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9/29/2011
LEADING OFF

Three Minutes That Rewrote History

By LYNN ZINSER 33 minutes ago
Shortly after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save for Boston, left, the Rays won their game on a home run by Evan Longoria.
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Shortly after Jonathan Papelbon blew a save for Boston, left, the Rays won their game on a home run by Evan Longoria.

Baseball’s final day boiled down to three dramatic minutes that sent Tampa Bay to the playoffs and the Red Sox home.

  • Orioles 4, Red Sox 3: Red Sox Lose to Seal September Meltdown
  • Rays 8, Yankees 7: Rays Cap Unlikely Journey to Playoffs
  • Phillies 4, Braves 3: Braves Complete Collapse in 13-Inning Loss to Phillies
BATs
By KEN PLUTNICKI 11:55 AM ET

Much is being said and written about the symmetry of baseball’s amazing night. But there was symmetry, too, in how the games unfolded in baseball time, which is measured, of course, in innings.

METS 3, REDS 0

Reyes Hits, Then Sits and Eventually Celebrates

By ANDREW KEH

A first-inning single bumped Jose Reyes’s average to .337, but the crowd at Citi Field seemed unhappy that the Mets’ star shortstop immediately left the game.

N.F.L. Says Players Union Delaying H.G.H. Testing This Season

By JULIET MACUR

Once promoted by the N.F.L. as a done deal, a program for H.G.H. testing has become engulfed in a dispute among the league, the players union and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

In three games, the Giants’ run defense has been especially difficult to penetrate in short-yardage situations near its goal line.

Where the Going Is Rough, the Giants Hold Their Ground

By SAM BORDEN

Through three games, the Giants’ defense has had remarkable success in short-yardage situations.

  • Vick Says He’ll Start; Reid Isn’t as Certain
  • Jets’ Ground Game Struggles for Footing
Brendan Shanahan, the N.H.L.’s chief disciplinarian for on-ice offenses, has aggressively been applying new rules against harsh hits in the preseason.

Shanahan Is Enforcing the Rules With Gusto

By JEFF Z. KLEIN

Brendan Shanahan, the N.H.L.’s chief disciplinarian for on-ice offenses, has aggressively been applying new rules against harsh hits in the preseason.

  • A Crucial Weekend in N.B.A. Labor Talks
  • Standout Season Amid a Trying Year
  • Jets’ Ground Game Struggles for Footing
  • Phillies 4, Braves 3, 13 Innings: Braves Complete Collapse in 13-Inning Loss to Phillies
  • Rays 8, Yankees 7: Rays Cap Unlikely Journey to Playoffs
  • Orioles 4, Red Sox 3: One Out Away, Red Sox Lose to Seal September Meltdown
  • Rodriguez’s Right Knee Acts Up as Playoffs Near
  • Reflections of Rugby Underdogs
  • Decision May Affect Olympic Eligibility
  • Roundup: Cards Complete Comeback and Look to Phils
  • Vick Says He’ll Start; Reid Isn’t as Certain
  • Reebok to Pay Settlement Over Health Claims
  • Mets Ruling May Reduce Pay to Victims of Madoff
  • Goal: Bolton’s Holden Out Six More Months
  • Bledsoe, Shields and Cowher Among Hall of Fame Candidates
  • Atlantic 10 Moving Tourney to Brooklyn in 2013
  • Messi Ties for 2nd on Barcelona Scoring List
  • Man Charged in Banana Toss Toward Simmonds
  • Georgia Gets the Rugby World Cup Victory It Wanted
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES
Video: Weighing the Risk
By WILLIAM C. RHODEN

After suffering a concussion a week ago, Michael Vick played against the Giants. William C. Rhoden wonders if he should have.

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The Giants, taking advantage of big plays on offense and Michael Vick’s broken hand, won, 29-16.

Darren McFadden and the Raiders rushing offense ran all over the Jets.

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Aids cure is on the brink yet again

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a new class of compounds that stick to the coating of the HIV virus can stop it from infecting cells, a possible step to better treatment.

University of Utah scientists say the compound can act as a microbiocide by attaching to the sugary coating of the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS to prevent it from entering the cells of a host organism and taking control of the cells’ replication machinery to make copies of itself, a university release said Friday.

Those two steps of the HIV life cycle, known as viral entry and viral replication, can each be a potential target for anti-HIV medicines, researchers said.

