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It was a split-second decision she’s made maybe a hundred times as a goalkeeper.Junior Julia Whipple was in goal for the Hamburg high school soccer team. A crossing pass was headed toward the box along with one of her opponents. It was a one-on-one battle and Whipple saw two options: Go out and kick the play or lay out on the ground. She went to play the ball.That’s when h…

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The NFL’s continuing concussion crisis hit close to home for the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night. Second-year linebacker AJ Tarpley announced his retirement because of concussions via a post on his Instagram page. In his post, Tarpley said he suffered the third and fourth concussions of his career last season. “After months of introspection, I am retiring from football,…

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Taylor Wood was competing in a club soccer game on April 4, which is nothing new for the 16-year-old from Blasdell. She has been playing the sport since she was 4 years old. But this day was different. Wood jumped to head the soccer ball and was struck in the back of the head by another player. She suffered a concussion and has not set foot on a soccer field – or in a sch…