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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NFL great Eric Dickerson has a gold Hall of Fame jacket, a bust in Canton and the record for most rushing yards in a season, but there's one thing he doesn't have from the league: health insurance.

Dickerson is one of a handful of Hall of Famers who said Tuesday they won't be attending next year's Hall of Fame ceremony if they aren't given health insurance coverage or a cut of the league's billion-dollar revenue.

The demands were made in a letter obtained by ABC News and addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith and President of the NFL Hall of Fame C. David Baker.

"People know us from our highlight reels. They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us," the letter reads. "But on balance, it’s not. As a group we are struggling with severe health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds."

Dickerson, who is leading the effort, spoke to ABC News' daily podcast, "Start Here," on Tuesday about the players' demands.

"All of us feel like having health care is just a normal thing to have," Dickerson told "Start Here." "And I think it's right. I think people are kind of losing the message that you know it's all about the Hall of Fame. Well right now it's all about the Hall of Famers because we can't do anything because of the current CBA [collective bargaining agreement], we can't go back in and do that. I want all players to have health care; every player that played in the National Football League."

Legends Jim Brown, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders are among the 21 Hall of Famers to sign the letter. Sarah White, the widow of Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, also attached her name to the letter. The name "Carl Ellard" appears on the list, though this was a typo, and actually referred to Hall of Famer Carl Eller.

Rice and Warner have both released statements saying they have no plans to boycott the Hall of Fame ceremony, though they do support better health care for retired players.

Dickerson called Rice and Warner's inclusion a "miscommunication" in a later tweet and corrected the spelling of Eller.

The players have received some criticism for demanding insurance and a share of league revenue for only members of the Hall of Fame, but Dickerson said that was simply a first step.

"I want this plan to help all players, but you can't, we can't, go back into the CBA until 2021," he told ABC News. "We have to start with the Hall of Famers."

NFL players from Dickerson's era -- he spent 12 seasons in the league mostly with the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts -- have no health insurance at all.

As for Dickerson's push for a chunk of league revenue, the league does have a pension plan for retired players established in 1959. In 1993's CBA, players established a 401K plan.

They can begin to access money at 55 and see a 300 percent increase when they turn 65, according to Miki Yaras-Davis, the NFLPA's senior director of benefits.

"There have been significant increases in the pension with every collective bargaining agreement in the history of this sport," Yaras-Davis told ESPN in a statement.

Players from before 1993, like Dickerson, were granted $620 million in benefits, called the "Legacy Fund," due to the 2011 CBA.

But Dickerson wants more than has been allotted in the "Legacy Fund." The letter calls the fund a "cynical public relations ploy."

The NFL generated $14 billion in revenue in 2017, according to an estimate by Bloomberg, and quoted in the letter by Dickerson. He says health insurance would cost only $4 million, and a salary taken from revenue would cost just 40 cents on every $100.

"The total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million -- less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue," the letter states. "Paying Hall of Famers an annual salary works out to about 40 cents for every $100 in annual revenue, a figure that will increase dramatically in the near future with legalized gambling."

Dickerson also said he believes the league never would've addressed safety, including the degenerative brain disease CTE, if it wasn't for public outrage. The disease, caused by repetitive blows to the head, has been blamed for the deaths of former NFL stars Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau, both of whom committed suicide.

"The NFL is trying to do some of the right things you know to try to help players you know with CTE," he told "Start Here." "But I really believe the only reason they do it is because they got caught. And I really believe that. But they're trying. So I mean I give them that much credit."

As for the Hall of Fame boycott, Baker released a statement saying, "Many Hall of Famers have reached out to express their support of the Hall. While we enshrine Hall of Famers, our mission is to serve every player who helped build this great game. We guard the legacies and seek to serve all players and not just Hall of Famers who we serve every day."

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Iowa State Department of Athletics(AMES, Iowa) -- A man with a criminal background was charged with murder just hours after a former Iowa State University champion golfer turned up dead in a pond on a golf course.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who police said has no known address and, according to court records, was kicked out of his grandparents' house a year ago, was charged with first-degree murder in Celia Barquin Arozamena's stabbing death Monday.

