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Race car driver Jamie Chadwick has dreams of making Formula One circuit, helping to break gender barriers

PHOTO: Race winner Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain and Jenner Racing (55) celebrates on the podium during the W Series Round 4 race at Circuit Paul Ricard July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. Race winner Jamie Chadwick of Great Britain and Jenner Racing (55) celebrates on the podium during the W Series Round 4 race at Circuit Paul Ricard July 23, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. -- Clive Rose/Getty Images

(NEW YORK) -- As women continue to break barriers in the motorsport industry, one woman hopes to become a Formula One driver.

In the sport's nearly 75-year history, only two women have qualified for Formula One, and only one driver, Lella Lombardi, scored points during a race in 1975.

Now in 2024, some say the industry is changing as more women are competing alongside men on the tracks. Jamie Chadwick, 25, a seasoned Andretti Global driver, is currently in her sophomore year in the sport. She has been making strides in the Indy NXT circuit, showcasing her skills and determination. However, her sights are set on a bigger challenge: racing in Formula One.

"My ultimate goal is obviously Formula One," Chadwick told ABC News. "It is one of the hardest sports in the world, in my opinion. So I'm under no illusions as to what it takes to get to that point. But I strongly believe if I can get good results in Indy next, ultimately I want to go to potentially IndyCar next, which is the step just above Indy NXT."

Chadwick is a three-time W Series champion. Before it ended in 2023, the W Series was a fully funded, all-female driver league. After the end of the W series, she joined Indy NXT, where women compete alongside men.

Chadwick also spoke to ABC News about her love of the sport and how she got started.

"Before I got into racing, I was described as quite a big tomboy. And having an older brother, I was very competitive with him. Everything he would do, I would want to do. As soon as he started racing, it was quite a big decision, or obvious decision, for me to kind of follow into it. And from there, yeah, I just fell in love with the sport."

According to IndyCar, Chadwick finished 12th in last year's drivers' standings and was the fourth best-placed rookie. Chadwick told ABC News that if she wins every race this year and next, there's no reason she couldn't be in Formula One. Chadwick would become the first woman in decades to race in Formula One, which saw its inaugural season in 1950. But Chadwick says the historic feat isn't necessarily a good thing.

"The accolades don't mean a huge amount," Chadwick said. "I don't care so much for being the first woman to do anything. I don't see that as being necessarily a compliment. I see it as a negative thing because really, there is no reason why I should be the first woman to do all these things."

Although motorsports is one of the few sports that allows both genders to compete, less than 10% of all participants are female, according to the non-profit organization More Than Equal. The organization cited that the physical demand of the sport, lack of opportunities to train, minimal female sponsorships, and expenses remain as potential barriers for young women wanting to race.

The CEO of More Than Equal, Ali Donnelly, told ABC News, "We found in our research that girls really struggle to pick up the funding required, whether it's from sponsors or investors, because that path hasn't been laid. Jamie Chadwick, for example, for a sponsor, (or) a backer, it's really a risk to take on a girl."

"Cars are designed to cater to the needs of the average male driver," Chadwick said. "So actually, as a smaller person, it's been a challenge to get strong enough to be fit enough to actually just drive the cars."

According to Chadwick, the cost of breaking into the sport alone can dissuade female participants. "I think the sport definitely isn't the most accessible. It's an expensive sport to get into. It costs money. I don't think that's going to change overnight."

To combat the challenges young girls will face entering the sport, Chadwick launched 'The Jamie Chadwick Series' with Daytona Motorsport to help future drivers overcome some of these barriers. "There's a lot of initiatives going on, but there isn't really anything tackling absolute grassroots level," Chadwick said. Most drivers enter the sport through karting and progress from there if they receive funding.

With this program, Chadwick will introduce participants to karting and mentor them throughout the year, and the winner will receive financial support to advance to the next level of their career, according to the Daytona.uk site.

