• 19Apr

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    A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.

    Maryland has internally discussed how to manage an in-season coaching change, another source confirmed.

    Earlier Thursday, InsideMDSports.com reported Edsall is likely to be fired after Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes as the Terps enter a bye week. Yahoo! also reported that Maryland intends to fire Edsall.

    Maryland, in a statement, said: “Randy Edsall is our head football coach, and he’ll be on the sidelines Saturday against Ohio State.”

    Edsall, 57, is 22-33 during his tenure with the Terrapins after a 2-3 start this season. He is 10-23 in conference play, posting a 6-18 mark in the ACC and going 4-5 since the Maryland moved to the Big Ten. The Terps were blanked 28-0 by Michigan on Saturday.

    Edsall is in the fifth year of his original six-year, $10 million deal. He received a three-year extension in July, but just $500,000 of the $7.5 million extension is guaranteed.

    Not only is the athletic department unhappy with the results on the field, where the Terps have been

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  • 09Apr

    A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday accusing DraftKings and FanDuel of negligence, fraud and false advertising.

    The case was brought by Adam Johnson of Kentucky, who says he deposited $100 into a DraftKings account.

    The suit claims that daily fantasy games put forth by the two companies are misrepresented as fair. That case is made mainly through the recently revealed policies of the two companies that allowed employees to enter contests on the other’s site for cash prizes, along with the rest of the population.

    “DraftKings performs analytics to determine winning strategies, return on investment of certain strategies and even how lineups on FanDuel would do if they were entered into DraftKings contests,” the suit alleges.

    With these strategies potentially available to some employees, those employees could have a potential advantage by playing on a competitor’s site.

    FanDuel spokesperson Justine Sacco told ESPN.com earlier in the week that DraftKings employees have won 0.3 percent of the money FanDuel has awarded in its entire history. With a ballpark figure of $2 billion awarded so far, that’s around $6 million. It is not known how much those

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  • 01Apr

    Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes said Thursday he went to his ex-wife’s home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons and not to confront New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

    Barnes told ESPN that he was at his home in Marina del Rey around 10 p.m. Saturday when he got a text from his son Carter that concerned him.

    “I’m like, first of all, why are you still up? It’s like 10 o’clock at night,” Barnes said. “So I text back, ‘I love you and I miss you too.’ Then I FaceTimed him. I’m just like, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy?'”

    “Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He’s always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there, and I knew something was wrong. I was like, ‘What’s wrong, Carter?’ and he shook his head, ‘No.’ Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, ‘Mommy’s friend Derek is here.’

    “This wasn’t a phone call. We were on FaceTime. I could see him and the look on his face.”

    Barnes said he also spoke to

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  • 28Dec

    In market, there are various sports items available that are enjoying huge demand. Along with it, the respective sport wears have also earned loads of appreciation as these are ideally same as that of the known players. May it be, indoor or outdoor sports, both items are in demand all round the year. Carrom boards, cricket bats, cricket balls, gloves of different sports, football net, volleyball net etc. are available in standard as well as customized sizes and dimensions.

    Recently, badminton has been in highlights and many seem to be interested in this particular sport. So, keeping in mind the interest of the people, there are vendors in the market, who provide badminton rackets, strings, grips, shuttlecocks and shoes as per the international quality standards. The products are highly durable and are also available in customized sizes and dimensions as per the specifications provided by the buyer.

    Here are some of the basic details that one should keep in mind before buying sports items and sports wear for the badminton sport:

    Badminton Racket:
    The rackets should be light in weight and the standard badminton rackets weighs between 70 grams to 95 grams, excluding the strings and the grip. The material used in the

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  • 22Dec

    In market, there are various sports items available that are enjoying huge demand. Along with it, the respective sport wears have also earned loads of appreciation as these are ideally same as that of the known players. May it be, indoor or outdoor sports, both items are in demand all round the year. Carrom boards, cricket bats, cricket balls, gloves of different sports, football net, volleyball net etc. are available in standard as well as customized sizes and dimensions.

    Recently, badminton has been in highlights and many seem to be interested in this particular sport. So, keeping in mind the interest of the people, there are vendors in the market, who provide badminton rackets, strings, grips, shuttlecocks and shoes as per the international quality standards. The products are highly durable and are also available in customized sizes and dimensions as per the specifications provided by the buyer.

