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The story of Keanon Lowe, former Oregon receiver turned hero

[ad_1] JEN LOWE USUALLY doesn't check her phone at work. But on the afternoon of May 17, she saw a text from her niece, asking if her eldest son, Keanon, was OK.There had been an incident at Parkrose High School, where Keanon, a former wide receiver at Oregon, coaches football and track and serves as one of three campus security guards.Jen immediately called. Keanon answered and told her what happened:
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On average child quits sports at age 11

[ad_1] Kobe Bryant spent most of his youth playing basketball and then had a 20-year career in the NBA. The kids watching him? They have a whole different set of pressures on them, he says."We're in an environment where everything is extremely structured for children," Bryant said in an interview with ESPN's Cari Champion. "Sports used to be something that kids go out and do for fun. But now, it's
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Saints LS claps back at league-low Madden rating

[ad_1] METAIRIE, La. -- Zach Wood won't be so disrespected by EA Sports' Madden NFL ratings anymore.The New Orleans Saints' third-year long snapper was given the lowest rating in the league in the recently released edition of the popular video game -- a 36, which tied him with Oakland Raiders long snapper Trent Sieg.So Wood delivered a clever and convincing response on Friday. The Saints shared a video clip of
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Double amputee throws TD; wows Stafford, Lions

[ad_1] DETROIT -- Calder Hodge has big dreams; record-breaking, life-changing, world-inspiring dreams. He's 14 years old. Due to a rare disorder called fibular hemimelia, his legs were amputated when he was 3.That never stopped him from thinking big. From pushing to do everything that his older brothers could do, and maybe even more than that.Hodge wants to be the first double amputee quarterback in the NFL. He loves football. Breathes
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Phillies file lawsuit to keep Phanatic as mascot

[ad_1] The Phillie Phanatic has been part of Philadelphia lore since 1978.The Phillies are hoping to keep it that way, even if it means getting the courts involved.In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in New York, a copy of which was obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies alleged that the firm they hired to help create the Phanatic, Harrison/Erickson Inc., is trying to renege on an agreement the sides
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The best and most surprising NBA Christmas Day matchups

[ad_1] What are the best NBA Christmas Day games this year?The 2019 slate will feature plenty of star power and revamped rosters, including Anthony Davis and LeBron James vs. Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The five games:• Los Angeles Lakers vs. LA Clippers• Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors• Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers• Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors• New Orleans Pelicans @ Denver NuggetsOur NBA experts answer the big
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Meyer texts urged Smith to stay, spurn Alabama

[ad_1] Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer encouraged troubled staff member Zach Smith to stay with the Buckeyes in January 2018 when Smith was offered a coaching position at Alabama, according to a text message exchange released by the university Friday afternoon.Meyer fired Smith roughly six months later after reports about Smith's volatile and allegedly abusive relationship with his ex-wife became the final straw in a career marked by behavioral
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Messi suspended three months by CONMEBOL

[ad_1] Argentina's Lionel Messi was banned for three months from international matches and fined $50,000 on Friday after accusing CONMEBOL of "corruption" during the Copa America.Messi criticised the officiating and members of the South American football body following Argentina's semifinal loss to Brazil and after the third-place match against Chile, but later apologised for his statements.CONMEBOL has given Messi and the Argentine Football Association seven days to appeal the sanctions.Argentina
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Sources — Clips vs. Lakers tops Christmas games

[ad_1] A marquee matchup of two new dynamic duos created this offseason will headline the NBA's Christmas slate this year.The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will play at Staples Center on Dec. 25, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The meeting will pit LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis against reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.James will likely play in his 14th Christmas game this year and
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An takes 1-stroke lead at Wyndham; Svensson shoots 61

[ad_1] GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Byeong Hun An shot a 5-under 65 on Friday in the Wyndham Championship to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend An was at 13-under 127 halfway through the PGA Tour’s final event before the FedEx Cup playoffs. Brice Garnett was a stroke back after a 64, and six players — including 2011 Wyndham winner Webb Simpson and first-round co-leader Sungjae Im — were at