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Stephanie Taubin Red Sox

Stephanie Taubin Red Sox, A Brookline woman who was injured when she was struck by a foul ball last year during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is suing John Henry, the team’s principal owner, court records show.

Lawyers for Stephanie Taubin, 46, filed the lawsuit claiming negligence against Henry, who also owns The Boston Globe, on Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court, records show.

The dollar amount being sought was not clear Thursday night.

Asked for comment on Henry’s behalf, the Red Sox said in a statement that the team “is unaware of the specifics [of the lawsuit] and generally does not comment on pending legal matters. But the safety of Red Sox fans and providing a quality ballpark experience are essential to the Red Sox, and to Mr. Henry, and are goals for which we strive as an organization to deliver,” the statement said.

According to Taubin’s complaint, she was in an area above home plate known as the EMC Club on June 17, 2014. Protective glass had been removed for renovations, leaving the area, previously known as the 406 Club, “at greater risk of foul balls entering that [section] of Fenway Park,” the filing said.

Taubin was struck by a foul ball and suffered injuries including facial fractures and neurological damage, her complaint said.

She has also incurred medical expenses, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity, according to the lawsuit.

Taubin’s attorneys could not be reached for comment on Thursday night.

Her filing comes after two harrowing incidents this season at Fenway, when one fan was struck by a broken bat and another was hit by a line drive.

During the first incident on June 5, part of a shattered bat hit Tonya Carpenter, 44, of Paxton, in the face as she sat on the third base side near the visitors’ dugout.

She was carried out on a stretcher as stunned players and fans looked on.

Carpenter spent a week at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before being transferred to a rehabilitation facility.

A Beth Israel doctor said at the time that her recovery “has been excellent” and that she was “getting stronger every day.”

In the second case on July 10, Stephanie Wapenski, 36, was struck in the head by a sharply hit foul ball during a night game against the New York Yankees.

Wapenski, 36, who got engaged at Fenway last year, was taken to Beth Israel, where she received more than 30 stitches and underwent a CAT scan before being released early the next morning.

NBA legends talk famous feud: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant

NBA legends talk famous feud: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant appeared to have buried the hatchet. Only 11 years too late.

Bryant was a recent guest on O’Neal’s podcast, and in quotes released through ESPN, the two Lakers legends expressed remorse about the falling-out that led to O’Neal getting traded to the Heat after the duo won three titles together.

“When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy s—. I was an idiot when I was a kid,” Bryant said. “To me, the most important thing was really: ‘Just keep your mouth shut.’ You don’t need to go to the press with stuff.

“You keep it internal, and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided. But it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.”

One famous incident was when Bryant called O’Neal fat and lazy in an interview with Jim Gray during the infamous 2003-04 season.

“A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment,” O’Neal said in an excerpt from the podcast, which will be available Monday at PodcastOne.com. “I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, ‘You know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about?’ This is not really even a story.”

While the two took shots at each other over the years, they stood up for one another as well. O’Neal said he would take Bryant over LeBron James if both players were in their prime and Bryant has defended O’Neal received from criticism in the media.

They did have success elsewhere. O’Neal won it all with the Heat in 2006 and Bryant won consecutive titles in 2009 and 2010, but if their relationship didn’t splinter, they could’ve hoisted more crowns.

Michael Sam Quits: Michael Sam Stepping Away From Football

Michael Sam Quits: Michael Sam Stepping Away From Football, Michael Sam is stepping away from pro football.

Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, has told the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes that he is leaving the team.

He tweeted Friday that he became concerned for his mental health.

The last 12 months have been very difficult for me, to the point where I became concerned with my mental health. Because of this I am 1/3

– @MichaelSamNFL

going to step away from the game at this time. I thank the Alouettes for this opportunity and hope to be back on the field soon. Thank 2/3

– @MichaelSamNFL

you all for your understanding and support. 3/3

– @MichaelSamNFL
The Alouettes organization confirmed in a press release that Sam has left the club for “personal reasons” and that he has been added to the team’s suspended list.

Sam became the first active pro football player who is openly gay after making his CFL debut for the Als in their loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 7. He was used sparingly and only took part in a handful of plays, finishing with no tackles. He didn’t dress this week and was put on the injured list when Montreal played the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday night.

The Texan was a former SEC co-defensive player of the year in his senior season at the University of Missouri. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft, but failed to make their lineup. After a short spell with the Dallas Cowboys on their practice roster, he signed a two-year contract with the Alouettes.

Sam also missed part of Montreal’s training camp to attend personal matters but returned June 29.

