Wayne Gallman celebrates his touchdown run with Deon Cain during the second half of the NCAA football playoff championship game against Alabama. (AP)
Wayne Gallman celebrates his touchdown run with Deon Cain during the second half of the NCAA football playoff championship game against Alabama. (AP)

Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining to win the College Football Playoff national championship game over Alabama, 35-31.

Watson completed 36 of 56 passes and threw for 420 yards along with three touchdowns in the win. The Tigers were able to claw their way back from a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter to get revenge from last year's championship game that saw Alabama win, 45-40. 

Alabama's Bo Scarbrough ran for two touchdowns before leaving in the second half with a leg injury. 

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Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 23, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (10) and New Jersey Devils center Sergey Kalinin (51) fight during the second period at Prudential Center. Miller received a match penalty for having tape too low on his hand. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

In the fall of 2016, the documentary "Ice Guardians" was released. The documentary delves into one of the most respected, yet dangerous, positions on an NHL team. But, as we have seen the roles these players once filled are quickly going away.

It took 22 games.

The team that once employed Tie Domi, Joey Kocur, PJ Stock and Colton Orr had zero fights through their first 21 games.

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Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. celebrates winning the World Series in Cleveland.  (USA Today)
Cubs relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. celebrates winning the World Series in Cleveland. (USA Today)

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings, 8-7, to caputure their first World Series championship since 1908. 

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Seton Hall Pirates head coach Kevin Willard discusses moving forward after the loss of Isaiah Whitehead.

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Johnson said Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

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Michelle Yu speaks with Stan Wawrinka after defeating Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open.

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Former Mets outfielder and ex-NYPD officer Stanley Jefferson discusses his experiences on and since September 11th, 2001.

Baseball brought New York City together following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. For a moment, it helped to distract from the tragic events that unfolded 10 days prior. But for Stanley Jefferson, a former New York Met and retired NYPD police officer, those wounds are as fresh as the day that changed our world forever.

"The last time I watched [baseball in person] was Mike Piazza Day [when he was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame]," Jefferson recounted. "Unfortunately, when I went it was probably one of the worst days I've had in a while, because I'm not very good with large crowds. I'm not good with dealing with people in that manner. I stay away and I kind of stay to myself a lot, and that was a horrible, horrible day and it'll be a while before I do something like that again."

Baseball used to be Jefferson's world. He would hit wiffle balls in his living room pretending to be Mickey Mantle. He played on the ballfields around his home in Co-Op City in the Bronx - for Pelham Parkway, the Bronx Angels and Truman High School. Despite his rising star, he had no idea how good he really was. "I was short, and very small, and skinny, and I thought that I had to prove myself consistently," Jefferson remembered in a recent interview with SNY. "I played with the older kids…And I always thought that I had to work a little bit harder, and be better, and I never really thought of myself being that good."

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Despite losing a set, Serena Williams advanced into the semifinals at the US Open.

Despite losing a set, Serena Williams advanced into the semifinals at the US Open.


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Michelle Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss Serena Williams' health and her performance in the first round of the US Open in Queens.

Michelle Yu joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss Serena Williams' health and her performance in the first round of the US Open in Queens.


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Tennis legend Billie Jean King previews the U.S. Open on Daily News Live, beginning next week in Queens.

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Michelle Yu gets a chance to talk to the US Women Gymnastics team coming off their gold medal performance at the Rio Olympics.

Michelle Yu gets a chance to talk to the US Women Gymnastics team coming off their gold medal performance at the Rio Olympics.


Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)
Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)

For the sixth Olympics running, the United States women's basketball team is golden.

The United States walloped Spain 101-72 on Saturday to win the gold medal in Rio.

Spain kept it from getting out of hand early, sticking with the gold medalists for most of the first half. They were within three points with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Geno Auriemma pulled out his ultimate trump card. He plugged in all five of his UConn alumnae - Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart - for the first time in the Olympics. The UConn Five sparked a 22-8 run to finish the quarter and put the game out of reach for good.

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Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)
Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird celebrate with their gold medals. (AP)

For the sixth Olympics running, the United States women's basketball team is golden.

The United States walloped Spain 101-72 on Saturday to win the gold medal in Rio.

