- Danielle Elliot at Busted Racquet14 hrs ago
First they hit the NBA Finals together in Miami. Then Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were besieged with questions about being "gal pals" at the U.S. Open. By the end of the fortnight everyone wondered, would their friendship survive their championship showdown?
They were clearly able to Shake It Off just fine, hitting a club together just hours after Williams beat Wozniacki in straight sets to win her 18th Grand Slam title. The world seemed to be slightly less Obsessed with the friendship for the past few weeks, but now they're back to say Don't Forget About Us !
Hours before they face off in the WTA Finals semi-finals on Saturday, Williams and Wozniacki posted a selfie at a Mariah Carey concert. One Sweet Day everyone will just let them be friends without it making headlines. But for now, it's pretty obvious that we Can't Let It Go. More than 8,000 fans liked the post within two hours.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally19 hrs ago
For the second time this month, a high school has canceled the remainder of its football season over allegations of hazing. Central Bucks (Pa.) School District Superintendent David Weitzel posted a letter on the district website Thursday explaining that new players on the Central Bucks West High School team had been put through a "humiliating" preseason ritual.
Our inquiry determined that students new to the team were expected to participate in several initiations that were both humiliating and inappropriate. The most personally invasive activity required a rookie to grab another player’s private parts while fully clothed. These initiations took place in front of most team members. I want to be clear that these activities did not result in physical harm, but were not harmless. Players who did not directly participate, but witnessed and failed to report the activities, also violated the Code of Conduct.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally3 days ago
Students at Park View High School in South Hill, Va., planned to celebrate homecoming this week. Instead, flags outside the school are flying at half mast and grief counselors are at the school. The reason for their pain is all too common this year: A young man stepped onto the field to play the game he loved, and never made it home again.
Junior lineman Jamond Salley was reportedly injured in a head-to-head collision on a kick return late in the first half of Park View's game against Brunswick County High School. He ran off the field on his own at halftime.
During halftime, Salley complained of a headache. Then he collapsed, unconscious, and started having seizures. The 16-year-old was rushed to VCU Community Memorial Hospital, but there was nothing doctors could do. Salley was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
A school spokeswoman told Yahoo Sports that a cause of death had not been determined as of Tuesday afternoon, though an autopsy has been completed.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally8 days ago
Connor Callihan was mere feet from the finish line at the cross-country conference championships when he suddenly stumbled. Not knowing what had happened, fans started yelling for him to get up, to finish the race.
But standing was completely out of the question: Callihan's right leg had snapped, his tibia breaking in three places.
“His leg was in a way nature didn’t intend it to be,” his coach said in an interview with Greenville Online. “This went from an admirable effort to something totally different.”
He couldn't get up, but he could finish. Callihan, a junior at Roberson High in Asheville, N.C., crawled the last five feet. He crossed the line in searing pain.
“This was my last race of the year,” he said Tuesday. “I just had to finish for my team. I just had to.”
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally9 days ago
A pair of high school soccer coaches resigned Tuesday night as their team is being investigated for taunting a West African player on the opposing team. Players are also facing suspension. The taunts weren't run of the mill trash talk – Northampton, Pa. players yelled "Ebola" throughout an Oct. 9 game, directing the word at Ibraham Tounkara on, a Nazareth, Pa. player who is originally from Guinea.
According to fans who reported the taunting to local media, some of the players were yelling that they hoped he contracted Ebola. The 16-year-old player's legal guardian, Edward Bachert, told the paper that there were also racial slurs thrown around.
Tounkara on grew so frustrated that he charged at one of the Northampton players in the final minutes of the game, and was subsequently ejected.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally9 days ago
A high schooler in Texas just turned down $10,000. Instead of the money, she chose something she thinks is a lot more exciting: an all-expenses trip to Spain to meet Neymar.
