Review Category : National Sports

Bill Murray Leads Cubs Fans in Singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ Daffy-Duck Style

John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Die-hard Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray got the role of a lifetime when he was tapped to lead baseball fans inside Wrigley Field in singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” Friday.

Murray, 66, got on the microphone during Game 3’s seventh inning stretch to sing his rendition of the classic baseball song.

Before the Chicago native began the tune, he told the crowd he’d be singing in the style of Daffy Duck, slobbering some notes.

The Cubs went on to lose the game. The Cleveland Indians noiw lead the series 2-1.

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Kevin Durant Surprises Young Fan With a Similar Story to His

American Family Insurance(WASHINGTON) — One 11-year-old boy, from Kevin Durant’s hometown, was really inspired after hearing the NBA player’s Most Valuable Player acceptance speech honoring his mother.

The speech made James, who aspires to be an entertainer, want to be successful enough to be able to take care of his own mother.

In his 2014 acceptance speech, the NBA star recognized his mother’s hard work and sacrifice.

“I don’t think you know what you did,” he said through tears. “The odds were stacked against us. [A] single parent with two boys by the time you were 22 years old.”

“You made us believe. You kept us off the street,” Durant, 28, said. “You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Along with inspiring hundreds of basketball fans, the speech also inspired little James, who hails from Prince George’s County, Maryland — the same area where Durant grew up.

Because of his passion, he was tapped by director Eunique Jones Gibson to meet Durant.

“After watching how Durant saluted his mom during his MVP speech, James realized that his very own mother plays a similar role by making it possible for him to pursue his dreams and interests,” Jones told ABC News of why James was selected for the video.

The surprise meeting, in which James thought he was about to appear on a talk show to speak about his mother, was captured in a now-viral video.

In the video, Durant shares with James what his mother put on his wall when he was a kid: “Always believe that anything is possible.” Durant then shook James’ hand.

The heartwarming viral video was produced as a commercial for American Family Insurance’s “Dream Campaign.”

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82-Year-Old Cubs Fan Gets Team Tattoo with Daughter and Grandson

Karen Donohoe(CHICAGO) — An 82-year-old die-hard Chicago Cubs fan showed her team loyalty Thursday night by receiving her first tattoo ever in honor of the World Series contenders.

Barbara “Babs” Sechrest, 82, of Des Plaines, Illinois, her daughter Karen Donohoe and her eldest grandchild, Ryan Sechrest, 30, received the matching tattoos together.

“She didn’t go to bed until 2 in the morning because she was so excited after the tattoo and the fun night we had,” Donohoe told ABC News of her mother. “She kept telling me and my nephew, ‘This was just the best day and the best bonding experience!’ Seeing her excitement was the best part for me.”

Donohoe said her mother has been a Cubs fan since she was a small child.

Babs Sechrest grew up one of 10 children with a mother who was a huge fan of the baseball team.

“Me and my girlfriends, we sat in the bleachers all day long because that’s where the sun was, we liked getting a suntan,” Babs Sechrest laughed as she told ABC News. “I was 18 or 19 [years old]. In those days, it was just 50 cents on Tuesday to get in because they called it ‘Ladies Day.’ If we were working, we’d switch our day off just so we could be there at the games.”

Babs Sechrest married and had four children and moved with her husband, Richard, to one mile away from Wrigley Field ballpark so she could walk with her children to the games. Her husband died in 1998.

“My best memory of my mom is one day, she came and picked me up at school; it was a half day,” Donohoe said. “I was 10 years old and we got sub sandwiches and went to the Cubs game. She taught me all the rules of baseball. She taught me how to watch for the pitches, be respectful, never stand up for an inning. You stood up for the National Anthem and you didn’t fidget.”

“I can recall it to this day and it was 30-something years ago,” Donohoe said. “It was just so cool.”

The daughter said that in 2004, she and her mom made a pact that if the Cubs ever made it to the World Series, they’d get a tattoo together.

“The Cubs haven’t been the greatest team, so we didn’t think it was going to be one of those things,” Donohoe said. “She always said never to squelch a bet.”

