Review Category : National Sports

Families of victims in Jose Fernandez boat crash sue

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) – In the wake of Miami Marlins’ All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death, there is now a battle for his estate. A pair of lawsuits claim wrongful death and negligence for the boating accident that killed Fernandez and two others this past September.

Obtained by ESPN.com, the complaints from both families of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, the two other people on the boat, are claiming that Fernandez’s “negligence” was a “direct and proximate cause” of death. The complaints further allege that Fernandez failed to comply with Florida state statutes “while illegally intoxicated and/or under the influence of an illegal substance.”

The lawsuits were recently filed in Miami circuit court and come at a critical time for the late Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias. She is expected give birth to the couple’s daughter very soon. Arias is expected to be the beneficiary of Fernandez’s estate, valued at $2-3 million.

Speaking out against the lawsuit, Ralph Fernandez, a family friend and attorney representing the pitcher’s mother, said to ESPN.com, “I don’t want to project an end to this, but it’s had a bad start with the lawsuit timing, not necessarily the claim itself, which they are fully entitled to make, but with Maria Arias’ imminent childbirth. I think it was a sensitivity issue and a poor choice, but everyone represents clients in a different way.”

The family’s lawyer also said that a settlement offer of $500,000 each to both the families of Rivero and Macias on behalf of the insurance company was rejected.

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/13/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 99
San Antonio 110, Indiana 106
Memphis 112, Brooklyn 103
Orlando 116, Miami 107
Washington 120, Oklahoma City 98
Milwaukee 102, Detroit 89
Boston 111, Dallas 98
Denver 132, Golden State 110
L.-A. Clippers 88, Utah 72
New Orleans 110, Phoenix 108
Atlanta 109, Portland 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

N.-Y. Rangers 3, Columbus 2
Arizona 5, Calgary 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(8) Louisville 76, Syracuse 72
Texas Tech 84, (4) Baylor 78
OT/(3) Kansas 84, (9) West Virginia 80
(2) Villanova 75, DePaul 62

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UConn women win 100th straight game

PHOTOS.com/Thinkstock(STORRS, Conn.) — The UConn women’s basketball team beat South Carolina Monday night, 66-55, for the Huskies’ 100th straight win.

The Huskies’ last loss came in a 2-point overtime defeat at Stanford in November 2014. The Huskies have been undefeated this year, as well as the two previous seasons.

The last Division I men’s college basketball team to finish unbeaten was Indiana in 1975-76.

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One piece of missing Patriots Super Bowl memorabilia found

iStock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — A valuable item from Super Bowl 51 has been found.

Not long after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced that his jersey from his fifth Super Bowl win was missing from his locker, running back James White said he couldn’t find the football that he used to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

The ball was tracked down and is now on display at the New England Patriots Hall of Fame next to Gillette Stadium.

Now on display: The game winning ball from the #Patriots record breaking comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. pic.twitter.com/6EVXfXoyli

— The Hall (@TheHall) February 13, 2017

Brady’s jersey, however, is still missing.

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Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son arrested on child sexual abuse charges

iStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on charges related to child sexual abuse.

Jeffrey Sandusky was arrested after two underage teens told Pennsylvania State Police he solicited them for oral sex and nude photos. His arrest comes more than five years after his father was arrested for abusing minors.

Jeffrey Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Bail was set at $200,000. His attorney had no comment.

Sandusky works as a corrections officer. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections suspended him without pay.

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Patriots trademark phrase ‘Blitz for Six’

iStock/Thinkstock(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) – The New England Patriots’ journey for their sixth Super Bowl title is already underway.

The Patriots filed to trademark the phrase “Blitz for Six” just two days after orchestrating an historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI. The team hopes for the phrase to be used on an array of apparel and merchandise.

This is nothing new for the Patriots, as they have a history of trademarking phrases associated with the team. Prior to this year’s Super Bowl, the team filed to trademark “Ignore the Noise.” The team also received trademarks to “Do Your Job” and “We are all Patriots.”

In one case, attempting to trademark a phrase backfired on the team. The team tried to trademark the terms “19-0” and “Perfect Season” nine years ago when the Patriots were undefeated heading into Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants. The Giants ended up winning that game, but the Patriots recently received the trademarks.

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Derek and Hannah Jeter are expecting a baby girl

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(NEW YORK) — In a new essay for the Player’s Tribune, Hannah Jeter opens up about “The Derek I Know,” while writing about her husband and soon-to-be father of her child, a baby girl.

In a heartfelt piece, Hannah explains that she didn’t know who the baseball legend was when she first met him, and that it took a while to understand his connection to the fans of New York.

“You probably don’t believe me,” she explains. “But it’s true … I grew up in the Virgin Islands, on St. Thomas, which is only about three miles wide. Baseball wasn’t really ‘a thing.'”

