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Nazareth, Exodus’ Apache Paschall dies

Robert “Apache” Paschall, one of the country’s most successful girls’ basketball coaches, died at a New York hospital on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old coach at Nazareth (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and director of the Exodus NYC AAU club program had been battling an aggressive form of skin cancer since a diagnosis in October. He had also suffered a series of health issues during the past year.

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From ESPN: Men: AAU ex-CEO sexually abused them – Amateur Athletic Union announces investigation, contacts police about allegations

The Amateur Athletic Union announced an investigation Friday and said it contacted Memphis police after AAU officials learned from ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” about allegations made by two former players that AAU president and chief executive officer Robert “Bobby” Dodd molested them in the 1980s. The AAU also announced that Dodd will not be returning to the organization and named an interim leader.

“Outside the Lines” tried several times Thursday and Friday to contact Dodd about various abuse allegations made by the former two players. Dodd, 63, the AAU’s top executive since 1992, did not respond to in-person visits at his home and AAU offices, telephone calls or email to answer questions about the allegations. The players allege a pattern of inappropriate touching of them by Dodd, masturbation by Dodd while they slept in hotel rooms during tournaments, and players younger than 16 being supplied alcohol.

Kind of make my posting of this Cassandra-esque.

FWIW, The Takeaway has an interesting discussion this morning: Should Statutes of Limitations Apply to Child Sex Offenses?

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that didn’t get picked up by my google/yahoo alerts… Rarity in Division I Athletics, Native American Excels on Basketball Court

Basketball guard Tahnee Robinson is one of very few highly visible Native Americans playing on a Division I sports team. She is descended from several tribes. Her mother is Pawnee and Eastern Shoshone. Her father is Northern Cheyenne and Sioux. Her family still lives on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyo., the same reservation where she grew up.

Although clearly a standout for the University Nevada Wolf Pack, Robinson was largely unknown outside of the Western Athletic Conference.

That was until Robinson became one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, an honor bestowed each year by the Amateur Athletic Union to an outstanding amateur athlete.

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