Athlete health

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020 file photo St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a break in play in the first period, prompting the Blues and Anaheim Ducks to postpone their game Tuesday night, Feb. 11, 2020. Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, file)
Associated Press
February 14, 2020 - 1:07 pm
Jay Bouwmeester had surgery Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart's normal rhythm after the St. Louis Blues defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center...
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Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez bats during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Associated Press
February 12, 2020 - 5:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball went ahead with its planned rules changes for this season, including the requirement a pitcher must face at least three batters or end the half-inning, unless he is hurt. The changes were agreed to by MLB and the players' association last March 8, subject to...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2003, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal, left, and Kobe Bryant share a laugh on the bench while their teammate take on the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
Associated Press
January 28, 2020 - 8:02 pm
Shaquille O'Neal tearfully said Tuesday he never could have imagined anything like Kobe Bryant's death, remembering his former teammate as a great player whose kids called him “Uncle Shaq." “The fact that we lost probably the world’s greatest Laker, the world’s greatest basketball player is just —...
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In this Jan. 19, 2020, photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds the Lamar Hunt Trophy as he celebrates winning a NFL, AFC Championship football game against the Tennessee Titans in Kansas City, Mo. The most compelling dramas in the NFL this season unfolded on the field, not off of it. And any thought that the league was in jeopardy of losing its spot as America's favorite sport has been set on the back burner. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Associated Press
January 27, 2020 - 11:28 am
The most compelling drama in the NFL this season unfolded on the field, not off it. And any thought that the league was in jeopardy of losing its spot as America's favorite sport has been set on the back burner, which is mostly where the domestic abuse cases, national anthem controversies and even...
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Josh Perkins (81) celebrates a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Associated Press
December 29, 2019 - 7:47 pm
The Latest on Week 17 in the NFL (all times EST): 7:45 p.m. The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East and a playoff berth after a hard-fought 34-17 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. The game was tied late in the third quarter, but the Eagles pulled away with 17 straight points in the...
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Philadelphia Eagles' Vinny Curry (75) pulls down Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Associated Press
December 22, 2019 - 9:20 pm
The Latest on Week 16 in the NFL (all times EST): 9:17 p.m. Chicago nose tackle Eddie Goldman has left the Bears' game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a concussion. It was not immediately clear when he was hurt. The Bears announced a few minutes into the second quarter he would not return...
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FILe - In this, San Francisco 49ers fullback Joe Perry, right, shows quarterback Y. A. Tittle the plastic mask he has worn during the football season to protect his bridgework, during practice at Menlo Park, Calif. Tittle, who suffered a cheekbone fracture against the Detroit Lions, is wearing the mask he has used since. Helmets have evolved from the original hard leather of the NFL’s infancy to hard polycarbonate single-piece shells with various amounts of padding and air bladders that served as the primary form of head protection into the beginning of this century. (AP Photo/File)
Associated Press
December 22, 2019 - 12:07 am
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s football helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, front, catches a pass for a two-point conversion in the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Associated Press
December 21, 2019 - 9:10 pm
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady appeared for his postgame media session with an ice pack on his right elbow. Bill Belichick was sporting a brand new AFC East championship hat. The New England Patriots had things a little tougher this year, but they came out on top yet again. Brady passed for 271...
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Houston Texans strong safety Jahleel Addae (37) celebrates with cornerback Gareon Conley (22) after Addae intercepted a pass by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Associated Press
December 21, 2019 - 6:48 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Texans aren't satisfied with being AFC South champions for the fourth time in five years. They feel as if they're just getting started and donned T-shirts Saturday declaring: “The South Is Not Enough." “This is not the ultimate goal. This is one goal to get us to...
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Darren Sproles
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Associated Press
December 21, 2019 - 2:41 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles has decided to retire, ending a 15-year career for the three-time Pro Bowl player. Sproles announced his decision Saturday on the Eagles' website, saying “Spending the past month on Injured Reserve has been hard. I want to be out...
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