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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/20/23

 (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Detroit 4, LA Dodgers 2
Minnesota 5, Cincinnati 3
Washington 13, Chi White Sox 3

Texas 15, Boston 5
Kansas City 6, Cleveland 2
Houston 2, Baltimore 1
Seattle 6, Oakland 3
LA Angels 8, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 6, NY Yankees 1

Philadelphia 6, Atlanta 5
Arizona 7, San Francisco 1
San Diego 3, Colorado 2
NY Mets 8, Miami 3
Milwaukee 8, St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 13, Chi Cubs 7

Connecticut 90, Minnesota 75

Philadelphia 2, Charlotte FC 2 (Tie)
Columbus 3, Chicago 0
Atlanta 1, D.C. United 1 (Tie)
Miami 4, Toronto FC 0
Cincinnati 1, CF Montreal 1 (Tie)
Austin FC 1, New York 1 (Tie)
New York City FC 2, Orlando City 0
Houston 4, Vancouver 1
Nashville 3, Sporting Kansas City 0
Los Angeles FC 0, Saint Louis City SC 0 (Tie)
Seattle 2, Colorado 1
FC Dallas 3, Real Salt Lake 1
LA Galaxy 4, Minnesota 3
Portland 2, San Jose 1

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Patriots fan's death after 'scuffle' at Gillette Stadium didn't suggest traumatic injury: DA

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(BOSTON) -- An investigation is underway after a lifelong New England Patriots fan died after "an incident" at the Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins game at Massachusetts' Gillette Stadium, officials said.

Dale Mooney, a 53-year old New Hampshire man, died "following an incident" during Sunday night's game, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. Responders found Mooney "in apparent need of medical attention" and he was taken to a hospital, prosecutors said.

Witness Joseph Kilmartin told Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV that Mooney "basically grabbed another fan. ... They started tussling around for a few minutes. At one point, another fan walked over. He punched him ... and [Mooney] just went out."

"It was pretty hard to watch," Kilmartin said.

An autopsy has not been released.

The district attorney's office said Monday that Mooney's death "remains under active investigation" and no charges have been filed.

Mooney's wife, Lisa Mooney, told WCVB, "I want to know what happened. ... What caused this?"

Gillette Stadium officials said in a statement, "We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of Dale Mooney, a lifelong Patriots fans and 30-year season ticket member."

"We continue to work with local authorities to assist them with their ongoing investigation," stadium officials said. "We extend our sincerest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Dale’s family and to all those who are mourning his loss.”

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/19/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


LA Dodgers 3, Detroit 2
Washington 4, Chi White Sox 3
Minnesota 7, Cincinnati 0

Seattle 7, Oakland 2
Tampa Bay 6, LA Angels 2
Toronto 7, NY Yankees 1
Kansas City 7, Cleveland 6
Texas 6, Boston 4
Baltimore 9, Houston 5

San Diego 2, Colorado 0
Arizona 8, San Francisco 4
Miami 4, NY Mets 3
Atlanta 9, Philadelphia 3
Chi Cubs 14, Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 7, St. Louis 3

New York 90, Washington 85 (OT)
Dallas 101, Atlanta 74

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NFL star whose daughter died by drowning honors her after scoring 1st career touchdown

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(NEW YORK) -- When Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shaquil Barrett scored his first NFL career touchdown Sunday against the Chicago Bears, he was seen on camera blowing a kiss to the sky.

The kiss, Barrett later said, was for his 2-year-old daughter Arrayah, who died in April after drowning in a swimming pool at the family's Tampa residence.

"The camera was on me after I made the play. I told her, 'I love you. I miss you. Wish you was here,'" Barrett told reporters after the game. "I'm glad I'm able to still get some spotlight for her, and to the Lord above, because he's the reason that we're here right now. I'm just trusting his plan."

Arrayah was the youngest of Barrett's four children with his wife Jordanna.

She was taken to a local hospital after falling into a swimming pool at the family's home the morning of April 30, but was pronounced dead a short time later despite life saving measures that were taken following the incident, according to a statement from the Tampa Police Department obtained by ESPN.

Barrett, wearing a necklace tribute to his daughter, said Sunday that faith has kept him and his family going in the months since Arrayah's death.

"My faith never really wavered going through this situation. I needed him more now [and then] than I needed him ever," Barrett said. "That was the only way our family was going to make do, by leaning on each other and trusting in the Lord."

Barrett called his interception and touchdown Sunday against the Bears "divine intervention," saying, "I do feel like it was divine intervention to be able to get that spotlight for my baby girl."

"I always played for my family already, but having that extra incentive makes me want to go a little harder for her," Barrett said. "It never stops sucking. It's always going to suck, but at least I'm able to shine a little bit of a spotlight on her."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4.