“Most of the anti-HIV drugs in clinical trials target the machinery involved in viral replication,” senior author Patrick F. Kiser, Utah State professor of bioengineering and pharmaceutical chemistry, said.

“There is a gap in the HIV treatment pipeline for cost-effective and mass-producible viral entry inhibitors that can inactivate the virus before it has a chance to interact with target cells,” he says.

The research has focused on lectins, a group of molecules found in nature that interact and bind with specific sugars.

The researchers have worked with synthetic lectins capable of binding to sugar residues on HIV and said they showed promise.

“The characteristics of an ideal anti-HIV microbicide include potency, broad-spectrum activity, selective inhibition, mass producibility and biocompatibility,” Kiser said.

“These … synthetic lectins seem to meet all of those criteria and present an affordable and scalable potential intervention for preventing sexual transmission in regions where HIV is pandemic.”

This week in Science

Satellite re-enters, debris site unclear
HOUSTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) — A decommissioned 6-ton satellite fell to Earth late Friday and early Saturday, NASA said in a news release.
Diseased fish found in Australian harbor
GLADSTONE, Australia, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Commercial and sport fishing has been banned in a stretch of the Queensland coast in Australia because of red-spot disease and an unidentified parasite.
Rare giant armadillo caught on camera
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 23 (UPI) — A rare giant armadillo, twice the size of more familiar species, has been photographed in central Brazil, scientists say.
Natural nanostructure can sequester carbon
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 23 (UPI) — U.S. chemists say a class of natural nanostructures made of sugar, salt and alcohol can capture and store carbon dioxide while being carbon neutral themselves.
Endangered red foxes seen in California
BRIDGEPORT, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) — Wildlife researchers in California say new findings prove Sierra Nevada red foxes, although greatly endangered, are slightly more common than thought.
Solar system may have had extra planet
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 23 (UPI) — A computer simulation of our early solar systems suggests it once had an extra planet, a U.S. researcher says.
Plant that ‘plants’ its own seeds found
SALVADOR, Brazil, Sept. 23 (UPI) — A new plant that bends over to deposit its seeds in the earth has been discovered in northeastern Brazil, scientists say.
Levels of human impact on wildlife studied
CALGARY, Alberta, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Researchers say they have found limits at which trails in some of Canada’s most popular national parks can be used by humans before animals avoid those areas.
NASA looks to lasers to speed data
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) — NASA says it’s looking at lasers to speed up the transmission of high-resolution images from distance spacecraft like those now on Mars.
New material promises better batteries
BERKELELY, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) — Scientists in California say a new material could allow lithium-ion batteries in cellphones, laptops and the newest electric cars to store more energy.
Earthquake test has vehicles on bridge
RENO, Nev., Sept. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say their simulation of an earthquake on a bridge using full-size vehicles could produce important data to be used for new design standards.
Compounds give hope of AIDS prevention
SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 23 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say a new class of compounds that stick to the coating of the HIV virus can stop it from infecting cells, a possible step to better treatment.
Australia seeks return of ancient remains
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 23 (UPI) — The Australian Embassy in Sweden says it has requested the return of skulls and skeletons of seven indigenous Australians held at Stockholm University.
Japan announces launch of spy satellite
TOKYO, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Japan says it has launched a spy satellite into orbit, the fourth since North Korea launched a missile over the Japanese island of Honshu.
Weather good for insects this year in Fla.
TITUSVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) — An unusually warm wet summer has led to an abundance of cockroaches, palmetto bugs, ants and other insects on Florida’s Space Coast, experts say.

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Coal Power says fossil fuels will be more valuable then diamonds

Coal Power says fossil fuels are diamonds in the rough

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists defines Fossil fuels or gas fuels are fuels formed by natural resources such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms, this is in limited supply, and needs to be addressed.

(International Journalism Review, New York, NY. February 25, 2011) The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes exceeds 650 million years. These fuels contain a high percentage of carbon and hydrocarbons.

http://www.CoalPower.co (CP)explains that Fossil fuels range from volatile materials with low carbon: hydrogen ratios like methane, to liquid petroleum to nonvolatile materials composed of almost pure carbon, like anthracite coal. Methane can be found in hydrocarbon fields, alone, associated with oil, or in the form of methane clathrates  according to U.S. EIA International Energy Statistics. It is generally accepted per EEI that they formed from the fossilized remains of dead plants and animals by exposure to heat and pressure in the Earth’s crust over hundreds of millions of years. This biogenic theory was first introduced by Georg Agricola in 1556 and later by Mikhail Lomonosov in the 18th century, this theory is a key to how oil and gas has been evolved according to Coal Power.

