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Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James said that the NBA general manager who posted a tweet in support of the democratic protesters in Hong Kong "wasn't educated on the situation at hand."

The comments by the basketball star add fuel to the ongoing fire over the NBA's ties to China and free speech.

"I don't want to get into a [verbal] feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn't educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke," James said Monday, referencing the Houston Rockets general manager who posted the tweet in support of the protesters.

"And so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet and say and we do, even though, yes, we do have freedom of speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that, too," James said to reporters before a game on Monday night.

When pressed about those comments, James said that he was basing his thoughts on his belief.

"I believe he was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it. I have no idea, but that is just my belief," he said.

"Because when you say things or do things, if you are doing it and you know the people that can be affected by it and the families and individuals and everyone that can be affected by it, sometimes things can be changed as well. And also social media is not always the proper way to go about things as well, but that's just my belief," James said.

Morey's tweet has prompted widespread outcry since it was posted on Oct. 4, and it included an image with the slogan "FIGHT FOR FREEDOM STAND WITH HONG KONG." He took down the tweet within hours after posting it and in a subsequent Twitter posting said he did not "intend my tweet to cause offense to Rockets fans and friends of mine in China."

"I was merely voicing one thought, based on one interpretation, of one complicated event. I have had a lot of opportunity since that tweet to hear and consider other perspectives," Morey said.

China is a huge market for the NBA, and considering the Chinese government is in opposition to the protesters in Hong Kong, and prompted ripple effects between China and the NBA as a result.

Morey's tweet prompted an angry response from several Chinese companies that sponsor the Rockets, including sporting goods manufacturer Li-Ning and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, which both announced they are suspending their relationships with the Rockets.

CCTV and internet giant Tencent -- who inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games in China -- both said they will not show Rockets games.

The NBA is the No. 1 sports league in China and big business for the league with at least 25 marketing partnerships and 200 NBA stores.

NBA revenue from China is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions, which is part of the basketball-related income that is shared with the league's players.

After his initial comments were met with criticism, James continued to address the issue on Twitter.

"Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that," James wrote in a tweet.

Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.

— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019

"My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it," he tweeted.

My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.

— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Washington 8, St. Louis 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Miami 120, Atlanta 87
Charlotte 120, Memphis 99
Dallas 107, Oklahoma City 70
Sacramento 128, Utah 115
Denver 107, Phoenix 102
LA Lakers 104, Golden State 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 4, Anaheim 2
NY Islanders 3, St. Louis 2 -- OT
Florida 6, New Jersey 4
Minnesota 2, Ottawa 0
Buffalo 4, Dallas 0
Colorado 6, Washington 3
Chicago 3, Edmonton 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Green Bay 23, Detroit 22

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fstop123/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A Major League Baseball star found himself in the middle of a parenting and family values debate after skipping a crucial playoff game to be present for his daughter's birth.

Washington Nationals star Daniel Hudson was in a hospital room in Arizona when his team beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 in the first game of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) Friday night.

The 32-year-old player's wife had just given birth to their third child, a daughter they named Millie.

Hudson quickly found himself in a controversy by simply making the decision to be with his family as they welcomed their newest member.

"I knew I was going to go no matter what," Hudson said Saturday, according to ESPN. "I didn't know that this was a new thing, to have a playoff paternity leave list. I had no idea."

"I was like, 'I can't be the only person to have a baby in the middle of the postseason,' and for it to blow up like it did, man, it's kind of crazy," he added. "But I didn't really give much thought about not going. My family is top priority for me."

Some people criticized Hudson on social media for missing such an important game, including one former baseball official who tweeted, "Only excuse would be a problem with the birth or health of baby or mother. If all is well, he needs to get to St. Louis. Inexcusable. Will it matter?”

Other were quick to dispute that a game was more important than a life-changing personal moment.

"So, you're saying his wife should be able to handle childbirth, alone, without her husband there, but his team of 40 guys can't handle one playoff baseball game? In 2019, this is really what you're saying? Some lady must be lucky to have you!," a Twitter user in response.

