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Usain Bolt reveals girlfriend Kasi Bennett is pregnant

Nick Caito / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Olympian Usain Bolt is officially adding to his family tree.

The retired sprinter and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, announced they're expecting their first child together.

An excited Bolt shared the news in a new Instagram post on Thursday, showing a photo of a pregnant Bennett wearing a billowing red dress.

"I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b," he wrote, captioning the image.

Bennett also took to Instagram to share the news, along with additional photos from her pregnancy shoot.

"Our biggest blessing," she captioned one photo, where she's seen posing on the deck of a boat.

In another photo, captioned "Our greatest celebration," Bennett holds a bouquet of balloons as she gives a big smile.

In a final photo, Bennett, a marketing manager, cradles her belly and offers the caption, "Our golden child Coming soon..."

In May 2017, Bolt spoke about his interest in settling down and having kids.

"I have [had] a girlfriend for four years now [and] it’s going steadily, so we’re thinking about kids very soon," the Jamaican sprinter told People. "We’ll see how it goes, we’re taking our time."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/23/20

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 124, Cleveland 112
L.A. Lakers 128, Brooklyn 113
Dallas 133, Portland 125

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Indiana 67, Michigan St. 63
Houston 63, UConn 59
Colorado 78, Washington St. 56
Oregon 79, Southern Cal 70 -- Double OT

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Newly renamed Las Vegas Raiders pledge $500,000 to erase school lunch debt in Nevada

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The Silver and Black officially have been renamed the Las Vegas Raiders, and one of the organization's first orders of business is helping eliminate meal debt in Nevada.

The first order of business for the Las Vegas Raiders?

Eliminating the meal debt across the entire state of Nevada: https://t.co/RW1hF0lMVn pic.twitter.com/liZC5wMHaY

— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) January 23, 2020

At a press conference after the renaming ceremony on Wednesday, the team announced it would pledge $500,000 toward eliminating meal debt through the Nevada Community Foundation.

Nevada schools that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, a federally assisted program that operates in public and non-profit charter schools, will work with NCF to eliminate existing school meal debt, according to a press release.

"Today," Raiders owner Mark Davis said, "we want to make a donation to the Nevada Department of Agriculture meal service program, which feeds kids lunch and breakfast at the schools. We are hoping to eliminate the debt that the entire state of Nevada has."

"When families are not able to pay for school meals and do not qualify for federal free or reduced priced meals, debt is accrued at the school level. This donation will fill the gap between schools and families who cannot afford to pay their school meal debt," according to the team's release.

Funds will be allocated through the NCF in conjunction with the Raiders and the Nevada Department of Agriculture, administrator of the state's National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

"We are proud to partner with the Las Vegas Raiders as the administrator of the organization's community fund that will retire the cumulative school meal debt for eligible institutions currently participating in NSLP and SBP with the Nevada Department of Agriculture," said Gian Brosco, president and CEO of the Nevada Community Foundation. "As the Raiders prepare for their official arrival as our state's first-ever NFL team, their positive impact on our community continues to grow as evidenced by this significant gesture."

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Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty accused of punching boy during photo shoot

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Gritty, the highly popular mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, is known for his antics both on and off the ice -- but one family alleges that he may have gone too far after accusing the mascot of punching a 13-year-old boy.
 
Philadelphia Police say that they are investigating the alleged physical assault, which the family says happened in November 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Chris Greenwell took his 13-year-old son to meet the mascot but when the teen had his picture taken with Gritty, the boy allegedly tapped the mascot’s head, which led Gritty to lunge out of his chair and punch the boy in the back, according to allegations reported by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI-TV.

Greenwell said that his son was hit so hard that he suffered a back bruise requiring medical attention, according to documents obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Philadelphia Flyers, however, say that an internal investigation found no evidence to suggest the event ever happened.

Gritty debuted as the Flyers' mascot in September 2018 and the large, furry orange creature was an instant hit. He was voted as the number one mascot in the National Hockey League just six months later in March 2019.

Gritty has a Twitter account with almost 300,000 followers, as well as website that describes him as having “bully” tendencies as well as being “loyal but mischievous” and “talented but feisty.”

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Arrest warrant issued for former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- Police issued an arrest warrant for former NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown on Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a truck driver.

