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    导出博客文章Last Sunday, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was ejected for throwing a towel at a referee. Cheap Jets Jerseys .A week before that, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry took a running start at a defender who couldnt see him, slammed his shoulder into the players neck and sent him to the hospital. Landry played on after a 15-yard penalty and later received a $24,000 fine.These two snapshots -- polar opposites in both the players actions and the NFLs response -- underscore one of the leagues most difficult issues. Faced with an ever-growing concussion crisis, it talks tough about curbing illegal hits, especially those above the shoulders. Yet it uses its most-stringent penalty for those sorts of infractions -- the suspension -- very infrequently compared to the number of relatively inconsequential fines it hands out.What do you do when you want to punish somebody? You take something away, Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis said. The money, yeah, cool, but depending on who you are, youre good as far as the money goes anyway because you know its going to keep coming. When you take somebody out of the game, I think thats harsher.Its not to say the league is shy about ejecting and suspending players. Since the start of 2016 through Week 7, 47 have been suspended a total of 219 games and docked more than $18 million, according to the website of those suspensions, the majority were for drug use or legal- and violence-related issues off the field. A four-game ban went to Tom Brady for Deflategate. And lists only one illegal-hit suspension -- for three games -- which went to Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict after his vicious hit to Steelers receiver Antonio Browns head in last seasons melee of a playoff game.Meanwhile, lists 55 fines handed out in 2016 for violations including impermissible use of the helmet, roughing the passer, and blindside blocks the likes of which Landry delivered to unsuspecting Aaron Williams of the Bills. Williams crumpled to the ground and had to be transported to the hospital. Those infractions resulted in the single suspension (Burfict) and an average fine of $16,500 in a league with an average annual salary of $1.9 million. Thats an average of 0.8 percent of a players salary.Maybe we need to look at our rules a little better, Bills coach Rex Ryan said after the hit on Williams. Maybe, having a guy who targets and deliberately does something like that, the right thing to do is to eject the player from the game and maybe part of another game.That is the rule in college football, which also can use replay to pass final judgment on the legality of a hit.After the hit on Williams, for which Landry expressed remorse, NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Total Access it wouldve been a difficult call to eject Landry because its still a football play, and its tough to read intent there. He conceded we have few automatic ejections in the game today.The NFL did not make Blandino available to The Associated Press for this story. Instead it referenced a portion of the league rulebook that has been rewritten over the past few years to reflect its emphasis on curbing helmet-first, above-the-shoulders and other illegal hits that used to be celebrated but are now viewed in a different light.Ten years ago, when I came into the league ... the sky was the limit when it came to hits, said two-time Pro Bowl defensive back Michael Griffin of the Panthers. You lived for hits like that.Griffin served a one-game suspension as a repeat offender of hits to the head while with the Titans in 2013, the first season of the newly toughened hitting rules. When asked this week to reflect on the suspension, the first words out of Griffins mouth were: That cost me too much money. That cost me $205,000.But he said the suspension helped change his outlook, in part because if you cant play within the (rules), theyll find somebody else to do it.The increased emphasis on technique and safety has undoubtedly played into the decline in fines for hits on defenseless players, which is one subset of the hits the AP reviewed as part of the numbers. The NFL says there were 40 such fines in 2012, and only 10 in 2015. Yet, the leagues ability to police the violence this season came under scrutiny as early as Game 1, when MVP Cam Newton received four hits to the head in the season opener against the Broncos, none of which resulted in penalty yardage.Darian Stewart delivered one of those hits, then one the next week to Andrew Luck. Hes been fined a total of $27,000 for the hits -- a tad more than 1 percent of his 2016 base salary.No suspensions.Newton has complained to the NFL, going all the way to Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss. This week, Newtons coach, Ron Rivera, echoed Ryan, saying it might be time to crack down harder.Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward, the teams union representative, says the players would appreciate more clarity.Theres so many gray lines. Everybody is always waiting for someone, or what Goodell is going to say, Heyward said. If you have a set rule and a set amount and how its going to be addressed, I think youll see more clarity and youre not going to have to deal with those (questionable hits).The NFL has resorted to a more-direct approach before.In 2010, after a rash of helmet-to-helmet hits, the league made a midseason adjustment and put the possibility of suspension front and center in an emergency effort to halt the violence. Predictably, defensive players complained -- then, after a week that included $175,000 in fines, nobody was suspended.Since then, a total of 10 players have been suspended for illegal hits and other over-the-top physical play on the field, according to Four of those suspensions, including Griffins, came in 2013. Another four have come over the past three seasons.One observer believes player safety is only one of a multitude of issues the NFL has to consider when it decides which penalties to levy.As much as the league wants and needs to get rid of dirty plays and players, they dont want to take actions that compromise, or even appear to compromise, the actual contests themselves, said Doug Hartmann , a sociology professor at University of Minnesota, who teaches a course on sports in society. Fines and such, in other words, have much less impact on actual games and outcomes than suspensions or expulsions.---This story has been corrected to fix the name of the website, Sports Writers Steve Reed in Charlotte, Will Graves in Pittsburgh and Mark Long in Jacksonville contributed to this report.---For more NFL coverage: and Dustin Byfuglien Jersey .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. Womens Jets Jerseys . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. . With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play. SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Crawford and the rest of the San Francisco hitters kept giving the Giants the lead only to watch the bullpen squander it away.Crawford drove in five runs and Jarrett Parker and Denard Span homered but it went to waste because San Franciscos relievers allowed 10 runs in a 13-11 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.Theyre big boys, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. They have to deal with this like all of us do. Theyre going to have their moments. Theyve really done a good job. This was one of those wild games. You have one of these games once in a while. Hopefully you come out on top but we didnt.Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during Oaklands five-run eighth inning and the As added three insurance runs in the ninth that proved vital when the Giants rallied in the bottom half.Back-to-back homers from Parker and Span to open the inning cut Oaklands lead to 13-11. Angel Pagan then drew a walk before Ryan Madson got Brandon Belt to fly out and struck out Buster Posey and Crawford to complete the six-out save.They kept fighting, Bochy said. Both sides struggled with the pitching side of it. You have to wash a game like this off if youre a reliever. Theyre going to have times when its not going to go well. Now you hope it doesnt happen with two or three guys, and thats what happened tonight.The Giants broke out to a 4-1 lead before Stephen Vogt hit a two-run double and Billy Butler added a two-run single off George Kontos to start the rough night of relief.Crawford put San Francisco back ahead in the bottom half with a bases-loaded triple in a four-run inning but that three-run lead proved short-lived.Cory Gearrin walked the first two batters in the eighth before allowing an RBI single to Marcus Semien.Im definitely disappointed in the walks, Gearrin said. You just cant do it at the end of the ggame. Patrik Laine Jersey. You cant put guys on base, especially with an offense thats doing what theyre doing right now.Javier Lopez (0-2) entered and was saved when Span made a spectacular running catch to rob Phegley of a potential tying extra-base hit. The reprieve lasted just one batter as Smolinski followed with the drive into the left-field seats that put Oakland up 9-8.The As tacked on four more runs before surviving the ninth for their second straight win in the Bay Bridge series.That was some game, so many different swings, As manager Bob Melvin said. To get two innings out of Madson like that was Herculean.Zach Neal (1-1) pitched one inning for his first major league win.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: OF Josh Reddick was reinstated from the DL and OF/INF Max Muncy was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Reddick had been out since May 20 with a broken left thumb. He went 1 for 6. ... LHP Rich Hill is expected to return to the rotation Saturday against Pittsburgh. He has been out since injuring his groin May 29.Giants: 2B Joe Panik was scratched from the lineup with symptoms of a possible head injury. Panik was hit by a pitch June 18 by Tampa Bays Matt Moore and passed three days of tests after that. He complained of symptoms after Monday nights game, leading to more tests. Bochy said the team should know by Wednesday if Panik will need to be placed on the DL.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Sean Manaea (2-4) returns from a DL stint for a strained forearm to take the mound when the four-game Bay Bridge series shifts to Oakland for the final two games.Giants: Jake Peavy (4-6) looks to keep up his strong pitching of late. Peavy has a 1.91 ERA in his past six starts after beginning the year with a 1-5 record and 8.21 ERA in his first nine outings. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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