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Yanks Most Valuable in MLB at $5 Billion, Forbes Estimates
04/10/2020 1:52am

Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseballs most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9 over last year and 47 more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last NFL ranking.The Yankees YES Network broadcasts Forbes SportsMoney television show.The Boston Red Sox are third at $3.3 billion, Forbes said Thursday, followed by the Chicago Cubs $3.2 billion, San Francisco $3.1 billion, the New York Mets $2.4 billion, St. Louis $2.2 billion and Philadelphia $2 billion.Miami was last at $980 million, a drop of $20 million. Also near the bottom were Kansas City $1.025 billion, Tampa Bay $1.05 billion, Cincinnati $1.075 billion and Oakland $1.1 billion. Forbes estimates the MLB average team value rose 4 from last year to $1.85 billion, the smallest annual appreciation since a 2 rise in 2010.

Feds Deny Claims of Misconduct in College Admissions Case
04/09/2020 4:43pm

Federal prosecutors denied allegations that investigators deliberately withheld and fabricated evidence to entrap actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents charged with cheating the college admissions process. Prosecutors told a judge in a legal document filed late Wednesday that he should reject the parents attempt to dismiss the charges, calling their claims of government misconduct baseless. Criminal defendants are entitled to a vigorous defense. But making baseless claims that evidence was fabricated to frame innocent parties goes too far, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank wrote. Lawyers for the parents have accused investigators of bullying their informant into lying and then concealing evidence that would support the parents claim that they believed the payments were legitimate donations that would benefit the schools, rather than bribes for coaches or officials. At issue are notes from the phone of the schemes admitted mastermind, admissions consultant Rick Singer, that were not given to the defense until February. In the notes, Singer, who was cooperating with investigators, says the FBI told him to lie in phone calls with the parents and say he told them the payments were bribes.Frank said prosecutors failure to hand over the notes earlier was simply a mistake and didnt cause any harm to the defense. Prosecutors say they first discovered the notes in October 2018 but didnt review them further because they believed they were written for his attorney and were protected by attorney-client privilege. Furthermore, in no way do the notes exonerate the parents, the prosecutor said. Just because neither Singer nor the defendants actually used the word bribe to describe the purported donations doesnt mean that they were legitimate. They were bribes, regardless of what Singer and the defendants called them, because, as the defendants knew, the corrupt insiders were soliciting the money in exchange for recruiting unqualified students, he wrote. Loughlin and Giannulli are scheduled to go to trial in October alongside six other parents charged in the case. The couple are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither girl was a rower. Prosecutors say plenty of evidence shows Loughlin and Giannulli understood the payments were bribes designed to get their daughters admitted into the school as bogus crew recruits. In one recorded call Singer told Loughlin that the IRS was auditing his sham charity but he said he didnt tell investigators about the couples donations helping the girls get into USC to do crew even though they didnt do crew. Loughlin responded: So we just so we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and thats it, end of story according to a transcript of the call.The defendants have suffered no prejudice, and their suggestion that the notes somehow exonerate them, or reveal that the evidence against them was fabricated, is demonstrably false, the prosecutor said. Nearly two dozen parents have pleaded guilty to charges that they paid bribes to rig college entrance exams or get their kids into top schools as fake athletic recruits. Others who have admitted to charges in the case include Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to have someone correct her daughters SAT answers.

Ex-MLB Star Josh Hamilton Indicted, Accused of Beating Daughter
04/09/2020 2:49am

Former Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has been indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his teenage daughter accused him of beating her.A Tarrant County grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on Monday. He remains free on $30,000 bondafter he turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 30. If convicted, he faces two to 10 years in prison.Hamiltons attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. The former MLB stars 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamiltons ex-wife, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her.According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamiltons daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30. She says she made a comment to Hamilton that upset him, and he threw a full water bottle overhand at her, hitting her in the chest, then cursed and shouted at her.He pulled away the chair on which she rested her feet and threw it, breaking the chair, she told detectives. It didnt hit her, but he then grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair where she was sitting. She fell to the floor, and he lifted her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom.The girl said at this point she was telling Hamilton, Im sorry. Upon reaching her bedroom door, he tossed the teen onto her bed, pressed her face onto the mattress and began hitting her legs with an open hand and closed fist.She said that after he finished striking her, he told her, I hope you go in front of the f judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I dont have to see you anymore and you dont have to come to my house again.As he left the room, Hamiltons daughter said he told her to gather her things for school. When she replied that she had already put them in the car, he responded, Well, arent you just the perfect child.Hamilton was the first overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay, but his career was nearly destroyed by cocaine and alcohol addictions. He returned to baseball with Cincinnati and made his big league debut in 2007, when he hit 19 homers in 90 games before being traded to the Rangers. He was part of their only two World Series teams 2010 and 2011 and was an All-Star five seasons in a row.In anawe-inspiring displayin the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008, the first-time All-Star led the American League with 130 RBI while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season. He hit four homers in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-homer game at Baltimore in 2012.Hamilton left the Rangers in free agency, signing a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season. He was recovering from shoulder surgery when the Angels traded him back to Texas in 2015 after his two injury-plagued seasons with Los Angeles. He played 50 games for Texas in 2015 before undergoing at least three more surgeries. He never played again.