Spain kept it from getting out of hand early, sticking with the gold medalists for most of the first half. They were within three points with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Geno Auriemma pulled out his ultimate trump card. He plugged in all five of his UConn alumnae - Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart - for the first time in the Olympics. The UConn Five sparked a 22-8 run to finish the quarter and put the game out of reach for good.

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For the fourth Olympics in a row, the United States put an end to Spain's gold medal hopes. With an 82-76 win, the U.S. sent Spain to the bronze medal game and secured an opportunity to play for its third straight gold medal.

Without a big performance from any of their stars, DeAndre Jordan led the United States to a stout defensive performance that proved to be the difference in the game.

Jordan was a monster around the rim, routinely deterring Spain from drives to the basket and when they dared to make a foray to the basket, he often altered or blocked their attempts. On offense, Jordan patrolled the paint catching and finishing lobs at the rim or corralling offensive rebounds. He finished with nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and four blocks.

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Kim Hill reacts after losing a women's semifinal volleyball match against Serbia. (AP)
Kim Hill reacts after losing a women's semifinal volleyball match against Serbia. (AP)

The U.S. women's volleyball team will not be making history in Rio.

The No. 1 ranked team in the world left the Maracanãzinho arena in tears Thursday afternoon as Serbia pulled off an upset in five sets (20-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13).

Serbia was playing in its first semifinal in history and will now advance to the gold medal match Saturday in Rio.
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Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP)
Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe.

He said that around 6 a.m. on Sunday, Lochte, along with fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen, stopped at a gas station in Barra da Tijuca, a suburb of Rio where many Olympic venues are located. One of the swimmers tried to open the door of an outside bathroom. It was locked.

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Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger leave the police station at Rio International Airport. (AP)
Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger leave the police station at Rio International Airport. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Three American Olympic swimmers planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement Thursday to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.

USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were released by local authorities after being pulled from a flight at the Rio de Janeiro airport, with the understanding that discussions would continue amid uncertainty over what truly took place during a late outing the night Olympic swimming wrapped up at the Rio Games.

Fellow teammate Jimmy Feigen also plans to talk to officials as he navigates a judge's order that keeps him in Brazil, Sandusky said. Court officials had called for the four swimmers' passports to be seized, but Lochte already had returned to the United States before authorities could enforce the decision.

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Allyson Felix won her first round 400m heat in 51.24 seconds to advance to the semifinals. Comfortably in the lead, she slowed to a jog over the final 50m before accelerating as she crossed the finish line.

Felix, the 2015 400m world champion, is running the individual 400m for the first time at the Olympics. But she does have two Olympic 4x400m gold medals.

Fellow Americans Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings also advanced to the 400m semifinals. All three U.S. athletes won their heats.

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Three-time defending Olympic gold medalist U.S. fell to Sweden 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the first quarterfinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament, forcing the U.S. women to make an unexpected early exit from competition. 

Julie Johnston returned to the starting lineup for the U.S. after missing the team's last two matches with a groin strain.

In the fourth minute, Morgan Brian had the first scoring chance of the match as she took a shot at the top of the box that forced Swedish goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into a save. 

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United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her side's first goal. (Michael Dantas)
United States' Crystal Dunn, center, celebrates scoring her side's first goal. (Michael Dantas)

The U.S. played to a 2-2 draw against Colombia in Manaus.

The U.S. got off to a strong start, controlling possession and creating scoring chances in the first 15 minutes.

However, it was Colombia who opened the scoring. In the 26th minute, Catalina Usme took a free kick that slipped through Hope Solo's legs into the back of the net. The goal is the first that the U.S. has allowed at the 2016 Olympics. 

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Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas and Madison Kocian wave to the audience. (AP)
Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas and Madison Kocian wave to the audience. (AP)

If there was any question that the U.S. has the best women's gymnastics team in the world, it was answered today for the fifth time.

With two consecutive Olympic golds and world championships titles in 2011, 2014 and 2015, the U.S. women have made a seemingly unbreakable habit of winning. And not just edging out their competitors by a few tenths, but leading the competition from start to finish and claiming victory by multiple points

Throughout the team final at the Rio Olympics, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Simone Biles looked focused but confident, never faltering under the weight of the world's or their expectations. 