Shortly after Arrayah's death, Barrett's wife paid tribute to their daughter in an Instagram post, writing, "Our world will never be the same. Arrayah was the apple of my eye, and my heart will forever be with hers."

Writing directly to Arrayah, she also wrote, in part, "We love you forever and ever and always. I can't wait to see that precious smile again, and just hug you so close. I would do absolutely anything."

In June, Jordanna Barrett shared on Instagram that the couple is expecting another child.

"I just know Arrayah had a special hand in picking this sweet girl to add to our family!" she captioned a photo of a positive pregnancy test. "We are so beyond blessed, so beyond grateful that God chose to give us another little girl! We miss our Arrayah every second of every day, but I rest in knowing she's going to be the best big sister angel to little miss Allanah!"


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Police searching for former NFL player Sergio Brown after mother was found dead

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(CHICAGO) -- Police in the Chicago suburbs are searching for former NFL player Sergio Brown after discovering his mother's dead body following a call from family who reported both missing this weekend.

Family members contacted the Maywood Police Department Saturday after they said they couldn't locate Brown, 35, or his mother, Myrtle Brown, 73, the department said.

Investigators conducted two searches and eventually found Myrtle Brown's body near a creek adjacent to her residence in Maywood, Illinois later that day, police allege.

The matriarch's death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's office Sunday, police said. Police also said that as of Monday morning, they had not located Sergio Brown.

Brown, a safety, played for the University of Notre Dame and several NFL teams between 2010 and 2017, including the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN.

On Tuesday, police said they were looking into the authenticity of a video posted on social media that allegedly featured Brown.

"Currently this is an active investigation, and the department is unable to share any further details at this time," the Maywood Police Department said in a statement.

Anyone with knowledge of the incident or information regarding Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact Maywood Police Investigations' Dennis Diaz at (708) 368-4131, or the Maywood Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (708) 450-1787.


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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/18/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


LA Dodgers 8, Detroit 3
Cincinnati 7, Minnesota 3
Chi White Sox 6, Washington 1

Kansas City 6, Cleveland 4
Boston 4, Texas 2
Baltimore 8, Houston 7
Seattle 5, Oakland 0

San Diego 11, Colorado 9
NY Mets 2, Miami 1
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 1
St. Louis 1, Milwaukee 0

New Orleans 20, Carolina 17
Pittsburgh 26, Cleveland 22

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Scoreboard roundup -- 09/17/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Pittsburgh 3, NY Yankees 2
LA Dodgers 6, Seattle 1
San Diego 10, Oakland 1

Cleveland 9, Texas 2
Toronto 3, Boston 2
Houston 7, Kansas City 1
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 4, Chicago White Sox 0
Detroit 5, LA Angels 3

NY Mets 8, Cincinnati 4
Miami 16, Atlanta 2
St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 5
Washington 2, Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 11, Colorado 10
Arizona 6, Chicago Cubs 2

Atlanta 25, Green Bay 24
Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 24
Buffalo 38, Las Vegas 10
Indianapolis 31, Houston 20
Kansas City 17, Jacksonville 9
OT Seattle 37, Detroit 31
Tampa Bay 27, Chicago 17
OT Tennessee 27, LA Chargers 24
NY Giants 31, Arizona 28
San Francisco 30, LA Rams 23
Dallas 30, NY Jets 10
Washington 35, Denver 33
Miami 24, New England 17

Minnesota 82, Connecticut 75
Las Vegas 92, Chicago 70

Portland 2, Austin FC 1

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Former Spanish soccer president given restraining order in World Cup forced kiss case

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(NEW YORK) -- The former president of Spain's soccer federation Luis Rubiales was hit with a restraining order in court Friday over a complaint of sexual assault following his allegedly nonconsensual kiss with player Jenni Hermoso at the Women's World Cup final in Australia last month.

Rubiales also faces a charge of coercion after Hermoso alleged she and her relatives were pressured by Rubiales and his office to say that she approved of the kiss.

Rubiales pleaded not guilty to the charges in front of Judge Francisco de Jorge in Spain's National Court.

The judge rejected a request by the prosecution that Rubiales should report to court every two weeks, but he ordered the former soccer federation president from contacting or coming within 200 meters of Hermoso.

"We maintain what we've said from the beginning. It was a nonconsensual kiss," Hermoso's lawyer Carla Vall i Duran told reporters, according to ESPN. "Thanks to the [images of the kiss], the entire world, the entire country, has been able to observe there was no type of consent. And we are going to prove that in the courtroom."

The kiss at the Aug. 20 medal ceremony, which Hermoso has said was not consensual, ignited protests in Spain and around the world, with many decrying sexism in Spanish sports and society and its perpetuation by the male-led leadership of the soccer federation.

