Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:10:54 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Giants Fans Celebration Turns Violent Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:30:50 AM Giants Fans Celebration Turns Violent

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police reported sporadic violence in the city as fans celebrated another World Series victory.

Shortly after the Giant's game 7 victory over the Kansas City Royals, an unidentified victim suffered a gun shot wound to the arm, according to San Francisco police.

The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police had not located a suspect.

Officers also reported bonfires were set at a few locations before being extinguished by police & firefighters.

Several arrests were also made during the celebrations.


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Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:26:33 AM Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with another dominant performance.

After Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon's drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

The Giants ended a Series streak that had seen home teams win the last nine Game 7s. San Francisco took this pairing of wild-card teams after earning titles in 2012 and 2010.

Pitching on two days' rest after his shutout in Game 5, Bumgarner entered in the fifth with a 3-2 lead. After giving up a leadoff single to Omar Infante, he shut down the Royals and earned a save to go with his two wins in the Series.

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NFL Seeks to Dismiss Ex-players' Painkillers Suit Sports Thu, 30 Oct 2014 3:51:41 AM NFL Seeks to Dismiss Ex-players' Painkillers Suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Football League on Thursday is expected to ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former players who say team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.

NFL lawyers in court papers deny the allegations and argue that the former players waited too long to file the lawsuit.

The NFL says that a two-year statute of limitations claiming personal injury has expired. The former players filed the lawsuit in May. Several prominent former players have publicly joined the lawsuit, including Marcellus Wiley, Jim McMahon, Richard Dent, Keith Van Horne and Jeremy Newberry.

The lawsuit represents players who played as far back as 1968. It says the former players didn't realize the health hazards they faced until recently.

The former players say that NFL physicians and trainers routinely provided narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain. The lawsuit says many of the drugs were dispensed without prescriptions.

The former players argue that they were never warned about the dangers of the drugs they were given and only recently discovered the potential harm they face from ingesting so many painkillers. Among the drugs said to have been handed out were the painkillers Percodan, Percocet and Vicodin, anti-inflammatories such as Toradol, and sleep aids such as Ambien.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment.

In court papers, the NFL lawyers say the lawsuit doesn't specify what damage the former players have suffered and who exactly dispensed the painkillers at the heart of the complaint.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday morning in San Francisco's federal court.

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Giants Capture World Series Title Again Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:08:28 PM Associated Press Giants Capture World Series Title Again

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 3 1/2 decades, winning Game 7 on the road for their third World Series title in five years.

Punctuating one of the finest October performances in baseball history, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings on two days' rest for his third win of the Series, and the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in a championship pushed to the limit.

A two-out misplay in the ninth almost wrecked it for Bumgarner and the Giants. He had retired 14 in a row when Alex Gordon's single fell in front of center fielder Gregor Blanco, who let the ball get past him for an error that allowed Gordon to reach third.

Bumgarner, however, retired Salvador Perez on a foulout to third baseman Pedro Sandoval. The big left-hander was immediately embraced by catcher Buster Posey, and the rest of the Giants rushed to the mound to join the victory party. Most of the San Francisco players tossed their gloves high in the air as they ran to the center of the diamond.

Three days after throwing 117 pitches in a four-hit shutout to win Game 5, Bumgarner threw 68 more and dropped his record-low career Series ERA to a barely visible 0.25.

He joined Arizona ace Randy Johnson (2001) as the only pitchers in the expansion era to win three games in one Series.

Michael Morse hit a go-ahead single in the fourth that stood up, and the Giants eked out a battle of the bullpens on a night when both starting pitchers made unusually quick exits.

The Giants were dubbed a "Band of Misfits" in 2010 when they beat Texas to win the franchise's first title since 1954 in New York. Two years later, they swept Detroit for another championship.

And this time, they became the second NL team with three titles in a five-year span, matching Stan Musial's St. Louis Cardinals of 1942-46.

Every other year. It's the closest thing to a dynasty baseball has seen in the 21st century.

Home teams had won nine straight Game 7s in the Series since Pittsburgh's victory at Baltimore in 1979, including the Royals' 11-0 rout of St. Louis in 1985. Teams hosting the first two games had won 23 of the last 28 titles, including five in a row. And the Giants had lost all four of their previous World Series pushed to the limit.

But before a pumped-up, blue-and-white-clad crowd of 40,535 that hoped noise and passion could lift the small-market Royals to a title that seemed improbable when Kansas City was languishing two games under .500 in mid-July, the Giants won the second all-wild card World Series, 12 years after losing Game 7 to the Angels in the first.

Both managers promised quick hooks if their starters showed the slightest signs of faltering, and both managers delivered as Tim Hudson and Jeremy Guthrie combined for 15 outs - matching the fewest by Game 7 starters. Hudson, at 39 the oldest Game 7 starter, allowed two runs in 1 2-3 innings. The 35-year-old Guthrie took the loss, giving up three runs in 3 1-3 innings

Jeremy Affeldt followed Hudson with 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in his longest outing since July 2012, getting help from the first successful replay challenge in World Series history.

With his shaggy hair making him look every bit a gunslinger, Bumgarner entered to boos in the bottom of the fifth, coated his long arms with rosin and groomed the pocked-up mound with his spikes.

He gave up an opposite-field single to his first batter, Omar Infante, who advanced on a sacrifice. Bumgarner retired Nori Aoki on a liner near the left-field line that was grabbed by Juan Perez, starting over Travis Ishikawa because of his defense. Bumgarner then struck out Lorenzo Cain.

