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Aaron Hernandez Seemed Like a Levelheaded Individual

Aaron Hernandez, formerly of the New England Patriots, committed suicide in prison after being sentenced for murder. That being said, you’re not going to believe this but he exhibited “erratic and troubling” behavior during his time on the Patriots. The Boston Globe detailed Hernandez’s psychotic behavior in an investigative series.

“There would be swings where he’d be the most hyper-masculine, aggressive individual in the room, where he’d be ready to fight somebody in fits of rage,” said former Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd. “Or he’d be the most sensitive person in the room, talking about cuddling with his mother. Or he’d ask me, ‘Do you think I’m good enough to play?”’

Maybe Hernandez was just trying to let everyone know he had both a masculine and sensitive side. And that he loved cuddles. Especially with mother.

“He is looking at me wide-eyed,” Lloyd recalled of Welker, “and he says, ‘I just want to warn you that (Hernandez) is going to talk about being bathed by his mother. He’s going to have his genitalia out in front of you while you’re sitting on your stool. He’s going to talk about gay sex. Just do your best to ignore it. Even walk away.'”

Sounds weird written out, but I thought it was normal to have guys swinging their dicks in your face talking about gay sex in the locker room? No? Just me?

“(Hernandez) was out at the walk-through in flip-flops trying to run around,” Lloyd said. “He was laughing. He was loud. And Tom keeps it serious in the walk-through. And Tom says, ‘Shut the f— up. Get the f— out of here.”’

And I bet Tom Brady wouldn’t tolerate any inch of Hernandez’s penis in his face either.

Fletcher told The Globe that one day Hernandez confronted him in the locker room, laughing at him “like the Joker in Batman” and reminding Fletcher how much he disliked him.

Fletcher cursed at Hernandez, who responded by saying, “But here’s the deal. I respect you.” Fletcher said, “I started laughing because for once he was the bigger man than me. That broke the shield between us.”

But Fletcher also said it was apparent to him and other players that the presence of Hernandez’s ex-convict friends from Bristol, Connecticut, was a red flag.

Fletcher was this close to Hernandez’s hit list and he didn’t even know it.

In all honesty, Hernandez’s case hopefully gets the NFL to take a much deeper look into CTE. Right after they get to the bottom of this much more important kneeling situation.

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Alex Rodriguez Reveals He Once Asked Jennifer Lopez for Her Autograph Before They Started Dating

Alex Rodriguez has always been a big Jennifer Lopez fan!

On Thursday, the former Yankee, 43, shared a throwback photo of J.Lo, 49, which she signed for him years before they even got together.

“#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player,” A-Rod captioned the shot adding, “#lifecanbeafunnythingsometimes #pictureperfect #keepsake #jlo.”

The “Dinero” singer later commented, “Omg!! Who found that!!???”

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#TBT to almost 20 years ago when a big time global pop superstar signed a pic for a young ball player #lifecanbeafunnythingsometimes #pictureperfect #keepsake #jlo

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Of course, this isn’t the first time Rodriguez has gushed over his lady love on Instagram. In September, A-Rod posted a series of photos of his favorite memories he created with J.Lo from their trip to Italy in August.

In the post, the sportsman shows off several of his romantic boating adventures with the singer, as well as some sweet snaps of his two daughters, Ella Alexander, 10, and Natasha Alexander, 13. Lopez’s 10-year-old twins Max and Emme were also on the trip.

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One of those candid photos features Lopez lovingly gazing at her boyfriend, while the pair casually sits on an outdoor couch. Meanwhile, Rodriguez, sporting all-white attire and dark aviator shades in the image, smiles off into the distance.

“missing summer. 🇮🇹” he captioned the shots, before asking his followers, “What do you miss most about summer?”

Although Lopez and Rodriguez, who began dating in March of last year, have spent a lot of time as a blended family, they are in no rush to get married, a source previously told PEOPLE.

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#tbt missing summer. 🇮🇹 . . . What do you miss most about summer?

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“Their relationship from the beginning was very passionate, and they moved quickly,” said the Lopez source. “With Alex, Jennifer seems more mature and peaceful. It’s like she realized she doesn’t have to be married to be in a happy and serious relationship.”

Planning for a future together, Lopez and Rodriguez are focused on their children’s happiness. “Life is all about family for both of them,” the source said. “Besides the fact that Jennifer and Alex always had a strong attraction to each other, this seems to be the main reason why their relationship works so well. The kids always come first for both of them.”

Former USC Football Captain Kevin Ellison Dies After Walking Along a California Freeway

Friends and family are mourning the sudden loss of former USC and San Diego Chargers player Kevin Ellison after he died while walking along a California freeway. He was 31.

Records from the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, revealed that Ellison died on the I-5 freeway in the San Fernando Valley on Thursday.

However, exactly how he died is not clear at this time and an exam is currently pending.

Following his death, Ellison’s alma mater confirmed the news in a tweet posted on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“#FightOnForever, Kevin Ellison. The former USC captain and 3-time Rose Bowl winner died this week. He was 31,” the school’s athletics program wrote.

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Ellison’s brother, Chris, told the L.A. Times his sibling was suffering from severe mental health issues around the time of his death.

“He was disoriented and didn’t know where he was at,” Chris said to the paper. “I’m sure he was trying to come home and find his family. We love him so much… My mom and sister and dad and brother did everything they could.”

While he spent a majority of his life dedicated to playing or coaching football, in 2012 Ellison was charged with federal arson after setting his bed on fire at a Washington lodge and caused $50,000 in damages, reports the L.A. Times.

In court documents obtained by the publication, Ellison was playing for the Arena Football League’s Spokane Shock during the time of the incident and claimed that “God told him to set the fire.” The case was dismissed after he agreed to pay over $80,000 in restitution.

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His family also told the L.A.-based newspaper that they were planning to donate his brain to Boston University to be used in research studies for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative brain condition caused by repeated head traumas, often found in football players — which is something they believe could be connected to Ellison’s mental health problems.

Ellison played safety for the Trojans all four years of his college career (2005-2008). During his time on the red and gold, he received several all-Pac-12 safety honors, was named to the Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and helped USC to win two Rose Bowl games, as well as one Orange Bowl game.

After wrapping up his collegiate career, Ellison was a sixth-round draft selection for the San Diego Chargers. He played with the NFL team as a safety for one season in 2009, seeing a total of 13 games.

He later joined the Seattle Seahawks in June 2010, but the experience was short-lived and he was released by the team three months later.

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Following his passing, those who knew and watched Ellison play expressed an outpour of love and support on Twitter, remembering him for his “grace,” “incredible passion,” and leadership.

“Kevin Ellison was one of the first players to say hello,” wrote Yogi Roth, a former assistant coach for USC from 2005-2009. “His grace became a trademark among his teammates, along with his incredible passion/intellect for the game. Much love to his family & friends. Gone too soon.”

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“No words accurately describe the loss of Kevin Ellison,” tweeted Michael Castillo, the head behind the Reign of Troy podcast, which focuses on USC football coverage. “A great leader and far and away the most under-appreciated Trojan of my lifetime.”

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Ellison’s former high school teammate Stephon Sudduth also posted an emotional tribute to his friend on Instagram.

“Today I lost another mentor and a friend in Kevin Ellison,” he began. “When I first started playing football, this man told me I would be something special one day. Not only did he teach me how to play the sport in the same physical way that he did but to also be a student of the game.”

“I hope now that he’s watching me with Coach Eddy and Coach Jasp knowing that I’m working as hard as I can in everything I do,” he continued. “One day, I’ll be in the mentor role and I hope to instill the same principles that he taught me when I first started playing.”

Bode and Morgan Miller Welcome Son 4 Months After 19-Month-Old Daughter Emeline’s Tragic Death

Nearly four months after the tragic death of their 19-month-old daughter Emeline Grier, Bode and Morgan Miller are parents to a baby boy, the couple exclusively confirms to PEOPLE.

The Millers, who wed in 2012, welcomed their new son on Friday, Oct. 5 at 1:34 p.m. The baby is the pair’s third child together and Bode’s fifth total.

Bode, 40, and Morgan, 31, are also parents to 3-year-old son Nash Skan, and Miller is also a father to two children from previous relationships: son Samuel, 5, and daughter Neesyn, 10.

