Review Category : National Sports

Chicago Cubs Head Home, One Win from World Series

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(LOS ANGLES) — The Chicago Cubs are one step closer to the World Series. After beating the Dodgers 8-4 in game 5 of the National League Championship Series Thursday night, the Cubs now lead the series 3-2.

The Cubs and Dodgers play game 6 of the NLCS Saturday night at Wrigley Field. If the Cubs win Saturday, they’ll face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

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Charlie Sheen Offers to Throw First Pitch at World Series

Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Will Wild Thing take the mound in the World Series?

Charlie Sheen played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a glasses-wearing, hard-throwing pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, in the beloved 1989 movie Major League.

Since the real-life Indians advanced to the World Series on Wednesday, fans have been pushing on social media for Sheen to throw out the first pitch before one of the games in the Fall Classic.

Sheen is certainly game. On Thursday he posted a photo of himself as Vaughn, and wrote, “Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I’d be honored.”

It remains to be seen whether the Indians will hand the ball to Sheen during the World Series. The American League team will take on the winner of the National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, beginning Tuesday.

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New York Giants’ Josh Brown Admitted in Journal Entries That He Abused His Wife

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL said it is reopening its investigation into New York Giants kicker Josh Brown after documents were released Wednesday in which the player admitted to abusing his former wife, Molly Brown.

In March 2013, Josh Brown signed a “Contract for Change” from a counseling and consulting firm in Oregon, saying he would try to set things right with his wife. In the contract, he wrote, “I have physically, verbally and emotionally abused my wife Molly.” The contract also stated that he “controlled” her by “making her feel less human than me.”

As part of the contract, Josh Brown agreed to “journal” at least four times a week. The documents released include Josh Brown’s handwritten journal entries, which feature a list of reasons why he resents his wife, to-do lists and an admission that he “may need an anger counselor.”

In a letter to loved ones, Josh Brown wrote that he had been “a liar” for most of his life and began to abuse women at the age of 7. He also wrote that he abused his wife due to underlying issues he never addressed.

“I viewed myself as God basically and she was my slave,” Josh Brown wrote. “I carried an overwhelming sense of entitlement because I put money higher than God and I used it as a power tool.”

Josh Brown was arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault in May 2015 after an incident with his wife, according to a police report from the King County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State. It appears Brown is no longer facing charges.

The Giants knew about the arrest but still signed him to a 2-year, $4 million contract.

In a victim’s statement provided to authorities, Molly Brown said he became “super angry” because he claimed she had disrespected him and “he’s the man of the house.” She then said that she was afraid that Brown would hurt her 16-year-old son and that she called 911.

Molly Brown told police that she estimated that Josh Brown had gotten physical with her more than 10 times since they had gotten married. The victim’s statement details several instances in which Josh Brown allegedly lost his temper with her, including an incident in which he allegedly called police to tell them that she was trying to kill herself after she had spilled coffee on herself during an argument.

The documents also include photos showing a large bruise on Molly Brown’s upper leg. The King County Sheriff’s Office and King County prosecutors initially decided to postpone the filing of charges pending further investigation, ESPN reported. As of now, no charges have been filed.

Josh Brown will not be traveling with the Giants to London for their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the team announced Thursday afternoon, acknowledging that Josh Brown is “working” on “issues in his life” through therapy and counseling, and that the team remains supportive of his efforts.

“In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London,” the team said. “The Giants do not condone any form of domestic violence.”espn

The NFL had already conducted its own investigation earlier this year and suspended Josh Brown for one game for violation of the league’s conduct policy, ESPN reported.

In a statement, the NFL said it “made repeated attempts” to obtain “any and all evidence and relevant information” regarding Josh Brown’s case from the King County Sheriff’s Office. Each of those requests was denied, according to the NFL. ABC News reached out to the King County Sheriff’s Office to confirm this but did not immediately hear back.

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NASCAR Chase’s Round of 12 Ends at Talladega This Weekend

Hemera/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Ala.) — The Round of 12 in the Sprint Cup Series’ Chase concludes this Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway.

The Alabama track will host the Hellmann’s 500. NBCSN’s coverage of the race will begin at 2 p.m. ET.

