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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A freshman set to begin his college athletic career at Penn State next week has been shot dead in his home city of Philadelphia.

Kristian Marche, a track and field athlete, was shot in the head on his own street Monday night, according to Philadelphia police.

Marche, 18, was found in a back driveway and taken to a hospital where he died, authorities said.

"There is no suspect description at this time," police said Thursday.

"We believe this was targeted. We have no reason to believe that this was a random act," Philadelphia Police Lt. Norman Davenport told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV. "There was nothing in Kristian's past that would suggest that this crime should have occurred. That's why we're making this appeal because this case needs to be solved."

Marche was an incoming Penn State freshman on a partial scholarship with the track and field program, a Penn State Athletics spokesman told ABC News.

He was set to start classes next Monday.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy; another young person taken from his loved ones far too early," Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Kristian’s family and friends; we will do what we can to support them and our track and field students and staff during this very difficult time."

Jackson Duncan, whose nonprofit helps inner-city high school athletes, told WPVI that his student Marche “did his SATs, went to school, got good grades. He took care of his teammates. The kid did everything right.”

He added: "For him to end like this; it's heartbreaking.”

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ABC News(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- The parents of the college football player who died after a grueling practice are calling for the firing of the head coach.

Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman for the University of Maryland's Terrapins football team, collapsed during an outdoor workout on May 29. The scholar-athlete died on June 13 from complications related to extreme exhaustion and heatstroke, school officials said.

University of Maryland athletic director Damon Evans told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that preliminary findings indicate McNair didn't receive appropriate medical care, best practices were not followed and mistakes were made by the athletic training staff. University of Maryland president Wallace Loh said the school accepts "legal and moral responsibility" for the mistakes.

Loh said an external sports medicine and athletic training expert is conducting a "comprehensive review" of the circumstances in McNair's death, as well as of the policies and protocols followed by the school's certified athletic trainers in preventing, recognizing, and treating heat-related illness. The full report, which will be made public, is expected to be completed by mid-September, according to Loh.

Rick Court, the strength and conditioning coach, was placed on leave Aug. 12 and turned in a letter of resignation a day later. Wes Robinson, the head football trainer, and Steve Nordwall, director of athletic training, were placed on administrative leave Aug. 10.

DJ Durkin, the head football coach, was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 11 as the school investigates McNair's death and allegations of abuse and disparagement in the program, ESPN reported.

Durkin, Robinson and Nordwall did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

For their part, McNair's parents said Durkin should be fired immediately.

"He shouldn't be able to work with anybody else's kids," his father, Martin McNair, said in an interview Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America" with co-anchor Michael Strahan. "I'm giving my child to you, keep them safe, and they did anything but that, so of course he should be fired."

The grieving parents were shocked when they first got the call that their son was in the hospital. He was a four-star recruit from McDonough School's class of 2017 in Owings Mills, Maryland.

"This was the first time he's been in the hospital since he was born. Never missed a practice, worked hard every day at all games, never missed a game," Martin McNair said. "So initially, it was kind of hard to understand or wrap my mind around."

"Jordan was the type of person that he would give his all, he would give his best because someone asked him to do something. He wouldn't have stopped," his mother, Tonya Wilson, said.

The parents' lawyer, Hassan Murphy, said "there's no doubt" there was a "toxic culture" within the school's football program.

"The toxic culture is what led to them to push Jordan beyond what his body could tolerate. It pushed them to look at him as being exhausted and out of shape, to curse at him as he was literally failing. That’s toxic," Hassan said on "GMA" Thursday morning.

In their son's honor, McNair's parents have set up the Jordan McNair Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to "promote awareness, educate, and advocate for parents and student-athletes about heat-related illness at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels."

"This particular injury isn’t something that just happened to Jordan; it happens all the time," Martin McNair said. "This is our opportunity to speak for all the parents that haven’t had access to a forum such as this."

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Don Juan Moore/Getty ImagesBY: Chris Herring and Dimitrije Ćurčić

(NEW YORK) -- Of all the shocking NBA free-agency moves this summer, Isaiah Thomas’s deal with Denver — for just one year, at the minimum salary for a veteran player — might have been the most telling, in terms of where the league is heading.

