Phillies’ Odubel Herrera arrested following domestic violence report

Sports News Phillies' Odubel Herrera arrested following domestic violence report

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera was arrested on Monday night after his girlfriend reported that he had assaulted her.

The Atlantic City Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook that officers responded to the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino to a report of domestic violence. The officers reportedly found Herrera’s 20-year-old girlfriend with “visible signs of injury to her arms and neck…sustained after being assaulted by her boyfriend.”

The woman refused medical attention. Officers located Herrera in a hotel room and arrested him without incident. He was later released.

In a statement, the Phillies said they reported the incident to the league immediately after learning about it. “The Phillies take any domestic violence accusation seriously,” the statement said.

Major League Baseball has placed Herrera on administrative leave under the league’s domestic violence policy. He will be inactive for up to seven days while the league investigates the incident. That leave can be extended while the league’s probe continues.

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Posted On 28 May 2019

Baseball team apologizes for showing controversial video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Sports News Baseball team apologizes for showing controversial video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

(FRESNO, Calif.) — A minor league baseball team in California is apologizing after showing a video on Memorial Day that was edited in a way that appeared to place Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among “enemies of freedom,” including North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

cmannphoto/iStockThe video was shown by the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, in between the team’s doubleheader home games against the El Paso Chihuahuas on Monday.

The three-minute, 35-second-long video, which the team said in a statement was “pre-produced…from outside [their] front office,” featured audio clips from former President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address in 1981 over images and videos of America, members of the military and Arlington National Cemetery. The team said the video was meant to be shown as “a moving tribute.”

In the video, when Reagan’s speech refers to “enemies of freedom” and “potential adversaries,” a photo of Ocasio-Cortez was shown between images of Kim Jong-Un and Fidel Castro.

The Grizzlies called the video’s editing “misleading and offensive,” and said it “made a statement that was not [the team’s] intent and certainly not [the team’s] opinion.”

“We apologize to our fans and to our community for the error and for not properly vetting the video,” the Grizzlies tweeted early Tuesday. “We also apologize to those who have served and are currently serving the country for the undue distraction on such a solemn day.”

Paul Braverman, the Grizzlies’ media relations manager, told ABC News the video was “selected in haste from YouTube,” and that the employee who chose it was “completely remorseful.”

“We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the Grizzlies tweeted. “We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”

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Lamar Odom opens up about near-death experience, ‘overcoming tragedy’

Sports News Lamar Odom opens up about near-death experience, 'overcoming tragedy'

Matt Petit/ABC(NEW YORK) — Just a few years ago Lamar Odom seemed to have it all with his booming NBA career and marriage to Khloe Kardashian. But in 2015, Odom’s world came crashing down after a near-death experience at a Las Vegas brothel.

In his new memoir, Darkness to Light, Odom is opening for the first time about the intimate details of his life and battle with addiction.

“It’s not a story just about…the Kardashians, or drugs,” Odom said in an interview with ABC News’ Juju Chang. “It’s really a story of triumph, and overcoming obstacles.”

“And tragedy,” Odom added. “Overcoming tragedy.”

Odom, 40, said the roller coaster ride of his life — reaching the highest of highs and lowest of lows — began at just 12 years old when his mother died of cancer.

“You’re looking to…fill that void, you know, with things,” he said. “And, you know, some things I was trying to fill that void with were destructive.”

Odom said that for a long time his drug of choice was cocaine, and he admitted the first time he tried it was during a sexual encounter.

“It’s toxic,” he said of the combination. “It was like unleashing of a demon.”

“I was professional at hiding it,” he added. “Khloe didn’t know for a long time.”

‘I couldn’t believe how I was treating that queen like that’

Khloe Kardashian and Odom wed in 2009 after a whirlwind, one-month romance. Marrying into the Keeping Up With the Kardashians family thrust his whole life into the spotlight.

“I mean, I loved it,” he admitted. “A red carpet is rolled out for you everywhere you go…What’s not to love about that?”

“And at that time, when we shot [Khloe and Lamar]…I was playing really good basketball,” he added.

“I don’t really think there’s ever gonna be another NBA player to be on a number-one reality show, playing high-level basketball,” he said.

