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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/22/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/22/20

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

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 22, NY Giants 21

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland 1, Seattle 1 (Tie)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/21/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/21/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

WORLD SERIES

Tampa Bay 6, LA Dodgers 4 (Series tied 1-1)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sporting Kansas City at Colorado (Postponed)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/20/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/20/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

WORLD SERIES

LA Dodgers 8, Tampa Bay 3 (LA leads 1-0)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Nashville 3, FC Dallas 0

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/19/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/19/20

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

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Kansas City 26, Buffalo 17
Arizona 38, Dallas 10

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 2, New England 1

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Dodgers beat Braves, advance to World Series against Rays

Dodgers beat Braves, advance to World Series against Rays

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(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are headed to the World Series for the third time in four years after defeating the Atlanta Braves Sunday night.

The Dodgers beat the Braves 4-3 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series to advance to the Fall Classic, where they will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fans from both cities -- Los Angeles and Tampa Bay, Florida -- have already celebrated championships this year, with the Los Angeles Lakers clinching the NBA title and the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup trophy.

The teams will begin their quest to bring home another championship on Tuesday night, when Game 1 of the World Series kicks off.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/18/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/18/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

LA Dodgers 4, Atlanta 3 (LA wins series 4-3)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tennessee 42, Houston 36 (OT)
NY Giants 20, Washington 19
Indianapolis 31, Cincinnati 27
Atlanta 40, Minnesota 23
Chicago 23, Carolina 16
Detroit 34, Jacksonville 16
Pittsburgh 38, Cleveland 7
Denver 18, New England 12
Baltimore 30, Philadelphia 28
Miami 24, NY Jets 0
Tampa Bay 38, Green Bay 10
San Francisco 24, LA Rams 16

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Columbus 3, New York City FC 1
Orlando City 1, New York 1 (Tie)
D.C. United 2, Cincinnati 1
Toronto FC 1, Atlanta 0
Houston 2, Minnesota 2 (Tie)
Los Angeles FC 1, Portland 1 (Tie)
LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver 0
Seattle 0, San Jose 0 (Tie)
Real Salt Lake at Colorado (Postponed)

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What’s next for activism in pro sports?

What’s next for activism in pro sports?

Al Powers/ESPN ImagesBy ERIC MOLLO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) – LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers made history as they clinched the 2020 NBA Championship in a Finals series victory against the Miami Heat. It was the seventeenth time the Lakers franchise won an NBA title—tied for the most in league history. In the WNBA, the Seattle Storm did the same thing, clinching their fourth championship—also tied for the most in WNBA history.

Returning to action after the coronavirus pandemic shut down play, NBA and WNBA players spoke out against social injustices and advocated for change. They wore names of African-Americans killed in police shootings on their gear and jerseys, as well as other phrases such as “Say Her Name” and “Respect Us.” Player protests even led teams to postpone games in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Not limited to just basketball, athletes across professional sports took stands: they kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem and spoke out during press conferences. Many even received unprecedented support from league leadership as well.

Players expressed a desire to continue their activism and try to affect institutional change. However, in the weeks and months ahead as players settle into their offseason and eventually begin new seasons, how might their activism evolve?

Author and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant spoke with ABC News’ “Perspective” podcast this week. He says the outspokenness of professional athletes marks the beginning of a new era and the end of an old one:

“Depending on what generation you are from, you remember when sports didn't have all the flags and the flyovers and the cops singing the national anthem and the surprise homecomings and the military tributes and all of those different things. From 9/11 to about 2012, you really did have nothing but patriotism on the field. After Trayvon Martin was killed, you saw the Miami Heat wearing their hoodies. Then, you had Ferguson and then, obviously, Kaepernick takes a knee in 2016. So, you're starting to see this collision. On the one hand, you see the patriotism being sold to fans by the leagues. Now, you're seeing the protests being demonstrated by the players on the field.”

Bryant is the author of several books, including his latest “Full Dissidence: Notes From An Uneven Playing Field,” and recently published an article for ESPN titled, “Police, Protest, Pandemic and the End of the 9/11 Era,” in which he discusses colliding forces in sports today.

