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Number 1 golfer in the world, Scottie Scheffler, arrested prior to start of PGA Championship's second round: Report

Scottie Scheffler is seen here in a mug shot. -- Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 golfer in the world, was arrested Friday for allegedly driving past a police roadblock at the Valhalla Golf Club, according to ESPN.

Around 5 a.m. a man was fatally struck by a shuttle bus as he tried to cross a road near the course of the PGA championship, according to a statement released by Louisville Metro Police Department.

The roadblocks and confusion over the accident allegedly led Scheffler to drive past police who were on site, according to reports from ESPN.

A "police officer attempted to attach himself to Scheffler’s car, and Scheffler then stopped his vehicle at the entrance to Valhalla," according to ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington. "The police officer then began to scream at Scheffler to get out of the car. When Scheffler exited the vehicle, the officer shoved Scheffler against the car and immediately placed him in handcuffs. He is now being detained in the back of a police car.”

Louisville police said that the start of the second round of the PGA Championship was delayed as a result of the accident.

The LMPD Traffic Unit is investigating and there have been no other injuries reported from the earlier incident.

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Scoreboard Roundup -- 5/16/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 0
Tampa Bay 7, Boston 5
Houston 8, Oakland 1

Pittsburgh 5, Chi Cubs 4
NY Mets 6, Philadelphia 5
Cincinnati 7, LA Dodgers 2

Minnesota 115, Denver 70 (Series tied 3-3)

NY Rangers 5, Carolina 3 (New York wins series 4-2)
Vancouver 3, Edmonton 2 (Vancouver leads 3-2)

New York 102, Indiana 66

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Kansas City Chiefs player faces backlash for graduation speech criticizing working women, calling Pride a 'deadly sin'

Harrison Butker speaks to the 2024 graduates of Benedictine College, May 11, 2024, in Atchison, Kan. (Benedictine College/YouTube)

(NEW YORK) -- The kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs is facing backlash after delivering a commencement address that touched on everything from Pride Month to women's roles in the home, abortion and in vitro fertilization.

"It is safe to say that over the years, I have gained quite the reputation for speaking my mind," Harrison Butker said at the start of his address, which he delivered May 11 at Benedictine College, a Catholic liberal arts college in Atchison, Kansas.

Butker, who has sparked controversy in the past for his public stances on religion, LGBTQ topics and abortion, criticized President Joe Biden for his stance as a Catholic who supports abortion rights before turning to speak directly to the women in the graduating class, saying they had been told "the most diabolical lies."

"Some of you may go on to lead successful careers in the world, but I would venture to guess that the majority of you are most excited about your marriage and the children you will bring into this world," Butker, 28, said. "I can tell you that my beautiful wife Isabelle would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and a mother."

Butker and his wife share two young children. Isabelle Butker has spoken publicly about converting to Catholicism before the couple's 2018 marriage.

"I'm on this stage today and able to be the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation," Butker continued. "I am beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class, back in middle school, would convert to the faith, become my wife and embrace one of the most important titles of all, homemaker."

Butker added, "I've seen firsthand how much happier someone can be when they disregard the outside noise and move closer and closer to God's will for life. Isabelle's dream of having a career might not have come true, but if you ask her today if she has any regrets on her decision, she would laugh out loud without hesitation and say no."

The football player also said men should step up for families, saying, "This absence of men in the home is what plays a large role in the violence we see all around the nation."

"Be unapologetic in your masculinity, fighting against the culture of the emasculation of men," he said, adding that men "set the tone of the culture."

"Do hard things," he added. "Never settle for what is easy."

Elsewhere in his 20-minute speech, Butker described Pride month, which typically falls in June and is dedicated to supporting the LGBTQ+ community, as a "deadly sin."

He also referenced popstar Taylor Swift, who is dating his teammate Travis Kelce, by citing some of the lyrics from her song "Bejeweled."

"Tragically, so many priests revolve much of their happiness from the adulation they receive from their parishioners," he said. "And in searching for this, they let their guard down and become overly familiar. This undue familiarity will prove to be problematic every time, because as my teammate's girlfriend says, familiarity breeds contempt."

ABC News has reached out to Butker for comment.

