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Scott Olson/Getty Images(LANSING, Mich.) -- During the days-long sentencing hearing of former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar, Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has acted as both a psychologist and jurist to the parade of tearful victims telling her stories of horror and sexual abuse.

She has patiently listened and has shown compassion from the bench in Ingham County Circuit Court, often complimenting the bravery of the young girls and women who have come before her to speak. At times, she has encouraged them to be strong and not allow what happened to them to destroy their lives.

When Olympic star Aly Raisman finished giving her statement on Friday and the courtroom broke out in applause, Aquilina was the first to tell her, "That was well deserved."

"I'm an adult. I'm listening. I’m sorry it took this long, but I assure you that all of the words that you and your sister-survivors have said and will say are being considered for sentencing," Aquilina told Raisman.

While Aquilina has yet to say what sentence she will impose on Nassar, she has not been shy about expressing her contempt for him as he sits in the witness box next to her.

On Thursday, she slammed Nassar for trying to weasel out of attending the hearing by writing her a letter saying listening to the victims has been mentally taxing. Aquilina dismissed Nassar's note as "delusional."

"You may find it harsh that you are here listening," she said. "But nothing is as harsh as what your victims endured for thousands of hours at your hands."

Mick Grewal, a Michigan civil and criminal attorney who represents 50 of Nassar's victims in a civil case, called Aquilina "a great judge."

"She's always been very empathetic and sympathetic," Grewal told ABC News. "I think what she's doing here has actually been quite amazing to watch."

Grewal said he's had cases in Aquilina's courtroom and she's "always been fair."

He said that in the Nassar case, it's been very helpful for the victims to be allowed to come to court and face the man who abused them.

"I don't think she's being a therapist. She's not doing it for therapy. She's trying to help them get through this. She's assisting them," Grewal said. "I think a little humanity being shown by Judge Aquilina is going a long way."

Aquilina was elected to the 30th Circuit Court for Ingham County in 2008, after serving as a judge for four years in the 55th District Court in Michigan.

Before becoming a judge, she served for 20 years in the Michigan Army National Guard and made history in 1986 by becoming its first female JAG officer.

She is also the 59-old-old single mother of five children.

An adjunct law professor at Western Michigan University—Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Michigan State University College of Law, Aquilina published her first novel last year, a crime thriller titled "Triple Cross Killer."

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Toronto 86, San Antonio 83
Brooklyn 101, Miami 95
Washington 122, Detroit 112
Memphis 106, Sacramento 88
Phoenix 108, Denver 100
N.Y. Knicks 117, Utah 115
L.A. Lakers 99, Indiana 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
OT Florida 4, Vegas 3
Montreal 3, Washington 2
Anaheim 2, L.A. Kings 1

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(9) Michigan St. 85, Indiana 57

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ABC News(LANSING, Mich.) -- Olympic gymnastics star Aly Raisman showed up in a Michigan courtroom Friday to face down Larry Nassar, the former doctor who molested her and scores of other elite female athletes.

Raisman, 23, appeared in Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing and took a seat in the courtroom gallery, just feet away from the Nassar.

Initially, a prosecutor was expected to read a statement from her. But her presence at the hearing indicated she might address Nassar directly.

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is allowing many more victims to speak in court.

The disgraced doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Among the young women who say they were molested by Nassar are Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas, Jamie Dantzscher and Simone Biles.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the latest scores from today's sports events:
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final  Cleveland     104  Orlando    103
 Final  Philadelphia   89  Boston      80
 Final  Houston       116  Minnesota   98
 Final  Portland      100  Indiana     86
    
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

 Final OT  New Jersey     4  Washington      3
 Final SO  Columbus       2  Dallas          1
 Final OT  Philadelphia   3  Toronto         2
 Final  Boston         5  N-Y Islanders   2
 Final  St. Louis      4  Ottawa          1
 Final  N-Y Rangers    4  Buffalo         3
 Final  Vegas          4  Tampa Bay       1
 Final SO  Nashville      3  Arizona         2
 Final  Colorado       5  San Jose        3
 Final  Pittsburgh     3  L.A. Kings      1
 
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 Final  (2) Virginia         64  Georgia Tech    48
 Final  Saint Mary's (Cal)   74  (13) Gonzaga    71
 Final  Nebraska             72  (23) Michigan   52

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Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for Hilton(NEW YORK) -- USA Gymnastics on Thursday announced that it will cut ties with the Karolyi Ranch, the training ground for the country's elite gymnasts and one of the sites where former team doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted gymnasts.

