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Sunday
Aug132017

Justin Thomas wins 2017 PGA Championship

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Justin Thomas won the 2017 PGA Championship after shooting a three-under 68 in the final round on Sunday.

The 24-year old won by two shots over Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen, who all tied for second place. Thomas finished at 8-under 276 over four rounds.

Thomas started the PGA Championship shooting a 2-over 73 in the first round. He followed that up by shooting a 5-under 66 in the second round and a two-under 69 in the third round.

It was the first major championship for Thomas, who is the son and grandson of former pro golfers and it is his fourth victory of the season.

Thomas moved into second place in the FedExCup Points race, behind Hideki Matsuyama, who finished tied for fifth after shooting a five-under 279.  

Earlier this year, Thomas set the US Open single round record after shooting a 63 during the third round.

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Sunday
Aug132017

Chicago Bears sign kicker Roberto Aguayo

Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bears have claimed former Tampa Bay Kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers.

To make room for Aguayo on the 90 man roster, the Bears placed wide receiver Reuben Randle on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay waived Aguayo on Saturday after a rocky start to his second preseason with the team. Aguayo missed an extra point and a field goal attempt during Tampa's first preseason game against Cincinnati on Friday.

Aguayo was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft after a stellar career at Florida State University. He was the highest kicker taken in a draft since Mike Nugent in 2005.

Aguayo struggled during his rookie season, making just 71 percent of his field goal attempts, while missing two extra points.

He is expected to compete for the starting job with Connor Barth, who was cut by Tampa Bay last May after drafting Aguayo.

Barth hit 18-of-23 field goal attempts and made all of his extra points for Chicago last season.

Tampa Bay plays Chicago in week 2.

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Sunday
Aug132017

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/12/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto 7, Pittsburgh 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 10, N.Y. Yankees 5
Detroit 12, Minnesota 11
Cleveland 3, Tampa Bay 0
Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 4
Texas 8, Houston 3
Baltimore 12, Oakland 5
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 3, N.Y. Mets 1
Washington 3, San Francisco 1
Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 5, 10 Innings
Miami 4, Colorado 3
St. Louis 6, Atlanta 5
Arizona 6, Chicago Cubs 2
L.A. Dodgers 6, San Diego 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 96, Dallas 88
Washington 100, Indiana 80
San Antonio 84, Atlanta 68
Seattle 98, Phoenix 89

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Saturday
Aug122017

Usain Bolt injured in final race

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Usain Bolt's final race ended with an injury for the world's fastest man.

Running in the 4X100 meter relay with his Jamaican teammates at the World Championships in London, Bolt got the handoff in the final leg of the race and made it about 15 steps before he pulled up, and began hopping on his right leg after an injury to his left hamstring.

Bolt ended up laying on the ground before he was helped into a wheelchair. He eventually got to his feet and limped across the finish line with the help of his teammates.

Jamaica was in third place when Bolt received the handoff from Yohan Blake. The team would finish dead last with a Did Not Finish.

Bolt tweeted to his fans after his injury on Saturday.

 

Britain beat out the United States to win the gold medal. It was the countries first title in the 4x100 meter relay.

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Saturday
Aug122017

West Point graduate Chris Rowley wins MLB debut

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Chris Rowley, a former first lieutenant in the Army, won his first career start for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 26-year-old right-hander made his debut against Pittsburgh on Saturday and won 7-2. He allowed one run and five hits in five and a third innings.

Rowley is the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to reach the Majors.

He was undrafted after graduating from West Point in 2013 and signed with Toronto. Rowley played for Toronto's Rookie League affiliate in 2013. He then missed the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active duty, including a stint in Bulgaria.

In the minor leagues this season, Rowley was 6-6 in 27 games, 11 starts, with an earned run average of 2.29.

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Saturday
Aug122017

Red Wings 'vehemently disagree' with use of logo at Charlottesville white nationalist rally

Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Detroit Red Wings said they "vehemently disagree" with the white nationalist demonstrators who used a logo similar to the Red Wings logo in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings, with a similar logo. It is unknown if the group was involved in the Charlottesville protests.

The team released a statement saying they "are not associated in any way" with what is going on in Charlottesville.

"The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration."

The NHL also released a statement that said they are "outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our League prioritizes and champions."

