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University of Nebraska Adds Hearing Impaired Wide Receiver

BananaStock(AURORA, Neb.) — A hearing-impaired high school football player has gotten the attention of the University of Nebraska.

Todd Honas has about 80 percent hearing loss and depends on hearing aids to function in everyday life, but that hasn’t stopped his prowess on the football field.

The wide receiver from Aurora, Nebraska will walk-on with The Nebraska Cornhuskers for the 2016 season.

“Todd is very astute at looking at body language or hand signals,” Aurora High School coach Kyle Peterson told ABC News affiliate KLKN-TV in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Just how competitive is Honas? KLKN reports that he earned Class B All-State honors for his final two seasons with his high school team, and he currently holds the Class B record for career receiving yards – 2,353 – and single-season receiving yards – 1,180.

Honas, who inherited the hearing impairment, along with his brother, from their mother, is used to playing the games without hearing the noise, or even when his name is announced, he told KLKN.

Though the walk-on status isn’t a guarantee that Honas will be a starting player at the University of Nebraska, the competition for any slot is fierce. The university’s athletic department did not return ABC News’ calls in time for comment.

The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA), an organization that prepares high school athletes for college recruitment explains the prospects on their site: “A walk-on is a rostered player who does not receive an athletic scholarship freshman year. They may or may not receive one later.”

But, football isn’t the only thing he does well. His father says he is proudest about Honas’ character off the field.

“What probably makes me the proudest is that the tries to help other people,” Jeff Honas told KLKN. “The hearing loss aside, it’s just him being as good a person as he could be.”

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Syracuse Basketball Legend Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington Has Died

Syracuse/Collegiate Images/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — Syracuse basketball legend Dwayne “Pearl” Washington has died, the school’s athletics department announced Wednesday. He was 52.

Syracuse.com reported in August that Washington, who played for the Orange from 1983-1986, had been battling a brain tumor.

In the months that followed, students and fans could buy t-shirts that displayed Washington’s nickname “Pearl,” across the front, Syracuse University newspaper The Daily Orange reports. Current Syracuse basketball players even showed their support by wearing the shirts throughout the last basketball season. Syracuse alum Brandon Steiner started a Gofundme page that raised more than $63,000 for Washington.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim recruited Washington in the early 1980s, when the young basketball player had already made a name for himself on the basketball courts of New York City. Boeheim expressed his condolences Wednesday on Twitter.

“There was no better guy and there’s nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington.#CuseFamily” the coach tweeted. “You will forever be in our hearts. We love you.”

There was no better guy and there’s nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington.#CuseFamily

— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) April 20, 2016

You will forever be in our hearts. We love you.

— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) April 20, 2016

Pearl Washington would later be remembered for his defining moment at Syracuse, when he made a buzzer-beating half-court shot to beat Boston College 75-73 in 1984.

After his college basketball success, Washington was recruited by the then-New Jersey Nets, where he’d play for two seasons before ending his career in 1989 with the Miami Heat.

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Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw Appears to Mouth Gay Slur on Camera

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw could face discipline after he was caught on camera mouthing what appears to be a gay slur.

The incident happened Tuesday night during Game 4 of the Hawks’ playoff series against the St. Louis Blues. Near the end of the third period, Shaw was sent to the penalty box on an interference penalty, where he was shown on camera mouthing something that appeared to be a gay slur.

“Emotions are high and I don’t know what’s said,” Shaw said after the game, which the Hawks lost 4-3. “And like I said I was obviously upset with the call.”

But the group You Can Play, a gay rights group affiliated with the NHL, says it is reaching out to the league to “assist in an appropriate response.”

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New Tire Changer for Martin Truex Jr.

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Furniture Row Racing has made a change to Martin Truex Jr.’s pit crew.

The team has replaced tire changer Brian Eastlund with Chris Taylor for the foreseeable future, PitTalks.com reports. Taylor previously worked with Sprint Cup drivers Jamie McMurray and Matt Kenseth.

Taylor will be handling front tires, after working mainly as a rear tire changer in the past.

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Nike Ends Endorsement Deal with Johnny Manziel

Andrew Weber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nike has terminated its deal with Johnny Manziel, according to ESPN.

A spokesman for Nike confirmed to ESPN that the former Cleveland Browns quarterback was no longer an endorser of the brand.

