Skimp or Splurge? Family Sports Gear

By Charity Curley Mathews

Let’s face it: Kids don’t tend to commit to a new activity for long, so it really doesn’t make sense to spend thousands on splashy gear the moment you hear your 8-year-old say, “Hey, how about hockey?” But there are times when investing major buckage in sports equipment is a smart move. It basically comes down to two factors: safety and your kids’ long-term interest. Here’s the rundown:

Helmets: Invest

From biking to baseball to hockey to football, keeping kids’ heads safe is Job One. And here’s why: Multiple concussions can lead to cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Obviously, head injuries can also lead to death. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, of the thousands of people who’ve died in biking accidents since 1998, more than 90 percent weren’t wearing helmets. Helmet-wearing is a habit your

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Live Davis Cup Tennis – what time is it on TV? Episode 2 cast list and preview.


by Jack Seale

Day two of Britain’s difficult World Group match against Spain, live from Club de Tenis Puente Romano, Marbella. Playing away on the Spaniards’ favoured clay courts would be tricky enough with Andy Murray in the team; since the Scot is recovering from hip surgery, Britain are outranked and, on paper, outgunned, although the presence of Australian Open hero Kyle Edmund should give the home side pause.

Today, however, it’s the doubles rubber, with Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot likely to be representing GB. Sue Barker hosts, with commentary from Chris Bradnam, John Lloyd and Jamie Baker.


Spain v Great Britain. Sue Barker presents coverage of the second day of the World Group first-round contest, which takes place at Puente Romano Sports Complex in Marbella, Spain, and features the doubles rubber. Both of these nations reached the quarter-finals of last year’s competition, but suffered a similar

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Newcastle owner Ashley calls on Premier League to review PPV pricing

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 27, 2020 Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley in the stands Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

(Reuters) – Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has called on the Premier League to review its pay-per-view policy amid an outpouring of criticism from fans.

BT Sport and Sky Sports had been broadcasting all Premier League games as part of their existing football packages — a temporary measure due to the barring of spectators in grounds as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that changed earlier this month under an interim plan where matches not already selected for broadcast in October would be available only for purchase via PPV platforms.

“I am calling on the Premier League to immediately act and review its current pay-per-view arrangements for live matches in the UK,” Ashley

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High school statewide rankings after Week 10

The Associated Press’ Top 10 teams in each of Tennessee’s six Division I non-financial aid classifications and in the combined Division II financial aid classification as selected by Tennessee AP-member sportswriters and broadcasters. With first-place votes in parentheses, records through October 26, total points based on 10 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 10th-place vote:

Division I
Class 6A

                                        Record    Pts        Prv

1. Oakland (12)                9-0          165        1

2. Maryville (5)                 9-0          158        2

3. Riverdale                     7-2          105        7

4. Bradley Central            7-2          101        6

5. Dobyns-Bennett           8-1            93        3

6. McMinn County            8-1            80        4

7. Bartlett                          5-1            58        9

8. Brentwood                    6-3            51        5

9. Independence               6-1            45       NR

10. Ravenwood                 5-4            41       8

Others receiving 12 or more points: Science Hill 12.


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Class 5A

                                            Record       Pts        Prv

1. Beech (6)                        6-1             151        3

2. Knoxville

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Former Mr. Basketball, ex-high school coach to serve 5 years in child porn case

story.lead_photo.captionBrandon Ballard is shown in this 2005 file photo from when he was named Mr. Basketball, an honor given to the state’s top high school basketball player.

A former high school basketball coach who was once named Mr. Basketball of Arkansas and was arrested in 2018 on a child porn charge will spend five years in prison, court records show.

Circuit Judge Tom Cooper issued the sentence Monday against Brandon Ballard, who was a teacher and coach at Buffalo Island Central High School in Monette until he was arrested in 2018. Ballard entered a negotiated guilty plea Oct. 19 to computer child pornography, according to court documents.

