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  • Ryan Hall finishes seventh in marathon debut at Flora London Marathon

    04/22/2007 12:14:38 PM PDT · by manapua · 8 replies · 358+ views
    USA Track & Field ^ | 4/22/2007 | US Track & Field
    LONDON - Running in the most competitive men's marathon field ever, Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.), made his marathon debut in style, finishing seventh at the Flora London Marathon in a time of 2:08:24. Hall's time was the fastest debut marathon for an American man by 1:16. In a field that included multiple Olympic medalists and the current World Record holder, Hall not only ran with the leaders for more than 23 miles but was brave enough to take a turn at the lead before World Marathon champion Jaouad Gharib (MAR) made a bid to break away. As the...
  • Survey: Sports may not build character

    02/19/2007 5:45:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 70 replies · 1,680+ views
    United Press International ^ | February 19, 2007
    Conventional wisdom holds that sports builds character, but a new survey suggests U.S. high school athletes cheat more than classmates who don't play sports. The two-year study of high school athletes -- conducted by the Josephson Institute of Ethics in Los Angeles -- also found growing acceptance of cheating as a way to gain competitive advantage, the Los Angeles Times reported. Michael Josephson, president and founder of the institute, told the newspaper the report -- based on interviews with 5,275 high school athletes across the United States -- found that many coaches are "teaching our kids to cheat and cut...
  • Title IX & Unintended Consequences

    09/19/2006 1:01:17 PM PDT · by JSedreporter · 15 replies · 715+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The NCAA has appointed yet another female athletic director to help oversee the implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments to the federal Civil Rights Act. Title IX, in order to create more opportunities for female athletes, simply choked off such chances for male athletes, as wrestlers, for example. Karen Morrison, who will serve as the NCAA director of gender initiatives and student-athlete well-being, comes to the job fresh from a posting as associate athletic director of the University of Colorado at Boulder, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. “I was one of those ‘Title IX babies’ who...
  • Frankly speaking, here we go again (THOMAS VS. THOME - THE REMATCH)

    09/15/2006 4:15:51 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 42 replies · 1,283+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 15, 2006 | CHRIS DE LUCA Staff Reporter
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just to eliminate any confusion, let's get something straight. There is no way -- not even with a 40-homer, 100-RBI season on the horizon -- that Frank Thomas was returning in 2006 for one more year with the White Sox. This was a franchise that had spent the previous five years counting down the days, minutes and seconds to the instant Thomas and his catalog of contracts finally would be off the books. It was a divorce that was inevitable -- and it had nothing to do with sickness or health. When the dirty laundry got aired...
  • A Can-Do Approach to Autistic Children and Athletics

    08/03/2006 8:38:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 387+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 3, 2006 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    THE members of the swim team at Bloomington High School South in central Indiana cheer wildly every time Nathan Buffie races. In his two years on the team, Nathan has never won first place at a meet. Often, he finishes far behind. But it is the fact that Nathan even goes into the water and manages to compete at all that his teammates find so remarkable. Nathan, a trim 16-year-old with a boyish smile, has autism, the devastating developmental disorder that makes his participation in any sport or social activity a struggle. “He is probably the worst swimmer on the...
  • Baby Boomers Stay Active, and So Do Their Doctors

    04/15/2006 6:04:49 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,102+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 16, 2006 | BILL PENNINGTON
    For America's baby boomers, a generation weaned on Jack LaLanne, shaped by Jane Fonda videos and sculpted in the modern-day gym, too much of a good thing has consequences. Encouraged by doctors to continue to exercise three to five times a week for their health, a legion of running, swimming and biking boomers are flouting the conventional limits of the middle-aged body's abilities, and filling the nation's operating rooms and orthopedists' offices in the process. They need knee and hip replacements, surgery for cartilage and ligament damage, and treatment for tendinitis, arthritis, bursitis and stress fractures. The phenomenon even has...
  • NCAA might face damages in hundreds of millions

    02/25/2006 1:32:33 PM PST · by tbird5 · 30 replies · 1,018+ views
    ESPN The Magazine ^ | Feb. 21, 2006 | Tom Farrey
    LOS ANGELES -- As a UCLA linebacker in the late 1990s, Ramogi Huma left college after four years with $6,000 in credit card debt. His scholarship paid for tuition, room, board and required books but not incidentals such as phone bills and travel expenses. Coming from a lower-income family, he lacked the funds to cover the difference. "That's where MBNA came in and cleaned house," Huma said of his high-interest credit card. After graduation, Huma lobbied for a bona fide full ride for NCAA athletes, whose standard scholarship package, called a grant-in-aid, is equal to an amount about $2,500 a...
  • San Carlos phys ed teacher suspected of videotaping students

