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Darrell Wallace Jr. Fined $15,000 for ‘Muppets’ Tweet

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — XFINITY Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. has been fined $15,000 by NASCAR after he criticized officials following last Friday’s race at Daytona.

Wallace Jr. tweeted after the race, “Got the muppets up there officiating tonight! Never know how to react under pressure… Whatta joke.”

Wallace Jr. was penalized one spot late in the race, resulting in the tweet.

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Dwyane Wade Leaving Miami Heat for Chicago Bulls

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Star Dwayne Wade is leaving the heat to play for his hometown Chicago Bulls.

Sources told ESPN Wednesday night that Wade is “on the verge of a deal with the Bulls,” who first need to complete trades to clear salary cap space for Wade’s addition to the team.

Wade played for the Heat for 13 years, adopting Miami as his hometown. Called South Florida’s “most beloved athlete” and “greatest champion” by the Miami Herald, he brought three NBA championships titles to the city.

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Tennis Superstar Sisters Venus and Serena Williams Make It to Wimbledon Semifinals

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LONDON) — It’s been seven years since Venus and Serena Williams both made it to the Wimbledon semifinals, but the superstar sister act is back in the final four of the women’s singles.

The sisters have also advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s doubles competition.

The two took very different paths to arrive here.

Serena’s was a rougher road. In the first week of the competition the 34-year-old was fined $10,000 for slamming and tossing her racket, but the six-time Wimbledon winner has been all business ever since.

Serena’s sister, Venus, has been the talk of the tournament. At 36, she’s the oldest player in the women’s draw and has beaten two players who were nearly half her age.

Many wrote off the five-time Wimbledon champion after she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain, but she has defied her doubters and is now back on center court for her ninth Wimbledon semifinal and her 19th overall appearance at the tournament.

“The semifinals feels good,” Venus said with a laugh at a press conference on Tuesday.

Serena described her sister and doubles partner as “a real fighter.”

“Like I’ve always said, its super-inspiring for me,” Serena said.

While the sisters are rivals on the court, they’ve always had been each other’s biggest supporters off it.

“I always want her to go out there and play her best match and not necessarily how I would play so we try to find that balance of supporting each other but not brainwashing each other,” Venus said.

Venus defeated Serena in the 2000 semifinals en route to her first title and again in the 2008 final. Serena has beaten Venus in the 2002, `03 and ’09 finals, and in the fourth round last year, according to ESPN.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/6/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 6, L.A. Dodgers 4, 14 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 12, Cleveland 2
Minnesota 4, Oakland 0
Toronto 4, Kansas City 2
Boston 11, Texas 6
L.A. Angels 7, Tampa Bay 2
Houston 9, Seattle 8
Chi White Sox 5, N-Y Yankees 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Diego 13, Arizona 6
San Francisco 5, Colorado 1
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 3
N-Y Mets 4, Miami 2
Cincinnati 5, Chi Cubs 3
Washington 7, Milwaukee 4
Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 5

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California Community Rallies Behind Mexican Baseball Team After Sponsor Withdraws Support

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A California community has come together to support a youth baseball team from central Mexico after they say their sponsor abandoned them, leaving them with no support for food or transportation during their stay in the U.S.

Assistant Coach Joshua Garcia told ABC News that their sponsor had promised to support them, but the first week they arrived in the U.S., he backed out. Montebello, California has now stepped up to the plate, Garcia said.

“Montebello City is supporting us, we are good,” Garcia said, adding that residents have provided food, money and rides to the games.

Evelyn Morales, a Montebello, California, resident, heard about the team’s predicament when she was at a basketball practice for her kids at the De Paul Evangelization Center, where the baseball team — in town until the end of the month for a summer league — is staying.

“I am a mom first, I have a kid that is the same age as these boys,” Morales told ABC News. “I’d be devastated if nobody helped out.”

Morales posted about the team on the Montebello, California’s Facebook group and community members began commenting asking how they could help out and offering to bring meals or provide transportation. “It just snowballed,” Morales said.

Garcia told ABC News that the 16 boys are in California until the end of July for a summer league. Garcia and his father run a baseball school for underprivileged kids in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

“He is helping kids pursue a dream,” Morales said. “These kids, when you talk to them they’re amazing. I have their parents messaging me from Mexico thanking me for taking care of their sons.”

Maria Contreras, who works at the office of the De Paul Evangelization Center, told ABC News, that “it’s has been overwhelming all these people helping out with Gatorade, water, toothpaste, and all these donations.”

“They’re good kids, very respectful, they’re willing to help with anything. They have a great heart,” Contreras said. “Their dream is to come and play baseball in the United States and the community has come together.”

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson and Ciara Are Married

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ciara and Russell Wilson are married.

The Super Bowl winning quarterback and the Grammy winner both took to Instagram to make the big announcement.

The newlyweds shared a photo from their nuptials along with the caption, “We are The Wilsons!”

Ciara, 30, and Wilson, 27, were first linked last year and announced their engagement this past March. Last summer, Wilson revealed that the two had decided to remain abstinent until marriage because of their religious beliefs.

“She’s been through some heartaches, I’ve been through some heartaches,” he said in an interview with San Diego’s Rock Church. “[But] I ain’t going to lie to you all now, I need you all to pray for us!”

This is the first marriage for Ciara, who has a son from a previous relationship. It is the second marriage for Wilson, whose first marriage, to his high school sweetheart, ended in 2014.

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Roger Federer Rallies, Beats Marin Cilic in Five Sets

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LONDON) — Despite falling behind two sets, Roger Federer managed to come back against Marin Cilic Wednesday, keeping Federer in contention for his eighth Wimbledon title.

The No. 3 seed beat Cilic in five sets, 6-7 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-3, to advance to the semifinals. At 34, Federer is the oldest man to reach the semis at the All England Club in nearly four decades.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion will now face sixth-seeded Milos Raonic.

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Report: Ray Allen Considering NBA Comeback

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Could shooting guard Ray Allen be returning to the NBA next season?

League sources tell ESPN representatives for the future Hall of Famer have contacted the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, however, are reportedly not sure if they want to go after Allen, who will be turning 41 later this month.

Sources say Allen is interested in potentially getting another championship under his belt. He would also consider playing for the San Antonio Spurs or Los Angeles Clippers.

The 40-year-old last played for the Miami Heat in 2013-14. The previous season, the team won the championship, the second of his career.

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Watch Edwards, Keselowski and Other Sprint Cup Drivers Talk Trash in New Video Game Ad

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The rivalry between Sprint Cup drivers Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney extends beyond the track.

They are all featured in a new commercial for the upcoming video game NASCAR Heat Evolution. The men engage in some friendly trash-talking as they race one another online.

There’s a cameo at the end from driver JJ Yeley’s daughter, Faith.

An extended version of the spot was released Tuesday. The game, with Edwards on the cover, will be available for the PS4 and Xbox One on Sept. 13.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/5/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Baltimore 4, Los Angeles 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 9, Chi. White Sox 0
Houston 5, Seattle 2
Toronto 8, Kansas City 3
Texas 7, Boston 2
Cleveland 12, Detroit 1
Anaheim 13, Tampa Bay 5
Minnesota 11, Oakland 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 2
Arizona 7, San Diego 5
Colorado 7, San Francisco 3
Cincinnati 9, Chi. Cubs 5
Milwaukee 5, Washington 2
Philadelphia 5, Atlanta 1
Miami 5, N.-Y. Mets 2

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