On Dec. 6, 2018, Kirby High School Principal Jason Burns and head basketball coach Marty Smith contacted the school’s resource officer, Chance Reid, telling him that a 15-year-old boy received inappropriate messages from Ballard on Snapchat, according to a probable cause affidavit. The

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Fit4Mii app Announces Online and Online-to-offline Fitness Training Platform and Multi-Lingual Marketplace

“Find the right fit for you at Fit4Mii”

In one swift move, Fit4Mii app has established a workout system that allows fitness enthusiasts to participate virtually via the internet or offline from it’s world-class trainers. The platform also features a marketplace where fitness enthusiasts can get their hands on all necessary tools required to achieve a healthy body and mind.

Fit4Mii app is a fully accessible online and online-to-offline fitness platform and market place. It provides online training for everyone, no matter age or ability both on and offline. Fit4Mii app trainers go through rigorous training and are largely multi-lingual and when combined, speak 19 languages. They are qualified in many disciplines including Muay Thai, corrective exercise, yoga, nutrition, pilates, and Zumba. At Fit4Mii app, there is an online fitness class for everyone, everywhere regardless of age, language, health condition, body type and gender.

Given the covid pandemic,

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Greg Bozzo, 9 other N.J. players will start over when LaSalle drops baseball

Every year, millions of high school seniors and their parents go through the tedious, often frustrating and sometimes painful selection process of choosing a college.

It can be even more nerve-racking if athletics are a factor, as the student-athlete tries to find the best fit for his or her craft.

It is a process most families do not care to repeat. Ever.

Yet that is the predicament that Greg Bozzo and his family face. Last spring the Ridge High School graduate chose to attend and play baseball for LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

On Sept. 29 the Bozzo family was blindsided by the news that LaSalle was dropping its baseball program and six other sports — four men’s and three women’s programs — following the 2020-2021 academic year.

A university statement cited “an under-funded athletics program” as the cause for the cost cutting, and added that “the impacts of the COVID-19

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Alabama Players Excited About Opportunity to Vote in Next Week’s Election

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — On top of everything that the year 2020 has thrown our way, we are now only just a week away from the presidential election. 

Maybe now more than ever before, athletes are using their voice and platform for change, and a couple University of Alabama football players shared their excitement to vote with reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. 

“This is my first year registering to vote, so I’m excited,” Crimson Tide defensive back Jordan Battle said on Tuesday via Zoom to reporters. “I’m happy with what we did around here getting players registered to vote and allowing our voices to be heard this year, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Back in September, the Southeastern Conference formed its Voter Education and Participation Program and its goal is to get members of every institution engaged in the general election and other state and local elections.

The NCAA Division

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Would LeBron James and Other NBA Stars Really Skip Early Games? | Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) reacts after no foul was called against the Miami Heat during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press

The shape of the 2020-21 NBA season is beginning to emerge, and so is the speculation about which superstars may or may not be on board with the league’s plan.

In a pivot from a previously rumored February or March start date to allow for fans to return to arenas—which now seems like a pipe dream with the COVID-19 pandemic raging on—the league is now targeting a start date around Christmas with a 72-game schedule, likely to be played in home markets with no fans in attendance.

That would put the start of training camp, which the New York TimesMarc Stein reported Monday could come Dec. 1, less than two months after the Los Angeles Lakers wrapped up their title run. There’s already talk from his teammates that LeBron James won’t go for it.

“I think most guys if they said we start in

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LG SIGNATURE Partners with Luxury Italian Lifestyle Brand Molteni&C

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics and premium Italian designer furniture and lifestyle brand Molteni&C S.P.A are collaborating on a variety of joint projects, exhibitions and consumer events on behalf of the exclusive LG SIGNATURE brand. The alliance will give consumers the opportunity to experience the refinement and convenience of luxury living by showcasing the craftsmanship of Molteni&C and the technological and design leadership of LG SIGNATURE.

The collaboration will kick off by integrating LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K TVs into key Molteni properties around the world, including the Molteni Museum in Giussano outside of Milan, Italy, the new Molteni&C flagship store in Paris, France, and at Molteni&C stores in Europe and North America by the end of this year.

The Molteni Group was founded by Angelo

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