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PhonlamaiPhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(CANTON, N.C.) -- Two rival teams in North Carolina displayed the embodiment of good sportsmanship when they worked together to allow a teen with paraplegic cerebral palsy to achieve his dream of playing football.

Lou Stamey, a 15-year-old who is confined to a wheelchair and has limited speech, scored a touchdown at the beginning of Canton Middle School's football game against Waynesville Middle School on the night of Sept. 22. The game was a precursor to the Friday night game between Pisgah High School and Tuscola High School, one of North Carolina's biggest football rivalries, which draws up to 20,000 fans annually, Canton Middle School football coach Joshua Simmons told ABC News.

Lou's love of football was passed on to him by his father, a local referee who called football games at the high school, middle school and youth levels before he unexpectedly died three years ago, Lou's mother, Belinda Stamey, told ABC News.

Simmons approached Lou's gym teacher and asked her if she thought Lou would be interested in participating in the football game.

"Lou's very special in our school," Simmons said. "He brings a lot of joy to a lot of people."

Simmons created the "Lou Play," and worked with Waynesville Middle School football coach Robert Sutton to pull it off. In the play, the ball was snapped to Canton's quarterback and handed to Lou, who held it in his lap. Classmate Brayden West then pushed Lou toward the goal line as Waynesville defenders dived for him.

"Look, Lou, they're cheering for you," a teammate can be heard saying to him as they make their way toward the goal.

Once he scored the touchdown, players from both teams rallied around Lou and chanted his name, Simmons said.

For one special moment, the rivalry "took a backseat to Lou," Simmons said, calling it "such a cool day."

For the rest of the game, he held a sign that read "Eat my dust," made for him by his mother.

"He thought it was funny," Stamey said of the sign. "He has a great sense of humor."

Simmons said it took effort from both teams to make the play a success, giving Waynesville credit for going "well beyond" his expectations. Waynesville's football coach, Robert Sutton, told ABC affiliate WLOS in Asheville that he was glad to be a part of the play.

While Simmons said including Lou in the biggest football game of the year was something the teen "would never forget," he said he hopes that it taught his players a lesson to never take for granted their ability to walk.

It was a "dream come true" for Lou to be on the field with his teammates, Stamey said. After his father died, he would see referees on televised games and say, "Daddy?"

Although the points from Lou's touchdown didn't count toward the official school, the momentum it created must have paid off. Canton won the game 38-8.

This may not be Lou's final participation in a rivalry game. Next year, Lou will attend Pisgah High School, and the "popular" teen will continue his role as a "staple in the community" there, Stamey said.

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Joe Skipper/Gtty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident Sunday, was honored in a public memorial service on Wednesday.

Pallbearers wearing Fernandez's jersey carried his coffin into a hearse, which left a Miami funeral home for Marlins Park at 1:30 p.m., ABC's Miami affiliate WPLG reported.

The Marlins invited fans to gather at Marlins Park for the departure of a funeral motorcade at 2:16 p.m., with the scheduled time honoring the No. 16 jersey Fernandez wore on the field.

A private funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, attended by Fernandez's family, Marlins players and coaches.

Marlins players paid tribute to Fernandez on Monday night by wearing No. 16 jerseys in the first game since his death. Infielder Dee Gordon fought back tears after hitting a leadoff home run, later saying that Fernandez should have been "cheering" for him from the dugout.

Two others were killed alongside Fernandez early Sunday when the boat they were in crashed into a jetty on Miami Beach. The boat was registered in Fernandez's name, but it is not clear who was driving at the time of the crash.

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Rob Foldy/Getty Images(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) -- Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first pitch of his first at bat as a professional player in the instructional league games in Florida.

Tebow, an outfielder with the New York Mets farm team, hit his left-center bomb off a young pitcher from the St. Louis Cardinals farm team, according to video from ESPN.

Former NFL star Tim Tebow hits a home run on the first pitch of his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets instructional league.

— ABC News (@ABC) September 28, 2016

Tebow grounded out in his next at-bat.

The two-time National Champion signed with the Mets earlier this month and hasn't played organized baseball since 2005, while still in high school. After his time at the University of Florida, Tebow played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

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DigtialStorm/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama morphed into the Comedian-in-Chief once again as he honored another winner – this time NASCAR’s Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch.

