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Internet memes get mean with Sister Jean

It didn’t take long for some internet users to turn mean on Sister Jean.

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After the University of Loyola-Chicago’s fairy tale college basketball season ended Saturday with a loss in the Final Four, memes began to surface, mocking the team’s inspirational chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt.

The Crying Jordan memes popped online after No. 3 Michigan defeated Loyola-Chicago, 69-57. A head shot of Michael Jordan, with tears streaming down his face, was superimposed over the face of the 98-year-old nun, who has rooted for the Ramblers since the early 1960s.

Another meme showed a young boy faking out an elderly woman during a one-on-one basketball game. The boy drives to the basket as the woman tumbles to the ground.

#Michigan said bye bye to #SisterJean in the #FinalFour,” the meme read.

A third tweet showed a group of people tossing a wheelchair with a fake elderly woman strapped to it over a railing into a ravine.

It just goes to show that when it comes to the internet, nobody is off limits.

Snowed under: Blizzard forces Yankees to cancel home opener

The New York Yankees are usually snowed under with ticket requests for Opening Day.

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Monday, a blizzard canceled the team’s home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Post reported.

The game was rescheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m.; however, the forecast calls for rain.

Since 1970, the Yankees have played their home opener with snow falling twice, in 1996 and 2003. Game-time temperatures for those games was 35 degrees, NJ.com reported.

It is the first time snow has canceled a home opener at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

Here is the final out of the 1996 home opener, which was the debut for manager Joe Torre:

WATCH: Notre Dame wins NCAA women's championship on Arike Ogunbowale buzzer-beater

Arike Ogunbowale, are you serious?

>> PHOTOS: Notre Dame defeats Mississippi State to win women’s basketball championship

Notre Dame won the NCAA women's championship on Sunday night, defeating Mississippi State 61-58 thanks to Ogunbowale’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

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The Fighting Irish came back from double digits in both of their Final Four games and are the first women’s national champion to ever do so. Mississippi State was 37-1 coming into the game.

>> NCAA Men’s tournament 2018: Time, channel, odds for March Madness

Ogunbowale scored 18 points for Notre Dame. Jessica Shepard led the way with 19, while Marina Mabrey chipped in 10.

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The Fighting Irish were the runners-up four of the last seven years; Ogunbowale pushed them over the hump. It’s the second national title in program history, and a dramatic one at that.

FBI will discuss security measures for Boston Marathon

Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up to secure the Boston Marathon.

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Public safety officials and representatives from the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, are scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss safety measures being put in place for the 122nd running of the marathon on April 16.

The route takes runners through eight cities and towns, complicating efforts to police the course.

Agencies involved in securing the race include the FBI, Boston police, state police and others.

Security has been tightened along the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course since 2013, when bombs planted near the finish line killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others.

In recent years, authorities have used surveillance drones, bomb-sniffing dogs and aircraft equipped with technology to detect a radiological "dirty" bomb.

Florida woman, 97, still finds working with weights an uplifting experience

A Florida woman in her 90s went from line dancing to deadlifting, and she hasn’t missed a beat.

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Edith Traina of Tampa is a powerlifter, and the 97-year-old is no slouch when it comes to hitting the weights. She won a pair of gold medals in February at the Polk County Senior Games in Lakeland, taking firsts in the 95-99 division with a 60-pound bench press and a 130-pound deadlift. The fact that she was the only competitor in her division did not diminish her achievement.

“Being up there and being able to lift a couple of pounds and have people applaud, (well) that's great,” Traina told WTVT.

Traina competed as a member of the Bill Beekley Academy of Powerlifting. The senior division members go to six competitions each year, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Traina said she enjoys competing because “You’re also proving to yourself that you’re able to do something you probably never thought you could do,” the Times reported.

Traina, a former line dancing instructor, went to the gym with a friend when she was 91.

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"I have a friend, Carmen, who is the lady who dragged me kicking and screaming all the way to the gym," Traina told BayNews 9

Once she began working with weights, Traina realized it was an uplifting experience.

"When I lift that bar up, as I'm lifting it up in here I hear words like ‘oh my God,’ I'm doing it," Traina told BayNews 9.

Saturday in Tampa, the Edith Traina Inspirational Open debuted. Traina was there but only did the bench press, as a wrist injury prevented her from competing in the deadlift, WTVT reported.