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Tom Brady and Nate Ebner run onto the field before Super Bowl XLIX. (AP)
Tom Brady and Nate Ebner run onto the field before Super Bowl XLIX. (AP)

Nate Ebner made Olympic history, becoming the first active NFL player to compete at a Summer Olympics.

Ebner, who helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX, stepped onto the pitch for USA Rugby for the first time during the second half of the match against Argentina on Monday afternoon.

Both U.S. tries came with Ebner on the pitch, but Argentina scored on the final play of the match to win 17-14. The U.S. was awarded a penalty try when an Argentinian defender used a high tackle to stop Zack Test from touching the ball down, and then Danny Barrett scored the first try in U.S. Olympic men's rugby sevens history. 

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Ibtihaj Muhammad adjusts her hijab prior to competing in the women's individual saber fencing event. (AP)
Ibtihaj Muhammad adjusts her hijab prior to competing in the women's individual saber fencing event. (AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO - When Ibtihaj Muhammad emerged about an hour after her elimination, composed and ready to talk, she returned to a media mixed zone and found more than a dozen American journalists who waited for her.

"At the normal fencing competitions, we don't have to deal with this many press," Muhammad said. "Actually, we don't have press."

Muhammad, who won her first-round bout and then lost in the round of 16, made history by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, the traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.

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United States' Katie Meili starts a women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn/AP)
United States' Katie Meili starts a women's 100-meter breaststroke semifinal during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn/AP)
Lilly King and Katie Meili, both U.S. Olympic rookies, landed on the podium in the 100m breaststroke finals. King set a new Olympic record of one minute, 1:04.93 seconds to out-touch a late-charging Yulia Efimova of Russia.

Meili, who last summer won the 100m breaststroke title at the Pan American Games, claimed the bronze in 1:05.69.

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For the second game in a row, the United States looked sluggish off of the first tip, but for the second game in a row, the United States would recover to rout the opposition. This time the United States beat Venezuela 113-69.

In a game that most considered over before it even started, Venezuela executed their game-plan to perfection in the first quarter and ended the period deadlocked with the gold medal-favorite.

A combination of sloppiness and scrappy Venezuelan effort forced the United States into seven turnovers in the first quarter alone. The U.S. was disjointed on offense and the open shots they did manage routinely clanked off the rim or missed the hoop entirely, like one notable air-mailed three-point try by Klay Thompson.

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University of Connecticut and United States national team coach Geno Auriemma thought Kia Nurse looked "pretty good" as she played her first game for Team Canada on July 27 in the USA Basketball Showcase following sports hernia surgery in the spring.

The road to recovery hasn't been easy for the Hamilton, Ontario, native, however, particularly on the offensive end of the floor.

But the Huskies' junior guard, who made a lasting impression on the Canadians during the 2015 Pan American Games and the FIBA America Championships, made her first mark for Team Canada on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Jennifer Wu returns a shot during an exhibition match. (AP)
Jennifer Wu returns a shot during an exhibition match. (AP)

Suthasini Sawettabut might feel that she could have saved herself some time and energy Saturday afternoon. The table tennis star from Thailand won the first game of her round one match against Han Xing of Congo and had a commanding lead in game 2. And game 3. And also game 4. Yet she found herself losing the contest 3 games to 1 after throwing away late leads in each game.

Sawettabut dug deep and won games 5 and 6 to force a decisive seventh game, where she yet again took a lead late. And yet again, she threatened to give it away: after being up 7-4, Han fought back to 10-9. But Han missed long after a tepid serve, and Sawettabut lived to fight another day.

Sawettabut's compatriot was also victorious Saturday afternoon. Nanthana Komwong won four straight games to defeat Dina Meshref of Egypt 4-1 and advance to the second round.

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Citi is bringing the excitement of Rio to life in NYC this summer with a free public event from August 5 -11 where Team USA fans can experience the Olympic spirit first-hand.

Come celebrate Team Citi and Team USA, keep up with the latest action and enjoy authentic Brazilian cuisine and entertainment throughout the week. Rio on the Hudson will also feature family activities including face painting, live art demonstrations, samba dance classes and more.

With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games fast approaching, it is time to start cheering on Team USA as they prepare to Go For the Gold™. If you want to get in the game, you can sprint against track & field sensation Allyson Felix with a photo finish to prove it. Visit the Paralympics Support Zone and see Athletes from local teams demo their sports - you can even try out their Rowing Ergs, Wheelchair Basketball or Goalball. And to celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics, you can take a swing in a simulator to see how you stack up on a professional course.

