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July 13, 2020

The Atlanta Braves on Monday said the organization's 108-year-old name "honors, respects, and values the Native American community," and there are no plans to come up with a new one.

On Monday, the Washington Redskins announced their name and logo will be retired, as the moniker is considered a slur against Native Americans. The Braves do not believe their name is insensitive, with the organization saying discussions have been held with Native American and tribal leaders, and a change is "not under consideration or deemed necessary. We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves."

The team does have an advisory board that is taking a closer look at the "Tomahawk Chop" motion, which was popularized when Deion Sanders joined the Braves in 1991. Critics consider this gesture to be a racist caricature targeting Native Americans, and the Braves said this is "one of the many issues we are working through," with the organization "continuing to listen to the Native American community, as well as our fans, players, and alumni to ensure we are making an informed decision on this part of our fan experience." Catherine Garcia

December 3, 2017

The announcement of which four teams will compete in this year's college football playoffs is coming Sunday around 12 p.m. Eastern live on ESPN. The Clemson Tigers have likely secured the top seed with a 12-1 season, and teams including the Oklahoma Sooners, the Georgia Bulldogs, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Alabama Crimson Tide are vying for the remaining spots.

"Our charge is very simple," said selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt on Saturday: "to come in and select the four very best teams for selection into the semifinals for the playoff, and that's what we'll do. We'll base our discussions and our debates over what has transpired over the 12 or 13 opportunities that we've had to watch these teams play."

Watch a breakdown of the particularly tough choice the committee faces with Ohio and Alabama below. Bonnie Kristian

July 16, 2017

Swiss tennis star Roger Federer on Sunday became the first man in the Open era to win eight Wimbledon titles and 19 Grand Slams. At 35, Federer also became the oldest man in the era to win at the All England Club, the venue where the Wimbledon tournament is held.

He faced off against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the finals, prevailing 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 as Cilic struggled with a blister on his foot. "It is cruel sometimes," Federer said of Cilic's mishap, "but Marin fought well and is a hero, so congratulations on a wonderful tournament." Watch the moment of the win below. Bonnie Kristian

July 15, 2017

Spain's Garbine Muguruza, 23, triumphed over American tennis champion Venus Williams, 37, in the women's singles finals at Wimbledon Saturday, securing a 7-5, 6-0 win to take her second Grand Slam title. Had the match gone the other way, Williams would have become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam in the Open era.

Williams is "such an incredible player," Muguruza said of her rival. "I grew up watching her play, so it's incredible to play the final [against her] here. Of course I'm nervous. I've always dreamed to be here. The first set was very tough. We both had a lot of chances. [Venus' sister] Serena [Williams] told me two years ago that one day I was going to win. So here I am." Bonnie Kristian

July 2, 2017

Australian boxer Jeff Horn won the WBO world welterweight title against Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday in a battle many observers argued was unfairly judged against Pacquiao.

Horn celebrated the win but welcomed a possible rematch. "I'm so happy, I can't explain my feelings," he said. Bonnie Kristian

June 4, 2017

The Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols on Saturday became the 9th player in Major League Baseball history to hit 600 career home runs, in a game against the Minnesota Twins. "I'm just glad to be on that list, man," Pujols said. "Whether it was a solo homer, a grand slam, I'm just glad that it happened tonight. It's a pretty special feeling."

The last player to achieve this record was the Twins' Jim Thome in 2011. Other record-holders include the legendary Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, and Sammy Sosa. Watch Pujols swat his 600th home run below. Bonnie Kristian

October 16, 2016

In the second game of the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 1-0 Sunday night at Wrigley Field. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers only gave up two hits over seven innings, and Kenley Jansen had a six-out save. Adrian Gonzalez hit the game's lone home run in the second inning. The series is now tied 1-1, and the next three games will be held in Los Angeles. Catherine Garcia

September 14, 2016

In order to prevent and treat head injuries among football players, the NFL says it will allocate $100 million for "independent medical research and engineering advancements."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the funding is in addition to the $100 million the league has already pledged for medical research of brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had severe or repeated hits to the head. The NFL also said it is "establishing an independent, scientific advisory board comprising leading doctors, scientists, and clinicians to engage in a clear process to identify and support the most compelling proposals for scientific research into concussions, head injuries, and their long-term effects."

There "may be an increase" in reported concussions since the league began its campaign to prevent head injuries, Goodell said, and while the NFL does not want to see more players hurt, an increase in self-reporting and screening could help determine preventive measures. "Our game, of course, is a contact sport," he said. "Fans love to see the action on the field, including the big hits. While we can never completely eliminate the risk of injury, we are always striving to make the game safer — for our professional athletes down to young athletes first learning how to play." Catherine Garcia

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