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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/20/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/20/21

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

Dallas 124, Indiana 112
Philadelphia 117, Boston 109
Cleveland 147, Brooklyn 135 (2OT)
Miami 111, Toronto 102
Atlanta 123, Detroit 115 (OT)
Orlando 97, Minnesota 96
Phoenix 109, Houston 103
LA Clippers 115, Sacramento 96
Golden State 121, San Antonio 99
Washington at Charlotte (Postponed)
Memphis at Portland (Postponed)

Edmonton 3, Toronto 1
San Jose 2, St. Louis 1 (SO)
Minnesota 3, Anaheim 2
Vegas 5, Arizona 2
Vancouver 6, Montreal 5 (SO)

Houston 86, Tulsa 59
Wisconsin 68, Northwestern 52
Providence 74, Creighton 70
Georgia Tech 83, Clemson 65
Texas at Iowa St. (Postponed)
Texas Tech at TCU (Postponed)
NC State at Virginia (Postponed)
Boston College at Virginia Tech (Postponed)
Minnesota at Nebraska (Postponed)
Xavier at UConn (Postponed)
Saint Louis at UMass (Postponed)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/19/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/19/21

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

Denver 119, Oklahoma City 101
Utah 118, New Orleans 102


Winnipeg 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Philadelphia 3, Buffalo 0
New Jersey 4, NY Rangers 3
Florida 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5, Washington 4
Detroit 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Colorado 3, Los Angeles 2
Carolina at Nashville (Postponed)


Villanova 76, Seton Hall 74
Florida 75, Tennessee 49
Michigan 87, Maryland 63
Purdue 67, Ohio St. 65
Alabama 105, LSU 75
Missouri 81, South Carolina 70
Illinois 79, Penn St. 65
Oklahoma St. at West Virginia (Postponed)
UCLA at Oregon (Postponed)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/18/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/18/21

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

New York 91, Orlando 84
Atlanta 108, Minnesota 97
San Antonio 125, Portland 104
Memphis 108, Phoenix 104
Toronto 116, Dallas 93
Brooklyn 125, Milwaukee 123
Chicago 125, Houston 120
Miami 113, Detroit 107
Golden State 115, L.A. Lakers 113
Cleveland  at  Washington (Postponed)

Columbus 3, Detroit 2
NY Islanders 1, Boston 0
Toronto 3, Winnipeg 1
Buffalo 6, Philadelphia 1
Carolina 4, Nashville 2
St. Louis 5, San Jose 4
Calgary 5, Vancouver 2
Montreal 3, Edmonton 1
Anaheim 1, Minnesota 0
Vegas 4, Arizona 2


Baylor 77, Kansas 69
St. John's 74, UConn 70

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Oklahoma State University basketball coach surprises walk-on with scholarship

Oklahoma State University basketball coach surprises walk-on with scholarship

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(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma State University basketball coach Mike Boynton was feeling generous over the weekend. The coach and his staff showed up at Walmart Sunday to surprise OSU walk-on player Dee Mitchell with a scholarship as he worked his shift at the store.

Teammates watched the surprise via Zoom as Boynton brought Mitchell to tears.

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Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympic trials winner, gives birth

Marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, Olympic trials winner, gives birth

Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesBy ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Aliphine Tuliamuk, who won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last February, gave birth to a girl, her first child, she announced Monday morning.

"Our daughter Zoe Cherotich Gannon arrived on 1/13/2021 and she is absolutely perfect. Her dad and I are just so overwhelmed with joy love and gratitude, and we can't stop staring at her," she wrote on Twitter.

She made the announcement on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and noted on Instagram that her daughter was born just two days before the civil rights icon's birthday -- "so close!" In his memory, she wrote, "may we all be proactive and do the right thing."

The marathoner announced she was pregnant in early December, posting on Instagram, "[Partner] Tim [Gannon] and I always knew that we wanted to have a family, the goal was post 2020 Olympics, well as it turned out this year had other plans, by mid April we were convinced that there will be no more races this season, and the darkness ahead was too much, we created our own light at the end of the tunnel!"

Gannon and Tuliamuk, 31, got engaged earlier this year.

"Her journey to this world was relatively long but 'easy,'" Tuliamuk expanded on Instagram about her daughter's birth, adding with some emojis, "I was up and walking around a few hours after she arrived, like give me a race right now ...kidding."

