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Florida State player carried off on stretcher

Florida State player carried off on stretcher

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Florida State's Terrance Shannon was carried off the court on a stretcher late in the Seminoles' game at Virginia on Saturday, but team doctor Bill Hamilton said the redshirt-junior forward appeared to have suffered a neck sprain.

Hamilton said Shannon was sent to UVA Medical Center as a precaution because he initially had weakness in his upper and lower extremities, but that his strength improved en route to the hospital and was all the way back a short time later.

Shannon was expected to stay overnight and undergo more precautionary tests, Hamilton said.

The 6-foot-8 forward went down with 3:58 remaining after appearing to hit his head against the thigh or hip of Virginia's Evan Nolte during a scramble under the Florida State basket. He remained on the floor motionless for nearly 10 minutes as first trainers and then paramedics attended to him.

He eventually was loaded onto a stabilizing backboard and then onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

Seminoles scoring leader Michael Snaer said the situation was unnerving, especially since Shannon has struggled with injuries before.

``You always worry when a guy like that goes down,'' Snaer said. ``This is a guy that's been haunted by injuries his whole career. You want to see him get better so we're really worried about him.''

Virginia won the game, 56-36, but coach Tony Bennett said the victory was ``sobering'' because of the injury.

``You see that, you can't feel as good as you'd like about a win like that. You hope and pray for their young man that that's not anything threatening or serious,'' Bennett said.

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Why a smiling Ovechkin was forced to leave Wednesday’s game briefly in the first period

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Why a smiling Ovechkin was forced to leave Wednesday’s game briefly in the first period

A nasty collision between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie resulted in Ovechkin getting pulled into the locker room in the first period of Wednesday’s Capitals game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Early in the first period, Oshie skated past Morgan Rielly attempting to chip the puck away from him along the boards. As he kept skating, he came directly into the path of Ovechkin and the two collided violently in the neutral zone. Oshie popped up quickly, but Ovechkin stayed down on the ice.

After a few nervous moments, Ovechkin got back onto his feet and was seen smiling on the bench and joking with Oshie about the hit. He also appeared to be grabbing his chest.

A few moments later, head athletic trainer Jason Serbus was seen talking to Ovechkin and Ovechkin got up off the bench and walked into the locker room.

It was later confirmed by the NBCSN broadcast that Ovechkin was pulled by the concussion spotter after it appeared Ovechkin’s face crashed directly into Oshie’s shoulder.

Concussion spotters are authorized to require a player’s removal from play in order to evaluate them for a concussion following a blow to the head. If the player passes all concussion tests and is deemed not to have suffered a concussion, he is able to return.

While it appeared Ovechkin was fine after the hit, the concussion spotter saw enough on the hit to believe Ovechkin needed to be evaluated. It may be an inconvenience, but could prevent players from remaining on the ice after suffering a concussion.

Luckily for the Caps, Ovechkin returned late in the first literally just in time for Washington’s first power play of the game. The Caps did score on the power play, though Ovechkin did not record a point on the play.

1.23.19: Rick Horrow sits down with Stadium CEO Jason Coyle

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1.23.19: Rick Horrow sits down with Stadium CEO Jason Coyle

By Rick Horrow

Podcast editor: Tanner Simkins

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  • In its eighth consecutive installment, The POWER 100 , Horrow Sports Ventures’ proprietary annual ranking of the most powerful athletes in sports, uses a complex statistical model to accurately compare performance and influence through on-field (50%) and off-field (50%) attributes. Athletes are then ranked based on POWER to find the TOP 100. Among interesting results: Serena Williams is not ranked for the first time ever. Her performance slowed after taking some time to start a family, and some controversial moments may have hurt her brand. Expect a strong bounce back once she’s back on schedule. Tom Brady (14), in the cusp of playing in yet another Super Bowl, has hit his highest ranking in recent memory, a nearly 54 place increase since last year. And the stellar play of NBA’er Giannis Antetokounmpo continued on the court and has paid dividends off the court as well, as he placed 8th. Top endorsement earners were Roger Federer (12) taking home $58 million in off court sponsorships and LeBron James (10) with $56 million. The highest place rookie from any sport is quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who finished 20th in the rankings and came within minutes of reaching the Super Bowl on Sunday.
  • More brands are “tangling with political and social issues in their advertising campaigns.” However, most Americans “would rather they don’t try the same thing during the Super Bowl,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Viewers are “likely to get what they want.” The WSJ poll shows two-thirds of consumers “call the Super Bowl an inappropriate place for advertisers to make political statements.” Baby boomers in the poll “disapproved of political Super Bowl advertisements more, at 77%, than younger cohorts such as millennials (55%) and Generation Z (43%).” Only 35% of Generation Z respondents “called political Super Bowl ads ‘very’ or 'somewhat’ appropriate.” The Super Bowl has “featured political ads before, most notably” in Super Bowl LI, which “took place soon after President Trump’s inauguration.” A year later, Super Bowl LII was “less overtly political, but still included” a Coca-Cola ad promoting unity, a T-Mobile USA Inc. diversity theme, and a Dodge Ram Trucks spot using audio of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech in an ad that promoted public service. Marketers have not "shown any inclination to charge into hard-core politics or social controversies” during Super Bowl LIII. However, with the country as divided as it is, themes imploring diversity, unity, and inclusion will no doubt make their way into the February 3 broadcast.
  • Golf also got some encouraging news this week from the market research firm NPD Group, which reported that the golf market “has not only recuperated but experienced a significant uptick in sales” in the past 12 months, resulting in an 8% year-over-year increase up to $2.6 billion. “The macro environment for golf has been in a turbulent state, fueled by Golfsmith’s bankruptcy, major brands cutting back on their golf business, and courses closing. But today, we’re starting to see normalization in the market as those deep holes are now being filled,” said Matt Powell, vice president and senior industry advisor of the NPD Group. The industry saw increases across every product category. Clubs, which make up 50% of the category, grew by 7%, while equipment accessories such as balls (6% increase), gloves (7% increase), accessories (21% increase), and training aids (13%) also made positive strides in 2018. Callaway, Titleist, and Wilson were the fastest-growing brands among the top-10, joining TaylorMade and PING as the other two members of the top-5. With Baby Boomers retiring every day, great opportunity exists to introduce thousands of new retirees to golf. Combine that with a good economy, Tiger’s resurgence, and thrilling up and comers in the game and you have the makings of a stable industry.