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Saturday
Aug102019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/9/19

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

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee   6  Texas   5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Oakland 7, Chi White Sox 0
Houston 3, Baltimore 2
Toronto 8, N-Y Yankees 2
Detroit 5, Kansas City 2
Boston 16, L-A Angels 4
Cleveland 6, Minnesota 2
Tampa Bay 5, Seattle 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta 8, Miami 4
N-Y Mets 7, Washington 6
Cincinnati 5, Chi Cubs 2
St. Louis 6, Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 3, L-A Dodgers 2, F/11
San Diego 7, Colorado 1
Philadelphia 9, San Francisco 6

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Friday
Aug092019

ESPN: Antonio Brown threatens he won't play football without old helmet

Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice / ESPN Images(OAKLAND) -- New Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a grievance against the NFL over league rules regarding helmets.

League sources told ESPN that Brown wants to be allowed to wear his preferred helmet, which is not permissible under the NFL's rules. ESPN's Adam Schefter says Brown believes the new styles of helmet inhibit his vision while trying to catch passes, and that he will not play football unless he is allowed to do so in his old helmet.

ESPN reports that Brown's absence from training camp is tied more closely to the helmet issue than a foot injury that he has been recovering from. Earlier this week, reports indicated that Brown had suffered frostbite on his feet from a cryotherapy accident.

Brown spoke with league officials Friday on a two-hour conference call to argue his point. A decision come could next week.

The helmet Brown prefers was discontinued by its maker, Schutt, and is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. The league said last season that 32 players were wearing helmets that are no longer allowed, including Brown and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

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Friday
Aug092019

President Trump: Kaepernick should be signed 'if he's good enough'

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Friday that Colin Kaepernick should be signed by an NFL team "if he's good enough."

The president was asked about Kaepernick while speaking with the media outside the White House. That happened just one day after Kaepernick posted a video to Twitter showing himself working out in a gym. He says he has been working out five days a week for three years since he last played in the NFL.

"If he was good enough, they'd hire him," Trump said Friday. "Why wouldn't he play if he was good enough?"

Trump cited his relationship with New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, saying "if he's good enough" someone would sign him.

"Frankly I'd love to see Kaepernick come in," Trump added. "But I don't want to see him come in because someone thinks it's a good PR move."

Kaepernick drew attention in 2016 when he began kneeling during the nationl anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. In 2017, Trump said such protests were "hurting the game" and suggested owners should release players who protest.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017 and hasn't been signed since. He later filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that teams are colluding against signing him to a contract.

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Friday
Aug092019

Report: WR Jermaine Kearse breaks leg during Lions' first preseason game

33ft/iStock(DETROIT) -- Detroit Lions wide receiver Jermaine Kearse barely spent time wearing his new jersey before he was sidelined with an injury Thursday.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 29-year-old broke his left leg and tweaked an ankle during Detroit's first preseason game against the New England Patriots, which the Lions wound up losing, 3-31.

The injury occurred during the first drive of the game.

Kearse, who played the past two seasons for the New York Jets, joined the Lions just this past June.

So far in his NFL career, he has 255 catches for 3,291 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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Friday
Aug092019

Philadelphia Eagles build room for fans with sensory needs 

ablokhin/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A brand-new "state of the art" sensory room has landed at the Philadelphia Eagles Lincoln Financial Field.

The 500-foot room, according to the Eagles website, is one part of a sensory inclusion certification by Kulture City, a nonprofit "dedicated to fight for inclusion and acceptance of ALL individuals regardless of their unique abilities." Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was also a collaborator on the project.

The sensory inclusive certification process entailed training for Eagles employees and Lincoln Financial Field staff including on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload situation. Sensory issues are often found in, but not limited to, people with autism and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sensory bags equipped with noise-cancelling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads are made available to all guests as part of their experience in the new room.

"It is truly heartwarming to know that this state-of-the-art sensory room will now provide a sense of ease and comfort for families and loved ones who may be experiencing sensory challenges at Lincoln Financial Field," Jeffrey Lurie, chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Eagles, said in a statement.

Lincoln Financial Field is one of three NFL teams Kulture City has worked with to designate a sensory room. The others are the Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium and the Jacksonville Jaguars TIAA Stadium, opening Aug. 16 and 17, respectively.

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Friday
Aug092019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/8/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 12, Toronto 6
Boston 3, LA Angels 0
Detroit 10, Kansas City 8
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 9, Atlanta 2
Chi Cubs 12, Cincinnati 5
San Francisco 5, Philadelphia 0
San Diego 9, Colorado 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 91, Indiana 78
LA Sparks 84, Phoenix 74
Seattle 69, Dallas 57

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Buffalo 24, Indianapolis 16
NY Giants 31, NY Jets 22
Cleveland 30, Washington 10
Baltimore 29, Jacksonville 0
New England 31, Detroit 3
Tennessee 27, Philadelphia 10
Miami 34, Atlanta 27
Green Bay 28, Houston 26
Carolina 23, Chicago 13
Arizona 17, LA Chargers 13
Seattle 22, Denver 14

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New York City 3, Houston 2

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Thursday
Aug082019

Yankees, White Sox to play game at 'Field of Dreams' in Iowa

cmannphoto/iStock(DYERSVILLE, Iowa) -- And that’s exactly what’s going to happen in 2020 as Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox will play a game on the site of where the classic 1989 film Field of Dreams was shot.

