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MLB All-Star Josh Hader will be required to undergo sensitivity training after racist tweets resurface

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to undergo sensitivity training after a number of offensive tweets he wrote before he was drafted recently resurfaced, Major League Baseball said in a statement.

Hader, 24, tweeted various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012. All of the tweets circulating online appear to have come before he was drafted to the majors in June 2012, and Hader was 17 and 18 years old at the time he wrote many of the tweets.

MLB has described the tweets as “highly offensive and hurtful language.”

“During last night’s game we became aware of Mr. Hader’s unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns,” MLB said in a statement. “After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.”

Hader apologized following Tuesday night’s All-Star Game after a number of offensive old tweets from his account surfaced earlier in the evening.

“As a child I was immature and obviously I said some stuff that was inexcusable,” Hader told reporters in the locker room after the game. “That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.

“There’s no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said,” he added.

At least one tweet included the N-word, while another said, “I hate gay people.” Hader’s account is now verified, though it wasn’t at the time of the offensive tweets.

The pitcher told reporters after the game he was not aware of the old tweets resurfacing before taking the field, and only found out when he returned to the locker room and his “phone was blowing up” with messages from people.

Hader’s name was in the top-2 trending topics on Twitter throughout Tuesday night, often trailing only the hashtag for the game itself.

He said he didn’t know the context of the tweets, didn’t remember specifics and hadn’t even seen them yet when speaking to reporters.

“I’m sure there were some lyrics, rap lyrics, being tweeted,” Hader told reporters. “I really don’t know what all is out there.”

“I was just trying to understand the situation. … That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want social media,” Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and teammate Lorenzo Cain said. “We always get in trouble for things you said when you were younger. We’ll move on from it.”

Hader struggled in the All-Star Game, his first as a player, giving up three runs and four hits in 0.1 inning. He has a 1.50 ERA and seven saves during the regular season.

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Co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon to be presented with ESPY's Pat Tillman Award for Service

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Since 2010, when it started on the ground in Haiti, Team Rubicon has been helping others rebuild their homes and more importantly their lives after disasters in the US and abroad.

And Wednesday, co-founder and CEO Jake Wood is expected to be presented with the ESPY’s Pat Tillman Award for Service. It’s an honor that he calls humbling.

Wood was an offensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin when Tillman, a former NFL player and Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan.

After Tillman’s death, Wood said he told his coach that he was going to join the Marines. He did four years of service, deploying to Iraq and then Afghanistan, before returning home. But three months later, he was watching the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and felt called to act.

Wood, a former Marine scout sniper, and William McNulty, a former Marine intel specialist, joined forces on social media after they both said they’d felt called to travel to Port-au-Prince and help.

They assembled a team in the Dominican Republic, crossed over into Haiti and started doing medical triage in parts of the country that other groups would not go to and well, the rest is history.

Team Rubicon is now a veteran-led disaster-response nonprofit. Wood said the organization served many purposes, including utilizing veterans’ ability to bring order to chaos but also helping former service members return to civilian life.

“One of the things we hear from our volunteers often is that they, you know, spend all this time in the military, they’re deployed overseas, they’ve got this mission — it’s exciting — and you know all of a sudden, one day, they come home and they get out of the military. … And, it’s just not the same,” Wood said. “They have a challenge in that transition to rediscover that part of themselves that they had when they were in the military.”

In the last eight years, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters. The organization currently has 80,000 volunteers.

“One of the things we’ve seen with Team Rubicon is that we can, you know, fulfill that sense of purpose and community and identity that they had while they were in the military and put all of those skills that they learned to use, give them the opportunity to continue to serve, to have a new mission and to ultimately have impact,” he said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/17/18

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

ALL-STAR GAME
Final AL 8 NL 6, 10 Innings

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MLB All-Star Josh Hader apologizes for history of racist tweets

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — MLB pitcher Josh Hader apologized following Tuesday night’s All-Star Game after a number of offensive old tweets from his account surfaced earlier in the evening.

Hader, who pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers, tweeted various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012. The tweets resurfaced on Tuesday and were shared widely online. The 24-year-old was 17 and 18 years old at the time of many of the tweets. All of the tweets circulating online appear to have come before he was drafted to the majors in June 2012.

“As a child I was immature and obviously I said some stuff that was inexcusable,” Hader told reporters in the locker room after the game. “That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.

“There’s no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said,” he added.

At least one tweet included the N-word, while another said, “I hate gay people.” Hader’s account is now verified, though it wasn’t at the time.

The pitcher told reporters after the game he was not aware of the old tweets resurfacing before taking the field, and only found out when he returned to the locker room and his “phone was blowing up” with messages from people.

Hader’s name was in the top-2 trending topics on Twitter throughout Tuesday night, often trailing only the hashtag for the game itself.

He said he didn’t know the context of the tweets, didn’t remember specifics and hadn’t even seen them yet when speaking to reporters.

“I’m sure there were some lyrics, rap lyrics, being tweeted,” Hader told reporters. “I really don’t know what all is out there.”

“I was just trying to understand the situation. … That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want social media,” Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and teammate Lorenzo Cain said. “We always get in trouble for things you said when you were younger. We’ll move on from it.”

Hader struggled in the All-Star Game, his first as a player, giving up three runs and four hits in 0.1 inning. He has a 1.50 ERA and seven saves during the regular season.

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Diverse French team brings home World Cup championship

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Shaun Botterill/Getty Images(PARIS) — The French are welcoming home their soccer heroes in Paris on Monday after becoming the 2018 World Cup champions. But what is notable about the squad isn’t just the goals they managed to rack up, but the diversity the players embody.

Some 15 of the 23 members of France’s World Cup team are of African descent, with families hailing from places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Cameroon, Morocco, Angola, and Algeria. While 21 out of the 23 players were born in France, many come from immigrant families.

Kylian Mbappe, 19, one of the star players of the World Cup, is part Cameroonian and part Algerian.

One of France’s biggest goal scorers, Antoine Griezmann, is of German and Portuguese descent.

“We are proud to represent the diversity of France,” French midfielder Blaise Matuidi said during a press conference before the World Cup final.

France midfielder Paul Pogba, whose parents are from Guinea, responded to a question about the diversity of the French team last week as well.

“France today is a France full of colors. There are people of many different origins, that’s what makes France so beautiful. We all feel French, we’re happy to wear this shirt,” Pogba said.

France’s World Cup win comes a year after far-right leader Marine Le Pen reached the run-off stage in the French presidential election. Le Pen ran on an anti-immigration platform that found support in parts of French society. This diverse team’s victory contrasts with the struggle France has had in welcoming immigrants in recent years.

Echoing the diversity of their football teams, thousands of people from all different backgrounds headed to the famous Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris Sunday night to celebrate the victory.

Waving French flags and chanting “We are the champions,” supporters united in a party atmosphere throughout the night.

It’s the second time in history that France has won the World Cup. The first time was in 1998.

The World Cup winners were set to parade down the Champs Elysees Monday in front of thousands of supporters.

The French team then heads to the presidential palace to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.

Macron attended the final World Cup game in Moscow and celebrated the victory with the players in the locker room. He also thanked them in a tweet.

While most of the celebrations in Paris were harmonious, there were small pockets of violence and conflict, with troublemakers throwing flares at police on Champs Elysees Avenue.

French police responded using tear gas and water canons to disperse violent fans.

More than 290 people were taken into custody in France last night, and 45 policemen were slightly injured during the clashes, according to the French interior minister.

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