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Christophe Simon/Getty Images(PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.) -- Venus Williams is claiming that the victim who died in the fatal car crash she was involved in last month was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

The tennis star, 37, was driving to her home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, on June 9 when the collision occurred. Two weeks later, Jerome Barson, 78, succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash. Barson's daughter filed a lawsuit against Williams, alleging wrongful death action, and is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by ABC News.

Williams is fighting back in court, alleging that Jerome Barson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of accident, arguing in court documents filed last Friday that the victim's injuries were caused "by the unreasonable failure of the plaintiff to use an available and operational seat belt at the time of the accident."

Williams also claims that Jerome Barson "failed to adequately maintain and repair the vehicle." Williams' latest legal move also asks for Barson's autopsy report and medical records.

The Barsons' family attorney, Michael Steinger, told ABC News that his clients' car was a brand-new 2016 Hyundai in "perfect working order." He also refutes the claim that the Barsons -- Jerome Barson's wife, Linda Barson, was driving at the time of the accident -- were not wearing seat belts.

The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department confirmed to ABC News that their investigation indicates that the Barsons were wearing seat belts when the accident occurred. Police are still investigating the fatal crash.

After the collision and Barson's death, Malcolm Cunningham, an attorney for Williams, noted in a statement to ABC News that authorities did not issue her any citations and that "Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one."

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

Chicago Cubs 7, Chicago White Sox 2
N.Y. Yankees 4, Cincinnati 2
Houston 5, Philadelphia 0
Texas 10, Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 6, Minnesota 2

Toronto 4, Oakland 1
Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 4
Kansas City 3, Detroit 1
Cleveland 11, L.A. Angels 7
Seattle 6, Boston 5

Milwaukee 8, Washington 0
St. Louis 3, Colorado 2
Atlanta 8, Arizona 3
N.Y. Mets 6, San Diego 5
San Francisco 11, Pittsburgh 3

Washington 85, San Antonio 76
Atlanta 99, Phoenix 91
Connecticut 93, Chicago 72
Minnesota 76, N.Y. Liberty 75
Dallas 84, Indiana 82
L.A. Sparks 68, Seattle 60

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Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images(PHOENIX) – Phoenix Suns backup point guard Brandon Knight will miss the entire 2017-18 season.

The team announced Tuesday that Knight suffered a torn ACL is his left knee playing in a pro-am game on Wednesday in Miami and will undergo surgery on Friday. A timetable for his return has yet to be determined, the team said.

Knight, who has three years and nearly $44 million remaining on his contract, averaged 11.0 points and 2.4 assists per game last season.

Knight has also played for Detroit and Milwaukee during his 6-year NBA career.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.”

These words, spoken by legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, have taken on new meaning in the last decade after several recent studies have revealed a link between the repeated collisions for which the game is known and a progressive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Now, a new report from researchers at Boston University suggests that this often devastating neurological disease may be even more common to the sport than previously thought.

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers examined the brains of 202 deceased football players –- ranging from high school to professional levels –- to look for tell-tale signs of CTE, a diagnosis that can only be made after an autopsy. A full 87 percent of these ex-players had evidence of CTE. The proportion was highest in professional players; of the 111 former NFL pros included in the study, 110 met the criteria for a CTE diagnosis.

But the study’s lead author, Dr. Ann C. McKee, said that one of the most alarming findings is that nearly one quarter of the 14 high school players in the study had CTE.

“The finding that the earliest beginnings of CTE can be found in high school indicates that things can go wrong at a very young age,” she said.

Dr. Gil Rabinovici, a neurologist at the University of California San Francisco, who wrote an accompanying editorial to the study, also expressed concern.

“From a public health perspective, this is a much bigger problem, since very few players make it to the professional level,” Rabinovici said. “The question everyone has is, ‘Is there a risk in playing youth football?’”

Researchers also conducted questionnaires with players’ loved ones after their deaths to assess for hallmark symptoms of CTE, which can manifest as cognitive, behavioral, or mood problems. Among players who had evidence of severe CTE, 85 percent had symptoms of dementia and 89 percent had mood disturbances.

