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23/08/2014

The dome was rocking and it should be in a couple of weeks when we get back

ST. Custom New England Patriots Jersey . LOUIS -- Robert Griffin III had his moments. The St. Louis Rams, though, have what counts most of all -- a win. Sam Bradford threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and Danny Amendola caught 15 passes for 160 yards as the Rams rallied for a 31-28 victory over RG3 and the Washington Redskins on Sunday in their home opener. "The dome was rocking and it should be in a couple of weeks when we get back," Amendola said. "It was a good game, it came down to the wire, came down to the last kick." Steven Jackson sat out most of the last three quarters after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for spiking the ball, but coach Jeff Fisher said it was because Jackson had a groin strain and not because hed lost his cool. "It had nothing to do with the spike," Fisher said. "His groin was real tight and we just didnt want to subject him to it. I didnt think hed be 100 per cent." Jackson said he thought hed be able to re-enter the game but said the groin tightened on him. Griffin led the Redskins (1-1) to a 21-6 lead, but the Rams came back thanks to the pass-catching of Amendola. The receiver tied an NFL record 12 first-half receptions, and caught a 1-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 21-13 at the half. Amendola was out virtually all of last season after dislocating his left elbow making a cut in the opener. "Obviously its nice to have him back out there on the field," Bradford said. "Hes a tremendous player. We knew going into this game that we were going to try to get him the ball." Bradford had second-half scoring passes of 34 yards to Brandon Gibson and 1 yard to Matthew Mulligan. Griffin ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third for Washington (1-1). The Redskins got a final shot after DeAngelo Hall recovered running back Daryl Richardsons fumble at the Washington 37 with 2:40 to go. Josh Morgan was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the ball Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a 7-yard catch on 3rd-and-8 to the Rams 29, leaving the Redskins with 4th-and-16. Shanahan called for a 62-yard field goal attempt, and Billy Cundiff was wide right and well short with 1:13 to go. "It might have been the first down, it was close enough, it was inches," Shanahan said. "You cant lose your poise. You lose your poise, obviously good things dont happen." Shanahan thought Cundiff had a shot, reasoning "he kicks the ball out of the end zone" on kickoffs form the 35. Griffin was disappointed, but he understood. "I thought we were going for it," Griffin said. "But in a dome, 62 (yards) is far, but its not that far. I was on a knee and I hoped that it would go through." The Rams took the lead on Bradfords TD pass to Mulligan on the first play of the fourth quarter, and Richardson ran it in on a 2-point conversion for a 24-21 lead. Mulligan had partially blocked Sav Roccas punt to give the Rams the ball at the Washington 24 four plays earlier. Griffin, who looked like a veteran in his NFL debut last week in leading the Redskins to a win over New Orleans, scored on runs of 5 and 7 yards. He also threw a 68-yard touchdown pass to Leonard Hankerson. Jackson spiked the ball after getting ruled short of the goal line on a third-down carry from the 1. It came a play after the Rams successfully challenged a lost fumble call on Jackson. After that, the franchises career leading rusher left, and spent most of the rest of the game by himself on the sideline with his helmet in hand. Amendola had a rough start, fumbling after a 13-yard catch on the Rams first snap, with Josh Wilson returning it 30 yards for his fifth career defensive touchdown. He recovered nicely, matching the first-half NFL record set by the Colts Reggie Wayne in 2007, while tying his career best game total in the process and setting a personal game-best with 133 yards receiving. The Redskins lost defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo to injuries early in the first quarter, while Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold was helped off with a right knee injury. Orakpo and Saffold were hurt on the same play. Orakpo stripped Bradford and Saffold recovered the fumble and carried it 7 yards, but crumpled to the turf on the tackle. NOTES: The game was chippy throughout with several skirmishes, especially in the first half with Redskins LB London Fletcher called for a personal foul on a sideline hit on Amendola and the Rams Eugene Sims whistled for hitting Griffin, who appeared to be turning up the field and not running out of bounds. ... Amendola tied the franchise single-game record shared by Isaac Bruce and Flipper Anderson. ... Bradford passed for 300 or more yards for the fourth time in his career and threw for three TDs for the second time. ... Rams rookie punter Johnny Hekker averaged 54.3 yards on three attempts. Customized Buffalo Bills Jerseys . 