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Rome wasn t built in a day, after all. Fortunately for you, developer has promptly, officially released patch 2 for Total War: Rome 2, and the patch aims to address a number of issues from all facets of the game; campaign AI, battlefield AI, multiplayer functionality, performance, and so on. As the press release sent by SEGA notes, the second patch deploys over 100 fixes across all areas of the game, and The Creative Assembly isn t intending to stop there. Over on the it was confirmed that one patch will be rolling out every week until things are stable. Patch 2 was already out in beta form, and The Creative Assembly is now working on rolling out a beta for patch 3. Until then, we ll focus on what patch 2 addresses. If you want (some) of the important bits, you can read the summary below if you d prefer to read the full patch notes (might want to grab something to eat/drink), simply look directly below the summary. Summary: Campaign map performance and performance boosts across the board, although the notes suggest that some of the enhancements were intended as fixes for certain GPUs. AI in both the campaign and battlefield sees an improvement as well; and the developer admits in the notes that there s still more work to be done on that front. The last important bit is that the patch adds in some gameplay changes. Normal infantry speed has been reduced on the battlefield, but shock cavalry has seen an increase in speed for both its run and charge. Flanking attacks will also now have more of a morale hit on the enemy. Lastly, the developer adjusted some campaign mechanics such as Food and Squalor. It should also be noted that a new option has been added when starting a campaign. Rather than turning on or off AI movements on the campaign map, there s now a limited option that will only show certain events. For more info on that, see the third entry under technical and performance issues in the patch notes, which begin directly below. Total War: Rome 2 Update 2 patch notes Technical and Performance Issues

Campaign performance optimisations.
Campaign AI round time improvements (greatest effect during early game).
A new Limited option has been added to the Show AI Player Moves settings in Single Player an Multiplayer Campaign modes, this enables the player to see all movement of enemy factions, all movement within the players regions, and all movement within sea that the player has ports in during the AI turns.
Improved AI recruitment decisions in Campaign modes. Further improvements planned for subsequent patches.
Pathfinding optimisation on the Campaign Map.
Fix for Level of Detail distances scaling incorrectly when the Field of View is changed which reduces the chance of the Intelligent Zoom [N] key, causing zombie like low quality textures on unit faces in battles.
A new warning message has been added to loading screen to inform the player when graphics memory is running low, and the game is downgrading the players graphics settings. This can be overriden, allowing the game to use system memory for graphics (VRAM) by ticking the Unlimited video memory option in the graphics menu.
Increased the frame rate and reduced frame stuttering in battles on certain GPUs.
Improved compatibility for graphics cards with multiple GPUs.
Added earlier Multiplayer Campaign resyncronisation detection, upon loading save games which allows resyncronisation in more cases.
More conservative out-of-the-box graphics settings and resolution for DirectX 10 and 11 on Mobile GPUs
Improved the processing speed of the default deployment placement, reducing battle loading times on some battle maps.
Fixed battle crash bug caused by the default deployment placement.
Crash fix for when the player placed the mouse over a garrison force of a region in Campaign mode.
Fix for crash loading save games that were created on the settlement captured screen in Campaign modes.
Fix for a crash when holding the [SHIFT] and [CTRL] keys down, and selecting a unit card, when no unit cards where previously selected in Campaign and Battle modes.
Fix for crash caused by forming a Confederation in Campaign modes.
Some desyncronisations have been fixed in multiplayer city / port assault battles.
Crash fix for when multiple AI reinforcements arrive in a single player siege battle in Campaign mode.
Fix for crash when selecting Custom Battle mode after fighting several different Multiplayer battles.
Fix for a crash in 4v4 custom or multiplayer battles caused by the battle AI.
Fix for crash when cancelling a game request for a password protected game whilst in a Multiplayer battle lobby.
Fix some crashes in multiplayer campaign mode, when one player quit the game, it would cause the other player to crash.
Fixed a Multiplayer crash which happened when a client joined a lobby and was being allocated to the wrong slot.
Fix for a very rare crash when launching a new campaign.
Fixed rare battlefield loading lockup.
Fix for a rare crash caused by animal handlers in battles.
Fix for crash that happens when AI unit triggers raise banner special ability when no human units are selected in battles.

