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Kramer suffered a head injury against Argentina and attempted to keep playing.
Germany's Cristoph Kramer was knocked out after this nasty collision during the 14th minute of the World Cup Final vs. Argentina. He stayed in the game, but in the 32nd minute, Kramer fell to the ground again and needed to be helped off the field.
Germany's Christoph Kramer leaves the field in a daze after suffering a head injury vs. Argentina.
"I don't know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don't know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half."
The blow to Kramer on Sunday is one of several scary head injuries that occurred during the World Cup.
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Well done, lads.
If you're going to present the World Cup trophy to thousands of excitable fans you might as well do it in style.
With a bit of dancing.
Or maybe just slow-walking, holding shoulders.
U.S. Congressmen call FIFA’s concussion protocol at the World Cup “inadequate.”
England's Raheem Sterling runs into Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira with his knee during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and England.
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On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Thomas J. Rooney (R-FL) — co-chairs of the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force — wrote to FIFA President Sepp Blatter urging him to address FIFA's "inadequate approach toward traumatic brain injury."
In the letter, the members of Congress claim that FIFA's handling of collisions at the World Cup, where players suffered nasty blows to the head but continued playing, raise questions about FIFA's injury protocol:
"This threat was on full display during the World Cup, where several players were left in obvious pain after receiving blows to the head. Of note, Álvaro Pereira, Javier Mascherano, and Christoph Kramer all endured brutal head injuries during play. Unfortunately, their pain wasn't the only thing that these players had in common: each of them returned to the field almost immediately after a brief, sideline evaluation by a team doctor. In the case of Mr. Pereira, the team doctor even signaled to the manager that a substitution was necessary; however, the player insisted that he continue and he was reintroduced to the game. While Messrs. Periera and Mascherano continued to play for the remainder of their matches, Mr. Kramer collapsed on the field after fifteen minutes and was finally substituted out. He stated the next morning that he had little memory of the game."
As far as what is and is not a threat when it comes to head blows, Rooney and Pascrell suggest that FIFA leave it to the team doctors to decide:
Unlike in many other professional sports, following a player injury, the decisions of team doctors, who are rarely neurologists, can be overruled by coaches or the players themselves. This flies in the face of everything we know about TBIs, inadequate diagnosis and treatment, and the severity of this condition. Even after his team's doctor advised him to leave the field, Mr. Pereira refused. This strategy is not sufficient in adequately diagnosing and treating players who have sustained head injuries. In the National Football League, for example, an independent doctor, unaffiliated with the team, must be present to evaluate all potential head injuries and make final decisions about whether it is safe for a player to return to the field.
The guidelines for head injuries on FIFA's website state, "Do not take a head injury lightly. No match is that important."
However, the rules of FIFA matches state that any player who is substituted cannot reenter the game — creating the incentive for a player who thinks they might be OK to try to play through the initial pain.
FIFPro, the World Footballers' Association, accused FIFA of negligence and demanded that they "conduct a thorough investigation into its own competition concussion protocol" after the Pereira collision vs England. FIFPro also wants FIFA to change the rule so that players suspected of being concussed could temporarily be substituted while they're properly diagnosed.
Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereirra was knocked unconscious vs. England, but re-entered the game a minute later.
During the World Cup semifinals Argentina’s Javier Mascherano collided with Netherlands’ Georginio Wijnaldum. He initially staggered off the field, but came back in.
This is how fast things move on the internet.
On Tuesday night, Derek Jeter made his final All-Star appearance. As he stepped off the field in the top of the 4th inning, the Yankees captain received a massive standing ovation from the crowd.
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Afterward, @CBSNews tweeted this out:
We’ve got the teamwork to make the dream work.
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1. I was born for this.
2. I wonder if we should start requesting for vacation days for the U.S. Open now?
3. I've played baseball for years. I'm pretty sure I can do this.
4. I wonder if they'll be so impressed with my skills that they'll go, "Whoa! Did you play baseball growing up?" And I'll just be like "Yeah" but really casually like it's not a big deal.
5. Was I supposed to wear all white clothing to this?
6. How old are ballboys? Is there an age-limit?
7. I really have no issues taking down a 10 year old.
8. 10-year-olds are WAYY too cocky nowadays anyway.
