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Former boxing champ Pernell 'Sweet Pea' Whitaker fatally struck by car

Scott Heavey/Getty Images(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) -- Former welterweight boxing champion Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker died after he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach Sunday night, police said.

Emergency dispatchers received a call just after 10 p.m. that Whitaker, 55, was struck at the intersection of Northampton Boulevard and Baker Road, according to a press release from the Virginia Beach Police department.

Whitaker died from his injuries at the scene, police said.

The investigation is still ongoing, according to police.

The former millionaire made headlines in 2014 after he won a court case to evict his mother from a home in Norfolk he gave to her in the 1980s in order to pay his bills.

Whitaker won a gold medal in the lightweight division at the 1982 World Championships and the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.

Whitaker was a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and worked as a trainer after he retired from boxing.

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Former Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan to end NFL career at age 30

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Derrick Morgan says he is retiring from the NFL at the age of 30, hoping to achieve a greater impact outside of football, ESPN reports.

The former Tennessee Titans linebacker spent nine seasons with the team after being chosen with he 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Now a free agent, Morgan came to the end of a four-year $27 million deal with the completion of the 2018 season. It was during that season that Morgan missed three games to recover from knee and shoulder injuries, according to ESPN.

Morgan, who has been involved previously in startup businesses and real estate, recently told ESPN that football has taught him about the "power of influence," and that his "purpose in life is bigger than the game."

"My goal is to create better and more meaningful opportunities for marginalized communities to break the cycles of generational poverty and build greater wealth and economic mobility," he told ESPN. "I feel a deep responsibility to leverage my platform for this."

Morgan said he plans to get to work on a large project that will impact his hometown community in Coatesville, Pa.

According to ESPN, Morgan finishes his career with 305 tackles and 44.5 sacks -- a sack total that places him sixth in the all time combined history of the Houston Oilers and the Titans.

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Lakers' Anthony Davis pass on USA training camp, sources say

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Anthony Davis won't participate in September's FIBA Basketball World Cup and the USA Basketball training camp, sources have confirmed to ESPN. Davis, just introduced as a Los Angeles Laker on Saturday, has opted to focus on the upcoming season instead.

Though Davis has not ruled out the possibility of playing for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, league sources told ESPN, the Lakers player -- for now -- wants to prioritize the needs of this new team in the offseason and help to secure a Lakers championship win.

Yahoo Sports first reported Davis' decision to sit out of the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas next month.

Davis, who played on the 2012 USA Olympic team as well as the 2014 national team at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, recently joined the Lakers in a blockbuster trade deal in June.
 
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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/14/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL


INTERLEAGUE

LA Dodgers 7, Boston 4, 12 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 4, Toronto 2
Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 4, Minnesota 3
Detroit 12, Kansas City 8
Houston 12, Texas 4
LA Angels 6, Seattle 3
Oakland 3, Chi White Sox 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Philadelphia 4, Washington 3
NY Mets 6, Miami 2
San Francisco 8, Milwaukee 3
St. Louis 5, Arizona 2
Chi Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 3
Colorado 10, Cincinnati 9
Atlanta 4, San Diego 1

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

OT  LA Sparks 76, Atlanta 71
Chicago 89, Dallas 79
Connecticut 76, Indiana 63
Minnesota 75, Phoenix 62
Seattle 78, NY Liberty 69

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Seattle 2, Atlanta 1

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WWE star Jeff Hardy arrested for public intoxication

Myrtle Beach Police Department(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- World Wrestling Entertainment star Jeff Hardy was arrested on Saturday for public intoxication.

The pro wrestler was taken into custody in the popular seaside community of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, after police responded to calls about an intoxicated person, according to the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Hardy was arrested at about 11 a.m., Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Thomas Vest told Florence ABC affiliate WPDE-TV.

The 41-year-old star has been on the sidelines for months due to a leg injury.

WWE released a statement to several media outlets saying Hardy is "responsible for his own personal actions."

Hardy, who has for years starred alongside his brother Matt as one half of the tag team the Hardy Boys, has a history of arrests and substance abuse.

