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A-Rod's valuables stolen from SUV in San Francisco

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Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Alex Rodriguez was among a number of people whose possessions were stolen from a rented SUV on Sunday night in San Francisco.

The vehicle was rented by ESPN for the Sunday Night Baseball production crew that was working on Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies. While the group was having dinner after the game, the SUV was broken into.

The San Francisco Chronicle cites sources close to the investigation, saying that more than $500,000 of jewelry and other items were taken from the vehicle.

Rodriguez told ESPN that he was “saddened that several items that were of a personal nature and irreplaceable with sentimental value were taken.”

The Chronicle notes that 2,150 vehicle break-ins were reported in San Francisco last month — about 69 per day.

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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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Scoreboard roundup — 8/11/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Texas 1, Milwaukee 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
LA Angels 5, Boston 4, 10 innings
Baltimore 8, Houston 7
NY Yankees 1, Toronto 0
Kansas City 10, Detroit 2
Cleveland 7, Minnesota 3, 10 innings
Oakland 2, Chi White Sox 0
Tampa Bay 1, Seattle 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 7, NY Mets 4
Atlanta 5, Miami 4
Chi Cubs 6, Cincinnati 3
St. Louis 11, Pittsburgh 9
Colorado 8, San Diego 3
LA Dodgers 9, Arizona 3
San Francisco 9, Philadelphia 6

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 101, Minnesota 78
Seattle 84, NY Liberty 69
LA Sparks 84, Chicago 81
Las Vegas 89, Connecticut 81

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Atlanta 2, New York City 1

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Simone Biles lands history-making double-double beam dismount

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simonkr/iStock(KANSAS CITY) — Simone Biles made history this weekend, becoming the first gymnast to ever attempt, and land, a so-called “double-double” dismount on the balance beam at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist’s remarkable double-double maneuver involved a double twist and double somersault as she dismounted from the beam.

The 22-year-old was all smiles as she landed her history-making feat.

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“I’m really happy with the beam dismount and how it’s come along, because if you had asked me after [U.S. Classic] if I was going to complete it, I would’ve said no,” Biles told Team USA at the competition. “I feel like in those short two weeks we did a lot of work on a couple of the events, so I’m pretty excited with how it turned out.”

If she successfully completes the feat at an international meet, or at the 2020 Olympics next year, the skill will be named after her.

Biles also became the first female gymnast to attempt a triple-double (two flips and three twists) during her floor routine at the competition, however, she fell forward as she landed.

This year’s U.S. Gymnastics Championships has courted controversy in the wake of a massive sexual abuse scandal that has come to light in the past year and a half involving the disgraced, and now imprisoned, sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Biles, and hundreds of other gymnasts, have publicly accused Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics national team doctor, of sexual abuse.

“It’s hard coming here for an organization and having had them fail us so many times,” Biles told reporters in the Sprint Center arena in Kansas City, Missouri, late last week.

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