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Tuesday
Oct102017

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/10/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Here are the latest scores from yesterday's sports events:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 5, Boston 4
N.Y. Yankees 7, Cleveland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi Cubs 2, Washington 1
L.A. Dodgers 3, Arizona 1

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
St. Louis 3, N.Y. Islanders 2; SO
Colorado 4, Boston 0
New Jersey 6, Buffalo 2
Toronto 4, Chicago 3; OT
Tampa Bay 4, Washington 3; OT
Winnipeg 5, Edmonton 2
Calgary 2, Anaheim 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Minnesota 20, Chicago 17

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Monday
Oct092017

Miami Dolphins coach resigns after video appears to show him snorting white powder

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A video surfaced on Sunday night appearing to show the Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster snorting white powder off a table before a meeting, according to ESPN. On Monday morning, he announced his resignation from the team.

The Miami Herald reports the video is being investigated.

The 56-second video, which contains explicit language, shows a man snorting what appears to be powder off a table using a $20 bill. At one point, he says, “How about me going to a meeting and doing this before I go?”

Head coach Adam Gase told ESPN he is processing the situation after finding out about the video on Sunday.

Foerster, who at one time was the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, was one of the NFL’s highest-paid assistants according to ESPN. His reported annual salary is valued between $2.5 to $3 million.

Foerster began his NFL coaching career in 1992.

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Monday
Oct092017

Oakland Raiders' offensive lineman confronts fans in parking lot

iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn engaged in a verbal altercation with fans after the team's 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The teams were playing in Oakland.

A video appears to show Penn, who is 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds according to ESPN, exiting his car to confront a group of fans who appear to be yelling at him while he was driving his car.

Security guards reportedly separated Penn and fans before police came to the scene.

Penn responded to the incident on Twitter:

Penn returned to his car and the confrontation did not escalate to a physical altercation.

The 34-year-old Penn joined the Raiders in 2014 and just signed a two-year $21 million extension in September.

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Monday
Oct092017

Father defends decision to let his young son play tackle football: 'It toughens you up'

ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- A father is opening up about his decision to let his young son play tackle football, despite studies linking the sport to brain damage and concussions, saying he thinks football "toughens you up," and has brought him closer to his son.

"It's scary," Luke Zaleski, the former research director for GQ magazine, told ABC News. "There's been a lot of news and ... conversation about the risks. So people are just using common sense.”

Zaleski, who played youth football and remains a huge fan of the sport, said it caught him off guard when his then 8-year-old son Wyatt asked if he could play tackle football.

"I never thought about whether or not he would play until he asked. And then it was like, 'Oh, my God he actually wants to play football,'" he said.

Zaleski is no stranger to the risks of tackle football, and has been covering concussions extensively with GQ over the past few years.

"In fact, the movie ... the 'Concussion' movie that Will Smith starred in was based on a GQ article," Zaleski said, referring to the 2015 film. "So I knew that it was dangerous."

Zaleski said he was torn between his safety concerns and his young son's desire to play the sport, before finally deciding to allow Wyatt, now 9, to play. He chronicled his soul searching in a GQ article titled, "What Kind of Father Lets His Son Play Football."

"I started thinking a lot about my past," Zaleski said. "And what the game meant to me as ... a young player, his age ... I kept coming back to how much fun I had ... and how hard it was.

"I want him to be the man he deserves to become or reach his potential. I think that football is going to be crucial in that. I really do. Because it's scary, because it's hard," he added. "It toughens you up."

Zaleski added that football was always a sport that he loved, saying, "I like tackling. I like running. I like catching. I like throwing ... everything about football, I love."

He said that he "would've been infuriated" if his parents had not allowed him to play.

While Zaleski decided to allow his son to play, his decision goes against a growing trend of parents refusing to allow their children to play the sport.

Since 2009, the number of children aged 6 through 12 who play tackle football has gone down by nearly 20 percent, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

A report published earlier this year from researchers at Brown University stated that all but one of the 111 former NFL pro football players whose brains they studied had a progressive brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Despite his decision, Zaleski said he still has some reservations.

"We've been taking it day by day. And if he does get hurt ... it'll be my fault in many ways," he added. "I had some bad dreams about it. I had some heart-to-hearts with my wife."

He adds that he feels football has brought him closer to his son, saying, "It's been very special, a lot of one-on-one time."

"I see him walk off the field with his helmet in his hand and his face is all red and he's all sweaty. And I know he gave 100 percent out there," he said.

"I am honest with myself that, like, it might not be the right ... decision. But it seems like the right decision for us so far," he said. "We're going through this together."
 
