(NEW YORK) -- Longtime broadcaster Marv Albert is calling it quits after lending his voice across the NBA, NHL, MLB, College Basketball, and more for almost 60 years. According to a WarnerMedia press release, the final chapter of his career will come following this year's NBA Eastern Conference Finals on TNT. Albert has spent the last 22 years at Turner Sports, the subsidiary company of Warner Media
Albert was once a New York Knicks ball boy, before he began broadcasting New York Rangers games on the radio in 1965, taking over for famed radio broadcaster Marty Glickman according to the press release. He stayed in that role for 30 years and called eight Stanley Cup Finals. By 1967, he was also the radio voice of Knicks games as well, before moving to Madison Square Garden Network in 1986 to call them on TV.
Albert became the primary play-by-play voice for the NBA on NBC in 1990, a play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS from 2011-2014 and calling Monday Night Football for Westwood One from 2002-2009.
He’s one of the most decorated broadcasters in history. Among his list of accomplishments are being named New York Sportscaster of the year 20 times, nominated for 9 Sports Emmy Awards, winning 4 CableACE awards, and being inducted into the 2015 Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Albert will turn 80 soon and his iconic “Yes” call, which he first uttered in during a Knicks 1968 playoff run, will go with him. His son Kenny Albert, also currently handles play-by-play duties across several sports, including the Rangers on radio.
(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins on Monday unveiled new uniforms to honor the Havana Sugar Kings, a former minor league organization, popular among Cuban-Americans in South Florida. The team was originally called the Havana Cubans, part of the Florida International League, founded by Joe Cambria, a scout of the Washington Senators in 1946.
In 1953, Roberto “Bobby” Maduro became majority owner of the team, changed their name to the Sugar Kings and moved them up to Triple-A team in the International League, affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.
The “City-Connect” uniforms will be worn for the first time on Friday when the Marlins return home after 10 games on the road to face the New York Mets, a day after Cuban Independence Day. Miami plans to wear the uniforms throughout the weekend and for five other weekend series.
ESPN reports the Marlins are one of seven teams to partner with Nike, Major League Baseball, and use the “City Connect Series” to pay tribute to the cultures in their respective communities. The Marlins are joined by the Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Chicago White Sox.
1959 was the height of the Sugar Kings organization. The team finished third in the International League standings, behind the Buffalo Bisons and the Columbus Jets. They swept Columbus in the first round before beating the Richmond Virginians in six games to win the Governors’ Cup Finals and advance to the Junior World Series.
At the Junior World Series, with Fidel Castro who had just come into power as the Prime Minister, and Che Guevara in attendance, Havana beat the Minneapolis Millers in game 7 with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 9th to win their first International League Title.
In 1960, the Sugar Kings began their season in Havana, but with relations between the United States and Cuba deteriorating , the team was forced to relocate to New Jersey. Low attendance and revenue loss would eventually lead the organization to disband.
(NEW YORK) -- Lamar Odom, whose battle with drug addiction led to a near-death experience, is opening up about his use of a synthetic drug that he said helped him beat addiction.
Odom, 41, said being treated with small doses of ketamine under medical supervision for the past two years has helped keep him sober.
"I went to rehab and did some other things, but ketamine came into my life at the right time," Odom told ABC News' Steve Osunsami in an interview that aired Monday on Good Morning America. "I'm feeling amazing."
"I'm alive. I'm sober. I'm happy," he said.
Ketamine, a pain medication with hallucinogenic effects, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), was approved in the 1970s as a rapid-acting anesthetic by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
One decade later, in the 1980s, it became a popular club drug.
What health officials are now discovering is that, in small doses, the drug may be helpful to people struggling with everything from addiction to anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal feelings and other mental health conditions where the person has not seen lasting success with other treatments.
Odom, who made his name as a NBA star, has said previously that he had his first encounter with drugs at the age of 12.
In 2015, he was found unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel, having suffered 12 seizures, six strokes and his heart stopping twice.
Now, Odom said the small doses of ketamine he receives over the course of sessions that last around an hour have left him without the urge to use drugs such as cocaine.
