Scoreboard roundup — 8/1/19

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

INTERLEAGUE
Miami 5, Minnesota 4, 12 Innings
N.Y. Mets 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland 5, Milwaukee 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 11, Baltimore 2
Houston 7, Cleveland 1
Tampa Bay 9, Boston 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 10, San Francisco 2
St. Louis 8, Chicago Cubs 0
Atlanta 4, Cincinnati 1, 7 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 8, San Diego 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Connecticut 68, Phoenix 62
Dallas 87, N.Y. Liberty 64
L.A. Sparks 76, Las Vegas 68

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Baltimore 17, Chicago 16

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Little baseball player takes running ‘home’ literally, and it’s the cutest thing

Bill Holley(NEW YORK) -- A video of a 20-month-old baseball player adorably following instructions is a home run -- literally.

William Holley might be young, but he's already quite the slugger, as seen in a video taken by his grandfather Bill Holley in the yard.

When William hit the ball, he quickly ran to first, second, then third. That's when things got a little confusing.

"Run home!" Holley yelled. The toddler, technically following the directions he was given, started booking it to the house next to him rather than home plate.

William's grandmother Lisa Woodward told Good Morning America that baseball is all William thinks about. His dad, Ryan Holley, played college baseball at Binghamton University in New York, so swinging the baseball bat is in his blood.

"When he was really young, he would take a bat while watching baseball on TV," Woodward said. "Every time the pitcher would throw the ball, William would swing the bat at the same time."

Woodward said William is always trying to swing the bat, even when he doesn't have one.

"If we didn't have a bat in the house, he'd pick up anything he could find and get in his batting stance," Woodward said. "He takes whatever he can find, hits it on the ground, then gets into his little batting stance."

William's parents are big Chicago Cubs fans, and William is often rocking a tiny baseball hat representing his family's favorite team.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/31/19

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

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 7, Arizona 5
Minnesota 7, Miami 4
N.Y. Mets 4, Chicago White Sox 2
Milwaukee 4, Oakland 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Kansas City 1
Detroit 9, L.A. Angels 1
Cleveland 10, Houston 4
Tampa Bay 8, Boston 5
Texas 9, Seattle 7

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 5, Washington 4, 10 Innings
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 1
L.A. Dodgers 5, Colorado 1
San Francisco 5, Philadelphia 1
Chicago Cubs 2, St. Louis 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Indiana 61, Atlanta 59

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WWE star Jeff Hardy arrested for public intoxication

Myrtle Beach Police Department(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- World Wrestling Entertainment star Jeff Hardy was arrested on Saturday for public intoxication.

The pro wrestler was taken into custody in the popular seaside community of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after police responded to calls about an intoxicated person, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Hardy was arrested at about 11 a.m., Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Thomas Vest told Florence ABC affiliate WPDE-TV.

The 41-year-old star has been on the sidelines for months due to a leg injury.

WWE released a statement to several media outlets saying Hardy is "responsible for his own personal actions."

Hardy, who has for years starred alongside his brother Matt as one half of the tag team the Hardy Boys, has a history of arrests and substance abuse.

He was arrested at his home in North Carolina in September 2009 for possession of prescription pills, anabolic steroids and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty and served 10 days in prison and paid a $100,000 fine in 2011.

Hardy was again arrested, this time for driving while intoxicated, after a car crash in March 2018 in Concord, North Carolina.

The wrestler captured fans' hearts for his death-defying stunts with WWE from 1998 through 2003. After multiple tag team championship reigns with his brother, and a release from the company for his erratic behavior, he finally won the heavyweight title in his return to WWE in 2009. He spent multiple stints in TNA wrestling, a competitor to WWE, and won its heavyweight title as well.

After seven years away from WWE, he and his brother made a surprise return at Wrestlemania in 2017.

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Serena Williams misses historic 24th Grand Slam with Wimbledon loss

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep at the Wimbledon final Saturday, falling short once again of an elusive landmark.

Halep beat Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

With this loss, Williams missed her latest opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her tied with the record for most Grand Slam wins ever, a record Margaret Court set over four decades ago.

Williams, 37, has been chasing that 24th win since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant. Since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams has competed in three Grand Slam finals -- including this one at Wimbledon -- but has not won a final match.

Heading into the final, Williams appeared calm and measured, with that history-making number far from her mind.

