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Hawks name Shaw diversity, inclusion officer

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:31
The Atlanta Hawks have hired Nzinga Shaw as the team's first chief diversity and inclusion officer.
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Youth Sports and the Courts

NASC - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:59

No, not the kind of courts you play on. A Phoenix youth baseball player is learning the hard way about the American legal system, and how youth sports works.

Greg Bozinovich is a 12-year-old baseball player whose father was hurt at a ball park. His dad filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United States Specialty Sports Association in connection with his injury. Because of that filing, Greg is no longer able to play baseball.

Some background: Two years ago, Daniel Bozinovich said he fell off the bleachers, which he said did not have safety railings, during a USSSA-sanctioned event at a Phoenix-area sports park. In the fall, he suffered a spine injury that has kept him from working.

To recover damages, Daniel Bozinovich filed suit November 13. At the end of November, USSSA state directors sent an email to the family, saying they had been suspended from USSSA activities for a year for what the organization called “unsportsmanlike behavior for actions on November 13.”

The email also said the family would be banned for life, if the case moved forward.

That means 12-year-old Greg cannot participate in USSSA activities, and since the USSSA organization underwrites insurance for many leagues and tournaments, that keeps Greg on the sidelines for many tournaments.

A USSSA document does state that any participant “who threatens in writing a legal action against USSSA … shall be automatically suspended from all USSSA activities until such threatened legal actions or legal disagreements are resolved to the satisfaction of the USSSA Board of Directors.”

So what are your thoughts? The organization is looking to protect itself, but at what cost? You can read the full article here: http://www.kpho.com/story/27532845/phoenix-dad-files-personal-injury-lawsuit-youth-baseball-club-suspends-his-son?autostart=true


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Sources: Red Sox deal Cespedes for Porcello

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 09:54
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to acquire another slugger for their lineup, landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for starting pitcher Rick Porcello, sources told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com on Thursday.
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Report: Dodgers, Padres agree to Kemp deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:02
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed on a trade that will send Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres, according to multiple media reports.
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Dodgers trade Haren, get Kendrick in deals

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 01:41
In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to acquire second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels.
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Warriors surge past Rockets, win 14th in row

ESPN Sports Feed - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 00:53
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry shook off slow starts to finish with a flurry, and the Golden State Warriors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games by beating the Houston Rockets 105-93 on Wednesday night.
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Carmelo, Hardaway: No friction between us

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 22:38
New York Knicks teammates Carmelo Anthony and Tim Hardaway Jr. denied Wednesday that they have a poor relationship in response to a report earlier in the day by ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard.
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Source: Red Sox acquire Miley from D-backs

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 22:31
The Boston Red Sox took the first step toward improving their 2015 rotation by acquiring left-hander Wade Miley from the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and a minor-leaguer yet to be identified, according to a source.
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OSU QB Barrett, ex-girlfriend allege abuse

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 21:40
Injured Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and his ex-girlfriend made 911 calls on Tuesday morning alleging each attacked the other.
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Georgetown wears 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirts

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:58
The Georgetown Hoyas became the latest athletes -- and the first in college basketball -- to don "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts before Wednesday night's game against No. 10 Kansas.
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Lawyer says Titans' Hill 'did nothing wrong'

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:53
The lawyer representing Titans nose tackle Sammie Hill said a accusation of sexual assault being investigated by the Atlanta police is unfounded.
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Sources: Marlins angling for Gordon, Haren

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 18:53
The Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers are in serious talks about a deal that would send Dee Gordon to Miami in exchange for Andrew Heaney, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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Andersen leaving Wisconsin for Oregon State

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:54
Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is leaving the school after two seasons to take the head coaching job at Oregon State, according to multiple reports.
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Sources: Phillies trade SS Rollins to Dodgers

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:36
Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending his 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
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Excited Pettine: 'No hesitancy' on Manziel call

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:55
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine is no different from the rest of the world: He's eager to see what rookie Johnny Manziel does in his first start.
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Redskins' Breeland, Roberts trade punches

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:50
Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland and receiver Andre Roberts exchanged punches during the individual portion of practice, adding yet another layer of drama to a season that really didn't need any more.
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Suh says agent will decide where he signs

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:48
Ndamukong Suh said Wednesday that his agent will be the person making the decision on where he plays after this season.
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OTL: Goodell gave uneven testimony

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:49
"Outside the Lines" obtained the 661-page transcript of the Ray Rice suspension-appeal hearing heard in early November.
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Enberg receives Frick Award for broadcasting

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:46
Dick Enberg has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
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Megatron: 'Awesome' if Jones broke my record

ESPN Sports Feed - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:38
Julio Jones is still hundreds of yards away from Calvin Johnson's single-season receiving record, but there's a chance the Atlanta Falcons receiver could catch him.
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