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September 14, 2014

National Football League from United States Senators: zero tolerance on domestic violence

National Football League from United States Senators: zero tolerance on domestic violence

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National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell received a letter from sixteen female United States Senators on Thursday calling for the NFL to adopt a zero tolerance policy on domestic violence.

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The senators criticized the NFL for their new domestic violence policy enacted in August. The new policy says a player will receive a six game suspension for their first offense.

A video of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice assaulting the woman who has since married him was recently released by website TMZ. The assault took place in a elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino. Rice was initially given a two game suspension; later, following the video release, the Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL indefinitely suspended him.

The bipartisan group of senators said, “If you violently assault a woman, you shouldn’t get a second chance to play in the NFL.”

The league stated they had initiated an independent investigation by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller into the Rice incident.

The cross-party signatories were, from the Democratic PartyBarbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, of CaliforniaDebbie Stabenow, MichiganAmy Klobuchar, MinnesotaPatty Murray and Maria Cantwell, WashingtonJeanne Shaheen, New HampshireKirsten Gillibrand, New YorkBarbara Mikulski, MarylandMazie Hirono, HawaiiHeidi Heitkamp, North DakotaElizabeth Warren, MassachusettsTammy Baldwin, WisconsinKay Hagan, North Carolina;  and, from the Republican Party, Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Susan Collins of Maine.



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August 6, 2013

Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes

Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes

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This past Sunday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill known as “Rocky’s Law” that requires Illinois high schools, through the local school district, to buy catastrophic injury insurance up to US$3 million or medical costs for up to five years, whichever one comes first, that covers student athletes. The insurance must cover student athletes while they are competing.

The legislation was named after Rasul “Rocky” Clark. In 2000, the Eisenhower High School football player became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a tackle during a game. His school based health insurance covered the costs of his medical treatment. A legislator sponsoring the bill noted that the need for this type of insurance is rare. Clark’s mother attended the legislation signing. Her son died last year.

Before parents can claim money from school insurance, they first must pay out US$50,000. Schools have until January 1, 2014 to comply with the law. Schools cannot charge students more than US$5 to defray the cost of insurance. If a school district already requires student to be covered through private health insurance, they are exempted from this law.



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April 29, 2013

Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL\’s Seattle Seahawks

Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Sunday, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks drafted Brisbane, Australia native nose tackle Jesse Williams in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Going into the draft, there were some expectations by the Brisbane Times and other media outlets that Williams might be selected in the first round. Injuries, which resulted in Williams being unable to participate fully in the NFL Combine, likely were reasons why he was not selected higher.

Gridiron football is not the most popular football code in Australia, with rugby league, rugby union, soccer, and Australian rules football all being more popular participation sports. Williams’ youth sporting career reflected this, with Williams playing rugby union until he was 15 years old at which time he switched codes and joined the local gridiron team, the Bayside Ravens. A year later, his playing ability earned him a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii. He could not meet the university’s academic standards so eventually he attended Western Arizona Community College instead. In 2011, he transferred to the University of Alabama and played for the Alabama Crimson Tide for two seasons. Both seasons, his Crimson Tide team won the national championship.

Williams’ selection is unique amongst Australians as most Australians who have played in the NFL have been kickers. He is also only the second Australian ever to be drafted in the NFL Draft.



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April 28, 2013

Chicago Bears select Marquess Wilson in seventh round of NFL draft

Chicago Bears select Marquess Wilson in seventh round of NFL draft

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Yesterday, the Chicago Bears selected Washington State University‘s Marquess Wilson as a seventh-round pick in the National Football League (NFL) Draft. Wilson was the 236th pick overall.

Wilson comes to the Bears organization following a tumultuous final season of university football. He quit his team after nine games following abuse accusations he made against Washington State’s head coach Mike Leach. In talking with the Chicago Tribune, he said “I feel like I could have handled it a little better but like I said I am just moving forward […] I am excited about the opportunity I have at hand.”

Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said regarding Wilson’s selection, “I would consider it a young guy making a very, very small mistake that put him in a position that got him in trouble. […] I think that like any young guy, I am a parent, we’re parents here. Our kids have made mistakes along the way. He’s a good kid with a big upside. He’s come to the right place. He’s come to a locker room where we have players and coaches that will set him straight right from the beginning and get him going the right direction. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to grow a young man, to allow him to mature off the field as well as on it and the upside as a talent, we’re very excited about it.”

The 20-year-old draft pick’s university highlights included playing in 33 games with 27 starts, where he had 189 receptions for 3,207 yards for an average of 17 yards per catch. He also had 23 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he made 82 receptions that he converted into 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The team was able to pick Wilson because they traded their 20th selection pick in the fifth round to the Atlanta Falcons for a 30th round pick in the fifth round and an additional draft pick in the seventh round.



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February 5, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens defeat 49ers, 34-31

Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens defeat 49ers, 34-31

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Baltimore Ravens 34 31 San Francisco 49ers

In the National Football League, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34–31 to win Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, despite a power outage at the New Orleans Superdome.

