US soccer star Carli Lloyd kicks 55-yard field goal at Eagles training camp

Sports News US soccer star Carli Lloyd kicks 55-yard field goal at Eagles training camp

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Carli Lloyd showed off her killer kicking skills at practice with the reigning Super Bowl champs.

Lloyd showed up to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Tuesday and crushed a 55-yard field goal on their own turf.

The New Jersey native is a big fan of the birds and shared the cross-sport practice with defensive end Justin Tuck and kicker Jake Elliott.

The team gave her a shout-out on Twitter with an alternate look at her high flying kick.

Lloyd, who has competed in four World Cups and three Olympics with the U.S. Women’s National Team, recently told GMA after their 2019 win that she’s taking time to “unwind” before making any decisions about her future.

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Posted On 21 Aug 2019

Former MLB stars caught up in largest drug bust in Dominican Republic’s history

Sports News Former MLB stars caught up in largest drug bust in Dominican Republic's history

pawel.gaul/iStock(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) — A three-time MLB All-Star and a veteran pitcher were among 21 people implicated in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday as part of what the country’s attorney general called the “largest operation in the history” of his office.

Luis Castillo, a second baseman who played for the Miami Marlins and New York Mets, among others, and Octavio Dotel, a relief pitcher most notably with the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, were caught up in the sweep, according to Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez.

The operation allegedly funneled drugs from South America through the Dominican Republic as an intermediary before they arrived in the United States, according to the attorney general’s office.

The organization, organized with a “mafia structure,” was allegedly led by César Emilio Peralta, aka Cesar El Abusador, who Dominican authorities said is still on the loose. His top associates — Baltazar Mesa, José Jesús Tapia Pérez and Sergio Gómez Díaz — have been taken into custody.

There were 18 other people in the country who were swept up in the raids, which Rodriguez said took the efforts of 700 people, including 50 prosecutors, and agents from the National Drug Control Directorate and the Ministry of Defense.

“To enter and launder the illicit money obtained from drug trafficking, César El Abusador also created a complicated corporate framework to disguise the origin of his fortune, also using numerous individuals belonging to his family and social circle to hide his assets, including 2 sports figures of the Dominican Republic,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency, FBI, Special Division of Transnational Organized Crime Investigation and the Department of Justice all assisted Dominican authorities in the bust.

Rodriguez said the United States has requested extradition of Mesa, Perez and Diaz.

Dotel was photographed at a police station in Santo Domingo Tuesday, but did not comment on his arrest. Castillo has not been taken into custody and his lawyer said he was living in Florida and had not been to the Dominican Republic recently.

“Mr. Castillo has not been arrested or involved in any drug ring, cartel, drug trafficking, money laundering, or other criminal conspiracy,” his lawyer, Alan Wilmot, said in a statement provided to several media outlets.

Castillo made the All-Star Game in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and finished with 1,889 career hits and 1,001 career runs scored. He is the Marlins franchise leader in career hits, at-bats, runs scored, triples and games played.

He won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003.

Dotel pitched for a record 13 teams in his 15-year career and won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

Castillo made an estimated $56.8 million in his career, according to Baseball Reference. Dotel made $41 million in his career.

The pair are not the only baseball players to recently be caught up in a drug trafficking scandal. Esteban Loaiza, who was briefly teammates with Dotel on the 2008 White Sox, was arrested in 2018 for possession of 44 pounds of cocaine he had trafficked from Mexico to his home near San Diego. He was sentenced to three years in jail in March.

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Posted On 21 Aug 2019

Roger Clemens: ‘No interest’ in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort

Sports News Roger Clemens: 'No interest' in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is “honored” by the encouragement to run for Congress, but he has ruled it out — blaming the “climate in politics.”

In a message written to current incumbent Texas Republican Rep. Pete Olson — and obtained by ABC News — Clemens noted that he was “honored” Olson, who unexpectedly announced his retirement last month, “would consider me as a candidate to represent our great State of Texas in the 22 District, I have no interest in doing so.”

