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“The View” Looks Forward to a Brand New Season

“The View” Looks Forward to a Brand New Season

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — A new season of The View with several new co-hosts, a new set and a new logo returns to ABC on Monday.

Still, when the show does enter its 19th season, viewers will see one familiar face — returning moderator Whoopi Goldberg. She said she’s looking forward to learning from her new co-hosts — Rosie O’Donnell, actress Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace.

“My function amongst the woman is to contribute to the conversation,” says Goldberg. “You know, I have as much experience — or maybe a little bit more because I’m older — to offer the youngins…the newbies…and they have a lot of stuff to give me as well. So it’s good. It’s fun.”

O’Donnell, who is returning to the daytime talk show after a stint from 2006 to 2007, said one reason behind her decision to return is the chance to work with one co-host in particular.

“What drew me back was the opportunity to work with Whoopi Goldberg. I have admired her since I first saw her in her first one-woman show back when we were both younger and less gray…,” O’Donnell quipped. “But this is the first time I get to do it day in and day out so that’s a pretty good gig.”

The other Rosie on the panel, Rosie Perez, will make history Monday when she takes her seat. She’ll become the first Latina to be an official co-host.

“I didn’t even realize that I would be the first Latina on The View. I read that in the Entertainment Weekly article and the NPR article and I was like, ‘Oh! That’s right!’” Perez said. “And I just believe that that’s so bada**. I love it! I love it! It’s such an honor.”

One new co-host that viewers may not recognize is Wallace. She served as communications chief for George W. Bush’s White House and re-election campaign and was a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. Wallace says her former boss supports her decision to join the show.

“He had some very encouraging things to say,” Wallace said of former President Bush. “And listen, all politicians, all presidents know the power of this show. So it was no surprise that a former president knew exactly what this show was [and] exactly how important it was.”

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Once Abused, College Women Susceptible to More Attacks

Once Abused, College Women Susceptible to More Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — The controversy surrounding former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice has focused more attention on domestic violence, otherwise known as intimate partner violence.

Even before the Rice incident became a huge national story, Dr. Kathleen Parks of the University of Buffalo’s Research Institute on Addictions conducted a five-year study on coeds who were physically or sexually abused and whether the experience caused them to drink more and as a result, increased their risk of future abuse.

Parks said that of the nearly one thousand college-aged women who suffered intimate partner violence, many were victimized the next year and often turned to alcohol as a way to cope.

However, the study determined that drinking did not make a woman more susceptible to be attacked again but rather, it was her experience of being previously abused that was the greater indicator of future assaults.

Yet, even though something terrible happened to them at least once, Parks says that most of the women managed to escape the pattern of victimization as time went by.

According to the UB study, “The year prior to and the first year of college may be a critical period for intervening to reduce risk for severe victimization.”

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Stress Can Make a Mess of Your Life

Stress Can Make a Mess of Your Life

iStock/Thinkstock(CORVALLIS, Ore.) — Everyone’s got to shuck their mortal coil at some point but perhaps there are ways of delaying the inevitable.

One option, at least for men, is to try and eliminate stress from their lives. An Oregon State University study contends that high stress will shave years off an older man’s life compared to their peers who aren’t as bothered by everyday hassles or traumatic life events like job loss or divorce.

Interestingly enough, Carolyn Aldwin, who heads OSU’s Center for Healthy Aging Research, says that these two types of stressors aren’t necessarily related, that is, a man who experienced some major bad luck in his life may nonetheless be able to easily handle everyday annoyances.

In her study, Aldwin looked at life events and daily hassles that caused stress to 1,300 men over 16 years and then followed them for another five. During that period, 43 percent had passed away.

It soon became clear that men who experienced fewer traumatic life events and better managed the stress of everyday life had a far lower mortality rate than men who reported higher numbers of stressful life events and regularly lost their cool at stuff they often couldn’t control.

As Aldwin explains, “It’s not the number of hassles that does you in, it’s the perception of them being a big deal that causes problems.” Her advice? “Don’t make mountains out of molehills.”

