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Monday
Oct072019

Redskins fire head coach Jay Gruden following 0-5 start

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ASHBURN, Va.) -- The Washington Redskins have fired their head coach Jay Gruden, the team announced on Monday.

The move comes after the team lost 33-7 to the New England Patriots on Sunday, falling to 0-5 for the season.

The Redskins said Gruden, who was in his sixth season with the team, was told he was relieved of his duties early Monday morning by owner Daniel Snyder and President Bruce Allen.

“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility,” the team said in a statement. “Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”

A source tells ESPN Bill Callahan, the assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Washington, will step in as the team’s interim head coach.

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Monday
Oct072019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/6/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Atlanta 3, St. Louis 1
LA Dodgers 10, Washington 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Buffalo 14, Tennessee 7
Houston 53, Atlanta 32
Baltimore 26, Pittsburgh 23 -- OVERTIME
New England 33, Washington 7
Arizona 26, Cincinnati 23
Carolina 34, Jacksonville 27
New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24
Philadelphia 31, NY Jets 6
Oakland 24, Chicago 21
Minnesota 28, NY Giants 10
Denver 20, L.A. Chargers 13
Green Bay 34, Dallas 24
Indianapolis 19, Kansas City 13

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina 4, Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 4, Dallas 3
New York Islanders 4, Winnipeg 1

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 94, Connecticut 81

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 3, New England 1
Cincinnati 0, D.C. United 0
FC Dallas 6, Sporting Kansas City 0
Houston 4, LA Galaxy 2
Los Angeles FC 3, Colorado 1
Montreal 3, New York 0
Chicago 5, Orlando City 2
New York City FC 2, Philadelphia 1
Portland 3, San Jose 1
Seattle 1, Minnesota 0
Toronto FC 1, Columbus 0
Real Salt Lake 1, Vancouver 0

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Sunday
Oct062019

Simone Biles makes history at world championships after nailing 2 signature moves

Artur Didyk/iStock(NEW YORK) --  Simone Biles is unstoppable!

In a flawless, show-stopping performance at the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, over the weekend, the 22-year-old gymnast successfully landed two historic gymnastics moves: the double-double dismount on the balance beam and triple-double on floor.

The floor element includes an incredible double backflip with three twists and the dismount on the balance beam has a jaw-dropping backflip with two twists.

Her landing of the triple-double on the floor has been named after her as the Biles II in the Gymnastics’ Code of Points. She already has a floor element named the Biles, hence the Biles II.

Team USA shared footage of the incredible feats.

The moves won’t officially be named after her until the Federation of International Gymnastics gives its approval.

Biles will now have two moves named after her for floor exercise and one each on the vault and balance beam.

In order to have a move named after a gymnast, they must successfully perform the element at the

world championships or at the Olympics.

In August, Biles was the first female to land the two moves in competition, which helped earn her sixth all-around title at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

In an interview with the Olympic Channel after her performance, Biles said, "My goal into tonight was to not be great. It wasn’t to do great, it was to do well and I feel like I accomplished that."

The U.S. gymnastics star is working toward becoming the most-decorated gymnast in world championships history and is looking to extend her record as women’s all-round champion at the world championships to five meets.

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Sunday
Oct062019

33rd horse dies at Santa Anita track of suspected heart attack, trainer says

Martin Chavez/iStock(LOS ANGELES) --  The 33rd horse to die at the Santa Anita Park in Southern California since December suffered a suspected heart attack, the horse's trainer told reporters.

Ky. Colonel, a 5-year-old gelding, went into cardiac arrest after going for a jog on the training track, trainer Richard Mandella told reporters, according to ABC Los Angeles station KABC.

Ky. Colonel last raced at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and had five wins in 20 career starts, KABC reported. A spokesman for Santa Anita declined to comment on the cause of death until the necropsy is complete but confirmed that racing would resume on Sunday.

Santa Anita Park has been under intense scrutiny since the number of horse deaths began piling up earlier this year.

In April, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced that a task force would investigate whether unlawful conduct or conditions affected the welfare and safety of the horses.

In June, when the death toll had climbed to 29, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the shutdown of the park after it did not heed the California Horse Racing Board's recommendation to suspend racing.

Santa Anita decided to continue racing because it believed that the reforms enacted earlier in the year were working, a spokesman for The Stronach Group, a company that owns the park, told ABC News in June.

The park announced a series of changes surrounding horse safety in March, including a "zero tolerance" policy for the use of almost all medication on racing day. Earlier this year, the California Horse Racing Board further voted to limit whips on racing day as well. There were no horse fatalities between April 1 and May 18.

Santa Anita Park will host the 2019 Breeders' Cup world championships on Nov. 1 and 2. The fall season will conclude on Nov. 3.

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Friday
Oct042019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/3/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

St. Louis 7, Atlanta 6
LA Dodgers 6, Washington 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Seattle 30, LA Rams 29

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina 4, Montreal 3
Buffalo 3, Pittsburgh 1
Nashville 5, Minnesota 2
Boston 2, Dallas 1
Colorado 5, Calgary 3
Anaheim 2, Arizona 1

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Thursday
Oct032019

Report: Patriots to sign Mike Nugent following Stephen Gostkowski’s injury

33ft/iStock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots have reportedly found a replacement for kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who’s been placed on injured reserve.