Also was noted by CP, and confirmed by International Energy Annual that it was estimated by the Energy Information Administration that in 2007 primary sources of energy consisted of petroleum 36.0%, coal 27.4%, natural gas 23.0%, amounting to an 86.4% share for fossil fuels in primary energy consumption in the world. Non-fossil sources in 2006 included hydroelectric 6.3%, nuclear 8.5%, and (geothermal, solar, tide, wind, wood, waste) amounting 0.9 percent. World energy consumption was growing about 2.3% per year.

CP says the value in the properties that contain oil is simple, fossil fuels are non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than new ones are being formed. The production and use of fossil fuels raise environmental concerns. A global movement toward the generation of renewable energy is therefore under way to help meet increased energy needs and CP is doing its part by stressing education to the masses.

Coal Power is a resource for the energy industry, IJR found that Coal Power educates all industries including those where it has no financial interest.

Michael Gingino Editor In Chief

International Journalism Review

InternationaljournalismReview@gmail.com

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The burning of fossil fuels produces around 21.3 billion tonnes (21.3 gigatonnes) of carbon dioxide per year, but it is estimated that natural processes can only absorb about half of that amount, so there is a net increase of 10.65 billion tonnes of atmospheric carbon dioxide per year (one tonne of atmospheric carbon is equivalent to 44/12 or 3.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide). Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases that enhances radioactive forcing and contributes to global warming, causing the average surface temperature of the Earth to rise in response, which climate scientists agree will cause major adverse effects.

 

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Brian Rose makes a bold statement in his NASCAR circuit comeback

Brian Rose Motorsports (BRM) golden child, Brian Rose,  has been re-born after a 10-year sabbatical to the sport he seems to be a natural at.

(IJRnews.com 4/17/2011) Brian Rose has made it a habit of making mouth dropping impressions.  From his rookie year some ten years ago, where many believed him to be the next Earnhardt, to this year’s Talladega Superspeedway 3 Amigos 250, Brian is the walk-on-athlete every coach prays for.

Rose has been described by some columnist as a part-time driver.  But like a Major League Baseball designated hitter, he doesn’t have to play the full game to make an impact on the outcome. Rose may have lacked the most dominant or fastest car on the Talladega racetrack, but Brian Rose made up for it in raw skill, veteran patience, and a poised finish. Brian Rose climbed 12 positions during the final lap, to turn out a 7th place finish.

After several practice runs and only qualifying in 19th position, Rose knew his car was missing a little something.  The recent body change decision raised questions by Rose and his team as Rose indicated on his post qualifying interview[i].  However, Thursday afternoon with Friday race time is too late for drastic changes and you got go with what you got.

Rose did just that, knowing his only edge that he could utilize was taking advantages of drafts and being among the group, he relied on talent and poise versus pure vehicle as many top sponsored racers are afforded.  Rose told IJR if he was made aware of the white flag or had there been one more lap, the BRM driver would have most likely saw a top three finish.

Brian rose is no stranger to racing anything that has wheels and has been regarded as a gifted driver with endless potential.  Recently, Rose has pledged himself to focus on racing with the same passion that led him to the sport to begin with.  At only 31 years of age, and the obvious professional driving skills at hand, top NASCAR / ARCA drivers might be staring at the tail lights of the Brian Rose Motorsports driver sooner than anticipated (or at least the stickers that look like taillights as NASCAR vehicles have no operational headlights or taillights).

In the racing world where a mere second determines the cream of the crop from the rest, NASCAR fans apparently have something interesting to follow as with just a little added horsepower they could be witnessing the calm before the storm when it comes to drivers to watch out for.

 

 

 

 

ProFightNetwork follows the TapouT lead and joins NASCAR family, UFC might be next

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the world and NASCAR is to the USA what soccer is to the rest of the world, so it makes sense to co-exist.

(IJRnews.com 4/18/2011) TapouT is easily the largest sponsor in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) arena and they were the first MMA leader to step into the drivers seat of NASCAR.  ProFightNetwork (PFN) is the top ranked MMA social site and top mma forum, and they are the second MMA leader to join the NASCAR sport.  Will the UFC be next?