He retired the side in order in the sixth, seven and eighth, increasing his pitch count to 52. With loud chants of "Let's Go Royals!" echoing through Kauffman Stadium, he struck out Eric Hosmer to open the ninth, then retired Billy Butler on a foulout to bring up Gordon.

The 25-year-old Bumgarner allowed two hits, struck out four and walked none. He pitched 52 2-3 postseason innings, 4 1-3 more than the previous mark set by Arizona's Curt Schilling in 2001, and finished with 270 innings combined, including the regular season.

Voted the Series MVP, MadBum became king of SoMa, and from Nob Hill to North Beach, from The Marina to The Mission, San Francisco celebrated another title won by Kung Fu Panda and Hunter Pence.

Pence batted .444 in the Series and Sandoval, a free-agent-to-be playing perhaps his last game for the Giants, finished at .429 following a three-hit night. In an era when pitching and computer-aided defense has supplanted steroids-saturated sluggers, baseball's dominant team established itself in the tech-fueled, boomtown by the Bay.

The Giants, a 20-1 longshot when 2014 odds were first posted a year ago, won their eighth title and third since moving from New York to San Francisco after the 1957 season. They also have won 10 straight postseason rounds, one shy of the record set by the New York Yankees from 1998-01.

After finishing tied with Pittsburgh in the wild-card race at 88-74, the Giants advanced when Bumgarner pitched a four-hit shutout and then beat Washington and St. Louis in the NL playoffs.

Bruce Bochy became the 10th manager to win three World Series titles - the other nine are all in the Hall of Fame.

Sandoval was hit just above the right elbow leading off the second, Pence reached out and pulled an 0-2 changeup into left for a single and Brandon Belt poked a single into right, loading the bases.

Consecutive sacrifice flies by Morse and Brandon Crawford put the Giants ahead 2-0.

But Hudson gave the lead right back and was chased after 28 pitches, walking off the mound with a stunned look when Bochy removed him after just four outs - the shortest Game 7 start since the Yankees' Bob Turley was pulled after a leadoff single in the second in 1960.

Kansas City pressured Hudson in a three-pitch span when Billy Butler singled leading off, Gordon lined the next pitch to right-center for an RBI double and Perez was hit by a pitch.

Gordon scored on Infante's sacrifice fly for a 2-all tie.


Eight players have been on all three Series rosters for the Giants in the past five years: Affeldt, Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, Posey, Sergio Romo and Sandoval. Matt Cain, a member of the first two title teams, was hurt this October. Before this run, manager John McGraw (1905, '21-'22) was the only Giant with three titles.

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Vaughan Will be Activated if Romo Can't Play Sports Wed, 29 Oct 2014 4:48:27 PM Associated Press Vaughan Will be Activated if Romo Can't Play

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Tony Romo's status could be a game-time decision against Arizona on Sunday, according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The quarterback is coming off his third back injury in 18 months, and Jones said on his radio show Wednesday that Romo's injury would not end his season.

The owner said his 34-year-old quarterback's availability might come down to pain tolerance after sustaining a back contusion on a third-quarter sack in a 20-17 overtime loss to Washington on Monday. Romo missed about a quarter before returning.

Jones reiterated the injury isn't related to a herniated disk that led to surgery after a game against Washington last December. Jones also said the latest injury is unrelated to a cyst removal from Romo's back in April 2013.

There is "nothing medically" that would prevent Romo from playing, Jones said.

If it does come down to pain, Romo has a history of playing with it. He played through the herniated disk against the Redskins last season and came back after fracturing his ribs and puncturing a lung against San Francisco in 2011. In both games, Romo led fourth-quarter comeback victories.

Brandon Weeden led the Cowboys to points on both possessions that Romo missed, and he will start if Romo can't play. That would also mean rookie Dustin Vaughan would be activated from the practice squad for the first time.

Jones said he went to the training room as soon as Romo went out on a direct hit on his back from linebacker Keenan Robinson. After an X-ray determined no structural damage and doctors said Romo could return, the owner relayed that information to coach Jason Garrett on the sideline.

Romo took a pain-killing injection before returning against the Redskins, and Garrett declined to say whether he would prefer that Romo play without one.

Jones indicated Romo wouldn't practice Thursday because that will be the first full-pad workout of the week. Romo has skipped the first full practice every week during the regular season as part of his post-surgery routine.

"If Romo's ready to play, he can play," Jones said. "Now whether or not he can withstand the things that go with that, relative to pain and relative to execute, that's a big issue. That's a big if. But if he can do it, then he'll play."



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Spurs Edge Mavs 101-100 in Opener Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:20:40 PM Associated Press Spurs Edge Mavs 101-100 in Opener

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 23 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, Manu Ginobili added 20 points and the San Antonio Spurs capped an emotional NBA championship commemoration with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in their season opener Tuesday night.

Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports.

Monta Ellis scored 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 18 points and Devin Harris had 17 points for Dallas.

Following a video recap of the 2014 season narrated by actor and Spurs fan Samuel L. Jackson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented San Antonio's staff and players with their championship rings. The inscription inside the ring was "Good to Great," which was coach Gregg Popovich's mantra last season.

It was the teams' first meeting since Dallas took San Antonio to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs last season - the Spurs' toughest test during their run to a fifth NBA championship. The rematch proved just as tense after a sluggish beginning.

After Nowitzki gave Dallas a 100-98 lead with a fade-away jumper over Boris Diaw with 1:37 remaining, Parker drained a 3-pointer in front of the Mavericks' bench off a feed from Diaw for a 101-100 lead. Parker was 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, matching a career high for 3s in a game.

