Scoreboard roundup -- 10/3/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Philadelphia 3, Houston 0

Kansas City 5, Cleveland 2
NY Yankees 3, Texas 1
Toronto 5, Baltimore 1
Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3
Chi White Sox 3, Minnesota 2
LA Angels 4, Oakland 5
Detroit 4, Seattle 3

Pittsburgh 3, St. Louis 2
Miami 4, Atlanta 0
Cincinatti 3, Chi Cubs 1
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 5
San Francisco 4, San Diego 7
Colorado 2, LA Dodgers 1

Philadelphia 127, New Jersey 108
Memphis 109, Orlando 97
Oklahoma 112, Denver 101
Sacramento 105, LA Lakers 75
LA Clippers 102, Portland 97

Toronto 5, Montreal 1
Carolina 8, Columbus 1
New Jersey 1, Boston 0
Pittsburgh 3, Detroit 2
Colorado 3, Dallas 2
Edmonton 7, Vancouver 2
Calgary 4, Seattle 1

San Francisco 24, LA Rams 9

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NFL under fire over its concussion protocol following Tua Tagovailoa's back-to-back game hits

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(NEW YORK) -- As the fallout over the handling of Miami Dolphins' quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's back-to-back head injuries continues, a concussion expert is sounding the alarm, calling on the NFL, players and coaches to do more to protect against potentially life-threatening head injuries.

An independent neurotrauma consultant who treated Tagovailoa following a head injury he suffered during the Sept. 25 game against the Buffalo Bills was fired on Sunday. The quarterback was seen stumbling after he took the hit, leading many to believe he had suffered brain trauma - but the Dolphins claimed the wobble was a result of a back injury.

The quarterback was allowed to return to the Bills game and he was not in concussion protocol after the game.

Four days later, in a match against the Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa was carted off the field after he hit his head following a sack. Fans, former players and others were critical of the Dolphins and NFL for allowing the quarterback to return to the field without conducting a concussion protocol following the game against the Bills.

Chris Nowinski, the co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group, told ABC News' "Start Here" Monday that despite the increased awareness of concussions and CTE among former athletes, the NFL has been dropping the ball when it comes to preventing these injuries.

"The NFL for the last 15 years has been trying to minimize the role of on-field signs of a concussion so that they would retain flexibility in returning someone to play if they seem cognitively sound enough in the locker room to go back into the game. And this is where it bit them in the butt," he told "Start Here."

An investigation into the injuries is ongoing and Tagovailoa is expected to be interviewed, according to ESPN. McDaniel told reporters Monday that the quarterback won't be playing in the next game against the New York Jets on Oct. 9.

"Anything beyond that...we're just focused that he's at optimum health," he said. "It's too early for definitive timelines."

McDaniel said Tagovailoa's MRI came out clean and he's still undergoing concussion protocols. While MRIs are used to look for structural damage in the brain as well as bleeding, they aren't able diagnose concussions.

Concussions are usually diagnosed with physical exams and questionnaires about symptoms monitored for improvement over time.

Shortly after Thursday's game, the NFL Players Association tweeted "player health and safety is at the core of the union's mission."

"Our concern tonight is for Tua and we hope for a full and speedy recovery," the union tweeted.

The Dolphins tweeted out a statement after the game claiming Tagovailoa "is conscious and has movement in all his extremities." He was released from the hospital the next day and underwent concussion protocol, according to the team.

McDaniel reiterated Friday that Tagovailoa was cleared by several layers of medical professionals before he was allowed to play.

Nowinski, a former college football player and WWE wrestler who suffered two concussions and has long-term health issues related to those head injuries, put out a tweet before Thursday's game warning that if Tagovailoa got hit again, "everyone will be sued and will lose their jobs."

Nowinski, who has a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience and has been researching concussions for years, said he saw clear signs of a concussion during the hit during the Bills game, including loss of vision and balance.

"This is absurd. He shouldn't be out there," Nowinski said referring to the Sept. 25 injury. "And you never want to return a player because you can die from Second Impact Syndrome or you can get a second concussion that changes your life."

