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Pfizer, BioNTech to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Olympic athletes

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(NEW YORK) -- Pfizer and BioNTech will be providing COVID-19 vaccines to Olympic athletes participating in the summer games in Tokyo.

The pharmaceutical companies signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Olympic Committee on Thursday to donate doses of the vaccine to athletes and their delegations, which can consist of coaches, third-party games staff, executives, dignitaries and guests, according to a joint press release.

The companies, along with the IOC, will coordinate with National Olympic Committees around the world to address the local need for vaccines to allow delegations to participate in the games, the release states.

The decision to offer immunization to athletes and delegations will be up to each country. Delivery of initial doses to participating delegations is expected to begin at the end of May.

Vaccination is not mandatory for athletes to participate in the games. Any vaccination program must be conducted in full respect of national vaccination priorities, according to the IOC and International Paralympics Committee.

The donation of vaccines will not affect the supply for national populations, according to the agreement.

The vaccines will help keep the Olympics "safe and secure," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

"We are inviting the athletes and participating delegations of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to lead by example and accept the vaccine where and when possible," Bach said. "By taking the vaccine, they can send a powerful message that vaccination is not only about personal health, but also about solidarity and consideration of the wellbeing of others in their communities."

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to begin in Tokyo on July 23. Last month, one of Japan’s top officials suggested that the games could be canceled or carried out without fans due to the pandemic.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/6/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 7, NY Yankees 4
Texas 4, Minnesota 3
Cleveland 4, Kansas City 0
Boston 12, Detroit 9
Toronto 10, Oakland 4
Tampa Bay 8, LA Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 2, Milwaukee 0
NY Mets 4, St. Louis 1
Atlanta 3, Washington 2
Miami 3, Arizona 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 120, Charlotte 99
Dallas 113, Brooklyn 109
Detroit 111, Memphis 97
Indiana 133, Atlanta 126
Washington 131, Toronto 129 (OT)
Golden State 118, Oklahoma City 97
LA Clippers 118, LA Lakers 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
New Jersey 2, NY Islanders 1
Pittsburgh 8, Buffalo 4
Final Toronto 5, Montreal 2
Boston 4, NY Rangers 0
Chicago 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Vancouver 6, Edmonton 3

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Report: Packers looking into adding quarterbacks for OTAs, training camp

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(NEW YORK) -- The Green Bay Packers are reportedly looking to bulk up their roster with more quarterbacks.

Sources tell ESPN the team is considering adding the new players in time for their upcoming organized team activities and training camp.

Currently, the only quarterbacks on Green Bay’s roster are Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love. But there is uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ future with the team. ESPN reports the 37-year-old starting quarterback has told some within the Packers’ organization that he no longer wants to be a part of the team.

Rodgers has attended the voluntary offseason activities in the past, but given the latest reports, it’s unknown whether he will participate in this year’s sessions.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/5/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 1, Chi White Sox 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 6, Seattle 0
NY Yankees 6, Houston 3
Texas 3, Minnesota 1
Detroit 6, Boston 5
Cleveland 5, Kansas City 4
Tampa Bay 3, LA Angels 1
Toronto 9, Oakland 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, San Francisco 5
St. Louis 4, NY Mets 1
NY Mets 7, St. Louis 2
Miami 8, Arizona 0
Atlanta 5, Washington 3
Philadelphia 5, Milwaukee 4
San Diego 4, Pittsburgh 2
Chi Cubs 6, LA Dodgers 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Boston 132, Orlando 96
Portland 141, Cleveland 105
Atlanta 135, Phoenix 103
Philadelphia 135, Houston 115
Sacramento 104, Indiana 93
Memphis 139, Minnesota 135
Milwaukee 135, Washington 134
Utah 126, San Antonio 94
Denver 113, New York 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 4, Nashville 2
Tampa Bay 6, Dallas 2
Ottawa 5, Montreal 1
Washington 4, NY Rangers 2
Anaheim 3, St. Louis 2 (SO)
Vegas 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)
Winnipeg 4, Calgary 0
San Jose 3, Colorado 2
Los Angeles 4, Arizona 2

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Serena Williams matches with daughter Olympia and her doll in adorable photo

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(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams and her daughter, Olympia, had an adorable guest present during their latest outing.

The mother-daughter duo and Olympia's doll Qai Qai made Instagrammers smile when they shared a fun photo where they all are wearing a pink swimsuit while standing poolside.

"When @nike makes a swimsuit for not just @olympiaohanian but @realqaiqai too," Williams captioned the photo.

