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BOSTON (AP) – NFL veterans who started playing tackle football before the age of 12 are more likely to have cognitive difficulties after their careers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology.

PHOENIX (AP) – With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of about five years.

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.

Independence High basketball player Marcus Thomas hit the game winning shot to beat Porter Ridge Tuesday. Then, hours later, he and his family escaped a fire that extensively damaged their home on Forrest Rader Drive in Mint Hill.

North Mecklenburg had enough run at the right time to take command of the MECKA basketball race.

A roundup of games from the Charlotte area, plus top girls’ and boys’ performers from Tuesday night’s high school basketball games.

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Charlotte Observer Basketball Schedule ? Jan. 26-31Monday, Jan. 26Charlotte United Christian at N...

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Quarterback Smith, DB Henderson, coach Palmieri lead all-Observer teams with West Charlotte coach Collins

The Observer recognizes the top players and coaches in high school volleyball, boys' soccer, cross country, tennis and golf.

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