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(NEW YORK) -- The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychologists (AACN), the professional organization that sets standards and practices for the field of neuropsychology, has called for "the elimination of race as a variable in demographically-based normative test interpretation," the controversial practice widely known as race-norming.

The move comes amid a firestorm of criticism following an ABC News investigation of alleged racial bias in the National Football League's landmark concussion settlement program. ABC News uncovered emails and data suggesting race-based adjustments to former players' cognitive test scores made it more difficult for Black former players to qualify for compensation from the league for head injuries sustained on the field of play.

In a position statement provided to ABC News, the AACN acknowledged fundamental flaws with race-norming and signaled its support for the development of new testing protocols in neuropsychology that do not rely on race as a proxy for environmental influences that lead to inequity.

"Indeed, sampling of racial minority populations in the U.S. has been limited and inconsistent when creating neuropsychology test norms," the statement's authors wrote. "Use of unrepresentative norms can result in diagnostic error, as well as stigmatization of minority populations based on supposed disparities in neuropsychological ability."

Last March, the federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion settlement ordered the league and attorneys for former players into mediation to "address the concerns" about the use of race-norming. After several months of confidential negotiations, the NFL in October agreed to abandon the practice and reevaluate past claims for compensation that may have been impacted by race-based adjustments.

Sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that the deal could result in hundreds of millions of dollars of additional compensation for former players and their families.

In the coming weeks and months, parallel efforts to engage neuropsychological experts in the development of new testing practices that seek to eliminate racial bias will be underway.

The AACN has pledged to "advance and support the necessary work to make this complex transition possible," which could include raising public and private funds and partnering with test development companies and other scientific organizations. The group cautioned, however, that progress will be slow and require patience from the public, as "simple solutions will not suffice to solve problems that were centuries in the making."

The NFL, meanwhile, has committed to funding the continued work of a panel of experts developing what it calls "a set of diagnostically accurate, race neutral, long-term norms" that will ultimately replace the current method of measuring cognitive impairment in former NFL players seeking compensation.

They hope to deliver a solution within a year of the implementation of the new settlement agreement, which is still awaiting final approval by a federal judge.

There is at least one point of overlap between those two efforts: Dr. Anthony Stringer, the director of neuropsychology and behavioral health at Emory University School of Medicine, is serving as the chairman of the AACN subcommittee on the use of race in neuropsychological test norming and performance prediction -- and is also serving, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, on the NFL-funded panel of experts developing the replacement norms for the future evaluation of former players.

Stringer did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News.

The neuropsychology community is just the latest branch of medicine to reckon with its use of race in diagnostic testing and clinical care. In response to public pressure and congressional oversight, a number of leading medical societies and institutions have also pledged to review or amend their policies to reflect an evolving consensus that race-norming can be harmful to Black patients.

Cy Smith, an attorney who represents Kevin Henry and Najeh Davenport, the former NFL players who filed the original lawsuit alleging that the league's protocols skewed concussion payouts along racial lines, hailed the development as "long overdue," but noted that actual change has yet to be made.

"We are pleased to see that our lawsuit and the vital oversight of the Court in the NFL Concussion Settlement has pushed the psychology profession to revisit the use of 'race norms,' alongside other health care providers," Smith told ABC News. "But the next step is just as important -- any replacement norms must be fair, and not be used to limit the claims of Black football players, or other people of color."

Dorothy Roberts, the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania Program on Race, Science and Society, said that while criticism of race-norming is hardly a new development, the current level of public attention is unprecedented.

"The idea of adjusting medical tests for race is deeply rooted in the history of racism in America and has been contested for a long time," Roberts told ABC News. "But the recent controversy surrounding the NFL, coupled with new research being done, is galvanizing a groundswell of opposition that I hope will lead to abolishing race correction throughout medicine."