 

Since posting, Williams post has been liked over 377,00 times with lots of comments.

Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles commented on the bright photo saying "Legs legggs legggs beautiful."

Another fan chimed in saying, "Im glad Qai Qai was included with the matching suit."

The tennis star also shared several other videos and photos of the trio wearing the matching looks.

This isn't the first time Williams and her daughter have stunned fans with a matchy-matchy photo.

In April, the dynamic duo posed wearing pink swimsuits with Williams' including the words "The shady one" and Olympia's reading "Wild Child."

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Blue Jays to move temporary home location to Buffalo, New York again

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(NEW YORK) -- The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their “home away from home” in Buffalo, New York next month.

The team announced on Wednesday that on June 1 it will be moving its home location to Sahlen Field, where the ball club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons reside.


NASCAR says its 'Next Gen' car puts the 'stock' back in stock car racing

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(NEW YORK) -- Gear up, NASCAR fans. The sport's elite division will look a lot different in 2022.

NASCAR will unveil the "Next Gen" Cup Series race car in Charlotte, North Carolina Wednesday afternoon. Built from the "ground up," the new car looks sleeker and more coupe-like, with a lower roofline and a shorter rear deck. A redesigned, carbon composite body sits on top of the tubular chassis, allowing drivers to better withstand direct hits. The front and rear bumpers have also been modified, tire diameter has increased to 18 inches from 15 and a 5-speed transaxle combines the transmission and rear gears into one package.

But the biggest change may be the car's independent rear suspension -- a first for NASCAR.

"We're building this new car because we want a sport that is healthy and strong and remains attractive to our current OEM (original equipment manufacturer) teams and fans," NASCAR senior vice president of racing innovation, John Probst, told ABC News.

The 2022 car also features a new underwing and diffuser that dramatically alter the aerodynamic forces drivers rely on.

"Aero will still be important but the strategy is now on pit stops," Probst said. "Aero today drives everything -- it supersedes even engine power."

The last time NASCAR significantly changed its look was in 2007 when it introduced the "Car Tomorrow," the current model. In 2018, NASCAR executives decided the sport needed a major refresh and worked closely with the teams, drivers and manufacturers -- Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota -- on the design, development and implementation of the car. The final result, which cost millions of dollars, incorporates hundreds of hours of wind tunnel and on-track testing.

"The suggestions from different folks are sprinkled throughout this car," Probst said.

Safety was also top of mind in the car's development. No one has forgotten driver Ryan Newman's fiery crash at the 2020 Daytona 500, one of the sport's worst in decades. Newman did not sustain any internal organ damage or broken bones and finished the season in his No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.

Last month, 2018 Cup Series champion Joey Logano was flipped upside down when his car went airborne at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 22 Team Penske Ford driver was uninjured in the wreck.

"We went through many iterations in terms of safety structure," Probst explained. "There's improved driver head clearance. A lower center of gravity. We added front and rear crash aluminum structures that are optimized for crunch and energy absorbing foam to the bumpers."

Austin Dillon, driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE for Richard Childress Racing, said the new car will level the playing field among the 17 teams.

"It's a fresh start for engineers. All the setups go out the window," he told ABC News. "There will be a learning curve for all of us ... the car will change the game."

Dillon got access to an early prototype of the Next Gen car at Virginia's Richmond Raceway in late 2019.

"It turns better, is more reactive and is a totally different feel than what we have now," he said. "I am excited. I hope people will like what they see."

The look of the 2022 cars may be even more important than how they perform on the track. NASCAR is trying to bring back the "stock" in stock car racing and add truth to the expression, "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday."

Probst said the race cars will be nearly identical to the Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Toyota TRD Camrys sold in dealerships. The more relevant the race cars become, the greater likelihood that NASCAR's viewership will grow, he said.

NASCAR's TV ratings have steadily declined since 2015, when Jeff Gordon competed in his final race. In 2020, NASCAR posted an average of 3.1 million viewers, down 2% from 2019.

More high resolution cameras in the cockpit can also "improve production and the broadcast," Probst said.

"We're actively trying to recruit new OEMs into our sport. If we can bring in new OEMs, we will bring in new fans," he said.

The changes have been a long time coming, according to David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development.

"The business and economic model of the sport is not healthy and sustainable," he told reporters Monday. "This is about the longer term security of the sport."

Next year's race car will be the closest replica of a production Camry since Toyota joined NASCAR in 2007.

