MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Tony Gwynn's family is reportedly suing the tobacco industry over the baseball Hall of Famer's death.
The New York Timesreports Gwynn's son Tony Gwynn Jr., widow Alicia Gwynn and daughter Anisha Gwynn-Jones filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday in San Diego against tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. and other defendants. The family says the defendants urged Tony Gwynn to start using smokeless tobacco during his time at San Diego State University.
Gwynn became addicted to dip after being introduced to it in 1977, using up to two cans of it per day for 31 years, the suit says. The 15-time All-Star died in 2014 of salivary gland cancer. He was 54 years old.
“Now that the family understands how he was targeted, they understand that the industry knew they had this highly carcinogenic product and they were marketing it to people like Tony,” David S. Casey, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the Times. “They want to hold them accountable and let a jury make a decision as to what is proper in this case.”
Gwynn's son said tobacco companies were using his father's addiction to "turn him into their ultimate walking billboard."
"He never knew it, but they were using him to promote their dip to the next generation of kids and fans who idolized him," Tony Gwynn Jr. told the newspaper.
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ryan Newman's primary sponsor at this weekend's Sprint Cup race will be Whelen Engineering Co.
Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that Whelen Engineering, the "Official Warning Lights of NASCAR," will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 31 Chevrolet SS for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday.
This is the first time RCR has partnered with Whelen in the Cup Series.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Detroit 5, Philadelphia 4 Miami 7, Tampa Bay 6 AMERICAN LEAGUE Kansas City 10, Minnesota 4 Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6 Oakland 5, Seattle 0 Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 6 L.A. Angels 2, Texas 0 NATIONAL LEAGUE L.A. Dodgers 1, Cincinnati 0 San Francisco 1, San Diego 0 Pittsburgh 6, Colorado 3 N-Y Mets 7, Washington 1 St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Toronto 105, Cleveland 99 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS San Jose 6, St. Louis 3
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Golden State Warriors' guard Draymond Green will not be suspended for Game 4 after he kicked the groin of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams.
Green reiterated Monday that the kick in the second quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was accidental, and denied allegations from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook that it was intentional.
"You know, Russell said I did it on purpose, but he's a part of the superstar group that started all this acting in the NBA," Green said Monday according to ESPN. "I didn't. So, I sold the call. [The official] called me that way. I sold the call."
He was given a Flagrant-1 foul for the kick.
Green has been compared to Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones, who was recently suspended for one game after he struck Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jason Miller/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- LeBron James has offered to pay for Cavaliers teammate Dahntay Jones' NBA fine after he punched Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo in the groin in the final moments of Game 3.
James told Cleveland.com he would "take care of" the $80.17 fine, which is worth 1/110 of Jones' 2015-16 salary (his salary is about $8,800 because he was signed on the last day of the regular season).
"It is what it is, man," Jones, who was also suspended for one game, told ESPN Monday about the punishment. "Can't get too upset about it. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is."
Jones will be out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night against the Raptors.
Justin Berl/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was sent to the hospital Monday after he was hit in the head by a pitch from Colorado Rockies starter Jordan Lyles.
According to the team, Vogelsong suffered a left eye injury and was admitted to Allegheny General Hospital. The Pirates said more information would be available Tuesday.
After the hit in the second inning, Vogelsong fell to the ground covering his left eye. Pittsburgh head athletic trainer Todd Tomcyzk was able to sit him up and according to ESPN, there was blood coming out of Vogelsong's nose.
Despite the hit, the Pirates defeated the Rockies 6-3.
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will appeal the federal court ruling re-instating his four-game suspension for "Deflategate," requesting that the entire U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals re-hear his case in what's known as an en banc hearing, Brady's lawyer, former Solicitor General Ted Olson, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
Olson, who was recently added to Brady's legal team, is famous for arguing high-stakes Supreme Court cases like Bush v. Gore and challenging Proposition 8, a California state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
"The facts here are so drastic, and so apparent, that the court should rehear it," Olson said.
Olson said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fumbled the case, adding that he "completely ignored the schedule of penalties for equipment-related violations," which could have resulted in nothing more than a fine.
In April, a three-person federal appeals court panel ruled 2-1 that Brady must serve a four-game suspension handed down by the NFL for the use of under-inflated footballs at the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. The panel ruled that Goodell "properly exercised his broad discretion" in suspending Brady for his alleged role in Deflategate.
The panel overturned a ruling by a Manhattan judge while siding with the league in its battle against Brady and the NFL Players Association after an independent investigator found it was "more probable than not" Brady was "at least generally aware" of the alleged scheme to deflate footballs.
Brady has repeatedly denied any involvement in the scandal.
En banc hearings — in which a case is heard by a full panel of judges, rather than by a panel selected from them — are rarely heard and often involve unusually complex cases, making it all the more likely the case ends up being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The SCOTUS has the discretion to reject an appeal. But they are inclined to take up cases where the law is unsettled due to contrary rulings by lower courts, where there are potential national implications, and where the issues may continue to be litigated by lower courts.
Sunday was the final day for the Patriots quarterback to file an appeal to his four-game suspension after he was granted an extension earlier this month.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NFL owners will reportedly consider this week a proposal to change the instant replay rule.
Currently, the rule on instant replay lists the 30 types of plays that are reviewable. Now, USA Today reports, owners are considering a measure that would invert the rule, listing only the eight plays that cannot be reviewed.
Referees still would not go under the hood for calls like pass interference, holding and illegal contact, but would be able to review all other plays that may come up.
The rule change needs to be approved by 24 owners to go into effect.
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — The San Diego Padres apologized and said Sunday night they have cut their ties to a contractor they blamed for having a recording of a woman singing the national anthem play as the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus was set to sing during Pride Night.
The Gay Men's Chorus called for an investigation into why its members were not allowed to sing the anthem at Saturday night's Dodgers-Padres game at Petco Park.
The chorus was set to sing the national anthem when the control room instead played a pre-recorded version of a woman singing. However, instead of letting the chorus sing the anthem after the recording finished, they were escorted off the field.
The group said no attempt was made to stop the recording and that the group received "homophobic taunts" while being escorted off the field.
Chorus members called for the Padres and Major League Baseball to investigate whether anyone intentionally played a woman's voice "with the purpose of denigrating and/or ridiculing gay men."
"What should have been a night of joy and celebration at Petco Park last night, instead turned into a nightmare raising serious questions about homophobia within the San Diego Padres organization and its relationship with the LGBT community," he said.
The Padres apologized via Twitter Saturday night and by Sunday evening had announced they had terminated their relationship with the third-party contractor responsible for the error.
"We once again sincerely apologize to members of the San Diego Gay Men's chorus, their families and those who came out to support their Pride Night performance," the statement said. "The Padres organization is proud of our longstanding commitment to inclusion — within both our sport and our community. We deeply regret that a mistake on our part has called this into question, but accept full responsibility."