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The Millers shared news of Morgan’s third pregnancy on Instagram in April, about two months before Emeline drowned in a pool in the Coto de Caza neighborhood of Orange County, California, on June 9 after the infant slipped through a back door and fell in the water. Emeline was in the pool for approximately 30 seconds before Morgan discovered her.

The Orange County Fire Department said at the time that paramedics rushed to the scene and performed CPR before transporting Emeline to a nearby hospital. The baby girl died the next day, on June 10, after she was unable to be resuscitated. Her cause of death was classified as a drowning.

While Bode was not present when the accidental drowning took place, Morgan was just steps away inside of the home when their daughter went “missing for just a short amount of time.”

“We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this,” Bode said on Instagram. “Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest every day.”

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In August, Morgan opened up about her final moments with Emeline, and shared a photo of herself cradling her late daughter in her arms at the hospital. “I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love,” the grieving mother wrote. “I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains.”

Morgan continued, “Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi. Your footprint will forever be left on this world. I love you, My baby girl.”

Since Emeline’s death, Bode and Morgan continue to be dedicated to spreading awareness of water safety.

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We want to thank our friends, family and every one of you who sent a message, said a prayer or donated for the overwhelming expression of support – we are truly touched and blessed. Our midwives started a gofundme campaign to raise funds and we intend to donate these funds raised to worthwhile causes connected to water safety education. We are inspired to make our baby girls memory go forth and help prevent as many drownings as possible. We will post more soon on our plans and efforts.

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During an interview with CBS News in late August, Bode explained that part of their journey has been “removing the stigma” surrounding the loss of a child, and to make it easier to have an “open conversation” not only with each other but with others who have experienced similar tragedies.

“We have people come up to us it’s really hard to address . They don’t know what to say, they don’t want to cause you more pain and they don’t want to dodge around the subject,” he said, adding, “but the fact is, breaking that stigma and making it a conversation that you can have with parents who have, unfortunately, experienced it firsthand is one of those really important steps.”

“It’s an open conversation where you know that laughing and joking doesn’t mean it’s gone … it’s just part of our lives now,” Bode continued.

RELATED: Bode Miller Returns to Pool to Practice Water Safety with His Son After His Daughter Drowned

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I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love. I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains. Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi. Your footprint will forever be left on this world. I love you, My baby girl.

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During a Today show sit-down, Morgan explained that while drowning is always a concern, “the intensity behind the conversation” isn’t strong enough.

“It is 100 percent preventable,” she pleaded. “You need to think of water completely differently. We’re sitting here and I’m looking outside at my pool and that is a lion. That is a kidnapper. That is something that can take my child in 30 seconds. And the moment those 30 seconds are up, the likelihood of you getting your child back is pretty close to zero.”

Bode is a six-time Olympic medalist (one gold, three silvers, two bronzes), winning gold in the super combined at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. He last competed at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Former College Football Player Arrested After His Teammate Dies of an Opioid Overdose

Seven months after a promising defensive lineman failed to turn up to practice and was found dead by his concerned teammates, a former player from his college team has been arrested.

On Friday, one-time Rice University football player Stuart “Mooch” Mouchantaf was charged with supplying 21-year-old Blain Padgett pills containing an opioid 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

The 25-year-old ex-player was allegedly preparing to flee the country before officers took him into custody on Thursday, ABC 13 reports.

The arrest follows the March overdose death of teammate Padgett. The college athlete allegedly believed he was buying Hydrocodone, a prescription narcotic painkiller, from Mouchantaf,  Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement Friday.

Instead, the footballer took pills that contained Carfentanil — an opioid whose legal amount is reportedly “invisible to the human eye” and was originally intended to be an elephant tranquilizer, the D.A. alleges.

In June, three months after his passing,  the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the toxic effects of Carfentanil — which reportedly causes the brain to stop breathing — caused Padgett to die in his sleep, ABC 13 reports.

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Padgett’s parents, Mical and Windi, believed their son knew better than to take drugs from someone else.

“He knew that he should not have been taking it, but he did so,” Mical told the outlet, noting that the poor decision “cost him his life.”

“I know if he was here, he would say, ‘Hey, I take responsibility for this,'” Mical continued.

Windi added: “Blain knew about choices like drinking and driving and knew about choices, but I think that this is something that is fairly new, at least it’s new to us, that you don’t take anything from anyone unless a doctor has prescribed it for you, period.”

The young men played together in 2015 when Mouchantaf was a redshirt senior and Padgett was a freshman, reports USA Today. During his three seasons at Rice University, Mouchantaf totaled 51 tackles. Meanwhile, Padgett was considered “a key player” with a “commanding presence” for the team’s defensive front-line.

Following Mouchantaf arrest, Rice University released a statement to the news channel, thanking authorities for their work on the case.

“We’re deeply saddened to hear about the latest developments in the investigation in the death of Blain Padgett, whose family continues to be foremost in our thoughts,” they wrote. “We want to thank the Houston Police Department investigators assigned to this case for their hard work in the wake of this tragedy. In light of the fact that charges have just been filed, any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”

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After Mouchantaf was taken into custody and questioned on Thursday, a judge set his bond at $250,000 once police discovered that he had purchased a one-way ticket to Lebanon.

According to ABC 13, Mouchantaf — who has family in the country and is now considered a flight risk — must wear an ankle monitor and give up his U.S. passport.

The former player has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing death and the second-degree felony could result in a prison sentence of anywhere from five to 99 years if Mouchantaf is found guilty, the D.A. said.

At this time, it is not clear if he has retained legal counsel. He is due to appear in court on Monday.

Rihanna, Christina Milian and Other Celebrities Allegedly Targeted by a Teenage Burglary Ring

Authorities have arrested four people who allegedly targeted the homes of Hollywood celebrities and high profile sports stars in a spate of burglaries over the past few months, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

Three teenage boys and the mother of one of the suspects are accused of robbing a number of mansions and also having a burglary wish list featuring a who’s who of the A-List.

The celebrities and pro athletes were allegedly targeted by the burglars who studied their social media and tour schedule, Lillian L. Carranza, Commanding Officer of Commercial Crimes Division for the Los Angeles Police Department said during a press conference held Tuesday.

“The burglars believed no one would be home, and the homes would contain sought-after valuables that they might be interested in,” she said.

Police arrested Jshawne Lamon Daniels, 19, Tyress Lavon Williams, 19, and Damaji Corey Hall, 18, after they were pulled over on Sept. 27 in South Los Angeles after allegedly robbing Los Angeles Rams receiver Robert Woods’ home in Woodland Hills.

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Carranza said three suspects were detained and later arrested after officers allegedly found property, including a firearm, which they identified as belonging to Woods.

LAPD alleges that the suspects were also responsible for the recent burglaries of homes belonging to Rihanna and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Christina Milian as well as her boyfriend French singer Matthieu “M. Pokora” Tota.

After obtaining a search warrant, authorities allegedly recovered more than $50,000 in cash, designer handbags, watches and jewelry, as well as a stolen vehicle at one of the suspects’ homes.

While searching the suspects’ homes, LAPD came across a list of future celebrity targets, which included homes of Viola Davis, LeBron James and Matt Damon, Carranza alleged.

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Daniels, Williams and Hall were all charged with burglary. In addition Hall’s mother, 34-year-old Ashle Jennifer Hall, was charged with grand theft in association with stolen property and a firearm recovered from the vehicle.

At this time, the investigation is still ongoing and police believe the suspects may be involved in a number of other burglaries.

Police believed there are more people involved in the alleged burglary ring. Authorities allege the ring steal by doing what they have dubbed “flocking,” where by the group would allegedly all drive around the area in luxury cars and clothing.

“They flock like birds to areas where the rich and famous resided,” Carranza said.

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“Once a potential target home was selected, a larger vehicle would be utilized to give the suspects the opportunity to change into more comfortable clothing and hoodies to avoid being recognized and cart away the stolen goods,” Carranza added.

Carranza said the suspects would grab cash, guns, jewelry and designer goods within minutes, taking “flight” before alarm companies could respond or notify the owners.

RELATED: Details of Alleged Celebrity Burglary Ring Emerge

The four remain in police custody and have yet to make pleas. It is not clear if the group have engaged legal representation at this time.

