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Kidnapped Mexican Soccer Star Alan Pulido Found, Rescued Safely

DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kidnapped Mexican soccer star Alan Pulido was found and rescued safely by police, according to authorities in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

Rescatan sano y salvo al futbolista Alan Pulido

— GCTamaulipas (@GCTamaulipas) May 30, 2016

Pulido, 25, was kidnapped over the weekend by armed men after he left a party in his hometown of Ciudad Victoria in northern Mexico, officials said.

The rescue happened shortly before midnight involving federal and state forces, the Tamaulipas Coordination Group said in a statement released early Monday morning.

Pulido also received a medical evaluation, the statement said.

Gov. Egidio Torre Cantú visited the player to make sure he was OK and congratulated police for the successful operation, the statement added.

Pulido is a forward for Olympiakos of Greece. He was a member of Mexico’s World Cup team in 2014.

The Greek team tweeted Monday morning that Pulido was with his family “safe” and “healthy.”

1/2 Ο Άλαν είναι υγιής και ασφαλής με την οικογένεια του.

— Olympiacos FC (@olympiacos_org) May 30, 2016

Detail, including a potential motive, are still unclear.

Ruben Dario of the Tamaulipas state attorney general’s office did not elaborate on the investigation, telling ABC News the family has requested privacy.

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Rookie Alexander Rossi Wins the 100th Indy 500

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Rookie Alexander Rossi has won the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 24-year-old American driver from California managed to pull a victory from Carlos Munoz and Josef Newgarden, despite running out of fuel on the last lap.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” Rossi said after his car was towed to the victory lane.

Rossi, who was driving for car owner Bryan Herta and the Andretti Autosport team, spent the past several years racing in Europe’s Formula One.

“I’ll cherish the fact that at one point we were 33rd and we rolled the dice and we came through and we made it happen,” he said.

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Seahawks’ Russell Wilson Vacations with Fiance Ciara on Memorial Day

Gregg DeGuire/WireImage via GettyImages(NEW YORK) — Russell Wilson and Ciara jetted off to Mexico to enjoy the Memorial Day holiday.

The couple, shared photos from their enviable sun-soaked vacation on their social media accounts. Ciara, 30, and Wilson, 27, are seen getting on a private plane and later golfing.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback captioned one photo of Ciara and her 2-year-old son, Future: “Blessed & Grateful for these two. Best Memorial Day Weekend #FamilyTime.”

The Grammy Award-winning singer was even seen hoola-hooping and enjoying popsicles with the toddler.

Ciara accepted Wilson’s marriage proposal back in March, while the two vacationed in the Seychelles. They had been dating since April 2015.

There’s no word yet on when the two plan to wed.

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New Orleans Pelicans Player Bryce Dejean-Jones Shot Dead in Dallas

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(DALLAS) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot dead after he broke down the door to an apartment in Dallas, police said Saturday, according to ESPN.

Dallas police said a resident at the apartment was sleeping, and when he heard his door kicked open, he grabbed a gun. When Dejean-Jones began kicking the bedroom door, the resident fired, police said, according to ESPN.

Dejean-Jones, 23, played one season in the NBA.

“We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him,” the Pelicans said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers Advance to NBA Finals

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — One half of the NBA finals are set. The Cleveland Cavaliers secured their spot in the championship round after beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds on Friday night.

The team tweeted about the victory.

Back-to-back #ECF Champs.#ALLin216

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 28, 2016

This will be the third finals appearance in team history for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lost to Golden State in six games last year and got swept by San Antonio in 2007.

For James, it’s his sixth straight trip to the finals, including four with Miami.

The Cavs will face the winner of the Western Conference finale Saturday night. Oklahoma City Thunder currently leads the series 3-2 over the Golden State Warriors.

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Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo Faces Suspension After Fourth Flagrant Foul

Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Raptors center Bismack Biyombo has hit his fourth flagrant foul of the postseason.

In Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Biyombo elbowed Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in the face in the first quarter and after official review, received a flagrant foul 1.

According to NBA rules, a fourth flagrant foul warrants an automatic suspension, and could cause the center to be suspended for Game 7.