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Saturday
Aug122017

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/11/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 4, Toronto 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 5, Boston 4
Minnesota 9, Detroit 4
Cleveland 5, Tampa Bay 0
Texas 6, Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 3
Oakland 5, Baltimore 4
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 5
 
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 7, Philadelphia 6
Miami 6, Colorado 3
Cincinnati 11, Milwaukee 10
St. Louis 8, Atlanta 5
Chi Cubs 8, Arizona 3
San Diego 4, L.A. Dodgers 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
N.Y. Liberty 83, Atlanta 77
L.A. Sparks 70, Minnesota 64

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Friday
Aug112017

NFL suspends Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott for six games

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) --The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The suspension comes after an over yearlong investigation into domestic violence accusations by Elliott’s ex-girlfriend in Columbus, Ohio, by the NFL. The Columbus City Attorney’s office announced last September that they would not pursue charges against Elliot, but the NFL can suspend a player without legal charges.

The 2016 Rookie of the Year is planning on appealing the suspension, according to his representatives.

Elliott must appeal within three days and a hearing must be scheduled within ten days of receipt of the notice. The appeal would be heard by either NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee. Any ruling would be considered binding.

If the appeal is upheld, Elliott will be able to return to the Cowboys on Oct. 23, the day after the teams’ week 7 game against San Francisco.

Last season, Elliott led the league in rushing with 1,631 yards and touchdowns with 15.

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Friday
Aug112017

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/10/2017

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

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 7, Detroit 5
St. Louis 8, Kansas City 6
Minnesota 7, Milwaukee 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, N.Y. Yankees 0
Tampa Bay 4, Cleveland 1
Chicago White Sox 3, Houston 2
Baltimore 7, Oakland 2
L.A. Angels 6, Seattle 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 10, San Diego 3
Washington 3, Miami 2
N.Y. Mets 10, Philadelphia 0
L.A. Dodgers 8, Arizona 6

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Thursday
Aug102017

University of Minnesota football coach finds creative way to award scholarship

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(MINNEAPOLIS) --A walk-on special teams player at the University of Minnesota got the surprise of his life from head football coach P.J. Fleck during a team meeting on Wednesday.

Justin Juenemann sat alongside his teammates as Kyle Tanner, a friend and patient at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital whom the team visits regularly, joined Coach Fleck at the front of the room and announced the red-shirt senior kicker as his favorite player.

"I remember seeing one particular person a lot [at the hospital]," Tanner said. "That was Justin."

As the team applauded, Coach Fleck handed Tanner a t-shirt cannon, which he used to launch a shirt to the already stunned and excited Juenemann.

The kicker made an excellent catch and, when he unfurled the white t-shirt, he saw that it had a special message printed in black writing that read, "Justin Congrats On Earning A Scholarship!"

The room erupted with cheers from his teammates and the coaching staff as Juenemann took a moment to process the exciting surprise.

 "Everything went by so fast," Juenemann told ABC News. "They were pointing me out as [Kyle's] favorite player, which to be honest I was kind of shocked because there's so many other star players."

"That moment in itself was very special," he added. "Then when I got the shirt it took me a minute and everyone was cheering, my teammates I think even lifted me up a little. It was a surreal moment, it was so awesome."

Coach Fleck spoke of Juenemann's character as a representation of the team and university's values and how he embodies the type of person they strive to develop on the team.

"We have a holistic approach for our culture academically, athletically, socially and spiritually and some programs don't demand those things to be connected, but we do," Coach Fleck said. "And Justin fit the bill for all four."

Fleck, who was named head coach this past January, has instilled the mantra "row the boat" in his team, meaning they should never give up.

"You just have to be the best you that you can be and never ever stop," Coach Fleck explained. "Someone like [Justin] has every reason to stay on the sidelines, but he doesn't. I've never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy ... he continues to keep his oar in the water."

"I can't thank Coach Fleck and the staff for what they've done since I've been here to grow as a person and a football player, throughout all four of those areas of my life," Juenemann said about the four tenets of Minnesota's program.

"They don't have to plan these big special moments, but they want to," he said. "Coach always says it's not what you do, its how you do it and he's the prime example of that."

Fleck said he planned the surprise because the team has a close relationship with the children's hospital and he wanted to create a special memory.

"I want them to remember 30 years from now how he received that scholarship," the coach said.

"It’s something I will never forget with the memory and having that video to watch too," the fifth year senior said. "All of the emotions running through me at the time and the fact that Coach Fleck and Kyle went through that effort to create a special moment is amazing."

Minnesota football alum and current NFL wide receiver Eric Decker tweeted Juenemann after he caught wind of the story.

"It was awesome, I didn't really know how to respond, but I was excited," Juenemann said of Decker's tweet. "It's pretty cool for him to reach out and he didn't have to, but he did and it means a lot."

Coach Fleck said Decker has been "nothing but extraordinary in terms of being so open, so warm and so positive."

"It's really good for the players to see that [alumni] support" he said.

 

Juenemann appeared on ESPN's Sportscenter to discuss the scholarship on Thursday.



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