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Nike offers pro contract to Oregon runner with cerebral palsy

A runner at the University of Oregon became the first professional athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike, Sports Illustrated reported.

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Justin Gallegos, a 20-year-old junior, thought he was being filmed for completing a cross country race for the university’s running club last Saturday. Instead, cameras captured the moment as John Douglas, Nike’s Insights director, handed Gallegos a contract.

In a video that has since gone viral, Gallegos sinks to his knees in joy as his teammates applaud.

“You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes!” Gallegos wrote on Instagram.

Gallegos began running as a ninth-grader. One of his coaches had gone to the University of Oregon, so Gallegos decided to attend the school and join the running club, Running magazine reported.

Gallegos used a walker as a child and endured plenty of physical therapy to improve his walk, the magazine reported.

He was noticed by Nike when he attended high school in California, and he has helped the athletic retail giant develop a shoe for runners with disabilities, called the FlyEase, Running reported.

Gallego said he was stunned by the contract offer from Nike.

“I’m still at a loss for words,” Gallego wrote on Instagram. “Beyond blessed to officially represent the swoosh!”

The video was released Oct. 6 to coincide with World Cerebral Palsy Day, Sports Illustrated reported.

11-year-old suffering from rare genetic disorder scores TD for Massachusetts college

Touchdowns are always a good thing for any football team, but a recent score on a Massachusetts’ college gridiron had a little extra meaning.

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A local Nichols College fan, an 11-year-old girl named Alana Inslee, who suffers from acrodysotosis and hydrocephalus, was honored on her birthday with a special moment on her favorite team's field.

Acrodysostosis causes growth delays and small hands and feet with fingers and toes that are shorter than usual.

Meanwhile, hydrocephalus increases the size of ventricles deep within the brain, putting pressure on the brain and leading to a larger head than usual.

While the Nichols College football team battles various opponents throughout the season, Alana battles her disorders, and sticks around as a fan of the team.

>> Related: Recruits call Nichols College home after surviving Parkland school shooting

In honor of her dedication, the team honored her by letting her score a touchdown at practice, and had everyone sign a jersey as a gift before taking pictures and videos with her.

The team tweeted out the special moment, saying, "We've had some great touchdowns scored this season on the field, but we think this is the best one!"

Colin Kaepernick's company files for trademark to former QB's image

Colin Kaepernick’s company, Inked Flash, filed for the trademark to a black-and-white image of the former NFL quarterback’s face and hair, ESPN reported Wednesday.

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Inked Flash filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Friday, but it appeared for the first time on the patent office’s website Wednesday. The company’s intent is to use Kaepernick’s image on items such as shampoo, hairspray, jewelry and even lampshades.

Other items include mugs, plates, bowls, drinking glasses. water bottles, tins, afro picks, brushes and combs, coasters, pillowcases, blankets, towels and handkerchiefs, according to the patent office website.

>> Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign

The filing also says the image could be used in association with "providing classes, workshops, seminars and camps in the field of self-empowerment and awareness to properly interact with law enforcement"

Kaepernick became the face of Nike's “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign last month. He also has been marketing his own merchandise, including jerseys with the slogan #ImwithKap on them.

The decision to use Kaepernick as the face of its brand was a polarizing move for Nike. Some fans said they would shun the product, while others said they were more likely to buy Nike items as a result.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season.

Antonio Brown reported $80K stolen day before he allegedly threw furniture, police say

Someone stole $80,000 and a handgun from Antonio Brown’s Florida apartment, a discovery the Steelers wide receiver made a day before he allegedly threw furniture from the 14th-floor balcony and nearly hit a toddler, a police report said.

>> On WPXI.com: Lawsuits claim Antonio Brown threw furniture from balcony, nearly hitting toddler

A Sunny Isles Beach Police Department report on the theft, which was obtained by WPXI in Pittsburgh, said Brown called police on April 23 to report that the money, which had been in a backpack in his closet, was missing, as was a 9 mm pistol.

>> On WPXI.com: PHOTOS: Take a look inside Antonio Brown's $35,000-a-month apartment

Brown had just returned from an 11-day trip out of town when he found the money and gun missing, according to the report. He had been living in the apartment alone since separating from his girlfriend two weeks earlier, he told police.

The money was put in the bag on April 11, he said, a day before he went out of town. When he returned, he found the apartment had been cleaned and laundry had been washed and put away in the closet, the report said.

Security footage showed three women entering and leaving the apartment on April 13, the report said.

The women were housekeepers who were allowed in by security officers after they called Brown, and someone other than Brown answered his phone and gave the women permission to enter the apartment.

The next day, April 24, police said they responded to a call from Brown, who was "agitated" and saying he believed security officials at the complex "set him up." He allegedly threw furniture over the balcony in anger, which prompted a lawsuit from a family saying he nearly hit a young child in the process, the lawsuit said.

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The owner of the building also has filed suit against Brown to recoup the cost of the damages to the apartment and furniture.

The day after that, April 25, police responded to another call from Brown to say his black Rolls Royce had been stolen. When police arrived at his apartment to take the report, Brown opened the door, said, "I found the car," and closed the door, according to a police report obtained by WPXI.

Further attempts to speak to Brown were not successful, police said.

The Steelers have declined to comment on the lawsuits against Brown.

Photos: Brawl at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor

After Conor McGregor tapped Khabib Nurmagomedov’s arm and submitted to the champion’s choke, Nurmagomedov climbed the cage and leaped at the men in McGregor’s corner, setting off a prolonged brawl inside and outside the octagon.