“We'll see if the 9/11 era is over. To me, it's over, but we'll see when the fans come back what the sports leagues do. Are they willing to simply embrace the polarization? And are they going to say, yes, it's possible for us now to sell sports to one part of our paying customers. We're going to sell them with police and then we're going to have Law Enforcement Appreciation nights, and we're going to do that while we have Black Lives Matter painted on the basketball court. Can these two images, which are in direct conflict with each other… both coexist?”


Now, according to Bryant, athletes are transitioning into a new era that raises new questions for leagues and their players:

“The question for me is going to be, how do the leagues respond to this assault that we see right now of people saying, well, the NBA ratings are down because of black activism. What do they do with that?”

The weeks and months ahead, Bryant says, could prove to be a critical test of players’ risk tolerance:

“I think that the players risking some of their salary when they walked out and risking the anger of the public is important because now they're actually willing to risk something that belongs to them, which is their money. At the same time, they are in a very good position to risk some of this because they make so much money. Tommie Smith was a busboy. He was a security guard. He lost everything.”

Bryant also notes that wherever activism goes in sports will not necessarily be dictated by the athletes:

“America is obsessed with celebrity. It's obsessed with money. It's obsessed with visibility… it's the star culture. But it's really not what's happened. It's been completely ahistorical to suggest the players started this because they didn't. Why were the players out there after Ferguson? Because the people were already on the street. The WNBA has been out there and has done a better job. They've shown more leadership than the men have. All of this movement has followed what people are doing. We constantly follow the athletes, so we think they're the leaders when they are actually following the public.”

2020 in professional sports, especially in the NBA and WNBA, has very much been defined by athlete activism. Whatever institutional change comes as a result of their activism could dictate how athletes continue using their voices going forward:

“We'll see if the laws change. We'll see if the jury's change. We'll see if the conviction rates change. If that stuff doesn't change, then we're going to be asking ourselves what this was all about.”

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Alex Smith reveals what went through his mind running onto NFL field for the first time in 693 days

Alex Smith reveals what went through his mind running onto NFL field for the first time in 693 days

ABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY and KIERAN MCGIRL, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- After almost two years since Alex Smith suffered a severe leg injury with life-threatening complications, the quarterback made his triumphant return to the NFL gridiron on Sunday, which all but solidified his story as comeback player of the year.

Smith spoke to ABC News' Good Morning America about the difficult journey he's been on since being sidelined for 693 days after his personal perseverance, family commitment and human triumph were on full display when he took the field for the game between the Washington Football Team and the Los Angeles Rams.

On Nov. 18, 2018 Smith was sacked for the 410th time in his NFL career against the Houston Texans, but something was different.

"It seemed like just it's just another one," he recalled. "I certainly felt something strange down in my lower leg at that point. I will say to look down to see what had happened in and I knew right away that I had broken my leg."

Smith broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg, sustaining both spiral and compound fractures that required 17 surgeries to repair, and later an infection that doctors feared could have led to amputation.

"I had absolutely zero idea that this may have obliterated my career," Smith said.

"I was getting ready to go home and that the last thing I really remember, there was obviously my temperature spiking before I went home," he remembered. "You know, looking down my leg once it was unwrapped and realizing actually that something was wrong."

A bacterial infection had been eating away at Smith's leg and his entire body went into septic shock, prompting concerns for his life from his doctors.

After that, Smith -- the No. 1 draft pick in 2005 -- said, psychologically, the sport and his professional career were the furthest things from his mind.

"I had a lot of time to myself ... to sit and wonder if I'd ever be able to do those things that I, that I took for granted for so long. If I'd ever be able to go ... going to walk with my wife, going to hike, play with my kids, you know, just everyday things," he said candidly. "Football was never, at that point, in the picture. For me, that was the last of my concerns."

Despite his past recovery from career setbacks such as multiple benchings, injuries and trades, nothing compared to the dark place he was in this time.

"I think that without a doubt in my life that certainly the hardest thing I've ever been faced with -- it was going to be a long, long, long process to come back," Smith explained.

