Review Category : National Sports

Tim Tebow to Workout Before 20 MLB Teams

Travis Bell / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow’s foray into baseball is about to become more real.

On Aug. 30, he is expected to hold a workout in Los Angeles for Major League Baseball teams, a source tells ESPN. So far, more than 20 clubs have said they will be in attendance, another source says.

Tebow, 29, has been working on his baseball skills in Arizona and Los Angeles for nearly a year, according to ESPN. He hasn’t played the sport full-time since 2005 in Florida, where he was an all-state baseball player in high school.

Tebow was drafted from the University of Florida in 2010 by the Denver Broncos in the first round. He last played for the National Football League in 2012 with the New York Jets. He later trained with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles but was cut from both teams before the regular season began.

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Aly Raisman Courted on Twitter, Agrees to a Date with NFL Player

Alex Livesey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Forget Olympic Village dating apps. Gold medalist Aly Raisman managed to score a date with an NFL star over Twitter.

After a proposition by Oakland Raiders tight end Colton Underwood, Raisman agreed to a double date with fellow Olympian Shawn Johnson and her husband Andrew East, who also plays for the Raiders.

It all began with a video on Yahoo! Sports, during which Underwood tells Raisman that if she’s “ever in San Jose and wants to go on a double-date with me and Andrew and Shawn, let me know.”

Raisman, 22, said later in the video that Underwood, 24, is “very cute” and that she would go on a date with him. The conversation then continued on Twitter.

“@Colt3FIVE thanks for the sweet video…. looking forward to meeting you :)” Raisman tweeted at him. He replied, “Anytime! Looking forward to meeting you too. Safe travels back, see you soon!”

@Colt3FIVE thanks for the sweet video…. looking forward to meeting you 🙂

— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) August 21, 2016

Anytime! Looking forward to meeting you too. Safe travels back, see you soon! https://t.co/vWRhhqR5up

— Colton Underwood (@Colt3FIVE) August 21, 2016

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Court Keeps Russia Barred from Rio Paralympics

VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — World sports’ highest court of appeal has upheld a ban barring Russia entirely from next month’s Paralympics in Rio, maintaining an unprecedented punishment for the country’s state-supported efforts to conceal doping by its athletes.

The Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland, issued a statement saying the court had confirmed the decision by the International Paralympics Committee to keep Russian Paralympians suspended from the event because of Russia’s failure to meet its anti-doping obligations.

The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) imposed the ban in July after an investigation commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency found new proof that Russia’s sports ministry, aided by the country’s F.S.B. security service, had created a system for concealing doping by its athletes across virtually every Olympic discipline and several Paralympic.

At the time, the IPC’s president, Sir Philip Craven, said Russia had “catastrophically failed” its Paralympians and said he was “disgusted” by what he called Russia’s “medals over morals mentality.”

In Tuesday’s statement, the court said it found the IPC decision was “proportionate” and did not violate any procedural rules. The court also said it had not found any evidence contradicting the facts on which the decision was based.

Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko denounced the ruling, saying it was “more political than judicial.” “There is no reason at all for the refusal, but it’s happened,” the Russian state news agency TASS quoted Mutko as saying.

The IPC’s president, Crave, said he welcomed the ruling: “Today’s decision underlines our strong belief that doping has absolutely no place in Paralympic sport, and further improves our ability to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all Para athletes around the world.”

Russia’s entire Olympic track and field team had already missed the Olympic Games in Rio, after it was barred over the same doping cover up. At one stage, it had appeared that Russia would also be entirely banned from the Olympics, after WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee ban all Russian athletes over the doping scheme.

But the IOC eventually controversially chose to allow some Russian athletes to take part provided they passed a vetting process.

Eventually, 278 Russian athletes travelled to Rio for the Olympics, which wrapped up Sunday, with Russia winning fourth place in the overall medal table, taking home 56 medals.

This is the first time a country has been barred entirely from the Paralympics over doping. The ruling follows a months-long saga that saw an avalanche of allegations fall on Russia that it had sought to conceal doping among dozens of its athletes over many years, including by medal winners.

The WADA investigation by professor Richard McLaren in July found that Russia had established a “fail-safe system” that allowed it to pre-screen doping tests by its athletes and to then make selected positive samples disappear. McLaren’s report was based on evidence from the man who once ran the cover-up system, ex-director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, Grigory Rodchenkov, and found that Russia had used the system on dozens of athletes, including the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Those findings built on evidence from earlier WADA reports and claims made BY other whistleblowers to investigative journalists that Russia was allowing doping on an industrial scale.

Following McLaren’s report, the International Paralympics Committee said it had found at least 27 occasions when samples of Russian Paralympians had been interfered with across eight disciplines. The committee said at least 11 of these samples had been concealed.

But these figures were a fraction of the hundreds of samples that were found to have been interfered with among Russia’s Olympics teams, the majority of which were eventually allowed to compete.

Before Tuesday’s ruling, some had called for Russian Paralympians to be allowed to participate in Rio. The respected Russian investigative paper Novaya Gazeta, known normally for its highly critical coverage of the Kremlin, issued an appeal for an international campaign for Russia’s Paralympians to take part.

