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Family of former Dallas Cowboys player killed in DWI crash awarded $25M

A Texas jury on Thursday returned a $25 million verdict against former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent and the owner of a nightclub in the death of Brent’s teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., WFAA reported.

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Jurors in the civil case in Dallas County found that Beamers nightclub in Dallas was partly to blame for overserving Brent on Dec. 8, 2012, and he left the club drunk and crashed, killing Brown, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Beamers and Brent shared nearly half the blame in the incident -- 48 percent each -- with the other 4 percent assessed to Brown, WFAA reported.

Beamers has since closed and representatives of the nightclub could not be reached for comment, the television station reported.

Brent was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in 2014 and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation.

"I'm sure Jerry's looking down and happy," Stacey Jackson, Brown’s mother, told the Morning News after the verdict. She told the newspaper that some of the money will go toward a nonprofit organization dedicated to her son.

There were no punitive damages, the newspaper reported.

Jackson and Brown's estate had sought up to $95 million in damages, mostly from the bar and management company, the Morning News reported. 

Brown, 25, a linebacker, played one season in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. The Cowboys signed Brown as a free agent in October 2012. The University of Illinois alumnus also played in the Arena Football League and the Canadian Football League before signing with the Colts in early 2012.

Brent, 30 played four seasons with the Cowboys from 2010 to 2014.

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray issued an apology Sunday after coming under fire for years-old anti-gay tweets.

>> On Fox23.com: Kyler Murray becomes 7th Sooner to win Heisman

"I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15," Murray, 21, tweeted Sunday, just one day after the University of Oklahoma junior won the award. "I used a poor choice of word that doesn't reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group."

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CNN reported that Murray deleted "many, although not all" of the tweets, which were posted in 2011 and 2012.

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Murray, who beat out Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State to win the Heisman, also excels at baseball and recently signed with the Oakland Athletics, The Associated Press reported.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Titans RB Derrick Henry ties NFL mark with 99-yard touchdown run 

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry set a team record and tied a National Football League mark with a 99-yard touchdown run during Thursday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, The Tennessean reported.

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Henry, who ran for a franchise-record 238 yards and four touchdowns in the Titans’ 30-9 victory against the Jaguars, tied the NFL mark for the longest touchdown run from scrimmage, set Jan. 3, 1983, by Dallas Cowboys star Tony Dorsett against the Minnesota Vikings. 

After the Titans stopped Jacksonville on a goal-line stand in the second quarter, Henry took a handoff at the 1-yard line and broke through the middle. He veered to his left, stiff-arming a pair of Jaguars defenders as he rumbled down the sidelines. 

Henry’s 238 yards rushing broke the franchise record set on Nov. 1, 2009, when Chris Johnson gained 228 yards against Jacksonville. His 99-yard run broke the team mark set by Johnson, who broke off a 94-yard run against the New York Jets on Dec. 17, 2012, The Tennessean reported.

Both Johnson and Dorsett paid tribute to Henry’s effort on Twitter:

Ex-NFL player Brandon Browner gets 8 years in prison in attempted murder case

Former Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner was sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading no contest to one count of attempted murder and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child in a negotiated plea agreement, KIRO-TV confirmed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday. 

>> On KIRO7.com: Former Seahawks' CB Brandon Browner sentenced to 8 years in state prison

The District Attorney's Office told KIRO that in addition to the sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Bruce F. Marrs issued a 10-year protective stay-away order for the victim and her two children. 

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Browner's arrest

Browner was arrested in July near Azusa, California, and charged with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery and other counts, according to the La Verne Police Department. 

Police said they originally responded to reports of a male who broke into a residence through a locked window

The 33-year-old Browner was identified as the suspect, and police said he fled the scene before officers arrived. 

"The investigation determined Browner physically forced the victim back into her residence when she attempted to flee. He then physically harmed and made threats to kill the victim while in the residence," according to the La Verne Police Department. 

Police also said Browner took a Rolex watch, valued at approximately $20,000, from the victim before fleeing the residence. 

Browner was located within hours of the incident and taken into custody, authorities said.

Browner's background

Browner, a Los Angeles native, played college football at Oregon State. After going undrafted in 2005, Browner spent the 2005 NFL season on injured reserve with the Denver Broncos. 

From 2007-2011, Browner played for the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League. 

In 2011, Browner returned to the NFL and signed with the Seattle Seahawks. Browner started 36 games for the Seahawks from 2011-2013. 

Browner left Seattle to join the New England Patriots, where he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

In 2015, Browner joined the New Orleans Saints where he started 16 games at cornerback. 

Browner signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle in April 2016, but he was released during training camp. 

Violent confrontation between Pittsburgh Steelers fans goes viral

A violent confrontation between two Pittsburgh Steelers fans at Sunday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Heinz Field has gone viral. 

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The video, captured by another Steelers fan, shows two men exchanging words and one of the men head-butting the other. 

