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Coaches behaving badly ...
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In the regionals of the Little League Softball World Series the big story this past week was a rematch between Central Iowa and Washington for the right to advance in the playoffs. But here's the back story: Central Iowa, which finished 3-1 in pool play, could have advanced to the semifinals if South Snohomish, Washington, either scored three runs vs. the U.S. Southeast representative from North Carolina or won the game to finish 4-0 in pool play. However, Washington rested its top four players and, according to Central Iowa Little League president Chris Chadd, ordered its players to bunt and reportedly had players swinging at pitches in the dirt. The goal? To prevent Central Iowa from advancing.
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Company fined $750,000 for blocking Wi-Fi at convention centers
The Associated Press via WLWT-TV
Federal regulators have reached a $750,000 settlement with a company for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi signals at convention centers around the country, including in Cincinnati. The Federal Communications Commission said Smart City Holdings had been blocking personal mobile hotspots used by convention visitors who used their own data plans instead of paying Smart City's substantial fees for Wi-Fi signals.
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Sports commission builds athletic profile in Michigan
Grand Rapids Business Journal
With the West Michigan Sports Commission's inaugural Gridiron Classic this week, the organization's summer is nearing an end. The Gridiron Classic marks the beginning of the high school football season with three games at Grand Valley State University’s Lubbers Stadium — something the WMSC has had on its mind for several years, said President Mike Guswiler.
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Sports specialization worries medical experts
By Bob Kowalski
Playing only one sport throughout the year can bring a level of expertise, but when it comes to youth sports, this specialization can also bring injury. Young athletes are increasingly suffering sports injuries that can be attributed to overuse. Some medical experts consider these injuries preventable, but the solution is not clear. Should young athletes avoid focusing on one sport and play multiple sports? Parents, coaches and athletes appear to be divided on the topic.
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3-D-scanned mouthguards may help prevent concussions
WSMV-TV
Mouthguards are necessary to protect children's teeth, but the latest technology in mouthguards may also protect children's brains. New technology is making mouthguards more precise. "So if you get hit, the jaw is not getting bone-to-bone impact," said Dr. Cristin Lewis, a Nashville, Tennessee dentist. "You have the joint getting more of the impact. So therefore, it disperses energy of the hit, hopefully reducing concussion symptoms, if not preventing a concussion."
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Are we marketing fitness all wrong?
By Natalie Rodriguez
According to a recent poll, most Americans don't understand the basics of health and fitness. The poll found nearly 75 percent of people surveyed didn't know you have to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Only 35 percent of those surveyed knew eggs are a good source of protein, and so on. Big fail, America. When so many people want to be healthy and fit, how is it that we know so little about fitness and nutrition? As it turns out, fitness marketing might be the culprit.
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More girls playing Little League baseball in aftermath of Mo'ne Davis
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Mo'ne Davis was the talk of the sports world and beyond after becoming the first female to win a game in the Little League World Series. Her success has inspired other girls to pursue baseball, though no girls will be playing for the championship at Williamsport when the 16-team tournament starts.
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CVB plan to consider sports, adventure tourism in North Dakota
The Bismarck Tribune
Community and tourism industry leaders in Bismarck, North Dakota want more sports and adventure travelers, as well as convention-goers. Achieving some of those tourism goals in Bismarck-Mandan could take investment as well as champions to the cause, according to the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The CVB has not conducted a strategic plan in 17 years, and CEO Sheri Grossman said she thought it was time for a re-branding to change how the community is perceived.
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What's the most popular workout in the world?
Los Angeles Times
When it comes to working out, apparently most of us keep it old-school and simple. From the U.S. to Australia, 70 percent of people say their primary form of fitness is walking. Overall the second most-popular activity is running and the third is bicycle riding. Fitness tracker maker Fitbit looked at data on workouts among people in the U.S., Australia, Canada and Britain to see what we do to stay in shape. It also looked at different age groups and men versus women.
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Turf has advantages, but soccer coaches prefer grass
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via Athletic Business
Throughout soccer's lengthy history, most games have traditionally been played on natural grass. Over the past few years, the game has stepped into the future with some organizations switching to artificial turf. Football coaches give near unanimous positive marks to artificial surfaces compared to the traditional natural grass. But how does the evolution of the surface impact the game of soccer?
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College coach: Raise men, not just baseball players
Midland Daily News
When it comes to coaching kids in sports, Author Mike Steel writes: "I have always stuck to the idea that there are no magic, fool-proof answers that I, as a coach, can offer. Yes, I am in the business of developing players to reach their full potential as athletes and to perform to win. But that doesn't mean I give hitting or throwing lessons and ask athletes to conform to my idea of the right mechanics."
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Swimming success story, From college All-American to Division I AD
USA Swimming
For Joe Parker, a college campus has been a place where he has long achieved success. As an undergraduate at University of Michigan, he swam under Jon Urbanchek where he was a three-time All-American and captain of the Wolverines’ Big Ten Championship team. Fast forward to today, where the recently-named Director of Athletics at Colorado State University is readying for his first season guiding the Rams athletic program.
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Expanded head protection for pitchers likely available in '16
ESPN
A day after the fourth pitcher this year was hit in the head by a line drive, ESPN's Outside the Lines has learned Major League Baseball anticipates making new, more broadly protective headwear available to pitchers next year.
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Concussions can occur in all youth sports
The New York Times
Recent attention to long-term brain damage linked to multiple concussions among professional football players has prompted a much closer look at how children and adolescents who participate in sports can be protected from similar consequences. And with good reason. The young brain is especially susceptible to concussion, and sports-related concussions account for more than half of all emergency room visits by children aged 8 through 13, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
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