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Sacked Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri: 'My dream has died'Punk antiheroes launched skiing's extreme generationJameis Winston regrets 'poor word choice'Budapest drops 2024 Olympics bidBall dogs back at Brazil Open tennis tournamentGoalkeeper's midgame pie sparks gambling probeMagic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball operations

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:08:04 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:17:14 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 18:12:49 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:59:42 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:55 GMTWed, 22 Feb 2017 05:07:25 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:50:50 GMT

Claudio Ranieri has admitted his "dream died" when he was sacked by Leicester City Football club nine months after winning the English Premier League title. In one of the most unlikely success stories in sports history the Italian guided the club to its first league title, despite starting the season as 5000-1 outsider. But the Foxes' fairytale did not continue into this season, and with Leicester a point away from the drop zone -- they could become the first defending champions since 1938 to be relegated -- the club parted company with Ranieri Thursday. In a statement issued through the League Managers' Association, Ranieri said: "After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League champions all I dreamt of was staying with Leicester City, the club I love, for always. Sadly this was not to be."The 65-year-old thanked Leicester's fans for last season's "amazing adventure" and his wife, agents and the club's backroom staff. "No one can ever take away what we together have achieved, and I hope you think about it and smile every day the way I always will," he added. "It was a time of wonderfulness and happiness that I will never forget. It's been a pleasure and an honor to be a champion with all of you."Ranieri was awarded The Best FIFA Men's Coach award last month for leading the Foxes to a first league title since its 1884 formation.Three weeks before his sacking, the club released a statement declaring its "unwavering support" for the former Chelsea manager. But less than 24 hours after Wednesday's 2-1 first leg Champions League defeat by Sevilla -- the crucial away goal still gives the Foxes hope of reaching the quarterfinals -- Ranieri was relieved of his duties. In a statement, Leicester's Thai owners said the club's "long-term interests" had been put above "personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be."The Foxes have won just five league games this season and were knocked out of the FA Cup on February 18. They are the only side in the top four English divisions without a league goal in 2017."This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since (Thailand-based) King Power took ownership of Leicester City," the club's vice chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, said Thursday. "But we are duty-bound to put the Club's long-term interests above all sense of personal sentiment, no matter how strong that might be."Ranieri's sacking sent reverberations through the football world, drawing strong condemnation across the board from fans to rival managers. A tribute to Ranieri posted to Instagram by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had more than 100,000 likes in three hours."CHAMPION OF ENGLAND and FIFA MANAGER OF THE YEAR sacked... keep smiling AMICO. Nobody can delete the history you wrote," the post read. Ex-Manchester United and England defender turned TV pundit Rio Ferdinand expressed shock, while former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen called it a "total and utter disgrace.""I've lost a lot of love for the beautiful game today. The players and fans of Leicester have been massively let down," Owen tweeted. Gary Lineker, a former England national team captain and Leicester's most prominent ex-player, called the move "inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad."Leicester City said its board will now start looking for a replacement and will make no further comment until that process is complete.It was the movie that inspired a generation of skiers and popularized the concept of "extreme" skiing.When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston spoke to students Wednesday he tried to inspire them by preaching self-confidence. But things could have gone better.Budapest has abandoned its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a move that leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only potential host cities.A hit last year, ball dogs are back at a tennis tournament in Sao Paulo.[...]It started as a hilarious highlight to an otherwise lackluster soccer match: Sutton United's "roly-poly goalie" Wayne Shaw caught snacking on a pie during the second half[...]



Grala wins NASCAR Truck Series opener after Crafton flipsDaytona 500 rakes in millions for local economyHamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for winChase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifier

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:40:20 GMTSat, 25 Feb 2017 03:46:18 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:17:22 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMT

Kaz Grala won the NASCAR Truck Series season opener, getting through a massive wreck on the final lap at Daytona International Speedway.

The 18-year-old Grala became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series. He was lucky to even make it to the checkered flag Friday night.

Two-time series champion Matt Crafton was leading the 100-lap race when he got turned sideways and went for a wild ride that included several spins and a harrowing flip.

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Crafton's No. 88 Toyota landed on all four tires, and he was able to walk away seemingly unscathed.

Only 13 of 32 trucks finished on the lead lap, an indication of all the carnage.

Austin Wayne Self was second, followed by Chase Briscoe and John Hunter Nemechek. Nemechek's father, Joe, finished fifth.

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It's a big weekend for hotels and businesses in Daytona Beach.

 

Denny Hamlin didn't need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway.

Chase Elliott finally has his first victory in NASCAR's top series, and even though it was only an exhibition race, new rules earned Elliott a solid 10 points before the start of the season.




Daytona 500 rakes in millions for local economyDrivers gear up for Can-Am duels at Daytona 500Chase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifierTram crashes at Daytona International Speedway

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:46:18 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 12:30:56 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMTWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:54:57 GMT

It's a big weekend for hotels and businesses in Daytona Beach.

"Daytona 500, there's nothing else quite like it. We love it. Everybody's busy. Everybody's making money. Everybody's got a smiling face. It's a good time," said Carol Collet, general manager for the Daytona Inn.

She said they are completely sold out at this point, and that's good news after last year's hurricane. She said they've had to spend a lot of money on repairs.

"We had some roof damage and had it repaired. We had some pool damage and it's back to new. We had some damage in individual rooms and that's been taken care of," she said.

From the looks of it, most of the hotels along the beach are back up and running, and according to a spokesperson for the Visitor's Bureau, they've actually seen an increase in bed tax collections and occupancy since the hurricane.

She also said that the local economy is expected to make more than $250 million thanks to Speed Weeks.

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Daytona International Speedway is expected to heat up.

Chase Elliott finally has his first victory in NASCAR's top series, and even though it was only an exhibition race, new rules earned Elliott a solid 10 points before the start of the season.

Officials say a tram carrying about 30 passengers skimmed a wall outside Daytona International Speedway.


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Mexican-born NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez in the Daytona 500 spotlight

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:38:52 GMT

The Daytona 500 has arrived, and with it so has a new generation in NASCAR. That includes a rookie who could be the next star in the sport -- and who could attract fans south of the US border.

Daniel Suarez, 25, is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. He is the first Mexican-born competitor to race full time at NASCAR's highest level. He also became the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR national title when he won the second-tier NASCAR Xfinity Series championship last season.

"To be part of the new generation of drivers and to be Latin American and from Mexico, it's a huge deal for me to be the face of Latin America in this great sport that is NASCAR," Suarez said Friday in an interview with CNN's Don Riddell. "It's a big deal. I'm just super excited to be here. I really feel like I have a lot of support on my side and (am) just looking forward to starting the season in a good way."

When Suarez arrived in the US in 2012, he didn't speak English. But he's acclimated nicely both with the language and on the track. He won his first race in the US in 2013 in the K&N Pro Series East and earned a full-time spot with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series in 2015.

At the Cup level, Suarez has a huge void to fill. He takes over the No. 19 car, which was once occupied by veteran Carl Edwards, who shockingly left Joe Gibbs Racing last month. Now, Suarez all of a sudden is in a position to potentially win the NASCAR race that gets the most buzz.

"I've been working pretty much my entire life to be in this position, to be in a Cup car," Suarez said, who in addition to the Daytona 500 also will race in the Xfinity Series event on Saturday. "Finally we got it done this 2017 with an amazing team with Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Racing. ...So far it's been a blast and (I'm) super excited to start the races this coming Sunday and Saturday."

In an effort to boost ratings, NASCAR has introduced a new points system and playoff format. There's also a new sponsor, with the top circuit now called the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Jimmie Johnson is going for a record eighth championship, and popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. is back after missing the final 18 races of the 2016 season because of a concussion. But there are big names, like Edwards and Tony Stewart, who won't be behind the wheel this NASCAR season.

The sport is primed for a new star. Could it be Suarez? When asked about his chances of winning the Daytona 500, Suarez said he feels like he and his team "have a good shot."

"My expectations are that I just need to be patient, try to learn as quick as possible in the first half of the race, being smart, and go out there the second half of the race and be aggressive," Suarez said. "That's the goal, and that's exactly what we're going to do."

There is one subject off limits for Suarez. And it's one that's very much in the news these days.

"I don't really like politics," Suarez said. "That has been since I was a child, since I was in school. I really don't like politics very much. I realize there's a lot going on right now, but I'm pretty comfortable in the position that we are as a community, in Latin America, and I feel pretty good about it."

Suarez has been racing in the US for six years now. He is more comfortable sticking to topics about the track -- and where he came from.

"Now, more than ever, I'm very proud to be from Mexico and to be Latin American," he said.




Orioles exec wants Trump apology before first pitchTrump says no to filling out March Madness bracketUnder Armour has a big Trump problemWatch Kris Bryant get pranked by Greg Maddux

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:35:14 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:45 GMTWed, 15 Feb 2017 19:33:32 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:33:13 GMT

Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game is a tradition for U.S. presidents.

But an executive from the Baltimore Orioles is not eager to welcome President Donald Trump.

Team VP John Angelos says he doesn't want Trump to throw out the first pitch unless Trump apologizes for all of the offensive comments he's made.

Angelos made the comments Thursday during a call with the BmoreOpinionated Podcast, a weekly series that covers Baltimore sports.

"You don't say those things about women, you don't say those things about different ethnic groups, different national origins, people who are disabled, all of that -- and if you do say them, you're a big enough person to withdraw them and apologize," Angelos said.

"To have somebody that's the leader of the country say things that are demeaning to different groups is incredibly debilitating to the country."

Whether or not Trump gets an invite is up to the team's owners but Peter Angelos, John's father, happens to be the majority stakeholder.

Of course, presidents appear at stadiums all over the country, but the capital's proximity to both Camden Yards, the home of the Orioles, and Nationals Park, where the Washington Nationals play, make them both frequent stops for the leader of the free world.

The Nationals did not respond when asked whether they plan to invite Trump to throw the first pitch this season.

Trump has had some practice on the mound. He threw out the first pitch in August 2006 at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, in July 2000 at a Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Field and during spring training in March 2004.

When podcast host Jason La Canfora asked Angelos whether he'd like to see fans boo Trump at Camden Yards, Angelos didn't exactly demur.

"I appreciate your comments but I don't think that's enough," Angelos said. He added that leaders need to speak up, and commended athletes like Misty Copeland, Steph Curry and Colin Kaepernick for doing so.

"They need to stand up and not normalize and not legitimize and not whitewash that kind of conduct," he said. "I wouldn't accept that from a Democrat or a Republican or somebody from outer space."

Angelos said that demeaning comments are dangerous because they can "embolden and radicalize" people.

"Racial biases and all these things are forms of psychological imbalance," Angelos said.

While Angelos said he isn't a Democrat or a Republican, he and the team he's a part of have a history of making a statement.

Since 2015, the Orioles have played "This Land Is Your Land" during the seventh-inning stretch at Friday home games to honor their diverse community.

Angelos and team manager Buck Showalter, also spoke out during the Baltimore protests over Freddie Gray, who died from injuries he sustained while in police custody.

When the team closed Camden Yards during the protests, Angelos tweeted that "inconvenience at a ball game irrelevant in light of the needless suffering government is inflicting upon ordinary Americans."

ESPN minted a March Madness tradition under President Obama that is apparently coming to an end in the Trump era.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank took out an ad in the Baltimore Sun Wednesday to clarify some of the favorable comments he recently made about President Trump, remarks that were criticized by several of the company's highest-profile endorsers.

Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Turns out the Hall of Famer is a pretty good prankster, too.




Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new Orlando City soccer stadiumBusinesses ready for boost from new soccer stadiumOrlando City Soccer Club releases 2017 scheduleOrlando City Soccer unveils Pulse tribute in new stadiumSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:58:45 GMTFri, 17 Feb 2017 22:58:44 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:31:08 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 12:09:16 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

Orlando City opened its brand new soccer stadium Friday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Hours before the 10 a.m. event, crews were seen setting up and putting the final touches on the 25,000-seat stadium along Church Street in downtown Orlando.

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The site is located at 655 W. Church Street in the heart of the Parramore community, which has been a focus of revitalization efforts by city leaders.

 

Prior to Friday's ribbon cutting, officials with Orlando City said they would also unveil plans for a Parramore History Wall to be built along the south side of the stadium.

Orlando City co-founder Kay Rawlins said six panels located on the east side of the stadium will highlight some of Parramore's history.

"We are now a part of the Parramore neighborhood and we will strive to be good neighbors," Rawlins said.

Features of the new stadium include a 360-degree lower bowl, with a canopy overhead to enhance crowd noise and provide shelter from harsh weather conditions.

The field was also designed to be 8 feet below ground level, which gives a view inside the stadium from the main entrance.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer also spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony, sharing how excited he was about the stadium. Dyer said sports bring the community together and that "Orlando has never had a year where it needed to come together more than this last one."

District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill told the crowd how thankful she was for the stadium because of the hope and opportunity it will bring to Parramore. 

"This is the day we cut the ribbon," Hill said. "The day that little boys and girls that hang outside this stadium will be introduced to the game of soccer that will bring them opportunities outside of Parramore."

On Saturday, fans will be allowed inside the stadium for the first time during a "House Party."  The event is from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and open to anyone who reserves a free ticket at OrlandoCitySC.com.

Officials told News 6 that construction is on schedule, but work may still be taking place in the area outside the stadium when the season starts.

Orlando City's first game in the new stadium is March 5 vs. New York City FC.

 

Businesses in Parramore are anxiously awaiting for the new soccer stadium to open.

Orlando City Soccer Club released their schedule for the 2017 regular season, their first season in the team's new stadium. 

A permanent tribute to the victims of Pulse is officially unveiled.

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Retired NASCAR great Jeff Gordon to drive Daytona 500 pace carChase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifierDrivers gear up for Can-Am duels at Daytona 500Tram crashes at Daytona International SpeedwaySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:07:08 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 12:30:56 GMTWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:54:57 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon will drive the honorary pace car for Sunday's Daytona 500.

Gordon will lead the field to green behind the wheel of a 2017 Camaro ZL1.

Gordon, a three-time Daytona 500 champion, will then call the race broadcast for Fox. He retired after the 2015 season and returned to drive in eight Cup races last season subbing for the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Gordon shared the overall win last month in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Other Daytona 500 pre-race celebrities include grand marshal Owen Wilson, Jordin Sparks, who will sing the national anthem and Lady Antebellum, which will give a pre-race concert. NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson is the honorary starter and Mario Andretti is the honorary race official.

Economic impact on Daytona Beach

The Daytona 500 brings national and international media and attendees to the Daytona Beach area and Volusia County. According to a Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 2014 Special Events Economic Impact Study:

  • Base economic impact on Volusia County of Speedweeks: $90.7 million 
  • Total economic impact on Volusia County of Speedweeks: $254.1 million 

Post-Hurricane Matthew

Officials said the vast majority of the 12,000 rooms in the Daytona Beach area are open for business after Hurricane Matthew skirted Florida’s east coast in October. 

"The destination hosted its biggest fall festival in mid-October -- Biketoberfest -- just six days post-storm," an official said. "We’ve seen an increase in bed tax collections and occupancy since October and are thrilled that most of our hotels are available going into this peak season."

 

Chase Elliott finally has his first victory in NASCAR's top series, and even though it was only an exhibition race, new rules earned Elliott a solid 10 points before the start of the season.

Daytona International Speedway is expected to heat up.

Officials say a tram carrying about 30 passengers skimmed a wall outside Daytona International Speedway.

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NBA fines: Where does the money go?Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball operationsBlue Ivy channels Beyonce at NBA All-Star Game

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:05:52 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:50:50 GMTMon, 20 Feb 2017 19:43:10 GMT

The NBA imposes millions of dollars worth of fines on players each season. But it's not clear where exactly that money goes.

Other pro-sports leagues -- the NFL, MLB and NHL -- are very up front about how they donate player fines.

NBA players have paid more than $1.6 million in fines about half-way into the 2016-2017 season. That's based on data from Spotrac, which monitors athlete contracts and financials.

According to the league's collective bargaining agreement, the money goes to charities chosen by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association.

The NBPA's half of the money goes to its foundation. However, it's unclear where the NBA's half goes. The league declined to disclose the names of any of the charities that get fine money.

Other sports leagues state clearly where their money goes.

In the NFL, fines are donated to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Players Assistance Trust.

The foundation provides retired players with financial assistance, while the trust helps former players financially with things like medical expenses and completing their undergraduate degrees.

Since 2009, about $4 million a year from on-field fines has gone to help former players, according to the NFL.

In MLB, the money from fines goes to MLB Charities -- a non-profit that supports groups like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Recreation and Park Association, the National Urban League and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Some of that money also goes to the Baseball Assistance Fund, which helps former players in financial need.

All fines in the NHL are donated to the league's Players' Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps former players financially.

In addition to fines that players incur during a game, the NBA also fines players for other infractions, according to the CBA.

They're fined $2,500 the first time they skip practice during a season. Failing to make a promotional appearance is a $20,000 fine. So is missing a mandatory educational program like anti-gambling or media training. Skipping the NBA's "business of basketball" program means a $5,000 fine.

While the CBA only applies to players, the league also collects fines from coaches, owners and officials.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has been fined thousands in the past, told CNNMoney that he has no idea where the money ends up.

