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Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 09/22/2014

Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead proposed to his girlfriend after Broncos game


After a long day of football, the Legion of Boom had a moment of celebration. (Steve Dykes / Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks celebrated another big-game victory Sunday afternoon and, this time, one of the team’s defensive backs was only peripherally involved while TV cameras were rolling.

DeShawn Shead dropped to his knee and proposed to his girlfriend, Jessica Martinez, on the CenturyLink Field after the Seahawks’ overtime victory over the Denver Broncos. Jeron Johnson, among others, caught the moment for posterity.

Oh…she said yes.

She also called it the best day of her life.

And, of course, Richard Sherman was there, in a strictly supporting role with the Legion of Boom.

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Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 09/22/2014

FIFA offical says 2022 World Cup cannot be held in Qatar because of the heat


A proposed soccer stadium in Qatar. (Getty Images Europe)

A top FIFA official said he believes the 2022 World Cup will not be held in Qatar because of the Middle East country’s high temperatures.

“I personally think that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Theo Zwanziger, a FIFA executive committee member, told Sport Bild on Monday (via Reuters). “Medics say that they cannot accept responsibility with a World Cup taking place under these conditions.”

FIFA distanced himself from Zwanziger, with a spokesman saying (via AFP’s SID): “As Mr Zwanziger himself says, it’s his personal opinion.”

Qatar officials say that a summer World Cup can be held because its stadiums and training and fan areas will be cooled, but there has been concern since Qatar was awarded the tournament in 2010 about the viability of holding it in the summer in the Middle East.

“They may be able to cool the stadiums,” Zwanziger said, “but a World Cup does not take place only there. Fans from around the world will be coming and travelling in this heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. That is not something that FIFA Exco members want to answer for.”

FIFA, according to Reuters, is looking to move the World Cup to a European winter date, but switching from the usual June-July dates has drawn opposition because leagues around the world would be disrupted.

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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Refs say Colin Kaepernick used racial slur, report says


Chicago Bears linebacker Shea McClellin tackles San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

Finally, there may be some clarity about just what San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said to draw an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in last week’s “Sunday Night Football” game.

As the 49ers were falling apart in the loss to the Chicago Bears, Kaepernick was flagged for “inappropriate language,” but Kaepernick denied saying anything offensive and side judge Laird Hughes, who threw the flag, explained only that “he knows what he said.” With the league saying that officials would flag players for their words, it’s important to know exactly what is and is not allowed and now we do.

Kaepernick, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports, used the n-word. Kaepernick denied using that word last week and is appealing the $11,025 fine that comes with the penalty.

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

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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Adrian Peterson in denial about future with Vikings, report says


(L.G. Patterson / AP)

Adrian Peterson has not come to terms with the strong possibility that his season has ended and that his future in the NFL is not a certainty, ESPN reports.

Peterson, who was arrested last weekend on a child-abuse charge stemming from how he disciplined his 4-year-old son, has been placed on the exempt commissioner’s list, which means he essentially is on leave with pay until his case is legally resolved.  Even if the running back were to make a plea deal, the NFL is expected to discipline him severely, Chris Mortensen reported. The Vikings “do not foresee” him in their future, but he had a different view.

He tweeted Friday that he had requested a lie detector test, which Mortensen’s sources is further proof that he “really doesn’t get it.” Earlier last week, he said in a statement that, “I am, without a doubt, not a child ÷abuser.”

The Vikings, according to the report, to not see Peterson being part of their future. During a press conference Friday, Commissioner Roger Goodell cited child abuse as a personal-conduct violation that the league will severely punish.

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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 09/21/2014

Want to see Tony Parker hit a backwards, over-the-head halfcourt shot?


Tony Parker signs autographs before an exhibition game in Montpellier. (Sylvain Thomas / AFP / Getty Images)

Tony Parker was just goofing when he attempted a backward, over-the-head halfcourt shot before an exhibition game in France.

And, of course, he nailed it.

Gregg Popovich probably wouldn’t approve, but everyone else does.

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