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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/23/20

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



LA Angels 5, San Diego 2
Arizona 7, Texas 3
Tampa Bay 8, NY Mets 5
Kansas City 12, St. Louis 3
Oakland 6, LA Dodgers 4

Cleveland 3, Chi White Sox 2
Seattle 3, Houston 2
Toronto 14, NY Yankees 1
Boston 9, Baltimore 1
Minnesota 7, Detroit 6


Philadelphia 12, Washington 3
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh 2, Chi Cubs 1
Atlanta 9, Miami 4
San Francisco 7, Colorado 2

Miami 112, Boston 109 (Miami leads 3-1)


Tampa Bay 5 Dallas 2 (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)

New England 3, Montreal 1
Atlanta 1, FC Dallas 0 Atlanta
Toronto FC 1, New York City FC 0
Orlando City 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
Columbus 2, Minnesota 1
Philadelphia 0, Cincinnati 0 (Tie)
Chicago 4, Houston 0
New York 4, Miami 1
Nashville 1, D.C. United 0
Colorado 5, San Jose 0
Real Salt Lake 2, LA Galaxy 0
Portland 1, Seattle 0
Los Angeles FC 6, Vancouver 0

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Former Bears running back Gale Sayers has died

Bettmann / Contributor/Getty ImagesBy RYAN BURROW, ABC News

(CHICAGO) -- Gale Sayers, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history has died. He was 77.

Sayers' son Guy Bullard confirmed complications of dementia and Alzheimer's disease as the cause of death, according The New York Times.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Sayers played football for the University of Kansas, where he was known as the "Kansas Comet." He later racked up just under 5,000 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns in his storied seven-year career with the Chicago Bears.  

He was a five-time All-pro, four-time Pro Bowler and first ballot Hall of Famer.

Sayers is perhaps best known for his close relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer in 1970 at the age of 26. The two were believed to be the first interracial roommates for a major professional sports franchise. Their story was documented in a made for TV movie Brian's Song.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/22/20

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



NY Mets 5, Tampa Bay 2
St. Louis 5, Kansas City 0
Arizona 7, Texas 0
LA Angels 4, San Diego 2
LA Dodgers 7, Oakland 2

Cleveland 5, Chi White Sox 3
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 1
Boston 8, Baltimore 3
Minnesota 5, Detroit 4
Houston 6, Seattle 1

Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 3, Cincinnati 2
Washington 8, Philadelphia 7
Pittsburgh 3, Chi Cubs 2
Atlanta 11, Miami 1
San Francisco 5, Colorado 2


Denver 114, LA Lakers 106 (LA leads 2-1)


Las Vegas 83, Connecticut 75
Seattle 88, Minnesota 86

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Vanessa Bryant sues Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over crash site photos


(NEW YORK) --  Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit last Thursday against Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva over "gratuitous" photographs that sheriff's deputies allegedly took at the site of the January helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Citing negligence, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Bryant's lawsuit states that in the immediate aftermath of the helicopter crash, at least eight sheriff's deputies at the scene used their cell phones to take personal photos of the victims, three of whom were children.

The filing adds that one of the deputies later showed the images to a woman at a bar, and a bartender who overheard the conversation alerted the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. However, according to the lawsuit, Villanueva did not follow LASD protocol, and instead told the deputies involved that if they deleted the images, which were not taken for official purposes, they wouldn't be disciplined.

"The Sheriff's Department's outrageous actions have caused Mrs. Bryant severe emotional distress and compounded the trauma of losing Kobe and Gianna," the lawsuit states. "Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online."

Representatives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Villanueva had no immediate comment.

Kobe, 41, and Gianna, 13, were on their way to a basketball game with six others when their helicopter crashed on Jan. 26. Everyone on board, including the pilot, was killed.

In February, the Los Angeles Times broke the news that deputies took photos at the crash site, and Villanueva later apologized to the victims' families. The sheriff told NBC4 in Los Angeles at the time that his "number one priority was to make sure those photos no longer exist," rather than punish the deputies who took them.

"Had we done the original, usual routine, which was relieve everybody of duty and everybody lawyers up and all that, that would increase the odds tenfold that those photos would have some how made their way into the public domain. And that's definitely what we do not want," he said.

He added that he also planned to institute a policy that would criminalize the taking of "unauthorized photos of accident scenes that depict the remains of those deceased." In August, the California Senate approved a bill that does just that, according to the Los Angeles Times. The bill is now with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign.