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Criticized on Airplane Banners, TV Broadcasts

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Criticized on Airplane Banners, TV Broadcasts

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sunday was a difficult day for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Commentators on NFL pregame shows questioned his leadership, while banners flew over three stadiums, the message simple: “Goodell Must Go,” with criticism simmering over the commissioner’s handling of players accused of domestic violence.

The women’s advocacy group UltraViolet was behind the banners, which appeared in Cleveland, San Francisco and East Rutherford, New Jersey. Another banner plane is slated to fly over Indianapolis Monday.

“It is time for Roger Goodell to resign, and for the NFL to get serious about its commitment to ending violence against women within the league,” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a release.

Goodell has been under fire over the league’s handling of a February attack between star running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancée Janay Palmer. An initial video showed Rice dragging a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino.

Rice was charged with aggravated assault.

Goodell met with the couple in June before levying a two-game suspension.

After a second video from the attack — showing the fight inside the elevator — emerged on TMZ last week, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and the league suspended him indefinitely. But what did the league know? And how hard did it try to obtain the second video?

Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III was selected to conduct a probe into the league’s handling of evidence in the Rice case.

NFL commentators were critical of Goodell Sunday.

“There’s a question of Roger Goodell’s honesty in the situation,” former Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Howie Long, a studio analyst on Fox NFL Sunday said.

“I think the Ray Rice case has been handled wrong from the start,” former New York Giant and Fox Sports analyst Michael Strahan said on Fox NFL Sunday. “Wrong for the NFL because of a two-game suspension without looking deeper into what they should have done.”

The Rice situation isn’t the only violence incident plaguing the league. Shortly before Sunday’s game, the Carolina Panthers announced they had benched defensive end Greg Hardy, who is appealing a domestic violence conviction.

That decision came hours after Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he planned to start the 2013 Pro Bowl selection, who was found guilty in July of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend.

“I know y’all are wondering [about Greg Hardy],” Rivera said after Carolina’s 24-7 victory over Detroit. “I made the decision this morning. It was my decision because it was in the best interest of the Carolina Panthers.”

On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings deactivated running back Adrian Peterson, after police announced they were charging him with reckless or negligent injury to a child. His 4-year-old son sustained numerous injuries after Peterson allegedly spanked him with a switch, police said.

While parents in Texas — and every other state in the nation — have a right to spank their children, Montgomery County, Texas, District Attorney Phil Grant said that in this case a grand jury “determined that discipline was not reasonable.”

Hall of Fame receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter, who played 12 seasons with the Vikings, said on ESPN’s NFL Countdown that he was proud the team held Peterson out of its game against the New England Patriots.

“Take him off the field,” he said, slapping his hand against the desk.

The three cases represent an ongoing problem for the NFL.

In late August, with the league already the focus of criticism for not being strict enough with players accused of domestic violence, Goodell wrote a letter to all 32 owners that toughened the league’s domestic violence policy to a mandatory six-game suspension for a first offense.

“I didn’t get it right,” he said then. “Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”

For some, doing better means getting tougher.

“What the NFL should do to make this right is immediately ban anyone who is involved with domestic violence, even charged with it,” ABC News sports analyst Christine Brennan said.

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Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Bears Score 21 in Fourth, Rally to Beat Niners

Nick Laham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The debut of the new Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers, went perfectly for three quarters. However, the Chicago Bears scored 21 points in the fourth to erase a 13-point deficit and beat the Niners 28-20 on Sunday night.

Colin Kaepernick threw three interceptions, and added a fumble, in the final period while Jay Cutler tossed three touchdowns to help Chicago (1-1) make the comeback on the road. San Francisco (1-1) led 17-0 early in the second quarter, and upped that advantage to 20-7 after three.

Rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller picked off Kaepernick twice in the fourth, giving the offense short fields to work with and plenty of time. His first interception, followed by an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the 49ers quarterback, put the Bears on the San Francisco three yard line. 