"I don't wake up looking to do lines ... or waking up in a dark place or feeling unfulfilled," the former Los Angeles Lakers star told Osunsami. "When Kobe [Bryant] passed away, you know, the old Lamar, that'd have been every excuse in the world for me to go get high, [but] doing drugs didn't even enter my mind."
The FDA has classified the use of ketamine for mental health conditions as an "off-label use" of the drug and has approved a ketamine nasal spray to help fight treatment-resistant depression.
Doctors say that ketamine therapy should be carefully monitored by a licensed professional and used together with other medications and therapies, like meditation.
Researchers are still learning about how exactly ketamine affects the brain, but studies so far show that the treatment could possibly help people relieve emotional pain from old traumas, like the guilt Odom said he still feels about being away from home when his 6-month-old son died in 2006.
Odom's journey using ketamine for treatment is the feature of a new documentary, Lamar Odom Reborn, airing this week on YouTube, MTV Live and other social media platforms.
Odom said he hopes his story inspires Black men in particular to pay more care to mental health, in addition to sharing his experience with ketamine.
"I don't think I will stop it," he said of the drug. "I wouldn't want to try to stop to be great. If I have greatness inside of me, I want to try to get it out."
(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Tampa Bay 7, NY Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 5, Detroit 1
Toronto 10, Philadelphia 8
Baltimore 10, NY Yankees 6
LA Angels 6, Boston 5
Houston 6, Texas 2
Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 3
Oakland 7, Minnesota 6
Seattle 3, Cleveland 2
San Francisco 4, Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 10, Atlanta 9
Washington 3, Arizona 0
Cincinnati 7, Colorado 6
Miami 3, LA Dodgers 2
San Diego 5, St. Louis 3
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 125, Toronto 113
New York 96, Boston 92
Washington 115, Charlotte 110
Phoenix 123, San Antonio 121
Golden State 113, Memphis 101
Brooklyn 123, Cleveland 109
Atlanta 124, Houston 95
Philadelphia 128, Orlando 117
Miami 120, Detroit 107
Oklahoma City 117, LA Clippers 112
Portland 132, Denver 116
Utah 121, Sacramento 99
Chicago 118, Milwaukee 112
LA Lakers 110, New Orleans 98
Minnesota 136, Dallas 121
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
NY Islanders 4, Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
Minnesota 1, Vegas 0 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5, Florida 4
Calgary 6, Vancouver 5 (OT)
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 73, Indiana 65
Connecticut 86, Phoenix 78
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sporting Kansas City 3, Vancouver 0
Miami 3, Cincinnati 2
New England 1, Columbus 0
Orlando City 1, DC United 0
Seattle 2, Los Angeles FC 0
(BALTIMORE) -- Rombauer beat out Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit to win the 2021 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit finished second and third respectively.
Rombauer entered the final stretch of the race in third before taking the lead to comfortably win the race.
The win for Rombauer comes amid the ongoing controversy facing Medina Spirit and his win at the Kentucky Derby. The horse tested positive for a steroid after that race but managed to clear three additional pre-race tests ahead of the Preakness.
Jockey Flavien Prat rode Rombauer to victory, making it the second win for Prat in a Triple Crown event after his win at the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Country House.
The win was the first for trainer Michael McCarthy at the Preakness and his first at a Triple Crown event as well.
Rombauer entered the race as a longshot underdog at 11-1 odds.
(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and first baseman Albert Pujols have reached an agreement on a major league deal that would keep Pujols on the Dodgers for the rest of the season, sources told ESPN. The story was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Pujols was designated for assignment by the Angels last week before being released by the team on Thursday.
The 41-year-old is in the final year of his massive 10-year, $240 million contract that he signed with the Angels. The Angels are still responsible for Pujols' $30 million salary, while the Dodgers would only have to pay a prorated share of the $570,500 league minimum salary.
Pujols is hitting .198 with 5 home runs and 12 RBI this season in 92 plate appearances.
It remains to be seen how the Dodgers will use Pujols. Infielder Max Muncy has started most of the team's games at first base but has played games at second and third base for the Dodgers before.
