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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/14/19

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami 108, Cleveland 97
Milwaukee 124, Chicago 115
New Orleans 132, L.A. Clippers 127
New York 106, Dallas 103
Phoenix 128, Atlanta 112
Denver 101, Brooklyn 93

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina 5, Buffalo 4 -- OT
Winnipeg 4, Florida 3
Tampa Bay 9, NY Rangers 3
Minnesota 3, Arizona 2
Edmonton 6, Colorado 2
San Jose 5, Anaheim 3
Dallas 4, Vancouver 2
Los Angeles 3, Detroit 2 -- OT

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Cleveland 21, Pittsburgh 7

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Florida 66, Towson 60
Arizona 87, San Jose St. 39
Michigan St. 76, Seton Hall 73
Saint Mary's (Cal) 81, Long Beach St. 63

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Report: MLB expands sign-stealing probe, contacts Astros and Red Sox

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- After allegations surfaced that the 2017 Houston Astros engaged in illegal sign stealing, Major League Baseball is reportedly expected to expand its investigation to determine whether other teams did the same.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, ESPN reports the league is planning to look into the 2019 Astros and has already contacted Houston and the Boston Red Sox. The sources said MLB plans to interview Astros manager AJ Hinch, Red Sox manager Alex Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran, all of whom were a part of the 2017 Astros.

The investigation kicked off after Mike Fiers, a former pitcher for Houston, told The Athletic that the 2017 Astros used footage from a camera in center-field to steal signs and help its batters.

Now, the report is bringing into question what methods may have been used by those involved in the last few World Series, sources told ESPN.

The Astros won the World Series in 2017 and made it into the finals this year, losing the championship to the Washington Nationals. Cora and the Red Sox, meanwhile, won the World Series in 2018.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/13/19

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Memphis 119, Charlotte 117
Orlando 112, Philadelphia 97
Boston 140, Washington 133
Houston 102, L.A. Clippers 93
Minnesota 129, San Antonio 114
L.A. Lakers 120, Golden State 94
Toronto 114, Portland 106

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Islanders 5, Toronto 4
Ottawa 4, New Jersey 2
Washington 2, Philadelphia 1 -- SO
Dallas 3, Calgary 1
Chicago 5, Vegas 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

VCU 84, LSU 82
Ohio St. 76, Villanova 51
Texas Tech 103, Houston Baptist 74
Louisville 91, Indiana St. 62

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Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander earn second Cy Young Awards

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- It was a pair of second-time winners who took home the Cy Young Awards on Wednesday night, presented each year to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander beat out his teammate, Gerrit Cole, to take home the American League award, while New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom snagged the National League's honor.

The two hurlers are among the now 21 pitchers to win the award at least twice.

Verlander and Cole marked the first time in American League history that two teammates finished first and second in the balloting. That feat had happened four previous times in the National League.

deGrom took home the award for the second consecutive year. He becomes just one of seven NL pitchers to do that.

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Ohio State star Chase Young suspended for second game, will return against Penn State

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio State University defensive lineman Chase Young will miss one more game for violating NCAA rules before returning in time for the team's game against Penn State next week, OSU announced Wednesday.

Young was deemed ineligible before last week's game against Maryland for accepting a loan from someone he described as a "family friend." He also said he later repaid that loan in full.

Young will also sit out this weekend's game against Rutgers.

The loan is considered an impermissible benefit because he didn't know the friend until after Ohio State was recruiting him to play football there.

"I want to thank and express my sincere gratitude to university staff members who worked so diligently and expertly to learn and understand the facts, and then to report these facts to the NCAA as part of our request to have Chase reinstated," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday. "This is the example of the culture of compliance we have at Ohio State. I also want to commend Chase Young and let him know how proud we are of him. He took responsibility for his actions, cooperated throughout the process and understood and accepted that there would be consequences."

In a tweet, Young said he was excited to return to the field.

Young had said that he accepted the loan in order to help pay for his girlfriend to fly to last year's Rose Bowl to watch Ohio State play.

The school reportedly learned of the violation after their game against Wisconsin on October 26.

Young has recorded 13.5 sacks this season, just shy of the school record of 14. He is considered the top defensive player in college football this season, and a contender for the Heisman Trophy.

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Jets CEO says head coach Adam Gase will return in 2020

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite a 2-7 record this season, the New York Jets intend to bring head coach Adam Gase back for the 2020 season, the team's CEO said Wednesday.

Christopher Johnson made his first public comments since the season began Wednesday, saying that he had told players last week that Gase would remain in his position. While he called the team's performance "exceedingly frustrating," Johnson praised Gase for keeping the team united and fighting through injuries.

Johnson also expressed confidence in general manager Joe Douglas, who was hired in June.

The team was criticized by some experts for firing former general manager Mike Maccagnan at the end of the offseason, after they had hired Gase as head coach and gone through the NFL Draft and free agency.

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NFL invites teams to Colin Kaepernick workout, QB's reps requested different workout date

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(ATLANTA) -- NFL teams were informed on Tuesday that a private workout will be held this weekend for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but ESPN reports that Kaepernick and his agents had requested a different date for the event.

According to a memo obtained by ESPN, the session will take place on Saturday in Atlanta, and will include both an on-field workout and an interview. All 32 teams are invited to attend.

Kaepernick tweeted about the workout on Tuesday, saying that he is in shape and prepared to show teams what he can do.

