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iStock/Thinkstock(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tributes are flooding social media to honor the late Pat Summitt, the legendary women's college basketball coach who guided the Tennessee Volunteers to eight national titles in her 38 seasons at the university.

Summitt led the Lady Vols to 1,098 victories, which constitutes the most wins in Division I college basketball history for men and women.

Legendary College Basketball Coach Pat Summitt Dies- RIP big Boss... You were amazing:) https://t.co/dDM05AXOep

— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) June 28, 2016

Summitt battled Alzheimer's later in her life, and her advocacy for patients of the disease constitutes a major part of her legacy.

Rest in peace to the greatest women's basketball coach ever!!! You will be missed @patsummitt

— Jabari Parker (@JabariParker) June 28, 2016

I will treasure the time I spent with Pat Summitt..especially at her home in Knoxville. The… https://t.co/nW5msJc5ve

— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) June 28, 2016

Some of the tributes have come from female sports icons, like tennis star and LGBT advocate Martina Navratilova.

Rest in Peace Pat Summitt pic.twitter.com/WQpGX7xRsH

— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) June 28, 2016

Other tributes have come from men and women in the coaching field, like New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton.

Rest in peace, Pat Summitt.

— Hannah Storm (@HannahStormESPN) June 28, 2016

Thinking about @patsummitt and sending prayers for her and her family.

— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) June 26, 2016

Tyler Summitt, Pat's son, issued a statement this morning saying his mother died peacefully at a senior living home in Knoxville, Tennessee, surrounded by those who loved her most. She was 64 years old.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Five years before Pat Summitt's death, the legendary University of Tennessee basketball coach was leading her beloved team -- while battling early onset dementia.

"I've been so amazed at the response to dementia and how I'm going to deal with it," Summitt told ABC News' Robin Roberts in 2011.

"These are uncharted waters," Assistant Coach Mickie DeMoss told ABC News at the time. "I don't know how many coaches have made an announcement of dementia that's still coaching."

Summitt -- remembered as the all-time most winning D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history -- told Roberts, "What I want to do is get other people to understand: If you have dementia, don't be afraid of it."

"I work out five days a week -- they say that's very, very important," Summitt said, adding that she would keep her mind sharp with puzzles.

Lady Vols player Vicki Baugh told ABC News at the time that Summitt exemplified a lasting lesson -- "there's no excuses."

"Pat lives by that every day on the court and off the court," Baugh said.

"No matter what is thrown her way, she will overcome it. And I apply that to myself," Baugh said. "There's no excuse to not succeeding and doing the things that I want to do."

"It's all about the players," Summitt told Roberts. "I like to see young people succeed."

"I always think I have something to teach them," she said smiling.

Summitt, who stepped down as University of Tennessee's women's basketball coach in 2012, died peacefully this morning at the age of 64, according to her family.

"Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination, just as she did with every opponent she ever faced," her son Tyler said in a statement. "Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease."

"For 64 years, my mother first built her life upon a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her foundation was also built upon love of her family and of her players, and love of the fundamentals of hard work which reflected her philosophy that ‘you win in life with people,'" Tyler said. "She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many -- she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure."

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Courtesy Sports Illustrated(NEW YORK) -- Few have made it on both the cover of Vanity Fair in a corset and the cover of Sports Illustrated with an Olympic gold medal. But since announcing her transition last year, Caitlyn Jenner has continued to break barriers. Now, 40 years after her record-breaking Olympic victory in Montreal, the 66-year-old appears on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated covered in gold sequins and with her gold medal to match.

This marks Jenner’s first time wearing the medal around her neck since the victory. "It's a picture that brings attention to this issue," Jenner told SI. "That's the important thing. That's why I wore the medal." Jenner appeared on the cover 40 years ago as Bruce.

But the medal isn’t something Jenner usually flaunts. In fact, it typically remains tucked away in her nail drawer, she said. Her children’s show and tell presentations were about the extent to which it was put on display.