Citing league sources, ESPN reports the team plans to sign kicker Mike Nugent.

Nugent, 37, was drafted by the New York Jets in 2005 and has since played for multiple teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and, most recently, the Oakland Raiders.

So far in his career, he’s 253 of 311 on field goal attempts.

Gostkowski, New England’s all-time leader in points and field goals, is expected to be out for the rest of the season as he goes under the knife for a left hip injury, ESPN reports.

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Thursday
Oct032019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/2/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 5, Oakland 1

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Wednesday
Oct022019

11-year-old St. Louis Blues superfan with rare illness given Stanley Cup ring by team

iStock(ST.LOUIS) -- An 11-year-old girl with a rare, life-threatening auto-immune disease and big-time love for the NHL's St. Louis Blues got the surprise of a lifetime recently, thanks to her favorite team.

Laila Anderson has Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, a disease that results in her body making too many immune cells. But she hasn't let that stop her from celebrating and representing her beloved team -- and 2019 Stanley Cup winners -- the Blues.

When she rang her treatment bell in May, 100 days after her bone-marrow transplant, she wore a St. Louis Blues headband and the players' numbers on her back.

At the time, her doctors would only let her leave home to go to treatment at the St. Louis Children's Hospital.

But later that May, her mother shared some amazing news with her and posted the video on Twitter: Laila would be attending Game 3 of a Blues playoff series and her doctors had given her the green light to go.

"Are you kidding me?" she said through tears in a post on the Blues' Twitter page. "Will this also be my first playoff game?"

When the team made history in June by winning its first Stanley Cup in the team's 52-year NHL existence by beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7, she was right there -- after they'd invited her to Boston. The players even called her on the ice with them and they inscribed Laila's name on their rings.

But on Tuesday, they had one more gesture for Laila to show her how much she inspired them and how much they appreciated her: a Stanley Cup ring all her own.

Blues players Alexander Steen and Colton Parayko had the ring with them when they visited Laila at her home.

"You know how much you mean to us, right?" Steen said. "And what an inspiration you’ve been to so many people. So me and Colton are here representing our organization and everybody there and we have something that we would like you to open right now."

Laila got emotional as she opened the box and was seen first kissing the ring and then putting it on her finger.

"Oh, my God," she said, wiping away tears. "I feel like I shouldn’t be touching this right now."

"It's her whole hand," said her mother, Heather, laughing.

Laila, floating between laughter and tears, told Steen and Parayko that the ring fit "beautifully."

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Wednesday
Oct022019

Sydney Leroux speaks on why returning to soccer after giving birth was 'emotional'

Suphaporn/iStock(NEW YORK) -- After a difficult year filled with adversity, pregnancy and determination -- professional soccer player Sydney Leroux promised herself that she would get back to the field after giving birth to her daughter no matter what it took.

So, when she was able to return just three months after going into labor, the comeback was emotional.

Leroux gave birth to her second child, now 3-month-old daughter named Roux, at the end of June. However, having her daughter at the beginning of the Orlando Pride’s season wasn’t always in her plan.

“This year didn’t really go as planned for me and my family,” Leroux said. “I was supposed to have a baby in March and then go on and be able to play most of the season, but we lost that baby last year.”

After her miscarriage, Leroux got pregnant again and would be due at the beginning of the Pride’s season. While many said she would miss all of this season’s games, Leroux knew she wanted to make it back to play this season -- at least a part of it -- like she had originally planned.

“My plan was to be back this season regardless of what it looked like,” Leroux said. “I was going to make it happen.”

Leroux played while pregnant and began training again, with the blessing of her doctor, just five weeks after giving birth to her daughter.

“When you give birth your body is different,” Leroux said. “I still have baby weight from my pregnancy. You have to almost learn how to use your body again. It’s like your mind works but your body doesn’t keep up. I still feel like I have a ways to go but every day I feel stronger.”

At Sunday’s game, Leroux walked onto the field for the first time that season with her daughter in her arms. Overwhelmed with emotion, Leroux burst into tears.

“It was so emotional. It’s been a hard year,” Leroux said. “I think that’s what's so emotional for me because I went through that experience last year with my team and I was able to come back with that same group for the end of the season.”

Not only were her teammates supportive, Leroux said she felt the support of so many people during and after her comeback.

“We had an away game and even fans from the other team were cheering for me and that was really special,” Leroux said. “There’s sports and then there’s really life. I feel like I didn’t necessarily see how hard it was because I was in it. There was a lot of support and people who read out who were really proud of me. That’s always a good feeling.”

Leroux hopes her comeback will encourage other women who are striving for a balance between family and their careers.

“We think when we have children and we start a family that we can't continue on with our dreams and our hopes and our aspirations,” Leroux said. “I think it’s really important to see that life doesn’t have to stop and you can have a family and have a career and be able to do them at the same time.”

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Wednesday
Oct022019

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/1/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Washington 4, Milwaukee 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Connecticut 99, Washington 87

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