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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is recovering from his second concussion of the season, but is hopeful he will see the field again in 2019.

"I'm feeling great," the Giant told ABC Audio, while volunteering for Make A Difference Day. A father himself, Shepard was helping Pampers fulfill its commitment to install 5,000 changing tables across North America by 2021.

Shepard continued, "I've been feeling good for about two weeks now, so I'm just kind of waiting on doctors to give me the green light."

Shepard was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol after the Giants' season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and a few weeks later following the team's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

He concedes "it's tough" sitting out games, including this past Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and he did not offer a specific date for when he expects to return.

Shepard has practiced on a limited basis since suffering his second concussion, however, and assures fans, "I'll be back here pretty soon and I'm looking forward to it."

Shepard also shared his feelings on youth participation in football and the play of Giants’ rookie Daniel Jones.

A soon-to-be father of two, Shepard tells ABC Audio in spite of his concussion history, he would let his children play football:

"If that's what they want to do, if that's their true passion and what they love, I'm all for it."


When discussing Jones, Shepard says the quarterback is "doing a great job passing, running, extending the play," and believes teammates "need to do a better job for him I feel like… giving him a little bit more time and catch the ball when we’re open."
 
Shepard is one of seven other NFL dads, Marvin Jones of the Detroit Lions and Derek Wolfe of the Denver Broncos among them, volunteering as part of Pampers' commitment to install changing tables.

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Tempura/iStock(XIAMEN, China) -- Indonesian athlete Aries Susanti Rahayu set a new world record for women in speed climbing this weekend, climbing up a 49-foot wall in under seven seconds.

Rahayu, 24, scurried up the climbing wall at a Climbing World Cup competition in Xiamen, China, reaching the top in 6.99 seconds -- beating out the previous record of 7.10 seconds.

She also became the first woman in the history of the sport to reach the top in under seven seconds, according to International Federation of Sport Climbing.

Video of her win shows Rahayu, who has been appropriately nicknamed "Spider-woman," exploding off the ground and quickly leaving her competitor in the dust.

"I'm very happy, amazing for me," she told reporters after the Saturday's event.

RECORD BREAKER: Watch the moment a new speed climbing world record is set as Indonesia's Aries Susanti Rahayu reaches the top of the 15-meter course in 6.995 seconds, becoming the first woman ever to break the seven second barrier in the event. https://t.co/VonJjedZ8T pic.twitter.com/GrGoUbUW1o

— ABC News (@ABC) October 22, 2019

Sport climbing, including speed, bouldering and lead, will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Speed climbing involves two competitors climbing up a 49-foot wall on a fixed route.

Rahayu, from the city of Yogyakarta, has become a force in the sport. She is currently ranked third in the world and was featured on Forbes Asia's "30 Under 30" list in 2019.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The New England Patriots have reportedly added a veteran wide receiver to their roster.

Citing league sources, ESPN reports the team has acquired Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons. In exchange for the 30-year-old wide receiver, the Falcons received a second-round draft pick.

Sanu seemed to hint at the trade, tweeting, “I appreciate everything the organization has done for my family & I. Mr. Blank, TD, Coach Q, & everyone through the organization, I am forever grateful for the opportunity.”

I appreciate everything the organization has done for my family & I. Mr. Blank, TD, Coach Q, & everyone through the organization, I am forever grateful for the opportunity. To my Teammates & fan y’all know how I feel about y’all love y’all to death. #ThankYou

— Mohamed Sanu Sr. (@Mo_12_Sanu) October 22, 2019

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also welcomed him to the team, tweeting, “See you soon.”

See you soon. https://t.co/2QgSuWbTXB

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) October 22, 2019

So far this season, his eighth in the NFL, Sanu has 33 receptions for 313 yards and one touchdown.

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33ft/iStock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) -- After his cancer diagnosis in high school, Casey O'Brien had been told that his football career was over.

O'Brien, of St. Paul, Minnesota, had spent his entire childhood playing different sports, including football, but then he got a pain in his left knee that would not go away, he said during a speech, according to ESPN.

In December 2013, when he was a high school freshman, O'Brien was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely rare form of bone cancer.

He'd go on to beat cancer four times, even as he joined the University of Minnesota's football team as a walk-on placeholder for the Golden Gophers.

In all, O'Brien underwent chemotherapy and 14 surgeries, including a knee replacement.

