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Baby Who Underwent Open Heart Surgery Is Calmed by Watching Dallas Cowboys

Laura Catron(FORT WORTH, Texas) — A Texas 3-month-old who had just undergone her second open-heart surgery couldn’t stop crying even when her mother tried just about everything to soothe her.

Laura Catron was 21 weeks pregnant when the baby she was carrying was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.

“Every time we kept going to the doctor, we kept finding out it was worse,” the first-time mother recalled to ABC News.

Still, Catron and her husband of nearly two years Bryan, got a glimmer of hope from doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Their daughter Lola, now 3 months old, is to have three open-heart surgeries before she can get a heart transplant. She had her second surgery last week and the third is slated for when she turns 3 years old.

Unfortunately, due to a work commitment Catron’s husband was away while Lola recuperated in the hospital from her second surgery. The baby had just thrown up medication use to soothe post-surgery migraines, and Catron was doing everything she could think of to calm her baby girl down.

“I tried singing. I tried rocking her, putting on cartoons. I put on ‘Paw Patrol,’ she didn’t like it. We were trying everything and then my mom was like, ‘She loves watching football with her dad. Put that on,'” Catron recalled.

And immediately, Lola quieted down.

The Fort Worth, Texas, mother added that her husband and baby Lola have a tradition where Lola dresses up in a Cowboys onesie and watches the game with her dad.

“And she’s quiet all day,” Catron added. “It’s the funniest thing, but she loves it. I always thought it was sitting with her dad.”

The mother filmed exactly what happened so she could share it with her husband and later put it on Facebook where it not only went viral, but got the attention of the Dallas Cowboys organization. They tweeted, “We love Lola, she’s helping us #FinishThisFight.”

We love Lola, she’s helping us #FinishThisFight https://t.co/05NQ1bduWf

— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 11, 2017

They even sent the family Cowboys gear for Lola to wear while she’s watching their games.

Catron told ABC News that although she’s grateful for the Cowboys gift, it’s more important to her to spread awareness of congenital heart defects “because I want someone to either find a cure or find something that can help my daughter.”

“Right now, she can’t play sports [when she grows up,] she won’t be able to have a baby, she won’t be able to live as full as a life as I was able to,” the mother said. “This is really cute story, but I want everyone to know what this is really about for us.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/14/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
L.A. Clippers 113 L.A. Lakers 97
Chicago 107 New Orleans 99
Phoenix 108 San Antonio 105
Washington 109 Philadelphia 93
Utah 114 Orlando 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 6 Philadelphia 3
Nashville 3 Colorado 2
Montreal 5 N-Y Rangers 4
Florida 4 Columbus 3
Carolina 7 N-Y Islanders 4
Toronto 4 Ottawa 2
Detroit 6 Pittsburgh 3
Minnesota 5 Dallas 4
Anaheim 3 Arizona 0
OT L.A. Kings 3 Winnipeg 2
SO Edmonton 2 Calgary 1
St. Louis 4 San Jose 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Atlanta 36 Seattle 20
New England 34 Houston 16

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(1) Baylor 77 (26) Kansas St. 68
(2) Kansas 87 Oklahoma St. 80
(3) Villanova 70 St. John’s 57
(4) UCLA 83 Utah 82
(5) Gonzaga 79 (21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 56
(6) Kentucky 92 Auburn 72
(14) Louisville 78 (7) Duke 69
(8) Creighton 101 Truman State 69
(11) North Carolina 96 (9) Florida St. 83
(10) West Virginia 74 Texas 72
(12) Butler 83 (15) Xavier 78
(13) Oregon 85 Oregon St. 43
(19) Virginia 77 Clemson 73
(20) Notre Dame 76 Virginia Tech 71
OT (23) Florida 80 Georgia 76
Penn St. 52 (24) Minnesota 50

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Patriots Advance To Conference Championship Behind Dion Lewis’ Three Scores

Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — The New England Patriots made history twice in their 34-16 Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans.

The team advanced to an NFL record sixth straight AFC Championship game behind an historic effort from running back Dion Lewis.

Lewis recorded three touchdowns in the game, becoming the first player in NFL history to score a receiving, rushing, and kick return touchdown all in one playoff game. He and Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill are the only two players to accomplish the feat since 1965.

The all-purpose running back also fumbled twice in the game, giving the Texans a chance to cut into the Patriots lead. He said afterwards he was pleased with the touchdowns, but was feeling disappointed that his fumbles gave Houston opportunities to get back in to the game.

Lewis missed most of the regular season due to a knee injury, and did not play many snaps when he returned as he worked his way back into the lineup.

Lewis has been a highly effective player since joining the Patriots last year. According to ESPN, the team has won fifteen straight games when he is on the field.

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Roundup of Newly Hired NFL Head Coaches

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Six NFL head coaching jobs opened up as the regular season wrapped up, and nearly all have been filled less than two weeks into the playoffs.

The Los Angeles Rams made history, hiring the NFL’s youngest head coach. 30-year-old Sean McVay has agreed to become the Rams’ next head coach. He was the Redskins offensive coordinator last season.

The Chargers and Rams will be sharing a city next year, and Los Angeles’ newest team has a first time head coach. Former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is tasked with leading the Chargers as they move from San Diego to L-A.

Lynn was considered a favorite for the Bills opening, but that job will go to Sean McDermott, who is the former Panthers defensive coordinator. It is also his first head coaching job.

