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Ex-homeless California teen ruled eligible for basketball
KRCR-TV
VideoBrief He was once homeless, but is now finding solace on the basketball court. There's been a legal victory in a long fight for 19-year-old Zach Sanchez's basketball eligibility at Trinity High School in Weaverville, California. It took Sanchez less than five minutes to make an impact in his first game. He had two points off the opening tip, followed by a layup and foul for the second bucket of the contest.
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NHSCA Sports Hour looks at upcoming winter sports playoff season
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Jeff Fisher takes a look at the upcoming winter sports playoff season on tonight's NHSCA Sports Hour. He'll also talk with a college football coach, who's returning to the high school ranks. Listen at 6 PM Eastern at artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.
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Multisport athletes find advantages in variety
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Nick Marcelle was one of many high school coaches who retweeted the bar graph on Twitter recently. The Green Bay Preble assistant football and head boys track coach felt it was the perfect visual to refute the notion that specializing in one sport is better for athletes.
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Should high school coaches leave for college? More money, but huge cost
The Dallas Morning News
The value of Texas high school football coaches has risen with the success of Baylor’s Art Briles and Arizona State's Todd Graham. But Texas high school coaches have been attractive targets for many years. Now those offers are more readily accepted, thanks in part to an explosion in salaries for college assistants.
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Is 4th grade too early for ultracompetitive sports?
Star Tribune
In the world of fourth-grade travel basketball, the growing up comes fast. And all the things that many love about youth sports — and the intensity that many others loathe — are on full display. It all means that in Minnesota, where youth hockey has long held a reputation for competitiveness, youth basketball might be closing the gap.
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Study: Teens likely to combine multiple forms of tobacco
RTI International via ScienceDaily
Teens who use tobacco products are likely to use more than one product, including e-cigarettes, hookahs and pipes, and smokeless tobacco, according to a new study by RTI International. The study findings, published in Pediatrics, are consistent with other reports suggesting that cigarette use is declining while use of other products, such as e-cigarettes and hookah, are gaining popularity among kids.
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Prep coaches face ever-changing world
The Town Talk
Forced to be psychologists, academic counselors, mediators, medical experts and surrogate parents, coaches often have to be all things to all people. In the ever-changing world of coaching, more and more hot topics seem to fall on coaches' shoulders.
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Which states produce the most high school football recruits?
MaxPreps
Everyone knows the best states for producing football talent are California, Florida and Texas. Or are they? Sure, by sheer volume the three states always dominate the list of top recruits. But when you take population into account Texas and California actually rank toward the bottom when it comes to producing talent.
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Wisconsin mother sues youth football league over son's suicide
Reuters
A Wisconsin mother filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Pop Warner youth football organization recently, blaming it for her son's suicide after years of playing the "combat sport." The suit comes amid scrutiny and continuing litigation over the effects of repeated blows to the head in American football, and the potential for such injuries to contribute to depression and other mental health problems among players.
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The sweet spot for workout quantity
By Natalie Rodriguez
Data show that New Year's resolutions start to fizzle during the third week in January. Many workout resolutions have started to waver now that we've coasted into February. How can we find that healthy balance between enough and too much exercise? A new report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology states that people who push their exercise too far may be just as unhealthy as inactive people. This study shouldn't encourage couch potatoes to stay put, though.
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There's a growing health gap between rich and poor teens
TIME
Disparities in health between rich and poor adolescents grew globally during the first decade of this century, according to a survey conducted in 34 countries in Europe and North America. According to the study, published in the Lancet, adolescents from the most impoverished socioeconomic groups are more likely to suffer from poor health thanks to diminished physical activity and larger body mass indices.
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NCAA trying to bring big offense back with new flat-seam ball
Waco Tribune-Herald
By going flatter, college baseball aims to get fatter. Maybe even a lot fatter. Adam Toth noticed the difference from the very first hack he took at the NCAA's new flat-seamed baseballs. The ball jerked from the Baylor senior outfielder's bat with extra zip, and the added distance the ball traveled was plainly evident.
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