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Not safe for children? Football’s leaders make drastic changes to youth game

USA Football, the national governing body for amateur football, has created a new format that brings the game closer to flag football and tries to avoid much of the violence in the current version. Each team will have six to nine players on the field, instead of 11; the field will be far smaller; kickoffs and punts will be eliminated; and players will start each play in a crouching position instead of in a three-point stance.

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Los Banos dramatically defeats El Dorado

The Tigers scored with 28 seconds left to pull out a 23-20 playoff victory over El Dorado. (Sean Lynch/slynch@mercedsunstar.com)
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Los Banos dramatically defeats El Dorado 2:31

Los Banos dramatically defeats El Dorado

Daniel Guerrero on LB's dramatic playoff win 2:01

Daniel Guerrero on LB's dramatic playoff win

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Baby bandit’s alleged theft of phone caught on camera in Los Banos

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Los Banos celebrates new Buffalo Soldier mural