On Monday April 18 2011, PFN via their CEO Chris Greenman, announced it was branching out from its core audience with a multi-year partnership with racing team Brian Rose Motorsports. IJR news contacted Greenman who told us this “None of my business ventures with Chuck Liddell or Randy Couture really ventured outside of MMA like this, but seeing how the fans love both sports, I think they will be the real winners here. Tapout seems to be a lot like the UFC and make really remarkable business decisions, I would be an idiot not to follow their lead.”

“Brian Rose Motorsports was very receptive of our involvement, we have a relatively small part of the car, there is room for other sponsors, heck I would be ok with the UFC being on the hood if Lawton Insurance services would give it up. I have been a NASCAR fan for years and jumped at the opportunity to have a spot on the car with Brian Rose being the driver.”

PFN was onsite at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama to see their logo on both sides of Brian Rose Motorsports number 19 car, and it proved to be a rewarding experience according to Greenman.  He said, “Being down in the pits and connecting with all the people involved was a unforgettable experience, seeing Brian Rose overcome 12 drivers during the last four laps was as exciting as some of the best UFC fights I have ever been on hand to witness.  These guys are dangerous, you wont catch me driving 180 MPH swerving in and out of traffic playing bumper cars, no freaking way, I will take getting hit or kicked any day.”

PFN’s CEO revealed his biggest highlight for the NASCAR event besides the race was seeing the wife of Brian Rose wearing a ProFightNetwork sweatshirt in the pits during the race and not seeing UFC anywhere.  Rose finished 7th place at this year’s Talladega Superspeedway 3 Amigos 250 race after qualifying for 19th starting position.  IJR witnessed a remarkable ending to the 94 lap NASCAR series race.  The question is still out, when will the UFC officially announce its arrival in the NASCAR sport?

 

Raymond Anthony Spears, Senior Journalist, NASCAR content editor

International Journalism Review / http://www.IJRnews.com

502 298 5646  / InternationalJournalismReview@gmail.com


[i] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WykAH9kot2s

 

 

 

 

Brian Rose MotorSports driver makes spectacular finish at NASCAR series

 

Brian Rose Motorsports (BRM) golden child, Brian Rose, has been re-born after a 10-year sabbatical to the sport he seems to be a natural at.

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Pit crew highlights during race

(IJR News, April 19, 2011 ) Los Angeles, CA — Brian Rose has made it a habit of making mouth dropping impressions. From his rookie year some ten years ago, where many believed him to be the next Earnhardt, to this year’s Talladega Superspeedway 3 Amigos 250, Brian is the walk-on-athlete every coach prays for.

Rose has been described by some columnist as a part-time driver. But like a Major League Baseball designated hitter, he doesn’t have to play the full game to make an impact on the outcome. Rose may have lacked the most dominant or fastest car on the Talladega racetrack, but Brian Rose made up for it in raw skill, veteran patience, and a poised finish. Brian Rose climbed 12 positions during the final lap, to turn out a 7th place finish.

After several practice runs and only qualifying in 19th position, Rose knew his car was missing a little something. The recent body change decision raised questions by Rose and his team as Rose indicated on his post qualifying interview . However, Thursday afternoon with Friday race time is too late for drastic changes and you got go with what you got.
Rose did just that, knowing his only edge that he could utilize was taking advantages of drafts and being among the group, he relied on talent and poise versus pure vehicle as many top sponsored racers are afforded. Rose told International Journalism Review (IJR) if he was made aware of the white flag or had there been one more lap, the BRM driver would have most likely saw a top three finish.

Brian rose is no stranger to racing anything that has wheels and has been regarded as a gifted driver with endless potential. Recently, Rose has pledged himself to focus on racing with the same passion that led him to the sport to begin with. At only 31 years of age, and the obvious professional driving skills at hand, top NASCAR / ARCA drivers might be staring at the tail lights of the Brian Rose Motorsports driver sooner than anticipated (or at least the stickers that look like taillights as NASCAR vehicles have no operational headlights or taillights).

