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Gary Gramling

2012 SportsKids Of The Year: Conner and Cayden Long

What if someone you loved couldn’t play sports? He or she couldn’t feel what it’s like to catch a pop fly, see a shot hit the back of a soccer net, or cross a finish line.

Conner Long is nine years old. His little brother Cayden is seven. But Cayden can’t do a lot of things his big brother can do. At four months old, Cayden was diagnosed with a condition called hypertonic cerebral palsy, which leaves him unable to walk or talk on his own. Playing sports is a great way for brothers to bond, but it seemed to be out of the question for the Longs — until Conner had an idea. More »

2012 SportsKid Of the Year Finalists: The Fantastic Four

Michael Chatman, 13
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan    
Sport: Football

Michael is a two-way star. On his Pop Warner football team, the Detroit Hurricanes, he stands out as both a tight end and a defensive lineman. “On offense I want to play like Tony Gonzalez, and on defense I want to play like Justin Tuck,” he says. But it’s not just on the field that he shines. Michael is also a National Junior Honor Society member who takes precollege math and engineering classes at Wayne State University. Though his favorite subject is math, the multitalented 13-year-old proved that he also has writing skills when he published a novel, Michael the Great, and helped his friend publish her novel on bullying. And because of his desire to help those who are less fortunate, Michael volunteers with his mother to feed the homeless during the holidays. More »

Hoophead: Knicks, Bynum and the Best of NBA Week Three

  • Hoophead
  • Jeremy Repanich
  • November 16, 2012, 11:09 AM

The Hoophead is back with my weekly NBA awards. Wow, has it been an eventful first three weeks of the NBA season. The New York Knicks are the shocking lone undefeated team, the Lakers have had three head coaches, Charlotte has won three games in a row and LeBron James has continued to play on an unworldly level. What has been your favorite moment of the NBA season so far? Tell us in the comments below!

On to the picks of the week!

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Andrew Bynum and Seven Great NBA Hairstyles

  • Hoophead
  • Jeremy Repanich
  • November 15, 2012, 4:46 PM

Andrew Bynum, though sidelined with a knee injury, still managed to make an impact during last night’s Sixers-Pistons game. On the court, Philly gave Detroit their first win of the season, but it was hard to watch the game with Bynum showing off his new follicle stylings on the bench. We suspect some sort of heat treatment (blow dryer? flat iron?) to straighten and create a fluffy hair helmet. Bynum’s new ‘do also got us thinking about other great hair of the 21st Century NBA. Here are seven of our favorites from the past decade. More »

Justin Tejada

Dirk Nowitzki gets way too into singing the worst version of "Born in the USA" ever

  • Hoophead
  • Justin Tejada
  • November 13, 2012, 6:17 PM

The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki is good at lots of things: being made out of Legos, opening his mouth real wide, and having a hard time believing he was called for a foul. He is not good at singing, as this video of him singing Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" proves. While Dirk definitely gets an A for effort (his dance moves are both amazing and embarassing), he has to get an F for not being able to carry any kind of tune.

What do you think of Dirk Nowitzki's singing? Tell us in the Comments below. More »

Justin Tejada

Reebok re-releases classic Emmitt Smith shoe, the ES22

  • GearHead
  • Justin Tejada
  • November 13, 2012, 3:45 PM

If you're one of the lucky few who is able to score a pair of Emmitt Smith's classic Reebok shoe, the ES22, then you will definitely have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Reebok is releasing the shoes ($140 at Foot Locker) on Wednesday, November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, so you can have some fresh kicks when you play in your family's annual Turkey Bowl touch football game. Or better yet, when you're semi-conscious on the couch after eating waaaay too much stuffing and watching Emmitt's old team, the Dallas Cowboys, play the Washington Redskins.

The sneakers haven't been available since 1997 and have built up a bit of a celebrity following. Musical artist Swizz Beatz is a fan, and it's no surprise that NFL running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Jamaal Charles like the shoe.

See more pics of the ES22 after the jump.

What do you think of Emitt Smith's sneakers? Tell us in the Comments below. More »

NBA Unveils 'Big Color' Uniforms For Its Christmas Day Games

  • Hoophead
  • Jeremy Repanich
  • November 12, 2012, 1:59 PM

Today the NBA unveiled that for its 65th year of Christmas Day games, the teams will be wearing "Big Color" uniforms. Adidas says all 10 teams will be have new duds and we've got pictures of all of them except for the Denver Nuggets (but you can check out their spiffy new uniforms that they unveiled earlier while you wait for their unveiling). More »

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