Astros fan buys $500 worth of beer for fans after Springer's home run

A Houston Astros fan was so sure that slugger George Springer would hit a homer during Friday’s American League Division Series, he promised to buy beers for fellow spectators sitting in his section. And when Springer connected to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, Eddie Flores made good on his promise, buying “about $500” worth of beer, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Springer homered on a full count to give the Astros a 3-0 lead against the Cleveland Indians and Flores paid off, treating fans in Section 104 at Minute Maid Park to some brews.

"I just love my team, man," Flores, 42, told the Chronicle. "I knew Springer was going to hit one, and I wanted everyone to know it. I called it."

Everyone did not order a beer in Rows 2 through 9, but Flores offered the free suds for anyone who wanted the drink. 

He was not going to back down from his promise.

"No way, I loved it," Flores said. "I was celebrating. It went out, we all went crazy and I went looking for the beer man."

When Jose Altuve followed Springer’s homer with a blast of his own, Flores opened his wallet again.

"We bought beer for seven rows straight," Flores told KTRK. "Then, it was back-to-back, so I bought another seven rows worth of beer."

Houston attorney Charles Adams received one of those free beers.

"I mean, I was more excited about the home run, but the beer added a little," Adams told KTRK. "I mean, our section went bananas."

The Astros won 7-2 on Friday. Flores said he'll be back for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon, presumably with his wallet refilled with cash.

Mississippi high school band criticized for halftime show

Fans watching a halftime performance by a Mississippi high school marching band Friday night were outraged at a show that depicted students holding toy guns and an apparent shooting, The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reported.

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According to WLBT, photos taken during the halftime show of a football game showed the visiting Forest Hill High School band dressed as doctors and nurses holding SWAT team members at gunpoint.

The make-believe gunplay at Brookhaven High School comes less than a week after the shooting deaths of Brookhaven policemen Zach Moak and James White, who were killed last Saturday, the Daily Leader reported.

“At no point in time is this acceptable,” Susan Mathes May wrote on Facebook. “At any school, at any performance, in any town.”

Gov. Phil Bryant called the performance unacceptable. 

The halftime performance by the Forest Hills High School band was supposed to depict a hostage scene from the move “John Q,” Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene said, WLBT reported.

“The band’s performance does not depict the values and people in our community, and was incredibly insensitive to the students, families, law enforcement officials and the entire Brookhaven community,” Greene said in a release Saturday, WLBT reported.

Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Dave Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday in Cresskill, New Jersey. He was 89.

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Anderson, who joined the Times in 1966 as a general assignment reporter, took over the newspaper’s “Sports of the Times” column in 1971, The New York Times reported.

Anderson won the Pulitzer in commentary in 1981, one of three sportswriters to win the award. The first was Red Smith, Anderson’s colleague at the Times, in 1976; Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times won the award in 1990.

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Anderson wrote for his high school and college newspapers and got his first professional job at 16 when he was hired as a messenger at The New York Sun, the Times reported.

He covered the Dodgers for the Brooklyn Eagle in 1953-54 and went to the New York Journal-American in 1955.

Anderson won the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award in 1994.

Tom Brady tosses 500th career TD pass as Patriots beat Colts

New England quarterback Tom Brady became the third NFL quarterback to throw 500 career touchdown passes Thursday night during the Patriots’ 38-24 victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Brady connected with Josh Gordon for a 39-yard scoring pass with 9:19 to play in the fourth quarter to reach the milestone. Only Peyton Manning, with 539 TD passes, and Brett Favre (508) have thrown more scoring strikes. 

Brady’s record-setting touchdown was the 71st to a different receiver, breaking a tie with Vinny Testaverde for another NFL record.

"Things like that, milestones and so forth, there's so many people who contribute," Brady said. "I just think of all the people who have really worked hard. A quarterback doesn't throw them to himself. He needs people to catch, and block, and the defense to make plays, and coaches to coach. These are all great team awards. Pretty cool.

Brady became the first player to throw 500 touchdown passes for the same team.

"It's tremendous. It's a lot of touchdown passes to a lot of different guys, too. ... No quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Brady completed 34 of 44 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots (3-2). The Colts fell to 1-4.

University of Georgia baseball player kicked off team for alleged racial slurs

A University of Georgia baseball player was dismissed from the team Wednesday after being investigated for allegedly making racial slurs during the university’s football game Saturday.

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In a statement, the university announced that first baseman Adam Sasser was kicked off the squad. The slurs were directed toward Bulldogs quarterback Justin Fields, the university said.

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart addressed the situation Tuesday.

“If what I read and heard is true, it’s really unacceptable behavior that’s not who we are at Georgia,” Smart said. “We’re trying to build a program on tolerance and mutual respect. You can’t control what other people say, but the expectation is that people that are part of our program and come to our games share the same beliefs that we do. It’s sad that something like this would happen. I’m disappointed. But it doesn’t affect our family, our unit here and our kids have been great. It’s not something I’ve had to address with them. I’ve addressed it with Justin. That’s the most important thing.”

On Monday, University of Georgia student Klarissa Gulebian, who told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she heard the racial remarks, took to social media with the complaint. Using a Facebook public group page called “Overheard at UGA” as a forum, Gulebian, a junior from Lawrenceville, told the newspaper that her initial post had been deleted by page moderators so she posted it a second time and also shared it on Twitter. The second post remains on the page.

Gulebian was attending the game with her friends, Africa Buggs of Wisconsin and Sierra Buckner of Lawrence. 

In a Twitter message, Buggs said Sasser was the offending party and that he was yelling, ‘Put the (N-word) in the game,’ throughout the fourth quarter.”

Last season, Sasser was one of Georgia’s top hitters. He batted .317 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. He was a second-team All-SEC selection.

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