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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Pennsylvania day care worker with simple assault after a newly installed video camera captured her pushing a child down a flight of steps.
Upper Darby police say 52-year-old Sarah Gable of Folcroft was fired soon after the owners of Child Care of the Future saw what happened Friday. The video shows Gable pushing the girl down four flights of steps before she apparently realized there was a camera and then she helped the child down the next flight of stairs.
The child sustained a knee injury and returned to the day care.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood on Monday said it’s every parent’s nightmare.
Gable also is charged with child endangerment. It’s not known if she has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.
When a collision knocked Mike Smith’s mask off, the Arizona Coyotes goaltender was less than pleased when he was told a few minutes later he had no choice but to leave the game.
One of the NHL’s central spotters in New York made that call to trainer Jason Serbus, and in accordance with the league’s concussion protocol, Smith’s departure was mandatory.
“Mike didn’t want to come out, but that’s what was going to be done,” coach Dave Tippett said. “I’m interested to see how that one goes in an overtime in playoffs or something like that. We’ll see how teams react to that one.”
The playoffs are still a month away, and teams are already not reacting well to concussion protocol for goalies, which is why it’s one of the topics that general managers are expected to discuss at their annual March meeting beginning Monday in Boca Raton, Florida. Smith and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist are among those who have so far been critical of the rule.
Other issues include the offside rule, coach’s challenges, goalie equipment and goalie emergencies as GMs try to refine rules they’ve put in place in recent years. GMs will talk about potentially not allowing coaches to call timeout after icing, which is being tested in the American Hockey League, and about allowing repeat players in the shootout after the first three rounds.
Video review is among the hottest topics, especially the time it takes. Major League Baseball recently instituted timing guidelines for umpires, and that could soon happen for hockey officials.
“That’s probably maybe the No. 1 discussion,” Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said via phone Sunday. “Other than getting the call right, it is the timeframe. It’s something we can’t go seven, 10, 12 minutes to get it right. … It is something where I think the call has to be done within a certain timeframe to keep the game going.”
GMs will also discuss some disputed coach’s challenges where a player’s skate is off the ice and the play is ruled offside. It came up during a playoff series last year between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues and has been a subject of discussion at previous meetings.
Updates to the league’s concussion protocol will be under the microscope after Smith and Lundqvist blasted the system as flawed. Connor McDavid and other skaters have expressed concerns with the rules that could have a major impact come playoff time — and goalies are at the center of the debate.
“If there is an instance that takes place where you think there is a possible concussion, I think we need to look after that,” Nill said. “When you do that, there’s a risk of a player coming in cold. I guess the answer to that for me sometimes, it’s no different than if a goalie hurts his knee, he’s coming out and the other guy’s coming in cold.”
Goalie equipment and emergencies — where teams have to sign players to tryout contracts to back up for a game — are also on the agenda. After missing the past two meetings, George McPhee will attend as GM of the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time after owner Bill Foley’s final expansion payment went through March 1.
GMs said criteria for the June 21 expansion draft have been made clear, so there’s no need for further clarification. Blind-side hits, which were discussed at the November meeting, and playoff formats aren’t on the official agenda but may be brought up over the course of the three-day meeting.
Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings has suggested expanding the playoffs to nine or 10 teams in each conference with play-in games similar to MLB, and the strength of the Metropolitan Division this season — where the fourth-place team has more points than the Atlantic Division leader — has generated some questions.
“I don’t know that they want to keep changing it, but this is has got to be an impetus for at least a discussion when something happens like this where there’s so many good teams in the one division,” said Brian MacLellan of the league-leading Capitals, who acknowledged it would be self-serving to propose a change.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — East Carolina’s Zay Jones came to the NFL’s annual scouting combine with some pretty lofty credentials.
The son of three-time Super Bowl champion Robert Jones finished college as the FBS’ career receptions leader. Here, in Indianapolis, he’s just another guy in a crowded room of record-breaking players.