Justice Horn, a former Kansas City commissioner, spoke out in the wake of Butker's comments over the weekend, writing on X, "Harrison Butker doesn't represent Kansas City nor has he ever. Kansas City has always been a place that welcomes, affirms, and embraces our LGBTQ+ community members."

Outsports, a media platform that covers the LGBTQ+ community, commented on the fact that Butker included a reference to Swift in his speech, writing on X, "One of the worst parts of this NFL player's awful speech is that he quoted a Taylor Swift song before telling women they should be homemakers and serve their man's career."

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, an LGBTQ+ organization, also responded to Butker's speech, calling it "inaccurate, ill-informed, and woefully out of step with Americans about Pride, LGBTQ people and women."

"Those with expansive platforms, especially athletes, should use their voices to uplift and expand understanding and acceptance in the world," Ellis said in a statement. "Instead, Butker's remarks undermine experiences not of his own and reveal him to be one who goes against his own team’s commitment to the Kansas City community, and the NFL's standards for respect, inclusion, and diversity across the League.”

Benedictine College, which has around 2,100 undergraduate students, has disabled comments on a YouTube video of Butker's speech.

The college did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on Butker's commencement address.

The NFL told ABC News the organization is "steadfast" in its "commitment to inclusion."

“Harrison Butker gave a speech in his personal capacity. His views are not those of the NFL as an organization," Jonathan Beane, the league's chief diversity and inclusion officer, told ABC News in a statement. "The NFL is steadfast in our commitment to inclusion, which only makes our league stronger.”

The Kansas City Chiefs did not reply to ABC News' request for comment.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/15/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Miami 2, Detroit 0
Chi White Sox 2, Washington 0
LA Angels 7, St. Louis 2

Baltimore 3, Toronto 2
Seattle 4, Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Houston 3, Oakland 0
NY Yankees 4, Minnesota 0
Texas 4, Cleveland 0

Milwaukee 10, Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 2, Cincinnati 1
Colorado 8, San Diego 0
Philadelphia 10, NY Mets 5
Chi Cubs 7, Atlanta 1
San Francisco 4, LA Dodgers 1

Boston 113, Cleveland 98 (Boston wins series 4-1)
Dallas 104, Oklahoma City 92 (Dallas leads series 3-2)

Colorado 5, Dallas 3 (Dallas leads 3-2)

Dallas 87, Chicago 79
Atlanta 92, Los Angeles 81

Cincinnati 1, Atlanta 0
New York 4, D.C. United 1
Columbus 3, CF Montreal 1
Miami 0, Orlando City 0 (Tie)
New York City FC 2, Philadelphia 1
Austin FC 1, Houston 0
Charlotte FC 1, Chicago 0
LA Galaxy 2 Minnesota 2 (Tie)
Nashville 2, Toronto FC 0
Los Angeles FC 2, St Louis City 0
Colorado 1, Vancouver 0
Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle 0
Portland 4, San Jose 2

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/14/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Washington 6, Chi White Sox 3
Chi White Sox 4, Washington 0
Miami 1, Detroit 0
St. Louis 7, LA Angels 6

Toronto at Baltimore (Postponed)
NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 1
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 4
Cleveland 7, Texas 4
Houston 2, Oakland 1
Kansas City, 4 Seattle 2

Philadelphia 4, NY Mets 0
Atlanta 7, Chi Cubs 0
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3
Cincinnati 6, Arizona 2
Colorado 6, San Diego 3
LA Dodgers 10, San Francisco 2

Denver 110, Minnesota 95 (Denver leads series 3-2)
New York 121, Indiana 91 (New York leads series 3-2)

Boston 2, Florida 1 (Florida leads series 3-2)
Edmonton 3, Vancouver 2 (Series tied 2-2)

New York 85, Washington 80
Connecticut 92, Indiana 71
Minnesota 83, Seattle 70
Las Vegas 89, Phoenix 80

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New Golden State WNBA team unveils name and brand identity on "GMA"

Golden State Valkyries

(NEW YORK) -- The newest member of the WNBA is unveiling their look and name.

