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Rockies hope to dethrone Dodgers...Reid still considering protest options...Concussions down

October 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the second of today’s two National League tiebreakers, Colorado is attempting to end Los Angeles’ five-year reign atop the Central Division and win its first NL West crown. Walker Buehler got the start for the Dodgers, and the Rockies countered with German Marquez, who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Eric Reid says he has not made up his mind how he’ll protest racial injustices in the future and that he is not dropping his collusion grievance against the NFL. Reid signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers last week -- and in his first public comments since rejoining the NFL, he said today that he’s “still considering other ways of protesting” than kneeling during the national anthem. The former Pro Bowl safety did not elaborate on his plans.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says safety Kenny Vaccaro will miss a few weeks after hurting his right elbow in Tennessee’s overtime win over Philadelphia. Vaccaro was signed in August after starting safety Johnathan Cyprien tore his left ACL early in training camp.

UNDATED (AP) — A new study shows concussions plunged in Ivy League football after the kickoff and touchback lines were moved. The rule change was intended to limit kickoff returns, which some experts consider the game’s most dangerous play. With NCAA approval, the Ivy League moved the kickoff and touchback lines up by 5 yards in 2016. Over the next two years, the concussion rate plummeted from almost 11 to two per 1,000 plays during kickoffs. The study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Forward Scott Hartnell has announced his retirement after playing 17 NHL seasons. Hartnell posted news of his retirement to Twitter, just a few days before the regular season. The 36-year-old Hartnell was unsigned after spending last season in Nashville. He’s known for his feisty attitude and the hashtag #HartnellDown that made light of how many times he fell to the ice.

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