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Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(DURHAM, N.C.) — Former U.S. women's soccer midfielder Lauren Holiday had a successful surgery at Duke University Hospital on Thursday to remove a benign tumor from the outer layer of her brain.

Holiday, 28, gave birth to a baby girl in late September with her husband, New Orleans Pelicans guard, Jrue Holiday.

His agent told ABC News, "In September, Lauren Holiday gave birth to Jrue Tyler Holiday. She weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces. She is healthy and at home with her family."

Holiday's benign tumor, known as a meningioma, was located on the right side outer layer of her brain and diagnosed after she experienced terrible headaches while she was pregnant with her first child.

"Meningiomas are the are the most common benign tumor in humans," said Dr. John Boockvar, Director of the Brain Tumor Center at Lenox Hill Hospital. "Just because they're benign doesn't mean they don't cause trouble. Meningiomas can be harmful if they get too big."

The baby's original due date was set for mid-October, but according to multiple reports Holiday's doctors made the decision to induce labor early to expedite her brain surgery.

Jrue Holiday remains out as wife Lauren prepares for brain surgery.

Friends, family and fans have showed their support for Holiday and wished her a speedy recovery.

I love you Chen! @laurenholiday12

— Ashlyn Harris (@Ashlyn_Harris) October 20, 2016

Fellow U.S. teammate Ashlyn Harris tweeted a picture wearing athletic tape with Holiday's initials and jersey number with the caption, "I love you Chen." Her former UCLA soccer team tweeted, "Sending our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery..."

Sending all our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery to @laurenholiday12 after her surgery today. We love you, Cheney! ???? #LH12

— UCLA Women's Soccer (@UCLAWSoccer) October 21, 2016

Jrue Holiday is currently on an indefinite leave from the NBA season to take care of his wife. The couple met in college and married in 2013.

Fellow Pelicans players and coaches alike have been supportive of Jrue Holiday's decision to help his wife through this time.

"We're always in his corner and he knows if he needs anything he can always call any of us," said teammate Anthony Davis.

Jrue Holiday posted a photo last week on Instagram of the Pelicans playing the Atlanta Hawks with the caption, "Missin the squad!!!!"

Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said Jrue Holiday will be welcome back to the team whenever he is ready.

"When the time is right, Jrue will come back to the team," Demps said at a news conference. "When he comes back, you know, I've said it before, you know, we're going to welcome with open arms."

Doctors expect Holiday to make a full recovery. She is recovering in North Carolina with her husband and new baby daughter.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Tim Tebow said his passion for the sport of baseball is making it "so much fun" to play with the New York Mets after transforming from a football star.

"It’s amazing when you do something for the love of it," Tebow, 29, said Monday on Good Morning America. "I’m so passionate about the game and pursuing it and playing every day is just so much fun."

The former NFL star, Heisman Trophy winner and college-football analyst for ESPN re-entered the world of professional sports this year as an outfielder with the New York Mets farm team. Tebow famously hit a homerun in September on the first pitch of his first at bat as a professional player in the instructional league games in Florida.

Tebow signed with the Mets in September after not having played organized baseball since 2005, while still in high school. After his time at the University of Florida, Tebow played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and New York Jets.

Tebow discusses the highs and lows of his time in the NFL in his new book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms. The book also focuses on Tebow's Christian faith and how it has guided his high-profile career.

Tebow said he was able to make his life about something more than just football by having an identity that was bigger than the sport.

"I think it’s really understanding what matters, what’s important in your life and having something bigger than just what you do," he said on GMA.

"When you have an identity that’s bigger than what you do, even when that fails or you crumble or someone says you’re not good enough or you can’t or you won’t or you shouldn’t, you can still prevail over that because your life is bigger than that."

Tebow said his foundation of faith also helped him deal with setbacks in his NFL career, like when he was cut from teams.

"I’ve been told by a lot of different teams that I’m not good enough so how do you handle that?," Tebow said. "For me, it’s to be able to have a foundation of something bigger than yourself, understand what God says about you, that you are important, that you have a life of significance and you have a life of meaning."

"When you understand your purpose, that will totally change your identity."

One story in Tebow's book focuses on a trip his family made to the Philippines, where Tebow was born, as missionaries. Tebow recalled meeting a boy named Sherwin whose feet were backwards and who was looked upon by his fellow villagers as cursed.

"Leaving that village, I was leaving with tears in my eyes because I wanted to fight for people like that," Tebow said on GMA. "I knew that I wanted to be the best athlete that I could be but what I wanted to do with my life was fight for people like Sherwin."

Tebow's foundation now operates a hospital in the Philippines where he says 2,000 orphans are cared for.

With all of his success on and off the field, Tebow said it is by helping others that he stays humble.

"I think humility comes, not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less, meaning try to look for the people around you and what they need and how you can help them," he said. "I think the greatest form of love is choosing the best interest of another person and acting on their behalf."

Tebow added he has found that when you help others, "You never know big of an impact you’ll really make."

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


NY Islanders 6, Minnesota 3
NY Rangers 3, Arizona 2
Anaheim 4, Vancouver 2
Edmonton 3, Winnipeg 0


NY Giants 17, Los Angeles 10
NY Jets 24, Baltimore 16
Indianapolis 34, Tennessee 26
Detroit 20, Washington 17
Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 17
Kansas City 27, New Orleans 21
Miami 28, Buffalo 25
Philadelphia 21, Minnesota 10
Oakland 33, Jacksonville 16
San Diego 33, Atlanta 30 (OT)
Tampa Bay 34, San Francisco 17
New England 27, Pittsburgh 16
Arizona 6, Seattle 6 (OT)

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton's travelling press secretary captured the moment that the Democratic presidential candidate learned that her beloved Chicago Cubs were headed to the World Series.

