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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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NFL's First Woman Official: 'I'm Just Out Doing A Job' — Sarah Thomas Wants To Be Known For Being A Great Referee, Not Just A Woman! Watch The Interview HERE!

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Sarah Thomas made headlines last week when she was announced to be the first woman hired by the NFL as a full time official!

The mother-of-three said she was "almost speechless" when she heard the news that she was one of the nine new referees promoted by the league.

While Thomas is honored for the recognition of infiltrating the NFL ref boys club, she makes it clear that she wants to be known for being a great referee! The 41-year-old had this to say in an interview:

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Orange Is The New Black's Uzo Aduba To Run In This Year's Boston Marathon!

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We're so into this!

Fresh off the news that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been found guilty on all 30 counts for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, there's another headline-making story coming out of Beantown.

Uzo Aduba officially announced on Tuesday that she will be amongst the runners at this year's Boston Marathon!

The Orange Is The New Black actress shared the news about her decision to participate in Marathon Monday, saying:

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Niall Horan Has A New Job!… But Wait! Is He Leaving One Direction Too?!

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Sometimes international pop stars need to take second jobs to pay the bills!

Such is the case with One Direction cutie Niall Horan!

But don't worry, Directioners! The 21-year-old isn't leaving the band (unlike Zayn Malik); he's just doing a side gig!

[ Related: Niall Horan Is Back In London Looking Sad! ]

On Wednesday, the Irish hottie will caddy for golf superstar and friend Rory McIlroy at the Par 3 contest, just a day before the 2015 Masters!

Mr. Horan and his bandmates are currently on hiatus from their On the Road Again tour until June 5. In the mean time, the blonde babe will carry the number-one-ranked golfer's bags and clubs!

According to Mr. McIlroy, the singer is super stoked to work for him!

He said:

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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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Tiger Woods Announces He Will Play In The 2015 Masters Tournament! The Golfer Had This To Say!

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In February, we reported that Tiger Woods would be taking some time off the golf course to work on his game. The golf legend last played on Feb. 5 when tightness in his lower back caused him to exit the course only after playing 11 holes.

Now, it looks like the hiatus is over. The 39-year-old has announced he will play next week in the 2015 Masters Tournament! Woods said on his website:

"I'm playing in the Masters. It's obviously very important to me, and I want to be there. I've worked a lot on my game, and I'm looking forward to competing. I'm excited to get to Augusta, and I appreciate everyone's support."

The four-time Masters champion worked on his game on Tuesday at Augusta National, playing an 18-hole practice round.

[ Related: Tiger Woods Opens Up About His Painful Missing Tooth Ordeal! This Story Is Not For The Faint Of Heart! ]

Woods ended up skipping the Masters last year due to

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