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(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is apologizing for off-the-cuff remarks she made during an interview with Rolling Stone about the 16-year-old victim of the Steubenville sexual assault case, in which two high school football players were sent to jail.
“I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written — what I supposedly said — is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame,” Williams said in a statement to ABC’s Good Morning America.
“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved — that of the rape victim and of the accused,” Williams wrote.
“I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields — anything I could do to support women I have done,” she added. “My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent 16 year old child.”
Williams’ remarks, published in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine fresh off her win at the French Open, drew widespread criticism after they were picked up by sports news website Deadspin.com.
Williams and the magazine interviewer were watching television when a news segment on the Ohio case aired. She said the 16-year-old victim “put herself in that position.”
“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. I’m not blaming the girl…but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people,” Williams said during the interview with Rolling Stone contributor Stephen Rodrick.
“She’s lucky…she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different,” she added.
Two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond were convicted of sexually assaulting the 16-year-old in March.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 12:04:39 PM
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Fresh off his win at Michigan, Greg Biffle is looking forward to racing this weekend at Sonoma.
"We are coming off a big win for us in Michigan and I’m looking forward to Sonoma," Biffle said on Tuesday. "I love road racing. As long as I can keep it on the track, keep the transmission in it and the brakes on it, I think we’ll have a top-five finish or even a chance at the win. I’m looking forward to getting to Sonoma and having some fun."
Biffle sits in eighth in the Sprint Cup points standings and has two top-five and four top-10 finishes at the Sonoma track. He has started at Sonoma 10 times in the Sprint Cup series and has three top five finishes this season.
"After our win at Michigan we are looking to carry that momentum into Sonoma. This weekend is a good change of pace from the short tracks and ovals we’ve been at. Sonoma is a track with an abrasive surface. It’s hard on tires, which makes for different strategies during the race. Tire management and race management will determine the winner," Biffle's Crew Chief Matt Puccia said.
Biffle finished in seventh last year at the Sonoma track.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 11:40:00 AM
(BOSTON) -- Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell returned to the locker room on Tuesday almost two weeks after breaking his right leg while blocking a shot.
"I feel good," Campbell said Tuesday. "I mean, it's been eight or nine days. I had the surgery a week ago Monday. Obviously, naturally you have that progression where there's a little bit of pain coming out of surgery. But everybody did a great job, treated me extremely well. The pain subsided very quickly. There's not much I can do at this point, just kind of let it heal."
The injury occurred June 5 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Penguins, but Campbell was in high spirits. He was asked how it feels to be watching his team play in the Stanley Cup Finals, up 2-1 in the series to the Blackhawks.
"I'm extremely proud of my teammates and fortunate to be here, fortunate to have been part of the run that I was on. Now I'm cheering them on pretty loudly," he said.
Campbell is expected to be ready for Bruins training camp.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 10:50:00 AM
(DETROIT) -- Pavel Datsyuk will be staying in Detroit. The Red Wings and Datsyuk agreed on a three-year contract Tuesday.
The extension is worth $22.5 million total, according to ESPN.com. Datsyuk cannot sign the deal until July 5 because he is in the last year of his current contract.
"We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
"This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none," Holland continued.
The four-time All-Star scored 15 goals and 49 points in the 48-game shortened season.
The Red Wings were eliminated by the Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 08:45:00 AM
(BOSTON) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa is likely to play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night after missing Game 3 with an undisclosed injury.
"Not going to go exactly where the injury is or [when it] occurred, but I'm going to say he's likely to play," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Hossa was scratched right before the start of the game, which the Blackhawks lost 2-0.
Quenneville went on to say that Hossa has an upper body injury, and that had a negative effect on the lineup.
The 34-year-old Hossa has been one of the Blackhawks' most important players over the past four seasons, scoring 95 regular-season goals during that timespan. Hossa is tied for the team lead with 15 playoff points.
The Bruins currently hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 06:57:00 AM
(SANDY, Utah) -- Jozy Altidore seems to come through when his team needs him the most.
He scored a goal in his fourth-straight international match to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to a 1-0 win over Honduras in a World Cup qualifying game Tuesday night.
"We always told him from a coaching perspective that it takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of adjustment, it takes the right moment to be there, it takes the hunger," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "The energy he has put in the last four or five games has been tremendous. It's not only that he scored those goals, the work he does for the team is awesome."
The United States improved to 4-1-1 and now find themselves on the verge of another World Cup berth.
