proBAKSTER/iStock(NEW YORK) — An American figure skater has been accused of deliberately injuring a South Korean skater during practice ahead of the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships in Japan, but the skating union has said there was “no evidence” it was intentional. The accusations were made about an incident between American skater Mariah Bell and South Korean skater Eun Soo Lim during practice on March 20. According to Yonhap, South Korean sports agency All That Sports alleged that Bell “struck Lim’s leg with her skate” before the ladies’ short program, cutting Lim’s calf. Yonhap reported that Lim had the cut taped before she performed. An All That Sports official said they believed Bell hitting Lim was “premeditated” because Lim was skating near the walls and Bell “came from behind” when she cut her, Yonhap reported. The official also claimed Bell “had been bullying Lim for months and launched a verbal attack” on her, according to Yonhap. The skaters have the same coach, Rafael Arutunian, per their bios. ISU, which said the incident was “verbally reported” by the Korean
Tammy Fullum/iStock(PITTSBURGH) — A wrestling coach is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a player at a junior competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A witness captured video of Eric Angle, 51, allegedly picking a young wrestler up by the neck and tossing him to the floor during the 2019 Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Championships at the University of Pittsburgh on March 16. Steve Hoover, chairperson of Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling, the organization that hosted the competition, confirmed the authenticity of the video to ABC News. He said the alleged victim is between 11 and 12 years old. If this is what coach #EricAngle does to these kids he coaches in front 100’s of people, imagine what he might be doing to them when no one is around. pic.twitter.com/yTpgK14Vwc — MakeLove (@MakeLoveMMA) March 20, 2019 “We immediately took action and [Angle] was ejected from the building,” Hoover told ABC News in a phone interview. “Eric has no affiliation with Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling nor has he ever been employed by us.” Hoover said junior wrestlers bring their own coaches to the competition. They are often
Masterpress/Getty Images(TOKYO) — Ichiro Suzuki is said to be retiring Thursday after nearly two decades in the MLB. ESPN has confirmed that the 45-year-old right fielder told the Seattle Mariners of his plans to leave the sport after the team’s game against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo. Suzuki exited Thursday’s game in the eighth inning. He waved to the crowd in his native Japan, receiving a standing ovation, and hugged his teammates. He finished the game 0-for-4, grounding out in his final at-bat. Since making his MLB debut in 2001, Suzuki has amassed a .311 batting average with 3,089 hits, 117 home runs, 780 RBIs and 509 stolen bases. He has been named an All-Star 10 times, won the Gold Glove award 10 times and was named both the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC(NEW YORK) — When Carolina Panthers fullback Alex Armah is on the field, his main job is to fight through tackles. He didn’t expect to be doing that to a stranger breaking into his car. The 24-year-old NFL player, who comes in at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, recently purchased the Owl Car Cam for his Dodge Charger. It’s a cloud-based security camera with a subscription service. The camera, which mounts on the car’s dashboard, has both inward and outward facing cameras, like similar products on the market, and connects to an app. The app alerts the user’s phone if the user’s vehicle is in a crash, dented or broken into, even if the user is not inside or nearby. In February, Armah said he got an “instant notification” on his phone from the Owl app and when he opened it, he said he watched in real-time as a stranger broke into his car. It was all captured on video through the camera. “I see someone in my car, and that’s when the adrenaline starts running,” he said. Armah decided to run
Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is planning to reject a deferred prosecution agreement that would not require him to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a source close to Kraft told ABC News on Wednesday. The decision to reject the deal is consistent with Kraft’s only public comment about his visits to the spa. When his name first surfaced last month in connection with the investigation, his spokeswoman, Stacey James, said in a statement that “[w]e categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.” Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. The Patriots team owner has pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial before a judge, while assembling a powerhouse team of high-profile
Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Kobe Bryant has conquered the basketball court, and has successfully taken on the film industry by winning the 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Now, the MVP has his eyes set on a brand new venture: children’s books. Bryant has released his first book, a young adult novel titled, The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, which follows a group of young male basketball players and their struggling inner-city basketball team. Kobe tells ABC Radio that the idea for his book came from his love of two things: Harry Potter and basketball. “We’re a big Harry Potter household, but we’re also a big sports household,” Bryant says. “And there wasn’t a story that can combine both of them. That was the original idea behind it.” Although Bryant had award-winning young adult writer Wesley King pen his first project, the former basketball star came up with the characters and its plot. Bryant explains he has an ultimate vision for his new book series. “This project in particular is something that we believe belongs on the
Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón has declined to press charges against a San Francisco Giants executive who was caught on video in an argument with his wife earlier this month. Larry Baer, the Giants’ CEO, is currently on leave from his position — a decision he announced in the wake of the video being aired by TMZ. In the video, Baer can be seen arguing with his wife in a public park in San Francisco on March 1 and then attempting to grab a cellphone from her hand. Baer’s wife, Pam, falls out of the chair while clinging to the phone and can be heard screaming for help. In San Francisco, the district attorney decides on both felony and misdemeanor charges so the decision is final when it comes to possible charges. Prosecutors could not prove a crime was committed. They looked over evidence, videos, statements from witnesses and comments from those involved and there was not enough to support filing criminal charges, per the district attorney’s office. The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is being offered a deferred prosecution agreement in which he would not face prosecution and not be required to plead guilty to any charges surrounding his visits to a Florida spa in January that was under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution, a prosecutor in the case announced on Tuesday. Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. He is facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, though prosecutors typically offer first-time offenders deferred prosecution agreements, which gives them the chance to pay a fine and perform community service, while not admitting fault, according to veteran Florida criminal defense attorneys who spoke with ABC News. The proposed deferred prosecution agreement would require Kraft to admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the Wall Street Journal, which
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout are said to be close to finalizing an extension that would make the center fielder’s contract the largest one in professional sports history. Sources tell ESPN the deal would be for 12 years and worth more than $430 million. If the deal is completed, Trout, 27, will get nearly $36 million a year, besting Zack Greinke’s yearly average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The total sum of the reported contract is also more than 30 percent larger than Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies and exceeds the contract boxer Canelo Alvarez’s has with DAZN by more than $65 million, according to ESPN. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees and free-agent pitcher Gio Gonzalez have reportedly come to an agreement on a deal. A source tells ESPN the deal places the left-hander in the Yankees’ farm system but if Gonzalez makes the team’s major league roster, the contract will be worth $3 million for the season, plus incentives. Per the terms of the deal, Gonzalez can opt out on April 20 if he has not made the Yankees’ roster, the source added. Gonzalez, 33, was drafted in 2004 and made his MLB debut in 2008. In his 11 seasons in the league, he is 127-97 with a 3.69 ERA and 1,748 strikeouts, playing for the Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals and, most recently, the Milwaukee Brewers. Last season with both the Nationals and Brewers, he went 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA and 148 strikeouts. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.