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Serena Williams talks mental fitness with Selena Gomez

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(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams is a big proponent of setting boundaries when it comes to protecting her mental health.

The tennis legend spoke with multihyphenate star Selena Gomez about her thoughts on mental fitness for Gomez's mental health platform, Wondermind.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Williams said the practice to her means "really learning to shut down."

"I did this years ago, before even mental health was a topic among everyone's mind," she said. "It was more just like, 'Alright, I'm shutting myself down today.' Just subconsciously, it was something I've always done."

"It's so important to just put yourself first, especially mentally," she added. "I always have shutdown moments. I have serious boundaries and I don't let anyone cross those boundaries."

The Olympic gold medalist admitted she struggles with "do[ing] anything for me."

"I'm terrible at that," she said. "I've said it time and time again -- I'm working on it."

Still, she added that, "more or less," she at least prioritizes "what I need to do. And then when I'm turned off, I'm turned off."

Williams said prioritizing her mental health also benefits the people around her -- namely her 4-year-old daughter Olympia.

The sports star said physical health is also influenced by one's mental health. "It's about being able to kind of manage your emotions and feelings and everything else still be able to perform," Williams said.

Wondermind, a startup Gomez co-founded, aims to connect with mental health tools and media to support their "mental fitness," and provides daily exercises "to support focus" according to its website.

"It takes more than an inspirational quote to really change your mindset. Even if you see a therapist (which is amazing), you still need to work on yourself between sessions," the website reads. "(You wouldn’t expect physical fitness results seeing a trainer only once in a while, would you?) That’s what Wondermind is here for -- to give you easy, doable ways to put your mental fitness first every single day."

The platform also lists a committee of "mental health advocates," including licensed psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and social workers, who will "share their expertise on the website," according to CNN.

Last week, Gomez revealed her mental fitness startup was granted $5 million in a series of funding that was led by Serena Ventures -- Williams' own investment portfolio.

Wondermind's official Instagram shared a statement from its co-founders -- Gomez, Mandy Teefy and Daniella Pierson -- that explained how they plan to use the funds. "This funding will be used to accelerate the building of Wondermind’s mental fitness ecosystem across our daily online content, CPG products, and original storytelling for all platforms," it read.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/16/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 5, Pittsburgh 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 3, NY Yankees 1
Baltimore 4, Toronto 2
Detroit 4, Cleveland 3
Minnesota 9, Kansas City 0
Oakland 5, Texas 1
Chi White Sox 4, Houston 3
Seattle 8, LA Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 11, Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 5, NY Mets 0
Miami 4, San Diego 3
Chi Cubs 7, Washington 5 (11)
St. Louis 5, Colorado 4
Milwaukee 5, LA Dodgers 4
San Francisco 2, Arizona 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Los Angeles FC 1, DC United 0

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/15/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 4, Detroit 1
Detroit 7, Cleveland 5
Tampa Bay 4, NY Yankees 0
Baltimore 7, Toronto 3
Minnesota 4, Kansas City 2
Chi White Sox 4, Houston 2
Final Texas 2 Oakland 1
Seattle 6, LA Angels 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4, Cincinnati 3
Miami 3, San Diego 0
Washington 5, Chi Cubs 4
Atlanta 13, NY Mets 1
LA Dodgers 4, Milwaukee 0
San Francisco 6, Arizona 1

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Emotional day for Uvalde families at Houston Astros game

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(HOUSTON) -- Faith Mata threw Sunday's first pitch at the Houston Astros game in honor of her sister, Tess, 10, who was killed in the devastating shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in May. The fourth grader had been saving money to take her family to a game at Minute Maid Park to see her favorite player, Jose Altuve.

With tears in her eyes, the girls' mom said the family never had the opportunity to bring Tess to a game, but she would be "so excited... She'd be jumping up and down right now," she told ABC News.

"We wanted them to be treated like royalty," Astros Foundation Executive Director Paula Harris told ABC News when describing what the team has dubbed "Uvalde Strong Day." The foundation gave away thousands of tickets and sent buses to pick up 500 Uvalde residents, who either were directly affected by or responded to the tragedy, to shuttle them to Houston. When entering the city limits, the Houston Police Department escorted the buses directly to Minute Maid Park.

