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High school football player dies after suffering injury during game

A Georgia high school football player has died after an injury suffered during a football game on Friday night, Atlanta's WSB-TV reports.

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Witnesses said Pike County High School junior Dylan Thomas was taken by ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for surgery. His uncle posted on Facebook that Thomas was in “very critical condition” and is suffering from brain swelling from the injury. 

>> Tennessee State player has emergency surgery after head injury at college football game

On Sunday night, Thomas' pastor confirmed to WSB-TV that Thomas had died.

Family and friends gathered for a vigil to pray for the high school football player on Sunday. The Pike County varsity football team carried his jersey onto their home field, where hundreds of fans joined them in prayer. 

The community rallied in support of Thomas, sharing his photo with the hashtag #DylanStrong across social media.

“It meant the world for me. We got guys driving from like three hours away to come over just to see one kid and pray for him," said Thomas' teammate, Jake Patterson.

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It is unclear where the 16-year-old was hit, but family members told WSB-TV that the defensive tackle seemed unfazed by the collision until the second half of the game. 

“I heard that he was saying that, you know, he wasn’t really feeling right, and that’s when his left leg and left arm went numb and he pretty much fell off the bench," his uncle, Nick Burgess, told WSB-TV's Michael Seiden.

Another football player from Georgia was injured during a game this weekend.

Atlanta native Christion Abercrombie was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery after he was injured during a Tennessee State game Saturday.

The TSU Tigers middle linebacker was listed in critical condition.

"It was just a football play," said coach Rod Reed Sunday morning on his coach's radio show on WNSR. "He was taking on a block and it wasn't anything malicious or dirty or anything like that. Just an unfortunate situation."

Tennessee State player has emergency surgery after head injury at college football game

Hearts are heavy in Nashville, Tennessee, after a Georgia native suffered a head injury in the second quarter during the Tennessee State vs. Vanderbilt football game Saturday afternoon.

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TSU Tigers middle linebacker Christion Abercrombie, who remains in critical condition, was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center to undergo emergency surgery.

Players from Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University gathered at midfield when Saturday’s game was over to pray for the sophomore, according to the Tennessean. 

Abercombie transferred to TSU from Illinois, according to the TSU Tigers official website

Tennessee State Football released the following statement: 

He graduated from Westlake High School in Atlanta in 2016. Abercombie helped lead WHS to a 10-3 record in 2015 and earned the title of Defensive Player of the Year for Georgia Region 3 (AAAAAA).

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'Avengers' actor Anthony Mackie holds own against Atlanta Falcons fan

“Avengers” actor Anthony Mackie, best known for his portrayal of Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was blasted Sunday for wearing his New Orleans Saints jersey to an Atlanta Falcons game.

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“When you’re in Atlanta, I don’t care if you’re a celebrity or on the ‘Avengers,’ you ain’t welcome,” the fan is heard screaming. “Rise up, baby!

Comicbook.com shared video of incident, uploaded to YouTube after the Sept. 23 game. For what it’s worth, the Saints won 43-37 in overtime.

But Mackie kept his cool as the insults continued, repeatedly telling the fan that his father “raised you to be better than this.”

Nothing like some (seemingly) well-meaning trash talk.

Mackie recently starred in Atlanta-filmed “Avengers: Infinity War” and will bring the action to the untitled fourth installment. 

“Avengers 4” is currently undergoing reshoots and will hit theaters on May 3, 2019.

“The current rumor is that it will be called 'Avengers: End Game', but we might not get confirmation of that until the end of 2018,” Digital Spy recently reported.

Texas man critical after argument at JV football game results in shooting

One man is in critical condition and another man is in custody after gunfire erupted during a junior varsity football game in Texas, WFAA reported.

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Fighting broke out between two men during the Thursday night game at Hebron High School. Police said no students were involved, the television station reported.

Hebron was played Nimitz High School’s JV squad when the two men began arguing during the third quarter. 

The men agreed to take their dispute to the parking lot. When they reached the ticket booths at the stadium, one man pulled out a gun and shot the other, KXAS reported.

The shooter was arrested and identified as a 47-year-old black male from Carrollton, WFAA reported. The victim, a black male in his 30s, was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition, the television station reported.

LSU basketball player killed in shooting

UPDATE: An arrest has been made in the death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims, police said during a Saturday news conference. Dyteon Simpson, 20, confessed to the shooting, police said.

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An LSU basketball player was killed in an early Friday shooting near Southern University in Baton Rouge, WAFB reported.

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Wayde Sims, 20, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, was identified by Baton Rouge police, the television station reported.

The incident occurred around 12:25 a.m. across the street from a Subway restaurant near the university, police said. Sims was taken to an area hospital with an apparent gunshot wound and died from his injury, WBRZ reported. 

Sims averaged 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds a game during the 2017-2018 season as a sophomore, while playing an average of 17.4 minutes a contest, according to the LSU basketball team’s website.

Julius Whittier, Texas Longhorns football trailblazer, dead at 68

Julius Whittier, the first black athlete to letter in football at the University of Texas, died Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was 68. His death was announced by the university on Thursday.

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Whittier, a San Antonio native, was among the first blacks to receive a scholarship at Texas, KSAT reported.

Whittier came to Austin in 1969 and starred for three seasons for the Longhorns (1970-72), playing the offensive line his first two years before moving to tight end, the Dallas Morning News reported. He also played linebacker. During his time at Texas, the Longhorns won three straight Southwest Conference titles and were named the 1970 national champions by United Press International.

