PongsakornJun/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — One of the men charged with corruption tied to international soccer pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday.

Alejandro Burzaco pleaded not guilty to a number of charges that accuse him of paying “bribes and kickbacks to obtain the media rights” to several soccer tournaments.

Prosecutors said Burzaco and others were part of a scheme to pay $110 million dollars in bribes to FIFA officials.

Burzaco is from Argentina and ran a sports media and marketing company that eventually won the rights to Copa America tournaments.

The judge has set bail at $20 million dollars.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KITTANNING, Pa.) — An escaped inmate has been captured in western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania State Police said on Friday that Robert Crissman was caught a little more than 24 hours after he walked away from the Armstrong County Jail, where he was serving time for a probation violation. He is suspected of killing a woman during his brief freedom.

Crissman had trustee status at the jail, meaning he was allowed to do certain jobs, and on Thursday, he had access to a door so he could take meals from a truck to the inmates.

There’s no violent crime in Crissman’s past but authorities suspect the murder may have ties to drug use.

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Jerry Markland/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Windows 10 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with a 69-point edge over Joey Logano atop the Sprint Cup points standings.

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Jerry Markland/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Windows 10 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with a 69-point edge over Joey Logano atop the Sprint Cup points standings.

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iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 9, Baltimore 8
Toronto 5, Kansas City 2
Boston 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 0
Minnesota 9, Seattle 5
Cleveland 3, Oakland 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 8, N.Y. Mets 7
Washington 1, Miami 0
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 15, Pittsburgh 5
St. Louis 9, Colorado 8
Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 2

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Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros bolstered their lineup in advance of the trade deadline on Thursday, acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez less than a day after a trade involving Gomez to the New York Mets fell through.

On Wednesday night, reports of a Gomez trade to the Big Apple, where he began his career, were silenced for unspecified reasons. Speculation that the Mets were concerned about issues with Gomez’ hip was brought to the outfielder’s attention Thursday.

Gomez noted that he’s missed very little time in recent weeks. “I have no problem,” he said, according to ESPN. “I’m playing and I feel really sexy.”

Gomez was sent, along with pitcher Mike Fiers, to Houston in exchange for four prospects.

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Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — The jury in the James Holmes murder trial went home Friday now without reaching a decision with plans to continue deliberation on Monday.

Jurors were told to arrive at the Arapahoe County Courthouse prepared for a marathon afternoon. On Thursday, the jury received instructions and heard closing arguments from both the defense and the prosecution. The jury is supposed to deliberate on phase two — whether the defense outweighed how Holmes committed the crime.

If jurors believe the defense has outweighed the manner of the crime, Holmes would receive life in prison. If they do not, a penalty phase would continue with jurors hearing from family and friends of victims and then choosing between life in prison or the death penalty.

The jury made no decision on Thursday, though.

The day in court was briefly interrupted when a woman who told officers she was homeless reportedly yelled out “don’t kill him.”

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U.S. Geological Survey(EVERGLADES CITY, Fla.) — A massive female Burmese python — 18 feet 3 inches long and 133 pounds heavy — was recently discovered and caught in the Everglades National Park in Florida, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials.

The “big gal” is not a record-breaker, though she’s only three inches shy of the longest python documented in Florida, USGS deputy public affairs officer Catherine Puckett told ABC News today.

The giant snake, which is an invasive species, was found along Shark Valley, a tram road in the Everglades, by a permitted python researcher who regularly works in the national park, USGS Chief of Biological Services Tylan Dean told ABC News.

“It was humanely euthanized in accordance with our standard protocol,” he said. “Prior to euthanasia, we conducted training with some of the NPS (National Park Service) and USGS interns who work on invasive species control projects, including python removal, to help them gain confidence and experience handling large snakes, and the photo was taken during that training.”

He added that the “best news about this event is that this snake has been removed from the wild, which helps protect the diverse wildlife we have in Everglades National Park.”

A necropsy of the python confirmed the snake was a female that had not reproduced this season and that its stomach was empty, Dead said, explaining that there were no unusual findings.

“We expect to occasionally encounter large pythons in this size range as we continue python removal efforts, though most pythons that we encounter are smaller,” he said.

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U.S. Geological Survey(EVERGLADES CITY, Fla.) — A massive female Burmese python — 18 feet 3 inches long and 133 pounds heavy — was recently discovered and caught in the Everglades National Park in Florida, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials.

The “big gal” is not a record-breaker, though she’s only three inches shy of the longest python documented in Florida, USGS deputy public affairs officer Catherine Puckett told ABC News today.

The giant snake, which is an invasive species, was found along Shark Valley, a tram road in the Everglades, by a permitted python researcher who regularly works in the national park, USGS Chief of Biological Services Tylan Dean told ABC News.

“It was humanely euthanized in accordance with our standard protocol,” he said. “Prior to euthanasia, we conducted training with some of the NPS (National Park Service) and USGS interns who work on invasive species control projects, including python removal, to help them gain confidence and experience handling large snakes, and the photo was taken during that training.”

He added that the “best news about this event is that this snake has been removed from the wild, which helps protect the diverse wildlife we have in Everglades National Park.”

A necropsy of the python confirmed the snake was a female that had not reproduced this season and that its stomach was empty, Dead said, explaining that there were no unusual findings.

“We expect to occasionally encounter large pythons in this size range as we continue python removal efforts, though most pythons that we encounter are smaller,” he said.

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YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(LAFAYETTE, La.) — A teacher who survived a shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana last week described taking a bullet to protect her friend as she feared the gunman would kill her.

Jena Meaux shed tears at times as she spoke to thousands gathered for a prayer service Wednesday night. She was among nine people wounded when John Houser opened fire at a showing of Trainwreck at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, last week, killing two women before he killed himself.

“We instantly got down on the ground, and that’s when I felt a bullet go through the side of my leg and exit the other side of my leg,” she told the crowd.

Meaux said she immediately began crawling for the exit.

“As I crawled I was praying, because I really thought he was going to shoot me in the back of the head,” she said.

Meaux said she eventually reached the exit, stood up and ran off.

“So many people are looking at the evil that was in the theater that night, but I saw so many instances of God’s presence,” she said. “He protected and spared my life, and that just tells me that he’s not finished with me yet.”

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