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Sunday
Oct132019

Kenyan Brigid Kosgei breaks world record at Chicago marathon

iStock(CHICAGO) -- Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei broke the women's world marathon record in Chicago after finishing at 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds.

Video posted on the Chicago Marathon's Facebook page shows Kosgei, 25, barreling through the finish line without any of her fellow runners in sight behind her.

Finishing second and third on Sunday in the women's race were Ethiopian runners Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka, who finished at 2 hours, 20 minutes and 51 seconds and 2 hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds, respectively.

Ethiopian Lawrence Cherono won the men's race, clocking in at two hours, 5 minutes and 45 seconds.

After the race Sunday, Kosgei posed with the former record-holder, Paula Radcliffe, who set the previous mark at 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds in London 16 years ago.

Radcliffe won Chicago's marathon in 2018 at 2 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

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Saturday
Oct122019

Eliud Kipchoge becomes first marathon runner to break the two hour mark

iStock/Pavel1964(SEATTLE) -- A feat once thought impossible, Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to ever run a marathon in less than two hours even though it will not count as a world record.

Kipchoge bested the two hour mark by 20 seconds for a final time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

Kipchoge was supported by 36 pacemakers and also had a pace car with a laser beam projecting his ideal position on the road which is one of the reasons why the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not verify Kipchoge’s time as a world record.

"I'm feeling good," Kipchoge told the Associated Press. "I'm the first man, I want to inspire many people that no human is limited."

Kipchoge ran at an average pace of 4 minutes and 33 seconds per mile throughout the entire race, according to the Associated Press.

"We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world," he said, pointing out that the mission of his attempt went beyond athletics. "The positivity of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport."

Kipchoge reached his accomplishment in Prater Park in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

It was his second attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier. He had previously missed the mark by only 26 seconds in Monza, Italy, in May 2017.

Kipchoge won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and he also holds the official world record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.

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Friday
Oct112019

San Diego Padres pitcher allegedly breaks into home via doggy door, gets kicked, tased: Police

kali9/iStock(PEORIA, Ariz.) -- San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix has been arrested after allegedly trespassing on a man's property by breaking in through the doggy door of his home.

Peoria police in Arizona responded to a call regarding a reported trespasser on Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m., according to ABC's Phoenix affiliate station KNXV.

The homeowner allegedly discovered a man, who police would later identify as the 23-year-old San Diego Padres pitcher, crawling through his doggy door, confronted him and kicked him once in the face.

Another man who was outside, 23-year-old Thomas Cosgrove, who was also drafted by the Padres, then reached through the doggy door and pulled Nix out of the house, according to police.

However, as the pair began to flee the house, the homeowner reached through the doggy door and shot Nix in the back with a taser, according to court records obtained by KNXV.

The two men managed to flee the scene but only made it a few streets away before police picked them up and arrested them. They have both been charged with criminal trespassing.

The San Diego Padres released a statement regarding the arrests of Nix and Cosgrove.

"We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona. We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner's office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time," it said.

Nix pitched in nine games for the Padres in 2018 but was injured for most of the 2019 season. Cosgrove was drafted by the Padres in 2017 and has been pitching in their minor league system ever since.

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Friday
Oct112019

Tom Brady moves to second on NFL's all-time passing yardage list

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is now ranked second on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list.

The 42-year-old bested former star quarterback Peyton Manning for the spot, completing a 19-yard pass in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. The Patriots went on to beat the Giants 35-14, and Brady ended the game completing 31 of 41 passes for a total of 334 yards.

Brady now stands at 72,257 yards for his career, behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who holds the No. 1 spot on the list with 74,845 yards.

It's worth noting that the record only takes into consideration statistics from the regular season. If playoff games were to be included, Brady would be ranked first on the list.

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Friday
Oct112019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/10/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 6, Tampa Bay 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New England 35, NY Giants 14

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Detroit 4, Montreal 2
SO Edmonton 4, New Jersey 3
Pittsburgh 2, Anaheim 1
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 3
St. Louis 6, Ottawa 4
Nashville 6, Washington 5
Winnipeg 5, Minnesota 2
San Jose 5, Chicago 4
SO Calgary 3, Dallas 2
Colorado 4, Boston 2
Arizona 4, Vegas 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON

Houston 118, Toronto 111
Brooklyn 114, L.A. Lakers 111
Oklahoma City 110, New Zealand 84
Portland 104, Maccabi 68
Sacramento 105, Phoenix 88
Denver 111, L.A. Clippers 91
Golden State 143, Minnesota 123

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 89, Connecticut 78

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Thursday
Oct102019

Simone Biles wins her 5th all-around World Championships title 

iStock(NEW YORK) -- American gymnast Simone Biles has made history once again.

The 22-year-old won the individual all-around title at the 22nd World Championships Thursday.

The win is her fifth world all-around title and her 22nd world medal.

Biles scored 58.99 points across the balance beam, floor, vault and uneven bars, beating second-place finisher Tan Xijing of China by 2.1 points. The win broke Biles' own record for women’s record margin of victory.

The next closest Team USA finisher was 16-year-old Sunisa Lee, who finished in eighth place with 55.63 total points.

Earlier this week Biles and Lee helped lead Team USA to its fifth consecutive world championship title -- finishing almost six full points ahead of second-place Russia.

The win gave Biles her 21st world medal and the female record for most world gymnastics championships medals.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist struck not one but two signature moves: the double-double dismount on the balance beam and triple-double on the floor, both of which will be named after Biles.

Both are also performances that the International Gymnast Federation (FIG) even found controversial for the added safety risk.

