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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 7, N.Y. Yankees 5
Miami 6, Tampa Bay 5
San Francisco 5, Oakland 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 8, Baltimore 7, 10 Innings
Boston 1, Detroit 0
Cleveland 9, Texas 8, 11 Innings
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 5
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 1
Seattle 3, Chicago White Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 18, Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 11, San Diego 5
Atlanta 8, Washington 5
Pittsburgh 12, Cincinnati 1
L.A. Dodgers 6, Milwaukee 4
Colorado 11, Arizona 10

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Seattle 78, Connecticut 65
Chicago 114, Dallas 99
Indiana 78, L.A. Sparks 76

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CHIARI_VFX/iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- Toronto Raptors team president Masai Ujiri issued an apology to former player DeMar DeRozan on Friday, saying the shooting guard's frustration over being traded this week was the result of "miscommunication."

DeRozan was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday in a deal that brought former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Toronto. Afterwards, DeRozan posted a story to his Instagram page saying "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing . . . Soon you'll understand . . . Don't disturb . . ."

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Ujiri said he spoke with DeRozan at the NBA's summer league earlier in the month. "I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him," Ujiri said. "So, not necessarily talking about a trade, but what I expect from him going forward, and I think that's where the gap was."

ESPN reported Wednesday that neither DeRozan nor Leonard was enthusiastic about the trade. Leonard has made clear that he wants to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next summer.

Ujiri went on to apologize to DeRozan and his family for the apparent miscommunication. But, he explained the trade saying "when you have a chance to get a top-five player, which doesn't come very often, I think  you have to jump on it."

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33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on Thursday promising not to issue or enforce new rules related to player protests during the national anthem for "the next several weeks."

According to the statement, both sides will hold discussions to determine how best to move forward. The league had announced a new anthem policy earlier this offseason that required any player on the field during the anthem to stand and be respectful. That policy would have allowed players who wanted to protest to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The issue was brought back into the spotlight following reports that the Miami Dolphins had submitted required paperwork to the league on potential disciplinary measures for players who protested during the anthem. Those measures reportedly included possible suspensions.

The NFLPA challenged the league's anthem policy this month in a grievance.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 9, St. Louis 6

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 82, N.Y. Liberty 68
Dallas 90, Washington 81
Las Vegas 85, Phoenix 82
 
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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Racecar driver Danica Patrick became the first female host of the ESPYs Wednesday night. But that achievement wasn't the only moment that will have people talking tomorrow, later this week -- and even for years to come.

The "hero" Parkland coaches, an embattled Hall of Fame football player and 141 sexual abuse survivors all were honored in a very heartfelt, empowering awards show.

Here are the top highlights:

Danica's big night

"It's true the ESPYs have never had a host like me before," she said. "For the last 25 years, the ESPYs have been about celebrating the magic of sports."

But Patrick didn't shy away from telling her fair share of jokes, some of which were aimed at sports icons in the room.

She made fun of Cleveland, Odell Beckham Jr.'s hairstyle and more.

"Speaking of other countries, congrats to France on winning the World cup," she said. "I'd make a joke about the U.S. soccer team, but they didn't qualify for this monologue."

The NBA's elite weren't safe either, as Patrick joked about King LeBron James himself, going below the belt when she made fun of his losing his hair. She then explained when James hosted in the past, he picked on her, too.

Pat Tillman Award For Service

Funnyman Jon Stewart took the stage to present a very serious award.

Former Marine and college football star Jake Wood, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was honored for organizing veterans and first responders to Haiti to help in 2010 after a severe earthquake rocked the island.

That led to his starting his nonprofit Team Rubicon, which, years later, has thousands of veterans and volunteers around the globe.

The organization doesn't just save lives in disaster zones, including Houston and Puerto Rico, but it also gives veterans purpose and meaning and saves their lives as well.

"Being able to share our stories and know you're not alone ... we couldn't do it without each other," one veteran said during a special clip.

The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance goes to Jim Kelly

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who's battled cancer several times over the past five years, was honored with the award named after the legendary late basketball coach.

There wasn't a dry eye in the room as Kelly spoke about his late son, Hunter, and his battle with cancer.

"My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life," Kelly said. "My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything."

He also inspired the room about "being a difference-maker," adding: "If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer ... the smile on your face, that can be the difference ... like Jimmy V said, 'Don't ever give up!'"

