Cristiano Ronaldo deal with Juventus has Fiat workers planning strike

Fiat employees in Italy plan to hold a strike after the Agnelli family, which owns the carmaker, paid Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo a reported $130 million to leave Spain’s Real Madrid and join Italy’s Juventus.
Cristiano Ronaldo's big pay day didn't sit well for some Fiat employees who plan to hold a strike in protest of the owner's purchase of the soccer star.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s big pay day didn’t sit well for some Fiat employees who plan to hold a strike in protest of the owner’s purchase of the soccer star. (AP)

Fiat employees in Italy plan to hold a strike after the Agnelli family, which owns the carmaker, paid Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo a reported $130 million to leave Spain’s Real Madrid and join Italy’s Juventus.

In addition to controlling Ferrari NV and Fiat Chrysler through a holding company, the Agnelli family owns a majority stake in the Turin-based soccer club, and the union representing the players said the money should have been reinvested into the cars, Bloomberg reported.

Italian Fiat factory workers threaten to strike over owner’s $130 million purchase of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo https://t.co/Q5Ctb2mz9Epic.twitter.com/XMCm4znK7J

— Bloomberg (@business) July 11, 2018

“It’s unacceptable that, while FCA and CNHI workers continue to make huge economic sacrifices, the company spends hundreds of millions of euros on the purchase of a player,” union USB Lavoro Privato told the outlet in a statement, referring to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and capital goods company CNH International, which the Agnelli family also runs through its investment company Exor.

Fiat Chrysler has struggled with sales in recent years, while laying off thousands of employees, according to the Independent.

Juventus paid 100 million euros (roughly $117 million) to secure Ronaldo’s departure from Spain, with an additional 12 million euros (roughly $14 million) in a fees to sign the 33 year old to a four-year contract, ESPN reported. The average salary factors out to about $64.5 million per season, according to ESPN.

Privato said the money spent to bring Ronaldo to Italy’s Serie A soccer league should have been spent on “car models that guarantee the futures of thousands of people, rather than enriching only one.”

The workers plan to strike at the plant in Melfi, Italy, between Sunday and Tuesday, according to Bloomberg.

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In 911 call, woman claims home invasion may have ‘something to do’ with NFL player LeSean McCoy

Authorities in Cherokee County, Ga., released 911 audio Thursday connected with a reported home invasion, robbery and assault early Tuesday at the suburban Atlanta home of NFL Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.

NFL star LeSean McCoy accused of beating girlfriend

Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy is accused of beating his girlfriend, his son, his dog, and for using illegal drugs.

Authorities in Cherokee County, Ga., released 911 audio Thursday connected with a reported home invasion, robbery and assault early Tuesday at the suburban Atlanta home of NFL Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.

In the recording, a woman identified by her lawyer as Delicia Cordon – an estranged girlfriend of McCoy’s – describes being assaulted and robbed inside the home after at least two masked intruders allegedly broke in about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

“He took a diamond bracelet off my wrist,” the woman identified as Cordon tells a 911 dispatcher about one of the intruders, according to USA Today. “He just kept asking for jewelry. I think it has something to do with my ex-boyfriend.”

“He took a diamond bracelet off my wrist. He just kept asking for jewelry. I think it has something to do with my ex-boyfriend.”

– Woman identified as Delicia Cordon, speaking to 911 dispatcher

Cordon’s lawyer, Tanya Mitchell Graham, said in a statement earlier this week that Cordon was struck in the face with a firearm multiple times by an intruder who “demanded specific items of jewelry” – items that McCoy allegedly wanted back from Cordon, the newspaper reported.

A woman who described herself as a friend of Cordon later posted a photo on social media showing Cordon covered in blood. Graham also released two images of Cordon that show her to be injured, the Buffalo News reported.

Cordon also suggests that the alleged intruders may have been familiar with the McCoy property, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.

911 audio released from home invasion at the Milton home of NFL Running Back LeSean McCoy along with police reports about previous calls to the home. #fox5atl@PhotoZorn_FOX5pic.twitter.com/fQEF8lZ7QW

— George (@gfrancofox5news) July 13, 2018

“I think they were trying to avoid the cameras by going out the front,” Cordon tells the 911 dispatcher, according to the station.

Graham said that whenever Cordon refused to return items of jewelry, McCoy would suggest that she could be robbed because the jewelry was expensive, the station reported.

McCoy, meanwhile, wrote on social media that any assertions that he was involved in the alleged home invasion and assault were “totally baseless and completely false.” No charges had been filed against McCoy in connection with the case as of Thursday, though he has hired a high-profile Atlanta defense attorney named Don Samuel, according to FOX 5.

