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Every member of the Miami Dolphins is now registered to vote

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By Anthony Ali

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Every member of the Miami Dolphins is now registered to vote.

The Dolphins, in conjunction with the Drum Major Institute, announced that every player has filed the necessary paperwork to vote in the 2018 election. The voter registration initiative began in June, when Drum Major Institute members Martin Luther King III and Bill Wachtel came to a Dolphins practice to register players to vote.

The Drum Major Institute’s website claims this is the first professional sports team to have a full roster of registered voters.

King plans to spread the voting initiative to other sports franchises, according to the Miami Herald.

“I salute the Miami Dolphins for their leadership in realizing upon my father’s dream of a society where all Americans can and do vote,” King said in a statement put out by the Dolphins. “Today, we celebrate the fact that every player on the Dolphins roster is a registered voter. What makes this truly special is that this voter registration effort, which was begun by Kenny Stills, has been spreading throughout the NFL and other sports leagues. As my father often said, that short step into the voting booth is the longest stride for democracy.”

The Dolphins statement also announced the creation by owner Stephen Ross and players of an annual fund for advocacy and justice. The fund will provide monetary support for programs surrounding community engagement, education and justice reform.

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WWE wrestler suspended after arrest for allegedly battering wife

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Gainesville Police Department(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A champion professional wrestler was arrested Saturday night in Gainesville, Florida, for allegedly falsely imprisoning and battering his newlywed wife, who is also a professional wrestler.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) said in a statement Sunday that Rich Swann, 26, is suspended indefinitely following his arrest.

Swann was driving with his wife of nine months, Vannarah Riggs, after she had just been in a match when they got into an argument, the Gainesville Police Department stated in an arrest document.

“[Swann] was critiquing [his wife’s] performance and began getting angry with her,” police said in the document. “The [wife] got scared that the argument was going to escalate and got out of the car.”

Swann allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle of traffic. He gave chase to his wife and yelled for her to “get back in the car,” police said in the arrest warrant.

As she tried to elude Swann, he chased her and, when he caught up to her, “grabbed [her] by her arm and then around the neck with his arm.”

“He placed her in a headlock and dragged her back to the vehicle,” the arrest statement said.

A witness allegedly observed this and saw Swann “shove her back in the car while she screamed for help,” the arrest document said.

Another witness, the complaint said, saw Swann “driving erratically” and a woman “jump out of the vehicle while it was moving and run away.”

“The car was not in park and continued to roll until it hit a telephone pole,” the complaint said.

Riggs told police she was afraid of Swann because he “has a temper sometimes,” the complaint said.

When confronted with the physical attack on his wife, Swann denied that he touched her.

The complaint states that Swann, after being read his Miranda rights, told officers he did not grab his wife and put her in the car. He “stated that she got in the car on her own and he never physically touched her.”

Swann told police “he was just trying to get home and she had the phone with the GPS on it so he needed her to come with him,” the complaint states.

Swann was booked for simple battery — a misdemeanor — and a felony charge of false imprisonment, according to the criminal complaint.

An Alachua County jail representative told ABC News that Swann made an appearance before a judge and is set to be released on his own recognizance on Sunday.

“WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” WWE said in a statement.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/9/17

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Saturday’s games:

L.A. Clippers 113, Washington 112
Miami 101, Brooklyn 89
L.A. Lakers 110, Charlotte 99
Atlanta 117, Orlando 110
Cleveland 105, Philadelphia 98
Chicago 104, N.Y. Knicks 102
Milwaukee 117, Utah 100
San Antonio 104, Phoenix 101
OT Oklahoma City 102, Memphis 101
Houston 124, Portland 117

St. Louis 6, Detroit 1
Edmonton 6, Montreal 2
Colorado 7, Florida 3
OT Tampa Bay 4, Winnipeg 3
Columbus 1, Arizona 0
Boston 3, N.Y. Islanders 1
Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3
N.Y. Rangers 5, New Jersey 2
Vegas 5, Dallas 3
San Jose 5, Ottawa 0
Calgary 4, Vancouver 2
OT L.A. Kings 3, Carolina 2

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy

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Ron Jenkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baker Mayfield, quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, has won the Heisman Trophy.

Mayfield, 22, received 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points. He picked up the sixth Heisman for Oklahoma.

Stanford running back Bryce Love came in second with 1,300 points and last year’s Heisman winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, was third and collected 793.

Mayfield next will lead the Sooners in a Rose Bowl matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs on New Year’s Day.

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Fabled Army-Navy game has a new story: First African-American woman cadet leads pregame march

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A fabled, more than 100-year-old football rivalry played out at Saturday’s Army-Navy game where another story also came to the fore.

A 20-year-old West Point cadet, Simone Askew, became the first African-American woman to lead the traditional march-on ceremony at the game. As first captain, Askew, who is also a Rhodes Scholar, led a roughly 4,400-member Corps of Cadets onto the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia prior to the 118th Army-Navy game on Saturday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson administered the coin toss before the game, which Askew’s Army team won 14-13 after Navy missed a last-second field goal. Afterward, Tillerson presented Army with the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy.

Askew’s mother was excited about her daughter’s leading role in the pregame march, but in a way, she wasn’t entirely surprised. Askew got the idea to attend a military academy when as a young girl she saw this same ceremony, called the march-on.

“She literally saw the [Navy] midshipmen march in formation onto the field and rose up from her chair and pointed at them and said to me, ‘What does it take to lead that?’” her mother, Pam Askew, told ABC News of the first Navy game that Simone, of Fairfax, Virginia, attended.

“I could see that spark in her and that it really just ignited a desire to attend a service academy,” Pam Askew said. “She was just drawn to this.”

In the march-on at the Army-Navy game, uniformed West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipman take the field in perfect formation in what has become a traditional display of military pageantry.

Pam Askew was a single mother when she would take Simone and younger daughter Nina to Army-Navy games, giving them hot chocolate as they bore cold weather to watch the Army Black Knights versus the Navy Midshipmen.

The mother said she was excited for her daughters to see female cadets and female midshipmen and for them to think that could be them one day.

Pam Askew recalls times she saw hints of Simone’s future as she grew up.

While Simone was vacationing with her family in West Virginia, she led her younger sister Nina and some boys to line up into formation in a mock march with her as commander. She was around 7 at the time.

As a high-schooler, Simone stayed up until 2 a.m. baking cookies for the janitors of her school whom she felt had been overlooked during a teachers’ appreciation week, her mother said.

“Whether it’s school president or homecoming queen, or even brigade commander, to me, that’s not as important as her willingness to serve others regardless of the title,” Pam Askew said.

And although it was a Navy football game that inspired Simone to aim for a military academy, she chose to join the Army military academy.

“Simone truly exemplifies our values of Duty, Honor, Country. Her selection is a direct result of her hard work, dedication and commitment to the Corps over the last three years,” Brig. Gen. Steven W. Gilland, commandant of the military academy cadets, said in a statement announcing Simone’s appointment.

As First Captain — a role she’s held since August 14 – Simone Askew is the highest-ranking cadet in the chain of command. She previously led the 1,502 cadets as the regimental commander of Cadet Basic Training II — or “Beast Barracks” — the second part of a grueling six-and-a half-week training.

Once she graduates from West Point in 2018, Simone Askew has plans to attend Oxford University on her Rhodes Scholarship and attain a master’s degree, and after that aims to become an Army engineer.

Her sister Nina, 17, has been conditionally accepted to West Point as well, according to their mother.

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