This time last year, Thomas — one of the NBA’s most underpaid players even then, at just over $6 million — was saying openly that the Celtics “know they’ve got to bring the Brink’s truck out,” a reference to the nine-figure max contract he felt he deserved. And on some level, it would have been difficult to argue with him. At 28 years old, the diminutive point guard was coming off a banner season in which he finished fifth in MVP voting while averaging almost 29 points per game (on one of the league’s best true shooting percentages) and led the Celtics to the East’s best record.

It’s no secret that much of the market collapse for Thomas’s services stemmed from questions about the torn labrum in his hip, which cost him months of rehab time before he ever suited up for the Cavs, then required surgery in March (while he was playing for the Lakers). But it also appears that the ever-changing NBA flipped its script entirely just before Thomas could cash in on a deal that scorers of his caliber generally get. The about-face highlights the fear teams have about committing big money to someone as short as Thomas, given the challenges his height creates in yet another league where an increasing number of players are roughly the same size.

Point guards and centers were closer in height last year than they’ve ever been, separated by an average of just 8.3 inches — down 21 percent from the 10.5 inches or so that stood between them during the mid-to-late 1990s, according to data from

Those shifts affect Thomas in two meaningful ways. First, the Tacoma, Washington, native — who, at just 5-foot-9, is the shortest player in the NBA — isn’t even close to the average size for a point guard of 6 feet, 2.5 inches. Which brings up the second issue: As such an outlier, the undersized Thomas becomes an even bigger liability on defense when his team is forced to switch on screens at that end of the floor — something that’s become far more common in the past five years alone. The median number of switches leaguewide has more than doubled over that span, from 4.3 per 100 possessions in 2013-14 to 9.1 switches per 100 possessions this past season, according to Second Spectrum.

“To even have a chance against a team like Golden State, you have to make a point of not being put into rotations,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told me in May. “They’ll kill you that way.”

Certain teams are better equipped to play that kind of defense than others — the Rockets and Warriors, widely considered the league’s best teams, led the NBA in switch frequency — but the process doesn’t always work as well when Thomas is in the midst of it. The Celtics were 5 percent more efficient defensively in switch scenarios when Thomas was off the floor than on in 2016-17, according to Second Spectrum. And while Thomas’s departure coincided with a slew of other changes in Boston prior to last season, the team’s jump to from No. 12 to No. 1 in defensive efficiency after dealing Thomas supports the notion that a merely solid defensive team can become great on that side of the ball once it removes its weakest link.

With teams vying to become switchier in an increasingly versatile league (and some clubs perhaps having pushed the envelope too far on that front), it raises the dilemma of how to integrate Thomas into a defensive gameplan without torpedoing it altogether.

Even on offense, where Thomas is undoubtedly a boon, his greatest strengths are ones accentuated by a particular style of play. With Boston, he made use of direct-dribble handoffs more than anyone — a play that worked well alongside screen-setter Al Horford in part because coach Brad Stevens was committed to building an offense in which Thomas could thrive. The plays didn’t work as well in Cleveland, where the Cavs ran them about half as often and with less efficiency. (The same was true during his stint with the Lakers, according to Second Spectrum.)

Taken together, this suggests that Thomas — like most players but perhaps unlike most stars — needs a specific ecosystem around him in order for him to thrive, or for him to be the max-level talent he believes himself to be. He could be that player in Boston, where the Celtics had good defenders and players that could not only screen but also space the floor for him. The likelihood of that being true on a team with far less talent seems remote.

Thomas’s new situation in Denver splits the middle from that standpoint. He will be in an up-tempo system with an abundance of talented players, including Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap and FiveThirtyEight favorite Gary Harris, among others. Thomas has also played previously for coach Michael Malone, the first NBA head man to coax 20 points per game out of him. But there’s a catch: The Nuggets, like last year’s Cavs, play almost no D, meaning Thomas won’t be able to expect much help on that end as he works to rebuild his value as a sixth man.

Again, the tactical constraints of Thomas’s size are far from the only question marks surrounding him. The health of his hip is key, obviously. The Cleveland situation — a particular challenge because of the win-now pressure created by LeBron James’s pending free agency — was disastrous for Thomas: The team’s awful defense made him a bad fit, and his penchant for taking shots at either teammates or coaches became problematic. His difficulties were compounded by the seesaw nature of the free-agent money that’s changed hands in recent years.

