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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/14/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Buffalo Bills 29 (2-0) – Miami Dolphins 10 (1-1)

Washington Redskins 41 (1-1) Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (0-2)

Dallas Cowboys 26 (1-1) – Tennessee Titans 10 (1-1)

Arizona Cardinals 25 (2-0) – New York Giants 14 (0-2)

New England Patriots 30 (1-1) – Minnesota Vikings 7 (1-1)

Cleveland Browns 26 (1-1) – New Orleans Saints 24 (0-2)

Cincinnati Bengals 24 (2-0) – Atlanta Falcons 10 (1-1)

Carolina Panthers 24 (2-0) – Detroit Lions 7 (1-1)

MLB: Washington Nationals 3 (85-63) – New York Mets 0 (72-78)

Miami Marlins 5 (72-76) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (69-80)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (79-70) – Chicago Cubs 3 (65-84)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (78-72) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (71-79)

Tampa Bay Rays 6 (72-78) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (77-71)

Detroit Tigers 6 (83-66) – Cleveland Indians 4 (76-72)

Minnesota Twins 6 (63-86) – Chicago White Sox 4 (68-81)

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (83-67) – Colorado Rockies 1 (59-90)

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski won at Chicagoland Speedway in the first race of the Chase.

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Spleen Chip Developed to Treat Life-Threatening Infections

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Scientists at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute created a spleen-like device on a tiny chip to filter fungi and toxins from patients’ blood.

The “biospleen” is meant to treat sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which germs and bacteria enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation throughout the body. The illness claims at least 8 million lives around the world each year, according to researchers.

“Even with the best current treatments, sepsis patients are dying in intensive care units at least 30 percent of the time,” said Mike Super, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist at the Wyss Institute. “We need a new approach.”

The device is able to clean human blood tested in the laboratory, as well as increase survival in animals with infected blood. The biospleen’s test results were published Sunday in Nature Medicine.

The chip filters live and dead pathogens, along with dangerous toxins in the blood using tiny magnetic beads coated with an engineered version of a natural immune system protein, mannose binding lectin.

In their trials, scientists were able to effectly remove more than 90 percent of pathogens from human blood at a rate of about a half to one liter per hour. Researchers say many of the biospleens can be linked together to reach levels required for dialysis-like rates.

“Sepsis is a major medical threat, which is increasing because of antibiotic resistance. We’re excited by the biospleen because it potentially provides a way to treat patients quickly without having to wait days to identify the source of infection, and it works equally well with antibiotic-resistant organisms,” said lead scientist and Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber.

“We hope to move this towards human testing to advancing to large animal studies as quickly as possible.”

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Six Flags Power Outage Shuts Down Rides

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, N.J.) — A power outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, forced parkgoers off rides Sunday.

Rides stopped during the incident, prompting crews to remove guests from the theme park attractions.

“All of our guests were safely unloaded from the affected rides within 20 minutes,” Six Flags Great Adventure representative Kaitlyn Turi said in a statement.

Jersey Central Power and Light arrived to assess the source of the power outage.

Teams restored service to portions of the park as of 3 p.m., followed by safety checks that allowed rides to resume operation.

In August, the park’s Nitro roller coaster lost power on its ascent to the peak, forcing riders to walk down the tracks.

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Six Flags Power Outage Shuts Down Rides

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSON, N.J.) — A power outage at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, forced parkgoers off rides Sunday.

Rides stopped during the incident, prompting crews to remove guests from the theme park attractions.

“All of our guests were safely unloaded from the affected rides within 20 minutes,” Six Flags Great Adventure representative Kaitlyn Turi said in a statement.

Jersey Central Power and Light arrived to assess the source of the power outage.

Teams restored service to portions of the park as of 3 p.m., followed by safety checks that allowed rides to resume operation.

In August, the park’s Nitro roller coaster lost power on its ascent to the peak, forcing riders to walk down the tracks.

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“No Good Deed” Leads Weekend Box Office

Sony / Screen Gems(NEW YORK) — Crime thriller No Good Deed dominated this weekend’s box office with a debut of $24.5 million.

The newly released film, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, beat out the Dolphin Tale sequel, which came in at number two with its first weekend gross of more than $16.5 million.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which held the top spot last week, was bumped down to number three, followed by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and comedy Let’s Be Cops.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. No Good Deed $24.5 million
2. Dolphin Tale 2 $16.55 million
3. Guardians of the Galaxy $8.041 million
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4.8 million
5. Let’s Be Cops $4.2 million
6. The Drop $4.2 million
7. If I Stay $4.05 million
8. The November Man $2.75 million
9. The Giver $2.626 million
10. The Hundred-Foot Journey $2.461 million

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Roger Goodell ‘Should Go If He Lied’

United States Senate(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., added his voice to the growing debate surrounding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fate, saying that if Goodell lied about the NFL not having seen the violent video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious until TMZ posted the video Monday, then “he should go.”

