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Michael Phelps on secret marriage and new babyMichael Phelps secretly got marriedMeet Megan Fox's new babyKerry Washington welcomes baby boy

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:14:57 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:25:38 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:11:44 GMTTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:52:31 GMT

Michael Phelps is now owning up to secretly getting married.

The Olympian filmed a Facebook Live stint Thursday in which he admitted that he and Nicole Johnson tied the knot June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

The admission came as Phelps and some friends were playing golf.

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"I've been married for a while," he said. "A couple months. I had to keep it a secret from y'all. I had to keep it hush-hush from you guys."

When one viewer asked why he didn't go public with the marriage, he answered, "Just because." The superstar athlete gave interviews after the Olympics and discussed looking forward to his future wedding.

Then Phelps hinted that a infant son Boomer may be getting a little brother or sister.

"Thank you for the beautiful comment," Phelps said. "Baby number two may be coming soon. Who knows, though?"

Phelps and Johnson got engaged in February 2015. Johnson gave birth to their son, Boomer, in May.

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson secretly married on June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, according to a copy of their record of marriage.

Actress Megan Fox has shared a picture of her and Brian Austin Green's new son, Journey River Green.

Actress Kerry Washington gave birth to a son, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on October 5, according to E! news.

Finally: Wrigley Field hosts first World Series game since 1945Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play defenseCubs level World Series with first Fall Classic win since 1945Corey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 1World Series scores biggest game 1 audience since 2009Meet the youngest Indians, Cubs fansWin or lose, the Chicago Cubs are a money machine

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:59:31 GMTFri, 28 Oct 2016 01:09:10 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 05:41:08 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 20:26:06 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:24:33 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 09:26:54 GMT

Wrigley Field is second only to Fenway Park as the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. But until recently, it's been a pretty lonely place in October.The 102-year-old ballpark known as the "Friendly Confines" has never seen its home team -- the Chicago Cubs -- win the World Series.That could change in the next few days. On Friday, Wrigley will be back in the spotlight, as the ballpark is the venue for Game 3 of the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland Indians. It will be the first World Series game there in 71 years.Finally, title-starved Cubs fans can pack Wrigley during the Fall Classic. And some may be lucky enough to be there in a clinching scenario. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. Should the Cubs win the next three games in a row, they could win the title at home in Game 5 on Sunday night and their first since 1908."It's going to be an absolute blast," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "(My mother) Beanie (Albina) is coming in. My kids are coming. Everybody's coming in. It's going to be great. So I know that people have been waiting for this for a long time are going to savor it, and hopefully on our part we can do something to really make it even better." World Series history at Wrigley The last time the Cubs played a World Series game in this ballpark was on October 10, 1945, when they lost the series to the Detroit Tigers in Game 7.To add to the misery, a curse was put on the club just a few days earlier. On October 6, a Chicago tavern owner named William "Billy" Sianis went to Wrigley Field, intending to attend Game 4 with his pet goat, Murphy. But, according to the Billy Goat Tavern website, while both had tickets, the goat was denied entry. No animals were allowed in the ballpark, plus Murphy smelled bad.Sianis, according to legend, threw up his arms and proclaimed, "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field." Until this year, the Cubs hadn't been back since.Before the Cubs were hexed, the ballpark was the site for several Fall Classic games. In addition to 1945, the Cubs reached the World Series in 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935 and 1938. In fact, one of the most famous moments in baseball history happened at Wrigley, when Babe Ruth allegedly pointed to a bleacher spot during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. On the very next pitch against Charlie Root, Ruth hit a home run after his supposed "called shot."This group of Cubs doesn't seem to buy into curses, though. The current roster was built by team president Theo Epstein, and he's helped kill a curse before. Epstein's previous job? General manager of the Boston Red Sox. In 2004, the team roster he built won its first World Series since 1918, ending the Curse of the Bambino."It is what it is," shortstop Addison Russell said. "I think we're here in the position that we are because of one, for the guys upstairs. But it's just, I think, honestly, the people that we have in the clubhouse. We push each other. Without that, I don't think that we get better each day, and without that I don't think that we're here." 'Friendly Confines' long history When the Cubs last won the World Series 108 years ago, Wrigley Field didn't exist.Originally known as Weeghman Park, the stadium was built in 1914 on grounds that once had a seminary. At the time, it cost $250,000 to build, but it wasn't originally for the Cubs. It was for another baseball team based in the Federal League, a club known as the Federals and the Whales, that was owned by Charles H. Weeghman.The first major league game at the park was held April 23, 1914, with the Whales defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1.After the Federal League folded in 1915, Weeghman purchased the Cubs from Charles Taft and moved the club to the 2-year-old park. In 1920, the stadium changed names to Cubs Park after the Wrigley family purchased the team from Weeghm[...]

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play defense

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:09:10 GMT

Kyle Schwarber has been an incredible -- borderline miraculous, even -- World Series story for the Chicago Cubs.

The 23-year-old, aside from five plate appearances in April, missed most of the season following surgery for a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. Surprisingly, he returned to the Cubs' lineup as the designated hitter just in time for the start of the World Series. He's been one of Chicago's best offensive producers, batting .429 with three hits and two RBIs in Games 1 and 2.

But starting Friday night, there will be a gaping hole in Chicago's lineup. That's because Schwarber -- the Cubs' all-time postseason leader in home runs when he had five in last year's playoffs -- has not been cleared medically by doctors to resume playing in the outfield with that surgically repaired knee. World Series Games 3, 4 and 5 are at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and the designated hitter position isn't an option at a National League ballpark.

Schwarber underwent the major surgery in April.

That means for the next three games, Schwarber, who is clear to hit and run the bases, only would be available to pinch hit, meaning he likely would get no more than one at-bat per game. It could be a blow for a team trying to win its first World Series since 1908.

Schwarber, though, remained upbeat on Thursday.

"It's not disappointing at all," Schwarber said, speaking to the media after the Cubs' off-day workout at Wrigley Field. "It was a long shot at the most. Obviously, I want to be out there for my teammates and everything. It's just the competitor inside of me. Facts are facts. I just can't physically do it. So I'm going to be ready at any time during the game to go out there and have a pinch hit."

In Game 2 on Wednesday night, Schwarber was a key player in helping the Cubs even the series at a game apiece with two hits and two RBIs. In Game 1, the second-year player hit a hard and deep double in the fourth inning for his first hit in 2016 -- making him the first non-pitcher to get his first hit of the entire season during the World Series.

Even though it's only been two games, Schwarber has had more at-bats in this year's World Series (seven) than he did all during the regular season (four).

It's been an improbable road for Schwarber to get to this point. In April, he suffered the knee injury when he collided with center fielder Dexter Fowler in the third game of the regular season. He was expected to miss the rest of the year.

Only days ago, Schwarber was in the other end of the country, participating in Arizona's Fall League. When he was cleared to play in the World Series, the Cubs sent him to Cleveland in a private jet from Mesa, Arizona. When he landed in Ohio, he went straight to Progressive Field.

On Tuesday, before Game 1, Schwarber expressed how happy he was to be back with his team, saying he'd probably cry at some point that day. So even though he's not cleared to play outfield, Schwarber will take what plate appearances he can get.

"This was just kind of a, 'What if?'" Schwarber said on Thursday. "I wanted to give it a shot. We talked to the doctor. We got his opinion, and you've got to respect the opinion of the doctor. He's got the best interest for me. He's kind of detached. He voiced his opinion, and we listened to it. And in respect to the part about the pinch hitting, it's fine. It's going to be another at-bat, and I'm going to be locked in for that."

Ex-gymnast sues Bela, Martha Karolyi

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:46:37 GMT

Bela and Martha Karolyi, famed coaches of gymnastics legends, are being sued along with a former USA Gymnastics doctor by an ex-gymnast who says she was sexually assaulted by the physician.

The suit against the Karolyis and Dr. Larry Nassar was filed Thursday in Superior Court in Los Angeles County, where the plaintiff now lives. The complaint alleges the Karolyis "turned a blind-eye to Nassar's sexual abuse of children."

The lawsuit says the alleged abuse occurred at a Karolyi-run facility in Texas that also served as the training site for USA Gymnastics, also a defendant.

The civil complaint says the couple instituted a regimen of intimidation and fear that included striking, scratching gymnasts and depriving minors of food and water. A "toxic environment" gave Nassar the opportunity to commit sexual abuse, the suit claims.

The suit claims that USA Gymnastics, the governing body of the sport in the United States, ignored and/or actively concealed the abuse by the former team doctor.

The Karolyis didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for comment. Neither did attorneys for Nassar.

USA Gymnastics denied the allegations, saying when it first learned of any athlete concerns regarding Nassar, they "dismissed him from further involvement and reported those concerns to the FBI."

The lawsuit says the gymnast, who is referred to as Jane LM Doe, was part of the US national team between 2006 and 2011. The sexual abuse began when the woman was a minor, the suit alleges.

Earlier this month, the attorney general of Michigan announced he was reviewing sexual assault allegations against Nassar. Bill Schuette said his office was taking over the investigation from police at Michigan State University after a request from Chief Jim Dunlap.

A news release from Schuette called the case "complex." It said Nassar is a former associate professor at the university.

Martha Karolyi retired from her role as national team coordinator after the US women's team dominated the competition at the recent Rio Olympics. She had held the position since 2001, after taking over for her husband.

Bela Karolyi gained famed for coaching Nadia Comaneci, the Romanian gymnast who won five total gold medals in 1976 and 1980. Karolyi coached Mary Lou Retton to a gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. His wife coached the US Olympic Team in 1996 to its famous win while Bela Karolyi inspired his pupil Kerri Strug to land the vault that helped the US to gold.

The Karolyis defected to the United States from Romania in 1981.

Michael Phelps secretly got marriedMeet Megan Fox's new babyCiara and Russell Wilson expecting first child togetherKerry Washington welcomes baby boyJanet Jackson confirms pregnancy at 50Ryan Lochte is engagedTori Spelling pregnant with baby No. 5

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:25:38 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:11:44 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:24:35 GMTTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:52:31 GMTWed, 12 Oct 2016 14:51:33 GMTMon, 10 Oct 2016 14:17:57 GMTWed, 05 Oct 2016 16:56:25 GMT

Here's one thing Michael Phelps did not Facebook Live.

The Olympic swimming champion and Nicole Johnson secretly married on June 13 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, according to a copy of their record of marriage.

Phelps' friend and agent, Peter Carlisle, conducted the ceremony.

The couple got engaged in February 2015. Johnson gave birth to their son, Boomer, in May.

The pair are pretty active on social media, and Johnson may have hinted at the ceremony when she posted a family photo June 13 with the caption "Such a memorable night with my liil fambam. Boomer obviously didn't want to hold still."

Phelps talked a bit about their wedding plans in August after making history at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He said he was blessed to have Johnson, who is "really good" for him.

"I really can't wait to get married," he told People magazine. "It will be a small destination wedding later this year. It's the next big milestone I'm looking forward to."

CNN has reached out to a representative of Phelps for comment.

Actress Megan Fox has shared a picture of her and Brian Austin Green's new son, Journey River Green.

Ciara and Russell Wilson wasted no time starting a family.

Actress Kerry Washington gave birth to a son, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on October 5, according to E! news.


Janet Jackson has confirmed to People magazine that she is indeed expecting her first baby at age 50.

Ryan Lochte will definitely be ready for that first dance at his wedding reception.

Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are expecting their fifth child.

Jags routed by another former coach in 36-22 loss to TitansRaiders beat Jaguars 33-16, get Del Rio win vs former team

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 03:57:02 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 21:07:36 GMT

Being routed by a pair of former Jaguars coaches in the span of five days may be the final straw for Gus Bradley in Jacksonville.

