Hands Up, Don't Apologize: St. Louis Rams, County Police Squabble Over Non-Apology

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Jessica Lussenhop
Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police, says the Rams apologized.
Did St. Louis Rams VP Kevin Demoff apologize to St. Louis County Police for the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture at Sunday's game? Depends on whom you ask.

Police say yes, he apologized. That's because Demoff called county police chief Jon Belmar Monday after five Rams players took the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands raised, a symbol that has come to represent Michael Brown surrendering to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson before being fatally shot in August.

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Rams Players Support Ferguson with "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Entrance at Raiders Game

Categories: Ferguson, Sports

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Jessica Lussenhop
Michael Brown Sr. (L) gives the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" sign during a protest with Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, and Pastor Carlton Lee.
Rams up, don't shoot.

Five players for the St. Louis Rams took the field at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday with their arms raised in a symbol of solidarity with Ferguson, where an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by police in August.

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Joe Buck: My Father Wouldn't Have Let Kroenke Stay Silent on Rams Future

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Will they stay or will they go?
Well, are you happy now, Stan Kroenke? You've gone and disappointed Joe Buck.

The son of legendary sportscaster Jack Buck criticized Kroenke, the Walmart heir billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, for staying silent on persistent rumors that he's trying to take the team to Los Angeles.

"I don't know how you're an NFL owner in a city like this with the kind of sports fans we have here and you're as invisible as this man has been," Buck said on FOX 2's Sports Final with Martin Kilcoyne.

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Rams Defense Hits Bronco Emmanuel Sanders So Hard Wikipedia Declares Him Dead

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Emmanuel Sanders was declared dead on his Wikipedia page.
Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders died for a few minutes, then returned to life during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams -- at least, that's what it said on Wikipedia.

Sanders was taken out of the game after an extremely brutal hit from Rams safety Rodney McLeod, who was blocking Sanders from making a sideline catch in the third quarter. The hit left Sanders reeling on the field for a few minutes until medical staff helped him off to evaluate him for a concussion.

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Nixon Announces Task Force to Keep Rams in St. Louis

Categories: Politics, Sports

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Governor Nixon is fuzzy on specifics when it comes to the Rams' future in St. Louis.
Governor Jay Nixon is asking two St. Louis business leaders to find a solution that will keep an NFL team in St. Louis before the Rams decide in January whether it'll weaken its ties to the Edward Jones Dome.

"Make no mistake about it -- St. Louis is an NFL city," Nixon said. "The economic impact of having an NFL team in St. Louis extends long beyond Sunday afternoon and sends a clear signal that this city is a worldwide player."

Nixon dodged questions about specifics, such as how much it'll cost to keep the team here, even as rumors spread that Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL are already committed to moving the team to Los Angeles. When asked whether he'd be open to building the Rams an outdoor stadium north of Lumiere Place and south of the Stan Musial Bridge, he repeated that he's not yet advocating for any one solution.

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St. Louis Rams Player Defends Bumbling "Chevy Guy" Rikk Wilde's World Series Meltdown

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"Chevy Guy" Rikk Wilde (L) tries to explain why it's good to have "technology and stuff" in your truck.
If you hurled your television out the window last night in angry disappointment when the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series and dashed the hopes of a nation of Kansas City Royals fans/bandwagon joiners, you missed something delightfully awkward.

Rikk Wilde, an executive at Chevrolet, had the seemingly simple task of awarding Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner with the World Series MVP award and a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

But in a performance that have many clamoring to name him the MVP of awkwardness, Wilde faltered and sweated over his lines, taking long pauses and checking his notes.

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Michael Sam Dropped from Dallas Cowboys, Will Look for New NFL Spot

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Michael Sam.
Almost two months after being cut from the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam has been dropped again, this time from the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

Sam, the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL, spent seven weeks on the 10-man squad in Dallas, and the team announced Tuesday it waived him when he didn't make the 53-man roster.

See also: Michael Sam Cut from St. Louis Rams Roster, Practice Squad

Sam practicing with Dallas didn't make nearly as big of a media splash as when the Rams drafted him in the seventh round, especially when Sam celebrated by smooching his boyfriend. At Sunday's game against the New York Giants, a USA Today reporter asked fans how they felt about having a gay man on the practice squad; more than half of fans didn't even know Sam was on the team.

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San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence Didn't Know Kansas City Is in Missouri

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Hunter Pence is a little confused about where he is.
Hunter Pence is not in Kansas anymore.

The outfielder for the San Francisco Giants says he didn't realize the Kansas City Royals were based in Missouri until he saw a Royals fan's sign that read: "Hunter Spence thinks he's in Kansas."

"We're not?" Pence thought to himself, he tells Yahoo Sports.

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Why St. Louis Superman Isn't Coming to Any More Cardinals NLCS Games

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It's a bird! It's a...no, wait, it really is a bird. And Superman.
Superman has had it.

Charlee Soffer, otherwise known as the St. Louis Superman, says security blockades around Busch Stadium are making it near impossible for him to work during the games by entertaining fans outside the stadium and earning tips. He says he earned a record low on Saturday, the first day of the NLCS.

"Sorry, St. Louis Cardinals, you're on your own against (San Francisco)," Soffer says on his Facebook page. "Fingers crossed you fellas make it to the series. I wouldn't miss that for the world, regardless of how much income I lose."


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Missouri Pee-Wee Football Team's "Ugly Kardashian" Is Internet Sensation

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The quarterback (center yellow) is about to get all "Ugly Kardashian" on the opposing team.
We're not sure if this is the most brilliant trick play ever, but it is the most brilliantly named trick play ever.

In a recent game in Jefferson City, mid-Missouri's Lewis and Clark Middle School unveiled the "Ugly Kardashian" in which, based on the video below, the quarterback apparently snaps the ball while appearing distracted by an imaginary paparazzi. The QB then casually walks past the defensive line while pointing skyward at something (Kim? Kourtney? Khloe?) before breaking into a mad dash for the end zone. Evidently the play works very well against nose guards (like the poor kid in the image above who remains crouched in position awaiting the snap).

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