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Interview: Beach Volleyball Icon Kerri Walsh Jennings 1

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  • September 27, 2013, 3:33 PM

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Earlier this summer, SI Kids spoke to one of the all-time greats of beach volleybal, Kerri Walsh Jennings. Jennings is a three-time Olympic medalist, winning gold in 2004, 2008, and 2012 alongside her long-time partner Misty May-Treanor. But after the 2012 Olympics in London, the legendary partnership she had with Treanor came to an end when Treanor announced her retirement.

Heading into the 2013 season, Jennings has a new partner for the first time in more than a decade. April Ross was announced as Jennings' new partner in August, and this weekend we get a chance to see how they play together, at the AVP Santa Barbara Open.

In our interview with Jennings, she explained the excitement and challenges that come with taking the beach with a new partner. She also took us through the drills and skills she utilizes that make her a world champion, and what it was like to transition from indoor to beach volleyball.

Below is an edited version of our interview.
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NCAA Football Power Rankings — Week 5 0

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  • Posted by: Vidur Malik
  • September 27, 2013, 1:31 PM

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The top 10 teams easily beat their opponents last weekend, which is why there are barely any changes in the standings.

Now that conference play starts, looks for things to get much more interesting. The level of competition will rise, which means the chances of an elite team getting upset goes up. Conference play also means rivalry games between teams, so every weekend will be an exciting one.  

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NFL Power Rankings — Week 4 0

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  • Posted by: Vidur Malik
  • September 26, 2013, 2:18 PM

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Three weeks into the NFL season, teams look like they’re starting to show their true selves.

As a result, the top 10 looks a lot different this week. Underachieving teams like San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta are out, while surprise teams like Kansas City and Miami are in. Denver and Seattle are still 1-2 in the rankings, and look to stay there for a while.

Tell us where you think your team should be ranked in the comments!

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Oracle Team USA Stuns World, Win's America's Cup 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 26, 2013, 12:05 PM

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Earlier this month, NZL Sailing Team with Emirates Team New Zealand won the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup. The race kicked off  the final rounds of the 34th America's Cup, which was hosted in San Francisco, and featured Emirates Team New Zealand squaring off with defending champ, Oracle Team USA.

The competition ended yesterday with a stunning come-from-behind victory by the Americans.
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Heads Up Football is Safer Football 0

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  • Posted by: Vidur Malik
  • September 25, 2013, 1:42 PM

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On a sunny afternoon in Brooklyn last weekend, a group of young football players got the opportunity of a lifetime: to learn from a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher attended a Youth Military Football League practice on Saturday to inspire the kids to play the game correctly — and safely.

He was at the practice representing USA Football’s Heads Up Football campaign. Heads Up trains players, coaches, and parents across the country on how to prepare young athletes to play football as safely as possible.

“I think there’s an attempt to make (football) safer, and it starts here,” Cowher said. “It starts right down here on a Saturday afternoon at this level because this is when we first learn these things.”
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NL Postseason Field is Set — and it Includes the Pirates 3

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 24, 2013, 1:03 PM

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For the first time in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs. The Buccos defeated the Cubs 2-1 last night, and with some help from the Washington Nationals (who lost to the St. Louis Cardinals), the Pirates are guaranteed at least a spot in the win-or-go-home Wild Card game.

It was a big night for the Pirates. The last time they were in the playoffs was 1992, when it lost to Atlanta in seven games in the National League Championship Series. That year was also the last time Pittsburgh had a winning record. This year, the Pirates got back to winning and got back in the postseason.

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Soccer Academy Is Now In Session! 3

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 24, 2013, 10:22 AM

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It's time to hit the pitch with Sergio, Luka, Soul, Yanis, Niko, and the rest of the kids of Soccer Academy!

Presented by SI Kids and Magnet Media, Soccer Academy is an intense five-part series starring some of the best child players from New York's Blaus WeissGotschee. From all-day practice to a rivalry game with the Brooklyn Italians, Soccer Academy takes you inside the game and the lives of the players, their parents, and coaches.

You can watch all five episodes of Soccer Academy right now! Check them out below and experience all the highs and lows of a season in the high-pressure world of youth soccer.

Game on!

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