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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.

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR, NASCAR driver Austin Dillon is the luckiest man alive after walking away from an incredible crash at Daytona.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, which ended with the horrific last-lap accident.

The outcome wasn’t in doubt as Earnhardt dominated the race but as the pack of cars chased him on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish, contact in traffic sent Austin Dillon’s car flying upside down into the fence.

The car smashed down a section of fencing and Dillon was hurled back onto the track.

His mangled car landed on its roof and the engine flew free of the chassis.

The crew members quickly waved to alert that Dillon was fine, and Dillon climbed from the car and raised his arms in the air.

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

NASCAR driver goes airborne: Austin Dillon NASCAR

Tiger’s rep denies Boyd affair rumors: Tiger Woods Amanda Boyd

Tiger’s rep denies Boyd affair rumors: Tiger Woods Amanda Boyd, Serial cheater Tiger Woods is dating the ex-wife of a friend and fellow professional golfer, a report claims.

The 39-year old is said to be having a ‘steamy affair’ with Amanda Boyd, 27 – who divorced former PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner in April.

According to The National Enquirer, Woods and Boyd started their relationship while he was still with Lindsey Vonn.

However Woods’s agent Mark Steinberg has branded the rumored romance a ‘complete lie’. In an e-mail to FOX411 he said the claims were fabricated and false.

The Enquirer said the couple became an item after ‘flirting on the tour circuit’. They have allegedly been together for several months – and a source told the magazine the relationship is now ‘serious’.

Daily Mail Online revealed in May that Woods was dumped by Vonn because she caught him cheating in February during the Farmers Insurance Open – a week before Boyd and Dufner separated.

Her official explanation on Facebook was that they both led led ‘incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart’.

But friends said the real reason was that Woods had had a ‘relapse in the sex department’ and Vonn found out he had been with other women.

His rumored current girlfriend Boyd married Dufner, 38, in May 2012. He won the major in 2013 but has since struggled with back problems.

According to divorce papers filed on March 16, Amanda and Jason suffered an ‘irretrievable breakdown of the marriage’.

They separated on February 17 due to a ‘complete incompatibility of temperament’.

A source told the Enquirer that Boyd is considered a ‘flirt’ among Dufner’s colleagues on the PGA tour and, even though her ex-husband didn’t seen Woods as a close pal, he considered him a ‘trusted colleague’.

They have both played on the same U.S. Ryder Cup team.

The relationship is being kept a secret by the pair, but Woods is believed to have flown Boyd from her home in Alabama to Seattle as he prepared for last month’s U.S. Open – where he missed the cut.

His performance was distracted when a plan carrying a banner reading ‘cheater’ flew over the course at University Place in Washington.

Michelle Braun, a former Hollywood madame revealed that between 2006 and 2007 the former World Number One paid upwards of $40,000 for six ‘pay-for-sex dates.’

And in May this year, when Vonn broke off the relationship, it was because he’d been spotted with a woman.

A friend told Daily Mail Online: ‘When Tiger realized he was seen, he became concerned and eventually he decided to confess to Lindsey. Something he didn’t do with Elin.

‘He came clean and I give him credit for that.

‘Yes, Tiger cheated again. But it wasn’t with anyone special. He really wanted Lindsey to be the one. But he blew it again.

‘He can’t help himself. He’s got an addiction. He relapsed.

‘Knowing Tiger, he doesn’t even see it as cheating because there’s no romance or feeling there. It’s just a stress reliever, like a high-ball or two after a bad day.’

The friend said that despite pleas from peers and relatives to keep attending his self-mandated therapy sessions, Tiger stopped going completely – leading to the alleged ‘one-time slip’.

Tiger Woods Amanda Boyd

Tiger Woods Amanda Boyd

Tiger Woods Amanda Boyd

Former NFL lineman dies at 36: Damion Cook Dies

Former NFL lineman dies at 36: Damion Cook Dies, A Nashville native, Cook played at Bethune Cookman in Daytona Beach, Fla., and led the Wildcats to an appearance in the 1998 Heritage Bowl. He was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2001. Cook had a memorable appearance in the HBO documentary series, Hard Knocks, when he impersonated Ray Lewis during the Ravens rookie skit.

He made his NFL debut with the Ravens in 2002, playing in 13 games with Baltimore over the next three seasons before catching on with the Cleveland Browns. He started six games at guard for Cleveland in 2004, then after a four-year hiatus, started four games for the Detroit Lions in 2008.

Cook also logged time in the Canadian Football League, the Arena Football League and the United Football League before becoming a strength and conditioning coach in Michigan from 2011 to 2013.

In the summer of 2013, Cook became a mental health counselor at the Homewood School in Ellicott City, which led to the Atholton football head coaching position. After winning only one game in 2013, Cook led the Raiders to a 3-7 record in 2014 and was beloved by his players and fellow coaches.

“Damion was someone who genuinely cared about student athletes. He wanted to use football as a tool to help at-risk youth,” said Cummings, who met Cook two years ago when both were assistant coaches at Centennial, and hopes to continue leading the Atholton program in Cook’s memory. “We’re going to take that message and let his spirit guide us.”

Casey Kelly, who earned first team all county honors as a senior last fall after recording only 13 tackles as a junior, said that playing for Cook pushed him to the next level.

“He had the best attitude. He was always really lively, always loud, always making jokes,” Kelly said. “He was one of those guys that you enjoy being around no matter what you’re doing. Workouts, practice, games; you just wanted to be around the guy because he was such a great person. He was one of the greatest people I’ve ever met. He really changed me into who I am today.”

In the wake of the news, the Atholton athletics community shared its grief on Twitter.

“I’ve never met a more kind hearted and funny person in my life,” tweeted girls basketball player Chelsea Mitchell. “Gave me so much knowledge You will truly be missed Love you #RipCoachCook.”

Having played the game at its highest level allowed Cook to keep things in perspective when coaching high school, he said.

“One thing I know is that I can’t let this game take control of me. You’ve got to have fun with it and take the good with the bad,” he said after a 13-12 win at Mt. Hebron on Oct. 25. “You’re out here doing a thing that you enjoy doing, you’re passionate about it. We’re just out here trying to make these boys men. We just have fun out here. If something bad happens, you move on to the next play.”

Cook leaves behind a wife, JaNiece, and three children.