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Serena Williams tops Forbes' list of top-earning female athletes

Serena Williams’ endorsement deals have propelled her to the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes of 2018.

Despite taking home only $62,000 in winnings between June 2017 and June 2018, the new mom is No. 1 for the third straight year. She’s made twice as much money off the court as any other female athlete, making her total earnings $18.1 million.

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Williams, 36, has endorsement deals with Nike, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats.

Tennis was dominant in the top 10 -- Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova and Williams’ older sister Venus round out the top six.

View the top 10 highest-paid athletes below.

  1. Serena Williams, tennis - $18.1M
  2. Caroline Wozniacki tennis - $13M
  3. Sloane Stephens, tennis - $11.2M
  4. Garbine Muguruza, tennis- $11M
  5. Maria Sharapova, tennis - $10.5M
  6. Venus Williams, tennis - $10.2M
  7. P.V. Sindhu, badminton - $8.5M
  8. Simona Halep, tennis - $7.7M
  9. Danica Patrick, racing - $7.5M
  10. Angelique Kerber, tennis - $7M

Nun wows crowd with 'perfect pitch' at White Sox game

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek made quite the impression on baseball fans at a White Sox game in Chicago over the weekend.

WLS reported that, at the Sox game against the Kansas City Royals, the nun, who is with Marian Catholic High School, bounced the ball off her bicep before prepping to throw the honorary first pitch.

She delivered strike to White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was impressed.

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“That was awesome,” Giolito told WLS after the game. “She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch.”

As for her bicep move, Sister Mary Jo said it was to relax her nerves.

“I had to do something to take my mind off it,” she told WLS. “It’s too awkward to just stand and throw from the jump and I had to just do something to put me in motion.”

She also decided to pitch from the top of the mound rather than closer to the plate.

“As an athlete, you gotta be all in, and I knew that my coaches and my teammates, when they saw that, they would be like, ‘You gotta do the real thing,’ and it's all or nothing,” she said. “I had to do it from the top.”

Sister Mary Jo said she was chosen for the honor at the game, where Marian Catholic was celebrating its 60th anniversary, because of her athleticism.

“I had a little bit of athletic ability,” she said. “I was probably the most likely candidate, because of my youth and my agility.”

The Sox lost to the Royals 3-1, but the impression Sister Mary Jo left on the crowd beforehand remained.

“She was pretty good, actually,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “We talked to her a little bit but before we were talking to her, she was talking to someone and she wanted to warm up. She had a mitt and a ball. She gave him the mitt. She stepped back at about 45 feet and threw a bullet.”

Photos: Simone Biles wins 5th U.S. All-Around title 

Simone Biles has made history again after winning her fifth U.S. national all-around title Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Simone Biles makes history, wins 5th U.S. All-Around title 

Simone Biles has made history again after winning the U.S. national all-around title Sunday at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

She is the only woman to win five national all-around titles, and the previous four were consecutive titles from 2013 through 2016, Sports Illustrated reported.

Biles had not competed for 23 months, and Sunday’s meet was her second competition since the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Team USA reported.

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She is also the oldest women’s all-around champion in more than 4 decades. Biles is 21. Linda Metheny Mulvihill was the oldest in 1971 to take the title, tying Joan Moore Gnat, who was 16 at the time, for the championship 47 years ago, according to Team USA.

Biles wore a teal bodysuit for the competition. The suit had a message, as teal is the color of sexual abuse survivors, USA Today reported. She wore it to honor the hundreds of women who former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician, Larry Nassar, abused, USA Today reported. Biles, along with Final Five teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian, said she was among Nasser’s victims. 

Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

A road jersey worn by New York Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle in 1964 sold for $1.32 million Saturday night, Sports Collectors Daily reported. The final price in the Heritage Auctions Summer Platinum Night sale, which included a 20 percent buyer’s premium, was a record price paid for any Mantle jersey.

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Last year, Heritage Auctions sold an autographed Mantle road jersey from 1968, his final major-league baseball season, for $486,000, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

The uniform was photo-matched to Game 6 and Game 7 of the 1964 World Series in St. Louis, when Mantle hit the final two of his 18 World Series home runs, according to Heritage Auctions’ catalog listing. The games represented Mantle’s final appearance in the World Series; he appeared in the Fall Classic in 12 of his 18 major-league seasons.baseball

The jersey was classified as a 9 out of 10 by the MEARS grading service and was worn again by Mantle during the 1965 baseball season, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

Oregon spectator injured by Kevin Stadler's shattered golf club

Spectators watching golf tournaments are always alert to errant balls flying into the crowd. A piece of a golf club is a different matter.

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A spectator needed stitches Friday in Oregon when the head of Kevin Stadler’s golf club came loose and flew into the gallery at a Web.com Tour event, ESPN reported.

Stadler, 38, was playing in the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club when he hit an errant tee shot at the 15th hole and slammed his 7-iron to the ground, The New York Post reported. The club head broke when it hit Stadler’s foot and flew into the crowd, hitting a spectator in the head, the newspaper reported.

