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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/26/24


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


Baltimore 2, Atlanta 1
Toronto 8, Pittsburgh 4
Boston 7, Philadelphia 6
Seattle 2, Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 6, Chi Cubs 0
Cleveland 7, San Diego 4
Oakland 9 Arizona 8
LA Angels 11, San Francisco 9

Detroit 4, Houston 0
Tampa Bay 8, Baltimore 3
NY Yankees 9, Minnesota 2
Texas 4, Chi White Sox 2

NY Mets 6, Washington 3
Cincinnati 8, Milwaukee 3
LA Dodgers 9, Colorado 4
St. Louis 1, Miami 1

Toronto 130, Indiana 122
New York 113, Detroit 111
Brooklyn 111, Memphis 86
Miami 121, Sacramento 110

Washington 6, Ottawa 3
NY Islanders 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Edmonton 4, Los Angeles 2
Seattle 4 Boston 3 (SO)

North Carolina 75, Miami 71
Baylor 62, TCU 54

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/25/24


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


Philadelphia 4, NY. Yankees 0
NY Mets 3, Houston 1
St. Louis 3, Houston 0
Baltimore 2, Pittsburgh 0
Boston 5, Atlanta 4
Arizona 5, Chi White Sox 0
Final L.A. Dodgers 4 Oakland 2
Cincinnati 9, LA Angels 4
San Francisco 0, Texas 0

Boston 8, Minnesota 6
NY Yankees 12, Toronto 6
Kansas City 1, L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 8, Seattle 4
Detroit 9, Tampa Bay 9

Washington 6, Miami 3
San Diego 7, Chi Cubs 0
Colorado 10, Milwaukee 3

Milwaukee 119, Philadelphia 98
Phoenix 123, LA Lakers 113
Indiana 133, Dallas 111
Cleveland 114, Washington 105
Chicago 114, New Orleans 106
Atlanta 109, Orlando 92
Oklahoma City 123, Houston 110
Final Denver 119 Golden State 103
Final Utah 128 San Antonio 109
Charlotte 93, Portland 80
Sacramento 123, LA Clippers 107

Tampa Bay 4, New Jersey 1
Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 6
Winnipeg 4 Arizona 3 (OT)
Detroit 3, Chicago 2 (OT)
Buffalo 3, Carolina 2 (SO)
Columbus 4, NY Rangers 2
Nashville 4, Anaheim 2

Purdue 84, Michigan 76
Marquette 88, Xavier 64
St. John's 80, Creighton 66

Toronto FC 0 Cincinnati 0 (Tie)
New York 0, Nashville 0 (Tie)
Miami 1, LA Galaxy 1 (Tie)

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NY's Nassau County announces ban on trans women from competing in women's sports in county-run facilities

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(NEW YORK) -- Republican Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman announced Thursday that he will use an executive order to ban transgender athletes from competing in events aligning with their gender identity in county-run facilities.

The executive order states that sports leagues, organizations, teams and other entities in the Long Island, New York county must expressly designate teams based on an athlete's sex assigned at birth, when applying for a "use and occupancy" permit at a Nassau County Parks property for a sporting competition or event on all levels.

Permits will not be given to any event or competition that allows transgender women or girls to compete in girls' or women's sporting events. The order allows transgender men and boys to play in competitions for men and boys.

This will go into effect immediately, according to Blakeman's office.

The move goes against guidelines from local and national sports associations.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association's transgender policy states that it is "committed to providing all students with the opportunity to participate ... in a manner consistent with their gender identity and the New York State Commissioner of Education's Regulations."

The National Collegiate Athletic Association transgender guidelines vary from sport to sport. Transgender student-athletes typically need to document sport-specific testosterone levels at the beginning of their season and a second documentation six months later, and then another documentation four weeks before championship selections.

The governing bodies of several national and international sports leagues, including the International Olympic Committee, require transgender women to meet certain hormone levels in order to play on sports teams with cisgender women.