    01/03/2006 8:17:58 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 13 replies · 1,140+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/3/06 | Bay City News
    A physical education teacher at a San Carlos middle school is behind bars today, suspected of videotaping female students as they changed clothes, the San Carlos Police Department reported. San Bruno resident Neal Sato, 34, was arrested today after an approximately six-week-long investigation into the Central Middle School teacher's alleged improper behavior, the Police Department reported. Police first became aware of the situation after an eighth-grade student reported that she believed Sato, who also serves as the school's athletics director, had secretly been videotaping her while she changed clothes. After obtaining a search warrant, police detectives reportedly seized computers belonging...
  • More High Schools Make Bowling a Varsity Sport: Slow News Day

    12/28/2005 1:01:18 PM PST · by rface · 26 replies · 675+ views
    AP ^ | 12.28.2005 | BEN FELLER
    16 states now recognize bowling as a varsity sport, a fourfold increase since 1999. Beyond becoming more accessible, bowling is growing more acceptable - even cool...... It's practice time, and the high school students vying for a spot on the varsity squad aren't at the gym. The action is down at the Bowl-O-Rama. The boys and girls from Twin Valley High School in southeastern Pennsylvania set up at their usual lanes, surrounded by teams from rival schools. This is a family bowling center, but the students have taken it over, scattering the pins in a series of loud, clattering crashes....
  • Who plays for how long? Rules change spurs debate among CYO, high school coaches

    12/18/2005 9:14:08 AM PST · by Diago · 4 replies · 1,493+ views Who plays for how long?Rules change spurs debate among CYO, high school coaches HOMEBy Mike Stein Whether coaches like it or not, some big changes are coming to Cleveland CYO basketball this season. So far, there’s been a lot of not liking. Coaches will see new rules that outline minimum playing time for each player. Prior to this year, CYO guidelines recommended that each athlete play for at least three minutes in each game. A year-long process brought about through meetings with parish designees resulted in new mandatory guidelines that called for each player to play anywhere from...
  • Cheerleaders' Belly Ban Goes Into Effect

    09/09/2005 10:10:42 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 47 replies · 2,021+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | September 9, 2005 | Pam Schmid
    Shania Twain and Christina Aguilera might have turned midriff-baring into a televised sport, but the Minnesota State High School League has made sure the state's cheerleaders don't follow suit on the sidelines. Starting this fall, Minnesota cheerleaders may no longer wear uniforms that expose their midriffs or torsos. The rule, unanimously approved by the league's board in February, goes into effect a year ahead of a nationwide directive by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
  • 33 years of Title IX - Thanks for Destroying Small College Sports!

    08/31/2005 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Craig DeLuz · 13 replies · 918+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 08/31/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    This morning I watched on as the California Assembly passed a resolution honoring the 33rd anniversary of Title IX. As a big supporter of women in sports and a believer in the goals of this landmark measure, I have to admit my disgust at how Title IX has been used to eliminate men’s sports programs at small colleges across the country. And even more upsetting is how; here in California, my favorite sport of football has often been the target of choice. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...
  • Everyone's a winner in girls' 400 relay (Nice story)

    05/13/2005 11:16:27 AM PDT · by fso301 · 86 replies · 1,628+ views
    The four girls who had been tearing up Western Pennsylvania high school track had been brought to tears, their hopes of defending their district and state championships in the 400-meter relay dashed by a fallen runner on Wednesday. But a goodwill gesture by some opponents has given Penn Hills High School another chance. Three teams that finished ahead of them decided to step aside, giving the Penn Hills girls a shot at the championships after all.
  • Doctors See a Big Rise in Injuries for Young Athletes

