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Wednesday
Jun282017

Tim Tebow hits two-run homer on first day with St. Lucie Mets

Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- Tim Tebow slugged a two-run homer for the St. Lucie Mets on his first day playing for the team on Wednesday.

Earlier, in his first game against Palm Beach, Tebow got his first hit in his second at-bat.

The former quarterback was promoted Sunday from Class A Columbia.

The 29-year-old signed with the Mets in September. Before that, Tebow won the Heisman Trophy with the Florida Gators in 2007.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Baseball fans put aside rivalry to save a life

iStock/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Game 1 of Monday’s College World Series Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, came with action on the field and lifesaving heroics in the stands.

It was during the sixth inning, above the third-base dugout, when Florida fan Bobby Harvey appeared to be in distress.

“He started slouching down and ... we ended up laying him on the ground,” Jimmy Roy, a LSU supporter told ABC affiliate KETV.

Teamwork kicked in at TD Ameritrade Park as Dr. Jerry Poché, the father of LSU pitcher Jared Poché, was also called to assist Roy by performing CPR for up to seven minutes on Harvey.

“One of the other LSU fans was actually holding his head, which I appreciated because compressions can get a little violent,” Poché said.

Poché believes the 87-year-old Florida fan suffered a heart attack and was saved by the efforts of many LSU supporters.

“The instincts just kind of kick in. It doesn’t matter what team you follow, what race you are, you just try to help somebody,” Roy said.

Harvey is listed in good condition at Nebraska Medicine, according to a hospital spokesperson.

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Wednesday
Jun282017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/27/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 2 (10 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 4, L.A. Angels 0
Philadelphia 8, Seattle 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 3, Toronto 1
Boston 9, Minnesota 2
Texas 2, Cleveland 1
Detroit 5, Kansas City 3
Chicago White Sox 4, N.Y. Yankees 3
Oakland 6, Houston 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 6, Chicago Cubs 1
Miami 6, N.Y. Mets 3
Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 6
Atlanta 3, San Diego 0
St. Louis 6, Arizona 5 (10 innings)
San Francisco 4, Colorado 3 (14 innings)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 100, Seattle 70
L.A. Sparks 87, Connecticut 79

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Serena Williams poses nude on cover of "Vanity Fair," talks tennis after the baby

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams, who poses nude on the cover of Vanity Fair's August issue, said she plans to return to the tennis court after giving birth to her first child.

"I don’t think my story is over yet," the 35-year-old tennis star and winner of 23 grand slams told the magazine.

Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

In the magazine, Williams recalled learning she was pregnant a week before the Australian Open last January. After taking a home pregnancy test, she said she "did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped." She took five more tests to be sure, then called Ohanian, who hopped on a flight to Australia.

Williams still can't believe she's really going to be a mom.

"I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing...I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room," she told Vanity Fair.

She's also trying to enjoy "the little freedom" she has left before marrying Ohanian.

The seemingly mismatched pair -- she didn't know what Reddit was and he had never seen a tennis match -- met by chance in May 2015 at the Cavalieri Hotel in Rome, where they were seated next to each other. After dating nearly two years, in December 2016 they returned to the Cavalieri where Ohanian proposed on one knee.

"I knew it was coming," Williams recalled. "I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.'"

Ohanian said he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Williams because she made him want to be a better person.

"I find myself just wanting to be better by simply being around her because of the standard she holds," he told Vanity Fair.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Serena Williams slams John McEnroe's controversial ranking comments

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- One day after tennis icon and analyst John McEnroe said that if Serena Williams played on the men's tour, she'd be ranking 700, the female star fired right back.

"Dear John, I adore and respect you, but please, please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based," she tweeted.

Williams, 35, continued, "I've never played anyone ranked 'there' nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I'm trying to have a baby. Good day sir."

For his part, McEnroe told CBS This Morning on Tuesday that he now puts Williams at number five in the all-time rankings.

Although McEnroe said earlier that he wouldn't apologize, the 58-year-old did wish Williams well.

"Serena, have a great time with the baby," he said.

McEnroe added, "I respect Serena very much so ... she's the greatest female player that ever lived."

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Tuesday
Jun272017

James Blake reveals why he dropped legal action in NYC wrongful detention case

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former tennis professional James Blake said he was never looking for any financial resolution to a 2015 incident in which he was thrown to the ground, handcuffed and detained by New York Police Department officers in 2015 in a case of mistaken identity.

He also said it would be nice to see a fellowship that he created with the city of New York to investigate police misconduct implemented in cities around the country.

"Over 50 percent [of police misconduct investigations] last year were not seen to completion, so we want to make sure that people are seeing this to completion and getting the settlements, getting the disciplinary action required for these kind of incidents," Blake, 37, said Tuesday on ABC News' Good Morning America.

