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Tuesday
Aug132019

Teen phenom Coco Gauff gets US Open wild card entry

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Tennis phenom Coco Gauff has been granted a wild card entry to the final Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open.

The decision was announced by the USTA on Tuesday, with the release of the women's singles main draw and qualifying wild card entrants. The 15-year-old Gauff became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon earlier this summer.

In 2017, Gauff was the youngest ever finalist in the U.S. Open girls singles event as a 13-year-old.

Gauff reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, beating Venus Williams in the first round and becoming a fan favorite in the process.

The U.S. Open begins on August 26.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Antonio Brown expected at Oakland Raiders training camp Tuesday

Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice / ESPN Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Wide receiver Antonio Brown is expected to report to Oakland Raiders training camp on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Brown hasn't been at the team facility since he was limited in practice on July 30th. That day, Brown left the facility early.

He has been dealing with frostbite on his feet this summer. That ailment is the result of a cryotherapy mishap in France earlier this year.

Reports have also indicated that Brown was frustrated by a league rule that would have disallowed his preferred style of helmet. He lost a grievance against the league over that rule, this week. Previously, reports had indicated that Brown might choose not to play football if he was not allowed to wear his preferred helmet.

Brown tweeted on Tuesday that he is looking for a version of his preferred helmet that was manufactured within the last ten years. While it's unclear if that helmet would be certified for use, because the technology is outdated, it would satisfy at least one aspect of the league's concern about the helmet.

Brown offered to trade an autographed, practice-worn helmet to any fan who can locate a Schutt Air Advantage helmet of the proper size made in the last ten years.

He says the other types of helmets that would satisfy league rules protrude and interfere with his vision.

On Instagram, though, Brown posted Monday saying that he was looking forward to rejoining the team.

The Raiders acquired Brown in March, giving him a three-year contract worth more than $50 million.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

A-Rod's valuables stolen from SUV in San Francisco

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Alex Rodriguez was among a number of people whose possessions were stolen from a rented SUV on Sunday night in San Francisco.

The vehicle was rented by ESPN for the Sunday Night Baseball production crew that was working on Sunday night's game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. While the group was having dinner after the game, the SUV was broken into.

The San Francisco Chronicle cites sources close to the investigation, saying that more than $500,000 of jewelry and other items were taken from the vehicle.

Rodriguez told ESPN that he was "saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken."

The Chronicle notes that 2,150 vehicle break-ins were reported in San Francisco last month -- about 69 per day.

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Tuesday
Aug132019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/12/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10, L-A Angels 2
Tampa Bay 10, San Diego 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 8, Baltimore 5
N-Y Yankees 11, Baltimore 8
Toronto 19, Texas 4
Cleveland 6, Boston 5
Houston  at  Chi White Sox, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, Cincinnati 6
Arizona 8, Colorado 6

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Tuesday
Aug132019

NCAA alters 'Rich Paul rule' following criticism

filipfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Days after introducing controversial certifications requirements for agents to represent college basketball players considering whether to enter the NBA Draft, the NCAA has changed those qualifications, no longer requiring those agents to have a bachelor's degree.

Agents seeking to represent those athletes will now have to be in good standing with the National Basketball Players Association.

"We are committed to providing student-athletes who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore NBA draft options with access to a wide array of resources to make their decision," said the NCAA in a statement.

The statement said the original requirements were meant to fulfill that goal, but that because "several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor's degree requirement."

The original rules were criticized by many, largely because a number of current NBA agents did not attend college. Rich Paul, who represents NBA stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis, does not have a college degree. James and Paul were vocal in their criticism of the degree requirement for agents.

Other requirements for agents to represent college athletes considering their draft options include certification by the NBPA for three years, payment of required fees, and an in-person NCAA qualification exam.

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Monday
Aug122019

Simone Biles lands history-making moves, gets sixth national title

simonkr/iStock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Simone Biles made history this weekend, becoming the first female gymnast to land two new moves in competition -- and easily earned herself her sixth title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

Between preliminaries on Friday and finals Sunday, Biles made history three times over with two new moves and a record-tying all-around win.

First, on Friday, she cleanly completed a double-double dismount (a double twist and double somersault) on balance beam.

Also on Friday, she attempted a triple-double in floor -- but just barely missed a clean finish, which left her "really frustrated because I know how good I am and how well I can do," she said then.

She returned to competition Sunday rearing to get it right, and she did, becoming the first woman to cleanly complete the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.

In doing so, Biles sailed to a first-place finish. With that, she tied Clara Schroth Lomady for most national titles; it's a record that was set in the 1950s.