"We're trying to keep our feet on the ground, of course," U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard said after the team earned its second-consecutive shutout. "But going back over the last 15-20 years, we know what points total gets you to the World Cup. So it's been a hugely successful summer."
Honduras fell to 2-3-1 with the loss.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 04:46:00 AM
(ATLANTA) -- If Tuesday was any indication, the future seems pretty bright for the New York Mets.
Matt Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Zack Wheeler dazzled in his first MLB start and the Mets took both games of a day/night doubleheader from the Atlanta Braves.
"I hope people saw this," said manager Terry Collins, no doubt referring to New York's long-suffering NL fans. "Certainly they're going to enjoy watching these two guys for a long time. They're going to be around."
Harvey struck out a career-high 13 batters on the way to his first victory since May 17 as the Mets edged the Braves 4-3. Bobby Parnell closed the game out for his 10th save of the season.
Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings in the nightcap to complete the sweep. The Mets won that game 6-1.
"I had some jitters going at first," said Wheeler after the game. "Then I settled down a little bit, probably the fourth or fifth inning I think it was, found a rhythm, settled down, and I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 02:15:00 AM
(MIAMI) -- LeBron James did everything in his power to save the Miami Heat's season, but the NBA Finals would have ended Tuesday night if weren't for Ray Allen.
Allen hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 95 with 5.2 seconds remaining in regulation to help send the game in overtime.
The extra period belonged to the Heat, as they ralled to top the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 and force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Thursday night.
"They're the best two words in sports: Game 7," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
James finished with yet another triple-double for the Heat, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds.
"We seen the championship board already out there, the yellow tape. And you know, that's why you play the game to the final buzzer," James said. "And that's what we did tonight. We gave it everything that we had and more."
Tim Duncan paced the Spurs with 30 points and 17 rebounds, but was shut out after the third quarter. He scored 25 points before halftime, and looked eager to lead the Spurs to their fifth NBA title.
The Spurs seemed to be well on their way to ending the series, but blew a five point lead with less than a minute remaining.
"It's a tough moment. We were a few seconds away from winning the championship and we let it go," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said after committing a career-high eight turnovers in the loss. "A couple rebounds we didn't catch, a tough 3 by Ray and a couple missed free throws. It's a very tough moment."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/19/2013 00:28:14 AM
(NEW YORK) --NBA Finals Game 5: Miami Heat 103 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (OT) (Series tied, 3-3)
MLB: Boston Red Sox 5 (43-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (36-34) Game One
Boston Red Sox 3 (44-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (36-35) Game Two
Cleveland Indians 4 (35-35) – Kansas City Royals 3 (34-35)
Baltimore Orioles 5 (41-31) – Detroit Tigers 2 (39-30)
Chicago Cubs 4 (29-40) – St. Louis Cardinals 2 (45-26)
Toronto Blue Jays 8 (34-36) – Colorado Rockies 3 (37-35)
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (42-29) – Cincinnati Reds 0 (43-29)
Philadelphia Phillies 4 (35-37) – Washington Nationals 2 (34-36)
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (38-33) - Miami Marlins 2 (22-48)
Houston Astros 10 (27-45) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (28-41)
Oakland Athletics 6 (43-30) - Texas Rangers 2 (39-32)
Minnesota Twins 7 (31-36) - Chicago White Sox 5 (29-39)
San Francisco Giants 5 (36-34) - San Diego Padres 4 (36-35)
Seattle Mariners 3 (32-40) - Los Angeles Angels 2 (31-40) 10 Innings
New York Mets 4 (26-40) – Atlanta Braves 3 (42-29) Game One
New York Mets 6 (27-40) – Atlanta Braves 1 (42-30) Game Two
Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39) – New York Yankees (38-31) postponed due to rain
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 23:06:26 PM
(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts investigators plan to interview New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of a man police call an "associate" of player No. 81, ABC News has learned.
Hernandez's jersey number is 81.
Hernandez has been uncooperative with police since the body of a 27-year-old man was found in an industrial park not far from the Patriot player's North Attleboro home, two law enforcement sources told ABC News.
A rental vehicle with Rhode Island plates was recovered near the scene, which led investigators to Hernandez, sources told ABC News.
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter confirmed in a press statement that a body was found around 5:30 p.m. Monday in a clearing near John Dietsch Boulevard. Sutter said that based on the "nature and circumstances" of the body that the investigation would be handed over to Massachusetts state police detectives.
Hernandez is spending the off-season recovering from a shoulder scope.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 17:57:27 PM
(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The city of San Jose filed a lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday against Major League Baseball, accusing the league of taking part in an illegal conspiracy to limit competition by blocking the Oakland Athletics from moving to San Jose.