After Jack Del Rio and his Oakland Raiders beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville 33-16 on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans and Mike Mularkey — the coach owner Shad Khan fired after one season — embarrassed the Jaguars 36-22 on Thursday night in a game where their play matched the flat mustard of their uniforms.

This loss dropped Bradley's record in four seasons to 14-41, and he already came in with the second worst winning percentage for any coach in NFL history with at least 50 games of experience. Only Bert Bell (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh) fared worse, and he also was the owner.

The Jaguars melted down so much late in their loss to the Raiders that Khan reportedly spoke to the Jaguars on Monday trying to learn what has gone wrong after he spent millions upgrading both the roster and their home stadium. Khan made it clear earlier this year that a winning record was the "reasonable expectation."

Jacksonville already has had its bye earlier this month, and this will be the last time the Jaguars (2-5) have more than a week between games the rest of this season if Khan decides he can't wait to make a coaching change.

As ugly as that loss to Oakland was, the Jaguars looked even worse against the Titans.

Tennessee nearly had more points (24) than the Jaguars had total offense (29) late in the second quarter. The Jaguars did have more personal foul penalties (two) than first downs (one), and they even had the ball go off the back of Arrelious Benn's helmet when he drew a penalty for interfering with Marc Mariani trying to catch a punt.

Jacksonville rarely threatened Marcus Mariota who had plenty of time to throw most of the night, and he found Titans running wide-open over and over again. By halftime, Tennessee had outgained the Jaguars 354-60.

Blake Bortles struggled to find time to throw against Tennessee's pass rush. He even bounced one pass after Bradley gave him a vote of confidence early this week, saying: "I firmly, firmly believe in Blake Bortles, without a doubt."

But the Jaguars' run game was so poor that Bortles also led them in rushing with 11 yards on two carries through three quarters. He finally helped Jacksonville avoid being shut out when he found Julius Thomas for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Bortles added a two more TDs in the final 3:11 to make the final margin more respectable.


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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and the Oakland Raiders handled listless Jacksonville 33-16 Sunday and gave coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team.

Cubs level World Series with first Fall Classic win since 19452016 World Series: Cubs even things upChanges since last Cubs' World SeriesChicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victoryCorey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 1102-year-old Cubs fan still keeps scoreMan predicts 2016 Cubs World Series champions in 1993 yearbook

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:41:08 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:49 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:18 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:31:23 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:22:16 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 04:05:17 GMT

As of last week, it seemed next to impossible for Kyle Schwarber even to play in the World Series.Now, improbably, Schwarber, who underwent surgery for a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee less than seven months ago, has helped the Chicago Cubs even the series against the Cleveland Indians, giving the Cubs their first win in a Fall Classic game in 71 years.Schwarber had two RBI singles, Anthony Rizzo drove in a run and scored two more, and Ben Zobrist chipped in with an RBI and a run, and the Cubs leveled the best-of-seven series, winning 5-1 in Game 2 at Progressive Field in Cleveland."This is the moment that we all look forward when we were little kids, to play in the World Series," Schwarber said. "We just took a small step today, but we've still got a long way to go."It's the first time the Cubs have been victorious in a World Series game since 1945, a series they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. It also was the same World Series when the supposed billy goat curse was put on the club.The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought between championships in Major League Baseball.The question now, though, is how much Schwarber will be able to play in Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The DH isn't an option at a National League ballpark, and Schwarber has yet to be cleared by the medical staff to play in the outfield."We'll see," Schwarber said when asked if he's ready to play defense. "I haven't tried it. We'll take it day by day."Game 3 is Friday. Both teams are scheduled to work out at Wrigley Field on Thursday.What can Schwarber do in Chicago?The 23-year-old Schwarber, who aside from five plate appearances in April, missed most of the season following that knee surgery. Now he's a key player on the Cubs' World Series roster, having been utilized as the designated hitter for Games 1 and 2.Before Wednesday, Schwarber had already made a bit of history. In Game 1, the second-year player hit a hard and deep double in the fourth inning for his first hit in 2016 -- making him the first non-pitcher to get his first hit of the entire season during the World Series.But how much can Schwarber contribute at Wrigley?If he's not given the OK to play outfield, Schwarber likely only could contribute as a pinch hitter, meaning the Cubs would have a gaping hole in their lineup beginning on Friday."We'll see where it goes," Schwarber said. "Nothing is set in stone. No one has told me anything, so as of right now, the story is still the same."Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that doctors will determine what Schwarber will be cleared to do."We have a mandatory workout tomorrow, so we're going to be at the ballpark," Maddon said. "If it's OK, we possibly might see him taking some fly balls if there's any chance at all. But I honestly don't know. That's something I'm waiting to hear from, from our guys, our medical side."Because obviously he looks good. Looks good at the plate. At running the bases, he looks pretty good so far. ...There's nothing about watching him that tells me that he's inhibited right now."Fast start for Chicago in Game 2In Game 1 on Tuesday, it was Cleveland that got off to a quick start. On Wednesday, Chicago struck first, and it came in the top of the first inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer.Third baseman Kris Bryant singled for his first career World Series hit. The next batter, first baseman Rizzo, doubled to right, driving Bryant in for the first run of the game.And with that, it was 1-0, giving the Cubs their first lead in a World Series game since October 8, 1945.In the top of the third inning, with runners on first and second, Schwarber connected on a base hit to center field, driving in Rizzo to make it 2-0.Bauer's World Series debut lasted 3 2/3 innings. He gave up two earned runs and six hits, walking two and striking out two.It was longer than his last outing, when he was forced to make an early exit in G[...]

Orlando Magic unveils tribute to Pulse nightclub victimsVictims of Orlando nightclub shootingMourning the Orlando shooting tragedy50 killed in mass shooting at Fla. nightclub

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:30:03 GMTMon, 20 Jun 2016 20:58:51 GMTTue, 14 Jun 2016 21:34:32 GMTSun, 12 Jun 2016 17:14:32 GMT

"Orlando strong, Orlando united" was the message Wednesday night at the Orlando Magic's season opener.

It has been nearly five months since the central Florida city endured a horrible massacre at a gay nightclub.

"On June 12, 2016, our world changed forever. Forty-nine of our family, friends and neighbors were taken from us too soon, with more than 50 others injured in a horrific tragedy at Pulse," said the NBA team's announcer, Paul Porter.

The Magic unveiled a banner that will hang in Amway Center. The flag displays the number 49. Along with the words "Orlando United," each victim's name is printed on the back.

"Tonight, we honored their lives, the heroes who emerged early that morning and a healing community that showed the world that love always conquers hate."

The team took a moment of silence to remember those who were gunned down.

"We are one community, one family and one Orlando," said Porter.

The unveiling was followed by a performance by Brandon Parsons, who sang "Forty-Nine Times," a song dedicated to the victims.

Orlando police Officer Gladys Justiniano sang the national anthem.

Omar Mateen, the nightclub gunman, repeatedly told a police hostage negotiator that he was a soldier of ISIS and that the United States had to stop its bombing in Syria and Iraq, according to a police transcript released last month.

Here is a look at some of the people who were killed during a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning.

Cities around the world are remembering the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which took place at Orlando's Pulse nightclub June 12.

A gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was the scene of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.

Report: Marlins pitcher's body had strong alcohol odorWin or lose, the Chicago Cubs are a money machineCorey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 1'A Super Bowl every night': Ticket prices sky-high for historic World Series

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:49:37 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 09:26:54 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:01:48 GMT

Divers smelled a strong odor of alcohol on the bodies of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and the other victims of a fatal Sept. 25 boating accident, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The Herald's report is based off a search warrant affidavit obtained by the newspaper.

Fernandez, 24, and two other men, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were killed in the early morning accident when Fernandez's boat struck a jetty off Miami Beach.

Authorities have not said who was driving the boat when it crashed.

The Herald's report also said that the affidavit claims the boat was traveling at a high speed and the driver was piloting the boat with "recklessness" that was "exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol."

Toxicology reports have been completed, but have not yet been released. The crash remains under investigation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Cubs have long been among baseball's most profitable teams, even if it took them 71 years to get back to the World Series.

Until Tuesday night, Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a lifetime -- or more -- to see their teams win championships.

Orlando Magic lose to Heat 108-96Tribute held to honor Pulse nightclub victims before Orlando Magic game

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:01:34 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 03:40:42 GMT

Miami center Hassan White had 18 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots and point guard Goran Dragic added 16 points as the Heat cruised to a 108-96 season-opening victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

The Heat, taking advantage of the one-game suspension of Orlando center Bismack Biyombo, dominated inside all game with Whiteside and Willie Reed off the bench. Neither Nikola Vucevic nor Serge Ibaka could match the athleticism and strength of the 7-foot Whiteside inside.

The new-look Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh this season, outscored the Magic in the paint 74-36 and outrebounded them 52-44.

Vucevic finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds while Evan Fournier added 20 points. Ibaka, making his debut with the Magic, managed 14 points on 6-of-17 shooting.

There was a special moment just minutes before the Magic took to the court as the crowd, some with tears in their eyes, united in honor of the 49 Pulse victims.

Corey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 12016 World Series: Cubs even things upChanges since last Cubs' World SeriesChicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victoryMisery soon will end for Cubs or Indians fans'A Super Bowl every night': Ticket prices sky-high for historic World SeriesMan predicts 2016 Cubs World Series champions in 1993 yearbookChicago Cubs gear flies off racks after win

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:49 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:18 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:31:23 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:25:16 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:01:48 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 04:05:17 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:20:08 GMT

Until Tuesday night, Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series.But the Cleveland Indians ace looked like a Fall Classic veteran, setting records along the way as he, coupled with catcher Roberto Perez's two home runs, powered the Indians to a 6-0 win against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, made history in his World Series debut, becoming the first pitcher to strike out eight batters through three innings. At that point, fanning eight batters already was an Indians' World Series single-game record.Kluber finished with nine strikeouts in six shutout innings, giving up four hits. He is the first pitcher since 1966 (and sixth overall) to toss at least six scoreless innings with at least nine strikeouts in his first World Series start. This postseason, his ERA is 0.74, and he has struck out 29 in 24 1/3 innings pitched."I don't know if there is one thing to put your finger on," Kluber said about his performance in this year's playoffs. "Obviously, there's more riding on these games -- not that there's less importance on a regular-season game -- but it's almost like you have that extra level of intensity or focus and stuff that it's not really something you can replicate. If I had to guess, I would say that. I'm really just trying to treat it like any other start."While Kluber dominated, Cubs starter Jon Lester -- a two-time World Series winner when he was with the Boston Red Sox -- faltered early. He needed just five pitches to get the first two outs in the bottom of the first inning. But then Lester got shaky, and Cleveland pounced.The following batter, shortstop Francisco Lindor, singled and stole second. The next two batters, first baseman Mike Napoli and designated hitter Carlos Santana, walked, loading the bases.Up next was third baseman Jose Ramirez, hitting a dribbler toward third base, driving in Lindor for the first run. The next batter, left fielder Brandon Guyer, was hit by a pitch, sending home Napoli for a 2-0 lead."The first inning hurt," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The walks, not even the dribbler or the hit batter. It was about the walks prior to that that really hurt us."Lester gave up three earned runs and six hits, walked three and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.Perez added the insurance with a solo home run in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the eighth. He's an unlikely hero considering that he's filling in for Yan Gomes, the team's injured starting catcher. "I don't think I've ever had a night like that," Perez said.Perez, who only hit .183 during the regular season, became only the fifth catcher to hit multiple home runs in a World Series game.Biggest day in Cleveland sports historyIncredibly, Cleveland currently is the center of the sports universe. Just a few months ago, it had been 52 years since Cleveland had won a title in any major sport.It all changed in June, when Cleveland's long-suffering fans got a measure of relief when the Cavaliers won their first NBA title. Judging by the size of the crowd, it looked like every single Clevelander turned out for the championship parade.But it got better. The Indians, who haven't won a title since 1948, reached their first World Series since 1997. It was a bit unexpected, as they are decimated by injuries.In what feels like an embarrassment of riches, Tuesday was the biggest day in Cleveland sports history. In addition to the Indians opening the World Series against the Cubs, there was a celebration going on next door at Quicken Loans Arena.Inside, the Cavaliers received their NBA championship rings and raised their championship banner ahead of their season opener against the New York Knicks.After receiving his ring, LeBron James, recently seen passionately cheering for the Indians[...]

