• UNDATED (AP) - The NHL's Pacific Division leaders are now 0-2 on their three-game excursion through the New York metropolitan area.
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  • KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) - Kurt Busch will return to Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 season.
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  • Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis picked up the ball for high school football players who couldn't afford state championship rings, according to a ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV.Davis heard Harding University H.S. coach Sam Greiner say on the radio that the team needed to raise $20,000 to buy championship rings for team members who didn't have the funds and the linebacker called in to the radio station and promised to help the cause.Davis promised $15,000, which along with GoFundMe exceeding $7,000, meets the funding needs for the North Carolina champs' ringsThe team’s quarterback, Braheam Murphy, expressed gratitude towards Davis, according to ABC’s local affiliate station WSOC-TV."Our family, we don't have a lot of money for people to help out. It is really a blessing," Murphy said.WSOC-TV reported that the students were fitted for the $400 rings Friday morning.Greiner told the television station that many of the student football players do not have money for their day-to-day needs, let alone a championship ring."We have kids on our rosters that don't really have homes. They really don't know what they're going to eat (from) day to day," Greiner said.As for team finances, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools only pays for game officials, security and coaching stipends, according to WSOC-TV.Despite financial hardship, the team has had a winning 14-1 season, sending the school to its first state championship since 1953.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The mothers of athletes who accused sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault are demanding systemic changes take place to prevent future abuses, with one of them telling ABC News, "It’s our daughters today, who would it be tomorrow?""We so trusted this man, my child, Sterling, would not have been there ... if we didn’t implicitly trust him," Kyle Keiser, the mother of Sterling Riethman, one of Nassar's former patients who accused him of sexual misconduct in a civil suit, told ABC News."He was maniacally genius in the way he groomed me as a parent and my daughter as a victim," Keiser said, adding that the trust "was built over years."Nassar, a former Michigan State University (MSU) and USA Gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 60 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges.Nassar also pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were 15 years old or younger in Ingham County, Michigan, as well as three other counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, Michigan. In addition, he has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have publicly said they were abused by the disgraced doctor.Sterling Riethman has joined a lawsuit alleging that MSU had received complaints as far back as 2000 and failed to investigate properly. Keiser told ABC News that she believes MSU, the institution that housed Nassar's practice for decades, failed to protect young athletes from the his widespread abuse."If MSU had listened to the reports that started in 1996, my child would not have been a patient, and then she would not have been a victim," Keiser said. "How many other dozens of young women are in that same situation?"She added that if a thorough investigation had been launched when the first allegations emerged against Nassar, scores of victims could have been protected, telling ABC News, "It could have been stopped."Jason Cody, a spokesperson for MSU said in a statement this November that the university "unequivocally denies" the accusation that the university "is engaged in a ‘cover up of misconduct by university administrators.'""Moreover, MSU has consistently promised if it were to find any employee knew of and acquiesced in Nassar’s misconduct, the university would immediately report it to law enforcement," Cody added. "As for the call for an independent investigation, the FBI and MSU Police Department conducted a joint investigation earlier this year to determine whether any university employee other than Nassar engaged in criminal conduct. The results of that investigation were sent to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. We have no reason to believe that any criminal conduct was found."The statement continued: "Michigan State University continues to be shocked and appalled by Larry Nassar’s now-admitted criminal conduct. Any suggestion that the university covered up this conduct is simply false."Keiser said she and her daughter are speaking out now in order to create "change" and protect future athletes."Sterling said something the other day," Keiser told ABC News. "She said, 'You know, if something horrible is going to happen to me, and I do nothing, I’m only a victim, but if it creates change, and we can make this better, then it served a purpose.'"Keiser added that as a mother, it was extremely difficult for her to watch what her daughter went through."I raised Sterling to be a strong, independent, smart, young woman," Keiser said. "And it's not in a strong, independent girl's vocabulary to say that, 'I’m a victim.'"All of a sudden, she is put in a place of vulnerability, and she doesn’t know who she is," she added. "How do you all of a sudden say that you are a sex assault victim? How do you find those words?"Keiser said
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  • Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants fined cornerback Eli Apple after the second-year cornerback tweeted during the Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, according to ESPN.Apple was standing on the sidelines when he sent out the tweet, but he was not on the active roster for the game.He conceded that he made an error in judgment, telling reporters on Thursday, "I wasn't confused. It was just a mistake by me."The No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has not appeared in a game since Week 10 of the NFL season. In the Giants' most recent game, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo cited Apple's lack of reps in practice as the reason why Apple was not playing.ESPN reports that Apple violated an NFL rule with his tweeting. The rule states:"The use of social media or networking sites (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and similar vehicles) by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning ninety (90) minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media, and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."No updates are permitted to be posted by a player himself or anyone representing him during this prohibited time on his Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other social media account. Doing so may subject a player to League discipline."While on the sidelines, Apple was tweeting that he was healthy despite being included on the injury report the week before. He also retweeted an article about Cowboys' wide receiver Rod Smith after Smith scored a touchdown late in the game. Smith and Apple were college teammates.According to ESPN, Apple still wants to stay with the Giants:"Of course. I'm blessed to be where I am right now. I appreciate everything being here, alive. Football is something I love to do. It's a blessing. You don't want to take it for granted. I definitely want to be here, to be honest."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An Atlanta Hawks fan named Norman is about to have a very Merry Christmas.Norman got picked out of the crowd at Thursday's Pistons-Hawks game to attempt a near-impossible half-court shot – and he nailed it, winning $10,000.
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