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Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Lions Rally to Defeat Dolphins 20-16

Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT, Mi) -- As the clock ticked under 30 seconds Lions quarterback Matt Stafford scanned the field and found running back Theo Riddick in the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown.

The Lions would defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16 Sunday and push their winning streak to four games and their overall record to 7-2. The Lions have won their last three games by a combined six points.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson returned to the field after missing three straight games with an ankle injury.  He looked back to form as he racked up 113 yards on seven catches, including a 49-yard touchdown reception when he beat Dolphins corner Brent Grimes in single coverage.

The Lions had established an early 10-0 lead but the Dolphins dug in for a fight and flipped the scoreboard after blocking a Detroit field goal attempt in the third quarter. Dion Jordan returned the blocked kick to Detroit's three-yard line. Ryan Tannehill would find Mike Wallace for a three-yard touchdown on the next play.  Miami would take a 13-10 lead.

The teams would trade field goals until Stafford mounted an 11-play, 74-yard drive that would give Detroit the leading score.

"I just love that feeling. It's a good feeling for a quarterback to have the ball in his hands at the end of the game," Stafford said. "By no means are we playing perfect, but we're finding ways to win games."

 

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Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) -- With fans flying protest signs over the team practice facility early in the week and a white-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team coming into the Meadowlands, no one expected much from the Jets Sunday.

Gang Green surprised everyone when they defeated Pittsburgh 20-13 and took the ball away from the Steelers four times. The Jets had had only three takeaways prior to that on the season.

Michael Vick was efficient, completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Most noteworthy was that Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in his career.

The Jets defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger for almost the entire game.  Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown for six touchdowns in two consecutive games. He didn't find the end zone until there was 1:16 left in the fourth quarter, when he escaped pressure, extended the play and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown.

The big star of the game was Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack of Big Ben.

With the win the Jets break an eight-game losing streak and avoid setting a franchise record for most consecutive losses.

 

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Report: 2005 North Carolina Basketball Championship Players Took Fake Classes

Report: 2005 North Carolina Basketball Championship Players Took Fake Classes

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHAPEL HILL, NC) -- North Carolina players from the '04-'05 national championship basketball team allegedly took 35 bogus "paper" classes, according to Dan Kane of the News & Observer.

Kane reports the players enrolled in "classes that didn’t meet and yielded easy, high grades awarded by the architect of the university’s academic scandal."

Rashad McCants, a member of the 2005 championship team, told ESPN in June that he rarely went to a lecture during his time while enrolled at school and was awarded a spot on the deans list in the spring of 2005, even though he never attended any class. 

In October the university released its own internal report that detailed how former chairman of the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, Julius Nyang'oro, and department manager Deborah Crowder created the fraudulent classes.

The NCAA reopened its investigation this summer after the ESPN report and reports from the News and Observer.

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Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/11/08/4305374_2005-unc-basketball-champs-2-semesters.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

49-Year-Old Hopkins Loses by Unanimous Decision

49-Year-Old Hopkins Loses by Unanimous Decision

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) -- Sergey Kovalev dominated through all 12 rounds of his light heavyweight bout with Bernard Hopkins, winning by unanimous decision to retain his WBO title on Saturday. The bout also unified the IBF and WBA belts which Hopkins previously held.

"I give him a lot of respect," said Hopkins, the 49-year-old who turns 50 on Jan. 15. "We both would fight anyone and that's how we ended up here tonight. That's what brought us together. That's what the people want to see, one title, one belt, one champion."

All three judges gave each of the 12 rounds to Kovalev who dedicated the win to his newborn son who was born while he was in training for the fight.

"I'm very happy," Kovalev said. "This victory was for my son Aleksandr. I was very excited [Hopkins] didn't get into my head."

The 31-year-old dropped Hopkins in the first round, setting the tone for a dominating performance. Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) continued to pound on the soon-to-be Hall of Famer, connecting on 166 of 585 punches (28 percent) while Hopkins connected on just 69 of 196 strikes (33 percent).

