Clippers announce jersey sponsorship deal with Bumble

LA Clippers(LOS ANGELES) -- The L.A Clippers and Bumble, a "female first" dating app where women make the first move, announced a multi-year jersey sponsorship deal on Tuesday.

Both organizations stated the deal was based on shared principles on gender equality. The "Empowerment Badge" is set to make its debut on the Clippers uniform when the team takes on the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night.

The Clippers have the NBA's largest female presence in leadership within the organization. Gillian Zucker, president of Business Operations, is the only woman to hold the title among the other 29 NBA teams.

“Through Steve Ballmer’s leadership, the Clippers have a clear commitment to diversity and equal opportunity,” Zucker said in a statement. “From our players on the court to our leadership team, we are proud to stand with Bumble and do our part to emphasize that diversity and gender equality in the workplace is essential to organizational excellence. Bumble’s message and technology provide a platform for women in new and non-traditional spaces and it’s important to the Clippers that we innovate and reach our fans wherever our fans are.”

Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd in a statement praised the Clippers for being one of the most progressive teams in sports and entertainment.

"Never before has a major professional sports team partnered in this way with a female-driven brand like Bumble,” Herd said. “It’s an honor to partner with an organization as progressive and compassionate as the Clippers. Like us, they know generating awareness for diversity and gender equality is critical to business success.”

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Scoreboard Roundup -- 3/6/18

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


 Cleveland    112  Detroit     90
 Indiana       92  Milwaukee   89
 Miami        125  Phoenix    103
 Boston       105  Chicago     89
 San Antonio  100  Memphis     98
 Utah          94  Orlando     80
 Portland   108  L.A. Lakers   103

 Pittsburgh   4  Calgary   3
 Buffalo      5  Toronto   3
 Ottawa       3  Dallas    2
 Edmonton     4  Arizona   3
 Vancouver   3  N-Y Islanders   4

 (6) Gonzaga   88  San Francisco             60
       BYU           85   (20) Saint Mary's (Cal)   72


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NFL player Aldon Smith released from Raiders after alleged domestic violence incident

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- NFL player Aldon Smith has been released from the Oakland Raiders and a warrant is out for his arrest after he allegedly threw a woman around a room and bit her on the wrist before escaping through a window, according to police and ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

San Francisco Police Department’s Special Victims Unit has issued an arrest warrant for Smith, 28, following the domestic violence incident. Charges on the warrant include willful infliction of corporal injury, assault, false imprisonment and vandalism -- all misdemeanors.

"The Department is working with Mr. Smith’s legal counsel to arrange a day and time for Mr. Smith to surrender himself and to be processed for the warrant," San Francisco police said in a statement. "Mr. Smith would then be subject to future court proceedings."

When police responded to the incident Saturday evening at a home near San Francisco's Union Square, the suspect, identified as Smith, had allegedly fled before the authorities arrived, San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said in a statement.

According to KGO-TV, the 911 dispatcher said "the suspect threw" the victim "around the room" and "bit her on the wrist."

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

While police did not identify the victim, KGO-TV is reporting the altercation was between Smith and his fiancee, and that Smith allegedly escaped through the window of her fifth-floor apartment.

The two became engaged last month.

ABC News could not immediately reach Smith's fiancee for comment.

The Raiders said Monday that Smith -- who had been suspended -- has now been released from the team.

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Foundation using tennis as a vehicle to promote world peace

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Israel Tennis Centers is bringing athletes to Florida to participate in exhibition play, introducing its young tennis players to different parts of the world.

The athletes will play in Florida from February 27 to March 15 as the foundation looks to give their youths an opportunity to compete against international competition in a new environment.

Israel Tennis Centers does not teach tennis skills for the sole purpose of making young athletes better competitors. Rather, the not-for-profit organization uses the sport as a tool to develop life skills with the goal of promoting world peace.

Jacqueline Glodstein, the Executive Vice President of Global Development of the Israel Tennis Centers, recently spoke with ABC News about the foundation's mission and its new girls' empowerment initiative.

