ATLANTA -- NFL owners gave temporary approval Tuesday for a proposal designed to make the kickoff safer. The new rule will be in place for the 2018 season but will be evaluated next spring based on injury numbers and other factors. The NFL fast-tracked the rule after medical data revealed that concussions were five times more likely to happen on kickoffs in 2017 than on other plays. A group of nine special-teams coaches authored the bulk of the plan earlier this month. While it won't look much different to many fans, the new format is intended to reduce the number of high-speed collisions involved in the play. The primary changes include: The elimination of running starts for kickoff coverage teams A requirement that eight of the 11 men on the return team must be aligned in the "setup zone" within 15 yards of the ball No blocking within the "setup zone" until after the ball touches the ground if it is not first caught ...
The hundreds of athletes who came forward to speak out of the atrocities suffered at the hands of convicted serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2018 ESPYS, it was announced Wednesday. "We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at The 2018 ESPYS, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish," Alison Overholt, vice president and editor of ESPN The Magazine, said in a statement. "They have shown us all what it truly means to speak truth to power, and through their bravery, they are making change for future generations. By honoring this group who spoke out, we aim to honor all of those who are survivors of abuse." Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor,?was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison after seven days of...
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