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MANCHESTER – It all started a few years ago when Kyle Puffer decided to do a “Couch to 5K” training program to run a 5K road race. His son Aidan was 10. He wanted to do it, too. “I remember calling the pediatrician and asking, ‘Is this safe for him to do?’” Aidan’s mother, Martha, said Wednesday....
In his mind’s eye, Jaylen Adams can still see the first time he saw his younger brother, Brendan, play basketball for real. “I remember sitting in the gym.” Jaylen said. “He was playing at Dunbar High School, he was maybe 8 or 9 years old and I just remember coming in and seeing him for one of...
Jasmine Lister, once a graduate assistant at UConn, is returning to the Huskies' bench as an assistant coach under Geno Auriemma, the school announced Thursday. Lister, an assistant at DePaul last season and at Washington the year before, takes the job previously occupied by Marisa Moseley, who...
When a pair of Connecticut-based journalists endeavored to write the definitive biography of Tiger Woods, the running joke at home was that they had jeopardized their own marriages. For Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, a three-year plunge into the private life of one of the most recognizable,...
The cold spring weather is playing havoc with the softball season. Either the fields are damp and unplayable or the pitchers are freezing and can’t really showcase their skills. And there have been some wild results. Take Tuesday’s game between E.O. Smith and Bristol Eastern, which, if played in...
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It was a raw moment caught on live television. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was asked his thoughts on the recently announced death of Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich. In very un-LeBron James fashion, he halted, cursed and fought back tears in composing a response. James' stunned, emotional reaction had many on social media crying foul, believing TNT reporter Allie LaForce intentionally blindsided James with the question. 'Dance Moms' Star Miller Has Cancer, Underwent Spine Surgery But James says that couldn't be further from the truth. James said he was told he'd be asked about Erin Popovich before they went on camera, and that his emotions simply got away from him."I'm not on social media right now, but I was made aware through some friends, through texts, that a question was asked to me postgame, and a lot of people feel like I was blindsided," James said on UNINTERRUPTED. "That is absolutely false. Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK." Bruno Mars Remembers Namesake and WWE Legend "That was just my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich," James continued in the video. "It's unfortunate, it's a tragic loss. My thoughts, my prayers once again go out to the Popovich family. To Gregg, to the Spurs family, to the whole Spurs fan base."James also took a second to implore those on social media to lay off the reporter. Files Show Rising Alarm in Prince's Circle as Health Failed "Please get off Allie LaForce's back, because she followed the proper protocol and she warned me. Get off her back, man. She's very professional and she does a great job at her work."The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich's death Wednesday. The team didn't provide further details. The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin's father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force's head athletic trainer.Photo Credit: Getty Images This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
The New York Yankees are going to bat for a 10-year-old girl who shared a heartbreaking story on social media about years of bullying she’s endured at her Pennsylvania school.[[480218123, C]] McKayla Maroney Says Nassar Abused Her 'Hundreds' of Times The New York Post reports 10-year-old Cassidy Warner posted a video on Facebook detailing the traumatizing stories of bullying she has gone through. In the video, the Scranton fourth-grader holds up sheets of paper with the harrowing messages of abuse written on them.One sheet detailed how a group of kids came up to her at recess, hitting her, kicking her, pulling her hair, stepping on her and even spitting on her.The video, along with her Facebook page, was taken down by the social media company because she is not 13 and doesn't meet the site's age requirement, according to her mother, Jenn Slater, who reposted the video on her own page. Slater also alleged in her post that her daughter was initially threatened by the school's principal to remove the video before the school district contacted Facebook to report Cassidy's page.Slater pleaded with the Facebook community to share her daughter's story and help her "put a smile back on her face." The video racked up thousands of views and caught the attention of the New York Yankees.The team’s official Twitter account shared Cassidy's video Wednesday along with a video of their own, mimicking the style of hers. The two-and-a-half minute video features 23 Yankees players and manager Aaron Boone holding up written messages of support."Hey Cassidy - we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone. We have your back!" the team wrote.[[247269581, C]]It begins with starting pitcher CC Sabathia holding up a sign reading "My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you."About 45 seconds into the video, first baseman Greg Bird holds up a sign that reads, "We may be older than you. We may be taller than you.” Then relief pitcher Dellin Betances finishes the message saying, “But we want you to know that we look up to you."The video ends with Boone inviting Cassidy to meet the team.Slater thanked the Yankees in a Facebook post, writing that she has "much respect" for the team and their gesture made her cry. [[480117503, C]]Photo Credit: Jenn Slater / Yankees This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
A horse named Gronkowski has been purchased, at least in part, by his namesake.New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced Wednesday that he had bought a substantial stake in Gronkowski, a 3-year-old colt that will be racing in the Kentucky Derby. Horse Named After Gronk Qualifies for Kentucky Derby "This horse is a winner and I love a winner," Gronk said in a statement on his GronkNation blog. "When I heard about the racehorse being named after me, I started watching and got really stoked when he started winning. He's won his last three races and is now headed to the Derby. I'm all in: Welcome to the Gronk Family, Gronkowski the Horse!"[[421538623, C]] What Makes a Triple Crown-Winning Horse? Rob Gronkowski teamed with owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd. in a partnership arrangement for the horse ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which can be seen live on NBC on May 5."We are very excited to have this talented racehorse running in the Derby and to have Rob Gronkowski join our team,” said Phoenix's Tom Ludt. "His involvement only adds to our growing credentials worldwide and can help us introduce the best of horse racing to a whole new audience." Justify Wins Santa Anita Derby by 3½ Lengths for Baffert Gronkowski the horse comes from a line of racers. According to Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the horse's father, Lonhro, was named Australia's Racehorse of the Year for 2003-04, and his maternal grandfather, Lookin at Lucky, has twice been an American champion.As Rob Gronkowski pointed out, even though it's the first derby for the racehorse, the tight end attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015 along with quarterback Tom Brady and other Patriots teammates.[[480161473, C]]"I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class Thoroughbred named after me," he said. "Except maybe having him win the Derby."Photo Credit: Getty Images Equuis Photography, Handout This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Tom Brady still hasn't told the New England Patriots if he plans to play in 2018, according to an ESPN report.ESPN's Adam Schefter said league sources tell him Brady "still has not committed to playing in 2018." However, he said people close to the star quarterback still believe he will play."I think he's going to play," Schefter said during an appearance on WEEI's "Kirk & Callahan" show on Tuesday morning. "But I cannot tell you I know he's going to play."Two of Brady's teammates told NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi that they've spoken to him this offseason and he's never indicated he wasn't planning to play. And a source told Pro Football Talk that Brady has already made arrangements to work out with several teammates before the start of training camp. Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and possibly even more teammates have made plans to work out together in July in Montana. Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Wednesday that it may be a new contract which Brady is seeking prior to the new season.[[480195213, C]] Per his current contract, Brady is slated to earn $14 million in base salary in each of the next two seasons. He can be an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season, by which time he'll be 42 years old.Brady was not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason program this week. He had been in Quatar on a business trip, but posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday saying he was back home.[[480117733, C]]Gronkowski, who has discussed the possibility of retiring, has also been notably absent from this week's workouts.Throughout last season, numerous stories surfaced about tension between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, mostly stemming from Belichick's decision to ban Brady's trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero, from the sidelines during games.If Brady were to retire, it would be a huge blow to the Patriots - especially after they traded backup quarterback and heir apparent Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers last year. Right now, the only quarterback on the roster is journeyman Brian Hoyer, who is 16-21 as a starter in nine NFL seasons. He went 0-6 with the 49ers last season prior to being released after the team acquired Garoppolo.[[479636473, C]]Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.