On Saturday, though, he was able to prove that determination breeds success when he stepped foot on the field in Piscataway, New Jersey, as a Golden Gopher wearing No. 14. It was a moment the college sophomore had been waiting for.

During Saturday's game, he took the field for the first time and held the ball for an extra point in the fourth quarter.

"There's been so many ups and downs and nights in the hospital and surgeries ... that has gone into this moment. ... This is what I've dreamed about and tonight it got to come true," he told the Big Ten Network on Saturday.

Afterward, he got hugs from his team and then was seen giving an emotional embrace to University of Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck.

"It was a special moment with Coach Fleck. I mean there's one coach in the country that took a chance and gave me a spot to walk on. And I just thanked him. ... He means the world to me," O'Brien told the Big Ten Network.

Fleck told the Big Ten Network after the game that "when you think courage, you think Casey O'Brien."

"He's an unbelievable person and he's been through an awful lot. ... No one can ever take away that he played college football in the Big Ten. ... It was pretty emotional," Fleck said.

The Gophers went on to seal their win against Rutgers, 42-7. After the game, O'Brien was seen running over to share the moment with his parents.

O'Brien shared some advice to others who watched him take the field against incredible odds.

"Don't give up because you can make it happen. ... Go Gophers!" he said.

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Philadelphia 6, Vegas 2
Columbus 4, Toronto 3 -- OT
St. Louis 3, Colorado 1
Dallas 2, Ottawa 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New England 33, NY Jets 0

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New England Patriots star Tom Brady threw a flag on an off-field play that he said misrepresented team owner Robert Kraft.

The Patriots quarterback said his recent cameo appearance in Living With Yourself, a new Netflix comedy series, was "taken out of context."

According to ESPN, the scene shows Brady walking out of the "Top Happy Spa," which is located inside a strip mall, and asking Paul Rudd's character if it's his "first time" there.

"Uh-huh," Rudd responded. "You?"

"Sixth," Brady said with a smile, in a reference to his six Super Bowl championships.

Many viewers thought the scene, which director Timothy Greenberg told Refinery29 he wrote years ago, was a reference to Patriots owner Kraft's arrest for solicitation of prostitution at a Florida massage parlor in February. Brady strongly pushed back against that assessment.

"That's not what that was about," Brady, 42, told reporters inside the Patriots locker room on Saturday.

"The blame and shame media atmosphere that's percolated for a while, I think that was taken out of context, just like you're taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don't appreciate," Brady further said. "It was meant to be something different than that. The fact it's a distraction or you're bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about."

The star quarterback also said he did not know what the final scene would look like because it was shot in front of a green screen.

Living With Yourself director Greenberg admitted to Refinery29 that after Kraft's arrest, he thought, "'Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.'"

But Brady honored his commitment to the show.

"It's unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft," Brady added. "I think that's a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that."

"I think everybody knows what our relationship is about. For 20 years, it's nothing but love and respect," Brady said. "I've been through a lot of tough things with him. I love him dearly. I sympathize with a lot of things that he's gone through in his life. I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and get used and understand that's part of what we're living in."

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

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver 3, NY Rangers 2
Minnesota 4, Montreal at 3
Washington 5, Chicago 3
Winnipeg 1, Edmonton 0
Calgary 2, Anaheim 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Jacksonville 27, Cincinnati 17
Green Bay 42, Oakland 24
Buffalo 1, Miami 21
L.A. Rams 37, Atlanta 10.
Minnesota 42, Detroit 30
Indianapolis 30, Houston 23
Arizona 27, NY Giants 21
San Francisco 9, Washington 0
Tennessee 23, L.A. Chargers 20
New Orleans 36, Chicago 25
Baltimore 30, Seattle 16
Dallas 37, Philadelphia 10

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Philadelphia 4, New York 3
LA Galaxy 2, Minnesota 1

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iStock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- Players from a high school girls soccer team in Vermont were penalized after they revealed a message promoting equal pay under their team jerseys during a game, the team's coach said.

The team had approached Burlington High School soccer coach Jeff Hayes several weeks ago with an idea to reverberate the message first promoted by their heroines, the U.S. women's national soccer team, Hayes told "Good Morning America."

For Friday night's game, which was senior night, the entire team -- as well as the coaching staff and members of the crowd -- wore the custom-made white T-shirts adorned with #EQUALPAY, Hayes said. After the warmup, the girls placed their jerseys over the shirts to comply with the bylaws of the Vermont Principals' Association, but after a late goal was scored with thee minutes left in the game, some players took off their jerseys in excitement.

