Junior Seau's brain tissue has been released

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Junior Seau's brain tissue has been released

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Junior Seau's family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether damage from his American football career contributed to his decision to commit suicide, officials said on Thursday. The San Diego County medical examiner's office recently released preserved brain tissue to the National Institutes of Health, coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said. "We have no information about the type of study that will be done," she said. The tissue was released at the request of Seau's family, she added. She declined to disclose whether Seau's entire brain was released. The 43-year-old former NFL linebacker shot himself in the chest at his home in May, less than 2 12 years after ending his 20-season career. Seau's death echoed last year's suicide of former Chicago Bears defensive back Dave Duerson. Duerson left a note asking for his brain to be studied for signs of brain trauma. That raised anew questions about whether brain damage from repeated concussions on the field lead to long-term problems such as depression. To date, however, no link has been found between Seau's death and his playing days. Although his death was ruled a suicide, a final autopsy report and results of drug-screening tests are pending.

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Bradley Beal welcomes fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum to NBA, Wizards-Celtics rivalry

Bradley Beal welcomes fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum to NBA, Wizards-Celtics rivalry

Bradley Beal loves representing his hometown of St. Louis-, Mo., so on Thursday night when fellow St. Louis-native Jayson Tatum was picked third overall in the NBA Draft, he had to send a shoutout via Twitter. Unfortunately for Beal, however, Tatum got picked by the Boston Celtics, a team his Wizards have a budding rivalry with.

Here is what Beal tweeted:

Those Celtics also happened to knock the Wizards out of the playoffs by beating them in seven games in the second round. Beal added another tweet to suggest he still isn't over it:

Sounds like Beal has some serious mixed feelings.

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Just moments after being drafted No. 5 by the Sacramento Kings, De'Aaron Fox stepped off the stage and into an interview with ESPN

He spoke about his family and his gratitude to have made it to the NBA level, but as soon as the opportunity arose, Fox brought up his Kentucky predecessor John Wall.

A lot of the comparisons are to John Wall, and you saw how he was competing and how he was playing in the playoffs. So if I'm able to use my speed the way he was, then speed kills. And you can't really teach it.

The question was how Fox expects his speed to translate on an NBA level.

It's a conversation that Wall – also a Kentucky point guard who declared for the draft after only one year – had a lot during the draft process as well. 

As Wizards fans can attest, Wall's quickness has set him apart even in a league full of fast, athletic players.

Those wheels helped propel Washington through to the second round of the NBA playoffs this past season. They also helped land Wall the first All-NBA selection of his career. 

Prior to this year's draft, the Wizards star predicted that Fox – not Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball – would have the most successful NBA career of all the point guards in the draft. 

If Fox can live up to the hype, he may prove Wall right. 

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