TIME NFL

Panthers’ Cam Newton Taken to Hospital After Crash

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte.

Television footage shows Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance Tuesday. The accident happened one block from the Panthers stadium.

It’s unclear how badly the 25-year-old he was injured.

Newton has 2,800 yards passing this season with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 4-8-1 record.

Newton, an Atlanta native, led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship.

TIME People

Former President Bill Clinton Featured Speaker at Sportsman of the Year Gala

Clinton has taken on some social issues in sports, praising former NBA player Jason Collins after he became the first openly gay athlete to come out

Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States and founder of the Clinton Foundation, will be the featured speaker and among the dignitaries that will be attending a gala on Tuesday night to honor the 2014 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner will be honored on Tuesday in New York City during a celebration that includes a tribute to Mo’ne Davis, the 2014 Sports Illustrated Kids Sportskid of the Year, and Clinton’s close friend, Magic Johnson, the Sportsman Legacy Award winner.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred will also be speaking at the event. Silver will be presenting the Legacy award to Johnson and Bumgarner will receive his award from Manfred.

Whether hosting championship teams at the White House or hosting the Humana Challenge in conjunction with the PGA as a private citizen, Clinton has a long, familiar history with sports. He even appeared on the cover of the March 21, 1994 issue of Sports lllustrated with the title, “Whooo, Pig Sooey,” as his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team began its run in the NCAA tournament, eventually winning the national championship with a thrilling victory over Duke.

Clinton has taken on some social issues in sports as well, praising former NBA player Jason Collins after he became the first openly gay athlete to come out in an May 2013 issue of SI.

Since leaving office in 2001, President Clinton and his Foundation have worked to improve global health, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity and preventable disease, create economic opportunity and growth and help communities address the effects of climate change all over the world.

The ceremony will be hosted by former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason.

New MLB chief financial officer Bob Starkey, San Francisco Giants owner Larry Baer, NBA Deputy Commissioner Kevin Tatum and “Miracle on Ice” hockey player and former Sportsman Mike Eruzione, are also expected to attend, along with the honorees.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME NBA

NBA Won’t Fine Players for Wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. Jason Szenes—EPA

League rules require that players wear attire of Adidas, who provides the NBA's apparel, during pre-game activities

The NBA will not fine players for wearing “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts in honor of a Staten Island man who died after police placed him a chokehold in July, reports ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt on Saturday during warm-ups before Chicago’s game against the Golden State Warriors to honor Eric Garner. Thousands across the country have protested after a grand jury decided last Wednesday not to indict the officer who put the chokehold on Garner.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, guard Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett and guards Deron Williams, Jarrett Jack and Alan Anderson all wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts before Monday’s night contest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Outside of the Barclays Center before the game, about 200 protesters chanted “I Can’t Breathe!” and “No justice! No peace! No racist police!”

“I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.

League rules require that players wear attire of Adidas, who provides the NBA’s apparel, during pre-game activities.

“You hear the slogan ‘NBA cares’ and it’s more evident than now to show some support,” Garnett said. “Obviously we’re not on the front line of this movement, but I think it’s important being from these communities and supporting these communities.”

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME Cricket

Cricketer Phillip Hughes Named as Posthumous 13th Man In Australian Team

Day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India
Tributes to the late Phillip Hughes are seen outside the Adelaide Oval on day 1 of the first Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia, 09 December 2014. DAVE HUNT—EPA

Play has ended on day 1 of the first match played by the Australian side since the death of one of its young stars in a freak accident

Cricket teams consist of eleven players plus an extra player in the side called the twelfth man, who serves as a substitute in case someone gets injured.

On Tuesday in Adelaide, however, the Australian side that faced off against India posthumously added a “thirteenth man” — Phillip Hughes.

Hughes, who died on Nov. 27, was symbolically included in an Australian side playing its first match since his untimely death, the BBC reports. Black armbands were worn by the Australian players, who also bore his cap number, 408, on their white jerseys. The spectators were also asked to stand for 63 seconds of applause, symbolizing the 63-run score he had at the moment he was fatally injured.

Hughes died two days after being struck on the neck by a quick-rising ball known in cricket jargon as a “bouncer.” The 25-year-old batsman’s sudden demise shocked and saddened the cricketing world, with 5,000 people descending on his hometown to attend his funeral and tributes pouring in from around the globe.

“It’s going to be an emotional morning,” Australian player Mitchell Johnson said, right before his side went in to bat.

The home side ended Day One of the five-day test match having scored 354 runs for the loss of six wickets. Opening batsman David Warner — one of the first players to rush onto the field to aid Hughes moments after he was struck — scored 145 of those runs, in what is sure to be a meaningful, memorable innings regardless of the result.

TIME royals

LeBron James Gave William and Kate a Cavaliers Jersey for Prince George

A prince and a duchess hang out with a king!

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton had already encountered American “royal” couple Beyoncé and Jay Z on the sidelines of the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers game at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Monday night. After that, they were granted an audience with NBA superstar LeBron James (a.k.a “King James”).

