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Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat pay tribute to Florida school shooting victims, survivors

The Miami Heat held a touching pregame tribute Saturday for the those affected by the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

>> Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Members of the Heat and Memphis Grizzlies gathered at midcourt to hold a large Stoneman Douglas banner while Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd.

“Tonight, we honor the 17 lives that were tragically lost in Parkland,” Wade said. “We applaud the fearless students that are fighting for their lives. We also make sure that their voices are heard around gun safety. You are our nation’s inspiration. We salute you and we support you.”

>> Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

The Heat, who on Friday debuted a uniform patch to honor the victims, then honored each of the 17 victims on the video screen before Alex Wind, a Stoneman Douglas student and member of the school’s drama club, sang the national anthem.

>> Watch his national anthem performance here

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“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before Friday’s game in New Orleans. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”

WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better.

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Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter after Fergie strung together the vocal performance.

>> See the moment here

Here's what social media users were saying

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Obviously, not every anthem is going to be perfect; not everyone can just bust out a Whitney Houston-type of anthem at will.

If you need to refresh your ears, here’s Whitney:

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Boston police apologize for honoring white man in Black History Month tweet

The Boston Police Department is apologizing Monday morning after it faced scathing backlash for honoring Red Auerbach, a white man, in a Black History Month tweet Sunday night.

>> February is Black History Month

The tweet posted to the Boston Police Department's account began by saying, “In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth,” but goes on to celebrate the accomplishments of Auerbach, who was white.

>> On Boston25News.com: Boston police facing backlash after tweeting Black History Month tribute to a white man

“We pay tribute to @celtics legend #RedAuerbach for being the 1st @NBA coach to draft a black player in 1950, field an all African-American starting five in 1964 and hire the league’s 1st African-American head coach (Bill Russell) in 1966,” the tweet read.

The tweet was deleted about an after it was posted after the backlash.

"Only in #Boston do the @bostonpolice honor Red Auerbach for #blackhistorymonth. So we already have the shortest month and now this," Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson tweeted Sunday night. "Please file this under Hell Nah aka Not Having it aka Not Ok. #bospoli #Boston #mapoli."

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Boston police later tweeted out an acknowledgement of Bill Russell, then apologized for the Auerbach tweet just after midnight Monday.

“BPD realizes that an earlier tweet may have offended some and we apologize for that,” the tweet read. “Our intentions were never to offend. It has been taken down.”

– WFXT has reached out to the Boston Police Department for comment but has not yet head back.

WWE's Kane visits Kentucky man fighting cancer

Pro wrestling star Kane is known for his chokeslam finishing hold, a move that requires strength.

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In a recent visit to Kentucky, the WWE star offered strength and comfort to one of his biggest fans, who is battling brain cancer, WYMT reported.

Glenn Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, visited T.J. Brewer in Harlan County. It was a gesture that was appreciated by Brewer’s brother, Chris Brewer, who watched Kane wrestle when they were children. 

“We obviously flocked to Kane and Undertaker because on the storyline they were brothers,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.T.J. Brewer has been diagnosed with cancer five times over the past 12 years, WYMT reported. Doctors had given him only days to live at one point, but T.J. continues to show strength, his brother said.

“He was given three months to live he was in Stage 4 (which is) very aggressive and he just kept battling and he used that as like a rallying cry,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.

T.J. Brewer was inspired to start a ministry and share his strength with community members. The response has been positive, Chris Brewer said.

“We've had about 500 visitors, everybody in this community,” he said.

And outsiders like Kane, too.

Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash

Former NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single car crash early Wednesday, according to TMZ and later confirmed by The Associated Press.

>> PHOTOS: Notable deaths 2018

The report said Butler lost control of his Range Rover and struck a parking meter before crashing into a wall about 2 a.m. in Studio City, California. Police believe Butler had been speeding prior to the accident, according to the report.

Butler, a 13-year veteran of the NBA, was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 and went on to play for several different teams during his career. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season before retiring later that year.

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During his career, Butler also played for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

He also played in Ice Cube’s BIG3 league.

Halftime performer Red Panda’s unicycle stolen from San Fran airport

The 7-foot unicycle used by Rong Niu, the acrobat who performs as Red Panda at halftime shows at basketball games, was stolen from San Francisco International Airport last week.

Pat Figley of Farallon Entertainment, and is Niu’s agent, has offered a $2,000 award for the unicycle. 

“She’s heartbroken, Figley told KTVU-TV in Oakland. “It’s like her baby was kidnapped, she’s had that unicycle for 30 years.” 

Niu was waiting for her unicycle at the the luggage pickup, saw the bag from a distance, but said it appeared someone grabbed it before she could. Figley said someone may have taken the bag by mistake. 

Figley told KTVU-TV that Niu is back on the road on a backup unicycle, but has had difficulties performing with it. The unicycle that was stolen was custom built for her, while the backup wasn’t. 

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Cargo and Task Force is reviewing surveillance video from the airport. 