"In my opinion, there is no reason why it's so male dominated," Chadwick said. "It shouldn't be. It can be a sport that is really open to all."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/11/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota at Detroit (Postponed)
Kansas City 13, Houston 3
Oakland 1, Texas 0
Baltimore 9, Boston 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee at Cincinnati (Postponed)
NY Mets 16, Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 5, Pittsburgh 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 127, Detroit 105
New York 118, Boston 109
Utah 124, Houston 121
Golden State 100, Portland 92
New Orleans 135, Sacramento 123

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
San Jose 3, Seattle 1
Los Angeles 4 Calgary 1
Florida 4, Columbus 0
Buffalo 4, Washington 2
Philadelphia 4, NY Rangers 1
New Jersey 6, Toronto 5
Pittsburgh 6, Detroit 5 (OT)
Ottawa 3, Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
NY Islanders 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Winnipeg 3, Dallas 0

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Shohei Ohtani's ex-interpreter allegedly stole $16 million from Dodgers star: DOJ

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(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) -- The former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani now faces federal charges over allegations he stole millions from MLB's highest-paid player in a gambling scheme, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Ippei Mizuhara has been charged with bank fraud for allegedly stealing more than $16 million from Ohtani to "finance his voracious appetite for illegal sports betting," United States Attorney Martin Estrada said during a press briefing.

Estrada claimed Mizuhara committed fraud on a "massive scale" to "plunder" Ohtani's bank account to pay for his gambling debts.

Mizuhara had helped Ohtani, who did not speak or understand English, set up his bank account in 2018 in Arizona and "used that familiarity" to later steal the funds from Ohtani to help pay for illegal sports bets, the DOJ alleged. He is accused of wiring more than $16 million in unauthorized transfers from Ohtani's checking account from November 2021 to January 2024, the DOJ said. He is also accused of impersonating Ohtani over the phone with the bank to approve wire transfers to the bookmakers, the DOJ said.

Federal prosecutors announced Thursday afternoon that Mizuhara is expected to self-surrender to federal authorities on Friday. He will likely make his initial court appearance sometime after 5 p.m. ET at federal court in Downtown Los Angeles. Mizuhara will not be asked to enter a plea, the officials said, and he will appear and likely be released on bond.

Estrada stressed that Ohtani is considered a victim in the case and has cooperated "fully and completely" in the investigation.

"There is no evidence to indicate that Mr. Ohtani authorized the over $16 million of transfers from his account to the bookmakers," Estrada said.

Any winnings were deposited in Mizuhara's own personal bank account, not any account owned by Ohtani, and the ex-interpreter allegedly admitted to a bookmaker to stealing from Ohtani, according to Estrada. Ohtani also provided his cellphone to investigators, who did not find any evidence to suggest that he was aware of or involved in the illegal gambling activity, the DOJ said.

"Our investigation has revealed that due to the position of trust that he occupied with Mr. Ohtani, Mr. Mizuhara had unique access to Mr. Ohtani's finances," Estrada said. "Mr. Mizuhara used and abused that position of trust in order to take advantage of Mr. Ohtani."

Bank fraud carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, Estrada said.

The federal investigation is being conducted by the Los Angeles offices of IRS Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations, the main investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Dodgers announced they had fired the Japanese interpreter on March 20, after the gambling controversy surfaced. The team did not provide a specific reason for Mizuhara's termination.

Ohtani addressed the scandal for the first time on March 25 during a press conference. In a prepared statement, Ohtani said through an interpreter, "I am very saddened and shocked that someone who I trusted has done this."

"I never bet on baseball or any other sports," Ohtani continued. "I never asked somebody to do that on my behalf and I have never went through a bookmaker to bet on sports."

The 29-year-old pitching and hitting star, who signed a $700 million deal in the offseason to join the Dodgers, claimed he did not know about Mizuhara's gambling until after a Dodgers game in Korea the prior week.

"Up until a couple days ago, I didn't even know that this was happening," he said at the time.

Mizuhara had worked with the Dodgers as Ohtani's interpreter after serving in the same capacity with the Angels. Ohtani and Mizuhara's relationship dates back to 2013, when Ohtani played for the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League and Mizuhara was an interpreter for the team.

Ohtani has been playing for the Dodgers throughout the scandal, batting .333 with three home runs and eight RBIs for National League-leading Los Angeles. He is not pitching this season as he recovers from elbow surgery.

