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Simone Biles Talks Life Post Olympics, Autobiography and Internet Trolls

Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Simone Biles is one very busy 19-year-old.

The four-time gold medalist at this year’s Rio Olympics spoke to ABC News while she was attending the Quickbooks Connect conference in San Jose, California. Biles had just been in New York City the day before and had traveled to Pennsylvania a few days prior.

The Olympian takes her packed schedule in stride. She said a simple schedule helps her though all these “fun events.”

“It kind of helps me build out my day,” she said. “It’s pretty rough, but it’s good.”

In addition to her crazy traveling schedule, Biles also has an autobiography, Courage to Soar, out in the next couple weeks.

“It’s just me telling my life. I know it’s all over the internet, but I wanted you guys to hear it from me,” she said. “When I was younger I was adopted [by grandparents], that’s in there. Then, the things I’ve had to go through and the competitions, injuries.”

In fact, she’s so busy right now that her days off are rare. But she tries to make time for friends, including fellow Olympian Aly Raisman.

“I have a couple off days … on tour, I have like four or five shows in a row, but we are excited about everything we do, because these are opportunities we might not get again,” she said. “The girls and I love to go to the pool or go get our nails done, or we just go shopping. A lunch place to go to or a dinner place to go to, as well.”

What Biles has absolutely no time for are Internet trolls.

After appearing in a Jake Miller music video last week, there were some comments made on Twitter and other forms of social media. Biles is too busy to entertain hurtful slurs.

“Honestly like most of the time, I’m so busy, I don’t even see any of it,” she told ABC News.

She added, “I have no idea what people are talking about, I know it’s crazy to say that. I’m on tour, I’m going to events and appearances. I don’t have time to see any of that.”

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Cubs Fans Vote World Series More Important Than Presidential Election

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The United States presidency and the World Series winner will both be determined this November.

For many fans of the Chicago Cubs, the baseball championship is clearly the most pressing concern.

An informal survey outside Wrigley Field found that far more Cubs fans are concerned with the team’s winning its first World Series championship since 1908 than with the presidential race.

Until Sunday night, the team had not won a World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945 when a tavern owner named William Sianis was turned away at the stadium gates because of the foul odor of his pet goat. The outraged Sianis allegedly protested by saying, “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”

The Cubs lost that 1945 World Series to the Detroit Tigers and are currently behind the Cleveland Indians 2-3 in the 2016 series.

The win Sunday came after Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman managed to close the game for the first eight-out save of his big league career.

In the game the day before, celebrity Cubs fan Bill Murray led the crowd at Wrigley Field in a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch.

The final games of the World Series will be played in Cleveland, which also served as home to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Titans’ Andre Johnson to Retire After 14 Seasons in NFL

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — After 14 seasons in the NFL, Andre Johnson is hanging up his cleats.

The wide receiver notified the Tennessee Titans Monday morning that he intends to retire, the team said.

“Going back to his days at the University of Miami, Andre was one of the most impressive wide receivers I’ve scouted,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said in a statement. “He had a professional approach to the game both on and off the field and in my opinion is one of the best to have played the game.”

“I enjoyed getting to know and work with him in his time with our team,” Robinson continued, adding, “We wish him nothing but the best moving forward in whatever endeavors he chooses.”

Johnson, 35, came to the Titans this past July. Before then, he played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, which chose him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

The seven-time Pro Bowler will end his career with 1,062 receptions, 14,185 receiving yards and 70 touchdowns.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/30/16

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

Chicago Cubs 3, Cleveland 2

L.A. Clippers 88, Utah 75
San Antonio 106, Miami 99
Golden State 106, Phoenix 100
Detroit 98, Milwaukee 83
Oklahoma City 113, L.A. Lakers 96
Memphis 112, Washington 103 (OT)
Houston 93, Dallas 92

Buffalo 3, Winnipeg 1
Philadelphia 4, Carolina 3
Florida 5, Detroit 2
N.Y. Islanders 5, Toronto 1
N.Y. Rangers 6, Tampa Bay 1
Chicago 3, L.A. Kings 0
Ottawa 2, Edmonton 0
Washington 3, Calgary 1

