Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple may have made it to the big leagues, but he's not too big of a star to deny his mother the pleasure of driving him to his first day of practice as an NFL player.
Early Thursday morning, Apple's mom, Annie Apple, posted a video to Twitter of her driving up to the training facility at MetLife Stadium. She's been driving Apple to football practice since he was a kid, she wrote, and couldn't pass up the chance to drop him off at training camp.
"It's Eli's first day," Annie says, with her excitement clear in her voice.
"Oh, we gotta go," Eli responds, adding that he needs to "get to the bus." His mother, however, ignores him and says, "Look at Eli's little security man," as the two pass a security guard standing at the front of the facility.
The proud mother then posted a video of her 20-year-old son walking toward the bus, narrating his every move, with the hashtag #MommyCam.
"Look at Eli," Annie says, almost in disbelief. "Aw, he's putting in his bag in the bus with other grown people."
"This is so cool, dude," Eli's sister replies, before scolding her mother.
"Oh my god, Mom," she says.
As Apple was directed by Giants staff on where to go, his mother didn't seem to mind that someone else was telling her son what to do.
"Aw, he's getting told what to do," she says sentimentally. Apple then walks away and out of sight, careful not to acknowledge his mother's antics at his new place of work.
Responding to a follower who asked why Apple couldn't go to training camp alone, Annie had a brilliant response.
"We enjoy these important life moments as a family," she wrote. "You only get one first day of OTAs."
Annie Apple is a social media star in her own right, tweeting dozens of times a day to her nearly 22,000 followers. ESPN even called the newly minted Sunday NFL Countdown contributor the "Giants' biggest social media star right now."
The football mom's tweets vary on the topics of family, politics and even the recent NBA Finals. She even occasionally live-tweets during The Bachelor. Apple said he doesn't expect his mother to change, ESPN reported.
On Friday, Annie's Twitter feed was filled with birthday wishes for the now 42-year-old.
Apple was the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft in April. The New Jersey native played for Ohio State University, winning the CFP National Championship in 2014.
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka is headed to Orlando, Florida.
The Orlando Magic aquired the power forward Thursday night in exchange for guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to forward Domantas Sabonis, who was chosen 11th overall in the NBA draft.
"Serge is a young veteran who brings tremendous athleticism and toughness to our frontcourt," Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement Thursday following the multiplayer trade. "His tireless work ethic and wealth of playoff experience will help enhance our culture and roster."
Oklahoma City said the exchange positioned the team to build on its versatility, depth and skill.
"Victor, Ersan and Domantas represent the character, work ethic and toughness that we relentlessly pursue with the Thunder," Thunder General Manager Sam Presti said. "Through the continued emergence and development of our core, we were able to capitalize on the opportunity to acquire three highly skilled professionals."
Presti thanked Ibaka for his contributions to the team, saying he has "been integral to our success and growth, has been a great community member and we wish him only the best."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Landing the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft last month, the Philadelphia 76ers picked its top choice: Ben Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward from Louisiana State University.
With its selection at Thursday night’s draft, the 76ers now have a chance to revive the franchise after its bleak showing over the last three seasons. The team finished this past season 10-72, and won just 47 games in the last three seasons combined.
Duke’s Brandon Ingram and California’s Jaylen Brown rounded out the top three draft picks, going to the Lakers and the Celtics, respectively. Take a look at the top 10 NBA Draft selections for 2016:
Philadelphia 76ers — Ben Simmons
Los Angeles Lakers — Brandon Ingram
Boston Celtics — Jaylen Brown
Phoenix Suns — Dragan Bender
Minnesota Timberwolves — Kris Dunn
New Orleans Pelicans — Buddy Hield
Denver Nuggets — Jamal Murray
Sacramento Kings — Marquese Chriss (traded to Phoenix Suns)
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — After a weekend off, NASCAR's top-level circuit is back in action Sunday, June 26 at Sonoma Raceway in California for the Toyota — Save Mart 350. FS1’s coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Kyle Busch, with three wins on the season and two previous wins at Sonoma, including last year, is looking to repeat. But repeating is tough — the last seven races at Sonoma have produced seven different winners.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Philadelphia 7, Minnesota 3 AMERICAN LEAGUE Boston 8, Chi. White Sox 7/10 innings Detroit 4, Seattle 4/10 innings Oakland 5, Anaheim 4 NATIONAL LEAGUE San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 3 Atlanta 4, N.-Y. Mets 3 San Diego 7, Cincinnati 4 Florida 4, Chi. Cubs 2 Arizona 7, Colorado 6
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With the Olympic Games just weeks away, some athletes are facing a difficult decision to either skip Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus or attend the games and risk getting sick.
