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Wednesday
Mar132019

Mitchell, Jazz back Westbrook, say Utah won't condone racism

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch.

A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments -- which were captured on video and went viral -- toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning a fan from their arena. Westbrook also got support from Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn't the first time a racially motivated event happened at a Jazz game.

"The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately," the Jazz said in a statement. "There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect."

Westbrook was fined $25,000 for "directing profanity and threatening language to a fan." In the video, which was posted to Twitter by The Deseret News, Westbrook is seen on the sideline near the Thunder bench saying "I'll (bleep) you up, you and your wife."

Westbrook, who has had multiple angry in-game exchanges with fans, insisted that Monday night's video during a 98-89 Oklahoma City win over the Jazz told only one side of the story. He said he was responding to a racial taunt, and not for the first time in Salt Lake City.

"Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said," Westbrook said. He added that he has never physically abused a woman and never would.

The man Westbrook was shouting at during the game, identified as Shane Keisel, denied saying anything improper or profane. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered.

"Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena," Mitchell said. "The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night's incident is not indicative of our fan base."

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Wednesday
Mar132019

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/12/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 10, Pittsburgh 4
Washington 5, Houston 3
Oakland at San Diego 9:40 p.m., canceled
Texas at Arizona 9:40 p.m., canceled

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 4, Boston 3
Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 1
NY Yankees 8, Baltimore 7
Seattle at Chi White Sox 4:05 p.m., canceled
Chi White Sox at Kansas City 4:05 p.m., canceled

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 5, St. Louis 0
Miami 8, NY Mets 1
San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 2, 5 Innings
Cincinnati 12, Chi Cubs 3
San Diego at Cincinnati 9:05 p.m., canceled

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 103, NY Knicks 98
Philadelphia 106, Cleveland 99
LA Lakers 123, Chicago 107
Milwaukee 130, New Orleans 113
San Antonio 112, Dallas 105
Denver 133, Minnesota 107
Portland 125, L.A. Clippers 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Dallas 2, Buffalo 0
Columbus 7, Boston 4
Pittsburgh 5, Washington 3
Montreal 3, Detroit 1
San Jose 5, Winnipeg 4
Arizona 3, St. Louis 1
Calgary 9, New Jersey 4
Anaheim 3, Nashville 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Saint Mary's (Cal) 60, (1) Gonzaga 47

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Tuesday
Mar122019

Report: Terrell Suggs leaving Ravens after 16 years, joining Cardinals

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(BALTIMORE) -- After 16 years with the Baltimore Ravens, Terrell Suggs is reportedly parting ways with the team and joining the Arizona Cardinals.

A source tells ESPN the 36-year-old outside linebacker is signing a one-year, $7 million contract with Arizona.

News of the deal comes after Suggs told members of the Ravens Monday that he was leaving, ESPN reports.

Suggs’ departure is yet another hit to Baltimore’s defense, the top-ranked in the NFL. Last week, safety Eric Weddle joined the Los Angeles Rams and middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is said to be gearing up to sign a deal with the New York Jets, according to ESPN.

Suggs has spent his entire NFL career with the Ravens. He was drafted by the team in 2003, and went on to become Baltimore’s all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles. He also ranks second in franchise history for total tackles and fumble recoveries.

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Tuesday
Mar122019

C.J. Mosley expected to sign multi-year deal with Jets

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Jets have reportedly landed free agent linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Sources tell ESPN Mosley, 26, is expected to sign a five-year, $85 million contract with the team.

Mosley became a free agent after the Baltimore Ravens, the team he’s been with since he was drafted in 2014, opted not to use a $15 million franchise tag.

Last season, he was the leading tackler for Baltimore and ranks fifth in the franchise’s history for career tackles with 574.

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Tuesday
Mar122019

Conor McGregor arrested on felony charges after smashing fan's phone, police say

Harry How/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- UFC superstar Conor McGregor was arrested in Miami on Monday after an alleged altercation with a fan who attempted to take a selfie with him.

The MMA fighter is facing two felony charges after allegedly smacking a man's phone out of his hand and smashing it on the ground, police said.

The incident happened outside of the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach around 5 p.m. when the man approached McGregor with his mobile phone and attempted to take a photo with him, according to an arrest affidavit.

McGregor, 30, allegedly stomped the man's phone several times and walked away with it, according to the affidavit.

McGregor was booked at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County on felony charges of strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief over $1,000.

He was released Monday evening after posting $12,500 bond.

His defense lawyer, Samuel Rabin, confirmed the incident in a statement to ABC News, saying his client "was involved in a minor altercation involving a cell phone that resulted in a call to law enforcement. Mr. McGregor appreciates the response of law enforcement and pledges his full cooperation."

