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Scoreboard roundup — 4/19/17

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

INTERLEAGUE
Seattle10 Miami 5
Baltimore 2 Cincinnati0
Kansas City 2 San Francisco0

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Oakland 9 Texas 1
N-Y Yankees9 Chi White Sox1
Toronto 3 Boston 0
Tampa Bay 8 Detroit7
Houston 5 L.A. Angels 1
Cleveland at Minnesota 8:10 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis2 Pittsburgh 1
Chi Cubs 7 Milwaukee4
N-Y Mets 5 Philadelphia4
Washington 14 Atlanta 4
San Diego 1 Arizona 0
L.A. Dodgers 4 Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 109 Atlanta 101
Houston 115 Oklahoma City 111
Golden State 110 Portland 81

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Washington 5 Toronto 4
Ottawa 1 Boston0
Minnesota 2 St. Louis0
Anaheim 3 Calgary 1

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Tennis star Serena Williams is pregnant, won’t play again in 2017

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A photo posted to Snapchat by tennis star Serena Williams started rumors that the 23-time Major tournament champion is pregnant, which her publicist confirmed on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old Williams did not comment further on the photo, which showed her standing sideways and was captioned “20 weeks.”

Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian were engaged in December.

Williams hasn’t played since the Australian Open in January — which she won. She withdrew from the next two events on her schedule, blaming a knee injury for her absence.

She is next scheduled to take part in the French Open on May 28.

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Young Cubs fan gets emotional after receiving surprise tickets to Wrigley Field

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Nine-year-old Kolt Kyler couldn’t hold back his tears when his dad surprised him with tickets to see his beloved Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley field.

Kolt has been a die-hard Cubs fan his entire life. His older half-sister, Hannah Himes, said the tickets were well-deserved.

“Kolt has been helping his dad on their farm for a couple years with their cows, but recently Kolt got two pigs to show for 4H [a youth development and mentoring organization] for the first time so he’s had to work extra hard!,” Himes wrote to ABC News in an email. “He also made the travel baseball team again this year so he’s been busy with regular season, travel team, farm chores, cub scouts, and he is also an honor roll student!”

In the beginning of the video, Kolt’s dad, Andy Kyler, said he was testing his work ethic that day, “and he never once complained,” said Himes.

Surprised with @Cubs tickets for working hard at school, on the farm, and on the baseball field ⚾️ He may or may not be their biggest fan! pic.twitter.com/EVsufB5cSF

— Hannah Himes (@HannahHimes) April 16, 2017

“He had a double header that morning/afternoon, he mowed our grandma’s yard and then came home for chores and that’s when he got his surprise,” she added. “Before he was given the tickets he was asked if he would help with something that would take a whole day to do, and not knowing what it was he still volunteered to help. I think more people in the world should take note of Kolt’s work ethic, attitude, and thankfulness.”

She isn’t surprised by her younger brother’s sweet reaction to the baseball surprise.

“For Christmas he got a Cubs t-shirt and cried, so I assumed being surprised with Cubs tickets we would get an even better reaction,” she explained. “And his thankfulness wasn’t a surprise. He is always grateful for gifts, trips for ice cream, anything.”

The tickets are for the game on June 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

“It will be his first time watching the Cubs in person and his first time to Wrigley,” said Himes. “We’re all so excited for him. It’ll be a good father-son day.”

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Trump welcomes Patriots — even without Brady — to the White House

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday afternoon, praising coach Bill Belichick and the team’s owner Bob Kraft along with many of the players who were present.

Kraft said it was the team’s “distinct honor” to celebrate the victory “with a very good friend.”

One player who was notably absent was Tom Brady, the team’s star quarterback and Trump’s longtime friend.

Brady released a statement Wednesday morning, citing “recent developments” and “personal family matters” as the reason for his absence.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!” he said in the statement.

This isn’t the first time the four-time Super Bowl MVP skipped a visit to the White House. He said a “family commitment” prevented him from attending the 2015 ceremony held by then-President Obama.

Wednesday’s visit also comes as the team grapples with the news that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found dead in jail.

At least five other Patriots players have said that they are not attending Wednesday’s ceremony for political reasons, according to The Boston Globe.

But Brady’s absence is particularly notable given the close relationship he has with Trump.

Trump regularly mentioned Brady during the presidential campaign, even telling reporters from The Washington Post in March 2016 that Brady “loves me.”

In September 2015, The Boston Globe reported that a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker, and he said that he was given it by Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

At the time, Brady said that he has known Trump since 2002 when Brady judged one of Trump’s beauty pageants.

“I’ve know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times,” Brady said.

Brady defended his friendship with Trump throughout the campaign, though avoided making any clear public declarations of political support.

On Nov. 9, the day after the election, Brady put an end to his political talk, apparently after having a discussion with his supermodel wife Gisele.

“I talked to my wife and she said I can’t talk about politics anymore, so … I think that’s a good decision,” he said.

During the White House ceremony, Trump praised individual players and their overall performance at the Super Bowl, saying that “everybody played a role and everybody played as champions.”

Kraft presented Trump with a personalized jersey and Belichick gave Trump a personalized helmet. The two men are close with Trump, as Kraft joined Trump and Japan’s prime minister at Mar-a-Lago, and Belichick wrote a letter Trump before Election Day, which he said was done out of friendship, not politics.

