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Former Heisman winner Ricky Williams arrested on traffic warrants

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams was arrested in Texas on Tuesday on traffic warrants, records show.

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Williams was pulled over for a traffic offense, then arrested on warrants, Austin police said.

He is no longer in the Travis County Jail, records show. 

Williams, who starred at the University of Texas and played seven seasons in the NFL, is currently a football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1998 and was the second Longhorn to win college football’s top prize, and was also a two-time All-American.

Earlier this year, Williams said he was racially profiled while walking through a neighborhood in Tyler. A man called 911 when he "observed a black male, wearing all black, crouched down behind his wire fence," and Tyler police stopped and searched Williams, according to media reports

Williams was taken to the Travis County Jail 17 years ago, when he was playing for the New Orleans Saints, when he refused to sign a traffic ticket, according to previous media reports

WWE legend Ric Flair is finally out of the hospital following major health scare

WWE legend Ric Flair is going home after a spending over a month in the hospital following a health scare that started with severe stomach pains.

Flair went to the hospital on Aug. 11, and he began suffering from heart and kidney failure due to alcohol abuse. He shared details of his struggle with alcohol in an interview with People, and he was placed in a medically induced coma while part of his bowel was removed. Doctors also inserted a pacemaker.

“The Nature Boy” is finally heading home according to Pro Wrestling Sheet, and he said he plans to quit drinking.

Related: Ric Flair talks about severity of alcohol addiction during radio interview

Flair post a video of encouragement while he was in the hospital.

I'm Backkkk! Thanks To Everyone For The Support These Past Couple Weeks. I Ain't Dead Yet Mother F**ckers! WOOOOO! — Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 2, 2017

Related: Ric Flair shares the tragic details on his health battle after nearly dying in the hospital

Flair is one of the most famous icons in pro wrestling history, and he is two-time Hall of Fame inductee. Hopefully he can recover from his procedures and his alcohol addiction and improve his health.

(h/t Pro Wrestling Sheet)

New gameplay shown of upcoming Resident Evil 7 DLC ‘Not a Hero’

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard launched at the beginning of this year, and with gameplay that placed an emphasis on deranged, creepy characters, a disturbing (and frequently disgusting) atmosphere, and a general feeling of helplessness surrounding the player, the game pretty much redeemed a franchise that had long ago become stale and repetitive. This success is heavily owed to the slow-and-steady mindset of the development team, which a few months ago delayed one of Biohazard’s DLC packs with a humble apology citing a need to refine the expansion before releasing it.

RELATED: Capcom explains Resident Evil 7 ‘Not a Hero’ delay in recent announcement

Now, five months later, Capcom has finally released its first trailer. Not a Hero features one of the series’ more iconic characters, Chris Redfield, as he attempts to uncover and eventually destroy the new monsters that appeared in Biohazard. Check it out:

While Biohazard frequently challenged the player with insurmountable situations from which the player could only run and hide, Not a Hero seems to have returned (at least partially) to the gameplay of recent installments. It’s still first-person, and ammunition is still seemingly a scarce commodity, but the actions of Redfield in the above trailer are a far cry away from the helpless behavior of Ethan Winters. He easily and with little hesitation dispatches the monstrous “molded,” having to retreat only when an especially large version appears at the end of the trailer.

Fans have already begun to criticize the gameplay online, voicing concerns that the brutal effectiveness of Chris Redfield detracts from the game’s horror elements. It’s hard to feel fear, after all, when the threat has the consistency of a paper bag in comparison to the protagonist. That said, it’s possible that the trailer is a poor demonstration of the contents of the DLC, and that the full release will follow similar thematic and gameplay elements to Biohazard.

Not a Hero launches free on December 12 alongside the Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Gold Edition, which will arrive as a free upgrade for all current owners of the game. Follow the official Twitter account for all Resident Evil related news, or visit the series’ website.

Details emerge on the condition of 2-year-old child struck by foul ball at Yankees game

The New York Yankees-Minnesota Twins game was briefly stopped in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon after a two-year-old child was struck in the mouth by a foul ball.

Child gets hit by a foul ball at Yankees game. The players' reactions say it all. — Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) September 20, 2017

Todd Frazier immediately dropped to a knee after fouling the ball into the stands, and other players quickly followed suit.

