Scoreboard roundup — 9/21/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:


Cincinnati 5, Boston 1
NY Yankees 14, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 4, Toronto 3

Houston 5, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 8, Detroit 1
Texas 7, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 8, Chi White Sox 2
Kansas City 5, Minnesota 2
Oakland 2, Seattle 1

Washington 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 6, NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 4, Miami 3
San Francisco 6, Colorado 1
San Diego 1, St. Louis 0
Arizona 6, LA Dodgers 1

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Little Leaguer seriously injured in fall goes home from hospital: ‘So grateful’

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(NEW YORK) — A Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a bunk bed while staying at the Little League World Series Complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is back home in Utah after getting discharged from the hospital.

Easton Oliverson’s parents say they’re thankful to have their 12-year-old home after over a month of uncertainty.

“There were many moments this past few weeks where we didn’t think that he was ever going to be able to come home. We thought our son wasn’t going to make it,” Easton’s father Jace Oliverson told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Easton, a baseball pitcher and left fielder, had traveled with his Snow Canyon Little League team, which hails from Santa Clara, Utah, to Pennsylvania in August to play in the Little League World Series. On the night of Aug. 15, however, he fell from a bunk bed in one of the league’s dormitories while sleeping and suffered a serious head injury, leading to a fractured skull, broken artery and epidural hematoma, a condition where bleeding occurs between the brain’s dura and the skull.

Little League players, coaches and managers are typically required to stay at the league’s complex. The dormitory where Easton was staying included bunk beds for the players to sleep on, which did not have guard railings. Since the incident, Little League Baseball officials announced they would remove all bunk beds in their dormitories.

“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to offer the most space for the players to enjoy their time in the dorms,” the league said in a statement last month. “While these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time. Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunks from within the dorms and have each bed frame individually on the floor.”

A photo of the beds from a parents guide of the facility shows no railings on any of the top bunks.

After the fall, Easton was airlifted to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to Little League Baseball, and had to receive surgery and treatment in an intensive care unit.

“I was told after the surgery that he was easily 30 to 45 minutes away from passing away,” Jace Oliverson told GMA in August.

While in the hospital, Easton, whose nickname is “Tank,” made big strides toward recovery. His dad told GMA that “doctors were stunned by his progression in a short amount of time.”

At the end of August, Easton was transferred to another hospital in his home state of Utah where he recovered enough to be discharged.

Now that Easton is out of the hospital, his parents remain by his side as he continues to heal.

“We’re so proud of how far he’s come and how hard he has worked. But he definitely has a lot more work to do,” Nancy Oliverson said.

“He’s home and we’re just so blessed and so grateful that he’s still with us and that he’s able to have a road of recovery with everything that this kid has had to go through since Aug. 15,” Jace Oliverson added.

The Oliversons have since filed a lawsuit against Little League Baseball and Savoy Contract Furniture, the company that made the bunk beds.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family by Duffy + Fulginiti, a Philadelphia-based law firm, claims Little League Baseball “allow[ed] the bed to exist in a dangerous condition” and failed to “inspect the bed,” “have rails on the bed,” and failed to “properly secure the bed,” allowing Easton to fall. It accuses Savoy Contract Furniture of selling “dangerous and defective” furniture that caused Easton “significant and permanent injuries, including internal bleeding among other injuries, some or all of which are permanent in nature.”

The 12-year-old “has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future, aches, pains, trauma, contusions, humiliation, embarrassment, suffering, disfigurement, and/or inconvenience” as a result of the incident, the lawsuit claims.

The suit is seeking “in excess of $50,000” plus “costs, interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and all other damages allowed by law.”

Kevin Fountain, senior director of communications at Little League International, said in a statement to Good Morning America that “it is Little League International’s policy not to comment on pending litigation.”

Savoy Contract Furniture has not issued any public statements on the lawsuit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/20/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:


Boston 5, Cincinnati 3
Toronto 18, Philadelphia 11
NY Yankees 9, Pittsburgh 8

Houston 5, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 3, Baltimore 2
LA Angels 5, Texas 2
Kansas City 5, Minnesota 4
Oakland 4, Seattle 1
Cleveland 10, Chi White Sox 7

LA Dodgers 6, Arizona 5
Arizona 5, LA Dodgers 2
Chi Cubs 2, Miami 1
Atlanta 3, Washington 2
NY Mets 7, Milwaukee 5
San Francisco 6, Colorado 3
San Diego 5, St. Louis 0

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/19/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:


Cleveland 11, Minnesota 4
Seattle 9, LA Angels 1
Houston 4, Tampa Bay 0
Detroit 11, Baltimore 0

Miami 10, Chi Cubs 3
Atlanta 5, Washington 2
NY Mets 7, Milwaukee 2
San Francisco 10, Colorado 7 (10)
LA Dodgers 5, Arizona 2

Buffalo 41, Tennessee 7
Philadelphia 24, Minnesota 7

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/18/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:


NY Yankees 12, Milwaukee 8

Chicago White Sox 11, Detroit 5
Tampa Bay 5, Texas 3
Minnesota 3, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 5, Toronto 4
Boston 13, Kansas City 3
Houston 11, Oakland 2
LA Angels 5 Seattle 1

Miami 3, Washington 1
Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 3, St. Louis 0
NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 3
Colorado 4, Chicago Cubs 3
San Diego 6, Arizona 1
LA Dodgers 4, San Francisco 3

Detroit 36, Washington 27
Jacksonville 24, Indianapolis 0
Miami 42, Baltimore 38
NY Giants 19, Carolina 16
NY Jets 31, Cleveland 30
New England 17, Pittsburgh 14
Tampa Bay 20, New Orleans 10
LA Rams 31, Atlanta 27
San Francisco 27, Seattle 7
Arizona 29, Las Vegas 23 (OT)
Dallas 20, Cincinnati 17
Denver 16, Houston 9
Green Bay 27, Chicago 10

Las Vegas 78, Connecticut 71

Portland 1, Columbus 1 (TIE)
Miami 3, DC United 2
Los Angeles FC 3, Houston 1

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David Beckham stands in queue to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II

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(LONDON) — David Beckham joined the miles-long queue Friday to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

The soccer legend joined the hundred of thousands of people waiting in line for hours to pay respects to the monarch, who is currently lying in state at Westminster Hall ahead of her state funeral on Monday.

