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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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Photo by Antonio Hernandez / ESPN Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard is being put back on the shelf indefinitely, the team announced, as Leonard continues to recover from a  quadriceps issue.  

The team announced during training camp that Leonard would miss the preseason with right quadriceps teninopathy. His recovery took longer than initially expected, causing him to miss the first 27 games of the season.

Since then, Leonard has played in just nine game -- scoring 16.2 points in 23.3 minutes per game.

On Wednesday, Spurs general manager RC Buford said Leonard "has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation." Still, Buford said, allowing Leonard to sit out for a while "is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

Sources told ESPN that Leonard did not experience a setback.

Even without Leonard, considered an MVP candidate before the season, the Spurs are in third place in the Western Conference, with a record of 29-16.

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Chris Coduto/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Washington State University quarterback who started in the Holiday Bowl last month was found dead in his apartment Tuesday from an apparent suicide, police said.

On Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m., police officers in Pullman, Washington, responded to an apartment after a player missed football practice, the Pullman Police Department said.

Inside, 21-year-old Tyler Hilinski, a redshirt sophomore quarterback, was found dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, police said.

A rifle was found next to him, police said, and a suicide note was also recovered.

Authorities and the Whitman County Coroner’s Office are investigating "to confirm the suspected cause and manner of death," police said.

"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family," Washington State head football coach Mike Leach said.

WSU interim Athletic Director John Johnson said in a statement, "Tyler was a tremendous individual, great friend and teammate, and he will be deeply missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

Johnson said on Tuesday night the football team was brought together and told the news.

"There, they were met by campus and department counseling and psychological services, including athletics' on-staff clinical psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor, along with WSU Athletic medical team," he said. "The university will continue to coordinate and provide ongoing counseling care for all student-athletes as long as needed."

The Pac-12 Conference tweeted, "The entire Pac-12 joins the @WSUCougars in mourning the loss of football student-athlete Tyler Hilinski. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the WSU community."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Supermodel Chrissy Teigen offered on Tuesday to pay a fine imposed on Olympic gold medal gymnast McKayla Maroney if she wanted to speak at former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s Tuesday sentencing due to a non-disclosure agreement Maroney had signed. USA Gymnastics later said they would revoke the NDA and allow Maroney to speak if she wanted.

“The entire principle of this should be fought- an NDA to stay quiet about this serial monster with over 140 accusers,” wrote Teigen in a tweet on Tuesday. She also wrote that she would be “honored” to pay the fine.

ABC News previously reported about Maroney’s NDA, which was part of the terms of a settlement with USA Gymnastics in 2016. The NDA stated that if Maroney said anything about Nassar's abuse, she could be fined $100,000 or more, according to her lawyer John Manly.

Maroney responded to Teigen on Tuesday evening in a statement through Manly, saying, “I’m shocked by your generosity, and I just want you to know how much hope your words bring to all of us! I just can’t get over the fact that someone I don’t personally know is sticking up for me, let alone a strong women that I’ve looked up to for years!”

Late Tuesday, USA Gymnastics said they would not seek money from Maroney if she chose to offer her testimony in court. A statement reads, “USA Gymnastics encourages McKayla and anyone who has been abused to speak out. USA Gymnastics remains focused on our highest priority -– the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them.”

Several victims of Nassar confronted him in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday, telling him how he robbed them of their childhoods by using his position as a star physician to allege he sexually assaulted them and scarred them for life.

Prosecutors said they have scheduled 98 of 125 victims to address the court over the next four days. All of the women said they were molested by Nassar, and about 20 addressed the court over a span of eight hours on Tuesday.

It was unclear whether Maroney would now testify.

Maroney won a gold medal as part of the women's gymnastic team in 2012, and was an individual medalist on vault, winning silver. Fellow star gymnasts Simone Biles and Maroney teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas have also come forward to say they were abused by Nassar.

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serenawilliams(NEW YORK) -- New mom Serena Williams’s decision to bow out of the Australian Open was not lost on other moms also finding their way back to fitness after childbirth.

“I think that sets a great example, the fact that she’s listening to her body and not pushing through,” said Anne Mauney, a registered dietitian and blogger. “Someone so talented and athletic sending a message that it’s smart to be cautious is great.”

Mauney, who gave birth to her first daughter in November, delivered her daughter, Riese, via Cesarean section. She was surprised when her doctor cleared her for exercise four weeks after the delivery but gave her no guidance.

“I was surprised because I thought four weeks seemed early so asked if I should be avoiding anything and he said, ‘No, you’re healed … don’t overdo it,’” Mauney recalled. “I’m a marathoner. Does that mean two miles or 20 miles?”

Williams, 36, was in the first trimester of her pregnancy when she won the Australian Open last year.

She bowed out of this year’s tournament four months after giving birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia.

“After competing in Abu Dhabi I realized that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be," Williams said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "My coach and team always said, 'Only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way.' I can compete - but I don't want to just compete, I want to do far better than that and to do so, I will need a little more time.

"With that being said, and even though I am disappointed about it, I've decided not to compete in the Australian Open this year."