Police found her body at Coldwater Links public golf course near Iowa State University in Ames, where she apparently went golfing alone Monday morning.

Richards purportedly made statements to an acquaintance recently "to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman," according to a criminal complaint made public Tuesday.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds described the killing as "a random act of violence" during a brief court hearing for Richards Tuesday morning.

"The state believes him to be a flight risk, also believes him to be a danger to the community," Reynolds said during the hearing.

The judge granted her request to set bail at $5 million.

Richards appeared in court in shackles and made no statements. He was ordered to return to court Sept. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

Attorney Paul Rounds of the Story County Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Richards.

"I hope people reserve judgment until after the trial," Rounds told ABC News when reached by phone, declining to comment further.

The slaying sent shockwaves from the nation's heartland to Barquin Arozamena's hometown of Reocín, Spain, where civic leaders joined residents in a moment of silence at noon on Tuesday. The Reocín City Council also declared three days of mourning for the young woman and released a statement condemning the "vile act" that took her life.

"She was a really hard-working girl who was deeply loved by the whole town," Reocín Mayor Pablo Diestro told the Spanish sports website "It's a tragedy. We can't believe it."

Cmdr. Geoff Huff, head of the Ames Police Department's criminal investigations division, said at a news conference Tuesday, "It's rare, obviously. It's still very troubling that something like this would happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is.”

He added: "It's an awful thing that's happened. I'm not sure what else I can say."

Barquin Arozamena, a native of Spain, was recently named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year.

She had turned pro this past spring after completing her college golfing career. Earlier this year, she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in Alabama, one of the LPGA Tour's majors.

The Ames Police Department opened a suspicious death investigation Monday morning when golfers found Barquin Arozamena's cellphone, ball cap and golf bag on the ninth hole fairway of the golf course "with no one around it," according to a police statement.

Golfers had seen Barquin Arozamena on the golf course earlier but told police she had disappeared, prompting a search for her, officials said.

Officers were called to the golf course about 10:24 a.m. and found the woman's body a half-hour later in a pond near where her golf bag was discovered and determined she had been assaulted, according to the criminal complaint.

"Based on the scene investigation, the victim sustained several stab wounds to the upper torso, head, and neck," the criminal complaint stated.

Police searched the golf course and stopped a man walking on a trail leading into a wooded area who identified himself as an acquaintance of Richards.

A K-9 unit tracked the victim's scent to a homeless encampment on the banks of Squaw Creek in the wooded area adjacent to the golf course, according to the criminal complaint.

Police were searching the camp, which consisted of two tents, when Richards approached them.

"Officers observed that … [Richards] had several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and also noted [he] attempted to conceal a deep laceration to his left hand, which he attempted to bury in the ground," the criminal complaint reads.

Police also contacted an acquaintance of Richards who told them the suspect showed up at his residence near the golf course Monday afternoon and that he "appeared disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water," according to the complaint.

The man told police Richards left his house after bathing and washing his clothes, the complaint stated.

Two other witnesses told police that Richards asked them for a ride to Jefferson, Iowa, and had given them a knife, according to the complaint. While driving to Jefferson, Richards told the men he needed to return to the homeless encampment because he forgot his tent, according to the complaint.

When they arrived at the golf course, they noticed police swarming the area, the complaint reads. Richards got out of their vehicle and approached police officers searching the tent encampment, the complaint states.

Police said they recovered a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two witnesses, according to the complaint. Police also found two pairs of blood-stained shorts in Richards' backpack.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa State University Police Department, assisted in the investigation.

"I don't know a lot of the details yet but it's just a horrific, horrific senseless death," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

Reynolds' statement was echoed by Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen.

"We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena. Celia was a dedicated student in civil engineering. She was a talented student athlete and an acclaimed golfer with a bright future," Wintersteen said in a statement Monday. "Celia was a champion and a proud ambassador for Iowa State. Our hearts are with Celia's family and friends as we grieve her passing. It's a terrible, tragic and senseless loss.