Nowinski said that Tagovailoa being carted off the field was the worst-case scenario.

"In the second game, his head hit off the turf even harder. And what scared everybody was that Tua showed what's called decorticate posturing or his arms came clenched against his chest [and] his fingers were splayed and flexed," he said.

Nowinski criticized the NFL's current protocol for evaluating injured players. While he noted that there is no objective test or imaging for concussions, he contended medical professionals can easily screen the issue and be stricter about players returning to the field.

"The 15-minute evaluation they do in the locker room is imperfect. We all know it's imperfect," he said. "The brain has the magical ability to right itself after a big brain trauma. We've all seen people who've been knocked unconscious pop up and you test them and they're fine."

The NFL and the NFLPA released a joint statement Saturday saying that both parties agreed that, "modifications to the concussion protocol are needed to enhance player safety."

"The NFLPA’s Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee have already begun conversations around the use of the term 'Gross Motor Instability' and we anticipate changes to the protocol being made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus far in the review process," the organizations said in their statement.

Nowinski said that the move to fire the doctor that treated Tagovailoa after the Bills game was a sign that Tagovailoa's reutrn was a mistake.

"I think we can all read between the lines here that something must have gone wrong if that doctor did not think that Tua should be held up," he said.

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Albert Pujols hits home run No. 702 in last regular home season game

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(ST. LOUIS) -- Albert Pujols wrapped us his final regular season home game at Busch Stadium in style on Sunday.

The St. Louis Cardinals player sent one to the stands in the 3rd inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, marking his 702nd career home run. The homer also gave Pujols his 2,314th career RBI, tying him with Babe Ruth on the all-time RBI list.

Pujols, 42, is set to retire at the end of this season but fans will still have more chances to see him at the plate as the Cardinals begin their playoff run on Oct. 7.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 10/2/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


Chi White Sox 2, San Diego 1

Detroit 5, Minnesota 2
Toronto 6, Boston 3
Cleveland 7, Kansas City 5
Houston 3, Tampa Bay 1
Baltimore 3, NY Yankees 1
LA Angels 8, Texas 3
Oakland 10, Seattle 3

Philadelphia 8, Washington 1
Chi Cubs 8, Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 7, St. Louis 5
Miami 4, Milwaukee 3
Colorado 4, LA Dodgers 1
Final San Francisco 4 Arizona 3
Atlanta 5, NY Mets 3

Golden State 104, Washington 95
Boston 134, Charlotte 93
Toronto 114, Utah 82
Houston 134, San Antonio 96

Minnesota 3, Chicago 0
NY Islanders 2, Philadelphia 1
Los Angeles 2, Anaheim 1

Minnesota 28, New Orleans 25
Atlanta 23, Cleveland 20
Buffalo 23, Baltimore 20
Dallas 25, Washington 10
LA Chargers 34, Houston 24
NY Giants 20, Chi 12
NY Jets 24, Pittsburgh 20
Philadelphia 29, Jacksonville 21
Seattle 48, Detroit 45
Tennessee 24, Indianapolis 17
Arizona 26, Carolina 16
Green Bay 27, New England 24 (OT)
Las Vegas 32, Denver 23
Kansas City 41, Tampa Bay 31

New York City FC, 2 Orlando City 1
Los Angeles FC 2, Portland 1
Sporting Kansas City 1, Seattle 0
Houston 2, Nashville 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/29/22


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


Detroit 10, Kanas City 3
Chi White Sox 4, Minnesota 3
Boston 5, Baltimore 3
Cleveland 2, Tampa Bay 4
LA Angels 4, Oakland 0
Seattle 10, Texas 9 (11)

Chi Cubs 2, Philadelphia 0
Florida 4, Milwaukee 2
LA Dodgers 5, San Diego 2
San Francisco 6, Colorado 4

Cincinatti 27, Miami 15

Winnipeg 4, Montreal 3
Carolina 5, Florida 2
New Jersey 5, NY Rangers 2
St. Louis 4, Columbus 2
Minnesota 5, Dallas 2
Nashville 2, Tampa Bay 0
Seattle 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)

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LeBron James, Kevin Love and Draymond Green join Major League Pickleball ownership group

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(NEW YORK) -- LeBron James is about to start his 20th season as a professional basketball player in the NBA. But after an announcement on Wednesday, James will also be starting his first season as part owner of a Major League Pickleball team -- and he is bringing a few familiar friends along with him.