The Irish UFC champion recently completed court-ordered community service in connection to a case from last April, when he was seen on video going on a rampage that injured another fighter at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

McGregor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in that case.

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Tuesday
Mar122019

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/11/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Tampa Bay 8, Philadelphia 2
Houston 6, NY Mets 3
Milwaukee 8, Chi White Sox 5
Cincinnati 5, Cleveland 5
Colorado 6, Oakland 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 3, Minnesota 0
LA Angels 12, Texas 11
Kansas City 5, Seattle 1
Texas 6, Kansas City 2, 5 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 3, Washington 2
Atlanta 6, Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 4, LA Dodgers 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Washington 121, Sacramento 115
Cleveland 126, Toronto 101
Brooklyn 103, Detroit 75
Houston 118, Charlotte 106
Oklahoma City 98, Utah 89
LA Clippers 140, Boston 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia 3, Ottawa 2
Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 2
NY Islanders 2, Columbus 0
San Jose 3, Minnesota 0
Chicago 7, Arizona 1
OT Edmonton 3, NY Rangers 2
Carolina 3, Colorado 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Gonzaga 100, Pepperdine 74
(20) Wofford 70, UNC-Greensboro 58

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Monday
Mar112019

Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin dies at 23

Power Sport Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Catlin, a 23-year-old racing cyclist and Olympic silver medalist who was getting her master’s degree in computational and mathematician engineering at Stanford University, took her own life last week.

Her father, Mark Catlin, confirmed her death to VeloNews, a cycling publication.

“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” Mark Catlin wrote in a letter to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”

USA Cycling called Catlin’s death an “immense" and "devastating" loss.

Catlin wrote a column just last month for VeloNews in which she described the struggle of being both a graduate student and a world-class cyclist. She wrote that she had just started learning "slowly and painfully" the lesson of asking for help "when you need it."

"As athletes, we are all socially programmed to be stoic with our pain, to bear our burdens and not complain, even when such stoicism reaches the point of stupidity and those burdens begin to damage us," she wrote. "These are hard habits to break."

The Olympian's death at age 23, as she appeared to be at the top of her game both physically and mentally, has put an important spotlight on suicide and its sobering statistics.

Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. Suicide rates have been on the rise in the U.S. since 2006. Among women, the suicide rate increased by a staggering 50 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Monday
Mar112019

US soccer players speak out on equal pay suit: 'We're on the right side of this'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Members of the U.S. Women's National Team say they know they are on the "right side" of fighting for equal pay with their new lawsuit that blasts soccer's national governing body for allegedly paying mere "lip service" to gender equality and dishing out markedly more pay to the men's team.

"We know in our hearts, and we know with the facts that we have, that we’re on the right side of this," Megan Rapinoe, a star forward for the team, said Monday on ABC News' Good Morning America. "I don't think anyone can argue that there's gender inequities in this world, that there’s a pay gap, that there's pay discrepancies."

Rapinoe and her teammates on the world champion U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) sued the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Friday for gender discrimination. The lawsuit comes just three months before Team USA -- the winningest team in women's World Cup history -- prepares to defend its title at the FIFA World Cup in France.

Rapinoe and her teammate Alex Morgan, also a forward, said they have no plans to boycott the World Cup while the lawsuit plays out in court.

"I don't think it's ever been in our minds to step off the field," Morgan said. "We've been looking forward to the World Cup for three years now ... We want to continue to play for our country at the highest stage this summer in France."

Lawsuit about 'much more' than pay equity

The lawsuit, filed in California federal court on International Women's Day, cites not just pay, but also the denial of "at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment."

"In reality, the USSF has utterly failed to promote gender equality," the lawsuit reads. "It has stubbornly refused to treat its female employees who are members of the [women's national team] equally to its male employees who are members of the [men's national team]."

The USSF, the lawsuit claims, "has paid only lip service to gender equality and continues to practice gender-based discrimination against its champion female employees on the WNT in comparison to its less successful male employees on the MNT."

To critics who argue the U.S. men's team brings in more revenue and so should be compensated more, Rapinoe and Morgan said those claims are "arbitrary."

"Obviously [pay equity] is the hot button issue but in order to have I think a fair and a balanced conversation around compensation, we need to look at everything," Rapinoe said. "We need to look at the way the youth teams are funded. We need to look at the way our staff -- our coaching staff, our medical staff -- is funded. We need to look at promotion and branding and marketing and sponsorship, all of that."

"Until we do, until we have equity and equality of the men's and women's team on both those sides, we can't really say, 'Oh, the men make this and the women make this,'" she added.

Morgan pointed out that the 2015 Women's World Cup final was the "most-watched U.S. soccer game in history."

"So I think those claims are really arbitrary," she said of the revenue comparison.

