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WNBA star Maya Moore has baby with now-husband she helped free from prison

WNBA star Maya Moore has baby with now-husband she helped free from prison

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(NEW YORK) -- Basketball star turned activist Maya Moore and her husband, Jonathan Irons, are now parents to a baby boy.Moore and Irons revealed exclusively on "Good Morning America" Tuesday that they welcomed their first child, a son named Jonathan Hughston Irons Jr., in February.

Moore and Irons wed in 2020, shortly after Irons was freed after spending over two decades in prison.

Moore, who won four WNBA championships with the Minnesota Lynx and as well as league MVP in 2014, stepped away from the game at the height of her career to focus full time on helping Irons overturn his conviction.

At 16 years old, Irons was tried and convicted as an adult by an all-white jury for the burglary and shooting at the home of 38-year-old Stanley Stotler. Irons maintained his innocence while he was in prison, saying he was wrongly identified during the lineup.

Moore and Irons formed a close friendship in 2007, before her freshman year at the University of Connecticut, when she met him through a prison ministry she participated in with extended family in Missouri.

After years of fighting, a Missouri judge overturned Irons' conviction in March 2020, saying there were problems with the way the case had been investigated and tried -- including a fingerprint report that would've proved Irons' innocence, not being turned over to his defense team.

Irons told "GMA" in September 2020, when the couple announced their marriage, that he proposed to Moore on the night he was freed.

"When I got out, we were in the hotel room, we had some friends in the room, it was winding down and we were extremely tired, but we were still gassed up on excitement," Irons recalled. "It was just me and her in the room and I got down on my knees and I looked up at her and she kind of knew what was going on and I said, 'Will you marry me?' She said, 'Yes.'"

The couple's love story and fight for justice is featured in an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary, "Breakaway," that was released last year.

ABC News' Kelly McCarthy and Shannon McClellan contributed to this report.

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Brittney Griner asks Biden to help get her out of Russia in handwritten letter

Brittney Griner asks Biden to help get her out of Russia in handwritten letter

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(WASHINGTON) -- Brittney Griner personally reached out to President Joe Biden, urging him to help get her out of Russian custody, according to her representatives.

A handwritten letter from Griner, portions of which were made public, was delivered to the White House on Monday. In it, she expressed fears she will be held in Russia "forever."

"As I sit here in a Russian prison, alone with my thoughts and without the protection of my wife, family, friends, Olympic jersey, or any accomplishments, I'm terrified I might be here forever," Griner wrote to the president.

On Feb. 17, the WNBA star was detained at Russia's Sheremetyevo International Airport after being accused of having vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in the country.

"It hurts thinking about how I usually celebrate [the Fourth of July] because freedom means something completely different to me this year," she wrote.

Last Friday marked the first day of Griner's trial. She appeared in person at a courtroom in Khimki, a suburb of Moscow, ABC News reported. Her detention in Russia was extended to Dec. 20, the expected length of her trial.

Griner's family and friends have called for the Phoenix Mercury star to be released and for the Biden administration to act.

"I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She's a political pawn," Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told ABC News' Robin Roberts in May. "So, if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it."

In the Monday letter, the basketball star asked Biden to not forget about her and other American detainees in the country and to work toward bringing them back to the U.S.

"I still have so much good to do with my freedom that you can help restore. I miss my wife! I miss my family! I miss my teammates! It kills me to know they are suffering so much right now. I am grateful for whatever you can do at this moment to get me home," she said.

It's unknown if Biden read the letter, but National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a statement obtained by ABC News the president "has been clear" about seeing all detainees who are wrongfully detained oversees, including the WNBA star, released.

"The U.S. government continues to work aggressively – using every available means – to bring her home," Watson said.

