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Peyton Manning breaks NFL career touchdown passes record

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Peyton Manning is now the NFL’s all time touchdown passing leader.

The Denver Broncos’ 38-year-old quarterback threw touchdown number 509 of his career Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers to pass Brett Favre’s career record. Manning entered the game needing three scores to break the record. He did that by halftime, and wound up sitting out the entire fourth quarter in a 42-17 rout by the Broncos over San Francisco.

Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter which placed him right above Brett Favre’s previous record.  Manning then was swarmed on the sideline, wrapped into a hug by Broncos head coach John Fox as Sports Authority Field at Mile High public address announcer Alan Roach notified the crowd to the achievement.

According to NFL.com, Manning finished with just as many touchdowns (four) as incompletions on the night, racking up 318 yards on only 26 attempts.

Manning has thrown 19 touchdowns and three interceptions on the season. On Thursday night, he’ll face Philip Rivers’ Chargers in a crucial division game between two top quarterbacks.

 

Hong Kong protesters stand their ground

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China has gone through many changes in modern times. Their cities are expanding rapidly, and they have one the fastest growing economies in the world. The Social climate of China is also undergoing drastic change. Its citizens want something else, democracy.

Chinese citizens have long felt the government has limited their freedoms. Several websites have been banned throughout China, such as Google. The more the country expands on a global scale, the more citizens want a true democracy.

The streets of Hong Kong have been flooded with protestors all calling for an end to Chief Executive C.Y. Lueng’s regime. China’s leader Lueng is losing his patience calling for the end of protests.

“The government and the police have the responsibilities and determination to take all necessary actions to restore social order,” Leung said in his televised address.

According to CNN, the wave of protestors were given a deadline to disperse, but remained in the streets. There were no riots, and government workers were allowed to pass.

The Hong Kong Federation of students met with Hong Kong chief executive secretary Carrie Lam on possibly diffusing the protests. This conflict might be worth monitoring, as it could negatively affect China’s economy.

Derek Jeter drives in winning run in final home game

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In a very fitting farewell, Derek Jeter drove in the winning run in the final at-bat of his final home game.

Jeter said farewell to Yankee Stadium on Thursday night with a walk-off single to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5. A delighted Jeter jumped and raised both arms between first and second.

After he was swarmed on the field by his teammates, he stood right in the middle of the field and tipped his cap to the fans he has played in front of the last 20 seasons.

Former Yankee manager and Hall of Famer Joe Torre and many of Jeter’s former teammates from the Yankee dynasty joined him on the field, including Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte and Tino Martinez.

According to The New York Times, Joe Girardi said “I got a little choked up yesterday after his last at-bat and the way the fans reacted. You start thinking that you’ve been around someone for so long, and he’s not going to be there.”

Jeter finished the game with two hits, including a first-inning double that almost left the park for a home run. Jeter also drove in three runs, including the game winner.

Devon Still and The Bengals Goodwill

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In light of all the controversy surrounding the NFL in recent weeks, Devon Still’s story has been a bright spot. Bengals defensive end Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with cancer. Still was uninsured at the time, and on the verge of being cut.

Realizing Still’s situation the Bengals decided to place him on the practice squad so they could pay for his daughter’s bills. Hearing about Still’s daughter on the radio, Saints coach Sean Payton immediately purchased 100 Still jerseys. The proceeds from Still’s jerseys go to children staying at the same hospital as Leah. As a result the Bengals team store has sold nearly 10,000 jerseys.

The Still’s received even more good news after the entire tumor was removed from Leah, when doctors previously had concerns about its removal.

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The Bengal’s, and fans that showed support, should be applauded for their humility. The NFL, has been dealing with public relations issues, but this is a reminder that some things are bigger than football.

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The NFL’s PR Nightmare

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The NFL has experienced four high profile domestic violence cases in the span of a year, child abuse, substance abuse, and performance enhancing drugs. Now there are many fans suspecting negligence by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Instead of the focus being on football and the start of a new season, the video of Ray and Janay Rice’s altercation has been the topic of discussion. The NFL first came under fire for only suspending Rice for two games. Rice has received the most attention, but isn’t the only player accused of abuse.

  • Pro bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted of domestic violence, and death threats against his former girlfriend.
  • Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals has been accused of violence against his wife and son.
  • Forty-Niner Ray McDonald defensive end is also facing domestic violence allegations.
  • All-pro running back Adrian Peterson has been exempt from his team for child abuse.

Soon after the string of cases, a new domestic violence policy was created. Goodell announced that first time domestic violence offenders will receive a six game suspension, and second time offenders will receive a lifetime ban. In addition to the rule change, the NFL has created a team of four women to combat domestic violence.

Some of these cases happened earlier in the year, bringing to question why they weren’t disciplined until the public reacted. Several of the league’s sponsors have threatened to pull out if players aren’t disciplined properly. Besides McDonald all of the aforementioned players have been exempt from the team, but are still being paid.

This calendar year has been a black eye for the league’s image with thirty-one suspensions, and several other cases pending according to SBNation. Roger Goodell once revered by players and fans, is now dealing with a public relations nightmare.

The current controversy surrounding the league has many calling for his job. National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neil called for Goodell’s job in an interview with ESPN.

 “The only workable solution is for Roger Goodell to resign and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”          -Terry O’Neil

As new information continues to emerge, Roger Goodell’s future will be something to keep an eye on. It’s unlikely the NFL will see a significant dent in its profits, but one has to wonder about the public’s perception going forward.

 


Robert Griffin III suffers potentially season-ending injury

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Just about everything went right for the Redskins on Sunday besides one devastating loss to their starting lineup.

ESPN confirms that Robert Griffin III has a dislocated left ankle, an injury that will sideline the Washington Redskins star quarterback indefinitely.

Griffin suffered the injury while running to his right toward the sideline in the first quarter. Even though he was not touched on the play, Griffin fell and landed awkwardly out of bounds and was carted to the locker room. To know the full extent of the injury, Griffin will need an MRI exam which will be taken Monday morning. Another question facing many Redskins fans is Griffin’s recovery time. He is believed to be facing a minimum six to eight week recovery.

It wasn’t all bad for the Redskins as they comfortably beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 41-10. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak dating from last season. It was the team’s first victory since a 30-24 overtime win against the San Diego Chargers in Week 9 of 2013.

Former Athlete Creates Sensor, Prevents Brain Injuries

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A former collegiate athlete has created a new form of preventative healthcare.

According to Fox News, founder and CEO of Jolt Sensor, Benjamin Harvatine has created the small sensor to assist in the prevention of concussions and other forms of brain injuries.

Harvatine wrestled for Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he sustained a number of concussions.

Harvatine explained that although he was hit in the head, he continued to practice even though he was experience dizziness, resulting in a longer recovery. The sensor, aims at detecting these injuries sooner, and preventing these long recoveries.

The clip-on sensor can be attached to a helmet, glasses, headband or other protective headgear. The goal is for the small device to track head impacts both based on level of impact as well as repetition.  When a potentially damaging situation occurs, the sensor will vibrate on the athlete’s head while also sending a notification to the cell phone of a parent or coach.

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