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How faith, strength and Whataburger helped Texas football player battle leukemia and return to field

November 13, 2019
By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | November 13, 2019 Some athletes’ favorite high school sports memories are of hoisting a trophy, winning a big game or making a crucial play. Jacob Munoz’s is simply getting back on the field and playing the game he loves. As a seventh-grader in January 2015, Munoz was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He was thought to be in remission two years later, but it returned, costing him his junior football season and very nearly his life. After 11 rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother, Munoz started working back to normalcy. This season, he returned to the playing field and suited up for the team…

James Wiseman's high school eligibility case: Here's what we know

November 13, 2019
By: Khari Thompson, Memphis Commercial Appeal | November 13, 2019 James Wiseman’s ongoing legal battle with the NCAA isn’t the only controversy over the heralded Memphis freshman center’s eligibility. There are concerns over his status during his junior year at East High as well. An Oct. 3 ruling from Chancellor Jim Kyle stated that the TSSAA “correctly applied” it’s coaching link rule when it declared Wiseman and teammate Ryan Boyce were ineligible for the 2017-18 season. Here’s what we know about Wiseman’s battle with TSSAA and how it differs from his battle with the NCAA. It’s about Team Penny  Wiseman’s case against the TSSAA is about his involvement with Team Penny, an AAU program that was affiliated with Penny Hardaway. This is different from Wiseman’s case against the NCAA, which is about an “impermissible…

LeBron James says AAU players are overworked

November 13, 2019
By: Logan Newman, USA TODAY High School Sports | November 13, 2019 As some NBA fans gripe over Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard’s workload management, some have broadened the scope to see how the constant play at youth levels can impact future health. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, whose son LeBron James Jr. is starting his freshman year of high school basketball, told Yahoo Sports he thinks AAU basketball doesn’t have the best interest of kids at heart because of its intense playing schedule. “It was a few tournaments where my kids — Bronny and Bryce — had five games in one day and that’s just (expletive) out of control,” James told Yahoo Sports. He believes that workload is affecting young players in today’s NBA. “These…

Jonathan Kuminga retains top spot in new 2021 Chosen 25 Boys Basketball Recruiting Rankings

November 13, 2019
By: Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | November 13, 2019 The USA TODAY Chosen 25 Boys Basketball rankings for the Class of 2021 are compiled by Jason Jordan with input from USA TODAY Sports staff, recruiting experts and writers from around the country. The Chosen 25 is based heavily on current production – high school or spring/summer – on the stat sheet and otherwise. It also takes into account how the player projects as a prospect at the next level and beyond. In all, six players in the new Chosen 25 made the ALL-USA preseason boys basketball team, including Patrick School (Hillside, New Jersey) wing Jonathan Kuminga, who retained his spot at No. 1. Hamilton High School (Sussex, Wisconsin) wing Patrick Baldwin Jr., O’Dea High School…

Early Signing Period: Recapping Day One

November 13, 2019
By: Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | November 13, 2019 Ask any college basketball coach and he’ll tell you that, as excited as they are to get commitments from elite players, they don’t fully breathe a sigh of relief until they’re holding a signed National Letter of Intent.Wednesday kicked off the NCAA’s Early Signing Period and from USA Today’s Chosen 25 stars still mulling over decisions to super teams being formed we’ve managed to zero-in on the biggest news from around the country from day one. RELATED: USA Today’s Super 25 Basketball Rankings Cade Cunningham made it official After Cunningham committed to Oklahoma State last week, speculation ran rampant that the top player in the Chosen 25 could potentially hold off on signing until the spring,…

Nadal saves match point to keep hopes alive at ATP Finals

November 13, 2019
He got his wish. Follow @cnnsport Nadal saved a match point and rallied from 5-1 down in the final set to defeat the Russian 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in a near three-hour classic that came two months after his five set, five-hour victory over Medvedev in the US Open final. READ: Nadal angered by reporter's marriage question His hopes of advancing to the semifinals seemed to be hanging by a thread when Medvedev surged early in the decider but now Nadal knows if he downs Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday he will most likely land in the last four. "Today is one of these days, one time of 1,000 you lose this match," Nadal told reporters. "It happened today. Very happy for that, very sorry for him, because…

