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Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A Florida State University football player who spotted a middle school student eating alone in a lunchroom and chose to sit at his table received a very public and heartfelt thank you from the boy’s mother.

FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph was visiting Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, Tuesday when he saw the student, Bo Paske, eating alone and joined him at his table.

Bo’s mom, Leah Paske, wrote on Facebook that she was sent a photo of Rudolph eating with her son with the caption, “Travis Rudolph is eating lunch with your son.”

Paske wrote that the photo brought her to tears. She explained her son has autism and when she asks him every day who he ate lunch with, the answer is often “nobody.”

“I had tears streaming down my face,” Paske wrote on Facebook of the photo. “I'm not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I'm happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten.

“This is one day I didn't have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes,” she wrote. “Travis Rudolph thank you so much, you made this momma exceedingly happy, and have made us fans for life!”

Paske’s Facebook post has been shared nearly 8,000 times since she posted it Tuesday.

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Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow showed off his skills in a different sport Tuesday, as he worked out for 28 Major League Baseball teams in his attempt to break into baseball.

Tebow got mixed reviews after the more than two hour workout. He showed power at the plate and impressive speed, but struggled with his throwing arm and his footwork.

Every MLB team except the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics sent representation to Tebow's workout.

Tebow struggled against off-speed pitches from former major leaguers David Aardsma and Chad Smith, who threw to the University of Florida alum.

Tebow has not played competitive baseball since his junior year of high school in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005. He told reporters that he felt the pressure of the tryout. Still, he said, "this isn't about publicity. It's definitely not about money. I took a pay cut to do this. For me, you pursue what you love regardless of what else happens."

"If you fail or fall flat on your face, and that's the worse thing that can happen, it's okay."

Aardsma told the Los Angeles Times that Tuesday's workout was the worst he had seen Tebow look. Aardsma had previously pitched to Tebow in a private workout last week. "It looked like he was trying really hard, overswinging a bit," Aardsma said.

ESPN reports that Tebow hopes to play in the instructional league in Arizona next month, and perhaps play winter league ball in Latin America after the season.

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Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota Vikings practice was ended abruptly on Tuesday after quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious knee injury.

ESPN reports that Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and a dislocated knee when he crumpled to the ground during a non-contact drill. The team released a statement which said that Bridgewater does not have nerve or arterial damage. Still, Bridgewater is unlikely to play this season.

Bridgewater's leg gave out when he planted to throw a pass during a drill. Players reportedly threw their helmets and shouted, with many dropping to a knee in prayer. An ambulance took Bridgewater from the team's headdquarters moments after the injury.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN that his message to Bridgewater was to "hang in there" and that the team is "with him."

"We're gonna grieve today and be upset about it," Zimmer told reporters later on. "It's more about our feelings for Teddy and for him as a person and getting better than it is about anything else. Teddy's a great kid, and he'll be back as soon as he possy can, if it is real bad. But we're going to keep fighting."

The team had hoped Bridgewater was prepared to take a major step forward in his third year in the NFL. Now, they will turn to backup quarterback Shaun Hill. Hill, 36, has played just 16 games over the past five seasons.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:


INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Angels 4, Cincinnati 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 5, Toronto 3
Cleveland 5, Minnesota 4
Detroit 8, Chi White Sox 4
Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Texas 8, Seattle 7
Houston 3, Oakland 1
N-Y Yankees 5, Kansas City 4 (10 Innings)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers  at  Colorado   POSTPONED
Washington 3, Philadelphia 2
Atlanta 7, San Diego 3
N-Y Mets 7, Miami 4
Chi Cubs 3, Pittsburgh 0
St. Louis 2, Milwaukee 1 (10 Innings)
Arizona 4, San Francisco 3

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of America's treatment of "black people and people of color," has drawn considerable attention for his remarks but questions remain over how the public will perceive his recent actions over time.

Jeremy Schaap -- an ESPN writer and the author of "Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics" -- and Dave Zirin -- the sports editor for The Nation and the author of "What's My Name, Fool!," a book about sports and political resistance in America -- told ABC News that several factors will determine the legacy of Kaepernick's recent actions.

Schaap noted that history has warmed to protests of athletes like Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who competed when the Civil Rights Movement was at its peak, and said that "the world has adjusted to their viewpoints."

"We've had a chance to step away with the benefit of hindsight after a cooling down period, and now people judge their actions in a completely different way," Schaap said.

