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Thursday
Nov012018

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/31/18

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn 120, Detroit 119
Minnesota 128, Utah 125
Denver 108, Chicago 107
Indiana 107, N.Y. Knicks 101
Golden State 131, New Orleans 121
San Antonio 120, Phoenix 90
L.A. Lakers 114, Dallas 113

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 4, Chicago 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City 3, Philadelphia 1

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Wednesday
Oct312018

Yankees re-sign Brett Gardner to 1-year deal

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees announced they re-signed outfielder Brett Gardner to a 1-year deal for the 2019 season.

The deal keeps Gardner as the longest tenured Yankee. He was drafted by the team in 2005 and debuted in 2008. He went on to help the Yankees beat the Phillies in the 2009 World Series.

Gardner batted .236 last season, his lowest average since his rookie year. He began losing playing time towards the end of the season after the Yankees traded for outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

The move comes after the Yankees declined Gardner's $12.5 million club option on his previous contract. His new deal will earn him $7.5 million, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.


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Wednesday
Oct312018

Rutgers football player arrested for alleged murder conspiracy

WABC-TV(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- A Rutgers University football player was arrested and charged on Tuesday in connection to a murder plot, police said.

Izaia Bullock, a junior linebacker, was accused of initiating a plan to kill "the family members of an acquaintance," according to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

The office did not release any details about the alleged plot, but it said the "intended victims" weren't affiliated with the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based university.

Bullock, 22, was arrested after an investigation by the Rutgers University Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office determined he initiated the plot on Oct. 29, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.

Rutgers dismissed Bullock from the football team in the wake of the charges and school officials said he could face disciplinary actions. He made his Rutgers football debut in September -- the first and only game in which he played.

"Izaia Bullock has been dismissed from the team. The university is initiating disciplinary proceedings. All further questions should be directed to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office," a Rutgers spokesperson said in an email statement to ABC News.

Bullock previously attended Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, about 25 miles southwest of Newark, where he wrote for the school's newspaper, according to My Central Jersey, a local media outlet.

"He published several stories in the school newspaper, Quo Vadis, and regularly attended the newspaper meetings,” Melissa Edwards, a journalism professor at Middlesex County College, told the outlet. “He was also quite outgoing and always made constructive comments in class. He expressed that his dream was to play football."

Bullock was being held at a New Jersey jail pending an initial court appearance. It's unclear if he'd obtained an attorney.

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Wednesday
Oct312018

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/30/18

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

  NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Sacramento     107  Orlando         99
 Final  Cleveland      136  Atlanta        114
 Final  Charlotte      125  Miami          113
 Final  Toronto        129  Philadelphia   112
 Final  Boston         108  Detroit        105
 Final  Memphis        107  Washington      95
 Final  Portland       104  Houston         85
 Final  Oklahoma City  128  L.A. Clippers  110

   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final  N-Y Islanders   6  Pittsburgh   3
 Final  Detroit         5  Columbus     3
 Final OT  Calgary         2  Buffalo      1
 Final  Boston          3  Carolina     2
 Final  Dallas          4  Montreal     1
 Final  Tampa Bay       8  New Jersey   3
 Final  Nashville       4  Vegas        1
 Final  Minnesota       4  Edmonton     3
 Final  Philadelphia    3  Anaheim      2
 Final  Arizona         5  Ottawa       1
 Final SO  N-Y Rangers     4  San Jose     3

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Tuesday
Oct302018

Olympian Shaun White apologizes for 'insensitive' Halloween costume

Gabriel Christus / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Shaun White is owning up to a really "insensitive" choice he made for a recent Halloween costume.

The famed X-Games star, 32, dressed up as Simple Jack, played by Ben Stiller in the movie Tropic Thunder, over the weekend. The fictional character has a mental disability.

"I owe everyone in the Special Olympics community an apology for my poor choice," White wrote Monday on social media.

"It was a last minute decision. It was the wrong one," he continued. "The Special Olympics were right to call me out on it. They do great work supporting so many tremendous athletes and I am sorry for being insensitive."

He closed by saying, "lesson learned."

The Special Olympics on Monday released a statement to HuffPost that criticized the athlete for wearing the costume.

"We are truly disappointed that Shaun White, an acclaimed Olympian, would choose this costume which is so offensive and causes so much pain. Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination,” the organization said.

In screenshots of the now deleted post, you can see fans sharing how "heartbroken" they were with White's Halloween choice, urging him to "delete" the photo immediately.

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Tuesday
Oct302018

Penguins to wear tribute patches for synagogue shooting victims

Pittsburgh Penguins(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have found a special way to honor the victims and families impacted by the shooting Saturday morning at Tree of Life synagogue.

Penguins players will wear special "Stronger Than Hate" patches on their jerseys when they hit the ice Tuesday night against the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena. The team will later sign the game jerseys, which will be up for auction after the game at treeoflife.givesmart.com.