Hours after Rubiales' appearance in court, 39 Spanish soccer players, including Hermoso, signed a statement asking for further changes in the soccer federation. "The changes made as of today are not enough to allow players to feel in a safe space, where women are respected," the statement reads.

Rubiales, 46, resigned on Sept. 10 after having been suspended by the soccer international governing body FIFA.

The preliminary investigation was opened by Spain's district attorney after Hermoso accused Rubiales formally on Sept. 6.

The investigation will decide whether the case should go to trial. If found guilty, Rubiales could face between one and four years of imprisonment. Spanish law was amended last year to a so-called "Only Yes is Yes" law, eliminating the difference between "sexual harassment" and "sexual assault" and sanctioning any non-consensual sexual act.

Hermoso broke her silence on the World Cup encounter after Rubiales' speech last month at the Royal Spanish Football Federation assembly where he claimed the kiss was "spontaneous, mutual, euphoric and consensual" and said he would not resign. In a statement later on the same day, the player declared that she never consented.

She said in a statement in August that the "kiss was not consensual" and that she "felt vulnerable and the victim of aggression, an impulsive, sexist act," according to ESPN.

"We had the fleeting kiss, two-tenths of a second, but what was created from that is crazy," Rubiales said in a TalkTV interview with Piers Morgan.

As part of the investigation, Judge de Jorge has obtained videos of the incident from "every angle," El Mundo reported.

Spain's deputy prime minister Yolanda Diaz said Rubiales's actions were "shameful" and said they showed the systemic nature of male chauvinism in Spanish society.


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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/13/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


San Francisco 6, Cleveland 5
St. Louis 1, Baltimore 0
Cincinnati 4 Detroit 3

NY Yankees at Boston (Postponed)
Tampa Bay 5, Minnesota 4
Seattle 3, LA Angels 2
Texas 10, Toronto 0
Houston 6, Oakland 2
Kansas City 7, Chi White Sox 1

Colorado 7, Chi Cubs 3
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 7, Washington 6
NY Mets 7, Arizona 1
Miami 2, Milwaukee 0
San Diego 6, LA Dodgers 1

Connecticut 90, Minnesota 60
Las Vegas 87, Chicago 59

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/12/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


St. Louis 5, Baltimore 2
Cincinnati 6, Detroit 5
Cleveland 3, San Francisco 1

NY Yankees 3, Boston 2
NY Yankees 4, Boston 1
Chi White Sox 6, Kansas City 2
Kansas City 11, Chi White Sox 10
Texas 6, Toronto 3
Minnesota 3, Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 6, Houston 2
Seattle 8, LA Angels 0

Pittsburgh 5, Washington 1
NY Mets 7, Arizona 4
Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 6
Milwaukee 3, Miami 1
Colorado 6, Chi Cubs 4
LA Dodgers 11, San Diego 2

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University of Alabama condemns racist, homophobic slurs hurled at Texas football players

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(NEW YORK) -- The University of Alabama condemned the behavior of its fans heard shouting racist and homophobic slurs at three Texas Longhorn players during a Saturday night game after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

The video shows Alabama fans behind the Texas sideline at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, shouting the slurs at Black Longhorns players, including defensive backs Jelani McDonald and X'Avion Brice and running back Quintrevion "Tre" Wisner, who appeared to be celebrating the team's performance after defeating Alabama 34-24.

A representative for the University of Alabama told ABC News in a statement on Tuesday that the university is "disgusted" by the incident.

"We are disgusted by reports of vile language and inappropriate behavior Saturday night. To be clear, we condemn this behavior, and it will not be tolerated in our venues. It is not representative of UA or our values," the representative said. "We expect all attendees to act with class and respect towards others."

The statement added, "Fans are strongly encouraged to report issues to our security resources on-site. Gameday and delayed reports are appropriately addressed, and anyone found to be in violation of our rules and expectations will be promptly removed and may be banned from future events."

The university spokesperson declined to comment further when asked if the fans shouting the slurs had been identified.

Representatives for the University of Texas did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

X'Avion Brice's father, Stuart Brice, also responded to the video in a social media post, praising his son for taking the high road and not responding to the slurs.

"Great job son blocking out all the noise. Stay humble," he wrote, along with a photo of his son.

ABC News' Brittany Gaddy contributed to this report.


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Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. charged with strangling girlfriend

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(NEW YORK) -- Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was arrested in New York City on Monday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, former WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick, police sources told ABC News.

Porter, 23, was formally charged with assault and strangulation.

On Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty and was released on $75,000 cash bail. The judge imposed a temporary order of protection.

Porter returned early Monday morning from an evening out to the Millennium Hilton near U.N. Plaza, where he and Gondrezick were staying. Gondrezick was upset with the late hour of his return and locked the door, according to police sources. Once he entered with the help of hotel security, Porter beat up the woman, the sources said.