"My record is 150 pounds, but because I broke my wrist I had to go back and start all over again so I'm back to 130 pounds,” Traina told WTVT.

Beekley said seniors like Traina are an inspiration.

"They don’t take the time that they have on the Earth for granted," Beekley told the Times. "They are out enjoying their lives."

Traina said she has no plans to stop lifting and expects to lift when she turns 100, the Times reported.

Until then, she is looking for some competition.

"I can't find any other 90-year-olds to compete with so if you know anybody that has a grandmother or friend who would like to compete with me (get in touch),” Traina told BayNews 9.

Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder 'wants a body' on his record

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder told a radio talk show host Friday that he wanted “a body on my record,” ESPN reported.

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During “The Breakfast Club” radio show in New York this week, Wilder (40-0, 39 knockouts), a devastating puncher, repeated controversial comments about killing another fighter in the ring,

"I want a body on my record. I want one. I want one, I really do," Wilder said. "That's the 'Bronze Bomber,' he wants one. I always tell people, ‘When I'm in the ring, like I'm the 'Bronze Bomber.' Everything about me changes. I don't get nervous, I don't get scared, I don't get butterflies, I don't have no feelings towards the man I'm gonna fight.

Wilder’s comments come more than a month after the death of Scott Westgarth, who died a day after defeating Dec Spelman in a 10-round fight, ESPN reported.

Westgarth was knocked down during the fight and collapsed in his dressing room after doing post-fight interviews, ESPN reported.

Also during “The Breakfast Club” broadcast, Wilder talked about a ninth-round knockout of Artur Szpilka in January 2016.

"I thought I had one (body) one time, like I said, with Szpilka, because he wasn't breathing when he hit the canvas," Wilder said. "Somebody's gotta go. I want that on my record, because when I'm in that state on mind, like I ain't myself."

Wilder has held the WBC title since beating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015. In his most recent fight, Wilder defeated Luis Ortiz on March 3 by a TKO in the 10th round, according to Bleacher Report.

Florida Atlantic hosts youth football camp to benefit Parkland shooting victims

As the South Florida community continues to recover from last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida Atlantic University football coach Lane Kiffin is lending his hand to help.

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Kiffin, the second-year Owls coach who led FAU to an 11-3 record last season, announced Friday night that the team’s April 7 practice at Fort Lauderdale’s Carter Park will also serve as a benefit for Stoneman Douglas. FAU will also hold a youth camp from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

All proceeds from the practice, which will also feature a $5 raffle for a three-night stay at the Boca Resort and $20 for the youth camp, will go to the Stoneman Douglas victims and their families.

Gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 students and faculty in a Feb. 14 mass shooting before being arrested later that day. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cruz, 21, who is being held at the Broward County Jail. Cruz’s younger brother, Zachary, was arrested last week for trespassing at Stoneman Douglas.

Students returned to class on Feb. 28 and are currently on spring break. Several Stoneman Douglas football players attended Thursday’s practice at FAU on unofficial visits, but did not speak to media because of NCAA regulations.

Stoneman Douglas currently has several former student-athletes on FAU teams, with senior baseball pitcher Jake Miednik graduating from the school in 2014. Miednik’s younger sister was in class during the shooting but escaped unharmed. Former Eagles offensive lineman Nick Weber was added to the football team as a walk-on last August.

Miednik threw six shutout innings against George Washington in a 3-0 win on Feb. 16, just two days after the shooting and hours after attending the funeral of a family friend who was killed in the massacre.

“I’d like to say that everyone during that incident, everyone’s in my heart and prayers,” Miednik said that night. “It’s unfortunate what happened and I’m praying for everybody, praying for all the victims, and I just want to say ‘God bless to everyone.’ ”

Ex-NFL QB Mark Rypien said mental health issues led to attempted suicide

The MVP of Super Bowl XXVI said he once tried to kill himself after suffering “from a complex stew of mental health conditions,” KHQ reported.

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Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien spoke with the Spokane television station and The Spokesman-Review in separate interviews about his problems, citing “Dark places, depression, anxiety, addictions, poor choices, poor decisions” that were caused by the concussions he suffered during his playing career.

The 11-year NFL veteran said he was speaking out after the January suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski and the apparent self-inflicted gunshot death of Coeur d’Alene High School principal Troy Schueller in Idaho, ESPN reported.

