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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) -- Washington handed Dallas a gift yesterday and the Cowboys are hoping to unwrap the present.

The Redskins upset of the Eagles yesterday put the Cowboys in position to clinch the NFC East with a win today at home against Indianapolis. Dallas has built its 10-4 record on the strength of NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray who is expected to play today despite having surgery on his broken left hand.

Indianapolis has already clinched the AFC South title with its 10-4 mark.

Arizona is in position to wrap up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win today, but it appears to be a tall order. For starters, 11-3 Arizona will have Ryan Lindley at quarterback against Seattle due to injuries. He has yet to through a touchdown in the NFL. Arizona is 7-0 at home this season but is facing a hard-charging 10-4 Seahawks team, who's defense has surrendered just 27 points in its last two games.

New England can take another step toward locking down home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a road win over the Jets.

Green Bay is looking to rebound from its stunning loss to Buffalo last week, when it visits Tampa Bay. A Packers wins earns them a playoff spot and keeps them in position to capture the NFC North with a win over playoff-bound Detroit next week.

A Pittsburgh win over Kansas City today earns the 9-5 Steelers their first playoff spot in three years. The Chiefs need a win to stay in the playoff chase.

The 6-8 Saints host 5-9 Atlanta in a key game in the sub-par NFC South. New Orleans can wrap up the division with a win and Carolina loss to Cleveland. The Saints need to win to stay alive. Despite the team's record, the game features the top two passing offenses in the NFC. Falcons receiving star Julio Jones returns to the line-up after missing last week's game with a hip injury.

Quarterback Cam Newton will start for Carolina against the Browns today, after missing last week's game with two fractures in his lower back suffered in a car accident.

There are 12 games in all on the NFL schedule.


DATELINE (AP) -- Memphis will try to regroup after a rare home loss to Chicago Friday, when they visit Cleveland this afternoon. The loss snapped the Grizzlies six-game winning streak that included impressive wins over Golden State and San Antonio. Still Grizzlies enter the game against LeBron James and his bunch with the best record in the Southwest Division. The Cavs are a game and half back of Chicago for the Central Division lead but have only won two of their last five games.

Toronto is cruising along with a 9 1-2 game lead over second-place Boston in the Atlantic Division heading into today's game against the Knicks. The Raptors have won five in a row.

The Southeast Division leading Wizards have won six straight heading into today's home game against Phoenix.

Hard-charging Oklahoma City is back home for a meeting with New Orleans. The Thunder have won eight of nine. OKC hopes to have Kevin Durant back in the line-up after he missed Friday's win over the Lakers with a sprained right ankle.

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