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‘Mr. Marlin’ among executives purged...NFL, union blast Trump...Paralyzed ex-player wants youth football banned

September 23, 2017

MIAMI (AP) — Jeff Conine (KOH’-nyn), who goes by the nickname Mr. Marlin, is part of the purge of Miami Marlins executives before the sale of the team to Derek Jeter’s investment group. Conine says he’s been told he won’t be retained. He helped the Marlins win two World Series and has been a special assistant to the president since 2008. Also being fired are Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, who had the same title as Conine, and former manager Jack McKeon, who has been special assistant to the owner since 2005.

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League and its players’ union are denouncing President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called Trump’s comments “divisive” and said they show an “unfortunate lack of respect.” DeMaurice (deh-MOHR’-ihs) Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, says the union won’t shy away from “protecting the constitutional rights of our players.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Buoniconti wants youth football banned. The former college linebacker who became paralyzed from the shoulders down in a game nearly 32 years ago is thinking about calling for a ban on “Little League football” and perhaps extending it through high school. He tells The Associated Press his view has “changed 180 degrees” as he has learned more about concussions and has seen his father, Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, deal with significant cognitive issues.

UNDATED (AP) — On today’s college football schedule, 11 ranked teams face unranked opponents on the road. They include No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Penn State, No. 5 Southern California and No. 7 Washington. In two key Top 25 games, No. 6 Oklahoma State plays No. 16 TCU and No. 11 Georgia takes on No. 17 Mississippi State.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Joey Logano has been punished and parked on pit road for practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He was forced to strap in, put on his helmet and sit on pit road in the No. 22 Ford for today’s entire 50-minute Cup series practice. NASCAR cracked down on Logano and his Penske team because the car failed inspection four times before yesterday’s aborted qualifying attempt.

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