Kate Brendel, who recorded the video on Facebook and also posted it on Twitter, said she couldn’t believe how awesome her seats were, so she was documenting her view throughout the game.

She noticed the two men started arguing with one another, and it got worse as the night progressed.

She said she never thought it would reach the point it did, but Heinz Field security did an incredible job removing all of the people involved in the fight by acting fast and effectively.

She said fans around the fight laughed it off. Brendal said it’s not a true representation of all Steelers fans.

“I didn’t expect this ... it was two Steelers fans. If it was the opposite team maybe it would’ve been better ... not better ... but like more understanding ... two Steelers fans going at it?! Like what?” Brendel said.

Brendel said the incident wasn’t scary but it was shocking.

Pittsburgh public safety officials said there were no reports or arrests as a result of this incident. If citations were given, that information may not come out for a while.

2018-19 college football bowl schedule: Who’s playing, what time, what channel?

The college football bowl season begins Dec. 15 and will culminate with the national championship game on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The semifinal games will be played Dec. 29 in the Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl.

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Can Alabama defend its national title? The Crimson Tide’s first test will come against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, while No. 2 Clemson will meet third-ranked Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

Both games will be shown on ESPN.

Here is the complete bowl schedule (all times EST):

Dec. 15

New Mexico Bowl (2 p.m., ESPN): Utah State vs. North Texas

Cure Bowl (2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network): Tulane vs. Louisiana

Las Vegas Bowl (3:30 p.m., ABC): Arizona State vs. Fresno State

Camellia Bowl (5:30 p.m., ESPN): Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan

New Orleans Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State

Dec. 18

Boca Raton Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN): Northern Illinois vs. UAB

Dec. 19

Frisco Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): San Diego State vs. Ohio

Dec. 20

Gasparilla Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): Marshall vs. South Florida

Dec. 21

Bahamas Bowl (12:30 p.m., ESPN): Florida International vs. Toledo

Idaho Potato Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN): BYU vs. Western Michigan

Dec. 22

Birmingham Bowl (Noon, ESPN): Wake Forest vs. Memphis

Armed Forces Bowl (3:30 p.m., ESPN): Houston vs. Army

Dollar General Bowl (7 p.m., ESPN): Troy vs. Buffalo

Hawaii Bowl (10:30 p.m., ESPN): Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii 

Dec. 26

First Responder Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Boston College vs. Boise State

Quick Lane Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech

Cheez-It Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): TCU vs. California 

Dec. 27

Independence Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Duke vs. Temple

Pinstripe Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Wisconsin vs. Miami

Texas Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Baylor vs. Vanderbilt

Dec. 28

Music City Bowl (1:30 p.m., ESPN): Purdue vs. Auburn

Camping World Bowl (5:15 p.m., ESPN): Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Alamo Bowl (9 p.m., ESPN): Iowa State vs. Washington State

Dec. 29

Peach Bowl (Noon, ESPN): Florida vs. Michigan

Belk Bowl (Noon, ABC): South Carolina vs. Virginia

Arizona Bowl (1:15 p.m., CBS Sports Network): Nevada vs. Arkansas State

*Cotton Bowl (4 p.m., ESPN): No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

*Orange Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN): No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma

Dec. 31

Military Bowl (Noon, ESPN): Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati

Sun Bowl (2 p.m., CBS): Pittsburgh vs. Stanford

Redbox Bowl (3 p.m., Fox): Oregon vs. Michigan State

Liberty Bowl (3:45 p.m., ESPN): Missouri vs. Oklahoma State

Holiday Bowl (7 p.m., FS1): Northwestern vs. Utah

Gator Bowl (7:30 p.m., ESPN): North Carolina State vs. Texas A&M

Jan. 1

Outback Bowl (Noon, ESPN2): Mississippi State vs. Iowa

Citrus Bowl (1 p.m., ABC): Kentucky vs. Penn State

Fiesta Bowl (1 p.m., ESPN): LSU vs. UCF

Rose Bowl (5 p.m., ESPN): Washington vs. Ohio State

Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m., ESPN): Texas vs. Georgia

Jan. 7

National championship game (8 p.m., ESPN): Semifinal winners

*-National semifinal

George H.W. Bush: Late president was passionate sports fan

George H.W. Bush was more than a politician and diplomat. The 41st president of the United States, who died Friday night at 94, was an avid sports fan, with baseball his burning passion.

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Not only did Bush root hard for the Houston Astros, he also played the game. As a lanky. Left-handed first baseman at Yale, Bush led the Bulldogs to the first two College World Series in 1947 and 1948, ESPN reported. Yale was runner-up both times, losing to California in ’47 and the University of Southern California in ’48. Bush was the Bulldogs’ captain his senior season at Yale.

Bush kept his old Yale baseball glove in an Oval Office desk drawer during his presidency, ESPN reported. in the White House. 

Bush also captained his high school baseball team, KHOU reported.