Meet the 2019-20 ALL-USA Preseason High School Girls Basketball Team

November 13, 2019
By: USA TODAY High School Sports | November 13, 2019 USA TODAY High School Sports is unveils the ALL-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team for the 2019-20 season with the selection of 25 players. The team was selected by the USA TODAY Sports Staff in consultation with various recruiting analysts and high school coaches. BOYS: 2019-20 ALL-USA Preseason Boys Basketball Team Statistics are from last season, except where otherwise noted. Players are listed in alphabetical order. BREAKDOWN: ALL-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team Click through the gallery to meet the players: IN REVIEW: 2018-19 ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams BY STATE: 2018-19 ALL-USA State Girls Basketball Teams 2019-20 ALL-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team, ALL-USA Girls Basketball, Angel Reese, Caitlin Clark, Cameron Brink, Diamond Johnson, Hailey Van Lith, hannah gusters, Isuneh Brady,…

New team atop Super 25 Volleyball Rankings in Week 12

November 13, 2019
By: Jack White, USA TODAY High School Sports | November 13, 2019 Byron Nelson (Trophy Club, Texas) has won 11 consecutive matches, dominating the Texas high school volleyball circuit. When other teams have slipped up, Byron Nelson has stayed consistent, notching its record to 44-2. And now the team is being rewarded. The Bobcats are the newest No. 1 team in the Super 25 High School Volleyball Rankings. FULL RANKINGS: Super 25 Volleyball Rankings, Week 12 Most recently, the team earned a victory over Flower Mound (Texas), which is third in the rankings this week. “This feels like a state championship win, but we know we have more work to go,” Paige Flickinger told the Dallas Morning News about the win. Flickinger, a Midseason ALL-USA select, is committed to LSU…

Frankfurt's captain banned for seven weeks for barging over opposition coach

November 13, 2019
The defender knocked Freiburg coach Christian Streich to the ground during his side's 1-0 defeat in the German Bundesliga, sparking a mass brawl between the two teams. After deeming that Abraham was guilty of "assault on the opponent," the German Football Association's (DFB) banned the 33-year-old from November 10 until December 29. The punishment means Abraham won't feature in the Bundesliga again in 2019 -- the league's winner break starts on December 22. The ban doesn't apply for the Europa League. Freiburg midfielder Vincenzo Grifo, who was also shown a red card for his involvement in the brawl, has been given a three-game ban. Frankfurt announced they intend to appeal against the decision. READ: Gareth Southgate says England squad is like a 'family' following clash between Sterling and…

Early Signing Period: Where do the Chosen 25 players stand      

November 13, 2019
By: Jason Jordan, USA Today High School Sports | November 13, 2019 From Blue Bloods to mid-majors to waiting on NBA petitions, there are currently 10 players in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2020 that are still undecided on where they’ll suit up next season. Here’s a look at where each player stands. 1. Cade Cunningham Montverde Academy (Fla.) Point Forward/ 6-5 / 180 College: Oklahoma State 2. Sharife Cooper McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) Point Guard / 6-0 / 155 College: Auburn 3. Jalen Green Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) Combo Guard / 6-5 / 165 College: Uncommitted The latest: Green has already taken visits to Memphis, Oregon, Auburn and USC, and may squeeze in a visit to UCLA and potentially Fresno State before he announces in the…

Bernardo Silva suspended and fined $64,000 over 'racist' tweet

November 13, 2019
The English Football Association (FA) has also instructed the Portuguese international to complete face-to-face education after he admitted his post was insulting and improper and brought the game into disrepute. In September, Silva posted a photo believed to be of City teammate Benjamin Mendy as a child, with the caption: "Guess who?" and an image of the mascot for Spanish chocolate brand Conguitos, which is widely viewed as a controversial caricature. Silva was heavily criticized on social media and later deleted the tweet, before posting another saying: "Can't even joke with a friend these days ... You guys... " The FA's report stated Silva's "exemplary character and disciplinary record" meant he would not be given the minimum six-game ban for discriminatory behavior. However, he will miss City's next…
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