Monday , 20 August 2018

National Sports

Bills announce rookie QB Allen to start against Bengals

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen moved one step closer to becoming the Buffalo Bills’ starter. Coach Sean McDermott is providing the strong-armed, first-round draft pick his opportunity to win the job by naming him the starter in Buffalo’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The team announced the decision on its Twitter account Monday evening after Allen practiced with …

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Jansen returns from DL earlier than expected for Dodgers

All-Star closer Kenley Jansen has been activated off the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier than expected after being cleared by a cardiologist. Manager Dave Roberts says Jansen is available for Monday night’s series opener against St. Louis. Jansen hasn’t pitched since Aug. 7 and was on the 10-day DL after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat on …

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Coaches, players confused by implementation of helmet rule

The new rule, which penalizes offensive and defensive players for lowering their head to initiate contact with their helmet to any part of an opposing player’s body, was designed to make the game safer. How it’s being enforced by officials in the preseason is generating stark controversy. Some, including Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, even believe it might end up …

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NFL to make updated teaching video on new helmet-contact rule

The helmet rule is expected to dominate a previously scheduled conference call Wednesday for an expanded discussion among league officials. News of the conference call was first reported by Pro Football Talk. The revised teaching video will be prepared by Al Riveron, the league’s vice president of officials, with assistance from other league executives. It will include proper and erroneous …

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Dodgers' Kenley Jansen active for Monday game, will resume as closer

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Jansen will resume his role as the team’s closer immediately. “He’s excited,” Roberts said. “He seems like he’s ready to pitch two innings tonight. We’ll temper that.” Jansen was placed on the disabled list Aug. 10 with an irregular heartbeat after experiencing issues while in Colorado. It was projected Jansen would miss four to six …

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Column: Wickens crash a reminder racing will never be safe

Race car drivers understand death, more so than other professional athletes. Nearly every driver at the top levels has lost a friend or a rival in a race, an acquaintance from another series, a driver they grew up idolizing. Death is a risk the drivers willingly take and their loved ones accept, knowing the passion for a profession that can …

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Adrian Peterson signs with running back-depleted Redskins

The Washington Redskins have signed four-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. The team announced the deal Monday after meeting with Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa also visited the Redskins the past two days after several injuries at the position, with the team opting to sign Peterson and De’Veon Smith. Peterson, 33, joins his fourth team as he enters what …

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Puerto Rico team that endured hurricane makes LLWS run

After a five-inning, 14 strikeout, no-hit performance, Roberto Joubert stepped off the mound and made his way toward the Puerto Rico dugout. An emphatic roar filled Volunteer Stadium, as miniature Puerto Rican flags waved in tandem with fatheads of each player. The Puerto Rico faithful consisted of no more than 60 or 70 people, yet their passion could be felt …

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Ohio State trustees set Wednesday meeting on Meyer's future

Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month. Meyer has been the subject of an investigation into the handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. The university …

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Ndamukong Suh mocks Dolphins' run defense in Instagram comment

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle posted a comment on an Instagram post from the NFL which showed a video of a 71-yard touchdown run by Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey against Miami in an exhibition game Friday. “Right up the Gut lol,” wrote Suh, who is now with the Los Angeles Rams. The comment may reflect lingering hard feelings by Suh, …

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