His road to recovery started in San Antonio, Texas, at the Center for the Intrepid, a military hospital that specializes in limb recovery.

"I don't know if I'd be here with it without their involvement in this process, not only from the expertise in the science and care but also from the motivation for me to go down there," he said. "And that was really the first time that I ever thought about attempting to try and play football again."

After multiple surgeries and a year of rehab, Smith got cleared to play again and his family surrounded him with champagne to celebrate the exciting news.

"There were so many ups and downs and complications along the way with it," he said. "So to finally get the green light from all the doctors in agreement that my leg was it was good to go -- it was very cool."

Smith pushed through self-doubt and the rigors of NFL training camp to earn a spot on the team as a backup, which was a triumph in and of itself. Then after 693 days away from the action, his number was called during Week 5 in to replace Kyle Allen in the second quarter against the Rams.

As Smith ran onto the field, he said there was "a small moment there were I like, you know, here it goes. This is it. You know, I felt like I was ready."

"I was so thankful we hadn't had any fans in our first couple of home games and we had just progressed to just family," Smith said of the new precautions due to the pandemic with his wife and kids in the stands. "So I knew going, you know, obviously that they were gonna be there. And for me, that's all that mattered."

Alex and his wife designed a T-shirt collection with Attitude is Free, a brand they felt paralleled his drive to stay positive through difficult obstacles.

The shirt has his motto "Just Live" printed on the front -- a phrase that Smith has lived by and hopes it will motivate others to live in every moment. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the Center For the Intrepid (CFI), the facility that he worked with and credits for his comeback.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/15/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/15/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 4, Tampa Bay 3 Tampa Bay leads 3-2_

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 10, LA Dodgers 2 (Atlanta leads 3-1)

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

Alabama football coach Nick Saban tests positive for COVID-19

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(NEW YORK) -- Nick Saban, the head coach of the University of Alabama's football team, has tested positive for COVID-19.

"I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19," the 68-year-old said in a statement Wednesday. "I immediately left work and isolated at home."

"At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis," he added.

The coach said he informed his team of his positive test Wednesday afternoon on a Zoom call.

"[I] let them know offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home," Saban said in his statement.

Greg Byrne, Alabama's athletic director, has also since tested positive for COVID-19. The university plans to test everyone involved in the football program on Thursday.

While he isolates at home, Saban, the highest paid college football coach in the country at over $9 million a year, said he will continue to monitor the team's practices virtually. He did so on Wednesday via Zoom.

"I had the manager have a phone," he told reporters. "If I wanted a play repeated, I said, 'Repeat that play. So-and-so messed up.' I didn't leave the country or anything. I'm just right down the street. And we have this technology, so it's really unique."

Alabama, the second-ranked team in the country, is gearing up to play No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/14/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/14/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 4, Tampa Bay 3 (Houston leads 3-1)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
LA Dodgers 15, Atlanta 3 (Atlanta leads 2-1)

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Coastal Carolina 30, Louisiana-Lafayette 27

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Cincinnati 2, Columbus 1
New England 3, Montreal 2
New York City FC 1, Orlando City 1 (Tie)
New York 1, Toronto FC 1 (Tie)
Philadelphia 2, D.C. United 2 (Tie)
Nashville 3, Houston 1
Atlanta 1, Miami 1 (Tie)
FC Dallas 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
Chicago at Minnesota (Postponed)
Real Salt Lake 2, Portland 1
Colorado at Seattle (Postponed)
Vancouver 2, Los Angeles FC 1
San Jose 4, LA Galaxy 0

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NBA get-out-the vote effort results in unprecedented voter registration

NBA get-out-the vote effort results in unprecedented voter registration

ABCBy JON SCHOLOSBERG and LINSEY DAVIS, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- With under three weeks until the election, NBA superstars are using the sport to amplify their voices and harnessing the power of their platforms to inspire change with an unprecedented get-out-the vote effort.

"If we want change we need to make it ourselves," Los Angeles Laker Lebron James said.

