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Kansas vs. Kansas State basketball game ends with bench-clearing brawl

cmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Tuesday night's NCAA basketball showdown between rivals Kansas and Kansas State was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the final seconds that saw players from both sides throwing punches.

Kansas had a 22-point lead and was trying to dribble out the clock with just seconds remaining when Kansas State's DaJuan Gordon stripped the ball from Silvio De Sousa who then chased Gordon down and fouled him as he was attempting a layup.

As Gordon lay on the floor, De Sousa stood over him, leading players on both sides to begin pushing and shoving each other.

Players poured onto the court as punches were thrown. At one point De Sousa lifted a stool over his head.

Coaches and security officers pulled players off the court as referees ejected all the players who had left their benches.

"That was an embarrassment on our part, for the role that we played it in" said Kansas coach Bill Self after the game. "There will be consequences that I'm sure I'll announce tomorrow for that role, as soon as I'm able to study it and come to grips with all of it."

"You win with class and you lose with class," said Wildcats coach Bruce Weber. "Disappointing that anything had to happen at the end and that's all I can say. It's probably my fault but I had told them not to press, not to foul, I told them to back off but the kids are young guys and they want to play hard."

Kansas State was awarded technical free throws after the melee. Kansas ended up with the 81-60 win.

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Derek Jeter, Larry Walker inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame will have two new stars joining its ranks this year.

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were voted into the Hall Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Jeter, a former shortstop for the New York Yankees who served as the team’s captain for 12 seasons, received 99.7% of the vote, falling one vote shy of getting in unanimously. Had he received all 397 ballots, he would have joined his former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as only the second player in history to be selected unanimously. Rivera, a former relief pitcher and closer for the Yankees, achieved the feat last year.

Meanwhile, Walker, a former right fielder for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, was selected on his 10th year on the ballot with 76.6% of the vote.

Jeter and Walker are slated to be officially welcomed as the newest members of the Hall on July 26 in Cooperstown, New York.

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NFL unveils PSA about man killed in own home by police

Alex Burstow/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- The NFL unveiled a public service announcement on Wednesday centered around the story of Botham Jean, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in his own home by an off-duty police officer.

The 26-year-old St. Lucia native was killed on Sept. 6., 2018 in Dallas when Amber Guyger entered his apartment, mistaking it for her own one floor below, and fired a fatal shot at Jean. He was eating ice cream when he was killed.

The PSA released by the NFL is narrated by Jean's mother, Allison Jean, his sister, Alissa Findley, and also features his father, Bertram Jean. It is the latest move that the league has taken as part of its "Inspire Change" initiative, which was launched in January 2019.

Pictures of Botham growing up flash across the screen as his family members share memories of him and a message about racial justice, unity and forgiveness.

"The launch serves as the third PSA of The Responsibility Program, a joint initiative between Roc Nation and the NFL to unveil PSAs that raise awareness about the need to come together to create change in our communities and respect one another," according to information provided by the NFL to ABC News.

The partnership with hip-hop mogul Jay Z's record label was announced in August and focuses on music and social justice.

"I'm thankful that the NFL created this PSA to honor Botham's legacy and deliver an important message about empathy and unity," Findley told ABC News in a statement. "I truly hope that our society learns from Botham's story -- and the stories of many others -- so we can make a lasting change in this world. Together, we must all set a better example for future generations and leaders."

"What I hope to see happening is that our black boys are not seen as a threat," Allison Jean says in the PSA.

Guyger, now a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October and could be eligible for parole in five years -- a verdict that appeared to disappoint some of Jean's family members at the trial.

"The color of my skin can be perceived as a weapon and it's not. What has happened to Botham should not happen to another family," Findley said.

In the PSA, Bertram Jean references an extraordinary moment from the trial when Brandt Jean -- the brother of the victim -- took the witness stand and spoke directly to Guyger, saying, "I love you like anyone else," and later hugged her before she was led off to prison, in a remarkable act of mercy.

"Why should there be hatred for each other? My young son demonstrated forgiveness. Brandt forgave the one who just killed his brother," the father said.

The PSA concludes with the NFL sponsorship and a link to the Botham Jean Foundation -- a nonprofit organization founded by the family.

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— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2020

Amid outrage over a string of police shootings of unarmed black men and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police brutality.

This sparked a movement and thrust the league into a heated national debate on race and racism in America.
 
A year later, at the height of the protests, a group of NFL players lending their voices to social justice issues -- led by now-former NFL player Anquan Boldin and Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins -- came together to form the Players Coalition.

Amid mounting backlash for the league's handling of the protests and no team signing Kaepernick since his contract expired in 2016, the NFL launched a social change initiative in January 2019 and has since partnered with the Players Coalition and other organizations to share stories of families who endured tragedies.

On Sunday, the NFL aired a TV ad narrated by Boldin, who reflects on the 2015 fatal roadside shooting of his cousin Corey Jones by a police officer and highlights the work of the Players Coalition.

The coalition released the first PSA of The Responsibility Program in November and is focused on the same issues that the NFL's initiative is working on: criminal justice reform, police and community relations and economic and educational advancement.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/21/20

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Clippers, 110 Dallas 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 3, Vegas 2
Carolina 4, Winnipeg 1
NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 0
Florida 4, Chicago 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kansas 81, Kansas St. 60
Duke 89, Miami 59
Villanova 76, Butler 61
Kentucky 89, Georgia 79
Maryland 77, Northwestern 66
TCU 65, Texas Tech 54
Illinois 79, Purdue 62
San Diego St. 72, Wyoming 55

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Los Angeles councilmen to request MLB award World Series titles to Dodgers following Astros sign-stealing scandal

iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Officials in Los Angeles believe they have found a way to rectify the World Series titles they feel they were cheated out of during the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to request that MLB award the Dodgers the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles, which they lost to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, respectively, Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV reported.