The bigger shirt may or may not soon adorn the walls of Buckingham Palace, but 1-year-old Prince George will probably want to wear his right away.

TIME Basketball

LeBron James Wears ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Shirt During Warm-Ups

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014, in New York.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Dec. 8, 2014, in New York. Kathy Willens—AP

As did several other NBA players on Monday

A group of NBA players on Monday night became the latest to wear “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in solidarity with protesters rallying nationwide in the wake of last week’s Eric Garner grand jury announcement.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers sported the shirts during warm-ups, as did Jarrett Jack and Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets, CBS Sports reports. Demonstrators gathered to chant the phrase outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — where royal couple Prince William and Kate were attending the same game — marking the city’s sixth night of protest after a grand jury announced the officer involved in Garner’s death would not be indicted.

“I can’t breathe” were Garner’s final words in July after an NYPD officer placed him in a chokehold during an altercation on Staten Island. The phrase has since become a rallying cry for protesters upset about police brutality, especially involving white officers and unarmed black men, and particularly after the Ferguson, Mo., protests following the August police shooting of Michael Brown. A grand jury recently decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the teen’s shooting, igniting a night of violence in the St. Louis suburb.

“This is more of a motion to the family more than anything,” James said, the New York Daily News reports. “As a society, we have to do better. We have to be better for one another, no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.”

After Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose wore a similar shirt earlier this week, James said he “loved it” and was looking for one of his own.

[CBS Sports]

TIME College football

Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper Named Heisman Finalists

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon warming up on the field before an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon warming up on the field before an NCAA college football game against Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall—AP

Award will be presented in New York City on Saturday

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper were announced as finalists for the 2014 Heisman Trophy on Monday.

The 80th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation will be held Saturday in New York City.

Mariota, widely considered the Heisman favorite, won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award Monday as the country’s best fourth-year quarterback. Oregon finished the season No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, drawing a Rose Bowl berth vs. No. 3 Florida State. Mariota finished with 3,783 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and two interceptions. His average of 10.2 yards per attempt leads the country, while his 38 touchdowns rank second and his 3,783 passing yards rank fifth.

Heisman Watch: No controversy this year — Mariota will win

In Saturday’s Pac-12 championship game vs. Arizona, Mariota scored five total touchdowns (two passing, three rushing) to extend his Pac-12 single-season record for total touchdowns to 53.

Gordon enjoyed a record-breaking season, becoming the fastest player to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a season and temporarily breaking the FBS single-game rushing record with 408 yards vs. Nebraska on Nov. 15 (Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine​ broke the record with 427 yards vs. Kansas the following week). For the season, Gordon has 2,336 rushing yards — leading the nation by 300 yards — and 26 touchdowns, which also lead the country.

Gordon averaged 241 rushing yards per game over Wisconsin’s final four regular-season contests before Ohio State stymied the Badgers’ offense in a 59-0 rout in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes held Gordon to 76 yards on 26 carries, and also forced a fumble in the second quarter that led to a touchdown. Still, as SI’s Zac Ellis pointed out in his latest Heisman Watch, Gordon has 31 rushes of 20 yards or longer. That’s more than 118 FBS teams.

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Cooper leads the nation with 115 receptions (an SEC single-season record) for 1,656 yards, and his 14 touchdowns are tied for second. Alabama finished No. 1 in the Playoff rankings and will face No. 4 Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. The winner will play the Oregon-Florida State winner.

Cooper’s Heisman candidacy reached its peak after Alabama’s Iron Bowl win over Auburn on Nov. 29. Cooper finished with his second 224-yard receiving day of the season, catching 13 passes and three touchdowns as the Crimson Tide outgunned the Tigers for a 55-44 win.

This article originally appeared on SportsIllustrated.com

TIME Baseball

Sports Illustrated Names Madison Bumgarner Sportsman of the Year

The pitcher's legendary performance helped the San Francisco Giants win the World Series

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner won the accolade of Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the Year on Monday.

“The legend of Madison Bumgarner fits neatly in the space where we keep our idea of the archetypal outdoorsy, countrified man, where also reside the embellished, fictionalized Boone [North Carolina] and Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor,” writes SI’s Tom Verducci. “It’s just that in Bumgarner’s case, the stories are true.”

Bumgarner had a record-breaking postseason, throwing 52 2/3 innings and achieving a 1.03 ERA. Bumgarner’s performance in Game 7 of the World Series led the Giants to the championship.

Read more at Sports Illustrated

TIME Sports

Why 49ers Fans Totally Love High-Tech Levi’s Stadium

San Francisco 49ers Levi's Stadium Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Workers head down the stairs during the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. Michael Zagaris—Getty Images

They have Wi-Fi, food-ordering apps and more

When the San Francisco 49ers set out to build their new stadium, they wanted to make it one of the most tech-advanced in the NFL. Now that Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium has been open for nearly a full season, it’s time to see if they actually pulled that off.

When the new stadium was built, the 49ers laid close to 400 miles of cable that allows for all types of wired and wireless connectivity in the arena. At the professional level, that gave TV, radio and online broadcasters access to some of the most high-powered infrastructure and world class broadcasting equipment ever installed in a stadium. For 49ers fans, new Wi-Fi routers, beacons and an app make it possible to order food, beer and merchandise from their seats or stream replays on their phones or tablets.

