Sports fans have probably heard of Lauren Hill's inspirational story of making her college basketball debut despite suffering from an inoperable brain tumor.

Hill doesn't now how much time she may have, or whether she'll get to play college basketball again. But she's making the most of her opportunity to affect others.

Devon Still, a Bengals defensive tackle whose 4-year-old daughter is battling pediatric brain cancer, tweeted a photo of a surprise gift he received after practice:


Later, a local news station tweeted photos of Still's plan to reciprocate Hill's kind gesture:


Devon Still had already met Hill earlier this year when he visited her at one of her college basketball practices, and the bond has lasted.

With Western New York ravaged by snow storms, a Bills player and coach have made headlines for going out of their way to help Buffalo residents in need.

After three feet of snow hit the Buffalo area on Tuesday morning, the roads were covered in powder. On his way to practice Bills coach Doug Marrone noticed a stranded motorist on Abbott Road. So the 50-year-old Marrone pulled over his SUV and, along with a few others, shoved the vehicle's undercarriage from the snow that had surrounded it.

Marrone, who grew up in New York and played and coached at Syracuse, is used to battling the elements. When he was told it would be difficult to get to practice because of the snow, he wasn't fazed.

“All my life people have been telling me what I can’t do,” Marrone said, via the Buffalo News.

Marrone's kicker, Dan Carpenter, also played the role of good samaritan on Tuesday. Carpenter grew up in Montana and has seen large snowstorms before, and judging by a tweet he sent out it appeared as though he was enjoying the experience:


Carpenter and his wife on Tuesday shoveled a path to their elderly neighbors' home so they could check on the couple.

“The first thing he said was, ‘Is everything OK?’,” Roy Noble, 88, told the News. “I thought that was really nice.”

Kaela Carpenter posted this photo of Noble, who was a Prisoner of War during World War II:


Carpenter told Noble that he would make sure to check on him during the storm.

“He’s going to come around and check on us,” Noble said. “He and his wife gave us their phone number and she wants us to call them if they have any problems – you don’t see people like that anymore. We’re going to reward him someday. He’s a helluva nice guy.”

Noble and his wife, Lorraine, are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary in the spring.

Despite the best efforts of the Bills, if the snow doesn't clear up their game against the Jets may be pushed from Sunday to Monday.

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A Cincinnati Bengals fan missed out on a football caught by tight end Jermaine Gresham for a touchdown, but she ended up getting much more in the aftermath of a bizarre incident at the Superdome in New Orleans.

After catching a 1-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton midway through the third quarter of the Bengals' 27-10 win over the Saints, Gresham jogged over to the stands and tossed a ball to Christa Barrett, who was wearing a No. 18 A.J. Green jersey.

Alas, a man dressed in Saints gold intercepted the toss and kept the ball for himself.

When asked why he wouldn't give back the football the man, identified as Tony Williams, had a curt answer:

"Because I caught it," Williams said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It's very simple, I caught the football."

Williams would go on to give the ball to his grandson:


As for Barrett, things didn't turn out too bad. She ended up getting a football from a representative of the New Orleans Saints organization:


Gresham was asked about the scene after the game:

"He should be ashamed of himself," the 26-year-old told an Associated Press reporter.

But the two-time Pro Bowler went further, finding Barrett's sister on Twitter and apologizing for the incident:


Barrett has become somewhat of a viral star and she was even featured on the local news in New Orleans:

Laquon Treadwell had a Saturday no football player deserves. In the fourth quarter against Auburn, and at the end of a 20-yard reception that was initially called a touchdown, Treadwell was dragged down and brutally broke his leg while dislocating his ankle.

Treadwell had to be carted off the field with his leg in an air cast. The star receiver was in clear pain and discomfort. Even worse, his would-be touchdown was reviewed and ruled a fumble. Ole Miss went on to lose the game, and Treadwell's season is over.

Treadwell wasn't the only one upset. One 7-year-old fan, whose favorite player is Treadwell, was also distraught by what happened.

He decided to write Treadwell a letter that the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, published.

Dear Laquon,

You are my favorite Ole Miss football player. I enjoy watching you every week. For Christmas I am asking Santa to bring me a #1 jersey. I’m so sorry you hurt your leg and ankle. I hope you get better soon.

Your #1 fan

Tanner Harris

Tanner's mom helped him write the letter, and they mailed it to the Ole Miss athletics department.

