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No trick: Across US, Halloween bumped for football

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When Halloween falls on a Friday in communities where high school football is king, it's time to reschedule the holiday.
Communities from West Virginia to Texas are saying they're OK with celebrating Halloween on, well, not Halloween. Football is king in many rural areas, especially in the South, a ... (full story)

After World Cup, Americans struggle for field time

After World Cup, Americans struggle for field time

Following the fortunes of U.S. players in Europe's best leagues doesn't take much time these days. Except for the goalkeepers, many of the Americans are spending most of their time on the bench.
Jozy Altidore, the top U.S. forward, hasn't started any of Sunderland's seven Premier League games and has appeared in four as a second ... (full story)

Teen's prosthetic legs don't stop sports dreams

TONTOGANY, Ohio (AP) — A.J. Digby, a 16-year-old junior at Otsego High School, has the drive and energy of an average high school athlete. His checklist for getting ready to play football is pretty much typical.
Shoulder pads in place.
Game jersey on.
Helmet and chinstrap secured.
But there is one other thing to d ... (full story)

Peterson case prompts dialogue about spanking

Peterson case prompts dialogue about spanking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yes, Adrian Peterson said, the allegation that he struck his young son with a branch is true. No, he does not believe he committed a crime.
This type of discipline, he said, is how his parents punished him. The charge of child abuse, Peterson said, does not apply because he meant the boy no harm.
Pete ... (full story)

Twin football players team up to help fight Ebola

ROYAL CENTER, Ind. (AP) — Two 12-year-old football players hailing from Liberia recently used their talents on the field to aid their home country that continues to be stricken by a deadly virus.
Twins Addai and Ezra Lewellen were adopted when they were 5 by Royal Center couple Ryan and Stephanie Lewellen.
Ryan Lewellen ... (full story)