"It's the best looking NASCAR Camry we have ever raced," Wilson said.

Toyota's top drivers, Kyle Bush and Denny Hamlin, have seen the new Camry and thought "it really looks cool," according to Andy Graves, executive engineering technical director at TRD.

"But there are so many unknowns with the car in general. It will be interesting when they get behind the wheel," Graves said.

Added Wilson: "How will the car race? All the drivers asking that. We also haven't crashed this car, haven't raced this car in anger yet. We all know that will be the main test."

Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, said the car Logano and other Ford drivers will commandeer next year still captures the unique styling of a Mustang.

"A lot of work has been done behind the scenes to make sure this Next Gen Mustang remains relevant to our customers," Rushbrook told ABC News. "As the automotive industry continues to change, we’ll have the ability to keep up in the racing world without having to go through a complete overhaul or redesign of the car. This is something we’ve been waiting for and we’re glad the time has finally arrived."

Andy Petree, crew chief for driver Tyler Reddick, said he was skeptical at first of the new car.

"I like what we have now. There's a lot of parity in the garage," he told ABC News.

His team had a mixed reaction, too.

"Every piece of this new car -- the hardware, frame, suspension -- are exactly the same," he explained. "Teams won't build their own car like today. Jobs may be shifted inside these facilities."

He went on, "The car shifts where the competition has been ... any advantages totally evaporate in 2022."

Petree, however, has come around on next year's race car.

"It's is more relatable and really resembles what you see in showrooms," he noted. "That keeps manufacturers very interested and motivated in the sport."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/4/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Chi White Sox 9, Cincinnati 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
NY Yankees 7, Houston 3
Boston 11, Detroit 7
Texas 6, Minnesota 3
Cleveland 7, Kansas City 3
Oakland 4, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 8, LA Angels 3
Seattle 5, Baltimore 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 7, LA Dodgers 1
Chi Cubs 4 LA Dodgers 3
San Francisco 12, Colorado 4
Miami 9, Arizona 3
Atlanta 6, Washington 1
Philadelphia 6, Milwaukee 5
Colorado 8, San Francisco 6
Pittsburgh 2, San Diego 1
NY Mets at St. Louis (Postponed)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 134, Cleveland 118 (OT)
Charlotte 102, Detroit 99
Milwaukee 124, Brooklyn 118
Dallas 127, Miami 113
New Orleans 108, Golden State 103
Sacramento 103, Oklahoma City 99
LA Clippers 105, Toronto 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Carolina 6, Chicago 3
Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 3 (SO)
Pittsburgh 7, Philadelphia 3
New Jersey 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Edmonton 4, Vancouver 1

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DK Metcalf to run 100-meter dash at USA Track and Field event: Report

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Seahawks WR DK Metcalf to run in 100-meter at USA Track and Field event: Report

(SEATTLE) -- Seahawks wide receiver is going to test his speed against some of the country's fastest runners, according to an ESPN report.

Metcalf is listed among the participants in the USA Track and Field Golden Games Distance Open on Sunday. He's expected to run in the 100-meter dash.

Metcalf also tweeted out a video of him at a track with track spikes, teasing the date May 9th.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver showed off his speed during the Seahawks' 34-37 overtime loss to the Cardinals in October last season when he chased down Cardinals' defensive back Budda Baker to stop him from scoring on an interception return.


Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson fined $5k after brawl against New York Rangers

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(NEW YORK) -- Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $5,000 for punching New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the head while he was prone on the ice on Monday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety said Tuesday.

Wilson will not have a hearing over his role in the ensuing scrum between the two teams. During the fight, Wilson was seen throwing Rangers star Artemi Panarin to the ice, as well as throwing additional punches. Panarin did not return for the third period of the game, a 6-3 Capitals win, with the Rangers saying he was injured in the altercation.

The $5,000 fine is the maximum allowable under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.

The incident happened during the second period, when Buchnevich fell to the ice while battling for a puck near the Capitals' crease. Wilson, who had been fighting for the same puck, delivered a punch to the back of Buchnevich's head.

After Rangers center Ryan Strome pulled Wilson off of his teammate, the larger scrum broke out. At one point, Panarin jumped on Wilson's back to keep the Capital from punching Strome. 

The two were entangled until Wilson eventually peeled off Panarin's helmet and pushed him to the ice with force. 

"I figure you should have more respect for the game and for the players," the Rangers' Mika Zibanejad said after the game. "I don't know why I'm surprised. It's just horrible."

