Fantasy football gaining in popularity with kids – Bragging rights are main draw

On a recent Sunday, Sean Kennedy watched NFL on TV, while Kimberly and Theo studied fantasy stats.

Young brothers Nick and Theo Kennedy love watching football on Sundays, but the afternoons are anything but relaxing. When the Patriots are on, the TV in their Westwood living room is tuned to that game, but they regularly flip to the NFL’s RedZone, a live highlights channel, and each boy constantly checks his tablet, monitoring ESPN for updates on more than 50 players leaguewide.

“They look like bookies,” said their mother, Kimberly Kennedy.

No money is at stake. But like a growing number of children, Nick, 13, and Theo, 11, are playing for something more important: fantasy football bragging rights. “We like to razz each other at school,” Theo said.

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High time for football to stop the flops?

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez has been accused of diving by other English Premier League managers.

CNN WorldSport’s Pedro Pinto:
I thought FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce was out of line when he compared diving in football with cancer. Mostly because I don’t think anything in football should be compared with a deadly disease. However, I believe he touched on an important issue because cheating is by far the biggest problem the game needs to fix.

I come from southern Europe and I have been putting up with it for decades. Players diving, rolling around the floor, complaining, time wasting.

The phenomenon has grown and expanded to other leagues around the planet. Nowadays, many if not most players will do anything in order to try to gain an advantage on the field.

http://worldsport.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/16/high-time-for-football-to-stop-the-flops/?hpt=isp_r1

The worst offender? Neymar

The biggest offender? NEYMAR! Academy Award Winner for Diving.

Ow! I hurt myself falling trying to draw a penalty!

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Two great causes unite – Cricket Without Boundaries arrives at Segera Mission

CWB teaching cricket to the kids of Segera Mission

The Maasai Cricket Warriors and Cricket Without Boundaries

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.

Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world’s leading Cricket Development and AIDS awareness charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket. It is about personal empowerment, both for adults and for children.

Working primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa it has sent projects to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia. In the process CWB has coached tens of thousands of children in some of the poorest communities in the world as well as training several thousand adults to become ICC qualified cricket coaches. CWB is committed to taking the game of cricket to a new generation of coaches and children in Africa, as well as supporting existing cricket development.

http://www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com/Homepage/welcome.htm

The Segera Mission was started by Rev. Carlton Gleason 12 years ago, after he first visited Kenya in 1998 and saw the tremendous needs. Rev. Gleason, called “Pappy” by all that knew him, started a medical clinic, a school, a feeding program for widows and orphans and a mission outreach program in a remote area 40 miles from Mount Kenya in Northern Central Kenya. He died there at age 94 leaving behind a legacy of caring and love to the poorest of the poor.

The Maasai Cricket Warrior and visiting Cricket Without Boundaries came and taught cricket to the children at our school. The kids loved it! Thanks so much for your visit!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.497765700241456.117023.113250425359654&type=1

http://www.segeramission.org/

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High school team executes bounce-pass-to-bomb trick play to perfection

The art of the trick play

Westminster Academy (FL) pulled off this awesomely perfect (and, yes, intentional) trick pass play on the first play from scrimmage in their final home game of the season. Westminster’s offensive coordinator, Jimmy Robertson, reportedly drew up this play and had his team practice it all season in preparation for this moment.
It calls for the guy lined up at quarterback to throw a perfect bounce pass behind the line of scrimmage to one of the wide receivers, who then bombs it downfield to another wide open receiver. What’s the secret? Well, the dude that threw the bomb was actually the quarterback, hidden by three surrounding receivers on the near side. The defense didn’t know that the dude receiving the bounce-pass could throw a bomb like that. The guy taking the snap? The running back. Not a bad bounce pass from a halfback, I’d say.
Every aspect of the play worked to perfection and Mr. Robertson winds up looking like a sly sunuvabitch and a genius trickster. Had it not, the man would have looked like a complete fool, but so goes the world of sports.

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You Thought You Were Tough? Yahoo Cricket Reports: Pakistan to buy bulletproof buses

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Pakistani cricket chiefs on Wednesday approved the purchase of bulletproof buses as part of efforts to persuade foreign teams to return after a long suspension over security fears.
No international team has played in Pakistan since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players wounded.
But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes internationals could be revived as early as next year following the successful staging of two exhibition matches in Karachi involving an International World XI in Karachi at the weekend.
The PCB governing board met in Abbottabad — the garrison town north of Islamabad where Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid last year — to agree to buy the armoured transport.

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Fan Runs Onto Field In The Middle Of Live Play During Florida State-Miami Game

He wanted to play today…

Fan Runs Onto Field In The Middle Of Live Play During Florida State-Miami Game.

Ever wish you could be on the field? Do you look back on your sporting days and wonder can I still make it on the field? Do I still have the moves, do I still have the speed, do I need all those pads, will the crowd love me?…This fan has the answer.

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SI.com Fantasy football roundtable: Rams’ Richardson offers intriguing upside

Daryl Richardson

Daryl Richardson, Felix Jones and William Powell emerged in Week 6 to perform like starters. Whose future is brighter in the next few weeks?

The Rams seem to be phasing out Steven Jackson in favor of Daryl Richardson

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/fantasy/10/15/fantasy-footballl-roundtable/index.html#ixzz29a6arjT7

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Seven Crazy Sports….Toe Wrestling? Chess Boxing?

Ever heard of a hockey game played underwater? A wrestling match involving only toes? How about sword fights using cardboard swords? All of these seemingly crazy games are actual sports! Here are seven sports that are crazier than most.

http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/545138/newspaperid/5240/Seven_Crazy_Sports.aspx

 

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