    Here are some of the basic details that one should keep in mind before buying sports items and sports wear for the badminton sport:

    Badminton Racket:
    The rackets should be light in weight and the standard badminton rackets weighs between 70 grams to 95 grams, excluding the strings and the grip. The material used in the

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  • 11Dec

    Yes, of course, it has all been said and done; “sport teaches discipline” or patience, or perseverance, or acceptance, or self worth, or a hundred dozen other positive virtues. But if that really were true, should not all our athletes be canonized as saints? Does Tiger Woods not know how to swear? Will David Beckham never, ever do wrong? Is Wayne Gretzky beyond bad manners? The point of the matter is, no matter how well you play the game, or how much you have mastered a sport, can one truly ever be, a fair sport?

    Evolution

    Let us face it; the human psyche is designed to reject the feelings of defeat. We are genetically engineered to want to do better. Losing triggers negative reactions from our mind, teaching us, training us, evolving us to dislike losing. In fact, this factor, combined with our natural level of self worth, or pride as others may put it, creates intolerance to losing. This is how we humans moved from becoming cave dwellers into penthouse suite residents.

    Somewhere, thousands of years ago, early man decided he was not going to take a beating from some mammoth ever again. Thus was born hunting, and the first sport man

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  • 01Dec

    In market, there are various sports items available that are enjoying huge demand. Along with it, the respective sport wears have also earned loads of appreciation as these are ideally same as that of the known players. May it be, indoor or outdoor sports, both items are in demand all round the year. Carrom boards, cricket bats, cricket balls, gloves of different sports, football net, volleyball net etc. are available in standard as well as customized sizes and dimensions.

    Recently, badminton has been in highlights and many seem to be interested in this particular sport. So, keeping in mind the interest of the people, there are vendors in the market, who provide badminton rackets, strings, grips, shuttlecocks and shoes as per the international quality standards. The products are highly durable and are also available in customized sizes and dimensions as per the specifications provided by the buyer.

    Here are some of the basic details that one should keep in mind before buying sports items and sports wear for the badminton sport:

    Badminton Racket:
    The rackets should be light in weight and the standard badminton rackets weighs between 70 grams to 95 grams, excluding the strings and the grip. The material used in the

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  • 23Nov

    Umpires basically hold the honor of a sport. While in a game, players become so much involved that they need to be controlled from becoming too much undisciplined. Baseball is quite a famous a sport and just like any other sport, umpires are important in this sport as well. 

    Umpires basically hold the honor of a sport. While in a game, players become so much involved that they need to be controlled from becoming too much undisciplined. Baseball is quite a famous a sport and just like any other sport, umpires are important in this sport as well. To keep the standard of the game, the board of baseball, PBUC, has certain requirements. To have umpires meeting these criteria, they have formed two institutions which provide education to rising baseball umpires. Both of these institutions are found in America; Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School and Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring. Students having umpire training  from either of these institutions are only allowed to umpire in the major leagues.
    Each year, these institutions hold a six week evaluation of these best candidates. This evaluation is done by experts from PBUC. About 5 to 10 percent of the best from each institution are

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  • 16Nov

    Bicycling

    Mountain biking is a great way to see Joshua Tree. Bikers are restricted to roads that are used by motorized vehicles, including the main park roads and a few four-wheel-drive trails. Most scenic stops and picnic areas, and the Wallstreet trailhead, have bike racks.

    Black Eagle Mine Road. This 9-mile dead-end road is peppered with defunct mines. It runs along the edge of a former lake bed, then crosses a number of dry washes before navigating several of Eagle Mountain’s canyons. Trailhead off Pinto Basin Rd., 6½ mi north of Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, 92277.

    Covington Flats. This 4-mile route takes you past impressive Joshua trees as well as pinyon pines, junipers, and areas of lush desert vegetation. It’s tough going toward the end, but once you reach 5,516-foot Eureka Peak you’ll have great views of Palm Springs, the Morongo Basin, and the surrounding mountains. Trailhead at Covington Flats picnic area, La Contenta Rd., 10 mi south of Rte. 62, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, 92277.

    Old Dale Road. The first 11 miles of this unpaved 23-mile route run across Pinto Basin to the Old Dale

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  • 09Nov

    Outcomes following the arthroscopic repair of rotator cuff tears in older athletes appears to be successful a majority of the time, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

    “Seventy-seven percent of our patients who had an arthroscopic repair of a full thickness rotator cuff tear, were able to return to their sport at a similar level of intensity,” said lead author, Peter Millett, MD, MSc, from the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.

