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Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After almost a dozen years in the ring, Nikki Bella has decided to walk away from pro wrestling and focus on her blossoming business, among other ventures.

The former WWE champion, reality star and actress broke the news on her show, "Total Divas," Sunday night.

After going on a big European tour, Bella told her family at dinner that the travel was "really, really rough."

"I realized, 'Why am I doing this ... I don't feel good,'" she adds. "I really am read to hang up the jersey."

Bella has broken down barriers inside and outside the wrestling ring. She also mentioned how well the women of wrestling are doing now, which might make walking away and hanging up her wrestling boots a little easier for her.

Her sister Brie retired recently as well and supported her sister in last night's episode, saying, "You can hang [your boots] right next to mine."

Nikki and Brie have several professional collaborations together, including a YouTube channel, their own wine label and a clothing brand for active women.

Also on the finale, Bella finally confirmed rumors that she had been dating her "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Artem Chigvintsev.

She posted a sweet pic kissing the Russian dancer after the episode aired. This is big news as it's one of her first public relationships after her split from former fiance John Cena.

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TuelekZa/iStock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Sunday’s game between the University of Central Florida and No. 1-seeded Duke University was a true nail-biter.

Duke came from behind and took the lead with just seconds to go after freshman RJ Barrett made a rebounded free throw. UCF then took possession but failed to upset the Blue Devils, missing two shots, both of which rolled off the rim.

With the 77-76 win, Duke moves on to the Sweet 16.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Rob Gronkowski is hanging up his cleats after nine seasons in the NFL.

The New England Patriots tight end made the announcement in an Instagram post Sunday.

"It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far," Gronkowski wrote in the post. "I will be retiring from the game of football today."

He went on to thank his teammates, fans and the Patriots organization.

"But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success," Gronkowski said.

A team source told ESPN Gronkowski called Patriots owner Robert Kraft earlier on Sunday to let him know of his plans to leave the game.

In a statement, Kraft commended the tight end for his "hard work, preparation, selfless attitude and the sheer dominance of his game."

"‘Gronk’ quickly became a fan favorite and the most dominant player at his position for nearly a decade," Kraft said. "I look forward to honoring him in the near future as both a Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer."

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a statement it was a "pleasure and a privilege to coach Rob Gronkowski the past nine years."

"From his rookie year until his final season and through countless times in between, Rob was a major reason why we won games and championships," Belichick said. "His elite combination of size, skill, intelligence, toughness and ability to perform in pressure situations set him apart."

Gronkowski's teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, also responded to the news of his retirement, writing in an Instagram post, "What an honor and privilege to play with you these past nine years @gronk! You accomplished so much and our team was almost unbeatable when you were on the field!"

"The NFL was a better place with you in it! But I have no doubt you will be a success in anything you do!!!" Brady added.

Gronkowski, 29, was drafted by New England in 2010 and has spent his entire NFL career with the team. In his nine seasons in the league, he has played in 115 regular-season games, amassing 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.

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

Pittsburgh 1, Baltimore 1
Houston 5, Washington 3
Philadelphia 11, Baltimore 4
Nashville 4, Texas 3
Atlanta 4, Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 5, San Francisco 0
LA Angels 8, LA Dodgers 4

Detroit 18, Toronto 6
NY Yankees 5, Minnesota 3
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 3
Kansas City 3, Texas 3

NY Mets 8, Washington 4
St. Louis 2, Miami 1
Colorado 4, Cincinnati 3
Chi Cubs 24, San Diego 6
Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2

L.A. Clippers 124, NY Knicks 113
Milwaukee 127, Cleveland 105
Indiana 124, Denver 88
Charlotte 115, Toronto 114
Houston 113, New Orleans 90
San Antonio 115, Boston 96
Golden State 121, Detroit 114
L.A. Lakers 111, Sacramento 106


Washington 3, Philadelphia 1
NY Islanders 2, Arizona 0
OT Carolina 2, Montreal 1
OT Chicago 2, Colorado 1
Columbus 5, Vancouver 0

(1) Duke 77, UCF 76
(2) Virginia 63, Oklahoma 51
(3) North Carolina 81, Washington 59
OT (6) Tennessee 83, Iowa 77
(9) Texas Tech 78, (15) Buffalo 58
(11) Houston 74, Ohio St. 59
(16) Virginia Tech 67, Liberty 58

FC Cincinnati 2, New England 0

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

Boston 12, Pittsburgh 3
Chicago White Sox 5, L.A. Dodgers 1
Milwaukee 7, Texas 3
Kansas City 6, Milwaukee 4
Cleveland 8, Cincinnati 5
San Diego 11, L.A. Angels 4
Houston 5, Miami 0

Detroit 8, Tampa Bay 7
Toronto 7, N.Y. Yankees 3
Minnesota 8, Baltimore 7

St. Louis 4, Washington 4
Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 3
N.Y. Mets 12, Atlanta 2
San Francisco 3, Arizona 2
Colorado 11, Chicago Cubs 6

