A Michigan teen battling cancer realized a dream Friday when he practiced in goal with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, fending off shots while meeting his favorite player, The Tennessean reported.
Jacob Piros is visiting Nashville to participate in the Make-A-WIsh Foundation’s program. The 17-year-old played in goal during the Predators’ practice Friday and then had lunch with his favorite player, goalie Pekka Rinne, the newspaper reported.
Piros’ cancer is in remission, and he was given special treatment while he visited the Music City. The high school goalie was introduced before the Predators’ game Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, led the team onto the ice and stood with Rinne during the playing of the national anthem, The Tennessean reported.
Friday morning, Piros worked in net as Predators players Roman Josi, Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Hartman, Matt Irwin and RInne took shots at the teen. Piros stopped most the shots fired his way, the newspaper reported.
"I can't score on you," Rinne said after Piros made a save.
Rinne told The Tennessean that Piros’ handling of his cancer through the years was “awesome.”
"It’s a humbling feeling. It’s pretty surreal," Rinne said. "Last night I was upset about the game, but all of a sudden you realize how selfish it is. It’s just a hockey game. There’s a lot of other things going on in life.
"Great guy. He’s funny. Good sense of humor,” Rinne said. “It’s a great experience for me, too."
Piros was given five hockey sticks by Rinne, and he will attend Nashville’s game Saturday against the Florida Panthers with his parents, The Tennessean reported.
"It was fantastic," Piros’ mother, Ronda Klein, told the newspaper. "He was in his glory. He was like, 'Wow, dream come true.'"
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported.
Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer.
In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said "We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ..."
Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
A former Utah State University football player was convicted of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college, The Utah Statesman reported.
Torrey Green, 25, who played linebacker at the university, was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, the newspaper reported. The charges stemmed from allegations between 2013 and 2015.Green was found not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, one count of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. The jury found him not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, but guilty of a lesser charge of sexual battery, the Statesman reported.
“There were convictions for all six of these survivors,” Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh told reporters after the verdicts were read. “We’re very happy about that. They were believed.”
A jury comprised of five men and three women deliberated for 13 hours before reaching a verdict, the Statesman reported.
Green faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 27, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Bowling a perfect game is a tough feat, but to have two high school teammates do it during the same match -- back to back, on the same lanes -- is extraordinary.
La Salle High School senior Jacob Toelke rolled the second 300 game in the program’s history Thursday night -- he scored the first one two years ago -- and seconds later sophomore teammate Nolan Blessing wrapped up perfect game No. 3, WKRC reported. The two teammates shared the same lanes at Western Bowl against Oak Hills High School.
Toelke preceded his perfect game with a 235 total, while Blessing rolled a 256, the television station reported.
The Lancers improved to 11-2 after winning the match. Toelke is averaging 224.4 this season, while Blessing sports a 217.7 average, WKRC reported.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was devastated after a critical dropped pass was intercepted in the NFC divisional game last weekend, ending the defending Super Bowl champions’ playoff hopes.
However, words of encouragement from second-graders in a suburban Philadelphia school prompted Jeffrey to visit the students, WPVI reported.
One of those students, 8-year-old Abigail Johnson, wrote a heartwarming letter that went viral after her father tweeted it. She told Jeffrey, "I am a huge Eagles fan. When I watched the play last night I was crying."
"I think you are an awesome player no matter what. It takes a lot of practice and courage to catch a ball," Abigail wrote.
Jeffrey visited Alli Morris’ class of second-graders at Sarah Starkweather Elementary School in West Chester to thank the students, WPVI reported. Morris had told her students that they would try to connect to Jeffrey through FaceTime, but instead surprised them as Jeffrey walked into the classroom, ESPN reported.
The students serenaded Jeffrey with a chorus of the Eagles’ fight song, WPVI reported.
"We talked about empathy and kindness and kind of talking about how Alshon might feel," Morris told the television station. "We wanted to boost him up after a tough loss."
Lyle Menendez confirmed that he and his brother, Erik Menendez, who were convicted in their murder of their parents, appeared in the background of a 1990-91 Hoops basketball card of Mark Jackson that went viral last month, the Daily Mail confirmed.
In an interview with DailyMailTV, the convicted murderer said he wouldn’t mind owning the card, which was seemingly worthless for years until a Reddit user spotted the brothers sitting courtside in the photo of Jackson, the New York Knicks’ point guard. The post went viral and the the value of the card jumped dramatically, although current eBay listings place it in the $15 to $30 range.