Before the competition began, controversy ensued when FIG announced that Biles' beam dismount would be valued as an "H," when it had been widely expected that a skill of such difficulty would be valued higher, as an "I" or a "J."

When questioned why FIG decided to give the dismount what was considered to be a lower value, the federation released a statement, essentially calling the skill a safety risk for other gymnasts to attempt.

The backlash from Biles' camp after FIG’s value was announced was swift, with Biles tweeting out that the ruling was "bulls--t." Her coach, Cecile Landi, tweeted the decision was "#totalbs."

USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, also released a statement on Biles’ dismount, saying, "USA Gymnastics respectfully disagrees with the value assigned to the balance beam dismount."

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Thursday
Oct102019

Star tennis player gives up US citizenship for Olympics

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Tennis phemon Naomi Osaka will give up her U.S. citizenship to compete for Japan at her Olympic debut in Tokyo.

Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father but raised in the U.S., told NHK World in an interview that she began the process of becoming a Japanese citizen.

"It's definitely going to be very special. I think there's no other place that I'd rather play my first Olympics," Osaka told NHK. "I think that will be one of the most memorable things that ever happens to me."

Under Japanese law, after Osaka turns 22 on Oct. 16, she will be required as a dual-nationality citizen to choose one.

 

 

Osaka won the China Open on Sunday and is currently the No. 3-ranked women's singles player in the WTA.

 

 

Osaka notched a historic U.S. Open win against Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows in 2018, which made her the first Japanese player to ever win a Grand Slam title.

Since then, she notched a second Grand Slam title after defeating Petra Kvitova in the 2019 Australian Open, which she called one of the "happiest moments" of her life.

Tennis at the 2020 Summer Olympics will begin July 24, 2020.

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Thursday
Oct102019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/9/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 13, Atlanta 1
Washington 7, LA Dodgers 3 -- 10 innings

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Buffalo 5, Montreal 4
Philadelphia 4, New Jersey 0
Vancouver 8, Los Angeles 2

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Wednesday
Oct092019

NBA events canceled in China as fallout over Hong Kong tweet continues 

iStock(SHANGHAI) -- As the fallout over a since-deleted tweet voicing support for Hong Kong by the general manager of an American basketball team continues in China, several NBA Cares events were abruptly canceled this week in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, the world of esports is navigating a controversy of its own, after a high-profile gamer from Hong Kong was banned from the platform Blizzard for voicing support for protesters in Hong Kong during a post-game interview. In a statement announcing his removal, Blizzard said they were banning player Blitzchung for violating its competition rules by engaging in an act that "offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image."

Both cases have illustrated the difficulty of navigating China's lucrative market.

Before the controversial tweet, the Rockets were one of the most beloved teams in China. On Oct 4., its general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. While the tweet was quickly deleted, the backlash was swift. Within a few days, China's state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout of NBA coverage. China's internet giant Tencent, which inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games in China, also announced that they will not play Rockets games.

Morey has apologized, and the Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that Morey does not speak for them. Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook apologized at a news conference, with Harden adding, "We love China, we love playing there."

Nonetheless, the fallout from the tweet continues in China. On Wednesday, video spread on social media of an NBA banner being ripped off the side of a building in Shanghai.

The NBA said that it was not its decision to call off Wednesday's NBA Cares event with the Lakers, which was supposed to benefit the Special Olympics. On Tuesday, a separate NBA Cares event with the Brooklyn Nets at a school in Shanghai was also called off by the Chinese government. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that they would still donate computers to the education center as planned, according to ESPN.

In a statement announcing their decision to suspend plans to broadcast a series of NBA preseason games, China's state-owned broadcasting network CCTV said it is "strongly dissatisfied and opposed" to Silver's "claim to support Morey's free expression of rights."

"We believe that any speech that challenges national sovereignty and social stability is not within the scope of freedom of speech," the statement added. "To this end, CCTV Sports Channel of the Central Radio and Television General Administration decided to immediately suspend the current broadcast arrangements of the NBA preseason [China Games] and immediately investigate all cooperation and exchanges involving the NBA."

As the NBA is still reeling from the fallout, the world of esports was rocked by a separate scandal after a high-profile gamer from Hong Kong spoke out in support of the anti-government demonstrations in an interview -- and then was abruptly banned from the competition.

Ng Wai Chung, known by his gaming handle "Blitzchung," was banned from the platform Blizzard, where he was competing in a Hearthstone tournament, after a post-game interview supporting protesters in Hong Kong. In a statement announcing his removal, Blizzard said they were banning Blitzchung for violating its competition rules by engaging in an act that "offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image."

On Wednesday, #BoycottBlizard was trending on Twitter in the U.S. Chung has not publicly responded to the news, but his Twitter bio was updated to read that he was "banned" as a grandmaster and states: "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong."

The move drew bipartisan criticism from lawmakers on Twitter.

“Blizzard shows it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a tweet. “No American company should censor calls for freedom to make a quick buck.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shared the Blizzard news on Twitter, writing, “Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self-censor or face dismissal & suspensions.”

“China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally. Implications of this will be felt long after everyone in U.S. politics today is gone,” he added.

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Wednesday
Oct092019

NFL player stuns with 1-handed catch at MLB playoff game

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Great catch, wrong sport.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard flaunted his skills off the gridiron at Tropicana Field during the Tampa Bay Rays' playoff game Tuesday night.

The NFL player stretched out his bare hand and snagged a line drive foul ball to right field during the eighth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS between the Rays and Houston Astros.

The Bucs tweeted a congratulatory message to the Rays who went on to win the game 4-1.

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