The Penguins organization says it plans to combine the auction proceeds with other fundraising efforts to benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety to benefit police officers wounded during Saturday's attack. The Penguins will donate an additional $50,000 to both funds.

The jersey auction, underway since Tuesday morning, will continue until Nov. 13 at noon EST. Fans at Tuesday night's game can also donate at all three entrance gates. The team says online donations can be made at treeoflife.givesmart.com.

The Penguins v. Islanders game starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

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Tuesday
Oct302018

Warriors' Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 14 3-pointers

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson set an NBA record Monday night for 3-pointers in a game.

The shooting guard knocked down 14 3-pointers during the game against the Chicago Bulls, breaking the record of 13 3-pointers previously held by his teammate, point guard Stephen Curry.

Thompson went on to score a total of 52 points, helping his team beat the Bulls, 149-124.

The Warriors as a team also set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a half, with 17 in the first half of Monday night's game.

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Tuesday
Oct302018

Red Sox arrive in Boston with World Series trophy

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox are back home after defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to become the World Series champions.

The team arrived at Fenway Park, along with their championship trophy, Monday night, and were greeted by fans and camera crews, ESPN reports.

The Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night to clinch the title -- the team's fourth since 2004.

A championship parade will be held for the Red Sox in Boston Wednesday morning.

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Tuesday
Oct302018

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/29/18

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

   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Philadelphia  113  Atlanta       92
 Final  Portland      103  Indiana       93
 Final  Sacramento    123  Miami        113
 Final  N-Y Knicks    115  Brooklyn      96
 Final  Golden State  149  Chicago      124
 Final  Milwaukee     124  Toronto      109
 Final  Minnesota     124  L.A. Lakers  120
 Final OT  San Antonio   113  Dallas       108
 Final  Denver        116  New Orleans  111
 
   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final  Calgary     3  Toronto     1
 Final  Vancouver   5  Minnesota   2

   NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
 Final  New England   25  Buffalo    6
     
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Monday
Oct292018

Prince William among those paying tribute to beloved Leicester soccer club owner killed in helicopter crash

Christopher Furlong/Getty Images(LEICESTER, England) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William have led tributes to the owner of a famous Leicester soccer club who died in a helicopter crash after watching his team play.

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died along with four others when the helicopter crashed in a parking lot outside the club's stadium just after 8.30 pm on Saturday, the soccer club said in a statement.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but the other victims are believed to be two members of his staff, Nusara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpar, and the private pilots Eric Swaffer and Izabela Rosa Lechowicz, police said.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was among the most high-profile figures to express his condolences over the weekend, saying in a statement that he was “lucky enough to have known Vichai for several years.”

“My thoughts today are with the family and friends of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and all the victims of the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club,” he said. “He will be missed by all fans of the sport and everyone lucky enough to have known him.”

Prime Minister May echoed the prince’s sentiments.

“My thoughts are with those family, friends and supporters connected to the tragic crash outside Leicester City’s stadium on Saturday night,” she said.

Both Srivaddhanaprabha's son and wife left a wreath for Vichai, a Thai billionaire, and the other victims at the club's stadium on Monday.

A number of Leicester City’s current playing staff, including Ben Chilwell, Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel, have also expressed their shock over social media.

An investigation into the crash has been launched by the Air Accident Investigation Branch, police said. The inspectors will look into the flight data and engineering, operational and human factors that may have been involved in the incident, although their work may be made more difficult by a fire after the crash that damaged the helicopter’s in-flight recorder.

Though the details will not be officially known until that inquiry is complete, an eyewitness told Sky News that the accident could have been much worse were it not for the “heroic” actions of the pilot.

Sky Sports News cameraman Dan Cox was walking through the parking lot when he saw the helicopter overhead. He recalled that the aircraft was spinning and out of control.

"I don't know how the pilot did it, but he seemed to manage to slow down the spinning rotation and it drifted off into the corner part of the car park,” he said. “It could have been so much worse if the pilot hadn't done that."

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha made his fortune by founding duty-free empire King Power in Thailand in 1989. The company became the biggest duty-free retailer in the country, and at the time of his death he was Thailand’s fifth-richest man with a net worth of $4.9 billion, according to Forbes.

Srivaddhanaprabha became a much-loved figure in the Leicester community after buying the football club in 2010, according to the club’s website. The club were promoted to the Premier League in the 2013-14 season. It then miraculously won the Premier League in 2015-16, despite being 5000 to 1 outsiders, in one of the greatest underdog stories in soccer history.

Phil Holloway, the editor of Leicester Fan TV, told ABC News that “to say the fans of Leicester City are shattered is an understatement."

"We had never dared to dream before Vichai took over our club," he said. "He has been an inspiration to us all. He has transformed our club from a local sports team into a global brand."

Supporters have been invited to pay their respects at the King Power stadium.

“The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss,” the club said in a statement.

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