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Tennessee Titans fan reaching for free T-shirt critical after falling over railing

A Tennessee Titans fan reaching for a free T-shirt Sunday is in critical condition after falling off the lower tier balcony at Nissan Stadium, The Tennessean reported.

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Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettsville, was taken to a hospital and was in critical but stable condition, the newspaper reported, citing a statement from Nashville police.

According to authorities, Carrico lost his balance reaching for one of the free T-shirts tossed into the crowd during the second half of Sunday’s game between the Titans and the New England Patriots, WSMV reported. Carrico fell from the balcony onto an awning covering the Titans’ team tunnel, the television station reported.

An NFL employee told The Tennessean he saw the fan fall as cheerleaders tossed T-shirts into the crowd. One of the shirts landed on the awning.

“Next thing I saw was a guy falling through the netting,” the employee told the newspaper.

"At today’s game, an adult fan fell from the lower bowl seating area to the ground. The fan received attention from emergency personnel on the scene and was transported to a local hospital," the Titans said in a statement.

Philadelphia Eagles players salute veterans after touchdown

The National Football League celebrated Veterans Day on Sunday with tributes to military personnel, flyovers and stories about bravery and commitment on scoreboard screens. But the Philadelphia Eagles added a more personal touch to an emotional day.

When Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 2:08 left in the third quarter to tie Sunday night’s game against Dallas, the entire Eagles offense assembled in the end zone, faced the fans and gave a military salute.

The fans at Lincoln Financial Field responded with cheers, not only for the touchdown that tied the game at 13, but for the gesture dedicated to the veterans assembled at the Philadelphia Stadium.

Ertz would catch another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the defending Super Bowl champions lost 27-20 to the Cowboys.

Despite the salute, not everyone was happy.

“You should have honored us by covering the spread,” one fan wrote on Yahoo! Sports.

Stunning choice: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin goes cold turkey 

This is a cold stone stunner.

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Pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is going cold turkey when it comes to alcohol.

The WWE superstar said he has been sober for more than two weeks, Sports Illustrated reported. Austin, 53, speaking on his podcast, said he is pursuing a healthier lifestyle.

“My eating program is going fantastic,” Austin said on his podcast. (I’m) sticking to my exact macros. (I’ve had) zero alcohol for right at 14 days now.

“Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up.”

Austin’s beer drinking has been a staple of WWE events for more than two decades, and YouTube videos show the wrestler in drinking contests, sharing brews and spraying rivals with the foamy drinks. He even shared a beer with Vince McMahon Jr. before putting his signature “Stone Cold Stunner” move on the WWE owner.

“His favorite beer is his next one,” WWE commentator Jim Ross has said.

Apparently, not any more. “Stone Cold” is happy to be sober.

“No alcohol, and when you hit the weights on a consistent basis and eat what you’re supposed to, it is amazing the difference that you can make or I’m making,” Austin told Sports Illustrated

NFL pioneer Wally Triplett dies at 92

Wally Triplett, one of the first black athletes drafted by an NFL team, died Thursday morning, the Detroit Free Press reported. He was 92. 

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Triplett, who played collegiately at Penn State, was drafted out of Penn State University by the Detroit Lions in the 19th round of the 1949 NFL draft. There were three black players drafted that year, but Triplett was the first to play in a regular-season game, according to an obituary that appeared in the Lawrence Journal World

Triplett, a 5-foot-11, 173-pounder who was a running back and kick returner, played two years with the Lions and two with the Chicago Cardinals. He played in 24 games, starting nine with the Lions, and rushed for 321 yards in 70 carries. He scored one touchdown.

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Triplett a native of La Mott, Pennsylvania, also made 17 catches for 175 yards.

“As the first African-American to be drafted and to play in the National Football League, Wally is one of the true trailblazers in American sports history," the Lions said in a news release. "He resides among the great men who helped reshape the game as they faced the challenges of segregation and discrimination.

