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Coaches Worry About Adversarial Atmosphere Created by Parents
Staff Writer gsmart@lnpnews.com Jim Miller, a former Penn Manor girls' lacrosse coach now coaching at Elizabethtown Area High School, recalls being approached by a parent who wanted to discuss his child's playing time, right before a big match. Now isn't the time, Miller told him. That's when it started. "He just went off, screaming at me," Miller recalled. Security ushered the man away.


Father Says Hazing of Football-Player Son Led to Racist Graffiti
LUNENBURG — The father of Lunenburg eighth-grader Isaac A. Phillips is calling for Lunenburg High School's football coaches to step down for allegedly allowing football players to haze his son for weeks, leading to the spray painting of racist graffiti on their home. On the foundation of the Phillips family's ranch-style home on Chase Road, the phrase "Knights don't need n******!" was spray-painted in blue letters after dark one evening last week, Isaac's father, Anthony J. Phillips, said.


Former HS Baseball Coach Assailed for Summer Camp Rule-Breaking
MANATEE COUNTY MANATEE HIGH: Sources say ex-coach Dwayne Strong's program broke a lot of rules Former Manatee High baseball coach Dwayne Strong violated at least four state rules while conducting summer camps, placing the program in jeopardy of possible fines and sanctions, according to multiple sources close to the program. The school could face a minimum fine of $10,000 if the Florida High School Athletic Association determines infractions occurred. The school district is conducting an investigation into possible improprieties, which it will forward to the state's governing body of high school athletics upon completion. Four sources familiar with the program told of a system Strong used in which it was implied that players had to pay a camp fee in order to play in summer tournaments.


A Huge Untapped Market Exists for Men-Only Yoga Classes
On a perfect November Saturday afternoon when they could have been pumping iron at the gym or hanging out with friends over a couple of pale ales, half a dozen men slipped through the back entrance to a spartan yoga studio on the main drag of Westmont in Camden County. They were there, bravely and voluntarily, to spend two hours doing yoga. Never mind that the ancient Indian practice linking breath, body, and spirit was developed and taught by men. In America, yoga is a woman's domain.


Football Player Quits as More Allegations of Coach Abuse Hit Rutgers
A Rutgers player left the team after alleging that a coach verbally abused him and threatened to head-butt him during a spring study hall session. The player said the assistant then treated him unfairly once the season started. Jevon Tyree, a redshirt freshman, was on scholarship and quit the team on Nov. 6.


As NFL Begins Dolphins Probe, Questions About Player Cooperation
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross insists that his team will cooperate fully with NFL investigators who on Monday began questioning players about the locker-room harassment scandal that has rocked the organization. But some legal experts, and the lead investigator on a previous NFL investigation, say players are under no legal obligation to talk. Ted Wells, who was hired by the NFL as an independent investigator, arrived at Dolphins headquarters in Davie on Monday. He released a statement saying, "We look forward to meeting with Dolphins players, coaches and staff in order to get the facts and prepare a thorough and fair report."


Five Unaswered Questions in Wake of Braves' Decision to Move
The Atlanta Braves have announced they are moving to Cobb County for the 2017 season. Great news, or is it? Five major questions have not been asked that need answers. The answers will define the quality of life for Cobb's residents after 2017. The questions are all infrastructure-related:


NHL Looks to Grow Brand with Reality TV Show
The NHL announced Monday that it would take the reality television format to a higher level with an upcoming seven-part NHL Revealed series that will look at two dozen NHL stars as they compete in regular games, outdoor games and then the Sochi Olympics. The series, officially titled NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, will premiere Jan.22 on NBC Sports Network and Jan.23 on CBC in Canada.


Should HS Teams 15 Minutes Apart Travel 90 Minutes to Play Each Other?
The distance between Ohio Heritage Conference rival schools Mechanicsburg and West Liberty-Salem is 18 miles, northeast of Springfield. But they're headed to Wapakoneta - at least 60 miles west, near St. Marys - for Friday's Division VI, Region 22 high school football final. What's up with that?


Student Newspaper's Ban on 'Redskins' Irks Administrators
By MaryClaire Dale The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA When a high school newspaper at a suburban Philadelphia football powerhouse decided the word "Redskins" had no place in its pages, the paper's student editors found themselves called to the principal's office. The dispute between Neshaminy High School's paper, the Playwickian, and school administrators is a strange twist on the fight over what students can and can't say: This time, it's the students urging restraint.