Stoneman Douglas High School honors coaches

Another somber yet inspiring moment came later in the evening, when the three coaches killed during the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were honored with the Best Coach Award.

Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel and Chris Hixon all gave their lives to save students earlier this year.

Former high school athletes and students talked about how these coaches "changed lives" and later died saving them.

Student after student talked about the mentors, heroes and friends they knew in these three amazing men.

Abuse survivors stand strong

The big moment of the night came when 141 abuse victims of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar took the stage after sharing their powerful and empowering stories.

After a powerful video detailing the abuse they all suffered, the 141 woman all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. It was a moment that likely will be talked about for decades.

"It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight," said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight "a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage."

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- More than 140 survivors of abuse at the hands of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar took the stage and made a statement that could impact countless lives for years at the ESPYs on Wednesday night.

Actress Jennifer Garner introduced the brave women and said, "We're about to tell you a story that is difficult to hear."

She spoke about when the dream of being an athlete can turn into a nightmare, but said the story needs to be heard, so "it never happens again."

Then a powerful video let these young women speak their truth. One after another spoke about what this man did when they were 11, 12, 13 years old.

"It was something that I just dealt with," one woman said of the unspeakable actions to which Nassar eventually plead guilty.

"The cycle [of abuse] was repeated for generations," Garner says in the video, but then the women started to come forward, followed by dozens more.

After Nassar was finally arrested, one woman says, crying, "That's when my life finally started to move again."

Following the empowering piece, the 141 women at the event all took the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award -- a moment that will be talked about for decades.

"It is a privilege to stand up here with my sister survivors, as we represent hundreds more that are not with us tonight," said Sarah Klein, who was victimized by Nassar 30 years ago.

Klein called tonight "a portrait of survival, a new vision of courage."

"Speaking up is not easy ... it's grueling and it's painful, but it is time," she said. "As a survivor, I am here to say, if we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it."

Another victim added, "You cannot silence the strong forever."

Then Aly Raisman listed off the the many years that women spoke up about Nassar's abuse and then were told, "You are wrong."

"For too long, we were ignored," she said. "Too often abusers and enablers perpetuate suffering ... to all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story. You truth does matter and you are not alone."

Raisman appeared on "Good Morning America" the morning of the awards show to speak about what this honor means to her and the other survivors.

"Getting that award with this incredible army of survivors is very, I mean, it's hard to put into words," she said. "I don't even know if it's really sunk in yet."

"We've all been through something really horrible, but we're all gonna get through it together," she added. "I think that's such an empowering feeling -- knowing you're not alone."

Nassar was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison for several counts of sexual misconduct. A judge later tacked on an additional 40 to 125 years.

"You are a doctor. You took an oath to do no harm, and you harmed over 256 women, and that is beyond comprehension," Michigan Judge Janice Cunningham told Nassar at the time of his sentencing in February. "Locking up an individual so they can never harm anyone again and take away their freedom is an appropriate consequence."

During his sentencing, more than 150 women and girls like Rasman gave statements in court and their accounts of the assaults.

Nassar had to sit there and listen to them all. Their voices were heard.

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Coaches killed in Parkland school shooting remembered at 2018 ESPYs

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s, was honored Wednesday night at the ESPYs with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

Kelly has embodied the spirit behind the award in recent years, battling cancer multiple times, dating back to 2013.

A heartfelt video chronicled Kelly's life from football to retirement to the life and loss of his "hero," his son, Hunter, who died in 2005 at just 8 years old after suffering from Krabbe Disease, a degenerative disorder that affects the nervous system.

Then came cancer.

"I witnessed Jim be devastated and be broken as a person," said his wife, Jill, breaking down in tears.

"I will never give up -- I will keep fighting 'til the end," Kelly said about battling cancer time and again.

Kelly, 58, who's still recovering from surgery earlier this year to remove cancer from his upper jaw, stepped to the podium while receiving an ovation after the touching introduction video.

"Wow," he said, accepting the award, tearing up, "it is never easy watching a video about my son."

Kelly spoke to his dear friends John Elway and Dan Marino about the good times they had on and off the field as the other two Hall of Famers also teared up.

"My faith [is] in the good lord that he has plans for my life," Kelly said. "My wife, Jill, you are my heart, you are my soul, you are my everything."

