Vikings QB Joshua Dobbs talks love of space, giving back and his parents going viral

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Joshua Dobbs’ debut as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback was anything but ordinary.

On Nov. 5, he took the field just days after being traded to the team because the first two quarterbacks were injured. He hadn’t yet learned the names of his fellow players, the Vikings playbook or even where he should suit up.

Still, he excelled, throwing two touchdowns and running for another.

In a new sit-down with ABC’s Martha Raddatz for “This Week,” Dobbs, a scholar with an aerospace engineering degree and a perfect 4.0, talked about his journey, how he gives back and what he’s planning to do after football.

“I quickly learned I love sports, but I also loved aviation,” Dobbs said in the interview. “I love math and science. And so that’s kind of where the beginning of the aerospace background began when I was younger. You know, I got to school, I said I want to do something I’m good at and something that I like and interested in. And so, when I was trying to figure out what to study, aerospace engineering really knocked out both buckets.”

Dobbs credits his parents, Stephanie and Robert, for nurturing his passions, although they keep their own well under wraps.

After images of the pair at his football games went viral, Dobbs reposted an Instagram with the caption “Josh Dobbs’ parents still wish he worked for NASA.” (He was previously an extern with the space agency.)

“They are very stoic on camera. I need a little more energy out of them, I can’t lie,” Dobbs told Raddatz.

“A little smile, you know, maybe like hand up, a cheer, a high five, something,” he added. “So we’re working, we’re practicing. We’re working on it.”

What Dobbs is working on when not playing football is introducing kids to science, technology, engineering and math through his foundation, the ASTROrdinary Dobbs Foundation.

“I’m able to show kids that are extremely interested in sports that you can also have other passions off the field, off the court, outside of, you know, your hobbies and sport,” Dobbs said. “You can have other passions in your studies, and STEM is a tremendous field.”

Though he’s focused fully on this football season, he said he is also making plans for what comes next.

“My future dream is to have my pilot’s license. And then from there, you know, get into the engineering world. I think there’s some tremendous opportunities, obviously, in space,” Dobbs said.

Just how out of this world is he thinking?

“I’m still trying to figure out if being astronaut, going to space, is in my cards,” he said, “but I think it’ll be pretty cool.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/21/23


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

Orlando 126, Toronto 107
Indiana 157, Atlanta 152
Cleveland 122, Philadelphia 119
Phoenix 120, Portland 107
LA Lakers 131, Utah 99

Gonzaga 76, Syracuse 57
Florida State 77, Colorado 71 (OT)
James Madison 82, Southern Illinois 76
Duke 95, La Salle 66
Purdue 71, Tennessee 67
Marquette 73, Kansas 59

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/20/23


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

Milwaukee 142, Washington 129
Denver 107, Detroit 103
Charlotte 121, Boston 118 (OT)
LA Clippers 124, San Antonio 99
Miami 118, Chicago 100
New Orleans 129, Sacramento 93
Minnesota 117, New York 100
Golden State 121, Houston 116

Tampa Bay 5, Boston 4 (OT)
Florida 5, Edmonton 3
Nashville 4, Colorado 3
Dallas 6, NY Rangers 3
Los Angeles 4, Arizona 1
Vancouver 3, San Jose 1
Calgary 4, Seattle 3 (OT)

Philadelphia 21, Kansas City 17

Marquette 71, UCLA 69
Kansas 83, Chaminade 56
Purdue 73, Gonzaga 63
UConn 81, Texas 71
Tennessee 73, Syracuse 56
Kentucky 96, Saint Joseph’s 88
Colorado 64, Richmond 59
Wisconsin 65, Virginia 41

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/19/23


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

Philadelphia 121, Brooklyn 99
Toronto 142, Detroit 113
Orlando 128, Indiana 116
Cleveland 121, Denver 109
Sacramento 129, Dallas 113
Boston 102, Memphis 100
Phoenix 140 Utah 137 (2OT)
Oklahoma City 134, Portland 91
LA Lakers 105, Houston 104

Toronto 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
Philadelphia 5, Columbus 2
Pittsburgh 3, Vegas 0
Buffalo 3, Chicago 2
St. Louis 3, Anaheim 1

Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 10
Dallas 33, Carolina 10
Detroit 31, Chicago 26
Green Bay 23, LA Chargers 20
Houston 21, Arizona 16
Jacksonville 34, Tennessee 14
Miami 20, Las Vegas 13
NY Giants 31, Washington 19
San Francisco 27, Tampa Bay 14
Buffalo 32, NY Jets 6
LA Rams 17, Seattle 16
Denver 21, Minnesota 20