Despite being dominated by a fighter nearly two decades younger, Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) said retirement is only a 50-50 possibility. 

"I don't really want to say anything," noted Hopkins. "Everybody will have a long time to talk about my career when it is over. It's been 50-50 for the last nine years. I've done what I had to do. I'm fine. Really, I'm fine."

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(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

(5) Alabama Outlasts (16) LSU in Overtime

American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- It was another battle to remember as 5th-ranked Alabama survived against 16th-rated Louisiana State (LSU), winning 20-13 in overtime at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (8-1) rallied twice for the win, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

The Tigers (7-3) kept Alabama off the scoreboard for the entire first quarter, while taking a 7-0 lead when Anthony Jennings found Malachi Dupre for a 14-yard touchdown pass. LSU's defense continued to be dominant until Blake Sims connected with Amari Cooper for a game-tying 23-yard score. Alabama then took the lead on a field goal with nine seconds to play before the half.

Both offenses struggled to break through in the second half with LSU tying the game on a field goal in the third quarter, the lone score of the frame. The Tigers then went up 13-10 on Colby Delahoussaye's 39-yard field goal with 50 seconds left in regulation. With the game seemingly in hand, Delahoussaye shanked the ensuing kickoff out of bounds, giving Alabama the ball on their own 35-yard line.

Sims then led the Crimson Tide down to LSU's 10 before relying on Adam Griffith to send the game into overtime. Griffith converted on a 27-yard field goal and Sims hit DeAndrew White on a 6-yard fade route in overtime to take the lead. On LSU's possession, Jennings scrambled on fourth down but his pass into the end zone was knocked to the turf.

The win, coupled with Auburn's loss at Texas A&M, puts Alabama alone in second place in the SEC West.

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(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

(6) TCU Rolls Over (7) Kansas State

iStockphoto(FORTH WORTH, Texas) -- Trevone Boykin racked up 322 total yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading 6th-ranked TCU to a 41-20 drubbing of 7th-ranked Kansas State on Saturday. The win was important not only to the Horned Frogs playoff aspirations, but also to their hopes of a Big 12 Championship.

TCU (8-1) jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to Boykin's two yard touchdown run and 10 yard scoring pass to David Porter. The Wildcats (7-2) did not get on the board until the final minute of the first quarter when quarterback Jake Waters connected with Tyler Lockett on a 70-yard scoring strike.

The Horned Frogs added a field goal in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime. Out of the break, Boykin added to his impressive day with a 19-yard touchdown scamper, flipping over a defender at the goal line. Boykin tallied a career high 123 rushing yards and three touchdowns, scoring again on a 23-yard run in the fourth quarter that made it 41-14, while also adding 219 yards through the air.

Waters threw for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Kansas State, but was also picked off as the Wildcats mustered just 34 rushing yards. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Kansas State and created a three-way tie atop the Big 12. Both Kansas State, TCU and 12th-ranked Baylor are all 5-1 in conference with three games to play.

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Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Barrett Leads (14) Buckeyes Past (8) Michigan State

Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- A 21-point second quarter helped the 14th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes to a 49-37 win over Big 10 rival Michigan State on Saturday night. Quarterback J.T. Barrett accounted for five touchdowns, three passing and two rushing, as the Buckeyes upset the 8th-rated Spartans.

After Michigan State (7-2) went up 7-0 early, Barrett capped off a 4-play, 71-yard drive with a five yard touchdown run to knot the score. He would do the same early in the second quarter, rushing in from one yard out to make it a 14-14 contest. The Spartans would eventually regain the lead on Jeremy Langford's touchdown run, but Barrett connected with Michael Thomas on a 79-yard scoring pass on the following play. The Buckeyes (8-1) would get another big play before the half when Barrett found Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown strike, giving Ohio State a 28-21 lead at halftime.

The second half was more of the same as the Buckeyes offense rolled over one of the top defenses in the country. After a Michigan State field goal cut the deficit to 28-24, Ohio State scored 14 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Although the Spartans were able to get a quick touchdown, cutting the lead to 42-31, the Buckeyes marched right down the field for another score just two minutes later.

