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Wheelchair Tennis Championships proves tennis is a "sport for life"

By John Evenson

The South Florida Open Wheelchair Championships feature the best in the sport from our area, including athletes who never thought they'd ever take to the court.

Boca Raton's Stuart Contant was injured in a helicopter accident in Afghanistan back in 2002, and had never played tennis as an able bodied athlete. Now his competitive nature has made him one of the best wheelchair tennis players in Palm Beach County at age 50.

Jan Proctor has been playing tennis for over 30 years, 10 of them in a wheelchair, and says that tennis in undoubtedly a sport for life.

Click on the video link to watch them play, and to hear what keeps their competitive spirits alive on the court.

Wheelchair Tennis Championships proves tennis is a "sport for life"

Sunday, April 6 2014, 04:22 PM EDT

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims. Their appeal echoes their previous complaints that some players won't be fairly compensated under the settlement, which would cover nearly 20,000 retired players for 65 years.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons says coach Doc Rivers has told him he'll quit if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team. Parsons made the statement while testifying in a trial to determine whether Sterling's wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA has sought to force out Sterling since soon after racist statements emerged on recordings in April.

Rivers, who is black, has said he had heard from other Clippers business employees that they didn't think they would be able to work for Sterling under the circumstances.

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CLEVELAND (AP) --It's not clear as to how long Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers but a person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick in the near future. Wiggins has been linked to a possible trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person familiar with the talks says Wiggins will sign with Cleveland as early as Wednesday.

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The Cavs and Timberwolves have had ongoing discussions about a trade for Love since before the draft. The Timberwolves have always insisted that Wiggins be involved in any package, a stipulation the Cavaliers have resisted.

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-- The Golden State Warriors and swingman Brandon Rush have completed the deal they agreed to last week. The contract is for two years and about $2.5 million.

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