A few spaces to his right is Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp, who caught more balls than Jones. Western Michigan’s Corey Davis, the FBS’ career yardage leader, spoke in the previous group. Jones knows both and is thrilled just to be included in the crowd.
“Cooper and Corey are great players and it’s phenomenal to be around them,” Jones said with a smile. “You know what people sometimes forget is that I’m a football fan as well, so when I get to see them here it’s fun.”
The numbers indicate they’ve had some fun playing football over the past four or five years, too.
Jones set a single-season FBS record with 158 receptions in 2016 and finished his career with 399 catches for 4,279 yards at the only school that offered him a scholarship.
Davis had 331 catches for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns after taking a chance on a first-year coach who made a late recruiting pitch.
Kupp, a four-time All-American, wound up with 423 receptions, 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns after a late growth spurt helped him become a prototypically sized receiver at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds.
But in a league where coaches and general managers crave productivity these video game like numbers are viewed skeptically.
“In those evaluative opportunities, whether it’s in a game situation or here at the combine, you’ve got to determine what you’re looking for and what you’re going to ask the guy to do,” Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said. “Then you’ve got to project in some instances, especially when you’re talking about spread offenses or things guys are doing that aren’t necessarily indicative of what you’re going to ask him to do in your scheme.”
It sounds strange in a league where numbers often dictate everything from a coach’s fate to Pro Bowl selections to who gets drafted.
The problem is that the rise of spread offenses , a longer schedule and the implementation of overtime has rendered some of the old measuring tools sticks obsolete.
Patrick Mahomes II, the son of a former Major League Baseball pitcher, led the FBS with 5,052 yards last season and didn’t even set a Texas Tech single-season record.
San Diego State’s Donnel “D.J.” Pumphrey and Texas’ D’Onta Foreman both rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2016, but were mostly overlooked as they sat in neighboring interview booths Thursday.
North Carolina receiver Ryan Switzer scored on seven punt returns and had two called back but didn’t even get one of the high-profile spots. He sat at a table Friday, where he was peppered with questions about his college roommate, quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
The players get it.
“It’s going to be completely different next year just because I’ll be going against the best of the best,” Pumphrey said. “I’m not going to be in the Mountain West, and it will be very different.”
The level of competition is one concern.
Many also will be trying to learn more conventional offensive schemes. The routes, play calls and personnel all will be different and even seemingly simple things, like getting in and out of huddles, can become big obstacles.
The transition won’t be easy and the NFL history books are littered with names of college stars who never lived up to the hype.
Still, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell believes there are facets of these wide-open offenses that will help.
“I think everybody has strengths and weaknesses and I think the good coaches use those strengths,” Russell said. “They’ll go into the league with a lot of confidence because they make the big throws into tight spaces when they need to, they can make the big catch when they need to, they can make the big tackle when they have to.”
Of course, everything is secondary to making plays in the NFL.
But after productive college careers, players such as Davis, Jones and Kupp are getting a hard lesson in what matters in Indianapolis — speed, strength and agility .
Pass those tests, and all three will get a chance to prove they’re as good as the stat lines suggest.
“I’d be the first to tell you that stats lie and at receiver more than any other position, stats lie,” Kupp said. “The guys that last are willing to put in the time and I almost pride myself on that. That’s who I am and I’m excited to take that to the next level.”
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Rod Stewart is apologizing for a video shared by his wife that shows the singer in what appears to be a re-enactment of a beheading.
The video posted on Instagram by Penny Lancaster shows several people clad in black walking in a desert. Stewart is wearing a white shirt and standing behind a man who gets on his knees before Stewart makes a motion with his right hand in front of the man’s neck. The video has been deleted but was captured by media outlets and republished.
Stewart was in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for a concert Thursday.
Stewart says in a statement the group was “simply larking about pre show.” He says the video was “understandably” misinterpreted and he sends his “deepest apologies to those who have been offended.”