Gondrezick told police Porter struck her "repeatedly about the face with a closed fist, causing a laceration above her right eye and bruising and substantial pain to her face," according to the criminal complaint.

She said Porter applied "pressure to her neck by forcefully squeezing it, causing her to experience difficulty breathing, redness and bruising to her neck, and substantial pain," the complaint said.

Gondrezick was taken NYU Langone Medical Center, where doctors said she suffered a fractured vertebrae in her neck.

Porter is due back in court on Oct. 16.

The pair was in New York City for Fashion Week. Porter and Gondrezick were photographed at the Vogue Smart Tox NYFW Kickoff event on Sept. 7.

Porter was drafted with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NBA draft out of the University of Southern California, but has developed into a star player for the Rockets. He had his best career season in 2022-23 with 19.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

Gondrezick, 26, played college basketball for Michigan and West Virginia, before being drafted No. 4 overall in the 2021 WNBA draft by Indiana. She played one season for the Fever before being waived. She has not played the last two WNBA seasons and is currently a free agent.

Porter was previously arrested in November 2020 in Ohio on a weapons charge, but a grand jury declined to indict him. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers made him inactive for the first half of the season and he was traded to Houston in January 2021.

ABC News' Mark Osborne contributed to this report.


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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/11/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


San Francisco 5, Cleveland 4 (10)
Baltimore 11, St. Louis 5

NY Yankees at Boston (Postponed)
Kansas City at Chi White Sox (Postponed)
LA Angels 8 Seattle 5
Texas 10, Toronto 4
Oakland 4, Houston 0
Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 4

San Diego 11, LA Dodgers 8
Atlanta 10, Philadelphia 8
Washington 6, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 5
Arizona 4, NY Mets 3
Milwaukee 12, Miami 0
Chi Cubs 5, Colorado 4

NY Jets 22, Buffalo 16 (OT)

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Novak Djokovic wins US Open 2023

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(NEW YORK) -- Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open on Sunday, beating Russian Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

The three-hour and 17-minute slugfest ended with the Serbian winning 6-3, 7-6 and 6-3.

"It obviously means the world to me. … I have to say it every time -- that I’m really living my childhood dream: to compete at the highest level in the sport that has given me and my family so much," Djokovic said of his win in a post-match interview at center court.

Sunday’s win is the tennis champion’s fourth U.S. Open men’s title.

Djokovic has now matched Margaret Court for the most Grand Slam titles won in the Open era -- 24 in all.

Djokovic said Sunday's win took on an extra special meaning.

During his post-match interview, Djokovic sported a Mamba T-shirt on the court showing him and the late Kobe Bryant.

"Kobe was [a] close friend," Djokovic said. "We chatted a lot about the winner’s mentality. When I was struggling with the injury and trying to make my comeback, make my way back to the top of the game, he was one of the people I relied on the most. He was always there for any kind of counsel, advice, any kind of support, in the most friendly way."

Djokovic explained his T-shirt was a way to honor his late friend.

"24 is the jersey that he wore when he became a legend of [the] Lakers and world basketball, so I thought it could be a nice symbolic thing to acknowledge him for all the things he’s done," he said.

Djokovic missed the U.S. Open last year due to his COVID-19 vaccination status. At the time, the U.S. government did not allow international travelers to come into the U.S. without proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/10/23


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


NY Mets 2, Minnesota 0
Houston 12, San Diego 2
NY Yankees 4, Milwaukee 3

Tampa Bay 6, Seattle 3
Detroit 3, Chi White Sox 2
Toronto 5, Kansas City 2
Boston 7, Baltimore 3
Texas 9, Oakland 4
LA Angels 2, Cleveland 1

Atlanta 5, Pittsburgh 2
Miami 5, Philadelphia 4
Cincinnati 7, St. Louis 1
Chi Cubs 5, Arizona 2
LA Dodgers 7, Washington 3
San Francisco 6, Colorado 3

Atlanta 24, Carolina 10
Baltimore 25, Houston 9
Cleveland 24, Cincinnati 3
Jacksonville 31, Indianapolis 21
New Orleans 16, Tennessee 15
San Francisco 30, Pittsburgh 7
Tampa Bay 20, Minnesota 17
Washington 20, Arizona 16
Green Bay 38, Chicago 20
LA Rams 30, Seattle 13
Las Vegas 17, Denver 16
Miami 36, LA Chargers 34
Philadelphia 25, New England 20
Dallas 40, NY Giants 0

Indiana 87, Minnesota 72
Washington 90, New York 88
Dallas 94, Atlanta 77
Chicago 102, Connecticut 91 (OT)
Las Vegas 100, Phoenix 85
Los Angeles 91, Seattle 89

Saint Louis City SC 2, LA Galaxy 2 (Tie)

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