ABC - Sports News
Subscribe To This Feed

33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on Thursday promising not to issue or enforce new rules related to player protests during the national anthem for "the next several weeks."

According to the statement, both sides will hold discussions to determine how best to move forward. The league had announced a new anthem policy earlier this offseason that required any player on the field during the anthem to stand and be respectful. That policy would have allowed players who wanted to protest to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The issue was brought back into the spotlight following reports that the Miami Dolphins had submitted required paperwork to the league on potential disciplinary measures for players who protested during the anthem. Those measures reportedly included possible suspensions.

The NFLPA challenged the league's anthem policy this month in a grievance.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

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

Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis 6

Atlanta 82, N.Y. Liberty 68
Dallas 90, Washington 81
Las Vegas 85, Phoenix 82
Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first female host of the ESPYs Wednesday night. But that achievement wasn't the only moment that will have people talking tomorrow, later this week -- and even for years to come.

The "hero" Parkland coaches, an embattled Hall of Fame football player and 141 sexual abuse survivors all were honored in a very heartfelt, empowering awards show.

Here are the top highlights:

Danica's big night

"It's true the ESPYs have never had a host like me before," she said. "For the last 25 years, the ESPYs have been about celebrating the magic of sports."

But Patrick didn't shy away from telling her fair share of jokes, some of which were aimed at sports icons in the room.

She made fun of Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hairstyle and more.

"Speaking of other countries, congrats to France on winning the World cup," she said. "I'd make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn't qualify for this monologue."

The NBA's elite weren't safe either, as Patrick joked about King LeBron James himself, going below the belt when she made fun of his losing his hair. She then explained when James hosted in the past, he picked on her, too.

Pat Tillman Award For Service

Funnyman Jon Stewart took the stage to present a very serious award.

Former Marine and college football star Jake Wood, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was honored for organizing veterans and first responders to Haiti to help in 2010 after a severe earthquake rocked the island.

That led to his starting his nonprofit Team Rubicon, which, years later, has thousands of veterans and volunteers around the globe.

The organization doesn't just save lives in disaster zones, including Houston and Puerto Rico, but it also gives veterans purpose and meaning and saves their lives as well.

"Being able to share our stories and know you're not alone ... we couldn't do it without each other," one veteran said during a special clip.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance goes to Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who's battled cancer several times over the past five years, was honored with the award named after the legendary late basketball coach.

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Kelly spoke about his late son, Hunter, and his battle with cancer.

"My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life," Kelly said. "My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything."

He also inspired the room about "being a difference-maker," adding: "If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer ... the smile on your face, that can be the difference ... like Jimmy V said, 'Don't ever give up!'"

Stoneman Douglas High School honors coaches

Another somber yet inspiring moment came later in the evening, when the three coaches killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were honored with the Best Coach Award.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon all gave their lives to save students earlier this year.

Former high school athletes and students talked about how these coaches "changed lives" and later died saving them.

Student after student talked about the mentors, heroes and friends they knew in these three amazing men.

Abuse survivors stand strong

The big moment of the night came when 141 abuse victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar took the stage after sharing their powerful and empowering stories.

After a powerful video detailing the abuse they all suffered, the 141 woman all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It was a moment that likely will be talked about for decades.

"It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight," said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight "a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage."

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- More than 140 survivors of abuse at the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage and made a statement that could impact countless lives for years at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the brave women and said, "We're about to tell you a story that is difficult to hear."

She spoke about when the dream of being an athlete can turn into a nightmare, but said the story needs to be heard, so "it never happens again."

Then a powerful video let these young women speak their truth. One after another spoke about what this man did when they were 11, 12, 13 years old.

"It was something that I just dealt with," one woman said of the unspeakable actions to which Nassar eventually plead guilty.

"The cycle [of abuse] was repeated for generations," Garner says in the video, but then the women started to come forward, followed by dozens more.

After Nassar was finally arrested, one woman says, crying, "That's when my life finally started to move again."

Following the empowering piece, the 141 women at the event all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award -- a moment that will be talked about for decades.

"It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight," said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight "a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage."

"Speaking up is not easy ... it's grueling and it's painful, but it is time," she said. "As a survivor, I am here to say, if we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it."

Another victim added, "You cannot silence the strong forever."

Then Aly Raisman listed off the the many years that women spoke up about Nassar's abuse and then were told, "You are wrong."

"For too long, we were ignored," she said. "Too often abusers and enablers perpetuate suffering ... to all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story. You truth does matter and you are not alone."

Raisman appeared on "Good Morning America" the morning of the awards show to speak about what this honor means to her and the other survivors.

"Getting that award with this incredible army of survivors is very, I mean, it's hard to put into words," she said. "I don't even know if it's really sunk in yet."

