KEVIN SPACEY – PHONE RECORDS
BOSTON (AP) – There’s been another interesting twist in the case in which Kevin Spacey is charged with groping a young man at a bar in 2016. The man making the accusation against the actor has taken the Fifth Amendment, refusing to testify under oath about text messages on his phone – messages the defense claims were deleted. The accuser says he lost the phone, which the defense claims has messages that could back Spacey’s claim of innocence. The man’s decision not to testify about the messages has caused the judge to question whether the criminal case against Spacey can go forward. And Spacey’s attorneys have, indeed, asked the judge to dismiss the case, calling it “completely compromised.”
WOMEN’S SOCCER – RATINGS
UNDATED (AP) – Equal ratings? Not so, when it comes to the United States’ win Sunday that earned them the FIFA Women’s World Cup title. Nielsen reports the final match averaged nearly 15.6 million U.S. viewers on both English- and Spanish-language TV. The numbers represent a 22-percent increase over last year’s FIFA World Cup men’s final between France and Croatia, which averaged 11.44 million. Sunday’s contest was also the most-watched match this season, though it’s down from the 2015 final.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TEAM TO ATTEND ESPYs
LOS ANGELES (AP) – To the victors go the spoils – and in this case, the “spoils” include an appearance at the ESPYs. The U.S. Women’s World Cup winners will be on hand for the ESPN-sponsored awards tomorrow night in Los Angeles. The celebration may prove in some ways to be more grueling than the team’s march to the World Cup title. Tomorrow morning, the team will be in New York for a ticker tape parade – then they jet cross-country to L.A. for the ESPYs, which will be hosted by Tracy Morgan.
NEW YORK METS ROOKIE PETE ALONZO WINS ALL-STAR GAME HOME RUN DERBY
CLEVELAND (AP) – With just a couple dozen swings of his bat, New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso has nearly doubled his salary. The newly-minted slugger cleared the fences with 23 homers to win the Home Run Derby last night in Cleveland. The win earns Alonzo a $1 million prize, which is huge, compared to his first-year big league salary. Alonzo is just the second rookie to win the slugfest, following Aaron Judge in 2017. He is also the first Mets player ever to win the derby outright. In 1986, Darryl Strawberry earned a share of the home run derby title with Wally Joyner. The major league All-Star game is tonight.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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