Here's your good news for the day: Devon Still's daughter might be well on her way to beating cancer.

Leah Still, whose battle against pediatric cancer has become a national storyline, went in Tuesday for a special body scan that detects cancer connected to the nervous system. The news was overwhelmingly positive: Doctors didn't find any cancer.

Leah and her NFL football father were overjoyed. According to Still's Instagram page, there's only one thing to do when you get the best news of your life:

You flex.


Leah isn't completely out of the woods yet -- she'll have to undergo an MRI that will search for cancer in other parts of her body. But the lack of any cancer in the brain or nervous system, where the disease originated, is excellent news for the young girl and her father.

That second test will probably come soon, but in the meantime, Still and her father are choosing to celebrate this huge achievement.

Soccer has a custom of kicking the ball out of bounds when your opponent is down with an injury. But it's far less common to see a player turn down a wide-open goal in the name of good sportsmanship.

That's exactly what happened in a recent game between professional teams based in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, according to a Reddit user. In the second half of a match, Mahmoud Za'tara, a player for Jordan's Al Wihdat, had a one-on-one opportunity with a goalie and turned it down to kick the ball out of bounds. Just before receiving the pass into the box, Za'tara saw one of the opponent's players fall with an injury.

His decision to kick the ball out of bounds drew praise from his teammates as well as the other team.

Although it is seen as good sportsmanship to act that way when the opposing team is injured, that certainly doesn't happen all the time -- and it's extremely rare to see a player make that decision with such a great opportunity to score.

Furthermore, Za'tara reacts pretty quickly after seeing the injured player, and the automatic nature of his response is pretty remarkable on top of his sacrifice of personal stats.

It should be noted that Za'tara's team was up 2-0 at that point and the game was in good shape. Even so, the allure of a goal would tempt many other players, and they probably wouldn't be criticized much for it. Credit Za'tara for his quick thinking and great example of sportsmanship.

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For Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls, the point guard's meniscus tear in his right knee couldn't have come at a worse time.

But for Powerade's latest ad campaign, the timing couldn't be more perfect. Even though the sports drink brand is unlikely to celebrate the fallen star's injury, there's no question that the company's latest campaign stands to benefit.

Not even 48 hours after the Bulls announced that the one-time MVP would need another surgery on his knee -- thus thrusting the rest of his season into doubt -- Powerade has come out with a new ad campaign called #PowerThrough. The campaign pairs images of Rose -- and ostensible scenes from his childhood home of Englewood, a neighborhood in Chicago -- with selections from Tupac Shakur's poem, "The Rose That Grew from Concrete."

The commercial is quite striking in its emotional power, and the story of Rose's struggles -- not only in childhood, but after facing three major injuries in fewer than three years -- only amplify the message of Shakur's lyrics.

Rose shared the commercial on his Facebook page, which he often uses to post messages of encouragement and to relay his determination to his fans. It's obvious the ad campaign was already in the works before his latest injury, but Powerade hasn't said whether it hurried up its release to better coincide with the Bulls star's latest setback.

At any rate, it's rare for an ad campaign to be so prescient and relevant to current events. Given the latest hurdle facing Rose, its message is very moving.

Racist signs displayed by students at a Texas high school basketball game pushed a local sports broadcaster over the edge, prompting him to deliver a powerful speech on racism -- and how it should be fought.

Dale Hansen, sportscaster on the WFAA newscast in Texas, is no stranger to coming out strong on potentially divisive subjects. His support of Michael Sam, the openly gay football player trying to break into the NFL, went viral.

Now, after students in Flower Mound, Texas, held up signs reading "White Power," Hansen is taking aim at the way in which racism is instilled and continued in successive generations. He does so about relaying his own experience growing up with a dad who "used the 'N-word' like it was a proper noun."

"The one black family he knew were good people; all the others he didn't know? They were the bad people," Hansen explains. "The ignorance in that reasoning, if you think about it long enough, will twist your mind.

"And it twisted mine."

Hansen explains that he was a teenager before he was even aware that his upbringing was racist. He also contends that racism is a learned opinion produced by an environment -- kids, including those at the high school, aren't inherently racist, they just come from environs that are racist themselves.

The solution? Hansen says the best thing anyone can do is not be silent on the issue. Ignoring racism, he says, helps it to persist. His on-air speech should serve as an example.

Just last week, Leah Still was in the midst of an eight-day hospital stay to receive an advanced treatment for pediatric cancer. Still, who is battling a Stage IV neuroblastoma, started a second round of treatments late last month.

That wasn't enough to keep her away from New York Fashion Week, though, where she was invited to participate as a runway model. At the Nike Levi's Kids Fashion Show, she came on stage carrying a small guitar, looking stylish and holding her modeling pose all the way through.


#NYCFashionWeek

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Still walked to Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off," and her father was able to catch a snippet of her appearance.


