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

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Yankees    9  Cincinnati      5
Philadelphia   9  Houston         0
Miami         22  Texas          10
Chi Cubs       8  Chi White Sox   3
L.A. Dodgers   6  Minnesota       5

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay     5  Baltimore     1
Boston        4  Seattle       0
Toronto       3  Oakland       2
Cleveland    10  L.A. Angels   4
Kansas City  16  Detroit       2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona        10  Atlanta      3
San Francisco   2  Pittsburgh   1
Washington      8  Milwaukee    5
St. Louis      10  Colorado     5
San Diego       6  N-Y Mets     3

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) -- A pair of former MVPs and new teammates are expected to work out together in Las Vegas, ESPN reports.

According ESPN, LeBron James invited new Cleveland Cavaliers free agent signee Derrick Rose to join him in Las Vegas this week. League sources told ESPN that Rose accepted the invite.

James has been on vacation and working out in Las Vegas, while Rose just signed his new contract on Tuesday.

ESPN reports that Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe is also working out with James.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Novak Djokovic won't compete on the court for the rest of the year, the world's fourth ranked tennis player announced Wednesday.

Djokovic has been playing through a right elbow injury. He said Wednesday that he will skip all remaining tournaments -- including the U.S. Open and the Davis Cup semi-final tie.

He expects to return to action in 2018.

"All the doctors I've consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest," Djokovic wrote on his website. "A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable. I'll do whatever it takes to recover."

The 12-time Grand Slam winner says that he will also work to improve his tennis skills that he has been unable to work on due to a demanding schedule in recent years.

Djokovic and his wife, Jelena, are expecting their second child this year.

"It is the most important for me to recover," Djokovic said, "to be able to play injury free for as long as possible, to compete in the sport that has given me so much, the sport I love."

Djokovic also wrote that the elbow is bothersome when he serves, as well as when playing forehand shots.

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Christophe Simon/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- Venus Williams is claiming that the victim who died in the fatal car crash she was involved in last month was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The tennis star, 37, was driving to her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9 when the collision occurred. Two weeks later, Jerome Barson, 78, succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash. Barson's daughter filed a lawsuit against Williams, alleging wrongful death action, and is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ABC News.

Williams is fighting back in court, alleging that Jerome Barson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of accident, arguing in court documents filed last Friday that the victim's injuries were caused "by the unreasonable failure of the plaintiff to use an available and operational seat belt at the time of the accident."

Williams also claims that Jerome Barson "failed to adequately maintain and repair the vehicle." Williams' latest legal move also asks for Barson's autopsy report and medical records.

The Barsons' family attorney, Michael Steinger, told ABC News that his clients' car was a brand-new 2016 Hyundai in "perfect working order." He also refutes the claim that the Barsons -- Jerome Barson's wife, Linda Barson, was driving at the time of the accident -- were not wearing seat belts.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department confirmed to ABC News that their investigation indicates that the Barsons were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. Police are still investigating the fatal crash.

After the collision and Barson's death, Malcolm Cunningham, an attorney for Williams, noted in a statement to ABC News that authorities did not issue her any citations and that "Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."

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

INTERLEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 7, Chicago White Sox 2
N.Y. Yankees 4, Cincinnati 2
Houston 5, Philadelphia 0
Texas 10, Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 6, Minnesota 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 4, Oakland 1
Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4
Kansas City 3, Detroit 1
Cleveland 11, L.A. Angels 7
Seattle 6, Boston 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee 8, Washington 0
St. Louis 3, Colorado 2
Atlanta 8, Arizona 3
N.Y. Mets 6, San Diego 5
San Francisco 11, Pittsburgh 3

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Washington 85, San Antonio 76
Atlanta 99, Phoenix 91
Connecticut 93, Chicago 72
Minnesota 76, N.Y. Liberty 75
Dallas 84, Indiana 82
L.A. Sparks 68, Seattle 60

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Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(PHOENIX) – Phoenix Suns backup point guard Brandon Knight will miss the entire 2017-18 season.

The team announced Tuesday that Knight suffered a torn ACL is his left knee playing in a pro-am game on Wednesday in Miami and will undergo surgery on Friday. A timetable for his return has yet to be determined, the team said.

Knight, who has three years and nearly $44 million remaining on his contract, averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists per game last season.

Knight has also played for Detroit and Milwaukee during his 6-year NBA career.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.”

These words, spoken by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, have taken on new meaning in the last decade after several recent studies have revealed a link between the repeated collisions for which the game is known and a progressive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Now, a new report from researchers at Boston University suggests that this often devastating neurological disease may be even more common to the sport than previously thought.

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased football players –- ranging from high school to professional levels –- to look for tell-tale signs of CTE, a diagnosis that can only be made after an autopsy. A full 87 percent of these ex-players had evidence of CTE. The proportion was highest in professional players; of the 111 former NFL pros included in the study, 110 met the criteria for a CTE diagnosis.

But the study’s lead author, Dr. Ann C. McKee, said that one of the most alarming findings is that nearly one quarter of the 14 high school players in the study had CTE.

“The finding that the earliest beginnings of CTE can be found in high school indicates that things can go wrong at a very young age,” she said.