“Now, as you may be aware, I host a lot of teams from other sports -- they all call themselves national champions or world champions,” Obama began. “But I’ve got to hand it to the Number 18 Team, who have given themselves the title of ‘Galaxy Champs.’ That’s a first, and I’ve put in a call to NASA to check to see whether this is, in fact, accurate.”

The president continued winning laughs from the friendly audience, joking that while Busch brought his “ride” to the White House, there may be a time soon when the president can take over the wheel.

“Most years when NASCAR comes to town, I make a joke about looking at the car full of longing and feeling kind of wistful, and trying to get Secret Service to let me take a spin,” Obama said to chuckles. “But this year’s different.  In a few months, I can actually do anything I want. So Kyle, we're going to talk.”

“I'm not sure, though, Michelle is going to let me drive with a car with a whole bunch of M&M’s on it. She may want carrots or something,” Obama continued, winning a smattering of laughter once again. “Actually, we have White House M&M's here, so those of you who have sampled them, they are good old-fashioned M&M's.”

Finally the president pulled out a joke worthy of late night television.

“Now, it’s 2016.  I think there were some people who thought we were going to see a Bush back here in the White House this year,” Obama joked. “But they didn't know it was going to be Kyle.”

When Busch presented the president with a helmet, the president went for one of his edgier jokes.

“Tell me the truth, what are you pumping in through here, though?” Obama joked, pointing to an oxygen valve on the helmet.

“Some really good stuff,” Busch quipped.

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Lisa Wiltse/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Yankees may have beat the Red Sox Tuesday night, but one die-hard fan of the Bronx Bombers almost blew it.

Andrew Fox of New Castle, Pennsylvania was in Center Field in Section 228 with his girlfriend Heather Terwilliger, when, during the fifth inning of the game, he dropped to one knee to propose.

When the couple appeared on the stadium scoreboard, which Fox had arranged, people began cheering.


And that’s when he dropped the ring.

No worries, though.  In a fine example of Yankee pride, the crowd around them began frantically searching for the ring.  And fortunately, they soon found it -- it had fallen into the cuff of Terwilliger’s jeans.

Fox got back down on his knee and a teary-eyed Terwilliger said yes.

The icing on the cake?  The Yankees beat the Red Sox, ending their eleven-game winning streak.

MLB has posted videos from the incident, which social media quickly dubbed #RingGate, on their Facebook page.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., who's missed NASCAR action over the past couple of months due to a concussion, will make an appearance at this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway, though he won't be behind the wheel of his No. 88 car.

Earnhardt Jr. says he will sit in the No. 88 pit box and observe the Sprint Cup Series' Citizen Soldier 400 as Jeff Gordon again fills in for him.

"It's going to be kind of different, tough, maybe not a ton of fun," Earnhardt Jr. said on The Dale Jr. Download podcast this week, according to "It's a bit weird to be not in the car but at the track when you're a driver. You don't know what to do with yourself. But I'm going to try to support the guys and maybe learn a thing or two."

Earnhardt Jr. also discussed his progress in recovering from the concussion. It's believed he suffered the concussion during a crash at Michigan International Speedway in June.

"[I]t's getting better," he said. "My doctors talk about getting me back to where I can be a normal person, and then there's getting me back to being a race car driver. I'm almost back…to being a normal, functioning person with no issues. To become that guy I need to be inside the car, we really have to train my senses to be perfect."

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


Texas 6, Milwaukee 4


L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 1
N-Y Yankees 6, Boston 4
Toronto 5, Baltimore 1
Detroit 12, Cleveland 0
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3, 11 Innings
Houston 8, Seattle 4
Chi White Sox 13, Tampa Bay 6


Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 6  
San Diego 7, L.A. Dodgers 1
San Francisco 12, Colorado 3  
Washington 4, Arizona 2
Chi Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 4
N-Y Mets 12, Miami 1
St. Louis 12, Cincinnati 5

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Joe Caveretta/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The friend of a man who died along with Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez, sent a text message warning to "please be careful" and "keep him close to shore," according to a screenshot posted to social media.

The texts, posted to Instagram by Will Bernal Sunday, offered some potential insight into the circumstances surrounding the deadly crash in which Fernandez, 24, Eduardo Rivero, 25, and Emilio Macias, 27, died. The messages appear to show Bernal telling Rivero to "please be careful" and to "keep him close to shore."

Fernandez purportedly argued with his girlfriend in the hours before the crash, the Miami Herald reported, but ABC News has not confirmed that information. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is investigating, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment regarding the allegations that Fernandez had been arguing with his girlfriend.