There is no clear data on whether transgender women have an advantage physiologically, according to health experts.

One study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the athletic advantages of the 46 trans women over their cisgender counterparts declined with feminizing therapy. However, this study also found theyhad a 9% faster mean run speed than cisgender women after a one-year period of testosterone suppression. A different study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that there is not yet any direct or consistent research suggesting transgender women have an athletic advantage at any stage of their transition.

Experts wrote in a recent JAMA Pediatrics editorial that preventing trans youth from participating in school sports could be bad for the mental and physical health of an already at-risk population because they lose out on the developmental benefits of sports participation.

Restrictions on hormone levels have impacted athletes with differences in sex development, including track star Caster Semenya, who was born intersex and has naturally high testosterone levels.

Blakeman, a Republican, said he believes the designation of separate athletic teams or sports based on sex assigned at birth "is necessary to maintain fairness for women's athletic opportunities."

"Women and Girls hard work, on-field achievements, and athletic futures deserve to be fostered, nurtured, and celebrated," Blakeman stated in the executive order.

Local civil rights advocacy groups, including the New York Civil Liberties Union, argued the executive order is illegal.

"Requiring girls who are trans to compete on boys' teams effectively bars them from sports altogether," NYCLU said in a statement to ABC News. "Participating would mean being outed and being denied the same opportunities other girls enjoy: to challenge themselves, improve fitness, and be part of a team of their peers."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/22/24


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

Indiana 129, Detroit 115
New York 110, Philadelphia 96
Toronto 121, Brooklyn 93
Orlando 116, Cleveland 109
Dallas 123, Phoenix 113
Oklahoma City 129, LA Clippers 107
Boston 129, Chicago 112
New Orleans 127, Houston 105
Denver 130, Washington 110
Charlotte 115, Utah 107
Sacramento 127, San Antonio 122
Golden State 128, LA Lakers 110

Nashville 4, Los Angeles 1
Ottawa 4, Dallas 1
Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 1
Carolina 1, Florida 0
Detroit 2, Colorado 1 (OT)
Washington 5, Tampa Bay 3
NY Rangers 5, New Jersey 1
St. Louis 4, NY Islanders 0
Calgary 3 Boston 2 (OT)
Toronto 7, Vegas 3
Seattle 5, Vancouver 2

Washington St. 77, Arizona 74
Purdue 96, Rutgers 68

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Indigenous HOOPS program supports Indigenous youth and mental health

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(NEW YORK) -- DeShawn and Sharmane Joseph want to see more Indigenous athletes on the world stage.

The husband-wife duo are the founders of Indigenous HOOPS -- which stands for "Honoring Our Original People in Sports" -- a nationwide basketball program for Indigenous youth that started as a local league for their Tulalip Nation.

"It all started because a little girl wanted to play basketball," Sharmane Joseph said about her and DeShawn Joseph's eldest daughter, who wanted to play basketball as a child. She didn't have a team to join until DeShawn Joseph started coaching one.

"She needed something for herself, to be able to have an outlet, to have something to look forward to," Sharmane Joseph said.

In 2014, when the Josephs' eldest daughter was a freshman in high school, the Tulalip community was impacted by a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School. Some tribal members were among those shot, along with teens in the community with whom their daughter was close.

"They grew up all together," Sharmane Joseph said. "So, it really just opened our eyes to [see] that we were not doing enough [in the community]. Maybe we're sitting idle."

To support the youth of the community better, the Josephs began working intensely with their existing basketball program, Unity Basketball, which they had founded in 2010 -- their daughter was part of the first Unity team -- and eventually expanded it into a second program, Indigenous HOOPS, which was founded in 2021.

While their overall goal is to give Native kids opportunities to showcase their talents and athletic skills, Sharmane and DeShawn Joseph said they also want Indigenous HOOPS to support the mental health of Native youth.