The Golden State Valkyries, the WNBA's first expansion team since 2008 when the league added the Atlanta Dream, revealed their new brand identity on ABC News' Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

The team's name comes from Norse mythology and refers to "the warrior women who are fearless and unwavering" and known as the Valkyries, according to a release from the team. The team will see their first game action in 2025 at the Chase Center in San Francisco and is the affiliate team of the Golden State Warriors.

"This moment is so much bigger than Golden State. It's so much bigger than the Valkyries," Valkyries President Jess Smith told GMA. "What we are seeing happening in women's sports right now is just the beginning of the sustainability and incredible growth around the game and to have expansion in the W[NBA]."

"And for us, to be able to do that through the Bay Area, it means something really special," Smith continued. "When you think of the Bay Area, you think of the region that leads the world in being innovative and progressive at the same time. And we think about what's happening in women's sports and being able to marry those together, it's going to be really powerful. This ownership group likes to win in everything they do but with intention and that's how we're going to build the Valkyries and build this brand."

The new brand will focus on joining the logo with the team name.

"The outer shape of the logo is a V, reinforcing the V in Valkyries while symbolizing the unity of a group of Valkyries in flight," read the release.

Prevalent in the branding is the Bay Bridge, the bridge that connects Oakland and San Francisco, depicting the connection between the city that hosts the team's practice facility and front offices and the city that hosts the Chase Center. The tower of the bridge is shaped like a sword, a common detail found in Valkyries lore, representing "courage, power and authority" according to the release.

The bridge cables form five triangles on either side of the bridge, which symbolize five players on each team facing off against each other on a basketball court. Radiating from the top of the design are 13 lines, which represents the Valkyries becoming the 13th WNBA team.

The team color is Valkyrie Violet. 

"Valkyrie Violet symbolizes power, ambition, nobility, and women's empowerment, much like purple has been used symbolically in modern history," reads the release.

Merchandise from the team is now available at shop.valkyries.com.

A celebration of the new WNBA team, called the Valkyries Block Party, is scheduled to take place Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Chase Center's Thrive City and will feature appearances and performances from artists with connections to the Bay Area, including E-40, Goapele, Kehlani, Khyenci, Mayzin and P-Lo.

Last year, the WNBA announced it would add a 13th team to be the Golden State Warriors' affiliate franchise.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/13/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Washington at Chi White Sox (Postponed)
St. Louis 10, LA Angels 5
Detroit 6, Miami 5

Seattle 6, Kansas City 2
Toronto 3, Baltimore 2
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3
Houston 9, Oakland 2
Cleveland 7, Texas 0

Arizona 6, Cincinnati 5
Colorado 5, San Diego 4
LA Dodgers 6, San Francisco 4 (10)
Atlanta 2, Chi Cubs 0
Philadelphia 5, NY Mets 4
Pittsburgh 8, Milwaukee 6

Oklahoma City 100, Dallas 96 (Series tied 2-2)
Boston 109, Cleveland 102 (Boston leads series 3-1)

Dallas 5, Colorado 1 (Dallas leads series 3-1)
Carolina 4, NY Rangers 1 (New York leads series 3-2)

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Scoreboard roundup: 5/12/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Boston 3, Washington 2
Arizona 9, Baltimore 2
Colorado 3, Texas 1

Minnesota 5, Toronto 1
Cleveland 7, Chi White Sox 0
Houston 9, Detroit 3
NY Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 6
Kansas City 4, LA Angels 2
Seattle 8, Oakland 4

Miami 7, Philadelphia 6
Chi Cubs 5, Pittsburgh 4
St. Louis 4, Milwaukee 3
San Diego 4, LA Dodgers 0
San Francisco 6, Cincinnati 5
NY Mets 4, Atlanta 3

Indiana 121, New York 89 (Series tied 2-1)
Denver 115, Minnesota 107 (Series tied 2-2)

Vancouver 4, Edmonton 3 (Vancouver leads series 2-1)
Florida 3, Boston 2 (Florida leads series 3-1)

Seattle 2, Portland 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/9/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


Minnesota 11, Seattle 1
Houston 4, NY Yankees 3
Chi White Sox 3 Cleveland 2
Kansas City 10, LA Angels 4

Arizona 5, Cincinnati 4
Colorado 9, San Francisco 1
Milwaukee 7, St. Louis 1

Cleveland 118, Boston 94 (Series tied 1-1)
Dallas 119, Oklahoma City 110 (Series tied 1-1)

NY Rangers 3, Carolina 2 (OT) (New York leads series 3-0)
Dallas 5, Colorado 3 (Series tied 1-1)

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WNBA legend Candace Parker appointed president of Adidas women's basketball

Candace Parker of the Las Vegas Aces looks on from the bench before Game Two of the 2023 WNBA Playoffs finals against the New York Liberty in Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 11, 2023. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- Two-time WNBA MVP and three-time WNBA champion Candace Parker is taking on a new role.

