Review Category : National Sports

Scoreboard Roundup — 10/26/16

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

WORLD SERIES
Chicago Cubs 5, Cleveland 1 (Game 2, series tied 1-1)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Sacramento 113, Phoenix 94
L.A. Lakers 120, Houston 114
Indiana 130, Dallas 121 (OT)
Miami 108, Orlando 96
Boston 122, Brooklyn 117
Toronto 109, Detroit 91
Oklahoma City 103, Philadelphia 97
Memphis 102, Minnesota 98
Charlotte 107, Milwaukee 96
Denver 107, New Orleans 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Anaheim 6, Nashville 1
Edmonton 4, Washington 1
Montreal 3, N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 5, Boston 2

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Singer Pulled from National Anthem at 76ers Game over ‘We Matter’ Jersey

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Singer Sevyn Streeter says the Philadelphia 76ers pulled her at the last minute from performing the national anthem at the team’s season opener over a “We Matter” jersey.

Sevyn posted a short video to Twitter talking about the incident at the match-up between the 76ers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I’m at the 76ers game singing the National Anthem and the organization is telling me I can’t because I’m wearing a ‘We Matter’ jersey,” Sevyn said.

Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn’t because I was wearing a “We Matter” jersey pic.twitter.com/wjoJN3rq0r

— Sevyn (@sevyn) October 27, 2016

The 76ers organization sent the following statement to Action News, a local ABC affiliate:

“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”

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Michael Phelps Is Married to Nicole Johnson

Mike Marsland/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Michael Phelps has taken the plunge.

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

A rep for Phelps has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Phelps and Johnson, both 31, announced their engagement in February 2015. They welcomed their son, Boomer, this past May, and a few months later, Johnson brought the baby to Rio to cheer on Phelps at Olympics. Having his family on-hand was an emotional experience, Phelps said.

“When I got out of the warm-up pool for the last time to get ready to go up to the blocks, I have the white shoes that I wore pretty much every finals,” he told ABC News. “In the left foot, there’s a footprint of him, inside of my shoe, and I put my shoe on and I looked down at it and I started to get emotional because I knew he was in the stands.”

“Being able to have our first child witness my last Olympics ever, my last ever, I mean, it’s just dream come true after dream come true,” he added.

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Twins Clark and Addison Dubbed the Good Luck Charms of the Chicago Cubs

Image Source Pink/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Adorable 4-month-old twin babies, named Clark and Addison after the famous cross streets outside of the home of the Chicago Cubs, have been dubbed the long-struggling baseball team’s good luck charms this season.

Fraternal twins Addison, a girl, and Clark, her brother, were born on June 27 and named after the intersection right outside of Wrigley Field.

Shortly after the twins came into the world, the Cubs made it to the World Series for the first time in 71 year, and their parents soon called the newborns the team’s good luck charms.

“I grew up watching the Cubs with my grandfather for as long as I can remember,” Scott McFarland, Addison and Clark’s father and a “life-long” Cubs fan, told ABC News on Wednesday. “It has been a lifelong hope that they would win a pennant, which happened last night.”

“My grandfather had to wait 71 years to see a World Series. I had to wait 33, and my kids only had to wait 4 months,” McFarland joked.

McFarland said a friend suggested the names as an idea and “it kind of stuck.”

“We thought the Cubs needed all the help they could get,” McFarland added.

The family currently lives in Springfield, Illinois, but McFarland said he is bringing the twins to Chicago on Saturday to watch the game. McFarland said they do not have tickets but they are hoping to be able to bring Clark and Addison to one of the games at Wrigley.

“I never really anticipated it happening in my lifetime,” McFarland said of the Cubs making it to the World Series. “I think they’re still the favorites to win, which is even better.”

Amber McFarland, the mother of the twins, told ABC News, “I never would have thought anything like this would happen even after naming them Addison and Clark. We just fell in love with the names and the connection with the Chicago Cubs,” adding that she thought Addison and Clark “just seemed to match twins that were a boy and girl.”

Amber McFarland was originally a White Sox fan, but Scott McFarland said he converted her shortly after they started dating and he took her to Wrigley Field.

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Rolling Stones Perform at Exclusive Party Thrown by New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Desiree Navarro/WireImage(FOXBORO, Mass.) — The Rolling Stones performed an exclusive private event hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Tuesday night in front of a super-exclusive crowd.

Kraft, 75, was joined at the VIP party by guests including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and designer Tommy Hilfiger, according to photos posted on social media.

Kraft arrived to the event dressed to impress in a formal suit and tie with his signature fashion trademark, sneakers.

Mick Jagger and the rest of the band reportedly earned millions for the one-night-only exclusive gig. A seven-figure fee is on par with what singers like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey reportedly earn for performing private concerts for world leaders.

Kraft has planned other elaborate parties in the past, like last year’s Super Bowl after-party in which he went on stage to dance with rapper Rick Ross. The Pats owner also threw his team a Cape Cod cookout.

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World Series Can’t Outrun Objections to Cleveland Indians’ Red-Skinned Logo

Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Everywhere the Cleveland Indians go, so go team mascot Chief Wahoo and the logo that critics slam as derogatory.