The IPC president, Craven, although welcoming the ruling, said Tuesday it was still not a cause for happiness but noted he believed a ban was necessary:

“Although we are pleased with the decision, it is not a day for celebration and we have enormous sympathy for the Russian athletes who will now miss out on the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

“It is a sad day for the Paralympic Movement, but we hope also a new beginning,” Craven said in the statement. “We hope this decision acts as a catalyst for change in Russia and we can welcome the Russian Paralympic Committee back as a member safe in the knowledge that it is fulfilling its obligations to ensure fair competition for all.”

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Tom Brady Missing from Patriots’ Pre-Season Games for ‘Personal Reasons’

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots are playing pre-season games, but without one of their key players.

Less than three weeks away from the start of the regular NFL season, the Patriots announced they excused four-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady from practice for “personal reasons.”

Watch the report from ABC news:

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Tom Brady Missing from Patriots’ Pre-Season Games

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots are playing pre-season games, but without one of their key players.

Less than three weeks away from the start of the regular NFL season, the Patriots announced they excused four-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady from practice for “personal reasons.”

Watch the report from ABC news:

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NASCAR to Offer Free XFINITY Series and Truck Series Tickets for Kids Next Year

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Good news for NASCAR fans with children.

Kids 12 and younger will receive free admission to XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series races, beginning next year.

NASCAR made the announcement Monday at an all-kids press conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, to help launch a week-long youth initiative dubbed Kids Drive NASCAR.

The initiative will continue this weekend with NASCAR’s scheduled events. The Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series will race at Michigan International Speedway, while the XFINITY Series will visit Road America in Wisconsin.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/22/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Houston 3, Pittsburgh 1
Baltimore 4, Washington 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Boston 6, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 1, Oakland 0
Seattle 7, N-Y Yankees 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 4, Colorado 2
Arizona 9, Atlanta 8
Chi Cubs 5, San Diego 1
L.A. Dodgers 18, Cincinnati 9

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The Nationals Place Stephen Strasburg on DL with Right Elbow Soreness

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals have placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list with right elbow soreness.

According to manager Dusty Baker, the 28-year-old right-hander wanted to pitch through the pain.

“He knows how bad we need him to pitch,” he said according to ESPN. “I had to explain to him that it’s not hero time.”

Baker added that Strasburg would “hopefully” be “good” in September and/or October, according to ESPN

Strasburg was on the DL from June 19 to July 3 for a strain in his upper-back. He also underwent surgery for an elbow ligament replacement in September 2010.

A. J. Cole will replace Strasburg as the starting pitcher in Monday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Meet Toni-Ann Williams: The First Ever Female Gymnast to Represent Jamaica in the Olympics

Courtesy of Justin Howell/Cal Athletics(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Before Toni-Ann Williams even landed in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which ended Sunday, she had already made history.

Back in April, Williams, 20, qualified for the Olympics and became the first ever female gymnast to head to the Olympic Games, representing Jamaica.

One day after the Olympic Games came to a close, Williams chatted with ABC News. Here are five things we learned about the humble history-maker.

1. Williams is actually American. Still, she was able to represent the Caribbean country because both of her parents were born in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. And although Williams grew up in Randallstown, Maryland, the gymnast said, “Growing up, I lived in a very Jamaican household. My parents treated my house like we were in Jamaica.”

2. Initially, the Olympic athlete hated gymnastics. “[My parents] put me in it at 4,” she recalled. “I thought the gym was super hot. I thought it was stupid and I didn’t really like it. But my parents liked watching me do it so they pushed me … not to give up.” Williams added that by 12 years old, she saw that she had “some potential.”

3. She can’t compete without her lucky stuffed animal. “[It] is my little pink unicorn that one of my teammates gave me during last season. And I take her with me during every competition,” Williams said, adding that her University of California, Berkeley, teammate Emily Richardson gifted it to her.

4. Williams almost passed out when she met fellow Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt.
“I was excited to meet him,” she recalled. It happened in the Olympic Village when she went to the track team’s hotel. “[I thought] a bunch of photographers were taking pictures of me and I turn around and he’s right behind me! And I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ He was super cool and really nice. We got some pictures … and he was just really supportive.”

5. She’s not sure if she’ll compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Currently, I’m getting prepared for my collegiate season with [University of California, Berkeley,] and then next summer, there are some international competitions that Team Jamaica may send me to. I’m excited to compete at college and compete with my country.” Williams added that in the future, she hopes to build a gymnastics training center in Jamaica to help develop future Olympic athletes.

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Gabby Douglas Set to Judge the Miss America Pageant

Joe Scarnici/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Gabby Douglas is going from being judged on her performance, to being a judge herself.

The Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast has signed on as one of the celebrity judges in the 2017 Miss America pageant.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas will join an all-star panel of judges that includes singer-actress Laura Marano.

“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas says in a statement from the Miss America organization. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent.”

The 2017 Miss America competition will air live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday, Sept. 11 on ABC.

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