Tuliamuk, who was born in Kenya and became an American citizen in 2016, according to NBC Sports, is still planning to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, should they be held this summer.

Her running accomplishments includes national road titles over 25k, 20k and 5k, according to New York Road Runners, and she finished 12th for women at the 2019 New York City Marathon and second at the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon.

"It's not like in the past where women were told, well, you can just race until you're done racing, and then you can start a family," she told NBC Sports in December. "You can do both of them."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/17/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/17/21

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

New York 105, Boston 75
Chicago 117, Dallas 101
Utah 109, Denver 105
New Orleans 128, Sacramento 123
LA Clippers 129, Indiana 96
Cleveland at Washington (Postponed)
Philadelphia at Oklahoma City (Postponed)


Pittsburgh 4, Washington 3 (SO)
Florida 5, Chicago 2
Dallas at Tampa Bay (Postponed)

Kansas City 22, Cleveland 17
Tampa Bay 30, New Orleans 20

Iowa 96, Northwestern 73
Houston 75 UCF 58
Virginia Tech 64, Wake Forest 60

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Shawn Johnson pregnant with baby No. 2 with husband Andrew East

Shawn Johnson pregnant with baby No. 2 with husband Andrew East

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(NEW YORK) -- Shawn Johnson is pregnant with her second child with husband Andrew East, the couple announced Friday.

"Here we go again," the Olympic gold medalist captioned an Instagram post featuring a series of photos in which she shows off her baby bump with her family.

In the first snap, she shares a romantic kiss with East. The second is a sweet shot of their 1-year-old daughter, Drew Hazel, and the third is a family portrait of the three of them together.

The couple also shared a video to YouTube about their big news -- including how Johnson told East she was pregnant, them both guessing it's a boy, and that the baby's due date is summer 2021.

Johnson also opened up about how conflicted she feels after having experienced a pregnancy loss back in 2017.

"I think every time I get a pregnancy test positive after the miscarriage, I try to numb myself and be like, 'OK, here's the situation: You're pregnant, we don't know how it's going to end,'" she said. "I don't celebrate it, which is kind of sad. I get very excited, but I also get very daunted by the situation."

East -- who said he wants to have "as many kids as possible" -- then recalled how he tested positive for COVID-19 just days after finding out Johnson was pregnant.

"We were in this time of celebration and we wanted to tell her parents and our friends, but then I ended up having to self-isolate," he said, calling it "not the ideal situation."

Johnson ended the video with a message of support to other families on the journey to have children.

"If you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, if you're trying to adopt, if you're in the process of expanding your family or recently suffering from a loss, we are praying for you. All those beautiful babies out there, all those rainbow babies, all those babies in heaven," she said. "We love you guys."

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Real-life 'League of Their Own' player raises money for 94th birthday to build women's baseball center

Real-life 'League of Their Own' player raises money for 94th birthday to build women's baseball center

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(SUNSET BEACH, Calif.) -- The time that Maybelle Blair played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the inspiration for the 1992 film A League of Their Own, were some of the best years of her life.

So to celebrate her 94th birthday, on Jan. 16, Blair, of Sunset Beach, California, is raising money to help give young girls a shot in baseball, and to commemorate the women in baseball like herself on whose shoulders they stand.

"We want to be able to have a league of our own again, to have a home of our own," Blair told Good Morning America. "This was my whole dream for years."

"When the movie came out, my dreams started to come true," said Blair, who was featured at the end of A League of Their Own when retired players return for a reunion. "And then here we are again."

Blair set a goal for her 94th birthday to raise $9,400 for the International Women's Baseball Center, a proposed museum and educational center for girls and women in baseball in Rockford, Illinois, home of the Rockford Peaches made famous in A League of Their Own.

"It means so much to me," Blair said of the center, which its organizers hope will become as well-known for women's baseball as Cooperstown, New York, is for men's. "This is what it’s all about, to be able to create a baseball center where we can have our own baseball memorabilia, our own baseball hall of fame."

Blair pitched for the Peaches' competitors, the Peoria Redwings, in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a league created by chewing gum mogul Philip K. Wrigley in the 1940s to fill the void of baseball when many American men were sent off to fight in World War II.

