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Savannah Rennie had just one wish on this recent September night, and she whispered it so her ears alone could hear. Andrew Wiggins Timberwolves Jersey . Get me on the court right now. Her first volleyball practice without any restrictions in more than a year was still hours away.Shed be able to sprint. Shed be able to jump. Shed be able to hit. Shed be able to dive.The 19-year-old redshirt freshman outside hitter at Cal would be able to be herself again. Savannah, the volleyball player. It was an identity stolen from her as she battled congenital hepatic fibrosis with portal hypertension -- a rare disease that took her off the court and threatened to take her life.A successful liver transplant saved her.Not even four months had passed since the operation, but Rennie felt no fear as she stepped onto the court at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.She never has. Not when she taught herself to ice skate at 2 years old and to swim and ride a bike at 3. Not when she struck out boys in baseball and craved the bat when the bases were loaded with two outs. Shed be the fireman that runs toward the fire, said T. Pat Stubbs, Rennies former Del Mar (California) Little League all-star coach.A Cal teammate set the ball to Rennie in hitting lines. She rose up, took her first swing and smashed the ball down.For Rennie, who could play in her first Division I match when the Golden Bears host Utah on Friday, the hit was more than a hit.It was freedom.I am where I am today because Im strong enough, Rennie said. I was given a second chance and now Im going to make the most of it.***On June 3, 2015, Rennie returned to her parents home in San Diego after a night of volleyball. She felt a pounding headache and then nausea. She had a 103-degree fever that rose to 105 in the early hours of June 4.Her abdomen throbbed and she couldnt eat or drink. She made multiple trips to urgent care before being admitted to the hospital for eight days. Twelve doctors plus a liver specialist administered test after test as Rennies liver rapidly expanded in size.She became septic, a life-threatening condition in which the infection in the body invades the bloodstream.Rennie worried she wouldnt make it in time for Cal summer school and training camp. Savannah doesnt take no for an answer, said her mother, Renee Giroux-Rennie Shes just: Volleyball is life, and whatever it takes, thats what shes going to do.Doctors couldnt pinpoint a diagnosis but managed to get her sepsis under control. She went 500 miles to Cal, taking antibiotics to manage the pain.Until she couldnt. One day she passed out while standing in line for coffee and returned to the hospital for six days. She went back and forth from Cal to San Diego for more tests, like the one that removed a large wedge of her liver, almost like a slice of pie.Growing more ill each day, developing pancreatitis after a test, she felt powerless: Why me? Why, at the peak of my athletic career at 18 years old, am I going through this? Rennie said.I always had that constant, living on the edge of fear like, What is going on with me? Am I going to be OK tomorrow? Am I even going to wake up tomorrow? she said.Another fear seized her.I didnt know if I was ever going to be on the court again.She contributed any way she could in practice -- shagging balls, keeping score and refereeing.Shed stay late after practice, said freshman outside hitter Maddie Haynes, Rennies best friend. If she could just have a hand on a volleyball, that would make her happy.Sometimes, though, she could barely stand up. Cal coach Rich Feller would tell her to leave so she could lie down.No, Rennie said. Im staying.She became the whiteboard guru, rewriting Fellers practice plans -- squares, circles and boxes -- and ensuring all the numbers and lines were immaculate. She relished the feeling of having a role on the team.She decided that she would fight the same way shed fight an opponent, Feller said. How fast can I get back? How fast can I do something that the doctor said I shouldnt be doing yet? And when she wins one of the battles, she moves forward and tries to win another.By mid-September 2015, doctors finally diagnosed the disease, which typically affects infants, many of whom die at birth, or seniors, as the disease stays dormant until late in life.Rennie, 18, was an anomaly.She needed a cure -- fast -- because her liver kept enlarging due to the backup of bile from the organ. That backup entered the blood stream, making her septic and thus at risk for death.She had been taking medication, including a form of bear bile called ursodiol. Im the only true California Bear on this team because I have bear bile, shed joke, managing a smile.For the first time, she had hope.But she became septic from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Doctors worried they couldnt prevent it from happening because she was growing resistant to the antibiotics, which were crucial to keeping her alive.A liver transplant was the only option.While awaiting the transplant, shed manage her pain by arriving at Haas Pavilion, her sanctuary, every day at the sleepy hour of 5 a.m. to hang IV bags of antibiotics and fluid out of her arm.She finally moved to Indianapolis in March 2016, with her mother, to receive care at the Indiana University Transplant Center. And wait. She was offered a liver toward the end of the month. But the liver was high risk, which means that the donor had participated in one or more of 13 high-risk activities, including drug addiction, incarceration and receiving IV fluids.Not knowing which activity, and terrified of potential consequences, Rennie declined the liver.Finally, on May 16, she was offered a healthy liver and accepted. The operation, which usually takes four to six hours, began at 6 a.m the next day. The doctor came out at 8 a.m. to speak with Rennies parents and Haynes, who was tweeting updates.Were done, he said.In two hours?It could not have gone any more perfectly, the doctor said, shaking his head in disbelief.