"It has been my intent to terminate this agreement since I began as president and CEO in December," said Kerry Perry. "Our most important priority is our athletes, and their training environment must reflect this."

"We have cancelled next week's training camp for the U.S. women's national team," Perry added. "We are exploring alternative sites to host training activities and camps until a permanent location is determined."

Gold medalist Simone Biles has said in recent days that Nassar abused her at the Karolyi ranch, and questioned why she should return there to train.

"It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart even more to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused," Biles wrote.

Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November. More than 150 women have accused him of assault.

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Moussa81/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- After his team's loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL playoffs, New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead has learned how "ridiculous" Vikings fans are.

Through Thursday morning, Vikings fans had donated more than $150,000 to Morstead's "What You Give Will Grow" charity, the latest in a string of NFL fan bases showing appreciation for opposing players.

A Vikings fan on Reddit apparently suggested that donations should be made to Morstead's charity out of respect for how the punter gutted through Sunday's game with torn cartilage in his ribs. Morstead even came out on the final play to line up at defensive tackle on the two-point conversion kneel-down after Minnesota's stunning touchdown in the final seconds.

Earlier this week, Morstead said he would return to Minnesota to personally deliver a check to the state's Child Life Program. He now says he will do so during the week before the Super Bowl.

"I'm totally blown away," Morstead said in a video posted to Twitter. "That's a group effort, and it's gonna affect everyone in your community in a positive way."

Similar donation sprees have happened in recent weeks, with Buffalo Bills fans sending more than $300,000 to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton after he led his team to a win that helped Buffalo earn a playoff berth. Bengals fans later donated money to Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles' charity after he eliminated their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, from the playoffs.

"It's very cool," Morstead said Tuesday. "I wish they were all bitter today because we had won. But it's nice to see people doing nice things."

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Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- She was not present in the courtroom but Olympic gymnastics star McKayla Maroney's words rang powerful and clear to the former doctor she says molested her at the age of 13.

Maroney, a multiple Olympic gold medalist and member of the famed "Fierce Five" at the 2012 London Olympic games, allowed her victim impact statement to be read Thursday morning by a prosecutor in Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan, where former USA Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar is facing punishment for molesting multiple young girls and women.

"I was told to trust him, that he would treat my injuries and make it possible for me to achieve my Olympic dreams," she said of Nassar.

"Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment' that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years," Maroney said in her statement. "As it turned out, much to my demise, Dr. Nassar was not a doctor and, in fact, was and forever shall be a child molester, a monster human being. End of story."

She said Nassar began abusing her while she was attending her first National Team training camp in Texas.

"He abused my trust. He abused my body and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away," Maroney said.

 She claimed Nassar sexually abused her repeatedly for years until she left the sport.

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated,'" she said. "It happened in London before my team won the gold medal and it happened before I won my silver medal."

She recalled being summoned to Nassar's hotel room one night for treatment.

"I thought I was going to die that night," she said. "Because the National Team training camp did not allow parents to be present, my mom and dad were unable to observe what Nassar was doing, and this has imposed a terrible and undeserved burden of guilt on my whole family."

She asked Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to give Nassar the maximum sentence, which could be up to 120 years in prison.

"Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, not only because of what he did to me, my teammates and so many other little girls," Maroney said. "He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child."

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Aquilina is allowing many more victims to speak in court. At least 103 are expected to address the court before the four-day hearing is over on Friday.

The disgraced doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 100 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Olympic medalists Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Jamie Dantzscher and Simone Biles have all said they've been molested by Nassar.

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Leah Willig(LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.) -- Asher Willig isn't even two-years-old yet and he's already a bit of a baseball phenomenon -- to his family and to those watching his batting videos anyway.

From the living room to the batting cage, Asher, 22 months, has a knack for swinging a bat.

"This little babe's been obsessed with baseball since he could walk ... He doesn't watch cartoons," his mother, Leah Willig, told ABC News. "He watches baseball."

His Lawrenceville, Georgia family said that he'd learned it all from his father, Cory Willig, who played in the independent league for four years.

Cory Willig played with a different team every year, most recently in Plattsburg, New York. Now he works at a baseball training facility, where Asher practices his swing.

At 13 months, Asher started swinging the bat, hitting off the Ts. Now, he runs.

"You can tell, he's even excited if he hears the word 'baseball,'" Cory Willig said.

Leah Willig said Asher still doesn't seem to realize how good he is.

And, she said it's a surprise, still, to she and Cory Willig every time they see their little boy swing.

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ABC News(INGRAM COUNTRY, Mich.) -- Thomas Brennan planned to stand in silent support Wednesday at the side of a gymnast he once coached as she faced down in a Michigan courtroom the man who molested her when she was a young girl -- former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar.

