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Ker Robertson/Getty Images(BERLIN) -- Before the violence in Syria changed her life, Yusra Mardini was a normal teenager in many ways.

A passionate swimmer since childhood, she trained daily and attended competitions abroad. She came of age with her older sister Sara, putting on makeup and high heels and going to cafes with friends. Yet amid these teenage pursuits, her world was slowly crumbling -- friends were disappearing and her family moved from house to house to stay safe.

In 2015, a rocket-propelled grenade tore through the roof of the swimming pool where she trained. It fell into the water and miraculously did not detonate. This was not Mardini’s first brush with death, but it marked a turning point. Her mother begged her to stay out of the pool.

Two years later, while training in Berlin -- her new home -- she learned she had been selected to swim on the Refugee Olympics team for the 2016 games in Rio. This marked the start of her career as a spokesperson for refugees around the world. Since then, she has met former President Barack Obama and Pope Francis. In 2017, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and spoke at the DAVOS World Economic Forum.

“The Olympics were a turning point,” Mardini told ABC News during an interview in Berlin. “I started to get a really strong voice, and a lot of people were believing in what I’m doing.”

Mardini’s journey from Syria to Europe is documented in the new autobiographical novel Butterfly that was published in May and written with the help of a ghostwriter. The story is personal yet reminiscent of the journey made by millions of people attempting to reach Europe at the height of the migration wave in 2015.

She and her sister made the perilous journey from Turkey to Greece on a flimsy rubber dinghy with 18 other passengers. Despite being trained swimmers, they nearly met their deaths when the engine failed and the boat began to sink. The girls and another passenger jumped into the water in an attempt to push the vessel to shore.

Eventually, the boat’s engine restarted and all 20 passengers arrived on land. The sisters were treated as heroes, but their journey was far from over. Hungry and exhausted, they slept in a trench crossing the Hungarian border. They encountered thousands of asylum-seekers stuck at Budapest’s central train station, and narrowly escaped becoming prisoners in a hotel run by ruthless traffickers extorting asylum-seekers for money.

“I realize with a jolt just how vulnerable we are,” Mardini said in the book.

Mardini was initially reluctant to become a spokesperson for refugees. She felt the word "refugee" had negative connotations. During her upbringing, she didn’t really know what a refugee was.

“I felt people would look at me like this person who had no home -- nothing -- and was not educated, and all that,” she said.

Eventually, she embraced the term.

“When I went to the Olympics, I saw how many people are looking up at us and respect what we are doing,” she said. “I wanted to tell people that a refugee is not just a person who doesn’t have money, but a person who fled their home because of violence.”

Mardini’s parents and younger sister were able to join her in Berlin in 2016. Next month, her sister Sara will rejoin them. Sara has been volunteering with the Greek nonprofit ERCI, working as a lifeguard on the island of Lesbos to save refugees crossing the Aegean, just as she once did.

In Berlin, Mardini spends her time learning German and swimming. Although the war and her journey interrupted her training, she still hopes to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. To stay motivated, she thinks about why she started swimming in the first place and the early years training with her father in her hometown of Set Zaynab.

“Now I have a big responsibility because I’m representing people,” she said. “I’m just hoping for the best, and we will see what can happen.”

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

Washington 9, Baltimore 7
Atlanta 11, Toronto 4
Cincinnati 9, Detroit 5
L.A. Angels 5, Arizona 4
Oakland 4, San Diego 2, 10 Innings

N.Y. Yankees 7, Seattle 2
Cleveland 6, Chicago White Sox 3
Minnesota 6, Boston 2
Tampa Bay 2, Houston 1
Texas 4, Kansas City 1

L.A. Dodgers 4, Chicago Cubs 3
Milwaukee 3, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 7, Philadelphia 6
Chicago Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 1, 10 Innings
Colorado 10, N.Y. Mets 8
San Francisco 6, Miami 3

N.Y. Liberty 79, Atlanta 72
Washington 88, Chicago 60
Minnesota 91, Dallas 83
Las Vegas 89, Seattle 77
L.A. Sparks 74, Indiana 55

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Milwaukee Police Dept.(MILWAUKEE) -- Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee and multiple local police officers after they used a stun gun on him during his arrest earlier this year.

