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EricVega/iStockBy CARMEN COX, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- The Baltimore Steelers will play the Pittsburg Steelers Sunday afternoon, the NFL announced Wednesday.

The game was initially scheduled to kick off Thanksgiving night, but was moved after several Ravens players tested positive for coronavirus. In total five players and four staffers have received positive test results this week, sources confirmed to ESPN.

The NFL said in a statement that the decision to postpone the game "was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts."

On Monday, the Ravens announced running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram both tested positive for COVID-19. Linebacker Pernell McPhee and defensive tackle Brandon Williams were also placed on the Ravens reserve list this week, ESPN reports.

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Archivo El Grafico/Getty ImagesBy CARMEN COX, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, his longtime agent, Matias Morla, confirmed Wednesday.

The legendary midfielder and manager suffered cardiac arrest while at home, the BBC reports.

Maradona had recently undergone a successful brain surgery and was  released from hospitalization Nov. 11, according to ESPN.

The Argentine Football Association president, Claudio Tapia, shared condolences in a public statement Wednesday, saying the organization "expressed its deepest pain at the death of our legend, Diego Armando Maradona. You'll always be in our hearts."

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez mourned Maradona on Twitter, writing,"You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of all. Thanks for having existed, Diego. We will miss you for life."

 

Nos llevaste a lo más alto del mundo. Nos hiciste inmensamente felices. Fuiste el más grande de todos.

Gracias por haber existido, Diego. Te vamos a extrañar toda la vida. pic.twitter.com/pAf38sRlGC

— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 25, 2020

 

Fernandez also confirmed three days of mourning to honor Maradona's memory.

The Argentinian national team also posted a tribute on Twitter:

 

Hasta siempre, Diego.

Serás #Eterno en cada corazón del planeta fútbol. pic.twitter.com/jcsGP3GlNI

— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) November 25, 2020

 

Maradona was captain Argentina one the 1986 World Cup. He later played for Barcelona and Napoli, winning two Serie A titles with the Italian team.

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ABC NewsBy ASHLEY LOUSZKO and EMILY TAGUCHI, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Mike Tyson, the once undisputed world heavyweight champion boxer, appears to be a different man than he was during the two decades that he reigned in the sport, and he says it's not just his age.

But this weekend, the legendary fighter will be returning to the ring to face former champion Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition match. It’s a fight that he’s spent months training for and, despite his reputation, one that he said he’s both “excited” and “absolutely” nervous about.

“I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have nerves,” Tyson, 54, told ABC News' Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts. “I mean, you don’t participate in anything at this level of excitement without having nerves, but that also catapults you another level of participating.”

Although it’ll be an exhibition match, anything can happen in the ring when the two men start throwing punches, Tyson says.

“It’s an unwritten clause in our contract … that anytime during training and fighting, you can die,” Tyson said. “I’ve seen it happen. … So that’s a great possibility that we wish don’t happen, we hope don’t happen, but that happens in the sports game.”

The match will be part of a new initiative that Tyson’s launching called “Legends Only League,” which will give retired athletes a chance to compete again. He says that the “second chance at glory” was inspired by stories about former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice.

“Just ask anybody who would they rather see play, Jerry Rice or the guy that’s playing his position right now on a team that he played with, and you would get, overwhelmingly, they wanna see Jerry Rice,” Tyson said. “And so, now just because he’s a few seconds over for the best time, he can’t participate?”

The initiative is only the latest of Tyson’s ventures since retiring from professional boxing in 2005. But even then, his tumultuous past would continue to haunt him.

Having grown up in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Tyson was exposed to violence and poverty at a young age. With an estranged father and an alcoholic mother, he was no stranger to street crime, having been arrested over 30 times before 12 years old.

He was eventually introduced to Hall of Fame trainer and boxing manager Constantine “Cus” D’Amato, who molded him into a professional boxer. In 1986, at just 20 years old, Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion of all time after defeating Trevor Berbick.

The title helped launch Tyson’s fame around the world. But for all the love he received from fans, there was also controversy.

During an interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters for 20/20 in 1988, his then-wife Robin Givens accused him of domestic violence.

“He shakes, he pushes, he swings,” she said on TV. “Sometimes, I think he’s trying to scare me. There are times when it happened that I thought I couldn’t handle it. And just recently, I’ve become afraid. I mean, very, very much afraid.”

The marriage ended in divorce a short time after the interview. Then, years later during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he admitted to Winfrey that the relationship had been abusive.

In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping 18-year-old Desiree Washington in Indiana and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released less than three years later, after which he returned to the ring.