The San Francisco Giants own territorial rights to San Jose and have objected to the potential move. The A’s claim those territorial rights were temporarily given to the Giants when they were trying to build a ballpark in San Jose in the early '90s. The lawsuit claims that territorial rights reduce competition and harm consumers.
“The lawsuit is an unfounded attack on the fundamental structures of a professional sports league," MLB said in a statement. "It is regrettable that the city has resorted to litigation that has no basis in law or in fact.”
The A’s have been playing in Oakland since 1968, when they moved there from Kansas City.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 17:52:58 PM
(LONDON) -- Venus Williams has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon due to a lower back injury.
The 33-year-old Williams has played in 16 consecutive Wimbledons, winning the women’s singles title in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Last year, she lost in the opening round of the grass court tournament to Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-1, 6-3.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion has played in only three matches over the last two-plus months due to her bad back. In last month’s French Open, she lost in three sets to 40th-ranked Urszula Radwanska of Poland.
Williams is currently ranked 34th in the world.
This year's Wimbledon tournament begins June 24.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 17:50:34 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Other than the actual games themselves, flopping is a major story line during the NBA playoffs once again. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki doesn't think there is anything the NBA will be able to do about it.
Players selling contact to officials to draw penalties on the opposing team is nothing new, but this season the NBA instituted a system to fine players who flop during a game. Even though fines have occurred, the flopping has continued.
Nowitzki doesn't think there's anything the NBA can do about it.
"We're never going to get rid of it," Nowitzki said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "But you got to limit it. It's part of sports. It's part of winning. Some people are smart and do a little extra thing to kind of sell the call. To me, that's part of sports."
Nowitzki's head coach, Rick Carlisle, recently said that the NBA rules committee is in the process of reviewing the flopping policy to see if it can make it more effective.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 12:22:47 PM
(NEW YORK) -- Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is one of the brightest/youngest hitting prospects in baseball, which is why the team will do whatever it takes to keep him in the big leagues.
Profar was originally called up because of an injury to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Kinsler returned from the disabled list recently, leaving Profar in limbo. Instead of sending him back to Triple-A, the team will try using him in the outfield.
The team wants to use Profar in a super-utility role in order to keep his bat in the lineup. Rangers manager Ron Washington also said he wants to make Profar a "functional left fielder."
Profar has never played outfield in his professional career, but the team will give him a week or so to learn the position and see if he can make a successful transition.
The 20-year-old Profar has hit .276 with two home runs and 24 hits in 23 games so far this year. The experiment has already begun as Profar was the team's designated hitter Monday night against the Oakland Athletics. Hitting leadoff, Profar went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 10:44:18 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Carlos Marmol's run as the Chicago Cubs' closer in recent years has been up and down at best. After his latest blown save, one of his teammates, Alfonso Soriano, voiced his frustration.
On Sunday against the New York Mets, the Cubs had a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning...until Marmol came into the game. He wound up giving up four earned runs and in the process blowing the game.
Soriano, who's been with the Cubs since 2007, is tired of seeing the team blow late-inning leads.
"When we have a 99 [-percent] chance to win the game, it's very tough the last inning," Soriano said. "Three outs left and we lost the game. It's unacceptable ... It's hard to swallow. We thought we swept those guys and had some momentum going to St. Louis. It's not a good feeling."
"I don't know. It depends on him," Soriano said when asked about Marmol. "He used to be good. I think he's good, but he's lost a little bit of his confidence, and this game is all about confidence. I hope he gets it back and becomes the Marmol I know."
Dating back to 2009, Marmol has 109 saves, but 25 blown saves as well during that time.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 09:52:46 AM
(BOSTON) -- Tuukka Rask continued his hot play stopping all 28 shots the Chicago Blackhawks fired on him, as the Boston Bruins blank the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals Monday night, 2-0.
The Bruins now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-1.
"He's been focused since day one of the playoffs," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said when talking about Rask's third shutout of the postseason. "You watch him on off days. ...You watch him quiet, focused, calm. ...Right now all his energy is put towards his game and how he needs to get his rest and relax so when the game starts he's a focused individual. I've never seen a guy so calm and confident with the way he's played."
Another development in this series is the Bruins' new line consisting of Daniel Paille, Tyler Seguin and Chris Kelly. Julien put the three together in the second period of Game 2, and the line has now scored three of the Bruins' last four goals. One of those goals occurred in the second period of the game when Daniel Paille scored the eventual game winner.