    02/26/2005 1:21:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 79 replies · 2,786+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 22, 2005 | BILL PENNINGTON
    A competitive swimmer since she was 7, Alex Glashow of Barrington, R.I., logged 8,000 yards a day in the pool, until her arms ached. She learned to dislocate one shoulder intentionally to ease the pain in the water, but after shoulder surgery and a year of physical therapy, Glashow quit competitive swimming forever when she was 15. Jeret Adair, a top young pitching prospect from Atlanta who started 64 games in one summer for his traveling baseball team, last year had Tommy John surgery, an elbow reconstruction once reserved for aging major leaguers. Ana Sani of Scarsdale, N.Y., a 13-year-old...
  • Marquette University considers changing nickname back to Warriors (undo PC decision) - VANITY

    11/16/2004 5:48:57 PM PST · by Chicos_Bail_Bonds · 15 replies · 642+ views
    Marquette University | 11-16-2004 | Me
    Marquette University (of which I am an alum) changed it's nickname from the Warriors to the Golden Eagles in 1994 in a move laced with Political Correctness. The old logo was of an Indian, but hardly something that was offensive. 10 years later, I applaud the university for sending out an online survey to all Marquette alums, staff, students, etc. about reconsidering the nickname. Many of us are hoping. We may get our nickname back but change the logo / mascot to something not "ethnically offensive", perhaps to a Knight, Trojan, Spartan or other such "warrior". At any rate, Marquette...
  • Proposition 48 – 20 years later

    10/11/2004 4:14:50 AM PDT · by kipita · 2 replies · 516+ views
    Proposition 48 – 20 years later “I am America. I am the part you won't recognize, but get used to me. Black, confident, cocky -- my name, not yours. My religion, not yours. My goals, my own. Get used to me.” - Muhammad Ali “Jessie Jackson measures success by the number of people on welfare and we measure success by the number of people off welfare…….he is a poverty pandering pimp…” - J.C. Watts The year was 1983, and I finished High School with a 1.6 GPA, but scored a 19 on the ACT. My summer was spent going to...
  • In ancient Greece, nudity was Olympic Games' great equalizer

    07/30/2004 6:18:16 PM PDT · by MikalM · 26 replies · 5,224+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/30/04 | Charles Burress
    Imagine Plato, a noted fan of ancient Greek athletics, providing color commentary for the upcoming Olympic Games: "Why in Zeus' name are they wearing clothes?" he might ask. The Olympics are returning to their original home in Greece next month but not to their original dress code. "This may be the most obvious and striking difference between today's athletes and the ancient Greeks," UC Berkeley archaeologist Stephen Miller says in "Ancient Greek Athletics," his new book on the ancient games. So embedded was competing in the nude that our word gymnasium comes from the Greek gymnos for "naked," Miller notes...
  • Iraqi athletes have Olympic dreams (good news from Iraq - Take that Kennedy)

    04/06/2004 4:15:45 AM PDT · by bogdanPolska12 · 17 replies · 395+ views ^ | By Kent Harris
    BAGHDAD — This war-torn country is not yet ready to challenge the United States, Russia or the world’s top sporting nations on the Olympic medal chart, but hopes are growing that Iraq will send a sizable delegation to the games in Athens, Greece, this summer. Two athletes already have received invitations: Raad Abbas Rasheed will participate in tae kwon do and sprinter Al’aa Hikmet will compete in the 100- and 200-meter events. The country’s National Olympic Committee, reformed after the fall of Saddam Hussein, also has aspirants in boxing, weightlifting, swimming, wrestling, and track and field. But Iraq’s biggest sports...
  • Little Tease A's Fall Short...Again

    10/07/2003 6:30:13 AM PDT · by NittanyLion · 9 replies · 203+ views ^ | October 6, 2003 | Ray Ratto
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- They aren't the Buffalo Bills, OK? Not the Minnesota Vikings, or the Toronto Maple Leafs, either. Truth is, the closest you can come is to say the Oakland Athletics are a smaller, cheaper, occasionally cuddlier version of the Atlanta Braves. And as far as that goes, even the Braves won once. But history comes a lot faster than it used to, and many more words will be devoted to the A's latest first-round thoracotomy than to, say, vaudeville, or the Crusades, or the Iron Age. Miguel Tejada, right, and the A's haven't advanced past the Division Series...
  • Red Sox Win ... We're headed back to Oakland!

    10/05/2003 1:22:06 PM PDT · by rs79bm · 47 replies · 199+ views
    Ortiz broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with a two-run double off Keith Foulke with two outs in the eighth inning, giving Boston a thrilling 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday and forcing a decisive fifth game in the best-of-five series. ....more