Dr. Gil Rabinovici, a neurologist at the University of California San Francisco, who wrote an accompanying editorial to the study, also expressed concern.

“From a public health perspective, this is a much bigger problem, since very few players make it to the professional level,” Rabinovici said. “The question everyone has is, ‘Is there a risk in playing youth football?’”

Researchers also conducted questionnaires with players’ loved ones after their deaths to assess for hallmark symptoms of CTE, which can manifest as cognitive, behavioral, or mood problems. Among players who had evidence of severe CTE, 85 percent had symptoms of dementia and 89 percent had mood disturbances.

“A lot of these guys with even early CTE were very symptomatic –- they have impulse control, rage and explosivity," McKee said, adding that mood disturbances were often severe. One in three players with CTE had signs of suicidality, which means thoughts, attempts or completions of suicide.

Additionally, the study found that CTE occurred in isolation only about half of the time. The other half of cases had evidence of an additional neurological disorder like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or ALS.

“It makes one wonder how these diseases are related,” Rabinovici said. “The findings suggest that repeated traumatic brain injury could be a risk factor for many of these other diseases. We already know that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, is shifted about 10 years earlier in football players.”

But though the high prevalence of CTE identified in this study was striking, it involved only subjects whose families consented or even volunteered to have their loved ones’ brains studied. These family members may have noticed concerning neurological or psychiatric symptoms in the players, and may have been looking for answers, which means that no conclusions about the overall prevalence of CTE in football players can be made.

“[The study] undoubtedly overestimates the prevalence of CTE,” lead author McKee said. “It’s a skewed population based on the fact that many of these players had symptoms.”

Still, she sees the striking results as a call to action.

“I don’t think it’s debatable whether this disease exists,” she said. “Though our findings raise more questions than answers, it’s time to come together as scientists to combat this disease.”

Nicole Van Groningen, M.D., is a hospital medicine fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman had no idea he was about to be a hero in an Austin, Texas airport just days before Chicago Bears training camp.

Eating in the airport on Sunday, Freeman spotted another man, Marcus Ryan, shoot up out of his chair at the Salt Lick Taco Bar.

It looked "like he had forgotten something," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune, adding that Ryan seemed "frantic."

Ryan was choking. An older woman approached Ryan and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver, but was unsuccessful. Then Freeman stepped in.

I "tried to squeeze the life out of him" Freeman says. He pushed in, then up. Still choking, Freeman tried again. His second attempt was a success.

Once Ryan was no longer choking, the two posed for a photo, which Freeman later tweeted:

CRAZY!! Just saved my guy Marcus Ryan's life by using the Heimlich maneuver in the middle of the Austin airport! WOW Mom would be proud haha pic.twitter.com/yzgGw967iO

— Jerrell Freeman (@JerrellFreeman) July 23, 2017

Freeman told the Chicago Tribune it was his first time performing the maneuver.

Afterwards, Ryan went back to finish his meal, and Freeman joked, "I guess that was some good brisket. You can't get between a man and his brisket."

Freeman was in the airport before reporting to Bears training camp on Wednesday. The former Indianapolis Colt is entering his sixth year in the NFL, and his second in Chicago.

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Ben Soloman/ESPN Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Clint Dempsey reached another U.S. Soccer milestone right where it all began.

In his home state of Texas, with 27 family and friends in attendance, Dempsey delivered a goal in the 72nd minute in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday. The goal, No. 57 for his U.S. Men's National Team career, tied Landon Donovan's US national team goal-scoring record.

Afterwards, Dempsey said, "I couldn't have pictured a better scenario, coming off the bench and getting a goal and assist, and helping the team get to the final. That's a dream come true."

The U.S. beat Costa Rica 2-0 to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. They will face Jamaica on Wednesday.

Dempsey's storied career began in Texas, journeying through the MLS and English Premier League. However, his pursuit of Donovan's record was stalled when he was diagnosed with a heart ailment in 2016, which nearly ended his career.

The Texas-native will continue playing as the US team pursues a spot in the 2018 World Cup. Should they qualify, it would mark Dempsey's fourth career World Cup appearance.

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Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images(SOUTHPORT, England) -- Another Major victory for American Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old defeated countryman Matt Kuchar by three strokes, shooting a 12-under par to win the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Spieth said he had flashes of the 2016 Masters in his head when he started the front-nine with four bogeys, which put him and Kuchar neck-and-neck heading into the 13th hole of the day. On 13, Spieth hooked his tee shot to the right. The ball ended up being behind a hill that made it impossible to play, so Spieth decided to lose a stroke, and drop the ball in a place where he would be able to have a line of sight to the hole. Nearly a half hour later, Spieth mustered a bogey on the hole and fell behind Kuchar by a stroke.

Given the circumstances, a bogey seemed fortunate for Spieth, and it ended up being a huge momentum shift for him. From the 14th to the 17th holes, Spieth birdied, eagled, and birdied twice before tapping in a par on 18 for the victory.

Spieth is now just a P.G.A. Championship away from completing a career Grand Slam, a feat only accomplished by five other golfers: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Spieth is now the second male golfer to win three majors before his 24th birthday, joining Nicklaus, who won 18 majors.

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