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Ole Miss Responds to NCAA Allegations with Self-Imposed Penalties

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(OXFORD, Miss.) — Ole Miss has acknowledged the 28 allegations of misconduct the NCAA made against the school in January by issuing self-imposed penalties Friday.

The school announced in a 154-page response to the NCAA that it had self-imposed the loss of 11 total scholarships for football starting with one last season and going into 2018, according to ESPN.

Ole Miss officials also asked the NCAA to delay the school’s hearing before the Committee on Infractions, according to ESPN, so they could investigate further allegations against Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil who confirmed in April that he had accepted money from the university.

The 28 allegations involved violations in football, women’s basketball and track and field. Sixteen of the alleged violations issued by the NCAA were Level I, the most serious. Ole Miss’ women’s basketball team has already served a postseason ban for the violations.

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NFL Hopeful Stands Outside Patriots’ Stadium for Chance to Try Out

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — If anyone has persistence, it’s Abiola Aborishade.

Aborishade has gained national attention for standing outside the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts almost every day for over a month now, waiting for a chance to try out for a spot on the New England Patriots’ roster.

“I’m still out there everyday,” Aborishade told ABC News Friday. “Until I try out I’ll continue to be out there.”

The Nigerian-born 23-year-old is out there roughly seven hours a day, armed with his football gear, ready to show what he’s got. And he says he’s got a lot.

In 2014, “Aborishade set a new single-season reception record for UMass Dartmouth in an offensive shootout…,” according to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he played as a wide receiver for three years.

Aborishade says he lives about 20 minutes from Gillette Stadium and grew up watching the Patriots. He identifies with a lot of them whom he says have also been on the receiving end of closed doors.

“I’m not taking no,” Aborishade said. “I’m very optimistic.”

A source close to the Patriots, who wished not to be identified, told ABC News he thinks Aborishade is going about it the wrong way.

“Realistically, we love the fact that he is out there showing some initiative, but can he play football for the Patriots? That’s not how you do it,” the source said. “The best way to get noticed is to play football. Do something spectacular on the football field and you’ll be noticed.”

The source added that letting Aborishade, who has now been getting a lot of attention from the media, try out for the team, would create a frenzy they aren’t prepared to handle.

“How many people would be out there with a sign tomorrow? Now, we’re encouraging something that really is a waste of time on our end. It’s going to be a colossal waste of time.”

Aborishade said players and staff have spoken to him and encouraged him to keep pushing, and that’s exactly what he says he will do.

“Like I said, I will be out there until I get my tryout,” he said when ABC News shared with him what the source said.

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Wrist Injury Keeps Rafael Nadal Out of French Open

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PARIS) — A wrist injury is keeping nine-time winner Rafael Nadal out of the French Open.

On Thursday, the Spanish tennis star advanced to the third round winning straight sets over Facundo Bagnis, all with “an injection” to manage the injury, BBC News reports.

“Yesterday I played with an injection,” Nadal told reporters, according to BBC News. “Yesterday evening I started to feel more and more pain and today I felt I could not move my wrist.”

Nadal, 29, was set to face Spanish player Marcel Granollers on Saturday in the third round when he announced his withdrawl on Friday.

“This is a tough moment and the toughest press conference I have ever had to give but it’s not the end,” he said.

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107-Year-Old Woman Who Visited the White House Crosses First MLB Game Off Bucket List

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The 107-year-old woman who stole the Internet’s heart when she visited the White House is at it again. Virginia McLaurin met Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House in February after her campaign to meet the president went viral.

This is one dance party 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin will never forget. #BlackHistoryMonth

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 22, 2016

Her signature dance is also going viral again Friday after the Washington Nationals posted video of McLaurin at her first Major League Baseball game this week. The team presented her with her own jersey featuring her special number 107.

.@WhiteHouse 107 years young and still ☑-ing things off her bucket list. Today Virginia attended her 1st @MLB game.

— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 26, 2016

#Nats trail, 1-0, after 5 innings. We bet that 107-year-old Virginia McLaurin is enjoying her 1st @MLB game, anyway.

— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 27, 2016

The D.C. woman has also danced with the Harlem Globetrotters since visiting the White House, and several area officials helped her after it was reported that she couldn’t get her own I.D.

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