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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The United States made its first appearance at the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday night -- and they came out on top.

Team USA beat Puerto Rico, who had been undefeated in the tournament, 8-0 to take the title.

The win was due in large part to a strong performance from pitcher Marcus Stroman. The Toronto Blue Jays starter pitched a no-hitter until the seventh inning of the final, earning him the honor of being named the game's most valuable player.

Team USA manager Jim Leyland reflected on the win after the game, saying it went beyond baseball.

"I had the honor of managing for our country, our coaches had the honor of coaching for our country, the players had the honor of playing for our country, but this is really about the men and women who serve our country, that's who this is for," he said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — March Madness got a little sweeter over the weekend for the University of South Carolina. The team upset Duke Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1973.

The third round of the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Thursday night. South Carolina Coach Frank Martin, whose team plays Baylor Friday, stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America Thursday morning to chat about the Gamecock’s victory over Duke.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

N.-Y. Yankees 7, Philadelphia 3
Kansas City 6, San Diego 2
Colorado 10, Cleveland 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Houston 8, Minnesota 4
Toronto 5, Detroit 4
Oakland 5, Chi. White Sox 3
Texas 7, L.-A. Angels 4
L.-A. Angels 9, Seattle 8
Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 5, Chi. Cubs 2/5 innings
St. Louis 6, Washington 1
Miami 15, N.-Y. Mets 9
San Francisco 6, Milwaukee 4

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 109, Orlando 102
Boston 109, Indiana 100
Chicago 117, Detroit 95
Oklahoma City 122, Philadelphia 97
Washington 104, Atlanta 100
Denver 126, Cleveland 113
Milwaukee 116, Sacramento 98
Utah 108, New York 101

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Toronto 5, Columbus 2
N.-Y. Islanders 3, N.-Y. Rangers 2
Anaheim 4, Edmonton 3

 

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

U.S. 9, Puerto Rico 0/U.S. wins World Baseball Classic

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valio84sl/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game for their role in a fight between the two teams on Tuesday night, the league
announced Wednesday.

Both players took swings at each other during Toronto’s 122-120 win over Chicago Tuesday night and had to be separated by coaches and officials. Both players were ejected after an official review.

Raptors assistant Jamaal Magliore was fined $15,000 for his role in the scrum.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia 9, Minnesota 5
Pittsburgh 5, Tampa Bay 4
Houston 2, Miami 1
L.-A. Angels 9, Cincinnati 1
Arizona 4, Kansas City 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 4, Chi. White Sox 3
Oakland 8, Seattle 5
Toronto 5, Baltimore 2
Boston 4, N.-Y. Yankees 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 3, Atlanta 1
Milwaukee 5, L.-A. Dodgers 4
San Francisco 5, San Diego 3

 

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

San Antonio 100, Minnesota 93
Milwaukee 93, Portland 90
L.-A. Clippers 133, L.-A. Lakers 109
OT/Toronto 122, Chicago 120
Brooklyn 98, Detroit 96
Miami 112, Phoenix 97
New Orleans 95, Memphis 82
Golden State 112, Dallas 87

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 3, Boston 2
Pittsburgh 3, Buffalo 1
OT/New Jersey 3, N.-Y. Rangers 2
Washington 4, Calgary 2
OT/Detroit 2, Montreal 1
Arizona 5, Tampa Bay 3
Carolina 4, Florida 3
Winnipeg 3, Philadelphia 2
Minnesota 2, San Jose 2
OT/Vancouver 5, Chicago 4
St. Louis 4, Colorado 2

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Gabriel Christus/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- ESPN reports the agent for retired running back Marshawn Lynch spoke out amid rumors of his client's potential return, saying Lynch does miss football, but they have not discussed whether or not the Oakland Raiders want him to play for them.

His agent Doug Hendrickson says "it was the media who ran with" reports of a potential match between Lynch and his hometown Oakland Raiders.

Last week, ESPN reported the Raiders were heavily interested in acquiring Lynch, whether via a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, who own his rights, or by signing him should the Seahawks grant Lynch his release.

Lynch retired after the 2015 Super Bowl, which the Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots. He played nine seasons, making five Pro Bowls and leading the league in touchdowns twice.

