Apologies from Newcomb, Trea Turner ... Gold medalist skier Skofterud killed ... WWE star Lawler dead
UNDATED (AP) — Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner will face the fallout from their tweets, a day after they apologized for offensive posts from 2011 and 2012. Newcomb’s racist, homophobic and sexist tweets came to light last night, and he said he regretted his actions. Homophobic and racially insensitive tweets by Turner also surfaced Sunday night, and the team release Turner’s apology. The Braves are home tonight against Miami. The Nationals begin a home series against the New York Mets Tuesday night.
UNDATED (AP) — The World Series champion Astros have lost a season-high four in a row, getting swept for the first time this year when Texas took three straight at Minute Maid Park over the weekend. Houston also is minus its star middle infielders — second baseman Jose Altuve has a sore knee and is on the disabled list for the first time in his career and shortstop Carlos Correa has a back problem.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally’s casino in Atlantic City will start taking sports bets today. Its sister casino in Atlantic City, Harrah’s will start taking sports bets on Wednesday. The company says it soon will offer mobile sports betting, as well, although it did not set a timetable.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Olympic cross-country skiing gold medalist Vibeke Skofterud (VEE-beh’-keh SKOHF-tuh-rood) has died in a jet ski accident in southern Norway. A police investigator says the 38-year-old Norwegian hit an island in the archipelago near Arendal when darkness set in late Saturday. Her body was found Sunday. He says that Skofterud was on her way back to a vacation cabin when the accident occurred. Skofterud was on the team that won gold in the 4 x 5-kilometer relay at Vancouver in 2010.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry “The King” Lawler was found hanging in his cell on Saturday. The agency says officers performed CPR and Lawler was taken to a hospital in Memphis, where he died Sunday. Authorities are investigating.