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Slain former NBA player's ex-wife arrested in connection to his murder

Riverside County Sheriff's Department(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested Friday night in connection to his 2010 murder, authorities said.

Sherra Wright-Robinson, 46, was taken into custody in California's Riverside County around 8:30 p.m. local time on Friday. She was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on a fugitive warrant for murder, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Further details surrounding her arrest were not immediately available.

She is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear in court at Riverside Hall of Justice on Monday, according to jail records.

Wright-Robinson's arrest comes more than seven years after her ex-husband's body was discovered in a field in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. The 34-year-old basketball star, who played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons from 1996 to 2009, was reported missing 10 days prior. Wright was shot multiple times and his body was severely decomposed, according to the Memphis Police Department.

There was a break in the unsolved case last month when police found a gun they say was used in the killing in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, about 75 miles from Memphis. Then, on Dec. 5, Billy R. Turner was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in connection to Wright's death.

Turner, 46, is being held on $1 million bond. He has pleaded not guilty.

At a press conference Saturday, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Wright-Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband. Rallings wouldn't provide specific details on what led to her arrest, but he said the murder weapon was key.

Rallings also wouldn't discuss the connection between Wright-Robinson and Turner, but he said investigators were confident they knew each other.

Assistant Chief Deputy D. Scott Wright of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office said at the press conference Saturday that they are working with authorities in California to have Wright-Robinson extradited back to Tennessee.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/15/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami 104, Charlotte 98
Detroit 104, Indiana 98
3OT Oklahoma City 119, Philadelphia 117
Portland 95, Orlando 88
Washington 100, L.A. Clippers 91
Utah 107, Boston 95
Toronto 120, Brooklyn 87
Memphis 96, Atlanta 94
Chicago 115, Milwaukee 109
OT Denver 117, New Orleans 111
Houston 124, San Antonio 109

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
New Jersey 5, Dallas 2
OT Carolina 5, Buffalo 4
N.Y. Rangers 4, L.A. Kings 2
Detroit 3, Toronto 1
OT Vancouver 4, San Jose 3

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Carolina Panthers linebacker donates $15,000 for high school football championship rings

Photodisc/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis picked up the ball for high school football players who couldn't afford state championship rings, according to a ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC-TV.

Davis heard Harding University H.S. coach Sam Greiner say on the radio that the team needed to raise $20,000 to buy championship rings for team members who didn't have the funds and the linebacker called in to the radio station and promised to help the cause.

Davis promised $15,000, which along with GoFundMe exceeding $7,000, meets the funding needs for the North Carolina champs' rings

The team’s quarterback, Braheam Murphy, expressed gratitude towards Davis, according to ABC’s local affiliate station WSOC-TV.

"Our family, we don't have a lot of money for people to help out. It is really a blessing," Murphy said.

WSOC-TV reported that the students were fitted for the $400 rings Friday morning.

Greiner told the television station that many of the student football players do not have money for their day-to-day needs, let alone a championship ring.

"We have kids on our rosters that don't really have homes. They really don't know what they're going to eat (from) day to day," Greiner said.

As for team finances, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools only pays for game officials, security and coaching stipends, according to WSOC-TV.

Despite financial hardship, the team has had a winning 14-1 season, sending the school to its first state championship since 1953.

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Mothers of victims assaulted by Larry Nassar fight to 'change the system'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The mothers of athletes who accused sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault are demanding systemic changes take place to prevent future abuses, with one of them telling ABC News, "It’s our daughters today, who would it be tomorrow?"

"We so trusted this man, my child, Sterling, would not have been there ... if we didn’t implicitly trust him," Kyle Keiser, the mother of Sterling Riethman, one of Nassar's former patients who accused him of sexual misconduct in a civil suit, told ABC News.

"He was maniacally genius in the way he groomed me as a parent and my daughter as a victim," Keiser said, adding that the trust "was built over years."