He was arrested at his home in North Carolina in September 2009 for possession of prescription pills, anabolic steroids and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty and served 10 days in prison and paid a $100,000 fine in 2011.

Hardy was again arrested, this time for driving while intoxicated, after a car crash in March 2018 in Concord, North Carolina.

The wrestler captured fans' hearts for his death-defying stunts with WWE from 1998 through 2003. After multiple tag team championship reigns with his brother, and a release from the company for his erratic behavior, he finally won the heavyweight title in his return to WWE in 2009. He spent multiple stints in TNA wrestling, a competitor to WWE, and won its heavyweight title as well.

After seven years away from WWE, he and his brother made a surprise return at Wrestlemania in 2017.

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Serena Williams misses historic 24th Grand Slam with Wimbledon loss

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep at the Wimbledon final Saturday, falling short once again of an elusive landmark.

Halep beat Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

With this loss, Williams missed her latest opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her tied with the record for most Grand Slam wins ever, a record Margaret Court set over four decades ago.

Williams, 37, has been chasing that 24th win since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant. Since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams has competed in three Grand Slam finals -- including this one at Wimbledon -- but has not won a final match.

Heading into the final, Williams appeared calm and measured, with that history-making number far from her mind.

In an Instagram story between the semifinal and final, she delightfully kicked around a soccer ball with her daughter. On Twitter Thursday, Williams posted about one of her favorite topics -- superheroes -- asking, "Hela or Thanos- who wins?"

"It's really not about 24, 23 or 25. It's about going out there and giving my best no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career," she said at the tournament Thursday, according to Reuters. "I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it."

The tennis icon breezed into the final with a semifinal match Thursday against Czech player Barbora Strýcová. She won in just under an hour in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

But her challenger, Halep, 27, was coming in similarly charged up. She won her semifinal match over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina also in straight sets Thursday, 6-1, 6-3. Halep had previously beaten teen Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff -- who knocked Williams' sister, Venus, out in the first round -- in straight sets.

Halep, who had won one Grand Slam before Saturday -- the 2018 French Open -- described herself Thursday as "desperate to win Wimbledon," according to Reuters, adding that she was focused more on that for herself than on Williams' record.

The Saturday match was Halep's first Wimbledon final appearance, compared to Williams' 11th.

Williams caught attention during this Wimbledon for more than her hunt for 24.

In the mixed doubles, she played with Andy Murray, who said at the beginning of this year that he would retire from tennis after Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

The power duo made it to the round of 16 before falling, but were widely praised for their combined skills, including Williams' ability to return a 138 mph serve from Fabrice Martin -- apparently surprising even herself.

Williams also had one royal supporter in the stands at Wimbledon: her pal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Even so, what really mattered was on the court in the ladies' singles competition.

It's been a long road to this Wimbledon final for Williams, who won her first Grand Slam in 1999, and the path to this final since her return from pregnancy has not been easy. Her last Grand Slam final was a dramatic one at the 2018 U.S. Open, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was marred by a controversial confrontation with an umpire.

That last final left her shaken, she explained in an essay for Harper's Bazaar published this month, and uneasy about picking a racket back up.

But, she wrote, her daughter inspired her.

"Love breathes life and newfound perspective into people," Williams wrote. "It is not about quitting when someone presents a challenge; it's about getting up when you are down, dusting yourself off and asking, 'Is that the best you got?'"

Her next opportunity for another Grand Slam title will be at the U.S. Open next month.

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Duchesses Kate, Meghan visit Wimbledon together to watch Serena Williams in final

Karwai Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) -- For the second year in a row, royal sisters-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out together for the Ladies' Singles Final at Wimbledon.

And for the second year in a row, the pair watched Meghan's close friend Serena Williams compete in the final, vying for her 24th Grand Slam title.

Duchesses Kate and Meghan watched from the royal box Saturday as Williams took on seventh-seed Simona Halep.

"She couldn’t be a better friend to me," Williams said of Meghan in a press conference Wednesday following her semifinal win. "Low moments, high moments, she’s always there and that’s all I want to be to her."

