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Mar212017

Jerry Krause, architect of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty, dies at 77

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Krause, the executive credited with forming the Chicago Bulls roster that won six championships through the 1990s, died at 77 according to ESPN.

A Chicago native, Krause was named general manager of the Bulls in 1985, going on to draft future all-time greats Michael Jordan and Socttie Pippen. In 1987, he added Bill Cartwright to the mix via a trade with the New York Knicks, forming the core of the team's first three championships.

He also hired Phil Jackson to be an assistant with the team. Later, he named Jackson head coach, and he led Bulls on a stretch where they would win six NBA titles.

However, all of the success Krause built as general manager disintegrated after their sixth championship in 1998. Jordan retired, Pippen was traded, and Jackson left the team.

ESPN reports the Bulls won 808 games, more than any other Eastern Conference team during Krause's 18-year reign as general manager. He was named NBA Executive of the Year twice during that span.

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf talked about Krause in a statement:

"The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause. Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the '90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family."

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey resurfaces in new photo

Mexican Attorney General’s Office(NEW YORK) -- ABC News has obtained a photo of Tom Brady's missing jersey from his Super Bowl LI victory, courtesy of the Mexican Attorney General.

The jersey still bears green turf stains along the area of the right shoulder.

A former Mexican newspaper executive is accused of taking Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey from his locker, league officials said.

The jersey went missing after the New England Patriots' Super Bowl 51 victory. It had an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department in February.

"Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," an NFL spokesperson told ABC News.

The suspect, Mauricio Ortega, is the former director of the tabloid La Prensa, according to the company that owns the paper, OEM, as well as the Mexican Attorney General's office. The AG's office said that he has not been detained because no charges have been filed.

OEM said Ortega resigned on March 14, citing "personal reasons" and the resignation was accepted, according to a company statement. But the company said it was surprised to learn about the allegations, saying Ortega "took advantage of his position and used La Prensa to obtain a media credential to access the field, press conferences and other areas of the NRG stadium."

A source told ESPN that footage from Fox showed Ortega going into the locker room, allegedly reaching into Brady's bag and taking the jersey. The source said officials reviewed 20,000 credentials, leading them to Ortega as a person of interest.

The NFL, which did not name the suspect, said the jersey was part of a larger haul that was in the possession of a credentialed member of the press.

"Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015," the spokesperson said. "The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."

In a statement Monday, Brady said he was happy that the case had come to a resolution.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved," he said. "I know they worked hard on this case – and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience."

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Soccer player in South Africa thanks wife, girlfriend in post-game interview

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A soccer player in South Africa has become a viral sensation, but not for anything he did on the field.

Mohammed Anas of the Free State Stars is backtracking after a post game interview last Friday. The Independent reports that Anas was named "man of the match" after a game last Friday and in a post-game interview with South African television, he offered thanks for the honor.

"I appreciate my fans, also my wife and my girlfriend, I mean my wife," he said. "Sorry to say, I'm so sorry, my wife...I love you so much!"

After the interview went viral in South Africa, Anas was quick to backtrack telling the BBC that by "girlfriend" he meant his daughter.

"My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend," he told the BBC. "That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend."

The video of the interview quickly earned more than a quarter of a million views on YouTube, reports the BBC.

"I'm famous now," Anas told the BBC. "People around the world know me."

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Scoreboard roundup — 3/20/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Arizona 10, Oakland 6
San Diego 3, Texas 2
Detroit 5, N.-Y. Mets 1
Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 4
San Francisco 3, Chi. White Sox 2
Cleveland 12, L.-A. Dodgers 5
Cincinnati 10, Kansas City 6
N.-Y. Yankees 9, Washington 3
St. Louis 12, Houston 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 7, Baltimore 4
Minnesota 8, Toronto 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Miami 9, Atlanta 3
Chi. Cubs 9, Colorado 6

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

L.-A. Clippers 114, New York 105
Charlotte 105, Atlanta 90
OT/Orlando 112, Philadelphia 109
Indiana 107, Utah 100
Boston 110, Washington 102
Houston 125, Denver 124
Golden State 111, Oklahoma City 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Toronto 4, Boston 2
Buffalo 2, Detroit 1
Nashville 3, Arizona 1
Dallas 1, San Jose 0
Edmonton 2, Los Angeles 0

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Monday
Mar202017

Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey found, allegedly stolen by newspaper executive

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- A former Mexican newspaper executive is accused of boosting Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey from his locker -- reaching into the superstar quarterback's bag as cameras rolled and then sneaking away, officials and the company said.

