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NFL Capsule: Patriots at Rams

NFL Capsule: Patriots at Rams

NEW ENGLAND (4-3) vs. ST. LOUIS (3-4) at London

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Patriots by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New England 4-3; St. Louis 5-2

SERIES RECORD - Patriots lead 6-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Patriots No. 7; Rams No. 23

LAST MEETING - Patriots beat Rams 23-16, Oct. 28, 2008

LAST WEEK - Patriots beat Jets 29-26 OT; Rams lost to Packers 30-20

PATRIOTS OFFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (5)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE - OVERALL (23), RUSH (8), PASS (29)

RAMS OFFENSE - OVERALL (28), RUSH (15), PASS (25)

RAMS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (11T), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - This will be NFL's sixth regular-season game played overseas. Patriots won second game played in London, beating Tampa Bay 35-7 in 2009. Rams playing first international game but canceled plans for games in 2013-14 to ease fan discontent and concentrate on stadium lease negotiations. ... Patriots have won two straight and four of six in series. ... Patriots coach Bill Belichick 4-1 vs. Rams; Rams coach Jeff Fisher 1-5 vs. Patriots. ... Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels held same position with Rams last season. ... Patriots beat Rams 20-17 in Super Bowl to end 2001 season. ... Patriots 38-12 vs. NFC under Belichick and Brady 34-8 vs. NFC. ... Patriots have NFL's top offense, averaging 31 points and 436.1 yards. ... Patriots QB Tom Brady has 2,104 yards passing, most in AFC. Brady has 49 career 300-yard games, tied with Warren Moon for seventh on career list. ... WR Wes Welker leads NFL with 54 receptions, 688 yards. ... RB Stevan Ridley has 589 yards rushing, third-best in AFC. ... K Stephen Gostkowski kicked tying and winning field goals last week vs. Jets and leads AFC with 71 points. ... Rams 10th in NFL in total defense (324.4 yards) and point allowed (20.1). ... RB Steven Jackson has 501 yards from scrimmage, including 354 yards rushing, in last four games vs. AFC. ... RB Daryl Richardson third among NFC rookies with 282 yards rushing. ... WR Chris Givens first rookie with 50-yard catch in four consecutive games since Bears' Willie Gault in 1983 and averages 27 yards on 10 receptions. ... DE Robert Quinn tied for third in NFL with seven sacks. ... WR Brandon Gibson has 25 catches, best among active Rams. Danny Amendola leads team with 32 receptions despite missing last three games with collarbone injury. ... Rookie P Johnny Hekker third in NFC with 49-yard average.

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Panthers honor Florida shooting victims before game against Capitals

Panthers honor Florida shooting victims before game against Capitals

Prior to their matchup against the Capitals, the Panthers honored the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Thursday night's game was the Panthers' first game on home ice since the shooting last week. BB&T Center, the home of the Panthers, is located about 20 minutes south of Parkland.

Both teams wore the school’s hat during warmups, and the Panthers will wear the school’s logo on their helmets and “MSD” patches on their jerseys for the rest of the season.

There was a was a moment of silence and ceremony prior to the game, during which the video board showed the pictures and names of all 17 victims.

Following the video Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who lives in Parkland, took the ice to give his own moving tribute. 

"It's time for us, as a community, to take action. Enough is enough." Luongo commended the school's teachers and said of the students, "You guys are an inspiration for all of us. You guys are giving us hope for the future." 

"When I'm done playing hockey, I want to spend the rest of my life in Parkland," Luongo said. "I love that city."

In addition to the ceremony and uniform tributes, the Panthers hosted a blood drive beginning at today noon and lasting through the second intermission of the game in an effort to replenish local blood banks.

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.

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**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.

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**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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