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Georgetown University(WASHINGTON) -- Georgetown University linebacker Ty Williams dreamed of one day being able to walk across the stage at his own graduation just two-and-a-half years after a devastating injury during a football game left him paralyzed.

On Saturday, Williams’ dream came true in front of hundreds of families and friends inside the McDonough Gymnasium. As his name was called he was pushed onto the stage in his wheelchair until, with the help of two women, he lifted himself up and began his walk across the stage.

With a walker to guide his steps, Williams made his way toward university President John DeGioia. The two embraced as DeGioia handed the student his diploma.

Williams’ journey to the commencement stage was not easy. One game changed the course of his time in undergrad as a football player. During his sophomore year, Williams was playing in the season opener game against Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania when a defensive tackle went wrong -- breaking five bones in Williams’ neck and vertebrae.

Through years of routine rehabilitation in order to regain movement in his upper and lower body, Williams never let his paralysis stop him from being a part of the college experience and a support for his teammates. Once able to return, Williams regularly attended games and practices -- even becoming team captain.

“They tell you what heals, will heal, whenever it decides to, so there’s no guarantee that I ever get [better] ... I could stop healing today and that’d be it unfortunately, but fortunately that has not been the case,” Williams told the university paper, The Hoya.

The commencement walk was shared by the university and has since inspired thousands of viewers, many of them students and faculty, proud to have witnessed the emotional moment of determination.

Williams told ABC News, "Graduation was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was able to accomplish a goal I've had for a long time, and what made it even better is that I was surrounded by the people who care about me."

Although his road to recovery is uncertain, Williams continues to be a role model for his team and make an impact on others.

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

 Final  Minnesota   3  Milwaukee   1

 Final  Boston          5  Baltimore     0
 Final  Oakland         9  Toronto       2
 Final  Chi White Sox   3  Texas         0
 Final  N-Y Yankees    10  Kansas City   1
 Final  L-A Angels      5  Tampa Bay     2
 Final  Seattle         3  Detroit       2, 11 Innings
 Final  Houston         3  Cleveland     1

 Final  Chi Cubs        6  Cincinnati     1
 Final  N-Y Mets        4  Arizona        1
 Final  L-A Dodgers     7  Washington     2
 Final  San Diego       8  Pittsburgh     5
 Final  Atlanta        10  Miami          9
 Final  St. Louis       5  Philadelphia   1
 Final  San Francisco   9  Colorado       5

 Final  Golden State  126  Houston   85  


 Final  Vegas   2  Winnipeg   1
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:

Milwaukee 5, Minnesota 4

Oakland 5, Toronto 4
Cleveland 5, Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 5, Texas 3
Boston 6, Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 8, Kansas City 3
Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 7, Detroit 2

Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4, 11 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 4, Washington 1
Philadelphia 7, St. Louis 6
San Francisco 9, Colorado 4
San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 4
Chicago Cubs 10, Cincinnati 0
Atlanta 8, Miami 1
L.A. Dodgers 5, Washington 4

Cleveland 116, Boston 86

Tampa Bay 3, Washington 2

Chicago 82, Indiana 64

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Justify came in first in the Preakness Stakes Saturday and will vie to become the 13th winner of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next.

The sloppy grounds of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course saw Justify -- who took first in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the month -- cross the finish line in just over 1:36.

The Triple Crown was last won in 2015 by American Pharoah, the first in 37 the bear and contact authorities. The bear was euthanized afterwards.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is continuing his professional football career. For now, however, it will not be with an NFL team.

Manziel signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to a tweet from Manziel's official Twitter account on Saturday.

In a statement released by the team, Hamilton head coach June Jones said:

"We're excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp. We feel like we've got an excellent group of quarterbacks, and the addition of Johnny only improves our football team in our pursuit of the ultimate goal, which is to win a Grey Cup Championship."

Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy award, doing so as the quarterback of Texas A&M in 2012.

A first-round pick four years ago, Manziel has not played professional football since he was released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016. The Tiger-Cats first preseason game is June 1.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBA legend Bill Russell was released from the hospital Saturday after an overnight stay, according to ESPN.

In a tweet, Russell expressed thanks for the support he received.

A representative for Russell told the website TMZ that his hospital stay was a result of dehydration. TMZ also reported Russell was taken to a hospital near his Seattle area home.

Russell is widely considered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. He won 11 NBA championships and was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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

Milwaukee 8, Minnesota 3

Oakland 3, Toronto 1
Baltimore 7, Boston 4
Houston 4, Cleveland 1
Texas 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Kansas City 5, N.Y. Yankees 2
Tampa Bay 8, L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 5, Detroit 4

San Diego 3, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 3, Arizona 1
Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 1
Miami 2, Atlanta 0
St. Louis 12, Philadelphia 4
Colorado 6, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponed

Vegas 3, Winnipeg 2

Phoenix 86, Dallas 78

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Wide receiver Vincent Jackson is retiring from the NFL after 12 seasons, his agent told ESPN on Friday.

The three-time Pro Bowler is "very happily retired," according to agent Jonathan Feinsod. Jackson sat out all of the 2017 season after tearing his ACL early in the 2016 campaign.

The 35-year-old Jackson spent the first seven seasons of his career with the San Diego Chargers, and the final five with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He continues to do community and business work in the Tampa area.

Jackson finished his career with 540 receptions for 9,080 yards and 57 touchdowns.

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

Oakland 10, Toronto 5
Boston 6, Baltimore 2
Chi White Sox 4, Texas 2
Tampa Bay 7, L-A Angels 1
Detroit  3, Seattle 2
L-A Dodgers 7, Miami 0
Pittsburgh 5, San Diego 4
Philadelphia 6, St. Louis 2
Colorado 5, San Francisco 3 (12 Innings)
Chi Cubs  at  Atlanta (POSTPONED)

Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2

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Brent Briggeman/US Air Force Academy(DENVER) -- Footage of a 4-year-old's slow jog to home plate during a college baseball game may be the most adorable thing you'll see.

The video shows Lio Ortega, 4, who is fighting brain cancer, making a dash with the help of his sister Ariadne around the bases while being deterred from running into the dugout.

Lio had been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and hit the first ball prior to a May 12 baseball game in Colorado between the University of New Mexico (UNM) Lobos and the Air Force Academy.

Lio's father, Manuel Ortega, who played for the UNM Lobos during his years in junior college, said his son became a fan of the team and would wear Lobos gear that the head coach would send him while the boy underwent chemotherapy treatments.

"The hardest thing for us do we maximize his time to give him great experiences?" Ortega of Colorado Springs told ABC News. "This was one of those [experiences] because he loves baseball. He plays on a little league team, he loves the big kids, he loves the college kids. He wants to be one of them.

"He says, 'I'm going to play with the Lobos.'"

The Air Force and UNM arranged the occasion for Lio and his family. About 100 were in attendance.

"Everybody was crying, everybody was laughing," Ortega said. "It was just overwhelming. [Lio] had a great time and as you could see, it was a hoot. When he gets to do things like this, it makes him happy because he's with his family."

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