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Records in Fulton County, Ga., indicate that an attorney for McCoy began trying to evict Cordon and her two children from the property in July 2017, FOX 5 reported. But Graham contends that Cordon and her children were allowed to remain there.

The Buffalo News reported that police have been called to the Georgia home three times since McCoy purchased it in August 2016. The first two incidents were described as domestic disputes that were ultimately resolved.

The third call came June 1, when Cordon reported seeing security video on her cellphone of people removing items from the house, the Buffalo News reported.

One of the people turned out to be McCoy’s mother, who reportedly told police she was removing her son’s belongings on his instructions. But police requested that she return the items to the house until a dispute between McCoy and Cordon could be resolved in civil court, the Buffalo News reported.

Former NBA star Charles Oakley reportedly arrested for allegedly cheating at casino

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was reportedly arrested last week after he allegedly cheated at a Las Vegas casino game.
Charles Oakley was reportedly arrested in Las Vegas.

Charles Oakley was reportedly arrested in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley was reportedly arrested last week after he allegedly cheated at a Las Vegas casino game.

Oakley was at the Cosmopolitan on July 8 when he tried to pull back a $100 chip from a game when he realized he was going to lose, Nevada gaming officials told TMZ on Thursday.

It was unclear which game Oakley was playing at the time.

The 54-year-old was arrested after the hotel’s security team confirmed the alleged cheating, according to TMZ. He was reportedly taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

“This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved,” a source close to the former NBA star told the gossip site.

If he were to be convicted of the charge, Oakley could face one to six years in prison.

Oakley currently coaches in the Big 3 basketball league.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

LeSean ‘Shady’ McCoy’s reported attorney has history of high-profile cases

The lawyer reportedly hired by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy to represent him after McCoy was accused of orchestrating an attack on his ex-girlfriend is no stranger to high-profile cases involving NFL stars.

NFL star LeSean McCoy accused of beating girlfriend

Buffalo Bills star LeSean McCoy is accused of beating his girlfriend, his son, his dog, and for using illegal drugs.

The lawyer reportedly hired by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy to represent him after McCoy was accused of orchestrating an attack on his ex-girlfriend is no stranger to high-profile cases involving NFL stars.

McCoy hired prominent Atlanta-based attorney Don Samuel after the running back’s ex-girlfriend claimed he orchestrated a burglary during which she was brutally beaten, WSB-TV reported Wednesday. Samuel has a lengthy history of taking high-profile cases.

Samuel was part of the team that defended former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis against a double-homicide accusation in 2000. Lewis was part of a group that was indicted on murder and aggravated assault charges after two men were stabbed following a Super Bowl party.

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Don Samuel has defended the likes of Ray Lewsi and Ben Roethlisberger. (Georgia State University College of Law)

LESEAN ‘SHADY’ MCCOY’S EX-GIRLFRIEND ALLEGES STAR RUNNING BACK WAS BEHIND BRUTAL HOME INVASION, ASSAULT

Lewis pleaded guilty to an obstruction charge in exchange for testimony against the two other men who were charged. He was sentenced to 12 months’ probation.

The lawyer also helped defend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 2010 when he was facing sexual assault allegations. In that case, Roethlisberger was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a Georgia nightclub restroom.

The Georgia district attorney failed to bring charges against Roethlisberger after saying, “looking at all the evidence here, I cannot prove guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” The accuser also wrote a letter to the district attorney saying she didn’t want to bring charges because of the media attention.

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) speaks with the media following an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, in Orchard Park, N.Y. LeSean McCoy says an allegation posted on social media accusing him of bloodying his former girlfriend's face is baseless and false. An Instagram post Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from a person who says she is friends with the woman showed a graphic photo of the former girlfriend and accuses McCoy of physically abusing her, his son and his dog, as well as injecting steroids. (AP Photo/Rich Barnes, File)

McCoy was accused of orchestrating an attack on his ex-girlfriend. (AP)

Samuel also defended former NBA star Mookie Blaylock, rapper T.I. and Georgia antique dealer Jim Williams, whose murder trial became the basis for the John Berendt novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” according to Yahoo Sports.

NFL STAR LESEAN ‘SHADY’ MCCOY ACCUSED OF BEATING GIRLFRIEND, SON AND USING DRUGS

Delicia Cordon accused McCoy of sending people to her Georgia home to beat her up and steal jewelry that the 30-year-old had initially given her. An Instagram photo surfaced Tuesday of Cordon lying in a hospital bed with cuts and bruises across her face.

The NFL and Buffalo Bills were investigating the allegations. Yahoo Sports reported the NFL was in contact with Georgia authorities about the incident.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Houston Texans star JJ Watt donates $10,000 to family of fallen Wisconsin firefighter

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to help the family of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in an explosion.

