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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 18, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE C8 C 8 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2015 SPORTS winnipegfreepress. com H O M E D E L I V E RY C U S T O M E R S Hospital Vacation Donation Program For more information Call: 204- 697- 7001 or 1- 800- 542- 8900 to notify us of your vacation stop and restart date, or go to winnipegfreepress. com / customer_ service/ WIN A $ 20 TIMS CARD WEEKLY DRAW: To be eligible for the Tim Horton’s weekly draw, simply call or email your restart date to resume your paper and you’ll automatically be entered into the weekly draw to win 1 of 5 $ 20 Tim Hortons Gift Cards! Draw will take place every week on Friday and winner’s names will be announced every Saturday in the Winnipeg Free Press Weekend edition from June 6 to September 12, 2015. Winnipeg Free Press general contest rules apply. The following subscribers donated their stopped vacation papers to our Hospital program and won a $ 20 Tim Horton’s gift card. Winners will be contacted by telephone to arrange for their prize. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE VACATION DONATION PROGRAM TI This Week’s Lucky Winners Ed Paulishyn Dennis Cooley Diane Dwarka Barbara Schmidt Ken Stewart Every time a subscriber donates their newspaper to a hospital, their name will automatically be entered into a draw for a trip for 2 to fabulous Las Vegas. Anyone donating for 6 consecutive days or longer will be entered twice. Draw will take place on October 13, 2015. Winner wil be announced in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 17, 2015. BONUS DRAW Donate while on vacation and WIN A TRIP D va W WIN il nd t le d to Winnipeg Free Press general contest rules apply. The Wire FORMER New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan certainly doesn’t shy away from living his life on the edge. Ryan, now the head coach for the Buffalo Bills, participated in a tandem parachute jump with the U. S. Army “ Golden Knights” Parachute Team in Niagara Falls on Friday morning. The jump was part of the 2015 Thunder of Niagara Airshow being held this weekend. According to the Bills’ Twitter feed, Ryan was asked why he wanted to do the jump. His response: “ I like living.” The Bills said the plane carried Ryan 12,500 feet up and he did a free fall for 60 seconds. Ryan landed safely. After landing safely, Ryan greeted one of his former players, Jets wide receiver Eric Decker. Decker rode along in an F- 16 fighter jet with the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Ryan was fired by the Jets in December after six season as head coach. — Newsday I RVING, Texas — Sarah Thomas shared hugs and idle chatter at her first pre- season clinic since the NFL made her the first fulltime female on- field official. All of her colleagues were doing the same thing Friday in what amounts to the unofficial end of their off- season. The pharmaceutical representative and mother of three was just another one of the guys, which is how she hopes coaches and players see her when the regular season starts in two months. “ I know it may be new for some, but I think being a part of the developmental program and going that way, maybe they’ll see me just as an official,” Thomas said. “ That’s how I want them to see me.” The 41- year- old Thomas won’t be the first woman to call a regular- season game. That was Shannon Eastin in 2012 when the NFL used replacement officials during a labour dispute. But she will be the first one getting a full season — and a lot of attention along the way. “ I certainly wouldn’t want that attention,” said a chuckling Aaron Santi, one of nine other first- year officials likely to get that wish. “ It’s going to be tougher for her. She’s going to be under the microscope a little more because the reality is this is a really difficult job and we all make mistakes. Hopefully the fans and the public and the media will allow her to make mistakes and not treat her with a different standard than anyone else.” Thomas, who will be a line judge in 2015, is already the first female official in major college football, and the first to work a bowl game. She’s been in the NFL’s development program for two years, so she has done training camps and pre- season games. As for the novelty of being an NFL regular, long- time referee Ed Hochuli says that will wear off fast. “ It’ll be a big deal for the first few games,” Hochuli said. “ Then it will go away. And then it’s a matter of are you right or wrong in your calls and you’re just another official out there and you get treated the same.” Thomas, who grew up and still lives in Mississippi, recalled the story of her first game as an official, when she was asked to be the clock operator and told one of her mentors that she didn’t even know where the clock was. Thomas was a basketball player in high school and college and never worried about finding the clock. “ So he said, ‘ Well, we can train monkeys to do the clock, and we’re just short of them tonight, so it’s your job,’ ” Thomas said. “ That’s how I got introduced.” Thomas said not much has changed since the NFL hired her three months ago — “ working out and rules study, film review, talking to mentors that I have. Same thing.” And she won’t be expecting players to treat her any differently. “ They just want the job to be done and be done consistently,” Thomas said. “ Done right.” Referee Walt Coleman, getting ready for his 27th season, has another view of Thomas as one