In the feature, which also includes a 22-minute video, Jenner discusses both her Olympic years as well as her more recent decision to transition.

“My life was distraction after distraction after distraction,” she said of her years as one of the world’s most famous athletes. “Being a macho male was a way for me to try to convince myself that the woman living inside of me really isn’t living inside me.”

After years of grappling with herself, Jenner said she finally made the decision to transition in 2014, once she felt it was the right time for herself and for society. “This issue doesn’t deserve to be in the gutter anymore,” she said.

Though the cover seems to bring her two lives together, throughout the interview, Jenner maintains that she finds more value in her role as an advocate than an Olympic athlete.

The story appears in the July 4 to 11 edition of Sports Illustrated and can be found here.

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Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — Pat Summitt, the legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach, died today in Tennessee, the Pat Summitt Foundation announced this morning. She was 64.

Her son, Tyler Summitt, said in a statement, "She died peacefully this morning at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most."

Pat is survived by her mother, Hazel Albright Head; son, Ross “Tyler” Summitt (AnDe); sister, Linda; brothers, Tommy (Deloris), Charles (Mitzi) and Kenneth (Debbie).

Tyler's statement continued, "She’ll be remembered as the all-time winningest D-1 basketball coach in NCAA history, but she was more than a coach to so many – she was a hero and a mentor, especially to me, her family, her friends, her Tennessee Lady Volunteer staff and the 161 Lady Vol student-athletes she coached during her 38-year tenure."

The obituary on the Pat Summitt Foundation website, read, "A private service and burial for family and friends will be held in Middle Tennessee. A public service to celebrate her life will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena, on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Details for the celebration of life will be shared at a later date."

The obituary read, "On Tuesday, June 28 2016, Pat passed away peacefully, following a courageous battle with early onset dementia, “Alzheimer’s Type." This disease attacked a lifetime of precious memories, memories that she has now won back as she rests in her eternal home. Memories that will live on in each and every relationship she developed throughout her life."

The obituary continued, "This is one simple statement that Patricia Sue Head Summitt embodied, lived by and passed on to so many throughout her 64 years of life. She ‘won’ every day of her life because of the relationships she developed, nurtured and cherished. Relationships with her family and friends. Relationships with players, coaches, and fans. And most importantly, a strong relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ."

Summitt stepped down as Tennessee's coach in 2012, one year after announcing her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Even after stepping down, Summitt remained involved with the Lady Vols, holding the position of head coach emeritus.

Summitt coached the Lady Vols to eight national championships in her 38 seasons and notched 1,098 career victories, more than any other Division I basketball coach. She was named NCAA coach of the year seven times. She also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976, the first year there was an Olympic women's basketball tournament, and took home a silver medal.

Summitt was widely know for her stare -- an icy look she would flash to players after a bad play.

In 2012, Summit was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Summit was born in Clarksville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1952. She grew up on a dairy farm in Henrietta, Tenn., where she planted tobacco and milked cows.

"I look back now and I think that just made me who I am, in terms of my drive and my work ethic," she said in an interview with ABC News' Peter Jennings in 2005.

She and her three older brothers learned to play basketball using a hoop her father put up in the hay barn.

"When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don't take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, 'No one can outwork you,'" Summitt told ABC News' Robin Roberts in a 2011 interview.

When she was named head coach of the University of Tennessee women's team in 1974, Summitt was just 22, barely older than her players. The university had originally offered Summitt an assistant coaching job but promptly promoted her when the team's head coach announced she was taking a sabbatical.

In those early days under Title IX -- the landmark federal law that led schools and colleges to dramatically increase access to sports and other programs for women -- women's basketball games weren't televised and attendance was poor. The Lady Vols were so strapped for cash that Summitt washed her players' uniforms at home and drove the team to games.

"I remember nights I was driving the van and I'm about to go to sleep, and I'd just roll down the window and stick my head out," Summitt told Roberts.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR might seem like a man's world, but two NASCAR women have been named among the 30 most powerful women in sports.