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United States' Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates after scoring against New Zealand during a Women's Olympic Football Tournament match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)  (Eugenio Savio/AP)
United States' Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates after scoring against New Zealand during a Women's Olympic Football Tournament match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio) (Eugenio Savio/AP)
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored a goal in each half as the U.S. women's soccer team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its debut at the Rio Games on Wednesday, getting off to a solid start in its attempt to win a fourth straight Olympic gold medal.

Lloyd put the Americans ahead with a header in the ninth minute and Morgan added to the lead with a low shot from inside the area less than a minute into the second half at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.

"That was the best way we could have started," said Tobin Heath, who made the cross that led to Lloyd's goal. "We came out with a lot of energy and a lot of determination. I think in that regards we put our best foot forward and got that goal and I think that helped propel us throughout the game."

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Jimmy Walker poses with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Sunday, July 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Jimmy Walker poses with the trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Sunday, July 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- The stars never aligned this magnificently for Jimmy Walker.

In the longest final day at the PGA Championship in 64 years, Walker produced three big birdies on the back nine at Baltusrol and held his nerve Sunday against the No. 1 player in the world to the very end. He closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-shot victory over defending champion Jason Day.

Walker provided a little too much drama at the end.

He built a three-shot lead with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th, only to watch Day blast a 2-iron onto the green at the par-5 18th to 15 feet for an eagle, setting off the loudest cheer of the week and closing the margin to one shot.

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Third round play was suspend for the day at the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday. (AP)
Third round play was suspend for the day at the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Saturday. (AP)
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) - Thunderstorms shut down the PGA Championship on Saturday before 10 players could even hit a shot, setting up what could be a long, wet and wild conclusion to the final major of the year - whenever it ends.

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb made it as far as the practice range before clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and storms dumped more rain on an already saturated golf course at Baltusrol. Tied for the lead at 9-under par, they faced a 36-hole Sunday, provided the course could be ready by 7 a.m.

Otherwise, another Monday finish loomed, and that was only part of the unpredictable nature of this PGA Championship.

Kevin Kisner had seven birdies in his round of 5-under 65 and was at 5-under 205. He was one shot ahead of Padraig Harrington, who also had a 65. They were among only 37 players of the 86 who made the cut to complete the third round.

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Robert Streb watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
Robert Streb watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- In a major championship season of endless theater, the PGA Championship lived up to its end of the bargain Friday.

Robert Streb led the way, even if hardly anyone noticed.

As thousands of fans crammed into the closing holes at Baltusrol to see if Jason Day could finish off his amazing run and Phil Mickelson could make it to the weekend, Streb hit a 6-iron into 20 feet on his final hole at the par-3 ninth for a shot at 63.

He made the birdie putt during a TV commercial break, making him the 28th player to shoot 63 in a major, and the third in the last 16 days.

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Jimmy Walker reacts to his putt on the third hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
Jimmy Walker reacts to his putt on the third hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) -- The search for another first-time major champion in the final one of the year began Thursday with Jimmy Walker at the PGA Championship.

Walker had no problem with the stifling heat at Baltusrol, and he was thrilled to see some putts finally go in. It led to six birdies on his way to a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher among the early starters.

It was Walker's best score in a major.

"I feel like all year it's just been real stale and stagnant," Walker said. "It's just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven't been scoring. ... It's frustrating. I would have loved to have had a better year than I've had so far to this point, but I know there's always time to play well at the end of the year."

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NEW YORK (AP) Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 21 points and Marissa Coleman scored 11 of her 14 points during a decisive run to help the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty 82-70 on Thursday in the final game for both teams before the Olympic break.

With the game tied at 58 near the end of the third quarter, Coleman hit a 3-pointer to start the 15-2 burst. She had 11 of the team's 15 points during the spurt, including three 3-pointers and a tough fall-away jumper. Her last 3-pointer made it 73-60 with 6:10 left in the game.

The Fever (12-12), who are sixth in the AP WNBA power poll, wouldn't let New York couldn't get closer than nine the rest of the way.