World Series scores biggest game 1 audience since 20092016 World Series: Cubs even things upChanges since last Cubs' World SeriesMeet the youngest Indians, Cubs fansCorey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 1Win or lose, the Chicago Cubs are a money machineMisery soon will end for Cubs or Indians fans'A Super Bowl every night': Ticket prices sky-high for historic World Series

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:26:06 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:49 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:18 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:24:33 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 09:26:54 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:25:16 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:01:48 GMT

The first game of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs pulled in the biggest audience that game 1 of the Series has seen since 2009.

The game, which saw the Indians hold the Cubs scoreless 6-0, nabbed an average of 19.4 million viewers.

The 2009 Series' first game, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, brought in 19.5 million viewers.

The viewership for Tuesday night's game was up 30% over last year's game 1 between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. And it was up 55% from game 1 in 2014 between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.

One reason for the bigger audience may be the buzz surrounding this year's World Series, caused by the Cubs and Indians having two of the longest championship droughts in baseball.

The Indians have not won the World Series since 1948; the Cubs have famously gone 108 years without a title.

Attention around the World Series has also sent the price of game tickets sky-high.

The average asking price for the four games scheduled for Cleveland, including the series opener, is about $3,900, according to ticket tracker TicketIQ.

The 2016 World Series started Oct. 25, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.

The Chicago Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945. See how times have changed over the past 71 years.

There's no better time to be born in Cleveland or in Chicago, where both the Indians and the Cubs are seeking to end long World Series title droughts.

Until Tuesday night, Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series.

The Cubs have long been among baseball's most profitable teams, even if it took them 71 years to get back to the World Series.

These days -- and in this case, the "days" stretch back decades -- no baseball fans have it worse than the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. But that's about to change for one of those teams.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a lifetime -- or more -- to see their teams win championships.

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There's no better time to be born in Cleveland, where the Indians are seeking their first World Series title since 1948.

Just ask the families of the little sluggers born this week in Cleveland Clinic's Fairview Hospital.

The world-famous hospital is getting into the spirit by bundling newborns in Cleveland Indians onesies for the duration of the championship. Hopefully, none of them are Chicago Cubs fans.

The hospital shared its first batch of images of "World Series" babies on Tuesday, night of Game 1, prompting collective "awwwwws" from the internet.

The Cleveland Clinic followed up the social media announcement with a news release that stole all the puns.

"The smallest (and cutest) Cleveland Indians fans have been warming up in the bullpen for 9 months, and their call has finally arrived!"

Not to be outdone, Advocate Health Care hospitals across Illinois are doing the same thing this year for the Cubbies. The first few branded onesies were distributed Tuesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, just blocks from Wrigley Field.

It's been known to happen before. For the 2013 National League Wild Card race between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Clair Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, went full on pirate by outfitting newborns in the "Baby Bucco Bullpen" with bandanas and onesies.

How's that for a collectible souvenir?

The 2016 World Series started Oct. 25, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.

The Chicago Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945. See how times have changed over the past 71 years.

Until Tuesday night, Corey Kluber had never pitched in the World Series.

The Cubs have long been among baseball's most profitable teams, even if it took them 71 years to get back to the World Series.

These days -- and in this case, the "days" stretch back decades -- no baseball fans have it worse than the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. But that's about to change for one of those teams.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a lifetime -- or more -- to see their teams win championships.

Loretta Dolan has been keeping score of her beloved Chicago Cubs fans for over half a century.  And she believes this is the magic season.

Women's golf tournament will stay at Trump-owned course -- for nowDonald Trump says he will dramatically ramp up donations in final stretch of campaignTrump has 2-point edge in new Florida pollHoward Stern on Trump's misogynistic talk: 'This is who Trump is'Ryan, allies brace for fallout from Trump backersTrump warns of World War III if Clinton is electedTrump: I'd 'love' to fight BidenTrump campaign manager: We are vetting people for Trump's cabinetTrayvon Martin unmentioned as Trump talks of blacks getting shot in the city he died inTrump on whether election will be stolen: 'Ask Obama'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:11:20 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 16:03:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:53:04 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 10:20:39 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 21:45:52 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:19:37 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:04:11 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 23:18:04 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 21:15:52 GMT

Lawmakers want the U.S. Women's Open moved from a Trump-owned property.But so far, the USGA is staying on course. A spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, saying the organization doesn't discuss politics.The Open is scheduled for July 10-16, 2017 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.The USGA received a letter Monday from U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal urging it to move the tournament to another golf course in light of Trump's "pattern of degrading and dehumanizing women that has occurred over decades."The USGA did say publicly in July that Trump's comments don't reflect its values of inclusion, but it didn't mention any plans to change the venue."We have reiterated for more than a year that we do not share his views, and that is still true," the statement from July said. "With the 2017 U.S. Women's Open less than a year away, our focus is still on conducting an excellent championship for the players, the spectators, the fans, and the volunteers."The association confirmed to CNN that its stance hasn't changed -- even in light of Trump's comments about assaulting women.But Trump's resort empire has lost business elsewhere as a result of his campaign. In June, the PGA Tour moved an event from the Trump National Doral golf course near Miami to a course in Mexico after the PGA Tour couldn't raise the necessary sponsorship funds.That switch came after Trump's offensive comments about Mexicans in July 2015, saying his friends in the golf industry agreed. At the time, the USGA, LPGA, PGA and PGA Tour issued a statement condemning his remarks."In response to Mr. Trump's comments about the golf industry 'knowing he is right' in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations," the statement read.That same month, the PGA also pulled one of its golf tournaments from a Trump-owned course near Los Angeles.Donald Trump told CNN Wednesday he is prepared to open up his wallet and donate considerably more to his campaign in the closing days of the race.Donald Trump has a 2 percentage point edge over Hillary Clinton in Florida, according to a new poll released Wednesday, as both presidential campaigns blanket the critical swing state in a full sprint to Election Day.Radio host Howard Stern says he is proud that the interviews he conducted over the years with Donald Trump were able to get to the heart of his personality.Top House Republicans are moving to quiet dissent over Speaker's Paul Ryan's rocky relationship with Donald Trump as some on the far right of the GOP conference are threatening to stir up trouble in leadership elections next month.Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton's policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran.Donald Trump said Tuesday he'd "love" to fight Vice President Joe Biden, days after Biden said he wished he could fight the Republican nominee.Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday people are being actively vetted for positions in the Republican nominee's cabinet to be ready if he wins the presidency.Rallying supporters in this city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, Donald Trump on Tuesday described African-Americans as "living in hell" and getting "shot" for simply walking in the street.[...]Donald Trump urged reporters Tuesday to talk to President Barack Obama when asked whether he still believes the p[...]

McIlroy's caddie bags $1.05M prizeTiger Woods pulls out of comeback tournamentsBrooke and Brittany Henderson: Golf's sister actMickelson plots 'multitude' of Ryder Cup winsInspired US wins back Ryder Cup

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It pays to work for Rory McIlroy.

Just ask his caddie J.P. Fitzgerald, who has pocked just over $1 million, thanks to McIlroy's munificence.

A long-time caddie to the former world No.1 golfer, Fitzgerald landed the windfall after McIlroy earned a cool $9 million for sealing FedEx Cup victory last month, which he achieved by winning the $1.53 million Tour Championship.

As the four-time major winner's bag man, Fitzgerald collected 10 percent of the winnings. And he was quick to let McIlroy know when the money landed in his bank account.

"I think his words were, 'A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much,'" quipped McIlory ahead of the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China. "So the total was $1.05 million. I think he was quite happy."

"He deserved it, he's a big part of what we do," added the 27-year-old McIlroy. "He was with me when I was No. 210 in the world and when I was No. 1."

Caddie life

Steve Williams, once golf caddie to Tiger Woods, was estimated to be worth as much $20 million. At one time, this was reported to make him New Zealand's highest-paid sportsman.

Williams' caddying was enough to fund his passion of speedway racing. He founded his own team, appropriately named Caddyshack, and became New Zealand's super saloon car champion in 2006.

But a caddie's life is not always financially cozy. Terry Mundy has caddied for former women's world No. 1 Laura Davies and two-time PGA Tour winner Ian Poulter.

But he's also experienced the less glamorous side of the job, when prize money isn't always forthcoming.

"You go to those flyaway tournaments and you're easily spending $1,000 on a flight," he said. "And then there's the hotel. If your player misses the cut, you're out of pocket for that week."

The HSBC Champions event tees off at the Sheshan International Golf Club on Thursday. The sizeable $9.5 million purse is on par with what McIlroy bagged at the FedEx Cup a few weeks ago.

And let's not forget the cut received by the winning caddie, too.

Tiger Woods has put his long-awaited return to competitive golf on hold.

It's not always easy to get along with your siblings. But it's essential if your sister's a professional golfer -- and you're her caddy.

Team USA broke Europe's stranglehold on the Ryder Cup, but it's all for "naught" if the Americans don't build a hegemony of their own, according to veteran Phil Mickelson.

An inspired United States team reclaimed the Ryder Cup Sunday with a resounding 17-11 victory over Europe at Hazeltine National.

Ciara and Russell Wilson expecting first child togetherBest and worst states to have a babyUnusual celebrity baby names12 revolutionary (war) baby namesMeet the baby who was born twiceKerry Washington welcomes baby boyTori Spelling pregnant with baby No. 5Sammy's Milk baby food recalled over bacteria fears

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Ciara and Russell Wilson wasted no time starting a family.

The singer and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband married in July and announced Tuesday that they are expecting a baby.

Ciara used the occasion of her 31st birthday to post a photo of the couple on Instagram with the caption "On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family.. and I'm excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give.." along with an emoticon of a baby.

Wilson shared the same image with the caption "The Greatest Blessing of All. Forever Grateful. #BabyWilsonOnTheWay"

It's their first child together.

There had been speculation the "1, 2 Step" singer was with child after she started wearing outfits that hid her famously toned midriff.

She has a son from a previous relationship with rapper Future.

Before announcing her latest pregnancy, Ciara talked to CNN about being a mom.

Having Baby Future was "game changing for my life as a woman," Ciara said.

"Now you've added another layer to your life which makes it even more," she said of motherhood. "It makes the decisions you make in life even more crucial and you don't have as many opportunities to make mistakes as you did before you were responsible for someone else's life."

WalletHub has released its list of best and worst states to have a baby for 2016. The analysis factors in delivery costs, health care access and baby-friendliness among other metrics. Click to see which 10 states are the best followed by the 10 worst.


Megan Fox's third child with Brian Austin Green is named Journey River Green. The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a selfie of her with baby Journey. Take a look at some other celebrity baby names that are just as unique, if not more so.

The United States of America was born in the Revolutionary War, and the war has provided U.S. moms and dads with baby names for 240 years. The Huffington Post turned to Nameberry to find some of the more interestingly named heroes. Here are 12 baby name inspirations:

Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine.

