Tim Bradbury/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- USA Gymnastics just can't seem to get out of its own way when it comes to establishing new leadership.
The honeymoon lasted just one day for USA Gymnastics interim President Mary Bono, who was appointed on Friday and came under fire from the sport's biggest star on Saturday.
Simone Biles, a four-time Olympics gold medalist and the only woman in history with 10 World Championship golds, responded to a tweet by Bono from earlier this year in which she posted a photo of her drawing over the Nike swoosh logo on a pair of shoes in protest of the company using Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign.
Biles responded with "mouth drop" before saying, "Don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything."
Bono deleted the tweet hours later and issued an apology.
"I regret the post and respect everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them," she tweeted. "This doesn’t reflect how I will approach my position @USAGym I will do everything I can to help build, w/ the community, an open, safe & positive environment.
"Hey all, I know the Tweet will live on but have taken it down to move the focus to all I hope to accomplish on behalf of a great sport & those who are dedicated to it," she added. "I look forward to telling my gymnastics story, my vision for the future of the sport and why I wanted the job."
Bono, a Republican, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2013 in California's 44th and 45th districts. She replaced her late husband, singer and entertainer Sonny Bono, after he died in a skiing accident.
Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, riled Republicans -- including President Donald Trump -- over the past two years for taking a knee during the national anthem before games as a protest against the treatment of minorities by police. Nike chose Kaepernick as the new face of an advertising campaign prior to the start of this year's NFL season.
Biles signed with Nike in November 2015. She is one of several prominent team members sponsored by Nike, including fellow 2016 Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, who announced she will be returning to competition last week.
Bono's blunder, an apology 24 hours into her tenure, is just the latest in a cavalcade of errors by USA Gymnastics, the Olympic sport's governing body. Bono was installed, at least temporarily, as a replacement for Kerry Perry, who was forced out in September after just nine months in charge.
Perry's tenure was marked by a series of missteps over the handling of the Larry Nassar case and criticism from victims abused by the former physician over Perry's lack of transparency about how the organization planned to protect athletes going forward.
The resignation came just days after she hired Mary Lee Tracy as USA Gymnastics' women's elite development coordinator. Tracy is a longtime gymnastics coach who had voiced support for Nassar after he was arrested in 2016 on sex-abuse charges, which brought immediate condemnation from star gymnast Aly Raisman.
USA Gymnastics' entire board was forced out by the U.S. Olympic Committee earlier this year in the wake of Nassar's conviction for sexual assault.
Bono told The Associated Press in an interview in November 2017 that she was the subject of repeated sexual harassment by an unnamed House colleague while serving as a congresswoman.
The search for a permanent replacement for Perry is ongoing.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:
AMERICAN LEAGUE Houston 7, Boston 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE L.A. Dodgers 4, Milwaukee 3
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Vegas 1, Philadelphia 0 Edmonton 2, N.Y. Rangers 1 Ottawa 5, L.A. Kings 1 Boston 8, Detroit 2 Carolina 5, Minnesota 4 Toronto 4, Washington 2 Tampa Bay 8, Columbus 2 Vancouver 3, Florida 2 Montreal 4, Pittsburgh 3 Nashville 5, N.Y. Islanders 2 Dallas 5, Anaheim 3 Chicago 4, St. Louis 3 Buffalo 3, Arizona 0 Calgary 3, Colorado 2
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL (1) Alabama 39, Missouri 10 (13) LSU 36, (2) Georgia 16 (3) Ohio St. 30, Minnesota 14 (5) Notre Dame 19, Pittsburgh 14 Iowa St. 30, (6) West Virginia 14 (17) Oregon 30, (7) Washington 27 Michigan St. 21, (8) Penn St. 17 (9) Texas 23, Baylor 17 (10) UCF 31, Memphis 30 (12) Michigan 38, (15) Wisconsin 13 (14) Florida 37, Vanderbilt 27 Virginia 16, (16) Miami 13 Southern Cal 31, (19) Colorado 20 Tennessee 30, (21) Auburn 24 (22) Texas A&M 26, South Carolina 23
Colin Kaepernick/Twitter(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Colin Kaepernick, who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl but made even bigger headlines protesting against social injustice, was among those honored on Thursday for their significant contributions to black history and culture.
Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle headlined a list of eight individuals who received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at Harvard's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.
Joining Kaepernick and Chappelle, as reported by ABC Boston station WCVB-TV, were Kenneth Chenault, the chairman of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, the founder of Avid Partners; Florence Ladd, a psychologist and author; Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and Kehinde Wiley, an artist.
"Love is at the root of our resistance," Kaepernick told students on Thursday. "People live with social injustice every single day, and we expect them to thrive in situations where they're just trying to survive."
Past honorees include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou and Sonia Sotomayor.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez is returning to gymnastics.
The 18-year-old made the announcement on "Good Morning America" Thursday, saying she is "currently training."
"Crossing your fingers for 2020," Hernandez said of the future Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo.
