Babe Ruth jersey breaks record for most-expensive sports memorabilia item

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Babe Ruth broke about every record there was in baseball during his Hall of Fame career. Why not add a memorabilia record to the list?

A rare game-worn jersey from the Sultan of Swat sold at auction Saturday for a record $5.64 million -- the priciest piece of sports memorabilia ever. Of course, just like he did four times with the MLB home run record, he broke his own memorabilia record.

The buyer of the jersey has not been released.

The previous record was $4.4 million, also for a Ruth jersey, which sold in 2012.

The jersey dates back to the late 1920s, when the Bambino would've been in his hitting prime. In 1927, he set a home run record that would stand until 1961 and hit at least 45 homers each season from 1926 to 1931.

"For well over a decade, I have been researching and evaluating significant major league uniforms of the 20th century,” said Dave Grob, who authenticated the jersey on behalf of SGC, a sports memorabilia company. “Every time I am presented with a historic uniform like this striking Babe Ruth example, I am always rooting for the jersey because, if it proves to be authentic, it means that an extraordinary piece of baseball history has survived."

The jersey does not bear pinstripes; it's a road gray jersey, but it does have "YANKEES" emblazoned across the front, which only existed from 1927 to 1930. The team generally has had an arched "NEW YORK" on the front of road jerseys and the famous interlocking "N-Y" on the front on their home uniforms.

The previous owner of the jersey was not released.

It was auctioned off Saturday at Yankee Stadium, along with other items from the man many consider the greatest baseball player -- if not American athlete -- of all time. Hunt Auctions held the event, which featured over 100 items, including game-worn cleats, contracts and autographs.

If auctioneers were looking for someone with a lot of money, at least one billionaire is known to be a fan of the Babe: President Donald Trump. He awarded the late slugger the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, last November.

Ruth retired in 1935 -- with the Boston Braves, not the Yankees -- and died in 1948 at just 53 years old. He was an inaugural member of the Hall of Fame in 1936.

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Man accused of killing former Iowa State University golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena pleads guilty 

WOI(NEW YORK) -- A man who was accused of killing a former Iowa State University golfer and dumping her body in a pond at a golf course pleaded guilty on Friday.

Collin Richards, 22, pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree for the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena in September 2018, according to a statement from the Story County Attorney’s Office.

Richards was not made a plea offer in the case, and per Iowa law, he will be sentenced to mandatory life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole on Aug. 23, the statement said.

“My heart is with Celia’s family today with the hope that this result will bring them some level of comfort,” Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said in the statement. “Please know our entire community supports you and grieves with you.”

Arozamena’s body was found in a pond at the Coldwater Links public golf course near Iowa State University with multiple stab wounds on the morning of Sept. 17, 2018. She had apparently gone golfing alone on that day.

Arozamena’s body was found in a pond at the Coldwater Links public golf course near Iowa State University with multiple stab wounds on the morning of Sept. 17, 2018. She had apparently gone golfing alone on that day.

A K-9 unit tracked the victim's scent through the wooded area to a homeless encampment. As police were searching the camp, Richard’s approached them and officers noticed that he had “several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting,” and that he also “attempted to conceal a deep laceration to his left hand,” according to a criminal complaint.

At the time, Arozamena, a native of Spain, had recently been named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year. She had turned pro after graduating from the college in spring 2018.

“This tragic crime is something we have all been moved and saddened by,” the Story County Attorney’s Office statement said. “But we will not let tragedy define us. We will honor the life and memory of Celia by remembering her great spirit and all the lives she touched and made better in the time she spent with us.”

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Jason Day discusses mother’s cancer and returning to golf

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At the end of 2015, everything was going right on the golf course for Jason Day. He was the world's top-ranked golfer and was just coming off a PGA Championship win.

His success followed him into 2016, but it was not long after that Day was faced with a sobering reality: his mother, Dening, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer.

"It was an emotional, trying time. It was scary for me, let alone what she was going through," Day explains to ABC News, recalling when his family received the news at the beginning of the 2017. "It was difficult for me to play golf while she was going through this."

Day took time away from the sport in 2017, uncertain if he would return, explaining to ABC why he made such a personal decision:

"She was telling me to go play golf, but I just felt like it wasn't the right thing to do. I felt like I needed to step away and take time away from golf and be with her, and try and fight with her. My sisters... they felt like they were helpless. And I wanted to make sure if my mom felt like she was alone that she wasn't."

