Pats' Brady: Score is only stat that matters

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:28
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke passionately Monday about the statistics that mean the most to him, his remarks coming one week after media-generated buzz that he could be slipping from the ranks of the NFL's elite quarterbacks.
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Rays turn medicine man 'loose on the Trop'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:03
The slumping Tampa Bay Rays have turned to a Seminole medicine man to change their fortunes.
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O'Bannon takes stand in case against NCAA

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:59
Ed O'Bannon, the lead plaintiff in a landmark antitrust suit against the NCAA, took the stand and said his goal at UCLA wasn't to get a degree but to get two years of college experience before being drafted into the NBA.
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Rays replace closer Balfour with committee

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:14
The Tampa Bay Rays will go with a closer-by-committee approach to replace struggling right-hander Grant Balfour in the role, manager Joe Maddon said.
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MJ: Hornets to make splash, upgrade roster

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:57
Michael Jordan anticipates the Charlotte Hornets will make another big splash this offseason.
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NCAA reaches $20M settlement in EA case

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:10
The NCAA has announced a $20 million settlement with former players over college-themed basketball and football video games produced by Electronic Arts.
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USA Swimming CEO to abused: 'I'm sorry'

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:07
USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus has apologized for the first time to victims of sexual abuse within the program.
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Follow the O'Bannon-NCAA trial live

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:29
The Ed O'Bannon vs. NCAA trial will decide whether the NCAA must pay college athletes for its use of their likenesses in television broadcasts, video games and other consumer products.
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Pool party: Jags to have cabanas in stadium

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:53
Jacksonville Jaguars fans will be able to watch a game this season while sitting in a pool inside the stadium.
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Emotional Chrome owner apologizes for rant

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:15
Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome, apologized for his two-day rant against Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist and the Triple Crown rules during an emotional interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" on Monday.
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Sources: Knicks to ramp up pursuit of Fisher

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:09
The New York Knicks' pursuit of Derek Fisher to be their new coach will ramp up this week and is widely expected to result in the hiring of the 17-year veteran guard, according to NBA coaching sources.
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Safety in Youth Sports

NASC - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 05:00

We’ve heard a lot about the effect of concussions and other health and injury issues in front of the National Football League. The concerns over sports safety now have reached the White House recently, where President Obama brought in representatives from professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players and researchers to discuss the issue of youth sports concussions.

At the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit, groups such as the NFL, National Institutes of Health and the Pop Warner Little Scholars pledged money and other support to help in the research for safer materials to give young athletes better protection in their respective sports.

The genesis for much of this came in a report last fall from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, calling for a national system of tracking sports concussions—including how often young athletes suffer concussions and in what sports.

Anyone who is involved in youth sports wants to see the safety of the athletes be front and center. And the issue of safety has some a long way in the last few years, with soccer and lacrosse players now wearing improved protective headgear and youth football players now being taught to tackle with their heads up, the goal being to protect from head and spinal injuries.

Still, the issue of youth concussions is top of mind for a lot of parents who want to keep  their kids safe. A report in the Wall Street Journal in January shows youth participation in the four most popular team sports—basketball, soccer, baseball and football—fell by roughly four percent from 2008 and 2012. In the same article, the National Federation of State High School Associations shows football participation dropped 2.3 percent in the 2012 season from 2008.

The causes of declines in youth sports aren’t clear. Experts cite everything from increasing costs to excessive pressure on kids in youth sports to cuts in school physical-education programs along with the safety concerns. The long-term issue is the health of children who become more sedentary, while the short term concern for cities and organizations who are the hosts for youth sports is keeping events going, and going strong, in your home town.

Keeping kids healthy while keeping them safe through sports is good for host organizations as well as for the next generation. Seeing top organizations start to invest in the safety issues is the next step in making sure youth sports continue to flourish.

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Ortiz go-ahead blast in 9th leads to Sox win

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 23:08
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, snapping their five-game losing streak.
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James scores cool 35, ties series with Spurs

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 22:12
LeBron James had 35 points and 10 rebounds in a powerful bounce back from cramps in the opener, and the Miami Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 98-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 on Sunday night.
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Silver talks AC, Sterling and HGH in address

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 21:05
In his first NBA Finals media address, commissioner Adam Silver said he is satisfied the air conditioning issue that plagued Game 1 has been resolved, but also admitted the situation could have been handled better.
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Machado bat toss fuels bench-clearing melee

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:43
Baltimore's Manny Machado claimed there was no ill-intent after being at the center of another heated dugout-clearing confrontation with the Oakland Athletics.
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Carroll: No USC exit if I knew about penalties

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 19:29
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll now has a Super Bowl title on his résumé. But he wouldn't have that Lombardi Trophy had he known what sanctions awaited the USC football program in June 2010.
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Zimmermann 2-hits, strikes out 12 Padres

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 19:10
Jordan Zimmermann took a perfect game into the sixth inning and finished with a two-hitter and a career-high 12 strikeouts to lead the Washington Nationals to a 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
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Vigneault: Rangers in 'must-win' situation

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:47
New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault knows his team can't afford to lose Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at Madison Square Garden and fall into a 3-0 series hole.
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De La Hoya inducted into Boxing Hall of Fame

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 06/08/2014 - 18:00
Capping a career that included 10 titles in six weight divisions, an Olympic gold medal and 10 world titles, the Golden Boy found a permanent home.
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