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Major studies underway on sports-related concussions

Rashida Beal (l) and Simone Kolander

The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are now partners on a three-year research project on concussions and head injuries in college sport. “I believe this project will be the game changer,” says NCAA Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brian Hainline of the $30 million study that began last fall. Over 37,000 student-athletes in men’s and women’s contact sports from 15 schools,

the five biggest football conferences, the four service academies and the Ivy League are participating in the project, which includes physical exams, head sensors, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies and biogenetic markers. The data obtained will establish a history of concussion, risks and treatment, and also will be beneficial to both athletes and soldiers. Last summer, the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee requested that health and safety be considered in every on-field rules change, even if the main reason is ensure fairness. Continue Reading →

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Stringer racks up one more honor among many

C. Vivian Stringer

C. Vivian Stringer is among several notables who will be recognized in Nike’s Black History Collection this year. Stringer, who’s in her 44th overall season as a women’s basketball coach, and others are being honored “for positively impacting sport with their courage and determination,” according to a Rutgers University press release earlier this month. Continue Reading →

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Still yet more prep photos for the New Year

JoBreil Powell (Minneapolis Washburn) buries a three-pointer against City Conference rival North last week.

This week’s photos feature a three-point shooter, a layup with nothing but smoothness, a powerful dunk, one two-hand slam, and a player who came through at the buzzer for his team. Photos by Mitchell Palmer McDonald. He welcomes reader responses to Continue Reading →

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Black women college coaches face a ‘tough situation’

Bobbie Kelsey

MADISON, WI — A rare but welcomed sight: Two Black females, C. Vivian Stringer for Rutgers and Bobbie Kelsey for Wisconsin, coaching their respective women’s college basketball teams. There have been maybe 10 such coaching encounters thus far. Stringer and Kelsey, before this season concludes, will be involved in a combined nine “chess matches” as they coach against another coach with the same colored skin.
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Hoopster’s final year of play prepares her for youth-work career

Shae Kelley
Photo by Charles Hallman

There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2014-15 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight these players

This week: Gopher senior basketball player Shae Kelley

Shae Kelley’s goal this season is to help the Golden Gophers make the NCAAs for the

first time since 2009. But her overall goal aims for a more lasting impact. “When I go back home [to Denver, Colo.], I want to build a 24-hour [youth] center, more for teenagers or college students when they come home, where we can play or give them something to do late at night — give kids something to do and stay off the streets,” pledges Kelley. After earning her bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion last spring, Kelley transferred to Minnesota and enrolled in the school’s youth development leadership master’s degree program.  When completed, which she expects to do later this year, Kelley will be able “to work with all type of youth,” she predicts. Continue Reading →

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How about them Buckeyes!


ARLINGTON, TX — Hear Ye Hear Ye: College football has crowned its first-ever National Playoff Football Champion. In August of 2014, no fewer than 300 Division One Schools with football programs set out in pursuit of a national title. The Ohio State Buckeyes, seeded fourth in the four-team playoff, upset number-one Alabama 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day while the high-flying Oregon Ducks dominated defending champion and previously unbeaten Florida State in the Rose Bowl 59-20. Ohio State, a six-point underdog, dominated the Ducks Monday Night 42-20 to capture the biggest prize in college football, the National College Football Championship. Not everyone was happy when Ohio State leaped over previously higher rated Texas Christian University and Baylor listed at numbers three and four respectively in the next-to-last college playoff poll. Continue Reading →

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Social media football fans analyzed


Blacks love pro football — I know some who treat the NFL like a religion. But how

many are really considered so-called “real fans” who follow their favorite team or teams even if they don’t go to games. A Chicago-based social media analytics firm recently answered this question with data that shows gender, age, income and racial background of NFL fans. StatSocial examined over 50 million social media users from 60 different sites and put together a top-down listing of NFL teams. “We looked at every single person [who uses social media], all the different races and ethnicities” in compiling the reported data, said CEO Michael Hussey in a recent MSR phone interview. His firm found only 12 percent was Black, and a similar percentage was Latino. Continue Reading →

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Still more prep photos for the New Year


 This week’s pictures include two former prep starts helping their college basketball teams, a girl’s season-high point total in a nonconference game, a leading scorer from a boys’ team, and a freshman starting for a varsity team. Mitchell Palmer McDonald welcomes reader responses to 

(top left) Guard Voneishia Harris (Osseo) played a key role in victories over University Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State for the Concordia University women’s team. (top center) Guard Terez Van Pelt (Osseo) averages 10.9 points per game for the Concordia University men’s basketball team. (top right) Aleeya Curtis-Evans scored a season-high 21 points in St. Paul Central’s victory over Minneapolis South a few weeks ago. Continue Reading →

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