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High School Football Player Dies After Game

Arizona teen took a hit to the head and soon collapsed

(Newser) - An Arizona teen died after suffering a hit to the head in a high school playoff football game Saturday. Seventeen-year-old Charles Youvella died at a local hospital just days after he was hit in the game, a 60-6 loss during which Youvella scored Hopi High School's only touchdown. Youvella... More »

Triathlete Dies in NYC Ironman

43-year-old died in initial swim portion of grueling race

(Newser) - A 43-year-old man competing in the first New York City Iron Man triathlon died yesterday, after experiencing "distress" during the 2.4-mile swimming portion, reports DNA Info . He was pulled from the water and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. "On behalf of all... More »

High School Quarterback Collapses, Dies in Game

Reggie Garrett has seizure on sidelines

(Newser) - Sad news in high school football: A Texas quarterback collapsed and died after suffering an apparent seizure on the sidelines. Reggie Garrett had just thrown his second TD pass of the game when he came off the field in the second quarter. Players started noticing he was in trouble after... More »

Jury Clears School Coach in Player's Heat Death

(Newser) - A former Kentucky high school football coach has been acquitted in the death of a player who collapsed at a practice where the team was put through a series of sprints on a hot summer day. It was a rare criminal prosecution of a coach in a player's heat-related death.... More »

Braves Fan Dies in Upper-Deck Fall

Lands in lower level after plummet

(Newser) - An Atlanta Braves fan died after plummeting from the upper deck at Atlanta’s Turner Field, WSBTV.com reports. The 25-year-old man fell to the field-level concourse behind home plate during the bottom of the 8th inning in last night’s game against the New York Mets, a police rep... More »

Cheerleading's Brave New World Raises Safety Worries

Injuries on the rise; recent death highlights concerns

(Newser) - As cheerleading has become a spectacle of acrobatic feats with its own events, injuries—some of them deadly—have been on the rise, ABC News reports. In the latest example, a 20-year-old woman died after being accidentally kicked in the chest during a Massachusetts competition last weekend. She suffered damage... More »

Deaths Threaten Equestrian Event

12 deaths and Olympian's critical injury causes debate over risks

(Newser) - Twelve deaths and several injuries have spurred debate over the safety of the demanding equestrian sport known as "eventing," the New York Times reports. The sport, considered by many to be the ultimate test of horse and rider, grabbed the spotlight last month when one of the world's... More »

Freeskiers Do It for the Thrills

Death-defying sport doesn't come with a big paycheck

(Newser) - Freeskiing, extreme skiing, call it what you like—just don't say it's a stable career. Freeskiers admit that their work is risky and low-paying, but skiers and fans alike indulge in the adrenaline rush of danger. "It's the same reason people watch NASCAR," said Steve Winter, who founded... More »

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