With the win, Ohio State avenges a loss to the Spartans in last year's Big 10 Championship Game while also re-affirming their spot as the dominant team in the conference.

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Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

Arizona State Capitalizes on Notre Dame’s Mistakes

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Az) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 55-31, Saturday, in a victory that will push them one step closer into consideration for the college football National Championship final four.

Taking advantage of five Notre Dame turnovers, Arizona State scored 28 points off of those takeaways.

Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson accounted for all five turnovers and still brought Notre Dame within three points of Arizona State, closing the score to 34-31.

Arizona State responded with a 75 yard touchdown drive and sealed the game with a Lloyd Carrington pick six off Everett Golson on the next Notre Dame drive.

With the win Arizona State moves to 8-1 and enters the National Championship playoff selection discussion.

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No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

No. 12 Baylor Mauls No. 15 Oklahoma

ThinkStock(NORMAN, Ok) -- Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears continued to showcase their dominance this season as they beat down Oklahoma Saturday. 

The Bears trailed the Sooners 14-3 after the first quarter. By the end of the fourth quarter Baylor had flipped the scoreboard as they defeated Oklahoma 48-14.

Petty picked apart the Sooners secondary by tossing for 387 yards and one touchdown, completing 32 of 42 passes. 

Baylor did its real damage on the ground as their running game gashed the Sooners for five rushing touchdowns. Shock Linwood and Devin Chafin each had a pair of scores and Corey Coleman added another of his own.

Coleman did his real damage through the air as he was on the receiving end of 15 of Petty's passes. He racked up 224 yards receiving and caught the team's lone passing touchdown.

A scary moment occurred in the waning moments of the fourth quarter as Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight attempted to avoid a sack.  He was being pulled down by his jersey when two other Baylor defended attempted to bring him down and piled him into the ground.  Knight lay motionless as medical personnel rushed to his side.  He was put on a stretcher and rushed to a local hospital.

 

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Fan Dies at Trail Blazers Game After Collapsing in Stands

Fan Dies at Trail Blazers Game After Collapsing in Stands

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(PORTLAND, Or) -- Tragedy struck the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers last night as a female fan collapsed during the fourth quarter and later died.

Sandra Zickefoose, 67, received immediate medical attention after she fell unconscious in the lower bowl of the arena and was soon rushed to a local hospital. 

Zickefoose and her husband had been season ticket holders of the Trail Blazers since 2011, according to the team.

The Trail Blazers released a statement after hearing the news of Zickefoose's death:

"The Portland Trail Blazers, our players and Rose Quarter staff are saddened to learn of Ms. Zickefoose's death, and extend our deepest condolences to her husband Michael Cowan, and their family. We are grateful to all on-site medical personnel, other first responders and the medical professionals seated near Ms. Zickefoose who administered treatment and assistance during last night's emergency. We also thank Trail Blazers fans for their tremendous outpouring of support and concern."

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LeBron Powers Cleveland to Win Over Nuggets

LeBron Powers Cleveland to Win Over Nuggets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Behind a near triple-double from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped a brief two-game skid with a 110-101 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday. James scored a team-high 22 points while also dishing out 11 assists and pulling in seven rebounds.

Cleveland (2-3) led by 18 after the first quarter, which included nine total assists. The Cavs had just six assists in the their last game, a 100-102 loss to Utah. Despite only scoring two points in the period, James did have six assists by himself. As a team, the Cavaliers dished out 25 assists in the win.

"We were in tune defensively from the beginning and ... sharing the ball," James said. "We were locked in. I was very pleased with that."

Cleveland led by as many as 21 points in the second half, but the Nuggets (1-4) were able to claw their way back into the game. Randy Foye, who led Denver with 28 points, hit a layup with six minutes left in regulation to cut the deficit to 96-88. Less than 90 seconds later, it was a six point game.