"The fans were just absolutely going crazy," and began chanting "equal pay," Hayes said. However, the officials ran over and issued four yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct over the excessive celebration.

The penalized players had to sit out for some of the game but were eventually allowed back in, Hayes said.

Members of the team admitted that they got "carried away" by taking their jerseys "all the way off," but said the message outweighed the penalties they received.

"It goes for everyone -- every girl, every woman, the world," player Helen Worden said. "It’s not just about sports.”

Friday night's game ended in a tie, but the team feels as if they won in the spirit of spreading the message.

They have now sold more than 700 of the shirts, inviting men and boys to pay 16% more, which represents the average pay gap in Vermont, according to the team. The Burlington High School boys' soccer team has even worn the shirts in solidarity.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, were among the purchasers. Leahy tweeted a photo of the couple wearing the shirts, stating, "Marcelle and I stand with you!"

The referee who issued the yellow cards even bought a shirt after the game and told the players he's excited to wear it, according to the team.The money made in the sales will go to support youth soccer leagues in the community.

"They did such an amazing job with getting involved in the community," Hayes said.

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Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league has suffered "substantial" losses in China as a result of the firestorm that followed a since-deleted tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager supporting the Hong Kong protests.

"The losses have already been substantial," Silver said in an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts at the TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday, adding that, "I’m not even sure where we’ll go from here."

“The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic," he added in his first stateside interview since the NBA became embroiled in controversy in China.

Silver maintained, however, that the league is "not only willing" but "we are" taking these financial losses in China to stand for "American values" such as freedom of expression -- and that they did not bow to Chinese pressure to fire the manager.

"The values of the NBA, these American values, we are an American business, travel with us wherever we go, and one of those values is free expression," he said.

On Oct. 4, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong -- setting off a series of consequences that illuminated the political challenges U.S. companies can face as they navigate doing business in China's growing, lucrative market.

While the tweet was quickly deleted, China's state-run broadcasting network ordered a blackout of NBA coverage. China's internet giant Tencent, which inked a five-year, $1.5 billion deal in August to stream NBA games, also announced that they would not play Rockets games.

Morey has since apologized. The Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said that Morey does not speak for them. Rockets players James Harden and Russell Westbrook apologized at a news conference, with Harden adding, "We love China, we love playing there."

NBA star player LeBron James also weighed in, telling reporters that he thought Morey “wasn't educated on the situation at hand” and that "so many people could have been harmed not only financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually” by his tweet.

After his comments were met with criticism, James later tweeted: "Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk about that.”

Prior to Morey's tweet, the Rockets were one of the most beloved teams in China, and where retired Chinese basketball star Yao Ming played in the states.

In the aftermath of his tweet, however, a series of NBA events in China -- including charity events -- were abruptly canceled, and video on social media emerged of NBA posters being ripped off the side of buildings.

The financial fallout has also been swift and dramatic, but Silver said Thursday that the NBA is willingly taking those losses.

Silver said the NBA was pressured to fire Morey, but they chose to take a stand.

"We were being asked to fire him by the Chinese government, by parties we dealt within government and business," Silver said. "We said there is no chance that’s happening; there’s no chance we’ll even discipline him."

Still, Silver said that "our games are not back on the air in China as we speak. We'll see what happens next."

"I understand that there is a point of view from some that we shouldn’t be in business at all in China, and I’d say from an intellectual standpoint that’s fair, not getting into whether the tweet and the response to it," he said.

"At some point, look to the American government, we are in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement," he added. "Many multinational corporations obviously trade extensively with China."

Silver said that for years he has believed, however, that sports have been a way to "bring people together, often in a way that governments don't."

He added that he has been traveling to China for NBA events for years and he hopes to keep finding "a commonality" with the Chinese people.

"When you build that commonality over time, it potentially leads to shared understanding, empathy, begins dialogues .... often things that aren’t happening at high levels among official government operatives or diplomats," Silver said.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(DENVER) -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left in the middle of Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos with what appears to be a dislocated kneecap.

Citing a source, ESPN reports the 24-year-old suffered a right patellar dislocation during the second quarter of the game. Mahomes walked off the field with the help of trainers and was ruled out from returning to the game.

The quarterback is expected to undergo an MRI to see if he sustained any ligament damage, ESPN reports.

Despite Mahomes' exit in the first half, the Chiefs went on to win the game 30-6.

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