Melissa Sevigny

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali passed away this summer after living for more than 30 years with Parkinson’s disease. It’s a neurological disorder that affects the way the brain communicates with the body. Some speculate repeated head trauma contributed to Ali’s illness. But except for the contact side of the sport, boxing may slow the progression of the disease. That idea is the foundation of a study led by Northern Arizona University testing the benefits of boxing on people with Parkinson’s.

Northern Arizona University contributed to a recent study that suggests sexual violence is widespread among college-age athletic men. That was linked to athletes’ attitudes towards women.

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The Navajo Nation has filed a brief affirming its opposition to the name of Washington's NFL team, the Redskins. Last year, a federal judge cancelled the team's trademark to the name, which many Native Americans consider derogatory. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, at least one Navajo tribal member is a plaintiff in the ongoing case.

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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants referees who officiate high school sporting events in northern Arizona to take cultural sensitivity training. That’s because this week Navajo female basketball players on the Flagstaff High School team were told to change a traditional hairstyle before a game. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The Arizona Cardinals have made history by hiring the first female coach in the National Football League. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Jen Welter enters the league with an impressive football résumé.