Review Category : National Sports

Race Car Driver Bryan Clauson Dies from Injuries Sustained in Wreck

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Race car driver Bryan Clauson passed away Sunday night from injuries he sustained during the Belleville Midget Nationals race in Kansas Saturday, his family announced in a statement Monday. He was 27.

“Last night, the 7th of August, we said goodbye to our son, my fiancé, our friend, Bryan Clauson,” Clauson’s family said in the statement, which was posted to his Facebook fan page. “He was surrounded by family and friends and we were grateful that we could experience his final moments with him.”

“Our Bryan fought to the end with the same desire that he demonstrated behind the wheel of all the various race cars he would park in victory lane. However, we were more proud of our Bryan that took a moment to make a young fans day, or demonstrated his uncommon kindness and appreciation toward his friends, family and fans,” the statement continued.

Clauson was in the lead Saturday when his car climbed a guard rail between turns and flipped, ESPN reports. He was then struck by another driver.

“This is one of the darkest days in the history of the United States Auto Club,” United States Auto Club CEO and President Kevin Miller said in a statement. “Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC Champions, we have lost a true ambassador for all of motorsports.”

“Bryan’s passion for our sport was unparalleled,” Miller added. “He was a leader not only on the track, but in the pits with his fellow competitors. There is a tremendous hole in the hearts of our community today as we grieve his loss along with his family and friends.”

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Rio Olympics 2016: Team USA Swimmer Missy Franklin Reveals Her Favorite Things

ABC News(RIO DE JANEIRO) — U.S. swimming star Missy Franklin is preparing to make a splash in Rio.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist holds the world record in the 200-meter backstroke and is the first U.S. woman to swim seven events in an Olympics. This year, she will compete in the 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter freestyle and look to defend her title.

But what does the bubbly 21-year-old Colorado native enjoy when she’s out of the pool? Good Morning America sat down with Franklin ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games and put her through a lightning round of questions to discover her favorite snack, pre-meet pump up song, must-see TV show and more.

Watch her in the hot seat in the video below:

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/7/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

L.A. Dodgers 8, Boston 5
N-Y Mets 3, Detroit 1
Chi Cubs 3, Oakland 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 3, Cleveland 2
Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 3
Baltimore 10, Chi White Sox 2
Texas 5, Houston 3, 11 Innings
Kansas City 7, Toronto 1
Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Arizona 9, Milwaukee 3
Miami 10, Colorado 7 (Ichiro gets 3,000th hit)
Philadelphia 6, San Diego 5
Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 1, San Francisco 0
Atlanta 6, St. Louis 3

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Watkins Glen

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup Series’ road course race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

He and Martin Truex Jr. dueled on the final lap of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, until contact from Brad Keselowski’s car caused Truex’s car to spin out. Truex finished seventh.

Joey Logano, Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, held Sunday in Watkins Glen, New York:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Joey Logano
3. Brad Keselowski
4. AJ Allmendinger
5. Tony Stewart
6. Kyle Busch
7. Martin Truex Jr.
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Trevor Bayne
10. Matt Kenseth

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick — 709 points.
2. Brad Keselowski — 687 points.
3. Kurt Busch — 658 points.
4. Kyle Busch — 634 points.
5. Carl Edwards — 626 points.
6. Joey Logano — 612 points.
7. Jimmie Johnson — 577 points.
8. Martin Truex Jr. — 577 points.
9. Denny Hamlin — 576 points.
10. Matt Kenseth — 569 points.
11. Austin Dillon — 549 points.
12. Ryan Newman — 537 points.
13. Chase Elliott — 533 points.
14. Jamie McMurray — 517 points.
15. Kyle Larson — 508 points.
16. Kasey Kahne — 488 points.

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Michael Phelps Wins 19th Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA’s 4×100 Free Relay Victory

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Michael Phelps has won his 19th Olympic gold medal.

Phelps helped Team USA win gold in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay on Sunday along with Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian.

France finished second with Australia in third.

The win also marked the star swimmer’s 23rd overall medal (19 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) in the Olympic games.

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Williams Sisters Lose Olympic Doubles Match for the First Time

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Venus and Serena Williams were surprisingly knocked out in the doubles in Rio.

The famous tennis sisters both lost their first round match on Sunday in the tennis doubles competition in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).

It marked the first time the two have ever lost a doubles match at the Olympics.

The Williams sisters have three gold medals to their name (2000, 2008, 2012).

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Russia’s Entire Paralympic Team Banned from Upcoming Games

THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The entire Russian team has been banned from competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September as a punishment for the country’s failure to comply with anti-doping regulations.