Williams later opened up about the complications she endured during Alexis’ birth, telling Vogue magazine she underwent multiple operations after sustaining a pulmonary embolism the day after she gave birth via emergency C-section.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner said she was forced to spend the first six weeks of motherhood unable to get out of bed.

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

 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final Orlando 108 Minnesota 102
 Final OT New Orleans 116 Boston 113
 Final Denver  105 Dallas 102
 Final Portland 118 Phoenix  111
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 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT St. Louis 2 Toronto   1
 Final New Jersey  4 N-Y Islanders  1
 Final N-Y Rangers  5 Philadelphia  1
 Final Dallas  4 Detroit   2
 Final Nashville 1 Vegas  0
 Final SO San Jose 3 Arizona   2
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 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
 Final (3) Purdue  78 Wisconsin  50
 Final Kansas St.  87 (4) Oklahoma  69
 Final (12) Cincinnati  49 UCF   38
 Final (15) North Carolina  87 (20) Clemson  79
 Final South Carolina  76 (18) Kentucky  68

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(LANSING, Mich.) -- An onslaught of victims, many of them tearful and with voices tinged with anger and determination, confronted former USA Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday, telling him how he robbed them of their childhoods by using his position as a star physician to sexually assault them and scar them for life.

One by one, the victims stood at a podium in Ingram County Circuit Court in Lansing just feet from the man who molested them as children, some in front of their parents during medical examinations.

Standing beside her mother and father, Jade Capua, 17, told the court that she went to Nassar when she was just 13 after suffering an injury while performing gymnastics. She was led by her coaches into believing Nassar, 54, a former University of Michigan sports doctor, was a "miracle worker, who could fix anything."

"You violate the right to be called a doctor," Capua said, looking directly at Nassar.

She said that instead of helping her heal, Nassar committed acts of depravity on her.

"These acts were completely immoral and horrific, and I'm confident Mr. Nassar will get what he deserves," Capua said.

She ended her statement by rejecting the label of victim, saying, "I'm Jade Capua and I'm a survivor."

Prosecutors said they have scheduled 98 of 125 victims to address the court over the next four days. All said they were molested by Nassar, and about a 20 addressed the court over a span of eight hours on Tuesday.

Nassar pleaded guilty in November to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Judge Rosemarie Anguilina 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.

"I too am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," Biles, 20, said in a statement released on Twitter.

"I've felt a bit broken and the more I try to shut off the voice in my head the louder it screams," she wrote. "I am not afraid to tell my story anymore."

The first to speak in court on Tuesday was Kyle Stephen, who said she was 6 years old when Nassar began abusing her.

"You convinced my parents that I was liar. You are a repulsive liar," Stephens said, fighting back tears. "Little girls don't stay little girls forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world."

She said her father committed suicide after learning the truth of what Nassar did to her.

"You used my body for six years for your own sexual gratification. That is unforgivable," she said.

She asked Judge Aguilina to sentence Nassar to up to 125 years in prison.

As the statements were being given, Nassar, wearing dark blue jail clothes, sat next to his attorney with his head buried in his hands or staring down, refusing to make eye contact with the victims. At times he dabbed his eyes with tissue, while other times he shook his head as if he disagreed with what was being said.

The majority of the victims spoke openly, publicly sharing their names for the first time. But several victims asked to remain anonymous, and others had prosecutors read their statements on their behalf.

Two of the victims were out of the country, but submitted video statements that were played in court. Some of the women, spoke with their husbands, brothers and parents at their side.

As many of them spoke, photos of them as children when they were molested by Nassar flashed on a large screen in the courtroom.

Among those to speak were:

-- Donna Markham, who sobbed at times as she told the court of her daughter Chelsea. She said and her husband adopted Chelsea as a baby. She said her daughter was 10 years old when she suffered a lower back injury while participating in gymnastics, and committed suicide at the age of 23.

She said they were referred to Nassar, who treated Chelsea and molested her when she was just 12 years old. She said Nassar, like he did with many of his victims, secretly stuck his hands in her daughter's vagina while she was present in the examination room.

Markham said she didn't realize what happened to her daughter until after they left the exam, and the girl broke down in tears on the car ride home.

"She said, 'Mom he put his fingers in me and they were not gloved,'" Markham said, adding that her daughter pleaded with her not to turn around immediately and drive back to confront Nassar.

She said the effects of the assault were immediate. Her daughter began doing horribly in school and dropped out of the gymnastics program she loved when she was 13. She later began to abuse drugs before taking her life in 2009.

"This was a man who was supposed to be the best in his field. He was supposed to help her. He was supposed to help her heal," Markham said. "He didn't do that. He had the audacity to abuse her when I was right there in the room."

"Every day I miss her. Every day," she added. "And it all started with him. It just became worse and she just couldn't deal with it anymore."

-- Jessica Thomashow, 17, said Nassar molested her twice, once when she was 9 and again when she was 12. She said the attacks occurred when she went to him to be treated for a rib injury she suffered during gymnastics.

"He touched the most innocent parts of my body," Thomashow said.

Speaking directly to Nassar, she said, "What you did to me was twisted. You manipulated me and my family. How dare you."