The family hasn't heard if Treadwell has received the letter, but Tanner's father, Josh, told the Clarion-Ledger that "We hope it will be a pick-me-up while Laquon goes through a really tough time."

The inspirational story of Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old Mount St. Joseph College forward with an inoperable brain tumor, gripped the sports world the past few weeks.

Hill has been told by doctors that she may not live past December, and she made it a goal to play in one game for her team. Despite constant headaches, dizziness and weakness, Hill accomplished that mission Sunday. Her incredible fight drew the attention of LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire and a host of other athletes.



What an incredible moment to witness in person! Lauren Hill, you are a true inspiration!! #1moreLauren

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It's a good time to be a Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman.

Weeks after the Cowboys' stellar group of linemen were each rewarded with an iMac from running back DeMarco Murray, quarterback Tony Romo presented the big guys with another, more expensive gift.

With the team traveling to London this week to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, Romo gave each of his linemen and tight ends a Louis Vuitton bag:


"They're taking care of us this year," left guard Ronald Leary told ESPN. "We appreciate it."

The gifts reportedly set Romo back five figures:


That's just a drop in the bucket, however, for a man who recently signed a seven-year deal worth $119.5 million.

While Murray presented the offensive linemen with computers after breaking an NFL record by running for 100 yards in his team's first seven games, Romo's gifts came after the QB encountered a bit of adversity. Last Monday against the Redskins, Romo was sacked a season-high five times and took a knee to the back that forced him to sit out Sunday's home loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

On the whole, the Cowboys' offensive line has played stellar. After an Oct. 12 victory at Seattle, left tackle Tyron Smith became the first offensive linemen in a decade to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Dolphins linebacker Chris McCain was an undrafted free agent who has only tallied nine tackles this year and plays mostly on special teams. But the 22-year-old rookie from Cal has already found a heartwarming way to make his presence felt in South Florida.

Before every home game, McCain gets onto the field early and scans the stands for a young fan. McCain will then take that lucky youngster onto the field and give him or her the tour of a lifetime.

For McCain, who never attended an NFL game as a kid, the gesture allows him to give a child an experience he or she will never forget.

"I  just always wanted to be able to go to a game," McCain told the team's website. "Just try to give back. It's just something they’ll be able to remember for the rest of their lives. Impact them as much as I can. I love kids. Kids are my weakness. Whatever I can do to send a smile, I'll do it."



McCain says he'll try to give the child a pair of gloves and, if possible, walk them over to meet their favorite player. A few weeks ago a pair of fans got to meet Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill.


For McCain, the gesture not only allows him to help a child live out a dream, he says it also has become an important part of his pregame routine.

"It just helps me get my mind right,” he told the Dolphins' website. “I go out there probably 30 minutes after I get there (to the stadium). I’ll go eat and I’ll go on the field, get a feel for the weather, loosen up my cleats, and then I’ll start searching. If I don’t see a kid, I’ll go back into the locker room for a little bit, stretch for about 30 minutes and I go back out on the field. So I make sure I find somebody.”

Nothing about Jack Mook is soft.

The detective's 22-year career with the Pittsburgh police force followed service in the Army after high school. In his spare time, he volunteers as a trainer at Steel City Boxing Gym, a nonprofit organization serving youth on the city's North Side.

It's a fitting hobby for Mook, whose name sounds suited for a 19th century bare-handed pugilist. And it's through boxing that the unmarried Mook met brothers Joshua and Jessee Mook.

About six years ago Mook began working Joshua, who was 9 at the time. The detective assumed a mentorship role with the boy, who became a regular at the gym's daily workouts.

One day, though, Joshua stopped coming. Mook didn't know why, but he decided to find out. He hit the streets in search of Joshua. What he found was a young boy in distress.

As Mook first told CBS News, Joshua physically exhausted. He had dirty, unkempt hair with bare spots blotching his scalp. His eyes were sunken and fatigued -- Mook told CBS News that Joshua "looked like a 40-year-old man who just lost his job."

When the detective tracked Joshua down, he had him take a seat in his car.

Mook asked him what was wrong. Joshua was never a crier. But now, he broke down.

Through tears, he described the home conditions he and his younger brother, Jessee, were suffering through. How they had to sleep on the floor in a room covered with dog excrement, and how Joshua was sleeping as much as he could -- going to bed as early as possible to pass the hours until he could go back to school.

Mook resolved to do something. He told Joshua to stay strong and protect his brother. Meanwhile, Detective Mook went to work.