James has joined with fellow NBA all-stars Kevin Love and Draymond Green to form a new Major League Pickleball (MLP) ownership group. The professional basketball players will be partnering with Maverick Carter -- James’ long-time business partner -- investment firm SC Holdings, The SpringHill Company CMO Paul Rivera and Relevent Sports Group co-owner and CEO Daniel Sillman.

“Having SC Holdings, LRMR Ventures, and their incredible group as owners and investors in Major League Pickleball is not just great for MLP, it’s a watershed moment for pickleball in general,” said MLP Founder Steve Kuhn. “Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country, building communities in cities and towns all over the world. This investment and the platform that this group provides will significantly help us with our goal to reach 40 million pickleball players by 2030.”

Major League Pickleball’s immediate plans will be to expand from 12 to 16 teams and, in 2023, players will compete in six tournaments across six U.S. cities for more than $2 million.

“Pickleball is one of the most exciting growth opportunities in sports because of its committed and engaged community across the U.S.,” said Jason Stein, Managing Partner of SC Holdings. “People are obsessed with the game, as both participants and fans, and we’re excited to use our collective experience and expertise across sports, media, and entertainment to reach new participants and expand the community. We’re thrilled to become partners of Major League Pickleball – which as a league and sport is just getting started.”

The 2022 season MLP finale will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16 and will see 48 pickleball players compete for $319,000 -- the largest purse in the history of the sport. The winning team will take home $100,000 while the rest of the prize money will be divvied up to runners up.

MLP confirmed that they plan to announce new owners to the other expansion teams in the coming weeks. But, whoever the new owners are, they will be joining a growing field of well-known owners in the growing sport, including Super Bowl Champion Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee), famed lecturer and research professor Brené Brown, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks Marc Lasry, former World No. 4 tennis player James Blake, healthcare executive Molly Joseph and from Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York and Founder and CEO of Serhant, Ryan Serhant.

This year marks the 57th anniversary since pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington, according to USA Pickleball. The sport has enjoyed meteoric growth over the past several years and, in 2021, Pickleball grew to 4.8 million players in the United States, according to the 2022 Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Single Sport Report on Pickleball. This represents a 14.8% increase from 2020 to 2021 and follows on the heels of 21.3% growth the previous year and culminating to an 11.5% average annual growth rate over the past five years, according to USA Pickleball.

“The new ownership group announced today brings unparalleled experience and impact across sports, media, entertainment, and branding,” said MLP. “With this group, MLP aims to expand the community beyond its current participants into more diverse communities globally.”

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Hilaree Nelson: Outdoors community mourns ski mountaineer after death on Manaslu

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(NEW YORK) -- The outdoors community is grieving the sudden loss of ski mountaineer Hilaree Nelson, a legend of extreme feats who died after a small avalanche coming down from the peak of the world's eighth highest mountain.

"Pray for her family and community, which is broadly stretched across our planet," her partner, Jim Morrison, wrote Wednesday. "I'm devastated by the loss of her."

Nelson and Morrison were attempting to ski down Manaslu on Monday when she triggered a small avalanche, according to Morrison, that took her "down a narrow snow slope." Search efforts located her body Wednesday.

"They say don't meet your heros [sic]. She was one of the very few I've met over the years who lived up to the hype," skier Lynsey Dyer wrote Wednesday, adding that Nelson "was kind and humble and beautiful and so strong."

Nelson, 49, was an epic ski mountaineer who made a career climbing the world's biggest peaks -- and skiing down them. Expeditions took her across the globe, working with and meeting many different athletes along the way, many of whom shared tributes, memories and love for Morrison and for Nelson's two children.