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta 114, Indiana 111
Orlando 108, Denver 103
Washington 115, Minnesota 107
Cleveland 111, Miami 85
Boston 88, Philadelphia 87
Dallas 139, New Orleans 107
Houston 114, Oklahoma City 110
Milwaukee 127, Charlotte 125
Sacramento 124, LA Clippers 115

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
NY Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1
Vancouver 6, Ottawa 2
Toronto 8, Colorado 3
Detroit 4, Seattle 3 (SO)
Anaheim 6, Vegas 5
Edmonton 5, Pittsburgh 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UCLA 73, Colorado 61
Villanova 71, Penn 56
Arkansas 97, Cent. Arkansas 60
Valley 72, BYU 65
Oklahoma 74, Florida 67
Georgia 82, Memphis 79
Iowa St. 83, Ark.-Pine Bluff 64
Auburn 85, UCF 68
Michigan St. 73, Louisville 64
Wisconsin 70, Georgia Tech 66
North Carolina 72, Michigan 51
Seton Hall 85, Wagner 63
Southern Cal 93, Utah 73

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Memphis 98, Toronto 91
Final Brooklyn 112, New York 110
LA Lakers 117, Sacramento 92
Phoenix 104, Golden State 96
Portland 110, Detroit 92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
San Jose 5, New Jersey 2
Detroit 2, Boston 1
Florida 5, Washington 4
Minnesota 5, Arizona 2
Nashville 6, Columbus 0
St. Louis 4, Tampa Bay 3 (SO)
Dallas 4, Carolina 1
Anaheim 4, Los Angeles 4 (OT)
NY Islanders at Philadelphia (Postponed)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Ohio St. 71, Duke 66
Purdue 93, Florida St. 65
Tennessee 86, Presbyterian 44
Houston 99, Northwestern St. 58
UConn 72, MD Eastern Shore 63

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City FC 2 New England 2 (New York City FC advances 5-3 on penalty kicks)

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Philadelphia 101, Orlando 96
Denver 120, Miami 111
Houston 102, Oklahoma City 89
Chicago 133, Charlotte 119
Minnesota 100, Indiana 98
Cleveland 114, Dallas 96
Utah 129, Portland 107
New Orleans 123, LA Clippers 104
Final San Antonio 116 Washington 99

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Seattle 7, Buffalo 4
Arizona 1, Winnipeg 0
Vancouver 2, Montreal 1
Calgary 2, Pittsburgh 1 (SO)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Washington 17, Seattle 15

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gonzaga 64, Tarleton St. 55
Texas 73, Sam Houston St. 57
Kentucky 85, Cent. Michigan 57

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(NEW YORK) -- No New York Giant will ever wear Michael Strahan's famed number 92 again after the team officially retired it from circulation on Sunday.

For 15 seasons, Strahan was a fearsome quarterback in the league. He notched 141.5 career sacks, 854 tackles, four interceptions and one Super Bowl Championship title.

"When I came to New York to play football, I just wanted to play football. I just was happy to have a job. And I never figured that that job would transfer into like a career and doing what I love and the best city in the world," the Good Morning America co-anchor said. "And now to have my jersey retired. It's absolutely incredible honor. Lost for words."

During his speech at MetLife Stadium in front of a stadium full of longtime fans, Strahan praised his family for their support.

"I am so grateful to have my family here because without them, I am not here," he said. "My father is here in spirit and my mom is here. Thank you, mom, for giving birth to me. For encouraging me and for being the toughest person in my life."

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Golden State 105, LA Clippers 90
Milwaukee 118, Indiana 100
Boston 109, Toronto 97
Memphis 128 Sacramento 101
LA Lakers 110, Detroit 106

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Washington 4, Carolina 2
Minnesota 4, Tampa Bay 2
San Jose 2, Chicago 0
New Jersey 5, Philadelphia 2
Boston 3, Vancouver 2
Toronto 5, Anaheim 1
NY Islanders at N-Y Rangers (Postponed)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Atlanta 21, Jacksonville 14
Cincinnati 41, Pittsburgh 10
Miami 33, Carolina 10
NY Giants 13, Philadelphia 7
NY Jets 21, Houston 14
New England 36, Tennessee 13
Tampa Bay 38, Indianapolis 31
Denver 28, LA Chargers 13
Green Bay 36, LA Rams 28
San Francisco 34, Minnesota 26
Baltimore 16, Cleveland 10

