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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) --  Former NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar urged police and the black community to start having meaningful conversations following both the recent targeted killings of law enforcement officers and the deaths of black men at the hands of police.

“It’s a frightening thing to see the breakdown start to occur like that because without the police, we don’t have a civil society," Abdul-Jabbar told ABC News’ White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in Philadelphia. "We have chaos, and we need police absolutely. They are really heroes. We ask too much of them, and they try to do it with a smile.”

“The former Los Angeles Lakers star said “institutionalized racism” in the criminal justice system has made it more difficult for conversations to take place between law enforcement and the black community. "There is no conversation," he said. "They’re not even talking past each other."

“People make assumptions about people of color, and people of color make assumptions about the law enforcement apparatus, and neither one of them are correct,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar grew up in a family of police officers. His father worked as a transit cop in New York City, and his grandfather also served as a police officer.

“My dad would’ve been upset that so many black people are being killed unnecessarily,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar said he was most disturbed by the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was holding a toy gun when he was killed by a police officer in Cleveland in 2014.

“He had a toy gun," Abdul-Jabbar said. "He was playing on Christmas Day, my goodness, and the officer didn’t even wait two seconds before he shot him,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar, who is slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night, said Hillary Clinton is the “best choice for our country.”

Donald Trump is “pandering to fear,” he said. “The answer to our problems is not chauvinism and fear mongering."

"He has no solutions,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “He just says he’s the solution, He’s going to solve all our problems through his brilliant understanding of all the issues. Nobody is that smart. Nobody.”

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Aaron Rodgers has finally spoken out about his brother, Jordan, competing on The Bachelorette.

Jordan has said on the current season of the ABC reality series that he is estranged from the Green Bay Packers quarterback; Aaron was absent when Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher met his family.

At one point, Jordan told Fletcher he didn't think Aaron even knew he'd signed up for the show.

When asked by reporters at Packers training camp Tuesday about his younger brother and The Bachelorette, Aaron commented, "I haven't seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn't really affected me a whole lot," ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported.

However, Aaron chose not to discuss the status of his relationship with his brother.

"As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm just -- I'm not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition," he said.

Jordan Rodgers is one of two finalists on The Bachelorette, along with Robby Hayes. Fletcher is expected to choose one of them on next Monday night's season finale.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Steve Gleason remembers the moment well when he was hailed as an NFL hero.

It was September 2006 and the Saints were back in the Superdome for the first time since Hurricane Katrina had ravaged the city.

Early in the game, Gleason blocked a punt, helping to clinch the win for his team and uplifting the community that had lost so much.

But in 2011, five years after that historic game, the once powerful NFL player had lost his ability to move, to talk and eventually, to breathe. Gleason was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it affects motor skills and has an average survival time of two to five years.

Then six weeks after the diagnosis, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco found out she was pregnant with the couple’s son, Rivers.

“He had this terminal diagnosis, but we felt like we could walk on water,” Varisco told Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan. “I just remember it was one of the happiest moments of both of our lives. Just knowing … we were going to have a baby, and this is going to happen.”

From that day forward, Steve Gleason made it his mission to record hundreds of videos for their unborn son, sharing life lessons he had learned along the way, while Gleason still had the ability to speak.

“I had some soaring and incredible moments on the football field, but I've had even more uplifting moments off the field since diagnosis,” he told Strahan.

In the end, Gleason recorded more than 1,300 hours of touching, heart-wrenching video diaries that are now part of a new documentary called Gleason, directed by Clay Tweel.

“I've tried to share not only my memories and my looks, but also my self-doubts and my shortcomings,” Gleason said.

“We could have made a movie that kind of glosses over the hard parts and just showed the hero parts and the easy parts,” Varisco added. “I feel like we wanted to show the truth. If we’re going to do this, we’re going to go all out and show the truth of our lives.”

day, Gleason relies on a ventilator to stay alive and a computer to speak. His wife said he researched a place where he can “voice bank” his actual speaking voice so he can sound more like himself when speaking though the computer.

“Then it goes to eye technology where he talks with his eyes but he’s talking a letter at a time,” Varisco said.

Gleason and his family’s next mission is the non-profit they created, with the help of some of his former teammates, to make sure all ALS patients have access to technology that gives them back their voices and improves their quality of life.

Last year, President Obama signed the Gleason Act, which would make this technology available through Medicare and Medicaid.

“Most of what ALS takes away technology can give back,” Gleason said.

For Team Gleason, just surviving isn’t enough. Their non-profit also provides patients with opportunities to travel and go on adventures – a reflection of the way Michel and Steve has always lived.

Gleason marked the one year anniversary of his diagnosis with a skydiving trip, followed by a trip to Machu Picchu. He could no longer walk by then, so his former Saints teammate Scott Fujita helped Gleason make the climb.

“I said, ‘like, 9,000 feet.’” Fujita said. “And he says, ‘yes.’ I said, ‘all right, don't know how we're going to do it, but it's booked, we're doing it.’”

“My NFL brother… told me after my diagnosis he would go with me to the ends of the Earth if necessary,” Gleason said. “He's done that literally and figuratively.”

But the physical complications aside, the Gleason documentary focuses on Gleason being a father to his young son while struggling with ALS.