"We (Bruins) fed off their energy and the way they got the momentum for us with that huge goal," Patrice Bergeron told the NHL Network when talking about the new line. "Even before that they had some great shifts. It's obviously huge at this time of year to have that line going and we're feeding off of them."
Bergeron also made his mark on this game. He scored just seconds after a Bruins' 5-on-3 advantage expired in the second period, when Jaromir Jagr slid a slick pass through the crease and between Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford right to Bergeron for the goal.
Corey Crawford turned in another good performance, making 33 saves in the loss.
Game 4 is set for Wednesday in Boston. The puck is set to drop at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 04:22:24 AM
(NEW YORK) -- The Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms on a four-year, $21.5 million deal with newly acquired defenseman Mark Streit, ESPNNewYork.com reported Monday.Streit's deal can't become official until Philadelphia clears some cap room according to the source.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 04:15:41 AM
(SACRAMENTO, Calif) -- The Sacramento Kings have a new owner, a new head coach and now a new general mangager.The Kings formally introduced Pete D'Alessandro as their new GM Monday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Pete D'Alessandro to the Sacramento Kings," Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said. "In our GM search, we sought to secure the best and brightest in the game, and after an extensive search, we found the perfect individual. Pete is exactly the type of leader we need to help build a championship team in the 21st century NBA."D'Alessandro spent the last three seasons with the Denver Nuggets. For the 2012-13 season, D'Alessandro was the Nuggets vice president of basketball operations, a season in which the Nuggets finished with their best record (57-25) in franchise history.
Before heading to Denver, D'Alessandro spent 2004-08 with the Golden State Warriors, serving first as director of basketball operations and later as the assistant general manager.
"I'm excited about returning to Northern California, particularly at this time in the history of Sacramento," D'Alessandro said. "I want to thank Vivek for giving me this opportunity to be part of guiding the Kings back to greatness. I'm anxious to begin working towards building this exciting new era for the franchise."
Copyright 2013, ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 04:10:50 AM
(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list Monday, with a strained right shoulder.After being scratched from his previous start because of muscle stiffness near his shoulder, Sanchez was pulled from Saturday's game after pitching just 3 2/3 innings because his velocity was down.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 04:07:34 AM
(NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Game 3: Boston Bruins 2 – Chicago Blackhawks 0 (Bruins lead series, 2-1)
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 5 (34-37) – Washington Nationals 4 (34-35)
Cincinnati Reds 4 (43-28) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (41-29)
Kansas City Royals 2 (34-34) – Cleveland Indians 1 (34-35)
Toronto Blue Jays 2 (33-36) – Colorado Rockies 0 (37-34)
Detroit Tigers 5 (39-29) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (40-31)
Texas Rangers 8 (39-31) - Oakland Athletics 7 (42-30)
Chicago White Sox 4 (29-38) - Houston Astros 2 (26-45)
Los Angeles Angels 11 (31-39) - Seattle Mariners 3 (31-40)
St. Louis Cardinals 5 (45-25) - Chicago Cubs 2 (28-40)
Miami Marlins 3 (22-47) - Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (37-33)
Atlanta Braves 2 (42-38) - New York Mets 1 (25-40)
San Diego Padres 5 (36-34) - San Francisco Giants 3 (35-34) 13-Innings
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 23:14:13 PM
(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee Bucks point guard Monta Ellis has informed the club that he intends to opt out of the last year of his contract, according to ESPN. The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have interest in acquiring Ellis.
The 27-year-old Ellis has one year remaining on his contract worth $11 million. He originally signed a six-year, $66 million deal with Golden State in 2008. The Warriors dealt him to the Bucks in March 2012 along with forward Epke Udoh and center Kwame Brown for center Andrew Bogut and guard Stephen Jackson.
In 82 games with Milwaukee this season, Ellis averaged 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and six assists per game.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 18:25:53 PM
(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets have hired Tim Connelly as their new executive vice president of basketball operations, the team announced on Monday.
The 36-year-old Connelly will take over for NBA executive of the year Masai Ujiri, who left to become the general manager of the Toronto Raptors. Connelly had been working for the New Orleans Pelicans as an assistant GM.
“We are extremely excited to have Tim join the Denver Nuggets organization,” Nuggets team president Josh Kroenke said. “He comes from a great basketball background, possesses an incredibly strong work ethic and is a wonderful person. His passion and energy for the game of basketball are contagious and I am confident that he will be a great fit with us in Denver.”