Chandler Parsons, who left the Houston Rockets to sign with the Mavericks, missed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining that would have won the game. His shot hit the front of the rim.

San Antonio committed five turnovers in the first eight minutes and missed its first three shots before returning to the fluid ball sharing and long-range shooting that resulted in a five-game rout of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

Both teams came to life during a tense third quarter. Technical fouls were issued against Tyson Chandler and Nowitzki about a minute apart about 4 minutes into the third quarter after both argued calls against them made by official Jason Phillips.

Nowitzki continued to argue against an offensive foul even after receiving the technical, leading Duncan to walk by the Mavericks star a few times to argue in the contrary.

Both technical fouls came San Antonio's 14-2 run that created a 62-59 lead with 6:36 remaining in the third.



Spurs: This was the fifth meeting between the Spurs and Mavericks to open the season with the teams having split the previous four. . San Antonio returns 14 players, which is the most in franchise history. . Ginobili shot just 20 percent during the preseason, going 8 for 41 from the field and 2 for 23 on 3-pointers. He was 6 for 13 from the field and 2 for 6 on 3s on Tuesday. . The Spurs lead the league with nine international players. . Tiago Splitter (calf), Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) and Patty Mills (shoulder) all suited up to receive their rings, but donned jackets and jeans to sit behind the bench during the game.

Mavericks: The Mavericks are 20-15 in season openers, including three of their last four. . G Raymond Felton (sprained right ankle) missed the game. . F Richard Jefferson, who spent 2 1/2 lackluster seasons in San Antonio, was booed heavily each time he was announced.


Spurs: At Phoenix on Friday.

Mavericks: Host Utah on Thursday.

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Javelinas Sweep Dustdevils Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 9:56:06 PM TAMUK.COM Javelinas Sweep Dustdevils

KINGSVILLE, Texas (Volleyball) - Stephanie Johns hit .417 and finished with 12 kills and three blocks and as a team, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (15-10) posted 41 kills and 63 digs to defeat Texas A&M International University (3-17) in straight sets, 25-10, 25-18, 25-15, on Tuesday evening inside the Gil H. Steinke Physical Education Center-Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.

With the victory, the Javelinas earned a season sweep over the Dustdevils and are now 11-7 all-time versus TAMIU.

Ashley Bukowski, Casey Klobedans, Kelsey Washington and Valarie Moehrig each recorded two service aces and Krystal Faison, Bukowski and Anyssa Matheson shined defensive with two blocks apiece. Faison and Brett Zaccardo reached double figures with 18 digs and 11 digs, respectively. As a team, the Hogs hit .260 and held the Dustdevils to a .000 attack percentage.

Texas A&M-Kingsville stormed to a 9-1 start in the opening set highlighted by Bukowski's two aces, Johns' two kills and blocks by Washington and Johns. After dominating its way to a 25-10 victory in set one, the Javelinas led 11-4 early in the second set before a rally by TAMIU brought the contest to an 18-18 tie. However, the Hogs scored the sets final seven points to clinch the second set win, 25-18.

TAMUK hit .308 in set three and defeated the Dustdevils 25-15 to earn its fifth straight-set win of the season.

"After losing at home this past weekend, it was great to come out the way we did tonight," said Johns. "It lit a fire under us and hopefully, we can carry the momentum heading into the final stage of the season."

The Hogs continue play this week at Texas Southern University on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m., A&M-Commerce on Friday, Oct. 31 and Texas Woman's University on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Cowboys Still Awaiting Word on Romo's Injury Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 5:35:26 PM Associated Press Cowboys Still Awaiting Word on Romo's  Injury

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo's latest back injury is unrelated to the herniated disk he sustained last season and the team is waiting on further testing to see if the quarterback will be available Sunday against Arizona.

Garrett said Tuesday that Romo "seemed good" when the two talked, but he hadn't seen Romo before he went for a CT scan.

Romo sustained what Garrett called a back contusion on a sack in the third quarter of Monday night's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington. He returned for the final series of regulation and the only Dallas possession of the extra period.

Garrett said on his radio show earlier Tuesday that he anticipated Romo being ready, but was more evasive with reporters.



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Jordan, Thomas Named Preseason All-Southland Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 4:50:15 PM TAMUCC.COM Jordan, Thomas Named Preseason All-Southland

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior guard John Jordan and sophomore forward Rashawn Thomas have been named Preseason All-Southland Conference, the league announced today. Jordan was an automatic selection to the first team, while league coaches voted Thomas on to the second team.

"With John and Rashawn, we have one of the best guard-forward combinations not just in the Southland Conference but among all the mid-major programs in the nation," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Having the coaches in our league recognize them for their ability last year as well as their potential heading into this year is a well-deserved honor. I'm pleased not just for them, but for their teammates who help them succeed and for our program as a whole."

Jordan earned an automatic selection to the first team after earning First Team All-Southland recognition following the 2013-14 season. He finished 10th in the league with 14.8 points per game, second in the league with 5.3 assists and led the Southland in both free throws attempted (272) and made (187). His 34.1 minutes per game were also fourth in the conference.

He enters his senior campaign looking to cement his place in school history. The Houston native is currently in the all-time top-10 in points (9th), assists (2nd), free throws (2nd), rebounds (9th), steals (6th), minutes (4th), field goals (10th) and double-figure scoring games (8th). He needs just 20 assists to set a new school record, and he enters his final campaign with the top three assist seasons in Islanders lore already in his grasp.