MLB announced it was investigating the situation last month, two days after the Dodgers fired Mizuhara.

ABC News' Alex Stone contributed to this report.

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Police issue arrest warrants for Rashee Rice, driver in connection with mutli-car crash

In this Feb. 11, 2024, file photo, Rashee Rice of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up before Super Bowl LVIII, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(DALLAS) -- Dallas Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Kansas City Chiefs player Rashee Rice in connection with his involvement in a multi-car crash that injured four people where he allegedly left the scene.

The police also issued a warrant against Theodore Knox, another driver who was involved in the March 30 crash on the North Central Expressway and allegedly left the scene.

Rice, 23, was driving a leased Lamborghini, and Knox, 21, was driving a Corvette on the highway at high speeds when they "caused a chain reaction collision involving four other vehicles," the police said in a statement.

Both men allegedly left the scene without providing information to the other people involved, police allege.

Four people suffered minor injuries, according to the police.

Rice and Knox were each charged with eight criminal counts including aggravated assault, collision involving serious bodily injury and collision involving injury, according to the warrants.

None of the other passengers in the vehicles involved in the crash will be charged, Dallas Police said.

Rice and Knox were not in custody as of 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, according to the police.

Last week, Rice admitted on an Instagram Story that he was involved in the crash and was cooperating with investigators.

"I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday's accident," Rice said in the story.

The Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan told a local radio station last week that the team will "gather the facts and we'll react accordingly," while the NFL said it is monitoring the situation.

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Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, NCAA's winningest coach, retiring after 38 seasons

Head coach Tara VanDerveer of the Stanford Cardinal yells during the first half against the NC State Wolfpack in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 29, 2024 in Portland, Ore. (Soobum Im/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer, the NCAA's winningest coach, is set to retire after 38 seasons.

VanDerveer, 70, announced her retirement decision Tuesday, according to Stanford, and described her coaching career as "an unforgettable ride."

"Basketball is the greatest group project there is and I am so incredibly thankful for every person who has supported me and our teams throughout my coaching career," VanDerveer said in a statement. "I've been spoiled to coach the best and brightest at one of the world's foremost institutions for nearly four decades. Coupled with my time at Ohio State and Idaho, and as head coach of the United States National Team, it has been an unforgettable ride."

"The joy for me was in the journey of each season, seeing a group of young women work hard for each other and form an unbreakable bond," VanDerveer continued. "Winning was a byproduct. I've loved the game of basketball since I was a little girl, and it has given me so much throughout my life. I hope I've been able to give at least a little bit back."

VanDerveer has been coaching for the last 45 years and spent the majority of her career at Stanford. During her tenure, VanDerveer saw 1,216 victories and led the Cardinal to three NCAA championship titles in 1990, 1992 and 2021. She also coached the U.S. national team to a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

VanDerveer made history in January, becoming the first coach in the NCAA to win the most games with any team -- women's or men's -- after the Stanford Cardinal beat the Oregon State Beavers 65-56 in a home game.

"I'm most proud of the improvement and just the life impact that Stanford basketball has on the women I coach," VanDerveer told ABC News' Good Morning America at the time. "Basketball is a team sport and obviously I wouldn't have accomplished this without great assistance and great, great, great players."

According to Stanford, VanDerveer will continue to work with the university and advise the school's athletics department. Her last day as a coach will be on May 8, on the anniversary of her Stanford hire date 39 years ago.

Stanford said it is in talks with Kate Paye, who has been a part of VanDerveer's staff for 17 years and played under VanDerveer between 1991 and 1995, to take over the head coaching position for the 2024-2025 season.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/10/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota 3, LA Dodgers 2
Miami 5, NY Yankees 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 6, Toronto 1
Tampa Bay 4, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 7, Chi White Sox 6
Baltimore 7, Boston 5
Kansas City 11, Houston 2
Texas 6, Oakland 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
NY Mets at Atlanta (Postponed)
Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 3
San Francisco 7, Washington 1
Arizona 5, Colorado 3
Milwaukee 7, Cincinnati 2
San Diego 10, Chi Cubs 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 110, Memphis 98
Charlotte 115, Atlanta 114
Dallas 111, Miami 92
Brooklyn 106, Toronto 102
Oklahoma City 127, San Antonio 89
Milwaukee 117, Orlando 99
Denver 116, Minnesota 107
Phoenix 124, LA Clippers 108

