Chris Paul Leaves Game After Spraining Left Thumb

Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Clippers point guard Chris Paul was forced to leave Monday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after spraining his left thumb.

The injury occurred with just minutes left in the second quarter.

Despite his early exit, the Clippers went on to win, 120-98.

X-rays taken of Paul's thumb during the game came back negative. But as Clippers coach Doc Rivers pointed out, more tests are needed to assess the injury.

"They're going to do an MRI tomorrow, so we'll know more," Rivers said Monday after the game, according to ESPN.

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Australian Open: Williams Advances in Quest for 23rd Grand Slam Title

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- With a win in the first round of the Australian Open Tuesday, Serena Williams is one step closer to making history.

The No. 2 seed beat 19-year-old Belinda Bencic in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. Williams, 35, will now face Lucie Safarova in the second round.

Should Williams continue winning and take the title in Melbourne, she will break her tie with Steffi Graf and become the leader in major wins in the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/16/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Atlanta 108, NY Knicks 107
Washington 120, Portland 101
Philadelphia 113, Milwaukee 104
Indiana 98, New Orleans 95
Denver 125, Orlando 112
Boston 108, Charlotte 98
Golden State 126, Cleveland 91
Utah 106, Phoenix 101
LA Clippers 120, Oklahoma City 98


Buffalo 4, Dallas 1
NY Islanders 4, Boston 0
Detroit 1, Montreal 0
San Jose 5, Winnipeg 2
Tampa Bay 2, LA Kings 1
Pittsburgh 8, Washington 7 (OT)
Edmonton 3, Arizona 1


(1) Villanova 76, Seton Hall 46
(2) Kansas 76, Iowa St. 72
(7) Creighton 72, (22) Xavier 67
(9) North Carolina 85, Syracuse 68
(13) Butler 88, Marquette 80

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President Obama Welcomes Chicago Cubs to White House After World Series Win

YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama rallied his own election motto to welcome the Chicago Cubs after their historic World Series win to the White House, calling it the "audacity of hope."

"I will say to the Cubs it took you long enough," he said. "I mean I only have four days left," Obama said looking at his watch.

The president added that among his promises made when he campaigned in 2008, "even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series."

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-3 after coming back from a 3-1 deficit, becoming the first team to do so since the Kansas City Royals in 1985.

Obama also addressed why he decided to host the Cubs on Martin Luther King day and how sports have "the power to bring us together even when we're divided."

"There is a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here" he said. "Sports has a way sometimes of changing hearts in a way that politics or business hasn't. Sometimes it's just a matter of us being able to escape and relax..but sometimes it's about [finding something better in us]."

Cubs manager Theo Epstein offered the president a "midnight pardon" to become a Cubs fan. He also presented him with gifts including two jerseys--one just with "Chicago" in case he has problems wearing a Cubs Jersey-- and a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field.

President Obama said the gifts were "the best swag I've gotten as president."

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Aaron Rodgers Hasn't Spoken to His Family in Two Years, Father Confirms

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Aaron Rodgers' father confirms that the family hasn't spoken to the NFL quarterback for a couple years but says they are "hoping for the best."

In a New York Times story about the family rift, the NFL star's dad, Ed Rodgers, said the family hasn't spoken to the Green Bay quarterback since the end of 2014.

"It's complicated," he said.

The public first became aware of a rift in the Rodgers family when Aaron's younger brother, Jordan, appeared as a contestant on ABC's reality show The Bachelorette last summer. Before Jordan brought the show's star JoJo Fletcher to his Chico, California, hometown to meet his family, he told her that Aaron would not be there, explaining that he had chosen to distance himself from his family.

Aaron Rodgers responded at the time by telling ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee, "I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm just -- I'm not going to speak on those things."

While admitting that he had not watched The Bachelorette, Aaron added, "I wish him well in the competition."

The season ended with Jordan proposing to Fletcher. The couple are now planning a wedding later this year.

Ed Rodgers told the Times he would have not chosen to air "public laundry" the way his son Jordan did, but added, "It’s good to have it all come out."