Blair said she got her start in baseball as a 2-year-old. She said she was put on the batting plate to fend balls thrown by her older brother, who was being groomed as a star pitcher. Years later, as her brother fought in the war, Blair had a chance of a lifetime to be a professional baseball player.

"When I got to walking out to the ball diamond and I heard that clickety-click, clickety-click under my spikes, that was no sweeter music in my ears," she said. "And then I saw that green grass and I said, ‘Oh my God Maybelle, you’re a professional ball player.'"

"It’s unbelievable I had that chance, and there I was," she said. "That’s what it meant to me my whole life."

After her baseball career ended, Blair went on to have a long career with Northrup Aircraft, where she made history there, too, as one of the company's first female managers.

She never left baseball behind, though, staying active in helping get women into the sport and, in 2014, spearheading the effort to launch the International Women's Baseball Center.

"We’d been talking about this for a long time, that there’s no home for girls and women in baseball, so we set out to create a place," said Kat Williams, president of the center's board of directors and a professor of women’s sports history at Marshall University. "It’s a big complex and a big idea, and Maybelle Blair is the driving force."

Blair threw out the first pitch at a women's baseball game in Rockford two years ago, at the age of 92, and said it is her life mission to see this project complete, saying, "I’ve got to get this building [done] so I can die happy."

The center is an $8 million project that will be built in stages as they are able to fundraise money, according to Williams.

They have already broken ground on an outdoor museum but have a long way to go to see their dream fulfilled of making the center not just a cultural spot for women in baseball around the world, but also a place for tournaments and educational events, like training for female umpires, of which Blair notes there are currently none in Major League Baseball.

The MLB only has one female general manager, Kim Ng, of the Miami Marlins, who was just named to the role last November.

"We need to have our own museum and our own recognitions and then we can have our dreams come true," Blair said of women in the sport. "This is our chance for the girls. Let’s get it done."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/14/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/14/21

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


Philadelphia 125, Miami 108
Toronto 111, Charlotte 108
Houston 109, San Antonio 105
Denver 114, Golden State 104
Indiana 111, Portland 87


Washington 6, Buffalo 4
Boston 3, New Jersey 2 (SO)
NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 0
Carolina 3, Detroit 0
Nashville 3, Columbus 1
Winnipeg 4, Calgary 3 (OT)
San Jose 4, Arizona 3
Edmonton 5, Vancouver 2
Vegas 5, Anaheim 2
Minnesota 4, Los Angeles 3
Dallas at Florida (Postponed)


Gonzaga 95, Pepperdine 70
Michigan St. at Iowa (Postponed)
Houston at South Florida (Postponed)
Arizona St. at Oregon (Postponed)

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Mets legend Darryl Strawberry on new book, new ownership, and player development

Mets legend Darryl Strawberry on new book, new ownership, and player development

Allen Kee/ESPN ImagesBY: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- As a member of the New York Mets in the 1980s, team legend Darryl Strawberry watched the franchise go through a change they are once again experiencing: new ownership.

Strawberry played for the Mets from 1983-90, during which the franchise's ownership was shifting. Real estate developer Fred Wilpon bought a small stake in the Mets in 1980, eventually becoming an equal partner in owning the team. The Wilpon family went on to become the sole owner with Saul Katz, and Fred served as Mets team president for more than two decades.

In 2020, the Mets underwent a less protracted ownership change: hedge fund manager Steve Cohen purchased the team from the Wilpons and Katz, with Cohen immediately becoming the majority owner.

The team has since made the biggest offseason splash in baseball, trading for superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco. Fans are hopeful the Mets will acquire a big name free agent, and with an increased payroll, make a World Series run in 2021.

Strawberry, who played for the Mets the last time they won a championship in 1986, spoke to ABC News about his new book, "Turn Your Season Around," and the state of the franchise prior to their acquisition of Lindor. He believes adding talent through free agency or trade is helpful, but that the best way new ownership can build a championship team is through effective player development:

"We had a great general manager [Frank Cashen] and he had people underneath him. They went through the process of player development... and I think that is so, so critical to be able to develop your younger core players so they can play at the major league level. I think over the years, the Mets have gotten away from that kind of development. I think that's important to get back to and I think they will get back to it."

