(WASHINGTON) -- Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, lauded as a hero for protecting lawmakers in the Jan. 6 insurrection, will make the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Nationals' home game Friday evening.
Goodman will make his throw at 7:05 p.m. in the game against the New York Mets.
Capitol Police announced his pitch on Twitter and praised him for his valor in the Capitol riot where he diverted rioters away from the Senate chamber as lawmakers had gathered to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"On January 6, he led a violent mob away from our elected leaders. Officer Goodman's act of valor was just one of many our officers displayed. Good luck Eugene! We know you'll nail it," Capitol Police said on Twitter.
Footage of Goodman's quick thinking surfaced on social media and awarded him widespread praise. One video released during the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump showed him leading Utah Sen. Mitt Romney away from rioters.
In February, the Senate voted unanimously to award Goodman, a U.S. Army veteran and native of D.C., the Congressional Gold Medal -- one of the nation's highest civilian honors.
"In the face of lawlessness, the officers of the U.S. Capitol lived out the fullest sense of their oaths," Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said at the time. "If not for the quick thinking and bravery of Officer Eugene Goodman in particular, people in this chamber may not have escaped that day unharmed."
For President Joe Biden's inauguration, Goodman was made an honorary deputy sergeant at arms when he escorted Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, into the ceremony on Jan. 20.
The Army veteran and D.C. native was also quietly awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award by both the secretary and chief of staff of the Army for his valor.
(NEW YORK) -- Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka will not compete in this year's Wimbledon, the second consecutive Grand Slam tournament she has missed due to what she has said are her mental health struggles.
Osaka, who lives in the U.S. but plays for Japan, will compete in the 2021 Summer Olympics, scheduled to begin July 23 in Tokyo.
"Naomi won’t be playing Wimbledon this year. She is taking some personal time with friends and family," Osaka's agent, Stuart Duguid, said in a statement to the New York Times. "She will be ready for the Olympics and is excited to play in front of her home fans.”
Osaka, 23, withdrew from the French Open earlier this month after being fined $15,000 for missing a post-match press conference.
Osaka, the world's number two player, had announced at the start of the tournament she would not participate in the mandatory post-match news conferences in order to preserve her mental health.
"I've often felt that people have no regard for athletes' mental health and this rings true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one," the four-time Grand Slam winner wrote on Twitter. "We're often sat there and asked questions that we've been asked multiple times before or asked questions that bring doubt into our minds and I'm just not going to subject myself to people that doubt me."
Osaka then withdrew from the French Open before the second round in the wake of the controversy.
"The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that," Osaka wrote in a tweet announcing her exit, referring to her first Grand Slam title she won in an infamous final against Serena Williams. "Anyone that knows me knows that I’m introverted, and anyone that has seen me at tournaments will notice that I’m often wearing headphones as that helps dull my social anxiety,"
Osaka went on to apologize to the press and said that while they have "always been kind" to her, she is not "a natural public speaker" and gets "huge waves of anxiety" before she speaks to the media.
"I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try to engage and give you the best answers I can," she said. "So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences."
"I'm gonna take some time away from the court now, but when the time is right I really want to work with the Tour to discuss ways we can make things better for the players, press and fans," she wrote.
"The only thing I feel is that I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug because I know what it’s like. Like I said, I’ve been in those positions," Serena Williams said after Osaka withdrew from the French Open.
Wimbledon organizers said this week that they had been in touch with Osaka and other players about press at this year's Wimbledon, which starts June 28.
"We have spoken to her [Osaka's] team in the last few weeks," All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton told the BBC on Thursday. "So yes, we're certainly remaining engaged with Naomi's team, as we are with all players."
"We have started a consultation. Of course, that consultation needs to include not just the players, but the media and all of those engaged in that space," Bolton said.
Tournament director Jamie Baker also said he informed Osaka's team that organizers were "completely open for any discussions" in case of any issues, according to ESPN.
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(MOSES LAKE, Wash.) -- Daredevil motorcycle rider Alex Harvill died in a crash Thursday while practicing for a record jump.
Harvill, 28, was practicing at the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, when the accident occurred, according to the Grant County Coroner's Office.
The record jump was set to take place at the Moses Lake Airshow on Thursday morning, but he was fatally injured in a warmup jump prior to the record attempt. It was the first scheduled event of the three-day show.
