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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- July's been a great month for Keenan Briggs and the players on the Warren County South All-Stars in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, the team of 10- and 11-year-olds took home the state championship, 6-0, after winning 10 games in the postseason and scooping up the state tournament.

And on July 1, during the first game of the postseason, Keenan, one of the team's pitchers, hit his first over-the-fence home run.

"Once I hit it, I looked up and I saw it had a chance, it was high enough to go over," Keenan said. "I was like, 'Did I really do this?' I was so happy. ... Now I know I can do it."

It was a huge deal for Keenan, who was born without his left hand and forearm. While he'd hit homers inside the park, Keenan hadn't been able to hit the ball over the fence and it was a feat that he feared he'd never achieve.

"About three to four days before Keenan hit the home run, he expressed to us that the fact that a lot of his friends were hitting the ball really hard ... and in games were hitting the balls over the fence," said his mother, Crista Briggs. "He said, 'I'm afraid I won't ever be able to do that,' and we told him, 'Don't even try to focus on hitting a home run -- that may never happen -- what we want you to focus on is just hitting on the ground and running really hard.'"

His father, Kevin Briggs, said he was celebrating so much after the hit that he didn't even see Keenan round the bases.

"I was like, 'Wow, he did it. He did it,'" Kevin Briggs said.

Keenan's parents said that from the moment Keenan was born, they'd decided to treat him no differently and to give him every opportunity.

Kevin Briggs said that Keenan has played a variety of sports and had excelled and won awards.

"He just figures it out," Kevin Briggs said. "He has just figured out a way to do it and he did that from a very early age. ... For me, it's a combination of a lot of the hard work that Keenan has put in to be able to compete at this level. ... He works really hard at it."

Crista Biggs advised parents to try not to worry too much about children who are without a limb.

"They will figure things out on their own," she said. "They will learn their own way of doing things and they will succeed. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, practice, commitment but in the end, if they put in the time, it will be such a reward for them."

Next up on Keenan's list: throwing a no-hitter.

"I like just striking people out and having fun," he said. "It feels good. I mean, I just feel like I'm no different than anyone else."

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DigitalVision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Boston Celtics are expected to sign free-agent point guard Shane Larkin, a league source tells ESPN.

Larkin was the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft and last played for the NBA during the 2015-2016 season for the Brooklyn Nets.

This summer the Celtics have signed nine players inlcuding All-Star Gordon Hayward. There are only six returning players on the team's current roster: Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

Earlier this week, the Celtics signed small forward Paul Pierce so he could retire as a member of the team.  

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Twins are close to acquiring left-handed starter Jaime Garcia in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for a minor league player, according to ESPN sources.

Garcia has a history of shoulder trouble and was 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA for the Braves last season.

Garcia spent most of his injury-interrupted career with the St. Louis Cardinals before he was acquired by the Braves in an offseason trade.

In his eight seasons with St. Louis he went 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA. In 2011, he won a World Series with the Cardinals.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) -- Dikembe Mutombo is interested in getting into NBA ownership and wants to find partners to join a bid for the Houston Rockets. 

Mutombo told Houston's Fox 26 Sports, "I'm trying to convince some people about trying to buy this team. It's one of the best franchises right now. It's really the right time."

Mutombo felt that he missed his opportunity to own a team when the Atlanta Hawks were sold in 2015.

Mutombo ended his 18-year NBA career playing for the Rockets between 2004 and 2009. He spoke highly of the team to Houston Fox 26 Sports: "The Rockets are a great franchise. They have a great team. They've got great coaches, great basketball player, great staff."

Currently there is no set date for selling the team. The Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown will oversee the process of selling the franchise.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers have released offensive tackle Michael Oher after failing a physical. Oher has been on concussion protocol since last September.

"The most important thing is his health," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "Michael's health always came first. We were not going to force th issue. Michael understood and we expressed that to him."

After his release on Thursday, Oher tweeted that the "brain is a scary thing."

The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it.

— Michael Oher (@MichaelOher) July 20, 2017

Oher, a first-round draft pick in 2009, played in two Super Bowls. In 2013, Oher won his first Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens.

Oher joined the Panthers in 2015 and started at left tackle during a 15-1 season. He started the first three games of the 2016 season before going on concussion protocol.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 8, Boston 6
Baltimore 9, Texas 7
Kansas City 16, Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 4, Seattle 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 3, St. Louis 2
Arizona 12, Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 4, Milwaukee2
Atlanta 6, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 5, San Francisco 2

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Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(OXFORD, Miss.) -- Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze resigned the position on Thursday night, effective immediately.

ANNOUNCEMENT | Hugh Freeze has resigned effective immediately. Matt Luke interim head coach. Press conference live at 7:30 PM CT on ESPNews.

— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) July 20, 2017



Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said at a press conference Thursday that a pattern of phone calls made to a number associated with a female escort service was the reason for Freeze's resignation.

The school did announce that co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Matt Luke would be named interim head coach.

Earlier Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported on a phone call made from Freeze's school-issued phone to a female escort service. That call was raised to the school's attention by former Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt, during a lawsuit.

Bjork told ESPN that as university officials looked deeper into the phone records for Freeze's school-issued phone, they found a pattern of calls. "It was troubling," Bjork said.

Bjork added that had Freeze not chosen to resign, the school would have exercised a "moral turpitude" caluse to fire him.

Ole Miss has been under NCAA investigation over possible recruiting violations. The school had stood firmly behind Freeze in that matter.

Freeze went 39-25 in five years at Ole Miss.

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Photo by Eddie Perlas / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- WNBA legend Sue Bird came out as gay in an article on ESPNW, and is dating U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

But, Bird says, those close to her won't find the revelations surprising.

"I'm gay. Megan's my girlfriend...these aren't secrets to people who know me." she said. "I don't feel like I've not lived my life. I think people have this  assumption that if you're not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it's this secret. That was never the case for me."

Bird also said she considered coming out a year ago, but "chickened out."

As for talking about her sexual orientation now, Bird said it "feels right."

"Even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey."

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Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Free agent Derrick Rose is in talks with the defending Eastern Conference champions, ESPN says, on a contract that would bring the former MVP to Cleveland.

Sources told ESPN that Rose and the Cavaliers are discussing a one-year deal, but that Rose would also meet with the Los Angeles Lakers. Rose, a former first overall draft pick, has also met with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers since free agency began.

Rose spent the 2016-2017 season with the New York Knicks, but had an inconsistent season on the court, and some issues off it. Rose at one point left the team last year, without informing management, to tend to a family issue.

He did still average 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last year.

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Pixfly/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to lock up forward Andrew Wiggins, and a contract extension to keep him in Minneapolis could be worth nearly $150 million, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau spoke about the efforts to extend Wiggins' contract at a Thursday press conference to introduce free agent signing Jamal Crawford. "We're working on it right now," Thibodeau told reporters.

The deal could be for five years and $148 million.

The extension would begin in the 2018-2019 season and could start at $25.5 million for that year. The two sides could also agree to boost that number to $30.6 million in Wiggins makes an All-NBA team or is named Defensive Player of the Year in the upcoming season.

The 22-year-old scored 23.6 points per game and dished out 2.3 assists per game last year. He has started all but one game in his three-year career.

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