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Scoreboard roundup — 8/12/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10, L-A Angels 2
Tampa Bay 10, San Diego 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 8, Baltimore 5
N-Y Yankees 11, Baltimore 8
Toronto 19, Texas 4
Cleveland 6, Boston 5
Houston  at  Chi White Sox, postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, Cincinnati 6
Arizona 8, Colorado 6

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NCAA alters 'Rich Paul rule' following criticism

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filipfoto/iStock(NEW YORK) — Days after introducing controversial certifications requirements for agents to represent college basketball players considering whether to enter the NBA Draft, the NCAA has changed those qualifications, no longer requiring those agents to have a bachelor’s degree.

Agents seeking to represent those athletes will now have to be in good standing with the National Basketball Players Association.

“We are committed to providing student-athletes who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore NBA draft options with access to a wide array of resources to make their decision,” said the NCAA in a statement.

The statement said the original requirements were meant to fulfill that goal, but that because “several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement.”

The original rules were criticized by many, largely because a number of current NBA agents did not attend college. Rich Paul, who represents NBA stars like LeBron James, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis, does not have a college degree. James and Paul were vocal in their criticism of the degree requirement for agents.

Other requirements for agents to represent college athletes considering their draft options include certification by the NBPA for three years, payment of required fees, and an in-person NCAA qualification exam.

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'The Angry Birds Movie 2' gets the jump on a crowded weekend at the box office

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Courtesy of Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide Tuesday:

* The Angry Birds Movie 2 — This sequel to 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie centers on Red, Chuck and Bomb — voiced respectively by Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride, reprising their roles from the original film — who must team up with Bill Hader’s Leonard and the rest of the green pigs when an advanced weapon threatens both Bird and Piggy Island.

Maya Rudolph, and Peter Dinklage also reprise their respective roles as Matilda and Mighty Eagle from the first film, along with newcomers Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Awkwafina and Sterling K. Brown. Rated PG.

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Riley Green is "ruined" by Brad Paisley's catering, but not by his pranks — so far

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Big Machine Through the years, two things have become legendary on Brad Paisley‘s tours: his notorious pranks, and how good the catering is.

Current opener Riley Green can vouch for the quality of the food.

“We’re ruined because of it!” Riley says. “You know, I’ll go out and play my own shows during the week, and then I go out with Brad on the weekend. And me and the band will just be wandering around looking for a catering tent, and we don’t have it!”

“You know, on our shows, we’re like scrounging together to get an after-show pizza,” he explains. “So we’re not roughing it on the eating side on Brad’s tour.”

Brad’s even taken it relatively easy on the “There Was This Girl” hitmaker.  So far.

“He hasn’t pulled a prank yet…” Riley reveals. “During ‘Celebrity,’ he had a picture of me and [fellow opener] Chris Lane up, like we got arrested. [He put up] an old newspaper article on the big screen when we’re up there.”

“But so far, I’m still in the clear on pranks, but I can feel it coming,” he admits. “He’s definitely got that personality.”

While Riley doesn’t want to fire the first shot, he believes he’s ready should a comeback be required.

“I’ve definitely got some stuff knockin’ around up there just for retaliation’s sake,” he confesses. “But I definitely don’t feel like I need to go first. I don’t want to kicked off this tour yet. I want to let him strike first and then I’ll just see what I come up with.”

Riley’s just released his new single, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” It’s from his debut album, Different ‘Round Here, which arrives September 20.

The Brad Paisley World Tour continues Thursday night in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Sheriff blasts Walmart's security following armed robbery at Maryland store

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slobo/iStock(SYKESVILLE, Md.) — A Maryland sheriff criticized Walmart for what he described as its lack of armed security following several incidents involving guns in recent weeks at Walmart locations, including an armed robbery that occurred last week at a local store.

On Friday morning, a man walked up to a register at a Walmart in Sykesville, Md., and “repeatedly” displayed a handgun while demanding money, according to a statement from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The Walmart employee complied, and the man fled the area, authorities said.

Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees blasted the company’s corporate security policies, telling the Carroll County Times on Friday that it “breeds this type of activity.”

DeWees described the company as being “reactive” rather than “proactive,” saying that would-be criminals are aware that they will encounter little to no security when conducting illegal activity in the store.

“They all but wait for these things to happen before they put measures into place,” DeWees said of Walmart.

The Maryland incident came less than a week after a gunman killed 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, three days after two men who were arguing pulled guns on each other at a Walmart in Baton Rouge and one day after a man in Springfield, Missouri, walked into a Walmart armed with a rifle and wearing body armor.

In addition, on July 30, two Walmart employees in Southaven, Mississippi, were shot dead by a coworker.

DeWees said Walmart needs to start employing armed security to prevent crimes from occurring at the store, adding that his deputies patrol the local Walmart more frequently.

“Find me a Walmart that isn’t a burden on law enforcement resources and I will kiss your a–,” he told the Carroll County Times. “Their corporate policies are pitiful when it comes to securing their stores and protecting their employees and the customers that are there.”

Walmart Director of National Media Relations LeMia Jenkins told ABC News in a statement that the corporation values its relationship with the sheriff’s office and understands that the sheriff “has concerns.”

“Anytime a member of law enforcement raises concerns, we want to have dialogue with them to better understand them and how we can work together,” Jenkins said, adding that Walmart representatives plan on meeting with DeWees.

Walmart spokesman Casey Staheli told the Carroll County Times that the company recognizes the security issues “at the highest levels of the company” and is “investing in people, programs and technology to support our stores.”

The company doesn’t just want to ‘detect” crime but “deter” it as well, Staheli told the local newspaper.

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