1 draft picks on their roster but its a former St. Personalized Jaguars Jersey . Obama said Tuesday hes grateful for the role the team played in helping heal the city after the terror attack. He said sometimes sports seems trivial, but it can bring people together like almost nothing else. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz at one point took a selfie of himself and the president as a keepsake.Not so fast, college football offences. A proposed change by the NCAA rules committee would prohibit offences from snapping the ball until at least 10 seconds had run off the 40-second play clock, slowing down the up-tempo, no-huddle attacks that have been making defences dizzy. The rule allows defences time to make a substitution without the offence changing players -- as is currently required -- and with no fear the ball will be snapped before 29 seconds are left on the play clock. An exception will be made for the final two minutes of each half, when the offence can snap the ball as quickly as it wants. "This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute," Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, chair of the football rules committee, said in a statement Wednesday. "As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes." The committee also proposed a change to the targeting rule that would eliminate the 15-yard penalty when instant replay officials overturn an ejection. Last year, when a targeting penalty was called, the 15-yard penalty stood even if the replay official determined the player should be allowed to stay in the game. Both proposals need approval from the playing rules oversight panel, which is schedule to consider them on March 6. The proposal to slow down offences will have a hard time passing if the many coaches who run up-tempo these days have anything to say about it. "Its ridiculous," said Arizonas Rich Rodriguez, who has been at the forefront of the fast football trend. "For me it goes back to the fundamental rules of football. The offence knows where they are going and when they are going to snap the ball. Thats their advantage. The defence is allowed to move all 11 guys before the ball is snapped. Thats their advantage. "Whats next? You can only have three downs? If you play that extra down you have more chance of injury." Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze said he found about the proposal when he got a phone call from Auburns Gus Malzahn, a fellow advocate of up-tempo offence. "I said, Yall are kidding me. Thats not true," Freeeze told Malzahn. Custom Jacksonville Jaguars Jersey. . This is a non-rules change year for the NCAA, but exceptions can be made for rules that affect player safety. There was much discussion about the pace of the game last season, with some coaches -- most notably Alabamas Nick Saban and Arkansas Bret Bielema -- questioning whether something needed to be done to slow down offences. Safety concerns were cited because of the increased number of plays. The fastest-moving teams -- such as Arizona and Ole Miss -- average more than 80 plays per game. Texas Tech led the country with 90.3 plays per game last season. Arkansas ran 64.7 plays per game, 121 out of 125 FBS teams. Alabama was at 65.9, 116th in the country. Freeze said he was skeptical of the health risks presented by up-tempo offence because hes never seen any data to support the claim. "I would think they would have some type of study that proves that," he said. Rodriguez has been pushing the pace with his teams for more than two decades and doesnt buy safety concerns. "If that was the case wouldnt every team that went fast in practice have more injuries?" he said. The committee said "10 seconds provides sufficient time for defensive player substitutions without inhibiting the ability of an offence to play at a fast pace. Research indicated that teams with fast-paced, no-huddle offences rarely snap the ball with 30 seconds or more on the play clock." Freeze and Rodriguez both said their offences rarely get plays off within 10 seconds of the ball being spotted. "If they say its not occurring anyway, why put in a rule?" Freeze said. "I just dont really understand what we gain from this rule other than a chance to create more chaos." Its not just the up-tempo coaches who voiced their disapproval with the proposal. "I just spent two days at Big Ten meetings and it wasnt even brought up," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "It doesnt make sense to me." The Scarlet Knights ranked 84th in the country in plays per game (71). Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville, a former defensive co-ordinator whose team averaged 78 plays per game (28th in the nation), said the proposal was never discussed during last months American Football Coaches of Association convention. "This came out of left field," he said. "Its wrong." ' ' '