Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — Paul Menard is getting a new crew chief.
Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Danny Stockman will serve as the crew chief for Menard’s No. 27 Menards Chevrolet SS team, beginning with this Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.
Stockman, who replaces Justin Alexander, is a former champion in both the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. He worked with Menard in the XFINITY Series the past two years.
Menard is currently 23rd in the Cup standings after qualifying for the Chase last year.
RCR also announced that its NASCAR XFINITY Series Director, Gil Martin, will serve as interim crew chief for its XFINITY Series No. 2 Rheem/Menards team.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Chi White Sox 5, Chi Cubs 4 Baltimore 3, Colorado 2, 10 Innings Toronto 4, San Diego 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE Detroit 4, Boston 2 Texas 7, Oakland 6 N-Y Yankees 2, Houston 1 L.A. Angels 6, Kansas City 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 5 St. Louis at N-Y Mets (postponed, rain) Philadelphia 4, Miami 0 Milwaukee 7, Arizona 2
iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANEIRO) -- Less than two weeks before this summer's Olympic Games are supposed to kick off in Rio de Janeiro, the head of the Australian team announced that the conditions at the Olympic village were not livable for their athletes.
"Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing I have decided that no Australian Team member will move into our allocated building," Australian Team Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said in a statement.
"Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean," Chiller added.
She also said that in some areas, water has leaked through the ceiling, "resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring."
Chiller said they did a stress test, turning on multiple taps and flushing toilets simultaneously across several floors. She said the test failed, "water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was 'shorting' in the electrical wiring."
She said her group has been living in nearby hotels, "because the Village is simply not safe or ready."
The Mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, responded to Australian's claims, reportedly saying to local media, "I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building," to make them feel at "home."
In response to the kangaroo comment, the communications director for the Australian Olympic Committee, Mike Tancred, told Brazilian daily newspaper Folha, "We do not need kangaroos, we need plumbers."
The International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 officially responded to Australian team's claims in a statement saying that "it became clear that as the rooms started to be used in all of the buildings some of the rooms required extra work."
They added that crews will be working "24 hours a day until the issues are resolved," but that it might take a few days.
"Athletes that are arriving in the Village and whose accommodation is not finished will be placed in the best available accommodation in other buildings. We will be working hard to ensure that the on-going works do not disturb their preparations for the Games –- preparations that will be taking place in fully checked top quality training venues. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and we greatly appreciate the understanding of the National Olympic Committees at this time,” their statement went on to say.
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Basketball legend Michael Jordan lost his father, James, in 1993 after two men shot him to death in his car while he was parked on the side of a highway in North Carolina.
On Monday, Jordan is doing what fellow greats like Muhammad Ali have done before him, speaking out against what he views as current social injustices plaguing this nation — not just the killing of allegedly innocent blacks in this country at the hands of police, but the targeted retaliation of police thereafter.
In a statement and story published on "The Undefeated," Jordan referenced the killings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and so many other regions in America, by writing, "As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers."
He continued, "I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."
The six-time NBA champion, 53, and legendary Chicago Bull was taught "to love and respect people regardless of their race or background." He used the word "saddened" to describe his thoughts on the "racial tensions" that have inflicted the nation's cities in recent weeks.
"I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported," he wrote.
The man who many know simply as "No. 23," acknowledged that his experience with police may be different than other "people of color," but he said he "decided to speak out in the hope that we can come together as Americans, and through peaceful dialogue and education, achieve constructive change."
"To support that effort, I am making contributions of $1 million each to two organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund," the five-time NBA MVP continued. "Although I know these contributions alone are not enough to solve the problem, I hope the resources will help both organizations make a positive difference."
The problems and tensions that currently exist in communities "didn’t happen overnight and they won’t be solved tomorrow," Jordan added.
"But if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families and our communities," he closed.
Jordan's statement Monday comes less than two weeks after some of the biggest names in sports — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — shared similar sentiments at the 2016 ESPY Awards.
"We can't ignore the reality of the current state of America," Anthony said during the show. "The system is broken. The problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide definitely is not new. But the urgency to create change is at an all-time high."
"It's time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves, 'What are we doing to create change?'" James added.
