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May162017

Peyton Manning to host 2017 ESPYS

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Peyton Manning will host the 2017 ESPYs host, ESPN announced Tuesday. The two-time Super Bowl champ called the gig "an honor" in a statement announcing this year's host.

"It's an honor to be asked to host the ESPYS, and it's even more meaningful that it's the 25th year for this incredible event," Manning said. "The ESPYS have been a part of my life during my entire career. I can still remember attending my very first show back in 1998 before my rookie season in the NFL."

Manning, received the ESPY Icon Award in 2016, following his retirement from the NFL the prior year, according to ESPN. The five-time league MVP played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, winning Super Bowl XLI. Manning also led the Denver Broncos to a championship win at Super Bowl 50.

The ESPYS will air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC on July 12.
 
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Tuesday
May162017

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/15/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Atlanta 10, Toronto 6
Houston 7, Miami 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cleveland 8, Tampa Bay 7
L.A. Angels 5, Chi. White Sox 3
Seattle 6, Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 7, N.Y. Mets 3
San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 4
San Diego 6, Milwaukee 5, 10 innings


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Boston 115, Washington 105

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Pittsburgh 1, Ottawa 0

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Monday
May152017

Aaron Hernandez's fiancée: 'I don't think this was a suicide'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Aaron Hernandez's fiancée says she doesn't think the former New England Patriots star committed suicide.

"I don't think this was a suicide," Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez said in an interview that aired Monday on the Dr. Phil show. "I don't know what to believe."

It was 5:27 a.m. on April 19 when a prison official called Jenkins-Hernandez to say the former NFL star had been found dead at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, she said.

Hernandez was discovered hanging naked from a bed sheet in his cell, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said. His death has been ruled a suicide.

"At first I thought it was a hoax. I thought that this was some cruel person ... playing a trick on me," Jenkins-Hernandez told the show's host, Dr. Phil McGraw, crying. "He said that Aaron was found in his cell and he was deceased, he was being transferred to the hospital and that's when I said immediately that I was coming; he told me to wait for the medical examiner and I wasn't taking that for an answer."

She said he never talked to her about suicide.

"I had no idea," she said. "He definitely was emotional and we had talks about encouragement ... [like], 'Gonna keep fighting.' But I never would have suspected something like this."

Jenkins-Hernandez said their future was "looking so bright, we were going up a ladder in a sense to a positive direction. I haven't been able to grasp any of it yet. He was very positive, so excited to come home ... there was no indication at all of such events."

Hernandez was in the process of appealing his conviction when he died.

Five days before his death, Hernandez was acquitted in a double murder that occurred in 2012 and last week a Massachusetts judge granted a request to erase Hernandez's murder conviction through the law of abatement.

She said they spoke on the phone the night before he died and that Hernandez spoke to the couple's 4-year-old daughter, telling her, "'Daddy's gonna be home.'"

"As far as I know I was the last person to speak with him," she said, calling it a normal conversation. "[It] had nothing to do with any suicidal thoughts. But then again, I don't know what that would be, but to me it was completely normal."

Hernandez was in prison serving a life sentence after he was convicted in April 2015 of murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition for the June 2013 killing of Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Lloyd was dating Jenkins-Hernandez's sister.

Jenkins-Hernandez and the former NFL player, who were high school sweethearts and became engaged in 2012 before their daughter was born, never married, but Jenkins-Hernandez said, "I changed my name for the simple fact that we were a family." She wore her engagement ring in the Dr. Phil interview.

Jenkins-Hernandez said she would take her 4-year-old daughter to visit him in prison.

"We would try to go once a week, sometimes twice," she said. "She thought daddy was at work ... she knows nothing about jail, prison."

Although a state police investigation closed the matter, the late NFL player's fiancée said, "I don't think this was a suicide," telling Dr. Phil the findings are not believable to her and that she is calling for an inquiry.

She said the Bible references found on Hernandez when he died don't sound like him because he wasn't religious.

"Aaron was spiritual but he wasn't the kind of guy to get up every Sunday and go to church," she told Dr. Phil.

She also said that while the note left behind by Hernandez for her was a "note of love," it was not personal or intimate.

"It was addressed to Shay, instead of, you know, babe," which she said he usually called her. "That was a little odd to me."

She said he also didn't sign the note "your soul mate," which she said he usually did.

She said the handwriting was similar to her fiancé's but added, "I feel like it's easily duplicated or could be."

"It screamed love, but it wasn't, like I said, personal. It wasn't intimate," she said. "There were some odd parts where it just didn't make sense."

"It was very short ... I wanted more. I wanted him to explain," she said.

"I feel like he could have been saved," she added. "I feel like someone was in the wrong somewhere and I want answers."

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Monday
May152017

Spurs Leonard likely out for Game 2

Antonio Hernandez / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) --  Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters on Monday that forward Kawhi Leonard will likely miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors after reinjuring his ankle in Game 1.

Leonard suffered the injury after what Popovich called a "dangerous and unsportsmanlike" play by Warriors' center Zaza Pachulia. "The two-step lead with your foot closeout is not appropriate," Popovich said to reporters Monday. "It's dangerous, it's unsportsmanlike, it's just not what anybody does to anybody else. And this particular individual has a history with that kind of action."

"My approach to this game for 14 years that I've been in the league is to play hard and [give] 100 percent of whatever I have," Pachulia said in response to Popovich on Monday after practice. "So, I don't agree with the calls that I'm a dirty player. I'm not a dirty player. I love this game and I'm playing hard. That's what I was taught since day one."