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kansas 96, Iona 83
Villanova 72, La Salle 46
Alabama 96, Miami 64
Arkansas 76, Penn 60
Seton Hall 84, Bethune-Cookman 70
Florida 84, Troy 45

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Real Salt Lake 2, Sporting Kansas City 1
Philadelphia 1 Nashville 1 (Philadelphia advances 2-0 on penalty kicks)

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(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:
 
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Charlotte 106, Orlando 99
Phoenix 120, Cleveland 115
L.A. Lakers 124, Indiana 116 (OT)
Brooklyn 123, Boston 104
Milwaukee 114, Detroit 93
Utah 110, Oklahoma City 104
Toronto 126, Memphis 113
Houston 118, Chicago 113
New Orleans 127, Washington 102
Atlanta 124, San Antonio 106
Minnesota 113, Miami 101
Sacramento 125, Portland 121
Golden State 116, Philadelphia 96

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Boston 5, Buffalo 1
Columbus 3, Winnipeg 0
Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 1
Florida 2, Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Washington 6, Montreal 3
Detroit 4, St. Louis 2
SO Minnesota 3, New Jersey 2
N.Y. Rangers 4, N.Y. Islanders 1
Vegas 5, Nashville 2
Colorado 5, Anaheim 2
Seattle 2, Carolina 1
Toronto 6, Los Angeles 2
Edmonton 5, Arizona 3
San Jose 6, Ottawa 3

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Baylor 75, Arizona St. 63
Texas 68, California Baptist 44
Memphis 69, Virginia Tech 61
Houston 78, Oregon 49
BYU 81, Texas Southern 64
UConn 115, Auburn 109
Michigan 65, Tarleton St. 54
Seton Hall 62, California 59
Florida 71, Ohio St. 68
Iowa St. 82, Xavier 70

 

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami 100, Detroit 92
New York 106, LA Lakers 100
Portland 119, Denver 100
Dallas112, LA Clippers 104 (OT)

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 0
Dallas 4, Edmonton 1
Calgary 5, Chicago 2

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Gonzaga 83, UCLA 63
Wisconsin 65, Houston 63
Arkansas 73, Cincinnati 67
Illinois 72, Kansas St. 64

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Nashville 3, Orlando City 1

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(NEW YORK) -- The NBA has suspended-without-pay Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart after an altercation during Sunday's game.

The NBA announced Monday that for "recklessly hitting," James will serve his one-game suspension Tuesday when the Lakers face the New York Knicks. For his part, Stewart has been suspended two games for "escalating an on-court altercation by repeatedly and aggressively pursuing" James "in an unsportsmanlike manner."

The incident began with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter during Sunday's game at Little Caesars Arena. James and Stewart had been vying for position during a free throw, when James struck Stewart as their arms became intertwined, ESPN reports. Blood appeared steam from above Stewart's eye immediately after the blow. Several people, including coaches and teammates, attempted to block Stewart's path as he attempted to run toward James. Both players were subsequently ejected from the game, with Stewart assessed two technical fouls and James a flagrant foul 2.

The Lakers and Pistons will face off again next Sunday in Los Angeles. Both Stewart and James will be eligible to play in that game.

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Brooklyn 117, Cleveland 112
Charlotte 109, Washington 103
Atlanta 113, Oklahoma City 101
Boston 108, Houston 90
Indiana 109, Chicago 77
Milwaukee 123, Orlando 92
Minnesota 110, New Orleans 96
Phoenix 115, San Antonio 111
Memphis 119, Utah 118
Philadelphia 102, Sacramento 94

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 7, Buffalo 4
St. Louis 5, Vegas 2
Nashville 3, Anaheim 2
Pittsburgh 3, Winnipeg 1
Colorado 7, Ottawa 5
San Jose 2, Carolina 1

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 30, NY Giants 10

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
UCLA 75, Bellarmine 62
Duke 107, The Citadel 81
Kentucky 86, Albany 61
Houston 70, Butler 52
Arkansas 72, Kansas St. 64
Cincinnati 71, Illinois 51
Ohio St. 79, Seton Hall 76
Florida 80, California 60
Gonzaga 107, Central Michigan 54
Southern Cal 98, Dixie St. 71

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(NEW YORK) -- Legendary basketball player Len Bias is being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, 35 years after his death, but his family and fans are still grieving over the fact they never saw him live his dream.

