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Inspiring story behind adorable fist-bumping hockey fan's viral video

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He is just the cutest little boy who has been through so much, but he is Boston Strong and looks to the Bruins for inspiration. You may have seen him in a viral video, that has well over 355,000 hits, and counting!

Eight-year-old Liam Fitzgerald is a huge hockey fan and would rather watchthe Bruins play than cartoons. On any given day, he can be found watching highlights on his iPad.

Last Halloween, he dressed up as his favorite player Adam McQuaid. McQuaid noticed, and it led to Liam sitting on the Bruins' bench during Tuesday's home-game against the Florida Panthers. 

He even got to meet Patrice Bergeron before the game started, and then something really special happened. As the players were leaving the ice at the end of warm-ups, Liam decided to stick his fist out at the players and got a fist bump back from each and every one of them.

At one point, Liam even adorably shakes his hand out of pain. He even got a pat on the head from Daniel Paille.

The video of all this happening was captured by the Bruins and has gone viral.

Liam's dad Bill was thrilled for his son and told MyFoxBoston, "What is most heart warming is resoundingly people just see him and enjoy seeing him and they enjoy the emotion, and it makes them feel good for the rest of the day."

He went on to say that it was so special to his family because Liam has been through multiple challenges in his short life. He has down syndrome and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 4.

He's now cancer free, but his family hasn't forgotten the overwhelming pain they watched their son go through. So to now be able to go back and watch over and over again an eight year old's moment of pure bliss is something irreplaceable for them.

"We just take it one day at a time. We never thought when we had Liam we'd have this kind of attention, we never thought we'd have the personality and the joy, so honestly, we're just along for the ride," Bill said. 

Singer Aaron Lewis apologizes for National Anthem flub

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Before Sunday night’s World Series game, rocker-turned-country star, Aaron Lewis, performed the national anthem at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

It didn’t go very well.

According to the Associated Press, Lewis made a crucial flub after the line “what so proudly we hailed.”

“After starting with ‘O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed,’ Lewis diverted from the lyrics. Instead of singing ‘at the twilight’s last gleaming’ he sang ‘were so gallantly streaming,’ words that appear later in the national anthem,” AP reported.

Following the performance, Lewis took to his Facebook page to apologize.

“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself,” Lewis wrote.

“I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me,” he wrote.

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George Brett makes cameo as firefighters help frantic woman retrieve World Series tickets

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A Kansas woman’s desperate attempts to retrieve her World Series tickets from a house fire nearly resulted in her arrest. But the story got weirder when Hall-of-Famer George Brett randomly showed up on the scene.

Christine Maurer, of Mission Hills, called the fire department Tuesday morning after smelling smoke in her house. 

“I ran in and got my purse and they told me I couldn’t come back in and I remembered about the tickets,” Maurer told Kansas City TV station WDAF.

Maurer’s favorite team, the Kansas City Royals, is making its first World Series appearance in 29 years. She attempted to enter the house and retrieve her tickets.

“(The firefighters) said if you go back in there, we are going to call the police,” Maurer told WDAF. “So I said … go get my tickets because my kids have just driven in from South Dakota to go to the game.”

Fire Chief Tony Lopez told WDAF that’s when he understood why  Maurer was so desperate to get her tickets. With help from Maurer, Lopez directed one of his firefighters to go and save the tickets.

“Once I had them in my hand, didn’t let go of them,” Maurer told WDAF.

The morning took another bizarre twist when George Brett, a retired Royals legend, and member of the 1985 championship team, suddenly appeared on the scene.

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“George Brett … walked up and it looked like he was out exercising, walking the dog,” Lopez said.

A stunned Maurer talked with Brett, who took photos with her and firefighters.

“I went ‘Oh my gosh! George, I’ve just gotten my tickets,’ and he said ‘are they better than mine?’ “ Maurer told WDAF.

WDAF reports the fire was due to an overheated can light and that damage to the house was minimal

Phil Lesh, Bob Weir of Grateful Dead sing anthem

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Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead joined San Francisco Giants third base coach and musician Tim Flannery to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Tuesday at AT&T Park.

After the Giants held on to beat St. Louis 5-4 in 10 innings, Flannery announced the trio are "now 3-0" when singing the anthem together. The third base coach is 4-1 overall, losing once when he sang with his brother on "Grateful Dead Night."

"We did this two years ago," Flannery said. "And they haven't been together. They're about ready to start a 50th anniversary Grateful Dead, so they kind of split their ways this last summer, and so this might have been the first time they've been together."

Flannery didn't need to sing or shout or say anything else to Brandon Crawford as he rounded third for the game-winning run on Gregor Blanco's 10th-inning bunt to go ahead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

In August, Weir canceled all of the tour dates he had planned through January.

The 66-year-old guitarist, one of the Grateful Dead's founders, said his tour with his current band, RatDog, wouldn't kick off as planned and announced on the band's Website that "circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir & RatDog are being canceled." No other details were given.