Harvill was attempting to break the distance record for longest motorcycle jump, set at 351 feet by Robbie Maddison in March 2008.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to Alex's family, friends and loved ones," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
An autopsy was set to be performed on Friday, according to the Grant County coroner.
"We regret to report today at our first event of the airshow -- the Guinness World Record Jump Attempt, Alex Harvill was injured during his warm-up before the jump and has been taken to the hospital," the Moses Lake Airshow said in a statement on its Facebook page. "We do not have more information at this time regarding the incident."
Harvill, who lived in Ephrata, Washington, was married and had a son, Watson, just last month. He also had an older son named Willis.
"I've been riding since I was 4, but before that, I would ride on the front of my dad's bike," Harvill told the Columbia Basin Herald in an interview last month about the record jump. "My entire life I've ridden dirt bikes and looked up to everyone that races dirt bikes and think of those guys as heroes."
He already held the record for dirt to dirt distance jump at just over 297 feet, set in 2013.
He has also competed in motocross and supercross racing in addition to distance jumps and stunt work.
ABC News' Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.
"Rick informed me today [Thursday] about his decision to step down as head coach," said Cuban in a statement. "On top of being a tremendous basketball coach, he was also a friend and a confidant."
"Rick helped us bring the O'Brien Trophy to Dallas and those are memories I will always cherish," he added. "I want to thank Rick for all he gave this franchise and this city. We wish him all the best."
It's the second high-profile departure in recent days for the Mavericks, after General Manager Donnie Nelson was fired earlier this week. That came after sources told ESPN that there Nelson was unhappy with the growing role in the front office of the team's director of quantitative research and development Haralabos Voulgaris.
Nelson had worked 24 seasons with the team and was credited with scouting two of the best players in franchise history: Dirk Nowitzki and current star player, Luka Doncic.
Doncic spoke about Nelson's departure during a media availability for the Slovenian national team Wednesday.
"It was kind of tough to me," Doncic said. "I really like Donnie. I know him since I was a kid and he was the on that drafted me."
"It was tough for me seeing that, but I'm not the one making decisions here," Doncic added.
(LOS ANGELES) -- In a tweet thread Wednesday afternoon, Lakers star LeBron James said he knew what was going to happen to players following a shortened off-season.
The thread comes after news that Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday's game and possibly more after sustaining a right knee injury during game four. Leonard will become the eighth All-Star this year to miss a playoff game, which is a record according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”. It’s the lack of PURE
(NEW YORK) -- Athleta debuted its first major campaign with Simone Biles on Wednesday, and it's centered around those nearest and dearest to her.
The retailer's latest "The Power of We" launch, shot in Biles' hometown of Spring, Texas, captures portraits of the gymnast alongside her mother, sister, teammates and coaches.
It also serves and is symbolic of Athleta's "Power of She" mission to ignite a community of active, healthy and confident women and girls who empower each other to reach their limitless potential.
Athleta announced Biles as one of its newest ambassadors in April with plans to expand the mission of fostering community, igniting activity and inspiring the next generation to be the best version of themselves.
"I am where I am today because my community has supported me to be my best, most confident self on and off the mat," Biles shared in a statement. "Athleta shares that value of community, and we had so much fun creating this campaign that celebrates the importance of connection and support."
Throughout the campaign images, Biles is seen wearing a cropped Athleta tank and lilac-toned leggings.
The activewear brand tapped some of Biles' community to find out more about the star gymnast, and everyone from her mother to coach had inspiring things to say.
"She has grown to become an amazing young independent lady who still relies on her people," Biles' coach Cecile Landi said in a statement. "She isn't afraid of speaking up, telling her truth and sticking to it to make changes for the better for women all around the world. She is a true role model and inspiration. She is using her power for greater things."
When her mom was asked to share an "insider Simone tip," she revealed that Biles would journal and write down her goals for the rest of the year (long- and short-term) at the beginning of each year when she was younger.
The new "Power of We" campaign starring Biles and her tribe was developed in partnership with creative agency YARD and will appear across Athleta's retail, print, digital and social media platforms.
(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have hired Gerrard Gallant as its next head coach.
"We are excited to announce that Gerard will be the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," New York Rangers President and General Manager said in a statement. "His vast experience and success behind the bench at several levels make him the ideal choice to lead our team on the ice."
The Rangers fired David Quinn last month after a disappointing year as they finished fifth in the Eastern Division with a 27-23-6 record.
The Rangers were Quinn's first NHL head coaching job. Before joining New York, he was the head coach at Boston University. Quinn led a rebuilding Ranger team for three years and finished with a 96-87-25 record.