“The climate in politics at this time is much more than I would want to undertake along with my family considerations,” Clemens wrote in a message sent to Olson last week.

Clemens, known by baseball fans as “The Rocket,” had been generating buzz as a potential Republican candidate for the open seat over the past two weeks, according to sources in Washington and Texas.

A spokesperson for Olson declined to comment on the race or share a copy of the congressman’s initial correspondence to Clemens.

Multiple sources predicted that Clemens, 57, would ultimately opt against entering the race in what could be a tough election cycle for the GOP in the Lone Star State. A candidacy filing period opens in Texas on Nov. 9 and closes on Dec. 9.

“People are talking him up, but from what we’re hearing he’s not going to do it,” a GOP campaign source told ABC News last week.

Another source added, Clemens had “not confirmed that he’s in, but his name is being tossed around.”

An aide at the National Republican Congressional Committee said that the House GOP’s campaign arm “hasn’t spoken directly to him.”

“Roger Clemens would be a good candidate, but we don’t need a celebrity baseball player to win it,” the aide said. “It’s Texas. We have a huge bench down there.”

So far, only one Republican candidate, Brazoria County Judge Greg Hill, has announced his intention to run for Olson’s seat, though additional candidates are expected to emerge in the coming months, sources said.

“No one was planning on Olson retiring,” the aide said. “There’s plenty of time for people to get ready to go and get in the race.”

“People around [Clemens] want him to run,” a national GOP campaign source said, adding that Clemens reemerged on the NRCC’s radar last week and was “fueled by Olson’s retirement announcement.”

“I can’t speak to motivations of people putting his name out there, whether they’re doing it on their own or at Clemens’ request,” the source added.

A Clemens spokesperson also told ABC News that he’s had an extensive travel schedule this summer, filled with charity and celebrity appearances.

Texas’ 22nd Congressional District has traditionally has been a solid Republican district, where President Donald Trump won by eight points in 2016.

Clemens has never run for political office, but has donated to other Republicans, including former Texas Rep. Ted Poe, according to a Congressional Quarterly report from 2007.

A source “familiar with the situation” who requested anonymity had “heard the same rumblings as well that he’s considering,” but added that Clemens had not taken any formal steps toward a campaign, such as filing, choosing a general consultant, naming a treasurer or building a team.

In 1992, Clemens and his wife Debra established The Roger Clemens Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children, especially at-risk children, through educational, charitable, literary, scientific and religious activities.

Despite a career that placed Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young award winner, in the mix as the greatest pitcher of all-time, the two-time World Series Champion has not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame due to allegations that he used anabolic steroids late in his career, though he never failed a drug test.

Clemens testified before Congress on Feb. 13, 2008 to deny the allegations and was later indicted by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on six felony counts, including perjury, false statements and contempt of Congress. After his case initially led to a mistrial, Clemens was later found not guilty on six counts of lying to Congress in 2012.

He currently serves as a special assistant to the general manager of the Astros, where he works with the team’s pitchers providing instruction and player evaluation.

Another former major league pitcher, Curt Schilling, has said he is exploring a congressional bid in Arizona. In 2016, he told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that he was considering a run in 2018 against Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Posted On 21 Aug 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 8/20/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 8/20/19

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


NY Mets 9, Cleveland 2
Philadelphia 3, Boston 2
LA Dodgers 16, Toronto 3

LA Angels 5, Texas 1
Baltimore 4, Kansas City 1
Seattle 7, Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 14, Chi White Sox 4
Texas 3, LA Angels 2
Oakland 6, NY Yankees 2

Pittsburgh 4, Washington 1
Cincinnati 3, San Diego 2
Atlanta 5, Miami 1
Chi Cubs 5, San Francisco 3
St. Louis 9, Milwaukee 4
Arizona 8, Colorado 7

Chicago 87, Atlanta 83
New York 82, Indiana 76
Las Vegas 84, Phoenix 79
Los Angeles 81, Minnesota 71

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Posted On 21 Aug 2019