"In these moments, we recognize our own mortality and realize that each day is a gift," Wintersteen said. "I hope everyone will take time today to meet with their friends and loved ones, value those connections and feel thankful that they can do so. A bright candle in our Cyclone Nation no longer shines, and our community and the world are less for it."

Barquin Arozamena claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory in April, according to the university, which called her one of the most accomplished golfers in the school's history. She was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester.

The death of Barquin Arozamena prompted the Iowa State women's golf team to withdraw from competition at the East and West Match Play tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to return to Iowa to mourn the former teammate, the team said in a tweet.

The team was scheduled Tuesday to play for the tournament title.

"We are all devastated," Christie Martens, Iowa State head women's golf coach, said in a statement. "Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard added: "Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador."

Barquin Arozamena qualified for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Shoal Creek, Alabama, in May but did not make the cut after the first two rounds.

The university’s Athletics Department said it plans to honor her memory at a football game Saturday at the school's Jack Trice Stadium, which is across the street from where police found her body.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

"I'm just kind of surprised," ISU freshman Isaac Sachse told ABC affiliate station WOI-TV in Des Moines.

"First it was the kidnapping and now this. It's kind of horrifying," he added, referring to the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who was allegedly killed by 24-year-old Cristhian Rivera while on her routine jog through farm country earlier this summer.

Richards has a criminal record, according to court documents. He has pleaded guilty to charges of domestic abuse, assault, theft and public intoxication in the past, the records show.

In September 2017, he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his grandparents' house, according to court records. Richards told police he had broken into the house to retrieve his belongings after his grandparents had kicked him out, records show.

Richards’ most recent arrest occurred in July when he was taken into custody on suspicion of public intoxication after police found him passed out at a convenience store in Ames, according to records.

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Indy Thunder(NEW YORK) -- The familiar orange and black script on the Orioles' uniform will be replaced Tuesday night with Braille to honor the National Federation of the Blind, and for one visually impaired ball player, the night is about recognizing people like him.

"They're acknowledging that you're there," Erik Rodriguez, 18, told ABC News' Start Here podcast. "Sometimes that's the biggest step."

Rodriguez is a shortstop for the Indy Thunder in beep baseball, a modified version of the game which uses sound and beeping bases to guide visually impaired players. He was born with Stickler syndrome and glaucoma, which weakened his eyes over the years and led to retina detachments.

While his vision declined, his passion for baseball never did. At 10 years old, he was introduced to beep ball and "immediately fell in love."

"It's changed my life," he said. "It's given me a platform where I can still perform on an elite level, where I can still consider myself a champion, where I can still have that team bonding that you really can't get in individual sports."

Rodriguez led the Indy Thunder to their third straight World Series championship as one of the captains this past season. It was his sixth season in beep baseball, but he told "Start Here" he only recently began to consider himself a "good hitter."

"It's kind of like target practice for the pitcher and the batter," he said. "It's a lot more complicated than people realize, so it takes a lot of good teamwork and trust."

The pitcher is trying to get the batter a hit instead of striking them out, so when the pitcher says, "Set, ready, pitch," they tailor their pitch depending on who they're throwing to. The batter then needs to keep their swing consistent to make sure they're close to the ball every time.

"It just takes a lot of practice and reps," Rodriguez explained. "It does not happen overnight."

Rodriguez told "Start Here" he loves following the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, but the Orioles have earned the beep ball player as a fan for their National Federation of the Blind Night.

"The fact that such a big organization like Baltimore is wanting to do something like that for the blind community ... it makes you feel good, it makes you feel like they care and they want to help make a difference for the young people and the older people that are suffering from this disability."

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Julian Finney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams maintained in her first television interview since her stunning upset at the U.S. Open last week that she did not cheat -- and further blasted what she sees as the double standard between male and female tennis players.

The tennis legend and 23-time Grand Slam champ was accused of receiving coaching tips from the stands -- a code violation -- during the U.S. Open women's final last Sunday.

While she disputed the ruling, her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, later acknowledged that he was trying to send her a signal.

“He said he made a motion,” Williams told the Australian television program, “The Project,” of the incident, according to a preview clip released Sunday.

