NBA star Stephen Curry advocates for clean water in schools: ‘It’s hard enough for kids’

Since January 2015, more than 100 school districts in the United States have dealt with drinking water contamination issues, including finding lead in their water supply.

Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry, who is the father of two young daughters, takes the issue to heart.

“That’s a tough pill to swallow,” he told AOL.com. “When you think about all the struggles of childhood in general, finding safe drinking options shouldn’t be one of them.

“It’s hard enough for kids to navigate life.”

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J.D. Martinez vs. Giancarlo Stanton: Kevin Millar weighs in on which MLB hotshot will perform best on new team

If you hibernated through the MLB offseason, don’t worry — you didn’t miss much. It was an uneventful winter, at best, but the few roster shake-ups that did occur should add some intrigue to the 2018 season.

Those moves happened largely in the American League, and in the East division especially. The New York Yankees traded for former Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, while the Boston Red Sox landed highly touted outfielder J.D. Martinez in free agency.

New York and Boston are notoriously tough cities to play in, especially for players coming from smaller markets. The change in environment could pose a problem for both Stanton and Martinez, who are also joining one of the most heated and historic rivalries in sports.

Kevin Millar, who was on the Red Sox in 2004 when the team came back from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees in the ALCS en route to winning the franchise’s first World Series in 86 years, knows the challenges of these cities well.

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MLB analyst Kevin Millar calls slow 2018 free agent market ‘very strange’

Major League Baseball is a business. That fact is never made more apparent than during each offseason when free agent players meet with teams to discuss money, contracts and benefits. Millions of dollars are thrown at the league’s best athletes in an attempt to woo them to a new city — or to convince them to stay where they are.

But when notable names like Jose Bautista, Melky Cabrera and Jayson Werth remain unsigned into the end of March, it’s cause for alarm.

Free agent signings over the 2017-2018 offseason were startlingly slow. Even J.D. Martinez, the cream of this winter’s crop, didn’t have a finalized contract with the Boston Red Sox until February 26 — a full 12 days after pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training.

“It was the first time we’ve seen this and I think a lot of players started panicking,” MLB Network analyst and 2004 World Series champion Kevin Millar told AOL.com on behalf of Budweiser. “It was very strange.”

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The surprising ingredient Budweiser and baseball have in common

Few things in this world are as synonymous as beer and baseball.

On a warm summer day, there’s nothing more picturesque than watching a ballgame with a cold, refreshing brew in your hand. The drink and sport are a perfect pair — but there’s a surprising link between them that you may not have realized.

And George Springer, right fielder and 2017 World Series MVP for the Houston Astros, has helped to take the relationship between beer and baseball to an entirely new level.

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Ted Cruz reveals his March Madness bracket, doesn’t pick a team from Texas

Senator Ted Cruz posted his filled out March Madness bracket to Twitter on Tuesday — but he’s not going with a team from the state he represents.

Cruz is selecting No. 2 seed Duke to win the tournament, defeating the No. 1 overall seed Virginia in the championship game. He did not specify what he thinks the score of the game will be.

Despite being a senator from Texas, Cruz predicts Texas Tech will be eliminated in the Final Four and the Texas Longhorns will be knocked out in the Elite Eight. Texas A&M only made it to the senator’s Sweet Sixteen. You can see his full bracket below.

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Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots to win first Super Bowl in franchise history

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII on Sunday night.

The Eagles scored first with a field goal in the first quarter and were ahead 22-12 at halftime after two quarters of trick plays and missed extra points on both sides. The Eagles briefly fell behind in the fourth quarter but regained the lead on a touchdown by Zach Ertz with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

After New England took possession, Philadelphia defensive end Brandon Graham punched the ball out of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s clutches with 2:09 left, and Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett recovered the fumble.

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Snowboarder Alex Deibold ‘still fighting’ after ‘heartbreaking’ Olympic experience

Alex Deibold‘s snowboarding career has been quite the ride.

The New England native says he was on skis by age two, snowboarding by age 4 and in competitions by age 8, all without much prodding from his parents. After seeing success early on in his athletic career, Deibold was recruited to attend the storied Stratton Mountain School in Vermont, which he graduated from in 2004.

“I’m still here, fighting, 14 years later,” he says of the longevity of his career.

Upon his graduation, Deibold was named to the inaugural United States snowboard team for boardcross. It was an impressive feat, but his sights were set much higher.

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Being a Philadelphia Eagles fan could be hazardous to your health

The Philadelphia Eagles are one win away from the Super Bowl — but the team’s success may actually be doing its fans more harm than good.

The excitement that comes along with being an invested sports fan can also lead to potentially dangerous health conditions, according to Dr. Vincent Figueredo, the chair of cardiology at Philadelphia’s Einstein Medical Center.

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US Olympic athletes largely unfazed by security concerns ahead of Winter Games

Pyeongchang, South Korea, is closer to Pyongyang — the North Korean capital city with a similar-sounding name — than New York City is to Boston. This close proximity has caused quite a bit of worry, especially stateside, as Pyeongchang prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympics beginning in February.

Political tensions have been on the rise around the globe concerning North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and his arsenal of ballistic and nuclear weapons. The two Koreas are technically still at war after a conflict in the 1950s ended only with a truce, and United States President Donald Trump seems to consistently be in a battle of words with the secretive Kim.

As recently as December, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned that American athletes may not even attend the 2018 Games due to threats from North Korea.

This rising global tension is certainly not lost on athletes who will soon head to the region to compete for the gold.

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These were the biggest storylines and controversies from a wild year in sports

Shoplifting, suspensions, Apple Watches — oh, my!

There’s no talking about the craziness that was 2017 in sports without touching on a few scandals and controversies.

Most of the year’s biggest stories began on the gridiron. The NFL had plenty of extra eyes on it this season as players took knees during the national anthem to rebuke social injustices around the country and scathing statements about the league (and the NBA’s Stephen Curry) from President Donald Trump. Colin Kaepernick, who began the protest back in 2016, remained without a job in the NFL.

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