of the guys: her career path. “ They work their way up,” he said. “ They work junior high. They work high school. They work college football. And so when they get the opportunity to work in the NFL, they’re working with the best officials in the world.” And that means she can expect the fans to hate her the same way they do every guy around her. “ I can tell you, when you get out there, with all those guys in those striped shirts, and everybody’s going to be after us,” said Coleman, whose son Walt Coleman IV is among the first- year officials. “ And it’s going to be the same way for Walter and Sarah or whoever it is. Once that game starts, it’s going to be back to the same old football.” And Thomas is ready. For the grief. For the second- guessing. For the attention. “ The spotlight is what it is and being a first, I know that’s the reason this is,” she said. “ I get it. It just comes with the territory. So no big deal.” She’s used to it. — The Associated Press Season begins for new NFL officials First full- time female ref just one of the guys By Schuyler Dixon MATTHEW HINTON / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILES Sarah Thomas is two months away from taking the field as the NFL’s first full- time female on- field official. ‘ It’s going to be tougher for her. She’s going to be under the microscope a little more because the reality is this is a really difficult job and we all make mistakes’ — first- year official Aaron Santi SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit alleging the U. S. Soccer Federation and other organizations had not done enough to reduce the risk of injury from concussions and repetitive “ heading” of balls. The seven soccer players named as plaintiffs had no right to bring the suit, in part because they had failed to show injuries or imminent danger of injury, or that the defendants were to blame, U. S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled Thursday. Among the defendants was FIFA, soccer’s world governing body. Hamilton said her court did not have jurisdiction over FIFA, noting it was a Swiss association. She dismissed the suit against FIFA outright and allowed the soccer players to amend their suit against the other organizations, saying they would have to provide additional evidence, including specific facts supporting injury claims and a causal link to the organizations being sued. Plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Berman said he will appeal the decision regarding FIFA and amend the complaint based on the judge’s instructions. “ The epidemic of concussions in soccer — particularly in regards to youth players — is an issue that FIFA and U. S. Soccer cannot dodge any longer,” he said. FIFA said in a statement it welcomed the ruling. “ The court concluded that FIFA cannot be held responsible for football played throughout the United States and, as such, all claims relating to concussion and negligence against FIFA must be dismissed,” it said. The plaintiffs — four of whom were under 17 — were members of soccer clubs in their communities, according to Hamilton’s ruling. The lawsuit filed last year demanded that the soccer governing bodies alter rules regarding player substitutions to ensure injured players can be taken out of games and limit headers for players 17 and younger, among other changes. It also sought medical monitoring for anyone who has played soccer since 2002 under one of the organizations. The NFL, NHL and U. S. college sports governing body the NCAA have all faced similar concussion lawsuits. — The Associated Press Federal judge throws out header case against FIFA By Sudhin Thanawala ‘ The epidemic of concussions in soccer — particularly in regards to youth players — is an issue that FIFA and U. S. Soccer cannot dodge any longer’ — plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Berman OPELIKA, Ala. — Australia’s Mark Hensby birdied three of the final four holes Friday for a 7- under 64 and a share of the second- round lead in the inaugural Barbasol Championship. Hensby matched South Korea’s Whee Kim at 9- under 133 on Grand National’s Lake Course in the PGA Tour event for players who failed to qualify for the British Open. The 43- year- old Hensby won the 2004 John Deere Classic for his lone PGA Tour title. Kim shot a 66. He’s playing his 19th event in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, the highest- ranked player in the field at No. 98, shot a 66 to join firstround leader Sam Saunders and Charlie Beljan at 8 under. Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, followed his opening 64 with a 70, and Beljan had a 64. David Toms topped the group at 7 under after a 66. LPGA event beset by rain delays YLVANIA, Ohio — South Korea’s Ha Na Jang shot a 4- under 67 on Friday to increase her lead to two strokes in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic. Jang had a 9- under 133 total at Highland Meadows. Winless in 23 career tour events, she capped her bogey- free round with a 12- foot birdie putt on the par- 4 ninth. South Korea’s Q Baek was second after a 67. The start of the round was delayed 2 ½ hours because of rain and lightning, and play was suspended for the day at 8 p. m. because of more lightning. Fifty- five players were unable to complete the round. Baek had five birdies, making four in a row on Nos. 18- 3, and one bogey. — The Associated Press Hensby leading the pack at PGA Tour event High- flying Ryan does jump at airshow C_ 08_ Jul- 18- 15_ FP_ 01. indd C8 7/ 17/ 15 9: 23: 15 PM

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