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Man snatches sports souvenir from young fan, kid's reaction is adorable

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It’s fan etiquette 101: Don’t take a foul ball (or a hockey puck) from a kid.

During Thursday night’s hockey game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one guy learned that the hard way.

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In the second period of the Pittsburgh Penguins versus Buffalo Sabres game, a puck ricocheted into the Sabres' bench.

Coach Dan Bylsma, who spent several seasons behind the bench in Pittsburgh, scooped up the puck and pointed to a young fan sitting a few rows behind the bench.

Bylsma tossed the puck over the glass to the little boy, who was anxiously awaiting a cool souvenir.

Then the unthinkable happened.

An adult snatched the puck before the kid could catch it!

Maybe the guy had good intentions with the puck, but come on, it was clearly intended for the kid.

The crowd at Consol Energy Center booed for quite some time as the man refused to hand the puck over to the kid.

The whole time, the young fan stayed composed and handled himself like a true gentleman.

Bylsma later made things right and flipped the kid another puck.

Then the Penguins took matters into their own hands and got the boy a Sidney Crosby sweater.

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Way to go, Pens! 

Jerome Bettis parks 'The Bus' in Canton

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The humbled men in gold jackets were unmistakable.

So were the unending seas of yellow Terrible Towels there to greet them.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis headlined the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015 on Saturday night, the sixth-leading rusher in NFL history greeted by thousands of fans who made the short trip to Canton and gave the final stop of his singular career a decided western Pennsylvania flavor.

The capacity crowd at Tom Benson Stadium -- most of them clad in some version of black-and-gold -- roared as Bettis made his way down the red carpet, his enshrinement serving as the final destination for a player who embodied the blue-collar mentality of the city and the franchise he helped lead to a fifth Super Bowl title in 2006.

The adulation surrounding Bettis' induction proved fitting on a night so many saw their lengthy waits to join football's most exclusive club come to an end.

Only linebacker Junior Seau was elected in his first year on the ballot. For the rest, Saturday night was a mixture of relief, joy and wonder.

Defensive end Charles Haley cracked jokes between heartfelt disclosures of his battle with depression. Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff didn't say a word, instead letting Hall of Fame teammate Fran Tarkenton speak for him shortly after Tingelhoff's bust was unveiled.

"He's waited 37 years to get to the Hall of Fame," Tarkenton said as thousands rose to their feet in appreciation.

Kansas City guard Will Shields spoke with the same thoughtfulness that made him one of the best linemen of his generation during a standout career with the Chiefs.

Contributors Bill Polian and Ron Wolf paid tribute to the icons who paved the way for their success. Wide receiver Tim Brown led chants of "Rai-ders! Rai-ders!" in a joyous moment more than a decade after the last of his 1,094 receptions.

Haley, the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings, gave a rousing, freewheeling speech that included a good-natured jabs at everyone from former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. DeBartolo called the decision to trade Haley to Dallas in 1992 his biggest mistake during his tenure.

Haley didn't disagree, though he also made sure to pay emotional tribute to the men who signed his paychecks. That included a touching nod to Jones, who organized a bone marrow drive when Haley's daughter Brianna was diagnosed with leukemia.

While Haley retired after the 1999 season with 100½ sacks and a fistful of championships. Yet he spent the better part of a decade watching former teammates get the call while his phone remained silent.

He blamed it partly on his own struggle with his inner demons. Haley said he was a "22-year-old man with a 16-year-old inside of me screaming for help and I would not ask for it" when he arrived in the NFL in 1986.

Even as he helped the 49ers win a pair of Super Bowls before earning three more with Dallas, Haley couldn't seem to shake the idea that something was wrong, something he couldn't quite articulate.

"My life spiraled out of control for years, for years," Haley said. "But today, guys, I am getting back into the locker room, to my teammates and tell them guys the mistakes that I've made and that the only way you can grow is that you've got to ask for help."

