A Florida man is accused of throwing what authorities said was a sex toy onto the field during Monday night’s nationally televised National Football League game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, the Buffalo News reported.
Michael Abdallah, 34, of Oviedo, was arraigned Tuesday on a disorderly conduct charge in Orchard Park Town Court, the newspaper reported.
The Patriots defeated the Bills 25-6 at New Era Field in Orchard Park on Monday night.
Abdallah was accused of creating "a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose," the Erie Sheriff's Office said in a release.
Authorities identified Abdallah through stadium surveillance video and through witness reports, WIVB reported.
It is not the first time a fan at Bills-Patriots game has allegedly thrown a sex toy onto the field. In 2016, two fans were banned for life from every NFL stadium for tossing the objects onto the field, the News reported.
A Massachusetts resident and longtime Boston Red Sox nanny will join the team on the duck boats as they celebrate their World Series victory Wednesday.
Ruth Copponi, a former hospital nurse from Norwood, has been taking care of Sox players' children for 23 years and has become a special part of the families' lives. She and other caretakers watch the children during the games in the Family Room at Fenway Park.
"We start one half-hour before the game, and we remain there a half-hour after while the parents pick up the children," Copponi said. "I've enjoyed working there and all these championships that I've seen."
Copponi has received many special gifts from the Red Sox, including a baseball bat with her name inscribed to honor her for 20 years of service.
But the best part of her job is the children. Copponi has developed life-long friendships with many Red Sox families, including former Sox slugger David Ortiz, his wife and children, who send her Christmas cards.
"Alex Ortiz and her brother were wonderful, wonderful, and David and Tiffany are wonderful parents," Copponi said.
Also rewarding is seeing Red Sox stars – famous athletes and role models - in their most important roles, as parents – regular people with not-so-regular jobs.
"All the baseball players are outstanding fathers," Copponi said. "They are so good to their children. They are so concerned. They come in after the games and pick them up and hug them. They are wonderful, wonderful parents."
Copponi, who was named Ruth after Babe Ruth, has baseball in her blood. She was born into a family that loved playing and watching baseball, and she raised her own family to love the sport, too.
When she celebrates with the Red Sox in the parade Wednesday, her grandson will join her. It will be her fourth time riding on the duck boats.
"Red Sox won the first World Series [since Copponi's employment with the team] in 2004, and that was unbelievable," she said. "Now they have won four, and this was probably the most wonderful year, because the players were outstanding."
The Boston Red Sox played the game well for all of the 2018 season, so it's fitting that "The Game" Triple H would be ready to show some appreciation for the World Series champions.
The WWE superstar, who has also been the company's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative since 2013, posted a custom WWE championship belt on Twitter, congratulating the Red Sox on their win.
"The duck boats are ready for the parade, but you'll need one more thing to celebrate like a champion," Triple H said in his tweet, showcasing the belt with its custom Red Sox sideplates.
Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, has New England ties of his own. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is a Connecticut native, living near WWE's headquarters in Stamford.
"From the WWE Universe to Red Sox Nation, wear this @WWE Championship with pride! #DAMAGEDONE," he said.
September was a bad month for bettors -- but a good one for Nevada sportsbooks, which recorded record highs, ESPN reported.
According to a September revenue report released Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, sportsbooks in Nevada recorded $571 million in bets and won $56.3 million. Those figures are record-highs, with the wagered amount topping October 2017’s $565 million total, while the amount won tops the September 2012 record of $53.3 million, ESPN reported.
Football betting was the reason behind the record numbers, ESPN reported. Bettors wagered approximately $389 million on college football and National Football League games during September, and lost a net amount of $44.3 million.
It was the 62nd straight month that Nevada sportsbooks have won against bettors. The last time the state lost money was July 2013, when bettors cleared $548,000, ESPN reported.
Running barefoot in a marathon is nothing new. Abebe Bikila ran barefoot in Rome to win gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
But running barefoot while wearing a kilt? That’s a new one.
Todd Wheeler, 49, of Navarre Beach, Florida, has run barefoot at the Marine Corps Marathon eight times, including Sunday’s event in Arlington, Virginia. He said he dumped the shoes for the 26.2-mile race because it improved his running mechanics, WTOP reported.
“It forces you to run with that good form. You will run gently,” he told the television station.
Wheeler, whose Pinterest nickname is Being Barefoot, said he ran with the kilt to represent his military heritage.
“I’m retired Air Force,” Wheeler told WTOP. “And this is an Air Force tartan. It’s actually registered with Scottish registry of tartans.
“And, it draws attention. Which I like,” he told the television station.
The ongoing rivalry between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel reached a new high for Game 5 of the World Series with a unique twist.
