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Morteza Mehrzadselakjani, the tallest Paralympian in history, helps Iran win sitting volleyball gold at the Tokyo Paralympics

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At two meters, 46 centimeters (eight foot, one inch) tall, Morteza Mehrzadselakjani is the not-so-secret weapon of Iran's sitting volleyball team. The tallest Paralympian in history and the joint-second tallest man ...

Iran’s 8-foot sitting volleyball star Morteza Mehrzad leads team to Paralympic semifinals

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Morteza Mehrzad, 33, is an 8-foot-1 Paralympian and holds the record for the tallest competitor. He helped Iran win gold in the 2016 Paralympics and is leading the charge again. Iran finished undefeated in group play...

Colorado high school volleyball coach says school administrators asked him to denounce being gay or leave his job

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A volleyball coach says administrators at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, forced him to leave his job because he refused to denounce being gay. Inoke Tonga said in a Facebook post that ad...

Denver high school volleyball coach says he was pressured to resign because he is gay

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Tonga said that the school’s pastor and athletic director told him if he didn’t "denounce being gay" he would lose his job. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . "I sat in the room being grilled about how being ...

Virginia high school volleyball coach charged with sexual assault of teen player

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Elisabeth R. Bredemeier, 21, of Powhatan, was charged with taking indecent liberties with a child by a custodian and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Chesterfield County Police Department said. RAPE IN...

US women beat Brazil to win 1st Olympic volleyball gold

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The frustration of being so close but not quite good enough was replaced by a feeling of relief after the U.S. women’s volleyball team finally claimed Olympic gold with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 victory over Brazil on Su...

Norway men beat Russia for beach volleyball gold; Qatar bronze

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"I always dreamed of beating my mom in the Olympics," the son of the 1996 Olympian said after a victory over Russia to win the gold medal with Christian Sorum on Saturday. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . "...

US women advance to beach volleyball final

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April Ross and Alix Klineman beat Switzerland 21-12, 21-11 at Shiokaze Park on Thursday to clinch at least a silver medal. It will be the third medal for Ross, who won silver in London and bronze in Rio de Janeiro. K...

Short-handed US advances to women’s volleyball semifinals

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The short-handed Americans overcame the absence of two starters to beat the Dominican Republic 25-11, 25-20, 25-19 on Wednesday and advance to the semifinals. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . The U.S. will ...

US women lose in soccer, win in volleyball, basketball

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The U.S. women's soccer team can't say the same. Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada earned a 1-0 semifinal victory over the United States in the Olympic women’s soccer competition o...

Olympic volleyball players crash heads in horrifying scene

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Cansu Ozbay and Meliha Ismailoglu collided after attempting to hit the ball at the same time. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE . Ozbay’s mouth was bleeding following the collision, but she and Ismailoglu retu...

US men’s volleyball eliminated early at Olympics

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Instead of building on the bronze medal won in Rio de Janeiro five years ago, the Americans are going home early from the Olympics for the first time in more than 20 years. "It's heartbreaking," Christenson said afte...

US volleyball star back for 3rd Olympics after giving birth

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A challenging pregnancy that robbed her of most of her core strength left her questioning whether she could get back to her usual elite level. But Gunderson had set a goal of being both a mother and professional athl...

Crabb out (COVID), Bourne in for US beach volleyball team

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Crabb confirmed his withdrawal on Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press, noting that he was vaccinated and tested negative before he left the United States but tested positive when he arrived in Japan. "I’m...

Team USA volleyball player Taylor Crabb reportedly tests positive for Covid-19 and will miss Tokyo Olympics

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US men's beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for Covid-19, according to NBC News. Crabb is the fourth US athlete to test positive for the virus. "...

Zoom meetings built chemistry for US Women’s Volleyball team

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Unable to work together on serves, sets or spikes, they decided to use that extra time to work on culture, relationships and teamwork. What followed were a regular stretch of mostly player-only Zoom meetings coordina...

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