujiri said. “We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organization, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in future. He was instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team, and we are so proud of that.”

Casey, who was named coach of the year this season, had one year and $6.5 million left on his contract. The Raports improved in six of the seven seasons under Casey, including a franchise best 59 wins this year.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, that success did not carry over into the playoffs. As the top seed in the East, they were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As for the Maple Leafs, they named 32-year-old Kyle Dubas as the general manager of the team. Dubas served as the assistant GM since 2014, and was widely believed to be next in line to replace former general manager Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello moved into an advisory role with the team after serving three seasons as GM after the Maple Leafs season came to a close.

The Maple Leafs came in third in the Atlantic Division this season, but fell to the rival Boston Bruins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in seven games.

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Friday
May112018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/10/18

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 4
Baltimore 11, Kansas City 6    
Seattle 9, Toronto 3
L.A. Angels 7, Minnesota 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 6, San Francisco 3
Atlanta 9, Miami 2
Milwaukee 5, Colorado 2
Washington 2, Arizona 1, 11 Innings
St. Louis 2, San Diego 1
Cincinnati 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Winnipeg 5, Nashville 1

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

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 4

Baltimore 11, Kansas City 6                                                  

Seattle 9, Toronto 3

L.A. Angels 7, Minnesota 4

 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 6, San Francisco 3

Atlanta 9, Miami 2

Milwaukee 5, Colorado 2

Washington 2, Arizona 1, 11 Innings

St. Louis 2, San Diego 1

Cincinnati 4, L.A. Dodgers 1

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Winnipeg 5, Nashville 1

 

Thursday
May102018

Sex abuse victims of former Olympic doctor say they want famed gymnastics coach prosecuted

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Five sexual assault victims of former U.S. Olympic doctor Larry Nassar demanded Thursday that the Texas Attorney General prosecute legendary gymnastics coach Marta Karolyi for not reporting Nassar when she was first told of his deviant behavior.

The victims cited Karolyi's 2017 deposition in a California lawsuit against her and her husband, Bela Karolyi, in which she said she was informed in June 2015 by Steve Penny, former president of USA Gymnastics, that Nassar was suspected of molesting athletes but failed to report him to law enforcement.

The Karolyis ran the Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training facility in Huntsville, Texas, where many elite gymnasts, including gold medal winners Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, say they were assaulted by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.

Autumn Blainey, 16, said she was subjected to numerous assaults by Nassar in the year after Marta Karolyi, 75, was told of complaints about the doctor's questionable conduct.

"I think that it is incredibly unfair that Marta didn't do her job and protect me because I probably wouldn't be standing here if she would have," Autumn said at a news conference outside the Texas Attorney General's Office in Austin. "I think it's awful that I couldn't trust adults that were supposed to protect me throughout this process and Larry would have probably never touched me if the adults did their jobs."

The victims spoke out a day after Marta Karolyi's attorney, Gary Jewell, issued a statement saying his client "misunderstood the question and misspoke" during her deposition. Jewell said Penny didn't inform his client of Nassar's behavior until 2016 and that she was only told that concerns were raised over his treatments.

Jewell said Karolyi had "no knowledge of allegations of sexual misconduct by Larry Nassar until the summer of 2016” after an investigation of molestation allegations against him was well underway of in Michigan.

Attorney John Manly, who represents 180 Nassar victims, scoffed at Jewell's statement, saying Marta Karolyi was given the opportunity to correct numerous misstatements in her deposition but did not change the date of when she was informed of Nassar behavior.

"She signed the deposition under penalty of perjury leaving unchanged that she first knew in June 2015," Manly said at the news conference. "But let me tell you what Mr. Jewell's statement is: Mr. Jewell's statement is a desperate attempt to explain that he got caught, Mrs. Karolyi got caught in a big fat lie."

Jewell did not respond to requests from ABC News for comment on Thursday.

Manly said there are 320 Nassar victims "who cry out today" for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to prosecute one of Nassar key alleged enablers, Marta Karolyi.