On Wednesday, a little over a week after she announced her retirement from basketball, Parker was named the president of Adidas women's basketball.

The new role for Parker marks the culmination of a 16-year partnership with Adidas, according to a press release.

As the president of Adidas women's basketball, Parker will oversee Adidas women's basketball products lines, build upon the brand's storied women's roster which includes stars like Aliyah Boston, Hailey Van Lith, Kahleah Copper and more, as well as amplify women in basketball. 

"Stepping into this new leadership role is a deeply personal step in my journey with Adidas," Parker said in a statement shared in the press release. "From high school to college to playing pro now, this appointment by Adidas symbolizes a shared commitment to making impactful change and setting new benchmarks for the future of women's sports."

"It's not just about the products," she continued. "It's about fostering a movement focused on innovation, representation, and access."

Some of Parker's career accomplishments include being the first WNBA player in history to win a championship with three different teams and winning two NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008 while in college at the University of Tennessee.

Parker is also a two-time Olympic Gold medalist.

On April 28, she announced in an Instagram message that she was retiring from the sport after most recently joining the Las Vegas Aces in 2023.

"We are honored to be a part of Candace's historic legacy as she transitions from signature athlete to this new leadership role within adidas Basketball," Eric Wisem, Global GM at Adidas basketball, said in a statement. "As a true innovator with a profound passion for the game, we are confident that she is a perfect fit to evolve the adidas Women's Basketball business and catalyze a new era of growth and credibility for the brand."

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Ippei Mizuhara, Shohei Ohtani's interpreter, to plead guilty to stealing millions from star player

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares for a game against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Feb. 27, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- Ippei Mizuhara, the former interpreter for MLB star Shohei Ohtani, has agreed to plead guilty to bank fraud in relation to stealing nearly $17 million from the star player in order to cover gambling debts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mizuhara, 39, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of bank fraud, which carries a maximum of 30 years in prison, and one count of subscribing to a false tax return, which carries up to three years in prison, according to the U.S Attorney's Office for the Central District of California. He is expected to enter a plea in the coming weeks, with an arraignment scheduled for May 14, the DOJ said.

"The extent of this defendant's deception and theft is massive," U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada said in a statement. "He took advantage of his position of trust to take advantage of Mr. Ohtani and fuel a dangerous gambling habit. My office is committed to vindicating victims throughout our community and ensuring that wrongdoers face justice."

According to the plea agreement, Mizuhara helped Ohtani, who does not speak English, set up a bank account in Phoenix in 2018, during which he interpreted the login information for the player's account. In September 2021, Mizuhara started placing sports bets with an illegal bookmaker to whom he quickly became indebted, according to the plea agreement.

"Unable to pay his gambling debts, Mizuhara orchestrated a scheme to deceive and cheat the bank to fraudulently obtain money from the account," the DOJ said in a release.

Mizuhara accessed Ohtani's bank account and updated security information so bank employees would contact him, not Ohtani, when attempting to verify wire transfers from the account, according to the plea agreement. He also impersonated Ohtani on 24 occasions in calls to the bank, according to the agreement.

From November 2021 to March 2024, Mizuhara transferred nearly $17 million from the account to associates of the bookmaker in more than 40 wires without Ohtani's permission, according to the plea agreement.

Mizuhara also admitted in the plea agreement to falsely claiming that his total taxable income for 2022 was $136,865 when, in fact, he failed to report an additional $4.1 million in income.

"The source of the unreported income was from his scheme to defraud the bank," the DOJ said, noting that he owes approximately $1,149,400 in additional taxes for the tax year 2022, plus additional interest and penalties.