Dion Waiters then stole a pass from Wilson Chandler and dunked it home at the other end, stopping the Denver momentum and giving the Cavaliers a 100-92 lead. Despite being outshot from the floor, Cleveland was 24-of-33 at the foul line while the Nuggets went just 10-of-15.

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Stephenson’s Three Downs Hawks in Double Overtime

Stephenson’s Three Downs Hawks in Double Overtime

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Lance Stephenson hit a three at the buzzer to give the Charlotte Hornets a 122-119 double overtime win over Atlanta on Firday night. It was the first three-point attempt of the year for Stephenson and the first game-winning shot of his career.

"For me to hit that big shot, there was a lot of emotion that came out," Stephenson said. "I got real hyped."

With 2.7 seconds left in the second overtime, Stephenson begged coach Steve Clifford to draw up a play for him. Clifford did and Stephenson proceeded to inbound the ball Marvin Williams before getting it back on a handoff. The 24-year-old's shot banked off the glass and in for the win, prompting Stephenson to leap onto the scorer's table in celebration.

Charlotte (3-3) had a shot at victory in regulation, but Al Jefferson missed a free throw with 9.9 seconds. The Hornets also blew a six point lead in the first overtime and almost gave away the game in the second extra session. As Kemba Walker drove to the basket, he lost his balance and threw up a wild shot that resulted in a 24-second violation. Fortunately for the Hornets, Kyle Korver was called for an illegal screen on the inbound, giving the ball right back.

Jefferson finished the game with 34 points while Al Horford led the Hawks (1-3) with 24 points.

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Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Young, McGehee MLB Comeback Players

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seattle Mariners pitcher Chris Young was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year while Miami's Casey McGehee third baseman earned the award in the National League as announced on Friday.

Young was 12-9 in 2014 with a 3.65 earned run average in 30 appearances for the Mariners, including 29 starts. The 35-year-old pitcher missed almost all of 2013 with injuries and made just nine minor league starts. His 12 victories marked the first time since 2006 he posted double-digit wins. 

After a year playing in Japan, McGehee hit .287 with four home runs and 76 RBIs for the Marlins. The 32-year-old was fourth in the NL in hits with 177, a career high, while also hitting 29 doubles in his first year with the club.

Both awards were voted on by beat writers from all 30 Major League teams on MLB.com, each of whom selected one candidate in each league.

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Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Smart Carted Off in Celtics Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Celtics guard Marcus Smart was carted off the court Friday night after injuring his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Boston's 101-98 win over Indiana.

The rookie appeared to step on the Pacers Lavoy Allen and immediately went to the floor, clutching his left ankle. Team doctors rushed to his side before calling for a stretcher. His leg was immobilized and he was carted off the court, giving a thumbs up as he departed.

"It was really scary and then, obviously, he was writhing in pain, so that makes it even more scary," coach Brad Stevens said. "We're hoping it's a sprain, but we don't know that. So obviously a great deal of concern for him, No. 1. And hopefully he can get back sooner rather than later because he's really playing great basketball."

Smart was the 6th overall pick by the Celtics in this year's NBA draft and was averaging 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in the first four games of the season. Five players scored in double figures for Boston who improved to 2-3 while the Pacers dropped to 1-5 on the young season.

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Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Kurt Busch Facing Domestic Violence Accusations

Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR(DOVER, Del.) -- NASCAR driver Kurt Busch is under investigation by the Dover Police Department for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Patricia Driscoll claims that Busch smashed her head into the wall of a motorhome at a race. The last time a NASCAR race was held in Dover was during the weekend of September 26-28. 

Driscoll is the president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a non-profit for United States Veterans. She is also an executive for a defense consulting firm based in Washington D.C. 

Busch is the 2004 Sprint Cup Champion. He is known among the racing community as the "The Outlaw," for his run-ins with other drivers; both on the track and off. Busch has also had altercations with non-drivers. In 2011 a fan recorded Busch verbally abusing an ESPN reporter. NASCAR fined him $50,000 and suspended him for one race. 

