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Atlanta Braves legend Hank Aaron passed away early Friday, Jan. 22. He was 86. The family did not reveal a cause of death.

Born Henry Louis Aaron in Mobile, Alabama, the 25-time All-Star was best known for breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record with his 715th home run.

The scene of Aaron being mobbed by fans as he rounded the bases remains an iconic moments in Major League Baseball history.

The original fence and wall where Aaron's 715th home run landed still stands in the same spot in the parking lot of Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.

Aaron ended his remarkable career with 755 career home runs. His record was surpassed by San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds, who was suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Aaron, pictured with his wife Billye in 2019, still holds several MLB offensive records. The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.

After retiring from baseball, he served as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

In 1982, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Aaron is survived by his wife Billye Suber Williams and six children.
 

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A Pee Wee league coach who punched a 9-year-old boy during a youth championship game has been banned for life from coaching in the league. Cell phone video shows the coach punch the boy like a man, knocking the child down twice.

When the little boy began to cry, the coach kicked him off the field and called another player off the bench to replace him.

Equally as bad are the grown Black men standing around watching the abuse and doing nothing to stop it.

The incident occurred during the American Youth Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, according to EURweb.com. The unnamed coach apologized for his behavior.

A loyal reader writes:

Sandra,

Have you seen the video of the little league coach, violently assaulting one of the boys he coaches? I would be UNDERNEATH the jail.

It reminds of something that happened years ago when I lived in Columbus, Georgia. Both my friend and I were single mothers and our sons played on a little league football team. Something very similar to this happened to her son. She did nothing, even participated in calling her own son "a p-ssy a-girl" for crying AFTER the coach slapped him around for fumbling the ball. Her son was 7 at the time. The coach was in such a rage he cursed me out for telling him that was foul for how he ABUSED her son. He was later arrested and found guilty of causing bodily injury to a child, she was charged with something too, I don't recall what it was. Our sons are all around 23-26 years old now. My sons are both in the military and doing very well. The son that she didn't defend that day on the field, is a known woman beater, and is in and out of jail, her eldest son, has very little to do with her.
While I know this is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to the left of this story, we as mothers, (if we're single mothers) have a greater responsibility of protecting our sons from abusive men (coaches and the like) and not allowing toxic masculinity to be disguised as "manning up" our sons.

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American football legend Gale Sayers has died of natural causes. He was 77.

The Chicago Bears star and Hall of Fame running back was nicknamed "Kansas Comet" for his electrifying speed. Sayers played his entire NFL career - 6 years - with the Bears.

Sayers set an NFL record in his first season as a professional by scoring 22 touchdowns, including six in a single game.

In 1967, Sayers and Bears teammate Brian Piccolo became the first interracial roommates in the NFL. Piccolo was later diagnosed with metastatic cancer and he passed away in 1970.

Sayers' and Piccolo's enduring friendship was documented in a made-for-TV movie, Brian's Song, with Sayers portrayed by Billy Dee Williams in the 1971 original and by Mekhi Phifer in the 2001 remake.

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In March 2017, Sayers' second wife, Ardythe Bullard, announced he had been diagnosed with dementia four years prior. She stated that a Mayo Clinic doctor confirmed his dementia was likely caused by physical contact during his brief football career.

"It wasn't so much getting hit in the head," she said. "It's just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in."

Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said in a statement, "All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this Game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers. He was the very essence of a team player - quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life."

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ESPN's sports reporter Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Burke, 54, covers many of ESPN's live basketball broadcasts including the NBA and WNBA playoffs. She has been with the network since 1991.

While chatting on Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, Burke revealed she was tested because she has struggled with health problems recently.

Burke warned people to take the virus seriously and to comply with social distancing recommendations.

Burke is the highest profile NBA sports personality to be diagnosed with the disease. She joins 2 unidentified Laker players, as well as Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood, Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, and 3 unidentified Nets players.

The NBA canceled its season after Gobert, 27, was the first player to test positive. All of the players have since recovered from the virus.

Covid-19 causes no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms in healthy adults who don't smoke.

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