The first black player for the Longhorns was walk-on E. A. Curry in 1967, while the first black scholarship football player was Leon O'Neal a year later, KXAN reported. Both failed to earn a varsity letter, the television station reported.

Whittier was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 2013 and the San Antonio San Antonio Independent School District Hall of Fame in August, the Chronicle reported.

Whittier earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Texas, then a graduate degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1976, KSAT reported.

He earned his law degree at Texas and worked as a senior prosecutor in Dallas before retiring in 2012 because of failing health, the Chronicle reported.

Whittier was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and his sister, Mildred, filed a class-action lawsuit on his behalf against the NCAA in 2014. The suit in U.S. District Court sought up to $50 million in damages for players from 1960 to 2014, who did not play in the NFL, who have been diagnosed with a brain injury or disease, the Chronicle reported.

Hannah Storm, Andrea Kremer become first female broadcast duo to call NFL game

Amazon will make history with its "Thursday Night Football" stream tonight.

The company announced in a press release this week that broadcasters Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will call the 11 NFL games that will air Thursdays on its Prime Video streaming service. According to The New York Times, the pair "will be the first all-woman booth to call any major men's team sport, not just football."

"NFL fans will hear history made this season – bringing two female announcers together to call an entire NFL game has never been done before,” Greg Hart, vice president of Prime Video, said in a statement. “Our customers around the world love to stream football – we are thrilled to have Andrea and Hannah bring their extensive knowledge of the game to fans on Prime Video.”

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The first stream airs at 8:20 tonight, when the Los Angeles Rams host the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, Fox will broadcast the game on traditional TV, featuring commentary from Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. 

Amazon also will offer alternate audio streams featuring Spanish-language announcers and U.K. broadcasters.

"Prime members will be able to stream all 11 games via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices, and online at amazon.com/video/tnf," the news release said, adding that the games also will be available on NFL Network.

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Woman scolds girl, 8, with special needs for cheering too loudly at Astros game

Fans are encouraged to cheer at baseball games. 

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But one Houston Astros fan believed that a young girl sitting behind her was being a little too loud and sternly told her so.

That grumpiness has gone viral, particularly after the crestfallen look of 8-year-old Chloe Beaver went viral after the exchange was caught on video, KTRK reported.

Chloe has Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, her mother, Monica Beaver, told the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth. The condition means that Chloe is unable to comprehend emotions greater than that of a toddler, KRIV reported.

As an outlet, Chloe enjoys going to Astros games and has attended six games this year -- three of them last week, KRIV reported.

“We don’t get to yell and holler at home,” Monica Beaver told KTRK. “It’s one of the things she likes. It’s a way to express her emotions.”Monica Beaver was filming her daughter cheering just before the start of the fifth inning and did not realize the fan had scolded Chloe until moments later.

"(She made me feel) a little bit guilty 'cause I'm annoying and nobody says that to me," Chloe told KTRK.

"I should have seen that immediately and I didn't and it's just heartbreaking," Monica Beaver said.

In the video, Chloe can be seen nodding “yes” to the woman who scolded her, the Star-Telegram reported. When her father asks, “What did she say to you?” Chloe says “I don’t want to,” according to the video.

“If you have an issue with somebody's children, talk to the parent. Not the child,” Monica Beaver told KRIV.

"I mean, you don't know what anybody's going through. I mean, we were telling them throughout some of the innings if they were getting loud and between innings and before the game, 'Hey, let's wait till they start going out on the field," Joe Beaver, Chloe's father, told the television station. "But you're at a stadium. You're supposed to be loud. You're supposed to cheer your team on. I've never watched a game on TV where it's not loud and you don't hear everything in the audience. You get loud and if you don't want to be at a loud area, don't go to the game.” At least one Astros player -- pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. -- has come to Chloe’s defense and has encouraged her to keep cheering.

“Chloe, don’t you EVER stop cheering!” McCullers tweeted. “ I would love for you to cheer us on, as LOUD as you can, during ALDS Game 1 in MMP (Minute Maid Park)! I would be honored to leave you a ticket!”

Boxer Victor Ortiz arrested on rape charge 

Former welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz was arrested in California on Tuesday and charged with three felony sexual assault charges, ESPN reported.

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Ortiz, 31, turned himself in to the Oxnard Police Department Tuesday afternoon. His bail was set at $100,000. According to a police report, Ortiz is charged by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office with forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration, ESPN reported.

A woman told police that Ortiz assaulted her at a home in Oxnard, CNN reported. The woman's report came the afternoon of March 19, according to CNN.

Ortiz was identified as a suspect on the date of the incident, Oxnard police Cmdr. Sharon Giles told the Ventura County Star.

Ortiz is scheduled to fight Sunday night against John Molina Jr. in a 12-round welterweight bout in Ontario, California, ESPN reported. It is uncertain whether the fight will continue as scheduled.

Report: Steelers listening to trade offers for Le'Veon Bell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly listening to trade offers for Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

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The news was made public Sunday morning, just hours after Bell sent out a questionable tweet saying that he just wants to be appreciated.

The running back, who hasn't been with the team at all this season, posted: "sometimes a simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way … I feel like too many ppl take me for granted.”

Bell has forfeited $853,000 each week he hasn't reported to the Steelers. If he reports next week and signs his franchise tender, he will be owed $11.9 million.

This news of the Steelers listening to trade offers is just the latest in the controversy surrounding the team.

James Conner has started at running back over the first two weeks.

The Steelers play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. 

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