Nick Merrill snapped the photo Saturday night onboard the campaign plane, where Clinton -- who was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge -- was handed a phone and watched highlights from the game.

That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW

— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) October 23, 2016

The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It will be the team's first time in the World Series since 1945.

"That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW," tweeted Merrill.

The game ended just as Clinton was boarding a plane in Philadelphia, where she had a rally Saturday night.

Hillary Clinton, a Cubs fan, was streaming the post game from Wrigley as we boarded in Philly, chatting about the game with staff

— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) October 23, 2016

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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Scott Hamilton is facing a third bout with a brain tumor. A rep for the former Olympic figure skater confirmed to ABC News that Hamilton, 58, has "a recurrence of his benign brain tumor."

Hamilton, who first opened up about his diagnosis to People magazine, was previously diagnosed with brain tumors in 2004 and 2010. He was also beat testicular cancer in 1997.

"I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness," Hamilton quipped in the magazine interview. Of the brain tumor recurrence, he said, "It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore."

Hamilton took home the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics after winning four consecutive U.S. championships and four consecutive world championships from 1981 to 1984.

The figure-skating star told the magazine that his recent diagnosis has understandably affected his entire family -- his wife Tracie and their four children, who range in age from 8 to 15.

"When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie -- she was devastated. This time, I go, 'Well, here we go again.' She’s like, 'Really, it’s back? ...Okay, we’ll just deal with it.' And that was it," Hamilton recalled, adding that he's staying strong.

"My 12-year-old son ... came to me, and he said, 'Is your brain tumor back?' And I go, 'Yeah, it is! And here we go again.' So I set the tone," he added.

Hamilton told People that he only discovered his tumor during a routine checkup as he hasn't yet faced symptoms from it. He's currently working with his doctors to decide on the best treatment options.

"I’ll tell anybody that will listen: If you’re ever facing anything, get as many opinions as you possibly can," he explained. "The more you truly understand what you’re up against, the better decision you’re going to make."

Although the Olympic figure skater lost his mother to cancer, he's hopeful that the outcome from his tumor will be different.

"Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, 'God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next.' The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them," he said. "I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I’ve been able to do."

In the midst of his fight Hamilton continues to point to his Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, which aims to empower the community of those who have been afflicted with cancer, their families, oncologists and oncology nurses.

"I choose to truly -- in everything that we do -- celebrate life," Hamilton added.

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's a moment that made more than just the thousands of fans packed into Wrigley Field scream in excitement: The Chicago Cubs scored the victory that will take them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday by 5-0, winning the National League Championship Series in six games.

Not only did diehard fans in Chicago celebrate but baseball fans around the world -- including celebrities -- tipped their hat to the team.

Here are some of the celebs who paid tribute to the Cubs on social media:

Cubbies congrats on the WORLD SERIES!!! I definitely came back at the right time. #FlyTheW

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 23, 2016

Way to go @Cubs!! My Dad is the reason I'm a true Cubs fan. He'd be so proud! –mo

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 23, 2016

Well I'm sorry for my Dodgers but can the Cubs PLEASE win the World Series now? Can we have ONE good thing this year?

— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 23, 2016

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! #GoCubsGo @Cubs

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 23, 2016

It's happening !!! No more next year baby, meet you in Chicago... Cubs are going to the World Series !!!

— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) October 23, 2016

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The drought is finally over for the Chicago Cubs.

After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will advance to the World Series for the first time since the Truman administration in 1945.

The team will face off against the Cleveland Indians with Game 1 of the Series starting on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs have not won a championship in 108 years and the Indians last won a title in 1948.

"Even last year we knew we had the group to do it we matured we learned a lot," Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said after the historic win. "Our young players grew up extremely quick and that's why we're here."

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Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has an outside shot at playing in the World Series -- if his team can make it that far.

ESPN reports that Schwarber was cleared by doctors to hit and will join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this weekend. The Arizona Fall League is generally a place for teams to get prospects and minor leaguers extra at bats.

The Cubs hold a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The winner of that best-of-seven series will face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Schwarber is not expected to play in the field in the Arizona Fall League at this point, but will take some at-bats. He could potentially do the same as the designated hitter in four of seven World Series games.

Last year, Schwarber's power allowed him to burst into the spotlight, hitting five postseason home runs.

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Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia 76ers fourth-year center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure to deal with soreness in his knee.

According the team, Noel reported the soreness during the normal course of rehabilitation for a strained muscle in his upper leg. The surgery is expected in the coming days. No timetable was announced for his return.

Noel is not the only young star to be sidelined for the Sixers, though. Rookie and number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons is recovering from surgery on his right foot. Head coach Brett Brown tempered earlier statements about a mid-season return for Simmons on Friday.

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Photo by: Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Former number one overall draft pick Elton Brand announced his retirement this week, after seventeen years in the NBA.

Brand, a star at Duke University, was taken first overall by the Chicago Bulls in 1999. He spent two years in the Windy City, averaging 20 points per game each year, before being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for Tyson Chandler and Brian Skinner.

Brand played seven seasons with the Clippers, posting 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and making two All-Star Game appearances. He later played for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks before returning to Philadelphia for the 2015-2016 season.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bran called the chance to play in the NBA "a wonderful honor and a privilege."

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