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LONDON (AP) -- A boxing referee from Turkmenistan was expelled from the London Olympics on Thursday for his handling of a bout in which the result was overturned on appeal. Boxing's governing federation, known as AIBA, released a statement saying referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov "is on his way back home." The federation also suspended German referee Frank Scharmach five days for his decision to disqualify an Iranian heavyweight, and expelled technical official Aghajan Abiyev of Azerbaijan. "I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions," AIBA President C.K. Wu said. "However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair play of our competitions. I will take all possible steps to reinforce this." Both sanctioned referees made unusual decisions during Wednesday night's card. In a bantamweight bout, Magomed Abdulhamidov of Azerbaijan fell to the canvas six times in the third round against Satoshi Shimizu of Japan, yet still won a 22-17 decision. Meretnyyazov allowed the fight to continue after each tumble, and he enraged the Japanese team by fixing the headgear worn by Abdulhamidov, who had to be helped from the ring after winning. AIBA overturned the result late Wednesday night, saying Meretnyyazov should have counted at least three knockdowns and stopped the bout. Iranian heavyweight Ali Mazaheri was disqualified in his bout with Cuba's Jose Larduet after several warnings for holding from Scharmach, who finally waved off the fight midway through the second round. The stoppage seemed quick to the booing crowd, and Mazaheri, who stood with his arms outstretched and eventually left the ring without shaking hands with Larduet or Scharmach. Mazaheri claimed the result was "a fix" and "a setup." Scharmach is suspended through Tuesday's Olympic fights, but the disqualification stands. The federation did not specify what Abiyev had done to earn expulsion, saying only that he had committed "a number of breaches" of its code of conduct. International technical officials aren't referees or judges, but perform numerous duties around the ring during competition regarding everything from the draw to medical rulings and equipment management.

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Jameis Winston - who faces off against Ravens next week - seen in argument with teammate

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Jameis Winston - who faces off against Ravens next week - seen in argument with teammate

After two straight games on the road, the Ravens will return to M&T Bank Stadium to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15.

A week after facing a team in Kansas City that is set for years to come at quarterback, they could be facing a team with uncertainty under center - or at least a quarterback facing some turmoil with his teammates.

In the second quarter of Tampa Bay’s Week 14 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, Bucs’ starting quarterback Jameis Winston was seen on the sidelines in a verbal altercation with center Ryan Jensen.

Winston, depsite the tense moment, seemed to get the game back on track.

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Joe Theismann wants Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to have a long baseball career, not football

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Joe Theismann wants Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to have a long baseball career, not football

Former legendary Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann did not wish the 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray a long football career.

Theismann wished Murray a long career in baseball. 

This celebratory tweet from Theismann is not something out of left field. Back in June the Oklahoma quarterback was drafted ninth overall in the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics. He also signed a $4.7 million contract with the team that allowed him to stay in school for one more season. This coming after his first season with the OU program backing up the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, Baker Mayfield. 

Theismann's tweet both come across as criticism of football and is understandable given his career.

Of course, Theismann is known for having one of the most gruesome injuries in pro football. Current Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a similar injury earlier this year. The injury ended Theismann's career.

In baseball, injuries like that are rare. The only contact between players occurs occasionally at the plate between catchers and baserunners.

Additionally, the guaranteed money in baseball (as a whole) is far more than that of football. 

During the Heisman ceremony on Saturday night, Murray responded to the question on whether he would rather win the Heisman trophy or the World Series.

"I'd rather win a Heisman," Murray told reporters. "I mean, no disrespect to a World Series."

“I’d like to do both, if possible, but I don’t know how possible that is,” Murray said. "I think that's something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me. Right now my future is already kind of planned out, but we'll see what happens."

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