Massive damage to Wisconsin neighborhood after gas explosion

Raw video: A gas leak detonated in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin causing massive damage to surrounding area.

MADISON, Wis. – Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has donated $10,000 to help the family of a Wisconsin firefighter killed in an explosion.

A natural gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie led to an explosion Tuesday evening that claimed the life of Sun Prairie Fire Department Capt. Cory Barr. He leaves behind a wife and 3-year-old twin daughters.

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Watt donated $10,000 to the family of a fallen firefighter. (Reuters)

Kate Cichy, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe, said in a news release Wednesday evening that Watt has donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe for Barr’s family. She added that the Sun Prairie community has already raised nearly $70,000 for the family.

Watt was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and played college football at Wisconsin. He has been selected to four NFL Pro Bowls.

Tim Tebow doubles in minor league All-Star Game

New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow was the must-see star of the Eastern League’s All-Star Game on Wednesday night and he hit a double in his first at-bat.
Eastern Division's Tim Tebow watches from the dugout after the Eastern League All-Star Double-A baseball game.

Eastern Division’s Tim Tebow watches from the dugout after the Eastern League All-Star Double-A baseball game. (AP)

New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow was the must-see star of the Eastern League’s All-Star Game on Wednesday night and he hit a double in his first at-bat.

Tebow started as the East Division’s designated hitter and batted ninth. He doubled off Detroit Tigers prospect Beau Burrows in the second inning, ending the pitcher’s night.

WATCH: @TimTebow doubles in first Eastern League All-Star Game at bat ⚾️⚾️ pic.twitter.com/PFGB4HKpJL

— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) July 12, 2018

The former NFL star’s night went downhill from there. He grounded out in his next at-bat, flied out to left field in the seventh and struck out in the ninth.

After nine innings, the game was tied. League rules state the game must have a winner, however, and a bizarre hitting contest was created to determine one.

The Western Division won the hitting contest. Tebow wasn’t selected to represent the East.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Minor league all-star game decided using bizarre hitting-contest tiebreaker

The outcome of a minor league all-star game was decided Wednesday night using a tiebreaker that could become part of baseball’s future.
Will Craig of the Eastern League's Western Division All-Stars swings at a pitch during a hit-off to determine the winner of Wednesday's game in Trenton, N.J.

Will Craig of the Eastern League’s Western Division All-Stars swings at a pitch during a hit-off to determine the winner of Wednesday’s game in Trenton, N.J. (Associated Press)

The outcome of a minor league all-star game was decided Wednesday night using a tiebreaker that could become part of baseball’s future.

The innovative ending could make extra innings quicker and more interesting, or just make things more complicated.

The Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game, played in Trenton, N.J., was tied 4-4 at the end of nine innings. But rather than play extra innings, the teams entered a bizarre hitting contest.

Managers from the Eastern Division and Western Division All-Stars selected one hitter apiece to participate in the event. With two minutes on the clock, each hitter was tasked with hitting as many balls as they could to rack up as many points as possible.

Each manager selects one hitter from his roster

-2:00 on the clock to hit as many balls as they can

-Managers/coaches to pitch to their player

-HRs worth 100 points

-LF and RF worth 5 points

-CF worth 10 points

-Ball that hits the batters eye +50 points (or 150 points for the HR)

— Trenton Thunder (@TrentonThunder) July 12, 2018

A hit to left or right field was worth five points. A hit to center field was worth 10 points. A home run was worth 100 points and a home run crushed toward dead center that hits the batter’s eye was worth 150 points.

The West selected Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Will Craig and the East selected Philadelphia Phillies prospect Zach Green. The two went toe-to-toe at Arm & Hammer Stadium.

The result: Craig helped the West win, coming away with 305 points. Green tallied 265.

Meanwhile, San Francisco Giants prospect Luigi Rodriguez captured All-Star Game MVP honors. New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow contributed a double in his first at-bat.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Former UCLA star arrested for alleged child sex abuse before death

The former UCLA basketball star who was found dead Sunday in Phoenix was arrested last month in the same city for child sexual abuse and molestation, police told TMZ.
Before his death Sunday, Billy Knight, 39, was arrested in June for child sex abuse and molestation, officials said.

Before his death Sunday, Billy Knight, 39, was arrested in June for child sex abuse and molestation, officials said. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

The former UCLA basketball star who was found dead Sunday in Phoenix after posting a heartbreaking video on YouTube was arrested last month for child sexual abuse and molestation, police told TMZ.

Billy Knight, 39, had sexual encounters involving a girl under the age of 15, Arizona’s Maricopa County sheriff’s officials said. Sources told TMZ that she was 9 years old.