A rep for Aaron Rodgers did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

But last Thursday at the Packers' practice facility in Wisconsin, the quarterback, who has been dating actress Olivia Munn since 2014, told the Times, "I just don’t think it’s appropriate talking about family stuff publicly."

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Reports: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays Close to Reaching Deal

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(TORONTO) -- Free-agent slugger Jose Bautista is reportedly close to reaching a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fox Sports reports Bautista, 36, and the Blue Jays were in talks Monday morning over a two-year contract worth up to $40 million.

Back in November, the slugger turned down a one-year, $17.2 million deal from Toronto, pushing him into free agency.

Bautista has been with the Blue Jays for the majority of his professional career, since 2008.

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NBA Calls for Shorter Games Because of Millennials' Attention Spans

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A big change could be coming to the way we watch American sports. The NBA is joining the call for shorter games, with commissioner Adam Silver looking for new ways to cut times, citing millennials' short attention spans.

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Dramatic Moment as Athletes Flee for Their Lives When Gym Roof Starts to Cave In

YouTube / Czech Floorball(NEW YORK) — Dramatic video shows the roof of a newly-built sports facility in a city in the Czech Republic slowly collapsing as floorball players scramble out of the building in apparent fear for their lives.

As the roof falls, the room empties and the gym ultimately goes black.

Martin Netolický, governor of the Czech Republic’s Pardubice region, said in a Facebook post that he will personally investigate the incident.

Construction of the gym in the city of Ceské Trebová had only been completed earlier this month.

Floorball is a type of indoor hockey popular in Europe.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/15/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Dallas 98, Minnesota 87
Atlanta 111, Milwaukee 98
Toronto 116, NY Knicks 101
Houston 137, Brooklyn 112
Oklahoma City 122, Sacramento 118
Chicago 108, Memphis 104
Detroit 102, LA Lakers 97


Washington 5, Philadelphia 0
Minnesota 3, Chicago 2
New Jersey 2, Vancouver 1 (OT)
St. Louis 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)


Green Bay 34, Dallas 31
Pittsburgh 18, Kansas City 16


(22) Cincinnati 55, East Carolina 46
(25) Southern Cal 71, Colorado 68

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Baby Who Underwent Open Heart Surgery Is Calmed by Watching Dallas Cowboys

Laura Catron(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- A Texas 3-month-old who had just undergone her second open-heart surgery couldn't stop crying even when her mother tried just about everything to soothe her.

Laura Catron was 21 weeks pregnant when the baby she was carrying was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.

"Every time we kept going to the doctor, we kept finding out it was worse," the first-time mother recalled to ABC News.

Still, Catron and her husband of nearly two years Bryan, got a glimmer of hope from doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Their daughter Lola, now 3 months old, is to have three open-heart surgeries before she can get a heart transplant. She had her second surgery last week and the third is slated for when she turns 3 years old.

Unfortunately, due to a work commitment Catron's husband was away while Lola recuperated in the hospital from her second surgery. The baby had just thrown up medication use to soothe post-surgery migraines, and Catron was doing everything she could think of to calm her baby girl down.

"I tried singing. I tried rocking her, putting on cartoons. I put on 'Paw Patrol,' she didn't like it. We were trying everything and then my mom was like, 'She loves watching football with her dad. Put that on,'" Catron recalled.

And immediately, Lola quieted down.

The Fort Worth, Texas, mother added that her husband and baby Lola have a tradition where Lola dresses up in a Cowboys onesie and watches the game with her dad.

"And she's quiet all day," Catron added. "It's the funniest thing, but she loves it. I always thought it was sitting with her dad."

The mother filmed exactly what happened so she could share it with her husband and later put it on Facebook where it not only went viral, but got the attention of the Dallas Cowboys organization. They tweeted, "We love Lola, she's helping us #FinishThisFight."

They even sent the family Cowboys gear for Lola to wear while she's watching their games.

Catron told ABC News that although she's grateful for the Cowboys gift, it's more important to her to spread awareness of congenital heart defects "because I want someone to either find a cure or find something that can help my daughter."

"Right now, she can't play sports [when she grows up,] she won't be able to have a baby, she won't be able to live as full as a life as I was able to," the mother said. "This is really cute story, but I want everyone to know what this is really about for us."


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