The jersey, which went missing after the New England Patriots' Super Bowl 51 victory had an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department in February.

"Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," an NFL spokesperson told ABC News.

The suspect is the former director of the tabloid, La Prensa, according to the company that owns the paper, OEM, as well as the Mexican Attorney General's office. The AG's office said that he has not been detained because no charges have been filed.

OEM said Ortega resigned March 14, citing "personal reasons" and the resignation was accepted, according to a company statement. But the company said it was surprised to learn about the allegations, saying Ortega "took advantage of his position and used La Prensa to obtain a media credential to access the field, press conferences and other areas of the NGR stadium."

A source told ESPN that footage from Fox showed Ortega going into the locker room, allegedly reaching into Brady's bag and taking the jersey. The source said officials reviewed 20,000 credentials, leading them to Ortega as a person of interest.

The NFL, which did not name the suspect, said the jersey was part of a larger haul that was in the possession of a credentialed member of the press.

"Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015," the spokesperson said. "The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."

In a statement today, Brady said he was happy that the case had come to a resolution.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved," he said. "I know they worked hard on this case – and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience."

Houston police chief Art Acevedo tweeted that the jersey was ultimately located in Mexico.

"Proud @houstonpolice Major Offenders Divison traced Brady Jersey to Mexico & it has been recovered with help of FBI & Mexican authorities," Acevedo wrote.

Mexican officials have not issued a formal statement but a spokesperson for the Mexican Attorney General’s office told ABC News that Mexico's Attorney General carried out a search last week and handed over the jersey to the U.S. authorities.

News of the missing jersey first surfaced when Brady told team owner Robert Kraft in an on-camera locker room conversation after the game that he was unable to locate the jersey he wore as he led the team to the 34-28 overtime win.

"Someone stole my game jersey," Brady said after kissing Kraft on the cheek.

"You better look online," Kraft responded.

The NFL, which captured the exchange, shared it on Twitter, posting the video with the caption: "Hey can someone give Tom Brady his jersey back? #SB51."

Police previously classified the case as a possible first-degree felony.

"On 2/05/17, the City of Houston hosted Super Bowl LI in the NRG Stadium. Shortly after winning the game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady noticed his game jersey missing from his locker in the Patriots designated locker room," according to the police report detailing the Feb. 5 incident at NRG Stadium.

Brady, listed as the complainant in the Feb. 6 police report, told reporters the day after the game: "I put it in the bag, and then I came out and it wasn't there anymore. So it's unfortunate because that's a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know."

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Monday
Mar202017

Tim Tebow to join Mets' Class A affiliate in South Carolina

iStock/Thinkstock(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow will be assigned to play with the Columbia Fireflies, the organization's Class A affiliate in South Carolina, according to ESPN.

Tebow had made appearances with the professional club in the Grapefruit League. He has hit .235 (4-for-17) over six games and he has played multiple positions in the outfield.

Fireflies' president John Katz spoke about Tebow joining the club:

"Tebow's story is so compelling -- from the BCS National Championships and the NFL playoffs to reinventing himself as a professional baseball player. His humility, faith and unwavering commitment to better himself will bring a new dynamic to our clubhouse. Having a player that has achieved his level of success on two big stages will ultimately pay huge dividends for our players as they pursue their dreams of playing for the New York Mets."

The Fireflies' first game is Apr. 6, a home matchup with the Augusta GreenJackets.

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Monday
Mar202017

Serena Williams no longer top-ranked tennis player as Angelique Kerber reclaims No. 1 spot

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) - ESPN reports German tennis player Angelique Kerber has climbed the Women’s Tennis Association's (WTA) rankings all the way to the No. 1 spot, reclaiming the honor from Serena Williams.

Kerber was named the world's top female player on Monday. She previously ascended to No. 1 on September 12, 2016, only to surrender it back to Williams in January.

Kerber overtook Williams for the top spot in September after defeating her at last summer's US Open. Williams took it back by winning the Australian Open in January.

Williams has not played since she won in Melbourne. She has been resting an injured left knee, having won her record-23rd Grand Slam title in the last tournament in which she appeared.

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Monday
Mar202017

Tiger Woods says he's 'trying everything I can do' to return to Masters glory

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Tiger Woods is “trying everything” to play in The Masters this year, on what will be the 20th anniversary of his history-making win at the prestigious professional golf tournament.