"Your job sir is justice, your job sir is to find the truth," Manly said of Paxton. "And if 300-plus girls being molested doesn't justify an investigation to find the truth and to find out what happened then for God sake what does?"

In a statement released shortly after the news conference, Paxton's office said such an investigation would be "outside our jurisdiction." But the Attorney General added that his office would "gladly and immediately assist with this investigation and prosecution" if asked to do so by the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

According to the attorney general’s website, local district attorneys have original jurisdiction over criminal prosecution and the AG has "no role or oversight" regarding those decisions. The office normally files civil or criminal suits "upon referral by other state agencies," the website says.

Marc Rylander, a spokesman for Paxton, said the Texas Rangers, the Walker County Sheriff's Office, and the Walker County District Attorney's Office are already conducting an investigation of Karolyi.

He said the Attorney General is confident that a "complete and thorough investigation" is being conducted and "will achieve justice for the victims of these alleged crimes."

Nassar, who was also the long-time sports medicine doctor at Michigan State University, was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison, for molesting numerous female athletes in Ingham County, Michigan. During his sentencing hearing, more than 150 victims asked a judge to give Nassar the maximum sentence.

In February, the disgraced physician was sentenced to another 40 to 125 years in prison on multiple counts of sexual assault that occurred in neighboring Eaton County, Michigan.

The Michigan Attorney General continues to investigate the Nassar case after numerous victims said they complained to officials of Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and US Olympic Committee but nothing was ever done.

In March, Nassar's boss at MSU, William Strampel, 70, was arrested on felony charges of harassing four female MSU students.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel, a Texas lawyer who represents several Nassar victims, said the victims will not go away until the Texas Attorney General opens an investigation of both Marta and Bela Karolyi.

"Had Mrs. Karolyi actually done what Texas law requires her to do, some of these women, including the brave 16-year-old Autumn standing here ... wouldn't be here. They would not have had to suffer like they suffered," Tuegel said.

Another Nassar victim, Lindsey Lemke, a 22-year-old student at Michigan State University, said she too was molested by Nassar after Marta Karolyi was informed of complaints about him.

"An investigation must be done to be able to find out who knew what, when they knew it and they need to be held accountable," Lemke said.

Jamie Dantzscher, 36, part of the U.S. women's gymnastics team that won the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, said she was molested by Nassar numerous times while training at the Karolyi Ranch and elsewhere.

"I can't understand why this is not taken seriously in Texas right now," Dantzscher said at the news conference. "How many little girls and young women does it take to take sexual abuse seriously?"

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Thursday
May102018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/18

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

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 6, Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh 6, Chicago White Sox 5
L.A. Angels 8, Colorado 0
Atlanta 5, Tampa Bay 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas 5, Detroit 4, 10 Innings
Houston 4, Oakland 1
N.Y. Yankees 9, Boston 6
Baltimore 5, Kansas City 3
Toronto 5, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 2, N.Y. Mets 1, 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 13, Miami 4
Philadelphia 11, San Francisco 3
San Diego 2, Washington 1
L.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 114, Philadelphia 112

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Wednesday
May092018

Arbitrator upholds Mark Ingram suspension

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(METAIRIE, La.) -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram challenged his four game suspension saying that he tested positive for a substance that was "permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL."

The NFL reiterated Wednesday that an arbitrator has made a final ruling on the appeal, which is why the league announced his suspension on Tuesday.

Ingram's agents suggested that they may explore further options once they review the arbitrator's full opinion.

The NFL announced that Ingram violated the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The league have not specified which substance Ingram tested positive for.

"At the end of the 2017 season, as a result of a NFL mandated random drug test, Mark Ingram tested positive for a substance that was not a performance enhancing substance, nor an illegal substance, but a substance in fact permissible with the proper use exemption with the NFL," Ingram's agents, Paul Bobbitt and David Jones, said in the statement.

"He has vigorously challenged the test results through the arbitration process. ... Upon having the opportunity to review the arbitrator's opinion, we will explore what further options are needed."