The abuse took place on her mother’s bed, the report said, citing court documents. Phoenix’s ABC 15 reported that the child’s mother was Knight’s girlfriend.

Prosecutors said he also showed up at the girl’s home after he posted $100,000 bail. Knight was released from custody in June, but was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, TMZ reported.

He was facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted of all charges, the site reported.

Knight recorded a video Sunday before his death that appeared to be a suicide note saying “I am sorry, Lord.”

“I just want to say that I lived a life of sin. I lied. I cheated. And I stole,” he said. “I isolated myself from my family members. I isolated myself from my friends. If this happens, you probably have a mental illness.”

His death reportedly has been ruled a suicide.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

3 women unable to ID former NFL player Kellen Winslow II as alleged attacker

At a preliminary hearing in Southern California on Wednesday, three accusers were unable to identify former NFL player Kellen Winslow II as the man they encountered in separate incidents earlier this year.
Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow II leaves his arraignment in Vista, Calif., June 15, 2018.

Former NFL football player Kellen Winslow II leaves his arraignment in Vista, Calif., June 15, 2018. (Associated Press)

At a preliminary hearing in Southern California on Wednesday, three accusers were unable to identify former NFL player Kellen Winslow II as the man they encountered in separate incidents earlier this year.

Winslow, 34, was arrested in June on charges of rape and other sex crimes. He played for five NFL teams from 2004 to 2013 and is the son of Kellen Winslow Sr., 60, who also played in the NFL.

Winslow II is accused of raping two women, exposing himself to a third and entering the homes of two additional women with the intention of raping them, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court https://t.co/x8oPOfnkZ1pic.twitter.com/FxFRvHrVr7

— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) July 12, 2018

The alleged victims are ages 54, 58, 59, 71 and 86, according to the newspaper.

One of the women who claims to have been raped testified Wednesday in Vista, a suburb of San Diego, while the other is scheduled to testify Thursday, the newspaper reported.

The 58-year-old woman testified Wednesday that a man had exposed himself to her, but she could not identify Winslow II as being that man, San Diego’s FOX 5 reported.

Women set to testify on Kellen Winslow II’s alleged sex crimes https://t.co/IB8hyfBuRs

— FOX 5 San Diego (@fox5sandiego) July 11, 2018

The 71-year-old woman testified that when she saw a television report in June about Winslow being arrested, she recognized him as the man who had entered her home the previous day, the station reported. But in court on Wednesday she was unable to say for sure that Winslow was that man, FOX 5 reported.

The 54-year-old woman testified Wednesday that a man had demanded sex from her and threatened to kill her if she didn’t comply, but in court was unable to say Winslow II was that man, the station reported.

Winslow II has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and remains jailed without bail. He faces multiple life sentences if convicted on all charges against him, Prosecutor Dan Owens told FOX 5.

At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, Judge Harry Elias will decide if enough evidence was presented for Winslow II to stand trial, the station reported.

Croatia rallies past England to reach World Cup final

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of extra time Wednesday to send Croatia past England and into Sunday’s World Cup final against France.
Mario Mandzukic wheels away after scoring the winning goal in Wednesday's semifinal between Croatia and England.

Mario Mandzukic wheels away after scoring the winning goal in Wednesday’s semifinal between Croatia and England. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute of extra time Wednesday to send Croatia past England and into Sunday’s World Cup final against France with a 2-1 victory.

England, who were hoping to reach their first World Cup final since their golden year of 1966, will play Belgium in Saturday’s third-place match.

England had their fans dreaming of a berth in the final when Kieran Trippier curled a fifth-minute free kick into the Croatia net. But Croatia clawed their way back into the match and equalized in the 68th minute when Ivan Perisic beat Kyle Walker to Sime Vrsaljko’s cross and finished past Jordan Pickford.

Croatia had the better of the chances in the remainder of regulation, but England appeared to recover well in the first half of extra time and would have taken the lead in the 98th minute but for Vrsaljko clearing a header by John Stones off the line.

Stones was victimized by Mandzukic a little more than ten minutes later as the Juventus star latched on to a loose ball and fired it past Pickford, prompting wild celebrations in Moscow’s Luhzniki Stadium. The Croatians and their fans will all be back on Sunday for the final, their first ever.

“Mentally strong team,” midfielder Ivan Rakatic said. “It’s just unbelievable to get back in the game in this way.”

France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match and is the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal.

For England, who captured so many hearts with their run to the semifinals, there will be the same disappointment that has haunted them at big tournaments across the world for 52 years … and counting.

“I can’t ask any more,” England manager Gareth Southgate said of his team. “Knockout football is fine margins. When you have spells, you have to make them count. We probably needed that second goal [in the first half].”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.