School Cancels Remaining Football Games Following Racist Vandalism
LUNENBURG — School Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes announced Monday that all remaining games for the Lunenburg High School football team — including the popular Thanksgiving game Nov. 27 against St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg — have been forfeited in the wake of an alleged racist hate crime targeting a young player. The Lunenburg team is now the focus in racial graffiti discovered Friday morning spray-painted on the house of 13-year-old Lunenburg player Isaac A. Phillips, who alleges wrongdoing by teammates. Ms. Calmes thanked the community for attending a vigil Sunday night and for supporting Isaac and his family who were the targets of an "act of hate." She said the district will continue to make its resources available to assist the family.


Football Gets Focus, but Concussions Impact Girls More Than Boys
When former North County High School softball player Alicia Cooke was hit in the head during pre-game warm-ups in the spring of 2012, she didn't know she had a concussion. The Glen Burnie resident, now a freshman at Anne Arundel Community College, played in the Knights' game that day and practiced the following afternoon. Then the headaches became too much to bear. Cooke also developed slurred speech, memory loss and concentration problems, she said. After seeing specialists at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Cooke was diagnosed with a concussion and was home-schooled for the rest of the school year. She missed the rest of the softball season, too, as she dealt with the effects of her injury.


Soldier Field Officials Played It Safe as Storm Beared Down on Chicago
We're used to rain delays in baseball, but football tradition is to play, come hell or high water. Both arrived on Sunday in Chicago - and the better part of valor came into play.


Club Swim Team Takes Off with Blessing of Six High Schools
About 140 Henrico County high school students dove off starting blocks representing their schools for the first time last week. Six of Henrico's nine high schools launched the county's inaugural swim clubs after the School Board approved their formation in September.


AcroYoga Combines Acrobatics, Gymnastics, Yoga - and Trust
Like a squadron of determined superheroes soaring to the rescue, four women leaned forward in a row, mid-air, their bodies parallel to the floor, arms locked to their sides. They were flying-bold, powerful, on top of the world. And on top of their partners' feet, which might not be the way superheroes do it, unless of course they're taking an AcroYoga class.


Atlanta Braves Move: Keeping Score in Dollars
Business, like baseball, is a numbers game. So if you want to see the Braves' move the way they see it, numbers are key. Let's start with the fact that in business terms, the Braves have been doing quite well at Turner Field. Attendance this year grew by an average of almost 1,600 fans per game, and annual attendance was higher than at any point since 2007, the year the team was purchased by Liberty Media. As estimated by Forbes magazine, the value of the Braves franchise has also jumped from $405 million in 2006 to $629 million today. That's a 55 percent increase. The Dow Jones Industrial Average may have set a record high this week, but since 2006 it has grown by a mere 30 percent.


Stadium Projects Could Bring 15,000 Construction Jobs to Atlanta
Simultaneous stadium construction by Atlanta's two top sports franchises will create a temporary but powerful stimulus for what has been one of the region's worst-hit industries --- commercial construction. With a combined cost of nearly $2 billion, those huge projects --- the Falcons downtown and the Braves in Cobb County --- could help shift the larger economic recovery and job market into a higher gear. Together, the two projects are expected to create nearly 15,000 construction jobs from next year to 2017. It is enough to get Donald Perry dreaming of home.


Ohio State Fires Two Cheerleading Coaches Over Harassment Claims
Ohio State University fired two assistant cheerleading coaches in May for sexually harassing cheerleaders. One of the accusers now says the head coach kicked him off the squad in retaliation just before football season started. After two anonymous tips to OSU's ethics hot line, a university investigation determined that assistant cheerleading coaches Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey had both violated the university's policies, according to records. Cheerleaders told investigators that Hollins made sexual jokes and sometimes slapped male students on the butt or tapped their testicles.


Five-Month, $75K Study to Examine 63-Year-Old Arena's Future
TROY - Although the Hobart Arena is busier now than it has been in years, city leaders say the 63-year-old venue needs to be updated to stay competitive.


Title Game Cancelled After Quarterback Beaten by Rival Players
Winston-Salem State's chancellor says a Virginia State football player faces assault charges after a fight in a bathroom left his school's starting quarterback, Rudy Johnson, badly beaten Friday afternoon during a banquet for both teams on the eve of their championship game.


FHSAA Examines 'Following the Coach' Rule, Eligibility Risks
- During the September Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors meeting in Gainesville, the board discussed at length altering a specific bylaw known as the following the coach rule.