Referee Jerome Boger flipped the coin and the Ravens of the AFC won the coin toss and elected to defer till the second half. The 49ers of the NFC started on the 20 yard line and quickly went three and out. The Ravens first play on offense was a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to Vonta Leach for an 8 yard gain. After working their way down the field the Ravens scored on a Flacco pass to Anquan Boldin. Justin Tucker put in the extra point for the Ravens to take the lead 7–0.

The 49ers came back on the next drive and drove down the field for a David Akers 36 yard field goal. Nearing the end of the first quarter the Ravens were pushing towards a touchdown until they were stopped on a 3rd and 13. The next possession for the 49ers ended with a fumble by LaMichael James that was recovered by Arthur Jones for no gain. After going down down the field, the Ravens scored on a Flacco pass to Dennis Pitta. The next possession for the 49ers ended as soon as it started after a Colin Kaepernick interception by Ed Reed. After the play penalties for unnecessary roughness were granted to each team due to an incident on the field.

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The Ravens worked their way down the field until they hit the 14 yard line, where they set up for a field goal. Tucker took a direct snap and ran towards the first down marker ending up short of the first down ending their drive. The ensuing 49ers drive ended in a 3 and out. The Ravens responded with a 3 play touchdown drive ending with a 56 yard pass to Jacoby Jones from Flacco. This put the Ravens up 21–3 with 1:45 left in the first half. A successful 27 yard field goal by Akers followed shortly after as the score became 21–6 heading into halftime.

After the half-time show featuring Beyoncé, the Ravens got the ball to start the second half. Akers kicked it off to Jacoby Jones, Jones stepping out from the end of the end zone returning it for 108 yards, an tie for the longest return in Super Bowl history. This pushed the score up to 28–6.

After a punt by the 49ers and the Ravens, the 49ers drove down the field to score with a 31 yard throw to Michael Crabtree for a touchdown. An Akers extra point brought the score to 28–13. The next drive for the Ravens ended in a 3 and out. The 49ers came back 2 plays later with a 6 yard run by Frank Gore. The following Akers extra point made the score 28–20. The next possession for the Raven ended 2 plays in after a Ray Rice fumble that was recovered by Tarell Brown. The next drive almost ended in a missed 39 yard field goal by Akers but was saved due to a running into the kicker penalty by Chykie Brown. After the 5 yards were accessed, Akers lined up and made the 34 yard field goal bringing the score to 28–23.

The Ravens responded on their next drive with a 19 yard field goal by Tucker to increase their lead to 31–23. The 49ers responded with a 5 play touchdown drive ending with a Kaepernick 15 yard scramble to close the gap to 31–29 with the extra point to follow. The 49ers attempted a two point conversion but the pass was overthrown resulting in a missed attempt, leaving the score at 31–29 with 9:57 remaining in the 4th quarter. The Ravens took over the ball for a 5 minute 38 second drive that ended in a Tucker 38 yard field goal, making the score 34–29. Trying to finish their rally, the 49ers drove down to the 7 yard line. After a 2 yard rush by James, and 3 incomplete passes by Kaepernick, the Raven took over on downs on the 5 yard line with 1:46 left in the game.

After a run by Ray Rice, the 49ers called their last timeout to stop the clock with 1:42 left. A run by Bernard Pierce, and then Leach left the Ravens with a 4th and 7. The Ravens called a timeout to determine their next play. Lining up in punting formation, Koch caught the ball and ran around the end zone to waste time before getting pushed out for a safety by Chris Culliver to make the score 34–31 with 4 seconds left in the game. To end the game Koch punted the ball to Ted Ginn who returned the ball to end the game.



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December 3, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs athlete commits murder-suicide

Kansas City Chiefs athlete commits murder-suicide

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Jovan Belcher, an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, on Saturday shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then later shot himself.

According to Police Captain David Lindaman, Perkins and Belcher got into an argument at their house and Belcher shot Perkins around 7:50 A.M. CT. After shooting Perkins, Belcher headed to the Chiefs training facility where he talked to Chiefs General Manger Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel. Belcher thanked them for their support and then proceeded to shoot himself.

Owner of the Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt released a statement regarding Belcher. He said “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”

Belcher, from the University of Maine, went undrafted in 2009, but was signed as a free agent after the draft.



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Jovan Belcher, an American football player for the Kansas City Chiefs, on Saturday shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then later shot himself.

According to Police Captain David Lindaman, Perkins and Belcher got into an argument at their house and Belcher shot Perkins around 7:50 A.M. CT. After shooting Perkins, Belcher headed to the Chiefs training facility where he talked to Chiefs General Manger Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel. Belcher thanked them for their support and then proceeded to shoot himself.

Owner of the Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt released a statement regarding Belcher. He said “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”

Belcher, from the University of Maine, went undrafted in 2009, but was signed as a free agent after the draft.



