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Duke Wins 2013 Men's Lacrosse National Championship

  • The Arena
  • Associated Press
  • May 28, 2013, 2:58 PM

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Duke rallied from an early deficit to beat Syracuse 16-10 on Monday and win its second NCAA men's lacrosse title.

The Blue Devils trailed 5-0 in the second quarter. Jordan Wolf had four goals for Duke (16-5). Josh Offit and Josh Dionne each scored three times.

"We were down 5-0 and we really had no choice, we had to make the next play, and that's who we are, we responded," said Duke coach John Danowski, who won his second national championship at Duke. "We got in their grills a little bit, we told them they had to play a little tougher and a little harder than they were playing. We slowed our slide down, and start to slow things down on offense."
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Hockey Canada bans checking in peewee division

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • May 28, 2013, 11:16 AM

youth hockey checkingChecking is a fundamental part of hockey. But when should kids learning to play the game start taking hits on the ice? Hockey Canada says it's when they become teenagers.

On Saturday, Hockey Canada's board of directors voted 42-2 to ban bodychecking from its peewee division. (The group oversees amateur hockey in that country.) Starting in the fall, kids playing in the 11- and 12-year-old division will be banned from checking other kids. Body contact will still be allowed, but it will be up to each province to determine how much contact to allow. Checking will still be part of the game for kids 13 and older.
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Christina M. Tapper

Portland Trailblazer's Damian Lillard: Q&A With the NBA Rookie Of the Year

  • Hoophead
  • Christina M. Tapper
  • May 24, 2013, 4:55 PM

There was some skepticism about Damian Lillard entering the NBA after he concluded his career at Weber State last year. Critics said he wasn’t very athletic and didn’t face the best competition while playing for a Big Sky Conference school. Perhaps, he just wasn’t ready for the next level. But Lillard proved them wrong. More »

Inside the SABR Analytics Conference — Part 3

dave cameron max mannis sabr conventionWhen I attended the 2013 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix in March, I talked to big-league players and MLB general managers about the role sabermetrics (basically new statistics in baseball that involve more numbers than traditional stats) play in baseball. I also got to hear experts use stats to debate who the best player of all time is, predict who will be the game’s next great players, and their thoughts on the 2013 season.

Brian Kenny, host of Clubhouse Confidential on the MLB Network, moderated a panel discussion about just those topics. The people who participated were Dave Cameron (a writer for FanGraphs), Rob Neyer (an author and writer for ESPN and SB Nation), and Vince Gennaro (an author and MLB consultant). Kenny began by asking everyone the same questions: Who is the best baseball player ever (aside from Babe Ruth)? Who is the best player today?
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NBA Mock Draft 2013

It seems like only yesterday that the Cavs were drafting Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick of the draft. Well, just two years later, Cleveland has the top pick AGAIN! Who will the Cavs take to star alongside Irving? Where will your favorite college players land? And what international men of mystery could emerge as NBA stars? All the answers are here in the official SI Kids mock draft!
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Super Sam! Checking In With Sam Gordon, Who Took the Football World By Storm

Sam GordonSix months ago, Sam Gordon was just your typical nine-year-old. The native of South Jordan, Utah, liked reading and science, and she loved playing sports. But one day last November everything changed. Her father, Brent, posted a highlight video of Sam, with her ponytail sticking out of her helmet, making crazy cuts on the football field as she sprinted past boy after boy in her coed youth league. "I put the video up so that Sam could look back on it in a few years and be able to say, 'Hey, remember when I beat all those boys?' " he says. "I thought it was something she and her friends could enjoy in a few years." More »

Andrew Wiggins: HS Basketball Phenom Picks Kansas Jayhawks

  • Hoophead
  • Jeremy Repanich
  • May 14, 2013, 11:49 AM

College hoops fans--all hoops fans, really--held their breath this morning as they awaited Andrew Wiggins' decision on where he'd play college basketball in the fall. Well, Wiggins will be a Jayhawk, selecting Lawrence, Kansas as his new home and Bill Self as his new coach. He had narrowed his picks down to Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State, where his parents went to school (his dad played pro basketball ball and his mom was a sprinter who competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games). More »

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