“I don’t understand what he was talking about," she added. "We’ve never had signals.”

On the court, Williams fought back against the chair umpire Carlos Ramos' call, and in a news conference after the match, blasted his ruling as "sexist."

In her interview with "The Project," she also doubled down on what she calls the double standard in tennis between male and female players.

"I just don’t understand," Williams said. “If you’re female you should be able to do even half of what a guy can do.”

Williams lost the final to Naomi Osaka, though the Japanese tennis star's historic victory appeared to be overshadowed by the controversy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

Boston 5, N.Y. Mets 3
Houston 10, Arizona 4
Texas 6, San Diego 3
Cleveland 15, Detroit 0
Toronto 8, N.Y. Yankees 7
Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 5
Chicago White Sox 2, Baltimore 0
Kansas City 10, Minnesota 3
Seattle 6, L.A. Angels 5

L.A. Dodgers 17, St. Louis 4
Washington 7, Atlanta 1
Chicago Cubs 1, Cincinnati 0
Philadelphia 5, Miami 4
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 3, Colorado 0

SO Boston 4, Calgary 3

(1) Alabama 62, Mississippi 7
(2) Clemson 38, Georgia Southern 7
(3) Georgia 49, Middle Tennessee 7
(4) Ohio St. 40, (15) TCU 28
(5) Oklahoma 37, Iowa St. 27
BYU 24, (6) Wisconsin 21
(12) LSU 22, (7) Auburn 21
(8) Notre Dame 22, Vanderbilt 17
(9) Stanford 30, UC Davis 10
(10) Washington 21, Utah 7
(11) Penn St. 63, Kent St. 10
(16) Mississippi St. 56, Louisiana-Lafayette 10
(24) Oklahoma St. 44, (17) Boise St. 21
(19) Michigan 45, SMU 20
(20) Oregon 35, San Jose St. 22
(21) Miami 49, Toledo 24
Texas 37, (22) Southern Cal 14
San Diego St. 28, (23) Arizona St. 21

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2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns will release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday.

The news came the same day the team ruled the former pro-bowler out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Gordon had been suspended for most of the past four seasons for repeated drug offenses.

In a statement, team general manager John Dorsey said, ""For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well."

Sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortenson that Gordon broke the team's trust after coming to the facility with a hamstring injury after being a full participant all week during practice.

In week one, Gordon caught a 17 yard touchdown pass against the Steelers.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

N.Y. Mets 8, Boston 0
Arizona 4, Houston 2
Texas 4, San Diego 0

N.Y. Yankees 11, Toronto 0
Chicago White Sox 8, Baltimore 6
Oakland 2, Tampa Bay 1, 10 Innings
Detroit 5, Cleveland 4
Kansas City 8, Minnesota 4
Seattle 5, L.A. Angels 0

Philadelphia 14, Miami 2
Atlanta 10, Washington 5
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 2
Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 4
L.A. Dodgers 3, St. Louis 0
San Francisco 2, Colorado 0

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

Baltimore 5, Oakland 3
Boston 4, Toronto 3
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 4
Seattle 8, L.A. Angels 2

N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 3
Colorado 10, Arizona 3
Chicago Cubs 4, Washington 3, 10 Innings
N.Y. Mets 5, Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 9, St. Louis 7

Cincinnati 34, Baltimore 23

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:

San Diego 5, Seattle 4

Houston 5, Detroit 4
Tampa Bay 3, Cleveland 1
Oakland 10, Baltimore 0
Boston 1, Toronto 0
Minnesota 3, N.Y. Yankees 1
Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City 2, 12 Innings
L.A. Angels 8, Texas 1

L.A. Dodgers 8, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 4, St. Louis 3
Atlanta 2, San Francisco 1
N.Y. Mets 13, Miami 0
Washington 5, Philadelphia 1
Milwaukee 5, Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 5, Arizona 4

Seattle 98, Washington 82

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Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA(NEW YORK) -- It's hard to upstage Serena Williams on the tennis court or to take away the shine from 20-year-old record breaker Naomi Osaka, who became the first Japanese tennis slam winner.

