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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/31/14

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 4 (69-67) – New York Yankees 3 (70-65) 

Boston Red Sox 3 (60-76) – Tampa Rays 0 (66-71)

New York Mets 6 (64-73) – Philadelphia Phillies 5 (62-74)

Cincinnati Reds 3 (66-71) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (71-65)

Chicago White Sox 6 (62-75) – Detroit Tigers 2 (74-62)

Baltimore Orioles 12 (79-56) – Minnesota Twins 8 (59-77)

Houston Astros 3 (59-79) – Texas Rangers 2 (53-83)

St. Louis Cardinals 9 (73-63) – Chicago White Sox 6 (61-76)

Los Angeles Angels 8 (83-53) – Oakland Athletics 1 (78-58)

Seattle Mariners 5 (73-62) – Washington Nationals 3 (77-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (77-60) – San Diego Padres 1 (64-71)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (57-79) – Colorado Rockies 2 (54-82)

San Francisco Giants 15 (74-62) – Milwaukee Brewers 5 (73-63)

Atlanta Braves 1 (72-65) – Miami Marlins 0 (66-69)

Cleveland Indians 4 (70-64) – Kansas City Royals 2 (74-61) Suspended in the top of the 10th due to rain

NCAAF: (10) Baylor 45 (1-0) – SMU 0 (0-1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kasey Kahne wins the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck: Ryan Blaney wins the Chevrolet Silverado 250

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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From the White Sox

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.

According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A’s will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season.

The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics’ team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.

Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he’s compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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ESPN: Sam Clears Waivers

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team’s practice squad.

Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.

“The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known,” Sam tweeted Saturday. “The journey continues.”

Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year’s draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.

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Joan Rivers’ Family Keeping ‘Our Fingers Crossed’

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers has been unconscious since her arrival three days ago at a New York City hospital, but her daughter expressed hope on Sunday that the 81-year-old comedian will recover from her illness.

“Thank you for your continued love and support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement on Sunday. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Her mother arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital Thursday after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, sources said.

Doctors are intentionally keeping her sedated and under close supervision until they’re more comfortable with her condition, which remains “serious.”

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First NFL Player is Arrested Following League’s New Domestic Violence Policy

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has been booked on domestic violence charges, becoming the first NFL player to be arrested since league commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new penalties last week for domestic violence.

On Thursday Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL domestic abuse policy, including a six game suspension for a first time offense and a potential lifetime ban on any subsequent offense.

The NFL is aware of McDonald’s arrest and a spokesman tells ABC News the league is looking into it. The San Francisco 49ers says the team is still gathering facts.

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Will Power Wins IndyCar Series Championship

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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BananaStock(FONTANA, Calif.) — Will Power captured the 2014 IndyCar Series title after finishing ninth in Saturday night’s race at Fontana.

The driver of the number 12 car finishes the year with three victories, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes for 671 points. Helio Castroneves ends the season second in the championship standings, 62 points behind Power.

It is Power’s first series championships. He came into the final race in 2010 and 2012, leading in the points standings, but failed to clinch the title.

Tony Kanaan took home the checkered flag in the 500-mile race for his first win of the season. Scott Dixon finished in second followed by Ed Carpenter, Juan Pablo Montoya and James Hinchcliffe to round out the top five. 

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is Highest Grossing Movie of the Year

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Buena Vista(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy has become the highest grossing movie of the year.

The action film kept the number one spot at the box office this weekend earning $16.3 million, bringing its total worldwide gross to $547.7 million.

The film, which was released Aug. 1, stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.

Here are the weekend’s top ten films according to

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: $16.3 million
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: $11.8 million
3. If I Stay: $9.3 million
4. As Above/So Below: $8.3 million
5. Let’s Be Cops: $8.2 million
6. The November Man: $7.6 million
7. When the Game Stands Tall: $5.7 million 
8. The Giver: $5.3 million
9. The Hundred-Foot Journey: $4.6 million  
10. The Expendables 3: $3.5 million

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US Launches Air Strikes, Drops Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The United States launched more airstrikes Saturday targeting ISIS militants.

Reportedly Australia, France, and the United Kingdom assisted the U.S. in delivering the international aid by dropping food and water to thousands who’ve been cut off by ISIS in the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli.

The Pentagon is saying that these strikes are specifically in support of the humanitarian mission and they will be limited in both there scope and duration.

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Orioles Acquire INF Kelly Johnson & OF Alejandro De Aza

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Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — The Baltimore Orioles acquired infielder Kelly Johnson from the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in a pair of trades on Saturday night.

The Orioles received Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for minor league infielders Ivan De Jesus and Jemile Weeks.  In 87 games this season with the New York Yankees and Red Sox, the 32-year-old Johnson is hitting .212 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

Baltimore acquired De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. In 122 games this season, the 30-year-old De Aza is batting .243 with five homers and 31 RBIs. He has also swiped 15 bases.

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NY Man, Already in Prison for Murdering Son, Now Charged in Wife’s Death

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York man who is already in prison for murdering his son is now facing new murder charges in California for the death of his first wife.

Karl Karlsen, 54, who is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in upstate New York for killing his son Levi Karlsen, was charged today with first-degree murder in the 1991 death of his wife, Christina Karlsen, who is also Levi’s mother. She died on Jan. 1, 1991 in a fire at their family home in California. Her death had been initially ruled an accident.

Barbara Yook, the district attorney for Calaveras County, charged Karl Karlsen with one count of murder during the commission of arson. Yook declined to comment on the case.

Unlike his case in New York state, if convicted in this new case in California, Karlsen could face the death penalty. A court date has yet to be announced.

Levi Karlsen, 23, was crushed to death in 2008 when the truck he was working on slipped off a jack and landed on top of him. His death was initially ruled an accident, but prosecutors later claimed Karl Karlsen killed him so he could collect a $700,000 life insurance payout.

During his trial last year, Karlsen admitted he rigged the jack so the truck would fall on Levi, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November 2013.

New York authorities started investigating Karlsen after his second wife, Cindy Karlsen, came forward last year and told police of her suspicions of Karlsen’s involvement with Levi’s death. Authorities in California then opened an investigation into Christina Karlsen’s death. That investigation was concluded this week.

Karl Karlsen collected a $200,000 life insurance payout after his first wife died, but hadn’t been charged in anything related to her death until now.

Christina and Karl Karlsen’s daughter Erin told ABC News’ 20/20 in a 2013 exclusive interview that she was always suspicious of her father.

“We knew what he had done to our mother, and I knew what he did to my brother,” Erin said at the time.

Erin was 6 years old when she, Levi and their sister Katie escaped from the house fire that killed their mother. According to Erin, their father helped his children get outside safely, and then they stood and watched the house burn.

“I didn’t understand that my mother was behind that wall dying,” Erin told 20/20 at the time, adding that her father “didn’t make an effort to save her. He just stood there.”

A week after the fire, Karl Karlsen and his three children left California for upstate New York to be near his family, and he eventually remarried.

As they got older, Erin said she and Levi started to wonder if their father had been responsible for their mother’s death. However, when they confronted him about it, Erin said, “his biggest concern was that he wondered what the community would think of his own children accusing him of murdering their mother.”

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