In the racing world where a mere second determines the cream of the crop from the rest, NASCAR fans apparently have something interesting to follow as with just a little added horsepower they could be witnessing the calm before the storm when it comes to drivers to watch out for.
Raymond Anthony Spears, Senior Journalist, NASCAR content editor
International Journalism Review / www.IJRnews.com
502 298 5646 / InternationalJournalismReview@gmail.com

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Bank of America rejects Gift Money as down payment for home loan

Bank of America rejects Gift Money as down payment for home loan

According to Vince Rinehart, St. Vice President of Firstline Mortgage and an Orange County broker for over two decades, Bank of America rejected a loan because the down payment came in the form of gift money.

(IJR News 9/26/2011) Rinehart was able to fund the loan using another bank with less restrictions in which Vince regards as portfolio lending.  With borrower demand rising, and while some traditional banks keep a tight threshold on available funds, Rinehart has made more and more use of portfolio lending.

It is no secret that obtaining funding for home loans has been close to impossible the last three years.  However, even in the current state of the economy, a down payment in the form of a gift is usually not frowned upon by banks.  International Journalism Review (IJR) was somewhat shocked at this finding so we found it necessary to seek answers from one of the industry’s veterans, Vince Rinehart.

Rinehart told us, “Many banks are starting to loosen their grip on the constraints we have experience during the last three years or so.  I have been in this business a long time, I have never relied on one bank to assign a client to but rather fit the best bank to my clients needs.  For example, B of A rejected my clients gift money as a down payment even though he is a doctor, has great credit history, and makes a very good salary.  Luckily, not every bank sees things as black and white, and I was able to fund this loan with another bank to satisfy my “very qualified” client’s request for a home loan.”

Rinehart told IJR that people should just do their homework when getting a loan by following a few basic rules.  First, make sure your loan agent has at least five years in the loan business.  By doing this it tells a client the loan officer has been through good times and bad and is still in the same profession, most agents left the industry when the real estate frenzy ended.  Second, don’t assume your real estate agent has the best lender.  Although Rinehart said a referral is great, he told us the realtor has an interest to get the loan closed not necessarily get the client the best loan.

Finally Vince told IJR, “Don’t be afraid to ask your loan officer for options or different types of loans available and more importantly ask them how many banks or lenders they work with?  Some real estate brokerages have an in-house lender they try to introduce every client to, unfortunately even though they often sweeten the deal with incentives the client still loses out on options available if the slient were to seek outside lending. Often an outside broker can secure a lower APR or less fees even with the incentives offered by the real estate brokerage.”

IJR recommends that people looking to secure a loan thoroughly research their loan officer, their experience, and their history of closed loans.  This is sometimes the largest financial decision a person or couple makes in their life, make sure to do your homework.

Kenny Thompson

International Journalism Review / Senior Journalist

InternationalJournalismReview@gmail.com

NFL Week 3 results

NFL News

Irsay says Manning situation uncertain

Irsay says Manning situation uncertain
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 26 (UPI) — Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning, sidelined with a lingering neck problem, has an “outside chance” of playing in 2011, the Colts’ owner said Monday.
Gov. Brown to sign LA stadium bill

Gov. Brown to sign LA stadium bill
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26 (UPI) — California Gov. Jerry Brown will sign a bill that would smooth the way for construction of an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.
NFL: Pittsburgh 23, Indianapolis 20
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Shaun Suisham booted a 38-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining Sunday, handing the Pittsburgh Steelers a 23-20 win over Indianapolis.
NFL: Seattle 13, Arizona 10
SEATTLE, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Kam Chancellor made a key interception late in the game Sunday, enabling the Seattle Seahawks to hang on for a 13-10 victory over Arizona.
NFL: Tampa Bay 16, Atlanta 13
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) — Tampa Bay’s Josh Freeman provided a double threat Sunday, throwing for 180 yards and rushing for a score in the Buccaneers’ 16-13 victory over Atlanta.
NFL: Green Bay 27, Chicago 17
CHICAGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Aaron Rodgers hurled three scoring passes to tight end Jermichael Finley Sunday and the Green Bay Packers forged a 27-17 victory over the Chicago Bears.
NFL: San Diego 20, Kansas City 17
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Ryan Mathews scored twice and Eric Weddle’s interception Sunday sealed the San Diego Chargers’ 20-17 victory over Kansas City.
NFL: Oakland 34, New York Jets 24
OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 25 (UPI) — Oaklands’ Darren McFadden ran for two touchdowns Sunday and the Raiders notched a 34-24 win over the New York Jets in their home opener.
NFL: Baltimore 37, St. Louis 7
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Rookie Torrey Smith hauled down three touchdown passes in the first quarter Sunday, pacing the Baltimore Ravens’ 37-7 shellacking of St. Louis.
NFL: Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (OT)

