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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.

Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

Some people are boycotting Nike after the company partnered with Colin Kaepernick to make the former NFL quarterback the face of its latest "Just Do It" campaign.

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The campaign, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the company's iconic phrase, features Kaepernick's face with the words, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything."

The ad caught attention on both ends of the spectrum, with some praising the move and others criticizing the decision due to Kaepernick's involvement in the movement for players to kneel during the national anthem before NFL games.

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

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season, the year he began kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against African-Americans and other racial injustices.

Now, the company finds itself in the midst of a controversy.

"They always want to be on the leading edge of things and create some type of discussion, so I'm not surprised that Nike would be the one to do it," Nike shopper Steve Warhover said.

Yvette Bugingo also shops at Nike and said she wasn't worried about the move.

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

"The shoes, they don't change. The colors they give you don't change. The prices don't change," Bugingo said. "So I don't see the big deal."

Boston University advertising professor Chris Cakebread said Nike has, until now, been a traditional brand, which makes the move a bold one.

"They wanted to take a bit of a risk and really kind of raise their awareness out there and say, 'We aren't conservative; we really are part of the notion of what's going on in the marketplace,'" Cakebread said.

The move caught swift pushback on social media, with some claiming to burn their Nike gear in protest.

However, at the St. Francis House, the largest homeless day shelter in Massachusetts, they're hoping those thinking about torching their sneakers will think again.

"I would ask people to please consider donating the shoes, rather than burning them," said Maggie Burns from the St. Francis House. "They will go to great use. Our guests are always in need of new or gently used sneakers."

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Employees at the Nike location on Boston's Newbury Street said they haven't had anyone return any sneakers or clothing in response to the ad, but they have received calls from upset customers about the topic.

Steelers fan in full uniform sneaks onto practice field to challenge Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers training camp took a bizarre turn Saturday when a man made his way onto the practice field with the apparent intention of challenging superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown.

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In a video posted to social media, team staff can be seen ushering the man off the field behind Brown, who can be heard saying, “My boy said he ain’t embarrassing himself at all; he wanna check me. Let him check me real quick.”

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The man, wearing a black and yellow uniform that isn’t Steelers issue, wore No. 43 – the number worn by former Steelers defensive icon Troy Polamalu.

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It wasn’t immediately clear who the man was or how he got onto the field.

Ex-NFL star Jerod Mayo's missing dog found dead in trainer's house

The dog belonging to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been found dead, the Rhode Island SPCA said.

>> Serial pet killer may have mutilated, slain 7 cats; $3K reward offered in search for suspect

The organization said the body of Knox, a 5-year-old English bulldog, was found in a home in Cranston, where its dog trainer lives. 

Cranston police have charged Ameila Ferriera with obstruction.

RISPCA said evidence indicates Ferreira has known about the whereabouts of Knox's dead body for several weeks and concealed his body from investigators. 

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Investigators said additional charges may be filed depending on the results of a necropsy to determine how the animal died. 

On his Instagram page, Mayo wrote, "Unfortunately, the answers we prayed for regarding Knox aren't the ones we were ready to face."

Police in Wrentham, Massachusetts, were called to Joe's Rock, the conservation area off of West Street, for a report of a lost dog in June. 

At that time, Knox was being walked with another dog by a trainer from Cranston, Rhode Island, police said.

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The trainer then lost track of Knox while taking care of the other dog, and Knox disappeared, police said.

The trainer called police, who responded and searched the area, authorities said.

Jerry Lawler overwhelmed with support after son Brian Christopher's death

Jerry Lawler spoke for the first time Monday as the investigation continues into the death of his son, former professional wrestler Brian Christopher Lawler

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Jerry Lawler told WHBQ over the phone that he was with his son during his final moments in the hospital. 

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: Sheriff's office had no indication Brian Lawler was suicidal, statement says

He said he rushed back to Memphis, Tennessee, from North Carolina on Sunday morning after getting the word that his son was in the hospital.

He spent hours at Regional One with family and friends around his son’s bed.

He said it was not easy, but he said he was “glad to hold his son’s hand when his heart stopped beating around 3:30 p.m.”

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Lawler said his family has been so appreciative of the support from friends and fans. He said they have heard from thousands of people. 

Lawler told WHBQ that the visitation and funeral service will be Friday at Hope Church on Walnut Grove Road. The visitation starts at noon and the service will begin at 2 p.m. CDT.

He was the son of wrestling royalty, but Brian Christopher Lawler blazed a path of his own.

The younger Lawler wrestled professionally for years under the nickname "Grand Master Sexay."

He was confident, flamboyant and loved to put on a show. People in the wrestling community nationwide shared stories online. 

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One professional wrestler recounted the time his brother asked to dance with Brian. After the match, the man wrote, “Brian pulled my brother in the ring to do the word. Such an awesome memory.” 

The wrestler Rikishi took to Instagram to say he will miss Brian’s infectious smile, laugh and “his passion to entertain each and every person he came in contact with.” 

