NFL: Meriweather suspended for hits
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins free safety Brandon Meriweather’s dangerous habit of leading with his helmet will cost him two games, the latest sanction from a league determined to make the game safer by discouraging blows to the head.
The NFL announced that Meriweather will be suspended for this week’s game against the Denver Broncos and the following game against the San Diego Chargers, a severe blow to a struggling defense as the Redskins try to recover from their poor start to the season.
Meriweather has the right to appeal. If he does, an expedited hearing will be held this week and a ruling issued before the Broncos game.
Titans owner Adams dies at 90
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans owner Bud Adams, who helped found the American Football League and whose battles for players helped lead to the merger with the NFL, has died. He was 90.
The team announced Adams had died, saying he “passed away peacefully from natural causes.”
The son of a prominent oil executive, Adams built his own energy fortune and founded the Houston Oilers. He moved the team to Tennessee in 1997 when he couldn’t get the new stadium he wanted in Houston.
Grambling players end boycott
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Naquan Smith and his Grambling football teammates have no regrets about a nearly weeklong boycott that forced the university to forfeit its game against Jackson State on Saturday.
Grambling players stood behind Smith during a press conference outside of the Eddie Robinson Museum on campus. Smith said the entire team was present and that the vote to return to the field was “100 percent.”
Grambling’s players staged the boycott because of many issues with university leaders, including the school’s rundown facilities, long bus trips to road games and personnel decisions.
Grambling President Frank Pogue said players would not face any repercussions for the boycott, and that the national attention would help publicize the funding plight for historically black colleges and universities like Grambling.
Group wants to save Astrodome
HOUSTON (AP) — A coalition of local and national preservation groups is taking its efforts to save the iconic but now shuttered Houston Astrodome to the streets.
On Monday, the coalition debuted a 26-foot-long truck, known as the “Dome Mobile,” which will travel around Houston during the next couple of weeks to educate people about a Nov. 5 ballot measure on the Astrodome’s future.
Voters will decide whether to approve authorizing up to $217 million in bonds to turn the stadium into a giant convention center and exhibition space.
Inside the Dome Mobile, visitors will be able to learn more about the proposal to save the Astrodome, write their Astrodome memories and preservation messages on a “story wall,” and walk on Astroturf from the stadium.
Hamrlik retires after 20 seasons
TORONTO (AP) — Defenseman Roman Hamrlik retired Monday after a 20-year NHL career.
The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers.
From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging over 23 minutes in ice time.
The 39-year-old Hamrlik said in an NHLPA statement: “As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League.”
Hamrlik had one assist and was minus-4 in 16 games last season with the Capitals and Rangers.
An All-Star in 1996, 1999 and 2003, he helped the Czech Republic win the gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.