In an Instagram story between the semifinal and final, she delightfully kicked around a soccer ball with her daughter. On Twitter Thursday, Williams posted about one of her favorite topics -- superheroes -- asking, "Hela or Thanos- who wins?"

"It's really not about 24, 23 or 25. It's about going out there and giving my best no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career," she said at the tournament Thursday, according to Reuters. "I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it."

The tennis icon breezed into the final with a semifinal match Thursday against Czech player Barbora Strýcová. She won in just under an hour in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

But her challenger, Halep, 27, was coming in similarly charged up. She won her semifinal match over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina also in straight sets Thursday, 6-1, 6-3. Halep had previously beaten teen Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff -- who knocked Williams' sister, Venus, out in the first round -- in straight sets.

Halep, who had won one Grand Slam before Saturday -- the 2018 French Open -- described herself Thursday as "desperate to win Wimbledon," according to Reuters, adding that she was focused more on that for herself than on Williams' record.

The Saturday match was Halep's first Wimbledon final appearance, compared to Williams' 11th.

Williams caught attention during this Wimbledon for more than her hunt for 24.

In the mixed doubles, she played with Andy Murray, who said at the beginning of this year that he would retire from tennis after Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

The power duo made it to the round of 16 before falling, but were widely praised for their combined skills, including Williams' ability to return a 138 mph serve from Fabrice Martin -- apparently surprising even herself.

Williams also had one royal supporter in the stands at Wimbledon: her pal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Even so, what really mattered was on the court in the ladies' singles competition.

It's been a long road to this Wimbledon final for Williams, who won her first Grand Slam in 1999, and the path to this final since her return from pregnancy has not been easy. Her last Grand Slam final was a dramatic one at the 2018 U.S. Open, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was marred by a controversial confrontation with an umpire.

That last final left her shaken, she explained in an essay for Harper's Bazaar published this month, and uneasy about picking a racket back up.

But, she wrote, her daughter inspired her.

"Love breathes life and newfound perspective into people," Williams wrote. "It is not about quitting when someone presents a challenge; it's about getting up when you are down, dusting yourself off and asking, 'Is that the best you got?'"

Her next opportunity for another Grand Slam title will be at the U.S. Open next month.

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Duchesses Kate, Meghan visit Wimbledon together to watch Serena Williams in final

Karwai Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) -- For the second year in a row, royal sisters-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out together for the Ladies' Singles Final at Wimbledon.

And for the second year in a row, the pair watched Meghan's close friend Serena Williams compete in the final, vying for her 24th Grand Slam title.

Duchesses Kate and Meghan watched from the royal box Saturday as Williams took on seventh-seed Simona Halep.

"She couldn’t be a better friend to me," Williams said of Meghan in a press conference Wednesday following her semifinal win. "Low moments, high moments, she’s always there and that’s all I want to be to her."

Saturday also marked the second Wimbledon appearance this year for both Kate and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon last week to watch Williams win her second round match. That visit drew some controversy over allegations of extra tight security around the duchess, who sat with friends in the members' section.

Kate, patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also visited Wimbledon last week, watching a British player compete and visiting the practice courts and warm-up area.

Saturday's appearance at Wimbledon is the second joint outing this week for Kate and Meghan.

The pair stepped out, with their kids in tow, on Wednesday to watch their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, play a charity polo match.

Meghan was a newlywed last year when she sat courtside with Kate for the Ladies' Singles Final, in which Williams lost to Angelique Kerber. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, were guests at Harry and Meghan's May 2018 wedding in Windsor.

Kate is a longtime tennis fan and a tennis player. She told guests at Wimbledon last week that eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, also a semifinalist in this year's tournament, is the favorite player of her 5-year-old son Prince George.

She also said the superstar has even played tennis with George, which Federer said took place at Kate's parents' home in Bucklebury.

Kate and Prince William plan to attend the Men's Singles Final Sunday at Wimbledon, according to Kensington Palace.

