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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Little Samaya Clark-Gabriel of Brooklyn, New York can dribble a basketball -- or two -- like nobody's business.The 7-year-old is such a talented baller that she’s already met the Harlem Globetrotters and was invited to their game Sunday at the Barclays Center. But she got an even bigger surprise Thursday when one of the team's most famous dribblers took that invitation one step further.“I have some good news for Samaya,” Herbert "Flight Time" Lang said on ABC News' Good Morning America Thursday after shocking her with his appearance. “Samaya, along with attending the game this coming Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, you’re also going to have the chance to go out to center court with myself and my teammates to have a chance to entertain all the fans at the game with your ball handling skills.”Samaya was so stunned by his offer that she was slack-jawed. But there was still more in store for her.“And if you do a great job, which I’m sure that you will, we’ll also give you the chance to do it again on April 14 at the new Nassau Coliseum,” he added. “We’re looking forward to having you there.”“Flight Time” even handed her another Globetrotters jersey to add to her collection.“She was so excited,” Samaya’s dad, Wayne Gabriel, said after the surprise. “When the wall opened and he walked out you can see the thrill and excitement in her eyes. She’s just enjoying every moment.”The pint-sized basketball queen showed off her skills on GMA, dribbling two balls back and forth in between cones, all while sporting her hot pink basketball sneakers.Samaya, who has only been playing basketball for one year, said her favorite part about the sport is “that you can have fun.”She said she learned to dribble by “practicing and watching YouTube.”Gabriel confirmed that his daughter’s talents came purely from watching videos, and that he was just as shocked as the rest of world at her quick ability to pick up the sport.“We were watching the New York Knicks game,” he recalled. “She looked over at me and said she wanted to play basketball. So the next day we went to the mall [and] picked up a ball. That same day we went outside and she just started dribbling. I looked at her said, ‘Where did you learn this from?’ She said, ‘YouTube.’”The second grader also plays soccer and gymnastics, but her dad said they’re taking a break from soccer for the moment because he doesn’t want her “to get burnt out.”
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The McDonald's All-American game at the United Center in Chicago features some of the best high school basketball players in the country. But following Wednesday night's game, a brawl among fans broke out in the concourse. The Chicago Sun Times obtained video showing several people swinging punches, tackling and shoving each other until security officials in yellow jackets broke it up. The game's organizers released a statement saying they were "disappointed by this kind of activity" but thanked security officials for restoring order. No arrests were made.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUEMiami 5, Houston 5Philadelphia 8, Detroit 2L.A. Angels 8, Milwaukee 6Cleveland 9, Cincinnati 6San Diego 9, Chi White Sox 9Chi Cubs 15, Oakland 11L.-A. Dodgers 3, Seattle 3AMERICAN LEAGUETampa Bay 15, Baltimore 6Minnesota 5, Boston 3N.-Y. Yankees 3, Toronto 1Texas 0, Kansas City 0NATIONAL LEAGUESt. Louis 6, Washington 2Philadelphia 8, Pittsburgh 2N.-Y. Mets 2, Atlanta 2NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONOT/Oklahoma City 114, Orlando 106Atlanta 99, Philadelphia 92Charlotte 110, Toronto 106Miami 105, N.-Y. Knicks 88Milwaukee 103, Boston 100Memphis 110, Indiana 97New Orleans 121, Dallas 118Golden State 110, San Antonio 98Utah 112, Sacramento  82L.-A. Clippers 133, Washington 124NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEChicago 5, Pittsburgh 1L.A. Kings 4, Calgary 1Washington 5, Colorado 3St. Louis 3, Arizona 1Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(PHOENIX) – Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says retired running back Marshawn Lynch isn’t ruling out a return to the NFL."He came through the office and had a good visit," Carroll said at the league owners meetings on Wednesday in Phonenix. "I know that he is somewhat entertaining the thought of it. I can't tell you how strong it is. You've got to talk to him. And that chance isn't happening."The 30-year-old was placed on the reserve/retired list in May 2016.Carroll was asked if Lynch could contribute after being away from the game. "I don't know," Carroll said. "It depends on how he's approached this offseason. He looked OK. The mentality that it takes to play this game the way he plays this game, he has to really be invested and ready because he goes deep when he plays. Whether or not that's still in him, the burn is still there, I couldn't tell that from talking to him. I know that he was playing with the idea."If Lynch was reinstated, he would remain under contract with the Seahawks.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • G Fiume/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) – Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant could make his return from injury sooner than expected.The team announced Wednesday that Durant could rejoin the team before the end of the regular season. "His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts," the team said in a statement.The team also said Durant, who has been out after suffering a leg injury on Feb. 28, has been making “very good progress” and will be evaluated in 7-10 days.The team’s final regular season game is on April 12 against the Los Angeles Lakers.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has been suspended 15 games without pay over over a domestic violence incident that occurred last year.Major League Baseball announced the suspension on Wednesday, saying that Familia has agreed not to appeal it.Last October, police in Fort Lee, New Jersey said they found "a scratch to the chest and bruise to the right cheek" of Familia's wife. She declined to press charges. While MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said his office "does not support a determination that Mr. Familia physically assaulted his wife, or threatened her or others with physical force or harm," he said the relief pitcher's "overall conduct that night was inappropriate, violated the Policy, and warrants discipline."Manfred added in a statement that Familia has undergone counseling and agreed to speak to other players about what he learned.The 15-game suspension begins on Opening Day. In the meantime, Familia is allowed to take part in all Spring Training and exhibition games.
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