Driscoll has also filed for a restraining order to keep Busch away from her and her son Houston. Driscoll claims that Busch was upset after a poor qualifying run on the night of September 26, leading to the incident in question. Driscoll has requested that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to the documents, Driscoll states that Busch "was verbally abusive to her and said he wished he had a gun so that he could kill himself."

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Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Arizona Cardinals Give Three Year Extension to Palmer

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a three-year extension worth $50 million.

Palmer was set to become a free agent after this season and has won all five games he's played this year, after missing three games with a shoulder injury.

"Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team's success," general manager Steve Keim said. "When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way."

The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Raiders in 2013 in a deal in which Arizona swapped its 2013 sixth round pick for Oakland's seventh rounder in the same draft. The Cardinals also surrendered a seventh rounder in the 2014 draft after Palmer started at least 13 games for the Cardinals in 2013.

Palmer has won 15 of his 21 starts for Arizona.

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Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup 11/7/14

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(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Chicago Bulls 118 (5-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 115 (0-6)

 

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Wild’s Parise Out with a Concussion

Wild’s Parise Out with a Concussion

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) -- Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise is out indefinitely due to a concussion.Parise suffered the injury during the team's 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday and did not travel with the team on its three game road trip."I just know something came on during the course of the game and luckily he was talking to our trainers and the trainers took the appropriate steps to make sure he met with the doctors. It's a tough blow," Wild head coach Mike Yeo said.Thomas Vanek will take Parise's place on the first line.The 30-year-old Parise has played in 11 games this season, scoring four goals while dishing out six assists.

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CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

CB Marcus Peters Dismissed from Washington

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SEATTLE) --  University of Washington cornerback Marcus Peters was dismissed from the team, head coach Chris Petersen announced Thursday.

The dismissal comes after Peters got into another argument with assistant coaches during practice Wednesday. Despite being kicked off the team, Peters will still have a scholarship to complete his education.

"These are not decisions that are taken lightly," Petersen said. "We have high standards for players in our program and they are held accountable when those standards are not met. I wish Marcus the best in the completion of his education and in achieving his football goals."

This isn't the first time Peters has had problems with Washington's coaching staff. He was suspended one game earlier this season after having a sideline tantrum following a personal foul call in the team's game against Eastern Washington.

Peters was playing in his third season for Washington. This year he has 30 tackles and three interceptions. He was rated as ESPN's Mel Kiper's No. 22 prospect on his current Big Board. Freshmen Sidney Jones and Naijiel Hale will start at cornerback Saturday when the Huskies host No. 18 UCLA.

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Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Browns Win the Battle of Ohio

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- Three Cleveland Browns running backs scored touchdowns to lead the team past the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 on Thursday night.

The win snaps the Browns 17-game road losing streak within their division and ends the Bengals' streak of 14 consecutive regular season home games without a loss.

"A huge boost for our guys," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said. "Just look at the streaks we ended. Not many people gave us a chance."

The Browns (6-3) are now tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for first place in the AFC North.

Linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted Andy Dalton's pass on the Bengal's first drive of the game, giving Cleveland the ball on Cincinnati's 18 yard line. It took the Browns only 5 plays to score from there -- the final being a Ben Tate four-yard rush up the middle for a touchdown.The Bengals would add a field goal, but the Browns would answer, scoring early in the second quarter, this time on an Isaiah Crowell two-yard touchdown run.Terrance West's one-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter gave the Brown's a 24-3 lead, putting the game out of reach for the Bengals.

Andy Dalton had a horrible game for Cincinnati completing 10-of-33 passes for 86 yards and three interceptions.

While the Bengals' fans didn't have much to cheer for when it came to their team, they had a lot to be happy for after the first quarter: The Bengals held a ceremony honoring four-year-old Leah Still, who is battling Stage 4 pediatric cancer and is the daughter of Cincinnati defensive tackle Devon Still.

Leah was on the field as the Bengals announced a $1.3 million donation to Cincinnati's Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name.

It was also the first time Leah was able to watch her father play since 2012.

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