She asked Aguilina to give Nassar the maximum sentence.

"He is a predator and he can't be stopped unless he is behind bars for the rest of his life," Thomashow said.

-- Alexis Moore said she went to Nassar at age 9 to be treated for a broken pelvis and ended up being abused repeatedly by him over the course of 10 years.

"For years, Mr. Nassar convinced me that he was the only person who could help me recover from multiple serious injuries," Moore said in court. "To me, he was like a knight in shining armor. But alas, that shine blinded me from the abuse. He betrayed my trust, took advantage of my youth and sexually abused me hundreds of times."

-- Nicole Soos, speaking with her husband next to her, said Nassar destroyed her dreams of becoming an expert figure skater and recalled the first time he assaulted her, saying, "I lay there in pain, unable to speak, staring at the wall."

Soos added, "I thought he was a famous doctor. There was no way he would do anything inappropriately in front of my mom. I was wrong."

-- Ashley Erickson, appearing with her two brothers at her side, told Nassar, "It has been hell. I put my family and friends through hell. I have no trust for anyone because you took that away from me."

-- Megan Halicek said she was 15 when Nassar molested her and described feeling "petrified to paralysis."

"My innocence was ruthlessly taken away from me, never to be returned," Halicek said. "The most confusing part was that my mother was in the room when this happened. This sickens and continues to baffle me until this day."

Like many of the others, Halicek said she has battles paranoid, anxiety, insomnia and has to sleep with a nightlight on.

-- Bethany Bauman, 31, spoke with tears streaming down her cheeks, saying she has "vivid memories" of the repeated assaults that occurred in Nassar's examination room.

"Having to relive my experiences over and over almost 20 years later bring back so many memories and emotions," she said. "I even avoid talking about it with those close to me because I get closed off and irritable."

-- Lindsey Schuett, 34, who lives and works in South Korea, was one of those who sent in a video statement. She said she was 16 when Nassar molested her and that she "knew immediately that it was abuse.

"I felt like I was trapped in some hellish situation that only a movie could dream up," Schuett said.

She said she told her mother and school counselor, but Nassar convinced them she misunderstood what he described as a valid treatment. She said she was sent back to him despite her objections.

She said that when Nassar penetrated her again with an ungloved hand, she screamed as loud as she could to "let everyone know that something was incredibly wrong in that doctor's office." After that, she said Nassar didn't want anything to do with her and sent her to see a female doctor.

Judge Aguilina praised the victims for the bravery to speak out in court, and called all of them strong women.

"You talk about being broken. Well, he's going to break while you are healing," Aguilina said. "Don't let this define you, any of you. Go out and do great things in the world."

She likened Nassar to the wicked witch in the movie "The Wizard of Oz."

"The monster who took advantage of you is going to wither, much like the scene in The Wizard of Oz where the water was poured on the witch and she withers away," she said.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Three-time gold medalist Aly Raisman described former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar as a "master manipulator" in an ESPN interview on Tuesday, the same day that several victims confronted Nassar during a sentencing hearing in a Michigan courtroom.

"Larry was such a master manipulator, and he was so good at brainwashing," Raisman told Bob Ley, host of ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Raisman said she was up the entire night "sick" before the first day of victim impact statements, adding that she's still traumatized by the abuse she says she suffered from Nassar.

"Like I've said, and I'll say time and time again, the abuse is not something that you suffer just in the moment," she said. "It carries on with you for the rest of your life. And even though I'm not there today, I still feel it."

Raisman is one of several prominent gymnasts to come forward, including Olympic medalists Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Gabby Douglas and Jamie Dantzscher. She lashed out at USA Gymnastics, accusing the organization of ignoring its athletes.

"You know, their biggest priority from the beginning and still today is their reputation -- the medals they win and the money they make off of us," she said. "I don't think that they care."

In a statement, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry said that officials are attending this week's proceedings "to listen firsthand to those who were victimized by Larry Nassar" and that they are "absolutely disgusted by his abhorrent actions."

"USA Gymnastics will keep their words and experiences at the core of everything we do as we remain focused on our highest priority -- the safety, health and well-being of our athletes and creating a culture that empowers and supports them," Perry said.

Raisman accused USA Gymnastics of not handling the abuse allegations correctly and "instead" allowing Nassar "to continue to work on little girls in Michigan and molest gymnasts for a very long time," she said in her interview with Ley.

"I mean, every single time they release a statement, it's basically the same thing -- saying they care and they're ... welcome to work with their athletes, but they don't mean it," Raisman said.

In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting seven girls, but Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina is allowing many more victims to confront Nassar. Prosecutors have scheduled 98 of 125 victims to address the court over four days, all of whom say they were molested by Nassar.

Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, though he is appealing that sentence. He also pleaded guilty to three other counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County, Michigan, and is due to be sentenced for the three additional counts on Jan. 31.

He has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 125 women and girls in civil lawsuits.

Raisman said that she's "determined to make sure that the current and the future generations are safe" and that she and others want to create change.

"We have to keep talking about it to make sure this never happens again."

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