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Meet the Great-Grandma Who Trains South Africa's Fastest Man

They call the 74-year-old coach 'Aunt Ans'

(Newser) - South African sprinter Wayde Van Niekerk set a world record Sunday night in the men's 400-meter race, an Olympic feat that the Washington Post says "no one saw coming"—except, perhaps, for the 74-year-old Namibian great-grandmother who trains him. Van Niekerk first caught the eye of Ans... More »

Former NFL Coach Dennis Green Dead at 67

Vikings, Cardinals coach was one of first black coaches in college football, NFL

(Newser) - Dennis Green, one of the first African-American coaches in college and professional football, died Thursday at the age of 67, ESPN reports. As coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Green helped the NFL team earn eight playoff spots in 10 years. He also helmed the Arizona Cardinals for two years, serving... More »

Married Ala. Teachers Each Charged With Student Sex

Charged 2 days apart in separate incidents with students under age 19

(Newser) - Private-school teachers Jamie and Charli Parker have been arrested a day apart in Alabama on separate yet identical charges of having sex with a student under the age of 19, reports . The husband and wife both teach and coach at Pickens Academy, a private school in Carrollton, a... More »

Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders Dead at 60

Saunders had a 654-592 NBA record

(Newser) - Flip Saunders, the longtime NBA coach who won more than 650 games in nearly two decades and was trying to rebuild the Minnesota Timberwolves as team president, coach and part owner, died Sunday, the team said. He was 60. Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June and doctors called... More »

Ex-Olympic Coach Found Dead in Jail Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing several felony charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastic coach charged with crimes against underage children was found dead yesterday in his jail cell, WRTV Indianapolis reports. Authorities say Marvin Sharp, 49, took his own life but gave no further details. Arrested just last month, Sharp was accused of molesting a preteen gymnast and storing thousands... More »

Time to Rethink Role of Coaches

Drew Magary: They've gotten away with too much for far too long

(Newser) - The Mike Rice debacle at Rutgers is unusual only because Rice got caught, writes Drew Magary at Deadspin . The sad fact is that top-level coaches are "freaks" who have gotten away with exactly this kind of behavior for way too long. "Both parenting and teaching have evolved significantly... More »

Rutgers Coach Fired After Film Shows Player Abuse

Mike Rice screamed slurs, hurled basketballs at heads

(Newser) - Rutgers has fired Mike Rice over a video obtained by ESPN that shows the men's basketball coach hurling balls at players' heads and bodies from point-blank range and yelling abuse, including homophobic slurs. Rice was suspended for three games and fined $50,000 in December after athletic director Tim... More »

Joe Paterno in Serious Condition

Former Penn State coach takes turn for the worse with lung cancer

(Newser) - Joe Paterno's doctors say the former Penn State coach's condition has become "serious" after he experienced complications from lung cancer in recent days. The winningest major college football coach of all time, Paterno was diagnosed shortly after Penn State's board of trustees ousted him Nov. 9... More »

DA: We Can't Prosecute Syracuse Sex Abuse Claims

Claims against Bernie Fine credible, but statute of limitations has passed

(Newser) - Bernie Fine will not face state charges related to the sexual abuse allegations against him because the statute of limitations has expired, says the county prosecutor in the case. William Fitzpatrick says that while he can't prosecute the case against the former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach on behalf... More »

Syracuse Fires Coach in Wake of Molestation Claims

Bernie Fine's employment terminated, 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - Syracuse University has fired associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine in the wake of an investigation of child molestation allegations against him. "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," the school's senior vice president for public... More »

Syracuse Coach Accused of Molesting Ball Boys

Bernie Fine put on leave; Jim Boeheim leaps to his defense

(Newser) - More sexual abuse allegations have surfaced in the world of college sports. Bernie Fine, an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations that he molested two former ball boys. Bobby Davis, now 39, claims Fine molested him starting when he was in the... More »

Wake Forest Baseball Coach Donates Kidney to Player

Relatives weren't a match, so coach steps in

(Newser) - Here's the perfect antidote to reading about celebs on the ropes: The baseball coach at Wake Forest has donated a kidney to a player on his team, reports AP . Tom Walter, 42, did so when 19-year-old Keith Jordan developed a rare autoimmune disorder and nobody in his family proved to... 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 »

Athlete Sues Coach, USA Swimming for Abuse

Swimmer: Sport's governing body didn't protect me

(Newser) - A former swimmer who says her coach sexually abused her for 5 years starting when she was just 15 has filed suit against the coach and USA Swimming. Jancy Thompson says the abuse from coach Norm Havercroft forced her to give up the sport she loved and abandon her dream... More »

John Wooden Dead at 99

UCLA coach created a dynasty in college basketball

(Newser) - John Wooden, college basketball's gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever, has died. He was 99. With his signature rolled-up game program in hand, Wooden led the Bruins to 10 NCAA... More »

Hey, Fetus People, Leave Irish Coach Alone

It just doesn't matter that Brian Kelly is pro-choice

(Newser) - Unrest in the University of Notre Dame community over the pro-choice views of new football coach Brian Kelly tees up Amanda Marcotte for a screed against what she calls the “Fetus People.” Where sportswriters ask what abortion has to do with college football, the Fetus People “haven’... More »

Florida State Coach Bowden Plans to Retire

34-year tenure turned Seminoles into national football powerhouse

(Newser) - Bobby Bowden will announce his retirement tomorrow as Florida State University’s football coach, ending a 34-year tenure during which he built the Seminoles into a national powerhouse. The 80-year-old Bowden met with school officials today, sources tell the Tallahassee Democrat , and was given the option of staying in a... More »

Chiefs Cut Larry Johnson Over Slur

Running back was suspended for insulting coach

(Newser) - The Kansas City Chiefs released Larry Johnson today, following a 2-week suspension for insulting coach Todd Haley. The running back had referred to Haley using gay slurs on his Twitter page, and then repeated the comments to reporters a day later. He leaves the team having rushed for 5,996... 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 »

Parents' Scandal Darkens Oudin's Run

Leslie Oudin accused of affair with Melanie's coach

(Newser) - Tennis phenom Melanie Oudin ended her storied run at the US Open last night, and mere hours later the dark clouds of scandal swirled over her moment in the sun, Bill Dwyre writes in the Los Angeles Times, as Sports Illustrated reported that mom Leslie had an affair with her... More »

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