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder according to ESPN. The team announced Tuesday that the operation will be performed on March 30.

Newton is expected to miss organized team activities (OTAs) earlier in the summer, but is expected to be ready for training camp in late July.

ESPN reports the tear occurred in Week 14 of last season in a game against the Los Angeles, then San Diego, Chargers. An MRI revealed afterwards Newton had suffered a partial tear, but the team did not report it. Newton did not miss a game due to the injury.

Newton has missed just three games over his six year career, and this will be his second offseason surgery.

The team's head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion talked about the plan for Newton post-surgery on the team's website.

Newton can start throwing again 12 weeks after surgery, and then a month later he can join the team according to Vermillion. ESPN reports that will give him enough time to be ready for the start of training camp.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Krause, the executive credited with forming the Chicago Bulls roster that won six championships through the 1990s, died at 77 according to ESPN.

A Chicago native, Krause was named general manager of the Bulls in 1985, going on to draft future all-time greats Michael Jordan and Socttie Pippen. In 1987, he added Bill Cartwright to the mix via a trade with the New York Knicks, forming the core of the team's first three championships.

He also hired Phil Jackson to be an assistant with the team. Later, he named Jackson head coach, and he led Bulls on a stretch where they would win six NBA titles.

However, all of the success Krause built as general manager disintegrated after their sixth championship in 1998. Jordan retired, Pippen was traded, and Jackson left the team.

ESPN reports the Bulls won 808 games, more than any other Eastern Conference team during Krause's 18-year reign as general manager. He was named NBA Executive of the Year twice during that span.

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf talked about Krause in a statement:

"The entire Bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Krause. Jerry was one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around, and he was one of the best talent evaluators ever. Jerry played an integral role in our run of six championships in eight years. He truly was the architect of all our great teams in the '90s. I would not have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame if it were not for Jerry. We will miss him tremendously, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Thelma and the Krause family."

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Mexican Attorney General’s Office(NEW YORK) -- ABC News has obtained a photo of Tom Brady's missing jersey from his Super Bowl LI victory, courtesy of the Mexican Attorney General.

The jersey still bears green turf stains along the area of the right shoulder.

A former Mexican newspaper executive is accused of taking Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey from his locker, league officials said.

The jersey went missing after the New England Patriots' Super Bowl 51 victory. It had an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department in February.

"Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered," an NFL spokesperson told ABC News.

The suspect, Mauricio Ortega, is the former director of the tabloid La Prensa, according to the company that owns the paper, OEM, as well as the Mexican Attorney General's office. The AG's office said that he has not been detained because no charges have been filed.

OEM said Ortega resigned on March 14, citing "personal reasons" and the resignation was accepted, according to a company statement. But the company said it was surprised to learn about the allegations, saying Ortega "took advantage of his position and used La Prensa to obtain a media credential to access the field, press conferences and other areas of the NRG stadium."

A source told ESPN that footage from Fox showed Ortega going into the locker room, allegedly reaching into Brady's bag and taking the jersey. The source said officials reviewed 20,000 credentials, leading them to Ortega as a person of interest.

The NFL, which did not name the suspect, said the jersey was part of a larger haul that was in the possession of a credentialed member of the press.

"Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015," the spokesperson said. "The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI."

In a statement Monday, Brady said he was happy that the case had come to a resolution.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved," he said. "I know they worked hard on this case – and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience."

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Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A soccer player in South Africa has become a viral sensation, but not for anything he did on the field.

Mohammed Anas of the Free State Stars is backtracking after a post game interview last Friday. The Independent reports that Anas was named "man of the match" after a game last Friday and in a post-game interview with South African television, he offered thanks for the honor.

"I appreciate my fans, also my wife and my girlfriend, I mean my wife," he said. "Sorry to say, I'm so sorry, my wife...I love you so much!"

After the interview went viral in South Africa, Anas was quick to backtrack telling the BBC that by "girlfriend" he meant his daughter.

"My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend," he told the BBC. "That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend."

The video of the interview quickly earned more than a quarter of a million views on YouTube, reports the BBC.

"I'm famous now," Anas told the BBC. "People around the world know me."

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