Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington’s nickname, a letter was dispatched http://www.packersnflofficialproshop.com/KHYRI-THORNTON-JERSEY-CHEAP.html to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league’s others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-”Redskins” movement took its cause to Capitol Hill. In a news conference that featured Native American, civil rights and religious leaders, Sen. Maria Cantwell took aim at the NFL’s pocketbook by announcing she will introduce a bill to strip the league’s tax-exempt status because it has not taken action over the Redskins name. While prospects for such a bill becoming law would be tenuous, the inevitable hearings before lawmakers would enhance the spotlight on a movement that has gained substantial momentum over the last two years. ”The NFL needs to join the rest of America in the 21st Century,” said Cantwell, D-Wash., the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. ”We can no longer tolerate this attitude toward Native Americans. This is not about team tradition. This is about right and wrong.” Overall, the message from the ”Change the Mascot” leaders was that they don’t plan to go away, despite Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s vow not to change the name. They presented a letter that will be sent to every NFL owner except Snyder, asking each to use his ”position of authority” to end the league’s ”promotion of a dictionary-defined racial slur.” Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter said he hoped an owner will take a bold position against the name. He cited Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who integrated major league baseball by signing Jackie Robinson, and longtime Washington Wizards Mike Neal Elite Jersey owner Abe Pollin, who changed his NBA’s team from Bullets because of the violence associated with the term. ”We’re looking for the Branch Rickey, looking for Abe Pollin,” Halbritter said. ”They’re out there. We know the owners don’t share in this, but they share in the profits.” Halbritter had harsh words for the league as a whole, referencing the NFL’s handling of health problems suffered by former players, as well as the recent Ray Rice domestic violence saga and the child abuse charge levied against Adrian Peterson. ”The NFL is currently facing an integrity crisis. … While these are different issues, they are joined by a common thread of showing commercial and moral arrogance and a blatant lack of respect for those being negatively impacted,” Halbritter said. The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Earlier Tuesday, the league announced that it has hired a former White House official to help the league with legislative issues. Cynthia Hogan will be the league’s senior vice president of public policy and government affairs and will be based in Washington. Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie responded to Cantwell’s proposed legislation by citing a poll in the team’s favor. ”Our position remains consistent with more than 80 percent of Americans who do not want to change the Washington Redskins name,” Wyllie said. The debate over the name could influence the Redskins’…




In seeking its identity, Bears’ defense finds its ‘edge’

Going into the Colin Kaepernick Jersey season, the consensus was that the Chicago Bears would have a prolific offense and a first-rate pass rush. After an opening-week loss to the Buffalo Bills, those beliefs were tested. The offense was just OK and the defense gave up nearly 200 rushing yards last week. Big free-agent signing Jared Allen could have been off roping cattle somewhere, because you could barely tell he was on the field. The pass rush was minimal. But led by Allen http://www.49ers.us.com/Cornellius_Carradine_Jersey and the defensive line, the Bears’ defense rebounded in a big way in Chicago’s 28-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. The defense was challenged by a creative 49ers offense, but ultimately it made more than enough big plays to influence the outcome. “None of us have the history of being pushovers or push arounds,” said defensive end Willie Young, who had two sacks Sunday. “We’re going to ball until we fall.” Chris Conte made a diving interception, rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off passes on consecutive possessions that led to Bears touchdowns in the second half and Chicago sacked Colin Kaepernick four times. Allen forced a Kaepernick fumble that the Bears recovered. “We’re trying to find our identity, too, and this is a huge step to it,” Allen said. “Sometimes adversity can set you on the right path. And if we can keep this edge about us, we can play good defense all year.” While Jay Cutler was the http://www.49ers.us.com/Craig_Dahl_Jersey star, completing 13 of 14 passes in the second half, he pointed to the defense for giving them good field position and putting pressure on Kaepernick. Allen spelled it out. “We were able to be successful on first and second downs the majority of the game, and we were able to force them to get into some one-dimensional situations so we could dictate the pace,” Allen said. “Even though Kaepernick got out a couple times, we were able to control the rush for the most part, set high walls limiting his scrambling capabilities.” The Niners gained 129 yards on 27 carries, with Kaepernick getting 66 and Frank Gore 63. The Bears had some questionable tackling in the first half. But considering what happened against Buffalo last week — with an array of bad reads and bad tackling — this was a major step in the right direction for a defense that has struggled mightily under Mel Tucker and Marc Trestman. “I was just happy to see the success we were seeing in practice,” Trestman said. “I said throughout the week, we were seeing it on tape in practice. We’re fitting the run better; we were running http://www.49ers.us.com/Dan_Skuta_Jersey to the ball better.” The Niners had a chance to tie the game on their last possession with a 14-play drive that ended at the Bears’ 17 on a loss of downs. Young said they had one goal on that drive. “Let’s hit the ball carrier,” he said. “I don’t care how we would get…