NBA Players Could Refund Millions to Owners, Sources Say
04/08/2020 1:26am

National Basketball Association owners could get some financial relief in the form of returned pay in any compensation deal with players, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation.In an hour-long call on Tuesday afternoon, executives at the National Basketball Players Association NBPA, the players union, cleared up misinformation and told agents that any compensation deal constructed by the NBPA and league owners will include refunds on all NBA contracts.The repayments will hit hardest for players who receive their paychecks on a six-month cycle, who receive more money per pay cycle but dont get checks during the off-season.Agents usually prefer 12-month payment plans to protect players from over-spending, and to keep them from struggling once the season ends and paychecks stop rolling in. It will also hit hard for some players who received advance payments on their contracts.Teams often use advances to lure free agent players to sign deals sooner, at times offering full or partial payment of contracts upfront.According to the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the call was confidential, NBPA executive director Michelle Roberts offered no road map as to how owners will want to recover funds, but warned agents returns would be solicited should the league cancel the remainder of its games due to the coronavirus pandemic.According to the people, players under contracts that run past the current season could be partly spared, as owners could decide to recoup funds over the life of deals. But upcoming free agents who havent completed the last year of contracts could be forced to write checks to NBA owners if they got advances.Last month, New York Times reporter Marc Stein reported players who received advances include Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant scheduled to earn roughly$37 million this season and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin $34 million.He also said nine of super agent Rich Pauls clients atKlutch Sports Groupare on six-month pay cycles.According to the collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league, the NBA is already allowed to retain roughly 1 of players paychecks for each canceled game via force majeure that it, an unforeseeable event like a natural disaster or pandemic. ESPN reported the NBA and playersdiscussed a plan to withholdremaining salaries and place funds in a league escrow if games are canceled.One NBA agent who spoke to CNBC about the issue on condition of remaining anonymous believes the league may try to halt 50 of players remaining pay until the completion of the leagues 2019-20 accounting, which is expected in early July. Agents will also feel the trickle-down effect of players losing pay, as they will not receive commissions tied to contracts.Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul, who is president of the NBPA, told CNBC on Tuesday players communicate as best we can to stay afloat to league discussions involving compensation.Were aware, Paul said. As long as we have the conversations about it and try to make sure that guys are prepared as possible, I think well be fine.The NBA become the first league to suspend its season last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move triggered other pro sports leagues to follow.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said decisions about any return is still weeks away, but with this possible repayment clause included as part to any revised compensation deal, the regular-season portion of the NBA could be over.The NBA and NBPA did not return calls seeking comment.This story first appeared on CNBC.com. More from CNBC:New York coronavirus deaths jumped by 731 Monday, the biggest daily increase, Gov. Cuomo saysNew Jersey closes most public parks, extends emergency order as deaths surgeTheres a lot of anxiety as small businesses worry the loan money will run outThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Athletes Already Qualified for Tokyo Games Get to Keep Spots
04/07/2020 7:53pm

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots for the Tokyo Games are in for 2021 under redrawn qualifying regulations published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee.The IOC released its rewritten roadmap for qualifying for the games, which were rescheduled due to the coronavirus. Theyll be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year.The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021, and entry lists are due a week later. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures.Many sports allow athletes to qualify by compiling results over a series of events. The IOC urged the federations to find a balance between protecting those athletes who were close to qualifying based on the previous 2020 deadlines and also ensuring the best athletes at the Olympic Games by taking into consideration performances in 2021.The IOC announcement confirmed reports last week that the sports had agreed to let athletes keep spots they already had earned. It clarified a number of points, including the need for boxing to relax a rule that sets the top age in the sport at 40. It also requires sports such as gymnastics to decide whether to allow athletes who wouldve been too young to compete in 2020 to try to be eligible for 2021.The IOC also said athlete health is the guiding principle in the scheduling of any remaining Olympic qualification events. It urged sports not to confirm rescheduling until the impacts of COVID-19 can be assessed.Along those lines, World Athletics announced it was shutting down all qualifying procedures through Nov. 30. Its new window for qualifying will run from Dec. 1 through June 29, 2021.


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NBA Champion and DC native Quinn Cook releases his first children's book
04/07/2020 10:04pm

Former DeMatha High School basketball star reveals his first childrens book, titled The Cook Book.

Bobby Mitchell, first African American to play for Redskins, passes away at 84
04/05/2020 10:39pm

Mitchell played for the Redskins from 1962-68 as a halfback. He would then serve as an executive with Washington from his retirement up until 2002.

Prince George's County basketball coach dies from coronavirus
03/29/2020 11:43am

Burke worked as a basketball coach and a counselor at the high school in Hyattsville, Maryland.

RELIVE THE GAME: The Nationals win the 2019 World Series
03/28/2020 11:45am

We will never, ever get tired of watching the Nats bring home the victory. We know you arent either -- and now, the MLB is streaming all of Game 7 online.

What DMV sports fans are missing this week: Maryland basketball making a run in March Madness
03/22/2020 5:59pm

Both teams were playing well this season, and womens team was selected to host games in College Park during March Madness. We look at what you are missing in sports

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