It's not the first run-in Wilson has had with the Department of Player Safety. He was suspended for seven games in March over a hit that injured Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. That was the fifth suspension of his NHL career.

In its review, the NHL said that Wilson fell on top of Buchnevich in the crease, but not in an egregious way, and that while the punch to Buchnevich's head was worthy of a fine, it too was not outside the realm of normalcy during a scrum near a net. 

As for his aggression towards Panarin, the league said that Wilson didn't seek out Panarin and that there was not enough evidence that Wilson had pulled Panarin down to the ice by his hair, which many on social media believed to be the case Monday night.

Wilson was given a double-minor penalty and a 10-minute misconduct, but returned to the game and scored the final goal -- an empty-netter.

"I thought it was just a scrum," said Capitals coach Peter Laviolette after the game. "There was something going on originally with the goalie and jamming at the goalie. We had a bunch of players jump in there. It happens a lot."

But Rangers coach David Quinn disagreed, saying "there are lines that can't be crossed in this game."

"You got one of the star players in this league now that could have gotten seriously, seriously hurt in the incident," Quinn added, referring to Panarin. "It happens time and time again with him. Totally unnecessary."

Monday's loss officially eliminated the Rangers from playoff contention. The two teams are scheduled to face off again on Wednesday. 

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Mets fire hitting coach, assistant hitting coach

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(FLUSHING, N.Y.) -- The New York Mets announced Monday night that the team has fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater.

The news came after the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-5, pushing their record so far this season to 11-12.

Speaking to reporters about the changes, Mets acting general manager Zack Scott said letting go of Davis and Slater was “a really difficult decision to make.”

“But the reason we felt like it was the right decision was, it's based more on kind of a vision for what we want our Major League hitting program to be,” Scott said. “I’m not going to dive too deep into those details to reveal what that vision is necessarily, but there are certain things that, you know, the process under the hood that's going on is really what's important. It's not about results. It's not about 23 games of results.”

“I think our job is to support the players and put them in a position to succeed as a baseball operations group,” he added. “We just felt like the players needed a different level of support and some different skills brought into the mix. So that was why we decided that this is the right decision.”

This season marked Davis’ third as the Mets’ hitting coach, while Slater was serving his fourth season as assistant hitting coach.

Davis will be replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum, while Kevin Howard will step in to fill Slater’s role, the team announced. Both Quattlebaum and Howard will be in St. Louis on Tuesday when the Mets take on the Cardinals again.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 5/3/21

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 6, Texas 5
Cleveland 8, Kansas City 6
Tampa Bay 7, LA Angels 3
Oakland 5, Toronto 4
Baltimore 5, Seattle 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3
St. Louis 6, N.Y. Mets 5
San Diego 2, Pittsburgh 0
LA Dodgers at Chi Cubs (Postponed)
San Francisco at Colorado (Postponed)

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Orlando 119, Detroit 112
Washington 154, Indiana 141
Golden State 123, New Orleans 108
Atlanta 123, Portland 114
Philadelphia 106, Chicago 94
New York 118, Memphis 104
LA Lakers 93, Denver 89
Utah 110, San Antonio 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa 2, Winnipeg 1
Boston 3, New Jersey 0
Buffalo 4, NY Islanders 2
Carolina 5, Chicago 2
Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (OT)
Montreal 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Washington 6, NY Rangers 3
Philadelphia 7, Pittsburgh 2
Florida 5, Dallas 4 (OT)
St. Louis 3, Anaheim 1
Minnesota 6, Vegas 5
Edmonton 5, Vancouver 3
Los Angeles 3, Arizona 2
Colorado 5, San Jose 4 (OT)

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Browns sign former Seahawks DT Malik McDowell

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(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent defensive tackle Malik McDowell. 

McDowell was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft but has not appeared in an NFL game after sustaining a head injury during an ATV accident that placed him on the non-football injury reserve list. He was waived by the team in 2018. 

ESPN reports McDowell also was sentenced to 11 months in jail and three year's probation in 2019 in Michigan after he was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and driving while intoxicated after getting into a fight with two police officers during a DUI stop. 

Later that year, he was found in possession of a stolen truck and was charged with receiving and concealing stolen property.

In 2017, McDowell was sentenced to 12 months probation for a DUI in Michigan, according to ESPN. In December 2017, he was arrested on disorderly conduct following an incident at an Atlanta nightclub. 

Browns Executive Vice President and general manager Andrew Berry said the team was aware of McDowell's past and the team did 'extensive work' over the past few months. 