Nassar, a former Michigan State University (MSU) and USA Gymnastics doctor, was sentenced to 60 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges.

Nassar also pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were 15 years old or younger in Ingham County, Michigan, as well as three other counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, Michigan. In addition, he has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas have publicly said they were abused by the disgraced doctor.

Sterling Riethman has joined a lawsuit alleging that MSU had received complaints as far back as 2000 and failed to investigate properly. Keiser told ABC News that she believes MSU, the institution that housed Nassar's practice for decades, failed to protect young athletes from the his widespread abuse.

"If MSU had listened to the reports that started in 1996, my child would not have been a patient, and then she would not have been a victim," Keiser said. "How many other dozens of young women are in that same situation?"

She added that if a thorough investigation had been launched when the first allegations emerged against Nassar, scores of victims could have been protected, telling ABC News, "It could have been stopped."

Jason Cody, a spokesperson for MSU said in a statement this November that the university "unequivocally denies" the accusation that the university "is engaged in a ‘cover up of misconduct by university administrators.'"

"Moreover, MSU has consistently promised if it were to find any employee knew of and acquiesced in Nassar’s misconduct, the university would immediately report it to law enforcement," Cody added. "As for the call for an independent investigation, the FBI and MSU Police Department conducted a joint investigation earlier this year to determine whether any university employee other than Nassar engaged in criminal conduct. The results of that investigation were sent to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. We have no reason to believe that any criminal conduct was found."

The statement continued: "Michigan State University continues to be shocked and appalled by Larry Nassar’s now-admitted criminal conduct. Any suggestion that the university covered up this conduct is simply false."

Keiser said she and her daughter are speaking out now in order to create "change" and protect future athletes.

"Sterling said something the other day," Keiser told ABC News. "She said, 'You know, if something horrible is going to happen to me, and I do nothing, I’m only a victim, but if it creates change, and we can make this better, then it served a purpose.'"

Keiser added that as a mother, it was extremely difficult for her to watch what her daughter went through.

"I raised Sterling to be a strong, independent, smart, young woman," Keiser said. "And it's not in a strong, independent girl's vocabulary to say that, 'I’m a victim.'

"All of a sudden, she is put in a place of vulnerability, and she doesn’t know who she is," she added. "How do you all of a sudden say that you are a sex assault victim? How do you find those words?"

Keiser said they are fighting to "change the system so that young girls aren't even exposed to this."

"It makes me sad that it didn’t have to happen. It makes me sad that there are over 150 Sterlings," Keiser added. "Who hasn’t come forward? Who doesn’t have the strength to come forward?"

'We can't keep putting a Band-Aid on an artery bleed'

Lisa Lorincz, the mother of Kaylee Lorincz, who was also a former patient of Nassar's and accused him of sexual assault in the Ingham County criminal case Nassar pleaded guilty to last month, echoed Keiser's sentiments.

Lorincz is also suing MSU, saying she believes MSU and the USA Gymnastics organizations must have been aware of some allegations of misconduct against Nassar.

"When you have an institution as large as they are, it's ridiculous to think that people didn’t know," Lorincz told ABC News.

USA Gymnastics did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Friday, but the organization has previously said in a statement that, "USA Gymnastics is very sorry that any athlete was harmed by Larry Nassar. Upon first learning of athlete concerns about Nassar in 2015, USA Gymnastics reported him to the FBI and relieved him of any involvement with USA Gymnastics."

The statement continued: "Federal and state authorities ultimately charged Nassar with multiple crimes, leading to his incarceration and now his admission of guilt to charges of criminal sexual conduct. We note that affected women contacted by Michigan prosecutors supported resolution by plea, and USA Gymnastics also views Nassar’s guilty plea as an important acknowledgment of his appalling and devious conduct that permits punishment without further victimization of survivors."