    Forty-nine patients were included in the study with a mean age of 73 years. There were 33 men and 11 women involved. All postoperative measures to evaluate progress demonstrated a significant amount of improvement than before surgery. Patients who simply modified their activities due to postoperative weakness were significantly less satisfied.

    “The surgery we performed appears to be highly effective in reducing pain, improving function and returning our older athletes back to the activities they love,” said Millett. “Patients over 70 are typically not treated operatively for rotator cuff issues, but these results highlight that there might be significant reason to assess and treat a tear arthroscopically.”

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  • 02Nov

    Free — or very inexpensive — online courses have become quite a trend in education. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers currently offer thousands of courses and have enticed millions of students to enroll. The emphasis in MOOCs is often on lecture videos that students watch and learn from.

    However, a study published in the Proceedings of the Second (2015) ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale shows that this central approach of MOOCs — having students watch to learn — is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more.

    CMU’s Simon Initiative, named for the late Nobel and Turning laureate Herbert Simon, aims to measurably improve student learning outcomes by harnessing a learning engineering ecosystem that has developed over several decades at CMU. The Simon Initiative approach uses CMU’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) courses, which are built to mimic intelligent tutors in order to provide adaptive feedback and hints during learning by doing.

    “Learning by doing gives students deliberative practice opportunities to address a course’s objectives,” said Ken Koedinger, professor of human-computer interaction and psychology and co-coordinator of the Simon Initiative. “With OLI, students get immediate

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  • 28Oct

    Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been involved with The Players’ Tribune, an athlete-driven website founded by former  Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, since last December. But Bryant has taken that relationship a step further.

    The Players’ Tribune announced a successful close of its Series B financing totaling $15 million Tuesday.

    Bryant, through his own investment firm, partnered with the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates to make what The Players’ Tribune called a “significant investment in the platform” in a news release.

    The exact terms of Bryant’s investment were not disclosed. His most notable piece on The Players’ Tribune site was a first-person essay about passing his idol Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

    In the release, the site said the financing will help the 1-year-old site “broaden and develop multimedia editorial offerings, including written pieces, photography, podcasts and The Players’ Tribune Radio.” It will also help to significantly expand the site’s video content, including popular series such as “Players’ POV,” “Singular Focus” and “1440.”

    “Through The Players’ Tribune, Derek and his team have built something special. A platform for athletes to own their own stories and present them to fans is an extremely

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  • 22Aug

    Weeks before his 42nd birthday, and on the final day of his 15th MLB season, Ichiro Suzuki’s dream of pitching in the majors finally came true.

    As owners of one of the worst records in baseball, the Marlins have long been out of the playoff race, which set the table for them to have some fun in Sunday’s season finale. Trailing 6-2 in the eighth inning of Game 162, they decided to put Suzuki – the man who holds MLB’s record for hits in a single season – on the mound. And it sort of worked.

    Suzuki pitched one inning of relief against the Phillies, giving up one run on two hits. Eleven of his 18 pitches were strikes, though, and he clocked an impressive 88 mph on his fastball. He also made Freddy Galvis look silly with a nifty breaking ball that would’ve had most people – like the 2015 version of Suzuki – swinging and missing.

    Maybe Suzuki did know what he was doing, though. While he’s spent the last 15 years of his Hall of Fame career in the outfield, he was a pitcher during his high school years. He even took the mound during the 1996 Japanese All-Star Game, which

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  • 16Aug

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic organizers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced.

    To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on printed material, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    “This is a very strict budget,” said Sidney Levy, the organizing committee’s chief executive officer. “There’ll be no excess, but we are not going to compromise the essentials.”

    Levy has said often over the past few months that he will trim costs and cut non-essential purchases.

    News of the budget austerity comes as hundreds of journalists from around the world are in Rio this week visiting Olympic venues and talking with organizers about how the games will run when they open Aug. 5, 2016.

    The organizing committee’s budget remains at 7.4 billion reals ($2 billion), which is for putting on the games themselves. It does not include building venues, subway lines and highways to help stage the games.

    Operating income is from ticket sales, local sponsorships, merchandising and licensing, with the largest contribution from the International Olympic Committee.

