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Why did the NFL suspend Ed Reed?

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Why did the NFL suspend Ed Reed?

From Comcast SportsNetNEW YORK (AP) -- Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed was suspended for one game by the NFL on Monday for repeated hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.The 11-year veteran will miss Sunday's game against San Diego, which will cost him one game check of more than 400,000.Reed is suspended for three violations of the player safety rules in the past three seasons. The latest came in Sunday night's 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the third quarter for a hit to the head of receiver Emmanuel Sanders.Reed also was penalized Sept. 23 against the Patriots for unnecessary roughness and fined 21,000 for striking Deion Branch when the receiver was defenseless.Before that, Reed hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Dec. 19, 2010, and was fined 10,000."We cannot tolerate repeated violations of rules, especially rules related to player safety," NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said Monday. "We will continue to take the strongest possible action to deter these types of violations and protect our players."Steelers safety Ryan Clark tweeted: "Tough on Ed getting suspended. I can't say that I agree w that. It was a penalty but I don't believe he was intentionally trying to harm E."Under the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union, the suspension can be appealed within three days. An expedited hearing and decision would take place this week.Appeals are heard by either Art Shell or Ted Cottrell, the officers jointly appointed by the NFL and NFL Players Association.Ravens coach John Harbaugh disagreed with the league's ruling, saying: "I was very surprised, I didn't see that one coming.""They were all inadvertent," Harbaugh said of the three hits cited by the NFL. "None of those were with the intent to injure or to harm in any way. I think when you look at the hits it's pretty obvious. When you look at Ed, he respects the game, he respects the players."Reed is the second player suspended this season for violating rules designed to protect players. Denver linebacker Joe Mays was barred for one game for an illegal hit against Houston quarterback Matt Schaub on Sept. 23.Others suspended for similar hits in past seasons include Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in 2011; Panthers defensive back Dante Wesley in 2009; Tampa Bay DB Elbert Mack and New York Jets safety Eric Smith in 2008; and Cowboys safety Roy Williams in 2007; and Titans DT Albert Haynesworth in 2006.

Warriors upgrade JaVale McGee before Game 3, will start third straight vs Spurs

Warriors upgrade JaVale McGee before Game 3, will start third straight vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- JaVale McGee will make his third consecutive start for the Warriors Thursday night when they take the floor for Game 3 of their first-round series against the Spurs.

His presence allows the Warriors to keep intact their rotation of centers, which during this series has included Kevon Looney and David West, with Draymond Green moving into that role for scant minutes in each of the first two games.

Zaza Pachulia, who started 57 games in the regular season, has not played in either game. Rookie Jordan Bell has played a total of eight minutes, and Damian Jones a total of five.

McGee had been listed as questionable after sustaining a bruise to his left quadriceps in Game 2 on Monday. He did not practice Wednesday but participated in the morning shootaround ahead of Game 3.

A's trade Trayce Thompson back to the team that drafted him

A's trade Trayce Thompson back to the team that drafted him

Trayce Thompson is going back to where it all started for him.

The A's traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the White Sox on Thursday evening for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Thompson was drafted in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Chicago.

Thompson's time in the same city his brother Klay plays in was short. He was claimed off waivers by the A's on April 5, got seven at-bats in three games and was designated for assignment on Tuesday.

During his brief stint with the A's, Thompson made a play that will likely be on the team's year-end highlight reel. Playing against the Dodgers, his former team, Thompson raced back to the center field wall in Dodger Stadium and robbed Yasiel Puig of a home run. Klay was pretty jacked up about the play.

In addition to trading Thompson, the A's also optioned reliever Lou Trivino back to Triple-A Nashville.