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NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

NFL at 100: Helmets go high tech in quest for player safety

Technology
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much transformation over the past decade as the helmet. Through a combination of technological advancements, investment by the NFL and an open marketplace for development, helmets are rapidly evolving — with more innovation on the horizon. The helmet will never be expected to fully prevent concussions or other head trauma. But the advancements in recent years are making a major difference, the league says. “There is no question there has been significant success from the helmet manufacturer side in
Sam Ward: GB & England hockey player fighting for career after losing sight in left eye

Sam Ward: GB & England hockey player fighting for career after losing sight in left eye

Sports
Great Britain and England hockey player Sam Ward says he will do "everything he can" to return to hockey after losing the sight in his left eye.The 28-year-old was struck in the face by the ball during the Olympic qualifying play-off win against Malaysia on 3 November.Ward, who scored twice in that game to help GB secure Tokyo 2020 qualification, sustained a crushed retina and facial fractures. BBC Sport earlier incorrectly reported Ward had retired."Over the past week, I have received advice from three separate eye consultants," said Ward."They have all told me that I have suffered damage to the retina of my left eye and that this damage is partly irreversible."I may get some sight back, but...
Uefa Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze and Virgil van Dijk win awards

Uefa Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze and Virgil van Dijk win awards

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device England's Lucy Bronze has been named the Uefa Women's Player of the Year, while Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk took the men's award.Full-back Bronze beat Lyon team-mates Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry to the award.She is the first English winner of the honour, voted for by top coaches in the women's game and journalists. Defender Van Dijk helped Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final in Madrid in June.How Lucy Bronze defied the odds to reach the topVan Dijk, 28, edged out Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juv...
Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Sports
Andy Murray does not tend to sugar coat his answers.He accepts there are reasons to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he is "quite far away from where I would like to be".That is to be expected after just two weeks of dedicated practice before his first singles match for seven months. Murray will only play doubles in New York, when the US Open gets under way in a fortnight. But you can now consider him a singles player above all else once again. A singles player who expects to be back in his peak physical condition in January: 12 months after the second operation on his right hip. "I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would e...
Cyrus Christie: Fulham investigate incident after player says sister was hit and racially abused

Cyrus Christie: Fulham investigate incident after player says sister was hit and racially abused

Sports
Fulham will take the "strongest action possible" after full-back Cyrus Christie alleged that his sister was hit and racially abused by fans during Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Barnsley.Christie said on Twitter after the game: "To the Fulham fan that decided to hit my sister at the game today and his wife who justified his action with racist remarks I hope you're proud of yourself and feel like a big man. "You'll get what's coming to you. Regardless how you felt about the result your actions are shameful." The Whites, relegated to the Championship last season, said in a statement: "Fulham Football Club is investigating an incident which took place in the away end at the Barnsley v Fulham fixture t...