The U.S. men's soccer team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their best finish was third place -- in 1930. The U.S. women's team, on the other hand, has won the World Cup three times -- in 1991, 1999 and 2015 -- and the gold medal at the Olympics four times, most recently in 2012.

The suit says that female players earned $15,000 for "being asked to try out for the World Cup team and making the team roster" in 2013 through 2016. On the other hand, men earned $55,000 each for making the World Cup team in 2014.

The 28 members of the 2015 winning team are all named as plaintiffs and the suit requests class action status to represent players who have been on the team since February of that year. The suit seeks back pay including interest and benefits, damages, attorneys' fees and other relief.

In 2017, the women's team reached an agreement with the USSF after filing a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over pay.

The agreement included direct and bonus pay increases and per diems equal to the men's team, according to ESPNW, as well as improved travel and financial support for pregnant or adopting players. It also included required improvements in National Women's Soccer League standards.

In February, the EEOC issued the soccer players a "right to sue," the new lawsuit indicates, which is required to sue for discrimination under federal law.

U.S. Soccer released a statement Sunday pointing out that the U.S. Women's National Team reached a collective bargaining agreement with the organization two years ago.

"U.S. Soccer has faithfully and consistently worked with the U.S. Women's National Team players and staff to provide the team everything it needs," U.S. Soccer said in the statement, adding that their commitment to women includes creating two elite international tournaments and adding additional staff focused only on the U.S. Women's National Team.

'Inspiring women around the world'


The USWNT is not the only women's team fighting for equal pay and conditions. The women's national hockey team has been on its own mission, following the soccer team and spurred by its victory at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Similarly, professional female athletes in tennis and basketball have also been making calls for equal pay, prize money, conditions and infrastructure.

Rapinoe said she hopes the USWNT's lawsuit sends a message to women to "fight for what you believe in."

"The big picture ultimately is just giving that message that you should fight for what you believe in. You should fight for what you feel you earn and never give up," she said, acknowledging that the fight is "difficult at times."

"For us, it's not only about leaving our sport in a better place, leaving it better for the young girls that will come after, but just in general, inspiring women around the world to stand up for what they believe in," Rapinoe said. "They have an ally in us. We are with them. we support them and we will continue this fight as long as we need to."

Morgan spoke about the support the USWNT has felt in their fight, including from the U.S. men's team.

"The men have also come out and said that they are in support of us as well, and so we respect them so much for that," she said. "It's great to see that support from them, from a lot of our sponsors as well, from women all around the world, both inside and outside of the sport."

"You know that you're doing something right when you gain that support from people around you to help lift you up," Morgan added.

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Monday
Mar112019

Booker, Suns snap 18-game skid to Warriors with 115-111 win

TuelekZa/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Golden State Warriors' topsy-turvy, three-peat quest has taken another ugly turn.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker scored 13 straight points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, helping the Suns snap the NBA's longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.

The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.

"Let's not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy," Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said. "We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven't done it. It's an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now."

"We're getting challenged, we're getting teams' best shots," Curry added.

Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn't overcome Booker's late onslaught in losing to Phoenix.

"Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately," Golden State's Klay Thompson said.

Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 -- 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start -- and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.

"One game, you miss shots," Curry said. "We took ones we thought we could make. If they go down this could be a totally different conversation. So don't overreact to that."

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Monday
Mar112019

Scoreboard roundup -- 3/10/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
NY Yankees 6, Pittsburgh 5
Philadelphia 8, Baltimore 5
Washington 6, Houston 4
Oakland 5, San Francisco 4
San Diego 11, Kansas City 6
Texas 7, San Francisco 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 10, Minnesota 1
NY Yankees 2, Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 8, Boston 1
Oakland 7, Chi White Sox 6
Seattle 9, LA Angels 9
Cleveland 16, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 5, Atlanta 2
NY Mets 9, St. Louis 1
Milwaukee 7, Chi Cubs 5
Arizona 3, Cincinnati 2
LA Dodgers 3, Colorado 1
Arizona 5, Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Detroit 131, Chicago 108
Toronto 125, Miami 104
Philadelphia 106, Indiana 89
Atlanta 128, New Orleans 116
Memphis 105, Orlando 97
Houston 94, Dallas 93
Minnesota 103, NY Knicks 92
San Antonio 121, Milwaukee 114
Phoenix 115, Golden State 111

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Florida 6, Detroit 1
Washington 3, Winnipeg 1
Pittsburgh 4, Boston 2
Calgary 6, Vegas 3
LA Kings 3, Anaheim 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(12) Houston 85, (20) Cincinnati 69
OT (21) Wisconsin 73, Ohio St. 67
(22) Wofford 81, ETSU 72

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
D.C. United 0, New York City 0

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