9. Is there a reason we call them "ballboys" and not "ballmen"
10. I am going to be the first ballman.
11. No, that sounds stupid. "Professional Ball Boy". Yeah, that sounds cooler.
12. I wonder if you can make a career out of this?
13. Oh my God, if I get beat by a 10 year old, I'm going to flip out.
14. Hah! As if that would happen.
15. I hope they have targets so I can show off my amazing aim.
16. And my Favre-esque arm-strength.
17. It's a good thing I ran two months ago. Need to be conditioned to be a ballboy.
18. Do ballboys get Gatorade during the tennis match?
19. What about some ice cold Budweiser?
20. What happens if I have to go to the bathroom in the middle of a Federer/Nadal match?
21. I bet me and Novak are totally gonna be boys after this.
22. Do I need to know anything about the scoring in tennis to participate?
23. Can ballboys call "timeout"?
24. Tennis has timeouts, right? Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've definitely seen a tennis timeout before.
25. Is this a viable career opportunity? Like being a caddy?
26. I could use a yacht… or, like, $20 bucks.
27. My mustache is going to look amazing on national television.
28. Tom Selleck will sit courtside and pull me aside and say, "son, you remind me of a young me." And then I'll say, "not right now Tom Selleck, I have a job to do."
29. Wait, is summering in the Hamptons a prerequisite?
30. Look at these suckers — they aren't even really stretching.
31. I'm 99% sure I could beat anyone here in a race and 27% of them in a push up contest.
32. Am I the only one taking this super seriously?
33. OK, so they hit it against the net and we go get it and we chase a few rolling balls. How are people failing at this?
34. I've been watching my Labrador do this for years this should be a cake walk.
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“Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.”
Michael Sam, the first out gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for courage at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night. He received a standing ovation as he took the stage and delivered this powerful acceptance speech while fighting back tears:
"To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in, and would never be accepted, please know this, great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself," he said.
OVO + Disney = fireworks.
When Drake hosted the ESPYS on Wednesday, he did a skit of Manny Pacquiao singing "Let it Go" from Frozen.
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Drizzy impersonated the Filipino boxer on the Disney track — eliciting a mixed reaction from most viewers.
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“Why is he not considered to be stalking her?”
Drake's a big fan of WNBA star Skylar Diggins. Back in May, he posted this photo of Diggins on his Instagram:
In June, he showed off his Diggins gear:
And he shared this video of his friends professing their love for Diggins too.
In response, the basketball player's boyfriend posted this photo of himself and Diggins, tagging @champagnepapi.
6ft 2in vs 5ft 8in.
Tennis star Maria Sharapova and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr presented an award together at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night.
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They welcomed to the stage by Drake in a fake British accent because Mayweather said he had to be introduced in a "very specific way".
The whole thing was very cringe.
What Mayweather maybe didn't quite bank on though was quite how small he would look stood next to current French Open champion Sharapova.
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He’s NOT impressed by Macklemore’s rap Grammys.
Remember: Macklemore beat out both Drake and Kendrick Lamar for 2014's Best Rap Album Grammy. After winning, Macklemore sent Kendrick Lamar an apology text and posted it on his Instagram:
Drake thought "that shit was wack as fuck." He told Rolling Stone:
Drake hosted the 2014 ESPYS on July 16. During his opening monologue, he poked fun at himself for being a bandwagon sports fans, joked about his buddy Johnny Manziel doing mushrooms, and congratulated Tim Howard for being the hottest.
The crowd was ~basically~ with him.
The intro ended with a celebration of that time back in May when Lance Stephenson blew on LeBron James' ear during a Heat / Pacers game.
You might want to tell him you love him after watching this.
Stuart Scott delivered an emotional speech Wednesday at the ESPY Awards after being honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and he's still fighting.
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Here's his emotional story — and his even more emotional speech.
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To every person who fights cancer, Scott had this inspiring message:
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But he saved his most heartfelt words for his two daughters.
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From athletes to actors and everyone in between.
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Mia Henderson is the second transgender person to be murdered in Baltimore since June.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.
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Baltimore Police are investigating the murder death of a transgender woman found Wednesday — the second transgender homicide to rattle the city since June.
Authorities have identified the victim as 26-year-old Mia Henderson, and according to Baltimore's WJZ, she was the sibling of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock.
Bullock expressed grief on Twitter late Wednesday, referring to Henderson as his brother with her legal name:
Last night at the ESPYS Drake brought up the WNBA player for a skit about how hot she is. What he didn’t mention is literally anything about how crazy talented she is.
