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Former NFLer Merril Hoge talks football safety with new helmet system

Shown is an example of Riddel's new InSite

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Former NFL player and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge almost lost his life to post-concussion syndrome in 1994.

“I was in cardiac arrest and intensive care for two days,” said Hoge, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears, and was one of the first players to undergo cognitive testing. “Not only did [a head injury] cost me my career, it almost cost me my life.”

At the...

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Woman's plan to give 'obese' kids a note instead of Halloween treats blasted on social media

For those kids who one Fargo woman deems

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A woman who said she's going to give "moderately obese” kids a finger-wagging note for their parents this Halloween instead of sweet treats is being scolded on social media.

The unnamed Fargo, N.D. woman said on a radio show she believes “it’s just really irresponsible of parents to send them out looking for free candy just ‘cause all the other kids are doing it.'"


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Green Vale School's Pacers compete, volunteer at Runner's World Half Marathon & Festival

The 8th-grade girls of The Green Vale School's

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This weekend The Green Vale School’s girls running club, the Pacers, will be competing in and volunteering at the Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival in Bethlehem, Pa.

The first out-of-state venture for the team, these 8th-graders, who their coaches say fundraised more than $600 to cover their costs, will be attending running seminars, competing in the 5K portion of the weekend and volunteering...

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Long Island competitors reflect on Ironman World Championship

Marc Blumencranz, right, of Manhasset, celebrates as he

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KAILUA-KONA, HI -- On Saturday, Marc Blumencranz of Manhasset, Adam Quinn of Port Jefferson Station and Bob Spina Jr. of North Massapequa were able to accomplish a feat that very few are even able to qualify for, let alone finish. The trio competed in -- and completed -- the 35th Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

For many, the mere thought of competing in a 2.4-mile swim,...

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Ironman World Championship: Meet Long Island's competitors

Marc Blumencranz, 50, left, Adam Quinn, 24, center,

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When Long Island’s Marc Blumencranz enters the waters of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, for the start of the Ironman World Championship’s 2.4-mile swim on Oct. 12, there will be a lot more on his mind than simply crossing the finish line -- that is, after he completes the ensuing vicious 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. For Blumencranz, this race is more than attaining the title of an Ironman.


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Ironman World Championship course profiles

Professional Ironman athlete Dirk Bockel, of Luxembourg, emerges

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Below are the course profiles, including changes in elevation when applicable, for the cycling, running and swimming portions of the 2013 Ironman World Championship that will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013.   Ironman World Championship Bike Course 2013


  Ironman World Championship Run Course 2013


  Ironman World Championship...

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Ironman: A history and race day lookahead

Amateur Ironman athletes wait for the start of

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As the sun rises above the western mountains of the Kailua-Kona, Hawaii coast on Oct. 12, two-thousand of the world’s most elite athletes will take to the waters of Kailua Bay on the path to a dream -- being crowned with the title of an Ironman.

With a 17-hour time cutoff, the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile marathon -- all done in succession -- make the Ironman World Championship...

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Ironman triathlete details journey to Hawaii

Ironman athlete Kevin Dessart competes in the cycling

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Leading up to the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 12 I received an exclusive peek inside the training and specifics that accompany being an Ironman triathlete.

My subject?

Well, it’s my brother, Kevin, who’s on the verge of entering his eighth world championship and has completed 13 full-distance (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run) Ironman races,...

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With the government shutdown, who will track this year’s flu?

A look at the national flu map as


Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track the progress of the influenza virus throughout the United States.

However, like many other federal agencies, the CDC is closed due to the government shutdown. That means that, until Washington comes to a deal, the CDC's official flu map/tracking won't be updated.

A traditional tool in gauging the severity of flu strains...

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Justin Bieber’s workout routine all about upper body

Justin Bieber and his trainer, Patrick Nilsson, right,

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Justin Bieber’s workout routine is all about his upper body.

“We all want impressive chest and arms,” Bieber told Newsday, during his recent tour in Asia.

And for the pop star’s trainer, it’s all about adding more size to Bieber’s 5-foot-9, 137-pound frame.

“Justin was about 120 pounds when we started,” said personal trainer Patrick Nilsson. “I want to put at least 20 more pounds...

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