He's talked about it. Now Earvin "Magic" Johnson will get the chance to run the Los Angeles Lakers.

Beyonce and Jay Z's 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, sat courtside with her superstar parents at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday and stole the spotlight.




Punk antiheroes launched skiing's extreme generation

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:17:14 GMT

It was the movie that inspired a generation of skiers and popularized the concept of "extreme" skiing.It introduced mohawked bad-boy Glen Plake, a self-confessed drink-and-drug-fueled punk rocker, and showcased the cliff-jumping prowess of Scot Schmidt.And it highlighted the thrills and freedom of France's Chamonix valley, all set to a soaring pop soundtrack for the first time in a ski film.Almost 30 years later, "The Blizzard of Aahhh's" remains the benchmark, and the film that ignited today's freeskiing movement."'Extreme' was really an unknown word then, but once 'Blizzard' came out you could get an extreme combo at Taco Bell," director Greg Stump told CNN from his central Oregon home.The film, released in late 1988, builds through sequences in Telluride, Colorado and Squaw Valley, California before Schmidt, Plake and Mike Hattrup come together for the stirring Chamonix finale, skiing steep slopes and tight chutes with Mont Blanc as a backdrop.That now-iconic trio came about by unfortunate chance after original crew member Lynne Wieland broke her back on the first day of filming. Now arguably the most recognizable skier on the planet, Plake wasn't even on the initial team sheet for France."Seeing 'Blizzard' for the first time was like looking through a portal to the future I wanted for myself," 1990s freeskiing pioneer Mike Douglas told CNN. "This group of antiheroes were exactly who I wanted to be."Looking back, I would say 'Blizzard' was one of the key catalysts that launched the extreme sports movement." 'Rockumentary' "The Blizzard of Aahhh's" (the apostrophe was deliberate, says Stump) was the director's fifth ski movie after a string of "goofy" moguls films.A former North American freestyle champion and longtime radio DJ, Stump realized he could get a jump on the dominant Warren Miller ski movie franchise by using hot new sounds rather than stock studio music.The then 27-year-old went to England to tap up record producer Trevor Horn, whose ZTT Records label had released albums by bands such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda and Act.ZTT's Liam Teeling told him: "Stumpy, my boy, you can have our music for free but on one condition: that the film you're about to make is fantastic, because if it isn't it won't see the light of day."With his soundtrack sorted, Stump's next task was to recruit some of America's best "cool, unknown, hotshot skiers.""I had way hipper music, way hipper skiers, and comedy that wasn't cheesy," Stump recalls.To add some pedigree, he poached Miller stalwart Schmidt, a racer turned ski film star from Montana.Schmidt, then 26, took some persuading -- Stump's back catalog wasn't quite his fit -- but he couldn't resist the lure of Europe after a spell living in Verbier, Switzerland."Greg was a young renegade filmmaker and I wasn't paying him much attention because his films were pretty out there," Schmidt told CNN from his home in Santa Cruz, California."Then he said we're making a 'rockumentary,' we've got a budget and we're spending the winter in Chamonix. That was very interesting."The charismatic Hattrup, a Stump regular and member of the US moguls squad, was also on the plane. Wieland, a US aerials and moguls champion who had appeared in Hollywood flick "Hot Dog ...The Movie," completed the lead threesome.But tragedy struck when Wieland broke her back after a bad landing while skiing at Chamonix's Grands Montets area. She was airlifted to hospital in Geneva and narrowly escaped paralysis, eventually making a full recovery.The crew were rocked, but knew they needed a replacement. 'Partying punk' [...]



Hamlin spoils Earnhardt return with last-lap pass for winChase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifier

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:17:22 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMT

Denny Hamlin didn't need a Toyota teammate to grab another win at Daytona International Speedway.Hamlin charged past Dale Earnhardt Jr. with one lap remaining Thursday night to deny Earnhardt a victory a 150-mile qualifying race that Earnhardt dominated. Earnhardt led 53 of the 60 laps in the second qualifying Duel, but couldn't hold off a Hamlin charge at the end.Hamlin got a push from Chevrolet driver Austin Dillon to gather the momentum needed to get past Earnhardt. Typically, the Toyota drivers have teamed together to navigate through traffic in restrictor plate races."We had a great car and we got a great push from Austin," Hamlin said. "[Earnhardt] thought I was going one way and I went the other. I'm not sure what this means or what this says [about our DAYTONA 500 chances] but overall, pretty happy with the result."In the qualifying race, Hamlin didn't need his fellow Toyota drivers and even overcame a pit road penalty to get the win."I don't know what I could have done differently to defend that," Earnhardt said. "Denny is so smart, he knows what he's doing out there. Any which way I went, I knew he was going to go the other way and probably get by me. If it's the Daytona 500, it's the same thing, ain't nothing you can do about that."It was Earnhardt's first race in his return from a concussion that caused him to miss the second half of last season. He faded to sixth.Hamlin is the defending Daytona 500 winner and has won a Duel qualifying race three times in his career. The twin 150-mile races are used to set the field for Sunday's season-opener, and Hamlin got this win on the same day he announced a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing and sponsor FedEx.Chase Elliott won the first qualifier, but he had already earned the top starting spot for Sunday's race based on speed. He and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt will start on the front row in "The Great American Race."There were two open slots for the Daytona 500 and they were claimed by Corey LaJoie and Canadian driver D.J. Kennington.LaJoie had the harder road to race into the Daytona 500.He ran into the back of Reed Sorenson, one of the drivers he was racing for the slot in the 500. It caused Sorenson to wreck."I know it looked like I meant to do it but I didn't," LaJoie said on his radio. "I was running the middle and he came down on me."He said he would have preferred not to have wrecked Sorenson, but insisted it was unintentional and noted the race was his first time in a Cup car at a plate track. LaJoie had to politic through December to get this ride, but still asked Jimmie Johnson to put in a good word for him to help him get a chance to race in the Daytona 500.So, he wasn't going to let anything stand in his way of making Sunday's race."I didn't want to be sipping margaritas on the beach on Sunday. I wanted to be out there racing," LaJoie said. "If that was my mom, I would probably spin her out to make the Daytona 500, too. That's just frank. I'm sure I'm not going to be on Reed's Christmas card list this year, but that's all right."Sorenson was not pleased."I guess he felt like he did what he had to do to make the race," Sorenson said. "I hope he's proud of that part of it. There's a lot of pressure going in to making this race. It's a very big deal for a small team like ours."Elliott, meanwhile, was thrilled with his first Cup victory."I know this was just a Duel win, and doesn't mean a lot for the playoffs, but it still means something to me," said Elliott.Indeed, this was technically just an exhibition race. But new rules for this season earned Elliott 10 points with the win. NASC[...]



Chase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifierChase Elliott grabs 1st Cup win in Daytona qualifier

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMTFri, 24 Feb 2017 04:14:53 GMT

Chase Elliott finally has his first victory in NASCAR's top series, and even though it was only an exhibition race, new rules earned Elliott a solid 10 points before the start of the season.

"It was a great way to start the season," Elliott said. "I know this is just a Duel win and obviously I wish this was Sunday ... but it still means a lot to me and it means a lot to our team."

Elliott came close so many times to grabbing his first Cup victory during last year as a rookie, but fell short too many times for his liking. His breakthrough win came Thursday night in the first of two qualifying races for the season-opening Daytona 500.

“We had some big steam under the hood which was a huge factor in keeping us out front," Elliott said. "I'm glad we were able to race and stay aggressive and battle those guys. Hopefully we can dial it in a little better on Sunday and give it another shot."

Elliott is already the pole-sitter for Sunday's race, but he still used the 150-mile qualifier to test the speed and durability of his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He was able to hold off Ford drivers Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on the final lap.

NASCAR's new format this year including a provision that awards points on a 10-to-1 declining scale to the top-10 finishers in the pair of qualifying races.

Chase Elliott finally has his first victory in NASCAR's top series, and even though it was only an exhibition race, new rules earned Elliott a solid 10 points before the start of the season.




Trail Blazers beat Magic 112-103Spurs rout short-handed Magic, 107-79Orlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka to TorontoMagic snap 4-game losing streak, top Heat 116-107Mavs rout Magic 112-80

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Damian Lillard scored 33 points, C.J. McCollum added 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 112-103 on Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

After trailing for much of the game, the Trail Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter behind Lillard's 17 points. Recently acquired center Jusuf Nurkic also had 12 points and 12 rebounds during the much-needed win for the Portland.

The Trail Blazers spoiled Terrence Ross' debut with the Magic after being traded last week for Serge Ibaka. Ross, who is supposed to added athleticism and a scoring punch, managed just 13 points on 4-of-17 shooting with his new team.

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 points and Evan Fournier added 20 as the Magic lost for the sixth time in seven games.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-79 victory over the short-handed Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

The Orlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors.

Evan Fournier scored 24 points, Elfrid Payton added 20 off the bench and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 116-107 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Wesley Matthews scored 12 of his 20 points in the first quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 112-80 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.




Gymnastics doctor charged with 22 counts in sex assault case

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:29:02 GMT

A former gymnastics physician who's accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls in his care is facing a new round of criminal allegations.Larry Nassar has been charged with 22 felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday. Nassar on Thursday pleaded not guilty to all charges.Federal, state and university agencies are investigating dozens of reports against Nassar, 53, who served as the USA Gymnastics physician in four Olympics competitions and team doctor for Michigan State University's gymnastics and women's crew teams.The latest charges, filed in two Michigan counties, stem from allegations that Nassar sexually abused young female athletes under the guise of medical care in his home and medical settings, including the MSU sports medicine clinic and Twistars Gymnastics Club. "This guy is disgusting. This guy is despicable. He is a monster," Schuette said.Two of the alleged victims were under 13 and seven were between the ages of 13 and 16, Schuette told reporters. Each of the 22 charges carry potential life sentences, and Schuette has instructed his team to seek the highest possible sentence.Nassar's attorney, Matt Newburg, said on Wednesday he was aware of the charges and had no comment.Nassar, a father of three school-age children, faces a total of 28 criminal counts, including three counts of felony first degree sexual conduct charges from November and three federal child pornography charges.The charges Michigan State University police received their first complaint against Nassar in August 2016, the attorney general's office said. Two former gymnasts went public with allegations against Nassar in September 2016 in an Indianapolis newspaper. After the published news story, MSU police received more complaints alleging abuse by Nassar, leading the department to seek assistance from Schuette's office.Campus police are investigating more than 80 reports against Nassar, Chief James Dunlap said.More than 600 investigation reports have been compiled, thousands of supporting documents reviewed and nearly 300 people interviewed as part of the investigation, he said.The lawsuit brought by alleged victimsNassar also faces a federal lawsuit from 18 women and girls alleging that he sexually assaulted them repeatedly for years during physical examinations.The suit also names as defendants USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport, with whom Nassar was affiliated from 1996 to 2015; Michigan State University, where Nassar worked from 1996 to 2016; and Twistars USA, a Michigan gymnastics facility where Nassar also worked. The plaintiffs are current and former athletes in a variety of sports, including gymnastics, swimming, figure skating, track and field, field hockey, basketball and soccer. They said the abuse began in the late 1990s and continued into 2016. Most of the girls were teenagers at the time of the alleged assaults, although some were as young as 9, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit alleges that USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars were negligent in allowing the abuse to occur, and that Michigan State kept Nassar on its staff even though at least three of his patients had filed complaints about his behavior.The suit claims that MSU investigated one of the alleged victims' complaints in 2014 but dismissed them after determining that the victim "didn't understand the 'nuanced difference' between sexual assault and an appropriate medical procedure." Michigan State fired Nassar last fall and has launched an internal investigation.In a statement, the school said an internal review "discovered no evidence that any individuals came forward to MSU with complaints about Nassar before Aug. 29, 2016, other than the 2014 [...]



Jameis Winston regrets 'poor word choice'NFL, CBS discuss how to make games shorter

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:12:49 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:41:06 GMT

When Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston spoke to elementary school students Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Florida, he tried to inspire them by preaching self-confidence.

But things could have gone better.

In his brief chat at Melrose Elementary School, Winston said this, which was captured on video posted to the Tampa Bay Times website:

"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," Winston said. "But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I'm saying? One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you'll have a very, very deep voice.

"But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y'all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!"

Winston's comments drew swift criticism after they began circulating online.

"While the moment might not have been malicious, it was damaging. It was hurtful," wrote Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones. "No little girl should ever be told that she is supposed to be silent. No little girl should ever be made to feel subservient."

Asked about his comments several hours later, Winston tried to explain himself.

"I was making an effort to interact with a young male in the audience who didn't seem to be paying attention, and I didn't want to single him out so I asked all the boys to stand up," Winston said, according to the Times. "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some."

But some continued to condemn Winston on social media.

"You have to ignore a lot in order to throw Jameis Winston up as a role model for 5th graders," tweeted ESPN's Jane McManus.

"At this point, Winston should have the self-awareness to understand how it looks when he tells girls in the room to be polite and silent," McManus said.

Winston, 23, is no stranger to controversy. He made headlines as a Florida State student when a woman, Erica Kinsman, accusing him of raping her in December 2012. Winston was not arrested and was not charged with a crime. In 2014, the university cleared him after a school panel ruled he did not violate the student conduct code for sexual misconduct. December, Winston and the Kinsman agreed to drop civil lawsuits against each other.

CNN doesn't normally identify the alleged victims of sexual assault. However, Kinsman revealed her name in a documentary about rape on college campuses.

After Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, he and the Florida State Seminoles went on to win the BCS National Championship in early 2014. The Buccaneers made him the top overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

After this season's ratings drop, the NFL is looking to fix the problem.




Budapest drops 2024 Olympics bidBall dogs back at Brazil Open tennis tournamentGymnastics doctor charged with 22 counts in sex assault caseGoalkeeper's midgame pie sparks gambling probeMagic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball operationsRoger Federer will play on until at least 2019Nike commercial celebrates Arab female athletes

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:59:42 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:29:55 GMTThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:29:02 GMTWed, 22 Feb 2017 05:07:25 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 20:50:50 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:31 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:30:15 GMT

And then there were two.Budapest has abandoned its bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, a move that leaves Los Angeles and Paris as the only potential host cities.The decision was confirmed by a Budapest 2024 bid official, who said Hungary's capital city was pulling out because of a lack of political support for the project. Activists had collected hundreds of thousands of signatures from Hungarians who did not want to host the event.There's one big reason support drained away: the high cost of hosting the Olympics."Many people are afraid that the cost would be immeasurable," Miklós Hajnal, one of the petition's organizers, told local media.Budget concerns have led city after city to abandon their Olympic dreams in recent years. Rome and Hamburg, Germany, previously bailed on 2024. Stockholm and Krakow, Poland, pulled the plug on bids for the 2022 Winter Olympics, which were later awarded to Beijing.An Olympic host city has to plan, pay for and construct massive sporting venues and infrastructure projects. Security costs can run into the billions of dollars. Thousands of hotel rooms must be built for athletes and tourists.Most of it happens on the taxpayer dime -- with little discernible economic benefit. Researchers at Oxford's Saïd Business School estimate the cost overrun for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was $1.6 billion.Elected leaders have argued that ticket sales, construction jobs and increased tourism outweigh the costs. But economists say the real return on hosting the Olympics is not so rosy.Montreal, host city of the 1976 Summer Games, provides perhaps the best example of the long-term cost.Before the games, the mayor declared: "The Olympics can no more lose money than a man can have a baby." He was wrong. Gross cost overruns left the city with $1.5 billion of debt that wasn't paid off until 2006.The Olympic stadium, known as the Big O, was turned into a ballpark and now sits largely idle. The citizens of Montreal took to calling it the Big Owe.While Montreal is an extreme case, the Oxford researchers have found that spiraling costs are the norm."All Games, without exception, have cost overrun," they wrote in a 2016 paper. "The budget is more like a fictitious minimum that is consistently overspent."The Montreal experience scared off potential host cities for 1984. Only one, Los Angeles, made a bid, and consequently was able to dictate terms to the International Olympic Committee.It pursued a new model that relied heavily on private financing. Los Angeles also used existing stadiums as venues, erasing one of the largest costs associated with hosting the Olympics. The result? A profit.Recent host cities have taken a different approach. Russia is said to have spent an incredible $50 billion on the 2014 Sochi Olympics. China spared no expense in hosting the 2008 Beijing Games.In Rio, the most recent summer event host, venues built for the Games have already fallen into disrepair.The International Olympic Committee knows it has a problem: The group is pursuing a set of reforms aimed at reducing the costs of bidding for and managing the Games.A hit last year, ball dogs are back at a tennis tournament in Sao Paulo.A former gymnastics physician who's accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women and girls in his care is facing a new round of criminal allegations.It started as a hilarious highlight to an otherwise lackluster soccer match: Sutton United's "roly-poly goalie" Wayne Shaw caught snacking on a pie during the second half of the club's FA Cup match against Arsenal.[...]He's talked about it. Now Earvin "Magic" Johnson will get the chance to run the Los An[...]



