2020/03/27

DeafDigest Sports – March 25-27, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf WNBA playrers

— Tennessee deaf vs U of Tenn in football

— a big football win in 1961

— update on world deaf cricket

— deaf sports intern

— college deaf kicker/punter

— elite deaf pitcher, baseball

— remembering Matt Hamill

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news some days!

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Deaf Sports intern

It was announced today that Noah Valencia,
basketball great who just completed his
Gallaudet career, is the deaf sports
intern with the USA Deaf Sports.

DeafDigest Sports looks forward to getting
deaf international sports updates from
USA Deaf Sports.

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Women’s Sport: Top Ten WNBA Players of all time

part of newspaper story

3. Tamika Catchings
Drafted third overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Catchings has completed 15
seasons in the WNBA but her impact off the court is what really makes this
star shine. She was the recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian
Award in 2015 and is the founder of Catch The Stars Foundation, a
community service non-profit that empowers youths (ages 7-18) by providing
programmes to promote fitness, literacy and youth development.

note:
Catchings has a hearing loss and spent her teenage years denying it,
hiding her hearing aid. While she has admitted her hearing loss as she
matured into a fine woman, she does not “advertise” it.

Current Emma Meeseman, Mystics, has a hearing loss and was always more
open with it as opposed to Catchings.

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Vols’ football history 1905-1906: Head coach J.D. Depree

part of newspaper story

Depree, a Michigan graduate, compiled a record of 4-11-3 during his
two-year tenure at Tennessee.

During his first year in 1905, he guided the Vols to a 3-5-1 record,
matching the mark of his predecessor, S.D. Crawford, who coached Tennessee
for just one season.

Depree did not get a signature win at Tennessee, although the Vols did
claim a 104-0 victory over American University of Harriman. The Vols
opened the year with a 16-6 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf.

note:
deaf school boys versus big college men in football?

Years way back, it was common for deaf boys to stay at deaf school
until age 21 – and so, it was not really boys versus men, but more
of men versus men

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Times Gone By: A football day in ’61 (Nebraska)

part of newspaper story

Fort Calhoun, however, the Pioneers — who played eight-man football at the
time — weren’t as lucky. They were routed by the Nebraska School for the
Deaf, 48-12.

note:
Nebraska no longer has a football team for one reason – the school
closed up permanently years later. Very sad.

The last season Nebraska had a football team, they only had six
boys for 6-man football but the superintendent said “no way we
will drop football” and the team played a full schedule.

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Deaf Cricket One-day World Cup postponed

LAHORE                   –            Deaf cricket one day World Cup
scheduled to be played later this year from November 24 in United Arab
Emirates (UAE) has been postponed due to world wide spread of coronavirus
pandemic.

This was stated by Pakistan’s Chief Executive Officer of the Deaf
International Cricket Council (DICC), Zahirud Din Babar here on Tuesday.
He said DICC has taken this decision after its correspondence between its
top officials including Chairman Stefan Pichowski (England) and Vice
Chairman Ishtiaq Ahmad (Pakistan) and its affiliated bodies across the
globe.

“The DICC thanks and values Australia, England, Pakistan, India, South
Africa for their views, guidance and present situation in their respective
countries, we also welcome impending views from other member countries,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and
Zimbabwe “, said the DICC CEO. “This has led to the unanimous decision to
postpone the mega event in the larger interest of health and safety of the
players belonging to all the participating countries”, said Zahir adding
“We will not be able to confirm new dates until there is a clearer outcome
on sporting events around the globe that has seen the cancellation and
postponement.

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college deaf kicker/punter

Ross Kennedy

rising 5th year senior

Drake University (Iowa, NCAA-I)

football

missed his sole field goal attempt but was 2 of 2 on PATs
as team’s #2 kicker

team’s #1 punter – 39.7 yards per punt; longest 63 yards; one
of his punts was blocked; 16 punts reached inside 20 yards.

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elite deaf pitcher, baseball

Dmitri Kourtis pitched two seasons in independent
minor league ball.

He has not been offered a contract and for all practical
purposes, is retired from baseball.

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remembering Matt Hamill

Jon Jones, probably the greatest MMA fighter
ever, just cannot stay out of trouble, according
to latest newspaper stories.

We shall remember that Jones lost one MMA
fight – to Matt Hamill, the retired deaf MMA
fighter.

Yes, the defeat was due to disqualification for
an illegal hold. Jones was angry about the sole
loss on his fighting resume – and appealed the
loss.

The MMA people overruled Jones on his appeal.

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random deafsports thoughts

are we seeing the growth of Deaf E-Sports?

Gallaudet has made an annoucement of their
own intramural E-Sports plans.

Is E-Sports the same as real sports?

DeafDigest Sports editor wishes to stay out of
these arguments for one reason – he has never
seen E-Sports in person; just reads about it
in newspapers, magazines and web sites.

It, however, was not too many days ago that
Fremont has suggested E-Sports among deaf
schools.

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