Actress Kerry Washington gave birth to a son, Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on October 5, according to E! news.

Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott are expecting their fifth child.

Sammy's Milk baby food is being recalled over concerns it may contain potentially deadly bacteria and inadequate levels of iron.

Minor league baseball team to announce name, logo

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:55:06 GMT

Baseball fans will soon know the name of Central Florida's new minor league team. 

Officials will unveil the name and the team's logo during a ceremony Wednesday evening. 

The team was created after the Brevard County Manatees officially moved to Osceola County and signed a four-year affiliation with the Atlanta Braves. 

The unveiling is set for 6:30 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. 

The new minor league team will play its first game in April 2017. 


Orlando Magic to honor Pulse victims in first regular season game

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:14:44 GMT

The Orlando Magic are set to tip off the regular season Wednesday night at the Amway Center, and the team's first game will also include a tribute to the victims of the Pulse terror attack.
The team will raise a No. 49 banner during pregame ceremonies to honor the slain victims at the downtown Orlando nightclub. There will also be a moment of silence for the victims. 
Survivors of the attack and family members of the victims are also expected to attend.

Tip-off for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat is set for 7 p.m.


Win or lose, the Chicago Cubs are a money machine2016 World Series: Cubs even things upChanges since last Cubs' World SeriesChicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victoryCorey Kluber shuts down Cubs in World Series debut as Indians win Game 1Misery soon will end for Cubs or Indians fans'A Super Bowl every night': Ticket prices sky-high for historic World SeriesMan predicts 2016 Cubs World Series champions in 1993 yearbookChicago Cubs gear flies off racks after win

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:26:54 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:49 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:18 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:31:23 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 05:25:16 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:01:48 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 04:05:17 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:20:08 GMT

The Cubs have long been among baseball's most profitable teams, even if it took them 71 years to get back to the World Series.The Cubs were the fourth most profitable baseball last season, according to stats from Forbes, which shows the team making $50.8 million.And the team was actually the most profitable in the league in 2012, earning $32 million, when it finished dead last with 101 losses."They're always profitable. But they'll be a lot more profitable now," said Marc Ganis, a sports marketing consultant based in Chicago.The key is a incredibly loyal fan base which keeps filling the seats at Wrigley Field, no matter how well the team is doing. Another advantage is the Cubs' relatively modest payroll, since it depends mostly on younger, cheaper players many of whom are not even eligible for arbitration yet.The team's total payroll this season will come to $186 million, according to Spotrac. That's about $93 million less than the Dodgers, the league leader who the Cubs just knocked out of the playoffs.One of the keys to the business success is Wrigley Field, a 101-year old stadium known as the Friendly Confines. The Cubs have not drawn fewer than 32,000 fans per game, on average, in any season since 1997. Only three other clubs can say the same -- the Yankees, the Dodgers and the Cardinals. The Cubs are also the only baseball team with a long waiting list to buy season tickets."The Cubs remain very popular, win or lose," said Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College professor who is an expert on the economics of baseball. "It's very cultish."That strong demand for tickets means the Cubs can charge more for tickets. Chicago commands an average price of $51.33 per ticket, which is $20 more than the league average according to Team Marketing Report. The only teams with higher average prices are the Yankees and Red Sox.In fact, the team's popularity may well have worked against it on the field success, since past owners didn't really see an upside from investing in better, more expensive players."There wasn't a great effort to enhance the product on the field," Ganis said, referring to the period when the team was owned by the Chicago Tribune. "They had some good years but it was primarily being operated as programing for the broadcast properties."The Ricketts family bought the team from the Tribune for $700 million in 2009. It has improved the club's economics, increasing sponsorship deals and buying real estate in the surrounding neighborhood to develop, including seats on the rooftops beyond the outfield bleachers. The family also brought in new management to reshape the team on the field. The team's value has more than tripled since then to $2.2 billion, according to Forbes' estimate.Even bigger profits could lie ahead, especially after the 2019 season, when it will renegotiate broadcast deals. Those contracts will no doubt pay more for a team that recently made it to the World Series."They're lucky," said Ganis. "It rarely happens where the on-field and off-field plans come together at the same time,"The 2016 World Series started Oct. 25, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.The Chicago Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945. See how times have changed over the past 71 years.For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are the National League champions.  Here's a look at their celebration as the[...]

NBA: 10 big predictions for the new seasonLeBron James endorses Hillary ClintonMark Cuban: My players can join national anthem protest

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:23:39 GMTMon, 03 Oct 2016 01:12:49 GMTFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:35:21 GMT

The new NBA campaign tips off on Tuesday, with the two-time finalists Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers back under the spotlight on opening night.The Warriors were on the cusp of making every "best team in history" list before blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, but were gifted the best antidote possible by signing former MVP Kevin Durant.The tectonic move not only eradicated Golden State's Finals hangover, but got Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Co. salivating to get right back on the court.Meanwhile, the Cavaliers worked quietly to secure the futures of their big stars while adding sixth man Mike Dunleavy Jr.The rest of the league wasn't sitting idly by either: San Antonio said goodbye to Tim Duncan and hello to Pau Gasol, the Thunder welcomed Victor Oladipo to run alongside Russell Westbrook, and the Knicks brought in Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose to compliment Carmelo Anthony.Dwyane Wade packed his bags for Chicago, and Kobe Bryant packed his bags for good -- replaced in purple and gold by promising rookie Brandon Ingram.In addition, spending levels took on outrageous highs, with seven players guaranteed contracts worth over $100 million, and 29 players making over $20 million this season. Some, like Toronto Raptors high-flier DeMar DeRozan, are bonafide rising stars, while other names had heads scratching.Read on for the 10 most intriguing plot lines to follow in the 2016-2017 season. Will all these crazy contracts backfire? The NBA went on an incredible shopping spree this summer, one with seemingly little rhyme or reason to it. Frenchman Nicolas Batum signed a five-year, $120 million contract to stay in Charlotte, and shooting guard Bradley Beal received a five-year, $127 million deal to stay in Washington.Memphis, meanwhile, doubled-down on big contracts, signing Chandler Parsons to a four-year, $94 million deal and Mike Conley to a five-year, $153 million deal -- the richest contract in NBA history.Not one of those four has ever made an All-Star team. So what exactly is going on?The answer lies in the NBA's complex salary cap system which penalizes teams that don't meet a minimum level of spending each season.Because of a nine-year, $24 billion TV broadcast deal signed in 2014, that minimum figure rose 34% to $84.6 million last summer, and will rise again to over $96 million next year.With the absence of superstar talent available in free agency, owners below the minimum threshold were encouraged to fork out $100 million deals on glorified role players -- leaving teams at huge peril if they underperform or succumb to injury.That's why Grizzlies 38-year-old owner Robert Pera tweeted a GIF of a child throwing money out a window the night the Parsons' signing went through.That's also why Durant will likely opt out of his current three-year deal with Golden State next summer, and re-sign for 35% of the cap as a player with 10+ years in the league.I'll save you the math: KD will be looking at a contract worth a minimum of $37.45 million per year starting in 2017. Is this Golden State's title to lose? Once Durant announced his deal with the Warriors on July 4, a sense of dread permeated the rest of the league. The perception was that the Warriors will be so good that the NBA would become boring to watch.Retired stars moaned that Durant was "cheating" his way to a title (Charles Barkley) and that he traded in "legacy for rings" forming a "bad look for the league" (Reggie Miller). Heck, even NBA Commissioner Adam Silver[...]

NFL kicker Josh Brown released by Giants after admitting abuse

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:20:07 GMT

The New York Giants released Josh Brown on Tuesday, days after authorities in Washington state released letters and journal entries in which the veteran kicker admitted to abusing his wife. Brown said in a statement released through the NFL team: "In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic."Brown, 37, had served a one-game suspension at the beginning of the season after being arrested in May 2015 in the Seattle area in connection with an incident with his estranged wife. Authorities recently closed the investigation; Brown has not been charged.His wife, Molly Brown, didn't speak to NFL investigators during their 10-month investigation that led to Josh Brown's one-game ban without pay.Brown is on the NFL commissioner's exempt list. The baseline suspension for domestic violence is six games, with consideration for mitigating circumstances."Free agent Josh Brown may enter into a player contract with a new team but upon doing so he will revert to the commissioner's exempt list pending resolution of the review of his matter under the Personal Conduct Policy," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. "While on the commissioner's exempt list, Brown would not be able to practice or attend games."The NFL has said Brown was suspended just one game, based on their inability to speak with his wife and get timely information from the sheriff's office. The NFL reopened its inquiry once it obtained the journals and letters about other alleged incidents."We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh," Giants president John Mara said. "Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility."We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father."Kicker admitted to several forms of abuseIn the documents, provided last week by the King County Sheriff's Office, an investigator writes that Molly Brown gave him a list Josh Brown wrote in March 2013. In it, Brown purportedly writes: "I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly" and "I have been a horrible husband and stepfather."The document was titled "Contract for Change," and the investigator writes it was done as part of Josh Brown's counseling. Brown wrote in journals and emails to friends that he has abused his wife, the documents say. The couple met while Josh Brown played for the Seattle Seahawks, and they had a home in the area when deputies were called to the house.Josh Brown was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault, Molly Brown told officers her husband had been physically violent toward her more than 20 times over the course of a few years, according to a report. That night, she said, he grabbed her wrist forcefully before she broke away and locked herself in a bedroom where she called 911. Josh Brown told ESPN on Tuesday that he never "struck his wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area." Molly Brown told officers that her husband never punched her but often threatened to knock her out or kill her, according to a sheriff's office report. She alleged that twice he violently pushed her, once into a door and another time into a mirror. NFL has been faulted for domestic violence handlingThe NFL was widely criticized when it suspended Brown for just one game. Commissioner Roger Goodell had promised the league would take a tougher stance against dom[...]

Angelique Kerber edges Simona Halep to close in on first WTA semisSvetlana Kuznetsova gives herself a haircut during win over Agnieszka RadwanskaNo Serena, so who wins WTA Finals?Rafael Nadal ends season due to injuryNick Kyrgios banned 8 weeks for lack of effortSerena Williams out of WTA Finals after shoulder injuryStan Wawrinka: Consistency the key for US Open champion, says coachMaria Sharapova: Tennis body hits back in war of words

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:24:21 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 16:17:21 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:19:55 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:15:52 GMTMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:32:32 GMTMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:03:34 GMTSat, 08 Oct 2016 21:26:57 GMTThu, 06 Oct 2016 19:54:58 GMT

Angelique Kerber put aside her understandable end-of-season fatigue as she beat Simona Halep to close in on her first WTA semifinals spot.Kerber struggled in her opening group match on Sunday, getting past Slovak Dominika Cibulkova in a tough three-setter. But up against former French Open finalist Simona Halep on Tuesday, the German showed why she is the world No 1 as she wore down the light-footed Romanian with typically aggressive baseline play, 6-4, 6-2 to clinch her 61st match win of the season."She's always a tough opponent, and I'm very happy to have my second match win here," Kerber said in a courtside interview after beating the Romanian for the fifth time in eight matches.Keys overpowers CibulkovaThe WTA Finals feature a round-robin format, with the top eight players in the rankings divided into two groups. Each competitor faces the three others in the group, with the top two in each section qualifying for the knockout semi-finals.In the other match in the red group, Madison Keys posted her first ever WTA Finals victory as she blasted 26 winners past Dominika Cibulkova to win 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour. The 21-year-old American, who never faced a break point, remained in contention in the group after losing her opening match to Halep in straight sets. She'll face Kerber in her final group match. BreakthroughIt has been quite the year for Kerber, who took over the No. 1 ranking from 22-time grand slam singles winner Serena Williams after securing her first US Open title last month. Kerber also won the Australian Open title at the start of the year and reached the finals of Wimbledon. Although Kerber laid the foundations for her breakthrough year with grueling workouts during the off-season, the biggest improvement has been made on the mental side. "I have more confidence right now," Kerber told reporters before the tournament started. "I know how to play the big tournaments also mentally, how to win really tough matches in tough situations, like playing finals in big tournaments, big stages. So this changed a lot [for me] as a player." MaturityKerber's newfound maturity showed in the first set. After leading 3-1, Kerber suddenly found herself down 4-3 and faced with a break point as Halep put her under pressure from the back of the court. The German remained cool, fending off the break point and winning the next five games as she hustled, retrieved and fought for every shot. Although the left-handed Kerber is known for her strong defensive skills and athleticism, she surprised Halep with a crafty sliced backhand drop shot to set up a break point leading 2-1 in the second set. "Swing out of your shoes," Halep's coach, Darren Cahill, told his protégé as she trailed 4-1 in the second set. Halep did, but it wasn't enough as Kerber closed out the match on her third match point. Keys comes to grips with surface"Finally got the nerves out after the first match," Keys said in a court-side interview after beating Cibulkova of Slovakia for the fourth time in a row.After dropping her opening match, the big-serving Keys said she'd struggled to adjust to the slow surface in Singapore. "I just had to kind of take a step back and not rush and know a lot of balls were going to come back into play," Keys said. "I think I was just more prepared for that tonight."Desperate times call for desperate measures.[...]Some of women's tennis' best performers in recent years are missing from the year-end championships at the WTA finals starting Sunday in Singapore.Rafael [...]