Saturday also marked the second Wimbledon appearance this year for both Kate and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon last week to watch Williams win her second round match. That visit drew some controversy over allegations of extra tight security around the duchess, who sat with friends in the members' section.

Kate, patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also visited Wimbledon last week, watching a British player compete and visiting the practice courts and warm-up area.

Saturday's appearance at Wimbledon is the second joint outing this week for Kate and Meghan.

The pair stepped out, with their kids in tow, on Wednesday to watch their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, play a charity polo match.

Meghan was a newlywed last year when she sat courtside with Kate for the Ladies' Singles Final, in which Williams lost to Angelique Kerber. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, were guests at Harry and Meghan's May 2018 wedding in Windsor.

Kate is a longtime tennis fan and a tennis player. She told guests at Wimbledon last week that eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, also a semifinalist in this year's tournament, is the favorite player of her 5-year-old son Prince George.

She also said the superstar has even played tennis with George, which Federer said took place at Kate's parents' home in Bucklebury.

Kate and Prince William plan to attend the Men's Singles Final Sunday at Wimbledon, according to Kensington Palace.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/12/19

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 8, L.A. Dodgers 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 4, Toronto 0
Tampa Bay 16, Baltimore 4
Minnesota 5, Cleveland 3
Texas 9, Houston 8
Kansas City 8, Detroit 5
L.A. Angels 13, Seattle 0
Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 4, Philadelphia 0
Miami 8, N.Y. Mets 4
San Francisco 10, Milwaukee 7, 10 Innings
Arizona 4, St. Louis 2
Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 5, San Diego 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
L.A. Sparks 90, Indiana 84
Atlanta 60, Minnesota 53
Connecticut 79, Phoenix 64
Chicago 99, N.Y. Liberty 83
Seattle 95, Dallas 81

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New England 2, D.C. United 2

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Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Rockets in blockbuster deal

Joshua Gateley/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade point guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a package of draft picks, ESPN reports.

The blockbuster move reunites Westbrook with former Thunder teammate James Harden in Houston. Oklahoma City had been working with Westbrook to complete a trade since last week when they traded star Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and decided to enter a rebuild.

Sources told ESPN that the Rockets were Westbrook's preferred destination.

The Thunder will receive Houston's first-round draft picks in 2024 and 2026, as well as the right to swap first-round picks in 2021 and 2025.

Combined with the haul they got for George, the Thunder now have seven first-round selections -- in addition to their own -- between now and 2026.

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US women's soccer player has wedding ring, key to city stolen from hotel room

Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- U.S. women's soccer player Allie Long's time in France earned her some nice hardware: a World Cup trophy, first-place medal and a key to New York City, personally handed to her by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Now she's searching for a copy to the latter.

Long and her husband, Jose Batista, were staying at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles as the team appeared at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards when someone apparently entered her room and stole her wedding ring and her key to the city, according to a high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department source.

The couple left their room and used the latch to prop the door open slightly while they visited someone else in the hotel, the source said.

Long and her husband returned to the room, but didn't realize until Thursday morning that her jewelry, cash and key were missing.

An official told ABC News there is security video from the floor and it is currently being reviewed by LAPD detectives.

She tweeted about the incident Thursday night, asking de Blasio if he made copies.

After the @ESPYS show someone stole my wedding ring, cash and the key to my favorite city after just receiving it from my hotel room. Do you make copies @NYCMayor ? I would love a new one.

— Allie Long (@ALLIE_LONG) July 12, 2019

The ring is reportedly worth $15,000 -- but the key is priceless.

Long is actually from just outside New York City, being raised in Northport on Long Island.

The U.S. women's national soccer team defeated the Netherlands, 2-0, on Sunday to claim its second consecutive World Cup. The team returned to New York late Monday, spent much of Tuesday doing media appearances and then were feted with a ticker-tape parade Wednesday morning followed by a quick flight across country for the ESPYS at night.

They were awarded an ESPY for best team at the show.

Long, 31, is a reserve midfielder for the U.S. women's team. She only played in one game in this year's World Cup, an appearance against Chile in the group stage.

She has 45 caps for the national team and has scored six goals.

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