The spectator needed six stitches, Web.com Tour rules official Orlando Pope told ESPN.

"It was a very freakish accident,'' Pope told ESPN on Saturday. “Kevin is devastated. He had trouble trying to finish the round. He was quite worried and felt so bad.”

Tournament officials did not release the name of the spectator. Stadler, the son of 1982 Masters champion Craig Stadler, missed the cut in the tournament. He was not available for comment, ESPN reported.

Shaun Micheel, who was playing in the same group as Stadler on Friday, posted about the incident on his Facebook account, according to ESPN.

“I had my head down but the club head flew behind me and hit a spectator to my right," Micheel wrote. “It's been awhile since I've seen so much blood. We stayed with him for about 15 minutes before the EMTs arrived. ...

“[Stadler] was absolutely shattered and we did our best to keep his spirits up. This was not done on purpose and we were astounded at the way the club was directed, but it just shows you how dangerous it is to throw or break clubs. Each of us in the group learned something today.”

Boy dying from leukemia wants racing stickers for his casket

UPDATE: The family of Caleb Hammond said it greatly appreciates the overwhelming response, but have asked the public to discontinue sending racing stickers. In an Aug. 22 Facebook post, the family showed an image of the delivered packages. Those who would like to contribute are directed to the family’s GoFundMe campaign.

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A terminally ill Iowa boy who wants to decorate his casket with racing stickers is asking the public for help.

According to the Des Moines Register, Caleb Hammond, 11, of Oskaloosa, was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2017. After months of unsuccessful chemotherapy treatments, a bone marrow transplant and medical scares, including a week in a medically induced coma with heart failure symptoms, he and his family recently decided to stop treating his illness and spend time together, the newspaper reported.

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Now Caleb, a racing fan who loves to visit Southern Iowa Speedway, has a final request: for the public to send him racing stickers.

"We're trying to decorate his casket," his uncle, Chris Playle, told the Register.

Meanwhile, Team Kids With Cancer 46-7 made one of Caleb's dreams come true by getting him behind the wheel of a hobby stock race car. He drove in a six-lap race Saturday, the Register reported.

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Serena Williams learned sister's killer was paroled before worst loss of career

Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.

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Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.

Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.

"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."

Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.

"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."

"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."

Jury says former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle intruded on ex-wife's privacy

Jurors reached a verdict Monday in the civil court case involving former NASCAR driver Greg Biffle. 

According to the jury, Greg Biffle did invade the privacy of his ex-wife, Nicole Biffle.

Nicole Biffle and her mother sued him, claiming Greg Biffle had hidden cameras installed in bedrooms and bathrooms of their mansion, recorded them and showed that video to other people.

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There were 12 days of testimony in the case, including expert witnesses discussing the cameras.

Greg Biffle took the stand in court and denied doing anything inappropriate. He said that his wife had known the cameras were there.

The jury said Greg Biffle did “intrude offensively upon the privacy” of his ex-wife with the positioning of hidden cameras in their home.

Jurors awarded $1 in damages Monday. The plaintiff was seeking $9 million.

Jurors decided the cameras did not cause emotional distress. 

Both sides claimed victory after the ruling.

“What the jury said sends a loud message that they don’t believe there was wrongdoing,” Greg Biffle told WSOC.

Amy Simpson, the attorney for Nicole Biffle, said it proves Greg Biffle was in the wrong.

A hearing to consider punitive damages is scheduled for next Monday.

Autographed baseball from first Hall of Fame class fetches record $623K

A baseball signed by 11 members of the original National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1939 sold for a record $623,368.80 Sunday at SCP Auctions’ Summer Premier Auction, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

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The Reach Official American League baseball contained the signatures of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Grover Cleveland Alexander, the auction house said in its catalog listing.

The winning bid set a record for an autographed baseball from a non-game used ball, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

The first vote for the Hall of Fame was held in 1936, with Cobb, Johnson, Ruth, Wagner and Christy Mathewson enshrined. Over the next two years, 21 more players, executives and baseball pioneers were elected.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame opened in June 1939, in Cooperstown, New York, and the 12 living Hall of Fame players were invited to the dedication ceremony. The only member to decline was Lou Gehrig, who was unable to attend, Sports Collectors Daily reported. Gehrig was in Rochester, Minnesota, where he would be diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease he would die from two years later.

The ball belonged to Marv Owen, a third baseman for the Chicago White Sox. Future Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, who played with Owen in Detroit, brought two baseballs to the ceremony but told Owen he was too shy to ask the players for their autographs, SCP Auctions said.

When Owen got the players to sign the baseballs, Greenberg allowed Owen to keep one of them, SCP Auctions said.

Owen stored the ball in a fur-lined glove that was housed in a safety deposit box, SCP Auctions wrote in its listing. After Owen died in 1991, the family kept the ball. It was sold for $55,000 at a Christie’s auction in 1997, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

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