Charlotte 124, Boston 117
Miami 113, Washington 108
Atlanta 129, Philadelphia 127
Minnesota 112, Memphis 99
Utah 114, Chicago 83
Dallas 126, Golden State 91
Portland 117, Detroit 112
Sacramento 112, Phoenix 103

SO New Jersey 2, Arizona 1
N.Y. Islanders 4, Philadelphia 2
Colorado 4, Chicago 2
OT Ottawa 4, Edmonton 3
OT N.Y. Rangers 2, Toronto 1
Boston 7, Florida 3
Carolina 5, Minnesota 1
Winnipeg 5, Nashville 0
Montreal 7, Buffalo 4
Pittsburgh 3, Dallas 2
St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3
Calgary 3, Vancouver 1
OT Detroit 3, Vegas 2
SO L.A. Kings 4, Anaheim 3

(4) Gonzaga 83, Baylor 71
(5) Michigan St. 70, Minnesota 50
(7) Kentucky 62, (19) Wofford 56
(8) Michigan 64, Florida 49
(10) Florida St. 90, Murray St. 62
(12) LSU 69, Maryland 67
(13) Purdue 87, (23) Villanova 61

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Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The Houston Astros and starting pitcher Justin Verlander have agreed to a two year, $66 million dollar extension, sources tell ESPN.

The 36-year old right hander went 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA last season and finished second in the American League CY Young race.

Verlander was traded to the team from Detroit at the end of August 2017 and helped lead the team to their first ever World Series Championship.

He went 5-0 in his five starts at the end of the 2017 regular season and won an additional four games in the postseason.

The 2011 AL MVP and CY Young award winner is entering his 15th season. He has a 204-123 record with a 3.39 ERA in his career.

Houston begins their 2019 season on the road next Thursday against Tampa Bay.

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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Robert Kraft, the owner of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, said in a statement on Saturday that he is "truly sorry" for getting caught up in an investigation into sex trafficking arising from his visits to a Florida spa, where authorities charge he twice solicited sexual favors for money earlier this year.

“I am truly sorry," Kraft wrote in the statement. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard."

Kraft also described his "extraordinary respect for women" and cited the spirit of his late wife, Myra Kraft, who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer after 48 years of marriage.

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years."

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Kraft has been charged by Palm Beach prosecutors with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution for allegedly visiting the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida on two occasions earlier this year and paying for sexual favors from the massage parlor’s staff. Two dozen other men caught up in the probe were similarly charged.

Authorities set up hidden cameras at the spa as part of a larger investigation into sex trafficking and, according to Jupiter police detectives, obtained video evidence of all of the suspects participating in the alleged sexual acts.

Kraft chose to reject a deferred prosecution agreement offered this week to all of the men charged, which would not have required him to plead guilty to any charges, a source close to Kraft told ABC News on Wednesday.

Kraft's attorneys have been engaged in negotiations with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office for much of this week, sources told ABC News, though it does not appear that any deal has been reached to date.

Defense attorneys for the National Football League (NFL) team owner reportedly believe that a search warrant that allowed investigators to install hidden cameras inside the spa's massage rooms was improperly obtained, and note among other things that an investigation premised on probing alleged human trafficking at the Orchids spa has yet to lead to any trafficking charges.

"We have looked into it, we've looked at the charges brought, looked at the evidence, and there is zero evidence of human trafficking," defense attorney William Burck told the New York Times.

The billionaire team owner has reportedly been deeply distressed by the charges and the subsequent publicity.

Several unidentified friends of Kraft told the New York Times this weekend that even a month after being charged, he still "breaks down in tears when discussing the situation."

Triple threat

Since his name first surfaced last month in connection with the lengthy investigation into sex trafficking at Florida massage parlors, the veteran Patriots owner is facing a trio of threats -- drawing scrutiny from the courts, the NFL and the public at large.

If he is cleared of the criminal charges, he could still face censure from the NFL, and if he survives that, he still faces the possibility of potentially embarrassing video of himself at the massage parlor being leaked, or even publicly released under some potential outcomes.

The investigation involved dozens of law enforcement officials from numerous agencies as well their counterparts in criminal courts system. Access to such evidence is naturally more vulnerable to misuse the more hands it passes through, defense attorneys and law enforcement officials told ABC News this week.

Kraft's made his statement the day before the NFL team owners' annual gathering on Sunday in Phoenix -- a collection of peers whose judgment on Kraft's misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charges could prove equally if not more impactful than any criminal court.

NFL Commissioner Roger Godell has punished Kraft's Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN. He fined them $250,000, and coach Bill Belichick $500,000, for spying on an opponent's defensive signals in 2007. He fined the Patriots $1 million, stripped them of two draft choices and suspended quarterback Tom Brady as part of the 2015 "Deflategate" investigation.

Even without pleading guilty, league policy states that Kraft could still subject to league penalties, according to ESPN.

"It is not enough simply to avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are all held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful."