Jose Altuve posed for selfies with young fans, and the crowd of community members got to ask players questions and interact with them on the field. Dusty Baker, the team's manager, said to the crowd of Uvaldeans that his hope for the day was that it would help with the healing process.

Attending with his family, Javier Cazares, the father of shooting victim Jackie Cazares, said he felt Houston's support, was happy to be at Minute Maid and hoped for a good game. His shirt, bearing Jackie's image with added wings and the words "Forever in our hearts," was a stark reminder of the painful event that brought this still-healing community to Houston.

Harris told ABC News the event is the Astros saying to the Uvalde community, "You're family. You're neighbors. We want to do whatever we can to help you get through this process. And if it's just a smile on a Sunday for our game, that's what we want to do."

When asked how Tess would be reacting to the day, her dad said, "She's looking down on us right now, and I'm pretty sure she has a big ol' smile."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/14/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 4, LA Dodgers 0

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 1
Cleveland 7, Toronto 2
Houston 6, Oakland 3
Chi White Sox 5, Detroit 3
Texas 5, Seattle 3
LA Angels 4, Minnesota 2
Boston 3, NY Yankees 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 6, Washington 0
St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 3
Atlanta 3, Miami 1
NY Mets 6, Philadelphia 0
Cincinnati 8, Chi Cubs 5
Arizona 7, Colorado 4
San Francisco 8, Pittsburgh 7

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Las Vegas 26, Minnesota 20

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 87, Atlanta 83
Las Vegas 109, Seattle 100
Washington 95, Indiana 83
Chicago 82, Phoenix 67
Dallas 116, Los Angeles 88
Connecticut 90, Minnesota 83

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Minnesota 2, Nashville 1
Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/11/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 4, Detroit 3
Houston 7, Texas 3
Kansas City 5, Chi White Sox 3
Boston 4, Baltimore 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 3, Philadelphia 0
Colorado 8, St. Louis 6
Arizona 9, Pittsburgh 3
Chi Cubs 4, Cincinnati 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
NY Giants 23, New England 21
Baltimore 23, Tennessee 10

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Las Vegas 89, Chicago 78
Connecticut 93, Los Angeles 69

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Iconic 'Field of Dreams' game returns to MLB for second season

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(DYERSVILLE, Iowa) -- The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will take to the cornfields of Iowa for a game fit for dreams on Thursday night in the second edition of the MLB’s homage to the 1989 classic film starring Kevin Costner.

The "Field of Dreams" game will feature players wearing uniforms modeled after the ones each club wore a century ago, and walking out of the cornfields onto a baseball field adjacent to the original movie’s location.

The Reds will be the designated home team for the regular season game. The showdown will take place in a specially built field that holds 8,000 fans.

Last year, the league started the tradition with a game between the Chicago White Sox, the team featured in the iconic film, and the New York Yankees, with Costner himself on the sidelines. The game was a rousing success, with White Sox star Tim Anderson hitting a walk-off two-run home run after Aaron Judge's three-run blast deep into the corn in the top of the ninth had appeared to set up a New York win.

Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel told MLB.com he wasn’t sure if it was possible to top the first installment of the tradition.

"I don't know if we can," Schwindel said. "It's going to be tough to beat, but we're going to show up like it's any other day, play hard and hope we put on a show for the fans."

Special care has been given to the player’s vintage uniforms.

According to MLB, the Reds will wear uniforms designed in 1919, when they won their controversial World Series title tainted by the Black Sox scandal. Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of those players thrown out of baseball for the alleged bribery scandal, was featured prominently in the movie.

For their side, the Cubs will have cream-colored uniforms styled after the franchise’s 1929 uniforms that include the old-school logo of a bear holding a bat inside a large red and navy "C."

"Watching homers go out into the corn, it's just something special," Schwindel told MLB.com. "It's going to be a lot of fun. We're very spoiled to play at Wrigley every day -- a lot of history, obviously. I think we're going to try to soak it all in when we get to that field. We'll walk through the corn, sit on the iconic bench out front."

Reds shortstop Kyle Farmer is also excited to play in such an iconic spot. Farmer told MLB.com he did a project in high school on Shoeless Joe Jackson and the 1919 White Sox.

