Scoreboard roundup -- 6/19/19

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



Cincinnati 3, Houston 2
Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 7
Chi Cubs 7, Chi White Sox 3


NY Yankees 12, Tampa Bay 1
Oakland 8, Baltimore 3
Seattle 8, Kansas City 2
LA Angels 11, Toronto 6
Cleveland 10, Texas 4
Boston 9, Minnesota 4

Washington 6, Philadelphia 2
San Diego 8, Milwaukee 7
Washington 2, Philadelphia 0
Atlanta 7, NY Mets 2
St. Louis 2, Miami 1, 11 Innings
Colorado 6, Arizona 4
LA Dodgers 9, San Francisco 2

Atlanta 88, Indiana 78
Chicago 91, NY Liberty 83

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Retired Red Sox legend David Ortiz was not the target of the shooting in Dominican Republic, police say

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz was not the intended target of the Dominican Republic shooting that left him fighting for his life earlier this month, police revealed on Wednesday.

The islands's attorney general said Ortiz's friend, Sixto David Fernandez, was the actual target in the nightclub shooting, but the gunman told police that he got confused. Fernandez and Ortiz were sitting at the same table and dressed similarly at the time of the shooting, police noted.

Ortiz previously told authorities that he didn't know who would target him.

The retired Red Sox legend, affectionately known to fans as "Big Papi," was shot in the back while at a nightclub in Santo Domingo on June 9. The bullet entered the former player's back and exited through his abdomen, leaving him with life-threatening injuries. He was still recovering at a Boston hospital as of Wednesday evening.

At least 13 people have been named as suspects in the shooting. The masterminds were identified as Victor Hugo Gomez and Alberto Rodriguez Mota, who was sentenced to prison for drug trafficking in 2011 along with some of the other suspects.

Who ordered the hit and why?

Gomez, a convicted drug dealer who met many of the other suspects involved in the shooting while previously behind bars, ordered the hit on Fernandez, according to authorities.

Gomez was described as a "dangerous fugitive" who is wanted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and others for his alleged role within the feared Gulf drug cartel, officials said. Gomez was charged in connection to a drug trafficking sting in March 2019 in Houston called "Operation Wrecking Ball," according to an indictment obtained by ABC News.

Gomez believed that Fernandez spoke to law enforcement and was responsible for causing Gomez to be incarcerated in the La Victoria prison in the Dominican Republic for years, officials said.

Fernandez previously identified Gomez as the one person who would want kill him, noting that he'd received threatening messages from him in the past, according to police.

Authorities said Gomez was last seen in the U.S. and they believed he planned the hit from there.

Details on the plan

The suspects began conducting surveillance on Fernandez a week before the shooting, including going to his home, authorities said.

Fernandez was known to reserve a table every Sunday at the nightclub, El Dial, where the shooting took place.

At 5:40 p.m. the day of the shooting, Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, one of the suspects, arrives at the nightclub before Fernandez.

Ortiz arrives at the club at around 7:30 p.m. where he meets up with Fernandez.

At one point before the shooting, Mota gets up from his table and takes a picture of Fernandez, the intended target, and marks it with a circle and arrow showing who is supposed to be shot, officials said.

The photo is relayed to a number of the co-conspirators and is ultimately shown to the gunman minutes before he gets on a motorcycle and heads toward the nightclub, police said.

When police recovered images from the phones taken from the suspects, they saw photos of Ortiz and Fernandez together, wearing what appears based on the photos themselves to be very similar shirts.

The suspects soon realized they shot the wrong person, officials said.

Still wanted

Three suspects are still wanted in connection to the shooting, police said.

Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, whose nickname is "The Surgeon," Victor Hugo Gomez, the alleged mastermind and Alberto Miguel Rodrigez Mota, who took the photo of Fernandez at the nightclub, are all wanted by authorities.

The police chief said they have requested help from U.S. authorities including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals Office.

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103-year-old nicknamed the 'Hurricane' wins yet another gold in 100-meter dash

Brit Huckabay/NSGA(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- At 103, Julia Hawkins might have fallen short of the record-setting 100-meter dash she completed two years ago, but she is still living up to her nickname the "Hurricane."

At the 2019 Senior Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Hawkins won gold medals in both the 50-meter dash and the 100-meter dash in the women’s 100-plus division.

At the 2017 games, Hawkins, of Louisiana, set a world record with her 100-meter dash. She finished slightly slower at the race on Tuesday.