When Thomas began talking about being paid handsomely, it was during the summer of a massive salary-cap increase, when players like Evan Turner, Bismack Biyombo and Nicolas Batum — who’ve never been All-Stars — got $70 million, $72 million and $120 million, respectively. Mistakes from 2016 are still being felt by certain teams, and it doesn’t help that some are keeping the books clear ahead of next year, when several stars are expected to hit the market. So, much of this boils down to Thomas’s free agency coming at the worst time.

“You can always play the what-if game, but man, I’ve been F’ed over so many times,” Thomas told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, while acknowledging that potential suitors were undoubtedly concerned about the health of his hip. “But of course I think about [the money]. I’m human.”

If there’s a bright side, or at least a glass-half-full equation, it’s that Thomas can still redeem himself. He is, or at least can be, a supremely gifted scorer. Yes, he gets his shots blocked often, but Thomas has learned how to use angles as leverage, and he displays bursts of quickness to outsmart defenders. Prior to his truncated 2017-18, he was driving to the basket more than almost anyone, and he connected on a high percentage of his shots around the rim. He’s still proven to be automatic from the line. And in the past, Thomas has shown he can catch fire from deep.

As he’s done so many times before, Thomas, famously the last player picked in the 2011 draft, will have to overcome the odds. He may not even need the absolute perfect fit to begin building his value again. Instead, Thomas may just need the ever-shifting NBA to sit still just long enough for him to find a new normal.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

 Final  Boston       2  Philadelphia   1
 Final  Baltimore    6  N-Y Mets       3
 Final  Cleveland    8  Cincinnati     1
 Final  Arizona      6  Texas          4
 Final  Minnesota    5  Pittsburgh     2
 Final  Colorado     5  Houston        1
 Final  L-A Angels   7  San Diego      3
 Final  N-Y Yankees     4  Tampa Bay     1
 Final  Chi White Sox   6  Detroit       3
 Final  Toronto         6  Kansas City   5
 Final  Oakland         3  Seattle       2
 Final  Milwaukee       7  Chi Cubs      0
 Final  Atlanta        10  Miami         6
 Final  St. Louis       6  Washington    4
 Final  San Francisco   2  L-A Dodgers   1

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The University of Maryland said it accepts "legal and moral responsibility" for mistakes made in treating a 19-year-old player who collapsed during a practice in May and died two weeks later.

Jordan McNair died June 13 from complications related to extreme exhaustion and heatstroke after a May 29 workout, ESPN reported. McNair's body temperature, according to medical reports, was 106 when he was admitted to the hospital.

University President Wallace D. Loh said at a press conference on Tuesday that he and Athletic Director Damon Evans had met with McNair's parents and apologized for mistakes made by the football team's training staff. McNair didn't receive appropriate medical attention and best practices weren't followed, Loh added.

"No Maryland student-athlete will ever be in a situation where his or her life will be at risk, especially when that risk is foreseeable," Loh said.

Rick Court, the strength and conditioning coach, had been placed on leave Aug. 12 and turned in a letter of resignation on Aug. 13. Wes Robinson, the head football trainer, and Steve Nordwall, director of athletic training, were placed on administrative leave Aug. 10, according to ESPN.

Court, who posted his resignation letter on Twitter, "contributed to an environment based on fear and intimidation, including throwing objects and small weights in the direction of players," sources told ESPN.

DJ Durkin, the head football coach, was placed on administrative leave Aug. 11, after ESPN reported "allegations of abuse and disparagement in the program" that included "belittling, humiliation and embarrassment of players" and "extreme verbal abuse" and a player who said "he was forced to overeat or eat to the point of vomiting."

"You can motivate people and push them to the limit," Loh said, "without bullying and intimidating behavior."

An attorney representing McNair's parents said in a statement to ABC News: "While Marty and Tonya will never get another day with Jordan, Dr. Loh's words were meaningful to them and give them some comfort that he will put the university on the path to change the culture of the program so that no Terrapin family will have to endure the heartache and grief they feel."

The school has retained an expert team of sports medical and training personnel to review McNair's case as well as university policies, and a public report is expected to be released mid-September that includes findings from external investigators, ESPN reported. The football team also said it's added safeguards such as having more water breaks during practices.