12 games into Levi’s Stadium’s inaugural season, I headed to catch a game to get a sense of how successful all that new technology has been. I can report the new features have made the arena experience much more immersive and interactive, putting it on-par with watching a game in the comfort of your own home.

I talked to over a dozen people at the stadium who have used the new Wi-Fi and various apps, and they all seemed to love the experience, especially the ability to have food and drinks delivered to their seats. Many 49ers fans also told me about the Beacon-powered tools that helped them find their seats or check on the bathroom line without getting up and missing a key play.

However, there’s a catch-22 about Levi’s Stadium’s new tech: When the 49ers are doing well, fans seldom check their mobile devices, preferring to keep their eyes on the action. However, if the home team is struggling, fans’ attention drifts, and many of the people I talked to said they used the stadium’s Wi-Fi to go online and check email, surf the web, or post disparaging comments about the team’s performance.

About 21,000 to 23,000 people use Levi’s Stadium’s Wi-Fi per game, with the exception of Sept. 14’s home opener that saw 41,000 unique users, according to the 49ers’ IT department. The peak bandwidth usage has ranged from 1.5 GB/s (Nov. 2nd) to 3.1 GB/s (Sept. 14th). The team’s last home game, on Nov. 27, registered a figure of 2.5 GB/s. Most games have seen fans use more than 100MB of data each, no small feat considering how hard it can be to use mobile data during games at big sports arenas.

The various San Francisco 49ers officials I talked to say the stadium’s tech has performed well. They admitted there have been Wi-Fi glitches every once in a while, but there have been no major problems. They are also pleased that once people first try the stadium app, they often keep coming back to it.

The 49ers hoped that Levi’s Stadium could be a poster child for other stadiums, and have been very gracious in sharing details about their plans with other NFL teams. The fans, meanwhile, are happy that the 49ers went the extra mile to make the stadium experience even better through technology the ticketholders have widely embraced.

TIME Soccer

Landon Donovan Retires a Champion as Galaxy Win MLS Cup

Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan hoists the trophy as he and teammates celebrate after winning the MLS Cup championship soccer match against the New England Revolution on Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan hoists the trophy as he and teammates celebrate after winning the MLS Cup championship soccer match against the New England Revolution on Dec. 7, 2014, in Carson, Calif. Jae C. Hong—AP

LA Galaxy win MLS Cup

CARSON, Calif. — Landon Donovan won his record sixth MLS Cup title in the final game of his storied career as the LA Galaxy used MVP Robbie Keane’s late goal in extra time to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 in the 2014 MLS Cup final on Sunday.

In a final that was often marked by poor touches and disjointed play, Keane made no mistake on his 111th-minute goal, running onto a ball from Marcelo Sarvas and beating Bobby Shuttleworth for the game-winner. The goal re-ignited an L.A. crowd that had grown quiet after Chris Tierney’s 79th-minute goal had tied the game at 1-1.

The title is a record fifth for LA, while New England is now 0-5 in the title game.

Here are my three thoughts on the game:

• Donovan goes out a champion

For months, Donovan had known there was a possibility he could win the MLS Cup in his final game on his home field. But it’s one thing to think about something and quite another to actually make it happen. Donovan didn’t score in his final game, but he provided some dangerous moments and showed his versatility, playing in three different positions.

For today, at least, he should thank Keane, the league MVP, who had struggled at times in this game, his frustration often boiling over, before he calmly slotted the title-winning goal in for the home team. For Donovan, winning the title is a fitting valedictory: His postseason will be remembered not just for Sunday’s game, but also for his epic hat trick in the series-deciding game against Real Salt Lake.

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• Smart coaching moves made a difference

Arena and New England coach Jay Heaps both made good switches that affected the game. It was Arena’s second-half move of Donovan to forward and Zardes to left midfield that changed things up and made the Galaxy more dangerous. Donovan was in the middle of things more often as a center forward, while Zardes was able to get free for his goal.

As for Heaps, he didn’t hesitate to pull the ineffective Charlie Davies and insert Patrick Mullins, who had played all of 16 minutes in the postseason. All Mullins did was create the goal that tied the game at 1-1. U.S. coaches often get criticized for their tactics, but both Arena and Heaps made the right moves on Sunday. By winning, Arena won his record fifth title as a coach.

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• The Galaxy will be viewed as one of the best teams in MLS history

LA didn’t win the Supporters’ Shield, losing out to Seattle in the end (Seattle had 64 points; LA 61), but this Galaxy team had the second-best goal-differential in MLS history (plus-32) and played some of the finest soccer this league has ever seen. At its best, the Galaxy’s ceiling was simply higher than the rest of the league, producing goals that will live long in the memory (many of them by Donovan and Keane).

While the LA attack didn’t have any jaw-dropping moments on Sunday, more of the Galaxy players appeared comfortable in a final that they’d been in before. They didn’t shrink from the moment, and they emerge deserving champions.

This article originally appeared on SportsIllustrated.com

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