My little supermodel

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Devon and Leah Still were easy to pair together. They wore similar outfits at the Fashion Week event. The Bengals defensive tackle said he is optimistic about the results of his daughter's current treatments, saying that there is still a lot of "disease" to be eradicated from her body.


She tries to match my style

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Meanwhile, the outpouring of support keeps on going for Leah. In addition to a children's book she wrote that comes out this month, sales of her father's jersey -- the proceeds of which are going to her medical expenses -- has recently surpassed $1.3 million.

Let's get one thing straight: Lew Dunlap was working the plate for decades before you were even born. The 88-year-old has lived a long, full life, and he's not about to back down when someone throws some heat a little too far inside.

So what if that heat was thrown at Colorado Rockies fantasy camp? Respect is respect. And one can also imagine that Dunlap's baseball fantasy does, indeed, feature him as the resident bad boy.

Dunlap has joined a bunch of other life-long baseball fans at the Rockies' week-long fantasy camp, an event that typically doesn't draw a ton of media. But Dunlap is a special case worth the attention. As you can see in the video below, the Rockies have been delighted by his presence -- not just his plate presence, but his larger-than-life attitude:


Give Dunlap credit: This is fantasy camp, after all, and if your fantasy is attempting to fill a pitcher with the fear of God, by all means, you should go for it.

We also have to give credit to CBC Sports for drawing a connection between Dunlap's antics and the less-than-ideal fantasy baseball experience endured by Kramer in an episode of Seinfeld:

Enjoy the ride, Lew.

Leah Still is set to undergo another round of chemotherapy, but not before polishing up an illustrated children's book inspired by her experience.

The 4-year-old worked with her father, Cincinnati Bengals tackle Devon Still, to create the story about Leah's experience, which they hope will help inspire others while teaching them about the experience of battling cancer.


Doctors recently determined that the last round of radiation treatment hadn't shrunk the cancer as hoped. The hope now is that this new form of chemotherapy will reduce the size of the tumor enough that Leah can undergo stem cell therapy to further eradicate the cancer.

Devon Still said he approached the book by asking Leah a set of questions about her experience, and using her answers as the outline for the story. The book, titled I Am Leah Strong, is available for pre-order now and will be released in February.


Anyone interested in buying the book, or in learning more about Leah's story, can visit her website, IAmLeahStrong.com.

Devon Still has said that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the fight against pediatric cancer.

The Illinois basketball team has been devastated with injuries. With each successive man down, coach John Groce has re-stated his team's bulldog mantra:

"Next man up."

Problem is, the team's bench has been running out of men. At one point earlier this month, Illinois only had seven players available. So this week, Groce turned to team manager Ryan Schmidt and asked him to join the team.

Schmidt, a senior who has been the team's manager for four years, couldn't have been more excited.



Schmidt didn't play Saturday in a 79-71 loss to Minnesota, his first game in uniform.

"It was everything I hoped for," Schmidt told the Chicago Tribune. "I'm thankful for the chance."

Although not unheard of, it's rare for team managers to make the big leap onto a team's roster. The team manager for Arkansas-Little Rock completed the feat in 2012, while Tennessee's women's team brought on former head manager Elizabeth Curry in 2007. It's worth pointing out that Schmidt did play high school basketball, and he received some scholarship offers from Division II and III programs. Ultimately, though, the accounting major opted to attend Illinois for the quality of its education. Whether or not Schmidt sees the court at all this season remains to be seen, but if the Illini continue having health issues, he could find himself shouldering a heavy load. You've got to admit, he already has the look down:

So do we have another Rudy in the making? Time will tell, but no one's rooting against Ryan Schmidt.


On Monday night, the Atlanta Hawks unveiled a stunning, four-minute tribute to the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. before the team's introductions. The high-definition video was projected onto the entirety of the Hawks' home court, and to stunning effect.

As the video winds to a close, a choir takes the court and performs as the Hawks' starting lineup is introduced onto the court:

Atlanta's tribute video is the highlight of the NBA's day-long recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. The league has made a tradition out of playing a day-long slate of games on this holiday. Earlier this month, the league also released a "breaking barriers" video that highlighted some NBA pioneers from their respective nationalities and ethnicities, as well as saluting the NBA's first female referee.

Nothing compares to the sheer beauty and emotion evoked in the Hawks' video, which is well worth a watch. Then, check out the NBA's other recent production.

Anyone who says golf isn't dangerous should consult with Patrick Reed.

The 24-year-old paid the price this week for winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Reed was wearing a cap for the competition and upon removing he revealed one of the worst tan lines you'll ever see. Check it out:

The tan line looked even more pronounced on television:



Dreadful hat tan aside, the victory was big for Reed. It was his first title since winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March 2014. After that title, which made Reed the youngest winner of a World Golf Championships event, he declared himself one of the top five golfers in the world. Now Reed is in elite company. Reed joins Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia as the only men to earn four PGA Tour victories before turning 25.

As bad as Reed's tan line was, was it worse than the one Stewart Cink sported last year? You be the judge:



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