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Authorities have publicly identified the 14-year-old killed in a shooting that also wounded four other teens as they walked away from a Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage, saying they believe he was not the intended target of the shooting. Police said Wednesday they were searching for at least five suspects in the shooting outside Roxborough High School shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that killed Nicholas Elizalde, of suburban Havertown. Three of the wounded players were stable, and the fourth was treated at the scene for a graze wound. Several players for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles offered prayers for the families and lamented that gun violence shattered a safe space.

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Flag football is rising in popularity, especially among girls. Interest has picked up in youth leagues and also following a push by NFL teams to help start teams for high schoolers. Now, officials in the southern section of the California Interscholastic Federation are expected to vote on making flag football an official girls’ high school sport. State interscholastic sport officials could soon follow. Football enthusiasts say the move could lead more schools to start more teams and give girls more opportunities to play the sport. In Southern California, some high schoolers are gearing up for their second season in a pilot league started by the Los Angeles Chargers and Rams.

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Three former police officers charged with killing a young girl when they fired 25 shots at a car as a crowd left a Pennsylvania high school football game will face trial on manslaughter charges. A prosecution spokesperson says a suburban Philadelphia judge on Monday has refused a defense motion to dismiss the charges. Prosecutors say the Sharon Hill officers negligently fired at a car they wrongly thought was involved in earlier gunfire. Four people leaving the game were shot by police, including 8-year-old Fanta Bility. Lawyers for ex-officers Brian Devaney, Devon Smith and Sean Dolan did not immediately return messages seeking comment on the ruling.

A Pennsylvania prosecutor has announced charges in juvenile court against 10 students in connection with alleged hazing of high school football players that prompted cancellation of the team’s season. Dauphin County prosecutors said Tuesday that two Middletown players will face attempted sexual assault charges and eight others face other counts in connection with hazing that authorities said targeted at least six players from ages 14 to 17. The head football coach resigned within days of a cellphone video surfacing. School officials last month said they had decided to cancel the football season after finding out about a second video and the involvement of more players.

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Guy Morriss, a 15-year NFL offensive lineman who played in Super Bowls with Philadelphia and New England before coaching collegiately at Baylor and Kentucky, has died. He was 71. Kentucky announced that Morriss died Monday in Danville, Kentucky. No cause of death was specified in a release, though Morriss was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. Morriss started Super Bowl XV for the Eagles and played in Super Bowl XX with the Patriots. He was 37-85 as a college coach at Kentucky, Baylor and Texas A&M-Commerce and also coached high school football in Kentucky.

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