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Knicks' Felton reaches plea deal, avoids jail

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 11:00
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton will avoid jail time and be able to continue his basketball career without interruption after reaching a plea agreement on two felony gun charges in court Monday morning.
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Review: No political influence in Sandusky inquiry

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:49
A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.
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Venus, Berdych bare all for Body Issue shoot

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 09:49
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and 2013 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych will be featured in this year's Body Issue, ESPN The Magazine announced Monday.
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Why Sports Matter

NASC - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 08:08

Because we’re in the business of sports, we’re used to talking about the economic impact that sports has on our respective communities. It brings jobs, a livelihood, a spark of energy, a sense of excitement to our host areas.

But let’s take a second to look at the human factor of sports, and what it means for the coming generations.

All you have to do is look at the recent NBA Finals series between San Antonio and Miami. Both teams have been basketball powerhouses for several years, and have been in the media spotlight for longer than that. Expand that to the states in which they are located, Texas and Florida, and the NBA Finals have been held in one or both of these states eight times in the last 10 years.

That’s a lot of home town fans watching the best players in the league. No, scratch that, it means that’s a lot of home town kids watching the best players, and wanting to be like them.

According to the Florida High School Athletic Association survey, almost 900 more boys were playing basketball in the state last year than 10 years ago. In Texas, that state’s high school athletic association found there are 55 more high schools with boys’ basketball teams now, than five years ago.

Miami coach Eric Spoelstra has seen the change in just the short time he’s been in South Florida. “When I first got down here it was only a football city,” he said, “but now you’re starting to see a legion of kids and young generation of NBA fans that weren’t necessarily here 15, 20 years ago.”

More NBA fans means more boys and girls growing up playing basketball, developing a love of the game and, just as importantly, developing the skills to play the game at a higher level. That can mean scholarships for families who otherwise couldn’t afford to send a child to college and, consequently, the chance for a better job, a solid career, a better life for future generations.

All because San Antonio and Miami played in the NBA Finals.

And that’s just one more reason, why sports matter.

Jackie Reau

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Stephens' streak ends with first-round loss

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 07:55
Sloane Stephens' streak of reaching the second week at six consecutive Grand Slam tournaments ended Monday at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 7-6 (6) first-round loss to 109th-ranked Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
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Edwards takes Sonoma for 1st road course win

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 19:15
Carl Edwards snapped Hendrick Motorsports' five-race winning streak with his first career victory on a road course.
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Wie hangs on for 1st career major at Open

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 17:52
Michelle Wie finally delivered a performance worthy of the hype that has been heaped on her since she was a teenager.
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Edwards takes Sonoma for 1st road course win

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 17:47
Carl Edwards snapped Hendrick Motorsports' five-race winning streak with his first career victory on a road course.
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Hernandez leaves jail for brief hospital visit

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 16:11
A Massachusetts sheriff says former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was brought from a jail to a hospital this weekend for an undisclosed problem.
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Sources: Carmelo tells Knicks he will opt out

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 15:53
Carmelo Anthony has informed the New York Knicks in writing that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple sources.
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Padres cut ties with general manager Byrnes

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 15:42
The San Diego Padres have fired general manager Josh Byrnes.
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Torres: Cobb's injury spurred desire for cap

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 15:39
The precedent the San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres set Saturday night by wearing an isoBlox padded cap was rooted in a frightful experience he had just before entering a game for Tampa Bay, just over a year earlier.
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Jays' Bautista hurts leg; Lawrie breaks finger

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 14:22
Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista and infielder Brett Lawrie both left Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Reds.
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Sources: Carmelo to opt out of Knicks deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 13:49
Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple sources.
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NBA prospect has career-ending condition

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:50
Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a serious medial condition and will not be able to pursue a career in the NBA, the school announced Sunday.
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Reed quits chewing tobacco after Gwynn's death

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 12:43
Arizona Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed said he is quitting smokeless tobacco following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
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Sources: Melo eyes Chicago as deadline looms

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 09:22
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is doing his homework on the city of Chicago as the deadline to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract approaches.
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Astros top prospect Correa suffers leg injury

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 08:42
Carlos Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft and the Houston Astros' top prospect, suffered an apparently serious injury to his leg during a minor-league game Saturday night.
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Padres P Torres first to wear protective cap

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/22/2014 - 02:45
San Diego Padres reliever Alex Torres became the first pitcher to wear a padded caps that provides some head protection during Saturday's night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Walk-off win pushes Vanderbilt to CWS finals

ESPN Sports Feed - Sat, 06/21/2014 - 23:45
Tyler Campbell's bases-loaded infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Vanderbilt a 4-3 win over Texas on Saturday night and sent the Commodores to the College World Series finals against Virginia.
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