And yet he says at the same time he was hiding his drug use and sex addiction from Kardashian, saying, “you don’t want your wife to know that you’re sniffing coke and … having sex with other women.”

The secrets, however, were getting harder to hide, and Odom recalls one drug-induced rage where he threatened to kill his wife.

“I’m pretty sure she had to be scared at that point in time,” he said. “I’m thinking about it now, like, I couldn’t believe how I was treating that queen like that.”

Odom says he feels he owes “her and her family an apology. Big time.”

“Her friends and family, they had to be embarrassed,” he added.

Odom says at that point Kardashian kicked him out of the house.

The Kardashian family declined ABC News’ request for comment.

‘I’m a walking miracle’

After the split, Odom said he then went to Love Ranch, a Las Vegas brothel to escape it all.

“I was just thinking about trying to go have fun,” he said.

After a four-day bender, he was found unresponsive, having suffered 12 seizures, six strokes and his heart stopping twice.

“My doctors from Cedars-Sinai said, like, I’m a walking miracle,” he said.

Odom says he doesn’t have any memory of taking drugs that day, let alone near-lethal doses.

After completing a month-long stint in rehab in 2016, Odom says these days he will still have an occasional social drink, but he can’t remember the last time he has done cocaine.

Although, “I smoke marijuana to this day, just to help with some anxiety,” he added.

He said he also had “three, maybe four or five, ketamine treatments,” as part of his recovery program, saying, “I feel it’s helped with my anxiety a little bit.”

During his recovery, Odom says he has also returned to training, boxing for at least an hour every day as well as weight training and practicing basketball.

In his new memoir, Odom writes about someday seeing his mom again in heaven and telling her about his life.

When asked what he would say to her if she were here right now, Odom said it would be: “I guess I made it … in some peoples’ eyes.”

“I stumbled onto Good Morning America, Ma,” he added. “But I mean … the ride was, was rocky, but … I’m here.”

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Serena Williams debuts new high-fashion outfit for 2019 French Open

Sports News Serena Williams debuts new high-fashion outfit for 2019 French Open

Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(PARIS) — If anyone thought Serena Williams would tame her fashion after last year’s French Open catsuit controversy, she proved them wrong.

Williams, 37, took to the court Monday for her debut match at the 2019 French Open in her designer, superhero-inspired outfit.

Williams chose to go without the look’s dramatic cape though to face off against Russian player Vitalia Diatchenko, whom she defeated 2-6, 6-1, 6-0.

Williams’ full French Open look, a collaboration between Nike and designer Virgil Abloh, is not your average tennis skirt.

It features ruffles, a crop top, black and white print and the cape — reportedly with the words “Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess” printed on it in French — that gives it a superhero vibe.

It follows last year’s controversy that saw Williams wear a Black Panther-inspired bodysuit earlier to mark her return to her first major tournament since giving birth to her daughter in 2017.

Williams, who dealt with life-threatening postpartum complications related to a pulmonary embolism, said the fitted suit was designed to protect her against blood clots.

She also used the catsuit as a form of inspiration for other moms, writing on Instagram, “Catsuit anyone? For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy—here you go. If I can do it, so can you. Love you all!!”

While Williams’ catsuit won’t be seen again at the French Open, her boldness did help score a victory for female tennis players.

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) now allows for leggings and mid-thigh length compression shorts to be worn with or without a skirt, shorts or dress. The WTA’s rules only apply to regular tournaments, not to the four Grand Slam tournaments, including the French Open, which each have their own set of rules.

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Posted On 28 May 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 5/27/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 5/27/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:


NY Yankees 5 San Diego 2
Houston 6 Chi Cubs 5
Milwaukee 5 Minnesota 4

Baltimore 5 Detroit 3
Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 3
Boston 12 Cleveland 5
Oakland 8 L-A Angels 5
Seattle 6 Texas 2
Kansas City at Chi White Sox 2:10 p.m.

Miami 3 Washington 2
Pittsburgh 8 Cincinnati 5
Colorado 4 Arizona 3, 11 Innings
Cincinnati 8 Pittsburgh 1
LA Dodgers 9 NY Mets 5


Boston 4 St. Louis 2

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Posted On 28 May 2019