Jordan was one of seven automatic selections to the Preseason All-Conference Teams, as he was joined on the first team by Jacob Parker (Stephen F. Austin), Jalan West (Northwestern State), Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word) and Jabari Peters (Sam Houston State). Thomas Walkup (SFA) and Kaheem Ransom (SHSU) were granted automatic selection onto the second team.

Thomas was one of three players voted onto the preseason teams by the league's coaches. The Oklahoma City native had a tremendous debut season, averaging 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. As the season wore on, Thomas improved, averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 boards in conference action. His finest game came in the College Basketball Invitational, as he went 9-for-11 from the field for 22 points and added three steals and two assists against Northern Colorado.

The two other Southland players voted onto the league's second team were Kevin Hardy (McNeese State) and Zeek Woodley (Northwestern State). The Islanders were one of four teams in the conference to have one player selected for both the first and second teams, joining SFA, Northwestern State and SHSU. Incarnate Word and McNeese State each had one player chosen on the league's preseason squads.

The Islanders will open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14, as they play host to Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. on Stripes Court at the American Bank Center. Season tickets are available now by calling 361-825-BALL (2255) and on Individual game tickets will be available for sale on Monday, Nov. 3.

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Aggies May Bench QB Kenny Hill Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 3:02:45 PM Associated Press Aggies May Bench QB Kenny Hill

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill may be headed for the bench.

Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said Tuesday that Hill and freshman Kyle Allen have been taking snaps with the first team this week and a starter for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Monroe will be decided later this week.

"We opened it back up and we've had some good experiences throughout last week in live scrimmage situations," Spavital said. "We've put them in different scenarios ... and are still challenging them in different ways. It's still wide open."

Hill won the job over Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in his debut and leading the Aggies to a 5-0 start. He even earned the Kenny Trill nickname after two years of Johnny Football at Texas A&M for Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

Texas A&M has since dropped three straight, including a 59-0 loss to Alabama - the team's first shutout since 2003.

Allen has thrown for 264 yards and three touchdowns in four games.

"I'm pleased with how he's handled the whole situation from fall camp through those eight games leading up to this point," Spavital said of Allen. "He shows up every day, he gets extra work in and you can tell he's really trying to exert himself to try to go out there and try to win this job."

Spavital said Allen was stunned when he called him into his office to deliver the news.

"(He) asked me if this was for real and I said: 'Yeah, it is,'" Spavital said. "And he was like: 'Good, because I'm going to try to go get it.'"

The conversation with Hill, who is a sophomore, was much more difficult.

"That is tough, especially when you've started for eight games and then you're thrown in that situation where your job is on the line," Spavital said. "I think he's handled it pretty well. He's out there competing. He's motivating those younger guys when he's going with the No. 2 offense and I see that as leadership."

Hill leads the Southeastern Conference and is sixth in the nation with 2,649 yards passing, but has struggled with turnovers lately and has seven in the last three games combined.

Senior receiver Malcome Kennedy said the team is confident in both quarterbacks and that he thinks the renewed competition has made each of them better.

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Cowboys No. 4 in NFL Power Rankings Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 2:59:00 PM Associated Press Cowboys No. 4 in NFL Power Rankings

The Associated Press Pro32 NFL Power Rankings, as voted by a 12-member panel, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Oct. 28, total points based on 32 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 32nd-place vote, and previous ranking:

1. Denver Broncos (12)6103841
2. Arizona Cardinals6103685
3. New England Patriots6203608
4. Dallas Cowboys6203292
5. Philadelphia Eagles5203263
6. Detroit Lions62030010
7. Indianapolis Colts5302944
8. San Diego Chargers5302877
9. Green Bay Packers5302846
10. Seattle Seahawks43027712
11. San Francisco 49ers43027311
12. Cincinnati Bengals42126514
13. Pittsburgh Steelers53024917
14. Baltimore Ravens5302489
15. Kansas City Chiefs43024613
16. Buffalo Bills53020816
17. Miami Dolphins43018715
18. New Orleans Saints34017721
19. Houston Texans44016022
20. Cleveland Browns43015720
21. Carolina Panthers34115418
22. New York Giants34012723
23. Chicago Bears35011619
23. Washington Redskins35011627
25. Minnesota Vikings35010125
26. St. Louis Rams2508624
27. Atlanta Falcons2606825
28. Tennessee Titans2606128
29. Jacksonville Jaguars1704430
30. New York Jets1704129
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers1603131
32. Oakland Raiders0701232

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Week 9 AP High School Football Poll Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 2:09:39 PM Associated Press Week 9 AP High School Football Poll

Here is The Associated Press high school poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, points based on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, and the team's ranking in last week's poll:

Class 6A
1. Allen (23)(8-0)2391
2. Southlake Carroll(8-0)2003
3. Pearland(9-0)1514
4. Manvel (1)(8-0)1465
5. Dallas Skyline(8-0)1356
6. Cedar Hill(7-1)90NR
7. SA Northside Brennan(8-0)779
8. Euless Trinity(8-1)767
9. DeSoto (1)(7-1)702
10. Cibolo Steele(8-1)598
Others receiving votes: 11, Denton Guyer 56. 12, Katy 39. 13, Hewitt Midway 19. 14, Amarillo 5. 14, The Woodlands 5. 16, SA Northside Brandeis 3. 17, Rockwall 2. 17, Round Rock 2. 19, Lake Travis 1.

