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Ex-high school athletes work to build youth sports academy

Jan. 17, 2021 12:02 AM EST

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — Shyheem Thompson said he remembers the lack of after-school programs for kids in Thibodaux. Thompson said they would often get into trouble on the streets since they didn’t have places to go. “It’s just things we didn’t have growing up,” Thompson...

Missouri youth basketball coach charged with sexual abuse

Jan. 16, 2021 5:41 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield youth basketball coach has been charged with sexually abusing a half-dozen girls over the past 25 years. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Antwuan Looney Sr., 52, was charged Thursday with multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child...

Fox, Rodman selected with the top picks in the NWSL draft

Jan. 13, 2021 10:02 PM EST

North Carolina defender-midfielder Emily Fox was the first player taken in the National Women's Soccer League draft Wednesday night, going to expansion team Racing Louisville. With the second pick, the Washington Spirit selected 18-year-old forward Trinity Rodman, daughter of former NBA player Dennis Rodman and...

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., leaves the North Wildwood Municipal Court in North Wildwood, N.J. Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-21-month prison term for the former mayor of Atlantic City who pleaded guilty to stealing money from a youth basketball program he had founded. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, that prosecutors have filed documents with U.S. District Court in Camden seeking prison time for Gilliam, who was supposed to have been sentenced over a year ago but has remained free after numerous postponements.  (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

US seeks 15-21 months in prison for ex-Atlantic City mayor

Jan. 13, 2021 12:42 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 15-21-month prison term for the former mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey, who pleaded guilty to stealing money from a youth basketball program he founded. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports prosecutors have filed documents with U.S. District...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz inspects the first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to the Minneapolis VA Hospital Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz loosens virus rules for bars, restaurants, other venues

Jan. 6, 2021 6:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants can resume limited indoor service starting Monday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday as he also loosened up coronavirus restrictions on youth sports, gyms, entertainment venues and churches. “The situation in Minnesota is undeniably better than it...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2008, file photo, Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen poses for a photo in Des Moines, Iowa. A federal appeals court upheld a life prison sentence Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, for the influential Iowa youth basketball coach who used his position to sexually exploit more than 400 boys over 20 years. A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Gregory Stephen's argument that his 180-year sentence was excessive because he did not kill or physically injure his victims. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)

Court upholds life sentence for Iowa coach who abused teens

Jan. 4, 2021 2:23 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld a life prison sentence Monday for an influential Iowa youth basketball coach who used his position to sexually exploit more than 400 boys over 20 years. A panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Gregory Stephen's argument that his...

Patricia Marson is wheeled back to her room by nurse manager Rob Treiber after she became the first patient at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

7 regional governors extend interstate youth hockey ban

Dec. 31, 2020 4:45 PM EST

The governors of the six New England states and New Jersey have extended a prohibition on interstate youth hockey through the end of January. The governors took the action because of coronavirus outbreaks associated with youth hockey activities. In a news release late Wednesday, the governors of Maine, New...

Who's next? Plans for 2nd round of shots expected next week

Dec. 30, 2020 7:34 PM EST

An advisory group is expected to recommend to Gov. Ned Lamont which Connecticut residents should receive the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations, now that distribution is well underway for health care workers and for nursing home residents and staffers. Dr. Deidre Gifford, the acting public health commissioner,...

FILE - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn.  Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak.    (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Minnesota green-lights youth sports games starting Jan. 14

Dec. 28, 2020 4:12 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials released new guidance on Monday allowing high school athletics and other youth sports to resume games and scrimmages on Jan. 14, with masks required in some sports. The guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health comes after Gov. Tim Walz earlier this...

MHSAA: Football, volleyball, swimming tourneys will resume

Dec. 18, 2020 7:48 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan high school fall sports season is stretching into January, but no spectators will be allowed. Football playoffs will resume Jan. 2. The eight-player championship games will be played Jan. 9, followed by the 11-player finals on Jan. 15-16, the Michigan High School...