Cutler then found tight end Martellus Bennett in the endzone, giving Chicago a 21-20 lead. About four minutes later, Fuller intercepted Kaepernick again which eventually led to a three-yard touchdown pass from Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The wide out finished with three touchdowns on an ankle that was feared to keep him off the field.

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Ray Rice Shows Up at Old High School

Ray Rice Shows Up at Old High School

Ronald Martinez/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice chose a football game Saturday to make his first public appearance since the NFL suspended him indefinitely for a domestic violence incident.

Rice, a graduate of New Rochelle High School in Westchester County, New York, returned to the sidelines of his alma mater along with his wife, who he was seen punching and knocking out in a video first posted on TMZ Sports a week ago.

The couple and their small daughter attended a game against Ramapo. Some fans were seen greeting the star while New Rochelle coach Louis DeRienzo remarked, “Ray is a part of our family, and a part of this program and that’s why I’m happy he’s here today. I know the character of the man and he will rise from this.”

However, not all at New Rochelle High School were happy that Rice was back.

Principal Reginald Richardson wrote a letter to parents last week, saying, “We condemn his actions and know that solving problems with physical violence is never acceptable.”

Meanwhile, Rice’s photo and jersey were also removed from the high school’s “wall of fame.”

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Bill Clinton Is a Fan of “Ready for Hillary”

Bill Clinton Is a Fan of “Ready for Hillary”

Feng Li/Getty Images(INDIANOLA, Iowa) –  At Iowa Steak Fry, you couldn’t miss them even if you tried.

Members of the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Ready for Hillary were out in droves Sunday: signing up new volunteers, slapping their bumper stickers on attendees’ cars, handing out T-shirts and pins with Clinton’s face — and cheering like fan girls at any and all mentions of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016.

Hillary Clinton rarely, if ever, mentions the group that’s essentially considered her “campaign-in-waiting.” But Sunday, her husband, Bill Clinton, gave them some rare encouragement.

“Amazing. They are amazing,” Clinton said during in impromptu press conference at Tom Harkin’s 37th and final Steak Fry. “You know I saw some of them here. I think with the rules we’re not supposed to have any contact with them. They’re like Energizer Bunnies. They’re just everywhere.”

While he had positive words for his wife’s fans, he gave a clear no-comment when asked whether she would disappoint those supporters by not running.

“I will not be baited. I cannot be baited,” he said while walking away. “I’m waiting to be a grandfather, and I want a happy grandmother.”

Hillary Clinton also dismissed ABC News’ question about whether being in Iowa made her want to run in 2016, instead saying her return to the state is just about the 2014 midterms.

Even so, she said she’s happy to be back in the Hawkeye state: “It’s great to be back,” she told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. “It’s fabulous!”

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Odile’s Remnants Could Bring More Flooding to the Southwest

Odile’s Remnants Could Bring More Flooding to the Southwest

RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Hurricane Odile, the seventh major hurricane of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, was nearing the southern coast of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula on Sunday evening.

While a landfall is not expected with this system, flooding rain, dangerous storm surge, and hurricane-force winds are expected to impact much of southern and western Baja California through Monday.

The southern tip of Baja California will experience the worse conditions from Odile Sunday night and into early Monday. On Sunday evening, Cabo San Lucas was already reporting heavy rain and strong wind gusts.

Odile will continue to move in a general north-northwest direction, parallel to the peninsula. As the storm moves into cooler ocean water, it is forecast to slowly weaken towards the middle of the upcoming week.

While the storm will not impact the United States directly, the remnants from this system will bring a renewed risk for flooding across the desert Southwest. Tropical moisture will work its way across the Southwest, likely bringing areas of heavy rain and flash flooding.

Some cities that could experience flash flooding problems later this week include Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Palm Springs and Riverside, Calif.; and Las Vegas, Nev.

Phoenix has already experienced record-setting flooding this month. Last week, moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Norbert brought a record 3.29 inches of rain to the city in just one day.

The chances for heavy rain and flooding will increase over the course of the week. During the beginning of the work week, activity will be rather isolated. However, towards the second half of the week, more numerous storms, bringing torrential downpours, will be scattered across the region.

