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Brendan Canning

Ryan Reed’s Race Against Diabetes

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More than 18 million Americans, including 215,000 children, have heard the heartbreaking news that they have diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong disease that causes high levels of blood sugar in the body and affects everything you do -- from the sports you play, the activities you participate in, even the food you eat.

NASCAR driver Ryan Reed grew up on a racetrack. His dad, Mark, was also a driver and Ryan couldn’t wait to follow in his father’s footsteps. So when he found out he had type 1 diabetes in February 2011, he thought his dream had disappeared. But Ryan was 17 years old and it would take more than diabetes to stop him from getting behind the wheel. He fought back, and now he's a rookie NASCAR driver and showing everyone that nothing can stop hard work and dedication.

SI Kids recently interviewed Ryan about racing, life with diabetes, and how he fought back from diabetes to follow his dream. 
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Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Kentucky Reach Final Four!

  • Hoophead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 31, 2014, 10:25 AM

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We started with 68 teams, and now we're down to the Final Four. After a weekend of epic Elite Eight action, Florida, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Kentucky are Texas bound. The semi-final games of the tournament will be played on April 5, followed by the championship game on April 7.

We get you caught up on this weekend's action, preview the Final Four match ups, and predict what teams will be playing for the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball title. Check it out below, and let us know what teams you think will make it to the final round of the tournament!
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Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg Struck Gold, Made History in Sochi

  • Olympics
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 28, 2014, 4:46 PM

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It’s safe to say that snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg had a rad time in Sochi. As a member of the US slopestyle team, Kotsenburg pulled a wicked 1620 on his final run to win gold. It was America’s for gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is a big deal on its own. But Sage rode into the history books by becoming the first American ever to win a gold medal in Russia.

Days after returning from Sochi, the reality of his accomplishments was still sinking in. It probably didn’t help that he was on a whirlwind media tour talking about his epic gold medal run. But even after reliving his big moment again and again and again, Sage was still stoked about his medal and his place in the record books. SI Kids spoke with Sage recently about his medal run, how he prepared for it, and whether or not he’s the next Shaun White.
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Steven Stamkos Spin-o-Rama Shootout Spectacular!

  • Puckhead
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • March 28, 2014, 12:24 PM

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There's a lot of talk about there about the NHL shootout. Some people say a player can shoot more than once. Others think there should be an extra layer of overtime (maybe 3-on-3) before reaching a shootout. Still others want to see it eliminated all together. What most people agree ohm though, is that it needs to change — the shootout can be really boring or really awesome. Last night's Islanders-Lightning shootout was definitely one of the awesome ones.

The teams headed into the shootout tied 2-2, and it took 13 rounds — 13!! — to decide a winner. Tampa Bay picked up the W and the all-important extra point, which they need to keep pace in the Atlantic Division. Lightning defenseman Sami Salo ultimately notched the winner, but it was star Steven Stamkos that lit up the highlight reel with a sick spin-o-rama:
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Jake Aron

Wacha, Puig, Scherzer, Davis: Can They Do it Again?

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Michael Wacha was the star-studded pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Yasiel Puig was the breakout superstar for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Then there’s Max Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award. And Chris Davis, the unexpected home runs leader.

All four players had great seasons in 2013. But heading into 2014, the question is: Can they do it again? My prediction: Some will, some won’t.
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Meet the Dayton Flyers!

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Originally published on Sports Illustrated's One and One blog by Pete Thamel

MEMPHIS – The No. 11 Dayton Flyers are the houseguest who won’t leave, the kind of company who lingers even after the keg is kicked, the dishes are done and the hosts are putting on their pajamas.

Dayton entered the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament as the epitome of the anonymous underdog. They played 12 players in the first half, none of whom average more than 12.5 points per game. Even in the Atlantic-10, the Flyers players didn’t individually distinguish themselves, as no Flyer made the league’s first or second team.

But after blistering No. 10 Stanford, 82-72, in the round of 16 here on Thursday night, Dayton (26-10) earned its first spot in the Elite Eight since 1984. They got here thanks to a relentless offense predicated on speed, selfess passing (19 assists) and substitution patterns that resemble hockey line changes.

Stanford looked so overwhelmed at times that it wouldn’t have been surprising for coach Johnny Dawkins to try to insert former Stanford defensive back Richard Sherman, who was sitting behind the Cardinal bench.

So how exactly how does team that started 1-5 in Atlantic-10 play find itself 40 minutes from the Final Four?

Well, America, let’s meet the Flyers. They have a crowd-surfing president, a coach with impeccable bloodlines and a rabid fan base — Dayton has been in the top 30 in NCAA attendance for the past 16 years.

“We’re known right now throughout the nation as the ‘Cinderella team,’” said Dayton forward Dyshawn Pierre. “But we really believe that we are an elite team and we can compete with anyone in the country.”

And it’s the players who’ve helped Dayton win 13 of its past 15 games. They’re so interchangeable that nine played double-digit minutes on Thursday night. Let’s meet the guests who won’t leave and yet have managed to make an indelible impression.
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Topps BUNT Takes Card Collecting Digital

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Thanks to smartphones and tablets, you can carry your favorite music and movies in your pocket. So why not your baseball card collection, too?

Earlier today, the trading card company Topps released the latest version of its digital baseball card collecting app, BUNT 2014. Available as a free download for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), BUNT allows users to build a digital collection of baseball cards and then use them to compete with other fans around the world. (UPDATE: Bunt is now available on Android devices, too!)

Here, let Angels star Mike Trout introduce you to the app:
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