Fan falls to death at Texans' stadium

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Fan falls to death at Texans' stadium

From Comcast SportsNetHOUSTON (AP) -- A fan who attended a pre-season Houston Texans' game at Reliant Stadium fell to his death from an escalator, officials said Friday. The fan fell from the escalator while attending a preseason game Thursday between the Houston Texans and the Minnesota Vikings, Reliant Stadium officials said in a statement. The Houston Medical Examiner's Office confirmed in an email Friday that it received the body. The medical examiner's website said the man, who was not identified, died in a Houston emergency room. Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said the fall occurred at the north end of the stadium and that the fan's condition wasn't known. In 2011, a firefighter attending a Texas Rangers game in Arlington died when he fell from the left field stands while reaching for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton. Shannon Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete when he tumbled over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field as the Rangers faced Oakland. Cooper Stone, his 9-year-old son, witnessed the fall during the second inning. In April, a statue of Stone and his son was dedicated to Rangers fans in front of the home plate gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Railings also were raised throughout the ballpark before this season.

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Six Raiders leading Pro Bowl voting; Carr fifth highest overall

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, with 681,361 votes, leads all pla​yers in balloting for the 2017 Pro Bowl, NFL.com announced today. 

Dallas rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (607,621 votes) ranks second overall, while New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (519,210 votes), Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

Antonio Brown (508,913 votes) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (500,770 votes) round out the top five. 

Fan voting for the 2017 Pro Bowl will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at www.NFL.com/probowlvote until Tuesday, December 13. Fans may also vote for who they want to see on the 2017 Pro Bowl roster via social media by using #ProBowlVote and the player’s first and last name on Twitter and Instagram. On Facebook, fans may comment on any official Pro Bowl Vote post by the NFL or a club. See official rules on how to vote at www.NFL.com/probowlvoterules.com.        

The Pro Bowl players are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 16. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. 

The Pro Bowl players will be announced on Tuesday, December 20 in a live primetime special on NFL Network. 

The game will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and simulcast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.  Fans may visit NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale to purchase game tickets. 

The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" structure.

NFL media services

NFL ALL-STAR TOP-TEN VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME, TEAM VOTES
RB

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

QB

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

QB

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

WR

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

QB

Derek Carr, Oakland

500,770

QB

Matt Ryan, Atlanta

455,264

WR

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

WR

Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants

429,728

RB

David Johnson, Arizona

405,436

QB

Drew Brees, New Orleans

403,802

 

 

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB

AFC

Tom Brady, New England

519,210

DE

AFC

Khalil Mack, Oakland

279,466

QB

NFC

Dak Prescott, Dallas

607,621

DE

NFC

Cliff Avril, Seattle

244,999

RB

AFC

DeMarco Murray, Tennessee

365,207

DT

AFC

Ndamukong Suh, Miami

184,749

RB

NFC

Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas

681,361

DT

NFC

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles

178,222

FB

AFC

Jamize Olawale, Oakland

169,509

OLB

AFC

Von Miller, Denver

238,755

FB

NFC

John Kuhn, New Orleans

198,442

OLB

NFC

Sean Lee, Dallas

166,579

WR

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

508,913

ILB

AFC

Zach Brown, Buffalo

106,464

WR

NFC

Julio Jones, Atlanta

438,112

ILB

NFC

Luke Kuechly, Carolina

230,068

TE

AFC

Martellus Bennett, New England

185,749

CB

AFC

Marcus Peters, Kansas City

208,577

TE

NFC

Greg Olsen, Carolina​

325,659

CB

NFC

Richard Sherman, Seattle

245,637

T

AFC

Donald Penn, Oakland

118,863

SS

AFC

Eric Berry, Kansas City

104,844

T

NFC

Tyron Smith, Dallas

252,590

SS

NFC

Kam Chancellor, Seattle

145,163

G

AFC

Kelechi Osemele, Oakland

118,666

FS

AFC

Reggie Nelson, Oakland

82,819

G

NFC

Josh Sitton, Chicago

233,416

FS

NFC

Earl Thomas, Seattle

144,891

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

128,053

P

AFC

Marquette King, Oakland

138,640

C

NFC

Travis Frederick, Dallas

249,976

P

NFC

Chris Jones, Dallas

70,331

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

128,682

ST

AFC

Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo

68,677

K

NFC

Dan Bailey, Dallas

130,954

ST

NFC

Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota

102,116

RS

AFC

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh

90,568

 

 

 

 

RS

NFC

Tyler Lockett, Seattle

83,720

 

 

 

 

*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters only

 

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Otani to MLB after 2017 season? 'We discussed the possibility'

Otani to MLB after 2017 season? 'We discussed the possibility'

TOKYO -- Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to the major leagues after the 2017 season.

The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also put up big numbers at the plate, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday.

Otani will not become eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season and will need the Fighters' approval to negotiate with a major league club through the posting system before that time.

He says "we discussed the possibility of me going. ... The club will respect my wishes whenever I decide I want to go."

Otani went 10-4 as a pitcher and batted .322 with a career-high 22 home runs this season for the Fighters.

New rules in MLB's collective bargaining agreement make it more difficult for players like Otani to get paid big bucks right away. But there is a definite curiosity about his abilities, even from those who haven't seen him play much.

"I don't know which side you're worried about more: his ability to pitch or hit," former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully he stays healthy because he's an addition whatever league he winds up with, whether he stays in Japan or comes to the U.S. he's certainly going to be an exciting player for people to look forward to watching."

Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was reluctant to talk about Otani because he's under contract in Japan. But he's intrigued about Otani's ability to pitch and hit.

"We have reports on him," Dombrowski said. "Do I think a player could be a two-way player? Yeah, it could happen. It is very difficult? Yes. But I'm not saying that there's not a player out there that can't do that because some of them are rare, rare guys. Babe Ruth could do it. He was pretty good. So it can be done."