Hemera/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Fans can soon catch live streams of MLB and NHL games on Twitter. The social media company is partnering with MLBAM, NHL and 120 Sports to show games and a nightly multi-sport highlight show, called The Rally.
“Twitter is the fastest way to see what’s unfolding in MLB and the NHL,” said Twitter CFO Anthony Noto. “MLBAM has pioneered streaming live digital video and we could not be more excited to partner with them on live games as well as The Rally, giving our audience the live sports events they are already talking about on one screen on Twitter.”
Sports fans have long used Twitter as a platform to follow and engage their favorite teams, prompting Twitter and pro sports executives to partner and further enhance the online viewing experience. Now fans can watch once-per-week live streams of out-of-market MLB and NHL games free, whether logged in or not in the United States. MLB games will also be available worldwide, with exception to select international territories.
The Rally, to be produced by 120 Sports, will provide fans on Twitter with exclusive highlights and expert analysis across multiple sports. With content designed to integrate specifically with Twitter’s platform, The Rally will include interactive elements that will allow instant fan engagement and discussion of the moments that are trending among fans.
Schedules for the live streamed MLB and NHL games are expected to come at a later date.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:
INTERLEAGUE N.Y. Yankees 5, San Francisco 2
AMERICAN LEAGUE Toronto 2, Seattle 0 Baltimore 5, Cleveland 3 Boston 8, Minnesota 7 Houston 13, L.A. Angels 3 Chi White Sox 4, Detroit 3 Texas 2, Kansas City 1 Chi White Sox 5, Detroit 4 Oakland 3, Tampa Bay 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE L.A. Dodgers 9, St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 3, Miami 0 Arizona 9, Cincinnati 8 San Diego 10, Washington 6 Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4 Chi Cubs 6, Milwaukee 5 Colorado 7, Atlanta 2
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) – Two players from the same state, but whose baseball careers began worlds apart, shared the stage at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, seeing their names and faces engraved in plaques that will stand on display forever.
The class of 2016 included arguably the best hitting catcher of all time, Mike Piazza, and one of the game’s most exciting players, Ken Griffey Jr. Each of them born in Pennsylvania nearly 50 years ago, couldn’t have been less similar in their career arcs. Griffey was the top pick in the 1987 amateur draft and the only number one overall selection to be inducted, while Piazza, a 62nd round pick in 1988, was the lowest drafted player to ever be enshrined.
Piazza even highlighted the differences in his induction speech, saying that “about the only thing [the two] had in common as ballplayers was two arms and two legs.”
Griffey was named on a record 99.32 percent of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, falling three votes shy of unanimous induction. He won 10 gold gloves in his career, hit 630 home runs, and was known for his sweet swing and his flair – regularly wearing his baseball cap backwards.
In a 22-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Red and Chicago White Sox, Griffey was nicknamed “The Natural.” He hinted at that view of him as one of two major misconceptions he mentioned in his speech. The misconceptions? “I didn’t work hard and everything I did I made look easy,” he explained.
“Just because I made it easy doesn’t mean that it was. You don’t become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out,” Griffey added.
He enters the hall wearing the Mariners logo that adorned his jersey for 13 of his 22 seasons.
Both Griffey and Piazza offered heartfelt thanks to their fathers in their speeches. Griffey credited his father, a star ballplayer in his own right, with teaching him “how to play this game, but more importantly, he taught me how to be a man, how to work hard, how to look at yourself in the mirror each and every day and not to worry about what other people are doing.”
Piazza was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in part because then-manager Tommy Lasorda was a close friend of Piazza’s father. Piazza noted in his speech that his father “dreamed of playing in the major leagues,” but that “the realities of life” got in the way.
He also touched on one of the defining moments of his career, a game-winning home run in the first baseball game in New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “To witness the darkest evil of the human heart…will forever be burned in my soul,” Piazza said. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.
"Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21st, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice."
Piazza played 16 seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland A’s. He hit 427 home runs, including a record 396 as a catcher. He also appeared in 12 All-Star games and won 10 Silver Slugger Awards. While he spent about the same amount of time with his first team, the Los Angeles Dodgers as he did the New York Mets, it is with the latter team that he will be enshrined.
The Hall of Fame estimated that about 50,000 people attended the induction ceremony, tied for the second-most all time. The highest figure, estimated at over 80,000 was in 2007 when Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn were enshrined.