Junior Seau's brain tissue has been released


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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VIDEO: Lakers' D'Angelo Russell consoles young fan after running into bench vs. Wizards

VIDEO: Lakers' D'Angelo Russell consoles young fan after running into bench vs. Wizards

D'Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers ran into the first row while chasing a loose ball against the Wizards on Tuesday night, which is something that happens from time to time in basketball. What he did after falling into a fan, however, was unusual.

Russell realized he had run into a small young girl who was sitting courtside with pom poms. So Russell stood there for several moments and patted her on the head as he tried to determine whether she was okay. 

Once he confirmed she was fine, he went about his way.

Watch the whole sequence right here:

What a nice move by Russell.

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Alex Ovechkin's hat trick leads Caps in overtime win over Wild

Alex Ovechkin's hat trick leads Caps in overtime win over Wild

Final score: Washington Capitals 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (OT)

How it happened: T.J. Oshie took sole possession of the team goal lead with his 31st of the season in the first period. Jason Pominville responded early in the second and then Alex Ovechkin took over. Ovechkin scored two power play goals in the second, one to tie Oshie at 31, the second to overtake him for the team lead. Martin Hanzal, however, scored before the end of the period to keep the came close heading into the third. Ovechkin finished off the hat trick goal, also on the power play, but a bizarre shot from Jared Spurgeon beat Braden Holtby on a deflection. Then the Caps' killer Eric Staal tied the game on a goal that stood after a controversial offsides review. It did not cost the Caps, however, as 

What it means: The Capitals have won five straight and extended their point streak to seven games. With the win, Washington maintained a three-point lead over Columbus who won their game earlier on Tuesday. Holtby also became just the third goalie in NHL history to record three consecutive 40-win seasons.


Caps goal: T.J. Oshie from Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom at 11:36 in the 1st period. Some hard work in the offensive zone by Ovechkin generated the puck which he passed to Backstrom. Backston fired a one-timer on Devan Dubnyk and Oshie was on the doorstep for the rebound. He deftly stick-handled the puck around the pad and into the net. Caps 1, Wild 0

Wild goal: Jason Pominville from Nino Niederreiter and Martin Hanzal at 2:17 in the 2nd. Niederreiter took the puck on the wraparound and the Caps were late to cover the far-side of the net. Hanzal fed Pominville in the slot for the open shot. Caps 1, Wild 1

Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin (power play) from Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom at 7:31 in the 2nd. Shattenkirk didn’t get an assist, but his breakout pass set up the play. From the defensive zone, Shattenkirk fired a pass to Backstrom past the red line. Backstrom entered Minnesota’s zone, hit a trailing Johansson who sent a pass cross-ice to Ovechkin. The Great 8 took advantage, hitting the empty-net with the snap shot. Caps 2, Wild 1

Caps goal: Alex Ovechkin (power play) from Kevin Shattenkirk and Marcus Johansson at 12:28 in the 2nd. Johansson held the puck behind the net and found Shattenkirk at the point. Shattenkirk gave Ovechkin the puck in the office for the one-time that he sent into the back of the net. Caps 3, Wild 1

Wild goal: Martin Hanzal from Jared Spurgeon and Jason Pominville at 15:43 in the 2nd. Pominville fired a shot which Holtby kicked out for the save. The rebound, however, sat in the slot waiting for a charging Hanzal to chip it in.  Caps 3, Wild 2

Capitals goal: Alex Ovechkin (power play) from Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom at 12:29 in the 3rd. Backstrom fired the cross-ice pass to Ovechkin who was at the top of the circle. He had plenty of time to aim and release the blistering wrister. Caps 4, Wild 2

Wild goal: Jared Spurgeon at 15:03 in the 3rd. Spurgeon shot an innocent looking shot from the blue line that bounced its way toward the net and deflected off of Dmitry Orlov and in at the last second. Caps 4, Wild 3

Wild goal: Eric Staal from Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu at 19:33 in the 3rd. Caps 4, Wild 4

Caps goal: T.J. Oshie from Marcus Johansson at 1:52 in overtime. Johansson gave Oshie a great back-door feed, but Oshie missed the shot. Johansson regained possession and fed Oshie again and this time, he beat Dubnyk in the top corne. Caps 5, Wild 4

3 stars

1. Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin has responded to the challenge Oshie has given him for the team lead in goals. Once Oshie took it over in the second period, Ovechkin took over with two power play goals in the second. Everyone knows he's going to fire from the office and no one can seem to stop it.

2. Martin Hanzal: Hanzal assisted with the heads up wrap around opportunity. When he saw he was open, he passed to Pominville in the slot rather than try the open stuff attempt. The decision paid off. His hard work in the second period also netted him a goal as he was able to chip in the rebound off a Pominville shot that Shattenkirk lost at his feet.

3. Marcus Johansson: Johansson recorded four assists for the first time this season including a great play to set up Oshie for the game-winner.

Look ahead: The Capitals continue their five-game road trip with a quick turnaround on Wednesday as they face the Colorado Avalanche. They continue with a game in Arizona on Friday, Columbus on Sunday and Toronto on Tuesday.

Tell us what you think: Ovechkin and Oshie are going back and forth for the team's scoring lead. Who do you think will ultimately finish the season with the team lead?