The young girl hit was with her grandparents at the game, according to an official — Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) September 20, 2017

ESPN updated the condition of the young girl on late Wednesday evening, as the family released information that “she’s doing all right”, but that it was still too early to know if surgery would be required.

Her father and grandfather spoke briefly with reporters there Wednesday night. When asked whether she would need surgery, the girl’s father, who declined to give his name, said: “It’s too early to tell.” “She’s doing all right. Just keep her in your thoughts,” he told WABC-NY.

The game was stopped for several minutes after the foul ball, as the players on the field were clearly shaken as medical personnel attended to the child’s injuries.

The story will be updated as more information is learned on the young girl’s condition.

Ezekiel Elliott speaks out following embarrassing effort in loss against Denver Broncos

Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott is owning up to his lackadaisical effort in two key plays against the Denver Broncos this weekend.

Elliott, who’s undisputedly one of the top running backs in the NFL, was notably called out by a former great running back, LaDainian Tomlinson (among others), for what Tomlinson saw was poor sideline attitude. In fact, the former Chargers’ star felt Elliott quit on the Cowboys.

That’s harsh criticism from an all-time great, but to his credit, Elliott took the time to respond to the media regarding Tomlinson’s thoughts. Here’s what he said, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News:

“I definitely heard it,” said Elliott, who carried nine times for a career-low eight yards in the loss. “I guess you could say it looked like that. “I would say I was just very frustrated, but that’s no excuse for the lack of effort I showed on tape. I just can’t do that. Being one of the leaders on the team and being a guy that people count on, I can’t put that type of stuff on film.”

Specifically, Elliott addressed Dallas’ two interceptions, which were plays that saw him basically give up. One of which, you can see below:

Ezekiel Elliott has decided to accept his suspension from Cowboys effective immediately after this interception — Mr. Beastly (@inbeastitrust) September 18, 2017

The Dallas running back told reporters that head coach Jason Garrett and he addressed the issue in-house, and when asked what he saw when watching those plays, Elliott told reporters that he saw bad effort from himself:

“It’s definitely not me. It’s definitely not the type of player I am. It’s definitely not who I am for this team. “I just can’t do that. I was frustrated, and I wasn’t myself.”

The Broncos stunned the Cowboys in Week 2, winning 42-17. Elliott rushed nine times for only eight yards, averaging an abysmal 0.9 yards per rush.

Pro golfer’s shanked shot completely knocks spectator out of chair

At the Tour Championship, the 30 players on tour took to East Lake to improve on their already successful seasons. These are some of the best players in the world, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of hitting shots just like us. Take this shot from Jhonathan Vegas on the par-4 8th hole as our latest example.

This shank is the gift that kept on giving. — Skratch (@Skratch) September 21, 2017

This is wonderful. The improvised camerawork on a shank is always amazing, but the ball (possibly) grazing the fan and startling him to the point of knocking him out of his chair is the cherry on top. The best part is the fan wasn’t even a spectator on the same hole Vegas was playing. Thankfully he seemed to be okay, but I can’t help but think of the scene around that guy. Imagine you’re watching the action on one hole and the guy sitting next to you gets knocked over by an errant tee shot. It’s beautiful. I love it.

Vegas went on to bogey the hole. Hopefully he gets his swing back on track.

Life sentence has been handed down in the death of an NFL starter’s brother

The story of Broderick Taylor is a sad one, but ultimately, the fallen 17-year old has found justice.

Kristen Fiscus of The Anniston Star is reporting that the Alabama man who shot and killed Taylor in 2015, Jerald Bailey, has been found guilty of manslaughter. Fiscus’ reporting was passed on by Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times because the story has a strong connection to Tampa Bay, and specifically, the Buccaneers.

Taylor was the younger brother of Buccaneers star linebacker Kwon Alexander. If you’ll remember, Alexander played just two days after his brother’s death, helping lead Tampa Bay to an overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons by way of an interception, a forced and recovered a fumble, and 11 tackles.

