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Boxer Victor Ortiz arrested on rape charge 

Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz was arrested in California on Tuesday and charged with three felony sexual assault charges, ESPN reported.

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Ortiz, 31, turned himself in to the Oxnard Police Department Tuesday afternoon. His bail was set at $100,000. According to a police report, Ortiz is charged by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration, ESPN reported.

A woman told police that Ortiz assaulted her at a home in Oxnard, CNN reported. The woman's report came the afternoon of March 19, according to CNN.

Ortiz was identified as a suspect on the date of the incident, Oxnard police Cmdr. Sharon Giles told the Ventura County Star.

Ortiz is scheduled to fight Sunday night against John Molina Jr. in a 12-round welterweight bout in Ontario, California, ESPN reported. It is uncertain whether the fight will continue as scheduled.

Report: Steelers listening to trade offers for Le'Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly listening to trade offers for Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

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The news was made public Sunday morning, just hours after Bell sent out a questionable tweet saying that he just wants to be appreciated.

The running back, who hasn't been with the team at all this season, posted: "sometimes a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way … I feel like too many ppl take me for granted.”

Bell has forfeited $853,000 each week he hasn't reported to the Steelers. If he reports next week and signs his franchise tender, he will be owed $11.9 million.

This news of the Steelers listening to trade offers is just the latest in the controversy surrounding the team.

James Conner has started at running back over the first two weeks.

The Steelers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. 

California barber criticized for hanging doll of Colin Kaepernick from noose in shop

A Northern California barbershop owner apologized Friday and said he has received death threats after a photograph of a hanging doll in his shop portraying former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was posted on social media, the Sacramento Bee reported Friday.

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The photograph was taken inside the Bowtie Barbershop in downtown Placerville and depicts a Kaepernick doll hanging from the ceiling by a noose, KTXL reported.

The photograph was taken and shared by a man who wanted only to be known by his first name, Joseph.

"They got Colin Kaepernick hanging from a noose," he wrote on social media.

Kaepernick sparked controversy in 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games to protest racial inequality and racial injustice.

>> Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

The barbershop owner, known as “Bowtie Barber,” said Kaepernick had been hanging in effigy in his shop since 2016, the Bee reported.

“I want to speak out and publicly make an apology” the barber told the newspaper. He said he had taken the doll down.

"I literally had no idea that I was offending people," Barber told KTXL. "We have a hangman out here called George and so, you know, with the theme of hangtown I hung him. And it was wrong, it was absolutely wrong.”

>> Colin Kaepernick’s ‘I’m With Kap’ sells out in hours

The business’s Yelp page was flooded with one-star reviews Friday.

“Hogwash Racist Buffoon Bowtie Barbershop,” one comment said.

“For some reason the owner of this establishment thinks it’s amusing to hang a Colin Kaepernick doll by a noose. Offensive, racists, and just plain stupid,” according to another poster. “Boycott this business.”

>> Critics suggest Pat Tillman was better choice for Nike campaign

The barber said he hung the doll as a reaction to Kaepernick’s pregame protest.

"I am a die-hard 49ers fan and when that action happened there was a lot portrayed on the 49ers and I took it personally," he told KTXL. "I’m publicly announcing that I apologize. It was the wrong thing for me to do. Absolutely will never happen again. I absolutely see the other side of it. I'm sorry.”

Man who killed Colts linebacker, Uber driver in crash gets 16 years in prison

The man accused of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver during a crash in February was sentenced to 16 years in prison, WXIN reported. 

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Manuel Orrego-Savala -- a 37-year-old Guatemalan man who was living illegally in Indiana, according to police -- was charged with four felony counts in connection with the crash that killed Edwin Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Police said Orrego-Savala crashed his F-150 into a car parked on the shoulder of I-70, WXIN reported. He was driving with a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit.

>> Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver

In July, Orrego-Savala pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher. 

On Friday, Monroe’s widow lashed out at Orrego-Savala during his sentencing, saying justice had not been served, the Star reported.

"You're a drunk, a liar, a murderer and a coward," Deborah Monroe said. "You didn't even have the decency to pull his dead body from the road before you ran."

Mary Ellen Jackson, the mother of Edwin Jackson, spoke while family members sat nearby, the Star reported.

>> Suspect charged in crash that killed Edwin Jackson

"Edwin was a lighthouse," she said. "His character was unwavering." 

Police said Orrego-Savala, who also goes by the name Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was in the United States illegally, despite being deported in 2007 and again in 2009. 

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett killed in crash during race

Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett was killed in a crash Thursday night during an event at BAPS Motorspeedway in York Haven, Pennsylvania, the World of Outlaws said in a news release. He was 49.

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Hodnett, from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, was a five-time champion at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania and was the 1993 World of Outlaws top rookie, ESPN reported. He won 20 World of Outlaws races during his career.

“To me, Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said in the news release.

A statement on Hodnett's website said: "Please keep (wife) Sherry, the entire Hodnett family, and the Heffner racing team in your thoughts and prayers. Greg was a professional in every sense of the word, and will be desperately missed!"

Drought over: Browns win first game since December 2016

Here are two words that haven’t been back to back in the same sentence since Dec. 24, 2016: Browns win.