Rypien’s cousin, former NHL player Rick Rypien, also suffered from depression and died in an apparent suicide in 2011, ESPN reported..

"Let's address this now," Rypien told the Spokesman-Review. "Let me share my story so others can share theirs. Let's get rid of this silence that happens when you're caught up in this cycle and you don't know how to find the help I've been afforded.

"My story is impactful because people see me in a different light. I want them to see me in an accurate light. I've been down the darkest path. I've made some horrible, horrible mistakes. But I've given myself a chance to progress forward.”

Some of those mistakes included trips to Spokane spas that were closed down as part of a prostitution ring, ESPN reported.

Rypien, 55, said he also tried to commit suicide on the same day as his daughter Angie’s birthday, ESPN reported.

“I took 150 pills and a bottle of booze,” Rypien told KHQ. “If it wasn’t for my wife (Danielle) coming home and finding me on the floor, and shoving hydrogen peroxide down my throat, and charcoal, to throw up all these pills, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Rypien also had an episode of domestic violence with his wife in November 2017, according to a police report obtained by KHQ. Rypien admitted to the violence and blamed it on new medication he was taking to battle his mental issues.

"Part of this thing is getting the right medications,” Rypien told KHQ. “When you use something that doesn't address that? That impulse control? You go from zero to 60 very quickly.

“I don't remember that night. I remember losing control.” 

"They had warned us when they put him on it," Danielle Rypien told the Spokesman-Review. "We're not talking about an antidepressant. We're talking about an anti-seizure med they added to his antidepressant, and it was the second one they had tried. The first one was also a disaster. They had warned us ... maybe he'll adjust into the medication after a rough patch, but expect weirdness.

"This is not a snapshot of our relationship. This was a unique and crazy night."

The charges were dropped and the case was eventually dismissed, KHQ reported. 

Mark Rypien’s history of concussions and their effects may not deter other young athletes from playing football. But he said he wants to persuade people with mental challenges to bring them out into the open, he told the Spokesman-Review.

“It’s hard,” Rypien said. “There’s a lot of guilt and shame just to be in front of your own family in situations like this. When I was really dark, I felt there was no hope. That’s kind of the message I want to get out – that there is hope. I’m getting help.”

Horse named for Gronkowski qualifies for Kentucky Derby

A horse named for New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski earned a spot at the Kentucky Derby, ESPN reported.

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The 3-year-old colt, named Gronkowski, won the Burradon Stakes in England on Friday, qualifying the thoroughbred for the Run for the Roses on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

For the first time, the Derby is reserving one spot in the 20-horse field to a European horse, ESPN reported.

"We've had this dream, and now the dream is alive," trainer Jeremy Noseda told At The Races after the horse's victory.

The Patriots’ tight end has attended the Kentucky Derby before, attending Millionaires Row with teammate Tom Brady.

The colt won his last four races, with two victories coming in March, ESPN reported.

"It sounds strange, but I haven't yet seen on the racetrack what I believe this horse is capable of. I'm sure there's more to come," Noseda said.

Accountant puts up positive numbers in NHL debut at goalie

A 36-year-old accountant went from crunching figures to putting up big numbers in his first NHL game in goal Thursday.

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Scott Foster, pressed into action when Chicago lost goalies Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia, stopped all seven shots he faced in the third period to help preserve the Blackhawks 6-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets .

"This is something that no one can ever take away from me," Foster said. "It's something that I can go home and tell my kids and they can tell their friends. ... Just a ton of fun."

Delia got the start in goal after Forsberg was a late scratch, the Chicago Tribune reported. Down to just one goalie, the Blackhawks signed Foster to an amateur tryout contract. Foster played at Western Michigan University from 2002 to 2006, ESPN reported.

“It was opening day for baseball but we had to go to the bullpen a couple of times today,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville told the Tribune.

Foster is part of a crew of recreational goaltenders who staff Chicago's home games in case of emergencies for either team. But Thursday night was different for the married father of two..

"The initial shock happened when I had to dress. I think you just kind of black out after that," Foster said.

Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves became the first emergency goalie to play in a game in the modern era last season, ESPN reported. He closed out the final 7.6 seconds of a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay.

For Foster, it was a night to remember.

"A few hours ago I was sitting on the computer typing on a 10-key, and now I'm standing in front of you guys having just finished 14½ minutes of NHL hockey," he told reporters.

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