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
St. Louis 5, Chicago 2
Edmonton 5, Vegas 1
Arizona 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/9/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 3
NY Yankees 3, Miami 2
LA Dodgers 6, Minnesota 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 6, LA Angels 4
Baltimore 7, Boston 1
Chi White Sox 7, Cleveland 5
Toronto 5, Seattle 3
Oakland 4, Texas 3
Kansas City 4, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 5, San Francisco 3
Chi Cubs 5, San Diego 1
Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 5
Atlanta 6, NY Mets 5
St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 0
Arizona 3, Colorado 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Golden State 134, LA Lakers 12
LA Clippers 105, Phoenix 9
New Orleans 110 Portland 100
Dallas 130, Charlotte 104
Philadelphia 120, Detroit 102
Indiana 140, Toronto 123
Milwaukee 104, Boston 91
San Antonio 102, Memphis 87
Miami 117, Atlanta 111 (2OT)
Houston 118, Orlando 106
Minnesota 130, Washington 121
New York 128, Chicago 117
Oklahoma City 112, Sacramento 105
Denver 111, Utah 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Colorado 5, Minnesota 2
Seattle 5, Arizona 0
Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 1
Calgary 3 San Jose 2 (OT)
Florida 2, Ottawa 0
Toronto 5, New Jersey 2
Washington 2, Detroit 1
Carolina 4, Boston 1
Montreal 9, Philadelphia 3
Tampa Bay 5, Columbus 2
NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Winnipeg 4, Nashville 3 (OT)
Dallas 3, Buffalo 2

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UConn beats Purdue to win men's basketball NCAA National Championship

The Connecticut Huskies celebrate after beating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament National Championship game at State Farm Stadium on April 08, 2024 in Glendale, Arizona. (Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

(NEW YORK) -- The University of Connecticut Huskies have won the men's college basketball NCAA National Championship.

The Connecticut Huskies beat the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 Monday night in Glendale, Arizona.

The Huskies' win on Monday night gave them back-to-back national championship wins. They become the first team to do so since Florida in 2006 and 2007.

Tristen Newton of the Huskies led his team through the game, scoring 20 points. Zach Edey was the leading scorer for Purdue.

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Women's college basketball is having a historic moment

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(NEW YORK) -- While the 2023-2024 women's college basketball season may be over, the rise in interest in the sport is just beginning.

Women's basketball had a record-breaking year in terms of ticket sales, increased viewership, and even more Name, Image, and Likeness -- or NIL -- deals this past year.

"These are young women who received Title IX on full blast, they had the coaching, the interest from their parents, they are really the product of what this nation has created because of Title IX and how the nation has fallen in love with what it has created," ABC News contributor Christine Brennan told Good Morning America.

All five power conferences reported high ticket sales this season ahead of March Madness.

The University of Iowa alone has seen a 162% increase in average ticket sale prices from last season, according to Vivid Seats, a ticket resale company. Much of that is considered to be due to Iowa's star player, Caitlin Clark, and her NCAA record-breaking scoring this past season; the intense match-ups between Clark and Louisiana State University star Angel Reese; and the highly anticipated return of star opposing players like Paige Bueckers (University of Connecticut) and Kamilla Cardoso (University of South Carolina).

Following the South Carolina Gamecocks' win against Iowa in the NCAA Tournament Championship on Sunday night, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley credited Clark for a phenomenal season and for helping elevate the sport in the public eye.

"I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport," Staley said in her victory speech after Sunday's game. "She carried a heavy load for our sport."

Women's basketball has also seen a surge in viewership.

The Final Four matchup between UConn and Iowa on April 5 garnered 14.2 million viewers -- peaking at 17 million views, breaking ESPN viewership records at the time. Two days later, the NCAA Women's Basketball Final between Iowa and South Carolina garnered 18.7 million viewers, peaking at 24 million and becoming the most-watched women's college basketball game ever, according to ESPN, which cited Nielsen Fast Nationals figures.