To celebrate the special night, country music star Walker Hayes will perform after the game as fireworks illuminate the cornfields.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/10/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 4, Tampa Bay 3
Atlanta 8, Boston 4
LA Dodgers 8, Minnesota 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 4, NY Yankees 3
LA Angels 5, Oakland 4
Cleveland 3, Detroit 2
Kansas City 8, Chi White Sox 3
Texas 8, Houston 4
Toronto at Baltimore (Postponed)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 10, Cincinnati 2
Chi Cubs 4, Washington 2
San Diego 13, San Francisco 7
Philadelphia 4, Miami 3
St. Louis 9, Colorado 5
Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 4

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
New York 91, Dallas 73
Minnesota 86, Phoenix 77

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US Open ticket sales skyrocket after Serena Williams announcement

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(NEW YORK) — The demand for tickets to the U.S. Open are soaring after Serena Williams announced she's preparing to say goodbye to tennis.

In a first-person essay for Vogue, Williams said she is "evolving away" from the sport and instead choosing to focus on her family.

"I have never liked the word retirement," Williams wrote. "It doesn't feel like a modern word to me. Maybe the best word to describe what I'm up to is evolution. I'm here to tell you that I'm evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me."

The article appeared to hint the upcoming U.S. Open tournament will be her last grand slam, fueling ticket sales.

Following her announcement, approximately 13,000 U.S. Open tickets were sold on Tuesday, tournament organizers told ABC News.

Of those tickets sold, nearly 4,500 were for the tournament's opening night, according to the United States Tennis Association, despite Williams not being guaranteed to play in that slot.

Williams has played tennis professionally since 1995 and is one of the most decorated tennis players of all time. She has taken home 23 grand slams -- one short of the record -- and four Olympic gold medals in her career and spent 319 weeks ranked No. 1 in the world.

While her next chapter is on the horizon, in her Vogue essay, Williams said she's still enjoying her sport.

"This sport has given me so much. I love to win. I love the battle. I love to entertain. I'm not sure every player sees it that way, but I love the performance aspect of it -- to be able to entertain people week after week ... Night matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows. Hitting an ace on set point."

As she shifts to focus on motherhood and investing in a new part of herself, Williams wrote on Instagram: "My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun ... I'm gonna relish these next few weeks."

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Vanessa Bryant's invasion of privacy trial against LA County begins

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(LOS ANGELES) — Jury selection and opening arguments in Vanessa Bryant's case against Los Angeles County began Wednesday.

Bryant filed a lawsuit in September 2020, alleging that first responders took and shared photos of her husband’s and daughter’s remains on Jan. 26, 2020. Bryant's husband, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash. Everyone on board, including the pilot, was killed.

"Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought that sheriff's deputies, firefighters, and members of the public have gawked at gratuitous images of her deceased husband and child," her lawsuit states. "She lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online."

Orange County financial adviser Chris Chester also filed a lawsuit against the county for photos taken of his wife and daughter killed in the same crash. In July, U.S. District Judge John Walter decided to consolidate Bryant's and Chester's trials.

Both Bryant and Chester claim they suffered emotional distress because of the alleged sharing of photos.

On Wednesday, Bryant's attorneys said they wanted to call a witness from the county coroner’s office, adding that the witness should bring "all photographs" of the victims from the crash, according to court documents.

The L.A. County’s legal team opposed the request, with attorney Mira Hashmall saying they "are highly sensitive, gruesome images that have no place in this courtroom."

Hashmall said the plaintiffs are trying to "inflame the jury’s emotions" by including the coroner's photos.

"If the plaintiffs really wanted to keep the tragic details of what happened to their loved ones out of the public domain, they would not put these photos into the case," Hashmall said.

L.A. County maintains that first responders did not share any photos from the scene of the crash.

While the county "sympathizes with the losses suffered by the Bryant and Chester families," the case is about whether the county publicly disseminated crash site photos in violation of the plaintiffs' constitutional rights, Hashmall told City News Services. "From the time of the crash to now, the county has worked tirelessly to prevent its crash site photos from getting into the public domain. Over two and a half years later, no county photos have appeared in the media, none can be found online, and the plaintiffs admit they've never seen them."

 

The county also attests that an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed that all of the photos were destroyed.

Both Bryant's and Chester’s lawsuits argue that the photos were shared before being deleted by first responders.

