Review Category : National Sports

Hammon to Become First Female Head Coach of NBA Summer League

Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio’s summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs announced Friday.

She will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

Hammon became the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history when she joined the Spurs before the 2014-15 season. She played 16 seasons in the WNBA, making the All-Star team six times, and moved to the Spurs bench upon her retirement.

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Wimbledon: Serena Williams Defeats Heather Watson in Three Sets

Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) — Serena Williams was forced to three sets against Heather Watson in the third round of Wimbledon Friday, but managed to come out on top to continue her quest towards winning a Grand Slam.

Williams, the top-seeded player, beat Britain’s Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

She will now play her sister, Venus Williams, in the fourth round.

Should Serena Williams win at Wimbledon and then the US Open later this summer, she would become the first player to win all four legs of the Grand Slam in the same year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.

Williams defeated Maria Sharapova and Lucie Safarova earlier this year to win the Australian Open and French Open, respectively.

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Teen Who Survived Indonesia’s Tsunami Signs Pro Soccer Contract

SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An Indonesian teenager, who bravely survived a deadly tsunami as a young boy, is now fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

When Martunis was just 7 years old, a devastating tsunami struck Indonesia on Boxing Day 2004, killing his mother and two siblings, according to ESPN.

Martunis was stranded on a beach, and three weeks later was found wearing a Portugal soccer team shirt.

At the time, the boy said he wasn’t afraid “because I wanted to be alive to meet my family and become a [soccer] player,” ESPN reported.

Now, the life-long fan has signed a contract with Sporting Lisbon of Portugal. Martunis will play for the team’s youth academy in Alcochete, Portugal, ESPN said.

A year after the tsunami, Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the best soccer players in the world, visited Martunis and promised to pay for the boy’s education, ESPN reported.

At the time, Ronaldo said, “I believe that many adults would not even be able to deal with what he has gone through.”

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Alex Rodriguez to Get Ball from 3,000th Hit

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — After much debate, New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez will get the ball from his 3,000th hit on Friday.

Zack Hample, the fan who caught the milestone hit on June 19, will give Rodriguez the ball during a news conference at Yankee Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

In exchange, the Yankees will make a donation to a charity Hample supports “that helps underserved communities afford to play the game,” ESPN reports.

The team tweeted on Friday: “#Yankees will donate $150,000 to Pitch In for Baseball, a charity which @zack_hample has supported since 2009.”

“Hample will also receive some memorabilia, tickets and other perks from the Yankees,” according to ESPN.

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Adelaide Crows Coach Phil Walsh Dies from Stabbing at Home

Matt Roberts/AFL Media/Getty Images(SYDNEY) — Australia’s sporting community is in mourning following the death of Phil Walsh, the head coach of Australian rules football team the Adelaide Crows.

Walsh’s 26-year-old son Cy has been charged with his murder after police were called to the family home Friday and found Phil Walsh with multiple stab wounds.

Despite being treated by paramedics, Walsh died from his injuries. His son was apprehended not far from the scene.

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Antonio Gates Suspended Four Games Over PED Test

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) — The NFL offseason will be a bit longer for Antonio Gates.

The tight end with the San Diego Chargers is being hit with a four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.

In a statement released by the team, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and accepts the consequences, ESPN reports.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Gates said. “I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me.”

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Low Qualifier Knocks Off Nadal at Wimbledon

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) — A low qualifier knocked off the might Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Nadal lost to Dustin Bround, ranked 102nd in the world in four sets.

Nadal, a 30-year-old journeyman, had to qualify just to get into the tournament.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Won’t Face Felony Charges After UCLA Arrest, DA Says

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Hip-hop mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will not face felony charges after he allegedly assaulted and threatened a coach with a kettlebell weight at UCLA, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

“We’ve referred the case to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration,” the D.A.’s office told ABC News on Thursday.

Combs, 45, was originally arrested on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges, according to UCLA’s police department. Combs’ son Justin is a defensive back for UCLA.

A source familiar with Combs’ version of the dust-up told ABC News the incident occurred after the rapper’s son was sent home from practice by Sal Alosi, one of the school’s coaches.

The source said Combs went to chat with the coach, but Alosi refused to talk. The situation then got heated and Combs went to call police, only to have Alosi allegedly grab his phone, the source continued, saying that’s when Combs used the kettlebell as a defense.

ESPN’s Shelley Smith added that Combs’ son Justin was “berated” for being lazy and not giving his all by Alosi just before the two got into it.

Alosi did not immediately respond to ABC News’s request for comment.

A rep for Combs said that the “various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate” and that “any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son.”

The rep added, “We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed.”

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Wimbledon 2015: Bob Woodruff Goes Inside the Hallowed Tennis Championship

Andraz Gregoric/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and arguably the most anticipated of the four Grand Slam events every year.

It takes place every summer in London and attracts about half a million spectators over the two-week competition. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event still played on grass, and boasts 41 courts, including 19 championships grass courts.

Inside the gates, spectators can watch the best players in the world go head to head, including Americans Serena and Venus Williams.

This year, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff goes on an insider’s tour of the historic tournament. He gets up close to the famous grass courts and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the grounds, which are hallowed grounds for tennis aficionados.

For the players, Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code and a team of highly trained ball girls and boys. For spectators, snacks of strawberries and cream and a drink called Pimm’s are de rigueur while watching matches.

On the hottest day in Wimbledon’s history, Woodruff watches as top-seeded Serena Williams defeats Timea Babos of Hungary. Both Williams sisters won second-round matches on July 1. That means with a few more wins, they could meet on the court in the fourth round.

Over the course of the 2015 championships, £26.75 million in prize money will be awarded to competitors.

Watch the video below for all the details.

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Sprint Cup Returns to Daytona for Night Race

iStock Editoria/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race under the lights Sunday night.

The drivers will return to Daytona International Speedway, the site of the season-opening Daytona 500, for the Coke Zero 400. NBC’s coverage of the race begins at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick sits atop the Cup standings. He has a 53-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

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