Washington 27, Cincinnati 27 (OT)
Kansas City 30, Indianapolis 14
Houston 20, Detroit 13
New Orleans 25, Seattle 20
Carolina 30, Arizona 20
N.Y. Jets 31, Cleveland 28
New England 41, Buffalo 25
Oakland 30, Tampa Bay 24 (OT)
Denver 27, San Diego 19
Atlanta 33, Green Bay 32
Dallas 29, Philadelphia 23 (OT)

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Michael Phelps Talks Fatherhood, Life with Wife Nicole

boomerrphelps/Instagram(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson revealed last week that they had secretly married earlier in the year.

Phelps and his new bride posted pictures from the wedding, which took place in June, to their respective Instagram accounts. Johnson said it was the “happiest day of my life.”

Before the news broke, Phelps spoke with ABC News about fatherhood and life with his two loves — his 5-month-old son Boomer and his wife Nicole.

“It’s definitely not cake. It’s definitely not easy that for sure,” Phelps said about being a dad to his son, who he welcomed with Johnson in May.

“[But] being able to welcome a healthy, beautiful baby boy into the world is something that changed my life,” he continued. “I think you really find the true definition of what love is when you have a child.”

Phelps, 31, finished his swimming career at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, winning five more gold medals and one silver, to bring his total gold medal count to 23. But, he’s also excited for his life after leaving the pool behind.

“Being back and having Nicole and Boomer, practically every day by my side, being able to watch him grow and being able to learn from him is very special,” he said. “It is challenging at times, trying to figure out what he wants and what he needs. [Like] in the middle of the night, he wakes up at 2, 3 a.m. … he just wants food, it’s an amazing experience though to watch him grow into his personality and show it more every day.”

Phelps had been engaged to the former Miss California USA since February 2015. He also teased in a Facebook live chat last week that “Baby number two may be coming soon. Who knows, though?”

The Olympic legend spoke to ABC News as part of his involvement with this year’s QuickBooks Connect conference held in San Jose, California. This marked the third year the event brought together tech and business enthusiasts to listen to some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and business.

The inspiring event was the biggest yet, with Intuit breaking it into two days with the likes of Phelps, Shaq and Simone Biles all speaking.

“I always talk about my career, there were times when of course I didn’t want to do it or a small bump in the road, through those ups and downs, it’s obviously a struggle, for me, I was able to find those right people to surround myself with to get through those tough times and help me get back on track,” Phelps told ABC News before going on stage. “If you look at the Olympics this year and two years ago, I probably would have said it’s pretty damn hard to do what I did this summer, for me being able to go through some life changing experiences, kind of dig deep, finishing how exactly I wanted to.”

Phelps has spoken before about his first attempt to retire in 2012, when he wasn’t on good terms with the sport.

“I wanted nothing to do with the sport,” he said about the 2012 London Olympics, where he won four gold medals. “I felt like I was being forced to really finish my career … taking a year and a half, two years off, to come back and find that passion again … it’s a dream come true … I’m more at peace now.”

“I’m ready to move forward, the next goal, the next chapter,” he added, including that will include work with his foundation, among other business ventures.

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Cubs Win Game 5; World Series Heads Back to Cleveland

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Cleveland Indians had the opportunity last night to clinch the World Series. Instead, we’re headed to Game 6 after the Chicago Cubs won at Wrigley Field.

It was a must-win for the Cubs and they staved off disaster, scoring three runs in the fourth inning, one more than Cleveland’s single runs in the second and sixth – seven hits total for the Indians, and six for Chicago – putting the series at 3-2.

Even with the Cubs’ win Sunday, the Indians remain one victory away from winning their first World Series since 1948. Chicago needs to win both remaining games to clinch the title.

Cleveland hasn’t needed home field advantage to beat Chicago, winning two of their three games at Wrigley, but they’ll have it when they travel back home for Game 6 Tuesday at 8:08 p.m. ET.

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Inside Michael Phelps’ Secret Wedding

Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV(LOS ANGELES) — Michael Phelps said he kept his marriage to Nicole Johnson Phelps a secret for months “just because.”

