Review Category : National Sports

Abby Wambach Calls Her Addiction Battle ‘a Story That Needs to Be Told’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Abby Wambach said she intended to write her memoir about her soccer career, including being the leading professional goal scorer of all time, but her April DUI arrest changed the course of the book.

“This has to be part of the story and now I have to actually really tell it,” Wambach, 36, said Tuesday on Good Morning America of her realization. “I think it’s a story that needs to be told.”

Wambach was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in April after allegedly failing to stop for a red light and failing a sobriety test. She was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and pleaded not guilty.

Wambach had announced her retirement from soccer just months earlier, in December 2015, shortly after the U.S. women’s national team celebrated its 2015 World Cup victory at the White House.

Wambach is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with the U.S. women’s national team. She won the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year award six times and was honored earlier this year at the ESPYs with the Icon Award.

Wambach’s memoir, Forward: A Memoir, is available in bookstores now.

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The Secrets Behind the Iconic New York Mets Home Run Apple Revealed

ABC News(NEW YORK) — First introduced in 1980, the Mets’ Home Run Apple has become an indelible icon of the famous franchise.

The original apple — which lived at Shea Stadium — is dwarfed by its successor at Citi Field. The original Shea apple was roughly 9 feet tall and 600 pounds, but the new apple measures 18 feet wide, 16 feet tall and weighs in around 4,800 pounds.

The apple at Citi Field was raised for the first time in a game when Mets star David Wright hit a home run on April 13, 2009, and has been raised more than 470 times since during the regular season. While the apple is traditionally only raised when a Mets player hits a home run, there has been one exception.

When the Yankees were forced to move one of their home games to Shea Saturday in 1998, former Mets star and then current Yankee Darryl Strawberry hit a home run, and the apple was raised for him.

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NCAA to Move Championship Games from NC Due to Controversial Bathroom Law

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association has chosen to relocate the championship games to be played as part of the 2016 to 2017 season from North Carolina due to the state’s controversial bathroom law, known as House Bill 2, the association announced Monday.

The decision was made by the NCAA’s Board of Governors “because of the cumulative action taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”

The NCAA went on to say the state laws “invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a purpose to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.”

“As representatives of all three divisions, the Board of Governors must advance college sports through policies that resolve core issues affecting student-athletes and administrators,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Board of Governors chair and Georgia Institute of Technology president. “This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness.”

HB2 has faced criticism since it was passed in late March. The law declares that state law overrides all local ordinances concerning wages, employment and public accommodations. It also directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on the “biological sex” stated on their birth certificates.

A spokeswoman for the North Carolina Republican Party blasted the news.

“This is so absurd it’s almost comical,” said Kami Mueller. “This decision is an assault to female athletes across the nation. If you are unwilling to have women’s bathrooms and locker rooms, how do you have a women’s team? I wish the NCAA was this concerned about the women who were raped at Baylor. Perhaps the NCAA should stop with their political peacocking — and instead focus their energies on making sure our nation’s collegiate athletes are safe, both on and off the field.”

The seven championship games that will be relocated from North Carolina include:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship on Dec. 2 and 4
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships on Dec. 2 and 4
  • The first and second rounds of the 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on March 17 and 19
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships May 8 to May 10
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships May 22 to May 27
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship on May 26 and 28
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship May 27 to June 3

The association has historically taken steps to ensure its championship environment is consistent with its values, it said, adding that it bans championships in states where governments display the Confederate flag or authorize sports wagering at schools that use hostile and abusive Native American imagery.

The only championship events that will be hosted in North Carolina for the 2016 to 2017 season are those decided when student-athletes earn the opportunity to play a championship on their own campus, according to the NCAA.

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Matt Tifft Returning to Track Less than Three Months After Brain Surgery

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Camping World Truck Series driver Matt Tifft will be back on the track this weekend after undergoing brain surgery in early July.

Tifft, 20, had a low-grade glioma removed from his brain on July 1. It was not cancerous.

“I’m excited to get back behind the wheel,” Tifft said in a press release obtained by ESPN.com on Monday. “I’ve really missed being at the track.”

