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Inspirational College Basketball Player Lauren Hill Has Passed Away

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Sad, sad news.

Lauren Hill, the terminally ill basketball player who wanted nothing more than to play college ball, has passed away.

Lauren got to live out her dream in November when the NCAA moved up Mount St. Joseph University's first game.

Gurl even made a sweet layup!

Though she was not expected to live past December, Lauren was a fighter until the end. She made it all the way until April before finally succumbing to her brain tumor.

Number 22 was just 19.

[Image via Fox Sports.]

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Indiana Pacers Forward Chris Copeland & His Wife Were Stabbed Outside A Club In NYC — Get An Update On Their Conditions HERE

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What a horrible incident.

In the early morning hours of April 8, Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife, Katrine Saltara, were stabbed outside of 1OAK nightclub in NYC.

While the details are a bit convoluted, it all started when Chris and Katrine were arguing outside of the venue. According to an onlooker, a man named Shezoy Bleary tried to intervene in the twosome's fight which did not sit well with Copeland.

Apparently Bleary was so upset by the basketball star's rebuff that he viciously attacked the couple and their close friend with a knife.

Sheesh, why do people think violence is ever the answer?!

Thankfully Chris and Katrine are in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital and they're expected to make a full recovery.

NBA legend Larry Bird released the following statement about the incident:

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So Sad: Torrey Ward, Illinois State Associate Head Coach, Dies In Plane Crash Returning From Final Four Title Game

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There have been waaaay too many plane crashes lately, it seems, and our hearts are broken having to report on another one.

Torrey Ward was the associate head coach for Illinois State basketball, and he was on a small plane returning from the Final Four title game on Tuesday game when bad weather — mainly fog — reportedly caused catastrophic problems for the flight. Seven people lost their lives.

Here's what the Chicago Tribune reported:

"[The] Cessna 414 had left the Indianapolis airport around 11 p.m. and hit heavy fog over central Illinois, according to Scott Barrows, the father-in-law of the owner of the plane, Scott Bittner, who was among those killed."

We can't even imagine what their families and friends are going through.

Scott Barrows, a former UIC faculty member, also commented on the tragic incident

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Late North Carolina Basketball Coach Dean Smith Leaves Money In His Will For EVERY Letterman Who Ever Played For Him!

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Dean Smith left a special gift behind for his basketball players!

This February, the sports world lost a true legend when iconic North Carolina Tar Heels basketball coach Dean Smith passed away at 83 years old.

However, his former players are learning today that the bond they shared with their coach is still alive and well.

[ Related: Middle School Basketball Players Defend A Bullied Cheerleader During A Game! ]

Before he died, Coach Smith wanted to make sure his players (specifically his lettermen players) knew how much they meant to him, so he made sure to leave them a little present in his will!

So what exactly did he leave them? Well, Dean made sure a letter was sent to 180 of his former players containing a check for $200 and a note to "enjoy a dinner out"!

Awwwww! How sweet is that!!

Former UNC player Jim Dempsey posted a picture of the letter he and many others received this morning, and we're sure more than a few players were fighting back some waterworks when this came in the mail!

See the whole note (below)!

[Image via AP Images.]

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Middle School Basketball Players Walked Off The Court During A Game To Defend Bullied Cheerleader

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Such an inspirational story.

An amazing thing happened at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin during a basketball game, but it was a whole lot of awfulness that spurred it.

8th grader Desiree Andrews, who has Down Syndrome, was at the game as a cheerleader when a few fans began heckling her from the stands.

Well, three basketball players for the home team — Miles Rodriguez, Scooter Terrien and Chase Vazquez — heard those insults being hurled and they decided to do something about it.

[ Related: "Don't Tell On The Bullies!" Happens To Be Just ONE Awful Piece Of Advice From A Nebraska School's Flier! ]

They walked OFF the basketball court during the game and

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The Guys Of Fall Out Boy Are So Bad At Basketball In Their New Music Video, You'll Find The Urge To Laugh Irresistible!

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This goes out to everyone who was irresistibly bad at sports in high school!

Fall Out Boy has released the video for their new song Irresistible, and we can't get enough of it!

[ Related: Fall Out Boy Wrote Songs With One Direction! But Will The World Ever HEAR Them?! ]

The band plays basketball against some people who are much, much, MUCH better than them, but you know what?

It doesn't even matter because the crowd keeps on going wild, cheering them on!

Ch-ch-check it out (above)!

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Forget The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary! Beyoncé And Jay Z Enjoy A Night Out Together At The NBA All-Star Game Instead!

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Beyoncé and Jay Z had better things to do than go to the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special!

Instead, the dynamic duo opted to attend the 64th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday evening in NYC!

We wonder if that decision had anything to do with Yoncé wanting to avoid Kim Kardashian West and crying Nori. LOLz!

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