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Monday
Jun192017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/18/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 8, St. Louis 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 7, Chicago White Sox 3
Tampa Bay 9, Detroit 1
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 2
Seattle 7, Texas 3
Kansas City 7, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 4, N.Y. Yankees 3
Boston 6, Houston 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 7
N.Y. Mets 5, Washington 1
Atlanta 5, Miami 4
Arizona 5, Philadelphia 4, 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 7, Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 2, San Diego 1
Colorado 7, San Francisco 5

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Monday
Jun192017

Kyle Larson records second victory of the season with win at Michigan

iStock/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, Mich.) -- Kyle Larson held off a spate of competitors after a string of late cautions at the FireKeepers Casion 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday to record his second win of the season. With the victory, Larson leapfrogs Martin Truex Jr. as the season's current points leader.

Larson, who started on the pole, led the race for 96 laps -- a race high -- and got a jump on Chase Elliott on the final restart with just five laps to go to hold on for the win.

Elliot finished second. Joey Logano finished third, with Denny Hamlin and Jamie McMurray following in fourth and fifth.

Truex Jr., the points leader going into the race, finished sixth after winning both the first and second stages of the race.

Up next week is the Monster Energy Cup Series at Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Here are the standings after Sunday's race:

1) Kyle Larson -- 640 points
2) Martin Truex Jr. -- 635
3) Kyle Busch -- 510
4) Kevin Harvick -- 508
5) Chase Elliott -- 478
6) Brad Keselowski -- 476
7) Jamie McMurray -- 450
8) Jimmie Johnson -- 449
9) Denny Hamlin -- 430
10) Joey Logano -- 398

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Sunday
Jun182017

NFL player and wife ask wedding guests to donate to animal rescue in lieu of gifts

Jade Mountain Resort(NEW YORK) -- When Tennessee Titans' cornerback Logan Ryan wed his college sweetheart Ashley Bragg Ryan, he had already received the best gift for a football player.

Ryan, 26, earned two Super Bowl titles with the New England Patriots before being signed to the Titans in March.

So when Ryan, 26, and Bragg Ryan, 26, jumped the broom in front of eight guests inside Saint Lucia's Jade Mountain Resort on April 7, instead of gifts they asked their guests to donate to a local animal shelter, Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia.

The couple, who met while attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, got the idea when they arrived in the island country.

"When we got to Saint Lucia we noticed on our drive all the stray dogs and cats on the street. It was very strange to us," Bragg Ryan told ABC News, who is a certified professional dog trainer.

Their idea was confirmed after their wedding, which featured their 1-year-old daughter, Avery. The two did a photoshoot around Soufrière, Saint Lucia when they spotted a stray dog, Ryan told ABC News.

"We were just having fun, having just gotten married," he recalled. "We're walking the streets, doing this photo shoot and this dog kind of chose us."

"The dog was following us and I was just worried about Ashley's dress, because it was so expensive. It was Ashley who welcomed it, petting this dog -- that’s just the type of person she is. When I saw she was OK with it, I was OK with it," Ryan continued.

Ryan said they "felt attached" to the dog, and after leaving to go back to the resort, they felt they had to do something more.

Their photographer, Bernd Rac, told them about a local animal rescue organization, Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia.

"We got in touch with them, and talked about how we could help because we got married in Saint Lucia and it had become a special place for us, so it was a great way to give back," Bragg Ryan said.

Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia, founded in 2012, said in a statement that the wedding's donations did truly help.

"Running a rescue anywhere in the world is financially, physically, and mentally draining and it is impossible to do it without help from people like the Ryans," their statement began. "It is so easy to see a problem and walk right past or continue scrolling through your news feed hoping someone else will deal with it. Not many people actually stop to see what they can do to help when faced with a situation like this.Their actions showed us how big their hearts truly are."

"Without people like them who go above and beyond to help, we would not be able to continue saving lives in Saint Lucia," their statement continued. "The animals we rescue almost always have pre-existing conditions, which become expensive to treat and their wedding donations really helped us in a time of need. They haven't only have they helped us financially though, they've also helped bring awareness to our organization which is invaluable."

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Sunday
Jun182017

University of Michigan coach to ask Obamas to be honorary football captains

Alex Wong/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- The Obamas have conquered the world of politics, so is the sports world next?

Well, they're on track to do so.

Jim Harbaugh, head football coach of the University of Michigan Wolverines, said he's planning to ask former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to serve as honorary captains at a game this fall.

