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Courtesy of Ryan Holtan-Murphy (NEW YORK) -- Ryan Holtan-Murphy is already a diehard Green Bay fan.

“I grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where the Packers are the unofficial state religion,” he wrote to ABC News while traveling home from vacation in Paris. “Everyone from grandmothers to little kids are diehard fans and we live and die with the team.”

And now that Holtan-Murphy is engaged to woman named Marie Packer, he plans to take her last name so he’ll forever be “Mr. Packer.”

“Honestly, it was never even a decision for me,” he said. “As soon as things started to get serious, for me it was never an option not to take her name. I mean, it's Packer! I think we were talking about the future and I casually mentioned it, and she was very receptive, and didn't act like I was nuts -- yet another reason she's the perfect girl for me.”

The two met at a karaoke bar in Madison, Wisconsin.

“I was living in London and was back for my 10-year law school reunion,” he recalled. “Marie's cousin, Sarah Lawson, was a classmate of mine. She brought Marie along to the reunion and I was smitten instantly. Then we started talking. Marie is beautiful, strong, hilarious. And then she told me her last name. I didn't believe her and made her show two forms of ID and a credit card.”

In keeping with the theme of their football fanatic relationship, Holtan-Murphy proposed while wearing a Green Bay jersey.

“I was wearing my favorite Aaron Rodgers jersey and we were in a water tank at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and I had arranged it with them to have a baby beluga whale bring over the ring in a waterproof box,” he said. “I was relieved he didn't try to eat it!”

They even stayed up late in Paris while celebrating Holtan-Murphy’s recent 41st birthday to watch the Packers’ nail-biting defeat over the Dallas Cowboys.

“It didn't start until 11 p.m. Paris time,” he said. “She even brought Packers gear to Paris without me reminding her! I always remind her though, that no matter what happens on the field, she is my favorite Packer.”

The lovebirds plan to wed in the Sears Tower in Chicago in June and will incorporate the Packers colors – forest green and cheese gold – into the big day.

“We're definitely incorporating green and gold as theme colors in various forms, and have added Packers decorative touches,” said the soon-to-be groom. “Marie has yet to green-light my Cheesehead tuxedo though. Fingers crossed!”

Packer said she has no qualms about her future husband taking her last name.

“I'm all for it,” she said. “I was planning on keeping my name anyway, even though I'm a doctor in Chicago and I get a lot of grief from my patients, but I love that he wants to take it. ‘The Packer Family’ has a nice ring to it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily is reportedly heading to Miami.

ESPN reports the Marlins are acquiring the 28-year-old right hander and giving up three prospects in exchange: minor league outfielder Isaiah White, and pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice. The trade is still subject to physicals.

Last year, Straily had a 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Serena Williams advanced to the next round of the Australian Open Thursday, beating her opponent in two straight sets.

The No. 2 seed defeated Lucie Safarova in the second round, 6-3, 6-4. Williams, 35, will next face Nicole Gibbs.

Should Williams continue her winning streak and take the title in Melbourne, she will break her tie with Steffi Graf and become the leader in major wins in the Open era with 23 Grand Slam titles.

Williams tied Graf with her 22nd Grand Slam win last year in the Wimbledon final against Angelique Kerber.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- Novak Djokovic, the No. 2 seed in the world, has been knocked out of the Australian Open.

The defending champion fell to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin -- ranked 117th in the world -- in the second round: 7-6, 5-7, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Djokovic, 29, was looking to win a record seventh Australian Open.

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Charlotte 107, Portland 85
Philadelphia 94, Toronto 89
Washington 104, Memphis 101
NY Knicks 117, Boston 106
Houston 111, Milwaukee 92
New Orleans 118, Orlando 98
Detroit 118, Atlanta 95
Indiana 106, Sacramento 100
Golden State 121, Oklahoma City 100

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Winnipeg 6, Arizona 3
Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 1
Detroit 6, Boston 5 (SO)
Edmonton 4, Florida 3 (OT)
San Jose 3, LA Kings 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Oklahoma 89, (8) West Virginia 87 (OT)
(10) Florida St. 83, (15) Notre Dame 80
(16) Virginia 71, Boston College 54
(24) South Carolina 57, (19) Florida 53
(20) Cincinnati 81, Temple 74

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Ryan Lochte and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid are having a boy.

Lochte told ABC News about having a son when he joined reporters Michael Rothman and Charli James in the pool to promote the new PowerBar "Clean Start Pledge."

The setting was Aqua studio in New York City and Lochte said the PowerBar campaign is a propos given his tumultuous 2016, which he is eager to put behind him. Lochte admitted last summer that he lied about “one part” of a story where he and fellow U.S. Olympic teammates had claimed that they were held up at gunpoint. Lochte later took responsibility and admitted he made a “big mistake.”