Misery soon will end for Cubs or Indians fans

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:25:16 GMT

These days -- and in this case, the "days" stretch back decades -- no baseball fans have it worse than the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. But that's about to change for one of those teams.For one of the two cities, the misery finally will end at the conclusion of this year's World Series.It's been a long wait for both teams to get back here. The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908. They haven't made it into the World Series since 1945, when they lost to the Detroit Tigers and the purported billy goat curse was put on the club. The 71-year wait between championship appearances is the longest stretch for any team in the four major American sports (MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL).The Indians currently have the second-longest drought without a World Series title, last winning it in 1948. Until this year, when the Cavaliers won the NBA championship, it had been more than half a century since Cleveland won a title in any major sport. The Indians last reached the World Series in 1997, painfully losing to the then-Florida (now Miami) Marlins in the 11th inning of Game 7.First pitch for the start of this best-of-seven series is scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Indians ace Corey Kluber will start for the Indians, while Jon Lester will go for the Cubs. All games will air on FOX.Despite the Cubs (winners of the National League pennant) having the better regular-season record with 103 wins, it's the American-League champion Indians (winners of 94 games) with home-field advantage. That's because the AL won the MLB All-Star Game this summer."I hope they enjoy this," Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks said of the fans after Chicago won the National League Championship Series. "They have been waiting a long time for it. Best fans in the baseball, most dedicated fans, and they deserve a lot more of these, that's for sure. But at the end of the day, it does come down to that group of guys in the clubhouse. And it's been our goal from day one. We're still not there yet. We have four more to go." Has the Cubs' billy goat curse been broken? On October 6, 1945, just a month after the end of World War II, a Chicago tavern owner named William "Billy" Sianis went to Wrigley Field, intending to attend Game 4 of that World Series with his pet goat, Murphy. But, according to the Billy Goat Tavern website, while both had tickets, the goat was denied entry. No animals were allowed in the ballpark, plus Murphy smelled bad.Sianis, according to legend, threw up his arms and proclaimed, "The Cubs ain't gonna win no more. The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field." They haven't won since.This group of Cubs couldn't care less about curses, though. The current roster was built by team president Theo Epstein, and he's helped kill a curse before. Epstein's previous job? General manager of the Boston Red Sox. In 2004, the team roster he built won its first World Series since 1918, ending the Curse of the Bambino.This Cubs roster Epstein has assembled is scarily good at the plate and in the field. Third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have strong cases to win the NL MVP Award. Chicago's pitching rotation has three Cy Young Award candidates in Arrieta, Hendricks (who shut the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS) and Lester (who won t[...]

Svetlana Kuznetsova gives herself a haircut during win over Agnieszka RadwanskaNo Serena, so who wins WTA Finals?Rafael Nadal ends season due to injuryNick Kyrgios banned 8 weeks for lack of effortSerena Williams out of WTA Finals after shoulder injuryDjokovic tears shirt, smashes racket in Shanghai Masters semifinal defeatMaria Sharapova: Tennis body hits back in war of words

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:17:21 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:19:55 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:15:52 GMTMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:32:32 GMTMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:03:34 GMTSat, 15 Oct 2016 22:46:08 GMTThu, 06 Oct 2016 19:54:58 GMT

Desperate times call for desperate measures.Down a break against Agnieszka Radwanska in the final set as she battled exhaustion, tennis star Svetlana Kuznetsova sat down in her chair and took the extraordinary step of cutting off some of her hair.After chopping off a big chunk with a pair of scissors, it seemed as if a weight had been lifted.The Russian came back from a match point down to beat Radwanska 5-7 6-1 7-5 in a group match at the season-ending tournament for the eight best female tennis players in the world."At some point, I was ready to let it go and just lay on the court and let them take me out of here," Kuznetsova said in a court-side interview after the match in Singapore."But I was just trying to stay in there and hang in there," added the 31-year-old Russian, who had qualified for the WTA's showpiece event at the last minute by winning the title in Moscow Saturday. She promptly flew 5,000 miles to Radwanska.My hair or the match?"Just playing every point," Kuznetsova said, when asked how she managed to win the match just 48 hours after her victory on home soil.After the match, Kuznetsova told reporters she decided to go for the cut because her hair was in the way."I was trying to put it behind my headband, but my hair is very thick and heavy," she said. "In the end, when I was hitting the forehands, every time I would hit a good shot... it would hit my eye every time and I was struggling."I thought, 'okay, what's more important now - my hair which I can let grow or the match?'Radwanska had no idea Kuznetsova had given herself a trim, joking with reporters: "Good thing she didn't cut anything else.""Ninja"After trailing 4-1 in the opening set, Kuznetsova regained the initiative with aggressive play to get back to 5-5. Blasting a backhand down the line to set up a break point, she got the break with a forehand passing. Serving for the first set at 6-5, Kuznetsova missed two set points before taking the set with her third.Nicknamed "the ninja" for her trick shots from improbable angles, Radwanska has been voted a WTA Fan Favorite five times in a row.Against the powerful Kuznetsova, the 27-year-old Radwanska didn't disappoint her public in the second set as she used her strong defensive skills to unsettle her opponent's rhythm. Tentative shotPinning an increasingly tired-looking Kuznetsova to the backhand corner, it looked like Radwanska was on the way to victory when she clinched an early break in the decider.Kuznetsova seemed so exhausted, she appeared to be on the verge of tears at the start of the third set. Trailing 2-0, the Russian cut off some of her hair and then promptly broke back to level the match at 2-2. Down 4-2, Kuznetsova fought back to 4-4, only for Radwanska to regain the lead and serve for the match at 5-4. But a tentative backhand on her first match point sealed her fate, as Kuznetsova went on to force the break and win the contest thanks to a forehand error.Pliskova prevailsThe second match of the day between French Open winner Garbine Muguruza of Spain and US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova pitted two of the most ferocious hitters of the women's tour against each other. Muguruza, who has struggled with her form since her grand slam breakthrough on the clay of Roland Garros in June, looked like she was on the way to a fourth straight defeat to Pliskova as she trailed a set and a break.But an on-court chat with her coach, Sam Sumyk, temporarily worked wonders. The Frenchma[...]

Indianapolis 500 Fast Facts

Tue, 31 May 2016 20:53:03 GMT

Here's a look at the Indianapolis 500, which is held on Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis.

May 28, 2017 - The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to take place.

May 29, 2016 - Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the 100th running of the Indy 500.

Other Facts: Known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

During the race, the cars go 200 laps around the 2.5-mile track, equaling 500 miles.

The track's current dimensions are much the same as when it was constructed in 1909.

With more than 250,000 permanent seats, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the world's largest seating facilities.

The race is among the world's best-attended single-day sporting events. It drew crowds of over 400,000 during the 1990s.

Currently 33 cars start the race in rows of three. In the past there have been as few as 21 (1916) and as many as 42 (1933).

With 35 starts, A.J. Foyt Jr. has the most starts of any driver.

Three men have won the race four times: A.J. Foyt Jr., in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977; Al Unser Sr. in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987 and Rick Mears in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991.

The youngest winner is Troy Ruttman. He was 22 years and 80 days old when he won in 1952.

The oldest winner is Al Unser Sr. He was 47 years and 360 days old when he won in 1987.

Since 1936, tradition holds that winners of the race celebrate with a bottle of milk (with the exception of 1947-1955).

Race record time (200 laps/500 miles) - Tony Kanaan, May 26, 2013; 2 hr., 40 min., 3.4181 sec.; average speed was 187.433 mph.

Timeline: 1906 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is founded by Carl Fisher.

February 9, 1909 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway track is built when 328 acres of farmland northwest of Downtown Indianapolis are purchased by Fisher and his partners Jim Allison, Frank Wheeler and Arthur Newby.

August 19, 1909 - The first automobile race takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Twelve thousand are in attendance.

1911 - The first Indianapolis 500 takes place, with Ray Harroun winning in six hours, 42 minutes and eight seconds. The race is held annually since 1911, except for the war years 1917-18 and 1942-45.

1945 - The track is sold to Anton Hulman Jr.

1996 - Indy Racing League begins.

Study: Football's impact on brain starts earlyAAP report: Infants, parents should share room early onSwimmer thanks fan who raised alarm over moleHow your mouth is linked to your migrainesPediatricians update screen time guidelines for kidsSTD rates reach record high in United StatesDo brain-training exercises really work?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:00:16 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 14:10:07 GMTSat, 22 Oct 2016 14:56:36 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 18:34:05 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:33:06 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:34:18 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:45 GMT

Last year, according to USA Football, over 2 million children between the ages of 6-14 participated in tackle football. For many parents, the worry has been over concussions. But a new study finds there could be cause for concern over the cumulative impact of repetitive or sub-concussive hits on the brains of young players when out on the field.The study, published in this week's edition of the journal Neurology, adds to the growing debate about whether or not children should be allowed to play contact sports.Despite the study's small size, tracking only 25 youth football players between the ages of 8-13 over the course of just one season, it is the first research to look at this age group and find players still experienced structural changes to the white matter in their brain despite having no concussion diagnosis during the season. Microscopic changes with big implications "These are not the type of changes you see with the naked eye - so they may or not mean anything," cautioned Joel Stitzel, professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest School of Medicine and one of the authors of the study. Rather, Stitzel said that these findings indicate areas that need further study as well as pinpoint the right areas to be looking at for research.Previous studies have shown similar findings in high school and college players, but seeing this in such an early age group made Dr. Robert Cantu, medical director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, pause. "I don't want to be alarmist....but finding this in youth players is particularly concerning," said Cantu, who was not involved in the study.Dr. Christopher Giza, director of UCLA's Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program, cautioned that the findings should be taken with a grain of salt because of the small sample size. Giza also did not participate in the study. What is white matter? When most people think of the brain they typically envision gray matter - the dark folded tissue that makes up the brain. This is where most of the neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain reside. However, to help those neurons efficiently communicate with one another, the brain relies on the white matter underneath, connecting various neurons and parts of the brain to one another.White matter is composed of millions of nerve fibers called axons and by using a sophisticated form of brain-scanning MRI technique, scientists are able to measure the movement of water molecules in the brain and along the axons. A healthy brain has fairly uniform water movement whereas more random water movement has been linked to brain abnormalities in previous studies. This movement has been associated with longer term concussive symptoms, such as headaches and dizziness, explained Stitzel.In this study, the researchers found a significant association between increased head impacts and more random water movement in certain regions of white matter.Stitzel pointed out that the changes in the studied players did not appear to be associated with any symptoms of concussion.However, it's also not clear if the impact to the brain is permanent." Whether the brain is irreversibly injured, we don't know, because further studies need to be done. This is a pilot study and it cries out to be done in a longitudinal way to be followed over years. So these changes recover? Do these changes get worse?, " said Cantu. Y[...]