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Deion Sanders shares why he chose to coach at an HBCU


(NEW YORK) -- NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is making a historic move to the sidelines.

The two-time Super Bowl winner has been named the head coach of Jackson State University’s football program.

Sanders, 53, appeared on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss the move and how he plans to make an impact at the HBCU in Mississippi:

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Michael Jordan becomes first principal Black NASCAR owner in nearly 50 years

Aurelien Meunier/Getty ImagesBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The greatest of all time on the basketball court is getting closer to his North Carolina roots and gearing up for a new venture on the racetrack.

Michael Jordan has "agreed to purchase a NASCAR Cup Series Charter and Bubba Wallace will be the driver for 'His Airness' with partner Denny Hamlin when the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season begins," NASCAR announced Monday.

Jordan's entry into the sport marks the first Black principal owner of a full-time Cup series team since 1973, when Hall of Famer Wendell Scott drove his own race car in 495 races over 12 years.

Jordan, the current owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets, said he has been a lifelong race fan and felt like this was the perfect time to get involved in the sport.

"Growing up in North Carolina, my parents would take my brothers, sisters and me to races, and I've been a NASCAR fan my whole life," Jordan said in a news release. "The opportunity to own my own racing team in partnership with my friend, Denny Hamlin, and to have Bubba Wallace driving for us, is very exciting for me. Historically, NASCAR has struggled with diversity and there have been few Black owners. The timing seemed perfect as NASCAR is evolving and embracing social change more and more."

Hamlin shared a full statement on Twitter alongside a photo of himself in a firesuit standing next to Jordan inside a motorhome at a NASCAR track.

"Eleven years ago, I met Michael Jordan at a then-Charlotte Bobcats game, and we became fast friends," Hamlin wrote. "Not long after, I joined Jordan Brand as their first NASCAR athlete. Our friendship has grown over the years, and now we are ready to take it to the next level."

Tonight, I’m excited to announce MJ and I are starting a new, single car @NASCAR Cup Series team for 2021. Deciding on a driver was easy - it had to be @BubbaWallace.

— Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) September 22, 2020

The three-time Daytona 500 winner said he remains focused on winning this year's Cup title but shared the exciting news about the next step with the Cup Series' only full-time Black driver.

"Deciding on the driver was easy -- it had to be Bubba Wallace," Hamlin wrote.

Wallace, 27, made headlines in his push for racial equality and successfully got NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at all events.

Wallace also had his career best season in the Cup Series this year and announced earlier this month that he would not be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports, who hired him full-time for the 2018 season.

"This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career," Wallace said in a statement Monday. "Both Michael and Denny are great competitors and are focused on building the best team they possibly can to go out and compete for race wins. I'm grateful and humbled that Michael and Denny believe in me and I'm super pumped to begin this adventure with them."

This is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I believe is a great fit for me at this point in my career. I’m grateful and humbled that they believe in me and I’m super pumped to begin this adventure with them.



— Bubba Wallace (@BubbaWallace) September 22, 2020

Jordan joins former NBA player Brad Daugherty, a partner at JTG Daugherty Racing, as the only Black owners at NASCAR's elite Cup level.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/21/20

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



Tampa Bay 2, NY Mets 1
Kansas City 4, St. Louis 1

LA Angels 8, Texas 5
Cleveland 7, Chi White Sox 4
Toronto 11, NY Yankees 5
Seattle 6, Houston 1

Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 3
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Chi Cubs 5, Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 5, Miami 4
Colorado 7, San Francisco 2

Tampa Bay 3, Dallas 2 (Series tied 1-1)

Las Vegas 34, New Orleans 24

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/20/20

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



Cincinnati 7, Chi White Sox 3
Milwaukee 5, Kansas City 3
Houston 3, Arizona 2
Toronto 6, Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 14, Oakland 2
San Diego 7, Seattle 4
Minnesota 4, Chi Cubs 0


Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1
Cleveland 7, Detroit 4
Boston 10, NY Yankees 2
Texas 7, LA Angels 2

Miami 2, Washington 1
Washington 15, Miami 0
Atlanta 7, NY Mets 0
Colorado 6, LA Dodgers 3
St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1

LA Lakers 105, Denver 103 (LA leads 2-0)


