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Deaf player's teammates see inspiration

Cal State Northridge's Michael Lizarraga is the only D-I player who can't hear

Updated: March 13, 2010, 4:52 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

There is a distinctive sound when you walk into the "Matadome," the quirky nickname of the flat-roofed basketball gym nestled inside the kinesiology building at Cal State Northridge. There's the booming voice of head coach Bobby Braswell yelling at his team to set a pick correctly. The squeaking of sneakers rubbing against the hardwood floor as players run up and down the court. The echoed chants of fans and the blown whistles of referees in the mostly empty gym. And the sound of the ball ...

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