Arizona 101, Texas-Arlington 56
UConn 77, Indiana 57
Houston 69, Dayton 55
Miami 91, Kansas St. 83
Southern Cal 81, Brown 70
Michigan St. 81, Alcorn St. 49
Texas 81, Louisville 80
Illinois 88, Southern U. 60

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/16/23


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

Miami 122, Brooklyn 115
Oklahoma City 128, Golden State 109

Los Angeles 2, Florida 1
San Jose 5, St. Louis 1
Ottawa 5, Detroit 4 (OT)
New Jersey 5, Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 3, Columbus 2
Vegas 6, Montreal 5
Tampa Bay 4, Chicago 2
Calgary 5, Vancouver 2
Seattle 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)

Baltimore 34, Cincinnati 20

Houston 65, Towson 49

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What motivates Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton

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(NEW YORK) — Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has many titles: Seven-time world champion. Entrepreneur. Activist. Philanthropist. Sir.

Hamilton holds the record for most wins in Formula One (103), most pole positions (104) and most podium finishes (107). Some say he’s the best driver to compete in the series — ever.

The 38-year-old Brit’s accomplishments extend beyond the grid. Neat Burger, his vegan fast-food chain, is expanding globally. Hamilton’s Mission 44 nonprofit helps young people from underserved communities find careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and motorsports. X44 Vida Carbon Racing, his Extreme E racing team, is breaking barriers in motorsports. The racing star has also been lauded for championing causes like LGBTQ rights, environmental protections and social justice.

Hamilton and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team are seeking their first Grand Prix win of the season on Saturday. Mercedes’ dominance in the series has been waning and the team lost the Constructors’ Championship in 2022 and 2023 to rival Red Bull.

“We were winning for such a long time, and when you win for so long, we all get complacent and take things for granted,” Hamilton told ABC News ahead of the Las Vegas Grand Prix. “I think this has been a great time for us to really pull back, have our feet on the ground and start back up and dig deep. And I think for me, it’s just always knowing that we can be better each day.”

The conversation below has been edited for clarity:

ABC News: I am in Las Vegas with Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time Formula One world champion. How excited are you to race on the legendary Las Vegas Strip?

Lewis: I’ve watched “Casino” God knows how many times growing up. I was just driving through the streets here and seeing all the lights. [Las Vegas] has been on the plan for a while … and we are finally here. I can’t believe it. I can’t wait to get on the track.

ABC News: I heard you’re a huge car enthusiast and have quite the collection. What’s in your garage now?

Lewis: I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge car enthusiast [laughs]. I would say I’m more into art. But growing up cars have been everything for me. My dream car was a McLaren F1. That’s my jewel, my crown jewel. That’s the one I dreamed of having when I was 10 years old and the one I worked hard to have. So that’s my baby. I got a couple of Ferraris, got a couple of Mercedes, a couple of muscle cars like Shelby Cobras. And then I have a lot of motorbikes. I love motorbikes, too. So anything with an engine basically.

ABC News: How often do you get to drive these cars?

Lewis: I never do [laughs]. I don’t drive a lot, if I’m really honest. The only time I ever drive is when I’m in LA. I just got the new Mercedes-Maybach that Virgil [Abloh] did. And I was fortunate enough to know Virgil, God rest his soul. I like driving fast on the track, but I don’t get to do that on the road. So I don’t drive too often.

ABC News: You recently opened a Neat Burger location in Manhattan. Are you going to be expanding to other cities in the U.S.?

Lewis: That’s the goal, yes. It’s taken a long time for us to bring Neat Burger from the U.K. to the U.S. But it’s going really well.

I went plant-based like eight years ago. I was exposed to what was happening in the world … and I was like, OK, I’ve got to read up on this, I need to figure out how I can move in that direction. There’s more and more people who are living more conscious. [Neat Burger] has done really well in the U.K., especially through [the] pandemic. And I hope that we continue to expand it. It’s gonna take some time. Everyone loves a good burger and fries.

ABC News: It is true that Roscoe, your bulldog, is also vegan?

Lewis: It is. When I tell people that, you know, jeez, the amount of people that frown. I had two bulldogs. They were on normal dog diets. The little girl, Coco, she died at 6, had a heart attack. She died way too early. They were already struggling with breathing and skin allergies and all these things, which bulldogs are known for.