Four of the remaining 12 drivers in the Chase will be eliminated from NASCAR’s version of the playoffs with Sunday’s race. Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick won the previous two events in the Round of 12 and will advance to the next round.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/20/16

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


Chi Cubs 8, L.A. Dodgers 4 (Chicago leads series 3-2)


Green Bay 26, Chicago 10


(14) Boise St. 28, BYU 27


Carolina 4, Calgary 2
Edmonton 3, St. Louis 1
Vancouver 2, Buffalo 1
Pittsburgh 3, San Jose 2
Anaheim 3, Philadelphia 2
Boston 2, New Jersey 1
Washington 4, Florida 2
Montreal 5, Arizona 2
Colorado 4, Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 3, Toronto 2
L.A. Kings 4, Dallas 3


L.A. Sparks 77, Minnesota 76 (Los Angeles wins series 3-2)

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NCAA Charges Rick Pitino in Escort Scandal

Derek Brumby/iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – University of Louisville men’s basketball coach was charged Wednesday by the NCAA with failing to monitor team staff members.

The four Level I allegations, also aimed at two other staffers, stem from accusations made by former escort Katina Powell, who claims former director of basketball operations Andre McGee paid her in money and game tickets in exchange for sex with players and recruits.

The NCAA’s notice of allegation states that McGee’s payments are essentially impermissible benefits.

Acting university president Dr. Neville Pinto and athletic director Tom Jurich issued a joint statement, saying, “We believe that Mr. McGee acted furtively and note that the NOA does not indicate that any other university employee besides Mr. McGee had knowledge of these activities. We are confident in Coach Pitino and we know he is and always has been committed to NCAA compliance.”

The university has 90 days to respond and dispute the allegations.

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No. 88 Team Penalized for Kansas Infraction

Hemera/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports team has been penalized in connection with an infraction at Kansas Speedway last weekend.

The team’s crew chief, Greg Ives, was fined 10 thousand dollars after NASCAR officials say the No. 88 car’s lug nuts were not properly installed during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race, the Hollywood Casino 400, reports.

Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team received a written warning and was docked 15 minutes of practice time after failing the pre-race laser inspection system three times at Kansas.

Several other teams received written warnings for various reasons.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 10/19/16

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


Cleveland 3, Toronto 0 (Cleveland wins series 4-1)


Chi Cubs 10, L.A. Dodgers 2 (Series tied 2-2)


Winnipeg 5, Toronto 4
Detroit 2, N-Y Rangers 1

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Cleveland Indians Defeat Toronto Blue Jays to Advance to World Series

Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The Cleveland Indians have defeated the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday evening to win the American League Championship Series, four games to one.

The Indians now move on to the World Series to take on the winner of the Los Angeles Dodgers/Chicago Cubs series. The Dodgers lead that series, two games to one, with Game 4 Wednesday night.

It will be the Indians first trip to the Series since 1997.

The Indians haven’t won the World Series since 1948.

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Bill Belichick Goes on Tirade Against NFL Tablets: ‘I’m Done’

Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — Bill Belichick has had it with technology on the football field.

During a press conference Tuesday, the head coach of the New England Patriots launched into a minor tirade against various technologies employed by modern NFL teams, and took particular aim at the Microsoft-built tablets used by the league’s coaches.

The tablets were introduced in the 2014 season, according to the NFL, and allow coaches to analyze plays and make adjustments in real-time during games.

“I’m done with tablets. I’ve given them as much time as I can give them,” Belichick said. “They’re just too undependable for me.”

The coach was responding to a question about technical issues during the Patriots’ 35-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Belichick, who was seen throwing one of the Microsoft Surface tablets earlier this month, said he had gave the tablets their “best shot,” but that he would revert to using paper pictures of plays from here on out.

An NFL spokesman, Alex Riethmiller, said in a statement that “Microsoft is an integral, strategic partner of the NFL and implementing technology on our sidelines has increased the efficiency and speed of collaboration between coaches and players to an all-time high.”

Riethmiller said that the league would continue to work with Microsoft and other partners going forward.

Microsoft did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

Belichick wasn’t only angry with the tablets.

He also said there have been issues in the past with the communications systems that the coaches use to coordinate during games, saying the systems “fail on a regular basis.”

“There are very few games that we play, home or away, day, night, cold, hot, preseason, regular season, post season, it doesn’t make any difference; there are very few games where there aren’t issues in some form or fashion with that equipment,” he noted.

He said that part of the problem stems from the fact that the NFL — and not the teams — own the equipment. The teams are not given the tablets until game day.

Because of this, he said, there is little time to troubleshoot problems and his IT teams have to scramble to resolve issues at the last minute.

“It’s basically a problem every week,” he said.

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