“A lot of these guys with even early CTE were very symptomatic –- they have impulse control, rage and explosivity," McKee said, adding that mood disturbances were often severe. One in three players with CTE had signs of suicidality, which means thoughts, attempts or completions of suicide.

Additionally, the study found that CTE occurred in isolation only about half of the time. The other half of cases had evidence of an additional neurological disorder like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or ALS.

“It makes one wonder how these diseases are related,” Rabinovici said. “The findings suggest that repeated traumatic brain injury could be a risk factor for many of these other diseases. We already know that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, is shifted about 10 years earlier in football players.”

But though the high prevalence of CTE identified in this study was striking, it involved only subjects whose families consented or even volunteered to have their loved ones’ brains studied. These family members may have noticed concerning neurological or psychiatric symptoms in the players, and may have been looking for answers, which means that no conclusions about the overall prevalence of CTE in football players can be made.

“[The study] undoubtedly overestimates the prevalence of CTE,” lead author McKee said. “It’s a skewed population based on the fact that many of these players had symptoms.”

Still, she sees the striking results as a call to action.

“I don’t think it’s debatable whether this disease exists,” she said. “Though our findings raise more questions than answers, it’s time to come together as scientists to combat this disease.”

Nicole Van Groningen, M.D., is a hospital medicine fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL linebacker Jerrell Freeman had no idea he was about to be a hero in an Austin, Texas airport just days before Chicago Bears training camp.

Eating in the airport on Sunday, Freeman spotted another man, Marcus Ryan, shoot up out of his chair at the Salt Lick Taco Bar.

It looked "like he had forgotten something," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune, adding that Ryan seemed "frantic."

Ryan was choking. An older woman approached Ryan and tried to perform the Heimlich maneuver, but was unsuccessful. Then Freeman stepped in.

I "tried to squeeze the life out of him" Freeman says. He pushed in, then up. Still choking, Freeman tried again. His second attempt was a success.

Once Ryan was no longer choking, the two posed for a photo, which Freeman later tweeted:

CRAZY!! Just saved my guy Marcus Ryan's life by using the Heimlich maneuver in the middle of the Austin airport! WOW Mom would be proud haha pic.twitter.com/yzgGw967iO

— Jerrell Freeman (@JerrellFreeman) July 23, 2017

Freeman told the Chicago Tribune it was his first time performing the maneuver.

Afterwards, Ryan went back to finish his meal, and Freeman joked, "I guess that was some good brisket. You can't get between a man and his brisket."

Freeman was in the airport before reporting to Bears training camp on Wednesday. The former Indianapolis Colt is entering his sixth year in the NFL, and his second in Chicago.

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Ben Soloman/ESPN Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Clint Dempsey reached another U.S. Soccer milestone right where it all began.

In his home state of Texas, with 27 family and friends in attendance, Dempsey delivered a goal in the 72nd minute in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal against Costa Rica on Saturday. The goal, No. 57 for his U.S. Men's National Team career, tied Landon Donovan's US national team goal-scoring record.

Afterwards, Dempsey said, "I couldn't have pictured a better scenario, coming off the bench and getting a goal and assist, and helping the team get to the final. That's a dream come true."

The U.S. beat Costa Rica 2-0 to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. They will face Jamaica on Wednesday.

Dempsey's storied career began in Texas, journeying through the MLS and English Premier League. However, his pursuit of Donovan's record was stalled when he was diagnosed with a heart ailment in 2016, which nearly ended his career.

The Texas-native will continue playing as the US team pursues a spot in the 2018 World Cup. Should they qualify, it would mark Dempsey's fourth career World Cup appearance.