So I was like, I’m gonna take meat out and see how it goes. I put [Roscoe] on a vegetable diet basically. Lentils and vegetables. The dude is 11 years old and is running around like a pup. He has no skin allergies anymore. I never have to take him to the vet.

ABC News: That’s incredible. Have you convinced George [Russell] or Toto [Wolff] or anyone else in the Mercedes garage to permanently give up meat and dairy and embrace the vegan lifestyle?

Lewis: No, I’m not that type. I think everyone has the right to an opinion. If you want to try it, try it.

I’ve put on muscle. I’ve gained weight. I feel healthier than ever. I run farther than ever. I won six world titles since I’ve went plant-based.

I consciously feel a lot better knowing that I’m not contributing to the horrific industry that is the meat industry and the dairy industry. When I’m working with brands, I’m like, let’s not use leather straps. Let’s not use leather. Let’s not continue to buy leather for cars. How do we find new fabrics and develop new technologies from recycled materials?

ABC News: How much time have you spent in simulators preparing for Saturday’s race?

I drove the simulator last Thursday for Vegas. It’s an interesting track. The strait is so long. If you’re full gas for a long time, you’re like, geez, I might have to get my iPhone out and just like check my text messages and check my watch. Like it goes on forever.

ABC News: A lot of people are talking about the colder temperatures on Saturday. There’s also the late start, which will impact everyone’s performance. What’s the biggest factor you’re dealing with right now?

Lewis: The cold. This is definitely going to be the coldest race that we’ve done, I’ve probably done in Formula One. The cars are designed and built to perform in higher temperatures.

You’re going to see the bodywork in the cars be more closed because they’re going to be running to a minimum to keep the heat in. The tires that we have are usually running in hot climates. They’re not used to running in these climates. Maybe they’ll be fine, but we could see more pit stops than ever. But otherwise, I don’t worry about things like that. I’m excited to be here. I love being in the States. The audience here has been really, really amazing.

ABC News: If there was another Formula One race in the U.S., where do you think it should be?

Lewis: New York City.

ABC News: OK, I agree!

Lewis: Driving through all the streets … that would be epic.

ABC News: Lewis, you’ve been competing in Formula One since 2007. How have you leveraged that experience on the track? Does more experience equal more wins?

Lewis: Not necessarily. With experience comes, I think, probably also more responsibility. I think in 2007, I knew how to drive incredibly quick. But I didn’t know as much about longevity. I didn’t know about health. I didn’t know about being a team player and how to galvanize a group of people. With that experience, I feel like I’m able to be a better team player than ever before. And that leads to championships and wins.

ABC News: The last two years have been very challenging for the team. You haven’t won a Grand Prix since 2021. How do you stay positive? How do you stay motivated when you’re not winning?

Lewis: It’s a good question. Growing up, I won a lot. I always had at least one win each year.

I think the last two years have been a great experience to really be fighting with the team. We were winning for such a long time and when you win for so long, we all get complacent and take things for granted.

I think this has been a great time for us to really pull back, have our feet on the ground and start back up and dig deep. And I think for me, it’s just always knowing that we can be better each day. I know I can be fitter. I know I can do more, I can be more efficient with my work, with my time.

I have days where I’m like, I don’t want to work out, this sucks. But you just gotta keep pushing. You gotta keep getting up.

And one of the things that really keeps me motivated is Mission 44, a nonprofit organization I started. In Austin, I brought 60 young girls to the track and showed them the F1 Academy. They got to speak to the young female drivers and engineers. I hope they’re inspired now to be engineers or, you know, just push forwards.

ABC News: What’s the pressure like to win that eighth world championship?

Lewis: We’re not fighting for a world championship right this second. I think the pressure is, as you’re getting older, it gets harder to train. It’s harder to stay fit. It’s managing your time. It’s how you communicate with a team of people and keep them all focused. And, you know, I guess the pressure right now is to catch up to Red Bull, the team we’re trying to fight.

Coming back in February and getting in the car, I will know immediately whether it’s a car that we can fight with or not. That’s always a nervous experience for everybody.

ABC News: How personally involved are you with the car? Are you talking to the team every day?

Lewis: Heavily. When I was younger, that was not necessarily the case.

I’m on like a group chat with my engineers, we’ve been talking every day for the last four days, even over the weekend, about setup for this weekend. Even today, we’re talking about the temperatures, we’re talking about wing levels and ride heights and setup we’ll be having. I’m checking with the head of aerodynamics like every week: “What have you tried this year? These are things I’ve seen on other cars. Have we tried that?”