"All the children [we] work with are somewhat marginalized in society... and the Israel Tennis Centers gives the children of Israel equal opportunity to learn skills that develop character, and to pursue and realize their dreams and goals," she says.

Glodstein tells ABC News in order to teach kids how to live "successful lives," the foundation instills specific skills and values such as quick decision-making, strategic thinking, and resilience. She explains that tennis is the perfect sport to teach their kids those life lessons: when they are on the court, they have to "make decisions on their own... think through how you're going to handle your shot... and recover and move forward" after mistakes.

Israel Tennis Centers wants the children to employ the life skills to enhance their daily lives, and as a broader goal, promote world peace. Glodstein explains, "We're actually laying the groundwork to build a better future in Israel and the region and maybe even building peace from the ground up through our foundation.'

While in Florida, the foundation will introduce its athletes to another part of the world as it looks to promote interest in and acceptance of different countries and cultures.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/5/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
Atlanta 113, Phoenix 112
Indiana 98, Washington 95
Toronto 103, Charlotte 98
New Orleans 126, Dallas 109
Milwaukee 118, Philadelphia 110
Sacramento 102, N.Y. Knicks 99
L.A. Clippers 123, Brooklyn 120

Nashville 4, Colorado 3; OT
Florida 4, Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 6, Chicago 3
Vegas 3, New Jersey 2
Minnesota 4, Detroit  1
Winnipeg 3, Carolina 2
Columbus 4, San Jose 2

(15) Michigan 75, (8) Purdue 66
(10) Cincinnati 62, (11) Wichita St. 61
(22) Saint Mary's (Cal) 69, Pepperdine 66
(25) Houston 81, UConn 71

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Texas Rangers' pitcher Cole Hamels voices opposition to six-man rotation

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas Rangers' pitcher Cole Hamels expressed his displeasure with his team's flirting with the idea of employing a six-man starting rotation this season.

"It's not part of baseball... you might as well be in college," the four-time All-Star said following his team's spring training game against the San Francisco Giants. "I know that's the new analytical side of trying to reinvent the wheel, but I was brought up in the minor leagues on the five-man [rotation], and that's what I'm designed and conditioned for."

Hamels is entering his thirteenth season in the majors, and he has pitched less than 200 innings in a season just once since 2009, according to ESPN.

Rangers' manager Jeff Banister says the team is "exploring" the idea of having six starters, in contrast to the conventional five-man starting rotation. However, no decision has been made on what the Rangers will do with their starting pitching staff.

Banister welcomed Hamels' criticism of the idea:

"I love the fact that Cole continues to talk about it, explore it, and we'll continue to explore anything that's going to help these guys get better in this organization. I love the fact that these guys have opinions on it -- they should. It's investment in themselves and in this team."

Along with Hamels, the Rangers have a number of other starting pitchers vying for spots in the team's rotation, including Martin Perez, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor, and Matt Bush.

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Italian soccer star Davide Astroi dies suddenly at age 31

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The captain of the Fiorentina soccer club Davide Astori died on Sunday at the age of 31, BBC reports. The club announced on its Twitter feed that Astori died of a "sudden illness."

The BBC adds that Fiorentina's game against Udinese on Sunday afternoon was postponed along with all other Serie A games.

Astori was also a member of the Italian national team.

Stars and soccer clubs paid tribute to the Italian star. Per The BBC, former Fiorentina manager Roberto Mancini said, "I learned with great pain what happened to Davide Astori. My condolences to the family."

Italian soccer legend Gianluigi Buffon shared a heartfelt message on social media.

Astori leaves behind a wife and two-year-old daughter. He joined Fiorentina in 2015 after spending playing at Roma and Cagliari.

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Champion runner Sir Roger Bannister dies at 88

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sir Roger Bannister, who was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, died on Saturday in Oxford, England, the BBC reports. He was 88.

Bannister broke the four minute mile in Oxford on May 6, 1954, completing the feat in three minutes and 59.4 seconds, according to ESPN. At the time, it was thought impossible that anyone could break the four minute mark. He completed the feat more than once.

Bannister stopped running to pursue a medical career. He was knighted in 1975 for his service as the first Chairman of Britain's Sports Council, according to The Telegraph.

