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New York Yankees retire Derek Jeter's No. 2 jersey

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By Kelly Terez

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees have officially retired Derek Jeter’s No. 2 jersey.

In a ceremony before Sunday night’s game against the Houston Astros, the team retired his number and unveiled a plaque that will be placed in Monument Park in his honor.

Jeter was joined by family and told the sold-out crowd the Yankees were “the only team I ever wanted to play for.”

“There isn’t a person or player I would trade places with that’s playing now or ever,” he said to cheers and applause. “And the reason why I say that is because I got a chance to play for a first-class organization and in front of the greatest fans in the history of sports.”

He also thanked fans “for pushing me, for challenging me, for making me accountable, and more importantly, for embracing me since day one.”

Jeter received framed replicas of his retired number, the plaque, and was given a 14-karat white gold ring, according to ESPN.

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High School quarterback gunned down at graduation party in Baton Rouge

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — An 18-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana high school quarterback, who had survived a drive-by shooting in November, was shot in the head and killed during his graduation party on Saturday, according to a report by ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV.

Police told WBRZ-TV that McKinley High senior Bryant Lee was shot in the head Saturday at around 1:50 AM while attending the party a few blocks from his North Baton Rouge home. Authorities did not immediately return a request for comment by ABC News.

An EMS spokesperson told WBRZ-TV that two others people sustained minor injuries during the shooting.

Ken Hilton, Lee’s football coach at McKinley, told the affiliate that Lee “was going to graduate in three days with a 3.5 GPA,” and called the incident a “sad situation.”

“We were shocked when he got shot back in November the first time,” Hilton said. “He’s a kid, he’s not really with a big crowd. You usually see him at school by himself. To get the news this morning about him being shot last night is totally shocking.”

WBRZ-TV reports that Lee had survived a drive-by shooting in November of 2016, escaping the incident with a leg injury.

His family told the affiliate that Lee was planning on studying engineering in the fall at Southern University, a historically black college located in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge.

A statement released by his school described Lee as a “dedicated scholar who put his academics above his job as the leader of our football team.”

“It is hard to gauge the impact a young man like Bryant may have had in this world had he fulfilled his plans to attend college and carried his great attitude with him into his future endeavors,” the statement read.

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Mayor of Charlottesville calls Pro-Confederate rallies 'horrific'

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By Kelly Terez

Allison Wrabel/The Daily Progress(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A group of white nationalists carried torches Saturday night in Charlottesville, Virginia while protesting the planned removal of Confederate statues in the city — an incident that has provoked anger and frustration from politicians and activists.

The torch wielders — reported to be several dozen by local paper Daily Progress — were reacting to a November 28 city council vote to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Charlottesville’s Lee Park, the public space where the protest took place Saturday.

A court injunction has halted the removal of the statue for six months, but that didn’t stop the protesters, led by avowed white nationalist Richard Spencer, from chanting slogans like “we will not be replaced,” “Russia is our friend” and “blood and soil ” at the site of the statue.

Mike Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, expressed his disgust with Saturday’s protest in an interview with ABC News.

“I think it’s horrific,” he said of the protests. “We’re a city that proudly values our diversity.”

Signer noted that the demonstration coincided with the park’s Festival of Cultures, event, which was created to celebrate the “cultural and linguistic diversity” of the local community. It isn’t clear whether or not the timing was deliberate, he said.

“It’s always a balance about how much oxygen you want to give these alt-right bigots,” Signer said, referring to questions about how to respond to the actions of Spencer and his followers. “It’s important to say that these were just Tiki torches. Based upon what I’m seeing online, the people involved in this have a juvenile mentality and are beneath our contempt.”

Signer issued a statement about the protests to the Daily Progress saying the protest was “either profoundly ignorant, or designed to instill fear in our minority community.”

ABC News on Sunday reached out to the Spencer-run National Policy Institute, a think tank focused on white supremacist issues, for comment, but did not receive a response.