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‘I’m Baa-aack!’: Clintons Give Hillary’s 2016 Efforts an Unofficial Start in Iowa

‘I’m Baa-aack!’: Clintons Give Hillary’s 2016 Efforts an Unofficial Start in Iowa

John Moore/Getty Images(INDIANOLA, Iowa) — If and when Hillary Clinton runs for president again, history will record that her campaign began in all but name with a swarm of young and “ready” activists, stage-managed banter about grilled hunks of Iowa meat, and a concession that she’s “thinking about” what she referred to only as “that other thing.”

“Hello Iowa — I’m baa-aack!” Clinton told a crowd of more than 6,000 gathered to honor the retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, on a field outside Des Moines.

“I’ve got a few things on my mind these days,” Clinton added, drawing rising applause from the group of Democratic activists. “First and most importantly, Bill and I are on constant grandchild watch.”

She said she just might have to sprint off the stage if Chelsea goes into labor, and added: “Then of course — there’s that other thing. Well it is true, I am thinking about it. But for today, that is not why I’m here. I’m here for the steak.”

Framed by a giant American flag, a few tractors, and bales of Iowa hay, Clinton’s speech doubled as a tribute to a retiring liberal stalwart and an initial reintroduction to Iowa’s party faithful.

Her calls for populist Democratic policies and elected Democrats who can help in “moving America forward” received polite, though only occasionally enthusiastic, applause.

Harkin, the event’s host, offered to build on the “Comeback Kid” nickname Bill Clinton famously earned in 1992, after he exceeded expectations in the New Hampshire primary.

“President Clinton and Hillary Clinton are now the ‘Comeback Couple,’” Harkin said.

There was nothing approaching an announcement of candidacy, of course, and no hints about a timeline. Both Clintons parried questions about whether their appearance at an Iowa institution like the Steak Fry means the former secretary of state is running for president again.

“It’s great to be back in Iowa,” Hillary Clinton told reporters who swarmed near her after her designated time behind the steak grill.

Peppered with questions about 2016, she rolled her eyes for dramatic effect.

“This is about the people running right now — 2014,” she said.

But the former president couldn’t help but effuse when asked about the “Ready for Hillary” volunteers who crisscrossed the Steak Fry grounds, about 20 miles outside Des Moines.

“Just like Energizer Bunnies. They’re everywhere,” Clinton said.

Pressed by ABC News on whether his wife would disappoint those supporters by not running, the former president spoke loudly with his no-comment.

“I will not be baited. I cannot be baited,” he said. “I’m waiting to be a grandfather, and I want a happy grandmother.”

Clinton’s appearance drew more than 6,000 Democratic activists — and more than 200 journalists — for the 37th and final Harkin Steak Fry, held on the grounds of the annual National Hot Air Balloon Championships.

As Clinton’s first visit of the year to an early-voting state, the event offered a glimpse of what a potential second Hillary Clinton presidential campaign would look like, with all its strengths and weaknesses.

Conversations with a range of attendees revealed more acceptance than eagerness about another Clinton campaign.

Virtually all said they’d likely support Clinton. But several attendees offered up other potential Democrats — notably Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — as people they’d like to see run as well.

Clinton was the only potential 2016er to attend the Steak Fry, which has historically been a proving ground for Democrats in advance of the Iowa caucuses. Yet the Clintons spent little time mingling with possible caucus-goers; they arrived via motorcade at the back of the sprawling field, and even their few moments of grilling time was fenced off from the press and attendees.

Clinton’s challenges in Iowa are a microcosm of the broader obstacles she could face in a second presidential candidacy. She needs to turn around memories of a dysfunctional and ultimately doomed effort to connect one-on-one with voters in the state that kicks off the presidential process.

In 2008, Clinton finished an embarrassing third in the Iowa caucuses, behind Barack Obama and John Edwards — a result she called “excruciating” in her book. Now, should she run, Clinton needs to find a way to look forward, when at least part of her appeal is based on looking back.