Orlando City beats DC 4-2, United finishes 4th in east

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:41:06 GMT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kaka had a goal and an assist to help Orlando City beat D.C. United 4-2 on Sunday.

Orlando City (9-11-14) had already been eliminated from playoff contention. D.C. United (11-10-13) finished fourth in the Eastern Conference and will host Montreal in the knockout round.

Kevin Molino opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Kaka chipped the defense to hit Rafael Ramos in stride and Molino tapped home a cross. Kaka made it 2-0 in the 21st minute when he dribbled from near midfield on a one-on-one opportunity and scored inside the far post.

Cristian Higuita scored his first MLS goal to give Orlando a 3-1 lead in the 50th when he finished on a give-and-go with Kaka. Eleven minutes after United pulled to 3-2, Julio Baptista scored from distance.

For United, Alvaro Saborio capitalized on an errant back pass to the goalkeeper in the 43rd minute to make it 2-1 and Kennedy Igboananike powered home his first goal with D.C. in the 78th.

Raiders beat Jaguars 33-16, get Del Rio win vs former team

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:07:36 GMT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Latavius Murray scored twice in his return from turf toe, and the Oakland Raiders handled listless Jacksonville 33-16 Sunday and gave coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team.Murray, who missed the past two games, finished with 59 yards on 18 carries. Michael Crabtree caught eight passes for 96 yards and a touchdown from Derek Carr, Sebastian Janikowski kicked four field goals and the Raiders played the kind of defense they've been looking for all season.The result was the team's most complete win of the season. Oakland improved to 4-0 on the road and moved to 5-2 for the first time since 2001.The Jaguars (2-4), meanwhile, dropped a third straight at EverBank Field and added more speculation about the future of coach Gus Bradley.Jacksonville fell to 14-40 during Bradley's four seasons, and the latest loss was filled with poor execution on both sides of the ball and a lack of discipline down the stretch.Del Rio had to be thrilled with the outcome, getting the franchise's first win in three trips to Jacksonville. Del Rio spent nine years coaching the Jaguars and was fired with five games remaining in the 2011 season.Del Rio was booed while jogging onto the field with his team before the game.The louder jeers came later — for the home team. Blake Bortles threw for 246 yards, with two interceptions and a garbage-time touchdown. Allen Robinson caught two passes for 9 yards. The Jaguars finished with 344 yards of offense — the fewest gained against the league's worst-ranked defense this season.JAGUARS MELTDOWNFirst, receiver Marqise Lee was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct and then defensive tackle Malik Jackson was penalized twice on the same play. It was an obvious meltdown near the end of a frustrating day for the Jaguars. Jackson was penalized for roughing the passer on a third-and-10 play and then given another 15-yarder for using abusive language toward an official. He was ejected four plays later following another exchange with an official. Jackson ran to the locker room, seemingly eager to get off the field early.Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and Raiders receiver Johnny Holton were ejected for fighting in the final minutes of the lopsided matchup.RED ZONE WOESThe Jaguars again struggled to score touchdowns in the red zone. They settled for two short field goals in three trips inside the 20-yard line against the Raiders, throwing an interception from the 18 and then failing to convert from the 8- and 9-yard lines. It's become a trend, with the offense's past six trips resulting in three field goals, two INTs and a touchdown.THROAT SLASHCrabtree was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after his touchdown reception late in the first half. Replays showed back judge Steve Freeman signaling that Crabtree performed a throat-slash gesture, which has been banned by the league since 1999. Because of the penalty, Crabtree would have been ejected had he been flagged for another personal foul in the second half.ANOTHER HUGE HOLEThe Jaguars have been one of the league's slowest-starting teams the past two seasons. Facing Oakland did little to change that. Jacksonville trailed 20-6 at halftime, the fourth time in six games Bradley's team has been behind by double digits before the break. The Jags trailed 21-0 at Sa[...]

Winston's 3 TD passes help Bucs beat 49ers 34-17

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:39:10 GMT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 154 yards to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 34-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

The Bucs (3-3) fell behind by 14 points early before scoring 27 straight to deal the Niners (1-6) their sixth straight loss for San Francisco's longest losing streak since 2008.

Mike Evans caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns , Russell Shepard scored on a 19-yard pass from Winston and Peyton Barber iced the game with a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help Tampa Bay win its second straight game around its bye week.

Colin Kaepernick struggled in his second start of the season for the 49ers, going just 16 for 34 for 143 yards and turning the ball over twice after kneeling once again for the national anthem. Kaepernick replaced Blaine Gabbert as starter last week in Buffalo but has not shown any signs that he can regain the form that helped lead San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance and spot in the NFC title game in the 2012 and '13 seasons.

The problems in San Francisco run much deeper than the quarterback position. The Bucs ran for 249 yards as San Francisco has allowed 562 on the ground the past two weeks to put them on pace to give up the most yards rushing in a season since the 1981 New England Patriots.

OPPORTUNISTIC PLAY: The Bucs turned two turnovers by San Francisco into 10 points in the third quarter. The first came when Niners rookie Aaron Burbridge collided with punt returner Jeremy Kerley, who was calling for a fair catch. That led to a muff that Tampa Bay recovered, setting up a field goal by Roberto Aguayo. On San Francisco's next possession, Jude Adjei-Barimah blitzed and forced a fumble by Kaepernick that Gerald McCoy recovered. Winston then threw a 3-yard TD pass to Evans to make it 27-14.

POROUS DEFENSE: Rodgers didn't take long to become the sixth straight running back to top the 100-yard mark in a game against the 49ers. His 45-yard run in the second quarter set up a field goal by Roberto Aguayo and gave him 102 yards on the day. Rodgers joined Fozzy Whitaker, Christine Michael, Ezekiel Elliott, David Johnson and LeSean McCoy as backs to gain at least 100 yards against San Francisco this season. The Niners are on pace to allow the most yards rushing in a season since 1985.

FAST START: For the second time in the past three home games, the Niners broke out to a 14-0 lead and lost it all by halftime. Kaepernick led a 75-yard drive to open the game, capped by Mike Davis' 4-yard run . Gerald Hodges' interception of Winston then set up a 17-yard TD pass from Kaepernick to Shaun Draughn. Tampa Bay scored 17 points in the second quarter to take the lead. Three weeks ago, Dallas fell behind 14-0 before tying the game at halftime and winning 24-17.

MISSED KICK: Aguayo, a second-round draft pick, missed his fifth field goal of the season when he was short from 50 yards in the fourth quarter. He is 6-for-11 on the year and has also missed one extra point.



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Ajayi rushes for 214 yards to help Miami beat Bills 28-25

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:02:42 GMT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Ajayi tied an NFL record by surpassing 200 yards rushing for the second game in a row, helping the Miami Dolphins rally past the Buffalo Bills 28-25 Sunday.

Ajayi rushed for 214 yards in 29 carries after totaling 204 yards a week earlier in a win over Pittsburgh. He scored on a 4-yard run , and busted a 53-yarder when the Dolphins were pinned at their 3 and trailing in the fourth quarter.

The Dolphins (3-4) used an extra lineman much of the time to clear big holes for Ajayi, who tied the NFL record for consecutive 200-yard games held by O.J. Simpson, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

Miami overcame an 11-point deficit with 16 minutes left to end a four-game winning streak by the Bills (4-3) and beat them for only the second time in their past seven meetings.

With Ajayi sidelined by cramps, Damien Williams carried half the Bills' weary defense into the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown run that put the Dolphins ahead with 3:56 to go. On their next possession, Ryan Tannehill hit Kenny Stills for a 66-yard score that made it 28-17.

Miami recovered an onside kick with 13 seconds left to seal the victory.

Tyrod Taylor threw long to Marquise Goodwin for a 67-yard touchdown that put the Bills up 17-6 midway through the third quarter. The Dolphins responded with a 75-yard drive for their first touchdown.

EMERGING STAR: Ajayi, a second-year pro from Boise State, is the only NFL rusher with a 200-yard game this year. He ran for 187 yards as a rookie and totaled 117 in Miami's first five games this year before his breakout.

GIMPY McCOY: While Miami's ground game clicked, Bills running back LeSean McCoy left in the third quarter after he aggravated a left hamstring injury.

McCoy, ranked second in the NFL in rushing, had been questionable after hurting himself in practice Wednesday. He started, but totaled only 11 yards in eight carries before departing.

ILLEGAL HIT: Bills safety Aaron Williams missed the second half with a head and neck injury when blocked illegally by receiver Jarvis Landry, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Landry led with his shoulder, launched into Williams and hit him high. Williams remained on his back for a couple of minutes before he slowly rose and was led to the locker room.

Landry was penalized earlier in the game for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting.

Williams missed most of last season when he underwent neck surgery following an injury that threatened his career.

EDGE IN STATS: The Dolphins outgained Buffalo 454 yards to 267 and had a 14-minute edge in time of possession, but were hurt by 13 penalties for 116 yards. Two defensive stops by the Bills, who lead the NFL in red zone defense, forced field goals after long Miami drives.


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Cubs reach first World Series in 71 yearsChicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victory

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 04:00:12 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:31:23 GMT

The Chicago Cubs finally ended their 71-year absence from the World Series by pushing aside the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.Long the subject of a so-called curse, the Cubs continued their spectacular season at Wrigley Field late Saturday.They now head to Game 1 of the World Series in Cleveland, where they will face the Indians on Tuesday. Long time coming The last time the Cubs appeared in the World Series was 1945, when the team lost to the Detroit Tigers.The Chicago Cubs has the longest championship drought in the National League after winning a title in 1908 -- 108 years ago. The Cleveland Indians, which has the longest drought in the American League, last won the World Series title in 1948. Fans steadfast till the end Cubs fans have long been conditioned to expect the worst through decades of team misery..But during Saturday's game, the Cubs gave fans some breathing room. They scored in the first inning and never looked back, shutting out the Dodgers.Now they're just four wins away from the World Series title."The Chicago Cubs are the chimpanzees of baseball's zoo -- cute, popular, always a delight to see," CNN contributor Mike Downey wrote earlier this month."They just don't inspire any awe or fear the way the lions and tigers do. You never think of the Cubs in terms of menace and prowess, circling their prey. You think of the Cubs as sacrificial lambs."This year though, the Cubs roared. These Cubs have been highly touted since spring training, with many baseball writers predicting a championship.They started hot with 11 wins in their first 14 games and spent all but one day in first place. They posted a 103-58 record, the best in baseball. That's the most games any Cubs team has won in one season since 1910."Incredible. Absolutely incredible," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "We are witnessing history right before our eyes." The Billy Goat curse Saturday's victory may have put the curse of the Billy Goat to rest.Legend has it that a Chicago tavern owner named Bill "Billy Goat" Sianis pronounced a curse on the club on October 6, 1945 -- just a month after the end of World War II.Sianis went to Wrigley to cheer on his beloved Cubs against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, according to the tavern website, which dedicates a page to the Billy Goat curse.For Game 4, he purchased a ticket for himself and one for his pet goat Murphy, thinking it would bring the Cubs luck.But ushers stopped Sianis from entering with Murphy. Sianis appealed directly to then club owner P.K. Wrigley, asking him why he couldn't take his personal mascot to the game."Because the goat stinks," Wrigley replied, according to the Billy Goat Tavern.So Sianis threw his arms up and cursed the team."The Cubs ain't gonna win no more!" he declared.When the Cubs lost the series to the Tigers, Sianis sent Wrigley a telegram."Who stinks now?" it read.The Cubs were never the same again. Over the years, ghoulish pranksters have left dead goats at the stadium. They became known as the "Lovable Losers." A popular Chicago T-shirt reads, "What did Jesus say to [...]