NFL Deflategate Policies: Report: New Policies In Wake Of ‘Deflategate’

NFL Deflategate Policies: Report: New Policies In Wake Of ‘Deflategate’, The NFL will change the handling procedure for footballs in the wake of the Deflategate debacle that took place in January. FOX Sports is reporting that the changes will be implemented this coming season and include the following.

1. Each team will provide 24 footballs, 12 primary and 12 to be used as backups, to the officials prior to the game.

2. Two officials will check the footballs and ensure they meet all specifications.

3. The footballs will be numbered and then each football will have its PSI checked and recorded.

4. Any ball found to be below or above the range of 12.5 to 13.5 PSI will be brought to 13.0 PSI.

5. The kicking ball coordinator, a league hired position, will be in possession of the balls until they are delivered to the team’s ball crew 10 minutes before play begins.

6. The footballs will again be checked at halftime by the two designated league officials.

The first question I would have for the NFL is why wasn’t this type of policy in place before the Deflatgate mess even happened? Players are going to look to gain an edge anywhere they can so why would the NFL ever think leaving the balls in the teams hands was a good idea?

The second question I have for the league is why is it taking so long for a ruling on Tom Brady’s suspension? This nonsense has been going on for six months. As reported on earlier here at the Inquisitr, Brady met with the league for his appeal more than a month ago. It seems like the NFL is moving at a glacier pace and if this drags on past when training camp starts, then the NFL needs to look into its policies on how these matters are dealt with. The New England Patriots and Brady should know where they stand by now, and the league is doing them a great disservice by not giving them a ruling.

One final question for the NFL is why such a big deal being made over this whole affair? Even if Brady is the ringleader of footballs being deflated, the idea that such an action deserves to lose a quarter of a season is ludicrous. deflating footballs is equal to using sandpaper to scuff up a baseball. For that infraction a baseball player gets suspended 10 games or one-sixteenth of the season. At most, Brady deserved a one-game suspension, but instead he got a four-game suspension without any real proof.

It is time for the NFL to move on from deflated footballs and take care of the bigger issues the league and the game faces, such as the joke that is Thursday Night Football and keeping players off of the police blotter.

NFL Deflategate Policies: Report: New Policies In Wake Of 'Deflategate'

Two Motorcycle Riders Killed Mazda Raceway

Two Motorcycle Riders Killed Mazda Raceway, Bernat Martinez, 35, and Daniel Rivas Fernandez, 27, succumbed to their injuries in hospital after a multi-bike accident in the second MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 race at Mazda Raceway on Sunday.

“I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel,” said Wayne Rainey, a former triple 500cc motorcycle world champion and president of MotoAmerica, in a statement issued on Sunday night.

“First and foremost, is the loss to the families and loved ones. Our sincere condolences goes out to each and every one of them as well as the MotoAmerica family.”

The accident happened on the first lap of the race, setting off a chain reaction.

Martinez was taken by ambulance to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula while Rivas was flown to Natividad Medical Centre in Salinas.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the world, including from some of the most famous names in motorcycling and sport as a whole.

Two Motorcycle Riders Killed Mazda Raceway

Aaron Kromer: Buffalo Bills Coach Arrested

Aaron Kromer: Buffalo Bills Coach Arrested, According to a statement released Sunday by the Walton County (Fla.) sheriff’s office, Kromer and his son allegedly confronted three boys, who had been fishing on the beach, over the use of beach chairs.

Kromer, 48, has been accused of pushing one of the boys to the ground and punching him in the face after throwing the fishing pole into the water. Kromer allegedly then ordered that the chairs be returned to where they were found and told the boy that he would kill his family if he reported him to the police, according to the statement.

Kromer was booked into the Walton County Jail at 1:51 a.m. ET and was released on bond at 3:10 a.m.

“We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts,” the Bills said in a statement released later Sunday morning.

Kromer joined Rex Ryan’s coaching staff in January after two seasons as the Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune last December, which multiple sources confirmed to ESPN, Kromer made a “tearful apology” during a team meeting after criticizing quarterback Jay Cutler to an NFL Network reporter.

Serena Williams beats Sharapova: Serena Williams Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams beats Sharapova: Serena Williams Maria Sharapova, Time and again Serena Williams has turned down the efforts of Maria Sharapova on the tennis court, and she did so once more Thursday in the Wimbledon semifinals.

The world No. 1 beat her Russian rival 6-2, 6-4, her 17th consecutive victory against Sharapova, to advance to the final, where she’ll face little-known Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain, the No. 20 seed.

Here’s what went down.

Scoreline: [1] Serena Williams (USA) def. [4] Maria Sharapova (RUS) 6-2, 6-4

Williams again was too strong and too fast for Sharapova, who famously beat her on this court in the 2004 as a 17-year-old to win her first Grand Slam title. Sharapova beat her one more time in 2004, but since then hasn’t won a single match against Williams. Serena is 18-2 overall in their head-to-head.