The spate of robberies has been compared to those carried out by the infamous Bling Ring, a five-person Los Angeles gang that burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris HiltonLindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom in 2008 and 2009, when most of its members were teenagers.

Those involved and their crimes later inspired the 2013 film starring Emma Watson, The Bling Ring.

High School Assistant Principal Says Girls ‘Ruin Everything’ While Discussing Dress Codes

A video posted by a Tennessee high school official went viral after he claimed girls were to blame for the new, stricter dress code.

Jared Hensley, the assistant principal and athletic director of Soddy-Daisy High School in Tennessee, made the controversial comments in a video posted on YouTube earlier this week. The video was deleted but a copy was obtained by the Chattanooga Free Times Press.

During his tableside chat, Hensley says the school’s new dress code, which banned boys from wearing athletic shorts, was being enforced because “girls pretty much ruin everything.”

“If you really want someone to blame, blame the girls,” he said after acknowledging that the male students may think the new rule is unfair. “Because they pretty much ruin everything. They ruin the dress code, they ruin… well, ask Adam. Look at Eve. That’s really all you really gotta get to, OK. You can really go back to the beginning of time.”

Hensley added: “It’ll be like that the rest of your life. Get used to it, just keep your mouth shut, suck it up, follow the rules.”

He also reminded the high school students to “limit” their PDA in the hallways.

“Take that down a notch, or ten. Save some for the honeymoon,” he said. “No kissing or hugging in the halls. We’ve seen enough. On your own time — well, I really wouldn’t do that either on your own time — but as long as it’s not on my time, I’m not gonna be there hovering over you watching and I’m not subjected to it.”

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According to the Chattanooga Times Free PressHensley has since been placed on administrative leave.

Following the news, many tweeted their disapproval using the hashtag, #FireJaredHensley.

However, other students spoke out on social media defending their assistant principal and athletic director for his joke that was “not well thought out” and said he was a “great leader” who cared deeply for the kids at the school.

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Some female students even agreed with Hensley’s comments about female students playing a role in the stricter dress code.

“I have NEVER felt victimized or shamed for who/what I am, by Hensley or any other staff member,” wrote one student. “When I look back at the four years I’ve been here, we have gotten athletic shorts taken away every year because of girls who choose to not only push the boundaries, but to break them completely.”

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On Wednesday, the Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the district had reviewed the video and found Hensley’s comments to be “inexcusable.”

“We find the comments about young women in this video inexcusable, as the sentiments expressed do not align with the values of Hamilton County Schools,” he said. “The situation is under investigation, and this employee has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately.”

“We hold our employees and our leaders to a high standard, and these comments do not match the high expectations we have for our employees,” Johnson continued. “We seek to prepare all children for success in life after high school and expect our employees to provide an atmosphere that will empower all children to reach their full potential.”

Boxing Champion Victor Ortiz Arrested for Rape and Charged with 3 Felonies

Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, who appeared on Dancing with the Stars as well as films The Expendables 3 and Southpaw, has turned himself in to authorities for allegedly raping a woman in March, the Oxnard Police Department confirmed in a news release.

The 31-year-old athlete surrendered himself at the Ventura County Sheriff Department’s East Valley Station on Tuesday after being charged with three counts of felony sexual assault, including rape.

Officials first began investigating Ortiz after his alleged victim contacted authorities on Match 19 claiming she was sexually assaulted “inside a residence in the city of Oxnard,” by the boxer, the Oxnard Police Department said.

The investigation has been ongoing for the last several months before authorities issued an arrest warrant for Ortiz.

The boxer’s bail has been set to $100,000 and he is being held on suspicion of forcible rape as well as forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration.

Ortiz’s previously had a run in with the law in 2015 when he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, namely his foot.

Lieutenant Jason Clawson of the Pasadena Police Department previously told PEOPLE that the boxer was arrested at a Kenny Chesney concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The boxer later pled guilty to battery charge as part of a plea deal. He was put on probation.

Ortiz was also arrested in 2016 for a DUI, according to TMZ. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to 3 years probation and 8 days in county jail.

Ortiz’s latest arrest comes just five days before the boxer is expected to fight in a nationally-televised special against former world title challenger, John Molina Jr.

The fight, which is planned to occur at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Ortiz is currently out on bail so it is not clear of the fight will go ahead.

A representative for Ortiz did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Ortiz’s previous titles include the WBC welterweight in 2011 and the ESPN Prospect of the Year in 2008. He was formerly rated as one of the top three welterweights in the world by ESPN, along with several other sporting and boxing websites.

In his tenure — which includes an overall record of 32-6-3 with 25 knockouts — Ortiz has fought against an impressive list of boxers including Floyd Mayweather, Andre Berto, Lamont Peterson, Luis Collazo, and Marcos Maidana.

Logan Paul Wants To Commit Suicide In The UFC

A beef has started between Logan Paul and Dana White and I just threw up in my mouth a little.

You may remember Paul boxing with fellow YouTube idiot KSI. The fight ended in a draw, but most who watched the fight gave it to KSI. Going six rounds — well, he went two rounds and then gassed — in an “amateur” boxing bout has led Paul to believe he could cut it in the UFC.

Sage Northcutt was quick to respond. For those that don’t know Sage, he’s UFC-famous in that he looks like a million bucks and got pushed to the moon, but doesn’t have the skills to back it up. Yet.

UFC president Dana White also chimed in (via BJPenn.com).

“Look, I have no hate for him,” Dana White said of Logan Paul during a recent media scrum. “Look at the business that guy has built on YouTube and the number of pay-per-views they did on YouTube. They did 800,000 [buys] at 10 bucks for two guys that fight fans have never heard of.

“So he’s built a great business for himself and good for him. But trust me, don’t play around over here. You will get hurt.”

Paul came back with a very logical point.

UFC let CM Punk, someone who had less amateur experience than Paul, fight in the company. TWICE! He was destroyed both times, but the UFC made money off of him, so what do they care?

White tried to defend allowing CM Punk to fight.

“I know everyone is going to say, ‘You let CM Punk fight in the UFC,’” White explained. “CM Punk is one of the greatest guys you could ever meet. He’s a super good guy, he’s very passionate about the sport, and he put his reputation and everything on the line to come fight here, and I respect him for it. Obviously it didn’t work out for him, but he’s got a lot of heart and a lot of balls to do that.”

…So, why can’t Paul do the same thing? Never mind the fact that he’s a douchebag — so is Punk, but don’t tell Dana — isn’t he willing to put his reputation on the line to fight?

The UFC is about making money. Like or not, putting Paul in a fight would make them a ton of money. Which is why it’ll probably happen by the end of next year. Hope ya’ll are ready.

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Top 10 Sports Movies

Sports fan or not, there are some sports movies that are just iconic whether that is because they’re funny, heartwarming, or based on a riveting true story. In this list, we’re going to talk about ten of the most iconic sports movies of all time, ranging from the hilariously ridiculous Space Jam to more profound and more exciting films like Rocky, and Remember the Titans. Check it out. Just so you know, if you have been living under a rock and haven’t seen these films yet, there are a few spoilers ahead. Space Jam Space Jam is a 1996 cinematic […]

Olympic Swimmer Nathan Adrian Marries Hallie Ivester: ‘Best Day of My Life’

Going for romance gold!

On Saturday, Olympian Nathan Adrian married his longtime love Hallie Ivester.

In a romantic outdoor ceremony, the couple said “I do” surrounded by their friends and family in Napa Valley, California.

The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and his now-wife posted a number of stunning photographs from their special day captured by photographer Bre Hurston.

The swimmer, 29, captioned the images: “9/15/18 Best day of my life. I love you @halpal12”

In one image, the happy couple is seen walking down the rose petal-covered aisle after saying “I do,” while the second photo shows the pair holding hands during the scenic outdoor ceremony held at Beaulieu Garden.

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For the last shot, Adrian shared a sweet moment between the newlyweds, as they lean on a white 1960’s Bentley — complete with a “Just Married” plate and flower decoration on the back of the car.

Ivester, who wore an elegant silk off-the-shoulder Carolina Herrera gown for the celebration called the day a “dream” and “pure bliss.”

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She's all mine boys! Hands off! Can't wait to spend our lives together @halpal12

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The couple, who share a mutual love for the water (Ivester was a former diver for Stanford University) has been together since 2013.