The Mets made several front office changes this offseason, first bringing Sandy Alderson back to the franchise and hiring him as team president. The Mets then hired former Arizona Diamondbacks executive Jared Porter as general manager and former Red Sox executive Zack Scott as their new senior vice president and assistant general manager.

The Mets have developed young talent in recent years, such as outfielder Michael Conforto and pitcher Jacob deGrom. Strawberry hopes that trend will continue. He views new ownership and the front office overhaul as promising:

"I think new ownership is very excited... That can make a whole difference about ideas and about putting the people in the right places and understanding that if we're going to get better, our minor league system has to get better."

Strawberry recounted his experience coming up through the minor leagues. He believes with homegrown talent like himself, Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, and others, the team developed strong chemistry, learned how to win consistently, and came to believe that they could rely on one another. From there, they added pieces via free agency or trade, such as Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter. He believes the Mets in the 1980s needed years to develop chemistry and never got "used to losing," something he thinks can happen if players do not have time together as a team.

Strawberry points to the Mets' crosstown rivals as a model for effective player development:

"When you think about the Yankees and why the Yankees have been so good for so many years, it's because their minor league system has been great. If you keep development in your mind and put your minor league system in a place, you'll be great. You can bring in young players who could play and could come to the big leagues at a younger age and stick around for a long time. So, I think that's what they [the Mets] need to really focus on." ranked the Mets' minor league system in the bottom half of MLB last summer, and they already traded away one of their top prospects, Andres Gimenez, in the deal for Lindor. The Yankees were ranked 19th, just one spot ahead of the Mets.

Strawberry did not contend that there is one set formula that would make the Mets World Series champs, but believes that drafting young talent and expanding their skills in the minor leagues is a good place to start building a championship club.

Strawberry also discussed the challenges so many people have faced amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how baseball provided a sense of relief for many last summer. He hopes with new ownership, Mets fans will feel renewed excited about their club. He also wants people to think about hope as they face more challenges in the coming year, and why his personal experience with faith and battle with addiction during his playing days reminds him there will be better days ahead.

"We've had a real poor half of the year in 2020 and are going into a new year. We're going to have to get up for it... We have to be strong. We're going to have to believe you can't quit. You can't give up... I could easily have quit in the second half and not gone on to have a strong season. You know what? You can easily quit in the second half of your life here after the pandemic and not get up and say, 'I'm giving up, I'm quitting.' And that's happening to a lot of people. They don't see hope. There's hope. There's light."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/13/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/13/21

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

Dallas 104, Charlotte 93
Milwaukee 110, Detroit 101
Brooklyn 116, New York 109
LA Lakers 128, Oklahoma City 99
Memphis 118, Minnesota 107
LA Clippers 111, New Orleans 106
Portland 132, Sacramento 126
Utah at Washington (Postponed)
Orlando at Boston (Postponed)
Atlanta at Phoenix (Postponed)

Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
Vancouver 5, Edmonton 3
Toronto 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 1
St. Louis 4, Colorado 1

Texas Tech 79, Texas 77
Louisville 77, Wake Forest 65
Virginia 80, Notre Dame 68
Ohio St. 81, Northwestern 71
Villanova at Xavier (Postponed)
Illinois at Nebraska (Postponed)

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Serena Williams shares adorable photo of her daughter on tennis court

Serena Williams shares adorable photo of her daughter on tennis court

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(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams' daughter, Olympia, is already getting in some training on the tennis court from the best.

The 23-time grand slam winner shared a cute snap of her 3-year-old practicing her swing on Tuesday. Williams can be seen in the back of the photo looking on proudly.

Williams captioned the shot, "turn, back, reach, head, follow through."

The post was flooded with comments from Williams' supporters mentioning how her little one is destined for greatness. Billie Jean King wrote, "Look out, world! Keep going for it!"

The official Australian Open account added, "AO 2017 champions back at it again," referencing when Williams won the tournament that year while pregnant.

Serena's victory over her sister, Venus Williams, at the Australian Open in 2017 gave her a 23rd grand slam singles title -- one shy of tying Margaret Court's all-time record.

The tennis star often shares snaps of fun moments with her daughter, Olympia. The young girl appears to love tennis as much as her mother.

During a recent interview with "Good Morning America," she said that Olympia is "always so happy."

"You can learn this from kids, it's like they don't have a care," she said. "Sometimes we put too much emphasis on things and on stuff that we really just have to rely on us and just being happy."