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Monday
Oct092017

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/8/2017

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Boston 10  Houston 3
 Final  N-Y Yankees 1  Cleveland 0

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
 Final  Golden State 142  Minnesota 110
 Final  Washington 102  Cleveland 94
 Final  Oklahoma City 86  Melbourne United 85
 Final  Portland 134  L.A. Clippers 106
 Final  San Antonio 122  Denver 100
 Final  New Orleans 108  Chicago 95
 Final  Brooklyn 117  N-Y Knicks 83
 Final  L.A. Lakers 75  Sacramento 69

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final  N-Y Rangers 2  Montreal 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
 Final OT  Indianapolis 26  San Francisco 23
 Final  L.A. Chargers 27  N-Y Giants 22
 Final  Miami 16  Tennessee 10
 Final  Jacksonville 30  Pittsburgh 9
 Final  Cincinnati 20  Buffalo 16
 Final  Philadelphia 34  Arizona 7
 Final  N-Y Jets 17  Cleveland 14
 Final  Carolina 27  Detroit 24
 Final  Baltimore 30  Oakland 17
 Final  Seattle 16  L.A. Rams 10
 Final  Green Bay 35  Dallas  31
 Final  Kansas City 42  Houston 34
 
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Sunday
Oct082017

NFL reporter now says he never asked Kaepernick if he'd stand for anthem

Manny Carabel / Contributor / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An NFL reporter is now taking back a statement he made live on TV Sunday morning that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not planning to continue kneeling in protest during the national anthem if he is given a chance to play in the league again.

After reporter Jason La Canfora's statement to CBS Sports was widely reported, he tweeted Sunday afternoon that he had not spoken to Kaepernick about whether he would continue the protest but rather had "relayed" another report.

Kaepernick himself retweeted posts that La Canfora's report was false, and later, a quote he attributed to Winston Churchill about lies.

Kaepernick began his silent protest of kneeling during the anthem when he was playing in the 2016 preseason for the San Francisco 49ers. He told the media he was protesting against the treatment of blacks in the United States.

Some other NFL players followed his lead during the 2016 season, drawing a mixed response from football fans and the general public, with some supporting the protest and others not.

But Kaepernick's most visible impact seemed to come at the start of this season, even though he himself has not been signed yet to a team, after President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally in Alabama slammed NFL players who participate in the protest.

The president told the crowd at the rally on Sept. 22 that teams should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now, out,'" Trump said.

In response at NFL games over the next few days, many more players kneeled during the anthem or locked arms with teammates and in some cases also with their team's owners.

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Saturday
Oct072017

Scoreboard roundup -- 10/6/17

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 8, Boston 2
Cleveland 9, N.Y. Yankees 8, 13 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 3, Washington 0
L.A. Dodgers 9, Arizona 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASON
Washington 104, N.Y. Knicks 100
Boston 110, Philadelphia 102
Detroit 109, Atlanta 87
Indiana 106, Cleveland 102
Oklahoma City 102, New Orleans 91
Chicago 114, Milwaukee 101
San Antonio 113, Sacramento 93
Utah 112, Phoenix 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 5, N.Y. Islanders 0
Tampa Bay 5, Florida 3
Vegas 2, Dallas 1

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Friday
Oct062017

Cleveland Browns rookie Myles Garrett to make NFL debut this weekend

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- The top pick in this year's NFL Draft is finally ready to make his regular season debut.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said he is ready to hit the field this weekend at a Friday press availability. "I'll be out there as much as they want me to be," Garrett told reporters, "whether it's a lot or a little."

Browns head coach Hue Jackson has said that Garrett will be on a snap count for his NFL debut. Garrett missed the first four games of the regular season after spraining his ankle in a September 6 practice.

"Am I at my peak? No," Garrett admitted, "but it's good enough for me. I can move. I can run. I can bend. If I can do that, I can be out there and I can make a difference."

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Friday
Oct062017

Orlando Magic name Tracy McGrady special advisor to CEO

Photo by Scott Evans / ESPN Images(ORLANDO) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady will return to the Orlando Magic, this time in an advisory role, the team announced on Friday.

McGrady played for the Magic from 2000 to 2004 and made four consecutive All-Star Game appearances. He also won the league's scoring title twice and a Most Improved Player award.



"I am thrilled to be back where I truly made a name for myself," McGrady said in a statement shortly after being named a special assistant to team CEO Alex Martins. "The DeVos family and the entire organization have always done everything in a first-class manner and I am excited to be able to help them with whatever they may need."

The team says McGrady will work with players and coaches, offer advice to the front office, and promote the team's G-League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic.

"Having Tracy McGrady, a perennial All-Star and a Hall-of-Famer, on our staff is tremendous for our entire organization," Martins said Friday. "Whether it will be on the court with the team or in the Central Florida community, Tracy's knowledge, experience and stature will be an incredible asset for our players and our organization. We are extremely excited to bring him back home."

McGrady was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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Friday
Oct062017

Top ranked 2018 football recruit chooses Georgia

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Justin Fields, the top ranked college football prospect in the nation, has committed to Georgia.

Fields, a quarterback, is from Georgia and becomes the first number one overall prospect to pick Georgia since Matthew Stafford, 13 years ago. Fields also joins Stafford as the only two quarterbacks in the top five of their class to choose Georgia.

The Kennesaw, Georgia native originally committed to Penn State in December of 2016, but then de-committed on June 6.

Fields made trips to Georgia, Florida State, Louisiana State, Florida, Auburn and Alabama since opening his recruitment back up, but he visited Georgia the most, including the past two homes games against Samford and Mississippi State.

Fields becomes the third top ranked player in the state of Georgia to commit to the Bulldogs in the past four years, joining defensive tackle Trent Thompson, class of 2015, and athlete DeAngelo Gibbs, class of 2017.

Georgia now has 15 commitments in the class of 2018.

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