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Adam Pretty/iStock/Thinkstock(STUTTGART, Germany) -- After 15 months, Maria Sharapova is back.

The one time world number 1 faced off against Roberta Vinci in front of a sellout crowd at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany taking the match 7-5, 6-3 after a shaky start. Wednesday's match was the Russian's first since losing to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Australian Open, and her first match on clay in nearly two years.

Last year, Sharapova tested positive for the banned substance meldonium. She had her initial two-year ban reduced to 15 months. Sharapova said at the time that she had been taking meldonium for many years, but overlooked an announcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it added the drug to its banned list at the beginning of 2016..

Sharapova tweeted after the match “This feeling is everything!! Thank you!!”

She received a wildcard to enter the tournament – essentially a free pass into the draw thus not being required to play qualifying matches. Some of her fellow players have been vocal about their displeasure that Sharapova got a wildcard for the Stuttgart tournament. In her post match press conference, Sharapova defended her accepting of the slot by saying “I am not getting a wildcard to receive a trophy or a golden platter. I have to get through the matches and still have to win them and that’s my job.”

But that might be different for the upcoming French Open. The French Tennis Federation announced on Wednesday that they will be making their decision in the coming weeks as to whether Sharapova will receive a wildcard to play in Paris. The tennis world has been buzzing with speculation that the two-time winner would be forced to play qualifying matches – facing off against ‘rising’ stars on side courts to actually earn a place in the main draw.

She responded to the speculation saying “I think I would be prepared to play in the juniors if I had to… If I get the opportunity to be in a draw, I’ll take it.”

The French Tennis Federation is expected to announce their decision on her fate on May 16th. Awaiting Sharapova in the round of 16 is fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are reportedly teaming up to buy the Miami Marlins.

The Miami Herald reports the two are part of a group joining forces to buy the team for $1.3 billion.

The Marlins are currently owned by Jeffrey Loria, who purchased the team in 2002 for $158 million.

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

Toronto 6, St. Louis 5, 11 Innings

Houston 4, Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 2, Baltimore 0
Detroit 19, Seattle 9
Minnesota 8, Texas 1
Chicago White Sox 10, Kansas City 5
L.A. Angels 2, Oakland 1, 11 innings
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, postponed

Chicago Cubs 1, Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 9, Cincinnati 1
Washington 15, Colorado 12
Arizona 9, San Diego 3
L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1
Miami at Philadelphia, postponed
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, postponed


Houston 105, Oklahoma City 99
San Antonio 116, Memphis 103
Utah 96, L.A. Clippers 92

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Jared C. Tilton/iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.C.) -- The 2017 racing season will be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last behind the wheel.

A press release from Hendrick Motorsports said Earnhardt first met with team owner Rick Hendrick on March 29 about his decision to retire.

Earnhardt, who has been racing since 1999, has been voted NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver for 14 consecutive years and has won 26 Cup races, including two Daytona 500 victories.

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Teammates and fellow drivers of Jr.'s reacted to his decision on Tuesday afternoon.

You're a hell of a friend and teammate @DaleJr, I'm really happy for you and @AmyEarnhardt. 🤙

— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) April 25, 2017

Congrats on a great career @DaleJr, finish strong! Thx 4 all u have given this sport. All the best to u n Amy w the next chapter n ur lives

— Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) April 25, 2017

His final race will be on November 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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J Pat Carter/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) – Houston Rockets guard James Harden says he’ll be able to play in Tuesday night’s Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder despite a sore ankle.

"Got some treatment, and I'll be ready to go tomorrow," Harden told reporters on Monday.

Harden rolled his ankle during the Rockets’ Game 3 loss in Oklahoma City. Harden scored just 16 points in Game 4 on Sunday, the fewest he’s scored this postseason.

"It's the playoffs, everybody is banged up, so you just got to find a way to fight through it and find a way to help your teammates win games," Harden said. "For me, it's not necessarily scoring. I don't have to score a certain amount of points as long as I'm making the right plays and guys are getting shots, everybody is in a good rhythm -- that's all that matters."

Harden missed just one game during the regular season.

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Joe Robbins/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Michigan defensive end Jabril Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL scouting combine, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter says the NFL has notified teams of the positive test, which may have been a result of overhydrating, as Peppers was ill right before the combine.

Peppers is the second prospect to test positive for a dilute sample, joining Alabama’s Reuben Foster.