"That's very inspiring for me," she added.

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Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller charged for alleged role in Capitol riot

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller charged for alleged role in Capitol riot


(WASHINGTON) -- Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller was charged for his alleged involvement in the attack on the Capitol last week.

The swimmer was charged with obstructing law enforcement engaged in official duties, unlawfully entering Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

It was first speculated that Keller was involved in the riot when people began identifying a man who looked like him in a video taken by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas. The video shows a tall man seemingly wearing a U.S. Olympic Team jacket, and former teammates and coaches identified him as Keller, SwimSwam and The New York Times reported.

In the video, which was cited in the complaint against Keller, Capitol Police tussle with rioters in the Rotunda, and Keller was pushed back with the crowd by police shields.

The complaint, referencing the Townhall video, notes that "Colorado state records and publicly available information list [Keller's] height at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and [the person in the video] appears to be one of the tallest individuals in the video depicting individuals in the Rotunda."

Keller had been employed by Colorado real estate firm Hoff & Leigh, but, the firm said in a statement, he resigned this Tuesday.

"Effective immediately, Klete Keller is no longer with Hoff & Leigh. Keller, an independent contractor, resigned from the company today," the company said. "Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law. We pride ourselves on our deeply held core values of family, loyalty, community and stewardship. We continue to stand by these values."

In response to the reports of Keller's participation in the siege, USA Swimming said in a statement, "We respect private individuals' and groups' rights to peacefully protest but in no way condone the actions taken by those at the Capitol last week."

Before the charge was made against Keller, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland sent a letter to Team USA athletes condemning the "rioters" at the Capitol.

"At home, and around the world, Team USA athletes are held to a very high standard as they represent our country on the field of play and off," Hirshland wrote. "What happened in Washington, D.C., was a case where that standard was clearly not met. The people involved attacked the very fabric of the democracy we all proudly represent and, in turn, also let our community down. I urge everyone associated with Team USA to continue to celebrate our diversity of background and beliefs, stand together against hatred and divisiveness, and use our influence to create positive change in our community."

Keller, 38, won medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He was on the U.S. relay team along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/12/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/12/21

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


Utah 117, Cleveland 87
Philadelphia 136, Miami 132 (OT)
Brooklyn 122, Denver 116
LA Lakers 117, Houston 100
San Antonio 112 Oklahoma City 102
Boston at Chicago (Postponed)
Indiana 104, Golden State 95


Michigan 77, Wisconsin 54
Virginia Tech 74, Duke 67
Oklahoma St. 75, Kansas 70
West Virginia at Baylor (Postponed)
Tennessee at South Carolina (Postponed)
Tennessee at Vanderbilt (Postponed)
Clemson at Syracuse (Postponed)
Vanderbilt at Missouri (Postponed)

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Alabama quarterback Mac Jones addresses NFL possibility after CFB National Championship win

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones addresses NFL possibility after CFB National Championship win


(NEW YORK) -- University of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones led the undefeated Crimson Tide to a national championship with a victory over Ohio State on Monday night after an unprecedented college football season.

Jones joined ABC News' Good Morning America on Tuesday morning, just hours after hoisting up the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy in Miami and said "it definitely feels great."

The 22-year-old junior from Jacksonville, Florida, in his first year as the team's starter, was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, threw for over 4,000 yards and won the Davey O'Brien Award given to the nation's top quarterback.

"We didn't even know if we were going to have a full season or if we were going to start and then stop, so I just give my hat's off to the administration and NCAA and SEC for allowing to us play a full season," he said. "It feels great to be where we are -- this is right where we wanted to be -- it's something that we're all grateful for."

Jones' perseverance and drive continued to shine on the field, as he threw for over 400 yards and five touchdown passes in their 52-24 win over the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes, handing them their only loss of the season.

"I just think with anything -- regardless of the sport or what you want to do -- a lot of people tell you 'no.' But if you love something, you can't listen to the haters as people call them, and do what you do," Jones said.

After smashing records in the first half of the game, Jones' teammate and Heisman trophy-winning receiver, DeVonta Smith, suffered a hand injury at the start of the second half. Jones said the words of wisdom from the team's veteran head coach, Nick Saban, were key to getting them to keep their composure and finish strong.