The Indians are in the 2016 World Series and, as expected, some Native American groups immediately planned protests against the team’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. The Cleveland American Indian Movement, for instance, has posted a call to rally against the mascot on its website.

“The World Series begins in Cleveland this Tuesday, October 25,” it reads. “Join Cleveland American Indian Movement and the Native community as we gather at the stadium in protest of Cleveland Baseball’s use of the ‘Indians’ team name and the despicable ‘Wahoo’ logo. Newspapers and broadcasters from around the world will be there, so now is the time to let your voice be heard!”

The logo’s grinning face, which critics have compared to the kinds of racist images used to dehumanize Jews and African-Americans, became the primary face of the team just before it won its most recent World Series championship back in 1948, according to Chris Creamer’s SportsLogos.net.
The mascot, with its cherry-red skin and iconic grin that appeared to convey some combination of naughtiness and foolishness, eventually evolved into Chief Wahoo.

The battle to stop the usage of Wahoo, which bears certain similarities to the struggle to get the Washington Redskins of the NFL to shed their name, has already seeped into the team’s electric performance in the playoffs, casting a small shadow over its success.

Douglas Cardinal, a Native American activist who lives in Canada, failed in his efforts to bar the Indians from using their name and logo prior to Game 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays after an Ontario judge blocked his legal challenge.

MLB acknowledged Cardinal’s criticism of the mascot while trying to keep the issue out of court by saying that the league welcomes “a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation.”

But the very public pushback against the team’s name and Wahoo logo is unlikely to go away any time soon. Several op-ed articles about Wahoo have run prior to the start of the series, and for decades, Jerry Howarth, the team’s radio play-by-play voice, has refused to say the name “Indians” when calling games.

Sundance, the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement, and a member of the Muscogee people, has been protesting both the team’s name and logo since 1970, and called Wahoo “a symbol of genocide,” referring to the often-brutal colonization of Native American land by European settlers.

He noted that Wahoo’s face is a caricature, a kind of portrayal that is frequently used to “highlight deficiencies” in others.

“Wahoo is smiling,” Sundance said, “which to me is a sign that he’s approving of everything that’s happening. But as a native person I don’t approve. What we’re talking about is the representation of the original people of this land by their colonizers.”

As the 2016 regular season approached, the team’s owner, Paul Dolan announced that the team’s primary logo would be a “C,” but that it was not abandoning Chief Wahoo. Indeed, as Deadspin noted, the team has chosen to wear the Wahoo version of the caps throughout the playoffs so far.

“I’m not interested in being someone’s good luck charm,” Sundance said of the playoff run.

Sundance said he is a baseball fan, and that he looks forward to the day when he can watch the Cleveland team without seeing the name Indians, or Chief Wahoo’s face. ABC News reached out to the team’s front office regarding its decision to use the Wahoo logo, but did not immediately receive a response. Major League also did not immediately respond with a comment about the controversy.

The timing of the Indians’ return to the Fall Classic, and the controversy surrounding their name and logo, carries an added degree of weight right now because of ongoing protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipleline.

Sundance said that the issues surrounding Wahoo and the protests at Standing Rock are related.

“We need to be allowed to have control of our own identity,” he said.

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Cleveland Indians Take World Series Game 1

Amana Images/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians gave their hometown fans a show Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series.

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth and three in the eighth off of 10 hits, while their defense held the Cubs scoreless despite seven hits before a sold-out crowd of over 38,000.

It’s the first World Series appearance by Cleveland since 1997, while Chicago hasn’t played a World Series game in 71 years.

Game 2 of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. ET, again in Cleveland.

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Cleveland Indians Take World Series Game One

Amana Images/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — The Cleveland Indians gave their hometown fans a show Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game one of the World Series.

The Indians scored two runs in the first inning, one run in the fourth and three in the eighth off of 10 hits, while their defense held the Cubs scoreless despite seven hits before a sold-out crowd of over 38,000.

It’s the first World Series appearance by Cleveland since 1997, while Chicago hasn’t played a World Series game in 71 years.

Game two of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:08 p.m. ET, again in Cleveland.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/25/16

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

WORLD SERIES

Cleveland 6, Chicago Cubs 0 (Game 1)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland 117, NY Knicks 88
Portland 113, Utah 104
San Antonio 129, Golden State 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 3, Florida 3
Minnesota 5, Boston 0
New Jersey 5, Arizona 3
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 3
Detroit 4, Carolina 2
Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 3 (SO)
Calgary 4, St. Louis 1
Dallas 3, Winnipeg 2
San Jose 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Vancouver 0
L.A. Kings 3. Columbus 2 (OT)

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Fan Dies Following Fall at Denver Broncos Game

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER) — The Denver Medical Examiner’s office says a fan died early Tuesday after suffering a fall at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on Monday night.

The man fell from a height of 60 feet from a stairway railing near the escalators at the north end of the stadium and was rushed to the Denver Medical center, where he was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred following the Denver Broncos’ 27-9 win over the Houston Texans.

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