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US Women's soccer stars hope 2019 World Cup inspires girls to 'believe in themselves'
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Women's National Team is just days away from heading to France for the 2019 Women's World Cup, a tournament they hope will inspire young girls."I just want girls to feel like they can believe in themselves and like they have a path to success," Alex Morgan said Friday on Good Morning America. "Whether they want to become a professional soccer player or not, I think that they can draw inspiration from us this summer on that."Team USA is fighting to win a second consecutive World Cup title at the tournament, which starts June...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/23/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEMiami 5 Detroit 2AMERICAN LEAGUENY Yankees 6 Baltimore 5Boston 8 Toronto 2Minnesota 16 LA Angels 7Tampa Bay 7 Cleveland 2Chi White Sox 4 Houston 0NATIONAL LEAGUENY Mets 6 Washington 4Pittsburgh 14 Colorado 6Philadelphia 9 Chi Cubs 7Atlanta 5 San Francisco 4, 13 InningsNATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSEASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS, GAME 5Toronto 105 Milwaukee 99 (TOR leads series 3-2)Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes has surgery on broken ankle, season likely over
Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Days after suffering multiple ankle fractures in an accident on his ranch, New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes underwent season-ending surgery, the team said Thursday.The 33-year-old Céspedes broke his right ankle in multiple places last weekend. The team did not provide significant details about the accident, other than to say Céspedes stepped in a hole on his ranch. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the accident did not involve a horse.Céspedes has not played this season, following two surgeries to remove calcification on both of his heels. He played...
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Warriors: Durant won't play at outset of NBA Finals, Cousins expected to return 'at some point'
Photo by Anthony Causi / ESPN Images (OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors announced on Thursday that Kevin Durant is "unlikely" to play in the first game of the NBA Finals with a calf strain.Durant suffered the injury in Game Five of the team's second round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors went on to win that series in six games, and swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals.The team remains hopeful that Durant could return at some point during the NBA Finals. They will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between...
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MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden unanimously chosen to All-NBA first team
Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Two of the three finalists for this year's NBA MVP award -- Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets -- were unanimous selections for the league's All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced Thursday. Joining the pair on the first team were Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić. By making his second consecutive All-NBA team, Antetokoumpo made himself eligible to receive the largest contract in NBA history next summer. The Bucks will be...
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Tiger Woods announces next tournament he'll play in
Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images (DUBLIN, Ohio) -- After missing the cut at the PGA Championship last week, Tiger Woods says he will take part in next week's Memorial Tournament hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus.Woods has won The Memorial five times. Last year he finished 23rd in the tournament.Since winning The Masters on April 14, Woods' two rounds at the PGA Championship is the only competitive golf he has played. "There's no reason why I can't get up to speed again and crank it back up," Woods told reporters after Round Two of the PGA Championship. "I've...
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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/22/19
iStock (NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEKansas City 8 St. Louis 2Tampa Bay 8 LA Dodgers 1Miami 6 Detroit 3St. Louis 10 Kansas City 3AMERICAN LEAGUEOakland 7 Cleveland 2Texas 2 Seattle 1NY Yankees 7 Baltimore 5Boston 6 Toronto 5, 13 InningsChi White Sox 9 Houston 4Minnesota at LA Angels 9:07 p.m., postponedNATIONAL LEAGUEMilwaukee 11 Cincinnati 9San Diego 5 Arizona 2Colorado 9 Pittsburgh 3NY Mets 6 Washington 1Chi Cubs 8 Philadelphia 4Atlanta 9 San Francisco 2MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERVancouver 2 New York 2Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in 2022
artisteer/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will now only include 32 teams after FIFA gave up its efforts to expand the field to 48 teams. Soccer's international governing body had been exploring the possible ways it could expand the field, either by involving neighboring countries or lowering certain FIFA requirements. A statement released Wednesday made clear that neither option was feasible on such short notice.In order to accommodate the 16 additional matches that the expanded field would require, FIFA had explored whether a nearby nation could host those matches. An internal report had already concluded that...
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ESPN: Michigan in talks with former star Juwan Howard to become next men's basketball coach
Moses Kinnah/iStock (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Former basketball star Juwan Howard is in talks to become the next head coach of his alma mater's men's basketball team, ESPN reports.Howard, a member of the University of Michigan's Fab Five recruiting class in 1991, helped the team reach two national championship games an an Elite Eight appearance. He played 19 seasons in the NBA and has spent the last six years as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat.Howard interviewed for NBA coaching jobs with at least three teams this spring. While no contract has been finalized, Howard reportedly became the frontrunner...
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Star pitcher David Cone discusses new book, New York Yankees
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Former MLB pitcher David Cone was known as one of the most impassioned and intelligent players of his era. The architect of one of the greatest games ever pitched, Cone's reputation as a pitcher has followed him into the broadcast booth, where he serves as a television analyst for Yankee games.Cone and fellow YES Network baseball analyst Jack Curry have teamed up write a new book, Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher. In a conversation with ABC News, Cone and Curry discuss their book and offer their thoughts on the current state of the New...
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