“I often feel inadequate as a father,” Gleason said. “Fortunately, because of this … technology and an equally bad--- care crew, I'm able to be very involved in Rivers' life… I pick up Rivers every day from school. I'm at all of his practices. I get to help get him ready for bed at night.”

“He's got to try harder than any other dad because he can't talk,” Varisco added. “Rivers is fast. He's slow. I mean, it's just difficult. It's easy to quit, and Steve is not a quitter.”

Although the film is full of emotional moments, the family shares a lot of laughter too.

“You’ve got to do something,” Varisco said. “And we're both funny. We're funny people I think. So laughing has been one of the best solutions to get through this.”

“I'd like to say I'm a naturally funny dude,” Gleason continued. “But in reality, I think I just have no choice. Humor is definitely healing. So I think we've tried to use it that way.”

Gleason director Clay Tweel watched all 1,300 hours of Gleason's videos to choose moments for the documentary, which opened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and already has generated some Oscar buzz. Finding the balance between the humor and the raw, honest moments is something Tweel weaved together delicately, and not just for what Gleason was going through, but also his wife.

"I think the most surprising thing about making the film was the depths that we could explore Michel's experience through all this," Tweel said. "When I joined the project, I felt like the story was going to be about this guy who, through a set tragic set of circumstances, was finding his purpose and kind of this father and son story."

"But what I really didn't know was, and what nobody talked about, was Michel's experience and the kind of complex series of emotions as a caretaker that she was going through, and how the disease affects everyone around Steve, as well," he continued. "So I think that that, for me, took the movie to another level and allowed it to be not just a movie about ALS but, you know, is this a movie about family and about love and about the human spirit."


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

INTERLEAGUE

Toronto 7, San Diego 6, 12 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 3, Tampa Bay 2
Colorado 6, Baltimore 3
Seattle 7, Pittsburgh 4
Chi White Sox 3, Chi Cubs 0
Cleveland 7, Washington 6
Atlanta 2, Minnesota 0  

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 9, Boston 8
Oakland 6, Texas 3
N-Y Yankees 6, Houston 3
L.A. Angels 13, Kansas City 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 9, Arizona 4
San Francisco 9, Cincinnati 7
St. Louis 3, N-Y Mets 2
Miami 5, Philadelphia 0

N-Y Mets 3, St. Louis 1

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jeff Gordon has signed with the talent agency CAA.

Deadline reports the agency will represent the superstar driver for television, speaking, personal appearances, lifestyle licensing, publishing, video games, digital media, and commercial endorsements.

Gordon retired from full-time Sprint Cup Series action after last season and is now a broadcaster for Fox's NASCAR coverage. However, the four-time champ returned to the track last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who's out with concussion-like symptoms.

Gordon will again replace his former Hendrick Motorsports teammate this weekend at Pocono.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Roger Federer will be skipping the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month and the rest of this season, the Swiss tennis player announced in a Facebook post Tuesday.

The reason why? His knee.

"Considering all options after consulting with my doctors and my team, I have made the very difficult decision to call an end to my 2016 season as I need more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year," Federer, 34, said.

"The doctors advised that if I want to play on the ATP World Tour injury free for another few years, as I intend to do, I must give both my knee and body the proper time to fully recover," he continued.

Federer said he's motivated to come back next year "strong, healthy and in shape to play attacking tennis."

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After 14 seasons in the NBA, Amar'e Stoudemire has retired as a member of the New York Knicks.

Stoudemire, 33, announced his retirement Tuesday after signing a one-year contract with the team.

"I came to New York in 2010 to help revitalize this franchise and we did just that," he said in a statement. "Carmelo [Anthony], Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] have continued this quest, and with this year's acquisitions, the team looks playoff-bound once again. Although my career has taken me to other places around the country, my heart had always remained in the Big Apple. Once a Knick, Always a Knick."

In his 14-year career, the center played for the Phoenix Suns, the Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat. He was named an NBA All-Star six times, averaging 18.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 846 career games.

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory could face a longer suspension.

The 23-year-old has reportedly violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy again, sources tell ESPN, after he was issued a 10-game suspension for a violation earlier in the offseason.

It was not clear whether he missed a drug test or failed a test, according to ESPN.

Gregory was not expected to be at training camp with the Cowboys this week, a source told ESPN, as he was entered into a treatment facility.

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Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Melvin Upton Jr. is heading to Toronto.

The Blue Jays acquired the 31-year-old outfielder from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Hansel Rodriguez.

Im excited to join my new @BlueJays teammates today and can't wait to help continue the winning tradition that's been built here. #letsgo

— Melvin Upton Jr. (@MelvinUptonJr) July 26, 2016

Toronto will also get some cash out of the deal. MLB Network reports the Padres will pay most -- all but $5 million -- of the roughly $22 million that's owed to Upton through the end of next season.

So far this year, Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- Despite taking over as head coach midseason, Tyronn Lue led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals this year. And now, he'll reportedly get a chance to coach the team full-time for the next few seasons to come.

Sources tell ESPN that Lue and the Cavs agreed on a five-year extension Monday. The deal is worth $35 million, Cleveland.com reports.

Lue was named Cleveland's head coach in January after David Blatt was fired. Under his watch, the team went 27-14 in the second half of the season.

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