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Arista Groom likes to see young students experience the hard work, joy and accomplishment of participating in any activity, especially if it involves sports.

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Challen Jimenez, a recent Central of Burden High School grad, captured the championship in the youth male 123-pound weight class, winning by unanimous decision July 12-15 in the sixth annual Battle in the Big D boxing tournament at Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. The sixth ann…

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Whenever summer rolls around, the season when bright green grass has a fresh country scent and the sun tends to be a bit more brave, memories of my youth remain vivid. I find myself thinking of my early days learning to play golf.

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According to USA Today, Major League Baseball players are ready to “burn the whole system down,” and that a players’ strike “is a real possibility.”

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I don’t have the world’s greatest memory. While I can still remember George Brett’s baseball statistics from the 1970s, and lyrics to literally thousands of classic rock songs, my short-term memory has been shot for years.

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Hat’s off to the amateur and professional boxers and mixed martial artists who have dedicated themselves to or continue pursuing such brutal sports, with the possible exception of football, rugby, hockey and other close body-contact sports.

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Monday will mark my 10-year anniversary with Winfield Publishing, though there’s not much time to celebrate with the fall sports season just around the corner, closing on a new home and packing for the impending move.

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If you think some contemporary sports might seem excessively rough and despicable, wait until you find out just how cruel, crazy and dangerous it had been for individuals to partake in a little horseback boxing, flagpole-sitting (on one’s head), bow and arrow golf, fox tossing, baby boxing (…

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For some odd reason, whether it be fear, political correctness or otherwise, most sportswriters seem to think complaining about officials is what they call, “a loser’s mentality.”

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Those who haven’t met Kansas State football head coach Bill Snyder might be just a little nervous. Because they admire him so much, worries about saying the wrong thing or possibly making a fool of themselves would be embarrassing.

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When I was a young boy, I watched professional wrestling with reverence. As I grew older, I began to notice little things that proved what naysayers had been telling me for years — that pro wrestling was “fake,” or more precisely, predetermined. Of course, as rumor became fact, my interest i…

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