Sunday, February 25, 2018
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NBA

Wade speaks out on guns

Dwyane Wade has lashed out against Chicago's gun laws, calling them weak and saying he has urged officials in his hometown to act.

The Bulls and former Heat star whose cousin was shot dead last week also said his children are afraid of police officers as he was growing up. Wade, during an interview with ABC that aired Friday, added he had "a bad taste" in his mouth when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted about his cousin's murder. The funeral for Nykea Aldridge, 32, a mother of four who was killed on a Chicago street, is today.

"For our family, it was very tough," Wade said.

Aldridge was one of 90 people killed in August in Chicago, a city ravaged by gun violence that once had some of the nation's strictest gun-control laws.

Soccer

Big day for Besler: Baby and a goal

Matt Besler scored his first international goal just hours after the birth of his daughter and 17-year-old Christian Pulisic added two late strikes as the United States routed host St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 in World Cup qualifying. Besler, 29, a defender with Sporting KC in MLS who started at the 2014 World Cup, made his 36th international appearance. Just before kickoff, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced that his wife Amanda gave birth to Parker Besler earlier Friday. After the goal, Besler was surrounded by five teammates in a rocking baby celebration. The Americans, 3-1-1 in the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying, face Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday in Jacksonville.

England: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will miss the upcoming derby against Manchester United after receiving a three-match ban from the English Football Association for elbowing an opponent. Aguero wasn't punished during last week's win against West Ham for the incident but the FA handed down its decision after seeing video. The Manchester rivals meet Sept. 10.

Autos

Local secures ride for two races

New Port Richey's RC Enerson, 19, will drive the No. 19 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing for the rest of the IndyCar season. The former Gulf High student was 20th in a 22-car field Friday in the first practice session for Sunday's race in Watkins Glen, N.Y. He will also race Sept. 18 in the series finale in Sonoma, Calif.

Times wires

Running ranking cites Tampa

The opportunity to jog along the waterfront while spotting manatees landed Tampa on Runner's World's list of 50 best running cities. Tampa ranked No. 32. "You can't beat the scenery along Bayshore Boulevard," the magazine said. "This popular route offers 9 miles of continuous sidewalk." While waiting for the sun to reappear, check out runtampa.com, the Run Tampa club's website.

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