Brown, 31, and his trainer, Glenn Holt, were both accused of assaulting a moving truck driver outside of the football player's home in Hollywood, Florida, on Tuesday over a disagreement about the moving fees.

Holt was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of burglary with battery, according to police. Officers said they attempted to make contact with Brown to question him, but were unsuccessful.

The warrant charges the free agent receiver with one count of burglary with battery, one count of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and one count of criminal mischief.

Police said they had been to his home at least four times in the past month due to domestic disturbance calls.

Holt’s attorney, Eric Rudenberg, told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV that police claimed there had been a disagreement between movers about some items belonging Brown.

The driver was reportedly there to deliver items that Brown had stored in California, but the athlete initially refused to pay the $4,000 fee, according to a police report obtained by WPLG. The driver had attempted to leave with the delivery items still in his truck when Brown allegedly threw a rock, damaging the vehicle, the report said.

At one point, Brown allegedly entered the truck's cabin and began to assault the driver. Holt approached the cab a short time later and attempted to grab the keys to the truck and caused cuts and scratches to the driver, according to WPLG.

Holt, 35, was out on bond as of Wednesday evening. His attorney said he intends to plead not guilty.

"I’m glad the state attorney's office was reasonable here and agreed to a bond that my client can afford," Rudenberg told WPLG. "This is a serious charge, but these allegations are way overblown."

Brown found himself at the center of controversy last year when he asked to be released from the Oakland Raiders after the franchise awarded him a contract that included $30 million in guarantees.

He was released by Oakland and later signed with the New England Patriots, but the team cut him in September when a former trainer accused him of rape and sexual assault. Brown's release from the team coincided with a report in Sports Illustrated that another woman accused Brown of sexual harassment while she was working at his home.

Brown's lawyer has denied the sexual assault allegations.

The receiver was a star with the Pittsburgh Steelers for nine seasons, totaling seven Pro Bowl appearances and four first-team All Pro selections.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/22/20

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Oklahoma City 120, Orlando 114
Toronto 107, Philadelphia 95
Detroit 127, Sacramento 106
Atlanta 102, L.A. Clippers 95
L.A. Lakers 100, New York 92
Boston 119, Memphis 95
Miami 134, Washington 129 -- OT
Houston 121, Denver 105
Chicago 117, Minnesota 110
Indiana 112, Phoenix 87
San Antonio 121, New Orleans 117
Utah 129, Golden State 96

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 4, Winnipeg 3
Minnesota 4, Detroit 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville 68, Georgia Tech 64
Dayton 86, St. Bonaventure 60
Seton Hall 73, Providence 64
Auburn 80, South Carolina 67
Iowa 85, Rutgers 80
Tulsa 80, Memphis 40

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Kansas vs. Kansas State basketball game ends with bench-clearing brawl

cmannphoto/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Tuesday night's NCAA basketball showdown between rivals Kansas and Kansas State was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the final seconds that saw players from both sides throwing punches.

Kansas had a 22-point lead and was trying to dribble out the clock with just seconds remaining when Kansas State's DaJuan Gordon stripped the ball from Silvio De Sousa who then chased Gordon down and fouled him as he was attempting a layup.

As Gordon lay on the floor, De Sousa stood over him, leading players on both sides to begin pushing and shoving each other.

Players poured onto the court as punches were thrown. At one point De Sousa lifted a stool over his head.

Coaches and security officers pulled players off the court as referees ejected all the players who had left their benches.

"That was an embarrassment on our part, for the role that we played it in" said Kansas coach Bill Self after the game. "There will be consequences that I'm sure I'll announce tomorrow for that role, as soon as I'm able to study it and come to grips with all of it."

"You win with class and you lose with class," said Wildcats coach Bruce Weber. "Disappointing that anything had to happen at the end and that's all I can say. It's probably my fault but I had told them not to press, not to foul, I told them to back off but the kids are young guys and they want to play hard."

Kansas State was awarded technical free throws after the melee. Kansas ended up with the 81-60 win.

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Derek Jeter, Larry Walker inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame will have two new stars joining its ranks this year.

