Latest Youth sports News

Cam Newton apologizes for letting emotions get the best of him at youth football tournament fight

Mar. 01, 2024 15:19 PM EST

Former NFL quarterback Cam Newton said he’s disappointed in himself for losing control of his emotions over the weekend at a 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta, resulting in a brief fight involving several men from competing teams. A 22-second video surfaced on Sunday...

Senegal's top surfer wants a fighting chance to compete at the Olympics

Mar. 01, 2024 02:58 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Cherif Fall kissed his wife on the lips and they swapped pecks on each other's foreheads, for good luck. Then he zipped up his wetsuit, grabbed his surfboard and strode into water he didn't want to be in. Instead of training in the waves off his Senegal...

Kids play hockey more skillfully and respectfully than ever, yet rough stuff still exists on the ice

Feb. 28, 2024 11:09 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tension is smoldering between each scrap for the puck and Blayke Nelson can often predict the spark 30 seconds ahead of time as he skates from corner to corner, his eyes fixed on the action and his whistle clenched between his teeth. “A kid will get tripped up,...

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton involved in scuffle at 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta

Feb. 25, 2024 21:44 PM EST

A video surfaced Sunday that appeared to show 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton being involved in a scuffle at a 7-on-7 youth football tournament in Atlanta. The video shows Newton, wearing one of his custom-made hats, being shoved by three people near the top of a set of...

Cleats left behind after Jackie Robinson statue was stolen to be donated to Negro League Museum

Feb. 23, 2024 19:23 PM EST

The bronze Jackie Robinson cleats that were left behind when a statue of the first player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier was stolen from a Kansas park are being donated to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Thieves cut the statue off at its ankles last month,...

With few other options, football is hope for families in rural Mississippi

Feb. 19, 2024 10:29 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A winter sun is setting over the brown, patchy field where Ronald Redmond’s kids have been playing football since they were 5. The goalposts are rusting and the fence is ripped. But Redmond knows what kids who played on this field have gone on to achieve: high school...

Why children are still playing tackle football, despite brain risks

Feb. 19, 2024 10:25 AM EST

Tackle football offers children as young as 5 the chance to make friends, learn teamwork, maybe attract a college scholarship. Growing research shows it also can cause injuries that damage developing brains. That leaves families to balance the risks against the opportunities. ...

Poll: Race a factor in how parents view youth tackle football

Feb. 19, 2024 10:19 AM EST

Most parents understand the health risks of tackle football for children, but a new poll found significant differences in how Black, Hispanic and white parents of children under 18 view the benefits of the game. Black and Hispanic parents are nearly twice as likely to see youth...

In an Atlanta suburb, youth tackle football is a way of life

Feb. 19, 2024 10:17 AM EST

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Four days before the biggest game of their lives, dozens of 6- and 7-year-olds wearing full pads and Kelly-green jerseys bounded onto a practice field in suburban Atlanta. Under bright lights last fall, the Buford Webb football team performed tackling drills and...

Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff speaks to basketball clinic, meets All-Stars, takes in HBCU game

Feb. 17, 2024 18:06 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Second gentleman Douglas Emhoff was in the first row on Saturday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris was courtside for the HBCU Classic at the NBA's All-Star weekend in Indianapolis, taking in a college game between Virginia Union and Winston-Salem...