Shortly after Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney came forward with her allegations of assault, USA Gymnastics issued another statement saying, "We are strengthening and enhancing our policies and procedures regarding abuse, as well as expanding our educational efforts to increase awareness of signs to watch for and reporting suspicions of abuse, including the obligation to immediately report. USA Gymnastics, its members and community are committed to working together to keep our athletes as safe as possible.”

Lorincz told ABC News she is not looking for an apology from Nassar.

"I don’t want anything from him," she said. "I just want to see Kaylee heal."

While she maintains that an apology "wouldn't do any good," Lorincz told ABC News that going forward, one thing she does hope to see is for "things to change."

"I would also like to see anybody who knew," Lorincz said. "If we’re going to really make change for the future, there has be consequences for people who knew and didn’t report, or worse, covered it up."

"We can't keep putting a Band-Aid on an artery bleed, and trying to deal with it after the fact," she added.

Since going public with her family's heartbreak, Lorincz said they have been exposed to what she described as "victim blaming."

"If you could find a way to point the finger at the gymnast, or the poor parenting skills, then you can justify in your mind that this won't happen to your child," she said in response.

"I have news for everybody, that unless things change, this can happen to their child, because no one is being held accountable," she added. "It’s our daughters today, who would it be tomorrow?"

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple fined, admits 'mistake'

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Giants fined cornerback Eli Apple after the second-year cornerback tweeted during the Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, according to ESPN.

Apple was standing on the sidelines when he sent out the tweet, but he was not on the active roster for the game.

He conceded that he made an error in judgment, telling reporters on Thursday, "I wasn't confused. It was just a mistake by me."

The No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has not appeared in a game since Week 10 of the NFL season. In the Giants' most recent game, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo cited Apple's lack of reps in practice as the reason why Apple was not playing.

ESPN reports that Apple violated an NFL rule with his tweeting. The rule states:

"The use of social media or networking sites (including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and similar vehicles) by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning ninety (90) minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media, and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game.

"No updates are permitted to be posted by a player himself or anyone representing him during this prohibited time on his Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or any other social media account. Doing so may subject a player to League discipline."


While on the sidelines, Apple was tweeting that he was healthy despite being included on the injury report the week before. He also retweeted an article about Cowboys' wide receiver Rod Smith after Smith scored a touchdown late in the game. Smith and Apple were college teammates.

According to ESPN, Apple still wants to stay with the Giants:

"Of course. I'm blessed to be where I am right now. I appreciate everything being here, alive. Football is something I love to do. It's a blessing. You don't want to take it for granted. I definitely want to be here, to be honest."

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Atlanta Hawks fan wins $10K for half-court shot

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An Atlanta Hawks fan named Norman is about to have a very Merry Christmas.

Norman got picked out of the crowd at Thursday's Pistons-Hawks game to attempt a near-impossible half-court shot – and he nailed it, winning $10,000.

His reaction energized the crowd:

TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS

Courtesy of @WCWetumpka pic.twitter.com/djNPEF1gCK

— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) December 15, 2017

When asked what he would do with his winnings, he said he would “enjoy Christmas.”

His team did not have as good of a night, however. The Atlanta Hawks ended up losing to the Detroit Pistons 105-91.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 12/14/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Detroit 105, Atlanta 91
N.Y. Knicks 111, Brooklyn 104
Minnesota 119, Sacramento 96
Cleveland 121, L.A. Lakers 112
Golden State 112, Dallas 97

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia 2, Buffalo 1
Washington 5, Boston 3
Columbus 6, N.Y. Islanders 4
Montreal 2, New Jersey 1; OT  
Chicago 5, Winnipeg 1
Anaheim 3, St. Louis 1
Minnesota 2, Toronto 0
Colorado 2, Florida 1
Tampa Bay 4, Arizona 1
Nashville 4, Edmonton 0
San Jose 3, Calgary 2
Vegas 2, Pittsburgh 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Denver 25, Indianapolis 13

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(21) Baylor 99, Texas Southern 68

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