The Democratic Party, too, is in a different place than it was in the pre-Obama era. Harkin, the day’s host, spoke of the broader angst inside the party on the eve of the event. He told ABC News that he and fellow liberals are “always nervous about people moving too far to the right.”

“So where is Hillary on that?” Harkin was asked in an interview that aired on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

“Well I don’t know,” Harkin said. “I mean, I think this is something that will be developed and we’ll find out when, if she, if she decides to run. You know, what’s her vision for America?”

Cathy Jaschke, a 66-year-old Medicare specialist from Ankeny who attended the Steak Fry, said she’s concerned that the sense of inevitability surrounding Clinton’s candidacy could once again hurt her in Iowa.

“People think it’s a given, and that could be a problem,” said Jaschke, who said she supported Bill Richardson and then John Edwards in the 2008 caucuses. “It’s expected. It’s not something you can get on and get excited over.”

But the event in Indianola also showed off the considerable advantages her candidacy would enjoy. The Clintons themselves traveled with few staffers and no formal campaign apparatus, but they didn’t need an entourage: The quasi-grassroots organization Ready for Hillary took care of the organizing necessary to make her appearance look like a major political event.

Ready for Hillary bused in supporters from six colleges and universities, an implicit response to those who remember her failure to attract the fervor of young voters nearly seven years ago.

The group’s bus — bought and wrapped with pro-Hillary slogans in Iowa — was parked at the Steak Fry entrance. More than 300 volunteers milled the grounds, slapping bumper stickers on cars whose drivers welcomed the additions, and adding names to the group’s growing database.

The baby-blue signs that lined the event site read simply, “Ready,” as if the “for Hillary” part is no longer necessary to convey the mission. Organizers said that’s intended as a message that Democrats are as interested in 2014 as they are 2016 — and to remind Clinton herself that she has a campaign army in waiting.

“The message to her, that she’s been getting wherever she travels, is, ‘We’re ready for you,’” said Adam Parkhomenko, Ready for Hillary’s executive director and a cofounder of the group. “If you decide to run, there’s going to be thousands of people who have your back.”

A few other potential candidates, notably Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have showered money on Iowa candidates this year.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa Wednesday, and liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is mulling a run for president as a Democrat, made a weekend stop in the state that included events both before and after the Clintons were in Iowa on Sunday.

But there’s no Obama-like figure anywhere on the Democratic horizon these days, leaving Hillary Clinton as the far-and-away frontrunner.

Harkin called it a “joy and honor” to welcome two people who “have become a part of our Iowa Democratic family,” and he closed his final speech at the event with the warmest of tributes to his former colleague.

“There are many more chapters to be written in the amazing life of Hillary Clinton,” Harkin said.

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Cecily Strong: I’m ‘Genuinely Happy’ After Being Replaced on “Weekend Update”

Cecily Strong: I’m ‘Genuinely Happy’ After Being Replaced on “Weekend Update”

NBC(NEW YORK) — If Cecily Strong is upset that she’s been replaced on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” desk, she’s hiding it really well.

NBC announced last Thursday that former SNL writer Michael Che will fill Strong’s anchor seat, joining Colin Jost when the new season begins Sept. 27. Strong reacted to the news in an Instagram post, promising to stay involved with “Weekend Update” in guest roles.

Strong wrote, “I don’t see this as me leaving update, just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I’m better at. And now I get to do features with the very funny and wonderful Michael Che!”

She adds, “No point in being angry or sad for me for something I’m genuinely happy about!”

Chris Pratt will host the 40th-season premiere of SNL, with musical guest Ariana Grande.

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Poll: Americans Wary About Drones

Poll: Americans Wary About Drones

iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Life is complicated enough without having to worry that there’s a drone buzzing around overhead.

Yet, a survey by insurance firm Chubb Group suggests most Americans are feeling anxiety about unmanned aircraft that appear to be the wave of the nation’s aerodynamic future.

