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Tuesday
May012018

Paralympic Games hopeful Gabrielle Platt discusses how support from one organization is helping her chase her athletic dream

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gabrielle Platt has starred in para-cycling and wheelchair basketball and is now training to face the top players in the world.

Platt is a Paralympic Games hopeful, looking to earn a spot on Team USA after she races in the Paracycling National Championship this year. She recently spoke with ABC News about her journey to nationals and her hopes to compete at the highest level.

Platt raced in the USA Cycling Para-Cycling Road National Championships last year in Grand Junction, Colorado, but "didn't come out with quite the success I wanted." So, this year, she will try again, hoping to use nationals as a starting point to pursue her Paralympic dream.

"My main goal is to eventually become a team member of Team USA in hand cycling and wheelchair basketball. That's the ultimate goal," Platt says, as she readies herself for another test at nationals.

A mother from Oklahoma who got involved in adaptive sports over the past several years, Platt attributes much of her success in para-cycling and wheelchair basketball to the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), which helps give athletes with physical challenges access to sports.

"They have provided me with so much," Platt tells ABC News, continuing, "They provided me with a wheelchair to play basketball. They've provided me with money for travel expenses. And without them I couldn't have participated in anything."

She added, "I wouldn't have the opportunity to go to competitions and compete. I wouldn't have the equipment that I need to perform on my highest level. I definitely attribute my success to the Foundation."

CAF offers grants to athletes, helping to provide them with expensive athletic equipment. It has supported a number of Team USA athletes.

As for Platt, she hopes she too will be a Team US member while continuing to be a part of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

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Tuesday
May012018

Scoreboard Roundup 5/01/18

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

 Final  Cleveland   7  Texas         5
 Final  Boston     10  Kansas City   6
 Final  Tampa Bay   3  Detroit       2
 Final  Toronto     7  Minnesota     5
 Final  Houston     2  N-Y Yankees   1
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE

 Final  Chi Cubs        3  Colorado       2
 Final  Washington      3  Pittsburgh     2
 Final  Milwaukee       6  Cincinnati     5
 Final  Miami           8  Philadelphia   4
 Final  Arizona         8  L-A Dodgers    5
 Final  San Francisco   6  San Diego      5
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   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

 Final  Boston  117  Philadelphia  101
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   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

 Final  Tampa Bay   4  Boston     2
 Final OT  Vegas       4  San Jose   3

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Monday
Apr302018

Brazilian surfer sets new record after riding massive 80-foot wave

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- A Brazilian surfer has been credited with riding the largest wave ever surfed.

Rodrigo Koxa was honored at the World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, California, for navigating a monstrous 80-foot swell last year. The governing body of the World Surf League recognized the feat by awarding him the Quiksilver XXL Biggest Wave Award.

"The award goes to the surfer who, by any means available, catches the biggest wave of the year," the World Surf League said in a press release.

“Any time there is a new world record within big wave surfing it brings the sport back to the front of the line of extreme sports awareness. Few other sports that have been practiced for centuries have seen the dramatic progress that big wave surfing has gone through in the last 25 years, where wave heights being ridden have nearly doubled,” Cloe Kojima, World Surf League spokeswoman, told ABC News.

The 38-year old was photographed on Nov. 8, 2017, in Naraze, Portugal, riding a massive wave which clocked in at a whopping 80 feet.

"Not only did Koxa win this year's honor, but he now holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed," according to the press release.

The Sao Paulo native's huge wave breaks the previous World Surf League record of a 78-foot wave, which was set by Garrett McNamara in 2011.

Koxa thanked his fans and called the award an honor and "a dream come true," in a tweet, which was written in Portuguese, Saturday night.

The World Surf League’s Big Wave Awards is considered the Oscars of surfing.

“Seeing a tiny person taking on a gigantic and potentially lethal wall of water, and escaping safely," Kojima said, "captures the attention of the mainstream public like no other aspect of the surfing sport or lifestyle."

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Monday
Apr302018

Adorable 3-year-old baseball player runs bases in slow motion in hilarious video

Leah Nunez(WALNUT, Calif.) -- He may not have a future in baseball, but he might have a bright future in comedy!

