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Jackson finds football gig in Buffalo


2006 Nevada Union graduate Andrew Jackson has joined the Buffalo Bills practice squad.

The Bills signed the former Nevada Union and Fresno State offensive linemen Tuesday along with defensive back Mana Silva.

Jackson, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 300-pound lineman spent 2011 on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

— The Union Staff

National

NBA sets flopping penalties; players may be fined

NEW YORK — The NBA will penalize flopping this season, fining players for repeated violations of an act a league vice president says has “no place in our game.”

Players will get a warning the first time, then be fined $5,000 for a second violation. The fines increase to $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 the fifth time. Six or more could lead to a suspension.

The league said Wednesday that flopping will be defined as “any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.”

“The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact,” the NBA said in a statement.

“Flops have no place in our game —they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call,” vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said. “Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the competition committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should — after a warning — be given an automatic penalty.”

Jets WR Holmes out for season with foot injury

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Santonio Holmes will miss the rest of this season with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, leaving the struggling New York Jets without their top offensive playmaker.

The Jets announced Wednesday that Holmes, who will require surgery, was placed on season-ending injured reserve. The team signed free agent wide receiver Jason Hill to help replace him.

The news comes just over a week after star cornerback Darrelle Revis was likely lost for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter Sunday after catching a short pass. X-rays on the foot were negative, but the MRI exam results were sent to a foot specialist in North Carolina and the Jets’ worst fears were confirmed.

Lolo Jones causes stir over Eric LeGrand tweets

Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. What she didn’t know was the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game.

After LeGrand tweeted to Jones “want to race me?” on Tuesday night, she replied: “Get Checked for a concussion. Clearly, u’ve been hit in the head... Cos u arnt beating a track athlete.”

When other users informed Jones of LeGrand’s injuries, she wrote: “Great I’m gonna get murdered for that tweet. When I had no clue who that dude was.Just responding to any athlete who challenges me to a race.”

LeGrand tweeted that he understood what happened and didn’t take it personally, saying, “All good.” As the incident continued to reverberate across social media Wednesday, LeGrand later posted that the reaction was “ridiculous.”

He wrote: “she is a great person who misunderstood what I tweeted. People stop bashing her it’s not right.”

— Associated Press



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