Zirin, for his part, noted that Smith and Carlos, who raised their fists in a Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, did so in October of 1968, after a storm of highly charged political events, including the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War.

He described their actions as being "in the context of a movement," something he said was also true of Kaepernick, pointing to the recent Black Lives Matter protests that have occurred throughout the country.

"He's elevated the discussion with the actions he's taken," Zirin said. "That's why this story has been so electric. It feels very similar to 1968."

Ali, of course, drew considerable criticism at the time of his protest but was lionized as an American hero by everyone from President Obama to Donald Trump when he died this year. Smith and Carlos, who were ostracized and received death threats in 1968, later went on to win an Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2008 ESPYs. Nowadays, imagery of their protest has become ubiquitous, and has even been featured in corporate advertising.

Other protests, however, seem to have only been remembered in the context of Kaepernick's recent actions, like NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf's sit-out of the national anthem in 1996 and MLB first baseman Carlos Delgado's protest of "God Bless America" in 2004.

Zirin differentiated the actions of Abdul-Rauf and Delgado from those of Ali, Smith and Carlos by describing them as "isolated" and not really part of any specific movement.

He said that the isolation of Abdul-Rauf, for example, made him more vulnerable to punishment than Kaepernick. "He was fined, and I don't think that would happen now," Zirin said.

Schaap said that Delgado's actions aren't really remembered because he never received much in the way of punishment for his protest, which was conducted in response for America's invasion of Iraq and made in solidarity with a political movement happening in his native home of Puerto Rico over U.S. weapons testing on the island of Vieques.

"He didn't lose millions of dollars and wasn't banished from his sport," Schaap said. "To create a lasting impression [like the protests of Ali, Smith and Carlos], there has to be a sense that these guys are sacrificing something."

Zirin also noted that Abdul-Rauf and Delgado conducted their protests in an age before social media and that that the public interpretations of their actions were left almost exclusively to sports writers. Nowadays, however, the public at large has a louder voice thanks to social media. He called this change a "bottom up" interpretation of events, rather than "top down," opening up a broader potential for support of Kaepernick's actions.

On Tuesday, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar voiced support for Kaepernick's protest, driving the discussion on social media even further.

Zirin agreed with Schaap that the degree of sacrifice displayed by an athlete plays an important role in how a protest is viewed by the culture at large, suggesting that Kaepernick was indeed taking a big risk with his career.

"He's really risking something by doing this," Zirin said. "It's all the more admirable that he could be cut by the 49ers."

Kaepernick electrified fans early in his career. In his first career postseason start in 2012, he helped defeat the Green Bay Packers and set an NFL single-game record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback with 181.

Since that time, however, his performance on the field has been mixed. Last year, he struggled through injury and inconsistency, having the worst year of his career as a pro.

"Even the best athletes have a short time in the spotlight," Zirin said, noting the difference between Kaepernick taking a political stance versus an established movie star with longevity like George Clooney.

Kaepernick can next be seen on Thursday night, when the San Francisco 49ers play a preseason game in San Diego against the Chargers, who are set to host their “28th Annual Salute to the Military” celebration, recognizing the city’s robust military population with pregame and halftime events.

Kaepernick has said that he will not stand for the national anthem at that game.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar weighed in on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem, in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Washington Post, portraying his protest as "highly patriotic."

"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities," Abdul-Jabbar wrote, referring to prominent protests by black athletes that were once considered controversial but have since become iconic symbols of the U.S. civil rights movement.

Abdul-Jabbar's defense of Kaepernick comes amid growing backlash against the quarterback's actions.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Monday that "maybe [Kaepernick] should find a country that works better for him," and fans posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick jerseys and other memorabilia on social media.

Abdul-Jabbar — an NBA Hall of Fame center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers and holds the league record for points scored, blocks and MVP awards — certainly adds prestige to those defending Kaepernick's protest.

Previously, Kaepernick's most vocal defenders were activists like Black Lives Matter advocate and New York Daily News columnist Shaun King.

The retired NBA star, 69, noted in his piece the financial risk that Kaepernick took by speaking up for his beliefs and compared him to Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks, who, while competing in the Rio Olympics, stopped short while pole vaulting to honor the national anthem.

Abdul-Jabbar wrote that both athletes made a sacrifice.