“If Roger Goodell lied, as a lot of people believe he did — because the security apparatus of the NFL is so competent and experienced that for them to not have known about this tape seems incredible — he should go,” Blumenthal said Sunday on This Week.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been under fire from critics who believe someone in the NFL must have seen the video of Rice hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer.

An initial video, published on TMZ Sports in February, showed the Ravens star player dragging a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino. A police report confirmed that there was an altercation between the two, during which Rice struck Palmer unconscious. Goodell met with Rice in July, and suspended him for two games, drawing outrage from many who thought Rice deserved harsher punishment.

A second video, posted online on Sept. 8 by TMZ Sports, shows what happened inside the elevator. Rice can be seen hitting Palmer and knocking her into a railing inside the elevator. Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL shortly after the video was posted.

Blumenthal served five terms as Connecticut’s attorney general, during which time he dealt with domestic violence and abuses cases. The senator said both the NFL and Congress need to step up.

“Regardless who runs the NFL, it ought to be making a serious commitment, stronger penalties. Six-game suspension is way too lenient, and equally important, resources, funding for domestic survivor groups,” Blumenthal said. “Violence ought to be met with better services and the Congress has an obligation there too to do better and do more.”

While the video has upset many, Blumenthal said the attention surrounding the incident could be a “turning point.” The graphic caught-on-camera exchange has thrust not only the incident itself, but the larger issue of domestic violence, to the forefront of national conversation.

“Mostly this crime — it is a crime — occurs behind closed doors surrounded by stigma, shame, secrecy,” the lawmaker added.

Blumenthal said out of this violent incident “could be a real opportunity that we need to seize from Congress and from the NFL to do more.”

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Climate Change Activists Organize New York March Ahead of UN Summit

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Activists say they hope for “a world safe from the ravages of climate change,” as they plan a New York City march to draw attention to changing global weather patterns, two days before a United Nation summit meets to discuss the issue.

“Together, we’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach,” organizers of the People’s Climate March, the New York City event planned for Sunday, Sept. 21, wrote on their Facebook page.

“A world with an economy that works for people and the planet … A world with good jobs, clean air, and healthy communities for everyone,” they wrote.

The plan is for the march to assemble in New York City’s Central Park the morning of Sept. 21 and move downtown along a two-mile route, according to the organizers.

The march is scheduled two days before a United Nations summit on climate change. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host the 2014 climate summit on Sept. 23. World leaders from governments and international environmental and business industries are expected to attend, according to the United Nations’ website.

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Nike Drops Contract with Oscar Pistorius After Guilty Ruling

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Multinational corporation Nike terminated its endorsement contract with South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius following a guilty verdict in the murder trial of the athlete’s girlfriend.

The company originally suspended Pistorius’ contract in February 2013 when he was charged in the case, but subsequently terminated the deal after he was found guilty of culpable homicide on Sept. 12, a Nike spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com.

The decision comes days after Nike ended its contract with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was cut from the football team and suspended by the NFL after video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiancée, now wife, inside an elevator.

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WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Saying that the United States is at war with ISIS, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past.

“There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable multi-ethnic Iraqi force so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” McDonough said Sunday on This Week.

ISIL is also known as ISIS, or the Islamic State.

The White House chief of staff was asked by ABC News’s Martha Raddatz if there is a limit on how many U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq.

“I’m not in a position right now to tell you limits one way or the other,” he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry will have “news” this week when he testifies in Congress regarding countries that may join the United States in military action to eliminate ISIS, McDonough said. The chief of staff did not, however, provide details on when the U.S. might take action in Syria.

During a primetime address to the country last week, President Obama laid out his plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, the extremist Islamic group that has snatched territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months and is responsible for the grisly executions of two American journalists and most recently David Haines, a British citizen who was kidnapped last year.

Raddatz asked McDonough if the executioner had been identified.

“Obviously we’re doing everything we can to find that out and everything we can to continue to keep the heat on ISIL,” McDonough said.

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Australia To Send Personnel, Aircraft to Join International Coalition Against ISIS

iStock/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) — Australia will send personnel and aircraft to the United Arab Emirates in an effort to assist in the international coalition against ISIS, Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Sunday.

In response to a request from the U.S. government, the country’s Defence Force is set to prepare a Special Operations Task Group to help security forces in the region.

“We are not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening,” Abbott said in a statement.

The announcement comes one day after the release of a video showing the apparent execution of a British hostage at the hands of the militant group.

“The ISIL [ISIS] death cult threatens the people of Iraq, the region and the wider world. The conflict has reached out to Australia, with at least 60 Australians fighting with ISIL [ISIS] and other terrorist groups and another 100 or so supporting these extremists,” the prime minister continued. “This situation is as much a matter of domestic security as it is of international security.”

Australia has already provided air-lift assistance to Iraq, including humanitarian air drops to stranded residents and the movement of arms and munitions.

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