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Thursday
Aug102017

High school football player dies after being injured at practice

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – A teenager  from Long Island, New York, has died following a football practice with his high school team Thursday morning.

Joshua Mileto, 16, was injured during a strength and conditioning camp Thursday morning at Sachem East High School in Farmingville, New York, according to police.

"A group of athletes were performing a drill carrying a log overhead when the log fell and struck Joshua Mileto, a student at the school, in the head," police said in a statement.

The teen was rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Graham said in a statement that the district is "devastated by this horrific accident."

Graham said Mileto was in the 11th grade. Police initially reported Mileto's age as 15 years old but later clarified that he was 16.

"Words cannot express the grief we feel as a school community," Graham added. "We extend our deepest condolences to the student's family and friends during this terribly difficult time."



This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Kings power forward Randolph arrested for possession of marijuana

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(NEW YORK) – Sacramento Kings power forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a felony charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell by the Los Angeles County Police Department Wednesday night, according to police reports.

Police told ABC-7 that the incident started in a housing project south of Los Angeles, when police on a routine patrol found a group drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana and playing loud music, while blocking a street.

According to the police report, Randolph was arrested at 11 p.m. and was booked at 4:23 a.m. Randolph's bail was set at $20,000.

Randolph averaged 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds last year for the Memphis Grizzlies.

The power forward signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Kings in July.

In 2010, a friend of Randolph's was arrested in Indianapolis after police found the friend driving in Randolph's SUV with a cooler containing marijuana. Randolph was never charged in the incident.

Randolph has been in the NBA for 16 years and is a two-time All Star. He spent the past eight years with Memphis and ranks first in franchise history in rebounds with 5,612 and third in scoring with 9,261.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Cleveland Indians trade for Mets outfielder Bruce

Scott Clarke / ESPN Image(NEW YORK) – The Cleveland Indians have traded for New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce in exchange for a minor league pitcher.

Bruce is hitting .258 with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs this season, and is a career .249 hitter with 270 home runs.

The Indians will send pitcher Ryder Ryan to New York. Ryan, a 2016 MLB first-year player draft pick out of the University of North Carolina, is 3-4 with a 4.79 ERA in 33 relief appearances for Lake County in the Class A Midwest League.

Chris Antonetti, the Indians president of baseball operations, told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that injuries to outfielders Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley led them to the trade. “I think the combination of the two provided the opportunity to bring someone in like Jay and get him at-bats. Obviously, if both Michael and Lonnie are healthy and unrestricted at this point, we wouldn’t have the opportunity for a player like Jay."

This is the second straight season that Bruce has been traded. Last year, the Reds sent him to the Mets.

Cleveland starts an 11-day, 11-game road trip against the Rays, Red Sox, Tigers and Royals Thursday. The Indians are trying to get Bruce to Tampa for Thursday's game.

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Thursday
Aug102017

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/9/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Colorado 3, Cleveland 2, 12 Innings
Texas 5, N.Y. Mets 1
Detroit 10, Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4, Milwaukee 0
St. Louis 8, Kansas City 5


AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 6, Oakland 3
L.A. Angels 5, Baltimore 1
N.Y. Yankees 11, Toronto 5
Boston 8, Tampa Bay 2
Chicago White Sox 7, Houston 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Washington 10, Miami 1
Cincinnati 8, San Diego  3
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 2
L.A. Dodgers 3, Arizona 2

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Former NBA great Kenny Anderson goes one-on-one with Robin Roberts

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For this week’s podcast episode of Everybody’s Got Something, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts went one-on-one with former NBA great Kenny Anderson. At one time, he was the most sought after basketball player in the nation, but after retiring from the game he loved at 35 -- and losing his beloved mother -- he bottomed out with a DUI charge that cost him a coaching position at a private high school in Florida.

“I was in a daze. It was a bad time in my life and I had to regroup -- reinvent myself, because I have my kids,” said Kenny. “I wanted to try and get better for them…just looking in the mirror and saying, ‘I got to stop what I’m doing and going down this path. I’ve got to get better.’”

In a new documentary, Mr. Chibbs, Kenny is followed through a candid, sad and hopeful journey about some of the toughest issues he’s faced – issues like the excessive drinking rumors that followed him throughout his career, his molestation as a youth by two men, including a coach, and how he ended up spending all of the $63 million dollars he made in his career before filing for bankruptcy.