Evans said Tuesday that he had "not witnessed any behavior as was described in the media, but it is important that we investigate all these allegations."

Evans, after serving as the school's interim athletic director, officially took over July 2. He joined Maryland in December 2014 as a top aide to then-athletic director, Kevin Anderson. Evans played football at Georgia, where he later served as athletic director until a July 2010 DUI arrest.

"We need to evaluate that culture, make sure the environment is safe," Evans told reporters on Tuesday. "I'm the one that can lead us through these difficult times."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
 Final  N-Y Mets     8  N-Y Yankees   5
 Final  Cleveland   10  Cincinnati    3
 Final  Texas        5  Arizona       3
 Final  L-A Angels   6  San Diego     3, 10 Innings
 Final  Detroit       9  Chi White Sox   5
 Final  Kansas City   3  Toronto         1
 Final  Oakland       7  Seattle         6
 Final  Atlanta         9  Miami         1
 Final  Atlanta         6  Miami         1
 Final  St. Louis       7  Washington    6
 Final  San Francisco   5  L-A Dodgers   2

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Nike(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is one of tennis' most stylish stars, and at the 2018 U.S. Open, expect her to make an even bigger splash than usual.

Louis Vuitton designer Virgil Abloh has teamed up with Nike to design a special outfit for Williams to wear: a black one-shoulder dress replete with a tulle skirt and his signature quotation graphic.

She will also play in a special pair of NikeCourt Flare sneakers and warm up off the court in an Abloh-designed jacket.

All of the clothing, including her $500 dress and $900 jacket, will be available at select Nike locations later this month, according to Vogue.

“When I first tried on the dress, I felt very strong and feminine at the same time. It has all the really strong elements, from the leather to that really cool stretchy material," Williams told Vogue. "I felt so feminine in the tutu, which is probably my favorite part of it. It really embodies what I always say: that you can be strong and beautiful at the same time."

Nike stated in a press release that Abloh and the NikeCourt team met in Paris to discuss what Williams' performance dress might look like, and then Williams chose elements that she liked best. One inspiration? The tennis champion's love of dance and ballet. Abloh sees similar themes in tennis.

"What I love about tennis is the gracefulness. It's an aggressive and powerful game, but it takes touch and finesse," Abloh said in the press release. "So the dress is feminine, but combines her aggression. It's partially revealing. It's asymmetrical. It has a sort of ballerina-esque silhouette to symbolize her grace. It's not about bells and whistles and tricks. It's just about it living on the body, and expressing Serena’s spirit with each swing of the racket."

Williams is also excited about wearing an outfit that "is so different for tennis" -- and of course, living out her fantasy of wearing a tutu.

"I have never worn a tutu. Every girl loves a tutu, or at least I do!" she said. "It’s always been my dream to wear a tutu, and I can’t wait to wear it on court."

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ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- It was Sasha Lieb's first time at a Cleveland Indians' game in Ohio.

On Aug. 6, the 9-year-old was picked to play a fan game that involves opening briefcases for a prize.

However, before Sasha started playing the game, the announcer had a little surprise for him.

"Somebody special wants to weigh in on which case you should pick," she told Sasha.

She directed him to look at the Jumbotron, where he and brother Jonah, 6, then spotted their father, Tim Lieb, larger than life on the screen.

"Hey Jonah and Sasha!" Lieb said.

It was a nice surprise because Lieb, a U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer, had been gone from home for a year, stationed in Guantanamo Bay, and he'd promised Sasha that they would attend his first ballgame together.

Lieb then turned his son's attention back to the briefcases, each bearing the letter K, E and Y.

"I'm pretty sure you should pick letter K," Lieb told his son.

Sasha took his father's advice and when the briefcase was opened, a message was revealed: "I'm home."

Lieb appeared at the side of the small landing where Sasha and Jonah were standing. The fans applauded and cameras flashed as the boys ran over and jumped into their waiting father's arms.

"He turned, looked at me and said, 'Dad?'" Lieb told ABC News, "like almost in a question mark."

"I just jumped over and hugged him," Sasha said. "I was like, 'Dad's home! Dad's home! Dad's home!' And that's the best prize ever."

