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Nearly 50 years after his first assignment, a sportswriter reflects on his last Kentucky Derby

ftw.usatoday.com — LOUISVILLE - I've been to Churchill Downs in the early morning light to watch the horses train in front of empty grandstands. I've been there with more than 150,000 others on Kentucky Derby day to watch the charge out of the gate. I'll be there Saturday for the 141st running.

Legendary trainer Bob Baffert doesn’t get invited to any Kentucky Derby parties

ftw.usatoday.com — LOUISVILLE - Attention whoever is handling guest lists for the primo Kentucky Derby parties this weekend. Trainer Bob Baffert is a three-time Derby winner. He has a good shot to make it four Saturday with either of his two top horses, American Pharoah or Dortmund.

Johnny Weir’s custom-made Kentucky Derby hat will be ‘aggressive and very fun’

ftw.usatoday.com — LOUISVILLE - What kind of over-the-top hat will Johnny Weir wear at Saturday's Kentucky Derby? The answer will be in a box that will be shipped to Weir here this week from his hat designer.

Judge approves settlement - at least $900M - to NFL concussion lawsuits

usatoday.com — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement to resolve a concussion lawsuit between the NFL and thousands of former players. U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody issued the 132-page ruling in Philadelphia saying the settlement was "fair, reasonable, and adequate."

Ball State celebration's tragic turn

usatoday30.usatoday.com — Ball State celebration's tragic turn By Gary Mihoces, USA TODAY Not unlike many 22-year-olds, Andrew Bourne occasionally watches college football on TV. But for him there is nothing routine about seeing fans rush the field after a big victory. "It's hard not to think about what happened to me when I did that," he says.

NFL Foundation among inaugural Youth Sports Safety Awards winners

usatodayhss.com — Preaching safety in youth/high school sports is one thing. Making it happen requires funding, data on injuries and monitoring by health care professionals. Those areas were recognized Monday at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas when the National Athletic Trainers" Association presented its first Youth Sports Safety Awards.

New guidelines established for young athletes who face mental health issues

usatodayhss.com — Concussions now command attention across sports, but the same type of response has not been provided to young athletes when they face mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and more. New guidelines released Monday are aimed at closing the response gap.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti jokes he’s ‘off suicide watch’ after tumultuous 2014 season

ftw.usatoday.com — Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was colorful and candid with comments Tuesday during an annual state of the Ravens press conference. He was asked how the 2014 season that brought the Ray Rice domestic violence controversy had "affected" him personally and his "appreciation" of team ownership after generally being perceived previously in a positive fashion.

Study shows positive results for Heads Up Football youth program

usatodayhss.com — On the heels of a study raising questions about youth football and brain impairment later in life among NFL players comes another study showing positive results for a national program to protect the heads of young players.

Songify turns Tom Brady’s press conference into a hilarious and loving ode to his footballs

ftw.usatoday.com — As you'll recall, Tom Brady gave a full press conference on the 'Deflategate' (Although I prefer 'Ballghazi') scandal, and talked at length about how he likes his footballs. Because the good people of Songify are talented and care deeply about all of us and want the best for us, they picked out the most laughable soundbites and used autotune to fashioned the thing into a song called "Those Balls are Perfect."
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