Gordon races to first win at Michigan since 2001

It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon’s last victory at Michigan – which came during the same season as his most recent championship Josh McCown Jersey on NASCAR’s top series. One of those droughts is finally over. Can the 43-year-old driver end the other as well? ”Certainly things are going well – there’s no doubt about that,” Gordon said. ”I’m as shocked as anybody else.” Gordon raced to his third Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001. Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS – and took over the points lead from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning the 400-mile race by 1.412 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet. ”Joey, as we rolled up to some of the restarts – not that last one, but some of the other ones – as guys were starting to sort of anticipate it, he was slowing down, and when he slowed down, everybody got bottled up, and then he’d take off,” Gordon said. ”That last one, I thought he had a good start, but I had a good one, too.” Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Earnhardt. Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval. ”I think all of our teams are running well, but this is a big, big win,” owner Rick Hendrick said. ”It’s great to see Jeff so happy. He’s like a little kid again, so I think it’s going to be really, really important for the momentum he’s carrying right now into the Chase.” Logano was second to Gordon in qualifying. He led 86 laps and Gordon was in front for 68. ”We can win a championship. I really feel we can do that. That’s the message I want to put out there,” Logano said. ”We’ve got to find a little bit more speed to keep up with one car today – 24 car was the best, only because he was good on the long run. We weren’t as good on the long run. There were eight cautions, including a fairly early one when Danica Patrick’s car spun and Justin Allgaier crashed into her. Nine cars were caught up in that incident, including Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota. Kenseth never really recovered, finishing 38th. Brad Keselowski rubbed against the wall with about 32 laps remaining http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Josh_Mccown_Jersey and finished eighth, remaining winless at this track in his home state. Johnson overcame some problems of his own to finish ninth, his first top-10 showing in six races. Jeff Burton was 37th after replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 14…




Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

Michael Sam was probably never an ideal fit with the St. Louis Rams and it had absolutely Will Blackmon Authentic Jersey nothing to do with his sexual orientation. They’re just too well-stocked at defensive end, Sam’s position. Sam showed up for his face-to-face exit meeting with coach Jeff Fisher Sunday, a few hours after clearing waivers. He arrived via the media entrance at Rams Park still looking right at home clad in a T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. He shook hands with two reporters and accepted well wishes but declined further comment before heading upstairs to see the coach who wasn’t afraid to add the first openly gay player to the roster. Or to cut him loose. Fisher said numerous times during his post cutdown-day news conference Saturday that releasing the SEC co-defensive player of the year was a ”football decision.” Sam was outplayed in the preseason by Ethan Westbrooks, the Rams’ top target when signing undrafted free agents. The coach pointed out four other late-round picks were released, and thought it a sign the franchise is on the upswing. There were no regrets. Fisher and Sam both said it was never a distraction, and the coach believed that would be the case if Sam landed with another team. ”There were no issues, that’s the thing,” Fisher said. ”No issues in the team meeting room, on the field, anyplace.” All 21 players released Saturday cleared waivers. ”Some may be coming back,” Fisher said. ”You may see them Sunday on the practice squad, and some you may never ever see again.” The meeting with Sam was postponed a day so he could attend Missouri’s opening victory over South Dakota State. The Rams appeared unlikely to re-sign Sam to the 10-player practice squad because the defensive line is their strongest unit. Sam had three sacks, one more than Westbrook. But most of the preseason, he was playing http://www.officialjaguarsnflstore.com/Will_Blackmon_Jersey with the second- and third-stringers. Westbrooks was the Division II defensive player of the year when he had 19 1-2 sacks for West Texas A&M, a school the Rams tapped a few years earlier for quarterback Keith Null. ”He was very productive and played all four spots,” Fisher said. ”He is a very, very talented young player that I think has a really good future.” Fisher noted only one defensive lineman had more preseason snaps than Sam, so he got a full shot. And that there were more than enough pass rushers with Robert Quinn and Chris Long starting plus productive backups William Hayes and Eugene Sims. Tackles Michael Brockers and Aaron Donald, the latter a first-round pick this year, also are sack threats. ”It’s the strength of our team,” Fisher said, adding carrying nine defensive linemen was a ”significant number.” ”If you go with 10, then you’re going to be short someplace else, and we’re just not there.” They’re not as deep in the secondary, minus cornerback Will Blackmon Nike Jerseys Trumaine Johnson (knee) for probably the first month. They need numbers at…