He also wrote on Twitter, “Testing at Hickory! Thanks for all the support, I am returning to @ChicagolndSpdwy this wknd with @RedHorseRacing!!”

Tifft is expected to race Friday night at the Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 9/12/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 8, N-Y Yankees 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 4, Houston 3, 12 Innings
Chi White Sox 11, Cleveland 4
Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 1
Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 2
Detroit 4, Minnesota 2
Boston 12, Baltimore 2
Oakland 16, Kansas City 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 12, Colorado 9
San Diego 4, San Francisco 0
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 2
Washington 8, N-Y Mets 1
Cincinnati 3, Milwaukee 0
Atlanta 12, Miami 7
Chi Cubs 4, St. Louis 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 38, Washington 16
San Francisco 28, Los Angeles 0

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Colin Kaepernick Kneels During National Anthem on ‘Monday Night Football’

Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem once again — this time during the team’s season opener on Monday Night Football.

Kaepernick has courted controversy as well as praise for the move — what he says is a protest against the treatment of “black people and people of color” in the U.S.

“When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand,” Kaepernick said earlier this month.

Joining Kaepernick in protest were his teammates Erick Reid, who also knelt and Antoine Bethea and Eli Harold who raised their fists.

Kenny Britt and Robert Quinn, who play for their opponents, the L.A. Rams, also held up their fists.

After the gesture, Kaepernick was hugged by several teammates.

His protest has inspired support from a number of others in the NFL as well as other sports.

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NCAA to Move Championship Games from North Carolina Due to Controversial Bathroom Law

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association has chosen to relocate the championship games to be played as part of the 2016 to 2017 season from North Carolina due to the state’s controversial bathroom law, known as House Bill 2, the association announced Monday.

The decision was made by the NCAA’s Board of Governors “because of the cumulative action taken by the state concerning civil rights protections.”

“Fairness is about more than the opportunity to participate in college sports, or even compete for championships,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone taking part in our championships.”

The NCAA went on to say the state laws “invalidate any local law that treats sexual orientation as a protected class or has a purpose to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.”

“As representatives of all three divisions, the Board of Governors must advance college sports through policies that resolve core issues affecting student-athletes and administrators,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, Board of Governors chair and Georgia Institute of Technology president. “This decision is consistent with the NCAA’s long-standing core values of inclusion, student-athlete well-being and creating a culture of fairness.”

HB2 has faced criticism since it was passed in late March. The law declares that state law overrides all local ordinances concerning wages, employment and public accommodations. It also directs all public schools, government agencies and public college campuses to require that multiple-occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities, such as locker rooms, be designated for use only by people based on the “biological sex” stated on their birth certificates.

The seven championship games that will be relocated from North Carolina include:

  • 2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship on Dec. 2 and 4
  • 2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships on Dec. 2 and 4
  • The first and second rounds of the 2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on March 17 and 19
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships May 8 to May 10
  • 2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships May 22 to May 27
  • 2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship on May 26 and 28
  • 2017 Division II Baseball Championship May 27 to June 3

The association has historically taken steps to ensure its championship environment is consistent with its values, it said, adding that it bans championships in states where governments display the Confederate flag or authorize sports wagering at schools that use hostile and abusive Native American imagery.

The only championship events that will be hosted in North Carolina for the 2016 to 2017 season are those decided when student-athletes earn the opportunity to play a championship on their own campus, according to the NCAA.

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Colin Kaepernick to Continue His Protest on “Monday Night Football”

Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — When Monday Night Football returns Monday, Colin Kaepernick is expected to kneel during the national anthem on what would be his biggest stage to date, furthering a highly visible though mostly silent protest movement among NFL players that the 49ers quarterback started.

Kaepernick’s San Francisco team plays host to the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams Monday at 7:20 p.m. (local time). The match rekindles an NFL rivalry dormant since 1995, when the Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis. But before the game gets underway, all eyes will once again be on Kaepernick, who is expected to kneel during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner in what he has said is a protest against America’s treatment of people of color.

The quarterback’s influence on other players was on full display Sunday during the NFL’s opening weekend, as other NFLers made gestures of solidarity and unity.

But the protest movement has critics, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who on Monday suggested that NFL players were dishonoring the flag and advised fans not to buy certain merchandise as a result of the protests.