"Early on in the pandemic, we realized that there was a big missing gap for tribal youth, the mental health rate had declined for tribal use, the suicide rate had [gone] up. So we wanted to create something that might be a beacon of hope to help the kids look forward to something," DeShawn Joseph said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Native Americans and Native Alaskans between the ages of 10-34 in 2019.

"Life is bigger than basketball, especially when it comes to mental health," DeShawn Joseph said, adding, "Being a Native American adolescent on the reservation, with maybe not as many opportunities as some others, basketball served as an outlet for me."

Sharmane Joseph said that along with supporting young people's mental health and all the life skills their program teaches, Indigenous HOOPS also offers participants a sense of belonging.

"It gives me a made-family that I made and created myself," she said. "It's just more family than it is basketball."

Sharmane -- lovingly known as "Mama Shar" within the league -- and DeShawn Joseph said they treat the players like their own children.

While their eldest daughter doesn't play basketball anymore, the small team her father started coaching for her has since grown into a nationwide program that has led Native youth to attend college and sign on to collegiate teams.

"I feel like it brings all of our people together, just like a powwow," DeShawn Joseph said. "But we're there for our children to play the sports we all love.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/21/24


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

Boston 6, Edmonton 5 (OT)
Columbus 7, Anaheim 4
Toronto 6, Arizona 3
Buffalo 3, Montreal 2
Philadelphia 3, Chicago 1

Marquette 105, DePaul 71
Duke 84, Miami 55
Penn St. 90, Illinois 89
Alabama 98, Florida 93
George Mason 71, Dayton 67
LSU 75, Kentucky 74
New Mexico 68, Colorado St. 66

Miami 2, Real Salt Lake 0

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/20/24


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

Los Angeles 5, Columbus 1
Washington 6, New Jersey 2
Florida 3, Ottawa 2 (OT)
NY Rangers 3, Dallas 1
NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 3
Colorado 3, Vancouver 1
Nashville 5, Vegas 3

Saint Mary's (Cal.) 70, San Francisco 66
Creighton 85, UConn 66
Tennessee 72, Missouri 67
BYU 78, Baylor 71
Utah St. 68, San Diego St. 63
Texas Tech 82, TCU 81

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William Byron wins first Daytona 500 after rain delay

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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- After being delayed a day due to weather, a victor has been crowned at the Daytona 500.

William Byron crossed the finish line Monday at the Daytona International Speedway while under a caution flag to snatch the win, breaking Hendrick Motorsports' losing streak at the iconic NASCAR event.

The win marked the 26-year-old's first career "Great American Race" victory.

The race, the official opening of the NASCAR Cup Series season, had been scheduled to begin around 3 p.m. on Sunday but was called off hours before as the weather forecast showed no sign that the rain would let up, officials said.

The last time the Daytona 500 was postponed for a full day was in 2012 when heavy rain caused the delay. In 2020, drivers completed 20 laps before a rain delay was called and the race had to be finished the next day.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/19/24


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

Anaheim 4, Buffalo 3
Toronto 4, St. Louis 2
Boston 4 Dallas 3 (SO)
Minnesota 10, Vancouver 7
Detroit 4 Seattle 3 (OT)
Calgary 6, Winnipeg 3
Vegas 4, San Jose 0
Edmonton 6, Arizona 3
Carolina 6, Chicago 3
Ottawa 4, Tampa Bay 2

Houston 73, Iowa St. 65

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High school football team that beat the odds gets deserving surprises

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(NEW YORK) -- Cardinal Hayes High School's football team is the definition of a ray of sunshine!

Once called one of the "worst teams," the players overcame the odds to win the New York State Catholic High School State Championship in December 2023, becoming the first New York City team in history to do so.

The young players have had to contend with multiple challenges -- from an outdoor home field that's smaller than regulation size and an outdoor weight room caked in rust to an

Despite their hurdles, Cardinal Hayes' head football coach CJ O'Neil told "Good Morning America" the students "battled" and made do with what they had.