"To see so many people just broken. I mean, I can talk to men and women now and they have tears in their eyes about what happened 35 years ago in the death of this beautiful athlete, this beautiful man," Bias' mother, Dr. Lonise Bias, told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

Bias was drafted No. 2 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft, but two days later he died from a drug overdose. The athlete was doing cocaine with a few of his fellow teammates at his dorm at the University of Maryland, when he collapsed, had a seizure and went into cardiac arrhythmia. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. He was 22 years old.

Bias' mother dreamed of death before his overdose

Still in mourning so many years later, Bias' mother said that, in a way, she saw his death coming.

"Eighteen months before Len's death, I began to have these strange dreams, you know? And it would always be around someone dying, close to me in the family," she recalled. "And as we progressed into the whole draft situation and the hype about Len being the No. 1 or the No. 2 pick of the draft, I was excited, but it just seemed like it wasn't going ... I won't say it wasn't going to happen. It was almost like I would believe it when I saw it."

She said she didn't feel like she could share her dark thoughts with anyone else in the family, so she would "just start weeping." She said, "I couldn't stop."

"So when Len died June 19, 1986, the cries stopped," she said. "And it was like, it's over. It's over even though he is gone. I have lost my son. All of the emotional trauma that I was going through, it was like it ended. That part ended but then you had to pick up and deal with the rest of the story, the grief, the 'whys,' the 'how comes,' and all of that."

Bias' memory lives on

Now, 35 years later, fans are still honoring Bias' legacy.

"What I saw was my son ... Len Bias, but it wasn't until he died that I understood the magnitude of who this man was," his mother said. "I saw him as my son, but other people saw the beauty of his game."

This Sunday, the late athlete is being honored for his accomplishments during his career. Among many things, he was a first-team All-American, led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring his junior year of college, was twice named the ACC's Player of the Year and even outscored Michael Jordan in a game head to head.

Bias' mother said the whole family would be there to celebrate his induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Sunday and remember his talents.

"One grandson has on his calf, he has a tattooed Len dunking the ball, my oldest grandson, and the Lord's Prayer on there and then my next grandson -- they were all athletes -- has on his muscle 'Bias strong.' So, they know who their uncle was and we still carry that spirit and we still talk about it," Bias' mother said.

Bias' death caused waves of change

After Bias' death, the topic of drug abuse became top of mind in Congress, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, known as the "Len Bias Law," was signed by President Ronald Reagan in October of that year. The law provided a mandatory minimum prison term of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison, along with a fine of up to $2 million, for anyone convicted for a drug distribution case that led to a death or serious physical injury.

Bias' mother, who lost another son, Jay Bias, in a drive-by shooting just 48 months after Bias' death, has since dedicated her life to helping young people in trouble and advocating against drug use and gun violence.

"Because of Len and Jay I have so many children now. I am a mother of many. Two sons left but I have multitudes of children yet to speak to," she said. "Just pouring into them wisdom and strength to keep pressing and to keep pushing."

