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  1. #2611

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    Cheryl Fiandaca‏Verified account @CherylFiandaca 1m1 minute ago
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    #BREAKING #AaronHernandez test show had advanced stage 3 #CTE family lawyer says suing #NFL and #NEPatriots #WBZ
    He was 28 - how is that even possible? Well I know how it's possible - but still.

  2. #2612

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    Tight End. Just an intermediate position in which you get the worst of both RB and WR.
    The NFL has to get a better design for helmets and drop the padding. It only makes players try to hit harder.
    Don't do that and the league will disappear in a few decades.
    Starry starry night

  3. #2613

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    Aaron Hernandez Found to Have Severe C.T.E.
    By KEN BELSON SEPT. 21, 2017

    Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who committed suicide in April while serving a life sentence for murder, was found to have a severe form of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma that has been found in more than 100 former N.F.L. players.

    Researchers who examined the brain determined it was “the most severe case they had ever seen in someone of Aaron’s age,” said a lawyer for Hernandez in announcing the result at a news conference on Thursday. Hernandez was 27.

    C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, can be diagnosed only posthumously. Hernandez is the latest former N.F.L. player to have committed suicide and then been found to have C.T.E., joining Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling and Jovan Belcher, among others. Seau and Duerson shot themselves in the chest, apparently so that researchers would be able to examine their brain. Hernandez was found hanging in his prison cell.

    Seau, Duerson and Waters were all older than 40, while Hernandez is one of the youngest former N.F.L. players to have been found with the disease. In July, researchers at Boston University released findings that showed that they had found C.T.E. in the brains of 110 of the 111 former N.F.L. players they had examined.

    Jose Baez, Hernandez’s lawyer, said Hernandez’s brain showed a level of damage that was seen in players with a median age of 67 years.

    Baez said he had filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Patriots and the N.F.L. on behalf of Hernandez’s daughter, Avielle. The suit seeks unspecified damages for loss of parental support. The suit alleges that the Patriots and the league were “fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

    Baez said he did not rule out adding the N.C.A.A. or the University of Florida, where Hernandez played college football, to the complaint.

    In a statement, the N.F.L. said, “We have not seen a copy of the suit and cannot comment at this time.”

    Baez said that in hindsight, his family had witnessed Hernandez act in ways that were consistent with a person found to have C.T.E., “but you don’t know.”

    Hernandez’s brain was examined by Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the CTE Center at Boston University. She developed categories to describe the severity of the disease. Those with Stage 3 of C.T.E. typically had cognitive impairment and trouble with executive functions like planning and organizing. Those with Stage 4, the most severe version of the disease, had dementia, difficulty finding words and aggression.

    McKee said in a statement that Hernandez had Stage 3, and that he had “early brain atrophy.”

    The discovery of C.T.E. adds another turn in Hernandez’s meteoric rise and fall. After a standout career at Florida, he signed a record $40 million contract with the Patriots in 2012, when he was 22. Just five years before, he had been working menial jobs in Bristol, Conn., his hardscrabble hometown, where he drove a $300 used car he bought with money borrowed from friends.

    At Florida, he helped the Gators win the national title in 2008. But he fell to the fourth round of the N.F.L. draft because of off-field issues including involvement in a bar fight.

    Yet 10 months after he signed his contract with the Patriots, in 2013, the body of a friend who had been shot multiple times was discovered. He was convicted of the friend’s murder, was accused and acquitted of two other killings from 2012 and became a stark example of N.F.L. players who exhibit violence off the field.

    Even his demise was filled with turmoil. After Hernandez died, Baez called a news conference in front of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and accused the state of illegally withholding Hernandez’s brain. Hernandez’s body had been discovered the day before, tied with a bedsheet to the window of his prison cell in Shirley, Mass. His death was later ruled a suicide.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/s...=top-news&_r=0
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  4. #2614

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    Rick Pitino Is Ousted by Louisville After Another Scandal
    By MARC TRACY SEPT. 27, 2017

    One of college basketball’s most illustrious coaching careers seemed to come to an ignominious close Wednesday as Rick Pitino, 65, was ousted by the University of Louisville, according to several news reports.

    The move came one day after federal prosecutors accused two unnamed Cardinals coaches of directing money provided by the university’s apparel partner, Adidas, to two high school prospects, and three months after Pitino and his program were sanctioned by the N.C.A.A. for a scandal in which prostitutes were provided to players and teenage recruits.

    Pitino’s lawyer, Steve Pence, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that Pitino had been placed on administrative leave but that he was “effectively fired.”

    Louisville’s athletic director, Tom Jurich, also was relieved of his responsibilities, according to multiple news reports. Jurich met with members of the university’s board of trustees on Wednesday morning but left after only five minutes. Pitino met with the trustees soon after Jurich. His meeting, too, was short; one reporter waiting outside noted that the driver of the vehicle that delivered Pitino did not turn off its engine while he was inside.