Last week, MLB announced stiff penalties against the Houston Astros for stealing signs during their 2017 World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB also announced an investigation into the Boston Red Sox's 2018 World Series win against the Dodgers, after then-manager Alex Cora was identified as the ringleader of the scandal while with the Astros.

On Jan. 13, two days after the news broke, Los Angeles Councilmen Paul Koretz and Gilbert Cedillo formally introduced a resolution calling on MLB hand over the titles, stating that it would "uncharted territory" but a fair move.

"There have been scandals in the past over the century-plus that we've had Major League Baseball in this country," Koretz said, according to KABC-TV. "I'm not sure if we've had this documented an effort to steal two World Series, and we know the results."

Koretz added that stripping the titles from Houston and Boston would be "appropriate payback" in light of the scandal.

"I think this really besmirches the national pastime and the most historic sport in American history, and there has to be a message that this isn't allowed," he said.

The Astros were fined $5 million, the maximum allowed under current MLB rules, and forced to forfeit first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch about an hour after they were suspended by MLB for the 2020 season.

The Red Sox parted ways with Cora the next day, but a decision from MLB on whether to punish him is being withheld until the separate investigation is complete.

Mets manager Carlos Beltran, who was a player for Houston during the alleged cheating, resigned in the wake of the scandal as well. He was the only player implicated in the MLB report.

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Report: Browns to hire Bill Callahan as offensive line coach

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns are said to be tapping Bill Callahan as their next offensive line coach.

A source tells ESPN the team plans to hire the 63-year-old, who last served as the interim head coach of the Washington Redskins following the firing of coach Jay Gruden. Prior to replacing Gruden, Callahan served as the Redskins’ offensive line coach, a position he held since 2015.

Callahan’s resume also includes stints as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2002 to 2003 as well as the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2004 to 2007.

He will join Kevin Stefanski on the sidelines, who earlier this month was hired as Cleveland’s new head coach.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/20/20

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 106, Detroit 100
Toronto 122, Atlanta 117
Philadelphia 117, Brooklyn 111
Milwaukee 111, Chicago 98
New Orleans 126, Memphis 116
New York 106, Cleveland 86
Oklahoma City 112, Houston 107
Orlando 106, Charlotte 83
Miami 118, Sacramento 113 -- OT
Boston 139, L.A. Lakers 107
Denver 107, Minnesota 100
Utah 118, Indiana 88
San Antonio 120, Phoenix 118
Portland 129, Golden State 124 -- OT

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Detroit 3
Florida 5, Minnesota 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Baylor 61, Oklahoma 57
West Virginia 97, Texas 59

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NBA player Chandler Parsons faces potentially career-ending injury after car hit by drunk driver, law firm says

iStock(NEW YORK) -- NBA player Chandler Parsons was in a potentially career-ending car accident, reportedly involving a driver who was under the influence, according to the law firm Morgan & Morgan.

Chandler, who is a small forward with the Atlanta Hawks, was reportedly driving home from practice around 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 when his vehicle was struck. Parsons, according to his attorneys, "suffered multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum."

Parsons' attorneys, John Morgan and Nick Panagakis, said his injuries could potentially end his nine-year NBA career.

"Chandler is having a difficult time accepting the consequence of the defendant's reckless conduct on the roadway," his lawyers said in a statement to ABC News.

The alleged suspect was not identified by the firm, but it said the driver was arrested and charged with a DUI. The driver who allegedly hit Parsons was unconscious at the wheel when police arrived, according to USA Today, citing an incident report. A 7-Up bottle filled with alcohol was reportedly found in the driver's seat, the outlet reported.

The Hawks, in a statement on the day of the incident, said Parsons was involved in an accident after practice. The team said he was diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash and that he would enter the NBA's concussion protocol. They announced Monday he was out of their next game with "concussion/whiplash/associated disc injury."

The team has not disclosed any further details about his injuries or the crash.

"Chandler was in peak physical condition at the time of the wreck," Parsons' legal team said in a statement. "He is now working with a team of doctors to regain his health, and at this time, his ability to return to play is unclear. Our focus right now is on helping him make a full recovery, while we also work to hold any and all responsible parties fully accountable."

Parsons is on the last year of a four-year, $94 million contract. He was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Hawks prior to the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season.

The forward was selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He has also played for the Dallas Mavericks. In college, Parsons was named an NCAA All-American while playing for the Florida Gators.

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Coco Guaff beats Venus Williams in Australian Open first round

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- "I was a bit shocked. I'm sure everyone was a bit shocked."

That was Coco Gauff's reaction to facing  Venus Williams again for the first round at a Grand Slam tournament.

Just as Gauff, 15, bested Williams, 39, at Wimbledon last year, she's done it again at the Australian Open. Gauff beat Williams 7-6 (5), 6-3 on Monday at the start of the first major tennis tournament of the year.

"That was really difficult. She played really well," Guaff said of the match, adding that she was "really nervous."

Gauff said she was "more positive coming into this match," after growing her confidence playing on "big courts."

Other women who played and won in notable matches on Monday were defending champion Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams -- a 23 time major champion, top-ranked Ash Barty and 2018 Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki plans to retire after this Australian Open, according to ESPN.

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49ers to face Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The stage has been set for Super Bowl LIV.

The championship game, less than two weeks away, will feature the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Both teams advanced to the big game after winning their conference titles on Sunday. The 49ers took home the NFC Championship title after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-20, and the Chiefs were crowned the AFC Champions after beating the Tennessee Titans 35-24.

Super Bowl Sunday will kick off in Miami on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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