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Tiger feeling pain-free, intends to play Open

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:03
Tiger Woods said Tuesday ahead of his annual golf tournament at Congressional Country Club that he is pain-free for the first time in about two years and that he intends to play the Open Championship next month.
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Federer cruises in opening Wimbledon match

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:41
Roger Federer defeated Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 Tuesday to begin his quest for a record eighth Wimbledon title.
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Agent tells Heat LeBron will opt out of deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:57
LeBron James' agent, Richie Paul, has informed the Miami Heat that James will exercise his early termination option and become an unrestricted free agent.
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Cavaliers 'torn' on taking Parker or Wiggins

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:54
Just two days prior to the NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers are split on whether to take Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins with the top overall pick, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
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Strasburg, like Reed, to quit chewing tobacco

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 06:00
Stephen Strasburg, like his former college teammate Addison Reed, is giving up smokeless tobacco following the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
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Sources: Scott favorite in Lakers' coach search

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 02:15
While the Lakers remain focused on Thursday's draft and the start of free agency July 1, sources tell ESPN.com that former Lakers star Byron Scott has emerged as the leading candidate for the head-coaching job after impressing in three interviews.
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Sources: Bulls, Rockets, Mavs, Lakers eye Melo

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:48
Carmelo Anthony has yet to publicly reveal the process by which he plans to entertain other teams in free agency, but the Bulls, Rockets, Mavericks and Lakers are among the teams that expect to have the opportunity to make their pitch to him, sources say.
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Davis lifts O's with pinch-hit, walk-off homer

ESPN Sports Feed - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 00:36
Chris Davis interrupted his frustrating season with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
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Vandy scores 9 in 3rd, holds off UVa at CWS

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 23:19
Vanderbilt capitalized on Virginia starter Nathan Kirby's sudden loss of control to score nine runs in the third inning, then held off the Cavaliers to win 9-8 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night.
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Bautista, Tulowitzki named HR Derby captains

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:50
Troy Tulowitzki just hopes no one will hold any grudges when he picks the National League participants for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.
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Throw like a girl: 17-year-old hurls Rays BP

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:23
The Tampa Bay Rays have taken batting practice against a female high school knuckleballer
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Solo pleads not guilty to domestic violence

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 18:47
U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in suburban Seattle.
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Sources: Duncan exercises option with Spurs

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:55
Tim Duncan has exercised the $10.3 million option on his contract to remain with the San Antonio Spurs for the 2014-15 season, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.
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Hasek, Modano headline 6 in Hockey HOF class

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:23
Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake are headed into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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LeBron's wife causes stir with Instagram post

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:47
A recent Instagram post by LeBron James' wife, who called Akron, Ohio, "Home sweet home," was not made in reference to the four-time MVP's future with the Miami Heat, sources told ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst.
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Melo opts out of Knicks deal, will test market

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/23/2014 - 11:01
Carmelo Anthony officially opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks on Monday and will test free agency this summer, his agent, Leon Rose says.
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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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