She continues to write that while Google may have had its fair share of stories about the Yankees great, now 42, she got to know him on her own terms.

“Derek and I met during the off-season, and I think that was a lucky break,” she writes. “We met at the right time. To me, what matters in a relationship is being at the same place in your lives. And right from the start, I could tell that the timing of Derek’s life and mine were aligned.”

The fashion model, 26, came to terms with Jeter’s career and says in his final season as a ballplayer she canceled jobs to be with him, support him and “be present at those remaining games” of his career in an attempt to “reconcile” the love fans have for the World Series champ.

“Even during those last few months, I felt like I was still learning to identify the Derek Jeter everyone was saying goodbye to as the same Derek that I knew,” she writes. “And then, during his last game at Yankee Stadium … that’s when, for me, everything fell into place.”

This understanding of Jeter’s legacy is something that is on Hannah’s mind as she and her husband are now “pregnant with our first child … looking to the future.”

In the middle of the article, Jeter shares a picture of the baseball legend, holding pink balloons to signify the daughter they are expecting.

“He already has a name in mind — he’s set on it. (We’ll see.),” she adds. “Whatever her name is, I know she’ll run circles around him … They’re going to be born into such an extraordinary situation. They’re going to have to be some strong little people. We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be ‘Dad.’ That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t.”

But there is “some sadness,” she admits, that their children won’t know the sports icon firsthand at games, because he’s now retired and the Yankees will retire his jersey later this year.

“We can show them videos, and photos, and memorabilia … But I know it won’t be quite the same … You had to be there,” she writes. “We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart, and that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less.”

Though she wants her children to know all aspects of their father’s life, she closes with, “if they want to play baseball, well, we’re gonna have a little talk first.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 2/12/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Minnesota 117, Chicago 89
NY Knicks 94, San Antonio 90
Detroit 102, Toronto 101
Sacramento 105, New Orleans 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

San Jose 4, New Jersey 1
Minnesota 6, Detroit 3
NY Islanders 5, Colorado 1
Nashville 5, Dallas 3
Boston 4, Montreal 0
Vancouver 4, Buffalo 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Northwestern 66, (7) Wisconsin 59
(10) UCLA 78, Oregon St. 60
(25) SMU 60, (11) Cincinnati 51
Virginia Tech 80, (12) Virginia 78 (2 OT)

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All Star Brandon Phillips Traded To Braves

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for two players according to an ESPN report. The Reds are also reportedly responsible for most of Phillips’ $14 million salary.

The move comes after Atlanta’s projected second baseman, Sean Rodriguez, injured his shoulder in a car accident. He’s expected to miss three to five months while Phillips slides in his role.

Both clubs are in a rebuild. Phillips is one of many stars the Reds have traded in recent seasons. Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, and Johnny Cueto are others.

The Braves have added a number of veterans this offseason such as pitchers R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon as they prepare to open their new stadium this spring.

The Braves tried to trade for Phillips earlier in the offseason, but Phillips rejected the deal. The two parties convinced him to waive his full no-trade clause, and now he’ll be playing for his third Major League team and returning to his hometown of Atlanta when opening day rolls around at the beginning of April.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 2/11/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Clippers 107 Charlotte 102
Milwaukee 116 Indiana 100
Cleveland 125 Denver 109
Philadelphia 117 Miami 109
Golden State 130 Oklahoma City 114
Dallas 112 Orlando 80
Houston 133 Phoenix 102
Boston 112 Utah 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 4 Vancouver 3
Ottawa 3 N-Y Islanders 0
OT Philadelphia 2 San Jose 1
Dallas 5 Carolina 2
Florida 7 Nashville 4
Columbus 2 Detroit 1
N-Y Rangers 4 Colorado 2
St. Louis 4 Montreal 2
Tampa Bay 4 Winnipeg 1
Buffalo 3 Toronto 1
Washington 6 Anaheim 4
OT Arizona 4 Pittsburgh 3
Chicago 5 Edmonton 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1) Gonzaga 74 (20) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 64
(2) Villanova 73 (24) Xavier 57
(3) Kansas 80 Texas Tech 79
(4) Louisville 71 Miami 66
(5) Oregon 81 Southern Cal 70
(6) Baylor 70 TCU 52
(9) Arizona 62 California 57
(13) West Virginia 85 Kansas St. 66
Notre Dame 84 (14) Florida St. 72
(15) Kentucky 67 Alabama 58
(17) Florida 71 Texas A&M 62
(18) Duke 64 Clemson 62
(19) South Carolina 77 Mississippi St. 73
(21) Maryland 86 Ohio St. 77
Providence 71 (22) Butler 65
(23) Creighton 93 DePaul 58

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