Clock Malfunction Leaves HS Field Hockey Team Feeling Slighted
It's not about winning and losing for coach Sue Persichetti and the Gwynedd Mercy field hockey team. It's about fairness. What happened to the Monarchs in their PIAA state Class AA semifinal, a 3-1 loss to Wyoming Seminary on Nov. 12, wasn't fair, Persichetti says, and the second-year head coach is not backing down from the fight. It all started when Wyoming Seminary was awarded a penalty stroke during the second half of the game, held at Emmaus High School, and scored to go up by 3-1.


College Football Coming to Daytona Speedway?
The extensive renovations at Daytona International Speedway - aptly named Daytona Rising - may also sprout up something else other than fancy suites and consumer amenities.


Call for Hit Counts in Youth Football
If you could prevent shoulder and elbow injuries in baseball pitchers by making one simple change, would you? Hopefully, if you re the parent or coach of a young pitcher, your answer is yes. Through years of research, we generally know the risk of shoulder and elbow injuries increases dramatically when kids pitch too much too many pitches and innings without enough rest. That research led to the adoption of pitch counts. Could a similar injury prevention strategy work in youth football? Instead of pitch counts to protect young arms, consider hit counts to protect kids brains.


Mom Offers Differing Report of Rutgers' Handling of Abuse Allegations
The mother of Jevon Tyree, a former Rutgers football player who accused current defensive coordinator Dave Cohen of verbal abuse and threatening physical abuse, claims Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann never contacted her family in response to the allegations.


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High School Sports Injury Lawsuits Often Dismissed
Sports injury lawsuits, particularly at the prep level, frequently are dismissed after depositions.


Cash-Strapped High Schools Struggle to Keep Pools Open
As aging high school pools fall into disrepair, cash-strapped districts either are partnering with other entities to keep facilities afloat or deciding to shut them down.


14-Year-Old Discusses Turning Sports Into Charitable Effort
The 14-year-old founder of Hoops of Hope discusses how kids can use sports to get involved in charitable efforts.


Injuries Renew Debate Over Metal and Wood Bats
A rash of batted-ball injuries has renewed debate over the performance of baseball and softball equipment.


Sports Activism Targets Arizona Immigration Law
Arizona's immigration law has left its mark on sports, but how much influence should sports have over lawmaking?


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Tracking Technology Revolutionizes Athlete Training
Cool stuff


Safeguarding Youth Sports Programs Against Embezzlement
Excellent article. Hopefully its seen by many groups and they heed the warnings.


Man Collapses, Dies Running Half-Marathon in Oklahoma
My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web address and thought I might as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to checking out your web page for a second time.


Blog: Life Can Be Longer Than 'Too Short,' And Better
Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I'd figured I'd ask. Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you might be interested feel free to shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!


Unhealthy Workforce Costs U.S. Economy $153 Billion
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VIDEO: Augie Nieto Continues to Wow
You gave me hope today with your story. ALS is so degrading both body and mind. If you spend any time thinking about it beats you down . So we must focus on hope and recovery. Then we will win. Thanks for your help.and all that you do.


Blog: Defending "The Slowest Generation"
Did you see Helliker has now written a follow-up in the WSJ which he talks about his first article? He writes that the young people wrote in blasting him, 'But my fellow old-timers applauded it, saying that the rise of a medal-for-everyone culture has dulled this country's competitive edge.' Slow? Fast? Young? Old? The only thing that is definitive for me now is that Helliker is a total ass who is not helping running or journalism.


Bill Boosts Native American Mascot Defense
There is an excellent piece from the Indian Mascot and Logo Task Force that explains why Indian imagery in sports is not honorable and harmful. I cannot attach the link but you can find it at the www.indianmascots.com under the 'education' tab, select 'materials' and 'common themes.'


Bill Boosts Native American Mascot Defense
The current law makes sure everyone has a voice, which is the number one priority of a 'democratic society.' Sometimes when everyone has a VOTE, it actually limits many people from having a VOICE. Current law allows people to express their voice before a vote is had, instead of the other way around - which is why I feel a change would be detrimental. If it turns out the name is felt to be an honoring one, it will stick. And 'Sweetheart'? Really??? Your condescending attitude doesn't really open a dialogue, does it!


Bill Boosts Native American Mascot Defense
I'm still trying to understand why Chief Illiniwek at the University of Illinois was removed...Great pride and nothing but respect for the Chief was my experience at Illinois. I don't understand how the symbol of a great Chief was considered culturally insensitive to Native Americans. If anyone has any thoughts, please speak up.

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