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Paul Lakatos/Asian Tour/Asian Tour via Getty Images(SOUTHPORT, England) -- Another Major victory for American Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old defeated countryman Matt Kuchar by three strokes, shooting a 12-under par to win the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Spieth said he had flashes of the 2016 Masters in his head when he started the front-nine with four bogeys, which put him and Kuchar neck-and-neck heading into the 13th hole of the day. On 13, Spieth hooked his tee shot to the right. The ball ended up being behind a hill that made it impossible to play, so Spieth decided to lose a stroke, and drop the ball in a place where he would be able to have a line of sight to the hole. Nearly a half hour later, Spieth mustered a bogey on the hole and fell behind Kuchar by a stroke.

Given the circumstances, a bogey seemed fortunate for Spieth, and it ended up being a huge momentum shift for him. From the 14th to the 17th holes, Spieth birdied, eagled, and birdied twice before tapping in a par on 18 for the victory.

Spieth is now just a P.G.A. Championship away from completing a career Grand Slam, a feat only accomplished by five other golfers: Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Spieth is now the second male golfer to win three majors before his 24th birthday, joining Nicklaus, who won 18 majors.

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

N.Y. Mets 7, Oakland 5

Houston 8, Baltimore 7
Texas 4, Tampa Bay 3
Cleveland 13, Toronto 3
Detroit 6, Minnesota 3
Kansas City 7, Chicago White Sox 6
Boston 6, L.A. Angels 2
N.Y. Yankees 5, Seattle1

St. Louis 11, Chicago Cubs 4
Philadelphia 6, Milwaukee 1
Miami 3, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 13, Colorado 5
Arizona 6, Washington 5
Atlanta 12, L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 12, San Francisco 9

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- July's been a great month for Keenan Briggs and the players on the Warren County South All-Stars in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, the team of 10- and 11-year-olds took home the state championship, 6-0, after winning 10 games in the postseason and scooping up the state tournament.

And on July 1, during the first game of the postseason, Keenan, one of the team's pitchers, hit his first over-the-fence home run.

"Once I hit it, I looked up and I saw it had a chance, it was high enough to go over," Keenan said. "I was like, 'Did I really do this?' I was so happy. ... Now I know I can do it."

It was a huge deal for Keenan, who was born without his left hand and forearm. While he'd hit homers inside the park, Keenan hadn't been able to hit the ball over the fence and it was a feat that he feared he'd never achieve.

"About three to four days before Keenan hit the home run, he expressed to us that the fact that a lot of his friends were hitting the ball really hard ... and in games were hitting the balls over the fence," said his mother, Crista Briggs. "He said, 'I'm afraid I won't ever be able to do that,' and we told him, 'Don't even try to focus on hitting a home run -- that may never happen -- what we want you to focus on is just hitting on the ground and running really hard.'"

His father, Kevin Briggs, said he was celebrating so much after the hit that he didn't even see Keenan round the bases.

"I was like, 'Wow, he did it. He did it,'" Kevin Briggs said.

Keenan's parents said that from the moment Keenan was born, they'd decided to treat him no differently and to give him every opportunity.

Kevin Briggs said that Keenan has played a variety of sports and had excelled and won awards.

"He just figures it out," Kevin Briggs said. "He has just figured out a way to do it and he did that from a very early age. ... For me, it's a combination of a lot of the hard work that Keenan has put in to be able to compete at this level. ... He works really hard at it."

Crista Biggs advised parents to try not to worry too much about children who are without a limb.

"They will figure things out on their own," she said. "They will learn their own way of doing things and they will succeed. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, practice, commitment but in the end, if they put in the time, it will be such a reward for them."

Next up on Keenan's list: throwing a no-hitter.

"I like just striking people out and having fun," he said. "It feels good. I mean, I just feel like I'm no different than anyone else."

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DigitalVision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- The Boston Celtics are expected to sign free-agent point guard Shane Larkin, a league source tells ESPN.

Larkin was the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NBA draft and last played for the NBA during the 2015-2016 season for the Brooklyn Nets.

This summer the Celtics have signed nine players inlcuding All-Star Gordon Hayward. There are only six returning players on the team's current roster: Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier.

Earlier this week, the Celtics signed small forward Paul Pierce so he could retire as a member of the team.  

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