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fansafety

Major League Baseball should make it easier for teams like the Phillies and mandate expanded protective netting

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John Harper | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Slowly, change seems to be coming on the issue of fan safety in baseball, specifically additional protective netting in ballparks. Unfortunately, it’s not being driven by Major League Baseball but individual franchises, and some perhaps only as a reaction to serious injuries and/or bad publicity.

On Friday the Phillies announced they are extending their netting to the far end of the dugouts at Citizens Bank Ballpark, thus becoming the fifth of 30 MLB teams to protect fans sitting in the areas behind the dugouts.

It’s the right thing to do, and they should be applauded for it, but would they have done it if shortstop Freddy Galvis hadn’t lambasted the team — and MLB — for not having such netting in place last August after his foul ball hit a young girl in the face?

The Phillies declined More >

Clemson

Clemson Fulfills its Promise by Beating its Model, Alabama

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Ivan Maisel | ESPN Senior Writer | Jan 9, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. — Really, a team coached by Dabo Swinney couldn’t have won a national championship any other way.

The Clemson coach’s life story could have been written by Horatio Alger, the guy who invented the classic American success story, if Alger had a drawl and ever said, “Bring your own guts.”

Swinney, the former walk-on wide receiver, won his first national championship against his alma mater — the team that denied him a year ago, the monolithic defending national champion Alabama — with 1 second to play, on a throw to a former walk-on wide receiver.

Hunter Renfrow, a sophomore who turned down a scholarship offer from FCS Appalachian State to pay for the chance to play for Swinney, caught the winning 2-yard touchdown pass from the greatest player ever to wear a Clemson uniform.

His name is More >

Grayson Allen

Duke’s Grayson Allen Needs To Be Put In Check

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Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

Grayson Allen has a problem. Duke and the ACC have to see that… Hopefully.

What does the Duke star have to do for some action to be taken to interrupt a pattern of behavior that has no place on the basketball court?

Last night, in a 16-point road loss to No. 9 Florida State, Allen shoved a Florida State assistant coach. The headlines read “appears” to shove. The TV talking heads have already begun making excuses, wanting to see the play in full speed rather than slow motion. The Florida State assistant has taken responsibility for his role in being shoved. All this misses a greater issue and gives Allen the benefit of the doubt. This thinking tacitly allows the More >

wounded-warriors

NBA Honors Military, Celebrates Veterans Day with Wheelchair Basketball Game

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BETHESDA, Md. — One of the most invaluable facets of basketball — and sports in general — is its ability to bring people together, no matter the circumstance, no matter the situation.

On Wednesday, basketball did just that.

In recognition of Warrior Care Month and as an early celebration for Veterans Day, the NBA sponsored a wheelchair basketball game at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center — one of the nation’s largest and most renowned military hospitals in the country.

Two teams, made up of both active and injured service members, geared up for a 40-minute, full-court game that had no shortage of competitive spirit.

“It’s been a little bit different now, the transition getting into a wheelchair, but it’s been a lot of fun and keeps me competitive,” Army Sgt. Chris McGinnis, who stole the show by commanding fastbreaks and knocking down transition three-pointers, told USA TODAY Sports.

“Getting back out here with my battle More >

jonnu-smith

FIU’s Jonnu Smith Out for Season after Suffering Multiple Burns

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Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer

Florida International senior tight end Jonnu Smith will miss the remainder of the season after his girlfriend poured boiling water on him, causing burns to multiple parts of his body.

According to the arrest affidavit, Smith, an NFL draft prospect, suffered severe burns on his head, neck, back, a shoulder and an arm.

Mary Gaspar has been charged with felony aggravated battery. She is five months pregnant with their child.

According to the arrest affidavit, Gaspar gave this account at Florida International University police headquarters:

  • Gaspar and Smith argued through the day on Oct. 31 about how much attention Smith was paying her and their relationship. While in Smith’s dorm room and “feeling extremely emotional and stressed,” Gaspar told police, she boiled a pot of water. Then she walked over to Smith and poured it on him.
  • When Smith didn’t react strongly enough

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