ABC News' Courtney Condron and Sarah Kolinovsky contributed to this report.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/01/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 7/01/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

 INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Chicago Cubs        6  Boston          5
 Final  N.Y. Mets           4  Texas           3
 Final  Chicago White Sox   1  San Francisco   0
   
 AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Toronto       9  Tampa Bay     2
 Final  Kansas City   3  Detroit       1
 Final  Minnesota     3  Baltimore     2
 Final  Houston       8  L.A. Angels   1
 Final  Oakland       3  Seattle       1
  N-Y Yankees  at  Cleveland  12:10 p.m.  (Postponed)
   
 NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Miami          6  Washington   3
 Final  Philadelphia   5  St. Louis    3
 Final  Atlanta        9  Cincinnati   1
 Final  Milwaukee     19  Pittsburgh   2
 Final  Arizona        9  Colorado     3
 Final  L.A. Dodgers   5  San Diego    1
   
 WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Las Vegas    91  Minnesota  85
 Final  Los Angeles  97  Dallas     89
 Final  Seattle      73  Indiana    57

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/29/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/29/22

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

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 2, NY Mets 0
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 3, San Francisco 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 5, Oakland 3
Kansas City 2, Texas 1
Seattle 9, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 6
Boston 6, Toronto 5
LA Angels 4, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 8, Washington 7
San Diego 4, Arizona 0
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1
Miami ,4 St. Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 3
LA Dodgers 8, Colorado 4

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 91, Connecticut 83
Seattle 88, Las Vegas 78
Phoenix 99, Indiana 78

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City FC 4, Cincinnati 4 (TIE)
Columbus 2, Toronto FC 1
Chicago 1, Philadelphia 0
CF Montral 2, Seattle 1
Los Angeles FC 3, FC Dallas 1
Portland 2, Houston 1
Minnesota 3, LA Galaxy 2

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/28/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/28/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 9, NY Mets 1
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 3
San Francisco 4, Detroit 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 3, Minnesota 2
NY Yankees 2, Oakland 1
Minnesota 6, Cleveland 0
Toronto 6, Boston 5
Texas 8, Kansas City 3
Seattle 2, Baltimore 0
Chi White Sox 11, LA Angels 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 5, Miami 3
Colorado 7, LA Dodgers 4
Cincinnati 5, Chi Cubs 3
Arizona 7, San Diego 6

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 92, Atlanta 74
Minnesota 92, Dallas 64

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/27/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/27/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 11, Cleveland 1
Toronto 7, Boston 2
NY Yankees 9, Oakland 5
Texas 10, Kansas City 4
LA Angels 4, Chi White Sox 3
Baltimore 9, Seattle 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 9, Miami 0
Colorado 4, LA Dodgers 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 83, Indiana 71
Las Vegas 79, Los Angeles 73

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Brittney Griner appears at preliminary hearing amid 'wrongful' detention in Russia

Brittney Griner appears at preliminary hearing amid 'wrongful' detention in Russia

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(MOSCOW) -- WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention in Russia has been extended through Dec. 20, according to reports.

The decision was made during a preliminary hearing that Griner attended on Monday, Russia's state-run TASS reported.

Griner is expected to remain in custody throughout this time, according to The Associated Press.

The WNBA star did not respond to an ABC News reporter's question as she walked out of the courtroom on Monday. The next hearing is scheduled for July 1, when her trial is expected to begin.

Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia on Feb. 17 after she was accused of carrying vape cartridges containing hashish oil, which is illegal in Russia.

"Our position for some time on this has been very clear. Brittney Griner should not be detained. She should not be detained for a single day longer," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on June 14.

Russia had issued multiple extensions of her pre-trial detention. If convicted, Griner, 31, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, told the AP that she has "zero trust" in the U.S. government after its handling of her wife's detention.

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine began one week after Griner was detained. Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict.

Calls to free Griner escalated following the release of U.S. Marine veteran Trevor Reed in April, who was freed from a Russian prison as part of a prisoner exchange. Former Marine Paul Whelan has also been detained in Russia since 2019.

The U.S. government classified Griner's case on May 3 as "wrongfully detained."

Cherelle Griner told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts in May that she would like to speak with President Joe Biden.

