Paralyzed former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand implored his fellow graduates to remember that anything is possible in a speech Sunday during the commencement ceremony in Piscataway, New Jersey.
"I'm moving my shoulders here. I'm moving myself forward," the 23-year-old told a cheering crowd. "Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. ... Anything is truly possible in this world."
He was paralyzed from the neck down during a 2010 game against Army.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was to give the keynote address but withdrew after some students and faculty members protested her selection.
Former Tulane player Devon Walker, who's also paralyzed from the neck down, graduated Saturday in New Orleans.
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Italian Open for the third time. He then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia. "This heart on the court is for you," said Djokovic, who has won four straight matches against Nadal. Serena Williams beat hometown favorite Sara Errani 6-3, 6-0 to win her third women's title in Rome.
New Orleans signed Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who was the 20th overall draft pick. The Stockton native won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver in 2013, setting Pac-12 records with 128 catches and 1,730 receiving yards. The Saints didn't release terms of the four-year deal.
Mike Magee converted two first-half penalty kicks, and Chicago (2-2-6) posted a 2-1 MLS win over Sporting Kansas City (5-4-2).
Maya Moore scored 33 points, and Minnesota beat Connecticut 90-87 in overtime. Former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike led the Sun with 25 points.
Tyler Johnson scored twice to lift the United States (4-2) to a 3-1 win over Finland in the world championships in Minsk, Belarus. The U.S. is in second place in Group B behind Russia (6-0). Alex Ovechkin left Russia's 3-0 win over Germany with a lower body injury. Ryan Ellis scored in overtime to give Canada (5-1) a 3-2 win over Sweden (5-1) in Group A.
Katinka Hosszu won the women's 200-meter individual medley and 200 backstroke on the final day of the Charlotte (North Carolina) Grand Prix. She finished the four-day meet with six wins. Former Cal star Anthony Ervin and Yannick Agnel tied in the men's 100 freestyle in 49.51 seconds.