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Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - This June 15, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo. Police have charged Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma. Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they obtained a warrant Friday, May 29, 2015, for the NFL player's arrest. (AP Photo/File)

The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with the player.


Magic hire former player Scott Skiles as head coach (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 22: Head Coach Scott Skiles of the Milwaukee Bucks watches from the sideline during the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 22, 2012 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The next chapter in Orlando Magic basketball will be led by one of its most familiar faces. General manager Rob Hennigan introduced former player Scott Skiles as the franchise's 12th coach Friday, beginning what they hope will be the turning point in their latest rebuilding project. The 51-year-old Skiles was a member of the Magic's inaugural team in 1989-90 and played point guard for a total of five seasons in Orlando as part of his 10-year playing career.


Nationals' Stephen Strasburg leaves after only 16 pitches (Yahoo Sports)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) heads to the dugout after being taken out of the game in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals left Friday night's game after throwing only 16 pitches to the Cincinnati Reds. Strasburg has struggled in May, failing to reach the fourth inning in three of his four previous starts. Strasburg shrugged his shoulders after his 16th pitch, and a trainer came out to check on him.


Jury deliberating in TV actor's Wisconsin stabbing case

FILE - This Dec. 26, 2014 file photo provided by the Ozaukee County, Wis., Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, the actor who played Screech in the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," is accused of stabbing a man during a Christmas Day bar fight in southeastern Wisconsin. (Ozaukee County Sheriff via AP, File)PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (AP) — TV actor Dustin Diamond testified Friday that he didn't intentionally stab a man in a Christmas Day barroom scuffle in Wisconsin and that other patrons had been harassing him and his girlfriend before the fight broke out.


World Series of Poker braces for thousands of players
LAS VEGAS (AP) — From playing Tuesday night poker matches in a garage with a $20 buy-in to being one among thousands hunched over green-felt tables shuffling stacks of poker chips everyone wishes will grow, 54-year-old Nick Luis Damico was one of likely many World Series of Poker first-timers navigating the annual championship Friday in Las Vegas.
The Latest: Holmes says depression drove him to kill

FILE - In this March 12, 2013, file photo, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo., for his arraignment. Prosecutors are methodically building a case that Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shooting, hoping to convince jurors that he should be convicted and executed and not sent to a mental hospital. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File)5 p.m. (MDT)


Feds Slam Shell for 'Inadequate Assessment of Risks' During Trip to Arctic
A new report is the latest to critique Shell's troubled history in the Arctic.
See the 4 Adorable Kittens Born in a Bird's Nest
Irish pet store owner Henry McGauley discovered four newborn kittens in a bird's nest on a tree outsie his home in Louth, Ireland.
Why Officials Pulverized 1,500 Pounds of Ivory
China destroyed nearly 1,500 pounds of illegally obtained ivory this morning to show its commitment to curbing the illicit ivory trade.