Following an Elite 8 rematch between LSU and Iowa on April 1, which garnered an average of 12.3 million viewers, soccer phenom Megan Rapinoe, who won two World Cups with the U.S. women's national team, took to social media to praise the players, past and present.

"Dear Women's Basketball, I, Personally, am not shocked. And STILL, this is the most (incredible thing) to see," Rapinoe wrote in a since-expired Instagram story. "We don't deserve women's basketball. Thank you to all of you, college players and W players and all of them past and present."

Rapinoe continued, also giving a shoutout to partner and basketball legend Sue Bird. 

"We are ALL better off because of you. You all deserve this moment so deeply. Love, Megan," she wrote.

Women have defined the narrative around women in sports -- specifically basketball -- in recent years, with women athletes defying critics by proving themselves competitive, exciting and marketable.

It wasn't long ago when then-University of Oregon women's basketball player Sedona Prince called out the NCAA for discrepancies between the men's teams and the women's teams when it came to their respective weight rooms. Now, major brands and ad agencies are offering more airtime and NIL deals for women players.

NIL deals have become a game-changing contributor to the rising presence of women's basketball. According to Nick DePaula, who covers shoe endorsement deals on the Boardroom show The Sneaker Game and also writes for ESPN, 15 college women athletes are currently signed to nine brands, compared to just three college players on the men's side. These brands include Nike (Clark), Reebok (Reese) and New Balance (Stanford's Cameron Brink).

NBA players are taking notice and investing in women athletes, too. In March, South Carolina freshman guard MiLaysia Fulwiley signed a multi-year NIL shoe deal with four-time NBA Champion Steph Curry under his subsidiary brand with Under Armour.

As Clark, Cardoso and others prepare for the WNBA, the moment for women's hoopers is finally here -- and long overdue. 

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/8/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
NY Yankees 7, Miami 0
Pittsburgh 7, Detroit 4
LA Dodgers 4, Minnesota 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 4, Chi White Sox 0
Toronto 5, Seattle 2
Houston 10, Texas 5
LA Angels 7, Tampa Bay 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 9, Chi Cubs 8
Washington 8, San Francisco 1
Cincinnati 10, Milwaukee 8
Philadelphia 5, St. Louis 3
NY Mets 8, Atlanta 7
Colorado 7, Arizona 5

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 4, Vegas 3
Toronto 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UConn 75, Purdue 60

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South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley discusses perfect season, third NCAA title

Head coach Dawn Staley of the South Carolina Gamecocks cuts down the net after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2024 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament National Championship at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on April 7, 2024 in Cleveland. -- Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

(NEW YORK) -- Head coach Dawn Staley's proverbial cup "runneth over" on the court Sunday, overcome with emotion after she led the South Carolina women's basketball team to its third NCAA title.

"The emotions took over -- when you're competing for a national championship, any big goal, you pray, and then you're not supposed to worry. And I did a lot of worrying, but I did a lot of praying," Staley told Good Morning America Monday after the 87-75 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. "My cup runneth over. And there's not much I could do besides release it through crying and through thanking the Lord for giving us another yet another blessing. I never want to not give him his due because, you know, he's given me uncommon favor."

Since taking over as head coach in 2008, the team has made six Final Four appearances under Staley's leadership. The Gamecocks have notched 109 wins with only three losses in the last three seasons.

Despite being down in the first quarter, Staley was confident in the team she previously called an "unlikely group." The Gamecocks went on to become the first team to win by double digits in a national title game after trailing by double digits earlier in the game.

"I felt it at the very beginning of the season, they said give me three words to describe this team and I said, 'expect the unexpected,'" Staley recalled on GMA, adding, "They have taken us through incredible highs and lows."

She explained that with her own high standards for players, "if you have not come from a standard that's high, you can't possibly give them that standard. You have to meet them and teach them where they need to be. To be respectful to people and respectful to the game of basketball or else, you know, you're not gonna get it. You are not going to meet your mark."

"Luckily, thank God, they got it in time enough to do something about it, and challenge each other to be their best advocates, teammates and critics at the same time," Staley continued.