Tennessee 33, Jacksonville 30
Chicago 17, NY Giants 13
Green Bay 42, Detroit 21
Tampa Bay 31, Carolina 17
Buffalo 31, Miami 28
San Francisco 31, NY Jets 13
LA Rams 37, Philadelphia 19
Dallas 40, Atlanta 39
Pittsburgh 26, Denver 21
Indianapolis 28, Minnesota 11
Arizona 30, Washington 15
Baltimore 33, Houston 16
Kansas City 23, LA Chargers 20 (OT)
Seattle 35, New England 30

Connecticut 87, Las Vegas 62
Minnesota at Seattle (Postponed)

Philadelphia 4, Montreal 1
Seattle at FC Dallas (Canceled)
D.C. United at Los Angeles FC (Canceled)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/17/20

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


Boston 5, Miami 3
LA Angels 7, Arizona 3
San Francisco 6, Seattle 4

Chi White Sox 4, Minnesota 3
Tampa Bay 3, Baltimore 1
Houston 2, Texas 1
Cleveland 10, Detroit 3
NY Yankees 10, Toronto 7
Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 6

Pittsburgh 5, St. Louis 1
NY Mets 10, Philadelphia 6
LA Dodgers 9, Colorado 3

Miami 106, Boston 101 (Miami leads 2-0)

Tampa Bay 2, NY Islanders 1 (Tampa Bay wins series 4-2)

Cleveland 35, Cincinnati 30


Minnesota 80, Phoenix 79
Connecticut 73, Los Angeles 59

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As Big Ten decides to return, 42 Wisconsin players and staff have tested positive for COVID, officials say

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(MADISON, Wisc.) -- A day after the Big Ten decided to resume the football season, local officials announced University of Wisconsin, Madison has had over 40 football players and staff test positive for COVID-19 so far.

On Wednesday, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced that the conference's football season will resume next month, after previously voting to postpone it until the spring. That same day, officials in UW-Madison's county released a statement advising students and people living in Dane County, where the university sits, not to gather to watch Badger football games.

"Of course it's disappointing that something as well-loved as gathering to watch Badger football games can't happen this year," Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison & Dane County, said in the statement. "But the reality is that it's not possible to have a traditional football season without substantially increasing COVID-19 transmission. We value people's health and lives over sports, and we hope that UW does as well."

Since students began returning to campus in late August, the university has seen a "record" number of cases, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi noted in the statement. UW-Madison has paused in-person instruction for two weeks, through Sept. 25, to address a "rapid increase" in COVID-19 cases among students living both on and off campus. Parisi warned that festivities around football Saturdays "are going to serve as new spreading events within our community."

The city's mayor voiced similar concerns. "The increase in cases we are seeing is predominantly due to parties. Adding football parties into this mix is only going to make the situation worse," Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in the statement.

On Thursday, UW-Madison reported 190 new positive COVID-19 tests among students and employees from on- and off-campus testing. As of Thursday morning, 400 students were in on-campus isolation, it said. There have been nearly 2,400 confirmed cases among UW-Madison students and employees since July 28, according to Public Health Madison & Dane County.

As of Wednesday, 42 players and staff on the football team had tested positive for COVID-19, noting the risks posed to student-athletes during the pandemic, according to the county health department. "Emerging evidence and research is showing that even though athletes recover from COVID-19, serious long term health issues can persist, including myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, which can lead to heart failure," the statement said.

The university started testing student-athletes and staff in June.

New medical protocols announced by Big Ten officials this week include daily antigen testing for student-athletes, coaches, trainers and others on the field for practices and games. The 14 Big Ten institutions will also establish a cardiac registry to examine the effects on COVID-19-positive student-athletes, they said.

In its statement, the county health department said it does not have authority over the university's campus, including Camp Randall football stadium, but that it will continue to enforce its public health orders in partnership with the Madison Police Department when it can. Per an executive order, mass gatherings indoors are limited to 10 people, and those outside are limited to 25, not including employees.

UW spokesperson Greg Bump said in a statement to ABC News that the university would "further coordinate with local agencies and public health regarding game days."

"Saturdays at Camp Randall will look very different," the statement said, noting that Big Ten officials are not allowing any fans in the stands or public ticket sales. The university is currently working on plans to allow the families of student-athletes to attend the games, Bump said.

"Game day usually means getting together but now, in order to protect the season and our community, we all need to cheer the Badgers responsibly and in accordance with public health guidelines," the statement said.

The Big Ten has yet to release the schedule for the season, which is set to start the weekend of Oct. 23.

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