Legendary runners paid tribute to the British legend on social media, including fellow countryman Mo Farah.

Bannister was born in 1929 in Harrow, England. He leaves behind his wife Moyra Jacobsson, their two sons, two daughters, and 14 grandchildren.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/4/18

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

Washington 8,  Houston 1
Baltimore 4,  Philadelphia 2
San Francisco 9,  Texas 4
San Diego 10,  Oakland 4
San Francisco 13,  Cleveland 4

Tampa Bay 7,  Detroit 4
N-Y Yankees 5,  Boston 3
Toronto 13,  Minnesota 8
Chi White Sox 9,  Kansas City 5
Seattle 4,  L-A Angels 2


Pittsburgh 4,  Philadelphia 3
Miami 1,  N-Y Mets 0
Atlanta 9,  St. Louis 2
L-A Dodgers 14,  Arizona 6
Chi Cubs 7,  Cincinnati 4
Milwaukee 6,  Colorado 5

Orlando 107,  Memphis 100
Miami 105,  Detroit 96
Denver 126,  Cleveland 117
Houston 123,  Boston 120
L.A. Lakers 116,  San Antonio 112
Portland 108,  Oklahoma City 100
Utah 98,  Sacramento 91

Tampa Bay 7,  Philadelphia 6 SO
Dallas 3,  St. Louis 2 OT
Chicago 5,  L.A. Kings 3
Boston 2,  Montreal 1 OT
Pittsburgh 3,  N-Y Islanders 2 OT
Arizona 2,  Ottawa 1
Washington 5,  Toronto 2
N-Y Rangers 3,  Edmonton 2


(1) Virginia 62,  Notre Dame 57
(15) Michigan 75,  (2) Michigan St. 64
(3) Xavier 65,  DePaul 62
(4) Villanova 97,  Georgetown 73
(5) Duke 74,  (9)  North Carolina 64
Oklahoma St. 82,  (6) Kansas 64
(7) Gonzaga 83,  Loyola Marymount 69
(8) Purdue 78,  Penn St. 70
(12) Texas Tech 79,  TCU 75
(14) Auburn 79,  South Carolina 70
(16) Tennessee 66,  Georgia 61
Syracuse 55,  (18) Clemson 52
(19) Arizona 66,  California 54
Texas 87,  (20) West Virginia 79 OT
San Diego St. 79,  (21) Nevada 74
Florida 80,  (23) Kentucky 67
Marshall 76,  (24) Middle Tennessee 67

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/3/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK)-- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:
N.Y. Yankees 5, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 9, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 10, Pittsburgh 8
Boston 9, St. Louis 6
Detroit 8, Miami 3
L.A. Dodgers 7, Chicago White Sox 6
Seattle 4, Milwaukee 2
San Diego 13, Kansas City 5
Chicago Cubs 6, L.A. Angels 4
N.Y. Mets 7, Houston 7

Minnesota 2, Toronto 1
Cleveland 9, Texas 4
Washington 2, N.Y. Mets 1
Cincinnati 3, San Francisco 2
Colorado 15, Arizona 6
Orlando 115, Detroit 106
Philadelphia 110, Charlotte 99
Golden State 114, Atlanta 109
Chicago 108, Dallas 100
Toronto 102, Washington 95
Denver 108, Memphis 102
Indiana 103, Milwaukee 96
Oklahoma City 124, Phoenix 116
Utah 116, Minnesota 108
L.A. Clippers 128, N.Y. Knicks 105
Montreal 6, N.Y. Islanders 3
Carolina 3, New Jersey 1
Florida 4, Buffalo 1
Winnipeg 4, Detroit 3
Colorado 7, Minnesota 1
N.Y. Rangers 3, Calgary 1
Ottawa 5, Vegas 4
Nashville 4, Vancouver 3
Anaheim 4, Columbus 2
(2) Michigan St. 63, Wisconsin 60
(8) Purdue 82, Rutgers 75
Penn St. 69, (13) Ohio St. 68
(15) Michigan 77, Nebraska 58
Davidson 63, (17) Rhode Island 61

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