Class 5A
1. Aledo (22)(7-1)2441
2. Temple(7-1)1952
3. Fort Bend Ridge Point (1)(8-0)1883
4. Mansfield Timberview (1)(7-1)1744
5. Richmond George Ranch (1)(7-1)1276
6. CC Flour Bluff(8-0)1255
7. Ennis(6-2)897(tie)
8. Fort Bend Elkins(7-1)667(tie)
9. Houston King(8-0)6410
10. Tyler(7-2)21NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Canutillo 13. 12, Mesquite Poteet 11. 13, Crosby 10. 14, Boerne Champion 9. 15, Longview 8. 16, Richmond Foster 6. 16, FW Arlington Heights 6. 16, Cedar Park Vista Ridge 6. 19, Mercedes 4. 20, Lancaster 3. 20, Azle 3. 20, Georgetown East View 3.

Class 4A
1. Navasota (20)(8-0)2431
2. Argyle (2)(8-0)2172
3. Gilmer (2)(8-0)2083
4. Kennedale(8-0)1624
5. La Grange (1)(9-0)1495
6. La Marque(8-1)927
7. Van(8-0)828
8. Gladewater(7-1)739
9. La Vernia(7-1)4510
10. Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson(8-0)21NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Stephenville 18. 12, Big Spring 17. 13, Sweetwater 11. 14, West Orange-Stark 9. 14, Graham 9. 16, Andrews 7. 17, Celina 5. 18, Huffman Hargrave 4. 19, Coldspring-Oakhurst 3.

Class 3A
1. Cisco (23)(8-0)2441
2. Franklin (1)(7-0)2262
3. Wall(7-1)1895
4. Teague (1)(8-0)1786
5. Waskom(7-1)1288
6. Blanco(8-0)1139
7. Rockdale(7-1)473
8. Malakoff(7-1)367
9. Eastland(8-0)35NR
10. East Chambers(8-0)33NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Goliad 31. 12, Corrigan-Camden 26. 13, East Bernard 24. 14, Newton 20. 15, Kirbyville 17. 16, Pilot Point 9. 17, Coleman 7. 17, Spearman 7. 19, Buna 3. 20, Shallowater 1. 20, New Boston 1.

Class 2A
1. Refugio (16)(8-0)2341
2. Mart (7)(8-0)2282
3. Canadian(8-0)1823
4. Bremond (1)(9-0)1674
5. Mason (1)(9-0)1475
6. Albany(8-0)1206
7. Alto(7-0)1058
8. Shiner(7-1)689
9. Iraan(8-0)5410
10. Seagraves(8-0)25NR
Others receiving votes: 11, Crawford 16. 12, Shelbyville 13. 13, Booker 6. 14, Abernathy 5. 15, Hamlin 2. 15, Tenaha 2. 17, Gladewater Union Grove 1.

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Soccer Star Killed in Armed Robbery Sports Mon, 27 Oct 2014 4:39:24 AM Soccer Star Killed in Armed Robbery

SOUTH AFRICA - The captain of South Africa's national soccer team was shot and killed Sunday after armed men broke into the house he was staying.

Senzo Meyiwa was shot to death by two armed gunmen who entered a house.

There were seven people inside at the time and the shooting followed an argument.

The 27 year-old was the well-known captain and goalkeeper of the team.


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Foster scores 3 TDs as Texans beat Titans 30-16 Sports Sun, 26 Oct 2014 7:39:43 PM Associated Press Foster scores 3 TDs as Texans beat Titans 30-16

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - J.J. Watt takes the NFL very seriously, so he gave Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger a reminder that this isn't high school by mocking the first-time starter with a pretend selfie.

Watt celebrated and sent his message after coming up with two sacks, a batted pass he nearly picked off and a forced fumble as the Houston Texans beat the Tennessee Titans 30-16 Sunday for a win in the franchise's 200th game.

The Texans defensive end said he noticed Mettenberger posted a few selfies this week, including one a couple hours before kickoff.

"I take my job very seriously, and if I was a rookie quarterback and a starter for my first time in the league I'd be a little bit more focused than that," Watt said. "Maybe he'll learn from it, maybe not, but we won the game and that's all that matters."

The Texans (4-4) snapped a three-game skid and beat the team they replaced in Houston for the fourth time in five games. Arian Foster ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a pass for a score, topping 100 yards rushing in his fourth straight game for the first time he's done that in his career.

"He makes a lot of yards because of his vision," Houston coach Bill O'Brien said. "He sets up blocks well. He has great instincts. He's good in the passing game. It's all the things I've said from day one with him. He's tough and he's a big back. He's hard to tackle. He had a whale of a football game."

Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney played for the first time since hurting his knee in the season opener. Clowney played mostly in passing situations and finished with one tackle.

Mettenberger turned the ball over twice, finishing with 299 yards passing and two touchdowns. The Titans (2-6) go into their bye having lost two straight.

"Nobody quit, nobody gave up," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It was very tough out there today, but we will correct this."

The Texans had given up 24 points in a single quarter each of their past two losses. This time, they trailed only 3-0 early before scoring 27 straight points.

They had no trouble throttling a Tennessee offense playing three rookies with left tackle Taylor Lewan and running back Bishop Sankey joining Mettenberger. D.J. Swearinger intercepted a Mettenberger pass in the second quarter to end the Titans' first drive into Houston territory, and Tim Jamison recovered the fumble after Watt sacked Mettenberger and popped the ball out to end Tennessee's first drive in the third quarter.

Houston led 13-3 at halftime, a lead that should have been much bigger.

The Titans forced the Texans to settle for two field goals by Randy Bullock on drives inside the Tennessee 12, and Houston had first-and-goal at the Titans 2 when Fitzpatrick was sacked for the fourth time.