And it wasn't just the all-around. Biles also got first place in individual events for vault, balance beam and floor. She finished third in uneven bars.

"I'm really happy with the beam dismount and how it's come along, because if you had asked me after [U.S. Classic] if I was going to complete it, I would've said no," Biles told Team USA at the competition of the beam move. "I feel like in those short two weeks we did a lot of work on a couple of the events, so I'm pretty excited with how it turned out."

If she successfully completes the floor and/or beam feat at an international meet, the skill will be named after her. The floor triple-double would be called the Biles II, as she already has one floor trick named after her. Her next chance to do so would be at the world championships in Germany in October.

This year's U.S. Gymnastics Championships has courted controversy in the wake of a massive sexual abuse scandal involving the disgraced, and now imprisoned, former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Biles was among the hundreds of other gymnasts to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse.

Since then, USA Gymnastics, the sports' organizing body, has struggled to regain its athletes' trust, as Biles made clear Wednesday, saying, "It's hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times."

Biles had to adjust from that mood to compete this weekend and complete both her moves.

"I feel like the first day I was doing angry gymnastics and I was just really upset," she said Sunday, per Team USA, "and then today it was it was just like that's normal and happy."

"[Biles] shouldn't be saddled with that weight, but she's handling it with incredible grace," Rachael Denhollander, a former gymnast and the first to publicly accuse Nassar, told ABC News last week. "Her voice has a lot of power, and I hope she feels that, and she deserves that; she has earned that power."

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Monday
Aug122019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/11/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Texas 1, Milwaukee 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
LA Angels 5, Boston 4, 10 innings
Baltimore 8, Houston 7
NY Yankees 1, Toronto 0
Kansas City 10, Detroit 2
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3, 10 innings
Oakland 2, Chi White Sox 0
Tampa Bay 1, Seattle 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, NY Mets 4
Atlanta 5, Miami 4
Chi Cubs 6, Cincinnati 3
St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 9
Colorado 8, San Diego 3
LA Dodgers 9, Arizona 3
San Francisco 9, Philadelphia 6

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 101, Minnesota 78
Seattle 84, NY Liberty 69
LA Sparks 84, Chicago 81
Las Vegas 89, Connecticut 81

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 2, New York City 1

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Sunday
Aug112019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/10/19

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

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee   3  Texas   2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto         5  N-Y Yankees   4
L-A Angels     12  Boston        4
Kansas City     7  Detroit       0
Houston        23  Baltimore     2
Minnesota       4  Cleveland     1
Chi White Sox   3  Oakland       2
Tampa Bay       5  Seattle       4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco   3  Philadelphia   1
Miami           7  Atlanta        6, 10 Innings
Cincinnati     10  Chi Cubs       1
N-Y Mets        4  Washington     3
St. Louis       3  Pittsburgh     1
San Diego       8  Colorado       5
L-A Dodgers     4  Arizona        0


 WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Indiana   87  Atlanta   82
Dallas    80  Phoenix   77
   

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Final  New England    3  Seattle    3

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Saturday
Aug102019

Alabama football running back could miss season

33 ft/iStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- ESPN reports Alabama freshman Trey Sanders may have suffered a season-ending foot injury during the team's practice. Head football coach Nick Saban is expected to give an update on the running back's condition following the team's scrimmage on Saturday.

Losing Sanders would put a dent in the Crimson Tides' depth chart at running back. Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris were drafted into the NFL this past spring, leaving the team with Najee Harris, Brian Robinson Jr, and freshman Keilan Robinson at the position.

Sanders had shown promise since arriving on campus, according to Saban. He was the No. 2-ranked running back prospect by ESPN in the 2019 signing class.

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Saturday
Aug102019

Yankees general manager stopped at gunpoint by police

cmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- ESPN reports New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was pulled over and forced from his vehicle at gunpoint Friday evening after police mistook him for a suspected car thief.

Cashman told the New York Post that his white Jeep Wrangler was recently stolen, then discovered and returned to him earlier this week by New York City police. However, the NYPD did not take the vehicle off a stolen car list.

Police in the Connecticut town of Darien reportedly ran Cashman's license plates and determined it was stolen. When Cashman was pulled over, police believed they may have caught a suspected car thief.

Cashman says patrol cars pursued him as he pulled out of a gas station with their "guns drawn."

Cashman says his car is now off the stolen list. He believes the positive that comes out of this experience is, “The public should take encouragement when someone is in a stolen vehicle they’re not going to get very far."

Brian Cashman is 52-years-old and has served as the Yankees General Manager and Senior Vice President since 1998.

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