>> George H.W. Bush: 41st president dead at 94

Bush was a regular visitor to Houston Astros games at Minute Maid Park, and got to see his adopted hometown team stage a memorable World Series victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I was honored to know President George H.W. Bush," Astros president for business operations Reid Ryan said, the Houston Chronicle reported. “is love for our country and all things American made a lasting impression on me.

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"He treated people with respect and always put family first. These are life lessons we should all emulate."

George and Barbara Bush had two seats behind home plate at Minute Maid Park and were always accommodating to fans, former Astros owner Drayton McLane told KHOU.

“They love the players, they love the fans. I have never, ever, seen a fan come down and ask the President or Mrs. Bush for an autograph that they wouldn’t do it,” McLane told the television station.

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander tweeted a tribute to Bush late Friday night.

Bush delivered a ceremonial first pitch for the Astros before Game 3 of the 2015 American League Championship Series between the Astros and Royals, the Chronicle reported. He also joined his son, former president George W. Bush, for the first pitch before Game 5 of the 2017 WOrld Series, the newspaper reported.

Bush made appearances in other sports. 

He handled the coin flip at Super Bowl LI at Houston’s NRG Stadium in February 2017. New England called heads, but Bush’s coin toss came up tails (the Atlanta Falcons deferred), giving the Patriots the ball first.

The former president was also an avid golfer and was a regular visitor to the golf course near his vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

>> Notable deaths of 2018

The Walker Cup trophy was donated by his grandfather, George Herbert Walker, who was president of the United States Golf Association in 1920. Bush’s father, Prescott Bush, was an eight-time club champion at Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, according to the World Golf Hall of Fame website. Prescott Bush also was president of the USGA in 1935.

The former president also was chairman of the First Tee Program for youth golfers and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 as he was named in the Lifetime Achievement category.

That cemented his role as an American sportsman.

Chiefs release RB Kareem Hunt after violent video surfaces

The Kansas City Chiefs released Kareem Hunt on Friday, hours after a video surfaced that showed the running back shoving and kicking a woman in February, the Kansas City Star reported.

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The team announced the move shortly after the NFL had placed Hunt, 23, on the commissioner's exempt list, ESPN reported.

"Earlier this year, we were made aware of an incident involving running back Kareem Hunt," the Chiefs said in a statement the team released Friday night. "At that time, the National Football League and law enforcement initiated investigations into the issue. As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions. The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."

“I want to apologize for my actions,” Hunt said in a statement to ESPN. “I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this.”

The video of Hunt, published by TMZ Sports, is related to an incident in February at a downtown Cleveland hotel where the running back has an apartment, the Star reported.

Police were called and a written report was made, but Friday was the first time video footage of the incident had been available, the newspaper reported.

In an email to the Star, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “Neither the NFL nor the Chiefs viewed the video before it became public today.”

Hunt had rushed for 824 yards and seven touchdowns for the Chiefs (9-3) who own the best record in the AFC this season. For his career, Hunt has rushed for 2,151 yards and has scored 15 touchdowns.

Super Bowl LIII: Foo Fighters to headline DirecTV concert

Add another option to the ever-growing list of pre-Super Bowl LIII activities.

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The Foo Fighters will headline the DirecTV Super Saturday Night concert on Feb. 2 at a temporary venue to be constructed on-site at Atlantic Station. The concert will be held on the eve of Super Bowl LIII, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Jack Murphy, executive producer of the event, said Wednesday morning that the three-tiered complex will be nearly 72,000 square feet with capacity for about 6,000 people.

“It’s important that we curate a special building,” Murphy said. “It’s not a traditional show. When people show up on-site it’s a pretty special night. … it will be something unique for the city.”

Tickets for the concert will go on sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 through www.ticketmaster.com. All general admission tickets will be standing-room only, on the floor level.

Acknowledging the number of events taking place in the lead-up to the Super Bowl, Murphy said, “We’re not better than anybody else, we’re just different.”

Jameis Winston, Uber driver reach settlement, court documents say

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston reached a settlement with an Arizona Uber driver who filed a sexual battery lawsuit against him, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

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The agreement was reached in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, WTSP reported. The driver’s attorney, John Clune, filed the documents Monday, and the they stated the “parties are in the process of finalizing a settlement agreement" and that it would be completed in about 10 days.

The terms of the settlement were not listed, the Times reported.

The settlement comes 2½ years after the driver -- identified in court documents as “Kate P.” -- gave Winston a ride in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March 2016, ESPN reported. The woman claimed that Winston groped her while waiting in the drive-thru of Los Betos restaurant, then “became belligerent,” swore and used racial slurs, the Times reported.

The woman filed a civil suit against Winston in September and was seeking more than $75,000 in damages, the newspaper reported.

Winston confirmed in June that he was suspended from the National Football League team’s first three games of the 2018 season, WTSP reported.

The suspension cost Winston $124,411 in salary, ESPN reported.

Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He has a $20.1 million club option for next season that is only guaranteed against injury, the Times reported.

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