He also inspired the room about "being a difference-maker."

"If you have somebody out there suffering, it doesn't have to be cancer ... the smile on your face, that can be the difference," he added. "Like Jimmy V said, 'Don't ever give up!'"

The Jimmy V Award was named for the famed North Carolina State University coach Jim Valvano who died in 1993. Before losing his life to cancer, he inspired millions with his famous "Never Give Up" speech earlier that year.

"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities," Valvano said in the legendary speech. "It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."

Since the award's inception in 2007, honorees have included Stuart Scott, Craig Sager and George Karl.

Kelly, known for leading Buffalo's stunning no-huddle offense in the 1990s, was inducted into the National Football League Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to undergo sensitivity training after a number of offensive tweets he wrote before he was drafted recently resurfaced, Major League Baseball said in a statement.

Hader, 24, tweeted various racist, misogynist and homophobic tweets in 2011 and 2012. All of the tweets circulating online appear to have come before he was drafted to the majors in June 2012, and Hader was 17 and 18 years old at the time he wrote many of the tweets.

MLB has described the tweets as "highly offensive and hurtful language."

"During last night's game we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns," MLB said in a statement. "After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives."

Hader apologized following Tuesday night's All-Star Game after a number of offensive old tweets from his account surfaced earlier in the evening.

"As a child I was immature and obviously I said some stuff that was inexcusable," Hader told reporters in the locker room after the game. "That doesn't reflect on who I am as a person today.

"There's no excuse for what was said and, ya know, I'm deeply sorry for what I've said," he added.

At least one tweet included the N-word, while another said, "I hate gay people." Hader's account is now verified, though it wasn't at the time of the offensive tweets.

The pitcher told reporters after the game he was not aware of the old tweets resurfacing before taking the field, and only found out when he returned to the locker room and his "phone was blowing up" with messages from people.

Hader's name was in the top-2 trending topics on Twitter throughout Tuesday night, often trailing only the hashtag for the game itself.

He said he didn't know the context of the tweets, didn't remember specifics and hadn't even seen them yet when speaking to reporters.

"I'm sure there were some lyrics, rap lyrics, being tweeted," Hader told reporters. "I really don't know what all is out there."

"I was just trying to understand the situation. ... That's one of the reasons I didn't want social media," Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and teammate Lorenzo Cain said. "We always get in trouble for things you said when you were younger. We'll move on from it."

Hader struggled in the All-Star Game, his first as a player, giving up three runs and four hits in 0.1 inning. He has a 1.50 ERA and seven saves during the regular season.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Since 2010, when it started on the ground in Haiti, Team Rubicon has been helping others rebuild their homes and more importantly their lives after disasters in the US and abroad.

And Wednesday, co-founder and CEO Jake Wood is expected to be presented with the ESPY's Pat Tillman Award for Service. It's an honor that he calls humbling.

Wood was an offensive lineman with the University of Wisconsin when Tillman, a former NFL player and Army Ranger, was killed in Afghanistan.

After Tillman's death, Wood said he told his coach that he was going to join the Marines. He did four years of service, deploying to Iraq and then Afghanistan, before returning home. But three months later, he was watching the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and felt called to act.

Wood, a former Marine scout sniper, and William McNulty, a former Marine intel specialist, joined forces on social media after they both said they'd felt called to travel to Port-au-Prince and help.

They assembled a team in the Dominican Republic, crossed over into Haiti and started doing medical triage in parts of the country that other groups would not go to and well, the rest is history.

Team Rubicon is now a veteran-led disaster-response nonprofit. Wood said the organization served many purposes, including utilizing veterans' ability to bring order to chaos but also helping former service members return to civilian life.

"One of the things we hear from our volunteers often is that they, you know, spend all this time in the military, they're deployed overseas, they've got this mission -- it's exciting -- and you know all of a sudden, one day, they come home and they get out of the military. ... And, it's just not the same," Wood said. "They have a challenge in that transition to rediscover that part of themselves that they had when they were in the military."

In the last eight years, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters. The organization currently has 80,000 volunteers.

"One of the things we've seen with Team Rubicon is that we can, you know, fulfill that sense of purpose and community and identity that they had while they were in the military and put all of those skills that they learned to use, give them the opportunity to continue to serve, to have a new mission and to ultimately have impact," he said.

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