If the suspension stands, Ingram will be eligible to return to the Saints' active roster on Oct. 1.

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Wednesday
May092018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/8/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:
 
INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 7, St. Louis 1
Atlanta 1, Tampa Bay 0
Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 2
Pittsburgh 10, Chicago White Sox 6
Colorado 4, L.A. Angels 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3, Boston 2
Kansas City 15, Baltimore 7
Seattle 5, Toronto 0
Detroit 7, Texas 4
Houston 4, Oakland 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4, San Francisco 2
Cincinnati 7, N.Y. Mets 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Miami 3
Arizona 8, L.A. Dodgers 5, 12 Innings
Washington 4, San Diego 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Houston 112, Utah 102
Golden State 113, New Orleans 104

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Tuesday
May082018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/7/18

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

INTERLEAGUE
Final  Minnesota   6  St. Louis   0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final  Texas     7  Detroit   6
Final  Houston  16  Oakland   2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Final  Philadelphia  11  San Francisco   0
Final  N-Y Mets       7  Cincinnati      6
Final  Chi Cubs      14  Miami           2
Final  Washington     8  San Diego       5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Final  Philadelphia  103  Boston    92
Final  Cleveland     128  Toronto   93

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Monday
May072018

7-week-old baby girl hospitalized after getting struck by ball at softball game

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 7-week-old is fighting for her life after getting accidentally hit in the head by a softball while at a game with her parents.

Lee and Kassy Hovenga took their baby girl, McKenna Hovenga, on one of her first outings for a family day to attend a recreational softball game in Iowa.

The family was behind the fence Wednesday in the stands when the ball struck.

Family member Laura Heise detailed the accident on Facebook.

"Another pair of teams were playing and Lee was helping Kassy get situated with a blanket over her, so Kassy could breastfeed," Heise wrote. "Lee had his back to the field and never saw the ball coming. The ball came over the fence -- and either hit McKenna first or hit Kassy first. We're really not sure as it happened so fast and Kassy was looking down at McKenna as she was feeding. Neither of them saw the ball as it came over the fence."

The baby was transported to St. Mary's Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for reported skull fractures, two brain bleeds and multiple seizures. A public Facebook page, Healing for McKenna, has been sharing daily updates on the child's progress. A team of doctors has been working to stabilize McKenna's system and stop the seizures.

The parents seem to remain positive and hopeful for continued progress, according to a recent Facebook post from the infant's father.

"We hear about these accidents on the news every day throughout the Cedar Valley, never thinking of how many people other than myself are praying for the victims of these tragic accidents," Lee Hovenga wrote in a Facebook post where he shared photos of a happy, smiling McKenna before the accident. "It's heartwarming knowing there are so many selfless people in this world that hope and pray for others."

The Facebook page has grown to just under 100,000 people with hundreds of supportive messages to the family. Additionally, a YouCaring account has been set up to help offset medical costs with over $28,000 raised so far.

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Monday
May072018

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/6/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
    
INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Arizona   3  Houston   1
    
AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  N-Y Yankees   7  Cleveland       4
 Final  Toronto       2  Tampa Bay       1
 Final  Minnesota     5  Chi White Sox   3
 Final  Kansas City   4  Detroit         2
 Final  Boston        6  Texas           1
 Final  Oakland       2  Baltimore       1
 Final  L-A Angels    8  Seattle         2
    
NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Colorado        3  N-Y Mets       2
 Final  San Francisco   4  Atlanta        3
 Final  Washington      5  Philadelphia   4
 Final  Pittsburgh      9  Milwaukee      0
 Final  Miami           8  Cincinnati     5
 Final  San Diego       3  L-A Dodgers    0
 Final  St. Louis       4  Chi Cubs       3, 14 Innings
    
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Golden State  118  New Orleans   92
 Final  Houston       100  Utah          87
    
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

 Final  Tampa Bay   3  Boston     1
 Final  Vegas       3  San Jose   0

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