Brown's attorney, Mark Thomsen, alleged racially based excessive use of force during the Jan. 26, 2018 incident, which took place in a Walgreens parking lot. The NBA player, who was unarmed, was confronted by officers for parking in spots reserved for people with disabilities.

"He was attacked -- his neck grabbed, he was kneed in the groin, he was tased, handcuffed, left on the cold, wet pavement," Thomsen said at a news conference Tuesday.

An officer then stood on the NBA player's ankle for over 2 minutes and Brown was left on the ground for 12 minutes, Thomsen said.

Thomsen called the alleged bad police work a "stain" on the city and an "insult" to "good" officers.

"This kind of conduct must stop," Thomsen said. "Mr. Brown would hope that the city would act swiftly and that when he hits the floor this next season in our new stadium, that we celebrate that Milwaukee is an example to the country of what a city can do to turn itself around."

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in response to the lawsuit, "I'm hopeful this incident will be a turning point and allow us to take those actions necessary to improve police community relations."

Neither the Milwaukee Police Department nor the union represented its officers immediately responded to ABC News' request for comment about the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Brown, 23, is asking for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages

Milwaukee police last month released video from the incident, which shows an officer’s waiting by Brown's car in the drugstore parking lot.

Brown's car was parked horizontally across two parking spots reserved for people with disabilities.

When Brown left the drug store, the officer asked him why he parked that way. The officer repeatedly told Brown to "back up," before telling him, "I will do what I want, all right? I own this right here."

In the video, other officers arrived and can be seen talking to Brown near his car when one of them shouted for Brown to take his hands out of his pockets.

A scuffle broke out and an officer repeatedly yelled, "Taser!" as Brown can be heard moaning on the ground.

One of the officers briefly took his gun out of his holster during the confrontation, new body-camera footage released by Thomsen shows.

Sgt. Sheronda Grant of The Milwaukee Police Department said per their standard operating procedure, "Police members may draw or display their firearms in circumstances where they reasonably believe it may be necessary to use their firearm in the performance of their duties."

The NBA player was arrested on a possible misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer, but after police reviewed the confrontation -- including the body camera footage -- they declined to refer the case to prosecutors for charges. Ultimately, Brown was cited for a parking violation.

"I was defenseless," Brown told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts last month. "Whether I park illegally or not... it shouldn't have led to what it led to."

The Milwaukee Police Department later apologized to Brown and announced that three of the officers involved were disciplined.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said the officers' behavior "has no place in our city."

"As a human,” he said, “I was offended by what I saw on the video.”

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission has called for an extensive review of the incident.

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

Final  Washington    5  N-Y Yankees   3
Final  N-Y Yankees   4  Washington    2
Final  Arizona       7  L-A Angels    4
Final  Cleveland   6  Chi White Sox   2
Final  Houston     5  Tampa Bay       4
Final  Texas       6  Kansas City     3
Final  Philadelphia   6  St. Louis       5, 10 Innings
Final  Pittsburgh     1  Milwaukee       0
Final  N-Y Mets      12  Colorado        2
Final  Miami          5  San Francisco   4
L-A Dodgers  at  Chi Cubs   8:05 p.m., postponed

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(BROCKTON, Mass.) -- Brockton, Massachusetts firefighter Matt Parziale is not only a full time firefighter but a U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship golfer who gave his dad the greatest Father’s Day gift, playing in the U.S Open.

After winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur last October, Parziale earned his first U.S. Open start and is the first Mid-Amateur champion to receive a U.S. Open exemption. His win also earned him an invitation to the 2018 Masters but he missed the cut.

Firefighter Parziale played all 18 holes at Shinnecock Hill in New York on Father’s Day Sunday with his father Vic Parziale as his caddie. Both father and son are firefighters, although Vic is now retired and Matt is on leave as he plays the U.S. Open and a few other tournaments.

After the 18th hole on Sunday, Parziale learned his four-day, 16-over-par landed him in a tie with Luis Gagne, earning him a trophy for low amateur honors.

Matt Parziale is no stranger to golf -- he played in college at Southeastern University in Florida and also won the 2017 Massachusetts Amateur at Charles River County Club.