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final L.A. Clippers 97 Dallas 91
Final L.A. Lakers 121 Detroit 116
Final Phoenix 126 Denver 97
Final Chicago 109 New York 103
Final Golden State 119 Toronto 104

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Tampa Bay, 5 Minnesota 4 (SO)
NY Rangers 5, Buffalo 4
Calgary 4, Boston 0
Toronto ,3 NY Islanders 0
Chicago 1, Vancouver 0
Seattle 5, Washington 2
Arizona 2 Los Angeles 1 (OT)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Baltimore 16, Chicago 13
Final Cleveland 13 Detroit 10
Houston 22, Tennessee 13
Indianapolis 41, Buffalo 15
Miami 24, NY Jets 17
Minnesota 34, Green Bay 31
Philadelphia 40, New Orleans 29
San Francisco 30, Jacksonville 10
Washington 27, Carolina 21
Cincinnati 32, Las Vegas 13
Arizona 23, Seattle 13
Kansas City 19, Dallas 9
LA Chargers 41, Pittsburgh 37

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Arizona 80, Michigan 62
Purdue 80,Villanova 74
Tennessee 89, North Carolina 72
St. Bonaventure 70, Marquette 54

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
New York City, FC 2 Atlanta 0
Portland 3, Minnesota 1

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(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- Once considered underdogs, the football team at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside has defied the odds with an undefeated season that has electrified and inspired spectators in California and beyond.

The Cubs Varsity football team was 11 and 0 this season and now has won the division championship game, which is a first in the school's 68-year history.

"It's inspiring for the deaf community quite honestly. 11 and 0 we've never experienced this being this far in playoffs," coach Keith Adams told ABC News. "The community is so excited, the morale has been uplifted, the self-esteem of our players -- you can see a major difference."

Wide receiver Jory Valencia told ABC News that the notion that they've never had a successful season only "fired us up" and inspired them to push harder each game.

"Now we're just destroying every game. We're showing the world we can play. We're not losing anymore," he said.

The players and coaches rely on American Sign Language to communicate and spoke with ABC News through an ASL translator.

Running back Enos Zornoza said that their success this season is due to their perseverance and hard work during each practice.

He said that they've had their eyes on the championship from the beginning, but they took it "one game at a time, one practice at a time."

"Other players like to fool around, they're like, come on, guys. Stay committed. Stay on task. So I think that it just takes teamwork," wide receiver and quarterback Phillip Castaneda told ABC News, reflecting on the historic season.

Castaneda added that he and his teammates have "amazing chemistry," which gives them the energy they need to win on the field.

Adams said his players are so talented that they have made coaching "easy" for him.

"They're great kids," he said.

"I knew we were going to have a good team, but they have just amazed me -- exceeded my expectations."

Asked what he hopes the Cubs' story of triumph will teach others, Zornoza said he hopes the attention they are getting nationwide will inspire other deaf kids and give them hope.

"We can do anything. Deaf people can do anything," he said. "We're not this stereotype that's out there."

"We're breaking news that we can do it right. And not just our school here but other schools for the deaf can do it as well."

Now the team is getting ready to head to state. "We are not done, one more game, we are looking for that ring. One more game," Adams said.

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(LONDON) -- International concern is mounting for tennis star Peng Shuai, who disappeared from the public eye after accusing a retired top Chinese Communist Party official of sexual assault earlier this month.

The United Nations called for an investigation into her allegations and whereabouts on Friday. Some of the biggest names in the international tennis world -- from Naomi Osaka to Serena Williams -- have also lent their voice to the global search for the former Grand Slam doubles champion, using the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai.

Purported evidence emanating from Chinese state-run news outlets that attempts to confirm her safety -- and backtrack sexual assault claims -- seem to have only resulted in more global skepticism about her whereabouts, and put the Chinese government's internet and media censorship policies under renewed international criticism.

Here is what we know and don't know about the mysterious public retreat of the 35-year-old Chinese tennis star, amid growing international calls for her proof-of-life.

Who is Peng Shuai?

Peng gained international acclaim in the tennis world after winning titles at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014. She was formerly ranked No. 1 globally in women's doubles.

In a lengthy post on her verified account on Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform, Peng accused Zhang Gaoli, the former vice premier of the Chinese Communist Party, of sexual assault and said she had a yearslong affair with him.

The post disappeared within minutes of being shared on Nov. 2, but screenshots of it have been circulating online in the weeks since.

"I have no evidence, and it is impossible to leave evidence at all. ... You are always afraid of what recorder I bring, leaving evidence or something," Peng wrote. "But even if I become like an egg hitting against a rock and like moths extinguished in the flame, I will tell the truth about you."

