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Chicago Cubs Cuddle with Bear Cubs During Spring Training

iStock/Thinkstock(MESA, Ariz.) — The Chicago Cubs cuddled up to bear cubs on Friday during spring training in Mesa, Arizona, all thanks to manager Joe Maddon.

According to ESPN, the two 3.5-month-old cubs were brought in from Bearizona Wildlife Park for their first walk on grass. Maddon said the team was asked to name them.

“We’re trying to come up with creative ways to name both cubs as they grow up to be bears,” he said according to ESPN.

Cubbie bois pic.twitter.com/0RCNnd7XAk

— jheytwotwo (@JasonHeyward) March 25, 2016

Maddon has brought in animals before for his players. Wrigly Field became a miniature zoo last year and in the past he brought a penguin, a python, and a cockatoo to the clubhouse.

Rizzo and his new friends pic.twitter.com/VJ61cWZ7BO

— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 25, 2016

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Roger Federer Withdraws from Miami Open Due to Stomach Virus

Nick Laham/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Roger Federer has withdrawn from the opening match at the Miami Open because of a stomach virus.

“I am very sorry that I have to pull out of the Miami Open with a stomach virus,” Federer said in a statement according to ESPN. “I feel bad for the tournament and the fans as I have rarely ever had to withdraw at such short notice. I have not felt great for a few days, and unfortunately it got worse in the last 24 hours. I was really excited to have my comeback in Miami but I am in no condition to play. I tried to warm up this morning, but it was clear that I could not compete.”

The 34-year-old Swiss tennis star has not played a match since the Australian Open semifinals in January when he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Last month, Federer also underwent the first surgery of his career after a knee injury.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion was set to play against Juan Martin del Potro, but Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos took his place in the draw.

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NBA Legend Bill Walton’s Career Advice: ‘You Cannot Finish Unless You Start’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former NBA superstar and ESPN analyst Bill Walton joined Good Morning America to talk about his new memoir, Back From the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down.

He opened up to ABC News’ Robin Roberts about how he came back from a catastrophic spinal injury, how his service dog rescued him, lessons he learned from coach John Wooden at UCLA, playing in the NBA with the Trailblazers, Clippers and Celtics and his successful career as an ESPN broadcaster.

Walton even offered some advice to Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen, who asked for advice about starting a new career after professional sports.

“You’ve had a successful career after sports. What was your number one tip and advice you would give other professional athletes starting a career?,” Allen asked Walton.

WATCH: “You cannot finish unless you start.” NBA legend @BillWalton one-on-one with @RobinRoberts and @WillAllenWAF https://t.co/ZCm7lkWW1h

— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 25, 2016

“Chase your dream. Make your dream your job. And make your job your life,” Walton replied. “You cannot finish unless you start. Get in the game, do not wait for the game of life to fall in your lap. Chase it down, just jump right in. You’re going to fail, you’re going to make mistakes, risk and failure are all part of it.”

He continued: “And when all else fails, when it’s all just totally lost, just call Robin [Roberts],” he laughed. “She’s been there. She’s been through everything. She has built her life from the ground up. She is the daughter of a Tuskegee Airmen. Coming here, the health challenges, building it all. You’re going to fail, you’re going to stumble, what you have to do is get back up and get going, right away. Jump back on that bike when you crash. Jump back into the game of life, jump back into business and always call Robin.”

Back From the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down is in bookstores now.

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NFL Players Taking on Unpaid Internships to Develop Career Skills

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Not everyone in the NFL is spending their off-season relaxing.

On Friday, NFL stars Will Allen, Frankie Hammond and Darrel Young tackled a new role as interns on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Allen, Hammond and Young are part of a program designed by the NFL to help players find their second careers.

“I didn’t imagine it, but it’s exciting,” Allen, a Pittsburgh Steelers safety, told Linsey Davis.

Allen, 33, is best known for his work on the gridiron, but Allen is also an intern — working for Congressman Bobby Rush.

He’s one of 26 NFL athletes taking part in the NFL Players Association’s internship program, where some of the league’s hardest hitters are trying to tackle the idea of a 9-to-5, unpaid internship.

“The average career is less than four years and we knew we needed to get players out into the working world,” said Leslie Satchell of the NFL Players Association.

Just last month, Denver Broncos’ Darius Kilgo was holding the Vince Lombardi trophy following his team’s Super Bowl win.

But instead of taking time off to relax, Kilgo now holds down a job at Under Armour, where eight other NFL players are interning at the sportswear giant — doing everything from putting the brand’s apparel to the test to designing their own shoes.

“Football is an experience, not a career,” said Darrel Young, the former Washington Redskins fullback. “So, why not use every experience that you have to, you know, figure out your career?”

The program is Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for three weeks, the NFL Players Association said.

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Dog Interrupts Soccer Match, Scores a Goal with Fans

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Few things can unite the fervent fans of opposing teams in a soccer match, but a cute brown and black mutt did just that, during the contest between Brazil’s Oeste and Capivariano squads Wednesday night.

The bewildered looking dog wandered onto the pitch and ran, to the cheering of fans of both teams. However, it seems the pooch had his preference: he snapped when an Oeste player tried to pick him up, but when Capivariano’s Alex Barros approached, he was able to scoop the dog up like a baby and run him safely to a security staffer — but not before giving the happy pooch’s paw a little wave goodbye.

The moment went viral on Imgur, scoring nearly 340,000 views on the website.

The dog was incidentally Caprivariano’s good luck charm: they won the match, 2-1.