Damon, rocking a Red Sox hat, wore a red "I'm With Stupid" shirt, with an arrow pointing at his "good friend" to his left: Kimmel.
Meanwhile, Kimmel had a rebuttal of his own, donning a Dodgers-themed blue "I'm With Stupid" shirt, pointing right back at Damon for when they sat together for Sunday night's game.
Caught just outside of the fray? Damon and Kimmel's friend Ben Affleck, showing support for his Red Sox and finding himself in the center of the notorious Damon-Kimmel rivalry once more.
The Boston Red Sox nailed down their ninth World Series title Sunday night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2018 World Series. It is Boston’s fourth World Series title since the Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. It is also 100 years since they won the World Series when the Bambino -- Babe Ruth -- was their pitching ace.
Here are some takeaways from Boston’s fourth Series championship in 15 seasons.
The Red Sox won a World Series title on the road for the fourth time in franchise history. In addition to winning Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, the Red Sox won title-clinching games at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl in 1915, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium in 2004 and at Denver’s Coors Field in 2007.
The Red Sox were 7-1 during the postseason in games away from Fenway Park. Their lone loss was an 18-inning marathon defeat to the Dodgers in Game 3 in a game that took 7 hours, 20 minutes to play.
Winning manager Alex Cora becomes the first man born in Puerto Rico to manage a team to a World Series title. Other managers born outside the continental United States to win baseball’s biggest price are Bruce Bochy, who was born in France and managed the San Francisco Giants to titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014; and Ozzie Guillen, a native of Venezuela who piloted the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 championship.
Cora also becomes the fifth manager to win a World Series in his rookie season, joining Bucky Harris of the Washington Senators (1924), Eddie Dyer of the St. Louis Cardinals (1946), Ralph Houk of the New York Yankees (1961) and Bob Brenly of the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001). Honorable mention goes to Dallas Green of the Philadelphia Phillies (1980) and Tom Kelly of the Minnesota Twins (1987), who won Series titles in their first full seasons as managers. Both had managed portions of the previous seasons.
By losing, the Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since 1977-78. They were hoping to become the eighth team to rebound from a 3-1 series deficit to win the World Series and the first since the 2016 Chicago Cubs.
Red Sox starting pitcher David Price improved to 8-2 in his career with Jeff Nelson as the home plate umpire.
Price also became the second left-handed pitcher in Red Sox history to be credited with the victory in the title-clinching game. The other southpaw was John Lester, who nailed down Boston’s four-game sweep against Colorado in 2007.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez had gone hitless during the first two World Series games in Los Angeles, but they each hit a home run in Game 5.
Meanwhile, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw fell to 1-4 in elimination games. Los Angeles has not won a World Series since 1988.
The Boston Red Sox won their ninth World Series title and fourth in 15 seasons Sunday night, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5.
The Red Sox, behind a stellar pitching performance by starter David Price and two home runs by Series MVP Steve Pearce, wrapped up the series in five games.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez also homered for Boston, which had the best regular-season record in baseball with 108 victories.
Chris Sale struck out the side in the ninth inning for Boston, making rookie manager Alex Cora the first manager from Puerto Rico to lead a team to a World Series championship.
Pearce staked Price to a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the first inning and hit a solo shot in the eighth inning. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer in the sixth inning and J.D. Martinez hit a solo shot in the seventh inning.
Price allowed three hits and allowed just one run, a home run by David Freese in the first inning.
A simple social media post ended up costing one Boston Red Sox baseball fan a big amount of money.
Robbie Johnson, a 28-year-old after-school instructor from Wellesley. Massachusetts, got tickets for Game 2 of the World Series and, as most people are inclined to do, posted a picture on Instagram.
When he arrived at Fenway Park on Wednesday with his sister, the $650 ticket his family bought for him did not work.
"I went to ticket services and that's where I was informed [the] ticket had been scanned at 5:09 p.m, a couple of hours before we got there," Johnson said.
Someone stole his seat. But how?
What a lot of people don't realize is that all the information a scam artist needs to make a duplicate of a concert or sporting event ticket is printed on it.
The picture of the ticket Johnson posted on Instagram included the bar code and his unique ticket number. With that information, someone turned Johnson's ticket into a free entry to a World Series game.
According to April Martin, community outreach manager for Ace Tickets, the ticket company recently began warning customers about this type of theft.
"You can post your ticket, you just need to make sure you cover it -- the bar code especially and even your seating location," Martin said.
Johnson ended up getting into the game after all, but not without dropping $450 for a second ticket.
He said the person who went in with his original seat number never sat in the seat.
"There are people who will do these things, which is unfortunate," Martin added. "We were very excited about it, never been to a World Series [and it has] always been a lifelong dream of both of ours."
Since the scam, Johnson has made his Instagram feed private.
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