Olympian mom ‘trains’ with her daughter and it’s hilarious


(NEW YORK) — Olympian Danielle Lawrie’s 7-year-old daughter Madison learned the hard way that training for the Olympics is no joke.

Lawrie, 34, is a mother of two and a member of the Canadian softball team that will compete in the Tokyo games later this month. While training at home, Lawrie said Madison always wants to join in but then quickly realizes she’s made a mistake.

“She realizes she’s over her head within 3 minutes in every single time,” Lawrie says. “She starts breathing super heavy, and the tears start to come out, and she starts to say she can’t do it. That’s where I come in and completely change the way she’s supposed to think about it. You can do it, it’s hard but we can finish, we do not give up.”

Lawrie posted a hilarious and heartwarming video of their training session to her Instagram that has gotten thousands of views.

“I love that a video like this is gaining some momentum because to me raising strong kids is the best way,” Lawrie said. “The world is already tough, so why not make our kids even tougher to be able to handle whatever is to come? Pushing through adversity and not allowing your children to give up is pushing them to believe in themselves even when they didn’t think it was possible.”

Lawrie says even though there are often tears, she knows Madison will never stop being her workout buddy.

“Maddie will 100% work out with me again in the future. It will be our thing,” Lawrie said. “She’s so proud when she’s done. …She loves me telling her how proud I am of her, and I make it a priority to always make her feel like the most badass chick in the room.”

This will be Lawrie’s second Olympic Games with team Canada and her first as a mother. After competing in the 2008 games and retiring, she decided to start training again in 2017 to see if she could get to one more games.

“I’m so proud that she’s gotten to see me grind the way I have because it’s opened that door for her,” Lawrie said. “If momma can do it… you surely can.”

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NFL cornerback Richard Sherman booked, investigated for burglary domestic violence

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(SEATTLE) — NFL cornerback Richard Sherman was booked at the King County Correctional Facility and is under investigation for burglary domestic violence, according to the jail’s records. The story was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

According to the jail’s records, Sherman was also denied bail.

The NFL Players Association released a statement saying it knows about the arrest. Sherman serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the union.

 “We were made aware last night of the arrest of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved,” the statement said. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely as more facts are made available to us.”

Sherman is currently a free agent. He played the last three seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. Before that, he played 7 seasons for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Soccer superstar Lionel Messi agrees to new contract with Barcelona: Report

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(NEW YORK) — Lionel Messi and Barcelona have reached a new 5-year agreement for Messi to remain with the club according to an ESPN report. The report also says that Messi will be taking a significant pay cut to remain with the team.

The deal comes almost a year after Messi, widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, submitted a letter to Barcelona announcing his intentions to leave the team. He withdrew the letter shortly thereafter, but was unable to reach an agreement with the Catalan club to the point where he entered free agency on July 1.

Barcelona is facing a harsh financial reality at the moment with more than €1 billion in debt, likely the reason for Messi’s pay cut.

The Argentinian forward has played for Barcelona since entering their youth academy in 2000 as a 13-year-old. Messi made his first team debut in a friendly against Porto in 2003 and since then, has broken a number of club and international records.

Messi has scored 672 goals in 778 appearances for the team, leading the club in both stats. On top of that, he’s one of the most decorated players of all time. He won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2014 World Cup and has also won 6 Ballon D’Or awards given to the player voted as the best in the world.

Messi’s ascendance also ushered in a golden age for Barcelona as a team. He led the squad to 10 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League trophies, and 7 Copa Del Rey championships. The Argentinian also won his first international trophy this summer, guiding his home country to a Copa America title, Argentina’s first since 1993.


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Scoreboard roundup — 7/13/21


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


American League 5, National League 2


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Montreal Canadiens name Dominique Ducharme head coach

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(NEW YORK) — Montreal has named Dominique Ducharme as the 31st head coach in franchise history, the team announced Tuesday. 

The team promoted Ducharme to interim head coach on February 24 after spending two seasons as an assistant under Claude Julien. 

“Dominique has managed to set his system in place and establish himself as a head coach in a very unusual season with challenging circumstances,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. “While our team has gone through its fair share of adversity, he has shown a lot of control over the situation as well as showing calm and great leadership. These are important qualities that we look for in a head coach and he fully deserves the chance to lead our team and take it to the next level.”

He led the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final, becoming the first head coach where they lost to Tampa Bay 4-1. 

“You always think back to your past and your family. July 13th is an important date in our family,” Ducharme told reporters. “It’s the date our parents got married. It’s also five years ago to the day that my father was buried. It’s almost like destiny that this is happening on this particular date. It could’ve happened on the 12th or the 14th, but it all transpired on the 13th.”

Before he joined the Canadiens, the 48-year old was a head coach in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league and served as Canada’s World Junior Championship head coach in 2017 and 2018.

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Biden steps up fight for voting rights: ‘The big lie is just that — a big lie!’

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(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden stepped up the fight for voting rights on Tuesday, speaking in the nation’s birthplace of Philadelphia and invoking history, saying, “We the People began as a story that’s neither simple nor straightforward.

“But some things in America should be simple and straightforward. Perhaps the most important of those things, the most fundamental of those things is the right to vote, the right to vote freely,” he said in a high-profile speech at the National Constitution Center.

He wasted no time taking a shot at former President Donald Trump and his supporters, homing in on the 2020 election as the “most scrutinized election in American history.

“More than 80 judges, including those appointed by my predecessor heard the arguments. In every case, neither cause nor evidence was found to undermine the national achievement of administering the historic election,” he said.

“The big lie is just that — a big lie!” he declared.

