Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman saves man with Heimlich maneuver

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman had no idea he was about to be a hero in an Austin, Texas airport just days before Chicago Bears training camp.

Eating in the airport on Sunday, Freeman spotted another man, Marcus Ryan, shoot up out of his chair at the Salt Lick Taco Bar.

It looked "like he had forgotten something," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune, adding that Ryan seemed "frantic."

Ryan was choking. An older woman approached Ryan and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver, but was unsuccessful. Then Freeman stepped in.

I "tried to squeeze the life out of him" Freeman says. He pushed in, then up. Still choking, Freeman tried again. His second attempt was a success.

Once Ryan was no longer choking, the two posed for a photo, which Freeman later tweeted:

Freeman told the Chicago Tribune it was his first time performing the maneuver.

Afterwards, Ryan went back to finish his meal, and Freeman joked, "I guess that was some good brisket. You can't get between a man and his brisket."

Freeman was in the airport before reporting to Bears training camp on Wednesday. The former Indianapolis Colt is entering his sixth year in the NFL, and his second in Chicago.

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Clint Dempsey ties U.S. men's goal-scoring record

Ben Soloman/ESPN Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Clint Dempsey reached another U.S. Soccer milestone right where it all began.

In his home state of Texas, with 27 family and friends in attendance, Dempsey delivered a goal in the 72nd minute in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday. The goal, No. 57 for his U.S. Men's National Team career, tied Landon Donovan's US national team goal-scoring record.

Afterwards, Dempsey said, "I couldn't have pictured a better scenario, coming off the bench and getting a goal and assist, and helping the team get to the final. That's a dream come true."

The U.S. beat Costa Rica 2-0 to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. They will face Jamaica on Wednesday.

Dempsey's storied career began in Texas, journeying through the MLS and English Premier League. However, his pursuit of Donovan's record was stalled when he was diagnosed with a heart ailment in 2016, which nearly ended his career.

The Texas-native will continue playing as the US team pursues a spot in the 2018 World Cup. Should they qualify, it would mark Dempsey's fourth career World Cup appearance.

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Jordan Spieth wins British Open for third major title

Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images(SOUTHPORT, England) -- Another Major victory for American Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old defeated countryman Matt Kuchar by three strokes, shooting a 12-under par to win the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Spieth said he had flashes of the 2016 Masters in his head when he started the front-nine with four bogeys, which put him and Kuchar neck-and-neck heading into the 13th hole of the day. On 13, Spieth hooked his tee shot to the right. The ball ended up being behind a hill that made it impossible to play, so Spieth decided to lose a stroke, and drop the ball in a place where he would be able to have a line of sight to the hole. Nearly a half hour later, Spieth mustered a bogey on the hole and fell behind Kuchar by a stroke.

Given the circumstances, a bogey seemed fortunate for Spieth, and it ended up being a huge momentum shift for him. From the 14th to the 17th holes, Spieth birdied, eagled, and birdied twice before tapping in a par on 18 for the victory.

Spieth is now just a P.G.A. Championship away from completing a career Grand Slam, a feat only accomplished by five other golfers: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Spieth is now the second male golfer to win three majors before his 24th birthday, joining Nicklaus, who won 18 majors.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/21/17

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

N.Y. Mets 7, Oakland 5

Houston 8, Baltimore 7
Texas 4, Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 13, Toronto 3
Detroit 6, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 7, Chicago White Sox 6
Boston 6, L.A. Angels 2
N.Y. Yankees 5, Seattle1

St. Louis 11, Chicago Cubs 4
Philadelphia 6, Milwaukee 1
Miami 3, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 13, Colorado 5
Arizona 6, Washington 5
Atlanta 12, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 12, San Francisco 9

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Sky's the limit for baseball player, 11, born without his left hand

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- July's been a great month for Keenan Briggs and the players on the Warren County South All-Stars in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, the team of 10- and 11-year-olds took home the state championship, 6-0, after winning 10 games in the postseason and scooping up the state tournament.

And on July 1, during the first game of the postseason, Keenan, one of the team's pitchers, hit his first over-the-fence home run.