Adrian popped the question in May 2017. Following their engagement, Adrian announced the exciting news on Instagram.

“She’s all mine boys! Hands off!” the Olympic swimmer wrote. “Can’t wait to spend our lives together @halpal12”

According to his website, Adrian has competed in the last three Summer Olympic games in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Throughout his career, he has won five gold medals, one silver, and two bronzes.

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It was during the 2012 Olympics in London that Adrian earned his first-ever individual gold, after winning the 100-meter freestyle.

Adrian recently represented Team USA during the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Japan. The team finished with seven golds on the final night.

Adrian is also training for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Tadd Fujikawa Makes Golfing History by Coming Out as Gay

Tadd Fujikawa has opened up about his sexuality.

The professional golfer from Hawaii revealed in a lengthy Instagram post on Monday — the same day as World Suicide Prevention Day — that he is gay. In doing so, Fujikawa encouraged his fans to practice more empathy towards one another and made a promise to continue fighting for equality for the LGBTQ community.

“Coincidentally, today is world suicide prevention day,” the 27-year-old golfer began the post. “However, I was going to share this regardless. So…I’m gay. Many of you may have already known that.😅

Added Fujikawa: “I don’t expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another.”

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*PLEASE READ* Coincidentally, today is world suicide prevention day. However, I was going to share this regardless. So…I'm gay. Many of you may have already known that.😅 I don't expect everyone to understand or accept me. But please be gracious enough to not push your beliefs on me or anyone in the LGBTQ community. My hope is this post will inspire each and every one of you to be more empathetic and loving towards one another. I've been back and forth for a while about opening up about my sexuality. I thought that I didn't need to come out because it doesn't matter if anyone knows. But I remember how much other's stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope. I spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was. I was always afraid of what others would think/say. I've struggled with my mental health for many years because of that and it put me in a really bad place. Now I'm standing up for myself and the rest of the LGBTQ community in hopes of being an inspiration and making a difference in someone's life. Although it's a lot more accepted in our society today, we still see children, teens, and adults being ridiculed and discriminated against for being the way we are. Some have even taken their lives because of it. As long as those things are still happening, I will continue to do my best to bring more awareness to this issue and to fight for equality. Whether the LGBTQ is what you support or not, we must liberate and encourage each other to be our best selves, whatever that may be. It's the only way we can make this world a better place for future generations. I don't want this to be focused on me. I just want to spread love and acceptance to others who are in a similar situation. If anyone out there is struggling, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE ENOUGH…AS IS, EXACTLY AS YOU ARE!❤ I can't wait for the day we all can live without feeling like we're different and excluded. A time where we don't have to come out, we can love the way we want to love and not be ashamed. We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you…spread love. Let's do our part to make this world a better place.🏳️‍🌈❤💛💚💙💜

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Fujikawa revealed to his 4,600 followers that he was uncertain about revealing his sexuality, as initially, he felt it was not necessary “because it doesn’t matter if anyone knows.” However, it was the bravery from others who had previously come out before him that motivated the golfer to share his own truth.

“I remember how much other’s stories have helped me in my darkest times to have hope,” he wrote. “I spent way too long pretending, hiding, and hating who I was. I was always afraid of what others would think/say.”

The player went on to explain that the fear he was experiencing about whether or not people would accept him put a strain on his mental health for years.

He also mentioned that while the LGBTQ community is much “more accepted in our society today,” there are still people suffering from ridicule and discrimination, with some resorting to suicide because of it.

“As long as those things are still happening, I will continue to do my best to bring more awareness to this issue and to fight for equality,” Fujikawa explained. “Whether the LGBTQ is what you support or not, we must liberate and encourage each other to be our best selves, whatever that may be. It’s the only way we can make this world a better place for future generations.”

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The professional golfer reminded his fans that being yourself is enough and dared them to change the world for the better.

“YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE ENOUGH…AS IS, EXACTLY AS YOU ARE!❤” Fujikawa wrote. “I can’t wait for the day we all can live without feeling like we’re different and excluded. A time where we don’t have to come out, we can love the way we want to love and not be ashamed.”

Added the golfer: “We are all human and equal after all. So I dare you…spread love. Let’s do our part to make this world a better place.🏳️‍🌈❤💛💚💙💜

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Fujikawa has previously used his platform to speak out about mental health on social media. Last October, the golf pro shared another Instagram post revealing to his followers that he suffered from anxiety and depression.

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I've been trying to withhold from using social media a bit recently but today is #worldmentalhealthday so I felt the need to post something. Especially with all of the hate and terrible things that has been occurring…spreading a little love in times like these are quintessential. So, not many people know this…but I've gone through "it". Anxiety and depression are too real. What I have gone through may not seem as "bad" or detrimental as some other people. But regardless we all have our issues and problems, just in different ways. It's how we deal with those issues and learn how to overcome them that makes us stronger and beautiful in the end. But it all starts with getting help. So if any of you are struggling with any kind of mental illness or addiction, need encouragement, or need someone to talk to, just reach out (to me or someone you feel comfortable with) and don't stop reaching out until you get that help. You are loved and worthy. Remember you are not alone!❤ What I've learned (so far) in all of this is we are not perfect. It's okay to make mistakes. In the end, that's the only way we can really learn and improve. Also, to surround yourself with good people. People who will encourage you, inspire you to be better and strive for your dreams! On another note…I think this has become such a big issue in our society partially because of the media and social media. But as much as it can/has impaired us, we can use that same platform to spread love and uplift others. This is one of my goals, to be more selfless. It starts with each and every one of us to come together and make a change. 🙂 Sorry for the word vomit. 🤢😂 Lastly, just wanted to thank my friends, family, and friends who have turned into my family for helping me and supporting me. I couldn't have made it through my lowest without y'all. I have been so blessed to have each and every one of you in my life. 💙 #spreadlove #love #selfless #thankful #loveyourself #beautiful #hawaii #oahu #nature #travel #home #lanikai #pillboxes #hike #sun #sunrise #island #sky #skyporn #hiig #hilife #hawaiistagram #luckywelivehawaii #alohaoutdoors #unrealhawaii #glimpseofhawaii #aloha

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He advised anyone struggling to get help, find a good support system, and embrace imperfection.

“We all have our issues and problems, just in different ways,” Fujikawa wrote. “It’s how we deal with those issues and learn how to overcome them that makes us stronger and beautiful in the end. But it all starts with getting help.”

According to Golf.com, Fujikawa qualified for the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot when he was 15-years-old, becoming the youngest player to ever do so. In 2010, he won the Hawaiian State Open and recently repeated the tournament victory in 2017.

Following Fujikawa’s announcement on Monday, the PGA Tour shared the news on Twitter, confirming that he is the first openly gay professional male golfer.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

2 Survivors of the Canadian Ice Hockey Team Bus Crash Tragedy Suit Up and Return to the Rink

Five months after their bus crashed into a tractor-trailer and killed 16 team members of the Humboldt Broncos, two of the survivors returned to the ice.

Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter suited up on Wednesday night for the season opener of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, according to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. The Broncos played the Nipawin Hawks in the first game of the season but fell short to their competitors, losing 2-1.

“It’s exciting,” Camrud said to the local publication prior to the game’s start. “At the same time, it’s scary, it’s overwhelming, it’s going to be sad — we’re paying tribute to the boys.”

A day ahead of the season opener, TSN released an original 12-minute film where they spoke to Camrud and Patter about the unimaginable tragedy and their return to hockey alongside many new team members.

“I’m just going to play for the guys that can’t play hockey anymore,” Patter told TSN. “To represent those 29 families, 29 people that were on that bus.”

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Camrud and Patter were onboard the 28-passenger bus in April when it collided with a tractor-trailer in western Canada’s Saskatchewan province. The team, made up of athletes aged 16 to 20, was on its way to a playoff game in the town of Nipawin — the same town that the Broncos opened their 2018 season against.

Of the 29 people who were on the bus at the time of the crash, including team members, coaches, support staff, and the bus driver, 16 people were killed — 10 of them being players — while 13 others were injured. Camrud and Patter are the only two players to survive the crash and return to the sport.

“I thought it was important to the community of Humboldt that I don’t bail on them,” Camrud told TSN.

