Around the Nation (June 24): Paralyzed swimming star Van Dyken-Rouen to undergo rehab in pool

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SWIMMING

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen to get back in pool for rehab

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is getting back in the pool as part of her rehabilitation.

The six-time gold medalist tweeted early Tuesday that she was excited to find out she would be swimming later in the day. She found out when a nurse came in the middle of the night to change her position and immediately posted about it using the hashtag #Freedom.

On Monday, she posted a photo of herself standing up with the help of a standing frame at Craig Hospital in suburban Denver, where she arrived last week.

A June 6 ATV crash in Arizona has left the 41-year-old paralyzed just below the waist. The odds of her ever walking again are long but she has impressed her doctors and fans with her positive attitude.

HORSE RACING

Exercise rider dies; crushed by horse at Woodbine

TORONTO — An exercise rider died Tuesday after he was crushed by a thoroughbred at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack.

Police say 40-year-old Mourad Boudraa was riding at about 6 a.m. when the horse went into an “unexplained wild gallop,” showing signs of medical distress. Boudraa was jammed into the track railing and crushed by the horse as it collapsed.

Woodbine says Boudraa originally was from Morocco and had three to four years of experience as an exercise rider.

Woodbine officials suspect the horse, Tawney’s Wish, died from a heart attack. The Ontario Racing Commission will perform a post-mortem on the 3-year-old filly.

The horse had one start this year and $368 in winnings.

BASKETBALL

Saunders says Love trade talk is at ‘feeding frenzy’

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves President Flip Saunders says his phone hasn’t stopped ringing as the NBA draft approaches.

Saunders is a popular man because it is well known that star forward Kevin Love is available for the right offer. Saunders says trade talks in general, not just for Love, are “at a feeding frenzy” two days before Thursday night’s draft.

The Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets are among the many teams known to have inquired about Love. But Saunders says he will only make a trade if he feels the Timberwolves will be better off after the deal.

If Love is not traded by draft night, things could pick up again when free agency opens. The Houston Rockets could get involved if they miss out on Le-Bron James.

BASEBALL

Giants fan’s life expectancy issue  at civil trial

LOS ANGELES — The expected lifespan of the San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten in Los Angeles has become an issue in the trial of a lawsuit against the Dodgers.

Doctors retained by Bryan Stow’s attorneys have previously asserted during court proceedings that Stow’s life expectancy has dropped two to five years.

The Los Angeles Times reports that estimate was challenged Monday by Robert Shavelle, technical director of the Life Expectancy Project. He said Stow, now 45, would probably live about 23 more years — 10 years less than average.

An attorney for Stow and his family cast doubt on Shavelle’s methodology, saying it did not account for how active a lifestyle he lived.

Life expectancy is an issue if the jury decides to award monetary damages for Stow’s lifetime care.

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