Earlier this week, a coalition of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking survivor networks wrote a letter calling on Goodell to investigate criminal charges against Kraft and if found to be true to strip him of ownership of the Super Bowl champions franchise, according to a letter released by the coalition on Tuesday.

No deal

The proposed pre-trial diversion offer would have required Kraft to either acknowledge guilt or admit that he would have been proven guilty at trial, according to the spokesperson for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, Mike Edmondson.

The Patriots team owner has pleaded not guilty and opted for a non-jury trial before a judge, while assembling a powerhouse team of high-profile Florida criminal defense attorneys.

While Kraft is currently facing a statutory maximum of one year in jail, if he were to have accepted the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges would have been dropped.

As part of the statute, Kraft would have had to perform 100 hours of community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay a $5,000 fine per count, according to Edmondson.

The deal was offered to Kraft and 24 other men charged in the case, though it remained unclear by Saturday if any of the men had accepted the deal.

Public records?

Depending on the outcome of the case, a key law enforcement figure in the investigation said he believes the alleged video evidence could eventually be publicized.

Earlier this week, lawyers for Kraft and 14 of the 24 other men charged in the investigation filed a joint motion seeking a protective order to keep evidence in the case from being released – including hidden camera video of the men in the massage parlor rooms.

But prosecutors “declined to agree to the protective order,” Kraft attorney William Burck told the New York Post.

“We’ve been surprised and disappointed that the state attorney did not sign on to the protective order, because it is a standard procedure in a criminal case.”

The Florida sheriff whose department is overseeing the multi-county investigation told CNBC this week that he expects the video evidence could eventually be released publicly.

“I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said on Thursday, one day after Kraft’s attorneys filed the motion for the protective order over the evidence.

“Once a case is over, it’s not an ongoing investigation,” Snyder said. “There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption.”

With the case ongoing, the video will remain under seal, Snyder told the financial news channel.

“The question is if they plead guilty and the case goes away, will it be subject to public record?” Snyder said. “I think the answer is yes."

The allegations against Kraft came three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team's sixth Super Bowl title.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft's then-NFL record $172 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NCAA college basketball analyst Dick Vitale has a message for the NCAA selection committee: find a way to get more mid-major programs in the tournament.

"It's great to see the David's and the Goliath's," Vitale said in an exclusive conversation with ABC News before the NCAA Men’s Tournament began. The ESPN analyst discussed his advice for the NCAA, predictions, and recommended a recipe for family and friends watching the games.

"I think it would be a lot better if we had more of what I call 'David's' in the tournament. There are a lot of mid-major teams... that had great, great years that are not going to get in the tournament." He points to Hofstra as an example.

Teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC) are often recognized as Power Five schools. A mid-major team would come from a conference such as the Big Sky or MAAC. Hofstra, for example, is in the Colonial Conference.

Vitale argues with 15th- and 16th-seeded teams in recent years knocking off Power Five programs, such as University of Maryland - Baltimore County defeating Virginia in 2018, it is time to open up the field.

He believes mid-major teams who have better records than schools in Power Five conferences many times have a good of a chance of winning games and make the tournament even more exciting.

Citing Loyola University Chicago's 2018 Final Four appearance, Vitale says, “It makes people want to watch... fans who don't even follow the tournament wanted Loyola Chicago last year.”

Vitale warned against expanding the field beyond 68 teams, however, saying the 36 at-large bids are acceptable for the men’s tournament, but having only a handful of spots being granted to mid-majors is "just not fair."

As for who Vitale thinks will win the tournament, he is betting against the mid-major teams in this year’s March Madness:

"If Duke is healthy, and Zion Williamson is ready and all their players... they are the team to beat."

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ST. LOUIS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly finalizing an extension that will keep Paul Goldschmidt in Missouri through 2024.

A source tells ESPN the five-year extension is for $130 million.

This season marks the final year of Goldschmidt’s current contract. The All-Star first baseman is poised to make $15.5 million this year.

Goldschmidt, 31, joined the Cardinals in December after being traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team with whom he had played for his entire MLB career.

Last season with Arizona, he had a .290 batting average with 33 home runs and 83 RBIs.

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ABC/Kelsey McNeal(NEW YORK) -- Everyone was excited after one of Hollywood's favorite couples, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez, made it official earlier this month and got engaged.

And "everyone" even included former President Barack Obama.

Obama sent a handwritten note to the couple, which the former MLB champion shared on Twitter early Friday morning.

This means the world to us.

— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 22, 2019

"This means the world to us," the former New York Yankee wrote.

In the card, Obama penned some advice about facing whatever challenges life brings with someone you love.

A-Rod broke the news of the engagement two weeks ago on Instagram, sharing a picture of Lopez's ring with the caption, "She said yes."

J.Lo posted the same shot on her Instagram account for her 88 million followers to see.

The actress and retired New York Yankees legend began dating last winter and made their red carpet debut at the Met Gala later that year. They seem to have been inseparable ever since.

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