“His contributions date back to his days at Penn State as the Nittany Lions’ first African-American starter and varsity letter-winner, highlighted by his appearance in the first integrated Cotton Bowl. Wally’s legacy also reaches beyond breaking color barriers, having served in the United States Army during the Korean War.

“We fondly reflect on his great achievements and send our heartfelt condolences to the Triplett family.”

Triplett had 34 career punt returns for 401 yards and a touchdown, and returned 18 kickoffs for 664 yards and a touchdown.

On Oct. 29, 1950, Triplett set a then-NFL record with 294 yards on four kick returns, including a 97-yard touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams, the Free Press reported. The record stood for 44 years and is now the third-highest mark in league history.

Triplett was drafted into the Army after the 1950 season and served two years before finishing his career with the Cardinals.

Police: Florida university football player held gun to teammate's head at party

A southwest Florida university football player is accused of holding a gun to a teammate’s head during a Halloween party, the Naples Daily News reported.

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Cory Del Prado, 18, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

Del Prado, a freshman quarterback from Miami who attends Ave Maria University, arrived at an off-campus party an apartment Saturday and was denied entry, the Daily News reported, citing an arrest report by the Sheriff’s Office.

Kurt Tibbetts, a freshman offensive lineman for Ave Maria, told Del Prado and teammate, Daniel Hoffman, that the party was overcrowded and they could not enter, the newspaper reported.

According to the arrest report, Del Prado became upset and pushed Tibbetts. He then pulled a black, semi-automatic firearm from his waistband and held it at the right side of Tibbetts’ head, the Daily News reported.

According to the arrest report, Del Prado told Tibbetts that “I will ruin your life.”

Tibbetts was pulled back into the apartment and Del Prado fled the scene, according to the Daily News.

Del Prado denied he threatened Tibbetts, telling investigators that he was dressed as a gangster for the Halloween party and was holding a black BB gun in his hand as part of the costume, the newspaper reported. He also told authorities he was intoxicated and did not recall everything that he did, the Daily News reported.

Deputies found a black .177-caliber Powerline pellet gun in the trunk of Del Prado’s vehicle, according to the report. On the side of the pellet gun was a warning that said, “Not a toy. Misuse or careless use may cause serious injury or death.”

Del Prado was released from the Collier County Jail on Tuesday after posting a $10,000 bond.

Del Prado’s biography was removed from the Ave Maria University football media guide.

Montreal Canadiens set NHL record with 2 goals in 2 seconds 

The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record Thursday night, scoring two goals in two seconds during their 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals, The Sporting News reported.

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The back-to-back goals by Max Domi and Joel Armia at the Bell Centre were the fastest two goals ever scored by one team, breaking a record that had stood in the National Hockey League since 1935, TSN reported.

Domi scored with 21 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens a 5-4 lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Armia added an empty-net goal less than two seconds later after Montreal’s Phillip Danault won the draw at center ice to seal Montreal’s win.

The previous record was three seconds, set by the St. Louis Eagles on March 12, 1935. It was equaled on Jan. 21, 2004, by the Minnesota Wild, and by the New York Islanders on Nov. 30, 2016.

Players from different teams have scored two seconds apart. On Dec. 19, 1987, Ken Linseman of the St. Louis Blues scored at 19:50 of the third period and Doug Gilmour of the Boston Bruins scored two seconds later, NHL.com reported.

Florida man accused of throwing sex toy on field during Bills-Patriots game

A Florida man is accused of throwing what authorities said was a sex toy onto the field during Monday night’s nationally televised National Football League game between the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, the Buffalo News reported.

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Michael Abdallah, 34, of Oviedo, was arraigned Tuesday on a disorderly conduct charge in Orchard Park Town Court, the newspaper reported.

The Patriots defeated the Bills 25-6 at New Era Field in Orchard Park on Monday night. 

Abdallah was accused of creating "a hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which serves no legitimate purpose," the Erie Sheriff's Office said in a release.