It was an incredible game by Alexander, who wrote about the contest as well as his little brother later on for The Players Tribune . He said he felt his brother there while he was playing, and of course, he wished Broderick would have been there to see his stellar game:

I had those two turnovers, plus a pass-breakup and 11 tackles, which at the time was the most I’d ever had in a single NFL game. It was enough to help lead my team to a 23–20 overtime win in a divisional game. I was even named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Everything about that game was special. I just wish Lil’ Brod could have been there to see it. He would have been turnt. Like I said, all he wanted me to do was ball.

Auman passes on that Bailey was given the maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole. He was found guilty of manslaughter, a lesser charge than murder, but was still given the harsh sentence by a circuit county judge.

Former Texas A&M AD is now passing on the blame as Kevin Sumlin sits on the hot seat

Kevin Sumlin is firmly entrenched on the hot seat at Texas A&M and the entire college football world knows it. However, one person that was seemingly responsible for Sumlin’s contract in College Station is now indicating publicly that it really wasn’t his call.

Eric Hyman, who hasn’t been the AD at Texas A&M since early 2016, sat down with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week and, in short, he denied any responsibility for the massive six-year, $30 million contract extension that Sumlin currently operates under.

“No. I had nothing to do with it. “I have done this job a long time and I don’t blame Kevin Sumlin. If someone is going to give you $5 million a year for six years, it would have been stupid of him to turn it down. But the contract was given to me, and it was ‘This is what we are going to do.’ I looked at myself and I was stunned.”

From there, Hyman wasn’t shy about denying his own involvement, indicating that he would have had no buyout provision in Sumlin’s contract if given the choice.

“I had no say so over it. I’ve been doing this job for a long time. I had worked with Steve Spurrier for years, and he was paid a heck of a lot less than Coach Sumlin. And he won national championships after conference championships. And then you are making this commitment to a person, and again I don’t blame Kevin, that’s never won a conference championship. “When the original contract was given to me, if Kevin were to leave the next day there was no buyout provision.”

There isn’t really a way to prove the intent here on Hyman’s side and, obviously, there is a bit of self-interest here. Still, it does not reflect positively on the other powers that be in College Station and the Sumlin saga will only increase in visibility if A&M is unable to knock off Arkansas in Arlington this weekend.

Clemson loses critical player for the season thanks to in-practice injury

Clemson announced Thursday that kicker Greg Huegel suffered a torn ACL in practice and is now out for the season.

Clemson starting K Greg Huegel suffered torn ACL on FG attempt on last play of practice Wednesday & is out for season — Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 21, 2017

Huegel was critical in Clemson’s National Championship win over Alabama, connecting on 30-plus yard field goals in the third and fourth quarter.

He’s connected on 4-of-4 attempts this season, including a 51-yard shot. He also handled kickoff duties for the Tigers.

Clemson plays against Boston College this weekend on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Suspended Pro Bowler reportedly facing a “better than 50/50” chance of getting back in the league this year

Former Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon has been out of the NFL since 2015 when he was suspended for violating the NFL’s drug and alcohol policy.

Gordon, who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental draft, has long had a high-profile struggle with the NFL and specifically its strong stance against marijuana use — a habit Gordon simply hasn’t been able to kick.

There was a point in July of 2016 when the NFL announced that it would reinstate Gordon for the season after he served a four-game suspension, but the wideout put himself in in-patient rehab, which ended that bid for reinstatement. Per Josh Edwards of 247Sports, the last time Gordon applied for reinstatement was May 11, but that was denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Eric Galko of Sporting News and Optimum Scouting is now reporting some more positive news for Gordon, though. Per Galko, Gordon has a better than 50/50 chance of being reinstated for this year. It’s nowhere near a lock, but that’s better than nothing, and we could learn more about Gordon soon.

NFL source believes it's "better than 50/50" Josh Gordon gets reinstated this year. Still far from a lock. We could learn more this week. — Eric Galko (@OptimumScouting) September 20, 2017

If Gordon is reinstated to the NFL, he’ll go back to the Browns. Cleveland technically still has him on a $5,341,648 million four-year deal, per Edwards, and he’ll be under that contract until the offseason of 2018. Just in case you were wondering, Gordon’s money has been deferred due to the indefinite suspension.

Since entering the league in 2012, Gordon has played in only 35 games. He played in 16 games in 2012 and 14 in 2013. He played in only five games in the 2014 season and he hasn’t seen the field since.

In those 35 games, Gordon has caught 161 passes for 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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