Foster broke loose on a 34-yard TD where he cut back to his right and outraced the Titans to the pylon with 6:00 left in the first half to put Houston ahead to stay. He also caught a 5-yard TD pass and scored on a 1-yard run that he set up with a 43-yard run in the third quarter.

Bullock finished with three field goals, including a long of 49 yards.

Whisenhunt turned his offense over to Mettenberger, the sixth-round draft pick out of LSU, after the Titans had lost five of six with Jake Locker missing three of those with separate injuries. Mettenberger gave glimpses of his strong arm with a 48-yard toss to Kendall Wright and a 43-yarder to Nate Washington. The rookie had his first career TD pass on a 6-yarder to Delanie Walker.

The quarterback switch didn't fix Tennessee's other woes. The run game remains nonexistent. Three of the Titans' six penalties were on the offense, and not being flagged once in the second half counted as progress.

Notes: Fitzpatrick became the 41st quarterback in NFL history with 1,500 yards rushing. He needed 3 and got 12 on four scrambles. ... The Texans have allowed 10 sacks in the past two games. ... Whisenhunt said Titans WR Nate Washington sprained a joint in his shoulder. ... The Titans now have lost eight of their last 10 at home.

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Javelinas Drop Sixth Straight, 48-21 at West Texas A&M Sports Sat, 25 Oct 2014 9:32:49 PM Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas Drop Sixth Straight, 48-21 at West Texas A&M

CANYON, Texas - Shawn Vasquez continues to run the ball at will behind great protection by the offensive line, but despite leading all players with 107 rushing yards, Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1-7, 0-6 LSC) fell victim to costly penalties as West Texas A&M University (5-3, 4-2 LSC) defeated the Javelinas, 48-21, on Saturday afternoon at Happy State Bank Field at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.


The Hogs outrushed the Buffaloes 301-198 but were tagged 99 yards on 11 penalties. WT took advantage of those miscues to keep steady in the jam-packed Lone Star Conference standings. West Texas holds the second slot in the LSC with tiebreakers over Midwestern State and Angelo State. However, Tarleton State University earned a win earlier today and holds the edge over the Buffs.


With the loss, the Javelinas will finish the Lone Star Conference regular season in seventh or eighth place, assuring themselves a road game on Saturday, Nov. 8.


"Our guys played hard and we have to give a great team like West Texas A&M credit," said head coach Jaime Martinez. "Some of our penalties were detrimental as we drove down the field, but our guys were going after it on both ends. The defense was getting back there and forcing the quarterback to make plays and offensively, we were able to pound the ball up the field. We hung in there with a quality football program and had a chance, but ultimately, we have to limit our mistakes."


The 107 yards rushing are a new career-high for the Javelina newcomer and his touchdown late in the third quarter now gives him three on the year. The Javelinas outrushed the Buffaloes 301-198. Trey Mitchell added 78 yards on the floor and finished 16-of-27 passing. Patrick LaFleur was the main target offensively with eight catches for 79 yards. Joe Te'o added 68 yards on the floor and a score of his own.


After two quick incomplete passes, the Buffs connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead seconds into the game. With 3:42 remaining in the opening quarter, WT capped off a nine-play, 80-yard drive with a 13 yard rushing touchdown to tack on seven more points.


A long drive led by Trey Mitchell's legs brought Kingsville into WT territory and Joe Te'o ended the 10-play, 80-yard drive (4:36) with an 11 yard touchdown score to cut the Javelinas' deficit to 14-7 just a minute into the second quarter. The touchdown was his second of the season.


The Buffaloes tacked on another rushing touchdown to extend its lead back to two touchdowns with 9:13 left in the first half. Ending the half with a 55-yard field goal, West Texas enters the locker room with a 24-7 advantage. Mitchell rushed for 84 yards on 15 attempts in the first half and went 9-of-16 with 88 yards and an interception, Vasquez added 41 rushing yards and LaFleur caught five passes for 57 yards. Defensively, Trevor Moses continues his stellar freshman campaign with seven tackles, one for a loss, Trevor Pesek followed with five and Emond Hobbs added four. Braedon Robinson and Joshua Toki joined Moses with a tackle for a loss and Darius Lively forced a quarterback hurry.


A bad snap began the second half for the Javelinas, forcing Max Lehnig to rush the punt, allowing the Buffs to slightly alter the play and take over with great field positioning. WT went 55 yards in 1:24 to take a 31-7 lead with 11:29 remaining in the third quarter. After going 45 yards and entering TAMUK territory, WT threw its first interception of the afternoon, a low ball to Pesek (second INT of season) to allow the Hogs to take over on its own 15-yard line with 4:46 left in the third. However, a low snap led to a second blocked punt that rolled its way to the end zone for a WT special teams touchdown.


Vasquez continued his streaky play and capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 49-yard touchdown run with seven second remaining in the third for TAMUK's second touchdown of the contest.


West Texas A&M added 13 points in the fourth quarter, but the Hogs continued to fight as Te'o rushed for a career-long 54 yards to bring the Blue and Gold inside the red zone. Alex Rios found Jordan Thomas in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown with 4:30 remaining in the game.


Pesek and Moses registered double-digit tackles for the third time this season with 12 and 11, respectively. Lively finished with two quarterback hits and Kyle Williams recorded his first solo sack of the season (1.5 total in 2014). Hobbs added eight and Marquis Cardinal Jr. finished with 40 rushing yards.


The Javelinas host Midwestern State University on Saturday, Nov. 1 for its Kingsville Community Appreciation Night/Hertz Rent-A-Car Senior Night at 7 p.m. at the historic Javelina Stadium.