Dayton Daily News award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon  wrote a feature about Niu less than a week ago.

Tom Brady reportedly cuts short radio interview over remark about daughter

Tom Brady is reportedly re-evaluating his association with Boston sports radio station WEEI after a host on the station made a disparaging remark about his daughter last week. 

>> Visit Boston25News.com for the latest on this developing story

In a Friday night show, host Alex Reimer made the remark while discussing the Facebook Tom vs. Time docu-series. While talking about the show, Reimer called Brady’s 5-year-old “an annoying little [expletive]” during her time in the opening of the first episode. 

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Fans of Brady and the station condemned the remark on Twitter, but it apparently went mostly unaddressed by the station until Monday morning. 

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When Brady joined the Kirk and Callahan show for his weekly segment on the air, he reportedly cut his interview short and said he was disappointed to hear the news of the remark. 

He also apparently said he is now reconsidering appearing on the show again

Brady recently signed a new contract with the show to make the appearances, and a host on Monday morning’s show said the station is "scrambling" to address the situation. 

On Boston25News.com: BlitzForSix: Patriots hosting send-off rally before heading to Super Bowl

WATCH: Jaguars' Leonard Fournette comforted by Patriots' Ricky Jean Francois after loss

Leonard Fournette, the rookie Jacksonville Jaguars running back, was overcome with emotion after his team lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

>> WATCH: Referees' controversial call kept Patriots close in AFC title game

>> PHOTOS: Patriots beat Jaguars to win AFC Championship Game

Fournette, who had 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Sunday, appeared to be distraught after the game. On Twitter, reporters began to document the running back breaking down, but then a heartwarming moment emerged.

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Cameras captured New England Patriots' defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois going out of his way to hold up the upset running back and offer some words of presumed encouragement.

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WATCH: Referees' controversial call kept Patriots close in AFC title game

Myles Jack and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t going to be happy. However, the conspiracy theorists who believe that the National Football League is around to get the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl will be thrilled.

>> PHOTOS: Patriots beat Jaguars to win AFC Championship Game

Jack forced New England running back Dion Lewis to fumble the football on Sunday, leading to the linebacker scooping up the ball with nothing but green grass in his way from scoring a huge touchdown. But a referee whistled the play dead, preventing any such aftermath from taking place.

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Here is the video of the play (draw your own conclusion):

That fumble came on a New England trick play.

>> PHOTOS: Eagles beat the Vikings to win NFC Championship Game

Here is the full trick play in all its glory:

The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming a late deficit to win the AFC championship 24-20.

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Deployed troops will be able to watch NFL playoff games

UPDATE, 10:03 a.m. 1/21/2018: Despite the shutdown of the United States government early Saturday, the NFL announced Sunday morning that the Armed Forces Network will  air the AFC and NFC Championship games.

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The NFL also said it is providing free access to the games via NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.

Meanwhile, Congress is back at work Sunday, attempting to create a deal to end the shutdown. 

ORIGINAL STORY: As a result of lawmakers failing to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending, the United States government has been shut down indefinitely – meaning everyone has been affected, including troops overseas.

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There is a lot of fallout from the shutdown. From government employees who aren't being paid, including the Defense Department, to the Armed Forces Network being taken off the air, the effects of a standstill government can be felt across the board.

Since the AFN has been taken off the air, that means many of our troops overseas won't be able to watch the NFL playoffs Sunday

Surely it's not the biggest issue surrounding a government shutdown, but it's a big morale issue. 

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Watching the Patriots on the Armed Forces Network has been a comforting piece of home for army Sgt. Matt Connolly, who's serving in South Korea.

"It's kind of the only thing we can do for fun over here," Connolly told WFXT.

For the first time since he's been stationed in Korea, his family came to visit him for the AFC Championship game.

"I'm actually on leave right now. My family from Boston is here right now and we were looking forward to watching the game," Connolly said.

With no one to run it, AFN is off the air. 

>> John Legend blames Trump for government shutdown, calls him racist

The NFL says it is providing free access to Sunday's Championships via the NFL Game Pass to all USO centers.

"No matter what, I'm going to watch them," Connolly said.

Sen. Ed Markey says he's in a holding pattern right now as he says he and most of his colleagues are preparing to negotiate through the night – but it's still unclear if that will be an option.

Immigration issues are at the center of the shutdown. Many Republicans don't want to negotiate on those issues until a spending bill is passed and the government re-opens.

However, those immigration issues – including the DREAMERS Act – are a priority for many Democrats. 

Markey told WFXT that he believes everyone needs to continue working to find some sort of compromise, and he wants President Donald Trump to take the lead.

"Bill Belichick is telling the New England Patriots for tomorrow, 'Do your job,' and we are saying to President Trump for tomorrow, 'Do your job, Mr. President. Make sure that the funding is there for our troops. Make sure that our defense is taken care of, but make sure that we also protect child health and the Dreamers,' but thus far he's been unwilling to do his job," Markey said.

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