Rhiannon Conelley, 16, is the goalie on her school's varsity team (and a decent one, based on this reel). When she heard about the contest in June, she immediately entered. It was hosted by a Brazilian sports drink company, and they wanted photos proving why each person should win. She sent in a few of herself wearing Neymar's jersey while doing trick shots known as "dominadas," according to the .
More than 4,000 people voted for her over the other 2,000 contestants.
“It feels good. I mean to go to Spain and meet your idol, it feels awesome,” she told the El Paso Times .
It doesn't seem like she even considered taking the money, despite family, friends and plenty of strangers on Twitter trying to convince her she should. And so, Conelley, her mom and her coach will travel to Barcelona sometime later this year or early next year to meet the star.
- Danielle Elliot at Shutdown Corner10 days ago
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — About 30 women gathered at the New York Jets' practice facility on the evening of Oct. 6. They came from all over New Jersey and Staten Island, some driving more than two hours to be there. Two wore work suits; others were in sweats. They all seemed to come from different backgrounds, but they shared one thing: their sons play football, and they were here because they want to keep their sons safer on the field.
The idea of the event seemed to imply that NFL franchises are starting to take parents' concerns about football more seriously, if only because they are threatening the youth pipeline that feeds high school football and, eventually, college and the league. The NFL knows it needs to keep moms (dads, too) on its side in order to keep kids in the sport.
But after more than two hours of presentations and a demonstration on safe tackling techniques, it was clear that American football might be damned whether the embrace of concussion awareness continues or the subject gets ignored again – and one NYU Langone professor of neuropsychology says that could be an even more worrisome issue.Sun, Oct 2610:00 AM PDTBuffalo at NY JetsPreview Game
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally10 days ago
Between school and practice, it's hard enough for some high school kids to keep up with one sport. Try playing two in the same season – and excelling in both. That's exactly what the Speedway (Ind.) High School football kicker is doing.
Melanie McHenry spends a half-hour practicing with the football team each day before heading up to the gym for a two-hour volleyball practice. She stands out enough just for being a girl suiting up in a boy's sport, but there are an estimated 1,500 girls playing high school football this year. What makes her one-of-a-kind is the volleyball scholarship waiting for her at Louisville.
CC player Mel McHenry in action... on the football field! 4-of-4 on XP and placed each kick-off like a pro! AWESOME! pic.twitter.com/AZcnpjHD
She even got permission from the Louisville coaches. "The Louisville coaching staff is OK with me playing football, but they also say no contact," McHenry told MaxPreps.com.
- Danielle Elliot at Fourth-Place Medal11 days ago
It took 62 years, but the U.S. women's volleyball team is finally the best in the world. The women won the FIVB World Championships on Sunday, the first time its ever claimed gold in a major international competiion, by defeating China, 3-1.
It had been more than a decade since the team even made it to the final – it last took silver in 2002. To get to this year's gold-medal game, the U.S. had to take down perennial power Brazil, who beat the Americans in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic finals.
“I constantly think about how this is bigger than us,” captain Christa Dietzen told Universal Sports. “I think it represents the past players of USA Volleyball and everybody that has built this program from the bottom up. And it represents the present players, and not just the 14 of us who are here, but all 25 to 40 of us who have come through the gym this summer and made each other better.”
Coach Karch Kiraly echoed Dietzen's comments in an on-court interview after the win.
- Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally11 days ago
It is a town centered around the high school football team, but residents of Sayreville, N.J., may be waiting a long, long time before they see their boys play another down. After canceling the remainder of this season in light of allegations of hazing and sexual assault taking place in the football locker room, the district superintendent said Sunday that he's now considering canceling the entire program.
Superintendent Richard Labbe explained that the Middlesex County (N.J.) Prosecutor’s Office is indicating that harassment, bullying and intimidation in the locker room were nothing new this year. The information shows it “was pervasive, meaning it was beyond this year. Is he going to be able to substantiate it? That’s the information he is gathering," Labbe said, according to USA Today.