    Brazil hosted the World Cup last

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  • 09Aug

    Before we start, you need to understand something. I am not Ryan McGee. At least, I wasn’t on Tuesday. No, I was Steve Wieberg. And Desmond Howard was Tyrone Willingham, Chris Spielman was Barry Alvarez and Mack Brown was Tom Osborne.

    No, it wasn’t an early college football Halloween party. It was a College Football Playoff mock selection committee exercise; with fifteen ESPN employees sitting in for the thirteen member of the actual selection committee (we made the TV suits share the role of former Air Force Academy superintendent Mike Gould).

    We sat in the same swanky Grapevine, Texas, conference room that they did during the inaugural 2014 College Football Playoff and will again six times this fall, beginning a little less than a month from now, on November 2-3. We used their computers, pored over their data, and even ate turkey wraps at the same lunch tables. At the head table was the Playoff staff, headed by executive director Bill Hancock and committee chair Jeff Long (sitting along his stand-in for the day, Heather Dinich).

    The idea was to educate us all on the intricacies of the process that not only determines the four teams that will play for the national

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  • 01Aug

    Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.

    “When you see people making money off of your likeness and your name … nobody else wears No. 30 at UCLA. That jersey is mine,” Jack told ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike on Thursday morning. “I would like to receive compensation for what I’ve done. That’s definitely something you’re thinking about. I took all of that into consideration.

    “I felt like it was time. I felt like I had done enough at UCLA, and I felt like this was my chance. This was my shot. Why not go for it? And really just focus on football. Focus on myself. Focus on my body. And just really get that knee back so I can get back 1,000 percent. That’s my goal.”

    Jack, who projected to be a first-round draft pick before the season, tore a ligament in his knee at practice two weeks ago.

    “I felt like I had done enough at UCLA,” Jack told Mike & Mike. “I felt like I had done it. In regards to my injury, I wanted to have

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  • 26Jul

    Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather have been buddies for a few years now, doing the kinds of things 21-year-old pop stars and 38-year-old undefeated champs tend to do when they’re in the same room: launch apps, box shirtless, wear sunglasses indoors. You know, totally normal stuff like that.

    So it should come as no surprise that the two have each other’s back. In the past, Mayweather has defended Bieber’s music (we think?) to reporters, and Bieber has called Money a “clean-cut guy.” Now, Biebs is doubling down, in a Complex cover story that truly is the gift that keeps on giving.

    In the interview, Bieber is asked whether or not hanging out with people like Mayweather makes him an easy target for critics. In his response, Bieber basically said that Mayweather’s haters are stupid for hanging onto to his every word – because he’s an entertainer who knows how to work the system.

    “With Floyd, he’s just an image,” Bieber said. “I think he may not do the best job at being humble, but that’s not his job. I mean, it’s good to see people that are just humble and cool and down-to-earth and chill, but he’s trying to get pay-per-view numbers. He’s

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  • 20Jul

    To quote the signature opening of Bill Maher’s monologue, I know why you’re excited. It’s because this recap marks one year since we started offering our weekly take on pro wrestling’s premiere episodic series. Unless I’m mistaken, and you simply can’t curb your enthusiasm for the glorified MSG house show that’s airing live on the WWE Network this coming Saturday. In which case, all I can say is: weirdo.

    Nevertheless, last night’s broadcast was much less concerned with lighting the fiery path to Hell in a Cell than imploring audiences to subscribe to WWE’s streaming service to catch the apex of a supposed epic rivalry between Brock Lesnar and Big Show. That, and continuing to put Seth Rollins in the no-win situation of selling mortal fear in the face of demon Kane’s duplicitous antics. Good thing we at least got some New Day hijinks to kick things off, not to mention an unexpected candidate for match of the year to bid farewell.

    So, without any further uprising from a resurgent King Barrett, here’s a barrage of the five key things (in addition to the usual accompaniment of Twitter-friendly sidebar fodder) I took away from the September 28 edition of Raw.

    5. JBL Needs

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  • 11Jul

    What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico, apparently. That’s the only way to explain why it took four days for a video clip of a Fox Deportes reporter getting hit by a car to go viral.

    Over the weekend, reporter David Medrano Mora was standing outside of Guadalajara Airport to break down Chivas’ 2-1 victory over Club America. It should’ve been a routine broadcast, but before he was able to drop any knowledge, he was struck by a car and sent flying out of frame, all while on live TV.