“You know, there’s a bunch of guys that’s running around with demons that’s ashamed of them,” Kenny said. “Everyone has them -- and so everyone can help someone.”

At first, Kenny wrestled with whether or not he should even make the documentary. Ultimately, he decided to in order to help others and help himself -- using the filmmaking as a form of therapy.

“It put good pressure on me because now that I came out in my documentary, this is what I plan on doing, and this is my life,” said Kenny. “You know, I got to practice what I preach. I can’t just be talking now.”

His kids play a big role in his life, and he wants others to learn from his mistakes. The relationship with his each of his children is different, but his love for all of them is the same.

“I’m trying to get back in their lives. I’ve been in and out of their lives,” Kenny said. “I live with my son and daughter now in Florida, which is great. They get the best of Kenny. They got the best of Mr. Chibbs because they grew up with me. My other kids are somewhat jealous, so I’m dealing with them now which is tough. I’m still going through it every day.”

Another part of his past Kenny opens up about in Mr. Chibbs is the time that he was molested -- twice. Something that was hard for him to talk about in the film for many reasons.

“It was taboo…I put up a wall. It was weird, this is the only thing in the documentary that’s still eerie with me,” he said. “I’m trying to express it and talk about it but it bothers me.”

Kenny has had many partners over the years, something he says may have stemmed from being sexually assaulted.

“That’s where the womanizing with me comes in,” said Kenny. “That’s why I lived like that. I put my chest up like, ‘I’m a man!’”

For Kenny, the documentary was an opportunity to use his voice to help others like him feel comfortable enough to speak out.

“I’ve been seeing stuff on the news about kids getting molested every day, so I’m like -- I have a voice,” said Kenny. “I have to say something to maybe help somebody else. It all goes back to paying it forward.”

In the Everybody’s Got Something episode, Kenny really digs deep into his past, looking at the game he loves: basketball -- something that’s given him so much, but has also caused him so much pain.

“I love it, and I’m lucky, and I’m blessed that basketball has opened so many doors for me,” Kenny said. “I could never disrespect the game. It was a blessing, and then I’m doing a documentary on my life, guys are coming to me saying thank you for doing it -- and I’m looking like, how could me, little Kenny from LeFrak City, get here?”

Kenny calls himself a “work in progress,” something many of us can relate to. At the end of the day, there’s a little Kenny Anderson in all of us. Make sure to check out his documentary, Mr. Chibbs.

You can hear Kenny Anderson’s full interview on Robin’s podcast, Everybody’s Got Something.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Tiger Woods skips Florida DUI hearing, pleads not guilty

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Tiger Woods did not attend his arraignment in Florida on Wednesday for a driving under the influence charge, leaving his defense attorney to sign a not guilty plea in court.

The defendant's attendance is required for any plea other than not guilty. Woods' attorney, Douglas Duncan, declined to comment Wednesday.

Woods will enter a one-year diversion program for DUI offenders in Palm Beach County, Adrienne Ellis, the Palm Beach County chief assistant state attorney, told ABC News. Community service and a “Victim Impact Panel,” in which classes discuss real-life drinking and drug related crashes, are part of the program requirements.

Although there is no plea deal, entering the program allows Woods to knock the charge down to a reckless driving count, Ellis said. Because Woods is a first-time offender, she added, the charge could be expunged.

"He wasn't treated differently than anybody else," Ellis told ABC News.

Woods' arraignment date was reset for Oct. 25 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The 41-year-old superstar golfer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the early morning hours of May 29. Police officers found him asleep at the wheel of his running car, which was stopped partially in the right lane and partially in the bike lane, about 15 miles from his home in Jupiter, Florida, according to an incident report. They also noted "fresh damage" to the vehicle.

"Both driver's side tires were flat along with minor damage to both respective rims," the incident report said. "There was also minor damage to the front driver's side bumper and rear bumper and the passenger rear tail light appeared to be out."

Woods, who allegedly had extremely slow and slurred speech, "stated that he did not know where he was," according to the incident report.

"Woods had changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from. Woods asked how far from his house he was," the report continued.

When Woods got out of the car, police said he was swaying and using his arms to balance. During the field sobriety test, police said the golfer's eyes were droopy, his pupils were dilated and he was often swaying and losing his balance.

He was administered two Breathalyzer tests and his alcohol level was recorded at 0 on both, police said.

Woods told police he takes several prescription medications, the incident report said. He was released on his own recognizance by 10:50 a.m. ET.