 

Leonard said he did not think the play was dirty. The forward had 26 points before leaving Game 1 on Sunday against the Warriors, a game which saw the Warriors comeback from a huge deficit due in large part to the absence of Leonard on the court.

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Monday
May152017

Roger Federer opts out of French Open

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) --  Roger Federer has decided he will not play in the upcoming French Open starting on May 22.

In a letter to his fans on his website, Federer said "I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons."

It has been a good bounce back year for Federer, who won the Australian Open after being sidelined from all major tournaments in 2016 due to injury.

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Monday
May152017

Bengals' Joe Mixon among players to attend rookie premiere

Sean Gardner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon is one of a few dozen players who will attend the NFL Players Association's Rookie Premiere event in Los Angeles this week.

The players union released the list of 40 participants on Monday. The event is aimed at helping the rookies "learn the business of football," according to the NFLPA's statement.

Mixon's invitation comes after the Bengals were criticized for using the 48th overall draft pick on the California native. In 2014, Mixon was shown on camera punching a woman in the face during his freshman year at the University of Oklahoma. He settled his civil suit with the woman.

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Monday
May152017

Baseball icon David Ortiz discusses his new autobiography live on "GMA"

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- He's one of the greatest Boston Red Sox players of all time, and there wasn't a dry eye at Fenway when he retired last year. Now David Ortiz is back with a new memoir called Papi: My Story

The three-time World Series champion Monday discussed his new book and career highlights on ABC's Good Morning America.


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Monday
May152017

Former MLB umpire Steve Palermo dies at 67

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Former umpire Steve Palermo has died at age 67, the MLB announced Sunday.

Palermo lived in the Kansas City area and had been ill with cancer. He joined the American League staff in 1977, a year after he broke into the majors. He worked the 1983 World Series, an All-Star Game and several playoffs.

"Steve Palermo was a great umpire, a gifted communicator and a widely respected baseball official, known in our sport for his leadership and courage," MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred Jr. said in a statement. "He had an exceptional impact on both his fellow Major League umpires and baseball fans, who benefited from his ability to explain the rules of our game."

But Palermo's career was cut short. In 1991, he was having a meal at a Dallas restaurant when two waitresses who had just left were mugged. Palermo chased the attackers and was shot.

The injury left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Palermo was told he would never walk again. But after a period of rehabilitation, he made it back to the mound for the 1991 World Series opener at the Metrodome -- and threw the first ball.

He later became special assistant to the chairman of the MLB Executive Council. In 2000, he became an umpire supervisor for the league, serving as a liaison between umpires and the Office of the Commissioner, according to MLB.

The Kansas City Royals honored Palermo's memory in a tweet.

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Monday
May152017

NASCAR driver Aric Almirola injured in devastating crash Saturday night

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- NASCAR driver Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 vertebra after his car got in a vicious crash during the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night. Richard Petty Motorsports released an update on his condition Sunday morning after he stayed in the hospital overnight.

He has since been released and will fly back to his North Carolina home on Sunday.

A broken brake rotor on Joey Logano's car started the crash according to an ESPN report.

Logano hit fellow driver Danica Patrick and the two skidded into the wall, and seconds after Almirola smashed into the back of Logano's car. The rear of Almirola's vehicle went airborne and his car skidded along the track.

Almirola dropped the window net by his door, indicating he was conscious, but he was put in an ambulance and airlifted to University of Kansas Medical Center. He did not lose consciousness at any point.

Logano said afterwards that something in the right front of his vehicle broke while he was racing:

"I tried to back off, but you're going 215 [mph], and it's hard to check up, and the car just took a big step sideways into the corner. I'm OK. Just saying prayers for Aric right now."

Patrick, who was frustrated after getting out of her car, told Logano:

"'I'm not sure if it was you, but I'm pretty sure it was you.' Then he said it was a failure of some sort, which didn't make me feel better in that moment. I hope Aric is OK. He's definitely feeling the worst of everybody.''

Richard Petty Motorsports says it will provide further updates on Almirola's status when it becomes available.

Martin Truex Jr. won the race on the final restart. It marks Truex’s second win of the season and his first career victory at Kansas Speedway.

Here are the top-ten standings in the Monster Energy Cup Series following Saturday's race:

1) Kyle Larson -- 475 points
2) Martin Truex Jr. -- 431
3) Brad Keselowski -- 408
4) Chase Elliott -- 361
5) Jamie McMurray -- 354
6) Kevin Harvick -- 347
7) Kyle Busch -- 325
8) Jimmie Johnson -- 323
9) Joey Logano -- 320
10) Clint Bowyer -- 317

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Monday
May152017

Scoreboard roundup -- 5/14/17 

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

INTERLEAGUE
Chi White Sox 9, San Diego 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 3, Seattle 2
Cleveland 8, Minnesota 3
Tampa Bay 11, Boston 2
Kansas City 9, Baltimore 8
Texas 6, Oakland 4
L.A. Angels 4, Detroit 1
N.Y. Yankees 11, Houston 6, game 1
Houston 10, N.Y. Yankees 7, game 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Miami 3, Atlanta 1
Philadelphia 4, Washington 3, game 1
Washington 6, Philadelphia 5, game 2
Milwaukee 11, N.Y. Mets 9
St. Louis 5, Chi Cubs 0
Colorado 9, L.A. Dodgers 6
San Francisco 8, Cincinnati 3
Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 4, 10 Innings


NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Golden State 113, San Antonio 111


NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Anaheim 5, Nashville 3

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