Hudson, who joined the Nationals this summer, said he had the team's full support to attend his daughter's birth. He used the phrase "life comes at you fast" to describe facing criticisms for choosing family over his career.

"I went from not having a job on March 21 to this huge national conversation on family values going into the playoffs," he said, according to ESPN. "Life comes at you fast, man. I don't know how that happened and how I became the face for whatever conversation was going on. Everybody's got their opinions, man, and I really value my family and my family time."

Hudson's paternity leave was short-lived anyways. He was activated off the paternity list before game two of the series on Saturday and helped the Nationals notch a 3-1 win.

Hudson's decision to take at least some time away from his professional life to be with his newborn daughter and wife earned praise from Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, husband of Serena Williams and vocal advocate for paternity leave.

Ohanian posted on Instagram that he is "buying [Hudson's] jersey right now."


Ohanian was very public about the fact that he took 16 weeks of paternity leave when daughter Olympia was born in 2017 and has since encouraged other dads, especially ones in high-profile positions, to take leave to in order to set an example.

"Use me as air cover. I took my full 16 weeks," he told "Good Morning America" earlier this year. "I wanted people to see that you could care deeply about your industry, have a tremendous passion for the work that you do but also still be able to say that you care deeply about your family and want to take this time."

In the U.S., only 16% of civilian workers have access to paid family leave and 88% have access to unpaid family leave, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. is the only advanced industrialized nation without a guarantee of paid leave for new parents, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The median length of paternity leave for dads in the U.S. is one week, according to Pew Research Center data.

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DorSteffen/iStock(ROME) -- Pope Francis set the world of football abuzz Sunday by unexpectedly throwing his weight behind the New Orleans Saints.

Except, the octogenarian pontiff didn't mean to support the NFL team but the newly canonized saints of the Catholic Church.

"Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints," he posted, using the team's hashtag by mistake.

"They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession," he added.

Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints. They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.

— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) October 13, 2019

Twitter followers quipped the pope meant to say he invoked the Saints' "interception."

But even if intended for different types of saints, New Orleans players and supporters took it as a good omen. And indeed, despite playing without star quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints had little trouble beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 13-6.

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Houston 3. NY Yankees 2 -- 11 innings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Boston 118, Cleveland 72
LA Clippers 118, Melbourne 100
New Orleans 123, San Antonio 114
Philadelphia 126, Orlando 94
Chicago 105, Toronto 91
Milwaukee 115, Washington 108
Minnesota 131, Maccabi 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 7, Winnipeg 2
Vegas 5, Los Angeles 2
San Jose 3, Calgary 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Carolina 37, Tampa Bay 26
Houston 31, Kansas City 24
Seattle 32, Cleveland 28
Baltimore 23 Cincinnati 17
New Orleans 13 Jacksonville 6
Minnesota 38, Philadelphia 20
Washington 17, Miami 16
San Francisco 20, LA Rams 7
Arizona 34, Atlanta 33
NY Jets 24, Dallas 22
Denver 16, Tennessee 0
Pittsburgh 24, LA Chargers 17

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Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images(STUTTGART, Germany) -- Gymnast and Olympic medalist Simone Biles keeps topping her own records.

On Sunday, she became the all-time medal earner at this weekend's World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, the International Gymnast Federation (FIG) posted on Facebook.

Biles won her 25th world medal and her 5th gold medal of the week during the floor exercise competition according to a tweet from FIG.

If the 22-year-old gymnast can do the same at the 2020 Olympics, she will have achieved something no other female gymnast has accomplished during the Olympic Games, The Associated Press reported.

She won the individual all-around title at the World Championships last week, scoring 58.99 points on the balance beam, floor, vault and uneven bars -- breaking her own past record.

She also created two signature moves at the event: the double-double dismount on the balance beam and triple-double on the floor, both of which will be named after Biles.

Her signature moves are so complex that FIG deemed them a safety risk for other gymnasts to attempt.

