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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/8/18

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

Houston 6, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 3
Cleveland 4, L.A. Dodgers 1
San Francisco 4, Seattle 0

Toronto 9, Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 6, Boston 6
Kansas City 12, Chicago White Sox 0
Oakland 7, L.A. Angels 3
Texas 5, Chicago White Sox 4

St. Louis 5, Miami 4
Washington 8, N.Y. Mets 5
Chicago Cubs 10, San Diego 4
Arizona 11, Milwaukee 6
Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2

Brooklyn 125, Charlotte 111
Miami 108, Philadelphia 99
Oklahoma City 115, Phoenix 87
Boston 117, Minnesota 109
Golden State 110, San Antonio 107

Columbus 5, Colorado 4
Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 2
Boston 3, Philadelphia 2
Buffalo 4, Ottawa 3
Florida 5, Montreal 0
Vegas 4, Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 5, N.Y. Rangers 3
Nashville 4, Anaheim 2
Carolina 3, Chicago 2
Edmonton 2, N.Y. Islanders 1
L.A. Kings 3, Washington 1
San Jose 2, St. Louis 0

(1) Virginia 75, Louisville 58
(2) Villanova 94, Marquette 70
(3) Xavier 88, St. John’s 60
(5) Duke 88, Notre Dame 70
(9) Kansas 82, Oklahoma St. 68
(12) North Carolina 82, (24) Miami 65
(14) Texas Tech 73, Texas 69
(15) Arizona 83, Colorado 67
(18) West Virginia 78, Baylor 65
(19) Clemson 90, Boston College 82
(22) Nevada 79, UNLV 74

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall-of-Famers Alabama kick off The Hits Tour 2018 March 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Luke Bryan visits with the ladies of The View on Friday. You can watch for the “Most People Are Good” hitmaker starting at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

Walker Hayes‘ follow-up to his top ten hit “You Broke Up with Me” will be the track “Craig,” from his album boom..

If you missed Old Dominion performing “Be with Me” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, you can check out their song on YouTube.

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Losing Sleep: The part of "American Idol" that's keeping Luke Bryan awake at night

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ABC/Image Group LA Last September, we found out Luke Bryan would complete the judges’ panel on ABC’s reboot of American Idol, alongside Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.

On Sunday, we’ll be able to see what the “Most People Are Good” hitmaker is like as a judge, but from what he tells ABC Radio, it sounds like he may be a bit of a softie.

“It’s been every emotion that you can dream up,” Luke says of the experience so far. “I guess I wasn’t prepared for how you would get emotionally attached to the kids and the contestants.”

Luke admits he’s even suffered through some sleepless nights after Idol auditions.

“I didn’t realize that no matter how you work this thing, you’ve got to tell [contestants] no at some point,” he tells ABC Radio. “But the ability to send them on to the next round is pretty amazing too.”

“But, I mean, I have laid awake at night many times so far wondering, ‘God, did I make the right decision about fighting for this one contestant over the other?'”

As for his co-stars, Luke’s got nothing but love.

“I’ve had a blast,” the four-time Entertainer of the Year says. “We’ve laughed, we’ve cried. I mean, the panel, with Ryan [Seacrest] hosting and then Lionel and Katy, we’re having a blast with it, and it feels real and it feels like we’re just having fun with it.”

You can tune in for the premiere of American Idol Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 3/9/18

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

Final Houston 6 Atlanta 4
Final Philadelphia 7 N-Y Yankees 6
Final Pittsburgh 8 Detroit 3
Final Cleveland 4 L-A Dodgers 1
Final San Francisco 4 Seattle 0

Final Toronto 9 Baltimore 3
Final Tampa Bay 6 Boston 6
Final Kansas City 12 Chi White Sox 0
Final Oakland 7 L-A Angels 3
Final Texas 5 Chi White Sox 4

Final St. Louis 5 Miami 4
Final Washington 8 N-Y Mets 5
Final Chi Cubs 10 San Diego 4
Final Arizona 11 Milwaukee 6
Final Colorado 3 Cincinnati 2


Final Brooklyn 125 Charlotte 111
Final Miami 108 Philadelphia 99
Final Oklahoma City 115 Phoenix 87
Final Boston 117 Minnesota 109
Final Golden State 110 San Antonio 107

Final OT Columbus 5 Colorado 4
Final Winnipeg 3 New Jersey 2
Final Boston 3 Philadelphia 2
Final SO Buffalo 4 Ottawa 3
Final Florida 5 Montreal 0
Final Vegas 4 Detroit 0
Final Tampa Bay 5 N-Y Rangers 3
Final Nashville 4 Anaheim 2
Final Carolina 3 Chicago 2
Final SO Edmonton 2 N-Y Islanders 1
Final L.A. Kings 3 Washington 1
Final San Jose 2 St. Louis 0

Final (1) Virginia 75 Louisville 58
Final (2) Villanova 94 Marquette 70
Final (3) Xavier 88 St. John’s 60
Final (5) Duke 88 Notre Dame 70
Final (9) Kansas 82 Oklahoma St. 68
Final (12) North Carolina 82 (24) Miami 65
Final (14) Texas Tech 73 Texas 69
Final (15) Arizona 83 Colorado 67
Final (18) West Virginia 78 Baylor 65
Final (19) Clemson 90 Boston College 82
Final (22) Nevada 79 UNLV 74

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Ex-officer charged with assault in beating and Tasering of alleged jaywalker

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iStock/Thinkstock(BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C.) — A white former North Carolina police officer, who was captured on body camera video in 2017 beating and using a stun gun on an African-American man stopped for jaywalking, was the subject Thursday in a criminal arrest warrant for assault and communicating threats, the Buncombe County district attorney announced.