Dening Day was treated that year and her son has since returned to golf: "I was worried about my mom for a very, very long time. I'm not so worried about her anymore. I can focus on my golf again."

As Dening recovers, she and Jason are campaigning to spread awareness about having open conversations with doctors and Dening’s choice to try Biomarker testing to better understand what her treatment options were.

Jason says it was important for his family to have those conversations with medical professionals, and it led them to helpful testing and treatment for their situation.

He tells ABC News, "For people who are trying to get out there and fight this and it feels like you're alone, you're not alone. There are a lot of people out there to support you the whole way."

Day is currently competing in the 2019 U.S. Open, in search of his second major victory.

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Three more arrested in David Ortiz shooting as manhunt for 'The Surgeon' continues

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three more people were arrested late Thursday in the botched attempted hit on Red Sox legend David Ortiz as "The Surgeon," one of now 10 men involved in the shooting, continues to be on the run.

As the search for Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, 31, intensified, U.S. authorities said he's also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania that had striking similarities to the Sunday night shooting that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

The Berks County Sheriff's Office confirmed to ABC News on Thursday that they have been looking for Rivas-Clase since April 2018, when he was identified as a suspect involved in the shooting of a man in Reading. That victim, like Ortiz, survived a bullet wound to the back.

"The victim stated Rivas-Clase threatened to have him killed a few days before the shooting occurred," the Berks County Sheriff's Office said in a statement posted on its Facebook page following the April 22, 2018, incident.

Rivas-Clase, who previously lived in Redding, allegedly "did conspire with another suspect to shoot the victim," the sheriff's office statement reads.

The three people arrested Thursday night were Lanny Estefanny Perez Reyes, José Eduardo Ciprián (Chuki) and Carlos Rafael Álvarez (Carlos Nike), according to the Dominican Republic's National Prosecutor's Office. All three will be charged with attempted murder, criminal association and illegal possession of weapons.

On Wednesday, police in the Dominican Republic named Rivas-Clase as one of seven suspects involved in the brazen shooting of the 43-year-old former Red Sox slugger, who was shot from behind at close range as he sat at the outdoor patio bar of the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the nation's capital, on Sunday.

Police said six other men allegedly involved in the attack stalked Ortiz in a coordinated effort to kill him and collect a nearly $8,000 bounty placed on the retired Major League Baseball player's head.

Dominican authorities have not revealed who ordered the hit on Ortiz or why he was targeted.

The suspected gunman who shot Ortiz was identified by police as 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, who is one of the six suspects who was under arrest, according to police.

Ferreyra Cruz, according to Dominican police, allegedly confessed to shooting Ortiz.

Ferreyra Cruz is also believed to be the same man wanted in a pair of armed street robberies on Dec. 22 in Clifton, New Jersey, a detective lieutenant, Robert Bracken, with the city's police department told The Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark, New Jersey.

Other suspects under arrest in the Dominican Republic were identified by police as Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, Reynaldo Rodriguez Valenzuela, Joel Rodriguez Cruz, Oliver Moises Mirabal Acosta and Polfirio Alende Deschamps Vasquez.

Surveillance video that captured Ortiz's shooting showed a gunman police identified as Ferreyra Cruz walking up behind Ortiz, who was sitting at the bar, and opening fire before running away. In the footage, Ortiz appears to grab his stomach before collapsing.

A hearing for some of those arrested had been scheduled for Thursday, but being dramatically dragged into court, the hearing was postponed. Prosecutors have asked for the men to be held for up to one year as the investigation continues.

Ortiz was rushed to a hospital in Santo Domingo and underwent an operation in which doctors removed parts of his liver and small and large intestines, officials said.

The Red Sox team chartered an air ambulance jet to fly Ortiz to Boston, where he underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital late Sunday night.

"David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery. He continues to heal and make progress," Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement released by the Red Sox on Thursday morning. "David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary."

Tiffany Ortiz also thanked the doctors and medical staff at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic in Santo Domingo for saving her husband's life.

"Without you, our story could have had a tragic ending," she wrote. "You will forever be our guardian angels."

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Toronto Raptors are first-time NBA champions

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time.

The Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. The Raptors won the series 4-2, denying the Warriors what would have been a third straight championship.

Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam had 26 points apiece for the Raptors, while Fred VanVleet and Kawhi Leonard each had 22 for Toronto.

Klay Thompson scored 30 for Golden State but left with a knee injury. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points and Stephen Curry had 21 for the Warriors.

When Curry missed a 3-pointer with about five seconds left, the Raptors tacked on a free throw off a technical in the last second when the Warriors called a time-out they didn't have, and the last game at Oracle Arena was the last game of Golden State's reign.

Leonard was named NBA Finals MVP, the first player in history to win Finals MVP with teams from both conferences. Leonard won his first Finals MVP in 2014 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/13/19

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



Minnesota 10 Seattle 5
Toronto 12 Baltimore 3
LA Angels 5 Tampa Bay 3
Boston 7 Texas 6
Kansas City 7 Detroit 3
Chi White Sox 5 NY Yankees 4

Atlanta 6 Pittsburgh 5
Arizona 5 Washington 0
Colorado 9 San Diego 6
LA Dodgers 7 Chi Cubs 3
St. Louis at NY Mets, suspended


Toronto 114 Golden State 110 (TOR wins series)

Indiana 76 Dallas 72

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St. Louis Blues capture first ever Stanley Cup title

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- It may have taken 52 years, but the St. Louis Blues finally did it.

The team beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night to take home their first championship in franchise history.

The Blues’ victory will be celebrated back home in St. Louis, Missouri, where a parade is scheduled for the team on Saturday.

“The parade will start at noon at 18th St. & Market St., and end at Broadway & Market St. The rally will take place after at the Gateway Arch,” the team tweeted Thursday morning.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/12/19

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



Cincinnati 7, Cleveland 2
Milwaukee 6, Houston 3, 14 Innings

Oakland 6, Tampa Bay 2
Boston 4, Texas 3
Toronto 8, Baltimore 6
Seattle 9, Minnesota 6, 10 Innings
Detroit 3, Kansas City 2

Chi Cubs 10, Colorado 1
Arizona 2, Philadelphia 0
Miami 9, St. Louis 0
Atlanta 8, Pittsburgh 7, 11 Innings
San Francisco 4, San Diego 2


St. Louis 4, Boston 1 (St. Louis wins series)

NY Liberty 75, Minnesota 69

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Kevin Durant's surgery a 'success' after rupturing Achilles tendon

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Golden State Warriors' star forward Kevin Durant confirmed that he ruptured his right Achilles tendon during Game 5 of the NBA finals in Toronto Monday night.

Durant confirmed that he had undergone surgery and that it was a success on Instagram.

"My road back starts now!" he wrote. "I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way."

The injury was an emotional one as well, Durant said.

"Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK," he wrote. "Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night before that's what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat."

Durant's mom, Wanda Durant, opened up about whether he should have stepped on the court at all.

"I was excited for him because I know how much he loves the game and I know he's been injured before, so I knew he wouldn't jeopardize himself," she told "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "So when he told me he was ready to play I said OK."

Monday night's game started out as the perfect comeback for No. 35, who hadn't played since May 8 when he injured his right calf in a Western Conference semifinals game against the Houston Rockets.

"I was excited because he was doing so well and then when it happened I kinda just sunk," Durant admitted of the moment she watched her son clutch his leg and fall on the court. "I was just glued on him and glued on his eyes to see how he was doing."

She said it was "hurtful to see the anguish in his eyes and he looked as though he felt somewhat dejected."

Wanda Durant watched as his teammates helped escort him to the locker room. She said she was in touch with him immediately.

"I talked to him five to 10 minutes afterwards. And he just told me not to cry," she recalled. "I know he worked so hard to get back to play. And he just told me he was going to be OK and don't worry."

Warriors fans across the nation panicked when Durant, 30, went down again during the second quarter of Monday night's game.

Even rapper Drake, a hardcore Toronto Raptors fan, was seen patting Durant on the back as he limped his way to the locker room with the help of staff.

Some fans in the arena initially cheered when Durant went down, but his mom said she didn't hear about that until later on and has since forgiven the raucus crowd.

“I was really hurt and kinda disappointed that that was the first [response] after something so horrific. But because of the players in Toronto, Kawhi [Leonard] and [Serge] Ibaka, who I love very much and are dear sons of mine as well, they calmed them down – I was pleased with that. All is forgiven.”