    On Tuesday evening, Pitino denied any knowledge or responsibility for the accusations detailed in the federal charges, saying in a statement: “These allegations come as a complete shock to me. If true, I agree with the U.S. Attorneys Office that these third-party schemes, initiated by a few bad actors, operated to commit a fraud on the impacted universities and their basketball programs, including the University of Louisville.”

    Pitino was inducted into the basketball hall of fame in 2013, recognition for a four-decade coaching career in college basketball and the N.B.A. With 770 wins over parts of 32 seasons, Pitino ranks 12th on the Division I victories list — although that figure could change pending the appeal of the N.C.A.A. sanctions announced in June. He is also the only college coach to win national titles with two different colleges, Kentucky and Louisville — although that distinction, too, could change if Louisville is forced to vacate its 2013 championship.

    The reason for the potential erasure of potentially dozens of his wins at Louisville, and his second N.C.A.A. championship, are allegations, some of which Louisville has accepted, that a former basketball staff member who had played under Pitino hired prostitutes to entertain recruits and players in an on-campus dormitory.

    While the N.C.A.A. has vacated victories and even Final Four appearances, it has never before stripped a championship from the winner of its signature annual tournament.

    While in that case the N.C.A.A. accepted Pitino’s explanation that he had no knowledge of the actions of the assistant found to be responsible, it nonetheless found that he had failed in his broader obligation to monitor his staff. Pitino and Louisville have disputed that conclusion, which led to his suspension, pending appeal, for the first five games of Atlantic Coast Conference play this season.

    Tuesday’s federal charges, which also implicated the global marketing director for Adidas basketball, four assistant coaches at other Division I programs and several other men involved in college basketball, detailed a scheme to funnel money to two prospects in order to attend a university whose description matches Louisville, and of doing so with the knowledge of two unnamed coaches at the school. It was not clear whether the man the complaint calls Coach-2, who is characterized as having significant leverage at Adidas (which sponsors Louisville), is Pitino.

    Born in New York City and raised on Long Island, Pitino never lost the thick accent he earned during a childhood in region, and first made his name with an improbable Final Four run with Providence in 1987. His career also included less-successful stints in the N.B.A., with the Knicks and the Boston Celtics.

    But most notably he revived the two beloved college programs in the Bluegrass State, first leading the University of Kentucky, starting in 1989, out of heavy N.C.A.A. sanctions and to three Final Fours, including the 1996 national title, and then leading the Cardinals to three Final Fours and another national title.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/s...ino-fired.html
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  5. #2615

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    Darren Rovell‏Verified account @darrenrovell 53s53 seconds ago
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    Confirmed that Haley Jurich, daughter of Louisville's Tom Jurich, is an adidas employee. LinkedIn says she joined company in March.

    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  6. #2616

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    You know the whole thing will be a stinker when they invoke the "few bad apples/actors" excuse.
    Starry starry night

  7. #2617
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  8. #2618

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    Darren Rovell‏Verified account @darrenrovell 43m43 minutes ago
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    No question NBA is the hottest property, shocked PGA Tour finished last, expected NASCAR.

    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  9. #2619

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    MLS ahead of MLB? That is a surprise.
    Starry starry night

  10. #2620

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Darren Rovell‏Verified account @darrenrovell 43m43 minutes ago
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    No question NBA is the hottest property, shocked PGA Tour finished last, expected NASCAR.
    Why do you say that Amie, I am genuinely curious. While lower than it was 5+ years ago, NASCAR still pulls huge crowds and decent tv ratings.

    I thought it was interesting that college sports executives were included. I need to ponder why that's relevant...

  11. #2621

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastbackss View Post
    Why do you say that Amie, I am genuinely curious. While lower than it was 5+ years ago, NASCAR still pulls huge crowds and decent tv ratings.

    I thought it was interesting that college sports executives were included. I need to ponder why that's relevant...
    Those are Darren Rovell's comments not mine.
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


  12. #2622

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Those are Darren Rovell's comments not mine.
    Oops, off to take it up with him

  13. #2623

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    Gabby Douglas apologizes for criticizing Aly Raisman’s stance on sexual assault
    By Matt Bonesteel November 18 at 2:29 PM

    Gabby Douglas says she’s “deeply sorry” for a comment she made about Fierce Five teammate Aly Raisman’s stance on sexual assault victims.

    In an Instagram post Friday, Raisman spoke out against those who blame sexual assault on the way victims dress.

    “Just because a woman does a sexy photo shoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse,” Raisman wrote. “What is wrong with some of you? AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER.

    “Women are allowed to feel sexy and comfortable in their own skin, in fact I encourage you all to wear what you feel good in. I will not put up with any woman or girl being shamed for wanting to wear a skirt, dress, etc. I do not tolerate it. Are we clear? Oh and one more thing. STOP VICTIM SHAMING. It is because of you that so many survivors live in fear.”

    In response to her former U.S. Olympic teammate, Douglas wrote on Twitter that “it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.” That tweet has since been deleted, but it drew criticism from Simone Biles, Raisman and Douglas’s 2016 Olympic teammate who said Douglas’s comment “doesn’t surprise me.”

    Douglas apologized Saturday on Twitter...

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.9609457e0ce1
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


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