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Babe Ruth's daughter throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

Babe Ruth's daughter threw out the first pitch before the Red Sox game on Saturday.Next weekend, Julia Ruth Stevens will turn 100 years old.

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Stevens says it's great that people still celebrate her father's place in baseball history.

She still lives in New England and is a resident of Conway, New Hampshire.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore in 1895 and played for the Red Sox from 1914 to December, 1919 when he was sold to the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1920 until 1934. His last major league appearance was for the Boston Braves in May 30, 1935. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in its freshman class of 1936 when he received more than 95 percent of votes. He holds seven World Series championships. 


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Dwyane Wade to join Chicago Bulls on two-year, $47 million deal

Dwyane Wade won't be creating a second NBA evil empire with LeBron James in Cleveland. 

The 34-year-old shooting guard is leaving the Miami Heat and joining the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $47 million deal, ESPN reported.

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In a letter to Heat fans, Wade said: "This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. ... From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years."

Many fans clamored for Wade to join his old buddy James with the Cavaliers after Kevin Durant decided to join the already stacked Golden State Warriors.  

Wade and James played together in Miami from 2010 to 2014, winning two NBA Championships in that four-year span. 

The Wade-to-Cleveland plot thickened after the Cavaliers' Twitter account followed both Wade and his wife, actress Gabrielle Union. 

Instead, Wade will go to a team that's in flux. The team traded Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks in exchange for Robin Lopez and two other players.

Shortly thereafter, they lost Joakim Noah to the Knicks, too, via free agency. 

Still, they've got Jimmy Butler at the helm and prized rookie Denzel Valentine.

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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade heading for Chicago Bulls

Dwyane Wade announced his return to Miami in 2014 on Twitter, proclaiming himself a “Heat Lifer.” As Wade made his latest free-agent decision Wednesday night, his Twitter account was silent.

The news was that stunning. The man behind the term “Heat Lifer” is leaving Miami.

Wade plans to sign with the Chicago Bulls on a two-year, $47 million contract, according to The Vertical, walking away from the only professional franchise he’s ever played for. The Vertical also reported that the contract contains a one-year option that could make Wade a free agent again next summer.

It’s a homecoming for the 34-year-old, who grew up in Chicago rooting for the Bulls.

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“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family,” Wade wrote in a letter to Miami, released to The Associated Press.

Contract talks between the Heat and Wade turned ugly this summer and pushed the best player in franchise history to explore his options.

Wade, who spent the first 13 seasons of his career with Miami, was looking for the Heat to prioritize his free agency. Instead, the Heat pursued free agents Hassan Whiteside and Kevin Durant before turning their attention to Wade.

Contract talks were tense last summer as well, but a meeting with Heat owner Micky Arison got Wade to stay on a one-year, $20 million deal.

The Heat used a similar strategy this time, with Arison traveling to New York on Wednesday to meet with Wade in an attempt to repair the organization’s relationship with the 12-time All-Star. Arison reportedly got the final face-to-face meeting with Wade after he met with Bucks and Nuggets officials, but it wasn’t enough to keep him in Miami.

Late Wednesday night, Arison thanked Wade on Twitter for his years in Miami.

“Thank you @DwyaneWade for a great 13 yrs! You’ve had a tremendous impact on our community and our organization. We wish you all the best.”

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Wade was looking for a deal worth around $50 million over two years, according to a report from ESPN on Tuesday. Wade also was interested in a longer deal, as The Vertical reported that he wanted a third year on his contract.

A source confirmed Monday that the Heat offered Wade a two-year, $40 million contract with a player option for the second year. Wade would have made $20 million in each season.

According to The Vertical, the Heat were unwilling to add a third year to their final offer.

With only $20 million of cap space remaining after locking up Whiteside on a max four-year deal, the Heat would have had to trade Josh McRoberts to free up another $5 million in cap space in order to meet Wade’s monetary demands.

