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Indy Thunder(NEW YORK) -- The familiar orange and black script on the Orioles' uniform will be replaced Tuesday night with Braille to honor the National Federation of the Blind, and for one visually impaired ball player, the night is about recognizing people like him.

"They're acknowledging that you're there," Erik Rodriguez, 18, told ABC News' Start Here podcast. "Sometimes that's the biggest step."

Rodriguez is a shortstop for the Indy Thunder in beep baseball, a modified version of the game which uses sound and beeping bases to guide visually impaired players. He was born with Stickler syndrome and glaucoma, which weakened his eyes over the years and led to retina detachments.

While his vision declined, his passion for baseball never did. At 10 years old, he was introduced to beep ball and "immediately fell in love."

"It's changed my life," he said. "It's given me a platform where I can still perform on an elite level, where I can still consider myself a champion, where I can still have that team bonding that you really can't get in individual sports."

Rodriguez led the Indy Thunder to their third straight World Series championship as one of the captains this past season. It was his sixth season in beep baseball, but he told "Start Here" he only recently began to consider himself a "good hitter."

"It's kind of like target practice for the pitcher and the batter," he said. "It's a lot more complicated than people realize, so it takes a lot of good teamwork and trust."

The pitcher is trying to get the batter a hit instead of striking them out, so when the pitcher says, "Set, ready, pitch," they tailor their pitch depending on who they're throwing to. The batter then needs to keep their swing consistent to make sure they're close to the ball every time.

"It just takes a lot of practice and reps," Rodriguez explained. "It does not happen overnight."

Rodriguez told "Start Here" he loves following the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, but the Orioles have earned the beep ball player as a fan for their National Federation of the Blind Night.

"The fact that such a big organization like Baltimore is wanting to do something like that for the blind community ... it makes you feel good, it makes you feel like they care and they want to help make a difference for the young people and the older people that are suffering from this disability."

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Iowa State Department of Athletics(AMES, Iowa) -- Police charged a man with murder just hours after promising young golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead on a golf course in Iowa.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was charged with first-degree murder in the Iowa State University golfer’s death Monday night after police found her body at Coldwater Links golf course in Ames, Iowa.

Barquin Arozamena, 22, a native of Spain, was recently named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year.

The Ames Police Department opened a suspicious death investigation on Monday morning when golfers found a golf bag “with no one around it on the course,” according to a police statement.

Officers responded and located Barquin's body "some distance away" and determined she had been assaulted, the department said.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa State University Police Department, assisted in the investigation.

"This is a tragic and senseless loss of a talented young woman and an acclaimed student athlete," Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement Monday. "We mourn with her family and friends in Spain, her teammates here and all who knew her.”

Barquin Arozamena claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory in April, according to the university, which called her one of the most accomplished golfers in the school’s history. She was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester.

"Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed," Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. "Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador."

Barquin Arozamena qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in Alabama this summer, one of the LPGA Tour's majors, but did not make the cut after the first two rounds.

The university’s Athletics Department said it plans to honor her memory at a football game on Saturday. Funeral arrangements are pending.

"I'm just kind of surprised," ISU freshman Isaac Sachse told Iowa ABC affiliate WOI.

"First it was the kidnapping and now this, it's kind of horrifying," he added, referring to the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts earlier this summer.

Officials with the Ames Police Department did not release many details about the suspect and authorities could not locate a “known address” for him. Richards has a long rap sheet, according to court records. He’s pleaded guilty to charges of domestic abuse, assault, theft and public intoxication in the past, the records show.

The department did not say how it connected Richards to the case and a cause of death has not been determined.

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Julian Finney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams maintained in her first television interview since her stunning upset at the U.S. Open last week that she did not cheat -- and further blasted what she sees as the double standard between male and female tennis players.

The tennis legend and 23-time Grand Slam champ was accused of receiving coaching tips from the stands -- a code violation -- during the U.S. Open women's final last Sunday.

While she disputed the ruling, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later acknowledged that he was trying to send her a signal.

“He said he made a motion,” Williams told the Australian television program, “The Project,” of the incident, according to a preview clip released Sunday.

“I don’t understand what he was talking about," she added. "We’ve never had signals.”

