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Athlete of the Week: Gage Kohner

by Matt Lincoln/CBS12

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Thanks to having the best facilities in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton High School has one of the strongest swimming programs in the state.
     Their best swimmer is a state champion on the high school level, but has his eyes set on something much bigger.
     If Gage Kohner wasn't born to swim, it wasn't too long after he came to this world that he felt that urge.
    "I kept trying to dive into the deep end of my grandmother's pool," says Gage. "So my parents thought might as well teach him to swim so he doesn't kill himself."
     Little did Kohner's parents know at the time, but that was the start of something special.
    "He's just that guy you want on your team," says Boca Raton coach Eric Hill. "Great leader, hard worker, and you can always count on him.
     Last year Kohner was an important member of Boca Raton's state championship team.
     This year, he's a state champion as an individual, winning the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle at states last weekend.
     Gage, is a big man on campus at Boca, and he's bringing that persona to a much bigger campus - Northwestern University, where he'll swim for the team, and study pre-med.
     "The training there will set me up to swim in the olympics," says Gage. "If that is in the cards for me."
     Gage has come a long way since his grandmother's pool, but his journey to greatness has just begun.
Athlete of the Week: Gage Kohner

Thursday, November 21 2013, 11:07 PM EST

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UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Yankees beat Toronto 6-4, handing Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) his 12th loss in 13 career decisions against the Yanks. The Blue Jays have lost 17 straight at Yankee Stadium in a streak dating to 2012.

Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) homered for the first time since last August. The Yanks have won seven of eight since the All-Star break.

The bright spot for Toronto was two home runs by Jose Bautista. He's reached the 20-homer plateau for the fifth straight year. He also doubled and drove in four.

In other baseball:

-- The Tampa Bay Rays won their eighth in a row, 6-4 over Boston. David Price won his sixth start in a row and improved to 11-7. Evan Longoria hit a three-run double.

-- Denard (deh-NAHRD') Span had his second straight four-hit game, scored a run and had an RBI in Washington's 4-1 victory over Cincinnati. The Reds have lost a season-worst seven in a row. Tanner Roark won his 10th game with seven strong innings.

-- Washington's lead in the NL East is now two and a-half games over Atlanta after the Braves dropped a 5-2 decision to San Diego. Rookie Jesse Hahn allowed only three hits in six innings to improve to 6-2 overall, and 4-0 on the road.

-- Philadelphia worked over Arizona 9-5. Domonic Brown hit a homer, a double and drove in three. Grady Sizemore had three hits, including the 1,000th of his career.

-- Luis Valbuena (vahl-BWAY'-noh) cracked a decisive two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a three-run deficit to hand the St. Louis Cardinals the fourth straight loss, 7-6. The teams combined for five home runs and 23 hits with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field.

-- A two-run home run by Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) highlighted a three-run ninth inning rally that gave the New York Mets a 3-2 win over Milwaukee.

-- Texas knocked off AL West-leading Oakland 4-1. Just-recalled hurler Jerome Williams pitched six solid innings while becoming the team-record 31st pitcher used this season by the Rangers.

-- Pinch-hitter Billy Butler's two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Cleveland Indians 6-4. The Royals have won four straight.

-- The Chicago White Sox took care of Minnesota 9-5. Jose Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) hit his major league-leading 30th homer and drove in three runs.

-- Lowly Colorado smacked Pittsburgh 8-1. Carlos Gonzalez homered and Josh Rutledge had two hits and drove in four runs.

-- Miami blanked Houston 2-0. Jeff Mathis hit a two-run double for all the scoring. Brad Hand pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning to even his mark at 2-2.


UNDATED (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') acknowledged he's "made some rookie mistakes" during the offseason, but doesn't think his partying has hurt his chances of winning a starting job.

Manzeil was speaking on the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior during the past two months.

In other football news:

-- Jim Irsay was back at one of his favorite hangouts Friday -- the Indianapolis Colts' training camp -- and he's hoping to stick around a while longer. The 55-year-old Colts owner did not discuss his looming DWI court case or NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's pending decision or any potential punishments stemming from his March arrest.

-- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says that while his surgically repaired ankle is getting better, it's not completely healed. The Pro Bowl QB participated in his first full practice Friday night at Fan Fest since undergoing surgery in March. Newton looked sharp throwing passes but struggled with his timing on handoffs.

-- Sam Bradford is trying to forget all about his surgically repaired left knee. Except for a brace, the St. Louis Rams have no restrictions in training camp for their quarterback. The first overall pick of the 2010 draft missed the last nine games last season and is a key to a franchise seeking a breakthrough season.

-- The Atlanta Falcons have waived wide receiver Darius Johnson. He made a surprising contribution last season after star receiver Julio Jones went down with a season-ending injury. Johnson played in 10 games with two starts, making 22 catches for 210 yards and one touchdown.

-- A judge has convicted Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in his Alabama hometown. McClain has been sentenced to an 18-day jail term that could interrupt his bid to restart his career.


ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks have signed Adreian Payne who was the team's first-round pick last month. The 6-foot-10 power forward from Michigan State was the 15th overall pick in the draft.

Payne averaged 12.5 points and seven rebounds while starting all six games for the Hawks' Las Vegas summer league team this month.

He finished his college career as Michigan State's career leader with 141 blocked shots. He averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior.


PORTHCAWL, Wales (AP) -- Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) followed up his Thursday 6-under 65 with a second round 5-under 66 to grab the midway lead in the British Senior Open at 11-under. The German tops Chris Williams of England, who shot a second-round 1-under 70 to stand 4-under for the tournament, and Scotland's Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie, who shot a 66 to finish at 4-under as well.


MONTREAL (AP) -- Two-time champ Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) shot a course record 7-under 63 to grab a share of the lead in the second round of the Canadian Open. Furyk is at 10-under par, tied with Tim Petrovic (peh-TROH'-vihk) who shot 66.

Graham DeLaet (deh-LEHT') played in the same group as Furyk and also shot a record-tying 63 and is two shots off the pace. He's trying to become the first Canadian in 60 years to win his country's national championship.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The teams of Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr along with Paula Creamer and Stacy Lewis scored wins for the United States over Spain in the LPGA International Crown. The victories come a day after the top-seeded U.S. lost twice to Taiwan and was the only country without a point. The Americans will finish off better ball play against Thailand Saturday, trying to earn a spot in the singles matches Sunday that will determine the winner.


TORONTO (AP) -- Goalie James Reimer (RY'-mur) and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

Reimer lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier (BURN'-yay) last season, but was forced into service late in the season after Bernier sustained a knee injury.

Reimer was 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals-against average last season. In four seasons with Toronto, he's 65-48-15 with a 2.85 GAA.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Cooper, who was part of five NBA championship teams with the Lakers, has had surgery for tongue cancer. The 58-year old is the current head coach of the WNBA Atlanta Dream and is a former head coach of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks.

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