"Coach Saban's message -- he told us to just stay even-keeled and try not to get too up or too down in the game," Jones recalled. "Injuries happen -- and we had guys out there playing that were young guys, we had guys that were hurt, so just to be out there and try and finish through for our team was just something that Coach Saban has kind of instilled in us."

Alabama's win also marked a historic milestone for Saban, who notched his seventh career national championship, moving him past fellow Alabama legend Paul "Bear" Bryant for the most titles in college football history.

Jones, who has one year left of NCAA eligibility, said he has not yet made any decision on if he will play another season at Alabama or opt to enter the NFL draft.

"Honestly, not really," he said. "I feel like I've put myself in a good position to do either one. Obviously I love coach Saban and Alabama, but at the same time there's a great opportunity in the NFL but I just have to -- kind of weigh the pros and cons and look at them and see what's best for me and my family."

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Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declines to accept Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick declines to accept Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump

Joe Faraoni / ESPN ImagesBy DEENA ZARU, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots, said on Monday that he is declining to accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump, citing last Wednesday's siege of the U.S. Capitol, which was partly incited by Trump.

"Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients. Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award," Belichick said in a statement obtained by ESPN.

"Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team," he continued. "One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions. Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team and county I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award."

ABC News reached out to the White House for comment.

Trump had planned to present Belichick with the Medal of Freedom in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday, a White House official confirmed to ABC News earlier on Monday.

Belichick had been facing public pressure from the sports world and politicians to decline the honor as the outgoing president faces a political firestorm after he helped incite a mob of supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol over false claims the 2020 election was stolen from him.

When the White House announced that Trump planned to honor Belichick, the Patriots again found themselves in the hot seat over the team's ties with Trump.

Trump has repeatedly hailed the Patriots as "winners," touted his friendly relationships with Belichick as well as former Patriots quarterback and star Tom Brady and team owner Robert Kraft. He has golfed with Brady and Belichick, dined with Kraft at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida and has even suggested as a candidate and president-elect in 2016 that they supported his presidency.

House Democrats filed an article of impeachment against Trump for "incitement of insurrection" on Monday after the violent riot of Trump supporters on Capitol Hill left five people dead.

The riot came after Trump and his most ardent supporters spent weeks after the 2020 election making false claims of election fraud, urging his supporters to have a "strong" response and stated that the protests will be "wild." Hours before the Capitol siege, the president addressed the group of supporters at a rally on the day that the Senate was set to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden and encouraged them to head to the Capitol to protest the results.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/11/21

Scoreboard roundup -- 1/11/21

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

Milwaukee 121, Orlando 99
Charlotte 109, New York 88
Washington 128, Phoenix 107
Memphis 101, Cleveland 91
Atlanta 112, Philadelphia 94
Portland 112, Toronto 111
Sacramento 127, Indiana 122
New Orleans at Dallas (Postponed)

UConn 60, DePaul 53

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Tom Brady leads Tampa Bay Bucs to first playoff win in nearly 20 years

Tom Brady leads Tampa Bay Bucs to first playoff win in nearly 20 years

Nic Antaya/Getty ImagesBy ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- It was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first playoff appearance since 2007, and Tom Brady led the Bucs to the team's first playoff win since 2002. The Bucs beat Washington 31-23 in their NFC wildcard game Saturday.

The 43-year-old quarterback also broke the record for the oldest player to throw a touchdown in the NFL postseason.

Now Brady will face Drew Brees, who turns 42 on Friday, and the New Orleans Saints Sunday for the NFL's oldest QB matchup ever.

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In blow to Trump, golf’s PGA strips major championship from Trump-owned course

In blow to Trump, golf’s PGA strips major championship from Trump-owned course


(WASHINGTON) -- As he faces a lonely end to his presidency, Donald Trump learned Sunday evening that, in the wake of last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol, he has lost one of the relationships he values most: his partnership with the Professional Golfers' Association.

While the embattled president has been hunkered down to try and preserve his political career, the PGA of America, the proprietors of one of golf's four major championship tournaments, announced that it plans to move its 2022 PGA Championship away from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

"The PGA of America Board of Directors voted tonight to exercise the right to terminate the agreement to play the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump Bedminster," said Jim Richerson, PGA of America president, in a statement.