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Former NBA champion and four-time All-Star Ben Wallace is set to be inducted in the 2021 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame according to an ESPN source. Wallace spent 17 years in the league, 9 of them with the Detroit Pistons.
Wallace along with the rest of the 2021 class will be announced in Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday.
Best known for his defense, Wallace won defensive player of the year four times in five years, made six NBA All-Defensive teams and is the Pistons all-time leader in blocks with 1,486. Wallace went undrafted in the 1996 NBA draft, before winning his first NBA Championship with the Pistons in 2004, helping them upset the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
The White Hall, Alabama native played two seasons at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio before transferring to play NCAA Division II basketball at Virginia Union University. He led the Panthers to the 1996 Division II Final Four before losing to Northern Kentucky.
The Detroit Pistons retired Wallace's No. 3 jersey on January 16th, 2016, raising it to the rafters during a halftime ceremony. Wallace was announced as a co-ownership partner of the NBA G-League's Grand Rapids Drive in 2018.
(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Nicole Pyles, a 16-year-old high school student from Durham, North Carolina, spoke with ABC News' Zachary Kiesch after she was forced to cut her hair to continue playing in a softball game.
Pyles, a Black student who attends Hillside High School, said her team was in the lead during the second inning against a Jordan High School softball team on April 19 when an umpire told her he was unable to see her uniform number due to her hairstyle. She was wearing beaded braids during her team's final home game of the season, a hairstyle she says she has worn in several games prior.
Pyles said she had tucked decorative braids into her shirt and sports bra initially, but after a second complaint, she said the umpire told her the hair beads violated the rules.
The National Federation of State High School Associations, which helps provide uniform playing rules for high school athletics across the nation, prohibits student-athletes from wearing hair beads, bandanas and plastic visors on the softball field.
When given the choice to remove the beads or stop playing, Pyles said she was forced to cut her braids.
"I felt disrespected and I felt humiliated," Pyles said.
"I truly felt like in my heart that it was not a choice … That's my team, so I will stand by them no matter what," she continued, adding, "Beads are not going to be the reason we don't win a game."
Pyles said she felt singled out following the second complaint.
"My hair means a lot to me ... I'm not going to let braids take away from who I am on the field and off the field, but it is a part of me and no, I don't want that to be stripped away from me," Pyles added.
Dr. Karissa Niehoff, executive director of NFHS, told ABC News the rules are created to ensure sports participants are safe during the games.
"We want to make sure that if anything is in the hair, or on the head, it can fit snugly under a helmet so that the fit of the helmet isn't compromised. The rule was never intended to address any kind of prohibition of a culture or ethnic group or even a hairstyle that might be most comfortable for a participant," Neihoff said.
Que Tucker, commissioner for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, which is a member of the NFHS and helps implement rules in high schools across the state, issued a statement on the incident on May 12, stating the rule against hair beads is not new.
"As a member of the NFHS, the NCHSAA follows all NFHS playing rules and regulations, including Softball rule 3-2-5 which states, 'plastic visors, bandanas, and hair-beads are prohibited," Tucker said in a statement.
"This is not a new rule, and when the violation was noticed by an umpire, the proper determination of illegal equipment was verified as supported by NFHS rule. Further, according to NFHS Softball Rule 3-5-1, before the start of a contest, it is the responsibility of each coach to verify to the plate umpire that all his or her players are legally equipped and that players and equipment are in compliance with all NFHS rules," the statement continued.
"We empathize with the student-athlete and her experience. It is truly unfortunate, as we believe this situation should never have occurred. The NCHSAA expectation is that coaches will know the playing rules and ensure that their players are also aware of them prior to participating in any athletic contest," Tucker said.
Neihoff said the incident could have been handled differently.
"When there's a rule that might be of concern to a young person, there's always a way to communicate ... Perhaps even let the contest occur, then afterward, deal with the communication if there's a misunderstanding or if there's been inconsistency in rule application." Neihoff said.
"It's most unfortunate that her experience was one of the multiple games where it was okay, and now suddenly it's not okay, and how that was communicated and then played out is just extremely unfortunate and that would never be our intention for that to happen," Neihoff added.