Tina Charles had 25 points and 13 rebounds for third-ranked New York (18-8).

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during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. New York won 80-72. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill/AP)
during the second half of a WNBA basketball game, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Uncasville, Conn. New York won 80-72. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) (Jessica Hill/AP)
WASHINGTON (AP) Reserve Rebecca Allen hit four 3-pointers and finished with 19 points - both career highs - as the New York Liberty bench scored a WNBA-record 69 points in their 88-81 win over the Washington Mystics on Wednesday.

Brittany Boyd had 17 points and seven assists, Amanda Zahui B. added 15 points and nine rebounds and Shavonte Zellous scored 14 for the Liberty (18-7). New York's starters scored just 19 points - including 13 by Tina Charles - to tie the WNBA record for fewest by starters in a win.

The Mystics' bench scored 63 points in a triple-overtime win against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 1, 2014.

Emma Meesseman's jumper capped an 11-3 run that pulled the Mystics within four with 1:45 to play, but Boyd hit Kiah Stokes for a layup to make it 87-81 a minute later. A steal by Boyd, her third of the game, on Washington's next possession sealed it.

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NEW YORK (AP) With the first part of the WNBA season winding down, the New York Liberty want to head into the Olympic break on a roll.

Swin Cash scored a season-high 16 points and Tina Charles and Sugar Rodgers each added 14 to help the Liberty beat the Sun 83-76 on Sunday.

"We have two games left and you can either head into the Olympics on a high or on a low," Cash said. "We want to get there rolling."

New York trailed 66-65 midway through the fourth quarter before Brittany Boyd's three-point play gave them a two-point lead. The Liberty (17-7) wouldn't relinquish that advantage the rest of the way.

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NEW YORK (AP) Amanda Zahui B. scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and the New York Liberty never trailed in their 75-65 win over the San Antonio Stars on Sunday.

Sugar Rodgers added 11 points, while Shavonte Zellous and Tina Charles scored 10 apiece for the Liberty (15-6), who have won three in a row and 11 of their last 12. Carolyn Swords tied her career high with 11 rebounds.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Tina Charles had 29 points and nine rebounds, Tanisha Wright made a late go-ahead jumper, and the New York Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 88-85 on Friday night for coach Bill Laimbeer's 200th victory.

Laimbeer became the seventh coach in the WNBA history to reach the mark.

Tamera Young beat the shot-clock buzzer, off an Allie Quigley assist, to tie it at 85-all with 1:58 remaining but Chicago did not score again. Wright hit a long jumper with 29.4 seconds left to give New York an 87-85 lead and she went 1 of 2 from the line with 15.1 seconds left. Chicago elected to go for a quick inside shot but Elena Delle Donne missed a baseline jumper and the Sky didn't convert on two offensive rebounds.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Liberty have been finding ways to win close games lately.

New York nearly blew an 18-point lead against Seattle before holding on for a 78-74 victory on Wednesday night. The Liberty have won five of their past six games that have either gone to overtime or been decided by four points or fewer.

"We said we don't want to just be a mediocre team," said Tina Charles, who led New York with 18 points. "It was good finding a way to win again as we didn't want to lose two straight games

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 77-67 win over the New York Liberty on Sunday.

Kristi Tolliver and Candace Parker scored 15 points apiece for the Sparks (16-1), who have won five in a row.

A jumper by Tina Charles put the Liberty (12-6) up by three midway through the third quarter, but Los Angeles responded with an 18-4 run that made it 63-54 lead with 7:52 remaining and the Sparks led the rest of the way.

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PHOENIX (AP) Tina Charles had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Sugar Rodgers added 22 points and the New York Liberty beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 99-88 on Friday night.

New York went ahead 64-41 after a six-point possession in which Phoenix stars Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi were ejected.

Taurasi was called for a technical foul with 7:41 left in the third quarter after picking up an offensive foul. On New York's next possession, Sonja Petrovic was whistled for a questionable foul and then Griner picked up her fourth contesting Charles' jumper.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Sugar Rodgers scored 22 points and Tina Charles added 21 to help the New York Liberty beat the San Antonio Stars 90-75 on Saturday night.

The Liberty (5-4), fourth in the AP WNBA power poll, rebounded from their worst loss of the season on Tuesday against Los Angeles to beat an overmatched Stars squad. San Antonio, 11th in the poll, lost its fourth in a row and fell to 1-7.