"He gave us what he had. He sacrificed his body and we know how it turned out," said teammate Steph Curry after the game.

Questions immediately arose, however, over whether the Warriors may have brought Durant back from his calf injury too soon and potentially cost him what could be the entire 2019-2020 season.

"It's still out right now, he felt that he was able to play and they said that he could play," Wanda Durant said. "We still have to analyze that see if they made the right decision."

His mom added, "The doctors said that he was OK. Kevin couldn't have gone on his own to say I'm gonna play without the advisement of the doctors."

Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who got choked up at times during a news conference after the game, said Durant had been with the medical team for weeks.

"He was cleared to play tonight. That was a collaborative decision. I don't believe there's anyone to blame. ... But if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department," Myers said.

Following his injury, Wanda Durant took to Twitter to clap back at critics who have questioned the NBA star’s integrity and love of the sport.

 “Over the years the last few years there’s been a lot of questions about who he is as a person, his love for his teammates, his love for the game. And it was really painstaking,” she said while holding back tears. “Because my son is an adult now and the NBA is his employer I chose not to respond, but after they questioned him faking an injury and using the injury for his benefit, I felt that was really harsh – so I just wanted to let them know that I’ve been hearing all of their words.”

She also took the opportunity to thank everyone who has rallied around her son in the face of his latest setback.

"To the fans all over the world who have sent us their prayers, who have contacted me over my social media, sent general responses, I'm just so grateful and our family is thankful," she said. "And so for that, we have complete gratitude."

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6 arrested, 1 at large in $8K murder plot against Red Sox icon David Ortiz: Police

Rob Carr/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) -- Six men have been arrested in the brazen ambush shooting of Boston Red Sox icon David "Big Papi" Ortiz that occurred at a crowded nightclub in the Dominican Republic.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that the suspects set out to kill the retired baseball player to collect an $8,000 bounty placed on his head.

In a news conference in the Dominican Republic, police showed reporters the handgun used in the attempted hit job Sunday on Ortiz.

Police said a total of seven men were all part of the murder plot that left Ortiz with a bullet wound to the back.

Earlier, police identified one of the suspects as Eddy Valdimir Garcia, 25, who was nabbed by onlookers and beaten before being turned over to police minutes after Ortiz was severely wounded at the Dial Bar and Lounge, a nightclub in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Garcia was treated at a hospital for his injuries.

Photos of officers escorting Garcia into a police station following his release from a hospital showed him with stitched up gashes on his forehead and nose, a fresh bruise above his right eye and a busted lower lip.

The investigation is ongoing and police have not yet publicly identified the suspect who shot Ortiz.

Surveillance video taken from the nightclub showed the gunman walking up behind Ortiz as he was sitting at the bar and shooting him in the back at close range.

Garcia allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting, according to police. But his attorney, Bunel Ramirez Meran, said Tuesday night that Garcia is not the gunman who shot Ortiz. Meran said Garcia is innocent.

Charging papers obtained by ABC News show that Garcia is charged with "intentionally causing injury through the use of an illegal firearm" in addition to attempted homicide and criminal association.

Garcia has been remanded into custody while legal proceedings are underway, documents showed.

Frank Félix Duran, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, said that Garcia confessed to playing a role in the shooting, but he would not elaborate on what the suspect told the police.

Meran said that Garcia is accused of being the motorcyclist who drove the shooter to the Dial Bar and Lounge. Meran noted there is no legal distinction between being the author or the accomplice to a crime in the Dominican Republic.

After being shot and collapsing at the bar as a crowd of patrons scattered at the sound of gunfire, Ortiz underwent surgery at a Santo Domingo hospital. During the operation, doctors removed part of his small and large intestines and liver.

He was flown to Boston late Sunday night on an air ambulance jet chartered by the Red Sox team and underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

"David continues to recuperate today in the Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital under the direction of treating trauma surgeon Dr. David King," Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, said in a statement released Wednesday.

"Yesterday and this morning, David was able to sit up as well as take some steps. His condition is guarded and he will remain in the ICU for the coming days, but he is making good progress towards recovery," she added. "My family and I again want to thank everyone for their endless love and well wishes, and still ask for privacy while David continues to heal."

The security camera footage from the Dial Bar and Lounge acquired by ABC News shows a chaotic scene erupt as the gunman boldly approached Ortiz from behind and shot him without warning and in front of numerous witnesses.

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