"Hils showed us all a way to push and strive and fight for the big goals and the life she loved, while always finding joy and meaning even in failures," mountaineer Adrian Ballinger, who attempted the first ski descent of Makalu with her in 2015, wrote.

Mountaineer Garrett Madison wrote that he met Nelson in 2012, when she became the first woman to summit mounts Everest and Lhotse within 24 hours.

"Her stoke, reverence and care for the mountains, & her teammates, was deep and contagious," he said.

Rock climber Renan Ozturk reminisced on an expedition in the Burmese Himalayas where they faced many challenges.

"Yes, she was unbelievably strong on the mountain carrying more weight than anyone, but it was also the way she carried herself during the hard moments in between... uplifting everyone around her and finding laughter even within the hardship," he wrote.

Nelson was also remembered fondly in her home community of Telluride, Colorado, with snowboarder Lucas Foster calling her "a regular face around town, a badass skier that literally changed the game, regular mom dropping her kids off at skate camp."

While Nelson was a groundbreaking athlete across genders, she held a special significance for the women who were inspired by her, particularly athletes considering motherhood.

Skier Evelina Nilsson recalled meeting her at an athlete summit for The North Face, for which Nelson served as team captain: "I remember how deeply moved and inspired I was of everyone but especially you and @kitdski. Seeing incredible super moms/humans who paved the way for all the next generations. Leading by example."

"Hilaree was a force to be remembered not for this accident or even the physical mountains she climbed and so expertly skied down, but for unapologetically paving the way for women in this space to be everything they want to be," rock climber Emily Harrington wrote. "She broke ground and shattered expectations with a unique combination of grace and grit only a true leader possesses."

Harrington, who is pregnant with her first child with mountaineer Ballinger, wrote that Nelson was one of the first she told about her pregnancy as they were going on an expedition this past April in Baffin Island, Canada. She said Nelson encouraged her, as a fellow woman "who chose motherhood AND a career of adventure."

Snowboarder Leanne Pelosi shared that Nelson was also one of the first people she told when she found out she was pregnant.

"It's hard to put into words how much impact Hilaree had on us all, but these stories of how she influenced anyone from the top athlete in the world to the people she worked with allows us to celebrate her life and her legacy," she wrote.

It is a particularly tragic month in the mountaineering community. Lower down on Manaslu, an avalanche struck more than a dozen climbers, killing one and prompting group efforts for successful rescue operations over Monday and Tuesday.

Many of these efforts, including the search for Nelson, were led by members of Elite Exped, including legend Nims Purja. Purja had shared that three Elite Exped members, Ashok Wenjha Rai, Karsang Tenjing Sherpa and Tsewang Sherpa, were killed in a fire last week at the company's headquarters in Kathmandu.

"This week has been so hard for so many -- our thoughts and prayers are with the families of our dear brothers -- as well as our dear friends -- who lost loved ones this week," Purja wrote on Wednesday. "The mountain community is tight knit and that's why it's so important to look after and care for each other."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/28/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Arizona 5, Houston 2

Cleveland 2, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2, Kansas City 1
NY Yankees 8, Toronto 3
Boston 3, Baltimore 1
Minnesota 8, Chi White Sox 4
LA Angels 4, Oakland 1
Seattle 3, Texas 1

Washington 3, Atlanta 2
NY Mets 5, Miami 4
Milwaukee 5, St. Louis 1
Chi Cubs 4, Philadelphia 2
LA Dodgers 1, San Diego 0
San Francisco 6, Colorado 3

Carolina at Tampa Bay (Postponed)
Washington 3, Philadelphia 1
Toronto 3, Canadiens 0
Columbus 4, Buffalo 1
Chicago 4, Detroit 2
Calgary 4, Edmonton 0
San Jose 3, Los Angeles 1
Vegas 7, Colorado 1
Anaheim 3, Arizona 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/27/22


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


Houston 10, Arizona 2

Tampa Bay 6, Cleveland 5
Detroit 4, Kansas City 3
NY Yankees 5, Toronto 2
Boston 13, Baltimore 9
Minnesota 4, Chi White Sox 0
LA Angels 4, Oakland 3
Texas 5, Seattle 0

