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Jackson leaves Iona program

Jackson leaves Iona program

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) Junior forward Shawn Jackson will not return to the Iona basketball program this semester, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Jackson appeared in 12 games this season for the Gaels (9-6), starting eight. He averaged 1.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. The Live Oak, Fla. native transferred to Iona for the 2012-13 season from Northwest Florida State College.

Director of Athletics Eugene Marshall, Jr., cited student's privacy as the reason Jackson's departure will not be discussed.

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Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Simone Biles back flip twists before first pitch of the World Series

Ahead of Game 2 of the 2019 World Series, Houston native and Team USA gymnast Simone Biles threw out the first pitch in a way only she could.

Some celebrities struggle to throw their pitch past the plate, but Biles landed an impressive backflip twist (in jeans, might I add) before throwing her pitch.

Biles previously threw a first pitch at another Astros game on July 4, 2016, wowing Minute Maid Park with an aerial before throwing to former Astros pitcher Scott Feldman and asking him to sign the baseball for her.

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David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

David Ortiz shows 'phenom' Juan Soto some love before Game 2

Arguably the greatest designated hitter in the history of Major League Baseball, David Ortiz has seen his share of greats. As a FOX Sports baseball analyst on-site for the World Series, Big Papi made time to hang out with Juan Soto, the young Nationals legend.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a phenom (noun) is defined as "a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-and-comer." See: Juan Soto, rocking 180 RBI, 17 stolen bases, and .937 OPS in just two years of playing Major League ball.

The kid can't even drink champagne yet (turns 21 on October 25) but Papi says Soto has "been bless[ed] with something that a lot [of] athletes don’t have," a good head on his shoulders and responsible parents. 

Ortiz also notes Soto's remarkable maturity, saying "he is only 20 year old and play the game and have the personality of a 30 year old person." 

We know we're watching history in the making with Juan Soto in Washington, but we could also be witnessing the start of a beautiful baseball friendship. Ortiz could serve as a close mentor to Soto; both hail from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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