New York led by one after three quarters, 62-61, but turned it on in the fourth. A 10-point run, capped by Shavonte Zellous' jumper with 6:11 to go, put the Liberty up 74-64. She finished with 11 points.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jantel Lavender scored a season-high 22, Kristi Toliver had 15 of her 19 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 100-77 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

Los Angeles (8-0) is one win away from tying a franchise record for most consecutive wins to start a season, set in 2001 and matched in 2003.

Nneka Ogwumike had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Essence Carson added 15 points for Los Angeles, which is ranked No. 2 in the AP WNBA power poll. Toliver outscored New York 15-14 in the third quarter as the Sparks built a 30-point lead.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Tina Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds and the New York Liberty used a strong third quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-78 on Sunday night.

Neither team led by more than five until the Liberty (4-3) went on a 17-2 run in the third to go up 68-51 on Charles' jumper with 3:14 left in the quarter.

Seattle (3-5) rallied in the fourth quarter with a 15-2 spurt that cut the deficit to 76-73 with 3:45 left. Tanisha Wright answered with back-to-back jumpers against her former team and New York held off the Storm from there.

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Throngs of young girls and other flag-waving fans of the U.S. women's soccer team filled lower Manhattan Friday morning for a ticker-tape parade celebrating its Women's World Cup victory.

The parade-goers -- many wearing red, white and blue -- started gathering at 3:30 a.m. along the Canyon of Heroes, a stretch of Broadway where the nation's largest city has honored its legends. When the parade got underway at 11 a.m., the crowd was as much as 10 deep along the route. Chants of "USA! USA!" were distinctly high-pitched.

It was the first-ever ticker-tape parade in New York for a women's sports team -- a fact not lost on the crowd. A 4th floor window on a building near the route was decorated with a homemade sign that reads "Girl Power" with four American flags.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- With a trip looming, New York wasn't about to let another game slip away.

Instead, the Liberty came away with their largest victory in almost six years.

Sugar Rodgers made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to help New York beat the Indiana Fever 91-59 on Friday night in a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals.

Tina Charles added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for New York. The Liberty (3-3) ended a three-game skid. They will hit the road for games against Seattle, Los Angeles and San Antonio.

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Geoff Schwartz is a seven-year NFL veteran who currently plays offensive guard for the New York Giants. But more than being a football player, he's a father of a 1-year-old son named Alex.

"I'm not letting him play until he's in high school," Schwartz said on "Daily News Live." "I think when you're older you can control your body better. You're not going to get hit in the head as much."

While football players -- kids and adults -- are fully padded from head to toe, football is a violent contact sport at its core. With each hit and tackle, there is an ever-growing concern over the impact of those hits.

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I can talk about the heartbreaking story of Nadia Nadim: how she grew up in Afghanistan, a country shifted to fundamentalist rule that didn't value her because she was a female. How the Taliban senselessly executed her open-minded father, a member of the Afghan army who wanted her and her four sisters to love sports. How her loving mother decided it was better to flee with her little girls from the only home she knew than to stay and fall victim to ruthless dictators.

But instead, I want to tell you about the inspirational, even bubbly, woman who sat across from me on a summer day. Nadim could have become broken. She has every right to be detached, having lost her father at a young age, being forced to travel from her home to Pakistan, Italy and Denmark.

But she is not.

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Two wins in 10 games is typically considered a failed season for a college football program. But for the Columbia University Lions, the two wins in 2015 represented a rebirth. Why? Over the previous two-plus seasons they had lost 24 straight games before defeating Wagner College on Oct. 10. While they only won one more games this past season, Columbia's football program may have finally turned the page on a dismal history and it's all due to one man, Al Bagnoli.

Last spring, after 23 years manning the helm at the University of Pennsylvania, Bagnoli retired from coaching to take on an administrative role. That lasted just 92 days after Columbia came calling, and Bagnoli jumped at the chance.

"I always thought this could be something that made sense," said Bagnoli about life after coaching. "But after 92 days it just was not fulfilling for me. It just did not challenge me in any sense. It was one of those unique scenarios and the stars lined up right and it was an opportunity to work at another world-class institution and another world-class city."

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