Pittsburgh 4, Cincinatti 1
Atlanta 8, Washington 2
Miami 6, NY Mets 4
Chi Cubs 2, Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 6, Milwaukee 2
San Diego 4, LA Dodgers 3 (10)
San Francisco 5, Colorado 2

Carolina 5, Tampa Bay 1
Buffalo 2, Philadelphia 1
Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 2
Boston 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
NJ Devils 4, NY Islanders 1
Dallas 4, Arizona 3
Winnipeg 5, Ottowa 3
St. Louis 4, Chicago 1
Minnesota 5, Colorado 2
Seattle 3, Calgary 0
San Jose 5, Anaheim 3

Seattle 1, Cincinnati 1 (Tie)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/26/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Toronto 3, NY Yankees 2
Baltimore 14, Boston 8

Pittsburgh 8, Cincinatti 3
Atlanta 8, Washington 0

Florida 4, Nashville 3 (OT)
Nashville 4, Florida 0
NY Rangers 4, NY Islanders 1
New Jersey 2, Montreal 1
St. Louis 4, Dallas 0
Seattle 3, Edmonton 0
Los Angeles 2, Vegas 1 (OT)

Dallas 23, NY Giants 16

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Rihanna to perform during 2023 Super Bowl halftime show

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(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna will take the stage for the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show in February.

The National Football League posted an image to social media on Sunday of Rihanna's hand holding a football and wrote, "Let's GO." The singer shared the same image.

The game will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The news comes after the NFL announced Apple Music as the new partner for the Super Bowl halftime show, replacing longtime sponsor Pepsi, via a press release dropped at midnight on Sept. 23.

In October 2019, Rihanna confirmed that she had turned down an offer from the NFL to headline the Super Bowl LIII halftime show, citing Colin Kaepernick.

"Absolutely. I couldn't dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people," Rihanna told Vogue magazine at the time when asked if she turned down the offer in solidarity with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

Recent Super Bowl halftime show performers include Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in 2020, The Weeknd in 2021 and Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar in 2022.

Prior halftime shows under Pepsi include Prince in 2007, Beyoncé in 2013, Bruno Mars in 2014, Katy Perry in 2015, Coldplay in 2016, Lady Gaga in 2017, Justin Timberlake in 2018 and Maroon 5 in 2019.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/25/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


NY Mets 13, Oakland 4

Toronto 7, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Baltimore 3
Detroit 4, Chi White Sox 1
Cleveland 10, Texas 4
Kansas City 13, Seattle 12
LA Angels 10, Minnesota 3
NY Yankees 2, Boston 0

Atlanta 8, Philadelphia 7
Cincinnati 2, Milwaukee 1
Chi Cubs 8, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 6, Miami 1
San Diego 13, Colorado 6
LA Dodgers 4, St. Louis 1
San Francisco 3, Arizona 2

Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 2 (OT)
Buffalo 4, Washington 3 (OT)
Minnesota 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
Anaheim 3, Arizona 2
Winnipeg 4, Edmonton 0
Calgary 3, Vancouver 2 (OT)
San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (OT)
Columbus 5, Pittsburgh 1
Vegas a3, Colorado 1

Baltimore 37, New England 26
Carolina 22, New Orleans 14
Chicago 23, Houston 20
Cincinnati 27, NY Jets 12
Indianapolis 20, Kansas City 17
Miami 21, Buffalo 19
Minnesota 28, Detroit 24
Philadelphia 24, Washington 8
Tennessee 24, Las Vegas 22
Jacksonville 38, LA Chargers 10
Atlanta 27, Seattle 23
Green Bay 14, Tampa Bay 12
LA Rams 20, Arizona 12
Denver 11, San Francisco 10

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/21/22


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


Cincinnati 5, Boston 1
NY Yankees 14, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 4, Toronto 3

Houston 5, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 8, Detroit 1
Texas 7, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 8, Chi White Sox 2
Kansas City 5, Minnesota 2
Oakland 2, Seattle 1