Gallant becomes the 36th head coach in franchise history.
He inherits a young roster with nine players under the age of 24 who played at least 30 games this past season, including the number one overall pick in the 2020 draft, Alexis Lafreniere, and the number two overall pick in 2019, Kappo Kakko.
He has been a head coach for Columbus, Florida, and Vegas and has a 270-216-4-51 record in nine years behind the bench.
Gallant was the first-ever head coach for Vegas and led them to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural 2017-2018 season. The Golden Knights lost 4-1 to the Capitals.
(WASHINGTON) -- Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks is out after the two sides could not come to a new contract agreement, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Brooks's contract expired at the end of the season.
The Wizards finished with a 34-38 record and made the playoffs through the NBA Play-In Tournament but lost to Philadelphia in the first round.
Brooks led the team for five years and finished with a 183-207 record.
After Washington lost in the first round, general manager Tommy Shepard praised Brooks for navigating the year.
"Scotty did a hell of a job keeping this team together," Shepard said. "This is some of the most difficult dark moments probably in franchise history."
According to ESPN, Washington was shut down for nine days in January and went 13 days between games after seven players entered the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Washington is the sixth head coaching opening in the NBA and the second on Wednesday. New Orleans head coach Stan Van Gundy was also out of a job. Boston, Indiana, Orlando, and Portland are also looking for new head coaches.
(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz with a knee injury and could miss the rest of the series, according to ESPN.
Leonard sustained the injury late in Monday night's game. He grabbed a defensive rebound and started a fast break up the court, before driving the lane and coming on hobbling after planting his right knee at the foul line. He then jogged a few steps, then bent over grabbed the knee.
He stayed in for a little while but did not finish the game.
"I'm good," Leonard responded when asked after the game about the knee. "Next question."
Leonard has dealt with a knee injury in the past, most notably a torn right quad in 2017 that forced him to miss all but nine games with the San Antonio Spurs.
Source's told ESPN, Leonard informed teammates he'd miss Wednesday's game on Tuesday.
The Clippers and Jazz are tied at two in the Western Conference Semi-Final.
Leonard has averaged 27.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in the series.
(PHOENIX) -- Suns guard Chris Paul has been placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols and is out indefinitely, sources confirmed to ESPN's Malika Andrews.
Paul could miss some or all of the NBA Western Conference Finals against either the Clippers or Jazz, which are scheduled to start next week.
Phoenix swept Denver in the semifinals with Paul leading the way in Game Four, scoring 37 points in the 125-118 win.
According to ESPN, if Paul is vaccinated, he could face a shorter absence than if unvaccinated.
The Athletic first reported the news.
The health and safety protocols were put into place by the NBA to handle all-matter involving the coronavirus. In March, the league relaxed some protocols once players and coaches started receiving the vaccine, according to ESPN.
(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans head coach Stan Van Gundy is out after one year with the team, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pelicans finished with a 31-41 record and missed the NBA Playoff Play-In tournament by two games.
According to Wojnarowski, Van Gundy and Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin have talked consistently since the end of the season.
Van Gundy and Pelicans EVP David Griffin have been meeting regularly to discuss the future and ending this partnership after just one season started to feel like an inevitable result around the organization, sources said. https://t.co/sAduFLcEiG
New Orleans was Van Gundy's fourth head coaching stop. He led Miami 2003-2005, Orlando from 2007-2012, and Detroit from 2014-2018. He took the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals where they lost to the Lakers.
Van Gundy has a career record of 554-425.
New Orleans is expected to look at several coaches that the team was interested in hiring last year, including Brooklyn assistants Jacque Vaughn and Ime Udoka, Milwaukee assistant Charles Lee, and Lakers assistant Jason Kidd, sources told Wojnarowski.
(NEW YORK) -- The 2020-21 All-NBA teams were announced by the league Tuesday night.
Among the five players who were named to the first team were Denver Nuggets Center Nikola Jokić, the league’s MVP, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who led the NBA in scoring this season, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo was the only player to receive first team votes on all 100 ballots, while Jokić received 99 first team votes and Curry got 98 votes.
The selection marked Antetokounmpo’s third straight first team selection, while Jokić made the team for the second time in the last three seasons and Curry made it for the fourth time in his career.
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić and LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard round out the rest of the first team. Dončić received the honor for the second season in a row, while Leonard was voted to the first team for the third time.