Added Cardinal Hayes President Michael Carey: "We're located in the poorest congressional district in the nation. Most of the students come from the surrounding area. One thing we're guaranteed is we're gonna get knocked down. The question is how we respond."

To celebrate their achievements so far and to support the deserving students, "Good Morning America" teamed up with several partners to give the dedicated players a few surprises, including college offers for two students.

Riddell teamed up with "GMA" to surprise the football team with new equipment worth over $30,000.

Nike gifted new cleats for every team member of the team.

Bank of America is also supporting the football team with a generous gift of $50,000.

Last but not least, the New York Giants offered pre-season tickets to members of the Cardinal Hayes High School football team.

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University of Iowa's Caitlin Clark breaks NCAA women's basketball scoring record

Caitlin Clark of the Iowa Hawkeyes dribbles against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second half at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Feb. 11, 2024, in Lincoln, Neb. -- Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- Caitlin Clark, the University of Iowa basketball phenom, is now officially in the history books.

Clark, a senior point guard for the Hawkeyes, made history Thursday, becoming the NCAA women’s basketball career scoring leader after making her first three shots in the first quarter of Iowa’s home game against the University of Michigan.

By her third shot Thursday night, Clark broke the previous record -- Kelsey Plum's 3,527 career points while playing for the Washington Huskies.

By the end of her game against Michigan, Clark's overall point total was 3,569. She also set a school record, scoring a Hawkeye high in the game with 49 points.

In a press conference prior to Thursday's game, Clark said she was "really thankful and grateful" for her remarkable career.

"I understand the magnitude of this," Clark said, according to ESPN. "But I think it's just kind of come along with how my four years have gone. I'm just really thankful and grateful."

Clark has the choice at the end of the season to play another year, her fifth season, or become a prospect for the WNBA draft.

Iowa lost last year to Louisiana State University in the finals of the NCAA Women's tournament.

"I'm somebody who has really big dreams, goals and aspirations," Clark said, according to ESPN. "I dreamed of doing really big things, playing in front of big crowds, going to the Final Four. I just go about my business as I did when I was a freshman. Sure, my life's kind of changed somewhat. I just try to have fun and enjoy every single day."

The final score of Thursday night's game was 106-89.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/15/24


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

Memphis 113, Milwaukee 110
Golden State 140, Utah 137
Minnesota 128, Portland 91

Seattle 4, Boston 1
Los Angeles 2, New Jersey 1
Florida 4, Buffalo 0
Anaheim 5, Ottawa 1
Toronto 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
NY Rangers 7, Montreal 4
Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 3
Dallas 9, Nashville 2
St. Louis 6, Edmonton 3
Final Pittsburgh 4 Chicago 1
San Jose 6, Calgary 3
Vancouver 4, Detroit 1

Saint Mary's (Cal.) 103, Pepperdine 59
Purdue 84, Minnesota 76
FAU 80, Temple 68

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Kansas City Chiefs player Trey Smith reacts to parade shooting, recounts helping boy

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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Fans were celebrating alongside the Kansas City Chiefs at Wednesday’s victory parade following their recent 2024 Super Bowl win when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Chiefs offensive lineman Trey Smith told ABC News' Good Morning America that he and his teammates were making their way off the stage at Union Station when he learned there was an active shooter.”

I just remember the security guards ushering us through the doors quickly, saying, 'Come on, hurry up, hurry up, hurry up,'" Smith, 24, told GMA. "They said, 'This is not a joke. It's a life and death situation.'"

One woman was killed and at least 21 people injured by gunfire in the shooting, according to Kansas City police.

The incident occurred west of Union Station, outside near the garage, as Chiefs fans were leaving, according to police. Three people have been detained for investigation in connection to the shooting, police said.

In the chaos after the shooting, Smith said he and a teammate took shelter in a closet while helping to guide as many other people as they could to safety.