Prior to Wednesday’s game, community members showed their support to the Broncos by leaving hockey sticks outside of their front doors. Many shared photos on social media, paying tribute to the team with #HumboldtStrong and acknowledged how the community will “never forget” the unimaginable tragedy.

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Ahead of the 6:45 p.m. start, a press conference reportedly occurred with players and their family members who spoke out about the accident. Former player and crash survivor Kaleb Dahlgren told reporters, “I think it means, honestly, everything for this team to be playing hockey again.”

As the sold-out crowd began to roll in, members of the original team gathered for an emotional moment prior to puck-drop. Though Camrud and Patter were the only two players suited up, their other surviving teammates — one of who is currently in a wheelchair — made an appearance and lined up next to each other on the ice during the National Anthem.

Outside the rink, Humboldt’s Spotlight business sold T-shirts, where already more than 15,000 of them were purchased following the bus crash in April. Of those proceeds, $300,000 have gone directly towards the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation, the Saskatoon Star Phoenix reports.

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Following the game, a Banner Tribute ceremony took place, honoring those who died in the crash. Each banner that was revealed featured the name of the fallen player, as well as their number. During the ceremony, the 150 plus first responders who were on the scene of the crash were also honored.

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Though the team reportedly had no captain for this year’s season (as a way to pay respect to the late Logan Schatz who held that position last season, but didn’t get to complete it) the returners are embracing their leadership role while also remembering their fallen teammates.

“I think about a little bit of it every single day, whether it be the accident itself, or how guys are doing, how my parents might be feeling,” Camrud told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to make sure everybody’s doing well. You’ve got to check in, and be a great human.”

Added the 20-year-old athlete: “This year, my responsibility is to be a leader for these new guys we brought into our team, and I’m going to be the best guy I can.”

Nike Sales Increase 31 Percent After Controversial Colin Kaepernick Ad Campaign Debuts

Nike’s sales have gone up amid a backlash over the 30th-anniversary “Just Do It” campaign starring Colin Kaepernick, the football player who started the #TakeAKnee movement in 2016.

The brand’s sales increased 31 percent from Sunday through Tuesday over Labor Day, according to Edison Trends. During Labor Day 2017, sales increased 17 percent, the company reported.

Kaepernick’s ad — which says “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything” — was released on Sept. 3, and his commercial dropped two days later.

“People say your dreams are crazy, if they laugh at what you think you can do, good,” Kaepernick, 30, says in the video. “Stay that way. Because what non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult, it’s a compliment.”

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The commercial, which showcases inspirational sports figures like Serena Williams and LeBron James, aired during Thursday’s NFL season opener.

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As the campaign made waves, some Nike patrons announced on social media that they were boycotting the brand.

“Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks,” tweeted Big and Rich country star John Rich. “Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.”

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President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday, “What was Nike thinking?”

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Trump told The Daily Caller, “I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent.”

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He added, “In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it.”

“But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” Trump said. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.”

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Kaepernick made headlines in August 2016 by declining to stand for the anthem when it was played before games. Instead of standing, he kneeled to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Months later, he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco Niners in March 2017 and has not been able to find a new team since. He is now suing the NFL claiming teams colluded to keep him out of the league.

In 2016, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback explained his protest by saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Kaepernick, who had not appeared in a Nike ad in over two years, has been a Nike athlete since 2011. Nike is the NFL’s official uniform sponsor.

Serena Williams Comforts Tearful Naomi Osaka in Viral U.S. Open Moment: ‘Let’s Not Boo Anymore’

Serena Williams proved herself a class act following her tough loss to Naomi Osaka.

During the U.S. Open Women’s Final on Saturday, Osaka, 20, beat the tennis legend, 36, after Williams received three code violations. In the emotional trophy ceremony, as a roar of boos erupted from the crowd, Osaka tilted her cap down and began to cry. Williams, standing next to her, sensed the emotion, moved closer to Osaka, and wrapped her arm around her in a comforting gesture after a tough defeat.

As Osaka wiped the tears from her face, Williams smiled and said something to her, making Osaka crack a smile and fans cheer at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Williams later spoke up for her competitor. “I don’t want to be rude, but I don’t want to interrupt,” she said. “I don’t want to do questions. I just want to tell you guys, she played well. And this is her first Grand Slam.”

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Williams continued, “I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting too. But let’s make this the best moment we can, and we’ll get through it. Let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this, and let’s be positive. So congratulations, Naomi! No more booing.”

Osaka offered her own message to the crowd: “I know that everyone was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

Osaka added, “It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S Open finals. So I’m really glad that I was able to do that, and I’m really grateful I was able to play with you.”

During the game, Williams was given a violation from chair umpire Carlos Ramos for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set. She told Ramos, “I don’t cheat to win. I’d rather lose.”

After receiving the game penalty for court violation, Williams told Ramos, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. … And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too!”

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Once the match ended, Williams would not shake the umpire’s hand and continued demanding an apology. She said in a press conference, “I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. And for me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. He’s never took a game from a man because they said ‘thief.'”

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Katrina Adams, USTA chairman of the board and president, said, “What Serena did on the podium today showed a great deal of class and sportsmanship. This was Naomi’s moment, and Serena wanted her to be able to enjoy it. That was a class move from a true champion.”

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The statement continued, “What Serena has accomplished this year in playing her way back on to the tour is truly amazing. She continues to inspire, because she continues to strive to be the best. She owns virtually every page of the record book, but she’s never been one to rest on her laurels. She’s always working to improve; always eager to embrace new challenges; and to set new standards. She is an inspiration to me, personally, and a credit to our sport, win or lose.”

The statement concluded, “I know that she was frustrated about the way the match played out, but the way she stepped up after the final and gave full credit to Naomi for a match well-played speaks volumes about who she is.”

In another statement, the U.S. Open sought to explain what went down on the court Saturday. “On the fifth point in the second game of the second set between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, the chair umpire witnessed coaching taking place from Williams’ coach. Even though her coach has admitted to coaching, Williams has made it clear that she did not receive any coaching. Nevertheless, in accordance with the rules, Williams was assessed a Code Violation, resulting in a warning.”

“At the completion of the fifth game of the second set, Williams was assessed a second code violation for racquet abuse, which required a point penalty,” the U.S. Open’s statement added. “At the changeover, at 4-3, Williams was assessed a third code violation for verbal abuse in the judgment of the umpire, which then required a game penalty. The chair umpire’s decision was final and not reviewable by the Tournament Referee or the Grand Slam Supervisor who were called to the court at that time.”

Serena Williams Loses at U.S. Open, Lashes Out at Umpire Over Cheating Penalty: ‘You’re a Thief’

Minutes after receiving a game penalty for verbal abuse against the chair umpire, Serena Williams lost the U.S. Open Women’s Final against Naomi Osaka on Saturday.

Williams, 36, was given a violation from chair umpire Carlos Ramos for illegal coaching from her player box during the first set. She told Ramos, “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose. I’m just letting you know.”

Then, after receiving the game penalty for court violation, Williams told Ramos, “You will never, ever, ever be on another court of mine as long as you live. You are the liar. When are you going to give me my apology? You owe me an apology. Say it. Say you’re sorry. … And you stole a point from me. You’re a thief, too!”

Once the match had concluded, Williams didn’t shake the umpire’s hand and she continued demanding an apology as the crowd roared with boos.

During the post-match trophy ceremony, Williams addressed the crowd, saying, “Well, I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. played well, this is her first Grand Slam. I know you guys were here rooting. Let’s make this the best moment we can. Let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this and we’re gonna be positive. No more booing!”

Fighting back tears after the match, Osaka, 20, said, “I know that everybody was cheering for her. I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”

Japanese rising star Osaka was seeded 20th ahead of Saturday’s match. Williams entered the tournament ranked 17th.

This isn’t the only time Williams has had run-ins with game officials. In 2009, she was given a point penalty at match point after an altercation with a lineswoman. Williams, who had been given a code violation for breaking her racquet earlier in the match, had an outburst after the lineswoman had called a foot fault against her. After review by the umpire, Williams was given a second code violation, leading to her loss against Kim Clijsters.

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Leading up to Saturday’s final, Williams defeated Magda Linette and bested German player Carina Witthöft before facing her sister Venus Williams in the third round. After, Williams said in an interview that she worked “really, really hard” to prepare for the Grand Slam tournament.