"I truly believe that … almost all of [[police officers] are doing the job the right way," he said. "They’re doing it with honor, with dignity, keeping our communities safe. But the ones that aren’t need to be held accountable because they’re making it tougher for the ones that are doing the job right."

Blake, who was ranked as high as no. 4 in the world before retiring in 2013, was waiting outside a New York City hotel to be driven to the U.S. Open for a promotional appearance in September 2015 when the incident occurred.

The city of New York announced this month it will establish the “James Blake CCRB Fellowship” to investigate police misconduct. The arrangement appoints a fellow to the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board who will perform outreach in neighborhoods with a high volume of police complaints to help the agency close more of its investigations.

In exchange for the creation of the fellowship, Blake agreed to withdraw the notice of claim that he filed against the city. The city law department will also pay about $175,000 in legal costs Blake has accumulated in the past two years and his travel expenses associated with developing the fellowship.

"The city of New York was excellent," Blake said. "It’s two years and it seems like that’s a long time but I think that’s pretty quick with the bureaucracy you go through to deal with a city as big as New York."

Blake has written about the experience in his new book, Ways of Grace. The book, inspired by Arthur Ashe’s bestselling memoir, Days of Grace, tells the stories athletes and public figures who have overcome adversity and used their experiences to inspire and unite others.

Blake described the "pressure" he felt in writing a book inspired by his hero, Ashe, who made history as an African-American tennis star and activist in the 1960s and ‘70s.

"Arthur Ashe is such a role model for me," Blake said of Ashe, the only black man to win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. "Days of Grace is one of my favorite books of all time."

He added of his own book, "When I named it Ways of Grace, [I] said, ‘OK, this is going to have to be good because I need to make sure that it lives up to his standards.’"

One of Blake's favorite interviews in the book is one he conducted with another tennis star, Billie Jean King.

"I forgot to think about how much of a difference Billie Jean King and her 'Battle of the Sexes' made for putting more eyes on the sport in general. It obviously opened up more doors for women, helped with Title IX, helped with equal pay for women," he said of King's famous 1973 match at the Houston Astrodome against Bobby Riggs. "It rose our whole sport."

James, a father of two, said he hopes his book shines a spotlight on the good that comes from sports.

"I wanted to showcase that there’s a lot of positive stories in sports and a lot of athletes that do the right thing with their voices, with their platform," Blake said, pointing to NBA icon LeBron James as an example. "There’s so many positive stories that [kids] can look at and see that sports can bridge gaps, religious gaps, gender gaps, any sort of equality gaps."

He added, "It’s a tremendous thing for kids and I want my kids to be involved in sports as well just to get that and give them confidence."

Ways of Grace: Stories of Activism, Adversity, and How Sports Can Bring Us Together is on sale now.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Russell Westbrook takes home NBA's MVP award

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA held its first-ever awards show on Monday, and the top prize of the night went to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook, 28, took home the award for most valuable player. In an emotional speech, he thanked his team, fans and family.

Click HERE to see the complete list of winners.

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Tuesday
Jun272017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/26/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Angels 4, L.A. Dodgers 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 15, Texas 9
Boston 4, Minnesota 1
N.Y. Yankees 6, Chicago White Sox 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 6, Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 8, Cincinnati 2
Chicago Cubs 5, Washington 4
San Francisco 9, Colorado 2

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Monday
Jun262017

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/25/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit 7, San Diego 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 8, Tampa Bay 5
L.A. Angels 4, Boston 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 3
Toronto 8, Kansas City 2
Houston 8, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 4, Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati 6, Washington 2
Milwaukee 7, Atlanta 0
N.Y. Mets 8, San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 12, Colorado 6
Arizona 2, Philadelphia 1, 11 Innings
St. Louis 8, Pittsburgh 4

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Monday
Jun262017

Kevin Harvick records first win of the season with victory at Sonoma

iStock/Thinkstock(SONOMA, Calif.) -- Kevin Harvick cruised to an 8.036-second victory at Sonoma on Sunday for his win of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Harvick won under caution following a late Kasey Kahne crash near the finish line with just enough fuel.

Martin Truex Jr. led the race for 25 laps, Harvik for 24. But Truex's No. 78 Toyota lost a cylinder late in the race, dropping Truex to 37th place and allowing Kyle Larson to take the season points lead with a 26th place finish.

Clint Bowyer finished second. Brad Keselowki finished third, with Denny Hamlin in fourth and Kyle Busch in fifth.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is in Datyona next Sunday for the Coke Zero 400.

Here are the standings after Sunday's race:

1) Kyle Larson -- 659 points
2) Martin Truex Jr. -- 646
3) Kevin Harvick -- 548
4) Kyle Busch -- 542
5) Brad Keselowski -- 519
6) Chase Elliott -- 509
7) Jimmie Johnson -- 483
8) Jamie McMurray -- 477
9) Denny Hamlin -- 476
10) Joey Logano -- 434

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