With the viral infection rates showing no signs of disappearing, some athletes have announced they will not attend the games. However, other athletes have said they plan to take extra precautions against the virus and at least one defiant athlete has said she is not worried about it.
While both men and women have expressed concerns, only women who are pregnant have been advised to avoid traveling to the Olympic Games due to ongoing Zika virus transmission, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women who are considering pregnancy and men with partners who are pregnant are advised to take extra precautions while traveling and after returning from Zika-affected areas to protect their unborn from the virus.
In most cases, the virus results in minor symptoms, including fever, rash and pink eye, which clear up in about a week. In pregnant women, the virus has been found to cause severe birth defects including microcephaly. Skipping the Olympics Northern Irish Golfer Rory McIlroy
Today, Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy announced he would avoid the upcoming games. He joins a growing group of golfers who have said they plan to skip the Olympics due to fears of contracting the Zika virus.
"I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else," McIlroy, 27, said in a statement released by his management company. "Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take." U.S. Cyclist Tejay van Garderen
The cyclist was the first U.S. athlete to say he would not attend the games due to concerns about the Zika virus especially because his wife is pregnant.
"I don't want to risk bringing anything back that could potentially have an effect," van Gardener said in a statement through USA Cycling earlier this year. "If the circumstances were different I would have loved to be selected again to represent the USA, but my family takes priority and it's a decision I'm completely comfortable with.” South African Golfer Charl Schwartzel
The golfer said his desire to start a family trumps the games. Australian Golfer Marc Leishman
The Australian golfer said his wife's health led him and his family to decide not to participate in the Olympic Games. Leishman's wife nearly died from toxic shock syndrome last year, according to Golf.com.
"We have consulted with Audrey's physician and due to her ongoing recovery and potential risks associated with the transmission of the Zika virus it was a difficult yet easy decision not to participate," Leishman told Golf.com. Concerned But Going U.S. Tennis Player Serena Williams
The top women's tennis player in the world said she will go the Olympics this summer, but added that she might take extra precautions. Serbian Tennis Player Novak Djokovic
The top ranked men's player, Novak Djokovic, said he will attend the Olympics this summer even though he has concerns about the Zika virus. Not Worried About Zika U.S Gymnast Gabby Douglas
A gold-medal winner during the last summer Olympics, Douglas has said she's not letting any Zika fears stop her from her second round at the Olympics.
“It’s the Olympics. It’s the Olympics!” Douglas told USA Today earlier this year. “Mosquitoes, like, whatever. I’m going. This is my shot, this is big. I don’t care about no stupid bugs!”
ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) — Ben Affleck has no problems expressing his opinion about the so-called "Deflategate" controversy with the NFL's New England Patriots.
Affleck appeared last night on the premiere of HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Boston sportswriter Bill Simmons. The interview began casually, with fellow Bostonian Affleck talking candidly about his career low point in Hollywood after starring in four box office bombs in a row, and what a risk it was for him to direct Gone Baby Gone just after that, in 2007.
But the fireworks began when the conversation moved to the NFL's attitude toward and treatment of the New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady. That's when Affleck went red in the face delivering a passionate, profanity-laced tirade about “Deflategate” that is certain to go viral.
Simmons later tweeted about the incident, "BTW — we taped AGW in the late-AM, Ben got fired up about DeflateGate during the convo, that's it."
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Six XFINITY Series crew chiefs on Wednesday were hit with P2 Level penalties and placed on probation through Dec. 31 for body panel modifications after pre-race inspection at last weekend's American Ethanol E15 250, reports NASCAR.com.
The penalized crew chiefs include Chris Gayle of Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18. Sam Hornish Jr. won the race in the No. 18 Toyota, filling in for injured driver Matt Tifft.
Also penalized were Chris Gabehart, crew chief of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota; JR Motorsports crew chiefs Jason Burdett, David Elenz and Kevin Meendering; and Team Penske crew chief Brian Wilson.
The XFINITY series doesn't race this weekend, but after a weekend off Sprint Cup racing returns with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Baltimore 7, San Diego 2 N.-Y. Yankees 9, Colorado 8 Toronto 5, Arizona 2 N.-Y. Mets 4, Kansas City 3 Texas 6, Cincinnati 4 Minnesota 6, Philadelphia 5 Milwaukee 4, Oakland 2 AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi. White Sox 8, Boston 6 Detroit 5, Seattle 1 Cleveland 6, Tampa Bay 1 Houston 3, Anaheim 2 NATIONAL LEAGUE San Francisco 7, Pittsburgh 6 Florida 3, Atlanta 2 St. Louis 7, Chi. Cubs 2 Los Angeles 4, Washington 3