“You know, I’ve worked really, really hard this past three months, four months, especially the past eight weeks and hopefully everything will keep paying off,” said Williams. “That’s just life, you gotta keep going no matter how many downs you have, or how many ups you have you have to keep working hard, and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

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After giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia on Sept. 1, 2017, via emergency cesarean section, Williams had a near-death experience involving pulmonary embolism — forcing her to spend the next six weeks in bed.

A rough return to the sport followed, with Williams losing the Wimbledon Ladies’ Single Final to German player Angelique Kerber in July.

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Whether she was victorious or not on Saturday, Williams said she was proud of herself for the way she played in the tournament.

“A year ago, I was fighting for literally my life at the hospital after I had the baby. Every day I step on this court, I am grateful that I have an opportunity to play this sport,” she told ESPN. “No matter what happens in any match — semis, finals — I just feel like I’ve already won.”

And ahead of their match-up, Osaka was asked to send a message to Williams, and she gushed simply, “I love you.”

This would’ve marked Williams’ seventh U.S. Open win, meaning she would have tied for the most Grand Slam singles titles of all time with tennis legend Margaret Court.

Attorney Jose Baez Reveals the Surprising Bet He Had with Aaron Hernandez Before His Death

By the time that Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his jail cell in April 2017, he had few people in his corner. 

The 27-year-old former NFL star hadn’t heard from his football teammates in years. The only people outside the jail with whom he had regular contact was his attorney, Jose Baez, and his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins. When he died by suicide, he left notes for the two of them, as well as another for his daughter, Avielle Jenkins-Hernandez, now 5.

It was a dark end for Hernandez. Once a celebrated tight end for the New England Patriots, Hernandez was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée in 2013.

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Two years later, Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. While on trial in Lloyd’s slaying, he was also indicted for a 2012 double homicide. He hired Baez, who won an acquittal in the second case — and began the appeal process for the first murder conviction.

Days later, Hernandez was dead, and his death was ruled a suicide.

With the family’s blessing, Baez has released a book about Hernandez’s legal troubles and final days. The book, Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandezhas hit the New York Times bestseller list.

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Baez, 49, tells PEOPLE that a lot of his conversations with Hernandez went far beyond the standard attorney-client discussions about his case. “It turned into a big brother type of relationship,” Baez says. “I got to see him with his qualities and his flaws. I saw the tough guy mask, but around me, he was always just a big goofy kid.”

The two men would talk about sports. “I told him that I had played baseball and football when I was younger,” Baez says. “And he asked me, ‘Were you any good?’ And I said, ‘Hell yeah. I was really fast.’ He didn’t believe me.”

So Hernandez bet Baez that he couldn’t run a 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. (Hernandez’s time had been 4.64 seconds.)

Baez began training in earnest. “It took me a month and a half, but I wanted to do it for Aaron,” he says. “And then I finally did it. And I had it videotaped so I could show it to him.” (The video is below.)

But it wasn’t meant to be. Before Baez could show Hernandez the video, the former football player was dead. “It was really a blow,” says Baez. “I wanted to show it to him. It was a way to keep his mind off everything else that was going on.”

See Inside Danica Patrick’s Funky ‘Jetsons House’ in Arizona: ‘It Looks Like Flying Saucers’

Danica Patrick‘s house is anything but ordinary.

“It looks like flying saucers—everything is very round,” the former race-car driver, who’s dedicated herself to her passion for winemaking in her retirement, tells Wine Spectator. “Modern can be very angular,” she says. “This is everything but angular.”

The 8,300-square-foot mansion in Scottsdale, Arizona, features concrete sheathed walls and disc shapes throughout, including the breakfast bar in her open-plan kitchen, where she says she makes waffles for her boyfriend, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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The cosmic theme of the architecture led Patrick to nickname her place the “Jetsons House” when she purchased it in 2007.

Initially, she was drawn to the home because of its seven-car garage where she could park her fleet of vehicles. But the wine cellar, which holds up to 1,000 bottles, is also a favorite feature.

While she entertains often, Patrick, who retired in May following her last time on the track at the Indianapolis 500, admits she doesn’t often follow recipes and sticks to a strict paleo diet.

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“I’m the fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants one,” she says. “I don’t really care for baking, but I love to cook, and I’m good on the grill, I’m good searing, good roasting things, you name it.”

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Her outdoor space is also the perfect place for Patrick to host guests, as the view looks out over Arizona’s famed Camelback Mountain

Read the full feature and see more photos in the October issue of Wine Spectator, or visit winespectator.com.

Former San Francisco 49ers Player Jason Hairston Dead by Suicide at Age 47

Former San Francisco 49er Jason Hairston has died. He was 47.

Hairston’s outdoor sporting company KUIU confirmed the news on Twitter Wednesday writing, “We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston.”.

The company later revealed Hairston “took his own life” and “was found dead at his home in Dixon, CA on Sept. 4, 2018.” Hairston is survived by his wife Kirstyn and their two children.

Hairston, originally from southern California, spent his early years playing football. He attended the University of California, Davis and was named a starting linebacker for UC Davis Aggies football in 1993, according to KUIU’s website.

In 1995, Hairston was signed as a free agent to the San Francisco 49ers. He was traded to the Denver Broncos a year later and retired in 1996.

In 216, Hairston revealed he was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy symptoms. The cognitive brain disease is commonly found in athletes and those in the military you have suffered repetitive hits to the head.

“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head. I played the way they tell us not to play now,” Hairston told CNBC in 2016. “I have all the symptoms of CTE.”

CTE can only be confirmed after a sufferer has died.

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Following his football career, Hairston founded hunting clothing company KUIU in 2010. Hairston was featured on Forbes last year after KUIU did $50 million in sales.

He was also close friends with Donald Trump Jr. and the two went on a hunting trip in Canada just days before Hairston’s death.

Trump Jr. honored his late friend on Instagram by sharing a series of photos from their trip.

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Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you. R.I.P @kuiu_official

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“Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors.”

“You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you R.I.P.”

Hairston’s family has asked fans to make donations to support CTE-related research at the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation.

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Boyz II Men Sends the Internet into Overdrive with ‘Sexy’ NFL National Anthem Performance

For a moment during Thursday night’s NFL opener, people stopped fighting over whether NFL players should stand for the national anthem and focused instead on Boyz II Men.

The R&B trio stole the show when they took the field in Philadelphia sending fans into a frenzy.

Staying true to their roots, Boyz II Men — who are all Philadelphia natives — performed a harmonious rendition of the national anthem before kickoff.

As they sang side-by-side in their Eagles jerseys, the internet went crazy for their impressive soulful harmonizing.

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Twitter exploded with some fans claiming it was the best rendition of all-time, while others questioned exactly how the group was able to make the song sound “sexy.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Boyz II Men is the ONLY group of singers I know that turned the national anthem into a slow jam.”

One user even congratulated the group for having “an entire nation applauding you right now.”

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Other Twitter users waited until the midway through the game to confirm that the performance was, indeed, the “best thing about this game tonight.”

There was expected to be widespread protests amongst the player but no one was seen kneeling.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett did, however, opt to sit before the end of the national anthem.

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As noted by Yahoo! Sports, Bennett was spotted lingering around his team’s bench before sitting down. Although the performance was broadcasted on national television, Bennett sitting down in protest was not.

During the Eagles’ preseason, Bennett was known to remain in the locker room during the anthem, while fellow teammate Malcolm Jenkins protested in his own way by raising a fist.

However, on Thursday night, Jenkins — along with the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles — did not show any signs of protest and were seen standing for the anthem, the site reports.

Last season, many players chose to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and the treatment of African American people in this country particularly by the police force and the government.

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President Trump weighed in on the protests in September 2017 with a series of tweets and stated that NFL owners should fire players who do not stand for the anthem.

During a rally speech in Alabama, Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’ ”

In May, NFL owners approved rules that force players to stand on the sideline or remain in the locker room during the anthem. If players do not comply with the new policy, they would be subject to league fines and/or individual punishment by their team.

Serena Williams’ Daughter Wears an Adorable Mini Version of Her Mom’s Tulle U.S. Open Dress

Serena Williams’ daughter is a fashionista just like her mama!