“I’m thrilled I did as well as I did but I didn’t do as well as I have done,” Hawkins told “Good Morning America.” “I don’t know if it’s because I’m older, or maybe it was the atmosphere.”

Hawkins is a mother of four, grandmother of three and great-grandmother of three who picked up competitive cycling later in life, winning multiple national titles.

She turned to running at age 100 when biking on mountainous courses became too challenging.

She is the oldest woman to compete on an American track, according to the National Senior Games Association, the non-profit organization that runs the Senior Games.

“I just keep busy. I keep moving,” Hawkins said of her longevity. “I don’t do any exercises particularly. I used to, but I don’t think I need to anymore.”

“I’ve always been careful how I eat, eat healthy and keep my weight at a certain point,” she added.

Hawkins gets most of her activity working in her garden at her home in Louisiana. Inside her home are all the gold medals she’s accumulated over the years.

“[I keep them] here and there. I’ve got a good many,” she said of her medals. “My husband made a box for me to keep them.”

When it comes to planning ahead for her next race, Hawkins said, “You never know.”

“When you’re 103, every day is a miracle,” she said. “I just keep getting up and I’m here again.”

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Zion Williamson eager to end long wait for NBA draft: 'I just want to hoop'

Lou Rocco/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Zion Williamson knows he's likely to be the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. But for now, the equation is simple.

"I just want to hoop," he said.

Williamson, who will turn 19 a week after the draft, spent the 2018-19 collegiate season blowing people's minds as a 6-foot-7, 280-pound athlete at Duke University. He wore a warm smile, already immortalized as a meme during his college career, and a sense of anxious anticipation as he sat down with Robin Roberts for an interview airing Wednesday on ABC News' Good Morning America.

"It's crazy, honestly, you know, I never saw myself as being a top-3, top-4 pick and for people to think that I could go [No.] 1, it means a lot to me," he said. "It's showing that my hard work is paying off, but I just want to get drafted period."

The New Orleans Pelicans hold the top pick when the draft gets underway just after 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

No one expects any name other than Williamson's to be called first.

"I don't play basketball for the money; it was the last thing I thought of when I was a little kid," Williamson said. "When I was a little kid, I looked at my mom, stepdad, said, 'I want to be an NBA player,' just because I love to play the game of basketball like 24/7."

The power forward averaged 22.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a freshman on his way to be named Associated Press national player of the year. His family has said he never seriously considered returning to the school.

Sitting with him backstage on Thursday will be his family.

"They were the first ones to see something in me, that I didn't even see in myself, so I'm glad I can have my family with me along this journey," Williamson said.

The forward has already earned one-name status, like LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal, who he could join as fellow No. 1 overall picks.

"Those are big shoes to fill, but I'm not looking to fill those, I'm just looking to be the best Zion I could be," Williamson said.

Ironically, the only hiccup in Williamson's sterling career came as a result of shoes. The star's Nike basketball shoes couldn't hold up to the nearly 300-pound athlete, literally tearing apart during a game against rival North Carolina in February. He missed the final six games of the regular season with a resulting knee sprain, but returned in the conference tournament and looked like his dominant self in three NCAA tournament games.

He readily admits that there will be nerves as he's sitting in the green room, despite his almost certain pick as the top overall player.

"I'm probably going to be super nervous. Hopefully I don't trip and fall when I walk across the stage," Williamson joked. "I think it's going to be a lot of emotions, especially if my name gets called, I don't how I'm going to feel. I don't know if I'm going to cry, just smile, I guess I'll see Thursday."

But there is one thing Williamson can be content knowing he'll be able to say for certain after first dreaming about it as a 5-year-old playing on a miniature hoop.

"I will be excited to finally say that I'm an NBA player," he said.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/18/19

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


Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 4
Cincinnati 4, Houston 3
Chi White Sox 3, Chi Cubs 1

NY Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 3
LA Angels 3, Toronto 1
Cleveland 10, Texas 3
Oakland 16, Baltimore 2
Kansas City 9, Seattle 0
Minnesota 4, Boston 3, 17 Innings

NY Mets 10, Atlanta 2
Miami 6, St. Louis 0
Colorado 8, Arizona 1
San Diego 4, Milwaukee 1
LA Dodgers 9, San Francisco 0
Philadelphia at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponed

Washington 81, L.A. Sparks 52

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Utah high school football players could be in trouble for burning pride flag in video

Niklas Storm/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A pair of Utah high school football players found themselves at the center of a police investigation after video surfaced of a player allegedly burning a pride flag while laughing and yelling "all gays die."

