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Table tennis gave a once-homeless teen a path to Paralympics

Table tennis gave a once-homeless teen a path to Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A few months before U.S. table tennis player Tahl Leibovitz left his home in Queens, N.Y., for the Rio Paralympic Games, his wife, Dawn, heard a bang late at night. They didn't identify the source of the noise until their neighbor told them her air conditioner had fallen onto their car.
The neighbor wa ... (full story)


Twitter going from smart asides to big league sports

Twitter’s bidding war with Amazon, Yahoo and Verizon for the right to stream “Thursday Night Football” games was a competition as closely watched as any game the platform will stream this fall.
San Francisco-based Twitter bested rival media giants to be the NFL’s exclusive partner to deliver free, live ove ... (full story)


Houma coach emphasizes academics

Houma coach emphasizes academics

HOUMA, La. (AP) — For one Houma basketball coach, academics is the building block of success for athletes.
Damond Bateast, coach of the Louisiana Lightning AAU basketball team, said the focus of the program is on academics — the basis of any career in basketball and preparing the players for the next step in life.
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Brantley's season over, he becomes 'super fan' for Indians

Brantley's season over, he becomes 'super fan' for Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — With help from teammates and clubhouse workers, Michael Brantley slipped his uniform over his head and the sling cradling his right arm.
Nothing was easy this season for Brantley, who missed so much but wanted to be a part of the team photo — a keepsake for a year he probably would rather forget.
B ... (full story)


Kent State puts over $3M into new athletic training facilities

When the Kent State University Golden Flashed football team kicked off its 2016 season at Dix Stadium against the North Carolina A&T Aggies, they were backed by a new, state-of-the-art training facility attached to the university’s M.A.C. Center.
It is quite a step up, said Trent Stratton, Kent State’s head athlet ... (full story)