Gameplay Improvements

Reduced infantry run speed, charge speed and acceleration in battles.
The low level casualty moral penalties have been significantly reduced in battles.
Improved balancing for Food and Squalor in Campaign Mode.
Campaign AI is more likely to make a stand when defending its final settlement, but may still seek out another home, if they fear losing the final battle.
Encampments battles are no longer incorrectly merged with Coastal battles, which lead to forts floating in the air when a friendly navy reinforced an army in the Fortification stance.
Improved ship movement speeds in battles.
Shock cavalry run speed and charge speed have been increased in battles.
Increased flanking morale penalties.
Added icons to indicate activity in the Technology and Faction screens during a campaign.
Fix for the boarding/ramming button which showed the incorrect state in certain circumstances in battles.
Fix for a bug that sometimes made it impossible to exchange units between a transported land force and another land force on the Campaign map.
Fix for armies on the sea getting stuck in patrol stance in Campaign modes.
Fixed splitting an embedded army from a navy which sometimes caused the player to get stuck in the Prologue Campaign.
Some missions in single player and multiplayer Campaign have been fixed and now execute correctly.
When a settlement is captured via a siege battle, with a friendly naval fleet blockading its port, the ownership of the port is now changed correctly to the friendly navy fleet on capture.
Fix for AI taking inappropriate sized siege equipment into battle when the user changed the settlement wall height, via the map selection settings, in Custom Battle mode.
Fix for defending armies under AI control grouping together at the edge of their deployment zone, during Ambush battles when the player choses to wait before attacking them.
Improved AI and scripting in the Raphia Historical Battle.
Fixed a bug preventing the player from progressing in The Invasion of Samnium prologue chapter, if they had spent all of their funds before being instructed to recruit a General (and therefore having no funds to do so).
The Attribute increases for an agent accompanying an army now activate its associated effects on the general of that army in Campaign modes.
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Fixed issues with not enough time being given for certain advisor lines to play in different languages in the prologue.
Fix for units floating in the air while climbing siege towers in battle, when the tower is placed on a slope.
Attacking siege ladders will no longer clip through the gate house in the siege on Bovianum battle during The Invasion of Samnium chapter in Prologue Campaign.
The victory screen in Multiplayer Campaign mode now shows the correct title for both players.
The Basilica of Vulcan religious building now applies the correct bonus to recruitment cost reduction in Campaign Mode.
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Fix for settlement expansion trapping / blocking units movement on the campaign map in very rare cases.
Improved the terrain in a small Barbarian city battle map.
Minor bug fixes for Roman and Barbarian siege battle maps.
During battles, players are no longer able to un-pause the game while in the options menus.

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Right-clicking on the Aggressive, Balanced and Protective stance buttons when Autoresolving a battle in campaign mode will now take the player to the Encyclopedia, where these stances are explained in more detail.
More detailed descriptions added to the tooltips for the Occupy, Loot and Raze buttons after successfully capturing a settlement on the Campaign map.
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Fixed an error with uploading stats when a multiplayer battle was ended prematurely.
The Force March movement effect on the campaign map (looks like a whirlwind) are now correctly removed from the screen when the AI move their army.
Correction to the Assault Hexeres unit card in the Parthia faction during battles, which had no colour mask and appeared black.
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In the Controls menu under the Settings option in the main menu, when the player modifies the keyboard controls, and saves them, the new name for these controls is now replaces the Classic Total War name.
Added a tooltip to say Left-click to remove unit from recruitment queue for units that are queued for hire in Campaign mode.
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Added tooltips to Weather and Time of Day settings in the Custom Battle menu.
Fixes and corrections for text in the encyclopaedia have been made.
Minor text and grammar corrections in Campaign Modes.
Fix for some German text not fitting into the available text space in the campaign mode user interface.
Improved text formatting in the Objectives panel in Campaign mode.
Added some localisation text fixes for French, Italian, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Polish and Turkish.
Fixed some missing text on the Diplomacy screen in Campaign modes.
Added white outline to Armoured Legionaries unit cards in battle.

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20 picks after Titus Young...imagine Cobb and Mega on the same team. Frightening. This pick may end up being worse than the Pistons picking Greg Kelser over Sid Moncreif.

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Yale police declined to comment in the investigation.

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[Bearbeiten] Hanley Ramirez, rejuvenated and relevant, leads Dodgers past

LOS ANGELES – He s bigger than you think, is. Broader. Thicker. He walks with that heaviness sometimes, in the later innings when his body is weary, especially heavy for a man who plays shortstop and twice stole more than 50 bases in this league. He wears his jersey rakishly unbuttoned, like it can t hold him,cheap baseball jersey, not tonight it can t, that big chain and cross dangling, and he holds his bat high, and kicks his front leg high, and fellow ballplayers don t understand how all that doesn t kill his bat speed. But it doesn t. Never has. Somewhere along the line, the world began to underestimate Hanley Ramirez. He was hurt. He didn t really want to play. He was tired of being a Florida Marlin. He had made his money. The perception of him had changed,cheap basketball jersey, and whether it was self-inflicted or not was a matter of where one stood in relation to an unflattering career arc. The Marlins, for one, unloaded him, happily, as they are prone to do. He said Sunday night, after he d hit three more line drives and the had played to the brink of the NLCS, that those were terrible times, when a weak shoulder had made him half the player he expected of himself.

I don t want to remember those moments, he said. It was awful. 

But, yeah, at 29, suddenly he s bigger than you thought he was. Wearing the white jersey and playing shortstop and batting third is who he is again, and in a place where they re suckers for stars. In a division series that means the world to the Dodgers, who are trying to make something of themselves again too, it is Ramirez who has never been better, and he d been pretty damned good once before.

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.Hanley Ramirez has seven hits in 13 at-bats in the first three games of the series. (AP)

In three games against the Atlanta Braves,Iran Says It Has Arrested 4 In Nuclear Sabotage Plot - The T, including Sunday s , Ramirez is batting .538. The Dodgers are a win away, with a full ballpark awaiting Monday night s Game 4, with Clayton Kershaw in reserve if that doesn t work out, and with Ramirez swinging the bat like there s not a pitch or a pitcher who could beat him. Against a pitching staff that was the finest in the National League over six months, Ramirez has seven hits in 13 at-bats. He s homered, tripled, doubled four times and driven in six runs.

Watch every pitch of those 13 at-bats, every subtle weight shift, the way he starts high and finishes higher, grander, and the way the ball leaves the bat, hard and backspun, and a greater question arises.

Yeah, A.J. Ellis said, I don t know how he got out six times. 

After he d doubled off Julio Teheran, tripled off Alex Wood and singled off Jordan Walden, all part of a 14-hit uprising by the Dodgers, Ramirez seemed touched by how wonderful the game could be again. He d watched so many October baseball games from his home in Miami and never played in one himself. He d sat through the San Francisco Giants celebration last October, and he told himself often that next year would be the Dodgers and him playing for something like that. Not everybody wins, of course,where to buy nfl jerseys, but Ramirez wanted a shot at it.

We re here now, he said.

He s still not whole. Every day,Conrad Black vs. the Headless Horseman. Who wins-, like the men on rosters all over the game, he trudges into the trainer s room and tends to his back and his hamstring and whatever else may have arisen. Don Mattingly, his manager, had rested him plenty in the season s final weeks, because of days like today. Ramirez fought him plenty, too. He wanted to play.

I just kept telling him, Mattingly said, I want the whole world to see you. I want the world to see how good you are. 

Ramirez would nod and report to the bench, waiting for the important games and the important at-bats, allowing his body to catch up to the time of season. Along came the fourth inning Sunday night. Ramirez laced a line drive into left-center field. He turned first and headed to second base, pulling up slightly as he arrived. Braves center fielder Jason Heyward noted Ramirez s deceleration and he, too, slowed. And then Ramirez dug for third base. He beat the throw easily. The Dodgers scored four runs that inning. They are better for him. Since the trade two Julys ago, Ramirez has played 150 games as a Dodger and batted .312 with 30 home runs and 101 RBI. The three playoff games, you know about.

When I got here, they changed everything around me and in my mind, he said. From the first day, Donnie, I remember when I got to St. Louis and when I walked into his office, he just told me to just be you. 