Ball dogs back at Brazil Open tennis tournamentRoger Federer will play on until at least 2019Eugenie Bouchard takes fan on date after Super Bowl betCat ownership not linked to mental health problems, study saysBrewery gives time off for new puppy parentsGerman shepherd is top dog at Westminster show

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A hit last year, ball dogs are back at a tennis tournament in Sao Paulo.Four dogs from local shelters were showcased 12 months ago during the clay-court tournament in Brazil's largest city -- and all four were eventually adopted.It was a barking good idea, then.This time around, six canines ranging in age from 4 to 10 -- Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha -- will be fetching balls during the warm-ups on semifinal and final day March 4 and 5. {"author_url":"https://www.instagram.com/brasilopen","author_id":301739215,"title":"Iniciativa de sucesso que ganhou destaque no Brasil e no mundo em 2016, os CãoDulas estão de volta! O Torneio Aberto do Brasil - ATP 250 - #BrasilOpen 2017, em parceria com a @premierpet, empresa especialista em alimentos de alta qualidade para cães e gatos, apresenta o novo “time” de cães que irá entrar em quadra no torneio, no Esporte Clube Pinheiros.\n\nOs jogadores que chegarem à semifinal e à grande final do torneio, nos dias 4 e 5 de março, vão dividir a atenção do público com uma turma de CãoDulas muito especial: Cindy, Nanda, Pretinha, Mia, Arlete e Ovelha, cães das ONGs Projeto Segunda Chance (São Paulo, SP) e Cão Sem Dono (Itapecirica da Serra, SP). Você não vai querer perder esse show!\n\nIngressos: Ingresso Rápido - http://migre.me/w3yw3","width":658,"height":null,"thumbnail_url":"https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s480x480/e35/16583451_993851877411749_4280089718265217024_n.jpg","version":"1.0","type":"rich","author_name":"brasilopen","media_id":"1450924120870996373_301739215","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=\"7\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\"&#gt;&#lt;div style=\"padding:8px;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:40.123456790123456% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;\"&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt; &#lt;p style=\" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;\"&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BQit8z0j8mV/\" style=\" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;\" target=\"_blank\"&#gt;Iniciativa de sucesso que ganhou destaque no Brasil e no mundo em 2016, os CãoDulas estão de volta! O Torneio Aberto do Brasil - ATP 250 - #BrasilOpen 2017, em pa[...]



Orlando Magic game to be broadcast in virtual realityOrlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka to TorontoCocoa police officers surprise brothers with Orlando Magic gameSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

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When the Orlando Magic take the court against the Portland Trailblazers Thursday, the game will not only be broadcast on television and radio, but also in virtual reality.

NBA Digital and NextVR will livestream the game on NBA League Pass.

The Magic's virtual reality broadcast will be fully produced with dedicated announcers, multiple unmanned camera angles and optimized graphics.

Game breaks will be filled with in-venue entertainment, behind-the-scenes footage from the arena and VR-specific commentary.
 

The Orlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors.

It was a rush of excitement when the Green brothers saw the court. It all started with Cocoa police bodycam video and the three brothers playing three-on-three with the officers.

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Drivers gear up for Can-Am duels at Daytona 500Tram crashes at Daytona International SpeedwaySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:30:56 GMTWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:54:57 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

Daytona International Speedway is expected to heat up ahead of this weekend's Daytona 500.

The Can-Am Duels will rev up Thursday night.

The two 150-mile races will determine the bulk of the order for Sunday's race. The first green flag is set to drop right after 7 p.m.

Two-time 500 winner Jimmie Johnson said there's something special about racing at Daytona.

"At all races I still have some level of anxiety and butterflies, but the Daytona 500 has the most," Johnson said.

The Daytona 500 is Sunday night.

Officials say a tram carrying about 30 passengers skimmed a wall outside Daytona International Speedway.

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Food blogger cheated to finish 2nd in Florida Half Marathon

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:04:58 GMT

Jane Seo was all smiles holding a shiny medal after coming in second in Sunday's Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon.

The food blogger who hails from New York finished with a time of 1 hour and 21 minutes.

But there was one problem; Seo didn't actually complete the entire 13.1 mile distance and was disqualified for cheating after cutting out about 1-and-a-half miles of the course.

Derek Murphy of Marathoninvestigation.com outed Seo, 24, as a fraud just days after she crossed the finish line and stood on the podium as the second-place finisher.

Murphy's report shows plenty of damning evidence that led to Seo's fake run falling apart. Mainly, her times showed that Seo had run faster near the end of the run than at the start.

But the real smoking gun the running watch Seo was wearing in the post-race photos. When Murphy zoomed into the watch, it showed she had only completed 11.65 miles of the race.

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Seo attempted to cover her tracks by re-running the course later in the day and posting the time to a runners website. However, Seo later confessed to biking the re-run.

Seo eventually apologized on her since-deleted Instagram account, saying she had made a horrible choice.

"I got swept away in the moment and pretended I ran the entire course," Seo wrote. "When in fact I cheated and should have disqualified myself."

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Tram crashes at Daytona International Speedway3 injured after race car crashes through fence at Volusia SpeedwaySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:54:57 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 04:35:24 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

A tram carrying about 30 passengers skimmed a wall Wednesday outside Daytona International Speedway, but no one was seriously injured, officials said.

The crash was reported around 10:30 a.m. as the passengers were driving through the tunnel near Turn 4 coming from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

"We hit the wall and survived," Darryl Ferguson said.

Daytona Beach fire officials said four people suffered minor injuries. No one was taken to the hospital, but two victims went to the first aid station at the Speedway for treatment, officials said.

"I noticed that the trailer was getting too close to the tunnel wall. We started scraping and there was a slight jolt and we all flew forward," Jeff Ferguson said.

Jeff Ferguson suffered whiplash. His father Darryl, suffered a cut to his arm.

The Ferguson family, who is visiting from Canada, said they won't let a little fender bender hinder their NASCAR experience.

"It's a beautiful venue. Sunday is going to be great and better leave early, because traffic is going to be crazy," Jeff Ferguson said.

Speedweeks is underway at the speedway, and the Daytona 500 will take place Sunday.

 

 

A race car crashed through a 10-foot-tall fence and into a crowd of people Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park, officials said.

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Goalkeeper's midgame pie sparks gambling probeHitler's phone sold for $243,000Pakistani court issues nationwide ban on Valentine's DayThey thought he was fat, but he had a 130-lb. tumorSurprise! Boy finds rattlesnake in toilet

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:07:25 GMTMon, 20 Feb 2017 11:22:45 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:39:45 GMTWed, 08 Feb 2017 07:54:49 GMTFri, 03 Feb 2017 09:05:36 GMT

It started as a hilarious highlight to an otherwise lackluster soccer match: Sutton United's "roly-poly goalie" Wayne Shaw caught snacking on a pie during the second half of the club's FA Cup match against Arsenal.But what began as a lark has ended with gambling investigations and the reported resignation of the much-loved reserve goalkeeper.You see, Sun Bets -- which controversially replaced Sutton's normal sponsor just for the Arsenal game -- had 8/1 odds on Shaw being caught munching on a pie on the sideline.The Monday game was billed as the ultimate in David v. Goliath matchups. The Premier League's fourth-place team, the Arsenal Gunners, were set to travel to Gander Green Lane (capacity roughly 6,000 with a temporary stand to accommodate Arsenal fans) to take on non-league Sutton United, a squad that sits 105 places beneath the Gunners in the standings.In the second half of the fixture, after Arsenal striker Theo Walcott put the Gunners up 2-0 and Sutton had exhausted its substitutions, cameras caught Shaw on the sideline unabashedly -- enthusiastically even -- scarfing down what the commentators said was a pie.Perhaps not since the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez ate that hot dog on the sideline have sports and cuisine collided in such a high-profile way.Shaw would later clarify on Twitter that it was a pasty, not a pie. Meat and potato, to be exact. (A pasty is a baked pastry similar to, and in some cases, indistinguishable from, a pie. It has nothing -- repeat, nothing -- to do with strip clubs or tassels.)Of course, none of this should've caught anyone off guard. Shaw had already made a trip to the bar at halftime, where a BBC reporter captured him hanging out with fans.It was all fun and games until England's Football Association and the UK's Gambling Commission stepped in.In a statement sent to CNN, an FA spokesman said, "We are investigating to establish whether there has been any breach of The FA rules relating to betting."The Gambling Commission also launched a probe, its enforcement and intelligence director Richard Watson said in a statement."Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened. As part of that we'll be looking into any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its (license) requirement to conduct its business with integrity," he said.The commission added in an email that it had warned bookmakers in June about potential integrity issues involving "novelty markets," which include off-the-wall bets on things like pie eating. Hold on, bets on pie eating??? Yup, pie eating.When the big fellow began chowing down, the betting service had to pay up. To the tune of at least £10,000 (around $12,500), according to a Sun Bets tweet.Compounding matters is that Shaw told reporters after the game that he was aware Sun Bets had laid odds on his midgame snack, according to multiple reports."A few of the lads said to me earlier on: 'What is going on with the 8-1 about eating a pie?' I said, 'I don't know, I've eaten nothing all day, so I might give it a go later on,'" he said. "I thought I would give them a bit of banter and let's do it. All the subs were on and we were 2-0 down."I went and got it at halftime from the kitchen. I had it all prepared and ready to go. It was meat and potato. ... It was just a bit of banter for them. It is something to make t[...]



KeVaughn Allen scores 26, No. 13 Florida tops South Carolina

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:40:38 GMT

Florida refused to get shut out again from 3-point range against South Carolina.KeVaughn Allen needed just one shot to make sure it didn't happen.Allen scored 26 points, a considerably better performance than his last game against the Gamecocks, and the 13th-ranked Gators beat South Carolina 81-66 on Tuesday night."KeVaughn Allen obviously was geeked up to come here and play," Gamecocks coach Frank Martin said.Devin Robinson added 14 points for Florida, which won its ninth consecutive game and locked up one of the top four seeds — and a double bye — in the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament. Chris Chiozza and Kasey Hill chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.Sindarius Thornwell led South Carolina with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Duane Notice added 16 points.The difference in the game was the 3-point line. Florida, which missed all 17 shots from behind the arc in a 57-53 loss in Columbia a month ago, made 9 of 19 from that range Tuesday. Six of those came in the decisive second half.Allen got it started with a 3 from the top of the key. Justin Leon hit two from the corner, and Robinson made two more."We're at home. We've got to knock down those shots at the crib," Robinson said. "We just shot with confidence. Coach told us to let it fly, let it go, play defense, rebound and the rest would handle itself."South Carolina (20-8, 10-5) dropped its third in a row and fourth in five games.The Gators (23-5, 13-2) looked much more comfortable in their second game without center John Egbunu, who is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Sophomore Kevarrius Hayes finished with seven points, six rebounds and three steals.Getting Allen going helped even more. The shooting guard made 5 of 7 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. He also made 13 of 14 from the free throw line and chipped in six rebounds and three assists.Allen missed all three shots and scored a single point at South Carolina a month ago."It was really big just to see the ball go through the hole," said Allen, who swished his first 3 of the game on Florida's opening possession. "It gave me a lot of confidence throughout the game."BIG PICTURESouth Carolina: The Gamecocks need to win out and have Florida lose three in a row to get one of the top two seeds in the league's tournament. If not, they likely will have to face Kentucky or the Gators in the semifinals in Nashville, Tennessee.Florida: The Gators can move considerably closer to clinching the top seed in Nashville with a win at Kentucky on Saturday. Regardless of what happens at Rupp Arena, though, Florida has improved its chances of landing a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament and opening play in nearby Orlando.POLL IMPLICATIONSFlorida has a chance to potentially move into the Top 10 in the AP poll next week, but will need to win at No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday to make it happen.STICKING WITH SINSouth Carolina trailed by 12 points in the first half, but used a 17-2 run to take the lead. Martin gambled by putting leading scorer Thornwell back in the game with two fouls."I didn't want the game to get away from us in the first half," Martin said.UP NEXTSouth Carolina: After consecutive road games, Gamecocks return home to play Tennessee on Saturday.Florida: Gators conclude a huge week by playing Kentucky on Saturday, a game that could decide the league's regular-season champion and top seed in the SEC Tournament.[...]



Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball operationsBlue Ivy channels Beyonce at NBA All-Star GameDavis scores big in NBA All-Star Game

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:50:50 GMTMon, 20 Feb 2017 19:43:10 GMTMon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:12 GMT

He's talked about it. Now Earvin "Magic" Johnson will get the chance to run the Los Angeles Lakers.

In a front-office restructuring move, the former Lakers great was named Tuesday as the team's president of basketball operations. Jeanie Buss, the Lakers governor, made the announcement in a press release.

Johnson returned to the Lakers on February 2 to advise ownership on basketball and business. He wasted no time on what his intentions were, telling USA Today after he was hired he wanted to be in charge.

With this new role, Johnson will end his work with ESPN, where he was on the show "NBA Countdown."

"It's a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family," Johnson said in Tuesday's statement. "Since 1979, I've been a part of the Laker Nation and I'm passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions."

As part of the move, the team has fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak. Additionally, Buss' brother, Jim Buss, will no longer be the executive vice president of basketball operations. Their father, Jerry Buss, died in 2013. Since his death, the franchise has struggled, last reaching the playoffs in 2013.

Jim Buss previously had said he would step down after three or four years if the Lakers weren't performing at a high level.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect," Jeanie Buss said.

"Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness."

Regarding her brother, she said, "He is an owner of this team and we share the same goal: returning the Lakers to the level of greatness our father demanded. Our fans deserve no less."

Beyonce and Jay Z's 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, sat courtside with her superstar parents at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday and stole the spotlight.

Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain's record with 52 points to lead the Western Conference to a 192-182 win in the NBA All-Star game Sunday night in New Orleans.



Roger Federer will play on until at least 2019Eugenie Bouchard takes fan on date after Super Bowl betUSTA plays Nazi-era German national anthemWhy tennis needs Federer and NadalRoger Federer savors 'extra special' Australian Open winRoger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final for 18th majorSerena Williams beats Venus Williams to win record 23rd major

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Fans of Roger Federer can breathe a sigh of relief: he will play on until at least the end of 2019.

The Swiss superstar, who last month came back from a knee surgery to win a men's record-extending 18th grand slam title at the Australian Open, has committed to a three-year deal with his hometown event, the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

"I can barely wait to play in front of my home crowd this autumn," Federer said in a statement in German on the website of the Swiss Tennis Federation on Tuesday. "Playing in Basel is always one of the highlights of the year."

The 2017 Basel tournament is scheduled to take place between October 21 and 29 and by the time the deal with Federer ends the Swiss will be 38 years old.

Doubts?

A seven-time champion in Basel, Federer had thrown some doubt on how long he would play on after he beat his old nemesis Rafael Nadal of Spain in the finals of the Australian Open. It was his first major title since Wimbledon in 2012.

At 35 years and 174 days, Federer's victory at Melbourne Park made him the oldest man to win a grand slam singles title since Ken Rosewall won the Australian Open in 1972 at the age of 37.

"I hope to see you next year," he had told the crowd at Rod Laver Arena at the trophy ceremony. "If not, this was a wonderful run here and I can't be more happy to have won here tonight."

Although he explained a day later he had no plans to retire just yet, the 11-month long men's tennis tour is one of the toughest and longest in professional sports and it remains to be seen how Federer's body will react as the season progresses.

Injuries

Prior to 2016, Federer had never really been troubled by serious injury, but that all changed when he underwent the first surgery of his career last year after injuring his knee while bathing his children.

He then pulled out of the French Open in May with a back injury -- the first time he'd missed any of the four majors since 1999.

And after he slipped on the grass of Wimbledon during his semifinal loss to Milos Raonic of Canada, Federer decided to end his season prematurely in July to allow his knee recover.

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard has honored a bet she made with an opportunistic sports fan by taking him on a date in New York.

The US Tennis Association has apologized to the German Fed Cup team for playing the Nazi-era national anthem ahead of a replay match in the women's tournament.

It was only a few minutes after his Australian Open victory over Rafael Nadal, but already Roger Federer was thinking about the future of the game he loves so dearly.

No male tennis player in history has won as many grand slam titles as Roger Federer, but the Swiss star has dubbed his record-extending 18th major -- won at the Australian Open Sunday -- as "extra special."

Even for the legendary Roger Federer, this was -- nearly -- unbelievable.

Serena Williams rewrote tennis history books once again, this time with sister Venus across the net and her fiance Alexis Ohanian watching from the stands.




