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David Ortiz shooting: one of the 'masterminds' arrested, police say

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Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Two more arrests have been made in connection with the shooting of former Boston Red Sox baseball star David Ortiz, including a man police say was one of the masterminds behind the Dominican Republic National Police announced today.

The ‘mastermind’ suspect was named as Victor Hugo Gomez, who police last week said was a convicted drug dealer who allegedly associated with a number of the individuals involved in the shooting while serving time in prison. Police said that Gomez had intended to target his cousin, Sixto David Fernandez, and said that Ortiz was the victim of mistaken identity.

“National Police have arrested Victor Hugo Gomez, one of the masterminds of the attack that injured the former baseball player David Ortiz,” the police tweeted.

Police also announced the arrest of Alberto Rodriguez Mota, who allegedly took the photo of the table where the intended target of the shooting.

“Our Dominican Republic National Police announce the arrest of Alberto Rodríguez Mota, who was captured by members of the Dominican Republic Navy on the high sea, specifically off the coast of Samaná, trying to go to Puerto Rico, where he would evade Dominican justice,” the police force tweeted.

Gomez, one of the “masterminds” behind the shooting, had a business relationship with Fernandez that turned sour after he blamed his cousin for getting him jailed, Dominican authorities said. Fernandez was seated at the same table as the Red Sox slugger known as ‘Big Papi’ at the time of the shooting on June 9.

After being shot and collapsing at the bar as a crowd of patrons scattered at the sound of gunfire, Ortiz underwent surgery at a Santo Domingo hospital. During the operation, doctors removed parts of his small and large intestines and liver.

He was then flown to Boston in an air ambulance jet chartered by the Red Sox and underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Gomez’s last known location was the United States, according to Dominican police, where he is wanted for his alleged role in drug trafficking. He was already well-known by U.S. authorities, having been charged in March 2019 as part of a drug trafficking sting in Houston entitled “Operation Wrecking Ball,” according to authorities.

Last week, Dominican officials said they had no record of Gomez having returned to the Dominican Republic.

It was not immediately clear whether Gomez had retained a defense attorney in the Dominican Republic, and authorities there did not provide reporters with any contact information for a legal representative for the jailed man.

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Redskins' Josh Norman donates $18,000 to immigrant detention center

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Redskins cornerback Josh Norman extended his mission to help with the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday by giving a big donation to a Texas detention center.

Norman donated $18,000 to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, an organization run by the Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley.

Norma Seni Pimentel, executive director of the charity, shared an image of the player, sporting a simple black hat and black long sleeve tee, with several young children gathering around a large cardboard version of the signed check.

“Kudos to Josh Norman with the Washington Redskins for visiting the humanitarian respite center/McAllen today & contributing to our response to restore human dignity,” she wrote.

It’s not the South Carolina native’s first time opening his wallet to help those impacted by the border crisis.

He also sprung into action last summer amid national uproar over a Trump administration policy that allowed immigrant children to be separated from their parents at the southern border.

After hearing about the “zero-tolerance” policy on the news in June 2018, Norman said he jumped on a flight to San Antonio and took a trip to Walmart, where he filled dozens of shopping carts with toys, treats, books and school supplies and delivered them to children at local detention centers.

“We all see it, but nobody’s moving to action,” he told The Washington Post last year. “And to be honest with you, I would actually like to have done more. … Because it was needed.”

Norman will make $11 million with the Redskins this season. He was a first-team All Pro in 2015, and also made the Pro Bowl that season.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/27/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 4, Seattle 2
Pittsburgh 10, Houston 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas 3, Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 2, 18 Innings
LA Angels 8, Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 6, NY Mets 3
Chi Cubs 9, Atlanta 7
Washington 8, Miami 5
LA Dodgers 12, Colorado 8
Arizona 5, San Francisco 1

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
LA Sparks 86, Las Vegas 74

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US women's soccer star Jessica McDonald has joyful reunion at World Cup

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Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Images(PARIS) — U.S. women’s soccer star Jessica McDonald will have an extra special supporter in the stands Friday when Team USA takes on France in their highly-anticipated World Cup quarterfinal.

McDonald, one of only a handful of moms among the 552 players in the World Cup, was reunited with her son, Jeremiah, 7, Wednesday in France.

The U.S. Women’s National Team star shared a video on Twitter of Jeremiah shrieking, running toward her and then giving his mom a long, giant hug.

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“I want him to be proud of his mom,” McDonald said in her USWNT bio.

McDonald and the rest of Team USA will play France on Friday at 3 p.m. EST, in Paris.

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Scoreboard roundup — 6/26/19

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 10, Baltimore 5
Oakland 2, St. Louis 0
LA Angels 5, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 14, Houston 2
Seattle 4, Milwaukee 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi White Sox 8, Boston 7
NY Yankees 8, Toronto 7
Cleveland 5, Kansas City 3
Texas 4, Detroit 1
Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 8, LA Dodgers 2
Colorado 6, San Francisco 3
Philadelphia 5, NY Mets 4, 10 Innings
Washington 7, Miami 5
Atlanta 5, Chi Cubs 3

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Washington 81, Chicago 74
Dallas 74, Connecticut 73

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 1, New England 1

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