“I grew up in a household of royalists and I was brought up that way,” Beckham told ITV News from the queue. “If my grandparents would have been here today I know that they would have wanted to be here, so I am here on their behalf and on behalf of my family.”

The former Manchester United star is married to former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, with whom he shares four children, sons Brooklyn, 23; Romeo, 20; and Cruz, 17; as well as daughter Harper, 11.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she left,” he said of the queen, adding that “Her Majesty meant so much in so many different ways.”

Beckham said he was “lucky to have a few moments” with the queen throughout his life and career, noting that the “most special moment” for him was receiving his Officer of the Order of the British Empire distinction, or OBE, which was bestowed on him by Elizabeth herself in 2003.

Elizabeth died Sept. 8 at age 96 and is the longest-reigning British monarch, having held the throne for 70 years.

The late queen’s eldest son King Charles III has since inherited the throne.

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/15/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:


Chi White Sox 8, Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 11, Toronto o
Houston 5, Oakland 2
Minnesota 3, Kansas City 2

Miami 5, Philadelphia 3
NY Mets 7, Pittsburgh 1
Cincinatti 3, St. Louis 2
Arizona 4, San Diego 0

Kansas City 27, LA Chargers 24

Connecticut 105, Las Vegas 76

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Tennis legend Roger Federer announces retirement

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(NEW YORK) — Tennis great Roger Federer has announced his retirement from the sport.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,” Federer wrote in a lengthy note on his social media accounts Thursday. “I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities, and limits and its message to me lately have been clear.”

He continued. “I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

Federer went on to say his final ATP event will be at the Laver Cup next week in London.

Federer had said as recently as Wimbledon that he planned to still return to the game after a lengthy absence due to injuries.

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Scoreboard roundup — 9/14/22


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:


Colorado 3, Chi White Sox 0
Seattle 6, San Diego 1
Baltimore 6, Washington 2

Houston 2, Detroit 1
Cleveland 5, LA Angels 3
Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 1
NY Yankees 5, Boston 3
Minnesota 4, Kansas City 0
Oakland 8, Texas 7

Pittsburgh 10, Cincinatti 4
San Francisco 4, Atlanta 1
Philadelphia 6, Miami 1
Chi Cubs 6, NY Mets 3
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 1
Arizona 5, LA Dodgers 3

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City o
Austin 3, Real Salt Lake 0
Vancouver 3, LA Galaxy 0
Colorado 2, San Jose 1

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Serena Williams opens up on life after tennis and new children’s book ‘The Adventures of Qai Qai’

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(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams is opening up about how she is moving forward after the final match of her historic career at the U.S. Open earlier this month.

The tennis legend appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday and said “it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”

“I’ve been so busy literally every day — except for the first two days I literally slept all day — but otherwise, it’s just like, OK, I’m still running a business, still have my company … still a mom,” she shared.

Reflecting on what was likely her final tennis match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, she added, “I couldn’t have asked for anything more and it was — I’ll never forget those moments, you know, it was pretty awesome.”

When asked about her sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, trying to persuade her to come back, Serena laughed.

“Because she’s not done yet — this is just me … she’s trying to get me and I’m like, ‘No listen,’ ” she said.

“I mean you never know,” she added. “… You know, I think Tom Brady started a really cool trend … and the way he did it, huge.”

Brady, the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, announced his retirement from the NFL on Feb. 1 but reversed that decision six weeks later on March 13.

Regardless of whether or not she decides to ever return to tennis professionally, Williams said she’ll always be involved in the game to some extent.

“I feel like tennis has given me so much, and I feel like there’s no way that I don’t want to be involved in tennis somehow in the future,” she said. “I don’t know what that involvement is yet, but I do know that I love the sport so much. I love the game. I love everything about it and it’s just been such a light in my life that I definitely want to keep something involved in there.”

For now, Williams is focusing on is her new children’s book, The Adventures of Qai Qai, which debuts Sept. 27.

Longtime fans may already know that Williams created the popular Qai Qai Instagram account for her daughter’s favorite doll in 2018. Speaking about the inspiration for the book on Wednesday, she explained that she came up with the idea “during COVID, and this particular book of Qai Qai is really just about using her imagination because kids have such an amazing imagination.”

“We just wanted to really just put in people’s minds that we can’t forget how important it is to just use your imagination and play and also believe in yourself,” Williams said. “So there’s some really cool hidden messages in there about self-confidence and that you can do it and also just going back to the art of just being a kid.”

The book’s illustrations were created by artist Yesenia Moises. Williams said she had a specific vision in mind for the book’s art.

“When I saw the illustration, I said, listen, I really want it to represent a Black girl because I thought it was really important — the reason Qai Qai came [about was] because I was looking for a Black doll and I just wanted it to be something really authentic that represented who we are — our hair and like everything and the texture. And I thought she did a wonderful job with getting that across, even with the mom and the dad.”

“Olympia thinks it’s her in the book,” she added with a laugh. “And she thinks the dad is my husband and it’s quite funny because I’m like, it’s not us although it’s heavily [inspired]. I don’t want it to go to her head!”

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