Brian Lawler had several run-ins with the law since 2009. He was charged earlier this month with his third DUI offense and evading arrest. 

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office said they had no indication that he was suicidal.

>> On Fox13Memphis.com: Brian Christopher Lawler, Jerry Lawler's son, dies at Memphis hospital

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, he was found hanging in his cell and never recovered after being rushed to Regional One.

Jerry Lawler spoke only briefly of the investigation, saying, “There may be more to this than meets the eye.”

The TBI called him this morning and asked him not to comment further until their investigation is complete. 

Meanwhile, the wrestling community and Lawler family continue to grieve.

Fans across the country are remembering the man in the ring who brought smiles to so many.

Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb apologizes for offensive tweets

As Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb came close to throwing a no-hitter Sunday afternoon, some offensive social-media posts from his past resurfaced on Twitter

The racist, sexist and anti-gay tweets that came to light Sunday were posted by Newcomb in 2011 and 2012, when he was 18 years old. 

>> Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves legend, hits for emotional cycle in Hall of Fame speech

About a half-hour after talking to the media about his 8-2/3 hitless innings against the Dodgers, Newcomb reappeared in the clubhouse to address the very different subject

“I just want to apologize for any insensitive material,” Newcomb said. “It was a long time ago – six, seven years ago – saying some stupid stuff with friends. I know I’ve grown a lot since then. I didn’t mean anything by it. It was just something stupid that I did a long time ago.” 

The revelation was reminiscent of the disclosure during the All-Star game earlier this month of similarly offensive tweets by Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader when he was in high school. 

Newcomb said he saw that his tweets had resurfaced on social media when he looked at his phone shortly after Sunday’s game. 

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“I just felt it would be good to kind of address it right away,” he said. 

Newcomb’s teammates had left the stadium by the time he discussed the issue with the media.

“I think people that know me know that’s not the kind of person I am,” Newcomb said.

The Braves released this statement: "We are aware of the tweets that surfaced after today's game and have spoken to Sean, who is incredibly remorseful. Regardless of how long ago he posted them, he is aware of the insensitivity and is taking full responsibility. We find the tweets hurtful and incredibly disappointing. ... We will work together with Sean toward mending the wounds created in our community."

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Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves legend, hits for emotional cycle in Hall of Fame speech

His mother, Lynne Jones, once noted that her boy, Chipper, was destined for big things at the ballpark.

“Somebody said early on, ‘He looks good in a uniform; he was put on earth to play baseball.’ And I think he was,” she said

And the kid – well, he’s 46 now – is not so bad as an orator, either.

With the biggest speech a ballplayer can ever give, Chipper Jones, the wall-to-wall Atlanta Brave, hit all the right notes during his Sunday induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His acceptance speech – 20-minutes, 4-seconds long for those keeping score – displayed an infielder’s range, alternating between humor, humility, gratitude and love.

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“For me, it all started in the little town of Pierson, Florida. I was just a country kid from a town with two caution lights, the self-proclaimed fern capital of the world. How do I of all people end up here on a stage with these iconic players, my childhood heroes, the best players in baseball history?” he told the 53,000 gathered in a grassy field about a mile from where his bronze likeness will hang in the Hall.

It’s a likeness that he approves of, by the way. “It’s pretty good,” he said after the speech was done and he had a chance to study his plaque. “They could have done worse. I’ve had some bobbleheads that looked like I was in a train wreck. But that one was pretty good. I liked it.” 

The answer to that question Jones posed to begin his speech, the one about how ever did he get here: Become one of only nine players in major league history with at least 400 home runs, a .300 batting average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. Serve as the signature, everyday player for a franchise for more than 18 seasons while establishing a trademark habit for winning. 

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Behind him on the stage sat 51 returning Hall of Famers, their numbers including the five others most responsible for the Braves epic run of 14 straight division titles – and one World Series win in Jones’ rookie year of 1995. Also on hand was the one player among all the greats whose introduction and appearance on stage, cane in hand, inspired a standing ovation from the fans in attendance: Hank Aaron.

In the front row was his family, for whom Jones saved his warmest words. Of course, he did. Jones was literally wearing his emotions Sunday – the lining of the blue sport coat he wore to induction was decorated with reproductions of family photos.

For his parents, Larry Sr. and Lynne: “Not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for all that both of you have done. I love you both beyond words.”

For his six children: “I want you to step away from my shadow and blaze your own trail in whatever you’re passionate about. Believe in what you do, love whatever you do. And know that I love you unconditionally, and will support you in whatever path you choose.”

For his wife, who is expecting the couple’s son Monday yet sat there in the warm summer sun: “I didn’t meet my wife Taylor until I was 40 years old, playing my last year with the Braves in 2012. She changed my life forever. It took me 40 years and some major imperfections in me (clearing his throat) along the way to find my true perfection. Now we’ve taken our two families and blended them together and it has given me what I’ve been searching for my entire life – true happiness.”