"Right before I run in there, there's a little kid in front of me so I just grabbed him and yanked him up and said, 'You're hopping in here with me, buddy,'" Smith recalled. "I don't know how many people were in the closet, maybe 20-plus."

He continued, "One of my teammates, my long snapper James Winchester, was very instrumental in helping keep people calm."

Once Smith and the others who took shelter in the closet were able to safely leave, Smith said they went to the Chiefs' team buses, which were filled with bystanders trying to escape the chaos as the active shooter incident unfolded.

Smith recalled helping to calm one young fan who was "hysterical" after the shooting.

"This little boy was with his father. He was a little hysterical. He just panicked. He was scared. He doesn't know what's going on," Smith said. "I had the WWE belt the entire parade and I was thinking, what can I do to help him out? I just handed him the belt and said, 'Hey buddy, you're the champion. No one is gonna hurt you. No one's gonna hurt you, man. We got your back.'"

Smith said he started talking to the boy about wrestling and asking him questions, like who is his favorite wrestler.

"He was looking out the window. He was seeing people reacting, trying to get out of the situation. I'm like, 'Here you go, buddy, this is yours,'" Smith said of handing the boy the WWE belt, which he and other players had worn during the parade. "'No one is gonna hurt you. You're here with us. You're going to be A-OK. You're going to be all right.'"

Smith said he remains shocked by the violence that occurred at the celebration.

"I'm pretty angry. Due to senseless violence, someone lost their life .... Children are injured. Children are traumatized," Smith said. "I'm hurting for, one, the families of the people who got impacted, [and two,] the city of Kansas City."

Smith said that he still believes in the strength of the people of Kansas City, thousands of whom turned out to celebrate the Chiefs' second consecutive Super Bowl win.

"Our hearts go out to you guys. We will continue to pray for you. At the end of the day, Kansas City is a great city," Smith said. "We're going to stand up together and we're going to be strong."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/14/24


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

Charlotte 122, Atlanta 99
Orlando 118, New York 100
Miami 109, Philadelphia 104
Boston 136, Brooklyn 86
Indiana 127, Toronto 125
Cleveland 108, Chicago 105
Memphis 121, Houston 113
Dallas 116, San Antonio 93
New Orleans 133, Washington 126
LA Lakers 138, Utah 122
Sacramento 102, Denver 98
Phoenix 116, Detroit 100
LA Clippers 130, Golden State 125

Winnipeg 1, San Jose 0
Florida 5, Pittsburgh 2
Minnesota 3, Arizona 1

UConn 101, DePaul 65
Tennessee 92, Arkansas 63
Auburn 101, South Carolina 61

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Scoreboard roundup -- 2/13/24


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

L.A. Lakers 125, Detroit 111
Boston 118, Brooklyn 110
Oklahoma City 127, Orlando 113
Miami 123, Milwaukee 97
Minnesota 121, Portland 109
Phoenix 130, Sacramento 125

Buffalo 7, Los Angeles 0
Toronto 4, St. Louis 1
Montreal 5, Anaheim 0
Ottawa 6, Columbus 3
Colorado 6, Washington 3
Tampa Bay 3, Boston 2 (SO)
Seattle 2, NY Islanders 1 (SO)
Dallas 4, Carolina 2
New Jersey 4, Nashville 2
Vancouver 4, Chicago 2
Edmonton 8, Detroit 4

Marquette 78, Butler 72
Syracuse 86, North Carolina 79
Iowa St. 68, Cincinnati 59
Baylor 79, Oklahoma 62
Illinois 97, Michigan 68
Dayton 75, Duquesne 59
Creighton 94, Georgetown 72
BYU 90, UCF 88
Wisconsin 62, Ohio St. 54
Pittsburgh 74, Virginia 63
Kentucky 75, Mississippi 63
Illinois St. 80, Indiana St. 67

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