Woods, who had back surgery in April, released a statement at the time of his arrest in which he blamed the incident on prescription medication he was taking. He apologized to his family, friends and fans, saying he let himself down, as well.

"I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions," Woods said in a statement later May 29. "I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly."

"I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans," he added. "I expect more from myself too."

On June 19, weeks after his arrest, Woods released a statement on Twitter saying he is seeking "professional help" for his use of prescription drugs.

"I'm currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder," he said in the statement. "I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour."



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Wednesday
Aug092017

MLB to allow players to wear nickname jerseys later this month

33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In a unique event, Major League Baseball will allow its players to wear uniforms with their nicknames on the back for three days later this month.

An announcement put out on Wednesday by the league and the MLB Players Association, unveiled a series of initiatives meant to allow players to express themselves more freely. Between August 25 and 27, players will don alternate jerseys inspired by youth league designs. They will also be allowed to replace their last name on the rear of the jersey with a nickname.

The National Basketball Association held a similar event in 2014.

Many teams and players have already announced the nicknames that will adorn the back of their jerseys. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista will wear "Joey Bats" across his back, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen chose "Cutch," while New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge will wear "All Rise."

There are limits to the nicknames players can choose -- anything deemed offensive or including brand names will not be permitted.

The players will also be permitted to wear "custom-designed flashy equipment," according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Falcons, running back Freeman agree to extension

 Phil Ellsworth/ESPIN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Falcons and running back Devonte Freeman have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $41.25 million and includes a $15 million dollar signing bonus, ESPN reports.

Freeman, a two-time pro bowler, will be the highest paid running back in the NFL with a multi-year deal, according to ESPN.

The 2014 fourth-round pick out of Florida State was going into the final year of his rookie contract and was scheduled to make almost $1.8 million.

Freeman has gained 3,175 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns over the past two seasons, ESPN reports.

Atlanta starts off the regular season on the road against Chicago on Sept. 10.
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Wednesday
Aug092017

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/8/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6, Detroit 3
Cleveland 4, Colorado 1
N.Y. Mets 5, Texas 4
Minnesota 11, Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 10, Kansas City 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, N.Y. Yankees 2
Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0
Chicago White Sox 8, Houston 5
Seattle 7, Oakland 6, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 3, Baltimore 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 7, Washington 3
San Diego 7, Cincinnati 3
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 2
Arizona 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco 6, Chicago Cubs 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 84, Seattle 71
Minnesota 81, Atlanta 72
N.Y. Liberty 81, Indiana 76

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Tuesday
Aug082017

Facebook group offers NFL wives a forum for support

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of NFL wives are turning to a private Facebook page to share advice on dealing with their husband's health and the pressures that come with life in professional football.

The invitation-only Facebook group of roughly 2,000 women, first reported by The New York Times, was founded by Tara Nesbit, whose husband, Jamar Nesbit, played 10 seasons in the NFL.

"The purpose of the page is meant to be a supportive measure to a silent partner of the NFL family," Tara Nesbit told ABC News.

The group is filled with wives, daughters and widows of current and former NFL players.

Janet Dorsett is a member of the group. Her husband, Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett, has been diagnosed with early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)-- a degenerative brain disease found in many athletes who have experienced repetitive head trauma.

Janet Dorsett said the Facebook forum is a place to talk with other women about what their families are going through on a daily basis. It has been difficult for her to deal with her husband's condition on a public stage, she added.

Janet McCoy joined the Facebook group after losing her husband, Green Bay Packers cornerback Mike McCoy, in 2016 to dementia. He was diagnosed with the disease in his 50s.

"A lot of it has to do with what we're dealing with as wives, how to best take care of our husbands," Janet McCoy said of the group. "The one thing I felt strongly about is validating a wife's feeling. It doesn't make any difference if they think they're alone. They're not. So many of us have gone through the same thing."

For women like Jordan Nelson, whose husband Corey Nelson is a fourth-year linebacker for the Denver Broncos, the Facebook support group is a place to ask questions about life in the league.

"Last year my husband and I went through an agent change and I was able to private message with someone from the group who had been through the same thing--things that maybe regular friends can't relate to," Jordan Nelson said. "Things like family issues, getting cut, traded. Those types of things are things that we discuss."

Although they don't meet in person, many of the women said they've grown to trust each other.

The NFL told ABC News it provides a number of programs "designed to serve, educate, and assist players and their families during and after their careers." The league also provides assistance for players' "mental, emotional, physical and financial well-being."

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