What it means: The calendar Grand Slam is alive and well for Williams, who will enter Saturday’s final as a heavy favorite against Muguruza, 21, who is playing in her first-ever Grand Slam final. Muguruza took out 2012 Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the first semifinal of the day.

Williams has never won all four Grand Slams in one year, but she is on track in 2015, with victories in the Australian and French Opens. Should she win Saturday, she’ll first complete the “Serena Slam” – winning four majors in a row – having won the U.S. Open last summer in addition to her major titles this season. Williams won four consecutive majors between 2002 and 2003, as well. Williams, winner of 20 Grand Slams, is two shy of Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22. Graf is the last player to win a calendar Grand Slam, doing it in 1988.

Out (and) done: It’s a nightmare matchup for Sharapova against Williams, as the two play a similar brand of power tennis. But Williams moves just one step faster – very important on the grass courts here – and serves much stronger, two aspects clearly on display Thursday in the Centre Court match.

New, now, next: Williams gets Muguruza, against whom she owns a 2-1 head-to-head record. That one loss, however, was a 6-2, 6-2 shocker in Muguruza’s favor in the French Open last year, with the Spaniard issuing Williams her worst loss at a Grand Slam event. They met at the Australian Open this year, and Williams won in three sets.

How it happened: Williams showed no signs of a letdown after trying victories in her previous three matches, which included a three-set, come-from-behind win against Victoria Azarenka. Williams broke serve out of the gate Thursday and finished the set in 33 minutes with a backhand approach winner from off the ground.

It looked like it might be a downright pummeling as Williams went up an early break in the second set and had break points again for a 5-2 lead, which would have allowed her to serve for a place in the final. Yet Sharapova upped her game in the moment, displaying gutsy tennis and saving two break points to hold for 3-4.

After a hold, Williams led by 5-3 when Sharapova was again forced to dig deep, this time saving a match point and forcing Williams to serve out the match. Williams responded, belting her serve as she had done all day, a barely-touched delivery sending her into an eighth final here and first since 2012, when she won her fifth Wimbledon title.

Key stat: That Serena serve. Where should one start? Williams saw just 23 of her 48 serves even come back into play at all, a 48% effort from Sharapova. Williams hit 13 (yes, 13!) aces in the straight-sets match and secured 86% of points when her first serve landed in. Williams’ average first-serve speed – 113 mph – was 10 mph faster than Sharapova’s.

What she said: “I’m really excited,” Williams said on the BBC after the match. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been this far at this tournament, so I’m excited to get through this match. When she stepped up her game I stepped up mine.”

On facing Muguruza in the final: “It’s great for her and great for me, … She actually has beaten me before. She had me on my toes. I just feel really good to be in another final.”

Serena Williams coasts into Wimbledon final.

Serena Williams Maria Sharapova

Redskins Trademark: Redskins Lose Trademark On Name

Redskins Trademark: Redskins Lose Trademark On Name, The central issue in the legal fight over the Redskins trademark is whether it may disparage people or bring them into contempt or disrepute. Before the courts can answer that question, though, they’ll have to decide whether denying protection to a mark based on its content violates the owner’s free-speech rights.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee in Alexandria, Va., ruled Wednesday that no, there is no conflict between the Lanham Act — the main federal trademark law — and the 1st Amendment. He went on to find that the team’s name shouldn’t have been registered as a trademark because it ” ‘may disparage’ a substantial composite of Native Americans.”

As important as the disparagement question is to the Redskins and the National Football League, any judgment the courts make would apply to just one name: Redskins. The question about the interplay of trademarks and free-speech rights, on the other hand, could affect any potentially offensive logo, brand or bobblehead.

The Lanham Act instructs the government to register any proposed trademark on request unless it falls into one of six exempted categories. These include governmental flags, the images of living persons and geographic locations. More to the point here, the law denies registration if the proposed trademark “consists of or comprises immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute.”

The team argued that the latter restriction violated its 1st Amendment rights by potentially driving ideas out of the marketplace and limiting the public debate over the propriety of terms such as “Redskins.” It’s easy to rebut those assertions: As Lee notes in the ruling, companies can still use the logos, slogans and other marks without trademark protection. In other words, declining to register “Redskins” as a trademark doesn’t stop the team from putting it on their uniforms, signs and souvenirs.

Bruce Sunstein, an attorney who specializes in patent and trademark law, agreed in an interview Wednesday. The restriction in the Lanham Act “doesn’t prevent somebody from saying things; it just prevents registration,” Sunstein said.