On Thursday, the 36-year-old tennis star shared a photo of her 12-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia wearing a tiny version of the black tulle dress created for her byOff-Whit designer Virgil Abloh for her first match at the U.S. Open last week.

“Did Momma win?” Williams captioned the adorable shot of Olympia, who can also be seen pushing a pink toy stroller.

The sweet post comes just a few hours after Williams advanced to the finals after defeating Anastasija Sevastova on Thursday.

In addition to her dress, Olympia has also gifted a pair of Nike X Off-White Blazers sneakers from the collection inspired by Williams. The pint-sized sneakers were made especially for the famous baby.

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“Thank you ❤ @virgilabloh @nike @off_white,” Williams wrote.

Olympia turned one on Sunday. Williams, who previously revealed she wouldn’t be celebrating her daughter’s birthday for religious reasons, shared a variety of videos from her pregnancy on Instagram over the weekend.

In the first few clips, Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian prepared for Olympia’s arrival.

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Thank you ❤@virgilabloh @nike @off____white

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“Today is the day we are going to the hospital, but later tonight,” Williams said. “And I’m about to get induced because you didn’t come.”

Ohanian, 35, also shared a message on Instagram. “1 year ago today, you changed our lives forever, @olympiaohanian my adventure princess,” Ohanian captioned a photo of Olympia walking through a patch of grass.

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Papa bear. Baby bear not amused.

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Since giving birth, Williams has been open about her struggles with motherhood and balancing that with her tennis career.

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After losing the Ladies’ Single Final at Wimbledon in July to German player Angelique Kerber, Williams gave an emotional speech.

“It was such an amazing tournament for me. I was really hoping to get this far,” Williams said.

“It’s obviously disappointing, but I can’t be disappointed. I have so much to look forward to. I’m literally just getting started.”

“To all the moms out there, I was playing for you today and I tried.”

Pro Skateboarder Cory Kennedy Gets 4 in Years for DUI Crash That Killed His Friend, a Dad of 2

A popular pro skateboarder has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with a fatal DUI crash that killed his friend, according to multiple reports.

The incident happened at 10:05 p.m. on August 30, 2017, when Cory Kennedy was driving his mother’s Audi Quattro wagon around Vashon Island in Washington state, about 17 miles south of downtown Seattle.

Kennedy, 27, lost control of the vehicle, which smashed into two trees, killing one of his passengers and injuring another.

When police arrived on the scene, they found empty beer cans inside the vehicle, according to multiple news outlets, including Seattle’s Q13 FOX. Kennedy was under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Police drew his blood and found that he had consumed marijuana and was driving with a .11 blood alcohol content. The legal limit in Washington is .08.

According to the police report, Kennedy admitted he’d been speeding.

The crash instantly killed Preston ‘P-Stone’ Maigetter, a married 45-year-old with two children. Maigetter was a skateboarding videographer, who made videos of skateboarders for social media. He also worked for Thrasher magazine, which covers skateboarding. He and Kennedy had been friends for several years before the crash.

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Another friend received a fractured foot in the crash. Kennedy was uninjured.

Kennedy, who has appeared in the films Pretty Sweet and Beware of Sasquatch, was arrested at the scene and booked into King County Jail. 

He was convicted of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault on Friday. He will serve 48 months in prison. Upon his release, he will serve 369 days of home monitoring.

During the sentencing, a prosecutor acknowledged that Kennedy did not act with malicious intent, but that his actions that night were inexcusable.

“Mr. Kennedy might be a talented athlete and a good person, but on Aug. 30, 2017, he was selfish and irresponsible,” King County deputy prosecuting attorney Amy Freedheim said in court, according to Seattle’s KIRO-TV.

According to the station, Kennedy was contrite and apologetic for his actions. “This will forever be the biggest mistake of my life,” he told the court.

PEOPLE confirms that Kennedy had a history of traffic infractions, receiving multiple speeding tickets in the years leading up to the crash.

Nike Hired Collin Kaepernick as a Spokesperson and Caused Some of the Best Twitter Meltdowns Ever

Nike unveiled their 30th anniversary version of their “Just Do It” campaign today, letting their new spokesperson reveal the ad on his Twitter feed.

It’s Colin Kaepernick, the guy who started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. This has made stupid people very mad because, I think, they believe police brutality is good or they hate black people or something… It’s hard to follow the logic of people for whom logic doesn’t enter the picture.

Luckily for us these people had the most epic meltdown on Twitter and started burning their shoes. Seriously.

This next dude has 100% never touched a vagina or a penis that wasn’t attached to his own body. Whatever genitals he wants to touch, that’s fine, but he never has and he never will.

I could watch these all day. A lot of people are tweeting that instead of destroying your very expensive clothing you could donate it to the homeless, and that’s a fair point. But look at how funny these videos are. Seriously, the only way these would be funnier is if they were wearing the sneakers while they burned them. Even better than that, though, was the jokes at the expense of the dipshits burning their shoes.

Nike doesn’t actually have good morals, they basically make their shoes with slave labor and the only reason Phil Knight isn’t the first person you think of when you’re thinking about douchebag rich weirdos who probably spend their nights thinking of ways to defeat Superman is that Elon Musk exists. Still a pretty funny video.

This is 100% true. If you have brake lines in your car it means Colin Kaepernick is your BFF.

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Colin Kaepernick Revealed as the Face of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ Campaign in the Wake of NFL Protests

Colin Kaepernick has not played on an NFL team since 2016, but he continues to make a statement off the field.

On Monday, the Super Bowl quarterback, 30, revealed he is the new face of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign. “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” reads the ad that was shared on Instagram and Twitter.

The latest Nike ad marks Kaepernick’s first spokesperson gig for the company in over two years and comes despite Nike being the NFL’s official uniform sponsor.

Kaepernick, who has been a Nike athlete since 2011, made headlines in August 2016 when he declined to stand for the anthem when it was played before games. Instead of standing, he kneeled to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Months later, he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco Niners in March 2017 and has not been able to find a new team since. He is now suing the NFL claiming teams colluded to keep him out of the league.

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Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt

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As more players follow Kaepernick’s lead, President Trump weighed in on the protests in September 2017 with a series of tweets and stated that NFL owners should fire players who do not stand for the anthem.

During a rally speech in Alabama, Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out, you’re fired.’ ”

In May, NFL owners approved rules that force players to stand on the sideline or remain in the locker room during the anthem. If players do not comply with the new policy, they would be subject to league fines and/or individual punishment by their team.

A Watford Win! Elton John and His Sons Cheer on His Favorite Soccer Team — See the Cute Photos

How wonderful life is for Sir Elton John when Watford soccer team wins in front of him and his boys.

For the superstar singer — who took sons Elijah Joseph Daniel, 5½, and Zachary Jackson Levon, 7½, with him to watch the game on Sunday — it was a memorable day as they beat a team from across north London: Tottenham Hotspur.

During the match, which Watford won 2-1 after initially going behind, John was seen embracing the boys and raising his fists in celebration, his face filled with joy as the team pulled off the result.

The “Your Song” crooner wrote on Instagram, “Life doesn’t get better than this … A wonderful comeback at yesterday’s match against a top team. I love you @watfordofficial and I’m so proud of you.”

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Life doesn’t get any better than this… A wonderful comeback at yesterday’s match against a top team. I love you @watfordfcofficial and I’m so proud of you.

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The singer, 71, owned his favorite team for two periods between 1976 and 2002 and is now honorary life-president of the club, which is close to the London suburb of Pinner where he grew up.

John and husband David Furnish have just returned from a summer break in the south of France where they also hung out with pals David and Victoria Beckham on the Cote D’Azur.

“We love you @eltonjohn @davidfurnish X kisses x,” Victoria, 44, captioned a photo shared on Instagram and Twitter showing her and her husband lounging on a yacht in the South of France alongside John.

Summer’s over. Back to school. Back to work…..! @davidfurnish #FYBR

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John and Furnish, 55, have a couple of well-rounded kiddos on their hands. Aside from sports, Elijah and Zachary are super into films — especially of one type.

“They love animation movies, so I can’t wait to take them to see ,” John told PEOPLE in March of his family film Sherlock Gnomes, which he composed music for.

He added, “They love the original one .”

