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Washington Redskins to undergo 'thorough review' of team name
Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images By LAUREN LANTRY, ABC News(ASHBURN, Va.) -- The Washington Redskins, the NFL football team representing the nation’s capital, announced Friday it would begin a “thorough review” of its controversial name that Native Americans have long objected to as racially offensive.In a statement the team said the decision was made “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community" and it comes after a month of protests calling for racial justice and equality.“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but...
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MLB spring training begins with changes amid pandemic
cmannphoto/iStock By ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball is back as the league's summer camp has officially kicked off.With baseball's return amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the league is establishing several changes to player conduct and protocol to maintain and monitor the health and safety of the athletes.Watch the full report from ABC's Good Morning America: Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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WNBA star Maya Moore so 'thankful' for Jonathan Irons' release from prison: 'We made it'
ABC News By SHANNON MCLELLAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- WNBA star Maya Moore fell to her knees when, after 22 years in prison, Jonathan Irons walked out of Jefferson City Correctional Center a free man on Wednesday."In that moment I just -- I really felt like I could rest," Moore told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. "I mean I've been standing and we've been standing for so long -- it was an unplanned moment where I just felt relief ... it was kind of a worshipful moment just dropping to my knees and being so thankful that we made...
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Aspiring driver Rajah Caruth discusses his journey, why Bubba Wallace is a role model
Factor41/iStock By ABBY CRUZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At 18, Rajah Caruth already has a trophy case filled with medals and awards from competitive driving, from races all over the country.He's just getting started.The soon-to-be Winston-Salem State University freshman already has his NASCAR license, and he has big dreams to become one of the sport's top drivers like Bubba Wallace, whom he considers a role model.But the journey for Caruth, like for most African American drivers, hasn't been easy. Caruth didn't grow up in a racing family, had no connections and didn't know much about how to make his dream...
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Appeals judges to hear arguments over video evidence in Patriots owner prostitution case
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images By IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Prosecutors will appeal to a Florida judge via a video conference Tuesday morning to allow key evidence in the solicitation case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.Kraft, 79, was hit with misdemeanor charges last year after investigators say he was recorded twice paying for sex acts with workers at a Orchids of Asia spa in Jupiter, Florida. Two dozen other clients were also charged as part of an investigation into the spa over alleged sex trafficking.In May 2019, Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser ruled that prosecutors...
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Ava DuVernay to direct 6-part series on Colin Kaepernick's early life
Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images By CANDICE WILLIAMS, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Colin Kaepernick's adolescent years will be made into a six-part series on Netflix thanks to Ava DuVernay.Netflix announced on Monday that the Oscar nominee will direct and produce the forthcoming scripted drama titled Colin in Black & White. The limited series will focus on Kaepernick's teenage life and high school experience growing up as a Black child adopted by a white family.Kaepernick will narrate the series, which is expected to cast an actor to play a younger version of the quarterback. The series will also take a look...
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Shawn Johnson details her severe body image struggle
Ian MacNicol/Getty Images By GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, learning to love her body has been a years-long struggle.In a new video shared to her YouTube channel, Johnson told her fans that as a gymnast in the 2008 Olympic Games, she restricted her calories to 700 per day and as a result, she "would pass out during practice or after," and never had a menstrual cycle.Being in the "limelight" on Dancing With the Stars the next year only heightened her self-consciousness.Additionally, she felt lost without her sport, and without a purpose."I had...
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Seattle's new NHL venue will be completely carbon neutral
ronniechua/iStock By CARMEN COX, ABC News (SEATTLE) -- Seattle's new NHL expansion team will have a completely carbon-neutral venue to play in beginning in the 2021-22 season. Amazon purchased the building's naming rights, according to an announcement Thursday, and will call it Climate Pledge Arena. The company is modeling the hockey venue on The Climate Pledge, created by Amazon and Global Optimism, which calls on those who sign to be net zero carbon across businesses by 2040, NHL.com reports.Watch the report from ABC News below: Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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NBA says 16 players tested positive for COVID-19
cmannphoto/iStock By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The NBA has tested 302 players for the coronavirus and 16 players have tested positive, the organization said Friday."Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician," the NBA said in a statement. The NBA plans to resume its season with 22 teams on July 31 at the Disney complex in Florida.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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Sacramento Kings' Jabari Parker, Alex Len test positive for COVID-19
cmannphoto/iStock By ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) -- Two professional basketball players on the Sacramento Kings revealed Wednesday that they have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Kings forward Jabari Parker, 25, said he had received the positive results "several days ago" and "immediately" isolated himself in Chicago."I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well," Parker said in a statement released by the team. "I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season." Statement from Jabari Parker: pic.twitter.com/fn0WncpLi8 — Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 24, 2020 Kings center Alex...
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