Wade held face-to-face meetings with the Bucks, Heat and Nuggets on Wednesday in New York.

Chicago officials also were scheduled to meet with Wade, but it was canceled because the Bulls’ flight “kept getting pushed back,” according to The Vertical. The mishap obviously didn’t hurt Chicago’s chances of landing Wade. The Bulls reportedly were clearing cap space on Wednesday prior to finalizing the deal for Wade.

The news sets up an interesting episode of “Live With Kelly.” Wade is scheduled to co-host “Live With Kelly,” anchored by Kelly Ripa, at 9 a.m. Thursday on ABC.

With Wade out of the picture, Miami still has $20 million in cap space to work with this offseason. The Heat currently have seven players under contract for next season, assuming Whiteside signs his contract when the NBA signing moratorium concludes today: Chris Bosh (due $23.7 million next season), Whiteside (due $22 million next season), Goran Dragic (due $15.9 million next season), McRoberts (due $5.8 million next season), Justise Winslow (due $2.6 million next season), Briante Weber (due $219,000 guaranteed and could earn up to $875,000 next season), and Josh Richardson (due $875,000 non-guaranteed next season).

With Miami’s current cap situation, one option for the Heat is to match Tyler Johnson’s four-year, $50 million offer sheet from the Nets. Miami also can look to retain free agent Udonis Haslem, who earned $2.8 million last season, with the $2.9 million room exception.

After being drafted by the Heat with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, Wade won three championships and built a Hall of Fame legacy with Miami. Wade leaves the Heat as the organization’s all-time leader in games (855), minutes played (30,560), points (20,221), assists (4,944) and steals (1,414).

Without Wade, the Heat will have to build around the core of Bosh, Dragic and Whiteside – if Bosh is able to return from recurring blood clot issues. Whiteside is the only free agent the Heat have locked up this summer.

Bizarre Olympic cheating scandals so bad they almost deserve medals

Cheating at the Olympics has been going on for a long time.

The apparent winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon rode in a car for 11 miles of the race and was eventually disqualified on the podium when everyone found out. The race was tough; the runner-up had to be carried across the finish line.

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The Tunisian modern pentathlon team at the 1960 games sent the same athlete out for fencing again and again, hoping the mask would disguise the fact.

It didn't fool anybody, and the team came in dead last. The Tunisian team reportedly fell off their horses, nearly drowned in the pool and one of them almost shot the judges during the pistol round.

Two Olympics later, in 1968, a Swedish modern pentathlete drank two beers before competing in the pistol segment. It led to the first instance of Olympic disqualification for substance abuse. His whole team forfeited their bronze medals.

And two Olympics after that, a fencer for the Soviet Union left the sport in disgrace after judges discovered he had a secret switch built into his épée that scored him points.

In 1984, a track and field athlete from Puerto Rico injured herself during the long jump. She had her identical twin sister run the next event, and the team advanced -- until their coach discovered what happened and pulled the team.

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Russell Wilson, Ciara married in England

Singer Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tied the knot Wednesday in England.

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The couple wed at Peckforton Castle in Chesire, England, with 100 of their close friends and family, according to E! Online.

Wilson celebrated the occasion on social media.

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Photos surfaced on social media of the couple -- Wilson wearing a black tuxedo and Ciara in a white gown -- as they headed to a pre-wedding dinner on Tuesday.

On that same day, Wilson tweeted that there was an "overflow of blessings."

KIRO confirmed that Wilson's name is absent from the list of people scheduled to appear at the Richard Sherman Celebrity Softball Game this weekend. Both Wilson and Ciara attended the event last year.

>> Related: Seahawks' Russell Wilson, singer Ciara engaged: 'No greater feeling'

In March, the Seahawks quarterback took to Twitter to say, she said "yes."

Jaguars running back Denard Robinson found asleep in car sinking in pond

Action News Jax contributed to this report.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson was found passed out behind the wheel of his Chevy Impala on Sunday while police said it was slipping into a pond.