"Everyone deserves a clean start," he said of his new campaign. "I am putting 2016 in the past. ... And my clean start is a family, 'cause now I'm gonna be a father!"

Getting deeper into his personal life, the six-time gold medalist said he got emotional both times -- finding out his fiancee was pregnant and then a few days ago when they found out the gender of the baby.

"We want definitely a unique name," he said. "My biggest thing I knew when I found out I was going to have a kid was I'm going to spoil that kid rotten. Not with material things, I don't believe in that, it's definitely going to be with love. That's what I got spoiled with growing up."

"I've wanted this for the past six years, but hadn't found the right [partner]," he said of fatherhood.

When he first found out Kayla was pregnant, he said it took a minute for the realization to set in, then he basically tackled her with excitement, before the duo shed some happy tears about becoming parents.

"I was doing 'Dancing With the Stars' and I came back from rehearsal ... she was like, 'Hey, I have something to tell you,'" he explained. "I was like, 'No you're not, stop joking with me' ... Then it hit me! ... We seriously held each other and started crying."

He even said he "lost it" yet again when the duo were at the doctors days later and heard the heartbeat during the ultrasound.

 In fact, Lochte's excited for all that comes with being a parent, even changing diapers. "I've been practicing, so I'm ready!" he added.

He's also started preparing by waking himself up in the middle of the night by setting an alarm, so he's used to waking up.

"I'll wake up to anything," he said of being a light sleeper and being more than happy to get up to feed or change a crying baby.

Then, there's Lochte's hope that a move to Los Angeles will result in an acting career. He doesn't quite know what roles he's going to look for just yet, but he is pitching a reality show about himself, his son and his fiancee that he said could possibly be titled, "Lochte in Love." That's a working title, nothing set in stone, he joked.

 With all that's going on in his life, swimming will not be taking a backseat. Lochte said he'll definitely continue to train for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

"I've always said I'll retire when swimming stops being fun," he said. It hasn't stopped being fun just yet.

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Allen Kee / ESPN Images)(HOUSTON) -- Come next season, Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien will reportedly be calling the plays when it comes to offense.

Sources confirm to ESPN that Houston will not hire a replacement for offensive coordinator George Godsey, who parted ways with the team on Monday. Instead, O'Brien will be in charge of playcalling duties.

Texans wide receivers coach Sean Ryan, meanwhile, will step in as quarterbacks coach in place of Godsey, ESPN reports.

Houston's postseason was cut short last Saturday when they lost to the New England Patriots in an AFC Divisional Playoff game, 34-16.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(EUGENE, Ore.) -- University of Oregon's football strength and conditioning coach has been suspended after three student-athletes were hospitalized following offseason workouts that have been likened to basic military training.

The strength and conditioning program, led by coach Irele Oderinde, began last Tuesday after the team got back from their holiday break. By Thursday, "one student-athlete complained of muscle soreness and displayed other symptoms of potential exercise-related injury," the university said. Two other players followed with similar symptoms.

All three have been hospitalized with a condition known as Rhabdomyolysis.

"I have visited with the three young men involved in the incidents in the past few days and I have been in constant contact with their families, offering my sincere apologies," Oregon head football coach Willie Taggart said in a statement Tuesday, apologizing on behalf of the coaching staff and university.

"As the head football coach, I hold myself responsible for all of our football-related activities and the safety of our students must come first," he continued. "I have addressed the issue with our strength and conditioning staff, and I fully support the actions taken today by the university."

Those actions include Oderinde being suspended without pay for one month, and the head football strength and conditioning coach no longer reporting to the head football coach but rather to the director of performance and sports science.

"I want to thank our medical staff and doctors for caring for all of our young men, and I want to apologize to the university, our students, alumni and fans," Taggart concluded.

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Miami 109, Houston 103
Toronto 119, Brooklyn 109
Dallas 99, Chicago 98
San Antonio 122, Minnesota 114
Denver 127, LA Lakers 121

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Columbus 4, Carolina 1
Dallas 7, NY Rangers 6
Toronto 4, Buffalo 3
Ottawa 6, St. Louis 4
New Jersey 4, Minnesota 3
Calgary 5, Florida 2
Chicago 6, Colorado 4
Vancouver 1, Nashville 0
Anaheim 2, Tampa Bay 1 (OT)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(5) Kentucky 88, Mississippi St. 81
(17) Wisconsin 68, Michigan 64
(21) Purdue 91, Illinois 68

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Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Baseball Hall of Famer and former San Francisco Giants first baseman Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Obama.

McCovey and Hall of Famer Duke Snider (who died in 2011) pleaded guilty to tax evasion in 1995 for unreported income received from memorabilia shows. He was fined $5,000 and given two years' probation.

On Tuesday, McCovey, now 79 and a senior adviser to the Giants, was one of 273 individuals to be pardoned or granted commutations by the president.

McCovey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, his first year of eligibility.

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