Signer said that on Saturday there was an altercation between protesters and counter-protesters, and that he expects the police to perform “due diligence” in determining whether or not evidence exists that a federal hate crime took place, given the racially-tinged atmosphere surrounding the incident.

A request by ABC News for comment from the Charlottesville Police Department about the mayor’s concerns was not immediately returned.

Signer on Sunday sparred with some of Spencer’s supporters on Twitter, whom he called “anonymous trolls.” He also endured anti-Semitic remarks on the social media platform.

“I’m pretty thick-skinned,” the mayor said, “but this is the first time I’ve encountered something like this.”

John Edwin Mason, a history teacher at the University of Virginia who lives within walking distance of the park, told ABC News that he views the protest as an attempt by newer “American fascists” like Spencer to sync up with more traditional racist groups like the KKK on the issue of preserving confederate history.

“Richard Spencer doesn’t give a damn about Robert E. Lee,” Mason said. “He sees an opportunity here.”

Toppling of Confederate monuments is part of a trend that gained speed and momentum after a mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015, when avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine African Americans in a bible-study session.

In the aftermath of the massacre, calls came from both Republicans and Democrats in South Carolina to take down a Confederate battle flag that flew atop the statehouse in Charleston.

Mason served as vice chair on the Blue Ribbon Commission that has pushed to remove the statues. He is African-American, but doesn’t view the protests as a targeting black people in Charlottesville.

He said the black community in Charlottesville is “relatively small,” and that he feels the protesters were responding to the agenda of “white liberals and leftists” who had pushed to emphasize diversity in the community.

Signer proclaimed the city a “capital of resistance” in January, following the inauguration of Donald Trump, and he vowed at an event held in downtown Charlottesville to provide assistance to immigrants who need visa help.

Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq and who gave a widely-discussed speech at the Democratic National Convention in July, was among the residents who spoke at the mayor’s event.

“Having fire at night conjures images of the KKK, but it also stirs up images of Nazis,” Mason said — referring to images of Nazi storm troopers marching with torches prior to and during WWII.

He added that he attends a primarily African-American American church in the city, and that he spoke to neighbors who were neither surprised nor scared by the events that occurred in Lee Park the night before.

“Nobody here is intimidated by these jokers,” Mason said with a chuckle.

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NASCAR driver Aric Almirola injured in devastating crash Saturday night

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By Eric Mollo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — NASCAR driver Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture to his T5 Vertebra after his car got in a vicious crash during the Go Bowling 400 on Saturday night. Richard Petty Motorsports released an update on his condition Sunday morning after he stayed in the hospital overnight.

He has since been released and will fly back to his North Carolina home on Sunday.

A broken brake rotor on Joey Logano’s car started the crash according to an ESPN report.

Logano hit fellow driver Danica Patrick and the two skidded into the wall, and seconds after Almirola smashed into the back of Logano’s car. The rear of Almirola’s vehicle went airborne and his car skidded along the track.

Almirola dropped the window net by his door, indicating he was conscious, but he was put in an ambulance and airlifted to University of Kansas Medical Center. He did not lose consciousness at any point.

Logano said afterwards that something in the right front of his vehicle broke while he was racing:

“I tried to back off, but you’re going 215 [mph], and it’s hard to check up, and the car just took a big step sideways into the corner. I’m OK. Just saying prayers for Aric right now.”

Patrick, who was frustrated after getting out of her car, told Logano:

“‘I’m not sure if it was you, but I’m pretty sure it was you.’ Then he said it was a failure of some sort, which didn’t make me feel better in that moment. I hope Aric is OK. He’s definitely feeling the worst of everybody.”

Richard Petty Motorsports says it will provide further updates on Almirola’s status when it becomes available.

Martin Truex Jr. http://cialisfrance24.com won the race on the final restart. It marks Truex’s second win of the season and his first career victory at Kansas Speedway.

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