“I’m trying. I’m trying everything I can do to be able to get back and play,” Woods, 41, said Monday on ABC News' Good Morning America. “I love that event. It’s meant so much to me in my life.”

It was 1997 when Woods broke into super-stardom by winning The Masters at the age of 21, becoming the tournament’s youngest winner and first African-American winner. Woods has won The Masters four times in all, earning his last victory in 2005.

“It has so much history and meaning to me that I’d love to get back,” said Woods, whose new book, The 1997 Masters: My Story, chronicles his historic 1997 win.

Woods, who now lives in Jupiter, Florida, would go on to win 79 PGA Tour events and 14 major golf championships. His career has been hampered in recent years by injuries, primarily his back.

Woods, the father of two young children, said it is not just his physical difficulties alone that are preventing him from earning the green jacket at The Masters once again. The 2017 Masters kicks off next month.

“My priorities have changed a lot," Woods said. "My kids now dominate my life and I think that’s a good thing."

He added, "I know that the mind is sharp, I just need to get the body willing to do it. That’s the hard part is getting the prep time in.”

When it comes to raising his two children with ex-wife Elin Nordegren, Woods said he relies on lessons he learned from his own father. Earl Woods was a military veteran who was famously by Woods’ side throughout his golf career.

“My dad would always make sure when we talked he never sat above me,” Woods said of one lesson from his dad. “He always made sure he was eye level and so he was talking to me and not down to me.”

“I do the same thing with my kids,” Woods said. “It’s amazing the bond that you can build that way."

The 1997 Masters: My Story is on sale now.

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Monday
Mar202017

Ryan Newman wins at Phoenix, first victory in 127 races

Hemera/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — With temperatures in the 90s at Phoenix Raceway on Sunday, the Camping World 500 was murder on tires.  But a decision by Ryan Newman and his pit crew to stay out late worn tires turned out to be a winning gamble. Newman took the checkered flag, posting his first win since 2013.

It was Newman's first since joining Richard Childress Racing, ending a streak of 127 races without a victory for the driver and 112 races without a victory for the team.

For the third time in three races, Kyle Larson finished second driving the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet.

Kyle Busch, who appeared poised for a victory during the race's final stage, got stuck on the inside on the final restart, a victim of a tire blowout on Joey Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford which led to the restart.  Last week in Las Vegas, Busch and Logano tangled in pit road after the race. Busch finished third.

Next week the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is off to Auto Club Speedway outside of San Bernardino, California.

Here are the top-ten standings in the Monster Energy Cup Series following Sunday's race:

1) Kyle Larson -- 184 points
2) Brad Keseloski -- 178
3) Chase Elliott -- 171
4) Martin Truex Jr. -- 153
5) Joey Logano -- 135
6) Ryan Blaney -- 127
7) Kevin Harvick -- 123
8) Jamie McMurray -- 119
9) Kurt Busch -- 105
10) Kasey Kahne -- 105

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Monday
Mar202017

Scoreboard roundup — 3/19/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Kansas City 6, Chi. Cubs 2
Toronto 11, Pittsburgh 11
Tampa Bay 8, Philadelphia 0
Arizona 4, Cleveland 4
L.-A. Dodgers 3, Japan 2
Chi. White Sox 11, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Colorado 9, Oakland 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 7, Baltimore 1
Minnesota 13, Boston 8
N.-Y. Yankees 6, Houston 4
Texas 3, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 5, Atlanta 2
Washington 10, Miami 4
Miami 7, N.-Y. Mets 5
Milwaukee 6, San Francisco 4
Cincinnati 9, San Diego 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland 125, L.-A. Lakers 120
Dallas 111, Brooklyn 104
Philadelphia 105, Boston 99
Detroit 112, Phoenix 95
New Orleans 123, Minnesota 109
Toronto 116, Indiana 91
Portland 115, Miami 104
San Antonio 118, Sacramento 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Columbus 4, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh 4, Flordia 0
Winnipeg 5, Minnesota 4
Chicago 6, Colorado 3

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(3) Baylor 82, (11) USC 78
(7) South Carolina 88, (2) Duke 81
(3) UCLA 79, (6) Cincinnati 67
(1) Kansas 90, (9) Michigan State 70
(2) Kentucky 65, (10) Witchita State 62
(7) Michigan 73, (2) Louisville 69
(1) North Carolina 72, (8) Arkansas 65
(3) Oregon 75, (11) Rhode Island 72

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