Besides winning a gold and silver medal, Hernandez has a new children's book out titled, "She's Got This." The name of the book is inspired by the gymnast visibly reciting "I got this" to herself before each event at the U.S. women's gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
"Whenever I'm competing, I'm pretty much terrified before I go up there," Hernandez said. "And so, it's making sure that I can calm myself down before I hop onto the equipment. And for me, that's a lot of self-talk and self-preparation and it's being my own hype man."
"She's Got This" is about a gymnast who experiences setbacks, but keeps going.
This is the second published book for Hernandez, who also won Season 23 of "Dancing With the Stars."
But that's not all: Hernandez also has her own Barbie doll.
"She has my curls, which is really important to me," Hernandez said. "When I was little, I always wanted to straighten my hair because I saw everybody had that but now I get to embrace that."
On "GMA," Hernandez also showed adorable young fans in the audience how to appropriately stick a landing.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events: AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Houston 11 Cleveland 3 Final Boston 16 N-Y Yankees 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE Final L-A Dodgers 6 Atlanta 2
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Final Dallas 115 Philadelphia 112 Final OT Brooklyn 110 Detroit 108 Final Indiana 111 Cleveland 102 Final Charlotte 110 Chicago 104 Final Washington 110 N-Y Knicks 98 Final Miami 90 Orlando 89 Final Sacramento 132 Maccabi Haifa 100 Final Phoenix 117 Golden State 109
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final N-Y Islanders 4 San Jose 0 Final Boston 6 Ottawa 3 Final Buffalo 4 Vegas 2 Final SO Anaheim 3 Detroit 2
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE Final New Orleans 43 Washington 19
Grant Halverson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Eric Reid, a defensive back with the Carolina Panthers, took a knee on the field on Sunday during the national anthem before a game against the New York Giants.
The game marked Reid’s return to the NFL after an uncertain few months as a free agent which he believes were because of his continued protests against racism and police brutality.
Reid’s contract with the San Francisco 49ers expired in March and he remained unsigned until two weeks ago, when he joined the Panthers on a one-year contract.
The news of Reid rejoining the NFL came amid speculation by some fans and players that the 26-year-old had not been signed due to his activism on the field.
"I think we all know why he hasn't received a call," Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith, a member of the NFL Players Coalition, said days before Reid was signed by the Panthers, echoing a suggestion previously made by others in the coalition, including Devin McCourty from the New England Patriots, and Malcolm Jenkins from the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The notion that I can be a great signing for your team for cheap, not because of my skill set but because I’ve protested systemic oppression, is ludicrous,” Reid tweeted in March.
Reid was the first to join teammate Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee during the National Anthem in 2016.
He continued his protest even after Kaepernick’s contract wasn’t renewed at the end of the 2016 season, and he and other players who followed suit have become targets of President Donald Trump, who launched an ongoing battle with the NFL in September 2017 for allowing the protests. In August of this year, Trump said that players who don’t take a knee should be “suspended without pay.”
Reid and Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in May, claiming that league owners colluded to keep them from playing because of their protests on the field.
Reid said last week he wasn't sure whether his protests for social justice would include taking a knee during the national anthem but added that he doesn't plan on dropping his grievance against the NFL even after getting signed.
Kaepernick, who has remained unsigned, has continued to work for social justice issues, becoming a symbol of the modern civil rights movement.
"My Brother @E_Reid35, with @KSTiLLS and @iThinkIsee12, continue to take a knee against systemic oppression. They are unwavering in their conviction! #ImWithReid," former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted on Sunday, in support of Reid.
ABC News has reached out to the NFL for a request for comment, but a call was not immediately returned.
Harry How/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The fight outside the cage at UFC 229 will end up getting a lot more attention than the fight inside the ring.
Khabib Nurmagomedov tapped out UFC star Conor McGregor, who was making his return to the Octagon after an interlude in boxing, with a rear naked choke in the fourth round to defend the lightweight title. He is now 27-0 in his career and 11-0 in the UFC.
But then the show went south.
Nurmagomedov, a 30-year-old from Russia, danced around the ring following the victory, and then hurled his mouthpiece in the direction of McGregor's trainers outside the cage. He then scaled the fence and attacked people from McGregor's entourage sitting cageside at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, outside Las Vegas. Security officials and UFC personnel immediately jumped into the fray to try to separate Nurmagomedov from McGregor's camp. Several police officers managed to cordon off Nurmagomedov and pull him away from the brawl.
ESPN reported Nurmagomedov exchanged punches in the crowd with Dillon Danis, a fighter who trains with McGregor, after hearing trash talk from the group.
While Nurmagomedov was outside the ring, people from the Russian fighter's group rushed into the cage and started brawling with McGregor, who was prevented from climbing over the cage by officials.
UFC President Dana White told ESPN the Nevada State Athletic Commission is holding Nurmagomedov's check, but paid McGregor. White also said they were turning over film to the commission.
White said three members of Nurmagomedov's camp were arrested following the incident. In a press conference following the fight, White said McGregor refused to press charges and the men were released.
White was asked about possible punishments, to which he responded, "could be suspension -- these guys need visas again to get back in the country. Big fines. It's a big deal." He called it "a very bad night" for the UFC.
