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Fort Myers PD: Club Shooting 'Not an Act of Terror'

Investigation ongoing in attack that wounded 17 and killed 2, including teen basketball star

(Newser) - Authorities are now saying that a shooting early Monday at a Florida nightclub that killed two and wounded 17 wasn't an act of terror, but they're not yet saying what exactly prompted it, the AP reports. Officials at a Fort Myers hospital, just a few miles from where... More »

High School Basketball Star Is Probably a 30-Year-Old Man

Sudanese immigrant always seemed much bigger than other boys on his team

(Newser) - No one disputed Jonathon Nicola was a big kid: The 11th-grader at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Canada, stood 6 feet 9 inches, weighed 202 pounds, and wore a size 16 shoe, the Windsor Star reports. And no one initially disputed the Sudanese immigrant's age of 17—until... More »

HS Basketball Team Hospitalized After Bus Overturns

Several coaches and players were injured

(Newser) - A northwest Indiana high school basketball coach has been airlifted to a hospital after a bus carrying 26 players and staff overturned on an interstate on Saturday, the AP reports. School officials said the Griffith High School boys basketball team was traveling to a state semifinal game in Lafayette when... More »

Fans Break Out Into Anti-Semitic Chant at HS Basketball Game

'You killed Jesus'

(Newser) - Students and administrators at a Boston-area Catholic school had to apologize after dozens of its fans chanted "You killed Jesus" during a basketball game against a school with a large number of Jewish students on Friday, the Washington Post reports. Some Jewish attendees at the division title game between... More »

HS Students Defend Right to Vocally Shame Opponents

Wisconsin sportsmanship email is an airrrr balllll

(Newser) - The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is receiving some taunting of its own after it attempted to crack down on unsportsmanlike chants at high-school basketball games last month, the New York Times reports. According to an email sent out to schools in December, some of the disrespectful chants the WIAA frowns... More »

3 HS Basketball Players Charged With Raping Teammate

Tennessee players allegedly assaulted teammate in hazing incident

(Newser) - Three high school basketball players in Tennessee have been charged with raping and assaulting a teammate in an apparent hazing incident, officials said. Gatlinburg Police said in a statement that the players were charged Monday in the incident, which occurred last week at a rental cabin. The statement said staff... More »

Girls' Basketball Teams Fined for 'Mockery' of a Game

Tennessee teams ejected from postseason for playing to lose

(Newser) - Two Tennessee high school girls' basketball teams have been chucked out of the playoffs after a farcical game that the referee says both teams tried to lose. According to the referee's report from the Saturday game between Riverdale and Smyrna, players "missed 12-16 free throws intentionally," "... More »

High School Player Dies After Season-Winning Shot

Wes Leonard, 16, collapsed in the midst of celebrations

(Newser) - A Michigan high school basketball player's moment of glory turned to tragedy last night. Wes Leonard, 16, made the game-winning shot in overtime—clinching his team's perfect, 20-0 season—and then collapsed as fans ran onto the court. Just moments before, his teammates had hoisted him into the air in... More »

Whipped Students Sue Coach

Lawsuit: Basketball errors were punished with belt

(Newser) - Three Jackson, Miss., high school students who say they were whipped with a weightlifting belt for "failing to run basketball plays correctly" are taking their coach to court. Murrah High School coach Marlon Dorsey says he did paddle the students, but he did it to "save these young... More »

NBA Age Limits Are a Scam

Cynical 2005 move by pro basketball was all about the bottom line

(Newser) - The NBA’s minimum draft age of 19, with one year of college—and a new proposal to make it 20—is nothing but a cynical ploy by pro basketball and the NCAA that “hasn’t helped players in any way,” Buzz Bissinger writes. Players can easily sail... More »

More Than a Game Shoots for the Heart

Movie inspires cheers, eye-rolls

(Newser) - More Than a Game, a documentary following LeBron James and his high school teammates, does its best to be an inspirational movie, and for some it works. For others, it inspires eye-rolling. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • It’s like a classic high school sports movie, writes Owen Glieberman
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High Schools Set for Their Own Madness

Teams in DC tourney push boundaries, and not everyone approves

(Newser) - A Washington-area basketball tournament for high school programs that operate outside the traditional mold is getting plenty of ESPN-generated publicity, the Post reports. It’s also sparked concerns about bringing the trappings of big-time athletics—near-global recruiting, travel, TV—to the high school level, with many of the teams representing... More »

Coach Quits After Facebook Flirting With 14-Year-Old

Cops eye 'inappropriate messages' to student

(Newser) - An Atlanta gym teacher is the subject of a criminal probe following allegations that he sent “inappropriate messages” via Facebook to a 14-year-old female student, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The girl’s sister reportedly found the offending messages and told her mother, who contacted police. More »

HS Benches Racy Dance Team

(Newser) - A Georgia high school dance team has been barred from practicing or performing this year after a provocative routine drew parents' ire, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The girls wore skimpy outfits while dancing atop chairs during halftime at a school basketball game. “The team will not perform for the... More »

HS Hoop Team Runs Up Score, Then Repents

Christian girls have second thoughts about 100-0 thumping

(Newser) - A Dallas high school whose girls basketball team ran up a 100-0 score last week has forfeited what school officials called a “victory without honor,” the Dallas Morning News reports. The Covenant School, a Christian institution, defeated Dallas Academy, a high school for children with "learning differences"... More »

Can Basketball Keep Agents Out of High School?

Mayo scandal shocks few, and penalties remain slight

(Newser) - The NBA can't stop agents from scurrying around high school and college basketball these days, offering illegal gifts to sign young players. Although the players are getting younger—more go pro right out of high school—punishments for players and agents alike remain slight, the New York Times reports. More »

Catholic HS Bars Female Ref

Kansas religious school said to object to woman in authority over boys

(Newser) - A Kansas Catholic high school’s decision to ban a female referee from officiating a boys’ basketball game because of the school’s religious beliefs has state officials investigating the incident and considering banning the school from future competition, the AP reports. Referees said officials from St. Mary’s Academy,... More »

Jim Jones' Grandson is Basketball Star

High school forward redeeming the Jonestown leader's family name on court

(Newser) - 29 years ago, traveling to an away basketball game as part of the Jonestown team spared Jim Jones Jr. from his adopted father's mass suicide ritual. Now his son Rob is using the sport to turn the family name around, as a star forward for SF's Riordan High, who ESPN... More »

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