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December 2, 2012

Kansas City Chief murder-suicide

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Jovan Belcher, an American football player for the Kansas City Chief, shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and then later shot himself. According to Police Captain David Lindaman, Perkins and Belcher got into an argument at their house around 7:50 A.M. CT when Belcher shot Perkins. After shooting Perkins, Belcher headed to the Chiefs training facility where Belcher talked to Chiefs General Manger Scott Pioli and Head Coach Romeo Crennel. Belcher thanked them for everything they have done for him and then proceeded to shot himself.

Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs Clark Hunt released a statement regarding Belcher via that Chief’s official website. He said “The entire Chiefs family is deeply saddened by today’s events, and our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy, thoughts and prayers for the families and friends affected by this unthinkable tragedy. We sincerely appreciate the expressions of sympathy and support we have received from so many in the Kansas City and NFL communities, and ask for continued prayers for the loved ones of those impacted. We will continue to fully cooperate with the authorities and work to ensure that the appropriate counseling resources are available to all members of the organization.”

Belcher from the University of Maine, went undrafted in 2009, but was signed as a free agent after the draft.



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March 21, 2012

Wikinews Shorts: March 21, 2012

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Wikinews Shorts: March 21, 2012

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Iraq bombings cause security concerns for Arab summit

A series of car bombings in Iraq left around 50 dead and more than 200 wounded on Tuesday. Seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces were attacked. The attacks were described as coordinated although no group behind them has been identified.

The bombings raise safety concerns ahead of next week’s Arab League summit meeting. In response, Iraqi officials will declare a holiday beginning Sunday that will run through April 1 in Baghdad, allowing restriction of traffic around the summit meeting area.

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Mexico damaged by quake

Mexico Earthquake Density Map

Mexican authorities continue assessing damages from yesterday’s earthquake. Around 800 homes were damaged in the town of Igualapa, Guerrero, and close to the epicenter in the south. The number of injuries totaled eleven so far but no deaths have been reported. Most of the injuries were reported in Oaxaca, which borders Guerrero. Mexico’s government has sent out helicopters to assess damage and set up shelters for residents in need.

Yesterday’s incident was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey as a 7.4 magnitude quake, which makes it one of the strongest since 1985.

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Apple officials scorch iPad 3 concerns

The iPad 3

Consumer Reports revealed through testing that Apple’s iPad 3 can reach a sizzling 116 degrees Fahrenheit, or 46 Celsius. The new iPad was found to operate hotter than the previous versions. Apple Computer did not agree that its product was overheating. The company said the latest iPad runs within a normal range and would warn users if it passed its limit, but the company declined to state what that range was.

Apple’s forums house several consumer concerns about the new iPad overheating. Some debated whether to return the product.

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Moto2 Wraps up final pre-season test at Jerez

Taltrans Racing rider Claudio Corti made his way to the top of the time sheets with a blazing 1’41.983 on the third and final day of testing at Jerez circuit. The Italian Moto2 rider was just .004 ahead of Thomas Lüthi of Interwetten Paddock GP who was fastest the first two days. All riders except Scott Redding (7th), Randy Krummenacher (21st), Gino Rea (23rd), and Elena Rosell (33rd) ran their fastest times today.

The test at Jerez was the first to feature the official Moto2 engine, and the last chance for an official practice before the first race in Qatar April 5-8.

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NFL Fines New Orleans Saints for “bounties”

Head coach for the New Orleans Saints American football team Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire 2012 season and the team fined US$500,000 for operating a bounty program to injure opponents in games. Gregg Williams, the former defensive coach who is now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely, and will have his status reviewed at the season’s end.

The team will lose it’s second round draft picks for the 2012 and 2013 season. General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2012 season, the National Football League (NFL) said. The assistant head coach was also suspended for six games without pay.

The NFL is currently receiving class action law suits from former players for multiple injuries.

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September 22, 2010

Denver Broncos player Kenny McKinley found dead aged 23

Denver Broncos player Kenny McKinley found dead aged 23

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McKinley while with the Denver Broncos in 2009

Kenny McKinley, an American football player for the Denver Broncos, has been found dead at the age of 23. The wide receiver was found dead in the master bedroom of his home in the Denver suburbs. The cause of death is suspected to be suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

President and CEO of the Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen released a statement about McKinley’s death on the Broncos’ official website. He said “Everyone with the Broncos is shocked and saddened by the loss of Kenny McKinley. He was part of the Broncos family and will be greatly missed by our organization. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Kenny’s family and friends.”

Andrew Bondarowicz, McKinley’s agent, said McKinley had been visiting family in Atlanta and had only shortly returned to Denver at the time of his death.

Originally from South Carolina, McKinley was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In college, he became only the 12th player in SEC history to collect more than 2,700 receiving yards.

McKinley has become the third young Broncos player to die in recent years. Darrent Williams was shot dead on New Year’s Eve in 2007 and Damien Nash died after he collapsed during a charity basketball game a month later. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter said on his twitter page “No NFL team has been hit harder than Denver. Darrent Williams, Damien Nash. Kenny McKinley. RIP.”



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