"I just keep hearing that, you know, he has the power. She's a political pawn," she said. "So if they're holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it."

Asked about a potential meeting between Cherelle Griner and President Biden, Jean-Pierre said, "We don't have anything to share about a potential phone conversation or meeting."

ABC News' Tanya Stukalova contributed to this report.

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Colorado Avalanche defeat Tampa Bay Lightning to take first Stanley Cup since 2001

Colorado Avalanche defeat Tampa Bay Lightning to take first Stanley Cup since 2001

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(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Colorado Avalanche beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 Sunday night in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa, Fla. The Avalanche took the series 4 games to 2, and will bring Lord Stanley's Cup back to the Centennial State for the first time since 2001.  

This is the third Cup for the Avalanche, whose first Cup victory came in 1996, followed by another win in 2001. Colorado stopped Tampa from winning its third title in a row. 

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/26/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/26/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 2
Milwaukee 10, Toronto 3
Minnesota 6, Colorado 3
Washington 6, Texas 4
Arizona 11 Detroit 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 4, Baltimore 3
Oakland 5, Kansas City 3
Boston 8, Cleveland 3
NY Yankees 6, Houston 3
LA Angels 2, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 3 N.Y. Mets 2
Chi Cubs 6, St. Louis 5
Final Cincinnati 10 San Francisco 3
Philadelphia 8, San Diego 5
LA Dodgers 5 Atlanta 3

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Colorado 2, Tampa Bay 1 (Colorado wins 4-2)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 72, Atlanta 61
Chicago 88, Minnesota 85

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles FC, 2 New York 0
Philadelphia 2, New York City FC 1
New England 0, Vancouver 0 (Tie)

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US swimmer rescued by coach from bottom of pool after fainting in World Championship

US swimmer rescued by coach from bottom of pool after fainting in World Championship

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(BUDAPEST, Hungary) -- American swimmer Anita Alvarez is breathing a sigh of relief on Thursday after her coach dramatically rescued her when the athlete fainted and sank to the bottom of the swimming pool in the middle of her routine on Wednesday night.

The dramatic scenes unfolded at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, while Alvarez, 25, was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event and suddenly lost consciousness, causing her to sink to the bottom of the competition pool.

Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s coach, immediately dove into the water and was able to pull Alvarez to the surface before the swimmer was taken off for medical treatment on a stretcher as the rest of Team USA, who were watching the competition inside the arena, looked on clearly shaken by the event.

Fuentes, speaking exclusively to Good Morning America on Thursday, explained what was going through her mind during the ordeal.

"When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time and the first thing you want to do is breathe," Fuentes said. "And I thought she was going down, so I was like, immediately, [I] knew that something was happening so I went as fast as I could. And I reach her and grab her to the surface and tried to calm her down and make her breathe."

Fuentes began administering CPR until medics and the team doctor were able to take over.

“Anita is okay,” Fuentes said in a statement after the terrifying incident. “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay.”

Fuentes continued: “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.”

Even after having to be rescued, Alvarez still managed to finish the competition in seventh place with a final score of 87.6333.

Alvarez suffered through a similar event at the FINA Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament in Barcelona in June 2021 when she fainted while competing and Fuentes came to her immediate aid in the pool again on that occasion.

For now, however, a decision on whether or not Alvarez will continue on in this year’s competition has yet to be made.

“Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” concluded Fuentes. “Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your well wishes for Anita.”

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Allyson Felix covers child care for athletes, coaches as she competes in final national race

Allyson Felix covers child care for athletes, coaches as she competes in final national race

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(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Athletes competing at the 2022 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, will not have to worry about child care, thanks to fellow competitor Allyson Felix.

Felix, an 11-time Olympic medalist and mom to 3-year-old daughter Camryn, is providing free child care for athletes, coaches and staff for select track and field events this year, starting with the championships in Eugene, which kick off Thursday.

