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NFL: Tyreek Hill avoids suspension, allowed to return to Kansas City Chiefs after abuse investigation

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Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — An NFL player who was the subject of a domestic violence investigation involving his young son will not be suspended, the league announced Friday.

Tyreek Hill, a Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver, was cleared by the National Football League to attend training camp next week.

The investigation stemmed from the release of a video in which Hill’s fiancé accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

The NFL released a statement confirming it will not be suspending Hill after conducting “a comprehensive investigation.” Authorities conducted a separate investigation, too.

“Local law enforcement authorities have publicly advised that the available evidence does not permit them to determine who caused the child’s injuries,” the statement reads.

“Similarly, based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy. Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities,” the statement continues.

The NFL is keeping the case open, however.

“If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time,” the statement reads.

This was not the first time that Hill, 25, has faced accusations of abuse or assault. He pleaded guilty of battery in connection to a case involving his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, in 2014 when he was a student at Oklahoma State University.

He was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for that battery case, ESPN reported.

On Friday, after the NFL released its statement in connection to the investigation involving Hill’s son, the star receiver posted a statement on Twitter, writing that “the last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father.”

“The false allegations that were originally reported in March were highly publicized and involved the care of my son. I am grateful for so many things and grateful for so many people who have supported me during this challenging time. I fully respect and accept the NFL’s decision,” Hill wrote in his statement posted to Twitter.

He went on to thank his coaches, teammates and fans before addressing his children.

“To my children, my beautiful children: I love you all dearly and I promise you all that I will continue to strive to be the best father, the best friend, the best role model, and the best mentor that I can be,” he wrote.

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DOJ sides with NFL, Raiders in Oakland antitrust lawsuit and the city hits back

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33ft/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland is challenging the Department of Justice over a case based on the Raiders’ decision to move out of the California city.

In December 2018, after the NFL team announced their plan to move out of Oakland and to Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the 2020 football season, the city sued the team, the NFL and the league’s other 31 teams for breach of contract through antitrust violations, alleging the move to Vegas is “illegal.”

The city of Oakland argued they are due damages upwards of $240 million and for the diminished value of the Oakland Coliseum.

“The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill,” city attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement when the suit was filed.

But in a statement of interest revealed this week, the DOJ said the city is not allowed to recover lost tax revenues and that it is an inappropriate use of antitrust laws.

“Oakland’s claims for lost tax revenues should not be the basis for the Court to find that the City has standing to pursue antitrust claims against the Raiders or the NFL in this case,” the department wrote, according to court documents.

Now, Oakland is challenging that with an opposition memo, after the NFL called for the case to be dismissed.

“Weeks later, months after briefing on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss was completed, and only one week before argument on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, the DOJ has appeared in this case and filed the Statement focusing on a single premature, non-dispositive issue. Without reasonable or legitimate grounds, the DOJ essentially restates an argument already made in Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. The Court should not expend its time and energy on an untimely brief filed by an uninterested third-party, raising a cumulative, non-dispositive and premature argument,” the city said in the memo.

According to the Department of Justice, their support for the defendants isn’t out of the ordinary.

“The Antitrust Division routinely files statements of interest in antitrust cases where it believes that the court would benefit from an objective and proper application of the antitrust laws. In the past 18 months, the Division has filed 22 statements of interest or amicus briefs in courts throughout the country related to a variety of antitrust issues,” a Justice Department spokesperson told ABC News.

The case has yet to be decided by U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero. Last month, the NFL sought to dismiss the case because they say the city has “no more than a shareholder or landlord” interest in the team’s movement.

A similar lawsuit was filed against the Los Angeles Rams, by the team’s old city, St. Louis, but doesn’t allege an antitrust violation. That suit alleges a breach of contract, fraud, illegal enrichment and interference in business by the Rams, the NFL and its teams. The case could reach trial, if the sides do not agree to settle.

The statement of interest in favor of the NFL comes at a time when the administration’s relationship with the NFL has been contentious after the president has been critical of players who kneel for the national anthem.

“Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison,” President Donald Trump tweeted at the start of the 2018 NFL season last September, repeating a claim he previously made about NFL ratings last season. “Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse.”

At a campaign event in Alabama on Sept. 22, 2017, Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee, suggesting they say, “get that son of a b—- off the field! He’s fired, he’s fired!”

Several players continued to raise their fists or take a knee during the NFL’s 2018 preseason to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.

In August of 2018, the president blasted NFL players who protested during preseason games, and suggested that they should be “suspended without pay.”

The Raiders and the City of Oakland have not returned ABC News’ request for comment.

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US women's Alex Morgan: What's next in the battle for gender equality

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Maja Hitij/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Alex Morgan and the rest of the U.S. women’s national team are still riding high after their victory earlier this month at the World Cup, a parade celebration in New York City right afterwards, and then being honored with an award at the 2019 ESPYs last week.

But their work is just beginning.

Fans across the globe have been supporting the team’s quest for equal pay within their sport, so that women can finally stand shoulder to shoulder financially with men on the field.