The warrant against Christopher Hickman was issued by Chief Magistrate D.L. Cowan on charges of assault by strangulation, assault inflictin serious injury and communicating threats, according to a press release from District Attorney Todd Williams.

The announcement, which also said no further comment would be forthcoming, comes days after the Asheville Police Department, where Hickman worked at the time of the alleged assault, submitted the results of its investigation into Hickman’s actions.

The announcement comes after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, which had declined to open its own investigation into the matter, said the FBI had launched a criminal investigation into the case.

Federal agents were asked by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the criminal probe against Hickman, officials said.

Patty McQuillan, a spokesman for the state Bureau of Investigation, said the decision to bring in the FBI was made after discussions with the Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office.

“The SBI director has discussed this with the district attorney and has declined to open a separate state investigation at this time given that the SBI is already assisting with a federal criminal investigation which will encompass most, if not all, of the issues set forth in the district attorney’s request,” McQuillan said in a statement to ABC News. “A second state investigation would likely duplicate much of the results of the ongoing federal investigation.”

That did not deter Williams from asking the SBI director for a probe as late as March 2, according to a letter tweeted by the D.A. after the disturbing video was leaked to a news organization.

The criminal probe stems from an incident on Aug. 25, 2017, when Hickman and a partner he was training stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush for allegedly jaywalking in Asheville.

Video taken by Hickman’s body camera, which was leaked to the Citizen Times of Asheville, shows he and his partner stopping Rush and telling him they had warned him four times to use a crosswalk instead of jaywalking and trespassing on private property.

“I don’t care. I just got off of work, man,” Rush told the officers.

Rush went on to tell the officers, “You ain’t got nothing better to do besides mess with me, and I’m trying to go home?”

Hickman eventually ordered Rush to put his hands behind his back, but Rush backed away and started to run, the video shows.

As Hickman ran after Rush, he radioed a dispatcher, saying, “black male, tank top, thinks its funny.” Then he yelled at Rush, “You know what’s funny is you’re going to get f—– up hardcore on the ground.”

Hickman tackled Rush and the two men wrestled before Hickman’s partner and at least two other back-up officers helped hold Rush down.

The video shows Hickman punching Rush in the head repeatedly and then shooting him with a yellow stun gun.

As officers held Rush on the ground and handcuffed him, Rush is heard on the video screaming in pain and yelling, “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe.”

Rush is shown in the footage being put in the back of a police car and paramedics checking his bloodied face and head.

As the footage continued, Hickman told an arriving supervisor that Rush “tried to drag the Taser out of my hand.”

“I beat the s— out of his head. I’m not going to lie about that,” Hickman is heard saying.

Rush was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, impeding traffic and resisting a public officer.

In a report to the Asheville City Council on Monday, City Manager Gary Jackson wrote, “The use of force shown in the recordings is, understandably, a source of great anger and concern within the community.”

“I am concerned that the public does not presently have access to all of the information necessary for it to judge the City’s response to this officer’s actions, and that absent that information, this matter will continue to negatively impact the community’s perception of its police department and the way which the city responds to misconduct by its employees,” Jackson wrote.

Jackson wrote that as soon as Asheville Police Chief Tammy Hooper saw the video on the night it was taken, she ordered Hickman to “to turn in his badge and gun.”

On Sept. 15, 2017, Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams dropped all charges against Rush.

Jackson wrote that Hickman ordered a review of all body camera footage taken by Hickman while on duty. He said 58 hours of footage was reviewed and “revealed four other instances where Hickman displayed discourteous and rude conduct to members of the public.”

“The administrative investigation into Hickman’s arrest of Rush concluded that Hickman had engaged in excessive force in violation of [Asheville Police Department] policy, as well as unbecoming conduct and failing to meet the responsibilities of duty,” Jackson wrote.

Chief Hooper fired Hickman on Jan. 5, according to Jackson.

“The community deserves to know that the City takes Hickman’s misconduct seriously, and that APD employees who engage in excessive force will be held accountable.”

Efforts by ABC News to reach Hickman for comment were not successful.

During a community meeting Wednesday night, many Asheville residents said Hickman should have been arrested and charged with assault.

“This is a human rights issue, and Hickman should’ve been charged from day one,” DeLores Venabel, local Black Lives Matter leader, said during the meeting. “If no one would’ve leaked it [the video] or said something, we would be in …read more

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