A new policy adopted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., which requires that boys on its school wrestling teams forfeit matches against female opponents, comes at a time when girls are increasingly participating in traditionally male-dominated activities, leaving the church at a crossroads between faith and gender inclusion.
Lawrenceville School in New Jersey decided to replace intramural tackle football with flag football because of growing concerns about the dangers of head injuries and a waning interest in the sport.
Very curious to see how this works out on other school campuses.
For those following the ensuing A-rod/Lewis PED news this week, Gina Kolata and I took a closer look at IGF-1, the alleged substance tied to deer antlers.
In the latest chapter of what has become one of the biggest sports stories of a generation, yet another NFL player, Junior Seau, has tragically killed himself and has been diagnosed with CTE, a progressive, degenerative brain disease. In today’s paper, Belson and I report on the science of the Seau findings, but the comments from readers also provide interesting insight into the broader conversation surrounding football and head injuries.
I believe this is the first time I’ve had three NYT bylines in one print issue! We have an update on the women’s 100 meters, Junior Seau’s brain and Saudi Arabian women at the Olympics.
A little over a week since the news of Junior Seau’s suicide, we take a look at the impact it has had on pending litigation against the NFL and helmet maker Riddell, as well as the talk among his former teammates.
Bishop and I reporter further on Junior Seau’s last couple of years of life and the reaction to his death.
Update in Saturday’s paper: Seau family decides to give brain for study.
I spent today running around downtown mingling with Giants fans. They’re crazy, love blue. (Tweets here, reportage on the Fifth Down and here’s what went in Wednesday’s paper.)
But let us take a moment to consider this young lady as an MVP:
But perhaps no fan was more committed than Cristina Buttler, a 17-year-old high school senior from Kings Park, N.Y., who said she boarded a 6:30 a.m. train into the city on crutches, her left leg in a boot from a track injury. She was joined by her parents, Walter and Claudia, and her best friend, 17-year-old Melanie Ritter, who also had an injured ankle. The four landed a spot on Broadway right along the parade route.
Wearing a Giants jersey and headband printed with the Giants logo and a camera hanging around her neck, Buttler said she was cold and her leg hurt. But not attending wasn’t an option, she said. “It’s the Giants,” she said. “How could I not come?”
So the better the Duck football team performed, the worse the students — especially men — did academically, according to new research.