With a new executive in place, the Nuggets are expected to turn their sights towards hiring a new head coach to replace NBA coach of the year George Karl, with whom the team recently parted ways.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 18:23:20 PM
(NEW YORK) -- After New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft came out and admitted Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring during a business trip back in 2005, Putin and his camp are now denying the theft ever happened.
While giving a speech last Thursday, Kraft claimed that during a trip to Russia, he let Putin put on the ring and instead of giving it back to him, Putin put it in his pocket and walked away with it.
Kraft wanted the ring back, but was apparently told by White House officials to let it go and give it as a gift in order to preserve relations between the two sides. Now, Putin and his staff are denying any kind of theft or deception.
Responding to Kraft's accusation, a Putin spokesman said, "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird. I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."
The Super Bowl 39 ring currently sits in the Kremlin Library.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 10:46:01 AM
(NEW YORK) -- NFL scouts will be all over Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel this fall as he prepares to follow up his Heisman Trophy-winning season. As it turns out, Manziel could already have the NFL on his mind.
According to a Dallas Morning News report, Manziel tweeted, "Bulls--- like tonight is a reason I can't wait to leave college station...whenever it may be."
Manziel quickly deleted the tweet, but did post a follow-up, "Don't ever forget that I love A&M with all my heart, but please walk a day in my shoes."
In 2012, Manziel became the first Freshman to win the Heisman Trophy after setting SEC single-season records in total offensive yards (3,706 passing, 1,410 rushing) as touchdowns (47), and led the team to a 11-2 record.
This is not the first time Manziel has gotten attention from his Twitter activities. Back in March, he stopped tweeting after telling ESPN.com that social media "can get to be distracting at points." He resumed tweeting in April.
Manziel's future has been a hot topic ever since he took home the Heisman. After the 2013 season, Manziel would be eligible to declare for the NFL Draft.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 10:00:27 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers fans were likely thrilled to hear the team was deep in negotiations on a contract extension with pitcher Clayton Kershaw. But Kershaw is not too pleased that people found out about the talks.
Over the weekend, there were reports that the two sides were nearing a seven-year contract worth around $180 million. Kershaw was asked on Sunday about the negotiations, and was less than thrilled to hear his negotiations have gone public.
"I think the reason we've been able to continue discussions for this long is that it's not been talked about," Kershaw told reporters. "And now that I have to talk about it, it's a distraction because people are talking about it. I guess you'll have to talk to the Dodgers as to why it came out. I don't love the fact that I have to talk about it."
"We kind of had an agreement that we weren't going to talk about it. It didn't come from our side. I'm going to hold up my end of the bargain and not talk about it," Kershaw added.
The Dodgers would be well served to lock up Kershaw. The 25-year-old is arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Through 15 starts this season, Kershaw leads the National League in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 09:46:18 AM
(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Outfielder Wil Myers is headed to the big leagues.
Myers, last year's Minor League Player of the Year, was called up by the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday."It's something that we've been deliberating for a while, and his recent hot streak certainly accelerated the conversations," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "As we've talked about since Spring Training, when we felt like he was ready, it would be important to auger out a spot for him. Over the last week, we spent a lot more time thinking about it, talking about it, and we felt like injecting one more bat against right-handed pitching that we felt like had a chance to do some damage was something that we wanted to do. We think he'll fit right in with our group and be one of nine in our offensive unit to score runs."Myers was acquired in a seven-player trade with the Kansas City Royals this past offseason, in which the Rays sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.
In 64 games for Triple-A Durham this season, the 22-year-old Myers has hit .284 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs.To make room for Myers, the Rays optioned infielder Ryan Roberts to Durham.
Myers will join the team in Boston on Tuesday.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 03:51:28 AM
(NEW YORK) -- Nineteen-year-old Croatian forward Dario Saric will withdraw his name from the 2013 NBA Draft, Saric's agent Marc Cornstein told ESPN on Sunday.Saric has signed his letter to withdraw and Cornstein will deliver it to the NBA Monday, the last day players can withdraw.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 03:47:13 AM
(ANAHEIM) -- New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira had an MRI Sunday that revealed no new tear in his right wrist, only inflammation.Teixeira first injured the wrist in early March while hitting off a tee in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. The injury resulted in Teixeira missing the first 53 games of the season.
"There's inflammation, and even though he's hurt, that's probably the best-case scenario we could have got," Yankees skipper Joe Girardi said. "That's a good thing. If he was to re-tear it, that would probably be it for the season."