***Rennie has not lost her competitive fire -- the same fire that expected to bat a thousand as a 13-year-old baseball player. The same fire that wanted the ball in the big moments as a high school volleyball player.She handles that pressure, said Brennan Dean, her former coach at Torrey Pines High School and WAVE Volleyball Club. She thrives in it.Rennie knows it is practically unheard of to return to the court and potentially play in a Pac-12 match for Cal (6-8) just over four months post-operation. But she still wants more. Sometimes she struggles to accept that she isnt able to jump as high or move as quickly as she used to.Not yet, at least.Shes way further ahead than anyone expected her to be, said Feller, who thinks Rennie is physically ready to contribute in a match.Her next chance will be against Utah on Friday. Or possibly Sunday against Colorado. On Oct. 14 against Arizona, Cal will host Be The Match night, an organ donation awareness event, in Rennies honor. A representative from Donate Life will be on hand to educate fans about organ donation, and discounted tickets will be available for those with proof they have registered as an organ donor.After one recent practice, Rennie taped her iliotibial band, which runs down the thigh, after she felt a strain.Thats great, Feller said.What do you mean? Rennie said.Youve got tape on for an athletic injury. Its an athletically related thing, Feller said. That for her was a big step and an adjustment, like, Look, Im an athlete again. Rennie isnt afraid to show her scar, which stretches across her stomach and resembles both the Mercedes Benz and Air Jordan logos. She wears the same necklace every day: a silver bar with the date of her surgery, May 17, 2016, in roman numerals, honoring, in her own words: The day I got my life back.This is a young lady who literally looked death in the face, said Stubbs, her former baseball coach. She said, Not me, not today. I have much bigger plans. Robert Covington Jersey . -- Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no collective bargaining agreement in place in the NFL. Robert Covington Timberwolves Jersey . Walcott is available for Saturdays home match against Southampton as Arsenal looks to extend its two-point lead at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners are currently the second highest scorers in the league but Wenger insists Walcott will add something extra to his team. http:///...timberwolves-jersey/ . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender Thomas Greiss has been trying to keep the same approach while the New York Islanders have struggled this season.He had to stick with it a little longer Tuesday night.Nick Leddy scored the winner in a marathon 14-round shootout, lifting the Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night.Greiss faced 41 shots from the Ducks before entering the lengthy shootout, but he stood tall to help New York get its first victory on the road this season. The 30-year-old goalie is 3-3 with a .918 save percentage this season.A lot of guys play to their personalities, coach Jack Capuano said. And hes calm and poised in the net and he battles hard.Greiss made 39 saves and Adam Pelech and Josh Bailey scored in regulation for the Islanders, who had been 0-4-1 on the road this season.We needed the point so badly, Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey said. It started with tonight. That was a big step. Thats a good hockey team on the road, and hopefully we can string something together.Each team had four goals in the shootout through 13 rounds. After Anaheims Kevin Bieksa missed on a slap shot to start Round 14, Leddy waited out Jonathan Bernier before snapping in the winner.Anaheim nearly won in the 12th when officials reviewed a tying goal by Hickey, but officials determined he did not interfere with Bernier on his attempt and awarded him the tally. Hickeys stick made contact with Berniers leg while his pad and the puck both slid over the goal line.I was under the understanding that you cannot score a goal in the NHL today by pushing the goaltenders pad with the puck underneath it over the line, but I guess I was proved wrong again tonight, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said.The longest shootout in NHL history was 20 rounds, when Florida beat Washington on Dec. 17, 2014.Rickard Rakell and Cam Fowler each scored and Bernier stopped 33 shots for the Ducks, who dropped consecutive games for only the second time this season. The Ducks lost their first three games to start the season.It did not take long for the Ducks to strike first, with Fowleer picking up his fourth power-play goal of the season 1:04 in to the first period as Greiss just whiffed on stopping the slap shot. Kevin Garnett Jersey. But the Islanders responded, and Pelech tied it at 1 on a shot from just inside the blue line that trickled through Berniers legs 11:51 into the first. John Tavares was initially credited with the goal as it appeared that he redirected the puck past Bernier, but Pelech eventually got the nod for his first career goal.Bailey put the Islanders ahead 2-1 on a one-timer power-play goal with 3:18 remaining in the first. With two Islanders and two Ducks right on top of Bernier, the goaltender simply did not have the space or time to react to the sudden shot off a fine pass from Tavares.The Ducks then opened fire on Greiss, who was somehow able to close his legs around the loose puck while face down on the ice after rookie Ondrej Kase hit the post in the second period. Rakell picked up his third goal in three games to tie it at 2 with 10:52 remaining in the third period, setting the stage for a extended shootout.We were happy with how we battled back and were able to get a point out of it, so well take that and move on to the next one, Fowler said.New York entered the game with the fewest wins in the NHL and tied with the Arizona Coyotes for fewest points before completing a two-game season sweep against the Ducks.Game notes Ducks D Sami Vatanen left the game because of illness. ... Ducks D Shea Theodore made his season debut, playing 18:46, as Clayton Stoner and Korbinian Holzer were healthy scratches, along with LW Joseph Cramarossa. ... The Islanders scratched C Shane Prince, D Scott Mayfield and G Jaroslav Halak. 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