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San Francisco Giants hire 1st female coach in MLB history

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33ft/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco Giants announced that Alyssa Nakken will be an assistant on the coaching staff, officially making her the first female coach in Major League Baseball history. Nakken, a four-time Academic All American softball player for Sacramento State, joined the Giants in 2014 as an intern and worked on a variety of projects, according to a Giants press release. Last month, she was nominated by her peers and co-awarded the 2019 Sprinkles of Love Award, a Giants honor, for her ethics, professionalism and humanitarianism. Referring to Nakken and Mark Hallberg, who was also added to the coaching staff as an assistant, Giants manager Gabe Kapler said in a statement, “Alyssa and Mark are highly respected members of the organization and I’m delighted that they will now focus their talents on helping to build a winning culture in the clubhouse.” The team now has a total of 13 coaches. Before her promotion, Nakken was responsible for leading a number of the team’s health and wellness events, including the Giant Race Series. She currently chairs the Giants’ first

NFL star Von Miller on eye care awareness and his surprise Super Bowl pick

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller never took his health for granted. Entering his tenth NFL season, the seven-time All-Pro has missed just one game since the start of the 2015 season. He watched as his 95 consecutive games played streak was snapped this past year, when he missed one due to injury “If it was a playoff game or something, I could’ve toughened it out,” the star linebacker tells ABC News, as he embarks on a new offseason campaign to empower others to pursue quality eye care. Miller has long discussed publicly how his poor vision growing up affected his confidence in school, but he credits the experience for helping him develop a passion for encouraging others to become aware of issues that can affect vision. “There are 70 million people around the world that are affected by Glaucoma,” he says, discussing his new My Glaucoma campaign. “If I can raise any awareness or any type of knowledge of it [glaucoma] that would be my ultimate goal.” Miller also launched his Von’s Vision Foundation several

Final four teams to battle for a spot in Super Bowl LIV

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artisteer/iStock(NEW YORK) — This weekend, the final four NFL teams will battle for their chance at the Super Bowl. The Tennessee Titans will take on the Kansas City Chiefs to play the winner of the Green Bay Packers vs. the San Francisco 49ers in the league’s biggest game.Watch the full report from ABC’s Good Morning America below: The two remaining teams will face-off for Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigns in wake of Astros sign-stealing scandal

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33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigned on Thursday after being implicated in a sign-stealing scandal that’s left three teams without managers just weeks before Spring Training. The 42-year-old is the latest member of the 2017 Houston Astros to lose his job after Major League Baseball revealed the team’s staff used video monitoring to steal signs from the Los Angeles Dodgers during the World series. In a statement, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said they met with Beltran Wednesday night and agreed to “mutually part ways.” “It became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as manager,” they said. Beltran, hired by the Mets in November, said in a statement he couldn’t let himself be a distraction for the team. “I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team,” he said. Van Wagenen said the Mets are currently looking at both internal and external candidates

Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigns following Astros cheating scandal

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33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran resigned from his position following his implication in Major League Baseball’s sign-stealing scandal, the team announced Thursday. The 42-year-old is the latest member of the 2017 Houston Astros to lose their job after the MLB revealed the team’s staff used video monitoring to steal the signs of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the World series. In a statement, Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Executive Vice President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said they met with Beltran Wednesday night and agreed to “mutually part ways.” “It became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as manager,” they said in their statement. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

New Orleans police issue warrant for Odell Beckham Jr.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on Thursday, alleging the Cleveland Browns wide receiver committed “a simple battery” at the College Football Playoff National Championship. The allegation is a misdemeanor, a police spokeswoman confirmed to ABC News. Beckham’s alma mater, Louisiana State, beat Clemson 42-25 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

ALS advocate and former NFL player Steve Gleason awarded Congressional Gold Medal

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Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Amid the historic impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders paused the partisan battle to honor former New Orleans Saints player and disability rights advocate Steve Gleason. Gleason, 41, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress gives to a civilian. “I suppose I don’t see my story as a football story or even an ALS story, but rather a human story,” Gleason said during the ceremony. “The truth is that we all experience pain in our lives, but I believe that the problems we face are our opportunity to find our human purpose.” After his football career, Gleason contracted amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that affects muscle movement and in late stages can cause paralysis and even death. He became an advocate for patients with ALS and in 2015 he worked to pass “The Steve Gleason Act” and later the “Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act of 2017,” laws that give Medicare patients access

Sophomore on Holy Cross rowing team killed in van crash, others injured

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WPBF-TV(VERO BEACH, Fla.) — A member of the women’s rowing team at the College of the Holy Cross was killed in a car crash in Florida on Wednesday, officials said. The student was identified as sophomore Grace Rett, said Marybeth Kearns-Barrett, director of the Office of College Chaplains at Holy Cross. Rett was in the front passenger seat of a team van when it collided with a pickup truck in Vero Beach, police said. The van was carrying 11 student athletes and the head coach at the time of the crash, which was approximately 7:30 a.m., said Michele Murray, the college’s Dean of Students. The remaining survivors were all injured, officials said. Six students and the coach remain hospitalized with “varying levels of injury,” Murray told reporters Wednesday afternoon. “This is a terrible shock,” Murray said, overcome with emotion. The College of the Holy Cross is in Worcester, Massachusetts, but the team was in Florida for winter training ahead of the competitive season, Murray said. Rett, from Uxbridge, Massachusetts, “was incredibly passionate and hardworking,” Murray said. “She just set the

Amidst flu season, teachers are using bread as a viral lesson to all: 'Wash your hands!'

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Courtney Lee Simpson/Facebook (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho) — Two Idaho teachers have come up with an eye-opening way to remind students to wash hands during flu season. Last month, Jaralee Metcalf, a behavior specialist at Discovery Elementary School in Idaho Falls, posted the aftermath of a science project which taught kindergarten through sixth graders the importance of cleanliness. Metcalf, special education teacher Dayna Robertson and the kids put single slices of bread into bags. The slices were either touched by students with dirty hands, touched with hands washed with soap and water or doused with hand sanitizer. One slice was wiped on classroom laptops. In a matter of days, mold began forming on some of the bread. Metcalf posted the results of the experiment onto Facebook, where it was shared 69,000 times. The CDC has estimated at least 9.7 million flu-related illnesses this season. Metcalf said she got the idea from a similar experiment on Mystery Science, an education website. “It’s important because of all the illnesses that are so easily transmitted,” Metcalf said of the learning experience. “It’s gross and

Red Sox address dismissal of manager Alex Cora in sign-stealing scandal

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Top executives for the Boston Red Sox addressed the dismissal of manager Alex Cora after he was identified as the ringleader of a sign-stealing scandal as bench coach for the Houston Astros. Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner said during a press conference Wednesday that the team met with Cora on Tuesday and mutually decided to part ways “in the best interest” of the organization. Werner described Cora as “professional” and “understanding that he made a mistake,” adding that the organization continues to “be very fond” of him. The decision was “tough” for team staff, Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said. Cora is awaiting a decision by Major League Baseball that may be tied to a separate investigation into accusations the Red Sox also stole signs in 2018. The organization had no advance knowledge of the findings of MLB’s report, Werner said. Principal Owner John Henry said that the team takes any allegations “very, very seriously,” adding that it will investigate them fully and is working with MLB “to the fullest extent possible.” “We would