When was she last heard from publicly?

Peng's account apparently disappeared from Weibo shortly after her post, and she hasn't been heard from publicly since until an email, allegedly written by her, was shared by Chinese state-run media.

On Wednesday, as international concerns mounted, China's state-run media claimed that Peng sent the global Women's Tennis Association an email back-tracking her sexual assault allegations. CGTN Europe, an English-language arm of the state-owned China Global Television Network, tweeted a screenshot of the email Peng allegedly sent to WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon.

The screenshot of the purported email opens with, "Hello everyone this is Peng Shuai," and says that the allegation of sexual assault is not true. "I'm not missing, nor am I unsafe. I've just been resting at home and everything is fine," the text of the note, posted by CGTN Europe, states.

ABC News cannot independently confirm that Peng penned the email broadcast by the state-run news outlet, and the WTA's Simon said he has a "hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email."

"The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts," Simon said in a statement to ABC News on Wednesday. "I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her."

"Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government. The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe," Simon added. "I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail."

Simon called for Peng to be allowed to speak freely and for her allegation of sexual assault to be investigated with "full transparency and without censorship."

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian dismissed questions about Peng's whereabouts at a briefing, saying, "This is not a foreign affairs matter. And I am not aware of the relevant situation you mentioned."

On Friday, after the email screenshot seemed to raise more questions than answers, a journalist affiliated with state-run CGTN tweeted three photos he said were posted by Peng Shuai to her private WeChat account and claimed they were shared by the tennis star's friend.

Rather than address the concerns about her safety and well-being, the tweet said Peng only included the caption "Happy weekend" and a smiley emoji. While the state-media tweet said the photos were "just posted," it is impossible to confirm when the photos were taken.

How is the international community responding?

The United Nations on Friday called for an investigation into Peng's allegations of sexual assault.

"As you know, according to available information, Peng, the former world double No. 1, hasn't been heard from publicly since she alleged on social media that she had been sexually assaulted," Liz Throssell, the spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told reporters. "We would stress that it is important to know where she is and you know, her state, know about her well-being."

"We are calling for an investigation with full transparency into her allegations of sexual assault," Throssell added. "And I think we would say that that should be the case into all allegations of sexual assault. It is really important to ensure accountability, to ensure justice for the victims."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday called on China to provide "verifiable proof" of Peng's whereabouts.

Earlier this week, as the hashtag #WhereIsPengShuai trended on social media, Amnesty International called on China to prove Peng is safe.

"The Chinese government has systematically silenced the country's #MeToo movement. Given that it also has a zero-tolerance approach to criticism, it is deeply concerning that Peng Shuai appears to be missing after accusing a high-ranking former government official of sexual assault," Amnesty International's China Researcher Doriane Lau said in a statement.

"Peng's recent so-called statement that 'everything is fine' should not be taken at face value as China's state media has a track record of forcing statements out of individuals under duress, or else simply fabricating them," Lau added. "These concerns will not go away unless Peng's safety and whereabouts are confirmed."

ABC News' Kirit Radia, Karson Yiu and Somayeh Malekian contributed to this report.

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Miami 112, Washington 97
Golden State 104, Cleveland 89
Memphis 120, LA Clippers 108
Minnesota 115, San Antonio 90
Philadelphia 103, Denver 89
Utah 119, Toronto 103

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 0
Calgary 5, Buffalo 0
Toronto 2, NY Rangers 1
Florida 4, New Jersey 1
Tampa Bay 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)
St. Louis 4, San Jose 1
Minnesota 7, Dallas 2
Columbus 5, Arizona 4 (SO)
Edmonton 2, Winnipeg 1 (SO)
Vegas 5, Detroit 2
Carolina 2, Anaheim 1
Nashville at Ottawa (Postponed)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
New England 25, Atlanta 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Kansas 88, Stony Brook 59
Xavier 71, Ohio St. 65
St. Bonaventure 67, Boise St. 61
Florida 81, Milwaukee 45

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