Just a couple of years later, in 1997, Tyson was disqualified in a now-infamous moment during the world heavyweight championship fight when he violently bit off a piece of opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear. The incident led to the suspension of Tyson’s boxing license, although it was later reinstated.

Tyson left boxing and began to dabble in movies. In 2009, he appeared in a now-famous cameo in The Hangover. But on and off the set, he was also struggling with drug addiction.

“I OD’d a bunch of times,” Tyson said. “And my wife snapped me out of it and stuff -- called people, fixed me up.”

Today, Tyson hosts the “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” podcast and manages the Tyson Ranch, a company that promotes cannabis-based products.

However, he says his most important role is that of “family man.” Tyson had two children with his third and current wife, Lakiha Spicer -- Morocco Tyson, 9, and Milan Tyson, 11. Tyson says Milan, who is a budding tennis player, “will be a prodigy.”

Reflecting on his past, Tyson says he is committed to leaving it behind.

“Life has beat me into submission. It has nothing to do with me being humble. Life was just tougher than me at the moment,” he said, referring to his responsibilities as a father and husband. “I’m unable to successfully be the ass---- that I was before. … I have no choice … I’m committed and living the other way.”

“I have struggled,” he added. “But it’s really good.”

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Nashville 1, Toronto FC 0 (OT)
New England 2, Philadelphia 0
Seattle 3, Los Angeles FC 1

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
LA Rams 27, Tampa Bay 24

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Carolina 20, Detroit 0
Cleveland 22, Philadelphia 17
Houston 27, New England 20
New Orleans 24, Atlanta 9
Pittsburgh 27, Jacksonville 3
Tennessee 30, Baltimore 24 (OT)
Washington 20, Cincinnati 9
Denver 20, Miami 13
LA Chargers 34, NY Jets 28
Dallas 31, Minnesota 28
Indianapolis 34, Green Bay 31 (OT)
Kansas City 35, Las Vegas 31

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Sporting Kansas City 3, San Jose 3 (Sporting Kansas City advances 3-0 on penalty kicks)
Minnesota 3, Colorado 0
FC Dallas 1, Portland 1 (Tie)

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Seattle 28, Arizona 21

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Tulsa 30, Tulane 24 (2OT)

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ABC NewsBy KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- When Billie Jean King stepped onto the tennis court at the Houston Racquet Club with eight other women tennis professionals to sign contracts for $1, the moment was bigger than equal rights in tennis, it was an ace for female leadership for years to come.

The tennis trailblazer joined Good Morning America Tuesday to discuss her new Audible documentary, The Dollar Rebellion, with longtime friend Robin Roberts, who received King's namesake leadership award in 2018.

"When a woman does something, [people] always think, 'oh, thank you for what you did for women.' They never say that to a male," King explained harkening back to her fight for gender equality in tennis. "So I hope people will start thinking of women as leaders for everyone, not just for women."

King said it's important to consider that "You never know how someone is going to touch your life or how you're going to touch their life."

"Muhammad Ali and I used to talk about this a lot. That everyone is an influencer," she said. "You never know where it may come from and how you may influence yourself as well as others."

In her new Audible audio documentary, King reflects back on the groundbreaking show of leadership from the '70s.

"I get too much credit," King said, and hailed all eight women -- Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Peaches Bartkowicz, and Kristy Pigeon -- who signed that $1 contract with World Tennis Magazine publisher, Gladys Hellman, for what went on to become the Virginia Slims Circuit.

The group known as the "original nine," share a piece of history in their famed black-and-white photograph raising a single dollar over their heads, which King said holds great importance because every single player was in allignment.

"We fought for equality," she said. "Women's tennis is the leader in women's sports on and off the court. And players today have to realize it came from that moment when we were willing to give up our careers."

"We knew it was worth going for it, but didn't know it would happen. It was a scary, scary time for us but what's wonderful is we're celebrating this year," she added.

The group planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic moment this year, but couldn't due to the COVID-19 pandemic. King said they will make up for lost time when it's safe to reconvene: "Hopefully we'll get together next year at Wimbledon."

"I just want people to understand how and why this has been possible for all these young tennis players to make a great living," she said, adding examples like Venus and Serena Williams, Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka.

"The great thing they've used tennis as a platform -- for equality for everyone and we continue to fight that," the 39-time Grand Slam winner said. "Every generation tries to make it better for the next -- but what people don't understand with women is that we lead for everyone."

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(NEW YORK) -- The countdown to the NBA season and the league's draft is on. The 2020 NBA draft is set to take place Wednesday night, with several changes planned. ABC News’ TJ Holmes shares the latest details of how the draft will work this year.

Watch the full report from ABC's Good Morning America:

The 2020 NBA draft will air Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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