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Antonio Brown, facing sexual assault allegations, cut by Patriots after 1 game

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littleny/iStock(BOSTON) — Antonio Brown played just one game for the New England Patriots before the team released the star wide receiver, who’s facing multiple sexual assault allegations.

Brown seemed to confirm his release in a tweet, writing, “Thank you for the opportunity.”

He later tweeted, “The marathon continues.”

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“The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.,” the Patriots said in a statement Friday.

Brown’s agent tweeted a message making it clear that they do not see this as the end of his time in the league, however.

“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out with the Patriots. But Antonio is healthy and is looking forward to his next opportunity in the NFL. He wants to play the game he loves and he hopes to play for another team soon,” Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus wrote on Twitter.

Just two days after the Patriots announced they’d signed Brown, the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver was accused of sexual assault and rape by his former trainer.

Britney Taylor, who accused Brown of sexual assault on multiple instances, had planned to meet with the NFL last week, sources told ABC News.

ABC News does not usually name alleged victims of sexual assault, but Taylor’s lawyer gave permission and reiterated the lawsuit was not filed anonymously.

Brown, through his attorney, denied all the allegations and suggested his accuser was just trying to extort him. He said the relationship was consensual.

“Mr. Brown denies each and every allegation in the lawsuit,” Brown’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, said in a statement after the suit was filed. “He will pursue all legal remedies to not only clear his name, but to also protect other professional athletes against false accusations.”

Brown was traded to Oakland from Pittsburgh in March and signed a three-year, $50 million extension, but after feuding with the NFL over his helmet type and with Raiders management, his contract was voided and he went on to sign with the Patriots.

He unsuccessfully filed multiple grievances with the NFL, who outlawed his type of helmet due to updates safety regulations.

Brown’s time in Oakland only grew more controversial after he secretly recorded and released a conversation with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. Following a reported practice field spat with Oakland General Manager Mike Mayock, Brown asked the Raiders to release him.

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Nike drops Antonio Brown amid sexual misconduct allegations

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) —  Nike has cut ties with Antonio Brown amid assault allegations against the Patriots wide receiver. The company hasn’t expounded on its decision to end the contract, but told The Boston Globe Thursday, “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”

Brown has spoken out for the first time since being signed by New England, but did not address the recent accusations leveled against him.

Watch the full report from ABC’s Good Morning America below:

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/19/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE

Boston 5, San Francisco 4
Seattle 6, Pittsburgh 5 — 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

NY Yankees 9, LA Angels 1
Toronto 8, Baltimore 4
Cleveland 7, Detroit 0
Minnesota 8, Kansas City 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 4
Milwaukee 5, San Diego 1
St. Louis 5, Chi Cubs 4 — 10 Innings

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Jacksonville 20, Tennessee 7

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Connecticut 94, Los Angeles 68
Washington 103, Las Vegas 91

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Yankees pitcher Domingo German suspended for domestic violence

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Yankees pitcher Domingo German has been suspended by Major League Baseball under its domestic violence policy.

The Yankees pitcher, who is currently second in the majors in wins with 18, has been suspended for seven days, “barring an extension,” according to the league.

The 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic has been a surprise star for the Yankees this season and carries a league-leading 18-4 win-loss record. He has a 4.03 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 123 innings pitched.

The Yankees currently have the second-best record in baseball to the Houston Astros and German was expected to get a postseason start. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday night, just hours before his suspension.

Now, his 2019 future is unclear.

“We’ll wait and see what ultimately comes down, but we have to certainly make plans,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of German’s postseason availability at a pregame press conference Thursday. “He may not be a part of it.”

The Yankees issued a statement in agreement with the suspension, saying, “We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion.”

MLB is still investigating the incident and released no details.

“MLB Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave,” the league said. “MLB will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.”

Boone said he had yet to speak to the team about the incident, but he’d “get up there and talk as a group, as a family, and speak from the heart about it.”

“Set baseball aside,” Boone said. “This is a bigger issue obviously and something that, you know, when you hear the words ‘domestic violence’ it’s one of those things that stops you in your tracks.”

The Yankees are currently in position to face either the Minnesota Twins or Oakland Athletics in the first round of the playoffs with nine games left to play.

“There’s denying the importance of Domingo to our team,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said at a pregame press conference Thursday. “So there is that element of we must continue on and continue to press forward.”

The Yankees host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday night.

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ESPN, Special Olympics extend broadcast agreement through 2027, will continue to promote 'inclusion'

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — ESPN and the Special Olympics have extended their broadcast agreement for another eight years into 2027, ensuring the continuance of dynamic storytelling to portray the journeys of the thousands of athletes who participate in the games.

The first event in the new extension will be world winter games in Sweden in 2021 followed by the USA games in 2022, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando and the world games in Berlin in 2023, according to a press release.

More than 4,000 athletes, 1,500 coaches and 10,000 volunteers will be participating in the 2022 USA games, Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis told ABC News.

“We’ll be continuing to build on this storytelling for various media platforms for the games in 2022,” Davis said.

ESPN’s broadcast coverage will reach reach fans in North, Central, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, according to the release.

The Special Olympics uses the power of sports to create an environment where athletes can showcase their talents and capabilities, and the broadcasts present an “exciting opportunity” for the families and friends of athletes who could not witness the opening ceremony or games live, Davis said.

The relationship between ESPN and the Special Olympics, which has been ongoing for nearly 35 years, is a “catalyst for inclusion,” which then portrays to the rest of the world “that there’s nothing wrong with being different,” Davis said.

Kevin Neghandi, ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor and co-host of the Special Olympics games for the last five years, told ABC News that ESPN’s mission is about serving sports fans and capturing significant moments, both on and off the field.

“That’s what we do here,” he said. “We cover these athletes and we share their story and we open the door for them.”

Neghandi described the idea of inclusion as a “big deal,” adding that the coverage an athlete receives follows them back to their hometown, where they may have once been bullied or denied access.

“They go back and bring pride and a sense of community,” he said.

Neghandi recalled speaking to the emotional father of one athlete at the USA games in Seattle last year, who told him, “You have no idea what this means to my son, but also what it means to my family.”

The relationship between ESPN and the Special Olympics is “built on a bedrock of shared belief in the power of sports to positively impact lives and make lasting change in the world,” ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement.

ESPN will also continue to serve as the global presenting sponsor for Unified Sports, a sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes with partners who do not have intellectual disabilities for training and competition, a role it has held since 2013.

Participation in the program has increased 172 percent to more than 1.8 million athletes since the collaboration began, according to the release.

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