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SALT LAKE CITY - In cases of abuse there are two categories, victims and survivors. There are millions of victims and everyone needs to take it seriously. Survivors are ones that live to tell their tale.
Keyon Dooling is a survivor.
Dooling's NBA career wasn't exceptionally memorable. Fans might know the name, he played at Missouri was drafted 10th overall by the Magic, then bounced around the NBA for 12 years, finally landing in Boston earlier this year.
Then he retired in August after a nervous breakdown which lead him to a stay in a mental institution. That is when he started reliving and remembering his survival of childhood abuse.
David Aldridge on NBA.com wrote about Dooling's struggle in great detail including what Dooling plans on doing now, "After a lifetime of hiding the truth, Dooling now wants to tell his story, hoping that it will help kids that are in a similar predicament -- or convince potential predators to seek help before they destroy someone's life." Now his career has taken a new turn. He basically had suffered from his own post traumatic stress disorder and is now opening up about his history of abuse as a survivor. He went on with Katie Couric to talk about it. The link contains videos of the interview.
This video is him talking about what to do if there are any other survivors out there that don't know what to do.
He includes speaking up, finding people that you can trust and being courageous.
For anyone that is going through something like this please find heed his words and find help. As Dooling said there are people out there that want to help and will help you.
From ambulance to first PGA win:
Charlie Bejhan had one last tournament on the PGA Tour before he would have to find another way to provide for his family and things were actually going his way in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
The 28-year-old new father of a 7-week-old boy was rolling pretty well through the first two rounds of the tournament as he was in the range of making the cut. Everything seemed to be going right until the final few holes of the second round when he had trouble breathing and his blood pressure went up. A panic attack was setting in.
He finished the round, and left on a stretcher.
He spent the night in a hospital and got an hour of sleep before returning to the links for his last two rounds.
"I believe that everything happens for a reason, and sometimes days like Friday weren't very enjoyable, but the score was wonderful, and I think it taught me that it doesn't matter about your golf swing or your putting stroke," Beljan said. "I was literally fighting for my life and I just think that you can't ever give up."
He didn't give up and after a 1-under third round and a 3-under final round he clinched his first PGA victory by two shots.
He now has a bit of financial security, but more importantly he has a two-year Tour exemption to keep playing.
104-80 blowout in... football!?
So at what point does a coach call off the dogs? After the team has scored 50, 60 or 97? Well, when the other team scores 80 that last seven points after 97 actually comes in handy. That is the scenario that Davidson Day high school in North Carolina had when they won 104-80 over Harrells Christian.
This game was lead by Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier who threw for a national record 837 yards. He accomplished that by completing 35 of his 42 passes and connecting on 10 touchdowns. The old yardage record was 764 yards set in 2000.
Nope, none of that was a typo.
Grier has one game left after the win in the championship game, which could boost his numbers this season. He is only a junior, but he has thrown 64 touchdowns, sixth-most in national history. The most is 91 set in 2007.
The reason they had to keep throwing was the opposing team's running back Russell Washington who had 46 carries for 429 yards and eight touchdowns, tied for fourth-most in national history.
Want to hear the really scary record that both teams combined didn't break? Most points scored in a game. That belongs to Haven, in Haven, Kan. In 1927. If you combine Davidson and Harrells it would be 184. Haven scored 256.
Here is the video of every touchdown for just Davidson Day, and it takes around two and a half minutes.
DeMarcus Cousins being DeMarcus Cousins:
DeMarcus Cousins isn't known for his cool head and calm demeanor, ever. But, if David Locke or Ron Boone are reading this they should probably contemplate their words about him when the Kings visit the Jazz next week.
Cousins was playing in San Antonio and he was partaking in some trash talking with Tim Duncan. It started with Cousins getting five points on the legend, and Cousins started talking. Duncan responded with a block and buckets of his own, and then Sean Elliot started talking up his former teammate, this quote comes from Mike Monroe on the Spursnation blog.
"That's why some humility is in order," Elliott said on the air. "You think you're dominating Tim Duncan, you get it stuffed right back in your face. Timmy doesn't like to talk trash. But if guys start talking mess to him, he's going to respond. All that trash talking was premature. I'm not about to let these guys off the hook. Young ballclub should learn from this. Don't start talking and flapping your gums against one of the greatest players ever. He's going to make you pay. Tell me who got the best of this exchange."
Cousins overheard or was told about Elliot's speech and waited around postgame to confront the broadcaster. According to reports he walked up to Elliot and started talking, then the broadcaster walked away and Cousins followed him for while before leaving.
Now the NBA has suspended the troubled big man the next two games for this behavior.
And I'm going to watch myself next week after calling Cousins troubled.