The championship also marked the final collegiate game for Hawkeyes star guard Caitlin Clark, who broke the all-time NCAA college basketball leading scoring record for men and women this season, and is headed to the WNBA draft.

Staley, who gave a special shoutout to Clark on the court Sunday, called the 22-year-old a "generational talent" on GMA.

"I think she's the sole responsibility of our game being raised to this level of playing, as many women's games basketball games were on national television. ... Every time she plays, she seems to outdo herself. There's not a lot of people that can demand and command that kind of attention, and Caitlin's one of them," Staley said.

"I know her shoulders are heavy because of what she has to give to women's basketball. I just want to say we're thankful. We're thankful that she chose to play basketball. We're thankful for the way she's handled all of it," the coach said."Her next step is the WNBA -- I do think she can be that person that elevates us."

Now that the NCAA season is complete, Staley has her sights set on the summer Olympics in Paris, where she will coach Team USA -- and possibly Clark, who has said she hopes to make the team. Staley previously led the U.S. team to gold in Tokyo in 2021.

Caitlin Clark says she's 'ready for the next chapter' after breaking scoring records, declaring for WNBA draft.

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South Carolina Gamecocks defeat Iowa Hawkeyes in NCAA women's basketball championship

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(CLEVELAND) -- The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 87-75, to win the NCAA women's basketball championship in Cleveland on Sunday.

The win for the Gamecocks gave them a perfect 38-0 season.

Sunday wrapped up a historical season for women's college basketball, and that particular game marked the end of Iowa player Caitlin Clark's college basketball career.

Clark, who previously announced her intention to enter the WNBA draft, scored 30 points on Sunday.

This is South Carolina's third National title.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/7/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 3, Baltimore 2
Milwaukee 12, Seattle 4
Tampa Bay 3, Colorado 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland at Minnesota (Postponed)
Oakland 7, Detroit 1
Kansas City 5, Chi White Sox 3
NY Yankees 8, Toronto 3
Boston 12, LA Angels 2
Houston 3, Texas 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 5, Arizona 2
Washington 3, Philadelphia 2
NY Mets 3, Cincinnati 1
Miami 10, St. Louis 3
Chi Cubs 8, LA Dodgers 1
San Francisco 3, San Diego 2

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
LA Clippers 120, Cleveland 118
Dallas 147, Houston 136 (OT)
Indiana 117, Miami 115
Boston 124, Portland 107
Orlando 113, Chicago 98
Oklahoma City 121, Charlotte 118
New Orleans 113, Phoenix 105
Toronto 130, Washington 122
Final New York 122 Milwaukee 109
Sacramento 107, Brooklyn 77
Philadelphia 133 San Antonio 126 (2OT)
Golden State 118, Utah 110
Minnesota 127, LA Lakers 117

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Detroit 3, Buffalo 1
Minnesota 4, Chicago 0
Carolina 3, Columbus 0
Arizona 5, San Jose 2
Ottawa 3, Washington 2 (OT)
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Montreal 2
Nashville 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)
St. Louis 6, Anaheim 5 (SO)
Dallas 7, Colorado 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland 3, Sporting Kansas City 3 (Tie)

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Coeur d’Alene police find evidence of ‘racial slur’ as they probe harassment of Utah women’s basketball team

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(COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho) -- Video and audio evidence collected by investigators “corroborates” reports that members of the Utah women's basketball team were harassed and subjected to racial slurs during an incident on March 21, 2024, police in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, confirmed Wednesday.

“We’ve identified an audio recording where the use of a racial slur was clearly audible,” police said in a statement Wednesday night. “We’re working to determine the context and conduct associated with its use to determine if it is a violation of the law. While we’re still reviewing evidence, it appears the use of a racial slur occurred more than one time.”

Police also released a photo of a silver car that was in the area at the time of the incident and encouraged anyone with information related to the vehicle to reach out to detectives at the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320 or to submit a tip online.

Police said on Wednesday that detectives have now “conducted interviews with the involved parties,” and have also collected about 35 hours of surveillance video from businesses in the area as they investigate the incident.