Julius Pyles, the father of Nicole Pyles, told ABC News he does not believe the school district or the sports officials did enough to address the incident. He wants the Durham Public School District, the Jordan High School coaching staff and the NCHSAA to submit a formal written apology to his daughter and her teammates.
"When my child came home and I looked at her head, all it brought me back was memories of stuff that I said I never want my children to endure. And all the [school officials] are hiding behind is the damn rule, a rule that a white man comes up with" Julius Pyles said.
"I want the world to know how I feel as a Black man, and as a father that my child had to be ridiculed in order to play a simple game," he said.
Tyler Whittenburg, chief counsel for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, an organization representing the Pyles family, told ABC News that incidents like Nicole Pyles, where a student is seemingly singled out for distinct cultural or ethnic characteristics, can significantly impact self-confidence.
"This type of thing can discourage students from participating. It affects their sense of fairness and that type of trauma lasts with not just the individual, but with the family and with the community for years and years. So we really have to help to get not just that policy removed, but every policy that discriminates on Black hair to be removed so that this isn't something that any student has to go through again," Whittenburg said.
The NFHS Softball Rules Committee will meet from June 14 to June 16 for its annual assessment of its guidelines. Neihoff said the NFHS is looking at its rules to see how it can be more inclusive to reflect a more diverse body of student-athletes across the country.
""We've become a learning organization we're watching our kids become more diverse … So we're having to really consider things that are within our rules with a new lens, and that one might be cultural, as we go through the rules considerations and change process. We hope that everyone involved in implementing a sports experience can implement rules but do so with some common sense, and a consideration for how rules might be communicated. We would never intend for a young person to be feeling anything in the way of humiliation, embarrassment, certainly, an affront to their culture or their race or their ethnicity, their religious background," Neihoff said.
Durham Public Schools released a statement on Wednesday calling the ban on hair beads "problematic."
"As reflected in our school board's unanimous resolution in support of the CROWN Act, (an acronym for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair, legislation banning hair discrimination) Durham Public Schools supports our students' right to free expression and opposes unreasonable or biased restrictions on Black women's hairstyles," the statement read.
Durham Public Schools also said in its statement that it does not "prohibit beads in hair" and that "there was no involvement by any Jordan High staff member bringing the violation to the game officials' attention. DPS supports our student-athletes and their right to self-expression in a manner befitting their culture, consistent with safety in training and competition."
"We believe the blanket ban on hair beads is culturally biased and problematic. We support our student, Nicole Pyles, and believe this rule should be amended. We frown on any rule or policy that promotes cultural insensitivity or does not reflect the ideals and principles of DPS and our employees," the statement continued.
(New York) -- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Final Chicago Cubs 4 Detroit 2
Final Tampa Bay 3 N.Y. Mets 2
Final Philadelphia 5 Toronto 1
Final Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 2
Final Boston 4 L.A. Angels 3
Final N.Y. Yankees 5 Baltimore 4
Final Chicago White Sox 3 Kansas City 1
Final Oakland 6 Minnesota 1
Final Houston 10 Texas 4
Final Seattle 7 Cleveland 3
Final Pittsburgh 3 San Francisco 2
Final Atlanta 6 Milwaukee 3
Final Colorado 9 Cincinnati 6
Final Washington 17 Arizona 2
Final L.A. Dodgers 9 Miami 6
Final San Diego 5 St. Louis 4
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Washington 120 Cleveland 105
Final Denver 104 Detroit 91
Final Utah 109 Oklahoma City 93
Final Philadelphia 122 Orlando 97
Final Houston 122 L.A. Clippers 115
Final Memphis 107 Sacramento 106
Final Dallas 114 Toronto 110
Final Golden State 125 New Orleans 122
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Final Winnipeg 4 Toronto 2
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final New York 90 Indiana 87
Final Connecticut 78 Atlanta 67
Final Phoenix 77 Minnesota 75
Final Dallas 94 Los Angeles 71
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) -- Late NBA star Kobe Bryant will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. The presentation will be made by all-time great Michael Jordan, who also spoke at the Bryant's memorial service. Bryant's widow, Vanessa, will reportedly speak as well.
Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California last January, that also claimed the lives of his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven others.
Bryant played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, and was named Most Valuable Player in 2008.
Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are among the others being enshrined this weekend, as part of the class of 2020. This weekend's ceremony is a make-up, after the original one was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The class of 2021 will be inducted later this year.
(NEW YORK) -- The NHL has told the Canadian government they need an answer on whether they will be exempt from coronavirus-related travel restrictions by June 1st, ESPN reports.
"The conversations are ongoing. We've told them we really do need to know by the end of the first round, and that's around June 1. That's pretty much the date that we've talked to them about, saying we have to know one way or another," Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer, told ESPN on Friday.
The Stanley Cup playoffs begin this weekend, but current restrictions mean American teams would be prohibited from playing in Canada, without first undergoing quarantines that would drastically alter the postseason schedule.
That won't end up being an issue until the third round of the playoffs though, as the first two rounds will be played within the four newly created divisions, including the North Division, which includes all Canadian teams. All of the American teams play in the other three divisions, meaning the first possible meeting between an American and a Canadian team will not happen until that third round.
The NHL has felt confident that they will get an exemption from the Canadian government, due to it's stringent COVID protocols and an increasingly high number of players and staff members getting vaccinated, according to ESPN.
If an exemption is not given, the NHL is considering the possibility of housing the Canadian team that reaches the third round at the arena of a US-based team that did not make the playoffs. Mayer told ESPN the league has had talks with a couple Americans teams about just that.
But an NHL source told ESPN this week that the league expects "a positive resolution" to the border issue before the third round.
(LOS ANGELES) -- After 15 years in the WNBA, Seimone Augustus is retiring. But her time on the court isn’t over just yet.
The four-time WNBA champion is joining the Los Angeles Sparks’ coaching staff, the team announced on Thursday.
“It’s an honor to continue to serve the game that has given me so much,” Augustus said in a statement. “I’m excited to join the Sparks staff and look forward to developing in this new role.”
The 37-year-old former forward joined the WNBA in 2006 when she was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx as the No. 1 overall pick. During her time in the league, Augustus won four championships (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017), made eight All-Star appearances (2006, 2007, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018) and won three Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball (2008, 2012 and 2016).
She joined the Sparks last year as a free agent.
“Seimone Augustus is one of the greatest basketball players to ever step foot on a court,” Sparks head coach and general manager Derek Fisher said in a statement. “Her impact as a pioneer in our sport can be seen through all the players and people she’s impacted in this game. It’s been an amazing honor to work with her over the past year and we’re excited to add all of her wisdom to our coaching staff.”
(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Toronto 8, Atlanta 4
Detroit 4, Kansas City 3
Chi White Sox 4, Minnesota 2
Boston 8, Oakland 1
Tampa Bay 9, NY Yankees 1
Houston 4, Texas 3
Cleveland 4, Seattle 2
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 3, Pittsburgh 1
Colorado 13, Cincinnati 8
Miami 5, Arizona 1
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
LA Clippers 113, Charlotte 90
Milwaukee 142, Indiana 133
Atlanta 116, Orlando 93
New York 102, San Antonio 98
Miami 106, Philadelphia 94
Chicago 114, Toronto 102
Denver 114, Minnesota 103
Memphis 116, Sacramento 110
Phoenix 118, Portland 117
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
St. Louis 7, Minnesota 3
Calgary 4, Vancouver 1
Colorado 5, Los Angeles 1
(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have announced infielder Gleyber Torres has tested positive for COVID-19.
The team says he was fully vaccinated and had previously tested positive for the virus during the last offseason. Torres has been placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
He becomes the eighth Yankee player, coach, or traveling staff member to test positive this week. All eight are fully vaccinated.
Pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevins, first base coach Reggie Willits, and four traveling staff members tested positive and are currently under quarantine in Tampa, Florida.
Before the announcement, sources told ESPN the Yankees were going to keep Torres out of the lineup for the second straight day. On Wednesday, Manager Aaron Boone said they were holding him out "out of an abundance of caution."
The Yankees have called up Miguel Andújar from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.