On Thursday night, Babs Sechrest, clad in her vintage Ron Santo jersey, her grandson and her daughter walked into the Perfection Dermagraphics tattoo shop in their hometown and received tattoos of the Cubs’ team logo.

“It was exhilarating, honestly, to be with them and to have this tattoo with my youngest child and my first grandchild,” Babs Sechrest said. “We just love each other, so we decided to do this all at the same time.”

Tonight, the Cubs play the Cleveland Indians in the third game of the series and the first at Wrigley Field.

Babs Sechrest and her family will watch on TV while celebrating the 16th birthday of one of her grandsons.

“We’re going to go nuts at this house,” she said. “I’m predicting [the Cubs] are going to take all three games here. That’s the gut feeling.”

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Jaguars Owner Says He Will Not Fire Head Coach Gus Bradley

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t making any big changes just yet. Team owner Shad Khan said after Thursday’s primetime loss to the Tennessee Titans that Gus Bradley will remain the team’s head coach.

However, a change could be coming soon if the Jaguars don’t improve their play. The team enters the weekend in last place in the AFC South, and they are headed towards another losing season despite high expectations entering 2016.

Quarterback Blake Bortles has not had the year many were anticipating, and the team has committed a number of penalties that have cost them early in games.

In 2012, Bradley was hired away from the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff and was tasked with turning Jacksonville’s franchise around. Through just about three and a half seasons, Bradley’s done everything but, coaching the Jaguars to a 14-41 record overall.

The loss to Tennessee marks what seems to be the lowest point in Bradley’s tenure with the Jaguars. Khan spoke with the players just three days prior to the game to ask why the team wasn’t winning games and if he could do anything to help.

Bradley said after the team’s loss he’s not worried about his job. He’s just concerned with getting the Jaguars to play better football.

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Maryland Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon Agrees to Four-Year Extension

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — Mark Turgeon is staying in College Park.

The University of Maryland head basketball coach agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2023 to continue coaching the Terrapins.

Turgeon, 51, has coached at Maryland for five years, leading the program to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. They reached the Sweet Sixteen last season, the first time since 2003.

The Terps have won over 100 games during Turgeon’s tenure: They’re 55-16 over the past two seasons. And despite losing four starters in the offseason, the team returns star Melo Trimble, and have high expectations entering the 2016 season.

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Michael Phelps Talks for First Time About Marrying in Secret

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps is opening up about his secret wedding to now-wife Nicole Johnson.

“I’ve been married for a while — a couple months,” he said during a Facebook Live video Thursday.

“I had to keep it a secret from y’all. I had to keep it hush-hush from you guys,” the Olympic swimmer added, smiling. “But Nicole and I are married. We are officially married … and now we are getting the chance to kind of kick it and hang out now.”

In the video, Phelps, 31, is golfing with fellow Baltimore athlete, Ray Lewis, a former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. The gold medalist even showed off that he’s not yet wearing a wedding ring.

When asked why he kept his marriage a secret, Phelps replied: “Just because.”

The swimmer, father to 5-month-old son Boomer, also hinted that he could be expanding his family soon.

“Baby number two may be coming soon,” he teased. “Who knows, though?”

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

Phelps and Johnson, who is also 31, announced their engagement in February 2015.

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Mystery Behind Cleveland Indians’ Missing Pennant from 1948 World Series

DAJ/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The pennant from the last time the Cleveland Indians won the World Series in 1948 has been missing for more than 67 years, prompting some fans to blame the missing memorabilia for The Tribe’s lack of championship wins since it was last seen.

The whereabouts of the pennant have been a topic of legend in Major League Baseball. On Sept. 23, 1949, after the Indians were knocked out of contention for that year’s World Series, then-owner Bill Veeck concocted an idea to take advantage of the “lovely championship hangover” and boost revenue, Indians curator Jeremy Feador told MLB.com. He held an elaborate funeral for the flag.