But when Nassar, sitting just feet away in Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing, refused to look at Gwen Anderson as she spoke, Brennan couldn't remain silent.

"Look at her," Brennan ordered, staring coldly at Nassar.

When Anderson finished recalling the depravity she underwent in Nassar's examination room, Brennan lashed out again, telling the former USA Olympic gymnastics team doctor, "For the record, go to hell."

As he turned to escort Anderson back to her seat, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina stopped Brennan and asked if he had anything else to say. He did.

"I have a different relationship with Larry from the standpoint that I was a coach for many years," said Brennan, an exercise physiologist. "When I graduated from grad school he was an adviser of mine. He's been a mentor of mine. I've done clinics with him for years in the past. And I've also sent well over a hundred kids to him over the years."

After pausing briefly to regain his composure, Brennan added, "So the guilt I feel for that is hard to fathom."

The courtroom drama came on the second of a four-day sentencing hearing for Nassar, who for years molested young female athletes in his examination room under the pretense that he was conducting valid medical procedures.

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Judge Aquilina is allowing many more victims to speak in court.

The disgraced doctor has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Among the young women who say they were molested by Nassar are Olympic medalists Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jamie Dantzscher. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said on Monday that she, too, was sexually abused by Nassar.

Prosecutors plan to call at least 103 of 125 victims to give victim impact statements against Nassar, who is also a former Michigan State University sports doctor. But more could be added to the list. After the first day of the hearing, three additional victims contacted prosecutors to request to speak.

A day after nearly two dozen victims spoke out, more appeared in court Wednesday to asked Aquilina to give Nassar the maximum sentence of up to 125 years in prison.

Among those who spoke Wednesday, were:

-- Amanda Thomashow, who said Nassar molested her in 2014 when she went to see him about hip and back pain. She said she initially saw Nassar as a "hero doctor in town," someone she thought would help heal her injuries.

"That man was no hero, he was a villain," said Thomashow, one day after her 17-year-old sister, Jessica, stood at the same podium and explained how Nassar molested her when she was 9 years old.

"He was so smooth and so calculated at that appointment ... and then he sexually assaulted me," said Thomashow, a former Michigan State University student.

"I knew that he had abused me. I reported it. Michigan State University, the school I loved and trusted, had the audacity to tell me that I did not understand the difference between sexual assault and a medical procedure," she said. "The master manipulator took advantage of his title, he abused me and when I found the strength to talk about what happened, I was ignored and my voice was silenced."

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon attended the court hearing Wednesday, but would not address charges by Thomashow and other victims that the school enabled Nassar.

"This is their stories and their lived experiences with their words, and I'm not going to challenge those words because it's important for them to say those words today in their own way," Simon told reporters outside the courtroom. "This is not the place for that conversation and I won't be engaged in that here. They'll be another time and place to do that."

-- Gina Nichols, a registered nurse, spoke on behalf of her daughter, Maggie, now a student at the University of Oklahoma, who was molested when she was 13 or 14 by Nassar.

"You disgrace yourself by calling yourself a doctor to the medical community," said Nichols, adding that her husband is a practicing physician.

"A real doctor helps heal, he doesn't hurt," Nichols said. "You actually are not a real doctor. You're a serial child molester, a pedophile."

-- Jeanette Antolin, a former gymnast, said Nassar at first manipulated her into believing he was a good guy before sexually abusing her.

"Little did I know that behind his good guy façade, there was a monster preying on innocent victims such as myself," Antolin said. "He robbed a good portion of my gymnastics experience but not just from me, from countless women."

Speaking directly to Nassar, she said, "As you sit behind bars, I pray that you are tormented by the very memory of the words spoken to you by all us brave women standing here today."

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33ft/iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A longtime Jacksonville Jaguars fan with stage 4 cancer will get to see his team play this weekend when the New England Patriots host the Jaguars.

Eric "Mitch" Mitchell, 50, was told by his doctors that he has about four months to live, ABC affiliate WJXX reported.

His dream is to see the Jags play in the Super Bowl -- but in the meantime the team is giving him tickets to next best thing: the AFC Championship game this Sunday, according to WJXX. Friends helped his dream come true by raising funds for a hotel and a plane ticket to the big game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Mitchell, a lifelong Jacksonville resident who's been married for 28 years and has four daughters and six grandchildren, isn't daunted by his prognosis.

"Hey, God just gave me a bus ticket. I just now have to wait for that bus to come,” he told WJXX.

Kickoff is at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.



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