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"What will they say about you?" is a rhetorical question with which many women and girls in the Middle East are all too familiar. Young women pursuing their dreams irrespective of the rigid traditional gender roles in the region often find themselves under the scrutiny of their communities.And it's those women and girls that sportswear manufacturer Nike decided to celebrate in a new commercial that has gone viral. The clip featured five successful female professional and everyday athletes from different parts of the Arab world. Skating in the desert Zahra Lari, the first Emirati figure skater, is one of the featured athletes. Dubbed as the "Ice Princess" of the United Arab Emirates, she has gracefully glided and jumped over obstacles put forward by her own community."People thought it's dancing. In front of men, that's not acceptable," Lari tells CNN.She is shattering not only the gender norms within her country but also disrupting the Western perception of Arab women."I am covered, I am Muslim, I am from a desert country, but I am doing a winter sport and it's fine," Lari told Nike. She aspires to become a role model through persistence and stamina.Other women featured in the sportswear ad include Tunisian fencer and Olympics medalist Ines Boubakri, Emirati Parkour trainer Amal Mourad, Saudi singer Balqees Fathi and Jordanian boxer Arifa Bseiso. {"width":480,"height":270,"thumbnail_url":"https://i.ytimg.com/vi/9BAeEbz_TVE/hqdefault.jpg","version":"1.0","title":"إيش حيقولوا عنك؟","author_name":"NikeWomen","provider_url":"https://www.youtube.com/","provider_name":"YouTube","thumbnail_width":480,"type":"video","thumbnail_height":360,"html":"\n&#lt;iframe width=\" 480\" height=\"270\" src=\"https://www.youtube.com/embed/9BAeEbz_TVE?feature=oembed\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen=\"allowfullscreen\"&#gt;&#lt;/iframe&#gt;\n","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BAeEbz_TVE","author_url":"https://www.youtube.com/user/NikeWomen"} 'Local and genuine' Nike said it wanted the video -- which was narrated by Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi and shot in and around Dubai -- to be "local and genuine.""The film aims to highlight the stories of amazing athletes to encourage and inspire others," Hind Rasheed, Nike's communication manager in Dubai, told CNN.The commercial has been viewed more than 3 million times on social media in two days and sparked a debate over its message.While some found the video inspiring, others were not happy with the message of the commercial."Instead of promoting its product in a professional way, (Nike) replaced it with an anti-hijab ad, leave your hijab and jog in streets," a user tweeted.Rasheed said Nike wanted "to use the power of sport to change society positively."Nike says it's time to stand up for equality in a new ad campaign.Fans of Roger Federer can breathe a sigh of relief: he will play on until at least the end of 2019.[...]Beyonce and Jay Z's 5-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, sat courtside with her superstar parents [...]



No. 19 Florida St. bounces back with rout of Boston College

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:11 GMT

A short turnaround ended up being the perfect remedy for Florida State.The 19th-ranked Seminoles were playing their second game in three days, but bounced back from Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh in a big way, routing Boston College 104-72 on Monday night."A one-day turnaround is sometimes not always the easiest. But I think we did a really, really exceptional job of forgetting about what happened and moving on to the next one," said point guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes, who had eight points, five rebounds and 10 assists.Florida State (22-6, 10-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had all 13 players score at least four points as it extended its home winning streak to 20 games.Dwayne Bacon, who went scoreless in the Pitt game, led the way with 16 points. The 6-foot-7 guard also became only the second sophomore in school history to go over 1,000 career points. He reached the milestone with a 3-pointer early in the second half."In every sport, you are going to have one of those days. He moved on from it and don't dwell on it," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "He has scored 1,000 points as a sophomore and knows what he needs to do."PJ Savoy came off the bench and added 15 points as FSU's reserves outscored the Eagles 59-2. Jonathan Isaac (14 points) and Jarquez Smith (10) also scored in double figures, and the Seminoles never trailed and led by 34 (75-41) six minutes into the second half. They also dominated in the paint with a 52-16 advantage.Florida State moved into a tie for fourth in the conference standings with Notre Dame, as both teams have three games remaining. Hamilton knows what his team can do at home — they are 17-0 at the Tucker Center this season — but he wants to see the same effort on the road with upcoming tests against Clemson (Saturday) and No. 10 Duke (Feb. 28). The top four teams earn a double bye for the conference tournament."Obviously we needed to get home and gain a little confidence to being who we are, but I'm glad our next game is on the road. I want to see if we can play with that same level of execution and confidence," he said.Kai Bowman had 24 points and Jerome Robinson 21 for Boston College (9-19, 2-13), which has lost 11 straight and 13 of its last 14."I thought they took us out of everything early in the game," BC coach Jim Christian said. "We were forced into a lot of tough shots early. We let them get in transition."BIG PICTUREBoston College: The Eagles have lost 16 straight conference road games, including eight by 20 points or more. The game against Florida State started a stretch when BC plays three of its final four regular season games on the road.Florida State: The Seminoles have reached double-digit wins in conference play for the first time since going 12-4 in 2011-12. FSU won the ACC Tournament that same season, and it was also the last time it made the NCAA Tournament.CENTURY MARKThis was the fifth time this season the Seminoles have scored 100 or more points in a game, which is the first time that has happened since 1992-93.It is the third time they have had two or more 100-point games in ACC play and the first since 1992-93.UNOFFICIALLY 500The win was unofficially the 500th for Hamilton, but Florida State was forced to vacate 20 regular season and two NIT wins in 2006-07 due to an academic scandal that affected many sports[...]



3 injured after race car crashes through fence at Volusia Speedway

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:51:22 GMT

A race car crashed through a 10-foot-tall fence and into a crowd of people Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park, officials said.The crash was reported during a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at the speedway, which is north of DeLeon Springs and east of Barberville.Three people, described by the speedway as "participants," were injured when the car went through a fence in the second turn and flew into the pit area, officials said.Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said one of the victims was airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. The other two victims were taken to the same hospital by ambulance.Two of the victims were identified by DIRTcar Nationals officials as Michael Brooks, 69, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Gary Streek, of the United Kingdom.The third victim, Kelly Kovski, 35, was listed as stable, deputies said.“The staff here at Macon Speedway sends out our thoughts and prayers to Kelly Kovski, who is hospitalized after an accident at the winter nationals in Florida,” Kovski’s employer, Macon Speedway, said in a statement Monday.Kovski is the crew chief for driver Justin Allgaier.Brooks was listed in extremely critical condition by the trauma medical staff at Halifax Hospital Daytona Beach.Streek's uncle was admitted to the hospital after experiencing discomfort, but he was later released, officials said.Sprint car driver Dale Blaney was uninjured when his Zemco race car flipped into the fence.Blaney has been racing for Zemco Speed Equipment No. 1 since November, according to a news release from the Pennsylvania-based company.The damage to the Zemco race car was extensive, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.The Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol were not immediately notified about the incident, according to the crash report. Deputies and troopers were not contacted until 20 minutes afterward."Hopefully, it was just an error of somebody not knowing or (who) assumed that we were going to be notified and respond," Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.Chitwood told News 6 the 20-minute delay slowed down the crash investigation."God forbid if this person dies, even though it's on private property, it's still going to be a homicide investigation, even though it was an accidental death," Chitwood said.Authorities said it was also taking longer than usual for officials to turn over evidence, including pictures and video."It's on private property and they probably want their attorneys to review before it gets to us, because once it gets to us, it becomes public record," Chitwood said."I've seen lots of big accidents and things like that. It's the first time I've actually seen a car go through a fence," race fan Mick Barkeo said. "The (victims) were just unlucky."But fans said crews immediately provided assistance."People just ran from everywhere," one fan said. "But the emergency services guys here were fantastic. They were on the scene really quickly."Repairs were made to the fence and racing resumed Sunday night.A similar incident was reported last week at Volusia Speedway. Video on social media shows a car flipping over a fence, but the CEO of Volusia Speedway refused to comment.Volusia Speedway officials said un[...]


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Usain Bolt and Simone Biles dominate at 'Sport's Oscars'Zoo Atlanta names cockroach after Tom BradyHow Victor Cruz spends his money2017 NBA All-Star Game won't lack excitement, dramaUSTA plays Nazi-era German national anthemLeBron, Serena and other Nike stars champion 'Equality'Under Armour tries to recover from Trump complimentPiling on: More New England Patriots skipping White House visit

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:01:53 GMTTue, 14 Feb 2017 20:40:52 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:33:24 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 17:54:27 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:36 GMTSun, 12 Feb 2017 18:00:26 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 09:31:16 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 04:51:34 GMT

Monaco (CNN) There's just no stopping Usain Bolt and Simone Biles as the two athletes who dominated last year's Rio Olympics were triumphant again at the 'Oscars of Sport' in Monaco Tuesday.Jamaica's Bolt, the only man to win all three sprint events at three Olympic Games, won a record-equaling fourth Laureus World Sport award after being named Sportsman of the Year. Tennis players Roger Federer and Serena Williams, and surfer Kelly Slater, are the only other athletes to receive four Laureus awards.Bolt, who has said he will retire after the World Athletics Championships in August, told CNN Sport: "I've done what I needed to do in the sport. I feel people really appreciate what I've done and I'm satisfied with that."American teenager Biles, the first woman to win four gymnastics golds in a single Olympic Games, was Laureus Sportswoman of the Year."I still don't recognize myself (in the same company as these great athletes)," the 19-year-old, who has taken a year's sabbatical following her Rio success, told CNN Sport."I'm fine with the time off. I'll begin training for Tokyo 2020 at the end of this year, the beginning of next year."Another American, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, won Comeback of the Year.The 31-year-old won five gold medals in Rio after ending his retirement to compete in the pool in Brazil.World Series champions Chicago Cubs, who last year secured their first Fall Classic in 108 years, were Team of the Year, while English Premier League champions Leicester City won a special Laureus Spirit of Sport award. Leicester City, a team which had never won England's top division and were 5000-1 outsiders to win the league title last season, won soccer's richest league in one of sport's unlikeliest stories. Reigning Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg, 31, took the Breakthrough of the Year award. The German surprised the sporting world when he announced his retirement just five days after winning his first world title in November. Elsewhere, Italy's Beatrice Vio -- the only quadruple amputee in international wheelchair fencing -- won the Disability Award and the Olympic Refugee Team received the Laureus Sport for Good Award for Sporting Inspiration.The Refugee Team was formed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Olympics in Rio to "act as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide". The team consisted of 10 athletes competing in three sports. Half were refugees from South Sudan, two fled Syria, two left the Democratic Republic of the Congo and one was originally from Ethiopia.How do you honor a man who already has five Super Bowl rings, four MVP awards, and the privilege of calling Gisele Bündchen his wife? Easy -- you name a cockroach after him.Victor Cruz was released by the New York Giants on Monday. The good news is that he's been careful about his money since the start of his career. The NBA All-Star Game is around the corner, and there is no shortage of story lines leading up to the 66th playing of this game.The US Tennis Association has apologized to the German Fed Cup team for playing the Nazi-era national anthem ahead of a replay match in the women's tournament.Nike says it's time to stand up for equality in a new ad campaign.[...]Under Armour is in tight competition with rivals Nike and Adidas, so it can hardly afford days of bad public[...]



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How do you honor a man who already has five Super Bowl rings, four MVP awards, and the privilege of calling Gisele Bündchen his wife? Easy -- you name a cockroach after him.Before Super Bowl LI, Zoo Atlanta and the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, made a bet that if their team lost they would name a baby animal after the winning team's quarterback.Well, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons -- so in honoring the bet Zoo Atlanta welcomed Tom Brady, a Madagascar hissing cockroach, to its family.Now before any Patriots fans get offended and start a riot, Zoo Atlanta clarified in a comment on Instagram that both zoos agreed in advance that the losing side would name a cockroach after the winning quarterback.This cockroach might not be able to replicate Brady's 25-point comeback, but it definitely will serve as a reminder of the Falcons' heartbreaking defeat. {"provider_url":"https://www.instagram.com","height":null,"author_url":"https://www.instagram.com/zooatl","media_id":"1449464781689637483_436282978","thumbnail_width":640,"thumbnail_url":"https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s640x640/e15/16585189_1812435439008936_3659991458284306432_n.jpg?ig_cache_key=MTQ0OTQ2NDc4MTY4OTYzNzQ4Mw%3D%3D.2","author_name":"zooatl","title":"Well … the New England Patriots won #SuperBowlLI, so that means we lost our bet with Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village. Before the game, our two zoos decided the losing side would name one of their baby animals after the winning team’s star quarterback, and figuring the losing side would be pretty bitter about it, we came to the agreement that baby animal … would be a Madagascar hissing cockroach. So without further ado - Meet our newly-named Program Animal family!","version":"1.0","provider_name":"Instagram","thumbnail_height":640,"author_id":436282978,"width":658,"html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=\"7\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\"&#gt;&#lt;div style=\"padding:8px;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;\"&#gt;&[...]



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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:05:51 GMTMon, 13 Feb 2017 17:54:27 GMTSun, 12 Feb 2017 18:00:26 GMTThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:51:56 GMT

The top-ranked UConn women's basketball team won its 100th straight game Monday night with a 66-55 victory over No. 6 South Carolina.

The home victory in front of a sellout crowd was a bit closer than the previous 99 wins, which the Huskies won by an average of 38.7 points.

Gabby Williams poured in a career-high 26 points in the victory and Napheesa Collier added 18 points.

The streak is just the latest in a long list of accolades for Geno Auriemma's team, which includes 11 titles and a 25-0 record so far on this season.

UConn has won the past four NCAA Division I titles and six out of the last eight.

The school already held the longest winning streak in Division I college basketball history coming into the season, winning 90 straight games from 2008-10. They broke that record last month with an 88-48 win over SMU.

The NBA All-Star Game is around the corner, and there is no shortage of story lines leading up to the 66th playing of this game.

Nike says it's time to stand up for equality in a new ad campaign.

The Super Bowl is ultimate game for any football player. But for the women who play tackle football, playing professionally is still a dream.




Magic snap 4-game losing streak, top Heat 116-107

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:22:02 GMT

Evan Fournier scored 24 points, Elfrid Payton added 20 off the bench and the Orlando Magic beat the Miami Heat 116-107 on Monday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and Nik Vucevic finished with 13 points and 17 rebounds for Orlando, which swept two games in Miami for the first time since 2007-08.

Fournier scored nine points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer with about a minute left to put Orlando up by six.

Dion Waiters returned from a sprained ankle and scored 23 points for Miami, whose eight-game home winning streak was snapped. Goran Dragic scored 22 points for the Heat, who have lost two straight following a 13-game winning streak.

James Johnson scored 15 points and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 19 rebounds for the Heat, who were outrebounded 52-37.

The Heat hadn't trailed by more than 11 at home in 2017, and the Magic changed that quickly, leading by 12 before the first quarter was over and as many as 14 in the first half. Dragic beat the clock with a layup to cap a 14-3 run, and Miami got within 60-57 at the half.

Miami led by four early in the fourth, before Mario Hezonja and Payton combined for a 9-0 run that put Orlando up for good. Waiters made a stepback jumper with 1:14 left to get the Heat within three, but Fournier's 3-pointer on the next possession put the Magic back in total control.

TIP-INS

Magic: After shooting 26 for 110 from 3-point range in their last four road games, the Magic were 8 for 14 from deep. ... Orlando started 10 for 10 from the foul line, then missed six of its next eight. ... The Magic surprised 17 nonprofit community groups in Central Florida with donations totaling $1 million last week, the ninth time the team's youth foundation has managed to do so.

Heat: Miami led for a total of 21 seconds in the first three quarters, then for another 1:57 in the fourth. ... Johnson was scoreless until 1:35 remained in the third, then scored nine points in 90 seconds. ... This was Miami's lone home game between Feb. 4 and Feb. 25.

GORDON RETURNS

Aaron Gordon was back in Orlando's lineup after missing two games with a bone bruise on his right foot. He's still planning to compete in the dunk contest on All-Star Saturday night in New Orleans. Monday marked exactly one year since Gordon lost the dunk contest to Minnesota's Zach LaVine at Toronto's All-Star weekend.

RICHARDSON CLOSE

Heat guard Josh Richardson, who hasn't played since Jan. 6 because of a sprained left foot, is close to returning. He'll accompany the team on its trip to Houston and may play Wednesday. If not, then Feb. 24 at Atlanta would seem certain, barring a setback.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host San Antonio on Wednesday. Orlando plays seven of its next eight at home.

Heat: Visit Houston on Wednesday. It's Miami's final game before the All-Star break.




Dawkins, UCF facing teachable moment down the stretch

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:53:53 GMT

First-year UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said when he arrived on campus that he loved to compete and teach.

His Knights might be learning a tough lesson about competition.

With five games left, the UCF's postseason possibilities appear bleak following a late-season slide. It's one of those teaching moments for Dawkins, who is pumping optimism into his players as they get ready for the final stretch.

"We still have a lot of play for," said Dawkins, whose team is 15-10 and 6-7 in the American Athletic Conference heading into Tuesday's home game against Tulsa. "Our message has been pretty consistent. We still have a lot to play for, we still have a lot of opportunities to still make a run in our conference and finish as high up as we possibly can."

An NCAA Tournament big likely requires winning the AAC Tournament. But if the Knights can finish the regular season strong and have a good run in the conference tournament next month, an NIT invite isn't out of the question. The chance to keep playing and continue to grow as a program is the ultimate goal for a Knights team looking to become a major player on the college basketball scene, like its coach.

The Knights have won just one of their last seven games, and it doesn't get any easier with home games coming up against Tulsa and then No.18 Cincinnati on Feb. 26. But they feel if they can string together some wins that they can take some momentum into the conference tournament.

"We can still finish up the season strong," said senior forward Nick Banyard. "And when it comes to conference tournaments, the people who end up winning it are the people with the best rhythm going into the tournament. So we can still win these last five games, go into the tournament and make some noise."

Earlier in the season the Knights, sparked by 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall, seemed poised to be one of the surprise teams in college basketball. They beat Mississippi State and then gave defending national champion Villanova all it could handle during the Gildan Charleston Classic in November.