Last night Drake brought WNBA player Skylar Diggins up on stage for a skit. Despite her amazing talent he never mentioned her accomplishments, instead he joked about how hot she is.
She played for Notre Dame where she holds career records for points, steals, free throws made, free throws attempted, games started, minutes played, double-figure scoring games and triple-doubles.
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She led them to the NCAA title game as a sophomore and junior, earning Regional MOP and Final Four All-Tournament honors each time.
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The best doggone uniform you’ll ever see.
This is the logo for the El Paso Chihuahuas. They are the minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
They have a wide assortment of traditional jerseys for their home and away games.
The new jerseys will be part of a Bark at the Park Night where owners can bring their dogs to the stadium.
#LetSikhsPlay is a response to Indian players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh being denied the right to wear their turbans during Asia Cup games.
Two Sikh Indian basketball players were prohibited from wearing turbans on court because they "may cause injury."
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Last Saturday night in Wuhan, China, moments before the beginning of the Asia Cup's India vs. Japan game, referees told Indian players Amrit Pal Singh and Amjyot Singh that they were violating Article 4.4.2 of FIBA's official rules, which states that "Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players."
Amrit Pal and Amjyot are both followers of Sikhism. The dangerous, injurious "objects" in question here are their turbans.
Rather than being deterred from playing for their team. Instead, the two stepped away from the court to unwrap their turbans and fasten their hair using elastic bands, then joined the game two minutes into play.
These were far from ideal conditions for either of them.
"We have always played in turbans," Amrit Pal told India's foremost basketball blogger, Karan Madhok of Hoopistani. "Playing in the Japan game without it felt very awkward. I wear a turban in practice, too, and it was strange to not have it on during the game."
"It felt very bad that they did this right before the game," Amjyot told Madhok. "At least, eventually, they let us fix it with a band, but even that felt very awkward... I find it to be much more comfortable playing with turban, of course – that is part of my habit."
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The night before the game, the Indian head coach, Scott Flemming, was led to believe by FIBA officials that the two would be allowed to play with their turbans fastened.
"I was then told right before the game there was a misunderstanding on what we agreed to," Flemming said. "I would never make our players do anything they were uncomfortable with according to their religious practices. It was up to them."
This incident is reminiscent of FIBA's 2013 under-18 3-on-3 tournament during which members of the Maldives team were similarly disallowed from playing while donning hijabs (Muslim head scarves). In that case, the team forfeited.
The Sikh turban or dastar is worn as an expression of faith, both by men and women. It is an outward manifestation of Sikhism's central values of service and integrity. It is also a pragmatic way for Sikhs to care for their long hair, uncut as per Sikh tradition.
Dastars and hijabs are made of cloth, and, as is usually the case with pieces of cloth wrapped tightly around one's head, they bear nearly no potential for injuring third parties.
Traded the Heat for it straight up.
You know that scene in Dumb & Dumber after Lloyd trades the dog-themed shaggin' wagon for a minibike, and then goes to get Lloyd back? Well...
Watch the video:
Quitness? Try, Witness.
My friend Bob O'Brien, who was born and raised in Ohio, is a pretty big Cleveland sports fan.
He was devastated, like most Cavs fans, when LeBron James left for the Miami Heat back in 2010.
Bob hated LeBron so much that he even organized the entire Quicken Loans Arena to chant things like "Akron hates you," at his first game back in Cleveland.
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And he bought this T-shirt that said "Quitness" (instead of Witness).
“My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from.”
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On July 11, LeBron James announced his decision to leave the Miami Heat — where he spent the past four years playing basketball — and his plan to return home to Cleveland. After growing up in Akron and helping put Northeast Ohio on the map with his tremendous talent and celebrity status, LeBron's controversial move to Florida in search for championship rings — which he ultimately achieved — was something that Ohio residents never really got over.
But now all seems to be forgiven, and not just because of what this means for the Cavaliers. The impact of LeBron's homecoming will have a significant economic influence over this Midwestern city — in some ways, it already has. According to Hopper, a travel search engine, more people looked up flights and travel information to Cleveland by 192%. LeBron is also well-aware of the effect he can have on the local economy. In his essay for Sports Illustrated, the NBA star wrote:
My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I'm from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there's no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.
BuzzFeed reached out to a number of businesses in the Cleveland area by email and phone and asked if they were happy about LeBron's return, and if they think his presence will benefit Cleveland business owners. Here are the responses we received: