Review Category : National Sports

US Olympic Women’s Basketball Team Going for Sixth Gold Medal

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is ready for Rio.

The ladies stopped by ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday as they gear up for the 2016 Summer Games.

“Well luckily, a lot of them had played in previous Olympics and lot of them were together in London so, there’s not a lot that you have to do that’s brand new and they’re all so unselfish and they all want to play together and they all want the same thing, so it makes it easy,” said head coach Geno Auriemma.

The team will be going for their sixth straight gold medal. Players Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings have won gold in Athens, Beijing and London.

“For some of us, it’s our fourth Olympics, some third, second,” Taurasi said. “It’s always a different group so it’s always exciting to see how we’re going to come together, what kind of team it’s going to be and I think we just have a group that’s ready, focused and to go down there and do work.”

Bird said this group is focusing on the journey ahead of them.

“The players that we played with before, they set the tone,” she said. “We’re just kind of following suit and we’re hoping we can show the younger players how to do it and like Di said, everyone team’s different. You know, just cause we won before, doesn’t mean we win again.”

As for the toughest competitor on the court, “If I had to pick one, I’d say Australia,” Taurasi said.

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Sprint Cup Series Visits Pocono Raceway This Weekend

Jared C Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will be in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN’s coverage of the race will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

For the second week in a row, Jeff Gordon will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who’s out with concussion-like symptoms.

Kevin Harvick is the points leader entering the race. He’s 24 points ahead of Brad Keselowski.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/28/16

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


Chi Cubs 3, Chi White Sox 1


Texas 3, Kansas City 2
L.A. Angels 2, Boston 1
Minnesota 6, Baltimore 2


Washington 4, San Francisco 2
Colorado 2, N-Y Mets 1
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 4
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 5
St. Louis 5, Miami 4

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Patriots’ Training Camp Opens; Tom Brady Practices with Team

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Despite being sidelined for the first four games of the regular season, Tom Brady joined the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts Thursday for the start of the team’s training camp.

The Patriots quarterback practiced alongside his teammates, including Jimmy Garoppolo, who will take over for Brady during his absence.

“Tom will return as our starting quarterback when he comes back,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters Wednesday. “But in the meantime, we have to prioritize the first part of the schedule and that will be to get Jimmy ready to go.”

Brady, 38, was suspended four games over a conspiracy to deflate footballs. He will sit out New England’s September season opener against the Arizona Cardinals and subsequent games against the Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills.

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Kevin Harvick’s Crew Chief Suspended for Lug Nuts Violation

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Kevin Harvick’s crew chief has been suspended for one race after it was determined the lug nuts were not properly installed on the driver’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet at last weekend’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, according to

Rodney Childers, who was also fined 20 thousand dollars, will miss Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.

Harvick finished sixth at Indianapolis last weekend.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/27/16

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


Chi Cubs 8, Chi White Sox 1
Atlanta 9, Minnesota 7
Washington 4, Cleveland 1
San Diego 8, Toronto 4
Tampa Bay 3, L.A. Dodgers 1
Pittsburgh 10, Seattle 1
Colorado 3, Baltimore 1


Kansas City 7, L.A. Angels 5
Detroit 4, Boston 3
Oakland 6, Texas 4
Houston 4, N-Y Yankees 1


Arizona 8, Milwaukee 1
Miami 11, Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 2, San Francisco 1
St. Louis 5, N-Y Mets 4

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Urges Police, Black Community to Engage in ‘Conversation’

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Former NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urged police and the black community to start having meaningful conversations following both the recent targeted killings of law enforcement officers and the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

“It’s a frightening thing to see the breakdown start to occur like that because without the police, we don’t have a civil society,” Abdul-Jabbar told ABC News’ White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in Philadelphia. “We have chaos, and we need police absolutely. They are really heroes. We ask too much of them, and they try to do it with a smile.”

“The former Los Angeles Lakers star said “institutionalized racism” in the criminal justice system has made it more difficult for conversations to take place between law enforcement and the black community. “There is no conversation,” he said. “They’re not even talking past each other.”

“People make assumptions about people of color, and people of color make assumptions about the law enforcement apparatus, and neither one of them are correct,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar grew up in a family of police officers. His father worked as a transit cop in New York City, and his grandfather also served as a police officer.

“My dad would’ve been upset that so many black people are being killed unnecessarily,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar said he was most disturbed by the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was holding a toy gun when he was killed by a police officer in Cleveland in 2014.

“He had a toy gun,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “He was playing on Christmas Day, my goodness, and the officer didn’t even wait two seconds before he shot him,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar, who is slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, said Hillary Clinton is the “best choice for our country.”

Donald Trump is “pandering to fear,” he said. “The answer to our problems is not chauvinism and fear mongering.”

“He has no solutions,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “He just says he’s the solution, He’s going to solve all our problems through his brilliant understanding of all the issues. Nobody is that smart. Nobody.”

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Aaron Rodgers Addresses Brother’s “Bachelorette” Involvement

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Aaron Rodgers has finally spoken out about his brother, Jordan, competing on The Bachelorette.

Jordan has said on the current season of the ABC reality series that he is estranged from the Green Bay Packers quarterback; Aaron was absent when Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher met his family.

At one point, Jordan told Fletcher he didn’t think Aaron even knew he’d signed up for the show.

When asked by reporters at Packers training camp Tuesday about his younger brother and The Bachelorette, Aaron commented, “I haven’t seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn’t really affected me a whole lot,” ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported.

However, Aaron chose not to discuss the status of his relationship with his brother.