Part of that has been injuries. The rest has been production. And at a time the Dodgers are trying to become relevant again, so is Hanley Ramirez, and it seems to suit them both. In fact, they re both a little bigger for it.


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COVENTRY, R.I., Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The family of a 12-year-old Coventry, R.I., boy who was suspended for taking a gun-shaped key chain to school planned to appeal the suspension.

The boy, Joseph Lyssikatos,How To Get A Metro North Refund, was suspended for three days after the key chain fell out of his backpack during class last week, and he was also barred from participating in a class trip to Salem,where to buy nfl jerseys, Mass., later this month, WJAR-TV,cheap basketball jersey,Group plans discussion on Ban the Box, Cranston, R.I.,where to buy cheap nfl jerseys, reported.

Joseph has already served the suspension, but his father said the family hopes to have the incident expunged from his school record.

"I told him last year that perfect attendance and non-lateness is a great character trait. And everyone's looking for that and he was upset to not have that," Keith Bonanno, Joseph's father said

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[Bearbeiten] Jason Collins still waiting for call from NBA team

OAKLAND, Calif. – Free-agent center , who announced in May that he is gay, has received interest from a handful of NBA teams, but has yet to sign with anyone three weeks before the start of the 2013-14 season.

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.Jason Collins ended last season with the Wizards. (USA Today)

Collins, 34, became the first active athlete in one of the four major American professional team sports to announce he s gay. The  are among four teams to have shown interest in signing Collins, but ultimately opted to add a younger center – Hamady Ndiaye – to compete for their final roster spot, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
There would probably have been slight awkwardness in the beginning, Kings forward Chuck Hayes said. But after a while, he s a man, he s a human being, he s a ball player. You d just treat him like any other teammate. 

Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts, who is also openly gay, told Yahoo Sports that he spoke to Collins last week over the phone. Welts said Collins is in good spirits despite not being signed.

I didn t know what to expect and I don t think Jason knew what to expect, Welts said. I am rooting for him and I think a lot of people are rooting for him to find a job. But where that is going to be, how that is going to come about and whether it will, is an open question. There are a lot of basketball players looking for jobs right now. He just happens to be 7-feet tall and a good character guy.
All I can do is encourage him. I just spoke to him this week and he just finished a two-mile trail run and an hour-and-a-half lifting in the gym. In his mind he ll be ready when the call comes. But the call has to come. 

Welts and Warriors general manager Bob Myers said they would have seriously considered signing Collins if their roster didn t have so many centers. The Warriors are currently carrying centers Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights, Jermaine O Neal,Will Americans rise up against ObamaCare-, Festus Ezeli and rookie Dewayne Dedmon. The New York Daily News previously reported the New York Knicks also had interest in Collins. Myers, who was Collins agent before joining the Warriors front office, is hopeful Collins will get an opportunity to play this season.

There are a lot of good players who are on the cusp of being in or out of the NBA, Myers said. I think he will get a chance. 

Collins played 32 games for the Boston Celtics last season and six games with the Washington Wizards. An NBA source said Collins is stronger than ever while waiting for a team to call. One NBA general manager said that if any team signs Collins, it will likely be in January after it has had more time to evaluate its roster.

It s his age that you got to take into consideration, one NBA general manager said.

Even if Collins isn t signed,cheap baseball jersey, Welts doesn t think the center s impact on the gay community will be lessened.

It doesn t diminish what he did in any way,cheap basketball jersey, shape or form,where to buy cheap nfl jerseys, Welts said. It doesn t diminish the courage it took and the long-term impact it will have. We all know what the end story is going to be. In an ideal world with all things being equal,Kenny Rogers- Dolly Parton and I didn't have an affair but we had 'tension', he would have a job. There s a lot of factors that go with a player that could be the 14th player on a roster.
Maybe it s naiveté. Maybe it s being in the NBA my entire life, but there is a team out there that thinks he can make a difference. 