"What makes an act truly patriotic and not just lip-service is when it involves personal risk or sacrifice. Both Kendricks and Kaepernick chose to express their patriotism publicly because they felt that inspiring others was more important than the personal cost," he said.

He portrayed the matter as a nonpartisan issue, suggesting that a discussion around Kaepernick comes amid "Trump and [Hillary] Clinton supporters each righteously claiming ownership of the 'most patriotic' label."

Abdul-Jabbar is no stranger to commenting on political matters and is widely regarded as liberal. He regularly contributes opinion pieces on issues of race and religion to The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.

He disappointed some progressives by endorsing Clinton before the New York primary in April in an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he praised Sanders' "dedication to the welfare of all Americans" but said he preferred Clinton, whom he called a proven warrior."

Abdul-Jabbar was born in New York City and emerged as a high school basketball star there.

In 1967, Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, participated in what is known as the Ali summit, a news conference lending support to Ali's rejection of his military induction and conscientious objection to the Vietnam War.

NBA legend Bill Russell and NFL star Jim Brown were among the news conference's other notable attendees.

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony referred to Ali in an Instagram post in July, after the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, calling for fellow athletes to "step up" and "demand change."

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New video of Hope Solo captures the moments after she learned that U.S. Soccer had suspended her for six months and terminated her contract.

The video, shot by Fullscreen for its series "Keeping Score," shows the goalkeeper telling her husband, "Terminated contract, not just a suspension."

"Seventeen f---ing years and it's over," an emotional Solo, 35, says in the video.

On Tuesday, the goalkeeper also announced she will not be returning to the pitch for her professional team, the Seattle Reign.

“Coming to terms with the fact I was fired from the U.S. Women’s National Team after 17 years of service has been devastating," Solo said in a statement. "After careful consideration, I have decided to end my season with the Seattle Reign, an organization I love playing for. Mentally, I am not there yet."

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— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 30, 2016

Solo was suspended following her comments calling the Swedish women's team "a bunch of cowards" after they beat the U.S. women's team in Rio.

“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden during the 2016 Olympics were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement announcing Solo's suspension. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.

“Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action,” Gulati added.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte said he made a "big mistake" when he claimed to have been held up at gunpoint during the Rio Olympics but that he thinks the reaction to the scandal that also implicated three of his U.S. Swimming teammates is "everyone blowing this way out of proportion."

"Like I said, I did lie about that one part," Lochte, 32, said Tuesday on Good Morning America, referring to his claim that a gun was held to his head. "I take full responsibility. I’m human. I made a mistake. A very big mistake."

"It’s something that I learned from and I know that will never happen again," he said.

Lochte was dropped by four sponsors in the aftermath of the scandal, including Ralph Lauren and Speedo.

Lochte is now turning his attention outside the pool, announcing Tuesday that he will be a celebrity competitor on Season 23 of Dancing With the Stars.

"I’m never one to dwell on the past. I just want to move forward," he said. "Everyone has got to be sick and tired about hearing about this. I just want to move forward."

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DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The young girl who found and returned a stolen Olympic gold medal got to meet its rightful owner on Monday, reports WSB-TV Atlanta, a local ABC affiliate.

Seven-year-old Chloe Smith found the medal in a pile of trash while out walking with her father and returned it to Olympic canoe racer Joe Jacobi.

Jacobi won the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Spain but lost it back in June after a thief broke into his car and stole it.

He promised he would visit Chloe’s classroom in Atlanta to thank her for returning his prized possession.

“(Chloe asked), ‘Mom when is Joe coming to school?’ She was very excited. She couldn’t wait,” Chloe’s mother, Charlmonique Smith, told WSB-TV.

Speaking in front of her her first grade class, Jacobi praised the young girl's selfless decision.

“It’s the idea of choosing to do the right thing, and so Chloe, I thank you for good character and doing the right thing. And to her parents and her family, I thank you guys,” Jacobi said.

Jacobi called it a lesson that we can all learn from.

“I think sometimes we don’t give a 7-year-old child enough credit for the choices they can make and the influence and power of one choice on an entire community,” he said.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Penalties are expected Wednesday after Brad Keselowski's No. 2 Team Penske Ford failed NASCAR's post-race laser inspection Sunday.

Keselowski finished third at the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Previous Laser Inspection System violations have resulted in 15-point deductions in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings and P3-grade penalties, reports NASCAR.com.

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