On the court, Williams fought back against the chair umpire Carlos Ramos' call, and in a news conference after the match, blasted his ruling as "sexist."

In her interview with "The Project," she also doubled down on what she calls the double standard in tennis between male and female players.

"I just don’t understand," Williams said. “If you’re female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do.”

Williams lost the final to Naomi Osaka, though the Japanese tennis star's historic victory appeared to be overshadowed by the controversy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 5, N.Y. Mets 3
Houston 10, Arizona 4
Texas 6, San Diego 3
 
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 15, Detroit 0
Toronto 8, N.Y. Yankees 7
Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 5
Chicago White Sox 2, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 10, Minnesota 3
Seattle 6, L.A. Angels 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 17, St. Louis 4
Washington 7, Atlanta 1
Chicago Cubs 1, Cincinnati 0
Philadelphia 5, Miami 4
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 3, Colorado 0

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PRESEASON
SO Boston 4, Calgary 3

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(1) Alabama 62, Mississippi 7
(2) Clemson 38, Georgia Southern 7
(3) Georgia 49, Middle Tennessee 7
(4) Ohio St. 40, (15) TCU 28
(5) Oklahoma 37, Iowa St. 27
BYU 24, (6) Wisconsin 21
(12) LSU 22, (7) Auburn 21
(8) Notre Dame 22, Vanderbilt 17
(9) Stanford 30, UC Davis 10
(10) Washington 21, Utah 7
(11) Penn St. 63, Kent St. 10
(16) Mississippi St. 56, Louisiana-Lafayette 10
(24) Oklahoma St. 44, (17) Boise St. 21
(19) Michigan 45, SMU 20
(20) Oregon 35, San Jose St. 22
(21) Miami 49, Toledo 24
Texas 37, (22) Southern Cal 14
San Diego St. 28, (23) Arizona St. 21

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2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns will release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday.

The news came the same day the team ruled the former pro-bowler out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Gordon had been suspended for most of the past four seasons for repeated drug offenses.

In a statement, team general manager John Dorsey said, ""For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well."

Sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortenson that Gordon broke the team's trust after coming to the facility with a hamstring injury after being a full participant all week during practice.

In week one, Gordon caught a 17 yard touchdown pass against the Steelers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 8, Boston 0
Arizona 4, Houston 2
Texas 4, San Diego 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 11, Toronto 0
Chicago White Sox 8, Baltimore 6
Oakland 2, Tampa Bay 1, 10 Innings
Detroit 5, Cleveland 4
Kansas City 8, Minnesota 4
Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 14, Miami 2
Atlanta 10, Washington 5
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 4
L.A. Dodgers 3, St. Louis 0
San Francisco 2, Colorado 0

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5, Oakland 3
Boston 4, Toronto 3
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4
Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 3
Colorado 10, Arizona 3
Chicago Cubs 4, Washington 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Mets 5, Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 9, St. Louis 7

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 23

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 5, Seattle 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 5, Detroit 4
Tampa Bay 3, Cleveland 1
Oakland 10, Baltimore 0
Boston 1, Toronto 0
Minnesota 3, N.Y. Yankees 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 2, 12 Innings
L.A. Angels 8, Texas 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
Atlanta 2, San Francisco 1
N.Y. Mets 13, Miami 0
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 5, Arizona 4

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Seattle 98, Washington 82

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Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to upstage Serena Williams on the tennis court or to take away the shine from 20-year-old record breaker Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese tennis slam winner.

But Carlos Ramos did just that.

The longtime tennis umpire became the subject of widespread scrutiny on Saturday night after a series of calls against Williams during the U.S. Open women's finals.

Ramos is a gold badge-level umpire, who has been the deciding force in a number of high profile matches, but his calls in the finals match prompted outrage both on and off the court.

Ramos gave Williams a penalty because her coach was admittedly coaching from off the court, which is barred in the sport though it is widely understood to be a common practice.

The second penalty came after Williams later smashed her racquet against the ground.

The third incident came shortly after that, when Williams yelled at Ramos over the call, with her calling him a "thief" which then prompted him to classify that as verbal abuse towards the umpire. Because that was her third penalty of the game, the rules of the sports mandate that it prompts a game penalty.