"There is added risk in landing of double saltos for Beam dismounts (with/without twists), including a potential landing on the neck. Reinforcing, there are many examples in the Code where decisions have been made to protect the gymnasts and preserve the direction of the discipline," FIG said in a statement about Biles' signature moves. "The WTC’s task is to ensure the safety of all athletes around the world and decisions are not based purely on one gymnast."

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iStock(CHICAGO) -- Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei broke the women's world marathon record in Chicago after finishing at 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds.

Video posted on the Chicago Marathon's Facebook page shows Kosgei, 25, barreling through the finish line without any of her fellow runners in sight behind her.

Finishing second and third on Sunday in the women's race were Ethiopian runners Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka, who finished at 2 hours, 20 minutes and 51 seconds and 2 hours, 20 minutes and 55 seconds, respectively.

Ethiopian Lawrence Cherono won the men's race, clocking in at two hours, 5 minutes and 45 seconds.

After the race Sunday, Kosgei posed with the former record-holder, Paula Radcliffe, who set the previous mark at 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds in London 16 years ago.

Radcliffe won Chicago's marathon in 2018 at 2 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

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iStock/Pavel1964(SEATTLE) -- A feat once thought impossible, Eliud Kipchoge has become the first person to ever run a marathon in less than two hours even though it will not count as a world record.

Kipchoge bested the two hour mark by 20 seconds for a final time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

Kipchoge was supported by 36 pacemakers and also had a pace car with a laser beam projecting his ideal position on the road which is one of the reasons why the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not verify Kipchoge’s time as a world record.

"I'm feeling good," Kipchoge told the Associated Press. "I'm the first man, I want to inspire many people that no human is limited."

Kipchoge ran at an average pace of 4 minutes and 33 seconds per mile throughout the entire race, according to the Associated Press.

"We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world," he said, pointing out that the mission of his attempt went beyond athletics. "The positivity of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport."

Kipchoge reached his accomplishment in Prater Park in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

It was his second attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier. He had previously missed the mark by only 26 seconds in Monza, Italy, in May 2017.

Kipchoge won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and he also holds the official world record of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.

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kali9/iStock(PEORIA, Ariz.) -- San Diego Padres pitcher Jacob Nix has been arrested after allegedly trespassing on a man's property by breaking in through the doggy door of his home.

Peoria police in Arizona responded to a call regarding a reported trespasser on Sunday morning around 3:30 a.m., according to ABC's Phoenix affiliate station KNXV.

The homeowner allegedly discovered a man, who police would later identify as the 23-year-old San Diego Padres pitcher, crawling through his doggy door, confronted him and kicked him once in the face.

Another man who was outside, 23-year-old Thomas Cosgrove, who was also drafted by the Padres, then reached through the doggy door and pulled Nix out of the house, according to police.

However, as the pair began to flee the house, the homeowner reached through the doggy door and shot Nix in the back with a taser, according to court records obtained by KNXV.

The two men managed to flee the scene but only made it a few streets away before police picked them up and arrested them. They have both been charged with criminal trespassing.

The San Diego Padres released a statement regarding the arrests of Nix and Cosgrove.

"We are aware of the alleged incident involving Jacob Nix last Sunday in Arizona. We take this matter seriously and have been in contact with the Commissioner's office and local authorities. Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we will not have any further comment at this time," it said.

Nix pitched in nine games for the Padres in 2018 but was injured for most of the 2019 season. Cosgrove was drafted by the Padres in 2017 and has been pitching in their minor league system ever since.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is now ranked second on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list.

The 42-year-old bested former star quarterback Peyton Manning for the spot, completing a 19-yard pass in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the New York Giants. The Patriots went on to beat the Giants 35-14, and Brady ended the game completing 31 of 41 passes for a total of 334 yards.

Brady now stands at 72,257 yards for his career, behind New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who holds the No. 1 spot on the list with 74,845 yards.

It's worth noting that the record only takes into consideration statistics from the regular season. If playoff games were to be included, Brady would be ranked first on the list.

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