iStock(NEW YORK) — Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been suspended by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy. The Yankees pitcher, who is currently second in the majors in wins with 18, has been suspended for seven days, “barring an extension,” according to the league. The 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic has been a surprise star for the Yankees this season and carries a league-leading 18-4 win-loss record. He has a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 123 innings pitched. The Yankees currently have the second-best record in baseball to the Houston Astros and German was expected to get a postseason start. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday night, just hours before his suspension. Now, his 2019 future is unclear. “We’ll wait and see what ultimately comes down, but we have to certainly make plans,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of German’s postseason availability at a pregame press conference Thursday. “He may not be a part of it.” The Yankees issued a statement in agreement with the suspension, saying, “We fully support all measures being undertaken by the
Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — ESPN and the Special Olympics have extended their broadcast agreement for another eight years into 2027, ensuring the continuance of dynamic storytelling to portray the journeys of the thousands of athletes who participate in the games. The first event in the new extension will be world winter games in Sweden in 2021 followed by the USA games in 2022, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando and the world games in Berlin in 2023, according to a press release. More than 4,000 athletes, 1,500 coaches and 10,000 volunteers will be participating in the 2022 USA games, Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis told ABC News. “We’ll be continuing to build on this storytelling for various media platforms for the games in 2022,” Davis said. ESPN’s broadcast coverage will reach reach fans in North, Central, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, according to the release. The Special Olympics uses the power of sports to create an environment where athletes can showcase their talents and
iStock(BUENA, N.J.) — A New Jersey referee who forced a black teenager to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a wrestling match was suspended on Wednesday, concluding a months-long racial bias investigation. The white referee at the center of the December incident was suspended from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for two years and other officials were ordered to undergo anti-bias training to “help prevent such discrimination in the future,” according to the state’s attorney general. Video of the incident sparked outrage online, showing Andrew Johnson — a 16-year-old wrestler at South Jersey’s Buena Regional High School — wincing as a gloved staff member chopped his locs on the mat. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy even tweeted about the video when it surfaced, saying “no student should have to needlessly choose between his or her identity & playing sports.” Johnson was wearing his usual headgear and covering, but the referee said it was not in compliance with rules by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. “Student athletes should be able to compete with each other on a level
ccahill/iStock(NEW YORK) — Reports of sexual abuse and misconduct rose 55% from a year ago, according to a national Olympic sports oversight center. The U.S. Center for SafeSport, founded by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee in 2017 to investigate sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports, said it receives about 239 reports a month, compared with 154 during an average month in 2018, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News Tuesday. It currently has 1,290 open cases, with 2,237 that have been closed since its inception in March 2017, underscoring its need for more funding and better staffing, officials said. In the most-prominent case of sexual abuse, former U.S. gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually abusing gymnasts under his medical care over many years. Dozens of other high-profile gymnasts, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, all former Olympic gold medalists, also accused him of abuse. He was sentenced last year to 40 to 175 years in jail in just one case, but was also sentenced to jail for possession of child pornography. The case has prompted firings, resignations
Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Giants are turning to rookie Daniel Jones at quarterback for Week Three, ending Eli Manning’s run as the team’s starter after nearly 15 years. “Eli and I spoke this morning,” head coach Pat Shurmur said in a news release. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter.” Shurmur said Manning was disappointed by the news, but vowed to continue to be a good teammate. Jones was the team’s first-round selection in this year’s draft, number six overall. The selection was questioned by some experts, who questioned whether his collegiate performance at Duke warranted such a high draft pick. Manning made a franchise-record 232 starts for New York. He won two Super Bowls with the team, beating the New England Patriots both times. “Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Shurmur said. “This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Rockard/iStock(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was arrested on Tuesday on charges of child pornography and solicitation of a child. In a statement, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it began an investigation into Vazquez in August after it received information that the pitcher had engaged in a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl in Florida. The victim is now 15 years old, and was allegedly continuing to have a relationship with Vazquez via text message. Major League Baseball placed Vazquez on administrative leave this afternoon. Sources told ESPN that the league was not immediately launching an investigation of its own, waiting to use the police’s findings in potential discipline against Vazquez. “We take this matter, and these charges in particular, extremely seriously,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
BalkansCat/iStock(BEIJING) — Meet Bing Dwen Dwen, the adorable face of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The Beijing organizing committee shared a photo on Twitter of the black and white bear in a glistening suit of ice and wrote “this panda is ready to share the true spirit of the Olympics with the world.” Bing Dwen Dwen is the official #mascot of Olympic Winter Games #Beijing2022! With a suit of ice, a heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports, this panda is ready to share the true spirit of the #Olympics with the whole world. pic.twitter.com/TSalSny3q1 — Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019 They also posted an animated short that shows the spunky bear’s magical origin story. Bing Dwen Dwen transforms his icy outer layer into ice skates, a snowboard and more, featuring the marquee sports of the winter games. Nihao #BingDwenDwen! Let’s find out how this adorable panda #mascot came to life as we count down to #Beijing2022! pic.twitter.com/rfAMd9o0pm — Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019 While there’s still plenty of time for nations to prepare
Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Orlando Pride star forward Alex Morgan will miss the rest of the NWSL season due to a knee injury and took to social media Monday to address the setback. “This year has had the highest of highs but along with that comes challenges and sometimes even falling short of my goals I set for myself in 2019,” she wrote alongside three photos on Instagram. “I’m disappointed I won’t be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I’ve been managing since the World Cup, and that I can’t be there to help my teammates and my club have more success. Thank you fans, friends, teammates, and teams for all your support. I have already started physical therapy in LA and am eager to get back on the field doing what I love.” Morgan, who competed with the Pride in six National Women’s Soccer League matches before the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and two matches after, sustained a patella stress reaction in her right
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly snatched Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Miami Dolphins. Citing sources, ESPN reports the Steelers are getting the 22-year-old defensive back in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Fitzpatrick began his career with the Dolphins after the team drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. However, sources tell ESPN he sought a trade from Miami because he was not pleased with having to play multiple positions. Two weeks in to this NFL season, both the Dolphins and the Steelers have a record of 0-2. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Twitter/@nadiacomaneci10(KOLKATA, India) — Two children from India, have been promised gymnastics scholarships from the Sports Authority of India after a video of them doing cartwheels and flips on their way to school went viral on social media and was shared by five-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci. The video, which captured Jashika Khan, 11, and Mohammad Azajuddin, 12, was recorded by their dance coach, Shekhar Rao, founder of Eternities Dance Academy in Kolkata, India. For the last five years, Rao has offered free dance training to children in the city who cannot afford to pay for lessons. “This is awesome,” Comaneci tweeted on Aug. 29 after seeing the video. This is awesome pic.twitter.com/G3MxCo0TzG — Nadia Comaneci (@nadiacomaneci10) August 29, 2019 A day later, Kiren Rijiju, the Indian minister of state for youth affairs and sports, shared Comaneci’s post, saying that he wanted to be introduced to the kids. Jashika told ABC News on Friday that she could not believe that Comaneci, her inspiration, had seen and shared the video on Twitter. Jashika said she was now looking forward to starting