Latest Youth sports News

New Hampshire Gov. Sununu signs bill banning transgender girls from girls' sports

Jul. 20, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire has signed a bill that would ban transgender athletes in grades 5-12 from teams that align with their gender identity, adding the state to nearly half in the nation that adopted similar measures. The bill passed by...

The Islanders have signed restricted free agent forward Simon Holmstrom to a 1-year contract

Jul. 16, 2024 17:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed forward Simon Holmstrom to a one-year contract. The Islanders announced the signing with the 23-year-old restricted free agent from Sweden on Tuesday. Holmstrom had 15 goals and 10 assists in 75 games with the...

Sean Burroughs, former Little League star and MLB player, died of fentanyl intoxication

Jul. 11, 2024 13:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean Burroughs, a two-time Little League World Series champion who won an Olympic gold medal and went on to a major league career that was interrupted by substance abuse, died of fentanyl intoxication, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office. ...

Russia's war threatens Ukraine's Olympic future, not just the present. A young gymnast offers hope

Jul. 09, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

CHORNOMORSK, Ukraine (AP) — When Oleksandra Paskal first took to the mat as a 4-year-old, her rhythmic gymnastics coach saw nothing but potential in a sport where the Olympics is the ultimate goal. Then a Russian missile crushed her summer house in the southern Odesa region, burying her beneath...

Ukrainian boxer sacrifices Olympic dreams and life to fight against Russia's invasion

Jul. 09, 2024 06:45 AM EDT

ROMNY, Ukraine (AP) — Maksym Halinichev won silver at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in a match described at the time as “two of the best young fighters going for glory.” He considered the bout a loss – it wasn’t gold, after all – but it gave him a map for the future. ...

AP PHOTOS: A 12-year-old in Mongolia finds joy in boxing and now dreams of the Olympics

Jul. 09, 2024 04:33 AM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Twelve-year-old Gerelt-Od Kherlen could not contain his excitement after winning a bronze medal in the children’s national boxing championship in Mongolia. In September, his father heard about the opening of the Mongolian Boxing Academy close to their...

Richard Petty, 'The King' of NASCAR, says camp for seriously ill children is family's true legacy

Jul. 03, 2024 13:54 PM EDT

Richard Petty, with a record 200 Cup Series wins, seven championships and a first-ballot inductee into the Hall of Fame, is considered NASCAR's greatest driver. He is spending the season celebrating 75 years of NASCAR participation by his famous family — basically since the...

Meet Hezly Rivera, the 16-year-old 'underdog' on the heavily favored US Olympic gymnastics team

Jul. 02, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hezly Rivera planned to spend a significant portion of this summer learning how to drive. The 16-year-old is going to have to postpone that learner's permit test for a bit. She's joining Simone Biles on the U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympics instead. ...

Son's soccer academy in South Korea denies bullying allegations involving coaches

Jul. 02, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Allegations of coaches verbally and physically abusing a young player at the Son Football Academy funded by English Premier League star Son Heung-min are being investigated by South Korean prosecutors. Hundreds of South Korean children have attended the...

A 17-year-old Chinese player died after collapsing during a badminton match in Indonesia

Jul. 01, 2024 04:49 AM EDT

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A 17-year-old Chinese player died after collapsing on court during an Asian tournament in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta province, Indonesia’s Badminton Association said Monday. Zhang Zhijie was playing against Kazuma Kawano of Japan at the Badminton Asia...