Felix, 36, is offering the child care in partnership with her sponsor, Athleta, and &Mother, the nonprofit organization she co-founded with her Team USA teammate Alysia Montaño.

“My final season is not about winning medals but giving back to the sport and future mom-athletes and leaving it better for the next generation of women raising children,” Felix said in a statement. “Athleta and I set out to prove the power in supporting women holistically."

She continued, "As I reflect on the barriers that I faced when competing at the highest level alongside being a mother, I feel more committed than ever to leaving behind this legacy to ensure more women can both raise children and excel in their athletic careers.”

Felix announced in April that this track season will be her last, making this week's competition in Eugene her final USA outdoor national championships.

In her announcement, Felix -- who won her 11th Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, her fifth Olympics and her first as a mom -- said she would be running this season "for women" and "for a better future for my daughter."

Felix gave birth to her daughter in November 2018 and has spoken publicly about the life-threatening complications she faced during pregnancy.

Then one year after giving birth, in 2019 Felix left her former sponsor Nike after speaking out alleging that female track stars were penalized contractually by the brand for being pregnant.

In May 2019, Nike said it would change its pregnancy policy and do more to protect female athletes' pay during and after pregnancy.

Felix went on to launch her own shoe and lifestyle brand, Saysh, which she has made mother-friendly.

Earlier this year, the company announced a unique return policy that allows pregnant customers to receive a new pair of shoes if they experience pregnancy-related changes to their shoe size.

Felix has also partnered with Athleta in the past specifically on the issue of child care. Last year, she and the women-focused apparel company announced a $200,000 grant program to cover child care costs for professional mom-athletes traveling to competitions.

Kyle Andrew, Athleta’s chief brand officer, said the company is partnering again with Felix on the new track and field child care initiative to continue Felix's mission to "bring meaningful change for women and girls.”

“Athleta’s purpose is to break down barriers to help women take care of themselves and each other," Andrew said in a statement. "Our latest effort to support mom athletes with child care allows them to flourish in their professional careers while prioritizing their wellbeing and removing a barrier so prevalent in sports. No woman should have to choose between her career and her family."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/22/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/22/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Houston 5, NY Mets 3
Texas 4, Philadelphia 2
Baltimore 7, Washington 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 9, Chi White Sox 5
Boston 6, Detroit 2
NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 4
Cleveland 11, Minnesota 10
Seattle 9, Oakland 0
LA Angels 5, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 10, Arizona 4
Miami 7, Colorado 4
LA Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 4, San Francisco 3
Chi Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 5
St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 4

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Colorado 3 Tampa Bay 2 (OT) (Colorado leads 3-1)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 81, Connecticut 77

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testifies about Washington Commanders' 'toxic' workplace culture

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testifies about Washington Commanders' 'toxic' workplace culture

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(WASHINGTON) -- The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing Wednesday to investigate the National Football League's handling of what lawmakers are calling the Washington Commanders' "toxic" workplace culture, including sexual harassment.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared virtually to face a grilling from committee Democrats.

During the roughly two-and-a-half hour hearing, Goodell was questioned about both the team culture in general and allegations about owner Daniel Snyder's personal conduct.

Snyder did not testify as the committee had requested, although a name card and microphone were placed in front of an empty chair at the witness table. A spokesperson for Snyder cited a "business conflict" in a letter to the committee, according to ESPN.

"His refusal to testify sends a clear message that he is more concerned about protecting himself than coming clean with the American people. If the NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable than I am prepared to do so," said committee chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who said she intends to subpoena Snyder to to testify at a deposition next week.

"I have not seen a workplace in the NFL that is anywhere near what we saw in the context of that period of time for the Washington Commanders," said Goodell of the organization until recently known as the Washington Football Team.

Several Republicans on the committee claim Democrats shouldn't be investigating a private business, instead questioning the commissioner on issues unrelated to the investigation, ranging from the NFL's social justice program to Deflategate.

"Our hearing today is about protecting women and all workers from sexual harassment intimidation and bullying in the workplace," Maloney said in her opening statement.

