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Study: Evening daylight plays role in increasing kids' activity
The Medical News
Having later sunsets may lead to an increase in children's physical activity, according to research by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the University of Bristol. Published in the open access journal International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, the study found that children's total daily activity levels were 15-20 percent higher on summer days with sunset after 9 p.m., compared to winter days with sunset before 5 p.m.
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AAU announces new president at 124th national convention
AAU
At the Amateur Athletic Union's 124th National Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently, Dr. Roger Goudy was elected president. Goudy, who lives with his family in Madison, Ohio, has been the Superintendent of the Madison County School District since 2008.
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USA Indoor Track & Field Championships to return to Boston
USATF
The 2015 USATF Indoor Championships will return to Boston Feb. 27-March 1 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, USATF announced. "The Reggie" was the site of the 2003-2009 USA Indoor Championships, on the campus of Roxbury Community College. The USATF Indoor Championships return after being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 2010-14.
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USA Climbing awards 2015 championships to Massachusetts gym
USA Climbing
USA Climbing, the United States National Governing Body for the sport of competition climbing announced that it has awarded the 2015 Sport Climbing Series Open National Championships to Central Rock Gym in Watertown, Massachusetts. This event will be hosted by USA Climbing as part of the highly successful Ring of Fire lead climbing competition series that has been developed by the management team at Central Rock Gym over the last four years.
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'Mudbloods: A Film About Quidditch' is now available
Mudbloods the Movie
"Mudbloods" is a documentary film, directed by Farzad Sangari, following UCLA's Quidditch team on its journey to the World Cup in New York City. Follow the link www.mudbloodmovie.com and preview the movie trailer.

For information on hosting a U.S. Quiddich event, contact Joe Pickett, International Location Coordinator, joe.pickett@usquidditch.org or 941-224-7344.

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Cancer concerns over turf cause Texas township to halt work on sports park
Houston Chronicle
The Woodlands Township is putting a halt to progress on the Gosling Road Sports Park — taking time to address concerns that crumb rubber material used in artificial turf could cause cancer. Before moving forward, the township decided to ask a consultant to look into the matter and provide recommendations about alternatives.
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Should soccer players wear helmets? Top neurosurgeon weighs in
PBS
One of the nation's leading experts on concussions in youth sports, Dr. Robert Cantu, chief of neurosurgery at Emerson Hospital and co-director of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, has teamed up with World Cup champion Brandi Chastain to advocate the end of headers in youth soccer for kids aged 14 and under. While Cantu acknowledges the science connecting soccer with brain injury is limited, he still thinks it's a smart idea to get heading out of the youth game.
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Miller named president, CEO of Bluegrass Sports Commission
The Lane Report
The Bluegrass Sports Commission has named Brian Miller as its new president and chief executive officer. Miller will be responsible for all aspects of the organization, which include leading the efforts of the Bluegrass State Games, the annual Central Kentucky event that generates more than $6 million in economic impact to the area each summer.
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Youth football teams banned from playoffs after parents brawl
KOMO-TV
VideoBrief Two youth football teams in Renton, Washington, have been banned from the championship playoffs — and it has nothing to do with the actions of players. Police say it is all because of a melee that broke out between parents during a game that now has a mother and father facing criminal charges.
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Female executives: Participation in sport helps accelerate leadership, career potential
EY Women Athletes Business Network via EY
In research released recently by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW, the majority of women executives surveyed say that a sport background can help accelerate a woman's leadership and career potential, and has a positive influence on hiring decisions. Ninety-four percent of the respondents have participated in sport and close to three-quarters (74 percent) agree that a background in sport can help accelerate a woman's leadership and career potential.
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World Series sees 1st pro stadiums accepting Apple Pay
Forbes
Just in time for the World Series, MLB Advanced Media, the digital media company of Major League Baseball announced that MasterCard is bringing contactless acceptance to ballpark food and beverage concessions, enabling fans to make payments using a variety of NFC-enabled devices and services, including the newly introduced Apple Pay.
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