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Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- A South Florida police union is urging its members and the local law enforcement community to boycott the Miami Dolphins football team after some players protested the national anthem at a preseason game last week.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt, while defensive end Robert Quinn raised a clenched fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before their team played against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Thursday night.

The next morning, the Broward County Police Benevolent Association called on its union members, as well as all police officers in nearby counties, to boycott any ticket sales, merchandise or products from the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League.

"Anybody that disrespects the flag during the national anthem is personally offensive to me, having spent four years of my life -- six months in the Persian Gulf -- and having friends that have died while serving in the military," Rod Skirvin, vice president of the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, told ABC News in a telephone interview Sunday. "That being said, I do not have a problem with peaceful protests, whatsoever, I also served in the military to preserve that right for people. I just feel that the forum that they are using to do that is extremely offensive to a large part of America."

Representatives for the Miami Dolphins did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.

A few weeks ago, the NFL invited the Broward County Police Benevolent Association and other South Florida police unions to a Dolphins game on Nov. 4 that's slated to honor first responders. The organizations collectively decided to accept that invitation and offer its members discounts on tickets to the game, because the NFL had announced in May a new policy to fine teams for players who sit or kneel during the national anthem, according to Skirvin.

But the NFL put the policy on hold last month and said players wouldn't be penalized until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association over how to deal with those who protest the national anthem.

After Thursday night's game, the Broward County Police Benevolent Association posted a statement on Facebook, asking its members and its sister organizations in Mami-Dade and Palm Beach counties to return their tickets and demand a full refund. Skirvin told ABC News he also emailed the Dolphins, saying the union would possibly reconsider if the NFL changes its policy

"We entered into this partnership with the understanding that the Dolphins organization would require their players to stand for the national anthem," the union said in the statement. "This did not happen at last night's preseason game against Tampa Bay. If you have already purchased tickets to this game, we encourage you to call the Dolphins ticket office to request a refund because this organization obviously DOES NOT honor first responders and the dangers they put themselves in every day."

The national anthem protests began during the 2016 NFL preseason when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling before games to raise awareness of social injustice, including police brutality against black Americans. But the protests really took off over the next couple years, with players from across the league joining Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media after taking a knee. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Kaepernick defended the protests amid criticism that it was anti-American or anti-military.

"The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men-and-women of the military and that’s not the case at all," Kaepernick told reporters after a preseason game on Sept. 1, 2016. "I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way."

In early March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers, making him a free agent. Kaepernick remains unsigned, and some have accused the NFL of blacklisting him, according to ESPN.

Skirin, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1986 to 1990 before joining the police force in Coconut Creek, Florida, said showing disrespect to the American flag, especially during the national anthem, is insulting to all those who serve the country and put their lives on the line, whether they are cops or soldiers.

"To have somebody as privileged as Mr. Kaepernick has been -- through his efforts of playing in the NFL -- to disrespect our national anthem to me is above and beyond," Skirvin told ABC News. "I find it personally offensive that he is protesting the police as hundreds of officers die every year to protect the citizens of their communities."

Skirvin said he and others in his community were also offended by the socks Kaepernick was seen wearing at 49ers training camp in August 2016 that depicted policemen as pigs.

"I acknowledge that not all police officers are perfect," Skirvin added. "But I do in my heart believe every police officer goes into this job with the intent of serving their community to the best of their abilities. And, ultimately, some have to give their lives to do that."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

St. Louis 8, Kansas City 3

Boston 5, Baltimore 0
N.Y. Yankees 5, Texas 3
Tampa Bay 3, Toronto 1
Minnesota 4, Detroit 3
Boston 6, Baltimore 4
Seattle 3, Houston 2
Cleveland 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Oakland 7, L.A. Angels 0

Washington 9, Chicago Cubs 4
Cincinnati 6, Arizona 3
Miami 4, N.Y. Mets 3, 11 Innings
Milwaukee 4, Atlanta 2
Colorado 3, L.A. Dodgers 2
Philadelphia 5, San Diego 1
Pittsburgh 4, San Francisco 0

Atlanta 92, Dallas 82
Las Vegas 92, Indiana 74

Minnesota 42, Denver 28
Arizona 24, L.A. Chargers 17

Philadelphia 3, New England 2

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