The Boston Bruins avoided elimination during the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, but as is the case with many in the sports world today, their hearts and minds are now elsewhere.
During the team’s Game 6 win, word began to spread that former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot and hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic. Fans, athletes and celebrities alike began wishing the MLB icon well on social media, as more details on his condition were made public.
The Bruins were otherwise occupied when the news broke, but goaltender Tuukka Rask took to Twitter with a heartfelt message to his fellow Boston sports icon on Monday afternoon.
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday and suffered damage to multiple organs, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to the latest reports.
As news of the shooting spread, an outpouring of support came from athletes across multiple sports. Former Red Sox teammates led the charge on social media and were joined by other baseball players, including Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen, as well as NBA star Karl Anthony-Towns and former Boston Celtics fan favorites Kendrick Perkins and Isaiah Thomas.
Among those also offering their thoughts and well-wishes was former United States President Barack Obama, who welcomed Ortiz to the White House after Boston’s 2013 World Series championship.
That title came mere months after the events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Obama referenced the terrorist attack, and Ortiz’s “spirit and resolve” in its wake, in his tweet to the former slugger on Monday morning.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be a spry 42 years of age at the start of the 2019 NFL season this September.
Talk of his retirement has been constant over the past several years, though Brady himself has said he wants to play until he’s 45 — or, more candidly, until he starts to suck.
However, a tweet sent by the quarterback from Patriots minicamp on Tuesday that seemed to reference an impending retirement decision sent fans spiraling.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is giving a voice to the voiceless.
Wilson, who has always been exceptionally charitable, is partnering with the Banfield Foundation to raise awareness for the often unseen victims of domestic violence – pets.
In the United States, less than 10% of shelters for domestic abuse victims are animal-friendly, leaving many sufferers with the difficult choice between staying in a dangerous situation or seeking help, but leaving their beloved pet behind and at risk.
“It’s heartbreaking when you think about how nearly half of domestic violence victims stay in these situations and relationships because they’re worried and concerned about the safety of their pets,” Wilson told AOL.com.
Kurt Warner knows a thing or two about successful NFL quarterbacks, but his list of the top 5 signal-callers heading into the 2019 season may surprise you.
The Pro Football Hall of Famer’s list includes two quarterbacks who didn’t make the postseason in 2018 and three who did. Several of last season’s stars, including rookie Baker Mayfield and the resurging Andrew Luck, didn’t quite make the cut, nor did Super Bowl LIII contender Jared Goff.
Tom Brady, approaching his 42nd birthday, was, of course, still atop the ranking. Quarterbacks who are often compared to him, however, like Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, found themselves farther down.
The idea of No. 6 overall draft pick Daniel Jones becoming the next Eli Manningjust got a lot more real.
Manning and his older brother, Peyton, are both two-time Super Bowl champions. Despite their long and largely successful careers, the siblings share a particularly forlorn facial expression that fans have somewhat-lovingly dubbed “Manning Face.”
Since Peyton’s retirement from the NFL in 2016, it’s been up to Eli alone to carry on the Manning Face legend – until now.
A photograph taken by Danielle Parhizkaran at the New York Giants’ offseason workouts on Monday began making the rounds on Twitter after fans noticed an uncanny resemblance between Manning and the newly drafted Jones.
Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz went from an undrafted player to a Super Bowl champion in the span of two years.
So it’s fair to say that the salsa-dancing superstar knows a thing or two about late-round or undrafted talent making a splash in the NFL. This year, the recently retired Cruz has his eye specifically on one 2019 second-rounder, who went 62nd overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
“His name is Andy Isabella,” Cruz told AOL.com on behalf of DSW. “He’s a player, man.”
Isabella first caught Cruz’s attention while playing college football at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where Cruz also played. In his senior year, Isabella averaged nearly 17 yards per reception and scored 13 touchdowns en route to being named to the 2018 College Football All-America Team. His 141.5 receiving yards per game last year led the country.
In the United States, Mother’s Day is a chance to honor and cherish the mother figures in your life — especially on Instagram.
This has become especially true for the nation’s biggest athletes, whose moms are heralded as the real MVPs behind their lavish lives and successful careers. Many of today’s most talented football, basketball and baseball players took to Instagram on Sunday to post sweet photos and videos of their mothers and the mothers of their children.
Several stars, like Tom Brady and Russell Westbrook, took to the social media platform more than once to thank multiple moms in their life.
Crystal Dunn was the final player cut from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team prior to the 2015 World Cup.
The news was a painful blow to Dunn, who watched from home as the U.S. went on to win the tournament for the third time.
“I was in a low, low place,” she told AOL.com of the days following the decision.
The forward didn’t let her sadness keep her down, though. She still had a season to play with the North Carolina Courage and preparations to make for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“I went out and really tried to get back to the basics and perform for my teammates,” Dunn said. “It was important for me to just reset and regroup.”
Defending PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka has his eye on several of his peers heading into the 2019 tournament, which begins on May 16.
A crowded and talented field at the Masters in April saw Koepka finish tied for second place with Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele, just one stroke behind Tiger Woods, who emerged victorious for his first major win in 11 years.
Koepka listed all three of those golfers as his main competition as he heads to Bethpage Black in New York to defend his PGA Championship title.
“Tiger’s playing well, Xander’s playing well, Dustin’s playing well,” he told AOL.com on behalf of Michelob ULTRA. “There’s a lot of guys who are right in that mix. Those guys played well at Augusta and they’ve been playing well for a while.”