'A Super Bowl every night': Ticket prices sky-high for historic World SeriesPolice: "No appearance of braking" in deadly bus crashObama plans 150 down-ballot endorsementsWhat AT&T's Time Warner deal means for VerizonGoldman Sachs CEO discusses Clinton relationshipNew poll shows Clinton over Trump by double-digitsAT&T, Time Warner deal faces tough regulatory fightKaine on trade deals: 'You never close the door'

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Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have waited a lifetime -- or more -- to see their teams win championships.

But if those fans want to see this year's World Series in person, it'll cost them a good chunk of their life savings.

The average asking price for the four games scheduled for Cleveland, including the series opener on Tuesday night, is about $3,900, according to ticket tracker TicketIQ. A ticket for a deciding Game 7, which would be played Nov. 2, could cost $5,000.

But even that's a bargain compared with what it'll cost to get into Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the average asking price is about $7,200 a seat.

The prices dwarf recent World Series games. Tickets for the three games in New York last year to see the Mets play the Kansas City Royals only cost an average of $1,600.

"With two teams waiting this long for a championship, it will be like a Super Bowl every night in terms of ticket prices," said Jesse Lawrence, the founder and CEO of TicketIQ. The company estimates that the average asking price for tickets to the last four Super Bowls was $4,500.

"We've never seen anything like this before," he said. "We may never see it again."

The Cubs haven't been to a World Series since 1945 and haven't won a championship since 1908. The Indians managed a couple trips to the Fall Classic in 1995 and 1997, but their team has not won a Series since 1948. No pro team in Cleveland had won a championship in 52 years until the Cavaliers won the NBA title this past June.

For the World Series, the average price for tickets already sold online is also staggering -- about $1,600 for seats in Cleveland and $3,900 for seats in Chicago.

One reason for the high prices is Chicago is very limited supply of tickets. Cub fans with tickets who have waited their whole lives for this chance aren't willing to sell, even with the potential windfall.

There are only about 1,600 tickets a night available online, less than half the supply of tickets available in Cleveland.

There was "no appearance of braking" when a tour bus slammed into the rear of a tractor trailer on Sunday, near Palm Springs, California, killing the driver and 12 passengers and injuring dozens, a state police official said Monday.

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After 18 months of buying up legacy internet companies and startups, Verizon suggested that the shopping spree might be over for now.

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One game? NFL ban for alleged violence on wife draws renewed ragePackers QB Aaron Rodgers rocks The Dude's sweater

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:42:22 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:53:42 GMT

When New York Giants kicker Josh Brown's one-game suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident was announced two months ago, it drew sharp criticism.And after police in Washington state released documents Thursday in which Brown purportedly admitted to abusing his wife in years past, people are even more upset with the National Football League.After all, this is a league that gave a player a four-game suspension for what he knew about a scheme to deflate game balls and where drug offenders sit out at least four games for a positive drug test.Many question how, then, does Brown's alleged actions merit only a one-game ban? Why wasn't it six games, like the league's personal conduct policy covering domestic violence calls for?"There is a disconnect here and it leaves people wondering exactly how sincere the NFL is about domestic violence," USA Today columnist Nancy Armour told HLN's Erica Hill.Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler tweeted: "Josh Brown suspended ONE GAME!!! So much for our strict stance against DV. Anyone associated with the NFL should be embarrassed right now!!!"Sam Ponder, a football reporter for ESPN, tweeted: "I don't speak 4 all women, but I'd much rather support a league w/zero tolerance for DV than 1 that sells me pink gear & sparkly clothes." What the league has said The NFL investigation began after a May 2015 incident in which Josh Brown has not been charged. Molly Brown told police her husband grabbed her by the wrist during an argument. An officer who noted he saw a bruise on her wrist said Josh Brown told him he had grabbed her accidentally.It is unclear what Josh Brown told NFL investigators, but Giants owner John Mara on Thursday told WFAN in New York that Brown had admitted to team officials that he had abused his wife in the past. Mara said the information that was released this week from the King County sheriff in Washington was "disturbing."CNN reached out to Brown's agent and sent an email to Brown but didn't get a response.Brown, 37, remains a member of the New York Giants, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell placed him Friday on the exempt list. Brown still gets paid, but cannot take part in team activities, including games.The league explained its rationale behind its decision to suspend the kicker earlier this season. In a statement, the NFL said its investigation, which lasted 10 months, was hindered because Molly Brown, the kicker's estranged wife, refused to talk to league investigators and authorities in Washington state didn't give them any information during an open investigation.The NFL said in August that Josh Brown not being charged factored into the brief suspension.Now the league says, given the release of Brown's statements, it will look at other possible abuse allegations. Others face longer suspensions Brown's suspension was widely criticized, given the NFL's promise it would take a tougher stance against domestic violence after former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice initially was banned in 2014 for two games for punching his now-wife. After TMZ obtained video of the incident, public scrutiny[...]

UCF beats UConn 24-16 to move above .500Temple stuns UCF with last-second TD to win 26-25Killins, Wilson spark UCF past East Carolina, 47-29

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McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead UCF to a 24-16 win over UConn.

The freshman completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights (4-3, 2-1 American) moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies (3-5, 1-4) scoreless in the second half.

Arkeel Newsome ran 21 times for 101 yards and Noel Thomas had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards.

But Thomas dropped a pass in the end zone on a third down with just over 3 minutes remaining, and quarterback Bryant Shirreffs came up short on a fourth-down scramble.

The Huskies got the ball back near midfield with just over 2 minutes left and drove to the 21, but failed to convert a fourth-down pass.

The Knights took the lead on the first drive of the second half, when Milton hit running back Adrian Killins over the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. It was the third consecutive drive of more than 70 yards for UCF.

A career-long 50-yard field goal by Matthew Wright early in the fourth quarter pushed the lead to eight points.

UConn scored the game's first 13 points, capped by a 3-yard touchdown run from Newsome.

The Huskies final points came on a 35-yard Puyol field goal, one of three he kicked in the first half.

The lead was the first at halftime this season for the Huskies.


UCF: The Knights have apparently found their quarterback in the freshman Milton, who started again over senior Justin Holman. It was Milton's fourth start this season. His 317 yards passing were the most since Holman threw for 336 yards against Temple in 2014.

UConn: The Huskies have two offensive weapons in Newsome and Thomas and need to find a third. Shirreffs was again the team's second leading rusher with 49 yards. Alec Bloom was the team's second-leading receiver. He had two catches for 20 yards.


UCF: The Knights visit No. 11 Houston next Saturday

UConn: The Huskies travel south to face East Carolina.

Phillip Walker threw an 8-yard TD pass to Keith Kirkwood with one second left and Temple stunned UCF with a 26-25 comeback victory on Saturday night.

Adrian Killins returned a kickoff 100 yards and Dontravious Wilson ran for two scores as Central Florida beat East Carolina, 47-29 in the American Athletic Conference opener Saturday.

Lara Gut takes early lead in slalom opener

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:58:26 GMT

Swiss star Lara Gut has emerged victorious after two imposing runs in the giant slalom season opener in Soelden, Austria.

The 25-year-old won her first Crystal Globe last season and has put down a marker for her rivals in the first race of the winter.

She led the field by 1.42 seconds after the first run and clinched the win over Mikaela Schiffrin in the second. The American finished 1.44 seconds off top slot.

Gut told the official International Ski Federation (FIS) website that she had been a little nervous before the first race as defending champion.

"It's always special in Soelden," she said. "It's a beautiful day. I love the slope. I have to enjoy that. I just tried to ski."

Schiffrin was upbeat after the race, telling the FIS site: "I definitely like second. I like first better, but it is nice to start off on this foot and it was really a tough day for a lot of girls."

Schiffrin is still only 21 and is tipped to be one of the main contenders for overall title as she adds the downhill to her disciplines in an effort to be as dominant in the speed event as she has been in the slalom.

After one giant slalom race, Gut leads Schiffrin by 20 points with Italian Marta Bassino in third and Austrian Stephanie Brunner in fourth.

Last year, Gut was involved in a close battle with Lindsey Vonn until she suffered a late season injury.

After struggling with three serious knee injuries in four years, Vonn decided to sit out the giant slalom in Soelden and will instead focus on the speed events.

Competitors in the women's giant slalom have a break between races, with the next contest during the US Thanksgiving weekend in Killington, Vermont. It will be the first World Cup held on the East Coast since 1991.

Sunday sees the turn of the men in the giant slalom on the Soelden course. Very light new snow is forecast.

All eyes will be on Austrian Marcel Hirscher who is tipped for the men's giant slalom title. He was very strong last year but will face a challenge from American Ted Ligety whose 2015-16 season was cut short by injury. He has won the Soelden opener four times in the past five years.

Swimmer thanks fan who raised alarm over moleWonder Woman named UN ambassador in controversial moveThousands of Seattle teachers take a powerful #BlackLivesMatter standHow your mouth is linked to your migrainesPediatricians update screen time guidelines for kidsColorado marijuana's potency five times US averageDo you mukbang? It's the new form of 'social eating'Bride loses 100+ pounds after engagement pic wake-up callSurgeons use nose cells to repair damaged knee jointsMeet the baby who was born twiceSTD rates reach record high in United States

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Australian Olympic gold medalist Mack Horton has paid tribute to a fan who spotted a suspicious mole on the swimmer's chest and urged him to get it checked out.In a post Friday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the 20-year-old swimmer wrote: "Shout out to the person that emailed the swim team doctor and told me to get my mole checked out. Good call. Very good call."The Instagram post included a picture of Horton, giving a thumbs up, with a bandage on his chest where the mole had been removed.He didn't give any more details about whether the mole had been tested or found to be malignant.The Melanoma Institute Australia posted on Horton's Facebook page, saying, "We're glad to hear you had the mole checked out. Thanks for helping raise awareness about how important it is to get a skin check."A supporter also posted, saying: "So awesome for you to share this -- it's such a small thing to many people, but getting a check can save your life -- it saved mine!"Horton won gold in the 400-meter freestyle competition at the Rio Olympics in August. He sparked controversy when he labeled a rival Chinese swimmer a "drug cheat."High skin cancer ratesAccording to the Cancer Council Australia website, about two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70.Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers in Australia, it says, with almost all of them caused by sun exposure.The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the United States and Britain, the council said.Apparently, it takes a superhero to advocate for the rights of women.Thousands of Seattle teachers made for an inspiring sight when they wore Black Lives Matter shirts en masse to reinforce their commitment to black students in their public schools. Your vision starts to blur. You see flashing lights. You feel that familiar throbbing pain in your head grow stronger and stronger.Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.More than two years after Colorado began selling marijuana for recreational use, cannabis consumers have access to pot that is more potent than ever.There's a new "social eating" online movement, in which people worldwide share videos of themselves eating large amounts of food on camera and talking about their dietary styles.What would it take for you to change your life? For Texas woman Haley Smith, a single joyful moment became a wake-up call.Swiss surgeons successfully used an experimental technique, which includes harvesting cells from the nasal septum, to repair damaged knee joints in patients. Two years later, these patients report improvements in pain and knee function, according to a study published Thursday in the journal The Lancet.Margaret Boemer went for a routine ultrasound 16 weeks into her pregnancy with her third child. She quickly found out that things were far from routine.[...]There were more reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases last [...]

