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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams will not be given a seeding at this year's French Open, her first major tournament since taking maternity leave.

The 36-year-old gave birth to her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., in September 2017.

She was ranked number one when she took leave from the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour last year, and had dropped to rank 453 during her absence.

Without a seeding, the 23-time Grand Slam winner could face highly-ranked opponents in the early round of a tournament she has won three times.

“This year, again, tournament officials will establish the list and ranking of the women’s seeds based on the WTA ranking,” the French Tennis Federation said in a statement to ABC News. “Consequently, the seeds will reflect this week’s world ranking.”

A spokesperson for the French Tennis Federation would not comment on the criticism they have received following the announcement.

In Paris, Williams will compete at her first Grand Slam since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant with Alexis, her daughter with husband Alexis Ohanian.

The American champion returned to the WTA tour in March this year, and compiled two wins and two losses.

Williams spoke to "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts last month about the health hardships she's endured after sustaining a pulmonary embolism the day after her emergency cesarean section.

"Then everything was fine for the first, like, you know, eight to 12 hours," she said. "Then it was after that things started going crazy."

Williams said at the time she was still in the process of fully recovering from the medical ordeal, adding that "it hasn't been easy for me."

Williams' coach said in an interview published May 14, before the seedings were announced, that Williams, who recently attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, has been training very hard.

“She is improving in all the areas fast. I am very satisfied and confident that she will be ready for Roland Garros," Patrick Mouratoglou said in an interview for the WTA's website.

"Serena will play the French Open to win it," he said. "Can she do it? Serena can achieve anything -- after being her coach for six years, I'm even more sure of that statement."

The French Open draw will be made on Thursday. The tournament starts next Sunday.

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Kathy Garza(SANTA FE, Texas) -- J.J. Watt, star defense end for the Houston Texans, brought cheer on Monday to survivors of the Santa Fe High School massacre.

Watt was seen posing for photos and signing a shirt at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, where some of the 13 injured are being treated.

One survivor had a "huge smile on her face" after Watt's visit.

Watt has also offered to cover the costs of funerals for all 10 students and staff members killed in the Friday morning shooting.

"Absolutely horrific," the NFL star tweeted hours after the massacre.

This isn't the first time Watt has given back to his community.

Watt led efforts to raise more than $37 million for victims of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston last year.

Watt told "Good Morning America" last year he decided to try and find a way to help Houston as he watched his city become inundated with deadly floodwater from his hotel in Dallas.

"You can't get back home, you can't physically help out in any way," Watt said. "I'm watching it on TV and seeing all these people help out, seeing people get in boats and help, seeing water rush down streets that I drive down every day ... I said, 'How can I help?'"



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Joseph Prezioso/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Spanning some 45,000 nautical miles around the world and crossing four oceans, the Volvo Ocean Race -- formerly known as the Whitbread Round-the-World Race -- is a challenging and grueling sporting marathon that takes place every three years.

Six continents are visited in 11 legs over a nine-month span that began last October.

For the first time in its history, the competition is making a big effort to have more women sailors participate. A new rule means that every boat in this year's race must have at least one female racing on board. The teams are allowed more crew members to compensate. That more inclusive spirit started with the 2014 to 2015 race in which the all-women’s Team SCA won one leg of the race.

The rule change means this competition has 20 women sailors, according to the U.S. media manager Robert Penner. This year’s race, which began in Alicante, Spain, brought the race teams to Newport, Rhode Island, from May 9 to May 20. Their next leg is a trans-Atlantic one to Cardiff. The boats will finish in The Hague, Netherlands, in June.

Among the women in this year’s race is Britain’s Dee Caffari, who is making her debut as a Volvo Ocean Race skipper. Caffari is leading a crew of five women and five men on Turn the Tide on Plastic. The Briton is already a role model in the sport, being the only female to have sailed solo around the world in both directions. She is also the only woman to have sailed around the world three times non-stop. She was a crew member on Team SCA for the last Volvo Ocean Race.

Not every male sailor has taken the rule change well. Dutch skipper of Team Brunel, Bouwe Bekking, told the BBC, “It’s better to be able to choose your own team. The rules have been rewritten in such a way that you are more or less forced to take two women.” Still, Bekking named Briton Abby Ehler as “boat captain.” Ehler is competing in her third Volvo Ocean Race.

With seven identically built 65-foot yachts in competition, who wins comes down to the skill of the crews as they face the challenges of the weather and the world's oceans.

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Georgetown University(WASHINGTON) -- Georgetown University linebacker Ty Williams dreamed of one day being able to walk across the stage at his own graduation just two-and-a-half years after a devastating injury during a football game left him paralyzed.

On Saturday, Williams’ dream came true in front of hundreds of families and friends inside the McDonough Gymnasium. As his name was called he was pushed onto the stage in his wheelchair until, with the help of two women, he lifted himself up and began his walk across the stage.