Lennox Salcedo, 3, was playing a baseball game in the Walnut Pony Baseball League in Walnut, California, when a coach told him to run home as fast as he can.

Young Lennox decided to have a little fun with the coach's call, running from third base to home plate as slowly as he possibly could. The crowd roared with laughter as Lennox moved in "slow motion" toward team mom Leah Nunez, who captured the moment on video.

At one point, Lennox's father, who was on the field coaching, attempts to usher Lennox across home plate faster, but Lennox brushes his dad off and continues his triumphant home run trot.

The video was posted to Twitter by Lennox's cousin and has since been retweeted over 92,000 times.

Congratulations, Lennox!

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Monday
Apr302018

Scoreboard Roundup 4/30/18

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

 INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Cincinnati   8  Minnesota   2
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   AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Boston        4  Tampa Bay       3
 Final  Baltimore     5  Detroit         3
 Final  Toronto       7  Texas           2
 Final  Seattle      10  Cleveland       4
 Final  Houston       8  Oakland         4
 Final  Kansas City   5  Chi White Sox   4
 Final  N-Y Yankees   2  L-A Angels      1
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   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Miami           3  Colorado       0
 Final  Atlanta        10  Philadelphia   1
 Final  Washington      3  Arizona        1
 Final  Pittsburgh      5  St. Louis      0
 Final  Chi Cubs        2  Milwaukee      0
 Final  N-Y Mets       14  San Diego      2
 Final  San Francisco   4  L-A Dodgers    2
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   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
 Final  Cleveland  105  Indiana  101
 Final  Houston    110  Utah      96
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   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
 Final  Washington   4  Pittsburgh   1
 Final 2OT  Nashville    5  Winnipeg   4

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Sunday
Apr292018

LeBron and the Cavs survive Round 1, win Game 7 over Pacers

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James' perfect record in the first round of the NBA playoffs stays in tact. His 45 points helped lift the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup.

James went back to the locker room before the end of the third quarter was was reportedly diagnosed with cramps, but came back in the fourth to play some important minutes for his team down the stretch.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love had his biggest game of the series, scoring 14 points along with six rebounds. Cleveland also received help from its role players. Center Tristian Thompson had a big game, scoring 15 points and adding ten rebounds for a double double.

The Pacers were led by their star Victor Oladipo, who scored 30 in the game, but it was not enough.With the win, LeBron James improved his record in the first round to 13-0 in his career.

Cleveland's next opponent is the top seeded Toronto Raptors, with Game 1 taking place Tuesday in Toronto.

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Sunday
Apr292018

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/28/18

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:
 
INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 3, Cincinnati 1
 
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 8, Kansas City 0
Tampa Bay 12, Boston 6
Texas 7, Toronto 4
Seattle 12, Cleveland 4
Detroit 9, Baltimore 5
Houston 11, Oakland 0
Kansas City 5, Chicago White Sox 2
N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 3, Milwaukee 0
Arizona 4, Washington 3, 10 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 15, San Francisco 6
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 2
Miami 4, Colorado 1
San Diego 12, N.Y. Mets 2
San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 3

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Boston 112, Milwaukee 96
Golden State 123, New Orleans 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Boston 6, Tampa Bay 2
San Jose 4, Vegas 3

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Saturday
Apr282018

Shaquem Griffin drafted by Seattle Seahawks, reunited with twin brother Shaquill

Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shaquem Griffin will be reunited with his twin brother in Seattle after the Seahawks drafted the linebacker at No. 141 in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

"I couldn't breathe, I didn't know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn't talk," Griffin said on ESPN.

Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at 4 years old because of amniotic band syndrome, played alongside his twin brother Shaquill at UCF until Shaquill was selected by the Seahawks in 2017.

Griffin impressed at this year's NFL scouting combine, completing the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds, the event's fastest by a linebacker in 15 years. Using a prosthetic on his left arm, he also benched 225 pounds 20 times.