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There's also the president's brother Qayoum Karzai, and Gul Agha Shirzai, a former provincial governor accused of drug trafficking and pedophilia.
Former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul is viewed by many as an early front-runner. Rassoul's running mate for second vice president is Habiba Sarabi, Afghanistan's first female provincial governor.
There is one relatively unknown woman running for president, and a total of eight female vice presidential candidates.
So many candidates came out of the woodwork at the last minute that the election office stayed open until midnight on Sunday to accommodate them all. Backroom talks have been going on for weeks as various power brokers tried to assemble winning coalitions.
"Some of those who have joined last-minute [indicate] that the political horse-trading may have not worked," says Nader Nadery, head of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan.
"It is a much more selfcentric political bargaining," he adds.
So it comes as no surprise that in the end, Nadery says, 27 different tickets were registered.
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One bit of intrigue is the question of whether President Karzai is supporting any of the candidates. Analysts say that they expect Karzai to ultimately back someone he sees as a safe successor who will both listen to him and look after his interests.
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Symptoms of the disease initially began in 1992 when Hanks packed on 30 pounds to play a baseball coach in "A League of Their Own."

In 2000, he dropped from 225 pounds to 170 pounds to play a man stranded on a desert island in "Castaway."

Hanks told Letterman, "My doctor said,Marco buys part of Internet technology company in St. Paul, 'Look, if you can weigh as much as you weighed in high school, you will essentially be completely healthy. You will not have Type 2 diabetes.' And then I said to her, 'Well, then,cheap basketball jersey, I'm gonna have Type 2 diabetes because there is no way I can weigh as much as I did in high school.'

Hanks jokingly told Letterman that he weighed just 96 pounds in high school.

CBS medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips explained on "CBS This Morning," "In dramatic weight gain or dramatic weight loss, the equilibrium of the body is just completely off. So that may predispose him to developing Type 2 Diabetes later."

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(Jasen Vinlove, USA TODAY Sports) Eight days into the NHL season, it might not be too early to say tonight’s game between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks (8 ET,where to buy nfl jerseys, NBC Sports Network) will establish a front-runner in the Western Conference race.

“These teams dislike each other a ton, and that makes for hard and intense hockey,” NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said. “While it is early, you can never plant a seed early enough.”

Last season, the Blackhawks were 3-1-1 against the Blues. But the Blues picked up Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow as free agents, and their younger players are theoretically older and wiser. They might have narrowed the gap against the Blackhawks, even though Chicago won two Stanley Cup championships in the last four seasons.

“Each and every time Chicago and St. Louis play, it will be like a Game?7,” McGuire said.

How the teams stack up:

Overall:?The Blues are tougher to play against, while the Blackhawks have more offensive might.

Coaching: The Blues Ken Hitchcock has instilled a tough defensive mindset in his team. Chicago s Joel Quenneville likes to use team speed to pressure the opponent.

Defense: The Blackhawks, led by Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, were statistically the league’s top defensive team last season. But the Blues might have the league’s deepest collection of defensemen. The Blues’ top six are Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Kevin Shattenkirk, Roman Polak, Barret Jackman and Jordan Leopold. The Blackhawks have Keith, Seabrook,Apollo Beach youngster fills shoeboxes with gifts for needy kids around the worl, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya,What are Danica, Ricky and Junior up to while Chase drivers dominate rankings-,cheap baseball jersey, Nick Leddy and Michal Rozsival.

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Goaltending: Chicago’s Corey Crawford established his reputation by leading the Blackhawks to an NHL title. Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak pulled off a couple big upsets while with the Montreal Canadiens, but he still must prove he can carry a team all the way through the postseason.

Our prediction: 3-2 Blues

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There s another potential U.S. Olympic goalie showdown when the Ottawa Senators visit the Los Angeles Kings.

Earlier this season, the Senators Craig Anderson topped Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller 1-0.

