If you saw the Sunday Special in this section two days ago, you learned how unwise it is to specialize in one sport at the youth and high school levels. As reported by Times sports writer Hillary Smith, the data is pretty clear.
East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il.,Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central…
HOUSTON | The Houston Texans' once-promising season has devolved into a disaster.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. | On the surface, this would seem like an easy one for the Bears. They're trying to get back to winning against a team that hasn't won a game all season.
SAN FRANCISCO | Andrew Luck kept San Francisco's prime-time loss at Seattle in the background once his workday ended disappointingly last Sunday in Indianapolis.
BERKELEY, Calif. | The starting quarterback went down with a concussion on the first drive. The defense was gassed after being on the field for 99 plays.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | Jay Brophy is 53. Doctors have told him his brain is 70.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. | Maybe Colts owner Jim Irsay should complain before every game.
Last week in this space, I wondered why youth baseball leagues didn't uniformly use reduced injury factor baseballs and why they don't have automated external defibrillators on hand at each field.
Athletes affected by head, heat and heart injuries or conditions attract immediate attention in the media.
LONDON | Get ready for some unfamiliar names at Wimbledon.
LONDON | Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
LOWELL | County police are investigating how two people came to be injured in unincorporated Lowell.
Knicks guard Raymond Felton fouls Pacers guard George Hill during the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series.
INDIANAPOLIS | The Pacers head into Game 6 against the New York Knicks in unfamiliar territory.
Former NFL player Dorsey Levens, left, walks to the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday in Philadelphia for a hearing to determine whether the NFL faces years of litigation over concussion-related brain injuries.
PHILADELPHIA | Lisa McHale wishes her husband had lived long enough to learn more about the links between concussions and long-term brain injuries.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby sits on the bench during a game against the Ottawa Senators in 2011. A year after his return from concussion-like symptoms, Crosby is his old self. And due to the fallout from the devastating hit he took more than two years ago, the NHL may be better off for it.
PITTSBURGH | The fear is gone. The doubt too for that matter. Ditto the hesitation.
I have long said an athlete tearing his or her ACL is much like a death in the family. Certainly not the same, but “much like" in that the athlete and his or her family experience genuine grief — with all its stages.
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