Multiple team employees were fired in 2020 when a Washington Post investigation found allegations of sexual harassment spanning from 2006 to 2019.

Goodell confirmed many of the claims about team culture found in an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson. "It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in numerous respects: bullying, widespread disrespect toward colleagues, use of demeaning language, public embarrassment, and harassment," he said.

Goodell defended the NFL's response to the investigation. In 2021, the league fined the team $10 million. Snyder had denied any misconduct but has stepped away from day-to-day operations of the team.

The hearing grew especially tense when Democrats demanded why Goodell didn't release Wilkinson's full report, just a summary.

"Commissioner Goodell, yes or no: Will you commit today to providing this committee the full findings of the NFL internal investigation while protecting the identities of the confidential witnesses?" she asked.

Goodell responded that the NFL had committed to protecting the identities of the victims who came forward.

Rep. Jaime Raskin, D-Md, asked Goodell why redacting names and other identifying information -- a practice the NFL had used in the release of a sexual harassment report about the Miami Dolphins -- was not "sufficient" to protect the anonymity of the women involved.

"Congressman, with all due respect, redaction doesn't always work in my world," said Goodell.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, prodded Goodell on whether he would force a change in leadership in Washington. "Will you remove him?" she asked about Snyder.

"I don't have the authority to remove him," Goodell said, although his fellow owners could vote to do so.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/21/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/21/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Washington 3, Baltimore 0
Texas 7, Philadelphia 0
Houston 8, NY Mets 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, Detroit 4
Tampa Bay 5, NY Yankees 4
Cleveland 6, Minnesota 5
Chi White Sox 7, Toronto 6
Kansas City 12, LA Angels 11
Seattle 8, Oakland 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 9, Colorado 8
LA Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 7, Chi Cubs 1
San Francisco 12, Atlanta 10
St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 2
San Diego 3, Arizona 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 80, Dallas 75
Chicago 92, Las Vegas 82
Minnesota 84, Phoenix 71
Los Angeles 61, Washington 51 (In progress)

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Miami Heat, D2C and law enforcement join forces to combat community police distrust

Miami Heat, D2C and law enforcement join forces to combat community police distrust

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(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat partnered with the City of Miami Police Department and nonprofit organization Dedication to Community (D2C) in April to try and mend the relationship between the Miami community, and their officers.

The program’s training includes workshops with instruction and discussions between community members and police officers led by founder and CEO of D2C M. Quentin Williams and Co-facilitator Kim Varner Sr. With individual, one-on-one, and large group exercises, and solutions-based conversations the program aims to create a safe space for both parties to openly communicate and relate to one another.

ABC News contributor Darrell Blocker, retired CIA operative and current board member of Peace 4 Kids, a foster youth advocacy group, says that the work of bridging the gap between the community and police officers through programs like this is a grassroots effort.

“Trust was not lost overnight,” Blocker told ABC News. “It all boils down to opening up channels of communication.”

Williams, a federal prosecutor and former FBI agent, is the common thread between communities and law enforcement. He grew up in what he called a challenging time in Yonkers, New York, during the late 80s when the crack epidemic was already ripping through New York City.

“I didn’t want to be a cop,” Williams said to ABC News. “I saw my friends being taken to jail by cops.”

Ultimately, it was that “disparity and treatment” that drove Williams to later become an FBI agent. Even as an officer, he says his badge did not shield him from the discriminatory experience of being profiled by a fellow officer. In the summer of 1994, he says he found himself “in the back of a cruiser being arrested for fitting the description of somebody else earlier in the day.”

Williams says that experience coupled with his background have informed the way in which he approaches the training of law enforcement.

“I’m not just talking about cops and community, I’m talking about human beings,” Williams said. “Dignity costs nothing to give.”