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/12/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 8, L.A. Dodgers 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 4, Toronto 0
Tampa Bay 16, Baltimore 4
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 3
Texas 9, Houston 8
Kansas City 8, Detroit 5
L.A. Angels 13, Seattle 0
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 4, Philadelphia 0
Miami 8, N.Y. Mets 4
San Francisco 10, Milwaukee 7, 10 Innings
Arizona 4, St. Louis 2
Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 5, San Diego 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
L.A. Sparks 90, Indiana 84
Atlanta 60, Minnesota 53
Connecticut 79, Phoenix 64
Chicago 99, N.Y. Liberty 83
Seattle 95, Dallas 81

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England 2, D.C. United 2

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/28/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 3, Detroit 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 13, Cleveland 0
Toronto 6, Kansas City 2
Texas 5, Tampa Bay 0
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 4
Houston 2, Seattle 1, 10 Innings
Oakland 7, L.A. Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 6, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Atlanta 6, N.Y. Mets 2
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2
Colorado 13, L.A. Dodgers 9
San Diego 3, St. Louis 1
San Francisco 6, Arizona 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
N.Y. Liberty 69, Dallas 68
Phoenix 91, Indiana 69
Seattle 79, Chicago 76

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York 3, Chicago 1
 
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Red Sox legend David Ortiz out of ICU, remains in ‘good condition’

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Former Red Sox great David Ortiz was released from the intensive care unit on Saturday, just one day shy of two weeks since he was shot in a blundered murder attempt in the Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox issued a statement Saturday afternoon from Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, saying the future Hall of Famer's condition continues to improve.

"David was moved out of the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital," Tiffany Ortiz said. "He remains in good condition and continues to recover under the care of Drs. David King and Larry Ronan."

He is expected to make a full recovery.

Ortiz was shot at Dial Bar and Lounge, a bar in the country's capital of Santo Domingo, in a case of mistaken identity. The island's attorney general's office said Ortiz's friend, Sixto David Fernandez, was the actual target in the shooting, but the gunman told police that he got confused. Fernandez and Ortiz were sitting at the same table and dressed similarly at the time of the shooting, according to police.

The bullet entered Ortiz's back and come out through his midsection, authorities said. The shooting did extensive damage to his liver and small intestines, with doctors having to remove part of the latter.

Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, the New Jersey man accused of shooting Ortiz in the Dominican Republic, was charged Wednesday with conspiring to distribute heroin in his home state. He allegedly ran a heroin mill in Paterson, New Jersey, that was busted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in January.

Ferreira-Cruz remains in custody in the Dominican Republic.

Ten people have been charged in connection to the shooting.

Victor Hugo Gomez, named by authorities in the Dominican Republic as the mastermind of the shooting, remains at large. He allegedly was angry at the intended target, Fernandez, for naming him in a 2011 drug bust that led to his imprisonment.

Two others involved in the shooting remain at large as well: Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, who took the picture of Ortiz at the bar and sent it to the hit man, and Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, nicknamed "The Surgeon."

Ortiz played with the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016 and won three World Series (2004, 2007, 2013). He also made 10 All-Star teams with the Sox.

He finished his 20-year career with 541 home runs, 1,768 runs batted in, 632 doubles and a .931 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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NBA star suspended two years for violating Anti-Drug Program

(NEW YORK) -- Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans has been suspended for two seasons by the NBA due to a violation of the league's Anti-Drug Program.

The league announced the news on Friday afternoon.

Evans will have to sit out two seasons, after which he can apply for reinstatement with the league. The player's association must also approve the reinstatement.

"The Indiana Pacers were informed Friday by the NBA that Tyreke Evans has been dismissed from the league for a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy," the Pacers said in a statement. "We take these matters seriously and will reach out to Tyreke to offer our support."

The league and the NBAPA are prohibited from publicly disclosing what caused Evans to be suspended. A player can be disqualified for failing a test for a drug of abuse or being convicted or pleading guilty to possessing or distributing drugs.

O.J. Mayo and Chris "Birdman" Andersen are two of the most recent notable players suspended under the same rule.

The 29-year-old is a former first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2010.

Evans played 69 games for the Pacers this season and averaged 10.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He started 18 games.

The past season was his first with Indiana and his scoring total was the lowest of his 10-year career. He showed signs of being a star in the league as a rookie, when he started 72 games and averaged 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.

But that scoring average ended up being the highest of his career. He declined in points per game in each of his first five seasons in the NBA.

After four seasons in Sacramento, he bounced around from the New Orleans Pelicans, back to the Kings, then on to the Memphis Grizzlies and Pacers.

Indiana was bounced in the first round of the playoffs by Boston. He averaged 15.3 points per game in four games.

His deal with the Pacers was for one season and $12.4 million, making him a free agent once the league season ends.

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