Khloé Kardashian Holds Baby True During ‘Family Vacay’ with Tristan Thompson and Kris Jenner

It’s family vacation time!

While snuggled up beside her daughter True on a private plane, Khloé Kardashian shared on Saturday that she was embarking on a family trip with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson, her mother Kris Jenner and Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble.

The 34-year-old Good American co-founder and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star posted a video on her Instagram Story of the happy bunch spending time together as they kicked off their latest adventure.

“Family vacay,” Thompson called out during the clip.

“Hi everyone,” the mother of one added, as she showed off her mother hanging out on the opposite end of the plane.

An hour later, she shared another adorable video of her 4-month-old daughter — as well as her boyfriend — getting a little shut eye before the plane landed.

While baby True slept in her mother’s arms, Thompson, 27, was curled up in his own seat nearby.

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Kardashian teased the upcoming vacation on Friday, sharing multiple videos from a wild night she spent with her mother earlier this year.

“I can’t wait to spend the weekend with you @krisjenner,” she wrote alongside one of the clips.

It is not immediately clear whether any other members of the famous family will be joining the Revenge Body host and her mother. On Saturday morning, Kim Kardashian West shared multiple videos of her daily workout.

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Since returning to Los Angeles this summer following the birth of their daughter, Kardashian and Thompson have seemed inseparable, frequently spending time together as a family of three while still finding time to step out as a couple.

Last month, Kardashian and Thompson event went on a  romantic vacation in Mexico — where the couple were also joined by Kendall Jenner and basketball player Ben Simmons.

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Although Kardashian and Thompson’s relationship was rocked after news of a cheating scandal broke just two days before the birth of their daughter, a source recently told PEOPLE that the couple are in a good place right now.

“She’s needed some relaxing time, and time with Tristan,” said the source after the couple returned from Mexico. “And she deserves it! She’s the best mom and is so devoted to True.”

“She’s glad things are going well with Tristan,” the source explained, adding, “She can forgive him and move on, but I don’t think she’ll ever forget.”

LeBron James Didn’t Always like White People

LeBron James has to hang around white people every day. Some of them even boss him around. But he wasn’t always comfortable around white people.

Speaking to other athletes on an episode of his HBO show The Shop, LeBron explained that he had preconceived notions about white people, which made him not want to hang out with them.

“I went to an all-white high school. So when I first went to the 9th grade in high school, I was on some like, I’m not fucking with white people.

“I was so institutionalized growing up in the hood. It was like, they don’t fuck with us. They don’t want us to succeed. So I’m like I’m going to this school to play ball, and that’s it… It’s me and my boys. We going here to school together. We going there to hoop. That was my initial thoughts, initial shock to white America when I was 14 years old.”

This explains why LeBron chose the Lakers. They are one of the few teams with a black general manager.

LeBron’s comments make sense and hopefully this won’t turn into a big thing. He was 14 and white people looked at him weird because white people suck. They suck even more if you’re a black kid coming into their white school and are awesome at basketball.

I’ve seen that movie O. I know how this works.

Judging by LeBron’s most recent tweet, it’s obvious he’s over his white fear.

See, LeBron loves white people. Except Trump.

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Serena Williams Beats Big Sister Venus in Sibling Showdown at U.S. Open: ‘She’s My Best Friend, She Means the World to Me’

The sister show down is complete!

Serena Williams beat her big sister, Venus Williams, 6-1, 6-2 in their highly-anticipated matchup on Friday at the U.S. Open in Queens — their 30th head-to-head match since they first competed against each other 20 years ago.

The sisters — Serena seeded 17th and Venus 16th — played each other in the third round of the Grand Slam tournament. Serena, 36, beat out Venus, 38, with 2-0 in sets and will now move on to the round of 16.

“It’s not easy,” Serena said of beating her big sister Venus in an interview after the match. “She’s my best friend, she means the world to me. She’s so supportive of my career and I’m extremely supportive of her career and every time she loses I feel like I do. So yeah, it’s not very easy, but it’s a tournament and we all know that there’s more to life than just playing each other and playing tennis.”

After rolling her ankle in the second game of the first set, Serena called for a medical timeout and had a trainer wrap her ankle after game three. “I actually roll my ankles a lot, so I just was wanting to get it taped as tight as I could for the rest of the match and see how I feel tomorrow,” she told the interviewer after her win.

The younger of the two Williams sisters proved to be unstoppable after winning the first point back post-ankle taping.

In the first set, Serena held her serve the whole way through, and broke Venus’ in two games. With four aces and an unbreakable serve, she beat her sister 6-1, with the last game being a blowout.

In set number two, Serena continued her winning streak by hitting powerful returns of serve. Venus managed to get two games on her younger sister, but it wasn’t enough to come out on top. Serena won the second set 6-2.

Discussing her post-baby comeback, Serena told the interviewer after the match, “Obviously I played much better today than actually I have since I came back to playing tennis. Absolutely this was my best match since I’ve returned, but I’ve worked for it. You know, I’ve worked really, really hard this past three months, four months, especially the past eight weeks and hopefully everything will keep paying off. That’s just life, you gotta keep going no matter how many downs you have, or how many ups you have you have to keep working hard, and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

The sisters embraced after the match and Venus gave a wave to the crowd as she walked off the court.

“I love her with all my heart. She’s the reason I’m here,” Serena said of her sister after she left the stadium. “She’s the only reason I’m still out here, so I really owe everything to her, to Jehovah of course, but after God, I definitely owe everything to her.”

Serena’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, cheered on both sisters while he sat in the stands eagerly watching the match. Another sweet spectator was also in the stands: Serena’s dog, Chip!

“Serena’s dog Chip out here living his best life sitting in Serena’s player’s box watching his mom and Aunt Venus play,” a Twitter user captioned a photo of Chip sitting behind Ohanian.

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Speaking of family members, Serena also talked about her dad in the post-match interview.

“I hope my dad didn’t watch! It’s his two daughters playing each other, it’s not very easy. I’ll talk to him obviously, tomorrow, and then he’ll be watching again after this match is over. I know he probably is just feeling as nervous as we both were,” she said before sending him a loving message: “Hi dad, I miss you, I love you.”

As she walked off the court, she addressed the crowd one last time: “We’re both winners, thank you guys for the support, I love you so much. Thank you!”

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On Monday, Serena defeated Magda Linette and bested German player Carina Witthöft the next day. As for Venus, she was victorious over Svetlana Kuznetsova in her first-round match and beat Camila Giorgi on Wednesday.

Friday’s match marked the 16th time the sisters have played each other at Grand Slams. They first competed against each other professionally in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

The last time they faced each other in a Grand Slam tournament, Serena was pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia (who turns 1 on Saturday).

“The last time we played the Australian it was two against one,” Venus said ahead of Friday’s match, according to USA Today. “At least this time it’s going to fair.”

Days before the latest Grand Slam match, Serena acknowledged that the game would be a “tough” one for her, according to The New York Times.

“Unfortunately and fortunately we have to play each other,” Serena continued. “We make each other better. We bring out the best when we play each other. It’s what we do. So, I think we’re used to it now.”

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Venus and Serena, two of the best to ever play the game, have long shared a love of the game.

In a 1991 interview with Today, the girls’ mother Oracene Price said of her then-rising star daughters, “Sometimes I feel just like it was destiny, you know, for the both of them. Because my first three girls, they went out, they didn’t take to it. But the last two, they liked it a great deal.”

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Still Want Your Money

It’s been over a year since Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor conned millions out of millions. And if they have their way, they’ll do it again.

McGregor is currently preparing for his Oct. 6 fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, an aggressive wrestler who thrives on the pain of his opponent’s. It’s without question McGregor’s toughest fight to date.

As a result, Mayweather has offered his services to train McGregor. Because the only way to beat an aggressive wrestler with a mauling top game is shoulder rolls, obviously.

McGregor declined the offer.

Taking the invitation decline personal, Mayweather shot back the only way he knows how. By bragging about his money.

What will come of this? Absolutely nothing.

There’s a less than zero percent chance Mayweather steps foot in the Octagon. Maybe McGregor returns to the boxing ring and Floyd gets himself another big pay day. They could even put it on the undercard of KSI vs. Paul 2.

Otherwise, these two are just talking because they love the sound of their own voices.

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