"Once I hit it, I looked up and I saw it had a chance, it was high enough to go over," Keenan said. "I was like, 'Did I really do this?' I was so happy. ... Now I know I can do it."

It was a huge deal for Keenan, who was born without his left hand and forearm. While he'd hit homers inside the park, Keenan hadn't been able to hit the ball over the fence and it was a feat that he feared he'd never achieve.

"About three to four days before Keenan hit the home run, he expressed to us that the fact that a lot of his friends were hitting the ball really hard ... and in games were hitting the balls over the fence," said his mother, Crista Briggs. "He said, 'I'm afraid I won't ever be able to do that,' and we told him, 'Don't even try to focus on hitting a home run -- that may never happen -- what we want you to focus on is just hitting on the ground and running really hard.'"

His father, Kevin Briggs, said he was celebrating so much after the hit that he didn't even see Keenan round the bases.

"I was like, 'Wow, he did it. He did it,'" Kevin Briggs said.

Keenan's parents said that from the moment Keenan was born, they'd decided to treat him no differently and to give him every opportunity.

Kevin Briggs said that Keenan has played a variety of sports and had excelled and won awards.

"He just figures it out," Kevin Briggs said. "He has just figured out a way to do it and he did that from a very early age. ... For me, it's a combination of a lot of the hard work that Keenan has put in to be able to compete at this level. ... He works really hard at it."

Crista Biggs advised parents to try not to worry too much about children who are without a limb.

"They will figure things out on their own," she said. "They will learn their own way of doing things and they will succeed. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, practice, commitment but in the end, if they put in the time, it will be such a reward for them."

Next up on Keenan's list: throwing a no-hitter.

"I like just striking people out and having fun," he said. "It feels good. I mean, I just feel like I'm no different than anyone else."

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Celtics to add free-agent guard

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Boston Celtics are expected to sign free-agent point guard Shane Larkin, a league source tells ESPN.

Larkin was the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft and last played for the NBA during the 2015-2016 season for the Brooklyn Nets.

This summer the Celtics have signed nine players inlcuding All-Star Gordon Hayward. There are only six returning players on the team's current roster: Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

Earlier this week, the Celtics signed small forward Paul Pierce so he could retire as a member of the team.  

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Minnesota Twins close to trade for LHP Jaime Garcia 

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Twins are close to acquiring left-handed starter Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for a minor league player, according to ESPN sources.

Garcia has a history of shoulder trouble and was 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves last season.

Garcia spent most of his injury-interrupted career with the St. Louis Cardinals before he was acquired by the Braves in an offseason trade.

In his eight seasons with St. Louis he went 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA. In 2011, he won a World Series with the Cardinals.

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Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo intersted in NBA ownership 

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) -- Dikembe Mutombo is interested in getting into NBA ownership and wants to find partners to join a bid for the Houston Rockets. 

Mutombo told Houston's Fox 26 Sports, "I'm trying to convince some people about trying to buy this team. It's one of the best franchises right now. It's really the right time."

Mutombo felt that he missed his opportunity to own a team when the Atlanta Hawks were sold in 2015.

Mutombo ended his 18-year NBA career playing for the Rockets between 2004 and 2009. He spoke highly of the team to Houston Fox 26 Sports: "The Rockets are a great franchise. They have a great team. They've got great coaches, great basketball player, great staff."

Currently there is no set date for selling the team. The Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown will oversee the process of selling the franchise.

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Carolina Panthers release OT Michael Oher

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers have released offensive tackle Michael Oher after failing a physical. Oher has been on concussion protocol since last September.

"The most important thing is his health," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "Michael's health always came first. We were not going to force th issue. Michael understood and we expressed that to him."

After his release on Thursday, Oher tweeted that the "brain is a scary thing."

Oher, a first-round draft pick in 2009, played in two Super Bowls. In 2013, Oher won his first Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens.

Oher joined the Panthers in 2015 and started at left tackle during a 15-1 season. He started the first three games of the 2016 season before going on concussion protocol.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 7/20/17

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

Toronto 8, Boston 6
Baltimore 9, Texas 7
Kansas City 16, Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 1

N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2
Arizona 12, Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee2
Atlanta 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 5, San Francisco 2

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