The multi-year deal with the athletic-wear company was signed in March 2014.

Sources tell ESPN the marketing deal was terminated some time after the NFL season ended.

The news comes the same day Manziel was dropped by Drew Rosenhaus, the second agent to fire the quarterback in two months.

Rosenhaus told ESPN last week he was planning to end his relationship with Manziel “in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 4/19/16

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

INTERLEAGUE

Milwaukee 6, Minnesota 5

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cleveland 3, Seattle 2
Oakland 3, N-Y Yankees 2, 11 Innings
Toronto 4, Baltimore 3
Tampa Bay 3, Boston 0, 10 Innings
Kansas City 8, Detroit 6
Texas 7, Houston 5
Chi White Sox 5, L.A. Angels 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N-Y Mets 11, Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 4, Colorado 3
Atlanta 8, L.A. Dodgers 1
Washington 7, Miami 0
Chi Cubs 2, St. Louis 1
San Diego 5, Pittsburgh 4
Arizona 3, San Francisco 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

Atlanta 89, Boston 72
San Antonio 94, Memphis 68

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Pittsburgh 3, N-Y Rangers 1
Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 2
Anaheim 3, Nashville 0
St. Louis 4, Chicago 3

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Report: Nike Ends Endorsement Deal with Johnny Manziel

Andrew Weber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nike has terminated its deal with Johnny Manziel, according to ESPN.

A spokesman for Nike confirmed to ESPN that the former Cleveland Browns quarterback was no longer an endorser of the brand.

The multi-year deal with the athletic-wear company was signed in March 2014.

Sources tell ESPN the marketing deal was terminated some time after the NFL season ended.

The news comes the same day Manziel was dropped by Drew Rosenhaus, the second agent to fire the quarterback in two months.

Rosenhaus told ESPN last week he was planning to end his relationship with Manziel “in the hopes of helping him get the treatment I believe he needs.”

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Warriors Say Stephen Curry is Questionable for Game 3 After MRI

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Will Stephen Curry be able to play in Game 3 on Thursday?

After sitting out for Game 2 on Monday night against the Houston Rockets, the Golden State Warriors star guard is listed as questionable for Game 3 as he continues to rest his injured ankle.

According to a statement from the team, Curry underwent an MRI Tuesday that “did not reveal anything of concern” and he would “continue treatment in preparation for Thursday’s Game 3 in Houston.”

Curry, who leads the NBA with 30.1 points per game, sprained his right ankle during Saturday’s 105-78 victory against Houston when he landed awkwardly in the first half.

After Monday night’s Game 2 victory, coach Steve Kerr said the team’s priority was Curry’s health.

“We’ll see how he responds the next couple of days, and if he’s not right, obviously being up 2-0 does give us more cushion if we decide to sit him,” Kerr said according to ESPN. “But it will be based on his health — not the series score.”

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Phoenix Suns Name Earl Watson as Head Coach

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — The Phoenix Suns have named their new head coach.

Interim coach Earl Watson has officially been made full-time, and according to ESPN, he’s agreed to a three-year deal with the team.

Watson, who replaced Jeff Hornacek after was fired in February, is now the NBA’s youngest coach at 36 years old.

“Earl did a very good job with our team last season after taking over as interim head coach during a challenging time for the organization,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough in a statement. “Earl’s natural leadership qualities and his ability to connect with and motivate our players have stood out throughout his time here in Phoenix. We are excited to see what he can do with a healthy roster after having a full offseason to prepare.”

Under Watson this season, the Suns went 9-24 in 33 games, finishing with a 23-59 record– the second-worst in franchise history.

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UFC Star Conor McGregor Tweets ‘I Have Decided to Retire Young’

Steve Marcus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Is Conor McGregor retiring?

The 27-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship star sent a shocking tweet Tuesday apparently announcing his decision to retire.

“I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later,” said the tweet.

McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, later tweeted, “Well was fun while it lasted.”

The news comes a week after fellow fighter Joao Carvalho died from injuries suffered during a fight in Dublin, Ireland this month.

In a Facebook post after Carvalho’s death, McGregor– who was at the fight– wrote, “To see a young man doing what he loves, competing for a chance at a better life, and then to have it taken away is truly heartbreaking.”

I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016

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