Washington 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 6, NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 4, Miami 3
San Francisco 6, Colorado 1
San Diego 1, St. Louis 0
Arizona 6, LA Dodgers 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 9/21/22


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Cincinnati 5, Boston 1
NY Yankees 14, Pittsburgh 2
Philadelphia 4, Toronto 3

Houston 5, Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 8, Detroit 1
Texas 7, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 8, Chi White Sox 2
Kansas City 5, Minnesota 2
Oakland 2, Seattle 1

Washington 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 6, NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 4, Miami 3
San Francisco 6, Colorado 1
San Diego 1, St. Louis 0
Arizona 6, LA Dodgers 1

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Little Leaguer seriously injured in fall goes home from hospital: 'So grateful'

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(NEW YORK) -- A Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a bunk bed while staying at the Little League World Series Complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is back home in Utah after getting discharged from the hospital.

Easton Oliverson's parents say they're thankful to have their 12-year-old home after over a month of uncertainty.

"There were many moments this past few weeks where we didn't think that he was ever going to be able to come home. We thought our son wasn't going to make it," Easton's father Jace Oliverson told ABC News' Good Morning America.

Easton, a baseball pitcher and left fielder, had traveled with his Snow Canyon Little League team, which hails from Santa Clara, Utah, to Pennsylvania in August to play in the Little League World Series. On the night of Aug. 15, however, he fell from a bunk bed in one of the league's dormitories while sleeping and suffered a serious head injury, leading to a fractured skull, broken artery and epidural hematoma, a condition where bleeding occurs between the brain's dura and the skull.

Little League players, coaches and managers are typically required to stay at the league's complex. The dormitory where Easton was staying included bunk beds for the players to sleep on, which did not have guard railings. Since the incident, Little League Baseball officials announced they would remove all bunk beds in their dormitories.

"Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to offer the most space for the players to enjoy their time in the dorms," the league said in a statement last month. "While these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time. Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunks from within the dorms and have each bed frame individually on the floor."

A photo of the beds from a parents guide of the facility shows no railings on any of the top bunks.

After the fall, Easton was airlifted to Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to Little League Baseball, and had to receive surgery and treatment in an intensive care unit.

"I was told after the surgery that he was easily 30 to 45 minutes away from passing away," Jace Oliverson told GMA in August.

While in the hospital, Easton, whose nickname is "Tank," made big strides toward recovery. His dad told GMA that "doctors were stunned by his progression in a short amount of time."

At the end of August, Easton was transferred to another hospital in his home state of Utah where he recovered enough to be discharged.

Now that Easton is out of the hospital, his parents remain by his side as he continues to heal.

"We're so proud of how far he's come and how hard he has worked. But he definitely has a lot more work to do," Nancy Oliverson said.

"He's home and we're just so blessed and so grateful that he's still with us and that he's able to have a road of recovery with everything that this kid has had to go through since Aug. 15," Jace Oliverson added.

The Oliversons have since filed a lawsuit against Little League Baseball and Savoy Contract Furniture, the company that made the bunk beds.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family by Duffy + Fulginiti, a Philadelphia-based law firm, claims Little League Baseball "allow[ed] the bed to exist in a dangerous condition" and failed to "inspect the bed," "have rails on the bed," and failed to "properly secure the bed," allowing Easton to fall. It accuses Savoy Contract Furniture of selling "dangerous and defective" furniture that caused Easton "significant and permanent injuries, including internal bleeding among other injuries, some or all of which are permanent in nature."

The 12-year-old "has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future, aches, pains, trauma, contusions, humiliation, embarrassment, suffering, disfigurement, and/or inconvenience" as a result of the incident, the lawsuit claims.

The suit is seeking "in excess of $50,000" plus "costs, interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and all other damages allowed by law."

Kevin Fountain, senior director of communications at Little League International, said in a statement to Good Morning America that "it is Little League International’s policy not to comment on pending litigation."

Savoy Contract Furniture has not issued any public statements on the lawsuit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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