"We've all been through something really horrible, but we're all gonna get through it together," she added. "I think that's such an empowering feeling -- knowing you're not alone."

Nassar was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison for several counts of sexual misconduct. A judge later tacked on an additional 40 to 125 years.

"You are a doctor. You took an oath to do no harm, and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension," Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham told Nassar at the time of his sentencing in February. "Locking up an individual so they can never harm anyone again and take away their freedom is an appropriate consequence."

During his sentencing, more than 150 women and girls like Rasman gave statements in court and their accounts of the assaults.

Nassar had to sit there and listen to them all. Their voices were heard.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, was honored Wednesday night at the ESPYs with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

Kelly has embodied the spirit behind the award in recent years, battling cancer multiple times, dating back to 2013.

A heartfelt video chronicled Kelly's life from football to retirement to the life and loss of his "hero," his son, Hunter, who died in 2005 at just 8 years old after suffering from Krabbe Disease, a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system.

Then came cancer.

"I witnessed Jim be devastated and be broken as a person," said his wife, Jill, breaking down in tears.

"I will never give up -- I will keep fighting 'til the end," Kelly said about battling cancer time and again.

Kelly, 58, who's still recovering from surgery earlier this year to remove cancer from his upper jaw, stepped to the podium while receiving an ovation after the touching introduction video.

"Wow," he said, accepting the award, tearing up, "it is never easy watching a video about my son."

Kelly spoke to his dear friends John Elway and Dan Marino about the good times they had on and off the field as the other two Hall of Famers also teared up.

"My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life," Kelly said. "My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything."

He also inspired the room about "being a difference-maker."

"If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer ... the smile on your face, that can be the difference," he added. "Like Jimmy V said, 'Don't ever give up!'"

The Jimmy V Award was named for the famed North Carolina State University coach Jim Valvano who died in 1993. Before losing his life to cancer, he inspired millions with his famous "Never Give Up" speech earlier that year.

"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities," Valvano said in the legendary speech. "It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."

Since the award's inception in 2007, honorees have included Stuart Scott, Craig Sager and George Karl.

Kelly, known for leading Buffalo's stunning no-huddle offense in the 1990s, was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame in 2002.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to undergo sensitivity training after a number of offensive tweets he wrote before he was drafted recently resurfaced, Major League Baseball said in a statement.

Hader, 24, tweeted various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012. All of the tweets circulating online appear to have come before he was drafted to the majors in June 2012, and Hader was 17 and 18 years old at the time he wrote many of the tweets.

MLB has described the tweets as "highly offensive and hurtful language."

"During last night's game we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns," MLB said in a statement. "After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives."

Hader apologized following Tuesday night's All-Star Game after a number of offensive old tweets from his account surfaced earlier in the evening.

"As a child I was immature and obviously I said some stuff that was inexcusable," Hader told reporters in the locker room after the game. "That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today.

"There's no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I'm deeply sorry for what I've said," he added.

At least one tweet included the N-word, while another said, "I hate gay people." Hader's account is now verified, though it wasn't at the time of the offensive tweets.

The pitcher told reporters after the game he was not aware of the old tweets resurfacing before taking the field, and only found out when he returned to the locker room and his "phone was blowing up" with messages from people.

Hader's name was in the top-2 trending topics on Twitter throughout Tuesday night, often trailing only the hashtag for the game itself.

He said he didn't know the context of the tweets, didn't remember specifics and hadn't even seen them yet when speaking to reporters.

"I'm sure there were some lyrics, rap lyrics, being tweeted," Hader told reporters. "I really don't know what all is out there."

"I was just trying to understand the situation. ... That's one of the reasons I didn't want social media," Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and teammate Lorenzo Cain said. "We always get in trouble for things you said when you were younger. We'll move on from it."

Hader struggled in the All-Star Game, his first as a player, giving up three runs and four hits in 0.1 inning. He has a 1.50 ERA and seven saves during the regular season.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Since 2010, when it started on the ground in Haiti, Team Rubicon has been helping others rebuild their homes and more importantly their lives after disasters in the US and abroad.

And Wednesday, co-founder and CEO Jake Wood is expected to be presented with the ESPY's Pat Tillman Award for Service. It's an honor that he calls humbling.

Wood was an offensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin when Tillman, a former NFL player and Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan.

After Tillman's death, Wood said he told his coach that he was going to join the Marines. He did four years of service, deploying to Iraq and then Afghanistan, before returning home. But three months later, he was watching the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and felt called to act.

Wood, a former Marine scout sniper, and William McNulty, a former Marine intel specialist, joined forces on social media after they both said they'd felt called to travel to Port-au-Prince and help.