Many experts expect Peppers to be selected within the top 20 picks at the NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 27 in Philadelphia.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Four-time Olympic gold medalist and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie was one of the most recognizable figures in the sport across two decades. Since her playing days, she has enjoyed a successful modeling career, earned an MBA, and is an author. She has also continued her involvement in sports, working as a commentator.

Leslie spoke exclusively with ABC News, talking about another one of her passions: eating healthy. She cooks for herself and her kids, and discussed the ways she fuels her family on a daily basis.

She offered some tips for parents on how they too can get build a healthy diet for their kids and maintain that same lifestyle for themselves:

1. "It's all about balance"

Leslie says it is "all about balance," and mostly, that applies to how parents balance their time. Leslie starts her days at 5:30 in the morning, packing lunches and putting together bagged snacks, such as cucumbers or carrots, to fuel her and her kids throughout the day.

On the days she is not prepared, she says she "doesn't make the best choices" when it comes to food.

Leslie also encourages eating protein-filled packaged snacks, such as packaged meat strips from Lorissa's Kitchen.

2. Put your kids in a position to make the healthy choice

Leslie does not only prepare nutritious meals for her children, but teaches them how to make healthy choices for themselves, showing them how to read the labels on food when they go to the grocery store.

Her advice: "If you choose something that's packaged, look on the back and figure it out: how much sugar is actually inside of that."

3. You can have the occasional sweet treat.... sometimes

If her daughter and son are invited to a birthday party or family function, Leslie has no problem letting them have a piece of cake or a cookie. She has young kids, and knows on occasion, or maybe on a few occasions, they desire a sweet treat or two.

However, Leslie says as a parent, she is responsible for "managing the sugar intake that our children are getting and also the nutrients."

She will not provide her children with juices, sodas, or foods with added sugar, and suggests hydrating kids with water, milk, or coconut water.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BRISTOL, Conn.) -- Family members of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez are saying goodbye at a private funeral Monday afternoon in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

Hernandez died on April 19, found hanging from a bedsheet in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said. His death was ruled a suicide.

"The family of Aaron Hernandez wishes to thank all of you for the thoughtful expressions of condolences," the family said in a statement, according to Laura Soll, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. "We wish to say goodbye to Aaron in a private ceremony and thank everyone in advance for affording us a measure of privacy during this difficult time."

Five days before his death, Hernandez, 27, was acquitted in a double murder that occurred in 2012.

Hernandez was already serving a life sentence after he was convicted of murder in 2015 for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Lloyd was dating the sister of Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, who was Hernandez's fiancée.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t miss basketball.

“No, I don’t. It’s crazy,” the former Los Angeles Laker said on ABC News' Good Morning America. “I started playing when I was 2. After playing for 20 years in the league, what I have now is -- everything I’ve learned from the game, I carry with me to this day. The game has never truly left me. Physically, yes. But emotionally, and the things that I write, all stem from the game. So it’s still a part of me.”

Bryant, 38, said it was important for athletes to understand there will be an end to their career on the court.

“The other thing is that, for the athletes that come next, understand that there is a finale to it. And that’s OK,” he said.

“It’s very hard to let go of something that you’ve done for half your life. It’s kind of become who you are. But it’s a difference between doing what you do versus understanding that that is not who you are. Hopefully, other athletes can see that and understand that,” Bryant continued.

The NBA superstar is now flexing his filmmaker skills with a movie, Dear Basketball, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Saturday. The six-minute short film is an animated adaption of the poem Bryant wrote when he decided to retire from basketball.

“I tried to write it in a very visual way versus simply coming out and saying, ‘This is how I feel,’” he explained. “I tried to put it through story. You see the whole dedication and commitment [of his childhood playing basketball] through rolling my dad’s tube socks. You see it through all the VHS tapes of all the past games. So you can see the growth and see the love.”

Bryant teamed up with veteran animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams for Dear Basketball.

“That’s the beauty of creating things. You have the opportunity to work with people that want to create great things. And I couldn’t have been more fortunate to come out in the first project and work with Glen Keane and John Williams,” Bryant said.

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Charleston RiverDogs(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A night out at the ballpark turned silly for fans of the minor league RiverDogs in Charleston, South Carolina.

Nearly 5,000 people gathered at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park Saturday night to watch some baseball and make history with Silly String.

Officials handed out 4,025 canisters of the aerosol string toy during the game’s seventh-inning stretch to set a record for the largest Silly String fight.

The end result were stands at the ballpark that looked a lot like a gigantic spider web.

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