UCF got off to a 7-1 start and was receiving Top 25 votes but it wasn't long before some of the challenges of the makeup of the team started to set in. Senior guard Matt Williams, sophomore guard B.J. Taylor and Fall are quality players, but with just seven scholarship players the Knights have found it difficult to stay in games due to their lack of depth.

They have played teams like SMU, Cincinnati and Memphis tough during this rough seven-game stretch but have not been able to put together a complete game. During Saturday's loss to UConn, the Knights led by seven early, fell behind by as many as 18 then battled back before coming up short in a 66-63 loss.

"We have to play better the whole game, 40 minutes," said Taylor, who leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game. "I've been saying that the last couple of months. It's time and we have to have a sense of urgency moving forward."

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Trial set for ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez in 2012 killings

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:11:20 GMT

While his former team celebrates yet another Super Bowl victory, ex-New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez and his lawyers are instead gearing up for their next courtroom battle.Hernandez is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, and next month he will be tried in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston. Jury selection is expected to begin on Tuesday, February 14, with testimony scheduled to start on March 1. Hernandez, 27, has pleaded not guilty to two charges of first-degree murder.As Hernandez's case gets underway, here's what you need to know about his football career, his past conviction and what to expect at the trial.From star athlete to convicted murdererOnce the pride of Bristol, Connecticut, Hernandez now spends his days in a maximum security prison 40 miles outside of Boston.After leaving high school midway through his senior year, Hernandez played three seasons for the University of Florida before the Patriots selected him in the 2010 NFL Draft.Playing tight end, Hernandez emerged as one of the Patriots' bright young stars and parlayed his success into a $40 million contract extension, signed just weeks after the 2012 slayings in which he is accused.The killing of Odin LloydIn April 2015, Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. Lloyd was a semi-professional football player, but his connection to Hernandez went beyond sports -- Lloyd dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.During the trial, prosecutors said Hernandez orchestrated and tried to cover up the death of Lloyd, whose body was found in an industrial park just a mile from Hernandez's home."They got it wrong," Hernandez said as he was being transported from the courthouse to a state prison, according to a law enforcement source close to the case. "I didn't do it."Hernandez has since appealed his conviction. A piece of evidence during investigationThe men that Hernandez is accused of killing in 2012 -- Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado -- did not know Lloyd, but the investigations into their deaths are connected.While searching for evidence in Lloyd's death, investigators discovered an SUV at Hernandez's uncle's house -- the vehicle prosecutors say Hernandez was driving when he shot and killed de Abreu and Furtado. Did a spilled drink lead to shootings?Prosecutors say the victims were unknown to Hernandez and had no interaction with him before de Abreu accidentally bumped Hernandez near the dance floor at Boston's Cure Lounge, spilling some of the football player's drink. This angered Hernandez, leading him to follow de Abreu, Furtado and three friends when they left the club in a car.At a stoplight, Hernandez pulled alongside the victims' car and opened fire, according to prosecutors.What to expect at trialHernandez has enlisted Jose Baez, the lawyer who successfully defended Casey Anthony in her 2011 murder trial, as his defense attorney, and already Baez has scored some pretrial victories for the defense.Baez successfully argued to ban prosecutors from mentioning Hernandez's prior conviction. Also, testimony from the three survivors of the shooting who were in the car with de Abreu and Furtado will be limited, and they wil[...]



How Victor Cruz spends his moneyPiling on: More New England Patriots skipping White House visitIn sports, who's really 'old'?Patriots' Super Bowl turnaround: Sport's greatest comeback?

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Victor Cruz doesn't want to end up being a statistic.Cruz was released by the New York Giants on Monday. The good news is that he's been careful about his money since the start of his career. He may not be heading into retirement any time soon, but the wide receiver has been planning for it so that he won't end up broke, the way other players do.It all started with his first NFL paycheck in 2010."Oh man. I remember holding it up into the light and making sure it was real. Kind of hiding it like is everybody else seeing this?" Cruz said. "It was definitely a moment where I knew things were different and where I had to take care of this and make sure I make this forever and ever and ever and not just short-term."Cruz's first NFL contract was with the Giants -- it was for three years and was worth $1.215 million. In 2013, he signed a five-year contract worth $43 million. His release by the Giants Monday came ahead of a $1 million roster bonus he was supposed to get on March 11.Early on, he was advised by New York Giants' staffer Charles Way to keep track of his money."He was like, 'Man, make sure you understand what your money is doing and understand what's happening with your money. Don't just give it to some accountant and just let him do whatever he wants with it.'"As part of his effort to be financially secure once his days playing -- and dancing -- are over, Cruz teamed up with JPMorgan Chase, which manages his money. Cruz has been a partner with the bank for five years now."They teach me to be conscious of how I spend my money and to plan for the long term, not just what I see in front me," he said. "That's sometimes easier said than done."The biggest thing he's learned? "Save as much as you can.""What you do with your finances, everything is calculated. You have to make concise and precise moves with your money and not be careless with it and I think football is the same way," Cruz said. "You have to understand what you're doing [in] practice so that when game time comes, you know what you're doing and you're just playing as opposed to just reacting."Cruz said he thinks many retired players get into financial trouble because they aren't informed."They weren't knowledgeable about what their money was doing," he said. "[Things] can add up and next thing you know, you're in debt and you're in the hole and you have to struggle a little bit and live paycheck to paycheck."When Cruz eventually does leave the NFL, he wants to work with kids and teach them about financial literacy and saving.After attending the White House Science Fair in 2012, he launched the Victor Cruz Foundation to help expose inner-city students to STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math."Once I attended the White House Science Fair, it just kind of hit me," he said.The program started at the Boys and Girls Club in Paterson, New Jersey, where he went as a kid, and Cruz hopes it will expand.President Obama's administration started the White House Science Fair in 2010. It&[...]



Orlando City Stadium announces 'clear bag' policyOrlando City Soccer Club releases 2017 scheduleOrlando City Soccer unveils Pulse tribute in new stadiumOrlando City President Phil Rawlins steps down

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:48:13 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:31:08 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 12:09:16 GMTTue, 27 Dec 2016 19:28:05 GMT

The new Orlando City Stadium will use a bag policy similar to the one used in NFL stadiums, according to Orlando City Soccer.

Guests will be required to walk through metal detectors before entering the stadium, according to a news release, and will be allowed to carry only clear bags no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches or small purses measuring no more than 4 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.

Diaper bags will not be allowed.

Orlando City Soccer upgraded its security protocols for the 2017 season at the new stadium.

The new stadium will open its doors early at 3 p.m. March 5 for Opening Day. Orlando City will play New York City FC in the first game at the new stadium. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. The game will air on ESPN.

Read more about the stadium's clear bag policy here.

The new 25,000-seat stadium features a permanent tribute to the victims of the Pulse shooting.

The team recently unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats in section 12 of the stadium to remember the victims of the June 12 shooting.

Orlando City Soccer Club released their schedule for the 2017 regular season, their first season in the team's new stadium. 

A permanent tribute to the victims of Pulse is officially unveiled.

Orlando City founder Phil Rawlins announced that he will leave his role as president.




USTA plays Nazi-era German national anthemFrank-Walter Steinmeier elected German president

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:01:36 GMTSun, 12 Feb 2017 17:26:54 GMT

The US Tennis Association has apologized to the German Fed Cup team for playing the Nazi-era national anthem ahead of a replay match in the women's tournament.Instead of the current version of the anthem, a singer performed verses of "Das Deutschlandlied" which included the words "Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt," the version of the song used prior to, and during, Adolf Hitler's regime.The verses have developed a strong association with Nazi-era Germany.The words translate to "Germany above all, above all in the world."In footage of the incident, the crowd and the German team appear to be singing different lyrics to that of singer Will Kimball, a local hospital worker and former professional opera singer, according to local media, who was tasked with delivering the anthem. Apology The Association apologized in a statement but didn't explain how the mix-up happened."The USTA extends its sincerest apologies to the German Fed Cup team and all of its fans for the performance of an outdated national anthem prior to (Saturday's) Fed Cup competition," the statement reads."In no way did we mean any disrespect. This mistake will not occur again, and the correct anthem will be performed for the remainder of this first-round tie."The apology was followed up with tweet from the Association's official Twitter page."The USTA extends a sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team & fans 4 the outdated National Anthem," the tweet reads. "This mistake will not occur again."Ulrich Klaus, the President of the German Tennis Federation acknowledged the USTA apology."Our American hosts made a mistake at the opening ceremony in Hawaii on Saturday which shouldn't happen," he said in a statement carried on the Federation's website."The fact that in the year 2017 the wrong national anthem can be played, and one that is associated with so much cruelty in the past was for the players, staff and the German fans equally disturbing and shocking. The... USTA, has immediately apologized through their President Katrina Adams both officially in writing and personally and deeply regrets the mistake." Mix-up slammed Speaking after her defeat in Hawaii, German team member Andrea Petkovic, who was born in Bosnia but grew up in Germany, said the mix-up was "the worst thing that has ever happened" to her."I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup, and I've played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me," Germany's top-ranked player in the competition said.In what was the opening match of the day, US player Alison Riske upset former Top 10 player Andrea Petkovic, 7-6, 6-3.The other day's match, between CoCo Vandeweghe and Julia Goerges, was suspended due to rain. Vandeweghe prevailed over the German once play resumed, and on Sunday beat Petkovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to send the US into the semifinals for the first time in seven yea[...]



Former NFL player, two others die after found in burning house, officials saySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newslettersGrammy-winning musician Al Jarreau dies at 76Vehicle catches fire after Orange County crash, officials sayFlorida mosque fire suspect may plead no contestCandle sparks Orlando house fire

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Fire officials say three people including a former NFL player died in a house fire in Georgia.

Monroe Fire Department Chief Keith Glass tells local news media that 33-year-old Quentin Moses, 31-year-old Andria Godard and her 10-year-old daughter Jasmine Godard died after the fire occurred around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Moses was found unconscious and moved outside the house where he was pronounced dead at Clearview Medical Center.

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Moses was a defensive end for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2003-2005. He played four seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 2007-2010 as a linebacker.

Moses was also the assistant football coach at Reinhardt University.

Glass said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived before the roof collapsed.

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Seven-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau has died. His passing comes two days after an announcement was made on his website that he was retiring from touring due to exhaustion, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

A vehicle caught fire after a crash Saturday, Orange County Fire Rescue personnel said.

A man accused of setting fire to the mosque Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen occasionally attended may plead no contest Monday.

A woman was injured in an Orlando house fire, officials say.




LeBron, Serena and other Nike stars champion 'Equality'3,000 people from the seven countries in travel ban February 4-6Trump won't immediately appeal travel ban halt to Supreme CourtTimeline: How President Trump's travel ban unraveledTrump furious after court upholds block on travel banTravel ban remains sticking point in Trump calls with US allies

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:00:26 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 21:50:02 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 23:57:54 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 12:54:50 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 03:37:23 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 04:53:51 GMT

Nike says it's time to stand up for equality in a new ad campaign.

The company on Sunday launched a star-studded short film titled "Equality" to mark Black History Month.

The ad features Nike-sponsored athletes LeBron James, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant, Gabby Douglas, among others, "amplifying their voices in an effort to uplift, open eyes and bring the positive values that sport can represent into wider focus," the company said.

Actor Michael B. Jordan voices the film, and singer Alicia Keys performs a rendition of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."

"Is this the land history promised?" Jordan says. "Here, within these lines, on this concrete court, this patch of turf, here, you're defined by your actions -- not your looks or beliefs."

Nike will feature ads from the campaign on social media, billboards and posters throughout cities in the United States and Canada. It will also sell "Equality" branded T-shirts and shoes as part of its annual Black History Month collection.

Apparel from the campaign will be worn by Nike athletes during NBA All-Star weekend.

Nike said it is donating $5 million this year to organizations like MENTOR and PeacePlayers, which it says "advance equality in communities" across the country.

Nike's new campaign comes one week after numerous companies launched ads about inclusion and acceptance during the Super Bowl.

Budweiser, 84 Lumber, Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Kia and Tiffany were among the brands that features messages about immigration, equality and environmentalism.

-- CNNMoney's Ahiza Garcia contributed to this story.

Approximately 3,000 people from the seven countries listed in President Donald Trump's travel ban were allowed to enter the US between February 4 and February 6, according to figures provided Saturday by the Department of Homeland Security.

The Trump administration will not immediately appeal the decision blocking its travel ban to the Supreme Court, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN.

President Donald Trump has pledged to keep fighting in court after a federal appeals court on Thursday ruled against reinstating his travel ban barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days.

President Donald Trump's travel ban will remain blocked, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

President Donald Trump phoned the leaders of Iraq and Afghanistan on Thursday, but even amid their discussions about combating terrorists, his contentious immigration executive order remained a sticking point.




Mavs rout Magic 112-80Sixers edge Magic 112-111 after McConnell's jumperHarden lifts Rockets past MagicHawks take 113-86 runaway win over MagicCocoa police officers surprise brothers with Orlando Magic game

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Wesley Matthews scored 12 of his 20 points in the first quarter, and the Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 112-80 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points in 18 minutes, hitting a 3-pointer to give Dallas its first 30-point lead at 67-37 in the first minute of the third quarter before going to the bench for good a little more than six minutes later.The Mavericks won for the sixth time in eight games — including three victories against division leaders — in what's becoming a turnaround season.Dallas' first meeting with the Magic in November was in the middle of an eight-game losing streak, which was the longest for the Mavericks in 19 years and ended with them at 2-13.Bismack Biyombo scored 15 points, nine in a meaningless fourth quarter, as the Magic lost their fourth straight and are 14-29 since that victory over the Mavericks.Dallas point guard Deron Williams returned after missing eight games with a sprained right big toe, getting seven points and four assists in 16 minutes in the first half before sitting out the second half on a minutes restriction.Williams' return meant Yogi Ferrell didn't start at point guard for the first time in eight games since joining the Mavericks on a 10-day contract to help with injuries. He played his way into a two-year deal and was solid again with 10 points and seven of Dallas' season-high 32 assists.After Matthews made all four of his 3-pointers in the first quarter, the Mavericks outscored the Magic 32-12 in the second while shooting 61 percent. Dallas' biggest lead was 37.Dallas' shooting guard had six assists and finished one 3 shy of his season high, going 6 of 8 as the Mavericks went 17 of 35 from long range compared to 3 of 23 (13 percent) for the Magic.TIP-INSMagic: F Aaron Gordon, who missed his second game with a bone bruise in his right foot, didn't do any work on the court before the game. Coach Frank Vogel said he was waiting for trainers to tell him when Gordon was cleared for activity on the court. ... The other double-figure scorers were Evan Fournier (14 points) and C.J. Watson (10).Mavericks: C Andrew Bogut, who has missed 13 of 16 games with a strained right hamstring, is unlikely to play before the All-Star break. Coach Rick Carlisle essentially ruled Bogut out of Monday's game and gave him a 25 percent chance of playing at Detroit, the last game before the break. ... Salah Mejri had 10 of his 15 rebounds in the first half.UP NEXTMagic: After a visit to Miami on Monday, Orlando has a season-high, five-game homestand wrapped around the All-Star break. It starts with San Antonio in the last game before the break Wednesday. The Heat game ends a stretch of 13 of 19 on the road.Mavericks: A four-game homestand ends Monday against Boston, and a three-game stretch against East teams ends against the Pistons.T.J. McConnell made the go-ahead jumper with 5.8 seconds remaining, Dario Saric came off the bench to score 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 1[...]



Golf diplomacy teed up at the Winter White House3,000 people from the seven countries in travel ban February 4-6Democrats, advocates question ICE raids after hundreds of arrestsUS does abrupt about face on Palestinian appointment at UNPiscopo 'seriously' thinking about a run for New Jersey governorTrump vows to keep costs down on border wall

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 22:07:44 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 21:50:02 GMTSun, 12 Feb 2017 18:32:02 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 22:59:02 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 17:13:48 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 17:31:58 GMT

President Donald Trump took a swing at golf diplomacy Saturday in Palm Beach, inviting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to join him at his course in Florida for a weekend of sun and diplomacy.

The two started the day at the Trump International Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, teeing off in the morning under blue skies and temperate mid-seventy degree weather.

A source familiar with the President's plans tells CNN that the two rode in the golf cart together and were making it through the rounds pretty quickly.

South Africa professional golfer Ernie Els joined the group as well.

Midway through the day, the President tweeted that he was having "a great time" hosting Abe on his golf course.

Trump wore his signature Make America Great Again hat, opting for a white shade in the tropical weather.

During a photo op in the Oval office on Friday, the President observed that Minister Abe had "strong hands" and motioned a golf swing as foreign and domestic press snapped photos. Trump remarked several times that he was looking forward to hosting the Japanese leader at his home in Florida for the weekend.

During his predecessor's tenure in office, Trump was very critical of former President Barack Obama's time on the golf course. In September 2012 he tweeted, "Obama should play golf with Republicans & opponents rather than his small group of friends. That way maybe the terrible gridlock would end."

Approximately 3,000 people from the seven countries listed in President Donald Trump's travel ban were allowed to enter the US between February 4 and February 6, according to figures provided Saturday by the Department of Homeland Security.