The visit to the White House is customary for the team that wins the Super Bowl, but not all players are expected to attend, with some specifically avoiding the event because of Trump, including Alan Branch, who spoke with the Boston Globe this week.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” he said.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers to be featured on “Hard Knocks”

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the subject of the 12th season of the popular HBO series Hard Knocks.

The series gives a behind-the-scenes look at one NFL team’s summer training camp each season. Viewers get to see the happenings on the practice field, in the locker room, and in the front office.

“A tremendous amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an NFL season,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said, “and Hard Knocks does a great job every year of giving the fans the type of unprecedented access that only NFL Films can provide.”

The Buccaneers finished last season at 9-7, just on the outside of the playoff picture in the first year of head coach Dirk Koetter’s tenure. NFL Films Senior Executive Director Ross Ketover called Tampa Bay “everything we look for,” citing their young roster, their experienced coaching staff, and high expectations.

Koetter and Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith have previously been part of a Hard Knocks season when they were coaching the Atlanta Falcons in 2014.

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Snapchat photo sparks rumors that tennis star Serena Williams is pregnant

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — A photo posted to Snapchat by tennis star Serena Williams has rumors swirling that the 23-time Major tournament champion is pregnant.

The 35-year-old Williams did not comment further on the photo, which showed her standing sideways and was captioned “20 weeks.”

Williams and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian were engaged in December.

Williams hasn’t played since the Australian Open in January — which she won. She withdrew from the next two events on her schedule, blaming a knee injury for her absence.

She is next scheduled to take part in the French Open on May 28.

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Tom Brady is skipping the New England Patriots visit to the White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will be joined by some of his friends from the New England Patriots today when the Super Bowl winners visit the White House this afternoon, but one big name will be missing: Tom Brady.

Brady released a statement this morning, citing “recent developments” and “personal family matters” as the reason for his absence.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today. Our team has accomplished something very special that we are all proud of and will be for years to come. Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish the goal of winning a championship in the future years, we will back on the South Lawn again soon. Have a great day!” he said in the statement.

This isn’t the first time the four-time Super Bowl MVP skipped a visit to the White House. He said a “family commitment” prevented him from attending the 2015 ceremony held by then-President Obama.

Today’s visit also comes as the team grapples with the news that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in jail this morning.

At least five other Patriots players have said that they are not attending today’s ceremony for political reasons, according to The Boston Globe.

But Brady’s absence is particularly notable given the close relationship he has with Trump.

Trump regularly mentioned Brady during the presidential campaign, even telling reporters from The Washington Post in March 2016 that Brady “loves me.”

In September 2015, The Boston Globe reported that a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s locker, and he said that he was given it by Patriots owner Bob Kraft.

At the time, Brady said that he has known Trump since 2002 when Brady judged one of Trump’s beauty pageants.

“I’ve know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times,” Brady said.

Brady defended his friendship with Trump throughout the campaign, though avoided making any clear public declarations of political support.

On Nov. 9, the day after the election, Brady put an end to his political talk, apparently after having a discussion with his supermodel wife Gisele.

“I talked to my wife and she said I can’t talk about politics anymore, so … I think that’s a good decision,” he said.

In addition to Brady, Trump is tight with Kraft, who has dined with Trump and Japan’s prime minister at Mar-a-Lago. Trump also has a longstanding relationship with Patriots head coach Belichick.

The visit to the White House is customary for the team that wins the Super Bowl, but not all players are expected to attend, with some specifically avoiding the event because of Trump, including Alan Branch, who spoke with the Boston Globe this week.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” he said.

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Trump to host New England Patriots at White House

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The New England Patriots will join President Donald Trump at the White House Wednesday to celebrate their unprecedented comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl earlier this year.

Trump is no stranger to the Patriots. He has heaped praise on the team’s quarterback, Tom Brady, for years, calling Brady — this year’s Super Bowl MVP — a “total winner” on Twitter and mentioning the star quarterback on the trail during the presidential campaign.

In addition to Brady, Trump is close with Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who has dined with Trump and Japan’s prime minister at Mar-a-Lago. Trump also has a longstanding relationship with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

The visit to the White House is customary for the team that wins the Super Bowl, but not all players are expected to attend, with some specifically avoiding the event because of Trump, including Alan Branch, who spoke with the Boston Globe this week.

“I wouldn’t spend time away from my family to shake the hand of a guy I wouldn’t want to meet with or talk to,” he said.

The visit also comes as the team grapples with the news that former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in jail this morning.

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell

Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was discovered dead Wednesday morning after hanging himself in his jail cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

In a statement, the MDOC said that corrections officers found Hernandez at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at about 3:05 a.m. EST, after which resuscitation efforts were attempted. He was subsequently tranported to UMASS Leominster hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. EST by a hospital doctor.

“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window,” the MDOC statement read. “Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating the scene, the MDOC said.

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Former Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez found dead in jail cell

Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez was discovered dead Wednesday morning after hanging himself in his jail cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

In a statement, the MDOC said that corrections officers found Hernandez at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at about 3:05 a.m. EST, after which resuscitation efforts were attempted. He was subsequently tranported to UMASS Leominster hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. EST by a hospital doctor.

“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window,” the MDOC statement read. “Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

Massachusetts State Police are currently investigating the scene, the MDOC said.

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