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Saturday
Apr282018

WWE can't avoid controversy in foray into Saudi Arabia

iStock/Thinkstock(JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia) -- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), the powerhouse in professional wrestling, brought its brand of scripted combat to Saudi Arabia on Friday. But despite the glitzy production, it wasn't without controversy.

The event was held at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and sold out the 60,000-plus seat venue, according to the WWE. The WWE was making its second visit to Saudi Arabia, but it was the first televised event from the kingdom. The heavily promoted show was live on the WWE Network at noon Eastern time.

The promotion made its first visit to Saudi Arabia in a less-heralded event in 2014.

The card, billed as the "Greatest Royal Rumble," featured nine matches, including a 50-person royal rumble -- a contest in which a new wrestler enters every 90 seconds with eliminations taking place by throwing an opponent over the top rope to the floor until one man remains. The event was, in many ways, a sequel to the company's annual Wrestlemania extravaganza, held just three weeks ago in New Orleans.

The event was sponsored -- and entirely funded -- by the Saudi General Sports Authority, according to multiple reports. WWE has not answered questions about how much it was paid to throw the event, the first in a long-term deal with the country, but as a public company, details will be available on its second-quarter report.

The event was part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's current campaign to modernize Saudi Arabia. Bin Salman made a visit to the United States earlier this month in which he cut various deals in Hollywood. He announced a deal with AMC Theaters, which will include the building of 100 movie theaters by 2030, according to Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV. The country also announced that Cirque du Soleil and Feld Entertainment, which produces Disney on Ice and Monster Jam, will bring its shows to Saudi Arabia.

Unlike 2014, women were allowed to attend the "Greatest Royal Rumble" event. But WWE's women wrestlers were left at home.

The move generated anger from WWE fans, especially since the company has repeatedly pushed its self-titled "women's revolution."

Stars such as Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks and the newly signed Ronda Rousey were left to watch from the states.

"You can't dictate to a country or a religion about how they handle things, but having said that, WWE is at the forefront of a women's evolution in the world and what you can't do is affect change anywhere by staying away from it," Paul Levesque, WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative, told U.K. newspaper The Independent in an exclusive interview this week. "While, right now, women are not competing in the event, we have had discussions about that, and we believe and hope that, in the next few years, they will be. That is a significant cultural shift in Saudi Arabia."

Many of the women employed by WWE tweeted they were watching from home. Banks (Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado) tweeted "one day" while watching the event, and Natalya (Natalie Neidhart) and Becky Lynch (Rebecca Quin) both tweeted they were watching while working out.

In addition to the women being left at home, men's star Sami Zayn did not make the trip. Zayn, whose real name is Rami Sebei, was written out of the show in a storyline injury on Monday Night RAW last week. Zayn was born in Montreal, Quebec, to Syrian immigrants and has been outspoken in his support of Syrians injured in the country's ongoing civil war. Saudi Arabia has provided weapons to Syrian rebels in the country, and bin Salman supported U.S. troops staying in Syria in an interview with TIME magazine last month.

Zayn started a campaign called "Sami for Syria" in 2017 and has raised over $96,000 for the Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, which provides a mobile medical clinic for Syrians. Zayn speaks fluent Arabic and has been used by the WWE in the past to promote events in the Middle East.

Of Zayn staying at home, the WWE told the Wrestling Observer in a statement on Friday, "WWE is committed to embracing individuals from all backgrounds while respecting local customs and cultural differences around the world."

The five-hour event was capped by a celebration in the ring from Braun Strowman, the 6-foot-8, 385-pound winner of the 50-man royal rumble.

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Saturday
Apr282018

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/27/18

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

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 15, Minnesota 9

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 6, Detroit 0
Texas 6, Toronto 4
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Cleveland 6, Seattle 5
Oakland 8, Houston 1
Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City 4, 11 Innings
N.Y. Yankees 4, L.A. Angels 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 3, Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 5, 11 Innings
Arizona 5, Washington 4
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 3
Colorado 1, Miami 0
N.Y. Mets 5, San Diego 1
San Francisco 6, L.A. Dodgers 4
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Toronto 102, Washington 92
Indiana 121, Cleveland 87
Utah 96, Oklahoma City 91

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Winnipeg 4, Nashville 1

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