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Tre Mason's mother says NFL player has mind of child due to concussions

The mother of NFL player Tre Mason told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies last month that her 22-year-old son has “10-year-old’s mindset” as the result of head injuries sustained playing football.

“Tre is not himself at all,” Tina Mason said on audio recorded from a PBSO dashboard-camera video recorded July 27, when Tre Mason fled from a deputy while riding an ATV west of the city. “He’s not making good decisions.”

Mason had been “admitted for evaluation” to a hospital July 23, after his mother had called deputies to her home, saying Mason had been acting erratically. Officers found him with a cut hand that day, prompting his trip to the hospital.

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The deputy says in the July 27 video that Mason was traveling at speeds that reached 80 mph as he was chased.

The video shows Mason, dressed in white T-shirt and dark shorts, running into his mother’s home just before the deputy pulls into the residence’s driveway.

In the footage, a deputy attempts to coax Mason outside by saying he’s not going to arrest him, even though he could take him into custody for fleeing and eluding with sirens and lights activated, which is a felony.

Mason refuses to come outside, but the deputy eventually gives him citations and has the ATV towed.

While speaking outside the residence, one deputy tells another that Mason should be in training camp with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he has played two seasons.

“But he’s (expletive) around over here,” the deputy says in the video. “His career is going down the tubes.”

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has said the organization hasn’t heard from Mason since the end of the 2015 season. The Rams placed the running back on the reserve-did not report list when he didn’t show up at their training camp July 29.

As Mason’s ATV is being towed away, his mother tells deputies she’s glad they are taking the vehicle.

“To watch it ride away is a blessing, actually,” Tina Mason says.

A deputy tells Tina Mason her son should be playing football.

“No, actually he shouldn’t. … ,” Tina Mason says. “There’s CTE and this head-injury thing. You can say he should be playing football, but this is not what it is.”

CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including concussions. It was not known Thursday whether any clinical diagnosis has been made regarding Mason.

Tina Mason tells deputies that her son’s mental state took a turn for the worse after the 2015 season.

“Clearly, we could see the change,” Tina Mason says. “Like, completely.”

Mason rushed for a combined 972 yards for the Rams in his first two seasons after being drafted in the third round out of Auburn in the 2014 NFL Draft. At Auburn, Mason rushed for more than 1,000 yards as both a sophomore and junior and helped lead the Tigers to the 2013 national championship game against Florida State.

Since the end of the 2015 season, Tre Mason has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement, including a March 5 arrest in Hollywood during which he was Tased after refusing to exit his vehicle

On July 23, deputies went to Mason’s home after family members reported “bizarre and angry outbursts.” When deputies arrived, Mason threatened to call the White House and have them all fired and made comments regarding Al-Qaeda.

“As much as he’s accomplished, as hard as he’s worked, as much as he’s built his character, in record-breaking time it’s going downhill because of what’s going on,” Tina Mason says. “He doesn’t even know. He’s not conscious enough.”

Every British Olympian had the same red bag; baggage claim chaos ensues

Some athletes who represented their countries during the Rio Olympics left Brazil after they finished their events, and other stayed until the closing ceremony. A number of athletes stayed in the country for days after the games ended.

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Among those was Team Great Britain, which flew home on Tuesday.

The team members, each of which went to Rio with a red suitcase, dealt with a debacle when they arrived at the airport's baggage claim.

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Eventually, everyone got their bag, according to Sports Illustrated, but it's unknown how long it took the British athletes to collect their bags individually when arriving in Rio or back in Great Britain.

Batter hits grand slam into windshield of own truck

With the bases loaded, two outs and the Gateway Grizzlies down 3-0 in the second inning Sunday, Brandon Thomas stepped to the plate.

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The outfielder for the Frontier League baseball club took a ball, then fouled off two more pitches working the count in favor of the pitcher 1-2.

Thomas then launched the next offering 394 feet over the fence and into the windshield of a truck parked considerably from the field -- his truck.

“Definitely worth it,” Thomas, who ended up going 2-5 with four RBIs, tweeted after the game.

The grand slam opened up a faucet of scoring for the Grizzlies, who ended up beating the Joliet Slammers 17-6.

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Demand for Simone Biles selfies reportedly delays Rio Olympics closing ceremony

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles became quite a star during the 2016 Rio Olympic games – so much so that the closing ceremony was reportedly delayed because so many people wanted to take selfies with her.

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The gymnast, who won four gold medals and one bronze medal during this year's games, was named flag bearer for Sunday night’s show, becoming the first U.S. gymnast to have the honor.

According to the BBC, Biles was stopped so many times for photos during the parade of nations that the show was delayed.