The American League teams will face off in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2020. It’s the first ever MLB game that will be played in the Hawkeye State.

A temporary 8,000-seat ballpark will start to be constructed next week on the Dyersville farm, MLB.com reports.

"As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular season game to the site of Field of Dreams," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa."

Field of Dreams stars Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Amy Madigan. In the film, Costner’s character constructs a baseball field on his farm.

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson – played by Ray Liotta -- and the 1919 White Sox appear from the outfield cornfields to play on the field.

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Thursday
Aug082019

Simone Biles: USA Gymnastics 'failed us so many times' ahead of 2019 championships

ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles blasted USA Gymnastics on Wednesday, still reeling from the impact of sexual abuse and the organization that "failed to protect" her and dozens of other female gymnasts.

Biles spoke to the press ahead of her sixth U.S. Gymnastics National Championships appearance in Kansas City, Missouri, and expressed her frustration with the sport's governing body in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.

"It's hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times. And we had won gold. We've done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn't want to. And they couldn't do one damn job. You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn't protect us," the four-time Olympic gold medalist said, wiping away tears.

"It's just really sad 'cause now every time I go to the doctor or training I get worked on, it's like, 'I don't want to get worked on,' but my body hurts. I'm 22 and at the end of the day that's my fifth rotation and I have to go do therapy. But it's just hard," she continued. "We try to work through it, but it will take some time. I'm strong, I'll get through it, but it's hard."

Biles, 22, was one of dozens of gymnasts who spoke out about the rampant sexual abuse by the disgraced doctor, who was sentenced in January to up to 175 years in prison.

The four-time defending world champion in the all-around is looking to lock up in her spot for the world championship team in October.

She has won the last five all-around titles she's taken part in at the U.S. Championships. She took a year off in 2017, the only time since 2013 she hasn't won.

If Biles notches her sixth title, she will tie Clara Schroth Lomady's record from the 1940s and 1950s, according to OlympicTalk.

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Thursday
Aug082019

Scoreboard roundup -- 8/7/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Atlanta 11, Minnesota 7
Houston 14, Colorado 3
Chi Cubs 10, Oakland 1
Seattle 3, San Diego 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3
Chi White Sox 8, Detroit 1
Cleveland 5, Texas 1
NY Yankees 14, Baltimore 2
Kansas City 4, Boston 4 -- Suspended due to weather

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 7, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 2, St. Louis 1
Washington 4, San Francisco 1
Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 3
Arizona 6, Philadelphia 1

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Wednesday
Aug072019

Former Michigan State dean sentenced to prison for 'neglect of duty' in Larry Nassar abuse

Bet_Noire/iStock(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A former Michigan State University (MSU) dean has been sentenced for his role in not doing more to protect students from abuse by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk sentenced William Strampel, 71, to a maximum of one year in prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of criminal misconduct in office and two counts of willful neglect of duty.

"You're guilty of two counts of neglect of duty for not properly overseeing Larry Nassar once you decided that you would be the one to do that," Draganchuk said. "I am not prepared to say that 42 or 45 people suffered harm because of your actions. They suffered harm at the hand of Larry Nassar, but I am also not prepared to say that nobody suffered harm because of your actions."

Strampel was the first MSU official to be convicted as part of the Michigan attorney general's investigation into the school and its handling of Nassar, according to the Lansing State Journal. He had initially been charged in March 2018, after serving as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 to December 2017.

"Today’s sentencing sends a resoundingly clear message to public officials: If you brandish your power to demean, insult, harass, objectify, and abuse women, you will be held accountable," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. "We appreciate the court’s decision and commitment to ensuring justice in this case was served. While Mr. Strampel’s sentence will never give back the years of pain and suffering his victims had to endure, the persistence of these courageous survivors made certain that he could no longer hide behind the title he once held to escape the reach of justice."

In 2014, a student filed a Title IX complaint against Nassar, who was then working at the university in addition to his work with USA Gymnastics and other gymnastics programs. That investigation found no evidence of misconduct -- a conclusion now known to be extremely incorrect, as dozens of women testified Nassar abused them, including at the university.

After the investigation, Nassar was ordered by the school to follow certain protocols while treating students, and Strampel was supposed to be supervising him, according to prosecutors. Prosecutors argued that Strampel failed to properly do so. Nassar was fired by MSU in September 2016.

The former dean was found guilty not just of neglect of duty for failing to adequately supervise Nassar, but also of criminal misconduct in office for sexually harassing female medical students. However, he was not found guilty of a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, related to allegedly groping a student during a 2014 scholarship event, per the Lansing State Journal.

"They all came to you, not because they needed your friendship or they just thought you would be a good person to talk to, but they came to you because they needed your professional discretion and judgement in order to advance academically," Draganchuk said Wednesday.

That Strampel would not give students a clear answer on if he thought they could cut it in medical school, the judge said, "tells us that you derived some sort of satisfaction using your position as the dean to manipulate and oppress these female students and that is more than sexual harassment, that's more than inappropriate, that's more than unfiltered locker room talk, that's misconduct in office, a felony."

Two other former MSU employees have been charged by the state attorney general's office, including gymnastics coach Kathy Klages -- for lying about her knowledge of complaints about Nassar -- and former university president Lou Anna Simon -- for lying to the police. Those cases are still ongoing. Nassar will spend the rest of his life imprisoned for molesting patients and possessing child pornography.

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