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Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch Fined

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NASCAR officials doled out fines to Danica Patrick and Kyle Busch on Thursday, NASCAR.com reports.

Patrick was fined $20,000 for walking towards the racing surface to gesture at Kasey Kahne after he made contact with her car in Lap 120 of the Auto Club 400 last Sunday.

Although Patrick stayed on the track apron in walking towards Kahne’s passing car, NASCAR officials deemed that Patrick had violated the on-track incident procedure section of the NASCAR rules. She also has been placed on probation for the next four events.

Busch was fined $10,000 for failing to fulfill post-race media obligations after the NASCAR Xfinity event at Auto Club. He also has been placed on a four-event probation.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 3/24/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Indiana 92, New Orleans 84
Brooklyn 104, Cleveland 95,
New York 106, Chicago 94
Oklahoma City 113, Utah 91
L.A. Clippers 96, Portland 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Florida 4, Boston 1
New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 0
Carolina 3, Columbus 2
OT/Toronto 6, Anaheim 5
Detroit 4, Montreal 3
SO/Nashville 3, Vancouver 2
Minnesota 6, Calgary 2
Winnipeg 4, Los Angeles 1,
Philadelphia 4, Colorado 2
Arizona 3, Dallas 1
Edmonton 6, San Jose 3

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
(2)Vilanova 92, (3)Miami 69
(2)Oklahoma 77, (3)Texas A&M 63
(1)Kansas 79, (5)Maryland 63
(1)Oregon 82, (4)Duke 68

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Charges Dropped Against Olympic Skier Picabo Street

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Citi(NEW YORK) — The state of Utah has filed a motion to dismiss all charges against Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street, relating to an incident with her father last December in Park City, ABC News has exclusively confirmed.

Street, 44, had been charged with misdemeanor counts of domestic abuse and assault.

Street’s attorney, Joe Wrona, said the judge is expected to grant the motion in the coming days.

“When I called the police for help with my Dad last December, I expected the police to be my knights in shining armor,” Street said in a statement. “Instead, they came into my house, arrested me, and put me in handcuffs when I did nothing wrong. The next thing I knew, an embarrassing photograph of me that had been taken at the local jail was circulating on the Internet. That’s no way to treat a nice girl!”

“Thank goodness I was able to find Joe Wrona to defend me,” she continued. “From the day he got involved, Joe made me feel like a champion again. I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer.”

Wrona added in a statement that the government “simply has no evidence to support their charges.”

He added, “People need to know that Picabo is a caring mother of three wonderful children and she has also been taking care of her own parents in the twilight years of their lives. It was Picabo who called 911 when her elderly father became unruly this past December, and she did so because she needed help.”

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Dikembe Mutombo Describes Scene at Brussels Airport After Bombings

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BRUSSELS) — NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo described the harrowing scene at the Brussels airport in the wake of the terror attack during an interview with ESPN.

The former NBA star was connecting in Brussels on his way home from a humanitarian trip in his native country of Congo when the bombs went off, he said. It had been 10 to 20 minutes since he put his bags down in the terminal when a woman walked in screaming for everyone to get out and run.

When he got downstairs, all he saw was chaos, panic and people bleeding, he said during the interview.

“There was nobody to walk to,” Mutombo said. “All I can see is everybody running. So, I decided to run myself.”

First, he tried to figure out where the chaos was coming from so he wouldn’t get caught in the line of fire, he said, calling himself “lucky.”

Mutombo said the weather was frigid outside and several people weren’t dressed appropriately. He was standing outside for hours when two Americans approached him asking if he was the basketball player. They told him to follow them and he walked with them for a “couple miles” to get away from the scene.

Mutombo said the three of them traveled to a “safe area” where he had shelter and a place to sleep. Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, a representative from the U.S. embassy picked them up and drove them to the Amsterdam airport, where Mutombo said he got a flight back to the U.S.

“You just don’t know when you will have an angel on your side,” he said, calling the Americans he met his “two angels.”

A series of bombings in Brussels killed 31 people and injured at least 270 Tuesday. Belgian authorities continue to search for two suspects on the loose.

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Dikembe Mutombo Describes Scene at Brussels Airport After Bombings

Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BRUSSELS) — NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo described the harrowing scene at the Brussels airport in the wake of the terror attack during an interview with ESPN.

The former NBA star was connecting in Brussels on his way home from a humanitarian trip in his native country of Congo when the bombs went off, he said. It had been 10 to 20 minutes since he put his bags down in the terminal when a woman walked in screaming for everyone to get out and run.

When he got downstairs, all he saw was chaos, panic and people bleeding, he said during the interview.

“There was nobody to walk to,” Mutombo said. “All I can see is everybody running. So, I decided to run myself.”

First, he tried to figure out where the chaos was coming from so he wouldn’t get caught in the line of fire, he said, calling himself “lucky.”

Mutombo said the weather was frigid outside and several people weren’t dressed appropriately. He was standing outside for hours when two Americans approached him asking if he was the basketball player. They told him to follow them and he walked with them for a “couple miles” to get away from the scene.

Mutombo said the three of them traveled to a “safe area” where he had shelter and a place to sleep. Around 4 a.m. Wednesday, a representative from the U.S. embassy picked them up and drove them to the Amsterdam airport, where Mutombo said he got a flight back to the U.S.

“You just don’t know when you will have an angel on your side,” he said, calling the Americans he met his “two angels.”

A series of bombings in Brussels killed 31 people and injured at least 270 Tuesday. Belgian authorities continue to search for two suspects on the loose.

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