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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, file photo, Sage Steele arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Steele, an ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, on Instagram because of airport immigration protesters, is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016, file photo, Sage Steele arrives at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Steele, an ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, on Instagram because of airport immigration protesters, is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    ESPN’s Sage Steele criticizes protesters for flight delays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ESPN anchor who vented about missing her flight because of airport immigration protesters is drawing criticism from people who say she is being insensitive. Sage Steele posted a photo of protesters speaking out against President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily suspend immigration from seven Muslim majority nations at Los Angeles […]
  • A billboard memorializing Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura is shown along I-29 in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. The Kansas City Royals organization gathered together Friday to remember Yordano Ventura in a private Celebration of Life for the pitcher who died Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Royals gather in private to remember, celebrate Ventura

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy remembered Yordano Ventura as a man who did everything with passion and lived for baseball. First baseman Eric Hosmer said Ventura was the fun-loving little brother that everyone watched out for as he slowly grew into a young man. Ventura’s fiery passion, million-watt smile […]
  • Marisol Hernandez, mother of the late Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, is embraced by a young woman during her son's wake in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez) (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

    Family, fans mourn for Dominican pitcher Yordano Ventura

    LAS TERRENAS, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name “Ventura” emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. He died Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic, where he was […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura reacts to a question during a news conference before Game 3 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets in New York. Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in their native Dominican Republic. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

    Some notable deaths of active pro baseball players

    A look at some of the notable deaths of active pro baseball players in recent years: — Jan. 22, 2017: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. He went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2014, his first full season in the big leagues, and helped […]
  • In this photo released by Dominican Republic Highway Police and Military Commission, locals and authorities stand at the fatal crash site of MLB player Yordano Ventura near Juan Adrian, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead Kansas City to a long-awaited World Series championship in 2015, died in this car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25. (Dominican Republic Highway Police and Military Commission, via AP)

    Royals’ Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his […]
  • This photo released by Dominican Republic Highway Police and Military Commission shows the fatal crash site of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura near Juan Adrian, Dominican Republic, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. Ventura, whose electric arm and confident demeanor helped lead Kansas City to a long-awaited World Series championship in 2015, died in the car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday. (Dominican Republic Highway Police and Military Commission via AP)

    Current, former major leaguers die in Dominican crashes

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of […]
  • Chapecoense goalkeeper Follmann, one of the three players that survived the air crash almost two months ago, is wheeled on the pitch as he carries the Sudamericana trophy, during the Sudamericana trophy award ceremony prior to a match against Palmeiras, in Chapeco, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Almost two months after the air tragedy that killed 71 people, including 19 team players, Chapecoense plays at its Arena Conda stadium against the 2016 Brazilian champion Palmeiras. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy

    CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) — The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates. The moving moment came just before the rebuilt side played its first match since the Nov. 28 tragedy, […]
  • In this image taken Friday, Jan. 6, 2016, and released by Mississippi State Athletics, Mississippi State trainer Ryan Dotson, left, and an unidentified man aid a motorist who's car flipped over in front of the team bus in Mississippi, as they were heading to LSU for an NCAA college basketball game. (Drew Walker/Mississippi State Athletics via AP)

    Mississippi State team helps woman after car accident

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A change in travel plans for the Mississippi State basketball team proved to be good fortune for a woman who was pulled out of her vehicle after a one-car accident. The Bulldogs were supposed to fly from Columbus, Mississippi, to Baton Rouge for their Southeastern Conference game Saturday against LSU. […]
  • Chapecoense to play 1st game since crash in 2 weeks

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense, which lost most of its team in an air crash in November, will make its return later this month for a friendly match against defending league champion Palmeiras. The match will be held on Jan. 21 in Chapecoense’s 20,000-seat Arena Conda in Chapeco, a city of […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, file photo, WWE Wrestler Big Show arrives at the World Wrestling Entertainment SummerSlam kickoff party benefiting Betty's Battle in Los Angeles. A story reported by a blog called "WWE" that claimed professional wrestling star "Big Show" had died in a car accident is false. Chris Bellitti, a spokesman for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., said Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, that the "Big Show," whose real name is Paul Donald Wight II, is alive and well. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

    AP FACT CHECK: WWE wrestler ‘Big Show’ is alive and well

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A story posted by a blog called “WWE” that claimed the professional wrestling star “Big Show” had died in a car accident is false. Chris Bellitti, a spokesman for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., said Tuesday that the wrestler, whose real name is Paul Donald Wight II, is alive and well. He […]