Officers like Tim Shaw, chief of police in Stamford, Connecticut, say they connected with Williams’ training. Shaw met Williams at the Fairfield County police chiefs quarterly meeting back in 2020. Following a mandate issued by the state of Connecticut requiring all officers to undergo implicit bias training, Shaw called on Williams to come down to train all 275 of his officers. For him, Williams and his storytelling represented “the right person in the room that can relate to the officers and to his staff.”

Previously, officers and community members would participate in training separately, but the program has since evolved to encourage engagement between both groups. According to Williams, the more comprehensive training stresses compliance of the community and professionalism of officers.

“Not every officer is as open to this topic as others,” Shaw said to ABC News.

Studies have long revealed the disproportionately unfair treatment of Black and Brown people by law enforcement in the United States that has been going on for centuries.

“We are utilizing our very unique position in our own city to act as a bridge between the community and the police,” Lorrie-Ann Diaz, Vice President of Business Communications and Social Responsibility for Miami Heat, told ABC News.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/20/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/20/22

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 5, Detroit 2
NY Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 2
Chi White, Sox 8 Toronto 7
Kansas City 6, LA Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 6, Miami 0
Atlanta 2, San Francisco 1
Pittsburgh 12, Chi Cubs 1
Milwaukee 2, St. Louis 0
San Diego 4, Arizona 1

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Tampa Bay 6, Colorado 2 (Colorado leads 2-1)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/19/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/19/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 6, St. Louis 4
Arizona 7, Minnesota 1
Cleveland 5, LA Dodgers 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 2, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 7, Texas 3
Toronto 10, NY Yankees 9
Oakland 4, Kansas City 0
LA Angels 4, Seattle 0
Houston 4, Chi White Sox 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 9, Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 4, San Francisco 3
Miami 6, NY Mets 2
Milwaukee 6, Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 6, Chi Cubs 0
Colorado 8, San Diego 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Seattle 81, New York 72
Washington 71, Connecticut 63
Indiana 89, Chicago 87
Dallas 92, Los Angeles 82
Las Vegas 96, Minnesota 95

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 2, Miami 0
New England 2, Minnesota 1
Colorado 1 New York City FC 1 (Tie)
Sporting Kansas City 2, Nashville 1

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Scoreboard roundup – 6/17/22

Scoreboard roundup – 6/17/22

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

 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
    
 INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Boston      6  St. Louis      5
 Final  Arizona     7  Minnesota      2
 Final  Cleveland   2  L.A. Dodgers   1
   
 AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Baltimore      1  Tampa Bay           0
 Final  Texas          7  Detroit             0
 Final  N.Y. Yankees  12  Toronto             3
 Final  Houston       13  Chicago White Sox   3
 Final  Seattle        8  L.A. Angels         1
 Final  Kansas City    5  Oakland             1
   
 NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Philadelphia    5  Washington   3
 Final  Chicago Cubs    1  Atlanta      0
 Final  Milwaukee       5  Cincinnati   4
 Final  San Francisco   2  Pittsburgh   0
 Final  N.Y. Mets      10  Miami        4
 Final  Philadelphia    8  Washington   7
 Final  Colorado       10  San Diego    4
   
 WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Connecticut  82  Seattle  71
 Final  Dallas       93  Phoenix  88
 Final OT  Chicago      106  Atlanta  100

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Warriors win NBA Championship title; Curry named Finals MVP

Warriors win NBA Championship title; Curry named Finals MVP

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(BOSTON) -- The Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday night to take home their first championship title since 2018.

The 103-90 win over Boston marked Golden State’s seventh championship as a franchise and fourth title in eight years.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry led the team with 34 points and was named the NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/16/22

Scoreboard roundup -- 6/16/22

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 4, Colorado 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 4, Boston 3
Baltimore 10, Toronto 2
NY Yankees 2, Tampa Bay 1
Texas 3, Detroit 1
LA Angels 4, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 6, Chi Cubs 4
Philadelphia 10, Washington 1
NY Mets 5 Milwaukee 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Golden State 103, Boston 90 (Golden State wins 4-2)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 77, Washington 65

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