"As you're educated more your vote matters, your voice matters, and the platform that I have now I have to use it," Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry told ABC News.

"We're not just athletes you know, we're also men and fathers and husbands and sons, and we have the opportunity to change the world, why not use that opportunity," Lowry told ABC News.

Only 22% of NBA players voted in the 2016 election, according to the NBA Player's Association

"I just know that our players; we're not different from a lot of people that just didn't show up. I think what was clear, though, is for a lot of us, we realize that that's not something that we can take for granted," executive director of the NBAP Foundation Sherrie Deans told ABC News, who is working with the NBA players union to get more of the athletes to vote.

Their effort is getting results. Throughout the league, voter registration is now 96%, and 20 teams including Lowry's Raptors are at 100% registration, the NBA Players Association told ABC News.

In 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 64% of the U.S. population registered to vote, and only 56% of Americans voted.

Orlando Magic Forward Mo Bamba was one of the 44% who sat out the election four years ago.

"I didn't vote in 2016 because I didn't see the importance of voting ... when you're around adults who say things like you know it doesn't really matter who, you know doesn't really matter, my vote is not going to count, you know that really sticks with you," Bamba told ABC News.

Bamba said he is working to make sure his teammates and his central Florida community don't make the same mistake.

"I just might get 'vote' tattooed on my forehead at this point," he said.

Bamba grew up in a tough Harlem neighborhood in New York City, and said that for him, it's always been about priorities.

He said he recognized as a teenager that some of his friends were going down the wrong path.

"In a way, you have to decide to be a man ... I saw that I didn't really want that for myself, I saw that I wanted something better," Bamba said.

The Harlem native said his dreams felt more attainable after he watched Barack Obama elected president in 2008.

Bamba, just a fifth grader at the time, wrote a letter to President Obama along with his classmates.

"I was so happy that history was made. Not so many times you wake up with an African American president. My family, friends and teachers were so happy and my principal cried. President Obama, you encourage me and all of America to follow their dreams. We could be anything. You opened a door to everyone," the letter read, in part.

While some of his friends started getting in trouble, Bamba asked to go to boarding school, where he thrived, both in the classroom and on the court.

"I'm a firm believer that people are not a product of their environment that they're a product of their beliefs," he said.

On election day, at 7 feet, one inch tall, Bamba may likely be the nation's tallest poll worker.

Bamba said he signed up as a poll worker to show he's not just talking about change, he's setting an example. "The biggest thing for me was putting my money where my mouth was," Bamba said.

On Nov. 3, the NBA says at least 20 NBA arenas will welcome voters instead of fans.

Bamba will be one of the thousands of first-time poll workers recruited by Lebron James' 'More Than a Vote' initiative.

During the NBA finals, President Obama backed the NBA's get out the vote effort and thanked the brave volunteers, "I wanted to come to give a shout out to all the folks who are volunteering as poll workers in this upcoming election," Obama said during game one of this year's NBA finals.

For Kyle Lowry, and many of his fellow athletes, seeing Jacob Blake shot on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, reminded them of why they decided to come back and play.

MORE: Probe of Jacob Blake police shooting in final stages, says Wisconsin AG
"I feel like our league was one of the most influential leagues there is... when that shooting happened ... everyone was like, 'what the hell... we just have been through this'," Lowry said.

He said the outcome was that the players decided to use their voices and their platforms to push for change.

A change, these players hope will play out long after the championship champagne celebrations, and far beyond the hardwood.

" I wouldn't have thought for a million years that I would have the platform I do now and. And that I'll be, you know speaking on issues such as voting," Bamba said.

Tune in at 7 p.m Wednesday on ABCNL Prime with Linsey Davis for full report. ABCNL is available on Hulu, YouTube, Roku, Apple TV and more.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/13/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/13/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 5, Houston 2 (Tampa leads 3-0)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 8, LA Dodgers 7 (Atlanta leads 2-0)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Tennessee 42, Buffalo 16

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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for COVID-19

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(NEW YORK) -- Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for COVID-19, the governing body of soccer in Portugal announced Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Portuguese soccer star is "doing well," doesn't have any symptoms and is currently self-isolating, according to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation. Due to the positive test result, he will not take part in his country's UEFA Nations League match against Sweden on Wednesday.