The decision is to ensure “fair competition,” Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said Sunday in Rio. “This is vital to the integrity and credibility of Paralympic sport, and in order to achieve this it is fundamental that each member abides by the rules,” he said.

“I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed their para-athletes. Their thirst for glory at all costs has significantly damaged all sport,” Craven added. “The medals over morals attitude disgusts me.”

The international committee’s governing board made the decision unanimously after evaluating evidence and allowing the Russian Paralympic Committee to present its case both in writing and in person and determined that the Russian committee was unable to ensure compliance with and enforcement of anti-doping codes.

The problem of doping among Russian athletes was exposed by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren last month. His report followed an earlier investigation into doping cover-ups in Russian track and field.

The Russian Paralympic Committee now has 21 days to appeal the decision, according to the International Paralympic Committee’s suspension policy.

“This decision has placed a huge burden upon all our shoulders, but it’s a decision we’ve had to take in the best interests of the Paralympic Movement,” Craven said.

Russia finished second in the medal standings at the 2012 London Paralympics.

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A-Rod Bids Tearful Goodbye to Playing Baseball

Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez said a tearful goodbye to the game of baseball Sunday as the team announced that he will play in his final game next Friday, Aug. 12 before taking on the role as a special adviser and instructor to the team.

“This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team. And today I’m saying goodbye to both,” Rodriguez said before shedding tears. He went on to thank his family.

“Thank you for your support. You’ve been through so much with me,” he said.

The 41-year-old designated hitter, formerly a third baseman and Gold Glove-winning shortstop, has had a storied 22-year career on the baseball diamond and is widely regarded as one of baseball’s greatest players.

He has also has had his share of scandal, largely due to his use of performance enhancing drugs, something he first admitted to in 2009, as well as to his record-breaking contracts.

He signed a $252 million, 10-year contract with Texas before the 2001 season, the largest agreement in baseball history, and then opted out of that to sign on with the Yankees for whom he won MVP in 2007, becoming a free agent. He then signed a $275 million deal with the Yankees.

On Aug. 5, 2013, Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez from Aug. 8 through the end of the 2014 season, a total of 211 regular-season games plus any postseason games, for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

The scandal drew attention outside of the sports landscape because of Rodriguez’s celebrity status and his stature in baseball. Rodriguez, who is from Florida, emerged as wunderkind and was touted as the number one overall prospect in baseball before his call-up by the Seattle Mariners in 1994. He was selected for 14 All-Star games along the way and won three Most Valuable Player awards.

He amassed 696 home runs in his career, ranking fourth all-time in baseball history, ahead of Willie Mays and behind Babe Ruth.

This year, Rodriguez’ numbers have declined. He’s hit nine home runs in 216 at-bats, but has an on-base percentage of .252, well below his career mark of .380. He has struck out 27.8 percent of his times at bat, according to Fangraphs.com. In contrast, during his 2007 MVP season with the Yankees, he posted a strikeout rate of 16.9 percent.

The Yankees meanwhile are in a rebuilding phase, shedding some veteran players and acquiring young talent. MLB.com recently rated their farm system as the second best in the game, behind another rebuilding team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rodriguez’s new role will be to mentor and teach those younger players.

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Syrian Refugee Swimmer Yusra Mardini Wins First Heat of 100M Butterfly But Doesn’t Qualify for Semifinals at Rio Olympics

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANIERO) — A Syrian refugee who her risked her life crossing the Mediterranean Sea won the opening heat of the women’s 100-meter butterfly swimming competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.

Yusra Mardini, a member of the Refugee Olympic Team, clocked in at 1:09:21, just off her entry time of 1:08:51. But despite winning her heat, the 18-year-old did not qualify for the semifinals. Her time put her in 41st place overall and only the top 16 swimmers moved on to the semifinal round.

But Mardini will have another chance to advance to the medal round, when she swims the women’s 100-meter freestyle event on Wednesday.

About two years ago, Mardini was swimming to save her life and others. She was one of 20 refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a boat when the motor stopped running.

“It was quite hard to think that you are a swimmer and you might end up dying in the water,” Mardini said in an article on the Rio Olympics website.

Mardini fled the Syrian war in 2014 with her sister, who was with her on the boat. They dived into the water with one other passenger and pushed the boat to the shore. Everyone on board was saved. Mardini lives in Berlin, where she trains at Wasserfreunde Spandau 04.

In March, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach announced he would select refugee athletes to compete as a team for the first time at the Rio Games amid a worldwide refugee and migrant crisis. Mardini is one of two refugees from Syria on the team of 10 athletes.

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