Fan falls to death at Texans' stadium

Fan falls to death at Texans' stadium

From Comcast SportsNetHOUSTON (AP) -- A fan who attended a pre-season Houston Texans' game at Reliant Stadium fell to his death from an escalator, officials said Friday.
The fan fell from the escalator while attending a preseason game Thursday between the Houston Texans and the Minnesota Vikings, Reliant Stadium officials said in a statement.
The Houston Medical Examiner's Office confirmed in an email Friday that it received the body. The medical examiner's website said the man, who was not identified, died in a Houston emergency room.
Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said the fall occurred at the north end of the stadium and that the fan's condition wasn't known.
In 2011, a firefighter attending a Texas Rangers game in Arlington died when he fell from the left field stands while reaching for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton.
Shannon Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete when he tumbled over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field as the Rangers faced Oakland. Cooper Stone, his 9-year-old son, witnessed the fall during the second inning.
In April, a statue of Stone and his son was dedicated to Rangers fans in front of the home plate gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Railings also were raised throughout the ballpark before this season.

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With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

With receiver group in flux, might Redskins make run at Alshon Jeffery?

It seems likely the Redskins stand to lose one or both of receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon in free agency. That could mean more than 2,000 yards receiving exiting the offense, a significant blow.

Could Bears wideout Alshon Jeffery come to Washington and cushion the blow?

Multiple reports say that Chicago will not put the franchise tag on Jeffery, which means the 6-foot-4 receiver will hit the open market when free agency opens in a little more than a week. Coming off consectuive injury-marred seasons, still expect the market to be ripe for the former South Carolina star.

A five-year veteran that will turn 28 in August, Jeffery posted more than 2,500 receiving yards in the 2013 and 2014 seasons to go with 17 touchdowns. An extremely gifted red zone receiver, Jeffery is one of the best in the league at high-pointing the football and coming down with circus catches. His last two seasons, however, the Bears wideout only played in 21 of 32 games and his numbers dipped dramatically: just over 1,600 yards and six TDs combined.

Though Washington will likely lose at least one of Garçon or Jackson, and very possibly both, that does not necessarily make Jeffery a prime target. 

Expect cost to be a major factor as the Chicago receiver will likely command the top free agent payout at the position. And his recent injury history could be a factor as well. 

Further, the Redskins must believe they have a No. 1 receiver already in house in Josh Doctson. The No. 22 overall pick in 2016, Doctson hardly played as a rookie due to an Achilles injury but appears to be progressing well in his rehab. At 6-foot-2 and extremely athletic, Doctson was drafted to be a prime red zone target with the ability to go up and get TDs.

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The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

The all too simple reason why Kevin Durant didn't sign with the Wizards

On Tuesday night, the Golden State Warriors will be in the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards.

The game has long been one of the most highly anticipated Wizards games of the season, and not just because of reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry. and surging NBA villain Draymond Green.

With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors in free agency, Tuesday will mark his first appearance in Washington, D.C. since spurning the Wizards this past offseason.

 Durant, a native of Prince George's County, did not even consider the Wizards as one of his potential landing spots, and fact not lost on many Wizards fans.

As it turns out, the reason why Durant didn't consider the Wizards was rather simple.

he just didn't want to play at home. 

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Durant recently spoke with Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, and opened up about the offseason.

“I don’t want to open up anything in the past, but I really just didn’t want to play at home,” Durant said. “It was nothing about the fans. Being at home, I was so happy with that part of my life – playing at home, being in front of friends, hanging with friends and family every day. That was a part of my life that has come and gone.

“I was like, I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things. I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt. Now it’s time to do something new. I didn’t want to come back. That’s just my thought process behind it. It had nothing to do with basketball, the fans, the city.

“It was just like, ‘All right, that part of my life I’ve conquered already. What’s next?’”

Durant spent his entire childhood in the DC area, and even after leaving home to attend to the University of Texas, the idea of returning home for his professional career was just not something Durant wanted to do. 

It's hard to blame him. 

Durant did not owe it to Washington, D.C. There is no clause or rule saying that a player has to play with his hometown team when they become free agents. Just because LeBron James returned to Cleveland afte finding championship gold in Miami does not mean that Durant must do the same.

Would it have been nice for the native son of Prince George's County to return home and help John Wall and Bradley Beal turn the Wizards into a bona fide NBA Finals contender? Absolutely. But it was his decision, not the fans, and he decided to go elsewhere.

The Wizards have done pretty well without Durant, too. They will get their chance to prove it on Tuesday.

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