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Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out McNeese State, 3-0 Sports Sat, 25 Oct 2014 3:57:34 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out McNeese State, 3-0

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team shut out the McNeese State Cowgirls 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-20) today in the Dugan Wellness Center to improve to 7-3 in Southland play. Senior Brianna Brink powered the Islanders (14-13, 7-3 SLC) with her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 11 digs while Brittany Gilpin posted 10 kills.

A&M - Corpus Christi hit .276 in the match and held the Cowgirls (12-14, 2-8 SLC) to .121 hitting. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson dished out 45 assists, marking her ninth match of the season where she has registered at least 40 assists. Kate Klepetka propelled the Islanders' defense with 22 digs while Ivy Baresh added 12.

The Islanders came out strong in the first set with a 10-4 lead after a kill by Gilpin. A&M - Corpus Christi extended their lead to 16-8 after scoring four straight on back-to-back kills by Kelsee Felux and Baresh and straight aces by Nicholson. The Islanders took their biggest lead of the set at 21-11 after a trio of kills by Baresh and Gilpin, before the Islanders closed out the first set on a 4-1 run to win 25-12. Gilpin scored three of the four points with a pair of kills and a solo block. The Islanders hit an impressive .421 in the first set and held the Cowgirls to .125 hitting.

The Cowgirls answered back in the second set to jump out to an early 7-3 lead, before the Islanders rallied back with a 5-0 run to push ahead at 8-7. After a kill by McNeese State, the two teams exchanged points before the Islanders took the lead for good after Phelps hit back-to-back kills to push the Islanders ahead 11-9. A&M - Corpus Christi maintained its lead after kills by Brink and Nicholson put the Islanders ahead 18-13. The Cowgirls rallied back to pull within two at 18-16, but a 7-3 run by the Islanders capped the set and the win 25-19. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .282 in the set and limited McNeese State to .167 hitting.

In the third set, the Islanders surged out to an 11-4 lead after a kill by Gilpin and an attack error by the Cowgirls. A&M - Corpus Christi kept the strong lead before McNeese State trimmed the lead to two at 15-13 on a 6-1 run. After going neck-and-neck the rest of the way the Islanders scored the final two points on a kill and a block by Brink to win 25-20.

The Islanders will now head on the road for four conference matches. First up is a match in Beaumont, Texas, against Lamar on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

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Finals: Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 9 Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 3:49:20 PM Finals: Friday Night Fever Scoreboard Week 9

Keep up to date with high school football every week with the Friday Night Fever. LIVE updates on your Facebook, Twitter, and of course


District 28-6A
SA East Central SA East Central Hornets (4-4)40
Ray Ray Texans (6-2)18
 Listen LIVE: 1150 AM (KCCT) & TSRN


District 28-6A
Carroll Carroll Tigers (7-1)26
King King Mustangs (6-2)21
 Listen LIVE: 1150 AM (KCCT) & TSRN


District 30-5A
Miller Miller Buccaneers (0-8)10
Alice Alice Coyotes (6-2)28
 Listen LIVE: 92.1 FM (

Flour Bluff Flour Bluff Hornets (8-0)34
Calallen Calallen Wildcats (5-4)13
 Listen LIVE: 104.1 FM & 1590 AM; 1360 AM (KKTX)


Victoria West Victoria West Warriors (7-2)51
Moody Moody Trojans (1-7)13
 Listen LIVE: 1150 AM (KCCT) & TSRN


Gregory-Portland Gregory-Portland Wildcats (4-4)53
Tuloso-Midway Tuloso-Midway Warriors (2-6)42
 Listen LIVE: 1440 AM (KEYS)


District 16-4A II
Orange Grove Orange Grove Bulldogs (7-1)21
Rio Hondo Rio Hondo Bobcats (6-2)18

Port Isabel Port Isabel Tarpons (7-1)42
West Oso West Oso Bears (1-7)24

District 15-4A II
Sinton Sinton Pirates (6-3)41
Generic Cuero Gobblers (6-2)26

Ingleside Ingleside Mustangs (5-3)45
Yoakum Yoakum Bulldogs (6-3)56

District 16-4A I
Kingsville Kingsville Brahmas (4-4)19
La Feria La Feria Lions (6-2)14


District 15-4A I
Beeville Beeville Trojans (3-5)13
Pleasanton Pleasanton Eagles (6-2)36

Robstown Robstown Cotton Pickers (3-5)14
Rockport-Fulton Rockport-Fulton Pirates (5-3)58

District 16-3A II
Freer Freer Buckaroos (1-8)32
Monte Alto Monte Alto Blue Devils (2-5)23

Hebronville Hebbronville Longhorns (6-2)34
Dilley Dilley Wolves (2-7)26

District 16-3A I
San Diego San Diego Vaqueros (6-2)23
Aransas Pass Aransas Pass Panthers (4-4)21

Bishop Bishop Badgers (0-8)12
Santa Rosa Santa Rosa Warriors (6-3)13

Falfurrias Falfurrias Jerseys (2-6)21
Lyford Lyford Bulldogs (3-5)35

District 15-3A II
Bloomington Bloomington Bobcats (2-6)14
Banquete Banquete Bulldogs (2-6)41

Taft Taft Greyhounds (6-2)27
Odem Odem Owls (7-1)35

Skidmore Tynan Skidmore-Tynan Bobcats (4-4)0
SGA Santa Gertrudis Academy Lions (7-1)27

District 15-3A I
Hallettsville Hallettsville Brahmas (6-3)41
George West George West Longhorns (2-6)0