Adweek magazine compiled the list which includes Danica Patrick and Lesa France Kennedy, NASCAR vice chairman and CEO of International Speedway Corporation.

France Kennedy is no stranger to such lists.  In 2015 Forbes named her the single most powerful woman in sports.

France Kennedy is a third-generation member of NASCAR's first family.  Her grandfather, Bill France Sr., co-founded NASCAR in 1948. ICS, of course, owns and/or operates more than a dozen tracks including Daytona International Speedway.  The publicly traded company earned more than $645 million in revenue in 2015.

Patrick, of course, in her fourth season driving the No. 10 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, was the first woman to win the pole position at the Daytona 500.

"Being chosen along with such an incredible group of women is testament to the relevancy and popularity of NASCAR and motorsports," Kennedy said in a statement provided by NASCAR to NASCAR.com. "I'm particularly pleased to be joined by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, who is inspiring the next generation of women drivers and competitors. A profound thank you to the Adweek team."

Tennis star Serena Williams topped the Adweek list. The women will be honored at the Clio Sports gala on July 7 in New York.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

Kansas City 6, St. Louis 2
Oakland 8, San Francisco 3
Colorado 9, Toronto 5
Cleveland 8, Atlanta 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 9, N.Y. Yankees 6
Tampa Bay 13, Boston 7
Houston 4, Los Angeles, 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Washington 11, N.-Y. Mets 4
Chi. Cubs 11, Cincinnati 8
Los Angeles 5, Pittsburgh 4
Philadelphia 8, Arizona 0

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- After one of the biggest upsets in sports history, England manager Roy Hodgson has resigned.

Iceland, a country of 330,000 people, beat England, a traditional power of world soccer, at the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament for a final score of 2-1 on Monday.

Hodgson called the loss "unacceptable" and said according to ESPN it was "time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry group."

The 68-year-old manager also said assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville would be leaving with him.

Hodgson had won three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

This latest loss also adds to the suffering for England after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union in the ‘Brexit’ referendum on Thursday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductees, and Eric Lindros finally made the cut.

The announcement Monday revealed that players Lindros, Sergei Makarov, Rogie Vachon, and the late Pat Quinn in the builders category would be inducted after a vote from the selection committee in Toronto.

Lindros, who had been eligible for induction for the past six years, was a superstar for the Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP for the regular season in 1994-1995 and suffered a number of injures including multiple concussions.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members," Hockey Hall of Fame chairman John Davidson said in a statement. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(PHOENIX) -- A mid-air medical emergency took a plane full of passengers by surprise when one man collapsed of an apparent heart attack. But the surprises were just beginning.

When passengers and crew rushed to help, a familiar face appeared in the crowd: NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

Tebow moved toward the unconscious man and his family, then led a group of passengers in prayer, according to passenger Richard Gotti.

Medical staff met the flight at the gate when it landed at its destination in Phoenix. The man survived.

Delta Air Lines confirmed that the incident occurred, but said that because of privacy rules it could not confirm Tebow's involvement.

The company said it did not know exactly when during the flight the emergency occurred, but it confirmed that the flight crew consulted with a team of doctors on the ground and decided that the safest option would be for the plane to complete its trip to Phoenix.

Flight 1772 originated in Atlanta and carried 177 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) -- The Tour de France will use thermal cameras this year to detect hidden motors used by cyclists to gain an unfair advantage, French officials announced Monday.

The new technology will crack down on so-called "mechanical doping," and attempt to maintain the integrity of professional cycling, a sport that has been plagued in the past with doping scandals involving performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier this year, the International Cycling Union (UCI) discovered that Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche concealed an electric motor in her bike during the Women Under 23 race of the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, according to the UCI.

She was suspended for six years and ordered to return all medals and prize money.

Thierry Braillard, the French Secretary of State for Sports, announced the use of thermal cameras at a news conference this morning with Thierry Mandon, the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research; Brian Cookson, the president of the UCI; David Lappartient, president of the French Cycling Federation; and Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France.

The cameras were produced by the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission in collaboration with the French government.

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