The Granite School District in Northern Utah asked police to open an investigation this week as the controversial Snapchat video sparked outrage on social media, school officials told ABC News on Tuesday.

Concerned community members notified school district officials on Monday, demanding action when a football player at Kearns High School in Salt Lake City shared the offensive video on social media. Some called for the incident to be investigated as a potential hate crime.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said the district opened an independent investigation immediately and notified local police.

"We are having police look at it to ensure that there is no criminal implications," Horsley told ABC News in an interview on Tuesday. "Looking at the video, whether if it was intended as a joke or as a serious and broad threat against LGBTQ individuals, it's still a reprehensible act. We need to condemn hatred and bigotry wherever we see it."

Horsley declined to offer specific details about the two students involved, but he said they were both associated with the football team. He described the student who initially posted the video as an incoming freshman, thought to be about 15 years old, and said the other player was already a student.

It’s too early to say if either student will face criminal charges, but the district said it reserves the right take its own disciplinary actions. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, which are investigating, did not return ABC News' request for comment.

Horsley said punishment by the school district could range from mandated community service to suspension.

“We want those two individuals to understand the implications of their actions and educate them on why it's inappropriate," he said. "Ultimately, at the end of the day, the goal of our football team, the goal of our schools, is to create respectful, caring, empathetic individuals with high character and moral standards. And obviously, this type of activity is not conducive for that."

Some people have called on the school to expel the students, while others urged the school to cancel its football program over the incident.

Kearns High School's head football coach, Matt Rickards, called it a potential hate crime in an on-camera interview, but he did not say how the students should be penalized.

"There’s no place for that in our program at all, and it won’t be tolerated," Rickards, who took over the program seven years ago, told Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU on Tuesday. "It’s potentially a hate crime, so it sickens me."

“We have one rule in our program and that is not to embarrass yourself, your family or your team and, obviously, that rule was broken. So, there’s got to be consequences for that," he added.

Horsley said the high school and the community had been "dragged through the mud as part of this process," but said the incident does not reflect the community.

The video surfaced during the heart of Pride Month and amid a rash of pride flag burnings and other hate-fueled crimes in major cities like New York City, pointing to a broader trend of increased hate crimes nationwide.

Police are investigating a similar incident in Burlington, Vermont, where Christopher Vaccaro and Jimmie Searle, a gay couple, said a person torched a pride flag on their front porch earlier this month.

“There’s no question that nationally, cities, towns and states are receiving more reports and are connecting more investigations of reported hate crimes," said Julio Thompson, assistant to the Vermont attorney general, told the Burlington Free Press last week. "If we look at the numbers that have been publicly reported by the FBI in terms of voluntary reporting from law enforcement, we’ve seen a rise of reported hate crimes by law enforcement in Vermont over the last couple of years."

Vaccaro and Searle said the city’s police department gifted them with a new pride flag, along with a handwritten note in the wake of the incident -- signaling that the city would stand in solidarity with them.

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Suspected money man named in attempted hit on Red Sox icon David Ortiz; mystery on motive remains

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic) -- The man suspected of paying a nearly $8,000 bounty to a team of would-be assassins implicated in the botched hit on Red Sox icon David "Big Papi" Ortiz has been named by authorities, but mystery still shrouds the identify of the person who allegedly ordered the brazen shooting in the Dominican Republic -- and why.

As Ortiz remains in a hospital recovering from being shot in the back in the June 9 attempt on his life at a crowded nightclub in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Attorney General identified Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota as "the person who presumably paid" to have 10-time Major League All-Star murdered.

Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, released a new statement Tuesday, saying her husband's condition has been upgraded to "good" by doctors and that he is making progress in his recovery in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston -- where the retired baseball player was airlifted after undergoing emergency surgery in the Dominican Republic.

"We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston," Tiffany Ortiz said in her statement. "David's journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time."

A massive search in the Dominican Republic continued Tuesday for Rodriguez Mota and two other suspects in the alleged attempted hit job -- Luis Alfredo Rivas-Clase, who also goes by the nickname "The Surgeon," and Maria Fernanda Villasmil Manzanilla, authorities said.