Now the Olympic swimmer and his bride seem comfortable opening up about their big day. The two are giving fans a peek inside their picturesque wedding by sharing photos on Instagram.

There’s no word on where the two actually tied the knot, but according to photos shared on Instagram, it appears they wed on a golf course near the Pacific Ocean.

Phelps, 31, captioned a photo of the two walking down the aisle: “My best friend…. I love you!!”

Johnson Phelps, who has officially changed her Instagram handle to “mrs.nicolephelps,” captioned another photo of the two on their wedding day: “Truly the happiest day of my life.”

According to a record of marriage obtained by ABC News, the Olympic gold medalist and the former Miss California USA wed on June 13. The certificate is registered in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

In a Facebook Live chat on Thursday, Phelps spoke for the first time about his secret wedding.

“I had to keep it a secret from y’all. I had to keep it hush-hush from you guys,” he said, smiling. “But Nicole and I are married. We are officially married.”

Phelps and Johnson Phelps, who is also 31, announced their engagement in February 2015. The two had an on-again, off-again relationship for eight years before getting engaged. They are parents to a 5-month-old son, Boomer.

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Cleveland on the Brink of First World Series Title Since 1948

Kyodo News via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — On Sunday night, long-suffering Cleveland baseball fans may witness something they haven’t seen in 68 years: the Indians taking home a World Series title.

The Cleveland Indians were widely considered to be the underdogs at the start of the series pitting them against the Chicago Cubs, the only baseball team to have gone longer than the Indians without a world championship, 108 years.

But the Indians handed the Cubs their second-consecutive home loss Saturday night thanks to another dominant pitching performance from ace Corey Kluber and a phenomenal game from second baseman and fan favorite Jason Kipnis, who crushed a line drive three-run homer to stretch his team’s lead to 7-1.

The team ultimately held on to win by 7-2 and now leads the seven-game series 3-1.

The Indians’ lead puts tremendous pressure on them to try to clinch the championship Sunday night in front of an anxious crowd of Cubs fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The rise of the 2016 Indians had been unexpected by many analysts, given the injuries suffered by some of the team’s players, such as outfielder Michael Brantley and pitcher Carlos Carrasco.

But the Cleveland team has managed to get the job done with timely hitting plus excellent pitching by Kluber as well as by relievers Bryan Shaw, Cody Allen, and Andrew Miller, who has set the postseason record for strikeouts by a reliever.

Another Cleveland player, 22-year-old former first-round draft pick Francisco Lindor, once considered to be a defense-first prospect, has emerged as an offensive star in the postseason at shortstop, with a robust .370 batting average.

Cleveland fans are relishing the potentially history-making victory for their ballclub, and have packed their home stadium of Progressive Field not only for home games, but to watch the team play on the road on the stadium’s jumbotron screen.

One Indians’ devotee told ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland that fans there want to see the team win the championship, and whether it happened in Chicago or at home was immaterial.

“As long as they win, that’s what really matters,” Robert Oriti said. “Obviously, we would love for them to win here, but winning the series is winning the series either way.”

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Cleveland Indians Take Game Four of World Series

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Cleveland Indians are just a game away from winning the World Series.

The Indians took Game 4 over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, led by ace Corey Kluber.

Kluber pitched 6 innings Saturday night after a shortened rest.

The Indians beat the Cubs with a score of 7-2.

Game 5 is Sunday night with the final showdown at Wrigley Field. If the series continues, the teams will return to Cleveland on Tuesday night for Game 6.

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Toxicology Report Shows Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Had Cocaine and Alcohol in System

Joe Skipper/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system and was drunk when he was killed in a boating accident last month, according to his autopsy results.

The toxicology report from the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department was released Saturday and also showed Fernandez had a blood alcohol content of .147, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

The toxicology reports of Fernandez’s friends Emilio Jesus Macias Eduardo Rivero, who also died in the crash were released as well. Their reports show that neither was legally drunk, but cocaine was found in Rivero’s blood, according to ESPN.

It is still unclear who was at the helm at the time of the deadly crash.

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