***

An initial review by a caseworker concluded that the boys' living conditions were fine.

Mook disagreed. He saw their home situation as fraught with neglect and abuse. So he didn't give up.

The case cracked open when the relative caring for Joshua and Jessee got into trouble with the police. When that happened, Mook seized the opportunity: He requested an emergency order making them their foster parent.

That was about two years ago. The arrangement was an immediate success: Joshua described his first night sleeping in Mook's home as the best he'd ever had.

Eventually, city officials came to Mook with a proposal: An opportunity to fully adopt Joshua and Jessee.

For a 45-year-old with no wife, no kids, and no commitments beyond his own job and interests, the proposal was life-changing -- and in a way not everyone would embrace.

As he explained to Today.com, Mook didn't hesitate:

"Right away I said, 'Let’s do this.'"

***

Mook sees it all the time in Pittsburgh: Troubled homes breed troubled kids that grow up into troubled adults.

He knows that, without his intervention, that was a likely outcome for Joshua and Jesse.

"Without structure and discipline they’d be put in juvenile detention and probably jails later on," Mook told Today.com.

Instead, the boys -- now 15 and 11, respectively -- have a much brighter outlook. They have a childhood once again, and they look forward to growing up into decent, respectable adults.

Most importantly: They now feel safe.

That doesn't mean the new way of living comes easy -- and that goes for both Mook and the two boys. Since the adoption was finalized September 16, making Jack Mook the legal father to Joshua and Jesse, the family of three feels a sense of comfort even as it works to figure out their "new normal."

Mook is tasked with much more than just training the boys at the gym. He has to feed them, clothe them and make sure they're keeping their grades up. The detective is a strict disciplinarian and is focused on teaching them to be self-reliant.

Meanwhile, the boys still refer to Mook as Coach. They maintain a relationship with their biological parents -- something Mook wanted for them. But their father figure is a cop moonlighting as a boxing trainer with something like a soft spot.

Maybe a better term is "tough love."

"You're a Mook. Alright? You happy? Good," Mook said to the boys after the adoption was made official, per CBS News.

Then he cracked: "Now you're going to go home and cut my grass."

Max Scherzer's gift for Brayan Peña may have been late, but it was worth the wait.

The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner bought a Rolex watch for Peña, who caught 71 games that year for the Tigers. While splitting duties with Alex Avila, Peña helped Scherzer achieve the best year of his career -- a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

Peña, who is now on the Cincinnati Reds, tweeted this photo of his new timepiece:



Perhaps Scherzer was waiting for his contract to end before he sent out his gifts. Scherzer pitched last season on a one-year deal with $15.5 million. Scherzer, now a free agent, apparently rejected a contract extension earlier this year worth around $24 million per year. Assuming he inks a contract worth that much or more, he should be able to buy plenty more watches for his future teammates.

Scherzer isn't the first pitcher in recent years to buy a watch for a teammate after an impressive performance. Felix Hernandez purchased a Rolex for his catcher, John Jaso, after Jaso caught his perfect game in 2012. Roy Halladay in 2010 went above and beyond that, buying 60 Baume & Mercier following his perfect game. Halladay gifted a timepiece to all of his teammates, the entire coaching staff, all clubhouse personnel, the bat boy, training and video staff and public relations officials.

Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte managed to have some good times while adding more acts of kindness to his growing list of good deeds.

Lochte, the 11-time Olympic medalist and one-time reality show star, was at Penn State for the Nittany Lions' big game against Ohio State. According to reports, the 30-year-old rolled into campus hotspot Inferno Brick Oven and Bar on Friday with 10 friends and "a few girls who were following him around." Lochte ordered bottle service for his party and apparently made a good impression on the restaurant's staff. Kristen Arcangelo, the bar manager, said Lochte was "very very nice" and kept a low profile. Before heading out, Lochte made sure he left a good impression with the bar, leaving a $400 tip on a $425 bill:


According to the website Onward State, Lochte then went to the bar Lion’s Den, where he left a $100 tip on a $64 bill.

Over in Philadelphia, perhaps LeSean Mccoy could learn a thing or two from how Lochte tips.

The good times rolled on for Lochte on Saturday. After getting a workout in at the school's natatorium, Lochte experienced firsthand Penn State's famed tailgating scene.



Lochte was on the field during the game, which Penn State lost, 31-24:



Lochte didn't make any references to his tips on his Twitter page, but he did send out this tweet thanking the school for the hospitality:


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