Mathis Mathis Pirates (6-2)64
Brooks Academy Brooks Academy Bengals (1-6)6

District 16-2A II
Pettus Pettus War Eagles (1-7)34
Benavides Benavides Eagles (1-8)24

Woodsboro Woodsboro Eagles (3-6)13
Bruni Bruni Badgers (6-2)15

District 16-2A I
Ben Bolt Ben Bolt Badgers (6-2)62
Santa Maria Santa Maria Cougars (3-5)2

Riviera Riviera Seahawks (6-2)32
La Villa La Villa Cardinals (2-6)29

London London Pirates (6-2)14
Three Rivers Three Rivers Bulldogs (8-0)42

District 15-2A I
Ganado Ganado Indians (2-6)7
Refugio Refugio Bobcats (8-0)67



John Paul II John Paul II Centurions (0-9)0
SA Holy Cross SA Holy Cross (6-1)56



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Top Pick Clowney Expects to Play Sunday Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:37:40 PM Associated Press Top Pick Clowney Expects to Play Sunday

HOUSTON (AP) - Top overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play for the Houston Texans this weekend against the Tennessee Titans.

"I would be surprised if I didn't play," Clowney said Thursday.

The outside linebacker returned to practice last week for the first time since having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He wasn't quite ready to play on Monday night against Pittsburgh, but feels better now and believes he'll be on the field on Sunday as the Texans try to snap a three-game skid.

Clowney is still experiencing some discomfort in his knee, but thinks that's just something he's going to have to deal with this season. He was asked if he thinks he's close to where he was before the injury.

"I have no clue right now," he said. "I always feel like I can be better than I am now. So who knows, we'll see around game time."

The rookie isn't concerned about nerves as he prepares to play again, but he is a bit concerned about other things after missing the last six games.

"I won't be nervous or jittery," he said. "I'll just be out there trying to remember what I'm supposed to do on different assignments."

If he does play, coach Bill O'Brien has said it will be in a limited capacity. Whitney Mercilus has been solid filling in for Clowney and O'Brien said he'll still get playing time when Clowney is back.

"We're not going to put him back in there and play 70-80 plays," O'Brien said. "He's going to kind of (be) eased back into the rotation anyway. Whitney will still be out there, but that will be a competition ... you don't just hand it to a guy coming off of six weeks being out, especially when the other guy has played pretty well."

Clowney, a former South Carolina standout, was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and had surgery the next day. It was the third injury for Clowney since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp.



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OSU Sues Former Assistant at Texas Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:35:21 PM Associated Press OSU Sues Former Assistant at Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Who's calling the plays for the Texas Longhorns this season? It may take a lawsuit by Oklahoma State against Texas assistant coach Joe Wickline to find out.

Wickline's former employer has sued him in Payne County, Oklahoma, seeking nearly $600,000 it says he owes the school. Wickline this week countersued in Austin, saying Oklahoma State has caused him injury and mental anguish and is trying to interfere with his Texas contract.

Wickline was Oklahoma State's offensive line coach for nine seasons until he was hired away by first-year Texas coach Charlie Strong in January. Strong gave Wickline the title of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

Texas also hired Shawn Watson, Strong's former offensive coordinator at Louisville, with the title of assistant head coach to the offense and quarterbacks coach.

According to Oklahoma State's lawsuit, Wickline's contract with Cowboys allowed him to leave without financial penalty only if he took a job as a head coach or offensive coordinator with play-calling duties.

Wickline say he's calling plays at Texas. Oklahoma State says that's Watson's job. And Strong's comments up until now have only confused the issue.

The potential conflict was widely reported when Wickline was hired and Strong was pressed by reporters about who would be call plays.

On Jan. 15, Strong said Watson would collaborate but that "Joe will call the plays on offense." On March 18, Strong said Wickline would be "involved" in play-calling but that "the one final voice will be Shawn."

Six days later after Strong said Watson had the "final" call on plays, Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder wrote Wickline, saying the school wished him well but it considered him in breach of contract and wanted $593,478 in damages.

"Upon your departure from OSU, you advised you accepted a position at another university as the offensive coordinator with 'play calling duties,'" Holder wrote. "Regrettably, it has come to our attention that neither of those statements is apparently accurate."

After another warning in April, Oklahoma State filed its lawsuit against Wickline on Oct. 17.

The next day, Texas beat Iowa State 48-45 in its best offensive game of the season. And on Monday, Strong credited Wickline with developing Texas' running game, indicating he consulted both Wickline and Watson for plays on the Longhorns' game-winning drive in the final 22 seconds.

A Texas spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to describe Wickline's play-calling duties for the Longhorns, whether Texas would assist Wickline in his case or if it has ever promised to help him pay Oklahoma State if the school sought damages.

Wickline's lawsuit suggests Oklahoma State is mad that "the best offensive line coach in the country" left for a Big 12 rival and accuses Cowboys officials of "harassing and intimidating (him) for the purpose of interfering with his ongoing employment with UT and his UT contract."

Oklahoma State's lawsuit does not name the University of Texas as a defendant and Wickline has obtained a private attorney from Houston.

The two teams play each other Nov. 15 in Stillwater.


AP Sports Writer Cliff Brunt contributed from Oklahoma City.

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NFL Commissioner Must Testify in Ray Rice's Hearing Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 8:19:14 AM NFL Commissioner Must Testify in Ray Rice's Hearing

An arbiter has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension.

A source familiar with the case told NBC news that former US judge Barbara S. Jones has decided Goodell should testify at the hearing.

Rice was suspended indefinitely on September 8th for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly.

Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.

Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely.

The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.

The Players' Union appealed Rice's suspension, saying he should not be punished twice.


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