"We're making those asks -- official asks," Harbaugh told reporters Saturday.

The Obamas would be in good company: Basketball legend Michael Jordan, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and baseball great Hank Aaron were honorary captains last year.

Harbaugh already has a relationship with the Obamas. He served on Michelle Obama's education committee, working with her at rallies in Detroit and Washington, D.C. Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, were also invited to one of the Obamas' final parties in January before they left the White House.

And last week, while Harbaugh was in Washington to speak on behalf of the Legal Services Corp. about legal aid for the underprivileged, he and his son Jay met with the former president.

"It was incredible," Harbaugh said. "We had 39 wonderful minutes with President Obama, saw Mrs. Obama as well. He was great. He was really relaxed, working on a lot of things."

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Sunday
Jun182017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/17/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:
   
INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 15, St. Louis 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 5, Toronto 2
Cleveland 9, Minnesota 3
Oakland 5, N.Y. Yankees 2
Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 2
Texas 10, Seattle 4
Cleveland 6, Minnesota 2
L.A. Angels 9, Kansas City 0
Houston 7, Boston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 5, San Francisco 1
Arizona 5, Philadelphia 1
San Diego 7, Milwaukee 5, 11 Innings
Atlanta 8, Miami  7, 10 Innings
Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 4
L.A. Dodgers 10, Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 4, Chicago Cubs 3
 
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Connecticut 98, Minnesota 93

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Saturday
Jun172017

Reports: Celtics to trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- According to reports, the Celtics have agreed to trade the number one overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia will give Boston the third overall pick in return.

The 76ers will also give Boston the Los Angeles Lakers 2018 first round pick with protections, but if the protections hold it will instead be the Sacramento Kings 2019 first round pick.

The 76ers are expected to take point guard Markelle Fultz with the pick. The trade will be finalized on Monday, and the draft takes place on Thursday at the Barclay's Center.

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Saturday
Jun172017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/17/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis 11, Baltimore 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 11, Toronto 4
Detroit 13, Tampa Bay 4
Texas 10, Seattle 4
Cleveland 8, Minnesota 1
Boston 2, Houston 1
Oakland 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Kansas City 3, L.A. Angels 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 9, Pittsburgh 5
Arizona 5, Philadelphia 4
Washington 7, N.Y. Mets 2
L.A. Dodgers 3, Cincinnati 1
Miami 5, Atlanta 0
Milwaukee 6, San Diego 5, 10 Innings
Colorado 10, San Francisco 8

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
N.Y. Liberty 102, Dallas 93
Phoenix 86, Chicago 78

Friday
Jun162017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/15/17

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

INTERLEAGUE

Cleveland 12, L.A. Dodgers 5
Philadelphia 1, Boston 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 6, Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox 5, Baltimore 2
Detroit 5, Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 7, L.A. Angels 2
Oakland 8, N.Y. Yankees 7, 10 innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 8, N.Y. Mets 3
Milwaukee 6, St. Louis 4
Colorado 10, San Francisco 9

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Thursday
Jun152017

Eleven-year-old boy earns college scholarship for his football skills

BananaStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- Titan Lacaden is only in the fifth grade, but his football skills have already earned him a college scholarship.

“He’s definitely a special kid,” Titan’s father, Frank Lacaden, told ABC affiliate KITV.

The 11-year-old wide receiver recently caught the attention of Nick Rolovich, the head football coach for the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Frank Lacaden said Rolovich pulled him to the side at one point and asked him how he felt about his son getting an offer. A football coach for decades, he knows all too well about the challenges that young athletes face to get recruited.

“When opportunity knocks, you’ve got to enter, you’ve got to go -- and so we went in,” Frank Lacaden said.

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Thursday
Jun152017

NBA legend Jerry West leaving Golden State Warriors to join Los Angeles Clippers

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West will leave his role as an adviser to the Golden State Warriors and a join Western Conference rival, ESPN reports.

The former Los Angeles Lakers great intends to take on a comparable job with the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN says West knew on Monday night -- when the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers to earn their second championship in three years -- that he would be leaving the team.

Still, he said, it was "one of the saddest nights of my life."

"I knew I was going to be leaving. I didn't know what I was going to be leaving to," he told ESPN. "Was this the end of me being productive? Every person is different in terms of their lives and how people age. I don't feel old; I feel really competitive."

Sports Illustrated first reported that West would leave the Warriors to join the Clippers.

West has worked with Golden State for about six years. He told ESPN that he will be "forever grateful they gave me an opportunity to be involved."

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