Doug Marrone takes over for the Jacksonville Jaguars, replacing Gus Bradley. Marrone previously served as the Bills head coach for two seasons. Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was also hired by the organization and will be their Executive Vice President.

And just two years removed from a Super Bowl victory, the Denver Broncos hired first time head coach Vance Joseph, who was previously the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator. He will take over for Gary Kubiak (koo-bee-ack), who recently retired due to health concerns.

The one team yet to fill their head coaching vacancy: the San Francisco 49ers. Rumors have swirled who will replace Chip Kelly. It could be a coordinator from one of the remaining playoff teams, but it’s unclear if the 49ers are hoping to find a head coach before the NFL postseason is finished.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/13/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 102 Charlotte 93
Toronto 132 Brooklyn 113
Memphis 110 Houston 105
Minnesota 96 Oklahoma City 86
Milwaukee 116 Miami 108
Boston 103 Atlanta 101
Orlando 115 Portland 109
Cleveland 120 Sacramento 108
Utah 110 Detroit 77

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Toronto 4 N-Y Rangers 2
Washington 6 Chicago 0
Carolina 5 Buffalo 2
N-Y Islanders 5 Florida 2
Columbus 3 Tampa Bay 1
New Jersey 2 Calgary 1
Arizona 4 Winnipeg 3

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Steelers Reinstate Joey Porter Ahead of Chiefs Game

Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter has been reinstated after being placed on administrative leave earlier this week over an alleged altercation at a bar, the team announced on Friday.

The Steelers said Porter, 39, will return to its coaching staff in time for the team’s AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. The move came after charges against the coach were dropped.

“We have reviewed the available information regarding the incident that took place on Sunday night,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement Friday. “We have also reviewed the communication from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office indicating the intention of that office to withdraw all but the summary offense charges.”

Rooney added, “As an organization, we have great respect for the job the City of Pittsburgh Police perform for our community. We also respect the fact that there are ongoing legal proceedings stemming from the incident. We will await the outcome of the legal process and communicate further with the NFL regarding the Personal Conduct Policy before making any further decisions on potential discipline.”

Porter also issued a statement, saying he was “grateful” to be returning to the coaching staff.

“I regret that I was involved in an incident that could have been a distraction to our team,” he said. “Most importantly, I regret that I touched the police officer and I sincerely apologize for that action. Thankfully, no one was injured.”

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Report: Chargers Agree on Deal to Make Anthony Lynn New Head Coach

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — A day after announcing their move next season to Los Angeles, the San Diego Chargers have reportedly chosen a new head coach.

A source tells ESPN the team has agreed to a four-year deal with Anthony Lynn, the former interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Lynn, 48, replaces Mike McCoy, who was fired as San Diego’s head coach on Jan. 1, following the team’s 37–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chargers ended the season with a 5-11 record, failing to advance to the playoffs.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 1/12/17

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Denver 140, Indiana 112
New Orleans 104, Brooklyn 95
NY Knicks 104, Chicago 89
San Antonio 134, LA Lakers 94
Dallas 113, Phoenix 108
Golden State 127, Detroit 107

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Philadelphia 5, Vancouver 4 (SO)
Tampa Bay 4, Buffalo 2
Ottawa 4, Pittsburgh 1
Nashville 2, Boston 1
Minnesota 7, Montreal 1
Dallas 5, Detroit 2
Anaheim 4, Colorado 1
Edmonton 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
LA Kings 5, St. Louis 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(4) UCLA 104, Colorado 89
(5) Gonzaga 93, Loyola Marymount 55
(16) Arizona 91, Arizona St. 75
Iowa 83, (17) Purdue 78
(18) Wisconsin 89, Ohio St. 66
(20) Notre Dame 67, Miami 62
(21) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 74, Portland 33
(22) Cincinnati 66, SMU 64
Utah 86, (25) Southern Cal 64

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Los Angeles Rams Name Sean McVay as New Head Coach

Thinkstock/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday that Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay will be their next head coach.

McVay, who turns 31 on Jan. 24, will become the youngest head coach in the NFL since Art “Pappy” Lewis, who started in the role for the Cleveland Browns at 27, according to ESPN.

McVay comes to the Rams after three years running the Redskins’ offense. He started his career as assistant wide receivers coach with the Buccaneers in 2008 under head coach Jon Gruden, whom ESPN says reportedly recommended McVay for his new position.

“This is a great day as we welcome Sean McVay as our new head coach,” Rams Owner/Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke said in a statement. “The accomplishments and success that he has had in less than a decade in our league are impressive. We are confident in his vision to make this team a consistent winner and we will all continue to work together to achieve our ultimate goal – bringing a Rams Super Bowl championship home to Los Angeles.”

The Rams also welcomed McVay to the team with a tweeted photo:

Boom! Welcome to Los Angeles! pic.twitter.com/BpoppYtSvV

— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 12, 2017

The Rams are expected to hold a news conference welcoming McVay at 12:00pm (Pacific) on Friday.

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New Survey Reveals NFL Players’ ‘Play at All Costs’ Mentality

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Could the NFL’s culture be leading players to turn to pain-relieving pills and injections?

The Bleacher Report surveyed 50 active players and found that the league’s “play at all costs” mentality has allegedly led many to rely on a pain-relieving drug known as Toradol.

So what are the effects of this drug? Watch the ABC News report below to learn more about Toradol:

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