Katrina Adams, United States Tennis Association (USTA) president and CEO, talked about the controversy with ESPN the day after the match.

"I would say last night is unfortunate," Adams said to ESPN. "And we have to have consistency because when you look at what the women, in this case, Serena, is feeling, we watch the guys do this all the time. They're badgering the chair umpires on the changeover. Nothing happens."

As for Ramos, Adams said that "umpires are reviewed throughout the tournaments" and nothing had suggested that he should not be assigned to the women’s final.

"His record was good so there was no reason for us to not be putting him in the chair," Adams said.

"We have to treat each other fairly and the same and I know that what Serena did and her behavior was not welcome and there could have been a line that should have been drawn," Adams said. "But when you look at Carlos or the umpire in this particular situation, it's a 'judgment call' to give that last penalty, because she called him a thief? They've been called a lot worse."

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) released a statement of support for Ramos Monday, standing by Ramos' calls but noting that the situation was a "regrettable incident."

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis," the ITF said in its statement. "Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to find Serena Williams for the three offenses."

The statement went on to read: "It is understandable that this high profile and the regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity."

Ramos has umpired an Olympic final match between Andy Murray and Roger Federer and been the one on the court deciding the fate of all four grand slam tennis tournaments, but there has been a share of controversial calls beyond this most recent case.

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic

Earlier this season, Ramos was the umpire in a match between the Serbian superstar and opponent Kei Nishikori.

Ramos cited Djokovic for two violations during the match, the first of which coming when Djokovic hit his racquet against the ground. Ramos reportedly said that he damaged the famed grass court used in the British tournament, and Djokovic balked.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw. I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass," Djokovic said later after the match.

The alleged roughness against the grass wasn't the only issue that arose over that call, as Nishikori allegedly smashed the ground with his racquet during that same match, but Ramos said he didn't see it so Nishikori received no penalty.

French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal

Another male tennis star who has publicly criticized Ramos was Rafael Nadal, this time at Roland-Garros.

Nadal had been issued two warnings for taking too much time during the crossovers in the game when players take a brief break while switching sides of the court.

"I say it with sadness, but he is an umpire who scrutinizes me more and who fixates on me more," Spanish-speaking Nadal told the media after the match.

"He also pressured me about coaching," Nadal said of Ramos, according to Spanish-language sports newspaper Marca.

"I have respect for him and all I ask is for that to be reciprocated," Nadal said, according to Marca.

French Open 2016: Venus Williams


Even though Serena Williams’ squabble with Ramos is the one garnering headlines now, her older sister Venus Williams made a similar complaint against Ramos back in 2016.

Like Serena Williams, Venus Williams was cited by Ramos for a coaching violation during the 2016 French Open.

Venus Williams responded indignantly, saying: "Honestly, I’m 36 years old. Never in my career have I had a coaching violation. No, I don’t do that. Just don't even go there."

Two years, a different continent and a different Williams sister later, Serena Williams voiced a very similar complaint.

"You may have thought that was coaching but I'm telling you it was not," Serena Williams said Saturday. "I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose."

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Michael Owens/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams was fined $17,000 on Sunday for a total of three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final — $4,000 for being warned for coaching after her coach made a hand gesture to her, $3,000 for breaking her racket and $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she accused of sexism.

The U.S. Tennis Association confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that $17,000 will be deducted from Serena Williams’ $1.85 million check as the runner-up to Naomi Osaka, who became the the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday.

The fine money will be donated to the Grand Slam Development Fund. The purpose of the fund is to "develop competitive tennis opportunities worldwide," according to the International Tennis Federation.

In what began a string of heated moments, Ramos issued the first of three violations to Williams for getting coaching in the second game of the second set, and while she disputed the ruling, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou later acknowledged he was trying to send her a signal.

Williams later received another warning for smashing her racket, which automatically cost her a point, renewing her argument with Ramos, whom she referred to as "a thief" and "a liar," resulting in a third violation for "verbal abuse" and caused her to forfeit a game.

During a press conference after the match, Williams said that Ramos' ruling was "sexist" because she has witnessed male players calling umpires "several things," but they were not penalized.

"For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark," she said.