When I go back to the factory every week, I’m having meetings with people from different heads of different departments. When you see people working at their desks, you see how committed people are. They spend so much time away from their families. They’re so committed and that inspires you.

ABC News: Will we ever see a female Formula One driver?

Lewis: I personally do think so. There’s a lot of work that needs to go in the background to continue to allow access.

We got to improve the pipeline. That’s what the F1 Academy is doing, it’s showing that there are opportunities. There are over 40,000 jobs in our industry. How do we encourage more and more people to get into STEM? That’s why I had all these young girls come [to Austin]. And you know, we’re talking about a new team that’s coming in. So that’s two new seats.

ABC News: When you finally end your illustrious racing career, do you see yourself staying engaged in the sport, maybe as a team principal or owner?

Lewis: I don’t think I’d be a team principal. I would love to be a team owner. Because I do believe in like Black equity. I think diverse equity is important.

ABC News: Best of luck to you, George and the entire team on Saturday.

Lewis: Thank you so much.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/15/23


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

Sacramento 125, LA Lakers 110
Dallas 13,0 Washington 117
Boston 117, Philadelphia 107
Milwaukee 128, Toronto 112
New York 116, Atlanta 114
Orlando 96, Chicago 94
Phoenix 133, Minnesota 115
Cleveland 109, Portland 95

Vancouver 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Philadelphia 3, Carolina 1
Edmonton 4, Seattle 3 (OT)
Colorado 8, Anaheim 2

Texas 80, Rice 64

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Hockey player arrested for alleged manslaughter in on-ice slashing death of former NHL player Adam Johnson

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(NEW YORK) — A British professional hockey player was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of manslaughter in the on-ice death of former NHL player Adam Johnson, according to South Yorkshire police.

Johnson was killed on Oct. 28 in a game between two British professional teams, the Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers. Johnson, who was playing for the Panthers, suffered a fatal neck injury when he was slashed by a skate during the game.

“Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances,” Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall said in a statement.

The statement added, “We have been speaking to highly specialised experts in their field to assist in our enquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.”

South Yorkshire police said Johnson’s family was being supported through the investigation and had asked for privacy.

Johnson, 29, previously played 13 games in 2019 and 2020 for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins — mostly spending time with the team’s minor league affiliate — and also spent time in the Swedish and German hockey leagues before signing with the Panthers prior to the 2023 season.

The center was from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and played for the University of Minnesota, even scoring a game-winning overtime goal in the Frozen Four in 2017. He went undrafted and signed with the Penguins following that season.

“Adam’s death has sent shockwaves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world,” Horsfall said. “We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process. Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as enquiries continue.”

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/14/23


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

Denver 111, LA Clippers 108
Minnesota 104 Golden State 101
LA Lakers 134, Memphis 107
Atlanta 126, Detroit 120
Miami 111, Charlotte 105
Indiana 132, Philadelphia 126
Brooklyn 124, Orlando 104
Oklahoma City 123, San Antonio 87
New Orleans 131, Dallas 110
Utah 115, Portland 99

Florida 5, San Jose 3
Pittsburgh 5, Columbus 3
Boston 5, Buffalo 2
Calgary 2, Montreal 1
Washington 3, Vegas 0
St. Louis 5, Tampa Bay 0
Winnipeg 6, New Jersey 3
Anaheim 3, Nashville 2
Dallas 4 Arizona 3 (OT)

UC Irvine 70, Southern Cal 60
Kansas 89, Kentucky 84
Marquette 71, Illinois 64
UConn 87, MVSU 53
Tennessee 82, Wofford 61
Creighton 92, Iowa 84
Duke 74, Michigan St. 65
FAU 100, E. Michigan 57
Gonzaga 123, E. Oregon 57
Texas A&M 79, SMU 66
Baylor 99, UMKC 61
Alabama 102, South Alabama 46
Colorado 106, Milwaukee 79

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/13/23


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

Boston 114, New York 98
Toronto 111, Washington 107
Milwaukee 118, Chicago 109
Sacramento 132, Cleveland 120

Edmonton 4, NY Islanders 1
Colorado 5, Seattle 1

Denver 24, Buffalo 22

Purdue 83, Xavier 71
Arizona 97, Southern U. 59
Houston 79, Stetson 48
Miami 86, FIU 80
Arkansas 86, Old Dominion 77
Penn 76, Villanova 72

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