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Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- Mexico's upset World Cup victory over Germany was literally earthshaking.

Super-sensitive earthquake sensors registered seismic activity at two sites in Mexico City that coincided with what proved to be the winning goal by Mexico's star player, Hirving Lazano, in that team's 1-0 triumph over defending World Cup champion Germany on Sunday.

The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations described the tremor in a tweet as an "artificial" quake possibly set off by "massive jumps" of fans watching the live broadcast of the white-knuckle match in Mexico.

Lozano's victorious strike came in at the 35-minute mark of the first half of the game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, roughly the same time, 11:32 a.m. local time, that a quake registered 6,661 miles away in Mexico City, officials said.

The fan-generated shaker registered a magnitude 2, which would have been undetectable to the thousands of jubilant fans packed into Mexico City's Zocalo Square but was enough to move the needles on the Richter scale, officials said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:
 Final  Baltimore  10  Miami        4
 Final  Toronto     8  Washington   6
 Final  Texas      13  Colorado    12

 Final  Cleveland   4  Minnesota       1
 Final  Tampa Bay   3  N-Y Yankees     1
 Final  Detroit     3  Chi White Sox   1
 Final  Houston     7  Kansas City     4
 Final  Oakland     6  L-A Angels      5, 11 Innings
 Final  Boston      9  Seattle         3

 Final  Atlanta         4  San Diego     1
 Final  Cincinnati      8  Pittsburgh    6
 Final  Philadelphia   10  Milwaukee     9
 Final  San Francisco   4  L-A Dodgers   1
 Final  N-Y Mets        5  Arizona       3
 Final  St. Louis       5  Chi Cubs      0

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

Miami 2, Baltimore 0
Toronto 6, Washington 5
Colorado 9, Texas 5

N.Y. Yankees 5, Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 6, Cleveland 3
Detroit 4, Chicago White Sox 3
Houston 7, Kansas City 3
L.A. Angels 8, Oakland 4
Seattle 7, Boston 6

Pittsburgh 3, Cincinnati 2
San Diego 9, Atlanta 3
Milwaukee 13, Philadelphia 2
Chicago Cubs 13, St. Louis 5
Arizona 7, N.Y. Mets 3
L.A. Dodgers 3, San Francisco 2

L.A. Sparks 97, Washington 86
Dallas 77, Las Vegas 67
Seattle 103, Connecticut 92
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John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady has "respect" for the players who chose to take a knee during the national anthem before football games last season, the New England Patriots quarterback told Oprah Winfrey in an interview.

Brady said the controversy surrounding the kneeling protests prompted "a lot of good healthy conversations ... in our locker room."

"I respect why people are doing what they are doing. And they’re doing it for different reasons, and that’s okay. You know, you can do things for your reason. They can do things for their reason, and you have respect for that. But, I thought it was great," Brady told Winfrey.

In the interview, a clip of which was released ahead of the full special this weekend, Brady talked about how the Patriots "chose to lock arms" as they walked out as a team after group discussions.

"We had meetings after practice talking about how we wanted to deal with that particular situation," he said.

"We support what people are going through," he said.

"I’ve been playing sports long enough [to know] everyone comes from something different, and I think showing respect for everybody, in a locker room, with a team of guys trying to go in the same direction —- you better have that empathy for everybody. That’s what sports are about," he said.

This isn't the first time Brady has talked about the decision of some players to take a knee to protest police brutality.

In September 2017, Brady criticized President Donald Trump, with whom he has been friendly in the past, for calling on any kneeling players to be fired or suspended.

Brady said Trump's comments were "just divisive."

"I think everyone has the right to do whatever they want to do. If you don’t agree, that is fine. You can voice your disagreement, I think that is great. It’s part of our democracy. As long as it is done in a peaceful, respectful way, that is what our country has been all about," Brady said during a radio show appearance.

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

Detroit 3, Minnesota 1
Cleveland 5, Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 7, Oakland 3
N.Y. Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 3
Boston 2, Seattle 1

San Francisco 6, Miami 3, 16 Innings
Philadelphia 9, Colorado 3
Atlanta 4, San Diego 2
Arizona 6, N.Y. Mets 3

Atlanta 72, Indiana 67

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