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Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 09/18/2014

With the NFL in turmoil, Seattle fan rides to the rescue, bringing puppies

Awwwwwwww. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

It’s safe to say that these are fairly dark days for the NFL. Domestic violence cases are making headlines right and left, some of the league’s biggest stars are being told to stay away, and calls for the commissioner to resign just get louder.

Fortunately, there some shafts of light to pierce the gloom, such as the story of one recent NFL player giving a kidney to his brother, another recent player. Oh, and we have puppies.


Twitter user Darlene Berning (@dclemintine) is clearly a big Seahawks fan. And after her golden retriever gave birth to 11 adorable puppies (as if there’s any other kind), she decided to tweet at Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

The Seahawks, as you may know, have a “12th Man” thing going with their fans, who help give the team arguably the NFL’s best home-field advantage. So with a litter of 11, the mommy makes for a 12th, well, Dog, but you get the point. Anyway, enough of the jibber-jabber, more cute puppy photos, please.

Aah, that’s the stuff.

(H/T Busted Coverage)

By Des Bieler  |  12:16 AM ET, 09/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 PM ET, 09/17/2014

Concussions force the quarterback of Texas to quit football

David Ash will remain with the Longhorns’ football program and help coach the quarterbacks. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)

Texas Coach Charlie Strong announced Wednesday that quarterback David Ash will quit playing football because of the lingering effect of concussions. Ash started the team’s first game this season, a win over North Texas, but sat out the next two, losses to BYU and UCLA.

Ash initially was concussed last season in the Longhorns’ second game, at BYU. He missed the subsequent game, against Mississippi, then returned for the first half against Kansas State before missing the rest of the season.

According to ESPN, Ash told the Texas staff that the first hit he took from North Texas set off concussion-like symptoms following the game. On Wednesday, Strong had this to say:

“We just decided, because of his health — that’s the No. 1 concern for all of us — that he’s no longer going to play football. But he is going to be part of the team, because I told him I wanted him around the team and that’s what he deserves.”

NBA star Kevin Durant, who played one season at Texas, offered his best wishes.

Tyrone Swoopes, a sophomore who has started the Longhorns’ past two games, will continue to be the starting quarterback.

By Des Bieler  |  11:12 PM ET, 09/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 PM ET, 09/17/2014

Ex-Raven donates kidney to his brother — an ex-Steeler

Chris Kemoeatu, left, and his brother Ma’ake are all smiles during a news conference at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Normally, there’s not a lot of brotherly love between the Ravens and Steelers, bitter rivals in the AFC North. But for one former Raven, an ex-Steeler is not only literally his brother, but the recipient of his NFL-tested kidney.

When Ma’ake Kemoeatu, who played nose tackle for the Ravens from 2002 to 2012, learned that his brother Chris needed a new kidney and that his was a good match, he didn’t hesitate. The siblings underwent the procedure in August, and on Wednesday, the doctor who performed the transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center said that it has been a success.

Ma’ake had to leave his NFL career behind, but to him, that was no decision at all. “[Chris] couldn’t play anymore, and I didn’t want to be in a position where he couldn’t play but I’d keep playing,” the 35-year-old former Raven told the Associated Press. “As soon as my brother’s health was at risk, I wanted to stop everything.”

“It definitely brought us closer as brothers,” said Chris, who was a Steelers offensive lineman from 2006 to 2011. From the AP:

The procedure itself was daunting for the University of Maryland medical staff, as what was an asset on the football field proved to be an obstacle on the operating table.

Before this procedure could even take place, Chris had to undergo a coronary bypass. Ma’ake’s response to that was to huddle up with his brother, and tell him that “it’s going to be OK. I talked to him in football aspects. I said, ‘all right, we’re not going to get this in the first down, but we’re fourth and long right now and we have to go deep. We’ll make it through the first down — the heart surgery — to the end zone: the kidney transplant.”

By Des Bieler  |  09:19 PM ET, 09/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 PM ET, 09/17/2014

Cardinals’ Jonathan Dwyer arrested for domestic violence

Phoenix police officers escort Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer to jail, following his arrest Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child. (David Kadlubowski/The Arizona Republic via Associated Press) 

The NFL barely had time to catch its breath before more bad news cropped up, involving yet another running back, Jonathan Dwyer. The Cardinal was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of aggravated assaults in a domestic situation, and the team has reportedly deactivated him.

According to KTAR News, Arizona police are accusing Dwyer of “hitting his wife, Kayla, on two separate occasions in late July. She was injured in one of the assaults. Kayla has since left the state with the couple’s son.”

From the report:

Police said [Dwyer] admitted to the incidents but denied assaulting his wife. He was charged with one count of aggravated assault that caused a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency and assault.”

Fox Sports 1 reporter Mike Garafalo reported that a year-and-a-half-old child is also among Dwyer’s victims.

The news comes on the heels of two high-profile domestic incidents involving running backs that have combined to stir up a storm of criticism of the NFL. The Ravens cut Ray Rice after video emerged of him knocking out his wife with a punch, and the Vikings moved Adrian Peterson to the Exempt list (i.e., banished from the team) following reports of him abusing his four-year-old son.

Dwyer’s arrest comes on the same day that the Panthers moved defensive lineman Greg Hardy, who is appealing a guilty verdict in his domestic abuse case, to the Exempt list. Dwyer is in his fifth year in the NFL and his first in Arizona. He is listed on the team’s depth chart as its No. 2 running back.

Update, 10:15 p.m.: New details have emerged, in a story by the Associated Press:

One of the counts was “aggravated assault causing a fracture” involving the 27-year-old victim, whom they did not identify. Police said they were carrying out a search warrant of Dwyer’s residence in pursuit of more evidence.

By Des Bieler  |  08:31 PM ET, 09/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/17/2014

Colin Kaepernick to appeal NFL fine doled out to him over inappropriate language

(Tony Avelar/AP)

A few thousand dollars may not be a lot to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who makes million of dollars per year, but it’s way more than he believes he should’ve been fined for allegedly using inappropriate language (i.e., a racial or homophobic slur) after losing 28-20 to the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The star has maintained he never said anything offensive, and on Wednesday, Kaepernick announced he would appeal the “more than $11,000″ penalty the NFL threw down on him.

“It will be appealed,” Kaepernick told ESPN. He added that whatever the NFL thinks he said was not explained in a letter he received from the league about the fine, ESPN reports.

“The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying I didn’t say anything,” Kaepernick continued to ESPN. “And I don’t know him, so it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me.”

Kaepernick is referring to Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston, who he exchanged words with in the fourth quarter.

No matter what any of the players involved said — or, perhaps, didn’t say — side judge Laird Hayes, who threw the flag, maintains to that he made the right call. “[Kaepernick] knows what he said,” Hayes reiterated. “It was the right call.”

By Marissa Payne  |  06:38 PM ET, 09/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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