"Nobody's ever done that, nobody should ever do that," White said of Nurmagomedov jumping into the crowd, a moment reminiscent of the November 2004 brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn, Michigan, between the NBA's Pistons and Pacers.
White told ESPN he had spoken to McGregor in the locker room following the fight.
"He said, 'I don't care about all of this.' Obviously he's upset about losing the fight," White said.
Nurmagomedov made a very short appearance at a press conference following the event, almost three hours after the fight ended. He did not take questions, but did apologize to the city and fans.
"Why people still talking about this?" he said. "My father teach me respect. ... This is a respect sport, not a trash talking sport."
The two fighters have a violent history already marred by criminal proceedings.
A warrant was put out for McGregor's arrest after a wild scene at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 5. The 30-year-old champion tried to confront Nurmagomedov at a press event, and hurled a metal gate at the bus the fighter was in. The window was shattered and several fighters inside, though not Nurmagomedov, were injured.
McGregor surrendered to police in June and was charged with three counts of assault, criminal mischief, menacing and reckless endangerment. He pleaded guilty and was ordered to perform community service and attend anger management classes.
The fight on Saturday was McGregor's first since November 2016. In the interim he fought Floyd Mayweather in a much-hyped boxing match, which he lost.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
AMERICAN LEAGUE Final Houston 3 Cleveland 1 Final N-Y Yankees 6 Boston 2 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Final Cleveland 113 Boston 102 Final OT Memphis 109 Indiana 104 Final L.A. Clippers 103 L.A. Lakers 87
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final New Jersey 5 Edmonton 2 Final Dallas 5 Winnipeg 1 Final Montreal 5 Pittsburgh 1 Final Buffalo 3 N-Y Rangers 1 Final Ottawa 5 Toronto 3 Final SO Tampa Bay 2 Florida 1 Final Nashville 4 N-Y Islanders 3 Final SO Vegas 2 Minnesota 1 Final OT Chicago 5 St. Louis 4 Final Colorado 5 Philadelphia 2 Final Anaheim 1 Arizona 0 Final Calgary 7 Vancouver 4
TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Final (1) Alabama 65 Arkansas 31 Final (2) Georgia 41 Vanderbilt 13 Final (3) Ohio St. 49 Indiana 26 Final (4) Clemson 63 Wake Forest 3 Final (22) Florida 27 (5) LSU 19 Final (6) Notre Dame 45 (24) Virginia Tech 23 Final (19) Texas 48 (7) Oklahoma 45 Final Mississippi St. 23 (8) Auburn 9 Final (9) West Virginia 38 Kansas 22 Final (10) Washington 31 UCLA 24 Final (12) UCF 48 SMU 20 Final OT Texas A&M 20 (13) Kentucky 14 Final Utah 40 (14) Stanford 21 Final (15) Michigan 42 Maryland 21 Final (16) Wisconsin 41 Nebraska 24 Final (17) Miami 28 Florida St. 27 Final Northwestern 29 (20) Michigan St. 19 Final (21) Colorado 28 Arizona St. 21 Final (23) NC State 28 Boston 23 Final Iowa St. 48 (25) Oklahoma St. 42
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:
AMERICAN LEAGUE Houston 7, Cleveland 2 Boston 5, N.Y. Yankees 4
NATIONAL LEAGUE Milwaukee 4, Colorado 0 L.A. Dodgers 3, Atlanta 0
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON Philadelphia 120, Dallas 114 Washington 121, Miami 114 Toronto 120, Melbourne United 82 Orlando 119, Flamengo Flamengo 82 N.Y. Knicks 106, New Orleans 100 Oklahoma City 113, Minnesota 101 Memphis 120, Atlanta 110 San Antonio 117, Detroit 93 Denver 96, Perth Wildcats 88 Utah 129, Adelaide 36ers 99 Portland 115, Phoenix 93 Golden State 122, Sacramento 94
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Carolina 3, Columbus 1 San Jose 3, L.A. Kings 2
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Brazilian surfer set a world record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman when she successfully glided through a terrifyingly enormous 68-foot wave off the coast of Portugal.
Mesmerizing video of Maya Gabeira, 31, flying through the ginormous wave from trough to crest was captured by the World Surf League (WSL) videographers at their competition earlier this year in Nazare.
On Monday, Gabeira was awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest wave surfed by a woman.
Gabeira's history-making ride is especially incredible after the surfer suffered a serious injury in 2013 while surfing at the same spot where she went on to break a world record.
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"To set the world record has been a dream of mine for many years," Gabeira said in a statement released by the WSL. "But of course, after the accident in Nazare 2013, it felt like a very distant dream."
"It's been quite a journey," Gabeira added, reflecting on how her "life changed like never before" after she first came to Nazare.
Instead of running away from the surfing spot where she was injured five years ago, "I dedicated most of my time to the spot and I had years to focus on improving, on safety and on being around the best people to get where I wanted to be," Gabeira said.
"That time was priceless," she added. "It taught me a lot and slowly I got back to my feet."
Sophie Goldschmidt, the WSL CEO said in a statement that Gabeira "exemplifies the courage, commitment, and progression of female athletes around the world," adding that they were so proud to celebrate her Guinness World Record achievement.