Morgan was part of a panel Thursday in New York City, sponsored by the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, to talk about the lack of access financially for both young boys and girls in sports, and what can be done to give kids unfettered access to learn countless lessons that will help propel them to success later in life.

She was joined by Jon Gruden, Larry Fitzgerald and Jalen Rose, among others.

Gruden, who moderated the panel, congratulated Morgan on the World Cup win, but shared some staggering facts with the audience, including that girls are twice as likely to quit team sports as they enter the high school age in this country. They are also more than 10 percent less inclined to ever play sports as a teen compared to boys, according to two recent studies by the RAND Corporation and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Prompted with these figures, Morgan opened up about girls needing role models within sports, like the U.S. team, to show them what they can accomplish if they continue to play. She also spoke about what’s next in the team’s battle for equality.

“You look at the age that girls stop playing and that’s in between 12 to 14,” she said. “I think there’s a lot of social pressures,” she said of why girls tend to give up sports as they get older.

Morgan also spoke about sisterhood and her best friends on the team, something that the girls who quit sports will never get to experience. Something that the research also shows kids from high poverty areas have trouble gaining access too, as well.

To combat this, DICK’S is planning to fund in the coming months up to one million kids to play through its Sports Matter program.

“There’s so many things, especially girls, they can learn from life lessons you wont find in school and elsewhere,” she continued.

“You think about the successes and the failures that you might otherwise not have been faced with,” she added. “Those are things mentally and physically I had to overcome and I feel like a better person for them.”

Representation matters, and the 30-year-old said more national events like this year’s World Cup, featuring women kicking butt and soccer balls on the field, can inspire girls to pick up a pair of cleats.

“The World Cup … was huge, the numbers were massive,” she said. “I think when you see investment on women’s sports, you see the return coming in … I think that could be one way for girls to get inspiration, get more role models, be encourage to play sports.”

When the topic of equal pay came up, Morgan admitted, “I definitely have been faced with gender inequalities, as have all my teammates.”

The team famously sued the The United States Soccer Federation earlier this year for gender discrimination, citing unequal pay as one of the main points of contention.

“It’s an issue we are trying to tackle,” she said, adding that her team also noticed there is a lack of opportunity for women to even be able to play sports and compete outside the U.S.

“Becoming a world champion back-to-back obviously helps, gives us a platform to address these issues,” she said, adding that getting support from stars like Taylor Swift and Sandra Bullock means the world to them. “It’s so amazing to see not only our fans tune in, but also celebrities, actresses, singers, women of different areas of work, all standing up and feeling inspired to speak out.”

“We are turning the page, with women really fighting for each other,” she added.

As for what’s next, Morgan is happy the fight for equality is “very public right now and at the forefront.”

“A lot of people are talking about it and I’m happy they’re talking about it,” she said. “The goal is that we work together with U.S. Soccer to overcome this hurdle.”

She also wants the team to continue to be pioneers in women’s soccer, and advocate for opportunities for women around the world to play and enjoy the sport she loves so much.

“You are seeing this globally, women’s soccer is becoming more respected,” she said. “I think we’ve always been at the forefront of it and I want to continue to do so.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 7/18/19

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


Boston 5, Toronto 0
Kansas City 6, Chi White Sox 5
NY Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 6, Detroit 3
NY Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 1
Minnesota 6, Oakland 3
Houston 6, LA Angels 2

Miami 4, San Diego 3
Philadelphia 7, LA Dodgers 6
St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 4
Washington 13, Atlanta 4
Milwaukee 5, Arizona 1
San Francisco 3, NY Mets 2, 16 innings

LA Sparks 69, Dallas 64

D.C. United 4, FC Cincinnati 1

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Steph Curry defends wife Ayesha after online trolls mock her dancing

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(DEL MAR, Calif.) —  After the dynamic, very successful Ayesha Curry couldn’t help but dance at the opening of her new restaurant in California, some haters had to spoil the fun by calling her out for her moves.

Her NBA star husband, Stephen, decided to step up and throw some shade at anyone disrespecting his wife.

 “Slow news day I see huh?” he said in an Instagram story.

Then he dropped the hammer.

“Make sure you send me the video of you dancing at your own restaurant opening,” he said.


While Ayesha didn’t need Steph to back her up, as she can certainly fend for herself, she seemed to appreciate it and yet joke right back with her husband.

“I hate you,” she joked, while Curry continued to dance in the car.

Ayesha had originally jammed out to “Milly Rock” after her fourth restaurant, International Smoke, opened, this one in California.

People joked about her dancing, comparing it to Elaine from “Seinfeld,” among other jabs.

Some people even jabbed at Steph.

But living your life well is always the best clap back, as per Steph’s comments.

As previously mentioned, Ayesha can certainly handle her own. The author, restaurateur and mother opened up about being married to an NBA superstar and this woman does not play.

“Ladies will always be lurking, hoping for their moment and waiting,” she said.

“I honestly hate it,” she added.

“Stephen is very nice by nature,” Ayesha continued. “Everything is always very friendly, sometimes to the point where, ‘I’m a grown woman,’ so, I’ll just insert myself and be like, ‘Hello, how are you doing?'”

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