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    August 9, 2018 1:59 pm IST
    The NFL’s new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials.

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    ”If we’re able to have replay confirm one of these fouls and also confirms a player be ejected,” Goodell said as the league meetings concluded, ”I think there is more confidence among the coaches it will be called accurately.”

    After noting the unanimous approval of the new rule among coaches, Goodell said on-field officials felt the same way.

    ”We think that is appropriate to do and it would be the first time we use replay for safety or in respect to any kind of foul,” Goodell added.

    Late Tuesday, the owners rewrote the rule on using the helmet, making it a 15-yard penalty for any player to lower his head to initiate any hit with the helmet. McKay called it ”a significant change,” noting that it was a ”technique too dangerous for the player doing it and the player being hit.”

    While the offender could be disqualified, owners did not call for an automatic ejection on such a play – at least not yet. In college football, when a player is penalized for targeting and a replay review affirms it, he is ejected.

    Including replay will be discussed and very possibly implemented at the NFL’s May meetings in Atlanta, where another full agenda will include discussions of changes to the league’s national anthem policy; the potential sale of the Carolina Panthers; and awarding the 2019 and 2020 drafts to two of the five finalist cities.

    Before then, Goodell stressed that the workings of the new helmet use rule will be made clear to the players [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-albert-wilson-jersey]Albert Wilson Color Rush Jersey[/url] , and there will be further discussions on the standards to go from disqualifying a player to fines and possibly suspensions.

    ”Our intent is to go to each team with tape and all the analysis work done (by the football operations, technology and medical staffs) and be able to present it to them,” Goodell said, adding it will be ”all hands on deck” in the educational process.

    ”We can take the head out, and we do want to make sure certain techniques are not used in our game. I am confident in the next few months (players) will understand it.”

    Like the coaches, the owners were emphatically behind the change.

    ”We’ve done so much research and investigation on what creates the real concussive plays in the NFL,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said, ”and it became obvious that so many of the plays are through the lowering of the helmet and using the helmet as a weapon. I thought this (rule) was very important.”

    Asked about the Rooney Rule and criticism of the Raiders in how they hired Jon Gruden as coach, Goodell said the league will look at it ”and see if we can improve it, absolutely.” Oakland was found to have not violated the rule that requires minority candidates to be interviewed for head coaching and executive positions.

    Also:

    -Goodell said any findings in the investigation of the behavior of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will be made public once the probe is concluded. There is no timetable for that.

    Richardson has been accused of workplace misconduct and in December said he was selling the team.

    The league hopes a buyer can be found in the next few weeks, vetted and then presented for approval at the May meetings.

    -While there were discussions in Orlando about the NFL’s national anthem policy, Goodell said the focus was more on implementing social justice platforms in tandem with the players. Potential changes to that policy could come in May.

    -Owners passed two more rules changes.

    Most noteworthy, the league eliminated the requirement that a team that scores a winning touchdown at the end of regulation kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion.

    In a January playoff game that Minnesota memorably won on a final pass play [url=http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jerome-baker-jersey]http://www.dolphinsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jerome-baker-jersey[/url] , New Orleans players were required to return to the field after leaving for a meaningless extra point. The Vikings took a knee.

    Of course, bettors and fantasy players could have a stake in the PAT, but neither participating team did, particularly now that points scored or points differential is so low in any tiebreaking procedures.

    The owners also approved closing an overtime loophole that could have been embarrassing had it ever occurred.

    Now, if the team that gets the ball first scores a field goal, then the opponent loses possession by an interception or fumble on its first series, the down will be permitted to run to its conclusion, including awarding points scored by either team during the down.

    Previously, the turnover ended the game regardless – even though the team getting the takeaway conceivably could itself turn over the ball on that play and see it returned for a score by the opponent.

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    Presented with identical opportunities to ring up a big inning, the Washington Nationals took full advantage and Baltimore Orioles squandered the chance.

    That goes a long way toward explaining why the Nationals are a contender and the Orioles own the worst record in the big leagues.

    Trea Turner went 4 for 4 with a homer , Anthony Rendon drove in three runs and Washington extended its recent domination of the Orioles with a 9-7 victory Tuesday night.

    The game was essentially decided in the fifth inning, which began with Baltimore leading 4-1.

    In the top half, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs and scored only one run – when Manny Machado hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

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    ”They did a lot better job cashing in their bases loaded, nobody out situation than we did,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter conceded.

    For the game, Baltimore was 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. The Nationals were 5 for 10.

    ”This team is starting to become relentless,” manager Dave Martinez said. ”They kept pounding and pounding and pounding, had a couple of big innings there and scored some runs.”

    The Nationals trailed 6-5 before getting six hits in a four-run seventh. Rendon delivered a two-run double off Tanner Scott (0-1) that made it 7-6, and Turner capped his four-hit night with a double.

    Both teams noted that more than a couple of Washington’s hits were bloopers and seeing-eye grounders, but the Nationals certainly weren’t about to apologize.

    ”I feel like all year we’ve been hitting balls right at people,” Turner said, ”so it’s nice to get a bunch of those in one game and come out with a win.”

    Washington has won six straight over its neighboring interleague rival, including four games this season by a combined 20-8.

    Pitching in his second big league game, Nationals starter Jefry Rodriguez gave up five runs [url=http://www.authenticsmiamidolphins.com/cheap-jason-sanders-jersey]Jason Sanders Color Rush Jersey[/url] , four hits and four walks in five innings.

    Justin Miller (5-0) pitched two innings of relief, newcomer Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect eighth and Sean Doolittle gave up a solo home run to Joey Rickard while earning his 19th save.

    Jace Peterson and Trey Mancini each hit two-run homers for the Orioles, who have lost 16 of 19.

    This one can be blamed on an all-too-telling fifth inning.

    ”It’s just one of those things where if they got hits they seemed to have found holes,” Showalter said. ”They hit some balls hard, too.”

    STAY CLASSY

    It’s been a tough year for Harper, whose batting average dipped to .212 following a 1-for-24 stretch though Monday.

    ”He’s handled it with class and dignity,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. ”He’s more worried about the wins than the hits, and that’s an important aspect that he has learned throughout his career. You know he’s become a team leader for us. When you’re going your worst, you have to be at your best and I think that’s what Harp’s showed so far this season.”

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    Nationals: Placed 1B Matt Adams on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 16) with a fractured left index finger. Additionally, Washington optioned RHP Wander Suero (1-0, 3.63 ERA) to Triple-A Syracuse, recalled Rodriguez from Double-A Harrisburg and added reliever Kelvin Herrera, obtained in a trade with Kansas City on Monday.

    Orioles: DH Pedro Alvarez was designated for assignment in the wake of a 1-for-18 skid that dropped his batting average to .181. Baltimore also selected the contract of INF Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk and recalled C Caleb Joseph [url=http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyle-lauletta-jersey]http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyle-lauletta-jersey[/url] , who now has his brother, Corban, as a teammate.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (hamstring) threw a simulated game in the bullpen, throwing 50 pitches without facing batters.

    Orioles: RHP Andrew Cashner (back) is expected to come off the DL on Wednesday; OF Colby Rasmus (hip) could be activated Thursday and 3B Tim Beckham (core surgery) was slated to play nine innings for Norfolk on Tuesday. If all goes well, he could come off the DL this weekend.

    UP NEXT

    Nationals: Gio Gonzalez (6-3, 3.01 ERA) starts the second game of the series Wednesday night. The lefty threw 6 2/3 innings in a 6-0 win over Baltimore on May 28.

    Orioles: Cashner (2-8, 4.98) returns from a stint on the DL in which he missed just one start.



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