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were voted into the Hall Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Jeter, a former shortstop for the New York Yankees who served as the team’s captain for 12 seasons, received 99.7% of the vote, falling one vote shy of getting in unanimously. Had he received all 397 ballots, he would have joined his former Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as only the second player in history to be selected unanimously. Rivera, a former relief pitcher and closer for the Yankees, achieved the feat last year.

Meanwhile, Walker, a former right fielder for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals, was selected on his 10th year on the ballot with 76.6% of the vote.

Jeter and Walker are slated to be officially welcomed as the newest members of the Hall on July 26 in Cooperstown, New York.

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NFL unveils PSA about man killed in own home by police

Alex Burstow/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- The NFL unveiled a public service announcement on Wednesday centered around the story of Botham Jean, an unarmed black man who was fatally shot in his own home by an off-duty police officer.

The 26-year-old St. Lucia native was killed on Sept. 6., 2018 in Dallas when Amber Guyger entered his apartment, mistaking it for her own one floor below, and fired a fatal shot at Jean. He was eating ice cream when he was killed.

The PSA released by the NFL is narrated by Jean's mother, Allison Jean, his sister, Alissa Findley, and also features his father, Bertram Jean. It is the latest move that the league has taken as part of its "Inspire Change" initiative, which was launched in January 2019.

Pictures of Botham growing up flash across the screen as his family members share memories of him and a message about racial justice, unity and forgiveness.

"The launch serves as the third PSA of The Responsibility Program, a joint initiative between Roc Nation and the NFL to unveil PSAs that raise awareness about the need to come together to create change in our communities and respect one another," according to information provided by the NFL to ABC News.

The partnership with hip-hop mogul Jay Z's record label was announced in August and focuses on music and social justice.

"I'm thankful that the NFL created this PSA to honor Botham's legacy and deliver an important message about empathy and unity," Findley told ABC News in a statement. "I truly hope that our society learns from Botham's story -- and the stories of many others -- so we can make a lasting change in this world. Together, we must all set a better example for future generations and leaders."

"What I hope to see happening is that our black boys are not seen as a threat," Allison Jean says in the PSA.

Guyger, now a former Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in October and could be eligible for parole in five years -- a verdict that appeared to disappoint some of Jean's family members at the trial.

"The color of my skin can be perceived as a weapon and it's not. What has happened to Botham should not happen to another family," Findley said.

In the PSA, Bertram Jean references an extraordinary moment from the trial when Brandt Jean -- the brother of the victim -- took the witness stand and spoke directly to Guyger, saying, "I love you like anyone else," and later hugged her before she was led off to prison, in a remarkable act of mercy.

"Why should there be hatred for each other? My young son demonstrated forgiveness. Brandt forgave the one who just killed his brother," the father said.

The PSA concludes with the NFL sponsorship and a link to the Botham Jean Foundation -- a nonprofit organization founded by the family.

https://t.co/0k9IQU4xM5
We are in this together.#EveryonesChild #InspireChange pic.twitter.com/yaH04eG2OA

— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2020

Amid outrage over a string of police shootings of unarmed black men and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police brutality.

This sparked a movement and thrust the league into a heated national debate on race and racism in America.
 
A year later, at the height of the protests, a group of NFL players lending their voices to social justice issues -- led by now-former NFL player Anquan Boldin and Philadelphia Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins -- came together to form the Players Coalition.

Amid mounting backlash for the league's handling of the protests and no team signing Kaepernick since his contract expired in 2016, the NFL launched a social change initiative in January 2019 and has since partnered with the Players Coalition and other organizations to share stories of families who endured tragedies.

On Sunday, the NFL aired a TV ad narrated by Boldin, who reflects on the 2015 fatal roadside shooting of his cousin Corey Jones by a police officer and highlights the work of the Players Coalition.

The coalition released the first PSA of The Responsibility Program in November and is focused on the same issues that the NFL's initiative is working on: criminal justice reform, police and community relations and economic and educational advancement.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 1/21/20

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Clippers, 110 Dallas 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 3, Vegas 2
Carolina 4, Winnipeg 1
NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 0
Florida 4, Chicago 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kansas 81, Kansas St. 60
Duke 89, Miami 59
Villanova 76, Butler 61
Kentucky 89, Georgia 79
Maryland 77, Northwestern 66
TCU 65, Texas Tech 54
Illinois 79, Purdue 62
San Diego St. 72, Wyoming 55

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