Holding the tournament at Trump Bedminster, Richerson said, would be "detrimental" to the PGA of America's brand and put the organization's ability to function "at risk."

Shortly after the announcement, the Trump Organization expressed disappointment with the move in a statement of their own.

"We have had a beautiful partnership with the PGA of America and are incredibly disappointed with their decision," said a spokesperson for The Trump Organization. "This is a breach of a binding contract and they have no right to terminate the agreement. As an organization we have invested many, many millions of dollars in the 2022 PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster. We will continue to promote the game of golf on every level and remain focused on operating the finest golf courses anywhere in the world."

It was not immediately clear whether the PGA of America has found a replacement venue.

Trump is an avid golfer, and the Trump Organization owns or operates 17 golf courses around the world, with three more expected to open in Dubai and Indonesia. Before he took office, Trump told his supporters that he was "going to be working for you," so he was "not going to have time to play golf" -- but he has mixed politics with golf throughout his tenure in the White House.

According to Trump Golf Count, a website that tracks President Trump's golf outings, Trump has made about 300 daytime visits to golf clubs during his presidency, teeing it up with world leaders, political allies, business executives, conservative media personalities and professional athletes.

Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to a quartet of decorated golfers: Tiger Woods, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.

And, at times, Trump has appeared to use the power of his office to benefit his global golf business, most notably when Trump reportedly directed the American ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, to ask the British government to help secure a future British Open for the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland. Trump denied the report the next day, saying, "No, I never spoke to Woody Johnson about Turnberry."

As of Sunday, the 2022 PGA Championship was the only upcoming tournament listed on the Trump Organization's website, so the PGA of America's decision appears to sever his last remaining ties to the golfing establishment, effectively exiling him and his courses from the prestigious and lucrative world of professional golf.

The United States Golf Association, which conducts the U.S. Open, and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, which conducts the British Open, have not announced any plans to host future events at Trump-owned courses.

In 2016, the PGA Tour, golf's professional circuit, prematurely ended an agreement to stage a World Golf Championship event at Trump National Doral resort in Miami, Florida, after then-candidate Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants on the campaign trail, and moved the event to Mexico City.

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Titans honor six officers from Nashville Christmas Day explosion at playoff game

Titans honor six officers from Nashville Christmas Day explosion at playoff game

Metropolitan Nashville Police DepartmentBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Titans honored the six first responders responsible for safely evacuating residents in downtown Nashville, Tennessee prior to the Christmas Day bombing.

Officers Brenna Hosey, Tyler Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells and Sergeant Timothy Miller were in attendance at Sunday’s NFL playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens and plunged the Titans Sword of Honor to mark the countdown to kickoff and were recognized as the game’s honorary 12th Titans, according to the Tennessee Titans.

"While we can never thank these officers enough for their heroic acts, it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity to honor them at the game on Sunday," said Titans president and CEO Burke Nihill. "We are grateful for their service to our community and appreciate that we'll have them on site to support the team."

Nashville police officers were called to downtown Nashville early on Christmas morning when they discovered an RV playing a recording saying a potential bomb would detonate within 15 minutes.

The officers immediately began working to evacuate nearby buildings when the RV exploded at approximately 6:30 a.m, blowing out windows of nearby buildings and causing extensive and structural damage to dozens of buildings in the surrounding area.

Authorities found human remains among the debris of the explosion and investigators eventually determined that they belonged to the RV owner who was later identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner of Antioch, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville.

Eight people were injured in the blast. Warner was the only person to die in the blast.

The Nashville police officers were hailed as heroes at a press conference a couple of days later.

"Immediately, they didn't think about their own lives. They didn't think about themselves. They thought about the citizens of Nashville and protecting them, and they went about knocking on doors," Chief John Drake said, as he introduced five of the six officers. "Had they not made those efforts, we'd be talking about the tragedy of people and lives lost."

On Sunday, however, the officers were lauded on the national stage.

"To be able to stand at the stadium with [my fellow officers] and receive this honor together is amazing," said Officer Wells. "[Our response on Christmas Day] was a total team effort. It was not what one individual did or said, it was about all of us coming together to protect our community, and keep our community safe and keep each other safe."

The Titans, the fourth seed in the AFC, went on to lose Sunday's game to the fifth seeded Ravens, 20-13. Baltimore now advances to the divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs.

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