“In America, if you lose, accept the results. Follow the Constitution. Try again. You don’t call facts fake and try to bring down the American experiment just because you’re unhappy,” he continued. “That’s not statesmanship — that’s selfishness.”

He called passing national voting legislation “a national imperative.”

“Republicans opposed even debating, even considering the For the People Act. Senate Democrats stood united to protect our democracy and the sanctity of the vote. We must pass the For the People Act,” Biden said to applause.

Biden also raised the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as a dangerous and unprecedented consequence of Trump’s “big lie” about the 2020 election.

“Because of the extraordinary courage of elections officials, many of them Republicans, our court system, those brave Capitol Police officers — because of them — democracy held. Look how close it came,” he continued. “We’re going to face another test in 2022 new wave of voter suppression and raw and sustained election subversion. We have to prepare now.”

He later said the even Confederate soldiers didn’t breach the Capitol and that “we’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War.”

“So, hear me clearly: There is an unfolding assault taking place in America today, an attempt to express and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. An assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, an assault on who we are as Americans,” he said.

His use of the bully pulpit comes as his administration wades more aggressively into the fight over ballot access at the urging of civil rights groups and Democrats as Republican-led legislatures advance new voting restrictions in places like Texas and Congress remains deadlocked over proposed legislation.

It also comes as Democrats in the Texas State Legislature have fled their state for Washington, D.C., the second such effort in recent weeks in an attempt to prevent a vote on legislation they say will roll back voting rights in the state.

The state lawmakers said in a press conference earlier Tuesday outside the Capitol that they’re there to pressure Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation and call for an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rule blocking Democrats from moving forward with a measure, they say, would stop GOP-led efforts to restrict voting in Texas and nationwide.

In March, House Democrats advanced the For the People Act, an expansive package that would transform federal elections, voting and congressional redistricting — but it has stalled in the Senate after failing to advance in a procedural vote late last month, over opposition from all Republicans.

In light of the GOP opposition, Democrats have pushed for the Senate to reform the legislative filibuster, with House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., a key Biden ally and endorser during the 2020 Democratic primary, suggesting Democrats create an exception to the 60-vote threshold for election reform and other constitutional issues. Because of their opposition to ending the filibuster, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona play a pivotal role in the ongoing congressional negotiations over a national voting rights bill.

Biden did not directly mention Manchin, Sinema or the filibuster in his remarks Tuesday.

Sixteen states have enacted 28 laws that would restrict voting access, out of hundreds that have been introduced throughout the country, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

ABC News’ Alisa Wiersema and Libby Cathey contributed to this report.

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Los Angeles Rams introduce ‘Modern Throwback” uniforms

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(LOS ANGELES) — The Rams have unveiled new uniforms they are calling ‘modern throwbacks.’

The new uniforms honor the classic Rams uniform worn by greats like Eric Dickerson, Jack Youngblood, and the ‘Greatest Show on Turf.”

The uniforms “pay tribute to older design elements including ram horns on the capped sleeves, with newer features that weave in a modern look and feel.”

The uniforms can be worn four ways: a dark blue jersey with yellow pants; a dark blue jersey with dark blue pants; an off-white jersey with off-white pants; and a white jersey with blue pants.

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Tampa Bay GM: Kucherov, one of many to play through injuries

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(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov played the Stanley Cup Final with a broken rib, according to general manager Julien BriseBois.

Kucherov sustained a non-displaced rib fracture after a cross-check against the New York Islanders in the semi-final round, according to BriseBois. 

“He played with a flak jacket from that point on and also had a nerve block injection the day before every game,” said BriseBois. “It makes his performance during these playoffs both before the injury and post broken rib all the more impressive.”

Kucherov led the playoffs with 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists. 

The star wasn’t the only player dealing with an injury during the playoffs. Defenseman Victor Hedman played with a torn meniscus while forward Barclay Goodrow and defenseman Ryan McDonough played with broken hands, according to the GM. 

Forward Alex Killorn broke his leg blocking a shot in game 1 of the final before have a rod put in his leg a few days later. Two days after the surgery he was already back skating with the hope of playing. 

“That’s how you win a Stanley Cup,” said a choked-up BriseBois. “All the competing through injury, it was outstanding and so inspiring to watch on a game-in, game-out basis.”

Tampa Bay won its second straight Stanley Cup Final beating Montreal 4-1.

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Minnesota Wild buyout Parise, Sutter

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(MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Wild has announced they have bought out forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Sutter.

Both signed identical 13-year, 98 million dollar contracts in July 2012.

“Zach and Ryan have been an integral part of the Wild’s success over the past nine years and we’ll always be grateful for their many contributions,” said general manager Bill Guerin. “There were numerous factors that entered into the difficult decision to buy out their contracts, but primarily these moves are a continuation of the transformation of our roster aimed at the eventual goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

The buyouts will cost the Wild $1.66 million per year for the next eight years, according to CapFriendly.

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Tennis Star Federer withdraws from Olympics, cites knee setback

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(TOKYO) — Roger Federer has announced he has withdrawn from the Olympics after suffering a setback with his knee during the grass-court season.

“I am greatly disappointed, as it has been an honor and highlight of my career each time I have represented Switzerland,” Federer said on Twitter.

The 20-time grand slam champion played at Wimbledon. He made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Hubert Hurcakz in straight sets.

Federer has played in just five tournaments all year, including Wimbledon and the French Open, going 9-5.

Last year, he only played in the Australian Open before he had two knee surgeries.

The first came in February 2020 when Federer underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, which forced him to miss the clay-court season.

Following his second surgery in June 2020, Federer announced he would not play until the 2021 season. 

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