Immigrant rights activists and Democrats are raising concerns this weekend about recent immigration enforcement actions -- though immigration officials maintain that only routine actions targeting criminals were underway.

The UN is continuing to explore the possibility of placing a senior Palestinian leader in a top United Nations role, after the US abruptly rescinded its approval for the posting Friday.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Joe Piscopo said he is "seriously" thinking about a run for New Jersey governor on CNN's "Smerconish" Saturday morning.

President Donald Trump vowed Saturday to keep costs down on his proposed wall along the US border with Mexico, although he did not specify how much one of his signature campaign promises would cost.




Under Armour tries to recover from Trump complimentTrump's truculent tweetingPresident Trump's first 100 daysUnder Armour under siege: Stock plunges 25%FEC commissioner asks Trump for voter fraud evidenceTrump to Dems: 'Pocahontas is now the face of your party'Sanders says Trump is 'delusional'

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:31:16 GMTMon, 20 Feb 2017 16:56:09 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:18:35 GMTTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:30:53 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 05:03:40 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 03:24:16 GMTSat, 11 Feb 2017 02:39:02 GMT

Under Armour is in tight competition with rivals Nike and Adidas, so it can hardly afford days of bad publicity.But that's exactly what started on Tuesday.Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank told CNBC that President Trump was a "real asset" because of his focus on job creation. Social media immediately erupted with calls to boycott the brand.And two of the company's star athletes, Steph Curry and Misty Copeland, said they don't support Trump or comments praising him. Curry went so far as to say Trump was an asset "if you remove the 'et' from asset."On Friday, Under Armour released a statement explicitly saying it did not support Trump's recent ban on seven majority-Muslim countries."We are against a travel ban and believe that immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies based in America like Under Armour," the company said.Meanwhile, Under Armour's biggest competitors, Adidas and Nike, issued statements within days of the travel ban.Nike said it believes in the "power of diversity" and that "those values are being threatened" by Trump's anti-Muslim ban. Adidas denounced the ban and said it greatly values its "diverse, international workforce."In November, Nike and Adidas also signed an open letter to Trump to show their commitment to fighting global warming and urging him to uphold the low-carbon policies currently in place.Plank, who is a member of Trump's manufacturing council, has now explained his statements to his athletes, and it's unlikely they'll defect to another brand.Even when Curry spoke out, he remained positive about his endorsement relationship."Every mantra that I live by, [Under Armour shares] that," Curry said in an interview with The Mercury News. "And so when you blur the lines of business and politics, there is an opportunity for things to get muddy and that's what happened with KP's comment."Still, the negative attention comes at an inconvenient time for Under Armour.At the end of January, Under Armour reported sales and earnings that missed forecasts and said 2017 revenues would also fall short of expectations.The backlash shows how divisive an issue Trump can be -- even within the business world.In November, a New Balance executive was similarly optimistic about Trump and customers started lighting their shoes on fire. On the other end of the spectrum, cries for boycotts of Budweiser, Coca-Cola and AirBnB came from Trump supporters after they took offense to the companies' Super Bowl ads that praised diversity.It's no secret that Donald Trump loves Twitter, and he rarely pulls his punches when tweeting. Click through for some of his "greatest hits."A closer look at President Donald's Trump's executive actions in his first 100 days in office. [...]Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA. Tom Brady will attempt to win his fift[...]



Tiger Woods pulls out of next 2 tournamentsTiger Woods: 'I'll never feel great again'In sports, who's really 'old'?Tiger Woods pulls out of Dubai Desert ClassicTiger Woods: US must 'unite'

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:41:13 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:40:38 GMTWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:45:49 GMTSat, 04 Feb 2017 06:47:18 GMTWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:22:57 GMT

Tiger Woods has pulled out of his next two tournaments due to ongoing back problems.

According to a notice posted to his website Friday morning, the former world No. 1 golfer is withdrawing from the Genesis Open and The Honda Classic.

"My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down," Woods said.

Woods withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic last week with what he described as back spasms after shooting a 77 in the event's first round.

He also missed the cut late last month at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open, in what was his first taste of PGA Tour action since missing 15 months due to multiple back surgeries.

While he won't compete in next week's Genesis Open, he is still planning to head to the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles to attend and support the PGA Tour event.

Woods' website said his possible playing schedule beyond The Honda Classic would be determined after his back is reassessed. The Honda Classic will take place in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on Feb. 23-26.

His comeback in limbo after pulling out of an event in Dubai, Tiger Woods has admitted he will "never feel great again."

Tom Brady's Super Bowl victory continues a string of big wins for aging professional athletes -- and at 39 years old, Brady has said he has no plans to retire.

Tiger Woods pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, with his manager saying that the former world No. 1 was suffering from back spasms.

One of the most famous people in the U.S., Tiger Woods is urging his compatriots to "unite" during some turbulent times the country has arguably been recently experiencing.




Piling on: More New England Patriots skipping White House visitSuper Bowl LISuper Bowl LI halftime show: Lady GagaPast Super Bowl MVPsMartellus Bennett skipping White House visit: 'I'm not going to go'

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 04:51:34 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 12:39:13 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 01:48:24 GMTFri, 03 Feb 2017 07:00:52 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:08:30 GMT

Four more New England Patriots said they won't be accompanying their teammates to the White House later this year, where the Super Bowl 51 champions are set to be honored by President Donald Trump.Defensive end Chris Long, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebacker Dont'a Hightower are joining defensive back Devin McCourty and tight end Martellus Bennett, who announced their plans to boycott the visit early this week, citing their opposition to Trump.McCourty and Bennett earlier this week cited political differences with Trump as the reason for their snub. But other Patriots have different reasons.Branch, who visited the White House in 2014 when President Barack Obama was in office, said Wednesday that he is going to "hang out with the family" instead.Hightower, who also skipped the visit in 2014, told ESPN's Mike Reiss that he's "Been there, done that."Long slammed a journalist who called on him to boycott the visit, tweeting that he "planned on skipping," but "hadn't been asked.""Don't need an open letter explaining my own words to me. Not *joining* anyone. My call," he continued.And Blount told Rich Eisen Thursday, "I will NOT be going to the White House. I don't feel welcome in that house. I'll leave it at that."CNN has reached out to the Patriots' representatives and the White House for comment and has not yet received a response.Patriots running back James White suggested that he might skip the visit as well, but has not made up his mind."I'll wait 'til the time comes and decide then," White said on Tuesday.CNN Sports Correspondent Coy Wire predicted that "there will be more," including players from college football, who will decline an invitation from the White House "because they're watching their peers."Wire said that during this turbulent political time, "coaches within locker rooms need to make sure that everyone respects and understands the differences" to maintain positive team dynamics.The Patriots are in a particularity interesting position because they have been linked to Trump, who is a big fan and a friend to five-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady, who skipped the team's 2015 White House visit.Trump announced a day before the general election that Brady and the team's head coach, Bill Belichick, are supporting his campaign for president.But the football star's wife, model Gisele Bundchen, bluntly denied those reports in a social media exchange.Following Trump's win, however, the President said Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft called to congratulate him.While he did not deny it, Brady played down the claim during an interview, saying, "I call a lot of people."[...]A look at Super Bowl LI hosted at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas Feb. 5, 2017.Lady Gaga performed[...]



At least 17 die in Angolan football stampede

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:22:49 GMT

At least 17 people were killed and scores of others injured Friday after a stampede ahead of the opening match of the Angolan football league, state-run media reported.

The stampede happened at the Municipal Stadium 4 de Janeiro, which is in Uíge, some 300 kilometers (186 miles) northeast of the capital, Luanda.

State-run television station TPA reported football fans did not follow security instructions and tried to enter the stadium through one gate to watch the match between Santa Rita de Cássia and Recreativo do Libolo.

At least 61 people were injured, state-run news agency Angola Press reported, citing the general director of the provincial hospital of the Uíge. Five were in serious condition.

The match went on as scheduled, with Santa Rita de Cássia winning 1-0.

Recreativo do Polo posted an image of a black ribbon with the match report and a statement.

It called the deaths an "unprecedented tragedy."




Lindsey Vonn fifth as Gut hurts kneeTiger Woods: 'I'll never feel great again'PyeongChang Winter Olympics: One year to goIn sports, who's really 'old'?Vonn, Shiffrin target gold World ChampionshipsMore than 111 million people watched Super Bowl LIPatriots' Super Bowl turnaround: Sport's greatest comeback?

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:22:34 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:40:38 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 05:04:27 GMTWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:45:49 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 20:07:15 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:03 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 16:15:07 GMT

Proving she is more than just a speed queen, Lindsey Vonn finished fifth in the World Championships alpine combined event as Swiss rival Lara Gut suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury.Vonn was sixth after the morning downhill and clawed back one place in the slalom run to finish 0.85 seconds behind winner Wendy Holdener of Switzerland in St. Moritz.Holdener's compatriot Michelle Gisin was second, 0.05 secs back, ahead of Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser, who also took third in 2015.Home favorite Gut, Vonn's biggest rival for Sunday's downhill, crashed in training for the slalom and was airlifted to hospital.She tore her left anterior cruciate ligament and sustained other knee damage, according to the Swiss Ski Federation.Gut, who won bronze in Tuesday's super-G, is the reigning World Cup overall champion but her season is now in doubt.She trails 21-year-old American Mikaela Shiffrin by 180 points in the overall standings with 11 World Cup races left.Vonn, who won her only two world titles in 2009, taped her ski pole to her hand Friday after a loss of grip caused her to get distracted and ski out of Tuesday's super-G.Her right hand is still recovering from nerve damage after she broke her arm in training in November.The 32-year-old's best chance of gold is in Sunday's downhill."It was good to charge in the [combined] downhill," the 2010 Olympic downhill champion told reporters."It still wasn't my best skiing but I think it was a really positive step forward. It's nice to get race-simulated downhill under my belt."Vonn is the second most successful ski racer of all time with 77 World Cup wins.Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark holds the record with 86.His comeback in limbo after pulling out of an event in Dubai, Tiger Woods has admitted he will "never feel great again."There has been political turmoil, protests and scandal in South Korea -- but with one year to go until the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics the country is hoping that one of the world's biggest sporting events can help restore national pride.Tom Brady's Super Bowl victory continues a string of big wins for aging professional athletes -- and at 39 years old, Brady has said he has no plans to retire.Americans Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin are among those seeking gold at the 2017 World Championships, which start this week in the chic Swiss town of St. Moritz.Somehow, some way, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, and their big comeback victory may have saved the TV ratings. Quarterback Brady described Super Bowl LI as a "hell of a football game" -- and it has been hailed as one of sport's greatest turnarounds. CNN Sport looks at other great comebacks that rival it.[...]



Sixers edge Magic 112-111 after McConnell's jumperHarden lifts Rockets past MagicHawks take 113-86 runaway win over MagicCocoa police officers surprise brothers with Orlando Magic gameMagic hold on to defeat Raptors 102-94

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T.J. McConnell made the go-ahead jumper with 5.8 seconds remaining, Dario Saric came off the bench to score 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 112-111 on Thursday night.

McConnell's basket in the lane came after Ersan Ilyasova won the jump ball against Evan Fournier in the waning moments of a game that featured 10 lead changes and five ties before the Sixers completed their final rally.

Moments earlier, Magic center Nikola Vucevic had blocked Ilyasova's shot in the corner with 13 seconds remaining and Orlando holding a one-point lead.

Ilyasova was the only starter in double figures with 16 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

Fournier led Orlando with 24 points but accounted for six of the team's 21 turnovers. Vucevic added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Magic's third straight loss.

James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Houston Rockets built a big lead early and held off a late rally to get a 128-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Paul Millsap scored 21 points, all in the first three quarters, and the Atlanta Hawks never trailed in their 113-86 runaway win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

It was a rush of excitement when the Green brothers saw the court. It all started with Cocoa police bodycam video and the three brothers playing three-on-three with the officers.

Serge Ibaka scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Evan Fournier added 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 102-94 on Friday night.




Ass or asset? Steph Curry goes after TrumpAnother Patriots player skipping White House visitIsiah Thomas: What happened to NBA's great rivalries?Kellyanne Conway unrepentant for Ivanka Trump plugEven Trump isn't enough to fix Twitter's problems

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:37:27 GMTWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:56:36 GMTTue, 31 Jan 2017 16:52:06 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 00:44:02 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:55:37 GMT

Under Armour has landed in the middle of a storm after Steph Curry, one of its most valuable athletes, called President Trump an asset -- "if you remove the 'et' from asset."The tempest started on Tuesday when Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called Trump a "real asset" to the U.S.Curry had a different take."I agree with that description," Curry told The Mercury News, "if you remove the 'et' from asset."The Golden State Warriors guard said he raised his objections with the company after Plank praised Trump's "pro-business" approach during an interview with CNBC on Tuesday."I spent all day yesterday on the phone," Curry told the newspaper on Wednesday, "with countless people at Under Armour, countless people in Kevin Plank's camp, my team, trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue."Under Armour released a statement Wednesday saying it engages in "policy, not politics." The company also distanced itself from some of Trump's more controversial positions, saying it advocates for free trade and inclusive immigration policy.But Plank's comments are continuing to draw attention on social media. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Misty Copeland, both sponsored by Under Armour, also criticized Plank for his comments about Trump. The Rock said they were "divisive and lacking in perspective," while Copeland said she "strongly" disagreed with them.Some customers are even threatening a boycott."I have three boys and I'm a runner. Based on your praise of Trump I will never buy another piece of Under Armour," Michelle Stearns tweeted. Curry's endorsement is crucial for Under Armour. He's one of the best shooters in NBA history, and his signature line of footwear has helped boost sales of Under Armour basketball sneakers. The backlash from Curry couldn't come at a worse time -- Under Armour has been struggling recently. On Jan. 31, Under Armour reported sales and earnings that missed forecasts, and said 2017 revenues would also fall short of expectations.The company's endorsement of New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, a friend of Trump's, could give it a boost since his team won Super Bowl LI. But if Curry walks away from the brand that could really hurt it, especially given how close the race is for domination among UA, Nike and Adidas.Nike missed the chance to sign Curry earlier in his career and has come out strongly against Trump. This could be the opening it needs.A change in alliances doesn't appear to be out of the question.Curry said Under Armour's direction is key to his continued endorsement."If I can say the leadership is not in line with my core values, then there is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn't jump off," he told The Mercury News.[...]New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty is the latest Super Bowl 51 champion to say he won't be acc[...]



Another Patriots player skipping White House visitMore than 111 million people watched Super Bowl LIPro-Trump boycott calls follow Super Bowl adsMartellus Bennett skipping White House visit: 'I'm not going to go'Kanye West deletes all tweets defending Trump meetingWH official: We'll say 'fake news' until media backs off

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:56:36 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:03 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:56:44 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:08:30 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:02:21 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 16:54:39 GMT

New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty is the latest Super Bowl 51 champion to say he won't be accompanying his teammates to the White House, where they will be honored by President Donald Trump later this year."I'm not going to the White House," McCourty told Time magazine in a text message Monday. "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House. With the President having so many strong opinions and prejudices, I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't."McCourty added that attending the ceremony is a personal choice and said he "can't imagine a way" that he would decide to go.CNN has reached out to McCourty's representatives and the White House for comment and have not yet received a response.McCourty's decision comes after Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, a Trump critic, told reporters Sunday night that he will be skipping the White House visit."I haven't thought about it. I am not going to go," Bennett said. "I can elaborate later on in life; right now I am just trying to enjoy this ... People know how I feel about it, just follow me on Twitter."Bennett and McCourty are outspoken supporters of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and have both slammed Trump in the past.After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem to protest racism in America last year, McCourty and Bennett participated in a similar protest on the field, raising their fists during the national anthem at a September game.Fist-raising is a symbol of solidarity and a symbol of the black power movement that dates back to the Black Panthers in the 60s and 70s.The Patriots have been linked to Trump because of the President's friendship with quarterback Tom Brady and his relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick, both of whom he's praised publicly.Somehow, some way, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, and their big comeback victory may have saved the TV ratings. The Super Bowl was full of ads with strong messages about inclusion and acceptance. And that didn't go over well with everyone on social media.Martellus Bennett told reporters following the New England Patriots' historic Super Bowl win Sunday that he will not accompany his teammates to the White House, where they are set to be honored by President Donald Trump later this year.Kanye West deleted all of his tweets defending his meeting with President Donald Trump sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, said Monday that the administration will continue using the term "fake news" until the media understands that their "monumental[...]



