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Tim Tebow shares heartbreaking video saying goodbye to 'the sweetest boy ever,' his dog Bronco

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Thomas Graning / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow had to make one of his “toughest goodbyes” on Wednesday.

The former NFL quarterback shared a heartbreaking tribute to his sick dog, Bronco, featuring emotional videos of himself with his pup.

“Wanted to make a special tribute to the sweetest boy ever — thank you for all the joy you brought and all the memories,” he captioned his post.

Tebow told People in 2018 that Bronco was, “just such a good dog,” and called him his “best friend.”

He posted “one last video” with Bronco, captioning it: “Aunt Patty, thank you for loving him, and thank you to all the other people including Miss Shea and Miss Mindy for sharing so much love with Bronco.”

In the heart wrenching video, the dog appears to struggle and Tebow tells him, “It’s okay, go to sleep….go home.”

Tebow asked his followers to share their story if they ever had the opportunity to meet his dog.

 

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He also mentioned his appreciation for animal hospitals, including SEVOMED, Blue Pearl Vet and UF Small Animal Vet Hospital, for caring for Bronco. He did not disclose Bronco’s health issues in the post.

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/20/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 109, New York 104
Washington 138, San Antonio 132
Milwaukee 135, Atlanta 127
Brooklyn 101, Charlotte 91
Dallas 142, Golden State 94
Miami 124, Cleveland 100
Toronto 113, Orlando 97
Chicago 109, Detroit 89
Utah 103, Minnesota 95
Denver 105, Houston 95
L.A. Clippers 107, Boston 104 — OT

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Ottawa 2, Montreal 1 — OT
NY Rangers 4, Washington 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Louisville 76, SC-Upstate 50
North Carolina 75, Elon 61
Memphis 68, UALR 58
Tennessee 76, Alabama St. 41

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Scoreboard roundup — 11/19/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Golden State 114, Memphis 95
New Orleans 115, Portland 104
Sacramento 120, Phoenix 116
L.A. Lakers 112, Oklahoma City 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Minnesota 4, Buffalo 1
Columbus 5, Montreal 2
Florida 5, Philadelphia 2
Boston 5, New Jersey 1
NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 4 — OT
Ottawa 4, Detroit 3
Winnipeg 2, Nashville 1
St. Louis 3, Tampa Bay 1
Carolina 4, Chicago 2
Dallas 6, Vancouver 1
Colorado 3, Calgary 2
Vegas 4, Toronto 2
Edmonton 5, San Jose 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Virginia 61, Vermont 55
Kansas 75, ETSU 63
Maryland 74, Fairfield 55
Gonzaga 72, Texas-Arlington 66
Washington 72, Maine 53

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Female MMA fighter dies from brain injury sustained during bout

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Veronika Ryabova/iStock(LONDON) — An amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter has died after suffering a brain injury during a fight in the U.K.

Saeideh Aletaha, 26, was taking part in a “Fast and Furious Fight Series” event in the city of Southampton on Saturday when she sustained a life-threatening brain injury.

An ambulance was called to the city’s Central Hall venue shortly before 9 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), responding to a report that a participant at the event had collapsed.

Aletaha was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died the following day, Hampshire police said in a statement.

Lookborai gym, where Aletaha trained, said in a Facebook post that she was “a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% traveling miles every day just to train.”

“This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community. Our thoughts and [prayers] go out to her family.”

Members of a Crossfit gym, of which Aletaha was a member, posted an online tribute, saying “well-liked doesn’t do her justice.” It added that 30 friends had visited her in hospital before she died.

The event’s organizers said their “thoughts of course go out to all family, friends and team mates,”

“All competitors [are] prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9% of the time.

“But, it can and … we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a doctor.”

They asked anyone who needed support as a result of Aletaha’s death to contact them.

Hampshire Police said in a statement: “We were called shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday 17 November by colleagues at Southampton General Hospital informing us of a woman who was being treated in hospital for a life threatening brain injury.The woman, aged 26, died in hospital later that day.”

Police said investigations into events surrounding the death were ongoing.

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African American female NASCAR pit crew member recounts her journey

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Janet Weinstein/ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The sound of drills is deafening, but the careful choreography of hurried tire-changing puts everyone on the track into their own quiet Zen.

“My heart’s like: ‘Boom boom, boom boom,” NASCAR rear-tire changer, Brehanna Daniels, told ABC News. “If there is a wheel rolling down pit road, that it’ll be my fault, and I’m fired.”

Once practice ends, Daniels and her team members whip off their helmets to talk, a motion that quietly reveals that she’s the only woman in the pit.

“Anything a guy can do, we can do — probably do a little better too!” she joked.

“I’m never complacent,” she added. “I’m going to keep doing whatever I can to be great.”

And “great” she already is. In 2019, Daniels became one of the first women in NASCAR history to pit at the Daytona 500. She is also the first African American female pit crew member to compete at a national series.

“I’m doing something that’s not just for myself but it’s much bigger than me,” she said. “I’d like to see NASCAR as multiple faces and not just one.”

Daniels said she never initially set out to get into the race car game. She played basketball for Norfolk State University on a full scholarship and had no interest in NASCAR until she heard there were tryouts on campus.

“Something told me, like, you have to go to this NASCAR trial,” she remembered. “It was like God told me, like: ‘Brianna you have to do this.’”

She said she was the only woman to try out in the trial, which eventually led her to a spot on NASCAR’s “Drive for Diversity” program.

“They were specifically recruiting athletes,” she remembered. Considering how heavy the tires are and how valuable speed is, athletic conditioning is key. Tires can range between 65-75 pounds.

In stark contrast to the intensity of her daily job, every night Daniels sinks quietly into her journals. She has been journaling every day since she was a little girl. She has over a dozen journals stacked up, all different colors, sizes and shapes, all filled with life-altering moments as well as mundane middle school gossip. She smiles as she flips through one, remembering her first college basketball game.

“Journaling is very therapeutic to me — like we have best friends that we can talk to, you know, talk to about stuff that’s gone on our lives. But you don’t always tell them every single thing,” she says. “It’s like everything’s bottled up inside. I’m slowly releasing it as I’m writing it down on paper.”

She credits her mom for getting her into writing — a routine that grew more important to Daniels after losing her mother to breast cancer when she was 14 years old.

“She was a real trooper, you know,” she said. “She was like Superwoman to me.”

Back at the pit, Daniels joked around with the other male team members, even lightly punching one in the arms as they run laps.

“She’s basically one of the guys out here,” said NASCAR tire carrier and teammate, Ernesto Holden. “We treat her the same way we treat the other guys.”

But for Daniels, she said she strives for more.

“I always thought that name looked good on TV,” Daniels said with a smile. “One day everybody will know who Brehanna Daniels is.”

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