The pennant was placed in a casket and had a horse-drawn funeral hearse from the 1800s, Feador said. It was buried behind the fence in the outfield at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, with Indians players serving as pallbearers. The grave for the pennant even had a headstone that said “1949 Champs,” historical photos show.

As time went on, Indians fans began to forget about the pennant. No one has seen it since it was buried, Feador said. But he has a few theories on what could have happened to it.

The 14-by-20-foot pennant could have been dug up in the 1990s and mistaken for garbage when ground broke for FirstEnergy Stadium, built to replace Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Feader thinks it could be in a landfill somewhere or in the basement of a fan who’s just waiting for the “right time” to unveil it.

Many Indians fans say the missing pennant is the reason why it’s been 68 years since The Tribe won a World Series, ABC affiliate WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported.

Baseball and superstition go hand-in-hand, as Chicago Cubs fans also know well. The Cubs are currently trying to defeat the Curse of the Billy Goat, which legend says was imposed upon the team the last time they appeared in a World Series — in 1945.

The city of Cleveland celebrated another one of its winning teams on Monday — the Cavaliers, who won the NBA championship in June.

“It would be like Dan Gilbert right now taking the Cavs’ pennant down and burying it underneath Quickenloans if they don’t make it to the playoffs this year,” Feador told WEWS.

The Indians last played in the World Series in 1997, though they didn’t win. They have won twice before: first in 1920 and last in 1948. The only signage at FirstEnergy Stadium now that signifies their last World Series win is a small sign with the numbers “1948” printed on it.

The Indians play the Cubs in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series on Friday at 8:08 p.m. at Wrigley Field. The teams are currently tied in the series at 1-1.

Feador is asking fans to look for additional memorabilia from the Indians’ 1948 World Series win that they may not even know they have.

“There’s probably a lot of stuff out there that we don’t know about, but I would love to hear about,” he said. “So check your attics, check your basements, ask your family.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/27/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
San Antonio 102, Sacramento 94
L.A. Clippers 114, Portland 106
Atlanta 114, Washington 99
Chicago 105, Boston 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

L.A. Kings 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
San Jose 3, Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 4, N.Y. Islanders 2
Arizona 5, Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 4, Buffalo 0
Toronto 3, Florida 2
Montreal 3, Tampa Bay 1
Winnipeg 4, Dallas 1
Detroit 2, St. Louis 1 (2OT)

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(25) Virginia Tech 39, Pittsburgh 36

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tennessee 36, Jacksonville 22

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Cubs’ Schwarber Not Cleared to Play Outfield

Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — He’s healthy enough to hit, but Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was no cleared to play in the outfield during the World Series.

Schwarber missed almost all of the regular season with a torn ACL.

The big hitter returned to the Cubs lineup as a designated hitter for the first two games of the World Series, but with the next three games played at Wrigley Field, the designated hitter won’t be in play. And on Thursday, team president Theo Epstein said doctors did not clear him to play the field.

Schwarber tried to argue for clearance, Epstein said, but the team opted to look out for his long-term health.

Schwarber admitted that it was always a long shot that he would play in the field this series. “There’s no being sad about it. There’s no nothing. I know my role now, and I’m going to embrace it.”

His Game One double made Schwarber the first position player in MLB history to get his first hit of the season in the World Series. “I’m living the dream,” he said. “We’re playing in the World Series. What else could you ask for? I’m just going to keep riding the wave until it ends.”

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Broncos’ C.J. Anderson Out Indefinitely with Meniscus Damage

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DENVER) — Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson could be out for a while after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Anderson suffered damage to the meniscus in his right knee. The extent of the damage would be determined during the surgery.

ESPN says a full meniscus tear could cost Anderson the remainder of the Broncos’ season, while a partial tear could see him return in four or five weeks.

An MRI Anderson had done on Wednesday revealed no tear of his ACL.

Anderson suffered the injury late in the first quarter of the Broncos’ Monday night win over the Houston Texans. Anderson returned to the game eight plays later, however, and finished with 16 carries for 107 rushing yards.

Rookie Devontae Booker is expected to start on Sunday in Anderson’s place.

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