NFL: Detroit 26, Minnesota 23 (OT)
MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Calvin Johnson’s 40-yard catch and a Jason Hanson field goal in overtime Sunday handed the Detroit Lions a 26-23 victory over Minnesota.
NFL: New Orleans 40, Houston 33
NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Mark Ingram scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday, which turned out to be decisive in New Orleans’ 40-33 victory over Houston.
NFL: Buffalo 34, New England 31
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., Sept. 25 (UPI) — Rian Lindell’s 28-yard field goal as time expired Sunday lifted the Buffalo Bills to a 34-31 victory over the New England Patriots.
NFL: San Francisco 13, Cincinnati 8

NFL: San Francisco 13, Cincinnati 8
CINCINNATI, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Kendall Hunter’s seven-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter Sunday iced the San Francisco 49ers’ 13-8 victory over Cincinnati.
NFL: Tennessee 17, Denver 14
NASHVILLE, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Will Witherspoon picked off a Kyle Orton pass with 1:39 remaining Sunday, preserving the Tennessee Titans’ 17-14 victory over Denver in Nashville.
NFL: Cleveland 17, Miami 16

NFL: Cleveland 17, Miami 16
CLEVELAND, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Colt McCoy connected with Mohamed Massaquoi on a TD strike with 43 seconds left Sunday, handing the Cleveland Browns a 17-16 victory over Miami.
NFL: Carolina 16, Jacksonville 10

NFL: Carolina 16, Jacksonville 10
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 25 (UPI) — Cam Newton connected with tight end Greg Olsen on 16-yard TD pass late in the game Sunday, handing the Carolina Panthers a 16-10 win over Jacksonville.
NFL: New York Giants 29, Philadelphia 16

NFL: New York Giants 29, Philadelphia 16
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 25 (UPI) — Eli Manning tossed four TD passes and the New York Giants’ defense knocked Philadelphia’s Michael Vick out of the game Sunday in their 29-16 victory.
Ex Ravens tackle Orlando Brown dies at 40
BALTIMORE, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Baltimore police say they found no signs of foul play after the body of former Ravens tackle Orlando Brown was discovered in his apartment Friday.
Jay Cutler admits offense problems

Jay Cutler admits offense problems
CHICAGO, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who took a kick to the throat during a game in New Orleans, said there is room for the team’s offense to improve.
Vick returns to practice

Vick returns to practice
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick participated in the Eagles’ practice Thursday but Coach Andy Reid has yet to name Sunday’s starter.
Jacoby Jones injured while celebrating

Jacoby Jones injured while celebrating
HOUSTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Houston Texans wide receiver Jacoby Jones said he will celebrate more carefully in the future after he incurred an injury that forced him to sit out practice.
Pot delivered to Jerome Simpson's home

Pot delivered to Jerome Simpson’s home
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky., Sept. 22 (UPI) — Authorities said they tracked a package containing 2.5 pounds of high-grade California marijuana to the Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengal Jerome Simpson.

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Syria on brink of civil war

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 26 (UPI) — The Syrian regime’s crackdown against its opponents may quickly escalate into full-blown civil war, a U.N. humanitarian coordinator said.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates at least 2,700 people have been killed by Syrian security forces since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in mid-March. Syrian human rights groups say that’s a conservative estimate and Damascus says around 700 of those killed were soldiers.

U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed told the United Nations’ humanitarian news agency IRIN that civil war could break out in the country.

“We are not in a civil war yet but we will certainly be heading there unless something is done,” he said. “I would have rated this scenario very low in March. Today, it is quite a possibility.”

Ahmed condemned the “excessive” use of government force against civilians, adding the situation had the potential to create a refugee crisis. At least 18,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Turkey and at least 3,000 are living in villages in northern Lebanon.

Syrian opposition groups have called on the international community to ensure civilians are protected from government forces. Apart from strongly worded statements, the U.N. Security Council hasn’t acted formally against Syria. The International Crisis Group in a recent report said the reluctance to move against Syria is “unquestionably disastrous.”