She’s only 13 but she’s already embroiled in her first big controversy involving the sport you might not even know she loves. Here’s the backstory: Little League World Series breakout star Mo’ne Davis can throw a killer fastball, but her first love is basketball. While most folks were getting excited about the prospect of a female pitcher in the MLB, she told reporters her first dream was to play point guard on the women’s team at the University of Connecticut and then to go onto the WNBA. The trouble came when UConn’s coach, Geno Auriemma, called her up to congratulate her on the big performance. Another coach in the NCAA complained, and the NCAA decided that the phone call violated recruitment rules. Davis weighed in on the matter Friday, saying she's "sad" about the whole thing.
Peace in sight?
After an intense escalation, the violent clashes that have plagued parts of Ukraine for months may finally be winding down as pro-Russian separatist rebels and Ukrainian officials have reached a cease-fire deal in Belarus. The details of the agreement — announced Friday — have not yet been spelled out, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in a statement: "Human life is of the highest value. And we need to do everything that is possible and impossible to stop bloodshed and end people's suffering.” The conflict which began in mid-April has taken nearly 2,600 lives according to U.N. estimates.
Doc returns to the US for care
The third U.S. doctor to come down with Ebola has been safely returned to American soil as he entered an Omaha hospital Friday. The 51-year-old Dr. Rick Sarca caught the deadly virus while working in West Africa but not directly with Ebola patients. Right now health workers have limited treatment options for Ebola, so a team of 35 doctors and nurses will primarily focus on keeping him hydrated and offering other basic care, but doctors are also considering experimental treatments, including potentially using a blood serum from a patient who successfully recovered from the disease. Similar treatments have been considered for wider use back in West Africa where the outbreak is centered.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell earned a distinction he probably never wanted this week when he became the first governor in his state's history to be convicted of corruption. The one-time rising Republican star -- who was likely on Mitt Romney’s short list for running mates in 2012 -- and his wife were convicted on 11 and nine counts respectively. They now face up to 20 years in prison for each count. That might just derail whatever 2016 plans he may have been cooking up. McDonnell’s comment to reporters Thursday? "All I can say is that my trust remains in the Lord.” His attorney said he plans to appeal the ruling.
The latest installment from Kimmel's mean tweets series features NFL stars like Terrell Owens and Michael Strahan reading some of the meaner message fans and haters have had for them, and the result is hilarious and has the Internet buzzing again.
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