UCF releases 2017 football scheduleClemson tops Alabama in wild college football championshipSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:18:05 GMTTue, 10 Jan 2017 05:45:03 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

The 2017 University of Central Florida football schedule includes a record four September home games, 11 Saturday contests and a Black Friday "War On I-4" with USF.The Knights will kick of their second season under head coach Scott Frost on Sept. 2, when FIU visits Orlando.UCF will then host American Athletic Conference foe Memphis on Sept. 9, the earliest league game in program history.ACC foe Georgia Tech will visit on Sept. 16. The Knights will go on the road for the first time Sept. 23, when they travel to College Park, to battle the Maryland Terrapins.UCF will return in Orlando for a contest with Maine on Sept. 30. Homecoming will be Oct. 14 against East Carolina.The Knights’ bye week comes after its eighth game of the season. The regular season concludes with a "War On I-4" matchup as USF will be in town for a Black Friday (Nov. 24) contest.The American Athletic Conference Championship game is slated for Dec. 2.Here's the full UCF football schedule, with notes, for 2017: Sept. 2 – FIU | First-year head coach Butch Davis leads Panthers; Knights lead series 3-2 Sept. 9 – Memphis* (Parents Weekend) | First meeting since 2013; Knights lead series 9-1 Sept. 16 – Georgia Tech | Fourth meeting with Yellowjackets, first in Orlando Sept. 23 – at Maryland | Second meeting with Terrapins, first was 30-24 OT loss in 2016 Sept. 30 – Maine | Knights lead series with Maine 2-0; first two contests held in 1994 and 1995 Oct. 7 – at Cincinnati* | First-year head coach Luke Fickell leads Bearcats; Series tied at 1-1 Oct. 14 – East Carolina* (Homecoming) | Knights have won 4 of last 6 vs. Pirates Oct. 21 – at Navy*, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network) | UCF’s first contest vs. a service academy Nov. 4 – at SMU* | Knights lead series 6-1 Nov. 11 – UConn* | Second stint at UConn for head coach Randy Edsall; Series tied at 2-2 Nov. 18 – at Temple* | Former Knights assistant Geoff Collins in first season with Owls; Series tied at 2-2 Nov. 24 – USF* (ABC/ESPN Networks) | First-year head coach Charlie Strong leads Bulls; War On I-4 Dec. 2 – AAC Championship | Played on campus of division winner with best conference record  Deshaun Watson's 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson a wild 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.ClickOrlando.com offers an email breaking news alert and newsletter service to help you stay on top of local, state, national and international news, weather and more.[...]



Florida weighs goliath grouper huntWill Florida allow goliath grouper fishing?Volusia County man crowned Lionfish KingThousands of Portuguese men-of-war wash up on Cocoa BeachVIDEO: Florida fishermen reel in jumping shark

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:05:07 GMTFri, 03 Feb 2017 21:10:25 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 20:35:38 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:21:55 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:20:45 GMT

As early as next year, Florida might once again allow anglers to slay the mighty goliath grouper, as long as doing so won't make the species go belly up for good in Florida waters. On Wednesday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission directed staff to gather input on how a limited harvest of the species or other future management of goliath grouper might work, for consideration at its September or December meeting, News 6 partner Florida Today reported. "When we talk about going out there and taking some of these fish ... Will we have consensus by everyone that this is good information?" Commissioner Richard Hanas asked fellow commissioners. "We keep pushing this thing down the road." FWC biologists said allowing some limited catch and kill would help answer key questions about the fish, such as whether, like other grouper, they can "genderbend," changing from males to females as they age, as some other types of groupers do. Some divers and fishermen said the mammoth fish is hogging prized crabs, lobsters and fish — sometimes snatching catches right off fishing lines. Ecologists counter that goliath grouper still face way too many threats to allow killing them. Goliath grouper have been off limits to harvest from state and federal waters off the Southeastern United States since 1990. On Wednesday, FWC staff outlined ideas for how the state could conduct a random draw to select fishermen who would be allowed to keep goliaths, paying a fee of up to $300, which could go toward researching the species. Selected fishermen would be allowed one goliath grouper per person per year. FWC could issue 100 tags per year for four years, FWC staff said. Anglers would be allowed to keep a 47- to 67-inch goliath grouper, to prevent killing the largest reproducers or exposing people to the higher levels of mercury in the meat of goliaths larger than 67 inches. Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters But even a 47- to 67-inch goliath grouper might have issues. "That size fish would have mercury levels in it that are of concern," Gil McRae, director of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, told commissioners Wednesday. "The frequency of consumption would likely have to be limited." Participants would only be able to fish outside key goliath grouper spawning areas, and not during spawning months (July through September). Only hook-and-line gear would be allowed, and there would be no commercial harvest or sale of the fish.   FWC would hold a series of public meetings to get public feedback before moving forward with any such goliath harvest. Staff will bring a draft rule for[...]



Tiger Woods: 'I'll never feel great again'Tiger Woods through the yearsTiger Woods: US must 'unite'

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:40:38 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 21:02:32 GMTWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:22:57 GMT

His comeback in limbo after pulling out of an event in Dubai, Tiger Woods has admitted he will "never feel great again."

The former world No. 1 withdrew because of back spasms after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, prompting speculation over the 41-year-old's ongoing fitness following 17 months out to recover from multiple back surgeries.

"I feel good, not great. I don't think I will ever feel great because it's three back surgeries, four knee operations," Woods told former R&A chief executive Peter Dawson in a video interview for Dubai's Vision Magazine at the Burj Al Arab hotel.

"I'm always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I'm fine with that."

"Dark times"

Woods experienced "dark times" during his lengthy layoff and doubted whether he would ever play the game again.

"It was a tough, tough road," he told CNN's Living Golf show. "There was a lot of dark times where I couldn't get out of bed, couldn't move, the pain was too great.

"Anyone who's ever had nerve pain in their back, they certainly understand what that feels like. I honestly didn't know this time last year, I didn't know if I'd ever play golf again. Just because of the fact that it's nerve pain."

Woods made his comeback in a limited field event in the Bahamas in December and showed promise by leading the field in birdies, although a number of costly errors meant he finished 15th of the 17-man field.

He missed the cut in his next event, the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California last month and slumped to a five-over 77 on day one in Dubai before retiring.

Woods looked to be moving gingerly around the Emirates Golf Club course, but told reporters afterwards he "wasn't in pain at all," adding: "I was just trying to hit shots, and I wasn't doing a very good job."

Woods hasn't won a tournament since 2013 and clinched the last of his 14 majors in 2008.

Woods is scheduled to play in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, California from February 16-19 before the Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida the following week.

Beyond that his calendar is unclear, with the year's first major, the Masters at Augusta, starting on April 6 in Georgia.

Take a look back at the career and life of golfing great Tiger Woods so far.

One of the most famous people in the U.S., Tiger Woods is urging his compatriots to "unite" during some turbulent times the country has arguably been recently experiencing.




PyeongChang Winter Olympics: One year to go

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:04:27 GMT

There has been political turmoil, protests and scandal in South Korea -- but with one year to go until the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics the country is hoping that one of the world's biggest sporting events can help restore national pride.From February 9 to 25, 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome nearly 3,000 athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil.It will kick off a series of high-profile sporting events in Asia over the next four years, with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics and Beijing the host city for the Winter Olympics in 2022.To avoid any potential confusion with North Korea's capital Pyongyang, the PyeongChang resort -- which is 50 miles south of the demilitarized zone that separates the two countries -- has changed its name for the Games, capitalizing the C for the first time.A record 102 gold medals will be up for grabs in 15 disciplines at PyeongChang 2018, while four events will be making their Winter Olympic debuts, with the introduction of Big Air snowboarding -- athletes performing tricks after launching from large jumps -- giving the Games a youthful vibe.A $78 million, 50,000-capacity temporary Olympic Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, is set to be completed in September. It's one of six new venues being built.In total, 13 venues, split between PyeongChang and neighboring city Gangneung, will be used during the 17 days of the Games. Impeachment, political scandals Yet, as the 12-month countdown begins, South Koreans have been distracted by other events.The country's Constitutional Court is deliberating a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal which sparked weeks of protests in the capital Seoul.It is a far cry from the deafening cheers which greeted the 2011 announcement that the ski resort of PyeongChang, about 180km east of Seoul, would host the Winter Olympics.Companies have reportedly been reluctant to sign up to sponsorship deals, leaving the organizing committee with a shortfall. The total cost for the Games is said to be just over $10 billion, a contrast to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics which cost five times more.Lee Hee-beom, president of PyeongChang 2018, told reporters this week: "Some part was affected by the political scandal, and some part by the situation of the economy."He said he's hoping the Games can help shake off the "negative image" that came from what he called "a series of unsubstantiated rumors" associated with the political scandal."Some even went as far as saying we should give up on hosting the Olympics," he said. "But,[...]



Meet the strongest girl in any Florida high school6-year-old Florida boy not allowed to play Pop Warner football due to weightBig leaguers work out at ESPN Wide World of SportsFlorida has the 12th healthiest weight in nation

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Ocoee High School senior Victoria Jefferson is the strongest female high school student in the country.

The 18-year-old has the weightlifting records to prove it.

Last week in Belleview, Jefferson won her second consecutive Florida state championship, bench pressing a national high school record of 305 pounds.

She told News 6 that going into the meet, her goal was to win another title and possibly give the record a shot. After presses of 265 and 285, she went for and lifted "the big number" as she called it, setting off a celebration.

Jefferson began weightlifting when she was 14 to get ready for basketball season. Two years later, she dedicated herself to the sport, training up to five days a week throughout the entire year.

Jefferson is also an A student, carrying a 4.6 GPA. She told News 6 that she plans to pursue a degree in nursing, then continue on to become an anesthesiologist, while competing in powerlifting.

What about the Olympics someday?

"Maybe," she said with a smile.

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A Central Florida mother is upset after she said a Pop Warner Football league member told her that her 6-year-old son was too fat to play football. 

Ping gets to shag fly balls as Carlos "CarGo" Gonzalez was taking batting practice.

A new report says that Floridians rank 12th in the nation when it comes to having a healthy weight.


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In sports, who's really 'old'?Super Bowl LIPast Super Bowl MVPsPatriots take down Falcons in Super Bowl's 1st OTBrady named Super Bowl MVP for fourth time

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:45:49 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 12:39:13 GMTFri, 03 Feb 2017 07:00:52 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 15:05:34 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 12:00:52 GMT

Tom Brady's Super Bowl victory continues a string of big wins for aging professional athletes -- and at 39 years old, Brady has said he has no plans to retire.The second-oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl after Peyton Manning, Brady signals what avid fans and sports experts are calling a growing trend of older athletes -- from mid-30s tennis icons Roger Federer, Serena Williams and sister Venus to Florida Panthers right wing Jaromír Jágr, who turns 45 next week."We've really started to notice it in the last five or six years," said Shawn Arent, director of the Center for Health and Human Performance at Rutgers University."Don't be at all surprised if ... (we see) some of these guys winning their sixth Super Bowl in their 40s," he added.Arent said advances in the science and technology of exercise are changing not only who excels in professional sports but how star athletes are training for the big game. Just keep swimming On Super Bowl Sunday, former Olympic swimmer Dara Torres found herself arguing with a 9-year-old boy who predicted Brady's impending retirement. Brady, the boy said, is too old to continue playing."He had no idea who I was," said Torres, who last competed in the 2008 Games at age 41. That summer, she won three silver medals and set an American record."So now I have this bet with this kid that Brady's gonna be back next year," she added.Torres, who won 12 medals during her 24-year Olympic career, was affectionately called "Grandma" by her teammates. But she said people learned to stop telling her that an athlete's career died at 30."I think I did away with that myth," she said. "Nowadays, 30 isn't that old anymore."Torres did notice that her body had changed over the years. In her teens and 20s, her approach to training was "more is better." She trained to be physically stronger than the competition, packing on muscle in the weight room.In her 30s and 40s, however, she realized that she could no longer pull a double workout in one day. She felt winded with the same effort."You can't do what the 20-year-olds are doing," Torres said.Arent said that what is considered "old" changes from sport to sport. While athletes' bodies may change in predictable ways, he said, their performance also depends on the unique demands of the game.Strength is one of the first things to decline with age, according to Arent. After 30, muscle mass tends to drop just a few percent per decade, but this is not something most people will notice, he said.&quo[...]



Harden lifts Rockets past Magic

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 03:44:38 GMT

James Harden had 25 points and 13 assists as the Houston Rockets built a big lead early and held off a late rally to get a 128-104 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.The Rockets had led by as many as 23 before the Magic begin chipping away at the lead. Serge Ibaka made a turnaround jump shot midway through the fourth quarter to cut Houston's lead to nine points. Harden grabbed a bad pass from Evan Fournier not long after that and dished to Eric Gordon, who finished with a 3-pointer. Trevor Ariza added a 3-pointer for Houston to extend the lead to 112-97 with about four minutes remaining to put the game away.Patrick Beverley made seven points after that to help extend the lead to 120-99 with less than two minutes left and send Houston's starters to the bench.It is Houston's second straight win and the 10th loss in 13 games for the Magic.Harden's scoring slowed down a bit on Tuesday after he scored 41 and 42 points in his last two games. But his 13 assists ended a streak of four straight games where he had fewer than 10, which was a season-long drought.Ibaka had 28 points for the Magic and Evan Fournier added 21.Houston led by 12 early in the third quarter when Beverley and Ariza made consecutive 3-pointers to spark an 11-4 run that extended the lead to 81-62 with about seven minutes left in the quarter.The Magic missed five shots in that span to help Houston pad its advantage.The Rockets had pushed the lead to 20 points not long after that when the Magic finally got something going, and used a 16-5 spurt to get within 93-84 late in the third quarter. Gordon made one of two free throws after that to leave the Rockets up 94-84 entering the fourth quarter.Fournier made six points to help Orlando cut the lead in that span, including four straight free throws late in that time.Orlando led by nine points midway through the first quarter before Houston used a 15-6 run to take a 26-24 lead. Ibaka made two quick baskets after that before Houston scored the last nine points of the period to take a 35-28 lead into the second.The Rockets scored the first six points of the second quarter, with four from Nene, to extend the lead to 41-28 and they led 70-54 at halftime.TIP-INSMagic: Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and a season-high 19 rebounds. ... The Magic made just six of 25 3-pointers. ... D.J. Augustin added 11 points.Rockets: Clint Capela had 17 points to extend his streak of games with at least 10 points to a career-high eight straight games. ... Nene had 13 points for his fourth double-digit game in the last five. ... Beverley had seven assists, to give him at [...]



Big leaguers work out at ESPN Wide World of SportsPro Bowl huge success in Orlando, Cowboys owner saysOrlando to host 38th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 2018History behind 'I'm going to Disney World!' at the Super Bowl

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:11:52 GMTTue, 31 Jan 2017 00:17:49 GMTThu, 02 Feb 2017 23:38:30 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 00:09:51 GMT

There are a number of MLB players who call Central Florida home in the offseason.

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon and Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos "CarGo" Gonzalez are among the players who are working out at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex leading up to spring training.

News 6 sports director David Pingalore had the chance to catch up with the big leaguers who were working out with coach Tom Shaw and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.

Ping was asked to shag fly balls as Gonzalez, the 2010 NL batting champ was taking batting practice. 

"We always try to stay in shape, especially during the offseason, which is really easy to lose your mentality. It's perfect here. I feel like we have everything we need," Gonzalez said. "There's a lot of athletes that live around the area. We try to make each other better every day." 

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones praised Orlando's first Pro Bowl.

Orlando will host the 38th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games next year.

We've all heard the iconic phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" after a Super Bowl win, but how did this tradition come to be? 


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Vonn, Shiffrin target gold World ChampionshipsMore than 111 million people watched Super Bowl LIChristie Brinkley, 63, back in SI Swimsuit issueWhat the NFL could learn about drug testing from the UFCPatriots' Super Bowl turnaround: Sport's greatest comeback?Iran reverses decision to deny entry to US wrestlersInside the world of women's tackle football

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 20:07:15 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:03 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 17:06:05 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 04:59:11 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 16:15:07 GMTSun, 05 Feb 2017 10:14:22 GMTThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:51:56 GMT

Free-falling out of the start gate and accelerating to 90 miles per hour in just six seconds.It's a chilling prospect and it's just the beginning of the men's downhill course in St. Moritz.The start hut is cut into a rock face and the slick slope is so steep -- 100% or 45 degrees -- TV cameramen must abseil into positions wearing crampons.But the one skier able to conquer their fear and harness this breakneck speed will be crowned world downhill champion for the next two years.The race is the highlight of the 2017 World Championships, which start this week in the chic Swiss town.St. Moritz, the jewel of the Engadin valley, has been a longtime destination for the jetset and draws a well-heeled international clientele to its fine-dining restaurants and five-star hotels.Often dubbed the "home of winter sports," St. Moritz has hosted two Winter Olympics and four previous World Championships.A total of 600 athletes from more than 70 countries will compete across six alpine skiing disciplines -- slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, super combined (downhill and slalom) and the team event.Outside of the Olympics, it's the biggest event in the sport and carries more cachet than the World Cup circuit."It's winning, basically, the Olympics minus all the other sports -- that's what the World Championships is for us. It's big," Mikaela Shiffrin, who leads the World Cup overall and slalom standings, told CNN's Alpine Edge.The 21-year-old American is going for a third straight slalom world title after winning gold in Schladming in 2013 and Beaver Creek two years ago. She also won the Olympic slalom gold in 2014, and is aware she has set herself a very high benchmark."Not winning stinks -- it makes me feel like I've done something wrong," Shiffrin adds.But the headline attraction will be her compatriot Lindsey Vonn, the second most successful ski racer of all time -- male or female -- with 77 World Cup wins, behind only Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark (86).Speed queen Vonn, the 2010 Olympic downhill champion, won her only world title in 2009 and is back on the circuit following a broken arm and severe nerve damage to her right hand sustained in a crash shortly after returning from knee surgery.Vonn won in only her second race since returning to the circuit in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany in January, but crashed in a downhill at Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy this month.In St. Moritz Tuesday, she skied out during the World Championships opening super-G run after try[...]