Estrada previously stressed that Ohtani is a victim in the case and has cooperated "fully and completely" in the investigation.

The Dodgers announced they had fired the Japanese interpreter on March 20, after the gambling controversy surfaced. The team did not provide a specific reason for Mizuhara's termination.

Mizuhara was charged in the matter last month. Following his initial appearance in federal court on April 12, his attorney, Michael Freedman, said in a statement to ABC News that Mizuhara is "continuing to cooperate with the legal process and is hopeful that he can reach an agreement with the government to resolve this case as quickly as possible so that he can take responsibility."

"He wishes to apologize to Mr. Ohtani, the Dodgers, Major League Baseball, and his family," the statement continued. "As noted in court, he is also eager to seek treatment for his gambling."

Ohtani addressed the scandal for the first time on March 25 during a press conference. In a prepared statement, Ohtani said through an interpreter, "I am very saddened and shocked that someone who I trusted has done this."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/8/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


LA Angels 5, Pittsburgh 4
Toronto 5, Philadelphia 3
Kansas City 6, Milwaukee 4
Atlanta 5, Boston 0
Baltimore 7, Washington 6

Cleveland 5, Detroit 4
Oakland 9, Texas 4
Chi White Sox 4, Tampa Bay 1
NY Yankees 9, Houston 4
Minnesota 6, Seattle 3
Texas 12, Oakland 11

NY Mets at St. Louis (Postponed)
San Diego 3, Chi Cubs 0
LA Dodgers 3, Miami 1
Final Arizona 4, Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 8, Colorado 6

New York 130, Indiana 121 (New York leads series 2-0)

Florida 6, Boston 1 (Series tied 1-1)
Vancouver 5, Edmonton 4 (Vancouver leads series 1-0)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/7/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Washington 3, Baltimore 0
LA Angels 9, Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 10 Toronto 1
Atlanta 4, Boston 2
Milwaukee 6, Kansas City 5

Texas 15, Oakland 8
Detroit 11, Cleveland 7
Tampa Bay 5, Chi White Sox 1
NY Yankees 10, Houston 3
Seattle 10, Minnesota 6

Arizona 6, Cincinnati 2
Chi Cubs 3, San Diego 2
NY Mets 7, St. Louis 5
San Francisco 5, Colorado 0
LA Dodgers 8, Miami 2

Boston 120, Cleveland 95 (Boston leads series 1-0)
Oklahoma City 117, Dallas 95 (Oklahoma leads series 1-0)

Colorado 3, Dallas 3 (OT) (Colorado leads series 1-0)
NY Rangers 4, Carolina 3 (2OT) (New York leads series 1-0)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/6/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Pittsburgh 4, LA Angels 1
Kansas City 3, Milwaukee 2

Cleveland 2, Detroit 1
Tampa Bay 8, Chi White Sox 2
Minnesota 3, Seattle 1
Texas 4, Oakland 2

Philadelphia 6, San Francisco 1
NY Mets 4, St. Louis 3
San Diego 6, Chi Cubs 3
LA Dodgers 6, Miami 3

New York 121, Indiana 117 (New York leads series 1-0)
Minnesota 106, Denver 80 (Minnesota leads series 2-0)

Boston 5, Florida 1 (Boston leads series 1-0)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/5/24


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Washington 11, Toronto 8
Chi White Sox 5, St. Louis 1
Tampa Bay 7, NY Mets 6
Baltimore 11, Cincinnati 1
Miami 12, Oakland 3

Cleveland 4, LA Angels 1
NY Yankees 5, Detroit 2
Texas 3, Kansas City 2
Boston 9, Minnesota 2
Final Seattle 5 Houston 4

Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 3
Chi Cubs 5, Milwaukee 0
LA Dodgers 5, Atlanta 1
Arizona 11, San Diego 4
Philadelphia 5, San Francisco 4

Cleveland 106, Orlando 94 (Cleveland wins series 4-3)

NY Rangers 4, Carolina 3 (New York Leads series 1-0)
Final Dallas 2 Vegas 1 (Dallas wins series 4-3)

Colorado 2, New York City FC 0
LA Galaxy 0, Seattle 0 (Tie)

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