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As a child, Rodney Hood was too afraid to ask his favorite player for an autograph when he happened to run into him one day. Instead, it was his mother who had to speak up for her shy child and …

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  • Canada forward Matt Duchene speaks during a news conference at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Canada defeated Europe 3-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-three game series on Tuesday. Game 2 is slated for Thursday. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) Hockey: Sidney Crosby in class by himself at World Cup
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  • Tim Tebow watches during a practice before his first instructional league baseball game for the New York Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals instructional club Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) MLB: Tebow homers in 1st at-bat for Mets in instructional debut
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  • FILE - In this June 24, 2016, file photo, former Cincinnati Reds player Pete Rose holds his place marker during a ceremony to honor the 1976 World Series champion team, before the Reds’ baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cincinnati.  Rose has appealed directly to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in an effort to restore his eligibility to be elected. In a seven-page letter to the Hall’s president on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, Rose’s longtime attorney Raymond Genco makes the case that the career hits leader’s ban from baseball for gambling in 1989 was not intended to make him ineligible for the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) MLB: Banned Rose appeals to Hall of Fame for eligibility
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  • Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan works on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) NFL: Rex Ryan asks Pats’ Edelman if he’ll play QB
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  • New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) adjusts his helmet while speaking with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, during an NFL football team practice Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) NFL: Bills’ Ryan trolls as Patriots explore quarterback options
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  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, top, is pulled down by San Francisco 49ers’ Eli Harold in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) NFL: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson to practice despite knee injury
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  • Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings’ Anthony Barr (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) NFL: Newton says he has to get ball out quicker, get it to Benjamin
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  • Chicago Bears cornerback Tracy Porter (21) defends as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) catches a pass thrown by Dak Prescott (4) for a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) NFL: Cowboys’ Bryant has hairline knee fracture, outlook unclear
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  • FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs the ball as Denver Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams (92), defensive end Derek Wolfe (95), and inside linebacker Todd Davis (51) close in during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati. Even with some work to do on. plugging rushing lanes and escape routes, the Denver Broncos remain the gold standard of defenses in the NFL. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File) NFL: Flaws and all, Denver’s defense the league’s gold standard
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  • FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) gestures during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Houston. A person familiar with J.J. Watt’s condition says he has re-injured his back and the Houston Texans expect him to be out until at least December, and possibly the entire season, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File) NFL: Texans place star DE JJ Watt on injured reserve
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  • FILE - In this Monday, April 11, 2016 file photo, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks to media at Wrigley Field before the start of an opening day baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a five-year contract extension with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 rewarding him for an overhaul that has a long-suffering franchise eyeing its first championship since 1908. The agreement announced Wednesday keeps Epstein under contract through 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File) MLB: Cubs reward Epstein for turnaround with 5-year extension
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  • Colorado Rockies including Darin Everson, left, observe a moment of silence for Miami Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez prior to a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in San Francisco. Fernandez was killed in a boating accident on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) MLB: Probe of jetty sought as service held for Marlins’ Fernandez
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