“Here’s a peaceful protest: never buy another shoe, shirt, or jersey of rich spoiled athletes who dishonor our flag,” Cruz said on Twitter in response to ABC analyst and former NBA star Jalen Rose, who tweeted praise of the demonstrations.

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Marcus Peters; the Tennessee Titans’ Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty; and New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett each raised their fists during the anthem. Four Miami Dolphins players knelt, including four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster.

And players from the Seattle Seahawks locked arms during the anthem at the start of their Sunday game, as did Chiefs’ players.

A few days earlier, on Thursday, Brandon Marshall, a linebacker for the Denver Broncos, knelt during the song as a sign of solidarity with Kaepernick.

The Chiefs’ Peters told the press Friday that he salutes Kaepernick whose protest, he said, is for “a great cause.”

Foster of the Dolphins similarly told the press that Kaepernick was raising urgent issues.

“They say it’s not the time to do this. Well, when is the time?” Foster said following the Dolphins game Sunday night. “It’s never the time in somebody else’s eyes because they’ll always feel like it’s good enough. And some people don’t.”

Brandon Marshall, who happens to be facing scrutiny for laying a brutal-looking hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton last week, told the media that he is joining Kaepernick to “create dialogue.”

“I’m not against the military, police or America. I’m against social injustice,” Marshall told the media after Thursday’s game against the Panthers.

Marshall echoed Kaepernick’s promise that he will continue to kneel during the anthem throughout this season.

Kaepernick, whose protest was first noticed by the public in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, had received demonstrations of support during the preseason from some other players including Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and Marshall.

But Sunday’s games represented the largest demonstration of solidarity to date, giving a political subtext to the opening of the NFL season.

One result has been that sales of Kaepernick’s jerseys have soared on NFL.com.

Forty-niners coach Chip Kelly announced that Kaepernick will serve as the team’s backup quarterback at Monday night’s game, behind starter Blaine Gabbert.

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Gisele Bündchen Makes Joke Amid Tom Brady Suspension

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots beat the Arizona Cardinals 23-21 Sunday night, but with the team’s star quarterback Tom Brady sitting out a four-game suspension, his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, took to Instagram to poke a little fun.

“Don’t worry guys. I will keep him ready. #Brady’scamp #IwillwhatIwant,” she wrote next to a picture of the two playing catch outside their home.

Jimmy Garoppolo is starting as quarterback until Brady returns from his “Deflategate” suspension. Brady’s appeal was denied in New York a few weeks back.

“I’m really just trying to focus on the things I can control and trying to stay in great shape and be prepared for when I get the opportunity to play in October,” Brady said in an interview last week, according to ESPN.

Brady, himself, posted about his team’s win on Facebook.

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Boston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas Surprises 14-Year-Old with Game Ticket

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The high school student who was shocked to see Boston Celtics’ star Isaiah Thomas join him for hoops on a neighborhood court was even more shocked Monday when Thomas asked the teen to be his guest at an upcoming Celtics home game.

Thomas, 27, surprised Robbie McNulty, 14, in a taped message Monday on Good Morning America.

“What’s up Robbie? It’s Isaiah Thomas. Thanks for letting me shoot hoops with you the other day. Keep working on that jumper,” the NBA star said. “I know we talked about this upcoming season and I’d like to invite you to one of my games as my guest. See you at the [TD] Garden.”

McNulty, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was playing basketball alone last week at St. Peter’s Park in Cambridge when Thomas suddenly joined him on the court.

“It was really just insane,” McNulty said on GMA of seeing Thomas appear on the court. “He was at about half-court and then like I took another shot and then I turned around and then he’s just like staring at me, walking towards me.”

He added: “I immediately know he is because I’m a huge Celtics fan. I’m just speechless. I’m just dribbling for like five seconds with my mouth open. I couldn’t believe it.”

McNulty said Thomas explained to him that his son’s school is located across the street from the basketball court.

“He asked me if he could play with me,” McNulty said, still in awe. “We talked about the Celtics.”

McNulty was in even more shock when he found out he would be going as Thomas’ guest to TD Garden, where the Celtics play their home games.

“No way,” the teen said. “Are you serious?”

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