    You’d think someone standing in the middle of a parking lot with a camera in front of them would prevent a driver from taking a spot (there are also, like, ten empty ones in the background of the shot). But apparently that’s not how they do it down in Mexico. Luckily, Mora wasn’t run over – probably wondering what the loud thud was, the driver stopped the car immediately and slowly moved forward. Even so, with Mora nowhere in sight, the broadcast quickly returned to his very confused colleague in the studio, who managed to keep his cool while they waited for an update.

    “But what happened?” Aldo Sanchez asked. “Careful. We are

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  • 01Jul

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has defended the Washington Redskins’ use of the controversial moniker, saying, “I don’t think politicians ought to have any say in that, to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.” Speaking to Sirius XM’s The Arena (via Mediate), Bush added that, “It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team. Washington has a huge fanbase. I’m missing something here I guess.”

    Bush then cited a 2005 NCAA decision that allowed the Florida State University Seminoles to keep their name because tribal leaders endorsed its coninued usage. However, the Seminole – like the Ute, the name of the University of Utah’s sports teams – are an actual Native American tribe, whereas “Redskin” is widely considered a derogatory term.

    As Think Progress points out, Bush has good reason to defend the Redskins name: The team’s owner Daniel Snyder contributed $100,000 to the Republican candidate’s Super PAC. Snyder has vowed never to change the team’s name despite mounting pressure from football fans and the U.S. government; last summer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled the team’s trademark registrations because it was deemed derogatory to Native Americans.

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  • 22Jun

    After successfully evading the backlash against their controversial team name and logo amidst the many NFL scandals last season, the Washington Redskins are once again the subject of public scrutiny. This time, the scrutiny also has legal ramifications.

    A federal judge ruled today that the team’s trademark registration must be canceled. That doesn’t mean the mascot will necessarily be changed, however. The ruling states that the team can continue using the Redskins name and issuing trademark infringement lawsuits, according to ESPN.. It will simply lose many of the protections guaranteed by a federally-registered trademark.

    The Redskins organization sued a group of five Native American activists in August 2014 after their trademark registration was voided earlier that year, according to CNN. The group of Native American activists claimed, as have many others, that the logo and name of the football team are insensitive to Native Americans. It’s been a long-running legal battle that’s only intensified due to recent criticism.

    Unsurprisingly, the Redskins are pushing back against the ruling. They are expected to file several appeals, and the trademark registration will not officially be removed until that process is complete.

    “I am surprised by the judge’s decision to prevent us from presenting our evidence in an open trial,” said

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  • 17Jun

    Once upon a time (and like four combovers ago), Donald Trump owned the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team that featured Heisman winners Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie. And we all know how he feels about Twitter, his preferred platform for spleen venting and dating advice.

    Related: Tom Brady Says a Donald Trump Presidency ‘Would Be Great’

    So it should come as no surprise that on Monday, Trump found a way to combine his two great passions, hosting a Twitter Q&A that ended up being oddly football-specific.

    How specific? Well, of the thousands of questions submitted through the hashtag #AskTrump, Donald decided to answer a dozen of them – two of which had to do with NFL quarterbacks. For starters, he was asked how the Dallas Cowboys could survive without star signal caller Tony Romo, lost for at least two months to a fractured clavicle. And, well, Trump says they’ll have to lean on their defense if they hope to make the playoffs.

    “It’s a terrible thing for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony is a great guy, I know him. It certainly will hurt Dallas, but their defense is excellent,” he said. “Not good news.”

    It bears mention that, in the middle of that

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  • 11Jun

    Roger Federer defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the US Open, capping a season in which he won three Grand Slam titles and ascended to No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time in his career. All by the age of 23.

    On December 12, 2004, Jesus Aparicio – a massive Federer fan – was seriously injured in a car crash while out celebrating his 18th birthday. The accident would leave him in a coma, one he’d remain in for nearly 11 years, until finally waking up on August 27, 2015. It took some time for Aparicio’s speech to recover, but as soon as it did, one of the first things he asked about was his tennis idol. To his amazement, he learned that Federer was not only still at it, but still winning.

    “When I knew that, at 34 years, he is still playing and is No. 2 in the world, I thought they were kidding me,” Aparicio told Tennis World. “When I heard that he reached 17 Slam titles, I put my hands on my face.”

    Aparicio – who, at the time of his accident, had been planning a trip to Wimbledon to watch Federer play – woke up days before

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