A spokesperson for the Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CAPD) told ABC News on March 27 that local detectives and the FBI, which is “involved” in this case, planned to travel to Utah to interview the players.

The FBI told ABC News on March 27 that they are "aware" of the incident but have not launched an investigation, and added that if “information comes to light of a potential federal violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”

A spokesperson for the Utah women’s basketball team told ABC News on Monday that the team is “continuing to work with the authorities who are conducting the investigation and continuing to support our student athletes.”

According to a police report filed on March 21 by Robert Moyer, a witness who identified himself as a team donor who was traveling with the Utah women’s basketball team, the players were targeted twice while arriving at and leaving the Crafted Tap House, where they had dinner.

“Two lifted pickups (NFI) were revving their engines and speeding by the team as they walked down Sherman. The trucks then turned around and came back towards the team and yelled the N-word at them as many of their players are African American,” according to the report. “Robert stated the incident caused a well-founded fear among the players.”

ABC News obtained police body camera video that includes audio of Moyer’s call to 911 asking to meet with police to report the incident and his subsequent conversation with a police officer who arrived at the scene.

The Utah women’s basketball team, which is a part of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), was in Coeur d’Alene for several days to compete during March Madness, Moyer said, adding that he feared for their safety as they remained in the city after the incident.

“I’m so pissed,” Moyer said, before proceeding to tell a police officer that he wants to file a report after a group of white men “revving their engines” drove down the strip near the Crafted Tap House in Coeur D’Alene and they started “throwing the f-bombs and the n-bombs” at a group of Black female basketball players near the Crafted Tap House.

According to Moyer, the first incident took place at around “6-ish” and the second was at around 8:30 p.m. He said that after harassing the players before they went into the restaurant, the same trucks “were waiting for us to come out” and then did it again.

“That scared them. That scared them a lot,” Moyer said, adding that one of the players was in tears after the incident.

The women's NCAA Tournament is having a big moment that has also been marred by missteps
Asked if he could describe the individuals or the trucks, Moyer said that one of the trucks was white and the trucks were “screamer trucks” that were “jacked up.”

The police officer confirmed to Moyer that he has written up a report and the incident is on record and encouraged Moyer to call the police if anything else takes place during their stay in Coeur D’Alene.

“If we hear that stuff and it’s in our presence, we will absolutely take them to jail, the officer said.

While the players have not spoken out publicly about the incident, Utah's women's basketball head coach Lynne Roberts addressed it during a post-game press conference on March 25.

"We had several instances of some kind of racial hate crimes towards our program and [it was] incredibly upsetting for all of us," Roberts said. "Racism is real, and it happens, and it's awful."

The NCAA told ABC News in a statement on March 27 that the league is “devastated” by the incident.

“The NCAA condemns racism and hatred in any form and is committed to providing a world-class athletics and academic experience for student-athletes that fosters lifelong well-being,” the statement said. “NCAA championship events represent the pinnacle of a student-athlete’s collegiate career.”

ABC News' Jade Lawson and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/3/24

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INTERLEAGUE
Detroit at NY Mets (Postponed)
Atlanta at Chi White Sox (Postponed)
LA Angels 10, Miami 2
Minnesota 7, Milwaukee 3
NY Yankees 6, Arizona 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas 4, Tampa Bay 1
Baltimore 4, Kansas City 3
Boston 1, Oakland 0
Cleveland 8, Seattle 0
Houston 8, Toronto 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE
LA Dodgers 5, San Francisco 4
Cincinnati 4, Philadelphia 1
San Diego 3, St. Louis 2
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 3
Chi Cubs 9, Colorado 8

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Portland 89, Charlotte 86
LA Lakers 125, Washington 120
Atlanta 121, Detroit 113
Boston 135, Oklahoma City 100
Brooklyn 115, Indiana 111
Minnesota 133, Toronto 85
Memphis 111, Milwaukee 101
Orlando 117, New Orleans 108
Phoenix 122, Cleveland 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 2, Arizona 1
Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 1
NY Rangers 4, New Jersey 3
Los Angeles 5, Seattle 2
Dallas 5, Edmonton 0

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