Authorities identified Abdallah through stadium surveillance video and through witness reports, WIVB reported.

It is not the first time a fan at Bills-Patriots game has allegedly thrown a sex toy onto the field. In 2016, two fans were banned for life from every NFL stadium for tossing the objects onto the field, the News reported.

Red Sox nanny to celebrate World Series win with team

A Massachusetts resident and longtime Boston Red Sox nanny will join the team on the duck boats as they celebrate their World Series victory Wednesday.

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Ruth Copponi, a former hospital nurse from Norwood, has been taking care of Sox players' children for 23 years and has become a special part of the families' lives. She and other caretakers watch the children during the games in the Family Room at Fenway Park.

>> On Boston25News.com: Cue the duck boats! Tradition lives on for Red Sox victory parade

"We start one half-hour before the game, and we remain there a half-hour after while the parents pick up the children," Copponi said. "I've enjoyed working there and all these championships that I've seen."

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Copponi has received many special gifts from the Red Sox, including a baseball bat with her name inscribed to honor her for 20 years of service. 

But the best part of her job is the children. Copponi has developed life-long friendships with many Red Sox families, including former Sox slugger David Ortiz, his wife and children, who send her Christmas cards.

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"Alex Ortiz and her brother were wonderful, wonderful, and David and Tiffany are wonderful parents," Copponi said.

Also rewarding is seeing Red Sox stars – famous athletes and role models - in their most important roles, as parents – regular people with not-so-regular jobs.

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"All the baseball players are outstanding fathers," Copponi said. "They are so good to their children. They are so concerned. They come in after the games and pick them up and hug them. They are wonderful, wonderful parents."

>> On Boston25News.com: World Series champions: Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to clinch series

Copponi, who was named Ruth after Babe Ruth, has baseball in her blood. She was born into a family that loved playing and watching baseball, and she raised her own family to love the sport, too.

When she celebrates with the Red Sox in the parade Wednesday, her grandson will join her. It will be her fourth time riding on the duck boats.

"Red Sox won the first World Series [since Copponi's employment with the team] in 2004, and that was unbelievable," she said. "Now they have won four, and this was probably the most wonderful year, because the players were outstanding."

Red Sox get custom WWE championship belt from Triple H for World Series win

The Boston Red Sox played the game well for all of the 2018 season, so it's fitting that "The Game" Triple H would be ready to show some appreciation for the World Series champions.

>> On Boston25News.com: World Series champions: Red Sox beat Dodgers in Game 5 to clinch series

The WWE superstar, who has also been the company's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative since 2013, posted a custom WWE championship belt on Twitter, congratulating the Red Sox on their win. 

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>> PHOTOS: Red Sox top Dodgers in Game 5 to win 2018 World Series

"The duck boats are ready for the parade, but you'll need one more thing to celebrate like a champion," Triple H said in his tweet, showcasing the belt with its custom Red Sox sideplates. 

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Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, has New England ties of his own. He was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and is a Connecticut native, living near WWE's headquarters in Stamford.

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"From the WWE Universe to Red Sox Nation, wear this @WWE Championship with pride! #DAMAGEDONE," he said.

Nevada sportsbooks have record-breaking September

September was a bad month for bettors -- but a good one for Nevada sportsbooks, which recorded record highs, ESPN reported.

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According to a September revenue report released Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, sportsbooks in Nevada recorded $571 million in bets and won $56.3 million. Those figures are record-highs, with the wagered amount topping October 2017’s $565 million total, while the amount won tops the September 2012 record of $53.3 million, ESPN reported.

Football betting was the reason behind the record numbers, ESPN reported. Bettors wagered approximately $389 million on college football and National Football League games during September, and lost a net amount of $44.3 million.

It was the 62nd straight month that Nevada sportsbooks have won against bettors. The last time the state lost money was July 2013, when bettors cleared $548,000, ESPN reported.

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