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Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied Cleveland from a two-touchdown deficit in his NFL debut Thursday night to lead the Browns to a 21-17 victory against the New York Jets, ESPN reported.

The victory snapped a 19-game winless streak and ended a 635-day victory drought.

Joe Schobert’s interception of Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold with 1:21 to play and a Terrance Mitchell pick with 11 seconds left sealed the victory, sending Browns fans into a frenzy, ESPN reported.

"We finally put the pieces together a little bit," Mayfield said. "This crowd deserved to see that first win here at home."

Only 10 players on Cleveland’s roster were with the team the last time the Browns (1-1-1) won a game, ESPN reported. The Jets fell to 1-2.

Mayfield led the Browns on their winning rally by completing six of eight passes in a 15-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Carlos Hyde’s second touchdown with 2:04 to play.

Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak was the NFL’s second-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The 1976-1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their first 26 games.

Houston Texans players rip superintendent for ‘you can’t count on a black quarterback’ post 

UPDATE: Lynn Redden, the Texas school superintendent under fire after making racist comments on social media, has resigned, KTRK reported Saturday.

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Houston Texans football coach Bill O’Brien and several players criticized a Facebook post made by a Texas school superintendent after the team’s 27-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, that read in part, “you can’t count on a black quarterback,” the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

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Redden, the superintendent of the Onalaska Independent School District, apparently was reacting to the final play of Sunday’s game, when Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson held on to the football as time ran out.

The incident occurred Monday, when the Chronicle posted a meme about the play.

Matt Erickson, of Houston, commented that he never watches the "perpetual dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans," KTRK reported.

Redden, who is white, then replied in a public post, “That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL. When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

The Chronicle obtained a screenshot of the comment, the newspaper reported.

At his Wednesday news conference, O’Brien criticized the comments.

"I don't want to waste any time responding to ignorant, idiotic statements," O’Brien said. "Deshaun represents everything that's right about football and life. It's amazing that BS exists, but it does."

At the same news conference, Watson said he had experienced racism before but did not comment about the superintendent’s post.

"That's on him – let peace be with him," Watson said. "I'm all about love."

Texans defensive star J.J. Watt said the post “does not deserve any attention from any of us.”

“It's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play,” Watt said. “It's very unfortunate. I trust (Watson). We all trust him."

Redden told the Chronicle in a telephone interview that he regretted making the post, which has been deleted, and thought he was responding to a private message. He told the newspaper he deleted the comment as soon as he realized it was public. He said that he was referring to the statistical success of black NFL quarterbacks, adding that they "have had limited success" throughout the league's history, the Chronicle reported.

The Onalaska ISD school board will discuss Redden's contract during a closed meeting Saturday, the Chronicle reported. In a statement to KPRC, the school board said that it “does not condone negative comments or actions against any race.”

"The district values every individual and therefore the district will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely," the statement read.

NBA star Russell Westbrook, wife Nina expecting twin girls

NBA star Russell Westbrook and his wife, Nina, announced Tuesday they are expecting twin girls in a YouTube video produced by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The video is called "The Westbrook Family." Nina lets out the news they're having twins 2:12 into the video. Russell mentions they will be girls at the 2:28 mark.

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The couple already have a 1-year-old son named Noah.

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Russell had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. The seven-time All-Star and former MVP is expected to miss preseason and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. The Thunder's first game is Oct. 16 at Golden State.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge sets world mark in marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a world record in the marathon Sunday, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds, ESPN reported.

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Kipchoge, 33, an Olympic champion, broke the previous world record set in 2014 by 1:18 to become the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes.

"I lack words to describe this day," said Kipchoge, who also won the Berlin Marathon in 2017.

Improving the world record by 78 seconds was the largest improvement to the marathon world record since 1967, when Derek Clayton shaved 2:23 off the time, The Guardian reported.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, ESPN reported. That was a women’s record for Berlin and the fourth fastest time in women’s marathon history, The Guardian reported. Only Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba have run the women’s marathon in faster times. Mizuki Noguchi of Japan set the previous record 13 years ago, The Guardian reported.

Colin Kaepernick's 'I'm With Kap' jersey sells out in hours

New jerseys supporting Colin Kaepernick are sold out hours after being announced for presale, and he’s still a free agent in the NFL.

USA Today reported that Kaepernick announced that jerseys with “#IMWITHKAP” across the front were up for presale Monday. They have the athlete and activist’s number, 7, on the back, as well as his last name.

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Kaepernick posted on Twitter that a portion of proceeds for the limited edition jerseys, which sold for $99.99 in youth sizes and $174.99 in adult unisex sizes, will benefit the Know Your Rights Camp. The campaign, founded by Kaepernick, raises awareness on self improvement and education and provides instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in varying situations.

Hours after the announcement was made, Kaepernick said in a follow-up tweet that the jerseys were instantly all out of stock, adding that all profits would now go to Know Your Rights Camp.

This is the latest in activism and awareness work for Kaepernick. He is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the brand’s “Just Do It” campaign, and appeared in a commercial for the brand that aired during the NFL season opener game Thursday. Since the campaign was announced, online Nike sales are up 31 percent, despite a number of boycotts across the country.

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