Jones said he and his wife were not planning on returning to Atlanta until Monday evening, following a round-table and long autograph signing by all the new Hall of Famers that day. The couple is prepared to have their child – who will be named Cooper – in the town for which he is named. Or, to handle any other eventuality between here and home.

“Taylor’s mom is a nurse and we have another nurse traveling with us. If it does happen in the air we’re in good shape,” he said.

Asked whether his wife could go home ahead of him Sunday night, Jones said, “Technically she could. But if I’m here, she wants to be here.”

Jones was the opening act to a huge class of inductees – the others joining the Braves third baseman being pitchers Jack Morris and Trevor Hoffman, infielders Alan Trammel and Jim Thome and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.

Arriving at the scene Sunday afternoon, where cornfields suddenly give way to a great mass of fans staging their own baseball carnival, Jones found himself overwhelmed, thinking, “Man, I don’t know if I’m ready for this.”

As he was introduced with video highlights of his career, he told himself to look away, and just listen, lest his emotions take over. “I break down before I even get up there; I’m going to be a hot mess for the next 15 minutes,” he said later, recounting his thoughts.

And as he spoke, he attempted to fix his gaze beyond his family in the front row, so he wouldn’t be tempted to lose it.

It worked. He came off as smooth as a 5-4-3 double play. Jones made it through without a hitch.

There was the expected jab at one of his Hall of Fame teammates, because that’s what guys who share a clubhouse do. “Smoltzy (Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who is follically challenged) always pitched like his hair was on fire, which makes sense looking at him now.” And then he worked the body, bringing up the 85 Smoltz shot in the opening round of this year’s U.S. Senior Open.

He thanked those who helped him through the organization after the Braves made him the No. 1 overall pick in 1990, spinning once again the tale of how late Hall of Famer Willie Stargell told Jones to start swinging a heavier bat, changing everything.

He recalled Stargell inspecting Jones’ choice of lumber after a shaky rookie league season: “He picked up my bat and said, ‘Son, I pick my teeth with bigger pieces of wood than this.’ He suggested I swing with the biggest bat I could get around on 90 mph.

“I swung that heavy bat until the day I retired.”

He saved the highest praise for his manager, who also owns a little piece of the Hall of Fame:

“One man never stopped believing in me: That man, Bobby Cox.

“Bobby, you believed in me before I truly I believed I belonged in the big leagues. And on opening day 1995 Bobby put me in the three-hole in front of Fred McGriff and David Justice. You knew hitting me in front of those two dudes would give me a lot of fastballs – and it worked.

“Bobby, next to my parents you had the biggest influence on my career of anybody.”

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Jones spoke Sunday from the unique position of a player who forged the entirety of his stardom in one city. Atlanta has had no other athlete play more games with its name written across his chest than Jones.

That had to be a big part of his speech. And, so, he wrapped his speech up speaking to the Braves fans, in almost perfect summary:

“You are the fans I imagined in my head, playing in the back yard all those years ago. You’re why I loved coming to the plate with the game on the line, “Crazy Train” (his walk-up song) blaring in the background, and why I wanted so badly to come through for you. You have believed in me since I was an 18-year-old kid and you were still there for me for my swan song in 2012.

“You cheered me on through the career highs and stuck by me through life’s lows. I will never forget that. You’re the reason I never wanted to play anywhere else. I couldn’t be prouder to go in the Hall of Fame today with an Atlanta 'A' on my cap. I love you guys. Thank you.”

Then he flashed the sign language message for “I love you,” as he had so often after some of his biggest moments, after rounding the bases. 

Photos: American League wins 2018 MLB All-Star Game

The AL pulled out an 8-6 win over the National League at the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Ex-NFL player Brandon Browner arrested in felony investigation

Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested Sunday afternoon near Azusa, California, according to the La Verne Police Department. 

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Browner was arrested in a felony investigation of kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, and violation of a restraining order in relation to an incident that took place earlier Sunday morning, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles.

Browner's background 

Browner, a Los Angeles native, played college football at Oregon State. After going undrafted in 2005, Browner spent the 2005 NFL season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos. 

From 2007 to 2011, Browner played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. 

In 2011, Browner returned to the NFL and signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Browner started 36 games for the Seahawks from 2011 to 2013. 

Browner left Seattle to join the New England Patriots, where he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2015, Browner joined the New Orleans Saints, where he started 16 games at cornerback. 

Browner signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle in April of 2016, but he was released during training camp. 

Details on Browner's arrest

The La Verne Police Department says officers originally responded to reports of a male who broke into a residence through a locked window Sunday morning. 

The 33-year-old Browner was identified as the suspect, and police say he fled the scene before officers arrived. 

"The investigation determined Browner physically forced the victim back into her residence when she attempted to flee. He then physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim while in the residence," according to the La Verne Police Department. 

Police also said Browner took a Rolex watch, valued at approximately $20,000 from the victim, before fleeing the residence. 

According to the La Verne Police Department Browner was located within hours of the incident and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Browner is currently being held at the La Verne Police Department. 

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