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What it’s really like to be an NBA player

Dorell Wright drives to the hoop in a game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics at the Moda Center, January 22, 2015 (Credit: Icon Sportswire/Zuma Press/David Blair)We all wonder what it's like on the inside. What is it like to be a professional athlete? It's why we have an entire cottage industry of reporters and experts who promise to take us behind the curtain to know what it's really like back there. We think we have a pretty good picture of what it's like, but most of us really have no idea of what comprises the life of a modern professional athlete.

Dorell Wright wrote a fascinating "open letter" on the Player's Tribune to his younger brother, Delon recently. Dorell, a former 1st round pick of the Miami Heat in 2004, never really became a star in the NBA. His best season, 2010-2011 for the Golden State Warriors, saw him average about 16 points per game along with 5 rebounds. Those are not astounding numbers, but still, considering how many young NBA players that never materialize, Dorell's 11 year career is something to be proud of.

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Who will pay for coach-ordered referee hit?

Jay High School head football coach Gary Gutierrez, center, and principal Robert Harris, left, are sworn in at a University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Executive Committee, where they reported that they believed that assistant coach Mack Breed told players to retaliate against an official in the closing minutes of a game earlier this month, Round Rock, Texas, September 24, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay)On September 4, two football players from John Jay High School in the San Antonio, TX, area blindsided a referee during their game, deliberately tackling him from behind late in the fourth quarter. Caught on video and disseminated widely on YouTube, the incident resulted in the boys' suspension from the team and school. While the boys attend the district's alternative school, appeals move forward. The boys claim that an assistant coach directed them to "make the referee pay" for alleged racial slurs and poor calls during the game.

The assistant coach has since admitted to such direction and resigned his position. School and state athletic officials now gather to determine the next steps. Will the coach be punished? Will the school or its football program suffer consequences? Will either player ever be allowed to play football in Texas again?

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Giving birth at a baseball game

Youngest fan ever? Baby boy born at Petco (Credit: San Diego Padres)On Thursday evening, about 7 p.m. local time in San Diego, a baby was born at Petco Park in the 4th inning of the Padres game. Just another day at the ballpark, or so many people thought, until they heard the news that a baby had been born while they had been watching a baseball game. Just another day at the ballpark, to people waking up across the country, seeing headlines instead of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred meeting with Pete Rose, and former FIFA president Sepp Blatter being investigated for criminal offences. So many profound things go unnoticed in our news-cycle world.

Not only was there a baby born during the game, but the game also featured a rare run-scoring balk, an epic stare-down between pitcher and umpire, and a dramatic walk-off win for the home team.

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