Friday, December 15, 2017
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olympics

bad backflip paralyzes ex-olympian

Two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto is steadily regaining sensation after a backflip gone wrong during a training session left him paralyzed.

Nieto recently posted a video to let his fans and friends know he's starting to "move more stuff and breathing better." Nieto, who is retired from competition, said his plan is to document his recovery until he's "100 percent better with no complications."

Nieto, 39, was coaching in Los Angeles last week when he attempted a backflip — his signature move — and didn't complete the rotation, landing on his head. Nieto was rushed to the hospital with numbness throughout his body and an inability to move his arms and legs. He also struggled to breathe.

He had surgery to fuse a disk in his neck.

"I'd like to thank God I'm still alive," said Nieto, who finished fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics and sixth at the 2012 London Games.

tennis

Top seed ousted in Istanbul Open

Top-seeded Bernard Tomic lost to unseeded Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in the Istanbul Open. Third-seeded Ivo Karlovic beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (13-11), 7-6 (9-7) for his 300th career victory.

MORE TENNIS: Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Monica Puig 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the Prague Open semifinals in the Czech Republic. She next faces fourth-seeded Sam Stosur. … Top seed David Goffin reached the BMW Open quarterfinals by beating Victor Estrella Burgos 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in Munich. He next faces eighth-seeded Alexander Zverev.

et cetera

soccer: Lawyers representing some of the families of 96 fans crushed to death in a U.K. soccer stadium in 1989 have filed a civil suit against two British police forces, alleging misuse of power in office. The lawsuit —filed by Saunders Law on behalf of several hundred family members and survivors — was revealed Thursday after an inquest this week determined that the fans — the vast majority from Liverpool — were unlawfully killed. This week, a U.K. jury found that police and emergency services were to blame for the April 15, 1989, disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield. The suit was filed last year, but a High Court order prevented publication of information about it until the inquests ended.

obituary: Blackie Sherrod, a longtime Texas sportswriter and mentor to some of the nation's top writers, including Dan Jenkins and Edwin "Bud" Shrake, died at his Dallas home after a week in hospice care. He was 96. Mr. Sherrod was Texas sportswriter of the year a record 16 times and a Red Smith Award winner for lifetime achievement in writing. He retired in 2003, writing in his last column for the Dallas Morning News: "Retirement is like a steam bath. Once you get used to it, it's not so hot."

boxing: Carl Frampton of Northern Ireland will fight Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title July 30 at Barclays Center.

horses: A $1 million bonus is being offered for a sweep of the Aug. 20 Pacific Classic, the Oct. 1 Awesome Again Stakes and the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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High school scoreboard for Dec. 15

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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

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Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

Ryan Callahan out at least 3-4 weeks for Lightning

When Lightning wing Ryan Callahan took a nasty spill into the boards Thursday night, it didn't look good.Turns out, it wasn't. Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely with an upper body injury, evaluated after three to four weeks, per GM Steve Yzerma...
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Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

Rangers hold off Pacific-leading Kings

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