Wolf, who hired Mike Holmgren and traded for Brett Favre shortly after taking over in 1991, led off by praising the core that restored the Packers to legitimacy after two decades of mediocrity.

"There was always a threat to players of other teams that if they didn't shape up, they would be traded to Green Bay," Wolf said. "We worked hard to eliminate that stigma."

Green Bay won its first Super Bowl in nearly 30 years in 1997 when Favre guided the Packers by New England. Wolf, who spent 23 years working for the Raiders, called owner Al Davis a "remarkable teacher" who gave him a chance to grow from a scout scouring for prospects into one of the most respected team builders of his generation.

Polian praised Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy for helping him resurrect the Bills after Polian took over as general manager in 1984. The two men put together the foundation of a team that made four straight Super Bowl appearances behind Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed, all of whom Polian joined in the Hall. Polian finally won a championship with Indianapolis and Peyton Manning, though Polian couldn't help but wonder how a "kid from the Bronx" ended up in Canton.

There was no wondering for Bettis, who wasn't shy about his desire to follow in the footsteps of other Steeler greats who guided the team to greatness.

Many of them were on hand to watch Bettis join them, including Franco Harris, Joe Greene, Mel Blount and Lynn Swann. Several of Bettis' former teammates, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward, watched from in front of the stage as the Hall's doors finally opened for the player known simply as "The Bus."

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Tim Tebow shocks Walmart shoppers by paying layaway tab

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Tim Tebow brought tears to the eyes of a few Florida families this weekend when the former NFL quarterback unexpectedly showed up at an Orlando Walmart to pay off their layaway tabs.

Tebow was filming a segment for “Good Morning America,” Sunday as part of week-long series in which the show is going across the country to surprise shoppers by paying off their layaway accounts.

In the segment that aired Monday morning, shopper Jasmine Nunes was approached by Tebow at Walmart in Orlando.

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Nunes told Tebow about recent hard times her family had experienced and how much it meant to her to have the $220.02 layaway account paid. Her items included gifts for her nieces and a new nephew who will be having his first Christmas.

“Oh my God, thank you!” she cried, hugging Tebow. 

Later, she called her mother, telling her: “Mom you’re never going to believe what just happened. Tim Tebow just paid my layaway!”

In another segment, Tebow paid off the $701 tab for Damara Jarrett in the same Orlando Walmart.

Jarrett said she is a full-time student who had been in a car accident recently and her layaway items included gifts for her two children.

“You don’t understand how hard I’ve been working,” Jarrett told Tebow after hearing the bill was to be paid. "And then I said I was going to take stuff off [the account] because I can’t afford everything, and then this. Just thank you. I just want to cry."

NFL's Rams raise hands in Ferguson support; cops want punishment

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Five St. Louis Rams players stood with their arms raised in an apparent show of solidarity for Ferguson protesters before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions.

A Rams spokesman said Sunday the team was not aware the gesture had been planned before the game against Oakland.

Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt came out together first, with the move obscured by a smoke machine in the upper reaches of the Edward Jones Dome. Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens — all of whom are black — then came out and stood together with arms raised.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association has condemned the actions of the players who made the "hands-up, don't shoot" pose, an apparent gesture showing support for Michael Brown and Ferguson protestors.

The SLPOA released a statement that reads, in part, "[We're] profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory."

The statement also demands the players involved be disciplined  and called on the Rams and the NFL to issue a public apology as well.

After Tre Mason scored on an 8-yard run to make it 45-0 in the fourth quarter, he and Britt raised their hands together.

There have been riots, looting and buildings burned in Ferguson since a grand jury declined Monday to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown in August.

Across the street from the stadium, about 75 protesters gathered in the second half as about 30 police wearing riot gear watched from a safe distance. Protesters chanted "Hands up, don't shoot!" ''No Justice, No Football!" ''This is what Democracy looks like," and "We're here for Mike Brown."