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"What an incredible, breathtaking experience the 2016 Olympic Games this has been. All good things must end," Biles wrote on Instagram after the ceremony. "Thank you RIO for unforgettable memories. Being the flag bearer was a cherry on top! Congrats to all the other USA athletes as well. We killed it out there! GO TEAM USA."

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The United States performed well during the Olympics, winning 121 medals – almost double the next competing nation. China won 70, and Great Britain earned 67.

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“Couldn’t be prouder of #TeamUSA. Your determination and passion inspired so many of us. You carried that flag high tonight, @Simone_Biles!” President Obama tweeted Sunday night.

Ethiopian Olympic marathoner might have put his life in danger with protest gesture

Like many other Olympic athletes in the past, Ethiopian marathoner Feyisa Lilesa made a gesture Sunday night when he crossed the finish line in Rio.

But simply making the sign with his arms could have cost the silver medalist his freedom or even his life if he returns home.

He told reporters after the race: "I was protesting for my people. ... If I go back to Ethiopia, maybe they will kill me. If I am not killed, maybe they will put me in prison."

Crossing one's arms over one's head as Lilesa did is a sign used by members of his Oromo tribe to protest the Ethiopian government.

Tensions between the Oromo and the government have been on the rise since last November, when the government announced plans to reallocate Oromo farmland for development.

The announcement sparked intense protests across the nation that lasted for months. 

Officials scrapped the idea in January, but demonstrations flared up once again in recent weeks over protesters who are still being detained. 

And according to a Human Rights Watch report, the government is using violence to stop the protests. The group says more than 400 people have been killed and thousands more injured.

"Oromo is my tribe ... Oromo people now protest (for) what is right, for peace, for a place," Lilesa said in a news conference after his medal ceremony.

Lilesa also said he has family members who are in prison, and "if they talk about democratic rights they are killed."

Lilesa, a father of two, said that because of the violence in his home country, he can't return to Ethiopia after the Olympics. He said he might stay in Brazil or go to Kenya or the U.S. if he can.

An Ethiopian government spokesman said Monday that Lilesa could return to the country and would receive "a heroic welcome," the Associated Press reported.

It's unclear if his post-race gesture will affect his win in Rio. The Olympics committee has stripped athletes of their medals over political statements in the past.

Watch: Usain Bolt interrupts interview to show respect for U.S. anthem

There were many highlights during the Summer Olympics that concluded Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro, and Jamaican runner Usain Bolt provided many of them.

Participating in his third Olympic Games, the record-setting sprinter won three more gold medals on the track. Just as appealing for many is Bolt's over-sized personality and theatrical approach he brings to the sport.

Even with his many memorable moments this year, one moment from the London Olympics is making headlines again.

In 2012, he stopped an interview with Television Espanola to show respect when the "Star-Spangled Banner" began to play.

Bolt asked if the interview was live, and the reporter said that it was, but the Olympian still paused the interview to turn and listen to the American anthem.

When the song finished, Bolt apologized for stopping the interview and then answered the reporter's question.

American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who won the bronze in the men’s pole vault earlier this week, acted similarly recently in Rio.

Kendricks, who is listed as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, stopped mid-run on a jump during a qualifying round for the event.

"Those guys are really proud of me and have given me every chance to continue as a civilian," Kendricks told USA Today. "I am certainly looking to represent the Americans on two fronts, as a military man and as a U.S. athlete. I'm just trying to put my best foot forward for all those soldiers who are watching."

Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

How Olympian Caster Semenya's medical condition became a controversy

Caster Semenya has become the unwilling face of an issue plaguing the Olympics. 

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The South African runner won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter final, beating the next-closest runner by more than a second. 

But she reportedly has a condition called hyperandrogenism, which causes much higher levels of testosterone than women typically have. 

There's speculation other athletes have the condition, as well — and it's led to criticism that they have an unfair advantage.

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In 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations had Semenya sidelined while she underwent gender testing. She was eventually cleared to compete. 

For the 2012 Olympics, athletes with the condition were forced to take drugs that lower testosterone levels, but those rules were thrown out for the Rio Olympics. 

That's because The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was no clear evidence that athletes with hyperandrogenism have an unfair advantage over other athletes. 

Medical experts say hyperandrogenism can affect people in different ways, and athletes with the condition aren't necessarily guaranteed a competitive advantage. 

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But there is still frustration among the athletes. Lynsey Sharp, one of the runners competing against Semenya, said, "Everyone can see it's two separate races, so there's nothing I can do."

Semenya told the BBC that all the criticism is only helping her grow as a person.

"They're making you a better person," she said. "People should learn how to unite. Sport is all about uniting people and not discriminating."

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