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According to police, Robinson was found in the car around 4:20 a.m. while its front end sunk into a retention pond, The Washington Post reported. Police said they knocked on the window to try to wake Robinson up, but he only responded by opening his eyes for a moment and returning to his slumber.

Marissa Staples, the passenger in the car, woke up and said “what’s up” to police but attempted to roll it back up even after being informed of the situation. Police continued to knock on the vehicle’s windows and were able to unlock the passenger door. Staples had to be pulled from the car after refusing to leave, the arrest report stated.

"The driver was passed out during this whole process. I was able to wake the driver but had to turn the vehicle off and remove his seatbelt. The driver thought he was on a road and did not want to exit the vehicle," the report said.

Police said Robinson, 25, was woken up after the vehicle was turned off and Staples was pulled from the car, Action News Jax reported. Police said Robinson finally exited through the passenger window when his door was submerged.

"The driver tried about three times to open the driver’s door which was the side that was underwater," one officer stated in a police report. "I had to keep reminding the driver to climb out of the passenger side because his door was in the water. I had to tell the driver multiple times his car was in a pond and was sinking so he needed to hurry up and get out."

Robinson told police that he thought the vehicle was still on the road, which is why he didn’t exit.

Authorities said that Robinson was attempting to make a left turn and made a wide turn, "causing the vehicle to go over the sidewalk and down the embankment."

"There were no skid marks indicating the driver attempted to stop the vehicle before the crash," according to the report.

Robinson posted a note on Twitter saying that he was involved in a crash with no injuries, and the Jaguars issued a statement saying that they were aware of the incident.

A police officer determined that Robinson wasn't impaired, so no DUI charges were filed against him, according to ESPN.

Robinson's car was totaled.

Robinson was a fifth-round pick by the Jaguars in the 2013 NFL draft after playing at the University of Michigan, following a successful high school career at Deerfield Beach High School.

Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

Over 200 former Penn State football players are demanding a statue of former head coach Joe Paterno be returned to its place outside the stadium and that the school apologize to his widow.

The statue was taken down in 2012 due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, Paterno's defensive coordinator for years, was convicted on dozens of counts of child sex abuse. 

Some of Paterno's players say the two-time national championship coach has been treated unfairly. Dozens of Penn State lettermen signed a letter to the school that said Paterno had been subject to "an underserved media frenzy."

Former Nittany Lions player Brian Masella told ESPN, "Joe Paterno has been cast in a negative light and we're trying to correct that narrative. The university has ignored us over and over again."

But several reports indicated Paterno knew what was going on. After the scandal broke, Penn State commissioned an investigation into how the school had dealt with the sexual abuse allegations. 

It found that Paterno and other administrators "repeatedly concealed critical facts, relating to Sandusky's child abuse, from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

And a court filing from the school’s insurance company said Paterno was informed of abuse allegations in 1976. Sandusky's trial revealed many of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities and continued until at least 2009.

The university issued a statement thanking players for the letter but didn't say it has any plans to restore the statue.

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Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors

The wait is over. NBA free agent Kevin Durant is now a Golden State Warrior.

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The former Oklahoma City Thunder small forward made the announcement via The Players' Tribune on Monday.

He wrote: "I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors. ... I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. "

Durant now joins a strong core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the West Coast.

Several teams courted Durant and his services this offseason, possibly none harder than the Boston Celtics, who rolled out a celebrity-filled red carpet for the 27-year-old.

The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and more were also rumored to be recruiting Durant.

Durant's decision was the most anticipated of a 2016 NBA free agency period that's seen teams practically giving away money.

As of Monday morning, of the six players scoring massive $100-million-plus deals, only one changed teams — Al Horford going from the Atlanta Hawks to the Boston Celtics.

Durant is a seven-time NBA All-Star and a former MVP. He's expected to highlight a somewhat depleted Team USA basketball team in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics starting next month.

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