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NBA Fines Raptors Coach Dwane Casey, Suspends Cavaliers Guard Dahntay Jones

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey $25,000 and suspended Clevleand Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones for one game for incidents during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Casey had criticized the officiating of the Raptors’ 99-84 Game 3 win, referencing a disparity in foul calls where the Raptors had 73 personal fouls compared to the Cavaliers’ 46.

Jones had struck Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final moments of the game. According to ESPN, Biyombo was doubled over in pain on the floor near the Cavaliers bench.

“I got hit in an area that I wasn’t supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak,” Biyombo said according to ESPN after Game 3. “Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That’s all I can say on that one.”

Jones will be out for Game 4.

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Exaggerator Wins 2016 Preakness Stakes

Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Exaggerator pulled away from Nyquist down the stretch to win the Preakness States on Saturday, dashing the previously undefeated Kentucky Derby winner’s bid for the triple crown.

What should have been a festive beginning to the day was marred by two horses’ deaths and a jockey’s injury.

First racehorse Homeboykris collapsed while walking back to his barn after winning a race, according to Sal Sinatra, the president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club.

Later, racehorse Pramedya fractured her left cannon bone while racing, and Pramedya’s Jockey, Daniel Centeno, fell and suffered a right clavicle fracture, according to Sinatra.

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Horses Homeboykris and Pramedya Die at Early Preakness Day Races

Hemera/Thinkstoc(BALTIMORE) — In a tragic twist of events, the winner of the first race on Preakness Day died suring his walk back to the barn after crossing the finish line of Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.

Homeboykris rallied to win the race by a half-length and after his picture was taken in the winner’s circle, he collapsed and died, according to ESPN.

Track officials believe the 9-year-old suffered cardiovascular collapse, but the horse will be taken for an autopsy, ESPN reports.

Another horse also died in the fourth race after breaking her leg on the final turn. Pramdeya, a 4-year-old, collapsed suffering a fracture and she was euthanized on the track.

Pramdeya’s jockey suffered a fracture as well and was taken to Sinai hospital.

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Winner of First Race on Preakness Day Dies During Walk Back to Barn

Hemera/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — In a tragic twist of events, the winner of the first race on Preakness Day died suring his walk back to the barn after crossing the finish line.

Homeboykris rallied to win the race by a half-length and after his picture was taken in the winner’s circle, he collapsed and died, according to ESPN.

Track officials believe the 9-year-old suffered cardiovascular collapse, but the horse will be taken for an autopsy, ESPN reports.

Another horse also died in the fourth race after breaking its leg on the track.

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Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist Heads to Preakness

Horsephotos/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Will Nyquist be one step closer to the Triple Crown on Saturday?

Fans will be cheering on the Kentucky Derby winner at Pimlico Race Course to see if the bay colt will win the Preakness Stakes and snag another jewel for a possible Triple Crown.

Nyquist remains undefeated, but the forecast for Saturday is predicting plenty of rain.

The colt makes its attempt a year after American Pharoah was the 12th Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Supports Raiders Move to Las Vegas

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — More support for an Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas.

As the NFL looks to push a team into the Las Vegas market, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told USA TODAY Sports he would support Raiders owner Mark Davis in a relocation to Sin City.

“I think it would be good for the NFL,” Kraft told USA TODAY. “I know Mark Davis has tried so hard in Oakland. If they won’t do it … I want to support him.”

In April, Davis met with officials in Las Vegas and pledged $500 million for the construction of a $1.4 billion stadium. The stadium, which would seat 65,000, also has a pledged $150 million from the Sands and partnering business Majestic Realty.

The NFL owners will meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, but according to ESPN the potential Las Vegas move will not be discussed.

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Pitcher Tim Lincecum Signs 1-Year Deal with Los Angeles Angels

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Pitcher Tim Lincecum has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The 31-year-old right-hander’s base salary will be about $2 million, with the ability to earn additional incentives, according to ESPN.

In his nine-year career, Lincecum has only pitched for the San Francisco Giants.

The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner is working to come back from left hip surgery. His career was in doubt last September when he had surgery and didn’t sign with a team.

“I’m anxious, excited and a little nervous,” Lincecum said according to ESPN. “I’m pumped to see what I can do out there on the field. I know what I’m fighting for and that’s to get back to a starting role.”

Last season, the pitcher went 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts.

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This All-Girls Baseball Team is Shaking Up a West Seattle Little League

KOMO-TV(SEATTLE) — These girls are knocking the boys straight out of the park.

The Rockford Peaches is the first all-girls baseball team in the history of the West Seattle Little League, which has been around since 1958. And though the WSLL has allowed girls to play with boys, it has never had a team of only girls.

The Peaches, ages 6 to 8, came together two months ago thanks to their head coach, Sean Eley, who has a daughter on the team.

Elyey told ABC News Friday he named the Peaches after a team of the same name in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which existed from 1943 to 1954. The original Rockford Peaches also inspired the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.

But unlike the Peaches of the 20th century, who only played against women, these younger Peaches play against the boys.

“All the boys at our school think they are better at baseball than us,” team member Mariella Croghan told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV. “I kind of feel really good when we get it better because it proves them wrong, finally.”

The Peaches are part of a WSLL division that doesn’t keep score because its players are so young, Eley told ABC News. But if scores were kept, Eley said, his girls would be “at the top of the leaderboards.”

“I personally think they’re evenly just as good as the boys, and in some cases, better,” Eley said. “They play hard, hit the ball hard and run fast. We’ve had numerous double plays so far this season, and even one triple play.”

The coach added that he trains the Peaches “with the same drills and rigor” that he uses with the other teams he coaches that are predominantly made up of boys.

Eley is hopeful that some of the girls may be the first women to play professionally in Major Baseball League, he said.

“No one has broken that barrier yet, but who knows, we could have it broken very soon,” Eley said. “I know baseball. I play it, I love it, and like I’ve said, ‘These girls are just as good as the boys, if not better.'”

Little League International is now trying to confirm whether the Peaches is an official team in the league, according to spokesman Brian McClintock.

It would be difficult to confirm that the Peaches are the first all-girls team in Little League history because officials don’t keep track of gender in their recorded demographics, McClintock told ABC News Friday, though adding, “They’re certainly unique.”

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Meet the All-Girls Baseball Team Shaking Up a West Seattle Little League

moodboard/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — These girls are knocking the boys straight out of the park.

The Rockford Peaches is the first all-girls baseball team in the history of the West Seattle Little League, which has been around since 1958. And though the WSLL has allowed girls to play with boys, it has never had a team of only girls.

The Peaches, ages 6 to 8, came together two months ago thanks to their head coach, Sean Eley, who has a daughter on the team.

Elyey told ABC News Friday he named the Peaches after a team of the same name in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL), which existed from 1943 to 1954. The original Rockford Peaches also inspired the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.

But unlike the Peaches of the 20th century, who only played against women, these younger Peaches play against the boys.

“All the boys at our school think they are better at baseball than us,” team member Mariella Croghan told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO-TV. “I kind of feel really good when we get it better because it proves them wrong, finally.”

The Peaches are part of a WSLL division that doesn’t keep score because its players are so young, Eley told ABC News. But if scores were kept, Eley said, his girls would be “at the top of the leaderboards.”

“I personally think they’re evenly just as good as the boys, and in some cases, better,” Eley said. “They play hard, hit the ball hard and run fast. We’ve had numerous double plays so far this season, and even one triple play.”

The coach added that he trains the Peaches “with the same drills and rigor” that he uses with the other teams he coaches that are predominantly made up of boys.

Eley is hopeful that some of the girls may be the first women to play professionally in Major Baseball League, he said.

“No one has broken that barrier yet, but who knows, we could have it broken very soon,” Eley said. “I know baseball. I play it, I love it, and like I’ve said, ‘These girls are just as good as the boys, if not better.'”

Little League International is now trying to confirm whether the Peaches is an official team in the league, according to spokesman Brian McClintock.

It would be difficult to confirm that the Peaches are the first all-girls team in Little League history because officials don’t keep track of gender in their recorded demographics, McClintock told ABC News Friday, though adding, “They’re certainly unique.”

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All Aboard with Duchess Kate at Sailing Event

Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, England) — Duchess Kate took to the seas Friday afternoon, beaming from ear to ear with Olympic champion and America’s Cup tactician Sir Ben Ainslie aboard the U.K.’s test boat, T1.

Kate, 34, took the helm of the AC 45 catamaran, which will compete in the America’s Cup event in Portsmouth, England, in July. Kate even tried her hand at steering the Solent as the team headed out to the test course in Portsmouth’s harbor.

Princess Kate let Ainslie help her with her helmet in the conditions were windy, but she was all smiles relishing the opportunity to join the Land Rover BAR team.

Ainslie was credited with engineering the U.S. Oracle team’s comeback as its tactician at the 2013 America’s Cup competition in San Francisco, defeating New Zealand after an 8-1 deficit The 39-year-old sailor is the most decorated sportsman in sailing and the only man to have won medals in the past five consecutive Olympics.

Kate, a keen sailor herself who spent a gap year sailing, has joined Ainslie to raise the profile of the sport and participate in the effort to secure the America’s Cup title for the U.K.

The Duchess of Cambridge also opened a new sailing education center Friday in Portsmouth.

Kate was met by ecstatic children who greeted her dockside at Land Rover BAR headquarters, where the U.K. team is mounting its challenge.

Kate is Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, which Friday launched two initiatives seeking to encourage young sailors and people of diverse backgrounds to engage in the sport.

Her Royal Highness participated in opening the “Tech Deck” Education Center, an interactive exhibit that allows people to enjoy the experience of the boats, sailing and the technology. The trust was established by Ainslie with the goal of bringing the America’s Cup home after 165 years.

“It was fantastic to take our royal patron onboard T1 during our training session on the Solent today,” Ainslie said at the event. “It was also great to have the duchess’ support with opening the team’s new ‘Tech Deck’ and education center.”

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