"Taking sides? No, we're over here. We want to show that we over here for a great cause. That something positive comes out of it." Chris Givens told KTVI.

"We help build up the people around this community daily and weekly by visiting schools and talking to kids. So, coming out and showing that we unified with the rest of them was key to us,"Jared Cook told KMOV.

KMOV says Austin and Bailey mirrored those sentiments, saying, "We understand that it was a big tragedy and we hope something positive comes out of it. ... There's a lot of violence around St. Louis and we just want it to stop."

Sunday's matchup against the Oakland Raiders was the Rams' first game since a grand jury cleared Officer Darren Wilson of all charges in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

This decision sparked mass protests around the St. Louis area — both peaceful and violent — and demonstrations extended to cities throughout the country.

The Rams had additional security measures in place for the game, including armed personnel from the National Guard. The team has wanded fans outside entrances all season.

Iconic Budweiser Clydesdales reportedly being replaced for hipper ad campaign

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Have we seen the last of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales?

According to a Wall Street Journal report,  Anheuser-Busch (properly known as AB InBev) will look to connect with a younger generation which means commercials featuring the Clydesdale horses are likely to be replaced by a hipper advertising campaign.

The Wall Street Journal reports that means the company "will not trot out the traditional Budweiser Clydesdales for this year’s holiday advertising. It means February’s Super Bowl ads will feature something more current than last year’s Fleetwood Mac. It means less baseball and more raves with DJ group Cash Cash."

The Clydesdales have been showcased in Bud ads since 1987 and have been particularly visible in holiday and Super Bowl television commercial spots.

This holiday season, however, Budweiser’s commercials will feature 20-somethings "looking directly into the camera and calling out friends’ names as a narrator asks 'If you could grab a Bud with any of your friends these holidays, who would it be?' "

The Wall Street Journal also reports that AB InBev will be sponsoring food festivals in the hopes of identifying with 21- to 27-year old "foodies."

The company will also add parties in college towns and will possibly grow its "Made in America" two-day music festival which pulls in big-name performers and up-and-coming bands.

Why many headlines on Michael Phelps' girlfriend aren't accurate

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One of the world's most famous athletes Michael Phelps has quite the history of making headlines away from the pool, but his latest venture into the spotlight involves his girlfriend and a seemingly unnecessary debate over whether she was born a man or woman.

Taylor Lianne Chandler told Radar Online she was born with both sets of reproductive organs, but she identified as a boy until her teenage years. While that's considered being born intersex, you'll note the outlet's headline reads she "Was Born A Man!"

Phelps is currently in rehab and serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming after police in Maryland arrested him for his second DUI in late September. By far the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, Phelps was in the process of training for the 2016 Olympics at the time of his arrest. (Video viaCNN & ABC / ESPN)

Chandler also told Radar Online she met Phelps in August through the matchmaking app Tinder, and she told him about her past through an email while he was in rehab. She says the Olympian has yet to respond.

She said, “Michael is a brand, and dating someone like me may not be the best thing. I just hope he follows his heart and not what his people tell him.”

And oh, the headlines that followed. Virtually every headline about the revelation to this point says Chandler was born a mana boy or a male. The Daily Mail's headline reads Chandler "admits she was born a male" as though she's done something wrong.

And Chandler does appear to have some real remorse about not telling Phelps a very intimate secret earlier in their relationship, but the gender identity reporting hasn't gone over well with her.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Chandler appeared to reference the Radar Online article when she wrote, in part, "Two steps forward and 100 steps backwards. ... In a world of educated people that had all the facts of intersex and what it means and then to sell a magazine say[ing] Michael Phelps is dating a MAN. I have cried now for an hour."

The Intersex Society of North America tries to combat misconceptions about the incredibly complex issue."Rather than trying to play a semantic game that never ends ... We work to build a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for anyone born with what someone believes to be non-standard sexual anatomy."

Chandler doesn't know if her relationship with Phelps will continue once he leaves rehab.

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