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Georgetown upsets No. 4 Villanova in rout

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 00:07
Georgetown took over first place in the Big East on Monday night with an old-fashioned, push-and-shove win worthy of the conference's legacy of physical play, forcing 17 turnovers and holding Villanova to 34 percent shooting in a 78-58 victory.
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Rose voices frustration after sixth loss of 8

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 23:57
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose isn't holding in his frustration any longer.
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Allenby on assault: Injuries show 'the truth'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:08
A homeless woman who helped a professional golfer who says he was beaten and robbed in Honolulu described finding him bloodied on a street corner.
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Taylor fight off after injury, another arrest

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:32
Middleweight titleholder Jermain Taylor's defense against Sergio Mora, scheduled to headline the Feb. 6 edition of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, is off and unlikely to be rescheduled.
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Duke beats Pitt for Coach K's 999th victory

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:35
Mike Krzyzewski moved one victory from 1,000 for his Hall of Fame career in No. 5 Duke's 79-65 win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.
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Harden pours in 45 as Rockets sock Pacers

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:26
James Harden scored a season-high 45 points, including 18 in the third quarter, and the Rockets beat the Pacers 110-98 on Monday.
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Knicks stop skid at 16 with win over Pelicans

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 19:26
The New York Knicks snapped their 16-game losing streak Monday, getting 24 points and nine rebounds from Carmelo Anthony to beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 99-92.
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Sources: Rangers deal for Brewers' Gallardo

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:58
The Texas Rangers made their first major offseason move when they traded three minor leaguers to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo on Monday, according to multiple sources.
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Wilfork helps trapped motorist after game

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:43
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was driving home from Sunday night's rousing victory against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game when he noticed a Jeep Wrangler rolled onto its side on Rte. 1 not far from Gillette Stadium.
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Sherman, Thomas expected to play vs. Pats

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:19
Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas both are expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX despite suffering injuries in the NFC Championship Game.
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Bears GM: Hiring Fox was a 'game-changer'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:12
Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace called the sudden availability of John Fox "a game-changer" in the club's coaching search.
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Unbeaten Kentucky, Virginia still 1-2 in poll

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:27
For the second straight week, the Kentucky Wildcats were No. 1 in 63 of 65 votes cast Monday, while Virginia stayed at No. 2.
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Agent: Tiger's tooth knocked out by camera

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:16
Tiger Woods has another reason not to like cameras -- it cost him a tooth.
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Seattle's Thomas expected to play vs. Pats

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:30
Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl safety is expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
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Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:14
Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports 51 years ago, has died. He was 81.
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Gailey hasn't heard from Jets about OC job

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:26
The New York Jets' deal with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has not gotten done, and there are questions as to whether it will, leaving Gailey and the Jets' futures uncertain.
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Tar Heels bring Chizik aboard to fix defense

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:14
The North Carolina Tar Heels officially hired Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator Monday, tasking him with revamping one of the nation's worst units this past season.
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Cubs acquire OF Fowler for Valbuena, Straily

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:33
The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily.
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NFL probing whether Pats deflated footballs

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:23
The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots intentionally deflated footballs during their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
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When Society and Sports Collide

NASC - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 08:15

In the wake of the social unrest we’ve seen in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York, athletes have used their national platforms to express their opinions on the incidents—see the St. Louis Rams’ players coming out for team introductions with the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” pose.

This expression has reached basketball, where professional and college players alike have worn “I Can’t Breathe” shirts, signifying the last words of Eric Gardner, the New York man who died after an officer put him in a chokehold.

And now, a high school basketball tournament in Northern California has been included in the conversation, after a school scheduled to play in the tournament was disinvited because of concerns its players would wear “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups.

The athletic director at Mendocino High School was told that neither the boy’s nor the girl’s team would be allowed to participate in the tournament if they wore the shirts.

The boys were reinstated after all but one player agreed not to wear the shirt. Too few girl players agreed to not wear the shirts and were not allowed to play.

No surprise here: The parent of the one boy who decided to sit out the holiday tournament has taken the issue to the American Civil Liberties Union. In a written statement, the principal of the host school, Fort Bragg High School, said the school administrators respected the Mendocino teams “for paying attention to what is going on in the world around them” and that the shirts were being banned as a security precaution.

This isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, time where the world of amateur and youth sports will collide with First Amendment rights and the desire of young athletes to express themselves.

Have you run into similar issues with your events or teams? If so how did you handle the issue and what advice would you have other rights holders or event planners on how to deal with the issue? Give us your thoughts on our NASC Facebook page. We always welcome comments on best practices.


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