They assembled a team in the Dominican Republic, crossed over into Haiti and started doing medical triage in parts of the country that other groups would not go to and well, the rest is history.

Team Rubicon is now a veteran-led disaster-response nonprofit. Wood said the organization served many purposes, including utilizing veterans' ability to bring order to chaos but also helping former service members return to civilian life.

"One of the things we hear from our volunteers often is that they, you know, spend all this time in the military, they're deployed overseas, they've got this mission -- it's exciting -- and you know all of a sudden, one day, they come home and they get out of the military. ... And, it's just not the same," Wood said. "They have a challenge in that transition to rediscover that part of themselves that they had when they were in the military."

In the last eight years, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters. The organization currently has 80,000 volunteers.

"One of the things we've seen with Team Rubicon is that we can, you know, fulfill that sense of purpose and community and identity that they had while they were in the military and put all of those skills that they learned to use, give them the opportunity to continue to serve, to have a new mission and to ultimately have impact," he said.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

Miikka Skaffari/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Steph Curry is already a winner on the basketball court, now the Golden State Warriors point guard is shooting for Hollywood success.

The NBA championship winner's production company, Unanimous Media, recently signed a partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment to create films, TV shows, video games, virtual reality projects and even consumer products. The content won't veer too far off of what Curry is already known for -- faith, family and sports -- reports Variety in a new cover story.

Curry, 30, will even appear on camera himself.

"I have a corniness to me, a decent sense of humor and charm when I’m in front of the camera," he said. "I just can’t do voices -- that’s it. I’ve got to stay away from that."

This doesn't mean Curry will lose focus on what he called his "day job."

"I have to make sure I’m the best basketball player I can be for the next however long I’m playing," he said.

Curry plans to keep his entertainment content in line with his clean image, which is partially because he's been outspoken about his Christian faith.

"It’s not about me hitting people over the head with a Bible and telling them they have to believe a certain thing," he said about his faith, "or think a certain way."

The wholesome image is also aided by his marriage to Ayesha Curry. The couple, who met in a youth church group, married in 2011 and have three children.

"I don’t mind being called corny," he told Variety. "I’m comfortable with who I am."

Curry is following in the footsteps of other sports players who have entered Hollywood.

His NBA championship rival LeBron James has starred in films such as "Trainwreck," and created Spring Hill Productions, which has ushered shows like "Becoming" and "Survivor's Remorse" to the small screen.

Kobe Bryant, who played for the Los Angeles Lakes for 20 years, earned an Academy Award earlier this year for the animated short film, "Dear Basketball," which he narrated.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Subscribe To This Feed

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Two longtime childhood friends who play on rival high school baseball teams were stunned to receive an honorary ESPY award for the sportsmanship they showed earlier this year.

In June, Ty Koehn sent the Mounds View Mustangs to the state championship after striking out his good friend Jack Kocon in the final at-bat for Totino-Grace.

"I knew I had to win the game first for my team. But after the pitch, after it was all said and done, it was kind of instinct to go over there and be there for a friend when he was at his worst and I just had to go there and kind of console him," Kohen told "GMA." "I felt like it was the right to do."

Kocon said he was "really surprised" when he realized it was his close friend and not one of his own teammates embracing him.

"I had my head down and thought it was one of my teammates. When I saw it was him that just meant the world to me. I said it before but in 20 years I won't remember the score of the game but I'll remember what Ty did for me," Kocon added.

Koen's gesture even resonated with his favorite NFL team the Green Bay Packers, who delivered a special surprise video message to the two teens today.

"This is Randall Cobb from the Green Bay Packers. I just wanted to tell you that both myself and my teammates take inspiration from the kind of sportsmanship you demonstrated at that game. I'm excited to also let you know that ESPN has selected you to be a recipient of an honorary ESPY award. Thank you for being a great example for all of us," Cobb said.

Both boys' jaws dropped upon seeing the star receiver on-screen and let out an audible gasp when an replica ESPY was rolled out and presented to them.

"Oh my gosh, I'm speechless," Kocon said. "I have no idea what to say, this is crazy," Kohen added while holding the award.

Kohen also revealed what he told Kocon after the game was over.

"I was able to get some words out and I told him it wasn't his fault," he said. "There's seven innings to a game, everyone contributes, but it wasn't his fault. I also told him that our friendship is way more important than the game and will last longer than the outcome."

Kocon said their friendship is still the most important part of this whole experience.

"Ty and I focus on being buddies and that's kind of all that matters," he said.

Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kaden's Crazy News
Sports News
Visitor Polls
1 in 3 American’s would give up social media to be debt free - would you?
Add a Comment
(Fields are Optional)

Your email address is never published.