NEW YORK -- The biggest surprise Monday for 10-year-old Rainn Sheppard, competing at the Junior Olympics in Houston and far from the New York City homeless shelter she shares with her two sisters and mother, wasnt the gold medal she won in the 3,000 meters.It was the arrival of her mother.Rainn and her sisters, 11-year-old Tai and 8-year-old Brooke, had hoped merely to make their mother proud, since she couldnt afford to make the trip from the Brooklyn shelter herself. But as Rainn was being interviewed by a local reporter Monday at the race venue, Tonia Handy surprised her daughter with a giant hug.I couldnt believe she was here, Rainn said in a phone interview. I still cant believe it.After The Associated Press wrote Friday about the familys challenges, a New York philanthropist contacted Handy and bought her a plane ticket.Shortly after the surprise, Rainn went on to win the gold medal in the 3,000-meter race for her age group. Brooke placed second Tuesday in a high jump competition. Her sister Tai competed in a 400-meter race but didnt place.All three sisters have more events later in the week.The girls and their mother have been homeless since early last year, when they were evicted from their Brooklyn apartment for failing to pay the rent. Handy, 46, has a job answering phones at a car service, but it hasnt been enough to support the family. She has been raising her family alone for a decade. After a stint in a motel, they wound up in a city shelter.The girls, who still have their estranged fathers last name, started competing in track in January 2015.After reading about the family, Ken Smaltz Jr., who runs an Alzheimers foundation and owns a rare coin business, reached out to Handy and offered to pay for her flight to Houston. Smaltz said he never intended to be public about the gesture, but spoke after the AP tracked him down.It just feels nice to help someone, he said.That hasnt been the only offer of help. Other people who saw her story contributed at least $7,000 to a crowd funding website that Handy had set up to raise money for the trip -- more than twice the original goal. Handy said she has since shut the site down and redirected donors to the website of their team, the Jeuness Track Club.Handy said she has also received calls from people asking for her resume with the intention of offering her a better job. The mayors office, she said, has contacted the family and asked to set up a meeting when they get back to New York. Local track teams sent gifts and cards to the girls entire team.For Handy, who had felt like she was burdening the team because she couldnt pitch in financially, the support has been extra meaningful.Now it feels like not only can I be on the team, but I can actually give to the team, she said. Alexander Isak Jersey . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. Sebastian Rode Jersey . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. 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Western was last ranked first in the country in October 2011. France has earned the final mens basketball spot in the Olympics, beating Canada 83-74 on Sunday in the championship game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, the Philippines.Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs scored 26 points for the French, who pulled away in the fourth quarter after the game was close most of the way. Guard Nando de Colo, the Euroleague MVP, added 22 points.Cory Joseph scored 20 points for Canada, but Parker -- whom Joseph used to back up with the Spurs before joining the Toronto Raptors -- was just a little better.France fell just short of qualifying last summer when it lost to Spain iin the EuroBasket semifinals, but it made the most of its final chance and joins Serbia and Croatia, which won the other two Olympic Qualifying Tournaments on Saturday.ddddddddddddFrance and Serbia were drawn into Group A with the United States, Venezuela, China and Australia, while Croatia joins Group B with Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Lithuania and Nigeria.The U.S., Serbia and France were the three medalists at the Basketball World Cup in 2014.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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