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Junior Seau's brain tissue has been released

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Junior Seau's brain tissue has been released

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Junior Seau's family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his American football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide, officials said on Thursday. The San Diego County medical examiner's office recently released preserved brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health, coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said. "We have no information about the type of study that will be done," she said. The tissue was released at the request of Seau's family, she added. She declined to disclose whether Seau's entire brain was released. The 43-year-old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest at his home in May, less than 2 12 years after ending his 20-season career. Seau's death echoed last year's suicide of former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson. Duerson left a note asking for his brain to be studied for signs of brain trauma. That raised anew questions about whether brain damage from repeated concussions on the field lead to long-term problems such as depression. To date, however, no link has been found between Seau's death and his playing days. Although his death was ruled a suicide, a final autopsy report and results of drug-screening tests are pending.

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Best moments from the Wizards' statement win over the Bucks

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Best moments from the Wizards' statement win over the Bucks

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 99-88 win over the Bucks on Monday night in Milwaukee...

1. Remember how the Wizards didn't like Giannis Antetokounmpo running up the score on them last year? Antetokounmpo was at it again getting under the Wizards' skin on Monday night.

Early on he decided to instigate an argument with Markieff Morris after drawing an and-1 foul call:

Antetokounmpo knows who he was messing with, right? 

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2. Otto Porter finished this game with a game-high +22 in the box score. He had 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

This was his best highlight. Left with little time on the shot clock, Porter hit one from way downtown:

3. Bradley Beal (23 points) got Antetokounmpo back with a sick play later in the second quarter. Beal caught Antetokounmpo from behind with a chasedown block, then stared at him for good measure:

That's cold blooded.

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4. That was Beal's best play, but this one put him in the history books. Beal hit a three to become the youngest player in NBA history to get to 700 career three-pointers:

Of course Wall was the one with the assist. We've seen that before.

5. Wall had a solid night with 15 points and six assists as he battled a swollen left knee. It didn't bother him much on this play:

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How did the Caps let Johnny Gaudreau get so wide open on his goal?

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How did the Caps let Johnny Gaudreau get so wide open on his goal?

A 4-1 win for the Calgary Flames looks like a pretty comfortable margin on the scoresheet, but it was the Capitals who jumped out to the 1-0 lead early in the first period. Just when the Caps had all the momentum on their side, however, Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau received a tip up pass from Sean Monahan and had nothing but ice in front of him to work with.

Gaudreau is the wrong player to give that much room to. He scored to tie the game at 1 in a moment that seemed to turn the game.

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You can see the replay of the goal and the play that led up to it here.

From the replay, you can see defensemen Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were both caught on the right side of the ice leaving Gaudreau open on the left.

So what happened? How did Gaudreau get so wide open?

The play begins in Washington's offensive zone. Carlson and Orpik are the defensive pair on the ice, but instead of playing on their normal sides, Orpik is on the right and Carlson is on the left to put him in a better position to shoot off the draw. When the Caps lose the faceoff, Carlson and Orpik want to switch back to their natural positions at the first opportunity, but can't because Calgary has the puck and is pushing up the ice.

The Flames lose possession of the puck in the neutral zone, Orpik recovers and pushes the puck up to Devante Smith-Pelly.

"Brooks pushed it over to [Smith-Pelly] just at the blue line and he went laterally with the puck where he probably should have put it in," Trotz said.

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Smith-Pelly was immediately boxed in when he crossed the blue line and he should have dumped the puck to the corner. Instead, he tries a difficult pass left to Alex Ovechkin that is badly off the mark as the puck goes right to Dougie Hamilton. The problem is that, since Washington had possession, Carlson took the opportunity to move back to the right, but Orpik did not yet have the chance to go left because he was in the play. Once the puck gets off his stick, Smith-Pelly turns it over almost immediately and Calgary's quick transition up to Gaudreau catches the Caps with Carlson already back on the right, but before Orpik could get back to the left giving him a free side to skate on.

The result was a goal for Calgary, an ugly replay for Washington and a turning point in a game in which the Caps had jumped out to an early lead.

"They moved it up quickly," Trotz said, "And Gaudreau, if you give him that much space, he's been the hottest guy in the National Hockey League here and we weren't able to shut him down."