"He is accountable for his actions and has had to live with the consequences for decisions earlier in his life," said Berry. "We believe Malik is in a good place, personally and medically. He has taken the necessary steps to get on a healthy path, and has learned from his experiences. Malik understands the expectations we have of him as he attempts to make our football team. He is committed to taking advantage of the support network in place to become the best version of himself—both on and off the field—and we will support him as he attempts to make his return to football."

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Dodgers May to undergo Tommy John Surgery

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(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced starting pitcher Dustin May will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

“You never want to lose anyone for the season, certainly not a player like Dustin, who was taking the ball every fifth day and logging valuable innings,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “I feel for him, most important, but for our ballclub, it’s a big blow. But we have a lot of talented players and we just have to find a way to fill that void.”

The surgery will take place on May 11 in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. 

"When you hear kind of the ultimate decision, outcome, as far as having to have surgery, it's obviously very disappointing," said Roberts. "He's handling it like a pro, wants to figure out what's the next step after surgery, and kind of attack it that way. But, yeah, I think disappointed, certainly."

May was placed on the injured list after leaving Saturday's start early against the Brewers. Los Angeles would lose that game 6-5. 

ESPN reports the timeline to return from the surgery can be between 12 and 16 months. 

The 23-year-old finished fifth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting last year after finishing 10-3 with a 2.57 ERA. 

This year, May started 5 games and went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA.

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Olympic boxer allegedly killed woman who told him she was pregnant with his child, court documents say

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(NEW YORK) -- A Puerto Rican boxer has been arrested for allegedly killing a woman who told him she was pregnant with his child, according to court documents.

Félix Verdejo Sánchez -- who competed in the 2012 Olympics -- was arrested on Sunday and charged with kidnapping resulting in death, carjacking resulting in death and intentionally killing an unborn child, according to the Department of Justice.

After Keishla Rodríguez Ortiz, 27, told Verdejo she was pregnant with his child, Verdejo allegedly contacted a man -- referred to as the "witness" in the charging documents -- and asked for his help to terminate the pregnancy, the probable cause affidavit said.

Verdejo contacted Rodríguez Ortiz on Thursday and made a plan to meet up, the documents said.

After Rodríguez Ortiz got into Verdejo's car, where the witness was also present, Verdejo allegedly punched her in the face, the documents said, citing statements from the witness.

Rodríguez Ortiz was also "injected with a syringe filled with substances purchased from a drug point," the affidavit said.

Verdejo and the witness then allegedly restrained her arms and feet with wire and tied a block to her, the documents said.

The witness allegedly took Rodríguez Ortiz's keys and got in her car, and Verdejo and the witness then allegedly drove the two cars onto the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge, which spans the San Jose Lagoon, the documents said.

Rodríguez Ortiz's body was taken out of the car and tossed off the side of the bridge and into the water, the probable cause affidavit said.

Then "Verdejo shot at the Victim with a pistol from the bridge," the documents said. A shell casing was found on the bridge, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Rodríguez Ortiz -- who had recently told her family she was pregnant -- was reported missing on Thursday, the documents said.

Rodríguez Ortiz's car was abandoned and recovered by police on Friday, documents said. Her body was recovered in the San Jose Lagoon on Saturday.

Verdejo's defense attorney declined to comment to ABC News Monday.

"I commend our partners in the FBI, the Puerto Rico Police Bureau, and the Puerto Rico Department of Justice for their dedicated and tireless efforts that led to the charges and arrest of the defendant," the United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow, said in a statement. "We will continue working towards the ending of gender-based violence, and we offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim."

Cellphone data showed Rodríguez Ortiz's phone and Verdejo's phone were near each other at several sites, including by the bridge, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Surveillance video showed an SUV, which looked like Verdejo's, parking in the emergency lane of the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge on Thursday morning, according to the probable cause affidavit. "There is visible movement of at least one individual on the side of the vehicle," the document said. "The video then depicts the SUV departing the location and returning to a nearby spot on the bridge on at least two additional occasions."

The alleged crime comes amid a rise in gender-based killings in Puerto Rico.

In January, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi declared a gender violence state of emergency and signed an executive order that would allocate resources to deal with gender violence on the island.

Pierluisi said at a Monday news conference, "The system failed, and we want to find a way that this conduct is not repeated."

"They did not protect this victim and we must find a way to always lean in the favor of the victims in cases of this nature," he said.

ABC News' Joshua Hoyos contributed to this report.

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