Following Ronaldo's diagnosis, the remaining players of Portugal's national soccer team were tested for COVID-19 again Tuesday morning and all results came back negative.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos will train them Tuesday afternoon at the Cidade do Futebol complex near Lisbon, according to the statement.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/8/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/8/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 11, Oakland 6 (Houston wins 3-1)
NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 1 (Series tied 2-2)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 7, Miami 0 (Atlanta win series 3-0)
LA Dodgers 12, San Diego 3 (LA wins series 3-0)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Chicago 20, Tampa Bay 19

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/7/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/7/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Oakland 9, Houston 7 (Houston leads 2-1)
Tampa Bay 8, NY Yankees 4 (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 2, Miami 0 (Atlanta leads 2-0)
LA Dodgers 6, San Diego 5 (LA leads 3-0)

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian St. (Postponed)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Orlando City 0, Atlanta 0 (Tie)
Miami 2, New York 1
Montreal 2, Columbus 1
Toronto FC 1, New England 0
Philadelphia 3, Cincinnati 0
New York City FC 4, D.C. United 1
Houston 2, FC Dallas 0
Sporting Kansas City 1, Chicago 0
Seattle 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Los Angeles FC at Colorado (Postponed)
Portland 6, LA Galaxy 3
San Jose 3, Vancouver 0

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NBA Finals: Lakers one win away from title after Game 4 victory

NBA Finals: Lakers one win away from title after Game 4 victory

TuelekZa/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News

(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from being crowned the NBA champions.

The team inched closer to their first title in 10 years Tuesday night, beating the Miami Heat 102-96 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The Lakers now lead the series 3-1.

Both teams will face off again Friday night in Game 5. Tip off is slated for 9 p.m. ET.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/6/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/6/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 5, Oakland 2 (Houston leads 2-0)
Tampa Bay 7, NY Yankees 5 (Series tied 1-1)

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 9, Miami 5 (Atlanta leads 1-0)
LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 1 (LA leads 1-0)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

LA Lakers 102, Miami 96 (LA leads 3-1)

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Seattle 92, Las Vegas 59 (Seattle wins 3-0)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Minnesota 0, Nashville 0 (Tie)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/5/20

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/5/20

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Houston 10, Oakland 5 (Houston leads 1-0)
NY Yankees 9, Tampa Bay 3 (NY leads 1-0)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Kansas City 26, New England 10
Green Bay 30, Atlanta 16

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Serena Williams talks body image, says she's been 'undervalued' and 'underpaid'

Serena Williams talks body image, says she's been 'undervalued' and 'underpaid'

Scott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy RACHEL GEORGE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams says she has been "undervalued" and "underpaid" during her tennis career, despite having earned four Olympic gold medals and 23 Grand Slam singles titles to date.

It's been an uphill battle for Williams over the years, who made her tennis debut in the 1990s alongside her sister Venus. She's also has dealt with systematic prejudice and racial commentary on her physical appearance.

"[But] I've never been a person that has been like, 'I want to be a different color' or 'I want my skin tone to be lighter," said British Vogue's November 2020 cover star. "I like who I am, I like how I look, and I love representing the beautiful dark women out there. For me, it's perfect. I wouldn't want it any other way."

"When I was growing up, what was celebrated was different," Williams continued. "Venus looked more like what is really acceptable: She has incredibly long legs, she's really, really thin. I didn't see people on TV that looked like me, who were thick. There wasn't positive body image. It was a different age."

She credits her 3-year-old daughter Olympia for helping her love her body, as she continues to stick up for and support women of all body types.

Williams said she plans to do all she can to change the narrative for "women and people of color" and promote size inclusivity with her clothing line, Serena.

"In this society, women are not taught or expected to be that future leader or future CEO," Williams said. "And maybe it doesn't get better in time for me, but someone in my position can show women and people of color that we have a voice, because Lord knows, I use mine."

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