Of the 1,000 adults questioned about drones, 78 percent are concerned it could turn the U.S. into a “surveillance state” while six in ten worry that they might snap pictures of them and family members or even worse, be used by peeping toms.

Since Chubb is in the property and casualty business, the company also geared questions in that vein. For example, 75 percent feel that drones could damage or crash into their property and 55 percent are concerned they can injure people.

Meanwhile, about a third believe unmanned aircraft could be programmed to steal their possessions.

Also, a majority says that neither private citizens nor businesses should be allowed to operate drones, although 21 percent expressed an interest in getting one of their very own.

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Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Robert Griffin III Exits with Dislocated Ankle

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) — The Washington Redskins (1-1) dominated Jacksonville, 41-10 on Sunday, but did it without starting quarterback Robert Griffin III. The third-year signal caller was carted off the field after suffering a dislocated ankle in the first quarter.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins played admirably in relief, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars (0-2).

Griffin is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, but could miss the remainder of the season.

“I’m just trying to stay in a good place,” said Griffin. “Our spirits are high. We’re always thinking positive. We’ll see what happens tomorrow and whatever information comes out, we’ll know what the timetable is from there.”

This marks the second time in his career that Griffin faces a potential season-ending injury. In 2012, Griffin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, forcing him to miss the final four games of the regular season. 

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Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MADRID) — Team USA dominated from the start and repeated as World Champion for the first time, defeating Serbia 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving was named Tournament MVP and scored 26 points in the final contest. Irving made all six of his three-point attempts, while the team went 15-for-30 from distance.

“Obviously we didn’t have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there,” guard Stephen Curry said.

In total, the U.S. shot 58-percent from the floor in another blowout. The Americans dominated the tournament, posting an average margin of victory of 32.5 points per game. What made the performance more impressive is that it came without the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant. James Harden added 23 points for Team USA as eight different players scored in double figures.

Team USA has now won 63 consecutive games and qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Keselowski Wins Chase Opener at Chicagoland

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images For NASCAR(JOLIET, Ill.) — Brad Keselowski passed between both Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson to seize the lead with 19 laps to go, winning the MyAFIBStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. The win kept Keselowski atop the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings after the first race and guarantees his advancement into the next round.

“Man, the next two weeks are going to be a lot of fun, knowing we don’t have to worry too much and we are going to move up,” said Keselowski. 

A late crash forced one more restart, but the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion easily pulled away from the field with six laps remaining. It was Keselowski’s second-straight trip to victory lane, and his series-leading fifth win of the season.

Jeff Gordon finished second while Kyle Larson took third. The new playoff format in NASCAR will eliminate four drivers every three races during the 10-race Chase. Drivers are able to earn a pass into the next round with a win in the individual event.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Chicago Bears 28 (1-1) – San Francisco 49ers 20 (1-1)

Buffalo Bills 29 (2-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (1-1)

Washington Redskins 41 (1-1) Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (0-2)

Dallas Cowboys 26 (1-1) – Tennessee Titans 10 (1-1)

Arizona Cardinals 25 (2-0) – New York Giants 14 (0-2)

New England Patriots 30 (1-1) – Minnesota Vikings 7 (1-1)

Cleveland Browns 26 (1-1) – New Orleans Saints 24 (0-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 24 (2-0) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (1-1) 

Carolina Panthers 24 (2-0) – Detroit Lions 7 (1-1)

San Diego Chargers 30 (1-1) – Seattle Seahawks 21 (1-1) 

Houston Texans 30 (2-0) – Oakland Raiders 14 (0-2)

St. Louis Rams 19 (1-1) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (0-2) 

Denver Broncos 24 (2-0) – Kansas City Chiefs 17 (0-2)

Green Bay Packers 31 (1-1) – New York Jets 24 (1-1)

MLB: Washington Nationals 3 (85-63) – New York Mets 0 (72-78)

Miami Marlins 5 (72-76) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (79-70) – Chicago Cubs 3 (65-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (78-72) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (71-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (72-78) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (77-71)

Detroit Tigers 6 (83-66) – Cleveland Indians 4 (76-72)