No Serena, so who wins WTA Finals?Rafael Nadal ends season due to injuryNick Kyrgios banned 8 weeks for lack of effortSerena Williams out of WTA Finals after shoulder injuryDjokovic tears shirt, smashes racket in Shanghai Masters semifinal defeatStan Wawrinka: Consistency the key for US Open champion, says coachMaria Sharapova: Tennis body hits back in war of words

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Some of women's tennis' best performers in recent years are missing from the year-end championships at the WTA finals in Singapore.Serena Williams -- the record 22-time grand slam champion -- continues to nurse a shoulder injury, Maria Sharapova is serving a drug suspension, Victoria Azarenka is pregnant and Petra Kvitova just didn't do enough to qualify.That may not equate to the tournament, which begins Sunday, being wide open but each of the seven confirmed qualifiers involved -- Svetlana Kuznetsova needs to win the Kremlin Cup to deny Johanna Konta the eighth spot -- has a realistic opportunity of advancing past the round robin stage.And after that, who knows?Given she is the world No. 1, Angelique Kerber must be the favorite, despite a swoon since replacing Williams atop the standings.Here's a closer look at the seven confirmed players, beginning with the lone female this year to win two majors. If Konta secures the eighth spot there will be four debutantes at this year's finale.Angelique Kerber: By winning those two grand slam titles, those who would make Kerber player of the year regardless of what happens in Singapore have a strong case. The left-handed German decided to infuse aggression into her counter-punching style in the off-season and it paid instant dividends: The 28-year-old toppled Williams in January's dramatic Australian Open final.Injuries and dealing with the pressure of being a grand slam winner took their toll for a while, but Kerber recovered by reaching the Wimbledon final -- falling to Williams in a fine duel -- and winning the US Open two days after securing the No. 1 ranking.The WTA Finals mark a significant test for Kerber, given that in three previous appearances she has never made it past the group stage, posting a 2-7 record.How the year could have turned out differently had Kerber not saved a match point against Misaki Doi in the first round of the Australian Open.Garbine Muguruza: Muguruza threatened to win a grand slam title prior to 2016 -- ousted by Williams in the 2015 Wimbledon final -- and duly prevailed at the French Open by defeating the younger Williams sister. Her hard-hitting game from the baseline can overpower almost anyone when the Spaniard is in form.Unfortunately for the Venezuelan-born Muguruza, it hasn't happened a whole lot since Roland Garros. Since the French Open through early October, the 23-year-old compiled a mediocre 10-8 record. All eight defeats came to players lower ranked.Agnieszka Radwanska: A tactician who eschews power for finesse and placement, Radwanska has been voted Fan Favorite by the public five times in a row, as revealed by the WTA.For much of last year, it looked like Radwanska wouldn't qualify for the 2015 edition. Yet the 27-year-old Pole earned a spot thanks to a late flourish and then won the title, becoming the first player since Amelie Mauresmo in 2005 to take the crown without yet capturing a grand slam.Radwanska still hasn't won a major but she qualified for Singapore this year with plenty of room to spare.Simona Halep: On the subject of[...]

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers rocks The Dude's sweaterPatriots' Belichick prefers paper to Microsoft SurfaceLas Vegas Raiders? Not so fast

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The Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is known mostly for his statements on the field, such as his 39 completions thrown Thursday night in a 26-10 victory over the Chicago Bears, which shattered a team record.

But it was at his postgame press conference where Rodgers, 32, made his strongest statement of all.

The quarterback took the podium and faced the press wearing the knit lambswool sweater made famous by Jeff Bridges' character The Dude in the 1998 cult-favorite "The Big Lebowski."

Rodgers said nothing about his tan and grey zip-up, but when reached by an ESPN reporter by text message late Thursday night, he said simply, "The Dude abides" --- a phrase oft-repeated in the film.

The sweater, a version of which was proudly recreated and is sold by Pendleton as "The Original Westerley," can be owned for a cool $239 (plus shipping).

Happy customers there describe it as high-quality, warm, roomy and comfortable. One reviewer, who says he's from Wisconsin and has a "muscular" body type, wrote simply, "The sweater abides. Quality you can see and feel. Classics never go out of style."

Notoriously curt New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick expounded on his distaste for Microsoft Surface tablets on Tuesday.

The Raiders just got $750 million from the state of Nevada to build a new stadium in Las Vegas. But they can't start packing their bags just yet.

Sparks top Lynx to claim WNBA crown

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:54:05 GMT


The Los Angeles Sparks denied the Minnesota Lynx a record-tying fourth championship with a tight 77-76 victory Thursday night in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

The Sparks beat the Lynx on a shot by Nneka Ogwumike with 3.1 seconds left, winning the third title in franchise history.

The Sparks won back-to-back WNBA Finals in 2001 and 2002 before losing to the Detroit Shock in the 2003 Finals.

The series saw both teams win on each other's home courts, with the Sparks opening with a two-point road victory before the Lynx blew them out by 19 points in Game 2 to even the series. The Sparks returned the favor with a 17-point win on their home court in Game 3 before falling 85-79 at home in Game 4.

The Lynx won their third title last year by beating the Indiana Fever in another Game 5 at home and were seeking to tie the Houston Comets, who won the first four WNBA titles from 1997 to 2000.

Evans sharp again as Hokies beat Miami, 37-16North Carolina knocks off No. 16 Miami, 20-13On a blocked PAT, No. 23 FSU beats No. 10 Miami 20-192 TDs by defense help No. 14 Miami beat Georgia Tech 35-21

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Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night.

Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards for the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who kept pace with Coastal Division-leading North Carolina in the chase for a spot in the ACC title game.

Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3), but he also was sacked eight times as they lost their third in a row.

The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.

Woody Baron had three of the sacks for Virginia Tech, and fullback Sam Rogers threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter.


Miami: The Hurricanes have never won the Coastal Division since joining the ACC in 2004 and won't win it again this year. Their defense was supposed to be a question entering the game, and they were without three starters and had four freshmen in the starting lineup, but their inability to generate a running game put all the pressure on Kaaya, and while he put up some good numbers, an offensive line that allowed eight sacks isn't good enough to win most games against top level teams.

Virginia Tech: Evans was virtually mistake-free again, and their plethora of weapons in the pass game seems to be opening up the running game as well. Evans added 98 rushing yards, including a 34-yard score, as the Hokies piled up 253 yards on the ground. On defense, apart from last weekend's stunning loss at Syracuse, the Hokies have allowed only 36 points in their last four non-Syracuse games.


Miami visits Notre Dame next Saturday. The Fighting Irish are off this weekend, and have lost four of their last five.

Virginia Tech plays its second consecutive Thursday night game when it visits Pittsburgh, which is off this weekend.

Mitch Trubisky threw two touchdown passes, Malik Carney forced a turnover with 1:31 left to thwart Miami's last chance at a rally and North Carolina knocked off the 16th-ranked Hurricanes 20-13 on Saturday.

DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami kicker Michael Badgley's point-after attempt with 1:38 remaining, and No. 23 Florida State escaped with a 20-19 victory over the 10th-ranked Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson each returned fumbles by Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas for touchdowns in a span of less than 1 minute in the second quarter and No. 14 Miami beat the Yellow Jackets 35-21 on Saturday.

VA Tech fan displays disrespectful sign before Miami football game

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 22:09:30 GMT

A horrible sign displayed by presumed Virginia Tech fans has enraged sports fans on social media.

The sign, which appears to be hanging outside a Virginia apartment complex, was posted by Barstool Sports

It reads "Bury the U next to Jose Fernandez RIP."

Miami is scheduled to face Virginia Tech in a nationally-televised game on ESPN tonight. The game will be played in Blacksburg, home of the Hokies.

It's not clear if the apartment is in Blacksburg or nearby.

Miami Marlins pitcher Fernandez, and two others died, in a boat accident off Miami Beach on Sept. 25.

Toronto fan throws beer can at Orioles outfielderAtlanta Braves say farewell to Turner Field

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A Blue Jays fan threw a beer can at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during Toronto's 5-2 wild card game victory over Baltimore on Tuesday night.

The can was thrown from the Rogers Centre's left field stands and just missed Kim as he caught a fly ball to end the seventh inning of the game, which at the time was tied 2-2.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones angrily gestured and yelled toward the seats and manager Buck Showalter walked all the way into left field to complain to voice his displeasure to the game's umpires.

A spokesman for the Blue Jays says the fan was not ejected from the game because he left before police could reach him.

The Toronto Police Service tweeted about the incident on Wednesday, asking the fan to turn himself in and warning that they have photos of him.

Toronto will open its American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers on Thursday in Arlington, Texas, but will return to Rogers Centre for Game 3 on Sunday night.

The first pitch was thrown by Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran to Detroit Tigers leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler at 3:13 p.m ET, with the game-time temperature at 80 degrees.

Sharapova 'never doubted' career would continueSharapova drugs ban cut to 15 months on appeal

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:38:01 GMTTue, 04 Oct 2016 13:17:16 GMT

Maria Sharapova always knew her drugs ban would not be the way her tennis career would end.The five-time grand slam champion will return to the sport in April 2017 after serving a 15-month suspension for testing positive for the banned substance meldonium at the Australian Open in January.Sharapova was initially banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) reduced the sanction by nine months, saying she bore "no significant fault or negligence."The panel concluded that while she did commit a doping violation, she was not an "intentional doper.""I knew this was never the way I going to finish my career and I was going to do it on my terms... I never doubted that," Sharapova told CNN.The 29-year-old Russian added: "I know who I am and I know how I've played the sport since I was a young girl, with integrity, I've never taken the easy way out, I'm one of the biggest fighters in the game."I love what I do and I will continue to keep doing it and forming with my legacy."Sharapova said she was first prescribed the drug, also known as mildronate, in 2006 for heart issues and was unaware it had been added to the banned substance list by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as of January 1.An independent panel appointed by the ITF ruled Sharapova hadn't used meldonium as a vehicle for cheating but stated the former world No. 1 was "the sole author of her misfortune" and handed out the two-year ban.However, Sharapova's legal team argued to CAS that she simply failed to read an email that stated meldonium would be added to the banned list. Her IMG agent Max Eisenbud also failed to check, it said.Sharapova's lawyer, John Haggerty, called Tuesday's ruling a ''stunning repudiation'' of the ITF, which he said failed to properly notify players of the meldonium ban.The International Tennis Federation told CNN in a statement Wednesday: "We have reviewed, and will continue to review, our processes for communicating changes to the Prohibited List to players with the aim of ensuring that no player can claim that they had not been fully informed."Sharapova's sponsor and racquet manufacturer Head tweeted its congratulations Tuesday, saying it was "proud to have stood by Maria for the right reasons throughout these difficult times."The comment drew an adverse reaction on social media, but Head chief executive Johan Eliasch stood by the sentiment."In this case there is absolutely no evidence that meldonium, which is the substance Maria took, is actually a performance enhancer as highlighted by the fact there was no clinical testing performed by WADA, which is weird, to say the least," Sweden's Eliasch told CNN."No-one likes cheating in sport and that should be eradicated -- people who do that should face very severe [...]