Ten other suspects are in custody, including Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, who surrendered to police on Friday and made his first court appearance on Monday in the Dominican Republic. Also in custody is 25-year-old Rolfy Ferreyra Cruz, who authorities say confessed to being the one who shot Ortiz.

While Dominican investigators suspect Rodriguez doled out the money to the suspects who stalked the 43-year-old Ortiz to the Dial Bar and Lounge, where he was shot, they have not publicly pegged him as the ringleader.

In a statement released Monday, officials in the Dominican Attorney General's office said police continue investigating the motive and “intellectual authors” of the alleged attempted hit on Ortiz.

Surveillance video that captured Ortiz's shooting shows a gunman police identified as Ferreyra Cruz walking up behind Ortiz, who was sitting at the bar, and opening fire before running away. In the footage, Ortiz appears to grab his stomach before collapsing.

Ortiz was rushed to a hospital in Santo Domingo and underwent an operation in which doctors removed parts of his liver and small and large intestines, officials said.

The Red Sox team chartered an air ambulance jet to fly Ortiz to Boston, where he underwent a second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In a statement last week, Tiffany Ortiz thanked the doctors and medical staff at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic in Santo Domingo for saving her husband's life.

"Without you, our story could have had a tragic ending," she wrote. "You will forever be our guardian angels."

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Luis Tiant discusses path to MLB, hardships, and Hall of Fame

Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(BOSTON) -- Luis Tiant recalls taking the mound at Fenway Park. Every fifth day, it was more than a start. It became an event. The energy with which he pitched brought fans to their feet before the ball even left his hand.

They called him, "El Tiante."

"My delivery--nobody can do that. And people come to see me... The day I pitch, I got maybe ten, twenty thousand people than the day before."

Before "El Tiante," however, there came a steep uphill climb to the majors.

The popular right-hander details his illustrious 19-year MLB career in his new autobiography, Son of Havana: A Baseball Journey from Cuba to the Big Leagues and Back, and hopes to give readers a deeper sense of the hardships he endured on his path to stardom.

"People would say, 'You're lucky, you're lucky, you played baseball. You need luck, but you have to work for it. And I had to work... Nobody gave me anything. "

In a conversation with ABC News, Tiant talks about coming to the United States from Cuba, and the racism and bias he faced from his days in the minors through the rest of his time in baseball. One of the biggest obstacles: communicating with teammates.

"[For today's baseball players] it's a piece of cake compared with what I had to go through. You come here, you're speaking the language. I remember the players used to tell me, 'Speak English, you're in America...' It was a tough time. I remember the manager used to go to the mound and talk to me, and the only thing I would do is move my hands up and down and say, 'OK, OK, OK.' I don't know what he said. He might've called me a lot of stuff I don't want to hear."

Tiant further describes the racial tension he faced in the Deep South and being separated from his family for almost two decades. He highlights memorable moments from his playing days as well.

Tiant finished his MLB career with 229 wins and a 3.30 earned run average (ERA). The former All-Star is hopeful his on-field accomplishments will be honored one more time with a plaque in baseball's Hall of Fame.

Previously on the ballot for over a decade, Tiant, now 78, told ABC News it would be an honor earn a spot, but if he gets there posthumously, he does not want his family to attend the ceremony:

"I told my family, if they put me in there after I die, don't go... I see these guys, they miss it by one vote, then they die then get in... I just don’t get it."

Tiant now spends much of his time in New England with his family and wife, who he credits as greatly helping him endure the hardships he faced during his career.

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Gunfire injures four at Raptors parade in Toronto

Yu Ruidong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Four people were injured in Toronto Monday after gunfire erupted during a celebration for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors.

Footage from the scene shows thousands of fans running after the gunshots began.

More than one million people were said to have crowded the streets of downtown Toronto Monday as the city hosted a parade for the team, which defeated the Golden State Warriors last week to win their first NBA championship.

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said none of the injuries were life threatening.

Three people have been arrested so far and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 6/17/19

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



Cincinnati 3, Houston 2

NY Yankees 3, Tampa Bay 0
LA Angels 10, Toronto 5
Texas 7, Cleveland 2
Boston 2, Minnesota 0
Oakland 3, Baltimore 2
Kansas City 6, Seattle 4

Atlanta 12, NY Mets 3
St. Louis 5, Miami 0
San Francisco 3, LA Dodgers 2
San Diego 2, Milwaukee 0
Philadelphia at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponed

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