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Twelve weeks remain for him to heal more and play better. Not impossible, considering where he is now compared to the debacle of opening night.
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"When it comes to timing here, timing there, sometimes you might be a little bit off coming back from an injury like I had, Griffin told reporters after practice Wednesday. It was a rare admission that after four weeks, he was not the player he was at his peak last season. "You've gotta work through those growing pains.
Then again, he said of the time that has passed from Week 1 against the Eagles to the bye week and, now, the Cowboys' game, "The more time you have after it, the better it'll be.
Observers around the NFL agree -- both that he has shown the classic, unavoidable signs of rehab, and that those won't last forever.
"I just have too much respect for the game to think that he can come back from an injury like that and be the player he was so quickly, said Rich Gannon, a former league MVP, Super Bowl quarterback and now a CBS game analyst.
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Plus,cheap baseball jersey, he pointed out, he had the same injury early in his career, with his first team, the Minnesota Vikings. Like Griffin, he fought to return in one offseason and did not miss a regular-season game -- and, he said, "It took a while to get your timing back and your rhythm back ... You're never completely comfortable and confident for that whole first year back.
"I had to play a little differently, he said.
That will not only help Griffin later in his career, said Steve Beuerlein, also a CBS game analyst, longtime NFL quarterback and knee-surgery veteran, it could help him this season.
"It's a year rehab ... there's no getting around that, Beuerlein said, adding, "I believe he's going to be a totally different quarterback next year, when he's a year healthier and a year stronger.

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This season, he said, "I've been incredibly impressed. My admiration has just gone sky-high ... I think RG3 is gonna get strong stronger as the year goes along -- he'll get stronger and more confident, and the Shanahans (head coach Mike, offensive coordinator Kyle) will figure out a way to enhance what he is and what he can do even more. Beuerlein played for Mike Shanahan with the Raiders in the late 1980s.
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The most favorable factor in it all, though, is the division competition -- even though Griffin and the elder Shanahan talked their way around that notion.
Yet they come off of their bye week and jump back into a division game,where to buy cheap nfl jerseys, against Dallas ... which is 2-3, tied with Philadelphia for first place, just a half-game ahead of Washington and, incredibly, only two games ahead of .
Griffin comes into the game, he said, "completely rejuvenated, and with praise for the very "Operation Patience" he rebelled against in training camp.
The proof comes not so much from his overall stats , many of which were compiled in garbage time in the first two games against the Eagles and Packers. (Beuerlein, though, thought that spoke well of Griffin's toughness: "He's found ways to gut it out in the second half when they were out of it; that shows me something.")
It was the sense that a little more of the RG3 of last season was on display in the next two games, the close loss to Detroit and the win over Oakland -- the explosive Griffin, the running threat, the one with flawless pocket presence and full command of his skills.
Mike Shanahan hinted at the return of that Griffin, if not Sunday night, then soon enough, based on what he's seen in person and, during the bye, on video.
"You see him being more comfortable with himself. You can see him taking advantage of those reps in game situations, he said. "I see him continually getting better and better as he gets the reps he needs.
Good enough to hit opponents with the full read-option package that was no factor in the terrible start? That depends on how Griffin feels, and Griffin talks as if he's getting there.
"If he's feeling good, we're gonna give him the opportunity to do a bunch of different things, Shanahan said,Veterans return on Honor Flight from Washington D.C., "and hopefully he plays at the level he's played at.
"For me, I always know I can make those plays when the opportunity arises, Griffin said, "and I did in the Oakland game. So hopefully, that will put everybody at ease, and we can move forward with the year.
And with winning a vulnerable division, behind a quarterback that began the season just as vulnerable.

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It will make Princeton the first in the state to introduce such a requirement,cheap basketball jersey, and the step has aroused criticism and praise alike, while sparking fears in districts that cannot afford such protection that Princeton athletes will have an unfair advantage and play may become more aggressive.

“We’re very aware that for players in all sports there’s a risk of head injuries and we’re just trying to do whatever we can to prevent them,” said Timothy Quinn, president of the Princeton school board.

In recent years, concerns over especially concussions in women s soccer has risen a widely-cited study in the e shows that numbers of girls suffering concussions in soccer is the second largest amount of all concussions reported by young athletes,Carrick on money- How the stock market fries our brains,where to buy nfl jerseys,Openly gay boxer Orlando Cruz will wear amazing shorts when, behind football. Princeton s reaction is one like many parents, who are hoping to keep their young athletes from suffering life-altering head injuries.

The school district will provide the headgear at no cost.

It s certainly an important thing to bring attention to head injuries, but experts have cast doubt on the effectiveness of the protective headgear in recent years.

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