The 32-year-old Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

ESPN says Kaepernick only found out about the workout on Tuesday morning, just hours before teams were told it would take place. Kaepernick's representatives reportedly requested that the workout be held on a Tuesday, which would more easily allow NFL head coaches and general managers to attend.

On Saturday, they point out, nearly half of the league will be traveling to their games this weekend.

According to ESPN, Kaepernick's team then asked whether the event could be held next Saturday, to give more teams time to determine whether to attend. The NFL declined and did not provide a reason.

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia and Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn all said Wednesday that they will have representatives at the workout.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 11/12/19

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 111, Oklahoma City 85
Philadelphia 98, Cleveland 97
Miami 117, Detroit 108
Chicago 120, New York 102
Atlanta 125, Denver 121
L.A. Lakers 123, Phoenix 115
Utah 119, Brooklyn 114
Sacramento 107, Portland 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Florida 5, Boston 4
Montreal 3, Columbus 2 -- SO
NY Rangers 3, Pittsburgh 2 -- OT
Arizona 3, St. Louis 2 -- SO
Colorado 4, Winnipeg 0
Vancouver 5, Nashville 3
Detroit 4 Anaheim 3 -- OT
Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 1
San Jose 6, Edmonton 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Duke 105, Cent. Arkansas 54
Evansville 67, Kentucky 64
Xavier 63, Missouri 58
Auburn 70, South Alabama 69
Gonzaga 97, North Dakota 66
Oregon 82, Memphis 74
Utah St. 97, Denver 56
Washington 56, Mount St. Mary's 46

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Southern Connecticut State University gymnast dies after training accident

Courtesy Southern Connecticut State University(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A Connecticut university community is mourning the loss of a young gymnast who died over the weekend after suffering from a training accident, her school announced Monday.

Melanie Coleman, a 20-year-old junior at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, died after sustaining a spinal injury while practicing on Friday.

It's still unclear how the accident occurred, but the school said Coleman fell during a routine training exercise on the uneven bars. She was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she died Sunday.

Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner James Gill ruled the death Tuesday as a result of complications of blunt injuries of the head and neck.

Coleman was an all-state gymnast at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut, her hometown, and was pursuing a nursing degree at SCSU.

"This has been devastating to her coaches and teammates and we hope to support them in this very difficult time," Southern Connecticut State University Director of Athletics Jay Moran said in a statement Monday. "Melanie was a very bright student, an excellent athlete and involved member of the Southern Connecticut community. The entire Southern athletics family is greatly saddened by her loss."

Last year, she was honored by USA Gymnastics as an All-America scholar-athlete, and was also recognized by Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association as a scholastic All-American, the university said in a statement Monday.

"We are heartbroken and stunned by Melanie's passing," Southern Connecticut State University gymnastics head coach, Mary Fredericks, said in the statement. "She was an incredibly hard worker and a sweet-spirited young woman. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her family at this time. The SCSU Gymnastics team will miss her greatly though she will always be with us."

The family set up a GoFundMe campaign, which had raised nearly $35,000 as of Monday evening, easily exceeding its $10,000 goal.


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MLB's Todd Frazier calls for action after turkeys terrorize NJ town

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s almost Thanksgiving, but before turkeys end up on the menu, they're apparently fighting back.

At least that’s what a gaggle of wild turkeys are doing in the New Jersey town of Toms River. And homeowners are saying that they’re pretty aggressive.

"We have them on our roof; they’re pecking at our roof, our brand new vehicles, they’re pecking at our vehicles," Donna Scala, a resident of Toms River, told New York ABC station WABC-TV.

In some social media posts on Twitter, bands of wild turkeys can be seen taking over the quiet streets and terrorizing the suburban neighborhood as if it was the scene of a horror film.

But one resident in particular has had enough and is calling for action.

"We need all the help we can get to get these animals out of here and put them in a safer place," MLB veteran Todd Frazier, who shared a photo of the birds on his car, said on Twitter. 

So how’s your morning going? @News12NJ @AsburyParkPress pic.twitter.com/XCnoxdfYHD

— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) November 10, 2019

The New Jersey resident took to Twitter over the weekend to vent about the issue and said it happens every year.

In one post, Frazier shares that the turkeys are a huge problem in his town and they’ve even come close to harming his kids.

"We actually got attacked by them a year ago. I have three young kids and that’s basically all I’m worried about and that’s basically all our neighborhood is worried about," he said.

I have seen the reports about wild turkeys 🦃 in Toms River. They are a big problem here I. Toms River and the Toms River wildlife say they can’t move them. That’s ridiculous. They have come close to harming my family and friends, ruined my cars, trashed my yard and much more...

— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) November 9, 2019

Frazier, who is a free agent after playing with the New York Mets last season, said he tried calling animal control to take care of the issue, but there isn’t a whole lot they can do.

"It’s nuisance wildlife -- we are not licensed to trap, relocate or as they use the word, harass, the turkeys or any wildlife, for that matter, that’s a nuisance," Richard Barbosa, from Toms River Animal Control, told WABC.

This isn’t the first time that wild turkeys have taken over.

Two years ago, a group of wild turkeys ruffled a few feathers in the Northern California city of Martinez.

And last year, the same thing happened in Longwood, Florida, where wild turkeys wreaked havoc and pecked at cars.

In all cases, the birds were considered "nuisance wildlife" and could only be removed with a special permit.

While there isn’t really much that can be done to get rid of the turkeys, residents like Frazier are pleading for help.

"For wildlife to say they’re not trained or they can’t do anything about it, that doesn’t make sense to me," he said.

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