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Thursday
Jun152017

'Tired' arm causes concern for Mets pitcher Matt Harvey

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Arm fatigue limited New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey to just four innings in a disappointing start Wednesday night, prompting the former ace to call the outing one of his lowest points, physically, this season.

Harvey surrendered four runs on three home runs to the Chicago Cubs, including a mammoth blast by slugger Kyle Schwarber.

The 28-year-old righty underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last year, having complained of numbness in his fingers. He is expected to meet with doctors on Thursday to determine whether his most recent issues are related to an injury or fatigue.

"My arm was just not working at all," he told reporters after the game. "In past games, it's taken a while to get loose and get warm. Obviously, since the surgery, that's kind of been the issue. But tonight, it felt like it got loose and then it progressively just felt really tired."

Members of the Mets' coaching staff seemed concerned about Harvey when he through a few fastballs under 90 miles per hour in the third inning.

Manager Terry Collins said after the game "it would be one thing if Matt was at 91, 92...it's another thing when it was at 89."

Harvey struggled last season before his surgery, going 4-10 with a 4.86 ERA. This season, he began the year with four consecutive quality starts, before a stretch that saw him surrender 17 runs in three starts from April 27 through May 12.

He had seemed to improve recently, with four quality starts in his last five outings. But, Harvey has already allowed 16 home runs in just 70.1 innings. His career high is 18 home runs allowed -- in 2015, over a span of 189.1 innings.

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Thursday
Jun152017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/14/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Miami 11, Oakland 6
Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2
Boston 7, Philadelphia 3
L.A. Dodgers 6, Cleveland 4
Arizona 2, Detroit 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 6
Houston 13, Texas 2
Baltimore 10, Chicago White Sox 6
Seattle 6, Minnesota 4
L.A. Angels 7, N.Y. Yankees 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Diego 4, Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 13, Washington 2
Colorado 5, Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Mets 9, Chicago Cubs 4
Milwaukee 7, St. Louis 6

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Wednesday
Jun142017

Golden State Warriors championship parade set for Thursday in Oakland

Ingram Publishing(OAKLAND, Calif.) – Fans of the Golden State Warriors will celebrate their team’s victory at a parade in downtown Oakland starting Thursday morning, according to the NBA.

The parade following the same route as the team's parade to celebrate the 2015 NBA title.

It will start at 10 a.m. at Broadway and 11th Street, wind through downtown Oakland and end with a procession to the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center.

Fans are encouraged to line up for the parade as soon as 5 a.m. Thursday. Taking public transportation is encouraged.

The celebration started when the Warriors -- led by Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson -- beat the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night, 129-120, at Oracle Arena to win their second championship in three years.

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Wednesday
Jun142017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/13/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 7, Cleveland 5
Arizona 7, Detroit 6
Miami 8, Oakland 1
Boston 4, Philadelphia 3, 12 Innings
Kansas City 8, San Francisco 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 8, Toronto 1
Chicago White Sox 6, Baltimore 1
Texas 4, Houston 2
Minnesota 20, Seattle 7
N.Y. Yankees 2, L.A. Angels 3, 11 innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 2
Washington 10, Atlanta 5
Chicago Cubs 14, N.Y. Mets 3
Milwaukee 8, St. Louis 5
San Diego 6, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee at St. Louis, postponed

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Golden State Warriors to decide on White House visit 'when and if necessary'

Win McNamee/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors said they have not yet made a decision whether to visit the White House to celebrate their 2017 NBA Championship win.

“Today is all about celebrating our championship," the team said in a statement Tuesday. "We have not received an invitation to the White House, but will make those decisions when and if necessary.”

The Warriors took the championship title away from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, winning Game 5 129-120 and the series 4-1.

House Minority Leader and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she we would "be honored to welcome the team to the U.S. Capitol."

It's possible the Warriors won't visit the White House under the Trump administration. Coach Steve Kerr criticized President Trump in an interview with Sports Illustrated, calling him "ill-suited to be president." And after Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank referred to the president as a "real asset," Warriors star Steph Curry told the Mercury News he agreed with him "if you remove the 'et'" from "asset."

The team visited the White House after winning the 2015 NBA title and presented then President Barack Obama, the 44th president, with a No. 44 team jersey.

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Baseball league renames award in memory of Penn State frat pledge who died after fall

Courtesy Piazza Family(READINGTON, Pa.) -- A youth baseball league in New Jersey has renamed its sportsmanship award in honor of Penn State sophomore Tim Piazza, who died in February after he was fatally injured at a Penn State fraternity house.

The Readington Township Junior Baseball League's award is honoring Piazza, 19, as he was from Readington Township and played baseball there.

The idea to rename this existing award came from one of the league umpires, who had coached Piazza, and thought this would be a great way to honor him, according to Bill DiGiovanni, the Readington Township Junior Baseball League president. The award was presented to four winners this past weekend at the championship games.

DiGiovanni told ABC News Tuesday that Piazza was one of those players who would have gotten the sportsmanship award if it existed when he played in this league. Piazza always cheered on his peers and was the kind of player every coach wanted to have, DiGiovanni said.