The boat carrying the men smashed into a jetty on Miami Beach Sunday, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The boat was registered in Fernandez's name, but it is not clear who was operating the boat at the time of the crash, the FWC said. Speeding is suspected to be a factor, and the investigation is ongoing.

In the texts, Rivero responds, "Trust me it's not my time yet," and Bernal texts back, telling Rivero to "keep Jose cool" as well as to turn on the Find My iPhone app.

"It's on," Rivero says. He then sends Bernal a map, the posts show.

Bernal wrote in the Instagram caption, posted Sunday, that it was the last conversation he had with Rivero and that he felt "sick" to his "stomach."

"Everyone is talking about Jose Fernandez, but you died trying to be there for him and be a good friend," Bernal wrote. "This doesn't sit with me well."

Bernal wrote that Rivero had gone "to help" Fernandez when the star pitcher called him. It was not clear with what, and Bernal did not immediately comment to ABC News.

"I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat," Bernal said. "It didn't feel right and we both knew it."

The Marlins have announced a public viewing for Fernandez will take place Wednesday at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church in Miami. A mass will be held the next day.

The entire Marlins roster wore No. 16 jerseys to honor Fernandez in the game against the Mets Monday night, which was the first game since his death. Infielder Dee Gordon hit a leadoff home run, his first homer of the season, and fought back tears as he jogged toward home plate.

Gordon said after the game that Fernandez should have been "cheering" for him from the dugout. The Marlins won the game 7-3. The two teams will face off again tonight at Marlins Park.

The team canceled its Sunday game against the Atlanta Braves following the news of Fernandez's death.

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Julian Finney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams took to Facebook Tuesday, writing in a lengthy post that she won't be silent any longer when it comes to race relations and police-involved incidents in America.

The tennis icon had a moment of reflection while riding in the back of her car, with her 18-year-old nephew driving.

"In the distance I saw [a] cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if [my nephew] was obliging by the speed limit," she wrote.

But Williams, 35, then wrote she remembered the case of Philando Castile, who was shot after he was pulled over in Minnesota with his girlfriend and child in the car.

The aftermath of the Castile shooting was captured on video, with his girlfriend saying police shot him as he was putting his hands up. The officer who shot him can be heard on the video saying he told Castile "not to reach for it," referring to his licensed pistol.

"All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself," she continued. "I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all 'the others.'"

Williams referenced other police-involved shootings and added, "not 'everyone' is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive ... Why did I have to think about this in 2016?"

Williams decided to act now and in the future.

"I ... wondered than have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters?" she wrote. "As Dr. Martin Luther King said ' There comes a time when silence is betrayal'."

She signed the post, "I Won't Be Silent."

After a tumultuous 2016, Williams isn't the only sports legend to speak up. In July, Michael Jordan broke his silence with a statement to the Undefeated.

"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers," he said.

"I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent," he added.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The two men who interrupted Ryan Lochte's first appearance on Dancing With the Stars are now facing criminal charges.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office filed criminal complaints on Monday against Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi, who rushed the stage of the ABC show earlier this month to protest Lochte's casting.

They have been charged with two misdemeanors - leaving a spectator area and entering a stage and interfering with a performance - and could face six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Their arraignment has been set for Oct. 4.

During the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Sotoodeh and Soroudi interrupted the broadcast by stepping onto the dance floor and screaming "liar" at Lochte - a reference to the Olympian's claim that he was robbed at the Rio Summer Olympics. He later said that he "overexaggerated" the story, and the United States Olympic Committee banned him for 10 months. Sotoodeh and Soroudi were detained by security and arrested for misdemeanor trespassing, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The next day, they were released on $1,000 bail.

"Everyone deserves a second chance, but we had to say our protest, as well," Soroudi told ABC News.

As a result of the incident, the show conducted "a full evaluation of security procedures" and planned to make any changes necessary, a representative said at the time. Lochte remains a competitor on the program.

"When I was asked to do the show, the one thing that I kept hearing was that it was like joining a big family. After Monday's incident, I now know what that means," he wrote on Instagram at the time of the protest. "I have gotten so much love from everyone on the show, including my partner Cheryl [Burke], my fellow competitors, the producers, the security team and its fans. I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the show, and more than ever, I am dedicated to my new family and to working hard to do my best."

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