With a walker to guide his steps, Williams made his way toward university President John DeGioia. The two embraced as DeGioia handed the student his diploma.

Williams’ journey to the commencement stage was not easy. One game changed the course of his time in undergrad as a football player. During his sophomore year, Williams was playing in the season opener game against Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania when a defensive tackle went wrong -- breaking five bones in Williams’ neck and vertebrae.

Through years of routine rehabilitation in order to regain movement in his upper and lower body, Williams never let his paralysis stop him from being a part of the college experience and a support for his teammates. Once able to return, Williams regularly attended games and practices -- even becoming team captain.

“They tell you what heals, will heal, whenever it decides to, so there’s no guarantee that I ever get [better] ... I could stop healing today and that’d be it unfortunately, but fortunately that has not been the case,” Williams told the university paper, The Hoya.

The commencement walk was shared by the university and has since inspired thousands of viewers, many of them students and faculty, proud to have witnessed the emotional moment of determination.

Williams told ABC News, "Graduation was everything I wanted it to be and more. I was able to accomplish a goal I've had for a long time, and what made it even better is that I was surrounded by the people who care about me."

Although his road to recovery is uncertain, Williams continues to be a role model for his team and make an impact on others.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Minnesota   3  Milwaukee   1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Boston          5  Baltimore     0
 Final  Oakland         9  Toronto       2
 Final  Chi White Sox   3  Texas         0
 Final  N-Y Yankees    10  Kansas City   1
 Final  L-A Angels      5  Tampa Bay     2
 Final  Seattle         3  Detroit       2, 11 Innings
 Final  Houston         3  Cleveland     1
    
NATIONAL LEAGUE

 Final  Chi Cubs        6  Cincinnati     1
 Final  N-Y Mets        4  Arizona        1
 Final  L-A Dodgers     7  Washington     2
 Final  San Diego       8  Pittsburgh     5
 Final  Atlanta        10  Miami          9
 Final  St. Louis       5  Philadelphia   1
 Final  San Francisco   9  Colorado       5
   
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

 Final  Golden State  126  Houston   85  

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

 Final  Vegas   2  Winnipeg   1
  
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday's sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 5, Minnesota 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 5, Toronto 4
Cleveland 5, Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 5, Texas 3
Boston 6, Baltimore 3
N.Y. Yankees 8, Kansas City 3
Tampa Bay 5, L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 7, Detroit 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 5, Chicago Cubs 4, 11 Innings
L.A. Dodgers 4, Washington 1
Philadelphia 7, St. Louis 6
San Francisco 9, Colorado 4
San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5, Arizona 4
Chicago Cubs 10, Cincinnati 0
Atlanta 8, Miami 1
L.A. Dodgers 5, Washington 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 116, Boston 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Tampa Bay 3, Washington 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 82, Indiana 64

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Justify came in first in the Preakness Stakes Saturday and will vie to become the 13th winner of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next.

The sloppy grounds of Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course saw Justify -- who took first in the Kentucky Derby earlier in the month -- cross the finish line in just over 1:36.

The Triple Crown was last won in 2015 by American Pharoah, the first in 37 years.spot the bear and contact authorities. The bear was euthanized afterwards.

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is continuing his professional football career. For now, however, it will not be with an NFL team.

Manziel signed a contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, according to a tweet from Manziel's official Twitter account on Saturday.

In a statement released by the team, Hamilton head coach June Jones said:

"We're excited to add Johnny Manziel to our roster, particularly getting it done now so that Johnny can join his new teammates and the coaching staff for a full training camp. We feel like we've got an excellent group of quarterbacks, and the addition of Johnny only improves our football team in our pursuit of the ultimate goal, which is to win a Grey Cup Championship."

Manziel is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy award, doing so as the quarterback of Texas A&M in 2012.

A first-round pick four years ago, Manziel has not played professional football since he was released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016. The Tiger-Cats first preseason game is June 1.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBA legend Bill Russell was released from the hospital Saturday after an overnight stay, according to ESPN.

In a tweet, Russell expressed thanks for the support he received.

A representative for Russell told the website TMZ that his hospital stay was a result of dehydration. TMZ also reported Russell was taken to a hospital near his Seattle area home.

Russell is widely considered as one of the greatest players in NBA history. He won 11 NBA championships and was inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 8, Minnesota 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 3, Toronto 1
Baltimore 7, Boston 4
Houston 4, Cleveland 1
Texas 12, Chicago White Sox 5
Kansas City 5, N.Y. Yankees 2
Tampa Bay 8, L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 5, Detroit 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 3, Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 3, Arizona 1
Chicago Cubs 8, Cincinnati 1
Miami 2, Atlanta 0
St. Louis 12, Philadelphia 4
Colorado 6, San Francisco 1
L.A. Dodgers at Washington 7:05 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Vegas 3, Winnipeg 2

WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Phoenix 86, Dallas 78

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