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Peyton Manning drops by University of Tennessee online class to surprise students
iStock (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Football legend Peyton Manning surprised University of Tennessee students in an online class Thursday.Students in a communication studies senior Capstone class were shocked to see Manning suddenly appear on their Zoom chat after their professor, John Haas, said, "Mr. Thompson, I think you're late for class."The former professional football player, a two-time Super Bowl champion, then responded, "I'm sorry Dr. Haas. It's been a while. It's been at least since 1996 or 7 since I've been in a class."Manning graduated from UT in 1997 and often shows off his pride for the Vols.Manning then shared a...
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Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at home
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- While many fitness centers have closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, one gym in the New York City borough of Brooklyn is taking to social media to keep many of their members active at home.When Gotham Gymnastics, a facility for aspiring young gymnasts, was forced to temporarily close due to government mandates, its CEO and co-founder Daniel Miranda as well as team director and co-founder Ana Nunes came up with the idea to take their workout sessions to Instagram. "We did this for our girls first," Miranda told ABC News in an interview on...
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NBA star Russell Westbrook details how he's helping LA families hit hard by coronavirus
ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- As the NBA season remains at a standstill, one of its star players has found a way to lend a helping hand to those most in need amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Los Angeles native Russell Westbrook joined Good Morning America via Skype from his home to discuss how he and his wife Nina have joined forces with Mayor Eric Garcetti's office through their Why Not? Foundation to launch the Angeleno Campaign."I'm excited about it. It's a campaign that's something that will be from my foundation finding ways to give cash and give access to families...
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How Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte reacted to Tokyo news and what he's doing to train
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- After four Olympics, 12 medals and another four years of training, Ryan Lochte will have to wait a bit longer to jump back into the swimming pool after the International Olympic Committee announced the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the six-time gold medalist said this is bigger than any of the athletes and they will adjust their training and be ready to compete when the time comes. "Training will never be perfect, and there's always going to be something like a bump in the road, and that's...
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Tokyo Olympics postponed, will be held 'by the summer of 2021': Japanese PM
Carl Court/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee have agreed that the Tokyo Olympics "will be held by the summer of 2021," the prime minister's office tweeted Tuesday.Abe pushed hard for Tokyo's selection as the host city during an International Olympic Committee meeting in 2013.Japan appears to have successfully slowed the spread of the respiratory virus on home soil so far, with just 1,140 diagnosed cases as of Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering. But as the health crisis...
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Report: Patriots agree to one-year deal with quarterback Brian Hoyer
33ft/iStock (NEW YORK) — In the wake of Tom Brady’s departure from the team, the New England Patriots have reportedly added veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer to its roster.A source tells ESPN the Patriots and Hoyer have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.05 million.Hoyer, 34, played for the Indianapolis Colts last season, appearing in four games and throwing for 372 yards with four touchdowns. He was released by the team on Saturday.He will join the Patriots for the third time in his NFL career — he played for the team from 2009 to 2011 and again from 2017 to 2018.Hoyer’s...
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Tom Brady confirms he's headed to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady confirmed he's headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a statement posted to Instagram Friday. "Excited, humble and hungry ...if there is one thing I have learned about football, it’s that nobody cares what you did last year or the year before that...you earn the trust and respect of those around through your commitment every single day," Brady wrote. "I’m starting a new football journey and thankful for the @buccaneers for giving me an opportunity to do what I love to do." "I look forward to meeting all my new...
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Lions trade cornerback Slay to Eagles
Justin Edmonds/Getty Images (DETROIT) -- The Lions have traded pro bowl cornerback Darius Slay to the Eagles for a third round and fifth round pick in this years draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Slay's agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN the two sides have agreed to a three year, 50 million dollar deal. The 29 year-old will become the highest paid cornerback in the league based on the annual average of the deal, which is 16.67 million dollars. His contract just beat out Miami’s Byron Jones, who signed a five year, 82.5 million dollar deal that averages 16.50...
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Olympic flame to arrive in Japan as plans for Tokyo Games forge ahead despite pandemic
ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Pool/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images (TOKYO) -- After being lit at a sparsely attended ceremony in Greece, the Olympic flame is slated to arrive in Japan on Friday amid growing calls for the upcoming Tokyo Games to be postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.The Hellenic Olympic Committee announced last week it was cancelling the Olympic torch relay around Greece "in order to contribute to the containment of the virus." The handover ceremony to Japanese Olympic officials was carried out as planned at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday, but with no public...
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Chicago Trade's For Jacksonville Quarterback Nick Foles
Carmen Mandato/Getty Images (CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Bears have traded a compensatory fourth round pick to the Jacksonvile Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. Foles signed a four year, 91 million dollar contract, including just over 50 million guaranteed, with the Jaguars as a free agent last offseason. The money was the most guaranteed money in franchise history. Foles has already re-structured his contract with Chicago. It is now 3 years and 21 million dollars left on it, but he has the option to void it after this season or next, depending on the quality of his play. Last season did...
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