“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.

Jordan Rodgers is one of two finalists on The Bachelorette, along with Robby Hayes. Fletcher is expected to choose one of them on next Monday night’s season finale.

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Former NFL Player Steve Gleason, Wife Open Up on His ALS Battle, Emotional “Gleason” Doc

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason remembers the moment well when he was hailed as an NFL hero.

It was September 2006 and the Saints were back in the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the city.

Early in the game, Gleason blocked a punt, helping to clinch the win for his team and uplifting the community that had lost so much.

But in 2011, five years after that historic game, the once powerful NFL player had lost his ability to move, to talk and eventually, to breathe. Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it affects motor skills and has an average survival time of two to five years.

Then six weeks after the diagnosis, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco found out she was pregnant with the couple’s son, Rivers.

“He had this terminal diagnosis, but we felt like we could walk on water,” Varisco told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan. “I just remember it was one of the happiest moments of both of our lives. Just knowing … we were going to have a baby, and this is going to happen.”

From that day forward, Steve Gleason made it his mission to record hundreds of videos for their unborn son, sharing life lessons he had learned along the way, while Gleason still had the ability to speak.

“I had some soaring and incredible moments on the football field, but I’ve had even more uplifting moments off the field since diagnosis,” he told Strahan.

In the end, Gleason recorded more than 1,300 hours of touching, heart-wrenching video diaries that are now part of a new documentary called Gleason, directed by Clay Tweel.

“I’ve tried to share not only my memories and my looks, but also my self-doubts and my shortcomings,” Gleason said.

“We could have made a movie that kind of glosses over the hard parts and just showed the hero parts and the easy parts,” Varisco added. “I feel like we wanted to show the truth. If we’re going to do this, we’re going to go all out and show the truth of our lives.”

day, Gleason relies on a ventilator to stay alive and a computer to speak. His wife said he researched a place where he can “voice bank” his actual speaking voice so he can sound more like himself when speaking though the computer.

“Then it goes to eye technology where he talks with his eyes but he’s talking a letter at a time,” Varisco said.

Gleason and his family’s next mission is the non-profit they created, with the help of some of his former teammates, to make sure all ALS patients have access to technology that gives them back their voices and improves their quality of life.

Last year, President Obama signed the Gleason Act, which would make this technology available through Medicare and Medicaid.

“Most of what ALS takes away technology can give back,” Gleason said.

For Team Gleason, just surviving isn’t enough. Their non-profit also provides patients with opportunities to travel and go on adventures – a reflection of the way Michel and Steve has always lived.

Gleason marked the one year anniversary of his diagnosis with a skydiving trip, followed by a trip to Machu Picchu. He could no longer walk by then, so his former Saints teammate Scott Fujita helped Gleason make the climb.

“I said, ‘like, 9,000 feet.’” Fujita said. “And he says, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘all right, don’t know how we’re going to do it, but it’s booked, we’re doing it.’”

“My NFL brother… told me after my diagnosis he would go with me to the ends of the Earth if necessary,” Gleason said. “He’s done that literally and figuratively.”

But the physical complications aside, the Gleason documentary focuses on Gleason being a father to his young son while struggling with ALS.

“I often feel inadequate as a father,” Gleason said. “Fortunately, because of this … technology and an equally bad— care crew, I’m able to be very involved in Rivers’ life… I pick up Rivers every day from school. I’m at all of his practices. I get to help get him ready for bed at night.”

“He’s got to try harder than any other dad because he can’t talk,” Varisco added. “Rivers is fast. He’s slow. I mean, it’s just difficult. It’s easy to quit, and Steve is not a quitter.”

Although the film is full of emotional moments, the family shares a lot of laughter too.

“You’ve got to do something,” Varisco said. “And we’re both funny. We’re funny people I think. So laughing has been one of the best solutions to get through this.”

“I’d like to say I’m a naturally funny dude,” Gleason continued. “But in reality, I think I just have no choice. Humor is definitely healing. So I think we’ve tried to use it that way.”

Gleason director Clay Tweel watched all 1,300 hours of Gleason’s videos to choose moments for the documentary, which opened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and already has generated some Oscar buzz. Finding the balance between the humor and the raw, honest moments is something Tweel weaved together delicately, and not just for what Gleason was going through, but also his wife.

“I think the most surprising thing about making the film was the depths that we could explore Michel’s experience through all this,” Tweel said. “When I joined the project, I felt like the story was going to be about this guy who, through a set tragic set of circumstances, was finding his purpose and kind of this father and son story.”

“But what I really didn’t know was, and what nobody talked about, was Michel’s experience and the kind of complex series of emotions as a caretaker that she was going through, and how the disease affects everyone around Steve, as well,” he continued. “So I think that that, for me, took the movie to another level and allowed it to be not just a movie about ALS but, you know, is this a movie about family and about love and about the human spirit.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/26/16

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


Toronto 7, San Diego 6, 12 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Tampa Bay 2
Colorado 6, Baltimore 3
Seattle 7, Pittsburgh 4
Chi White Sox 3, Chi Cubs 0
Cleveland 7, Washington 6
Atlanta 2, Minnesota 0


Detroit 9, Boston 8
Oakland 6, Texas 3
N-Y Yankees 6, Houston 3
L.A. Angels 13, Kansas City 0


Milwaukee 9, Arizona 4
San Francisco 9, Cincinnati 7
St. Louis 3, N-Y Mets 2
Miami 5, Philadelphia 0

N-Y Mets 3, St. Louis 1

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