But Carlos Ramos did just that.

The longtime tennis umpire became the subject of widespread scrutiny on Saturday night after a series of calls against Williams during the U.S. Open women's finals.

Ramos is a gold badge-level umpire, who has been the deciding force in a number of high profile matches, but his calls in the finals match prompted outrage both on and off the court.

Ramos gave Williams a penalty because her coach was admittedly coaching from off the court, which is barred in the sport though it is widely understood to be a common practice.

The second penalty came after Williams later smashed her racquet against the ground.

The third incident came shortly after that, when Williams yelled at Ramos over the call, with her calling him a "thief" which then prompted him to classify that as verbal abuse towards the umpire. Because that was her third penalty of the game, the rules of the sports mandate that it prompts a game penalty.

Katrina Adams, United States Tennis Association (USTA) president and CEO, talked about the controversy with ESPN the day after the match.

"I would say last night is unfortunate," Adams said to ESPN. "And we have to have consistency because when you look at what the women, in this case, Serena, is feeling, we watch the guys do this all the time. They're badgering the chair umpires on the changeover. Nothing happens."

As for Ramos, Adams said that "umpires are reviewed throughout the tournaments" and nothing had suggested that he should not be assigned to the women’s final.

"His record was good so there was no reason for us to not be putting him in the chair," Adams said.

"We have to treat each other fairly and the same and I know that what Serena did and her behavior was not welcome and there could have been a line that should have been drawn," Adams said. "But when you look at Carlos or the umpire in this particular situation, it's a 'judgment call' to give that last penalty, because she called him a thief? They've been called a lot worse."

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) released a statement of support for Ramos Monday, standing by Ramos' calls but noting that the situation was a "regrettable incident."

"Carlos Ramos is one of the most experienced and respected umpires in tennis," the ITF said in its statement. "Mr. Ramos’ decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were re-affirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to find Serena Williams for the three offenses."

The statement went on to read: "It is understandable that this high profile and the regrettable incident should provoke debate. At the same time, it is important to remember that Mr. Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity."

Ramos has umpired an Olympic final match between Andy Murray and Roger Federer and been the one on the court deciding the fate of all four grand slam tennis tournaments, but there has been a share of controversial calls beyond this most recent case.

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic

Earlier this season, Ramos was the umpire in a match between the Serbian superstar and opponent Kei Nishikori.

Ramos cited Djokovic for two violations during the match, the first of which coming when Djokovic hit his racquet against the ground. Ramos reportedly said that he damaged the famed grass court used in the British tournament, and Djokovic balked.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw. I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass," Djokovic said later after the match.

The alleged roughness against the grass wasn't the only issue that arose over that call, as Nishikori allegedly smashed the ground with his racquet during that same match, but Ramos said he didn't see it so Nishikori received no penalty.

French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal

Another male tennis star who has publicly criticized Ramos was Rafael Nadal, this time at Roland-Garros.

Nadal had been issued two warnings for taking too much time during the crossovers in the game when players take a brief break while switching sides of the court.

"I say it with sadness, but he is an umpire who scrutinizes me more and who fixates on me more," Spanish-speaking Nadal told the media after the match.

"He also pressured me about coaching," Nadal said of Ramos, according to Spanish-language sports newspaper Marca.

"I have respect for him and all I ask is for that to be reciprocated," Nadal said, according to Marca.

French Open 2016: Venus Williams

Even though Serena Williams’ squabble with Ramos is the one garnering headlines now, her older sister Venus Williams made a similar complaint against Ramos back in 2016.

Like Serena Williams, Venus Williams was cited by Ramos for a coaching violation during the 2016 French Open.

Venus Williams responded indignantly, saying: "Honestly, I’m 36 years old. Never in my career have I had a coaching violation. No, I don’t do that. Just don't even go there."

Two years, a different continent and a different Williams sister later, Serena Williams voiced a very similar complaint.

"You may have thought that was coaching but I'm telling you it was not," Serena Williams said Saturday. "I don't cheat to win. I'd rather lose."

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