The trio of Lesh, Weir and Flannery also performed the anthem before Game 2 of the 2012 NLCS against St. Louis.

"Yeah, we'll get him back out there tomorrow," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said with a smile of Flannery's singing.

HS soccer players allegedly hurl Ebola taunts at West African opponent

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A West African player on a Pennsylvania high school soccer team was allegedly taunted by opposing players with chants of “Ebola!” during a game last week.

The Allentown Morning Call newspaper reports it received two letters from fans who attended the game last Thursday and alleged that racist remarks were hurled by Northampton High School players at a black player for Nazareth High School.

The paper contacted Edward Bachert, the legal guardian for the 16-year-old player from Guinea. Bachert said players for Nazareth told him that in addition to the Ebola comments, Northampton players directed racial slurs at the teen.

Officials for both schools are investigating the claims, the Morning Call reports.

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The paper reports that the teen came to the U.S. with siblings about three years ago. Bachert’s family took in the teen two years ago and said the boy constantly worries about his parents who still live in Guinea, one of the West African countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis.

According to the Morning Call, the teen was ejected in the game’s final minutes after charging at a Northampton player. Bachert told the paper the teen was distressed by the taunting and cried at the kitchen table when he got home.

"He was upset on the field, he was upset when I saw him after the game, he was upset when he came home," Bachert told the Morning Call.

The paper reports some Nazareth players vented on social media following the game.

Veteran reunited with leg stolen by drunk Eagles fans

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Police say a prosthetic leg reported stolen from a veteran in a wheelchair outside the Eagles-Giants football game in south Philadelphia was later recovered on a subway train.

Sonny Forriest Jr., who is known for singing for fans outside Phillies and Eagles games, told police that he had taken off his prosthetic leg during his performance.

He said he was packing up to leave when a woman in her 20s wearing Eagles gear who appeared intoxicated jumped in his lap and broke his microphone.

Acccording to WPVI, the woman apologized to Forriest for breaking the microphone but then ran off with his prosthetic leg. 

"She said, 'I will pay you for it.' I said, 'That's alright baby go ahead and have a good time,' and then she disappeared," Forriest told WPVI-TV.

Police said a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority conductor found the leg at about 1 a.m. Monday at the Olney station in north Philadelphia.

Investigators said they planned to examine transit station surveillance video to try to identify a suspect. They said it appeared that three women took part in the theft.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

Report: Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

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Ready to “Roar,” NFL fans?

Katy Perry has been tapped as the halftime entertainment for the 2015 Super Bowl, according to Billboard.

The news – which the NFL has so far declined to comment on – isn’t a huge surprise since Perry was one of a trio of marquee Top 40 stars speculated to perform since August, when word leaked of the NFL’s ridiculous plan to charge artists for the honor of performing at the game.

Perry got the nod over Rihanna and Coldplay and, we assume, is doing it on her terms since the hit machine appeared on ESPN’s “College Game Day” last Saturday and commented, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

Perry’s solid catalog of hits (“Firework,” “Teenage Dream,” “Part of Me,” “Dark Horse,” “California Gurls” among them) and her sexy-but-not-salacious image make her a sensible choice. And, if her halftime performance is a fraction as entertaining as her full live show, then not many of the 100 million-plus viewers who typically tune in will be making too many beer runs.

What do you think of the choice?

Tiger Woods to open restaurant and sports bar in Florida

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Pro golfer Tiger Woods will open his first restaurant and sports bar in South Florida project officials announced Tuesday.

The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club will open at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, a $150 million mixed-use waterfront complex.

Woods' restaurant will take a 5,900-square-foot space next to an amphiteater and marina , according to Nicholas Mastroianni II, developer of Harbourside Place.

Stores in Harbourside will begin to open next month and continue to open through November. A grand opening is planned for December, Mastroianni said.

According to a blogger for the Golf Channel, Woods’ new bar could prove to be a hot spot for many PGA Tour players, who have moved to South Florida in recent years.

Atlanta Hawks GM to take leave; copy of scouting report obtained

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Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin says General Manager Danny  Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately.

Friday afternoon, Koonin sent out a statement reading in part, "This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing.  As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process."

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Earlier Friday, WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution jointly obtained a copy of the Luol Deng report that Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry was reading from during a June conference call.

Part of the five-page report, with portions redacted, contains separate sections of different personnel.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the audio recording of that conference call Thursday evening where Ferry could be heard discussing the strengths and weaknesses of Deng and states, "He has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff in the back."

Ferry's statement led to a letter from minority Hawks owner Michael Gearon Jr. to majority owner Bruce Levenson asking for Ferry's resignation. It also touched off an internal investigation into the front office that discovered a racially insensitive letter from Levenson himself. Levenson has since come forward with that letter and announced he'll sell his share of the team. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin announced this week he has disciplined Ferry but will not seek a new general manager.

Follow the latest developments on the story from our news partners at WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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