"At least 11 [sheriff's] personnel and a dozen firefighters shared the photos within 24 hours of the crash," Bryant’s lawsuit said. "In the following weeks, one [sheriff's] deputy flaunted photos of remains at a bar, another texted photos to a group of video game buddies, and [county fire] personnel displayed photos at an awards gala."

According to the lawsuits, the images taken of the wreckage and remains at the Calabasas crash site are graphic. Bryant’s lawsuit states that Sheriff Alex Villanueva told Bryant he was securing the scene and ordered all responders to delete any photos taken, but that responders did not do so and Villanueva attempted to "cover it up."

Villanueva and L.A. County have denied that any photos were shared under their supervision, according to court documents. ABC News reached out for comment and did not receive a response.

Since Bryant filed her lawsuit, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an invasion-of-privacy bill, named after Kobe Bryant, in September 2020 to make it illegal for first responders to share photos of a dead person at a crime scene "for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose." The misdemeanor crime is punishable by up to $1,000 per violation.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/9/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 5, Tampa Bay 3
Atlanta 9, Boston 7
LA Dodgers 10, Minnesota 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 4, Chi White Sox 2
Cleveland 5, Detroit 2
Baltimore 6, Toronto 5
Chi White Sox 3, Kansas City 2
Houston 7, Texas 5
LA Angels 5, Oakland 1
Seattle 1, NY Yankees 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4, Miami 1
NY Mets 6, Cincinnati 2
Washington 6, Chi Cubs 5
Colorado 16, St. Louis 5
Arizona 6, Pittsburgh 4
San Diego 7, San Francisco 4

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Seattle 111, Chicago 100
Las Vegas 97, Atlanta 90
Connecticut 97, Los Angeles 71

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Serena Williams suggests plans to retire from tennis after US Open

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(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams has announced her professional tennis career is drawing to a close, and that the US Open could be her final tournament.

In an essay published Tuesday on Vogue.com, the tennis legend opened up about her hopes to grow her family with husband Alexis Ohanian, and how she has wrestled with the choice between career and family.

"If I were a guy, I wouldn't be writing this because I'd be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family," she said in the essay. "Maybe I'd be more of a Tom Brady if I had that opportunity. Don't get me wrong: I love being a woman, and I loved every second of being pregnant with Olympia. ...But I'm turning 41 this month, and something's got to give."

Williams achieved her last Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open, while pregnant with her daughter Olympia, who turns 5 next month, according to ESPN.

Securing her first match win in 14 months on Monday, Williams is currently competing at the Canadian Open. She has suggested she will taper off her tournament play with the Western & Southern Open next week and the US Open later this month.

The 23-Grand Slam title winner says she doesn't like the word "retirement" and prefers to think of this as an "evolution" away from tennis toward other projects that are important to her.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/8/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 7, Toronto 4
LA Angels 1, Oakland 0
NY Yankees 9, Seattle 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets 5, Cincinnati 1
Chi Cubs 6, Washington 3
Arizona 3, Pittsburgh 0
San Francisco 1, San Diego 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Dallas 86, New York 77

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/7/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 8, Baltimore 1
St. Louis 12, NY Yankees 9
San Francisco 6, Oakland 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 1, Houston 0
Tampa Bay 7, Detroit 0
Kansas City 13, Boston 5
Toronto 3, Minnesota 2
Chi White Sox 8, Texas 2
Seattle 6, LA Angels 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 13, Washington 1
Miami 3, Chi Cubs 0
Cincinnati 4, Milwaukee 2
NY Mets 5, Atlanta 2
Arizona 6, Colorado 4
LA Dodgers 4, San Diego 0

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 94, Connecticut 91
Las Vegas 89, Seattle 81
Los Angeles 79, Washington 76
Minnesota 81, Atlanta 71

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Scoreboard roundup -- 8/4/22

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 8, LA Angels 7
Houston 6, Cleveland 0
Tampa Bay 6, Detroit 2
Toronto 9, Minnesota 3
Texas 3, Chi White Sox 2
Kansas City 7, Boston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 5, Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 4, Chi Cubs 3
St. Louis 7, Chi Cubs 2
LA Dodgers 5, San Francisco 3
Colorado 7 San Diego 3
Philadelphia 5, Washington 4
NY Mets 6, Atlanta 4

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON
Las Vegas 27, Jacksonville 11

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Connecticut 77, Phoenix 64
Dallas 82, Las Vegas 80

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