Minnesota Twins 6 (63-86) – Chicago White Sox 4 (68-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (83-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-90) 

Texas Rangers 10 (57-92) – Atlanta Braves 3 (75-74)

Boston Red Sox 8 (66-84) – Kansas City Royals 4 (81-67)

Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (85-64) – San Francisco Giants 2 (82-67)

Houston Astros 6 (66-83) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (93-56)

Arizona Diamondbacks 8 (61-88) – San Diego Padres 6 (68-80)

Oakland Athletics 4 (83-66) – Seattle Mariners 0 (80-68)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (89-60) – New York Yankees 2 (76-72)

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the Chase.

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Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

Billy Horschel Wins FedExCup

ThinkStock(ATLANTA) — Billy Horschel won his second consecutive FedExCup Playoffs event, the TOUR Championship, to take home the title and $10 million bonus at East Lake on Sunday.

Horschel shot a 2-under 68 and finished 11 under to hold off Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk by three shots.

“It’s surreal, it really is,” Horschel said.  “It hits me a little bit, but it still doesn’t hit me.  I woke up this morning and I just had this sense of calm over me, which is a little unusual.”

“Just kept playing solid.  The back-nine could of been a little cleaner, but it was good enough to get the job done,” Horschel continued.

Horschel is expecting a baby any day and his wife watched from home as he drilled his tee shot onto the green for a two-putt par to finish at 11-under 269.

“Hopefully, she’s not going into labor right now,” Horschel said.

McIlroy struggled on Sunday, but looks forward to playing at the Ryder Cup.

“I just got really frustrated and just couldn’t muster the energy to try and get something going again,” McIlroy said.

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Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension for his domestic violence case and then released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely after TMZ Sports released a video tape of him hitting his wife in an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator in February.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension right and later instituted a six-game suspsension and a lifetime ban for a seond domestic violence offense.

Rice must file the appeal by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Spleen Chip Developed to Treat Life-Threatening Infections

Spleen Chip Developed to Treat Life-Threatening Infections

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute created a spleen-like device on a tiny chip to filter fungi and toxins from patients’ blood.

The “biospleen” is meant to treat sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which germs and bacteria enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation throughout the body. The illness claims at least 8 million lives around the world each year, according to researchers.

“Even with the best current treatments, sepsis patients are dying in intensive care units at least 30 percent of the time,” said Mike Super, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist at the Wyss Institute. “We need a new approach.”

The device is able to clean human blood tested in the laboratory, as well as increase survival in animals with infected blood. The biospleen’s test results were published Sunday in Nature Medicine.

The chip filters live and dead pathogens, along with dangerous toxins in the blood using tiny magnetic beads coated with an engineered version of a natural immune system protein, mannose binding lectin.

In their trials, scientists were able to effectly remove more than 90 percent of pathogens from human blood at a rate of about a half to one liter per hour. Researchers say many of the biospleens can be linked together to reach levels required for dialysis-like rates.

“Sepsis is a major medical threat, which is increasing because of antibiotic resistance. We’re excited by the biospleen because it potentially provides a way to treat patients quickly without having to wait days to identify the source of infection, and it works equally well with antibiotic-resistant organisms,” said lead scientist and Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber.

“We hope to move this towards human testing to advancing to large animal studies as quickly as possible.”

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Six Flags Power Outage Shuts Down Rides

Six Flags Power Outage Shuts Down Rides

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, N.J.) — A power outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, forced parkgoers off rides Sunday.

Rides stopped during the incident, prompting crews to remove guests from the theme park attractions.

“All of our guests were safely unloaded from the affected rides within 20 minutes,” Six Flags Great Adventure representative Kaitlyn Turi said in a statement.

Jersey Central Power and Light arrived to assess the source of the power outage.

Teams restored service to portions of the park as of 3 p.m. ET, followed by safety checks that allowed rides to resume operation.

In August, the park’s Nitro roller coaster lost power on its ascent to the peak, forcing riders to walk down the tracks.

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