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  • Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Just weeks after Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia, she penned a note to her own mother, Oracene Price, praising her parenting skills. Calling Price "one of the strongest women I know," Williams thanked her mother for her constant support, especially when "haters" called Williams "a man" and accused her of using drugs. Williams noted that her daughter has "my exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body," and acknowledged that she's not sure how she would react if Alexis one day faced criticism of her body from strangers like she has. "Mom, I'm not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman," Williams wrote in a post that was published on Reddit. "I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!" Williams, 35, and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, 34, welcomed baby Alexis on Sept. 1. In her note to her mother, Williams, the youngest of five children, asked for her mother's help with raising her daughter. "You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you," she wrote. "Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had."
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  • Rob Foldy/Miami Marlins via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton was in a slump going into a series against the Mets. In his previous 11 games, Stanton went 7-for-40 with just one home run. Stanton had 18 home runs in August but only three in September ahead of Monday's game.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:
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  • Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died from injuries sustained in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.
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  • Ralph Freso/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Redskins have placed safety Su'a Cravens on the reserve/left squad list, meaning he will not return to the team this season.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:INTERLEAGUEOakland 6, Philadelphia   3AMERICAN LEAGUEBaltimore 6,  N.Y. Yankees 4Tampa Bay  3,  Boston 2Detroit 12, Chi White Sox  0Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2Houston  7, Seattle 1Minnesota 13, Toronto 7Texas 4,  L.A. Angels 2NATIONAL LEAGUECincinnati 5, Pittsburgh 2N.Y. Mets 5,  Atlanta 1Milwaukee 10,  Miami 3Chi Cubs 4,  St. Louis 3San Diego 4, Colorado 3San Francisco 7,  Arizona  2Washington 7, L.A. Dodgers   1WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONMinnesota 81, Washington  70L.A. Sparks 89 , Phoenix  87NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEBaltimore  24, Cleveland 10Pittsburgh  26,  Minnesota  9New England 36,  New Orleans 20Tampa Bay 29,  Chicago 7Tennessee  37, Jacksonville 16Arizona 16,  Indianapolis 13; OT  Kansas City 27,  Philadelphia 20Carolina  9,  Buffalo 3Oakland 45, N.Y. Jets 20Miami 19,  Los Angeles 17Denver  42,  Dallas 17Seattle 12,  San Francisco  9Washington  27,  Los Angeles 20Atlanta  34,  Green Bay  23MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERPhiladelphia  0, New York  0
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