More than 111 million people watched Super Bowl LISuper Bowl LISuper Bowl LI halftime show: Lady GagaSuper Bowl LI cheat sheet: 5 things non-viewers should know

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:26:03 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 12:39:13 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 01:48:24 GMTMon, 06 Feb 2017 12:37:21 GMT

Somehow, some way, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI on Sunday night, and their big comeback victory may have saved the TV ratings.

The game, which saw the Patriots make the largest comeback in Super Bowl history, brought in an average audience of 111.3 million viewers for Fox, according to Nielsen.

That makes Super Bowl LI the fifth most-watched TV broadcast in history.

Last year's Super Bowl on CBS drew 111.9 million viewers, making it the third-most-watched broadcast in U.S. TV history.

The Patriots' last appearance in a Super Bowl, in 2015, brought in the biggest audience in TV history with an average of 114.4 million viewers.

The actual number of people who tuned in to a Super Bowl is always harder to figure out, and most likely larger than the ratings portray, because Nielsen doesn't count the groups of people watching at parties or in bars and restaurants.

On the digital side, the game was the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever bringing in an average of 1.7 million viewers per minute, according to Fox. That number was up 23% from last year showing that streaming is growing as a Super Bowl viewing option.

Lady Gaga's halftime show, which saw the pop star dangle from the roof of NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, was a big hit with audiences, bringing 117.5 million between 8:15-8:30 p.m. EST. That is the second most-watched halftime show behind Katy Perry's performance in 2015.

It had appeared for most of the game as if ratings could take a hit due to a less-than-exciting contest, as the Atlanta Falcons dominated the Patriots for the first three quarters.

But then quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to a shocking comeback, forcing the game into overtime -- a Super Bowl first -- and likely keeping many viewers glued to their televisions in the process.

A look at Super Bowl LI hosted at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas Feb. 5, 2017.

Lady Gaga performed during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI halftime show Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Did you really miss the Super Bowl Sunday night?




Christie Brinkley, 63, back in SI Swimsuit issueBritney Spears asks for prayers for her nieceFaith Evans announces Notorious B.I.G. duets albumMatthew McConaughey: It's time to embrace TrumpBeyonce is the new queen of InstagramAlan Thicke's son shares memory of last goodbyeKim Kardashian, Kanye West get into children's fashion

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Christie Brinkley has made a splash return in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.Thirty-eight years after she first appeared on the cover of the coveted magazine, Brinkley is back in the pages -- this time with daughters Alexa Ray Joel, 31 and Sailor Brinkley Cook, 18.The trio were photographed posing on the beach in Turks & Caicos.Brinkley also gets a solo pic sporting a red bikini and called it a "full circle moment."Brinkley made history when she appeared on the cover three consecutive years in a row, 1979, 1980 and 1981.The 63-year-old posted the magazine photo with her daughters on Instagram Monday and wrote "thank you Sports Illustrated for sending the powerful message that good things come in packages of every size and we do not come with an expiration date!"  {"height":null,"author_id":194841577,"provider_name":"Instagram","provider_url":"https://www.instagram.com","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"instagram-media\" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version=\"7\" style=\" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);\"&#gt;&#lt;div style=\"padding:8px;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:54.76851851851852% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;\"&#gt; &#lt;div style=\" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;\"&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt;&#lt;/div&#gt; &#lt;p style=\" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;\"&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"https://www.instagram.com/p/BQMYZhngsVo/\" style=\" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal[...]



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New England Patriots running back James White visited Disney World on Monday after the team's epic win in Super Bowl LI.

White scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime to give New England a 34-28 victory over Atlanta.

The game was the first Super Bowl to go into overtime and also marked the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.

White is the latest Super Bowl hero to make the trek to Disney.

[WHY DISNEY WORLD?  Find out how Super Bowl tradition began]

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Did you really miss the Super Bowl Sunday night?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the most valuable player of Super Bowl LI.

The first overtime game in Super Bowl history helped partially banish the prism of politics that hung over the day, one in which the high-profile ads were in some cases controversial but for the most part lackluster.

HOUSTON (CNN) -- For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.


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Super Bowl Sunday is a religion of sorts for millions of Americans who gather to watch the NFL's greatest showcase.And there's no question in George Atallah's mind that this year's game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is a clean one.Atallah is director of external affairs for the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the pro football players' union. The NFL and the NFLPA work together under their collective bargaining agreement to determine the league's drug-testing policy.Players "want to know that the guy across from them is not cheating," Atallah said. When asked whether the league and the union are doing everything they possibly can to catch cheaters, he said the NFLPA is "proud of (its) drug policies."According to Sportrac, a site dedicated to tracking NFL player suspensions, 19 of the league's more than 1,600 players were suspended this past season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug (PED) policy. That number is based solely on news reports, because the league and the players' association don't release that information publicly.Former players have said PEDs, which can include human growth hormone, testosterone and even the ADHD drug Adderall, are rampant. But Atallah doesn't profess to know the degree to which NFL players are taking such drugs."I don't know the answer," he said. "Only the players in the locker room know." The 'gold standard' of drug testing When it comes to testing for PEDs, the protocols of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its international counterpart, the World Anti-Doping Agency, have been called the "gold standard" of testing. The Us agency was created to oversee the US Olympic team and tests athletes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the professional mixed martial arts league.In fact, UFC is the only professional league in the country to turn its testing over to the USADA. Major League Baseball, the NFL and others craft their testing policies as part of the collective bargaining process between the players' union and the league. And some critics say that relationship can result in putting the leagues' interest ahead of the players.WADA began keeping and updating a list of prohibitive PEDs in 1999. To be labeled a PED, it must meet two of three criteria: It has the potential to enhance sport performance, it represents an act[...]



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"I'm going to Disney World!"

We've seen the ads and heard the iconic phrase after Super Bowl wins from some of the game's most iconic athletes, but how did this tradition come to be?

It all began at a dinner in 1987 with the former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, his wife Jane and the first people to fly around the world without stopping, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. 

Michael Eisner asked Rutan and Yeager, "Well, now that you've accomplished the pinnacle of your aspirations, what could you possibly do next?"

To which Rutan jokingly replied "I'm going to Disneyland!" 

Jane Eisner paused and said, "You know, that's a good slogan."

An idea was born. A strategy was put into place, and Disney targeted both quarterbacks of each Super Bowl team. They informed them they would give the winning quarterback $75,000 to say "I'm going to Disneyland" as he walked off the field after the game. 

Phil Simms, the winning quarterback for the New York Giants, said the phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" after his 1987 Super Bowl victory. The rest is history.

Every Super Bowl MVP since that day has said the phrase after their big wins, and each get treated to a celebratory parade at the Disney park of their choice. 

On Monday, New England running back James White will visit Disney World to celebrate the Patriot's victory.

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New England Patriots running back James White visits Disney World.

Tom Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports, let alone Super Bowl history, lifting New England from a 25-point hole to the Patriots' fifth NFL championship in the game's first overtime finish.

U.S. service members overseas are getting a slice of home on Super Bowl Sunday.




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Trailing 28-3 with a little over a quarter to play in the Super Bowl final, the New England Patriots were down and seemingly out.But in a frenzied knee-knocking climax, Tom Brady's men produced an astonishing comeback, overcoming a 25-point deficit -- the biggest in Super Bowl history -- to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Houston.Quarterback Brady described the match as a "hell of a football game" -- and it has been hailed as one of sport's greatest turnarounds.CNN Sport looks at other great comebacks that rival it: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, 2016 NBA finals No team had ever come back from 3-1 down to win the best-of-seven NBA finals -- until the Cavaliers defied history to end a 52-year drought.Inspired by LeBron James, the Cavaliers won the deciding game 93-89 to deny Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors a second successive title. Europe vs. USA, 2012 Ryder Cup's Miracle of Medinah America led 10-6 overnight and needed just four and a half points on the final day to reclaim the Ryder Cup, but Europe produced not only one of the most remarkable comebacks in Ryder Cup history, but one of the most astonishing feats in sport.The 14½-13½ victory matched the record fightback achieved by Ben Crenshaw's US team in Boston in 1999, which overhauled a four-point deficit, and remains the best from a European side in the competition. Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians, 2016 World Series The Chicago Cubs were 3-1 down in the best-of-seven series and blew a three-run lead in the final game, but fought back to secure a monumental 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians."Losers no more" read one sign in the stadium as Cubs fans celebrated and wept as their baseball team won its first World Series title since 1908. Liverpool vs. AC Milan, 2005 Champions League final Liverpool trudged off the pitch at half-time trailing 3-0 to the Italian giants and experienced the ignominy of listening to jubilant Milan players celebrating in the other dressing room. But led by inspirational captain Steven Gerrard, the Reds dragged themselves level at 3-3 and went on to win the penalty shootout.The English team won European football's top club title for the fifth time, and manager Rafael Benitez admitted his side had won "when all seemed lost." America's Cup, 2013 Oracle Team USA trailed [...]



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Martellus Bennett told reporters following the New England Patriots' historic Super Bowl win Sunday that he will not accompany his teammates to the White House, where they are set to be honored by President Donald Trump later this year."I haven't thought about it. I am not going to go," the New England Patriots tight end told the Dallas Morning News. "I can elaborate later on in life; right now I am just trying to enjoy this ... People know how I feel about it, just follow me on Twitter."Bennett added that he is "not really worried" about potential backlash over skipping the White House visit from the team's owner, Robert Kraft, and said that he and his teammates avoid talking politics in the locker room."You just don't bring that to work. We all have our beliefs. We accept people for who they are," he said.CNN has reached out to the White House for comment and have not yet received a response.Bennett is an outspoken supporter of the "Black Lives Matter" movement and has slammed Kanye West for meeting with Trump in December."So Kanye didn't take the time to vote. And now he holding on to Trump's coattail like Peter Pettigrew to Lord Voldemort. Kanye Pettigrew," Bennett tweeted.After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem to protest racism in America in September, Bennett participated in a similar protest on the field, raising his fist with fellow teammate Devin McCourty during the national anthem at a September game.Fist-raising is a symbol of solidarity and a symbol of the black power movement that dates back to the Black Panthers in the 60s and 70s.The Patriots have been linked to Trump due to the President's friendship with quarterback Tom Brady, who faced controversy during the 2016 election when a "Make America Great Again" hat was spotted in his locker in September.Brady has been evasive when asked about Trump and has kept his comments on the issue non-political.Trump announced a day before the general election that Brady and the team's coach Bill Belichick are supporting his campaign for president.But the football star's wife, model Gisele Bundchen, bluntly denied those reports in a social media exchange."Gisele I head you and Tom were backing Trump! Is that true?" a Insta[...]



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HOUSTON (CNN) -- For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.This time, it took the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to do it, coming back from a 25-point deficit and defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 at NRG Stadium in Houston in Super Bowl LI.Tom Brady became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, the most all time."It was a hell of a football game," Brady said.Atlanta had a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter. But a costly Atlanta fumble by quarterback Matt Ryan midway through the fourth quarter helped set up the Patriots to come all the way back to tie it at 28.In overtime, Patriots running back James White rushed in from two yards for the game-winning touchdown. He finished with 139 total yards and three touchdowns. Brady threw for 466 yards -- a Super Bowl record -- and two touchdowns."I saw a crease," White said on the final play of the game. "You have to find a way to make a play for your team at that point in the game -- at the 3-yard line, 2-yard line, you just have to find a way in."All five of those Patriots' titles have come with Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, but this one had some slightly different circumstances. Brady missed the first four games of the regular season, serving his Deflategate suspension that was imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.Ultimately, Brady's absence didn't negatively impact the Patriots, who went on to a 14-2 record and the top spot in the AFC."We've done pretty good over the last few years, you know?" Brady said. We were in the AFC Championship Game last year and won the Super Bowl two years ago, so I don't think anyone's feeling bad for the Patriots."When asked if there was any feeling of redemption: "This is all positive," he said. "This is unbelievable."New England had returned to the Super Bowl for the ninth time, an NFL record, with Belichick and Brady leading seven of those appearances.In addition to winning the most championships as a quarterback, Brady matched Charles Haley for the most Super Bowl titles by a player. Belichick now has the most Super Bowl wins by a head coach, surpassing Chuck Noll. Beli[...]



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Did you really miss the Super Bowl Sunday night? If so, that's too bad, because you missed a lot -- and you're probably going to hear about it at work on Monday. Fortunately, we've got you covered with a list of highlights so you can save face: Patriots make the biggest Super Bowl comeback ever Midway through the third quarter, the Atlanta Falcons seemed destined for victory with a 28-3 lead. But a costly Atlanta fumble by quarterback Matt Ryan with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter helped set up the New England Patriots' comeback. By the end of regulation, the Falcons and Patriots were tied at 28 -- forcing the first overtime in Super Bowl history. That's when New England running back James White rushed in from 2 yards for the game-winning touchdown.The women from 'Hamilton' inject 'sisterhood' into 'America the Beautiful'Before kickoff, the original cast members from "Hamilton" kicked off the game with a powerful, feminist twist on "America the Beautiful." When Broadway singers Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones belted out the last lines of the American classic, they added two words -- singing, "And crown thy good with brotherhood -- and sisterhood / From sea to shining sea!" The Houston crowd and social media went wild. Some applied a political filter to the lyric, especially with Vice President Mike Pence at the game (remember what happened the last time he attended a "Hamilton" performance?) and memories of President Donald Trump's sexist behavior still in the minds of some Americans. George H.W. Bush, fresh out of hospital, tosses the coinFormer President Bush, 92, tossed the coin in his adopted hometown of Houston, just days after being released from the hospital where he was treated for complications from pneumonia. The 41st President has some experience tossing Super Bowl coins. In 2002, he became the first former commander in chief to flip a coin at the big game. Robert Alford scores a pick-six The Falcons' cornerback intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Danny Amendola -- returning it 82 yards for the second quarter touchdown. It was the first pick-six off Brady in any postseason game. It was also the second-longest touchdown in Super Bowl history, behind James Harrison's 100-yard return in Super Bowl XLII.Lady Gaga's halftime show had her [...]



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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named the most valuable player of Super Bowl LI.

The award marks Brady's fourth MVP trophy, which breaks the record of three, previously held by Brady and Joe Montana.

The award comes after Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.

The victory gives Brady his fifth Super Bowl title. He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings. Brady was also MVP in the 2001, 2003 and 2014 games. His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record. The previous record was 414 yards by Kurt Warner.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied the game a 2-point conversion toss with 57 seconds left. He then directed the OT drive which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

Brady missed the first four games of the season because of his ''Deflategate'' suspension.

A look at Super Bowl LI hosted at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas Feb. 5, 2017.

Lady Gaga performed during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI halftime show Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

As we wait to see who takes the honors this year in Super Bowl LI, take a look at previous Super Bowl MVP winners.

The first overtime game in Super Bowl history helped partially banish the prism of politics that hung over the day, one in which the high-profile ads were in some cases controversial but for the most part lackluster.

HOUSTON (CNN) -- For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

Lady Gaga's powerful Super Bowl LI halftime performance didn't have any of the overt political statements that some people were expecting, but it did have a message about inclusion.




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The first overtime game in Super Bowl history helped partially banish the prism of politics that hung over the day, one in which the high-profile ads were in some cases controversial but for the most part lackluster.The New England Patriots' furious comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons must have felt like a relief to the National Football League and many of its fans, if only because it squarely turned the focus and conversation back to football. That came at the close of a Super Bowl where commercials that once would have seemed relatively innocuous felt provocative thanks to the polarized political climate.Super Bowl ads featuring images of multiculturalism and inclusiveness are hardly new -- sponsors like to appeal to wide audiences with feel-good imagery. Even so, amid all the acrimony over Trump administration policies, several commercials risked becoming lightning rods, including a Budweiser ad that dared to trace founder Adolphus Busch's immigrant roots and a Coca-Cola spot that offered "America the Beautiful" in different languages.A few less-well-known sponsors appeared to lean into the political moment, most notably 84 Lumber, which aired a commercial about a mother and her child seeking to reach America from Mexico. The company urged viewers to go to the web to watch the full spot.On a lighter note, It's a 10 Haircare appeared to be spoofing President Trump's mane by referencing different hairstyles and the next four years.Otherwise, the much-ballyhooed commercials yielded as few highlights as New England's offense did during the first half.Unexpectedly, car companies shined the brightest in terms of creative execution. Those included Honda featuring famous people in their high-school yearbooks, a comical Buick spot with NFL star Cam Newton, Kia spotlighting Melissa McCarthy as an unlucky eco-warrior and a moving father-daughter spot from Audi devoted to the issue of pay equality.Not surprisingly, movie studios anted up for a number of upcoming sequels, including the next "Transformers," "Fast and Furious" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Fox also used the showcase to tout many of its shows, as well as series on sister properties like FX and National Geographic Channel.Still, several other TV entities shrew[...]