Teixeira felt pain in the wrist in the Yankees' game versus the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, and was removed in the fourth inning.
"He's not a player for at least a couple days," Girardi said. "We'll re-evaluate him after a couple days and see where we're at."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 03:42:51 AM
(SAN ANTONIO) -- Apparently Manu Ginobili just needed to get in the game earlier.
Ginobili, who struggled the first four games of the NBA Finals, was in the starting lineup Sunday night for the first time since the 2012 Western Conference Finals, and scored 24 points and dished out 13 assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs past the Miami Heat 114-104 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The Spurs now lead the series 3-2.
Ginobili averaged 7.5 points per game in the first four games of the series, but shot 8-for-14 Sunday, giving him his highest scoring output since June 4, 2012.
"He was more aggressive...He looked for his shot a bit more," Spurs forward Tim Duncan said when explaining Ginobili's offensive performance. "On top of that he let the game come to him. He made some great plays, got the floor spread for him, got to attack the basket and just got more opportunities than anything."
Spurs guard Danny Green also had a big night. Green shot 6-for-10 from 3-point land and broke Heat guard Ray Allen's NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made in a series. Green now has 25 3-pointers for the series, passing Allen's record of 22.
"I've had some heat flashes in my day," Green said when referring to his hot shooting. "I don't think for this long a period of a time. But this season has been a pretty good shooting season for me. I've had a couple of games, but not multiple games back-to-back where it's been carried over. Right now everything is working well for me."
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James each scored 25 points in the loss.
Game 6 is Tuesday in Miami. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. Eastern, on ABC.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 00:05:01 AM
(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 6 (40-30) - Boston Red Sox 3 (42-29)
New York Mets 4 (25-39) - Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39)
Miami Marlins 7 (21-47) - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (44-25)
Cleveland Indians 2 (34-34) - Washington Nationals 0 (34-34)
Cincinnati Reds 5 (42-28) - Milwaukee Brewers 1 (28-40)
Kansas City Royals 5 (33-34) - Tampa Bay Rays 3 (36-33)
Detroit Tigers 5 (38-24) - Minnesota Twins 2 (30-36)
Houston Astros 5 (26-44) - Chicago White Sox 4 (28-38)
Toronto Blue Jays 7 (32-36) - Texas Rangers 2 (38-31)
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (41-28) - Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (29-39)
San Diego Padres 4 (35-34) - Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (37-32)
Colorado Rockies 5 (37-33) - Philadelphia Phillies 2 (33-37)
New York Yankees 6 (38-31) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-39)
Oakland Athletics 10 (42-29) - Seattle Mariners 2 (31-39)
Atlanta Braves 3 (41-28) - San Francisco Giants 0 (35-33)
NBA Finals - Game 5: San Antonio Spurs 114 - Miami Heat 104
NASCAR: Greg Biffle won the Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
U.S. Open Golf Championship - Final Round:
1. Justin Rose E (F)
T2. Phil Mickelson 3 (F)
T2. Justin Day 3 (F)
T4. Jason Dufner 5 (F)
T4. Ernie Els 5 (F)
T4. Billy Horschel 5 (F)
T4. Hunter Mahan 5 (F)
T32. Tiger Woods 13 (F)
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/16/2013 20:00:00 PM
(ARDMORE, Pa.) -- Justin Rose took home his first major of his career on Sunday, holding off Phil Mickelson to win the U.S. Open by two shots.
Rose, 32, watched Lefty on his last hole from the Merion clubhouse and celebrated with his wife. The win ended a 43-year drought for England in the U.S. Open.
Rose shot a 70 on Sunday and finished 1-over 281 for the tournament.
Mickelson had a chance to force a playoff on the 18th hole, but missed a putt on the green to finish with a 74 and tied for second with Jason Day. This is now the sixth time Mickelson has finished second at Merion.
Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Billy Horschel, and Hunter Mahan all finished tied for fourth.
Tiger Woods finished 13-over 293 and tied for 32nd.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/16/2013 19:40:00 PM
(HALLE, Germany) -- Roger Federer has a win under his belt, finally. Federer snapped a 10-month run of 11 tournaments with a win on Sunday.
Federer beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open for his 77th career title.
"I've won a lot but not so much in the last 10 months, although I feel I'd been playing well," Federer said. "But the others were playing better."
The win at Halle put Federer tied for third on the all-time list in wins with John McEnroe.
"The first set was very close; it could have gone either way. I had to fight very hard to stay in the second. My serve saved me today," Federer said. "At the end I was just a bit steadier."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/16/2013 17:19:42 PM