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief,' she added. "For me it blows my mind. But I'm going to continue to fight for women."

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) released a statement Monday morning saying it was "working with the sport" to address gender inequality.

"The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night," WTA CEO Steve Simon said. "We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport. The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed."

Tennis legend Billie Jean King agreed with Williams in a series of tweets, calling out a "double standard."

"Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen," King ,the winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, wrote on Saturday.

"When a woman is emotional, she’s "hysterical" and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same," she added.

Although Williams' feud with Ramos appeared to overshadow Osaka's historic 6-2 6-4 victory, the two women shared an emotional moment together when Williams hugged Osaka, who considers Williams — the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles — her childhood idol.

As a tense audience celebrated and jeered at Osaka's win, both women were wiping away their tears when Williams whispered something to Osaka and then embraced her.

Osaka told ABC News Saturday evening that when Serena Williams hugged her at the end of the controversial match, it "really brought out the emotions” because when I was little and I was watching her play, I always wanted the opportunity to play her."

Osaka reflected on the moment after the match when she returned to her seat and put a towel over her head as the ceremonial stage was being assembled.

She said she did so because the momentous win was finally starting to dawn on her: "I felt like I needed a break from everything."

Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in.

"I felt like, 'Wow this isn’t how I felt when I won my first grand slam,' so I was like, 'I definitely don’t want her to feel like that,'" Williams said. "We’ve got to pull ourselves together here."

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(NEW YORK) --  Serena Williams was fined $17,000 on Sunday for a total of three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final — $4,000 for being warned for coaching after her coach made a hand gesture to her, $3,000 for breaking her racket and $10,000 for "verbal abuse" of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, whom she accused of sexism.

The U.S. Tennis Association confirmed to ABC News on Sunday that $17,000 will be deducted from Serena Williams’ $1.85 million check as the runner-up to Naomi Osaka, who became the first tennis player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title on Saturday.

The fine money will be donated to the Grand Slam Development Fund. The purpose of the fund is to "develop competitive tennis opportunities worldwide," according to the International Tennis Federation.

In what began a string of heated moments, Ramos issued the first of three violations to Williams for getting coaching in the second game of the second set, and while she disputed the ruling, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou later acknowledged he was trying to send her a signal.

Williams later received another warning for smashing her racket, which automatically cost her a point, renewing her argument with Ramos, whom she referred to as "a thief" and "a liar," resulting in a third violation for "verbal abuse" and caused her to forfeit a game.

During a press conference after the match, Williams said that Ramos' ruling was "sexist" because she has witnessed male players calling umpires "several things," but they were not penalized.

"For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark," she said.

"He's never taken a game from a man because they said 'thief,' she added. "For me it blows my mind. But I'm going to continue to fight for women."

Tennis legend Billie Jean King agreed with Williams in a series of tweets, calling out a "double standard." https://twitter.com/BillieJeanKing/status/1038613108976168960

"Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen," King ,the winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, wrote on Saturday.

"When a woman is emotional, she’s "hysterical" and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s "outspoken" & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same," she added. https://twitter.com/BillieJeanKing/status/1038613218296569856

Although Williams' feud with Ramos appeared to overshadow Osaka's historic 6-2 6-4 victory, the two women shared an emotional moment together when Williams hugged Osaka, who considers Williams — the winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles — her childhood idol.

As a tense audience celebrated and jeered at Osaka's win, both women were wiping away their tears when Williams whispered something to Osaka and then embraced her.

Osaka told ABC News Saturday evening that when Serena Williams hugged her at the end of the controversial match, it "really brought out the emotions” because when I was little and I was watching her play, I always wanted the opportunity to play her."

Osaka reflected on the moment after the match when she returned to her seat and put a towel over her head as the ceremonial stage was being assembled.

She said she did so because the momentous win was finally starting to dawn on her: "I felt like I needed a break from everything."

Meanwhile, Williams told ABC News on Saturday that when she saw Osaka begin to cry at the trophy presentation, her motherly instincts kicked in.

"I felt like, 'Wow this isn’t how I felt when I won my first grand slam,' so I was like, 'I definitely don’t want her to feel like that,'" Williams said. "We’ve got to pull ourselves together here."

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