Piazza's brother, as well as some of his former Penn State friends and former high school classmates, came to this weekend's award ceremony to show their support, DiGiovanni said, calling the event a great way to "do something positive for that family."

Piazza was a pledge at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity when he died on Feb. 4 after he fell down the stairs during a pledge ceremony at the house on the night of Feb. 2. Fraternity members did not call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza's fall, according to a report on the grand jury's investigation. Piazza's death "was the direct result of traumatic brain injuries," according to the forensic pathologist.

Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. The Beta Theta Pi fraternity -- which has since been barred from Penn State -- is facing charges including involuntary manslaughter and hazing. The students have not entered pleas. A judge will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

A defense attorney for Joseph Ems Jr., one of the frat brothers charged in the case, said his client was one of many people present that night who may not have known about the extent of Piazza's injuries.

"This is not somebody who's got a gaping head wound that's gushing blood. This is somebody who's blood alcohol was three times the legal limit and apparently had some internal injuries," said Ems Jr.'s attorney, William J. Brennan.

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Kevin Durant said he'd 'been praying for a champagne shower' after Warriors win

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The 2017 NBA Championship title was a long-awaited, first-time title for finals MVP Kevin Durant.

"I've been praying for a champagne shower in the locker room for a long time and the experience, man, is next level," the Golden State Warriors star told ABC News' T.J. Holmes in an interview after the 129-120 win Monday night.

Durant had 39 points in the Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the finals MVP trophy.

The former Oklahoma City Thunder forward, 28, who had never won a title, said he has been waiting for this moment as long as he can remember.

"Since I was 10 or 11-years-old, watching the finals as a kid and seeing how important it is to basketball,” Durant said. “I have achieved a lot of individual success in this league but this is a team sport. I'm not playing golf, I'm not playing tennis. This is a team sport and I just try and do my best with the team.”

In his first season with the Warriors, Durant led the team to a nearly perfect postseason and joined the ranks among one of history's greatest teams, all with the unwavering support of his beloved mother Wanda.

"To do something I love to do and know she knows I love it so much and she knows how much I come home at night and stress and how happy I am when I play the game," Durant said of his mom. "To experience this with her; she knows how important it is to me. It's something we will be talking about for the rest of our lives."

After coming up short to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Game 7 last year, the Warriors got their redemption on their home court in Game 5 to win their second title in three years over Cleveland.

"Last year we got beat by a better team. Cleveland was amazing; they earned it. They were champions and they showed that tonight how hard they fought, but this was our year and we are excited," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the result.

"I'm thrilled, man, to win a championship. I've been lucky in my career, this is seven: five as a player and two as a coach," Kerr said. "I have been living right, man, just the people I have been around, the teammates I had as a player, and now the group that I coach. Come on, man, that’s ridiculous.”

From a first-time world champion to veterans with a few titles under their belt, the entire Warriors family got to celebrate an NBA championship victory on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

"I've never experienced a championship in front of our home court and I like this one a lot better," Warriors point guard Steph Curry said.

Monday night marked the Warriors' first championship win at home in the Bay Area in 43 years, something all the players recognized to be extremely special.

"Now we get our -- my second banner -- our fifth banner as an organization and celebrate in front of our home fans in the Bay Area. This is nice, man. I can’t lie," Curry said, joined by his wife, Ayesha, mother Sonya and two daughters, Riley and Ryan.

Durant added: “I know who I am and what I can bring to the table as a basketball player and that’s all that matters. I’m going to enjoy this championship with my team. It’s not about me at all. It’s about the group, the Golden State Warriors, the whole Bay Area that’s been supporting us since day one, believing that we can do this.”

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Golden State Warriors take NBA title

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to win their second NBA championship in three years.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 39 points. Steph Curry scored 34 with 10 assists and six rebounds. The victory was something of a redemption for the Warriors who blew a three games to one lead to lose the title to the Cavs last season.

LeBron James scored 41 points for the Cavs in a losing effort, while Kyrie Irving scored 26 but was only 9 for 22 from the floor.

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Tuesday
Jun132017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/12/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 6, Philadelphia 5, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 14, Minnesota 3
Texas 6, Houston 1
Chicago White Sox 10, Baltimore 7
N.Y. Yankees 5, L.A. Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 7, Colorado 2
Atlanta 11, Washington 10
N.Y. Mets 6, Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 9, Cincinnati 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 129, Cleveland 120

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Monday
Jun122017

Report: Odell Beckham Jr. arrives at Giants facility ahead of minicamp

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- It appears that Odell Beckham Jr. will take part in the New York Giants' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

A source tells ESPN the wide receiver arrived at the team's facility on Monday.

Beckham's appearance comes after the 24-year-old chose not to attend the Giants' organized team activities during the past month. According to ESPN, the move was "in part to indicate his desire for a new contract."

This season, Beckham is set to make $1.8 million. He is still under his rookie contract, and the Giants recently picked up his fifth-year option for 2018.

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