Hwang, Choi lift S. Korea past Chicago to win LLWS

In the giddy moments after South Korea won the Little League Mark Barron Authentic Jersey World Series, outfielder Don Wan Sin realized how he wanted to celebrate. ”I want to go to the Blue House – the White House of Korea – and meet the President,” Sin said, breaking up his teammates. Just maybe Sin, who scored twice and hit a solo homer, will indeed get his wish to meet Park Geun-hye. He’s famous back in his homeland – along with all of his teammates. Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and combined with Hae Chan Choi, who weathered a late Chicago rally, to lead the Asia-Pacific Region champions to an 8-4 win in Sunday’s LLWS championship game. Hwang, who was removed because he wasn’t feeling well, gave up one hit in two-plus innings while striking out four. He also drove in his team’s first two runs as they built an 8-1 lead before Jackie Robinson West made it close. ”I’m very joyful. It’s a wonderful feeling,” Hwang said. ”I don’t know why I’m even here; I didn’t play very good today.” Choi, who had a homer and scored twice, pitched the last four innings for South Korea, which won its third title after back-to-back championships in 1984 and ’85. But even he got a little nervous at the end after Chicago collected four of its six hits and scored three times. ”I knew I could allow some runs,” he said. ”After I got the second out, I thought I could do it. But after I gave up the three runs I was (worried).” International teams have won the last three and four of the last five titles. Brandon Green went 5 2-3 innings for Chicago, which had survived four straight knockout games before the final. After the final out, a force play, the Seoul team’s bench emptied and the players dumped cups of water on their teammates near the mound. The players took a victory lap, waving and laughing. The win meant a lot to the people of South Korea, who had to watch it or get updates in the middle of the night. ”We know the time difference and that a lot of people were cheering http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey for us,” said manager Jong Wook Park. ”We appreciate the people back in Korea. I told the kids that in a speech.” The game was played in bright sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s before a crowd of 28,671 at Lamade Stadium. South Korean fans, brightly dressed in flowing satin robes of yellow and electric blue, danced with large fans in the latter innings. Chicago, the Great Lakes Region champions, came back from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to beat favored West champ Las Vegas Mountain Ridge 7-5 in the U.S. title game on Saturday. Earlier, South Korea, the Asia-Pacific Region winner, rolled over Japan, 12-3. But they couldn’t come back against the powerful South Koreans, who asserted themselves early. Leadoff hitter Choi drilled the very first pitch over the…




Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks

Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night’s exhibition Lavonte David Authentic Jersey finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season’s opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant playing time as he fights for a roster spot with the Seahawks. After a promising start to last season, Pryor’s struggles eventually led him to lose his starting job in Oakland and then get traded to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in May’s draft. With Pryor out of the picture, the Raiders traded for Schaub to take over as starter and drafted Carr as his heir apparent. With Schaub struggling in the first three exhibition games and nursing a sore elbow, Carr might have a chance to speed up that process. ”Every day is an opportunity, a huge opportunity,” Carr said. ”You have to go out and prove yourself every day.” Carr has impressed the coaching staff ever since he arrived as a second-round pick out of Fresno State. He has adjusted to a pro-style offense after running the spread in college the past two seasons and has deep knowledge of the position having watched older brother David’s NFL career. Carr played well in the second exhibition game against Detroit, leading three scoring drives before leaving with a concussion and sore ribs. He sat out as a precaution last week in Green Bay but figures http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey to get plenty of playing time against the Seahawks. ”The guy’s comfortable in the huddle,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. ”The game’s not too big for him. I still believe that he sees the field very well. I don’t think the game’s too fast for him, which a lot of times, that’s a big concern with a rookie quarterback. But he’s done some really nice things in some of the preseason games in terms of his pocket presence.” Pryor has not fared as well this summer in Seattle and is fighting to remain on the roster after cut-down day Saturday. He threw a bad interception late last week against Chicago after he was surprised to get put into the game. ”I thought I was sitting out the whole game,” he said. ”You have to own up to those things and I’ll play better this week. That’s a definite.” He has completed just 10 of 22 passes for 147 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions this preseason. But he has rushed for 85 yards on 12 carries, including a 44-yard TD against San Diego two weeks ago. With Tavaris Jackson entrenched as Russell Wilson’s backup, Pryor needs to show enough to persuade coach Pete Carroll to keep a third quarterback on the roster this season. ”He’s been a really good student of the game,” Carroll said. ”He just dove into it, taking great pride in commanding in the huddle. Right from the start, he…