“I’d love to have the card, but it seems like they’re getting snapped up pretty quickly,” Menendez, 50, told the Daily Mail. “So, I probably won’t get one.”
Lyle Menendez and Erik Menendez, who turned 48 on Nov. 27, are serving life sentences without parole after fatally shooting Jose and Mary “Kitty” Menendez on Aug. 20, 1989. The brothers were convicted of their parents’ murders in 1996.
Both men are currently serving time at the R.J. Correctional Facility in San Diego, according to CBS News.The Reddit entry echoed an Aug. 9 Instagram post by jgold50, a self-described “collector of random things, mostly mortality subject matter.”
Sports Collectors Daily ran the nearly four-minute interview with Lyle Menendez on DailyMailTV, and parts of the discussion centered around the basketball card.
“At first I just said ‘Oh wow,’ you know it’s just a little emotional.” Lyle Menendez told DailyMailTV. “It was one of the last times with Erik and I, free together.”
Just a day after the Clemson Tigers dined on fast food at the White House, former NFL star and "Good Morning America" host Michael Strahan offered to give the college football champs a "proper meal."
"I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal," Strahan said during Tuesday's broadcast. "Come out here, everybody. Whoever can make it, we'll hook you up with lobster. ... Whatever you want, we're gonna take care of you."
Co-host Sara Haines suggested they add caviar to the menu.
"Per egg is a lot of money," she said. "Are you paying? We don't have a lot of money."
"It's out of my pocket," Strahan replied. "I've got you guys."
Earlier that morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he served the football team fast food "because of the shutdown" and personally paid for the spread.
Former major-league pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on a child sex abuse charge Monday in Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Wetteland, 52, who spent 12 years pitching in the majors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records.
Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas, was booked and released from jail after posting a $25,000 bond, WFAA reported.
Wetteland spent most of his baseball career as a closer, earning 330 saves and compiling a 2.93 ERA. He was the closer for the Yankees’ 1996 World Series champions and was named the series’ most valuable player. He had an American League-leading 43 saves in 1996.
Wetteland is a member of the Rangers' Hall of Fame, the Morning News reported.
The case was being investigated by police in Bartonville, according to the newspaper.
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of assaulting her girlfriend and putting a dog in a microwave during an argument about the Philadelphia Eagles.
According to the Morning Call, Kirsten J. Gaskins was arrested Sunday on charges of simple assault, animal cruelty, harassment and drug paraphernalia possession following the incident at a Hanover Township hotel.
Colonial Regional police said Gaskins, of Philadelphia, became enraged Sunday night after the New Orleans Saints rallied to beat the Eagles and advance to the NFC title game, the Call reported. Gaskins yelled, pushed and struck her girlfriend, then threatened to kill her dog, according to the police report.
When police arrived, they found a Pomeranian in the microwave, the Call reported. The dog was not hurt, authorities said.
Police also alleged that Gaskins had marijuana paraphernalia in her pocket. She was arrested and later freed on $20,000 bail, the Call reported.
The public address announcer for the Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team apologized for racist comments directed toward an opposing player during Saturday night’s game, WPVI reported.
“Let’s snip the ponytail,” announcer Shawny Hill said to the crowd about Georgia Swarm player Lyle Thompson, who is of Iroquois descent, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In a tweet after the game, Thompson said the crowd at the Wells Fargo Center yelled they would “scalp” him.
"I know Philly takes pride in their ruthless fans but I didn't know it was like that lol. ... now I know ... just haven't heard stuff like this since HS," Thompson tweeted.
Brendan Bomberry, Thompson’s teammate, tweeted that Hill’s comments were “disgusting and a reality for my ancestors.”
Hill issued an apology that he also posted on Twitter, saying he was “deeply sorry” for his comments.
“My words were poorly chosen and were not intended as racially motivated, Shaw tweeted. “I understand the profound hurt my words have caused. I offer my sincere apology.”
The Wings issued a statement, noting they “do not tolerate discrimination of any sort,” and promising disciplinary action. The National Lacrosse League called Hill’s comments “inappropriate” and promised disciplinary action, the Inquirer reported.
Georgia won Saturday’s game, 13-11.
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