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LONDON, Ont. Clay Matthews Jersey . - Fighting should be eliminated from hockey at all levels of the game, according to recommendations released Tuesday from an expert panel dealing with concussions in hockey. "Fighting is one of the known causes of concussion, and may result in the related long-term complications," the panels summary statement says. "Fighting can cause needless death." The recommendations, resulting from meetings at the London Hockey Concussion Summit on Jan. 17-18, also calls from an elimination of high hits/head hits. "Those are significant ones," Summit chair Dr. Paul Echlin said. "The reduction of hits from behind has had a major effect on the incidence of broken necks in hockey and similarly, the reduction of high/head hits should reduce the incidence of concussions." Panellists on The Concussion Summit included four former players, three of whom were knocked out of the National Hockey League as the result of concussions - Eric Lindros, Jeff Beukeboom and Alyn McCauley - along with Canadian national womens team player Jennifer Botterill, who was sidelined for a protracted period with concussion. Echlin stresses, however, that there was no consensus on all the recommendations. "The recommendations in this statement are designed to serve as a framework for future discussion, and to promote significant change concerning the prevention, recognition, and management of concussions in hockey," the statement says. Echlin and co-chair Dr. Charles Tator, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, put their recommendations together via e-mail with the participants after poring over the minutes of the day-after meeting. The recommendations will go to the media, various hockey groups and medical associations. Along with the rules recommendations, the panel advised a concussion certification program in which trainers, coaches and officials would gain knowledge aimed at recognizing and treating concussion. Those teams that have pre-season physicals with medical professionals, Echlin said, have added benefits. Few young players ever see a doctor and physicals sometimes indicate problems other than neurological, such as cardiac-related. Other recommendations in todays release are the adoption of an NHL/Ontario Hockey League role model program, studies leading to a data collection system, pre-season screening and a survey of protective equipment. Echlin and Tator said were gratified by the turnout of 380 hockey people Jan. 17 and felt a step closer to their goal -- a unified body that involves all levels of hockey and could expand into other sports. Football Canada was a non-hockey participant in the recommendations along with the NHL, NHL Players Association, the OHL, Ontario Hockey Association, Ontario Hockey Federation along with a number of medical and therapeutic bodies. Echlin said the prospective name for a central agency dealing with concussion is Hockey Concussion Initiative, which would first involve hockey and ultimately serve as a model for all sports in which head injuries occur such as football, soccer, rugby, skiing, skateboarding and cycling. "Sometimes, events like the Concussion Summit are held and everyone departs until another one is held," Echlin said in an interview. "Our goal is to move forward from this and work to find solutions to a growing problem". Echlin has hands-on experience with concussion this season. Six of 23 players on the junior development team he works with have suffered concussion, one requiring disqualification for the remainder of the season. Elvis Dumervil Jersey . 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Nolan Reimold also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Orioles, who snapped a five-game slide and won in Boston for the first time since July 11, 2008. Felix Pie and Ty Wigginton each had an RBI for the visitors. "We dont have to talk about it anymore. Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Dave Rayner drilled a 34-yard field goal with 9:51 left in overtime, and the Detroit Lions snapped their NFL-record 26-game road losing streak with a 23-20 win over Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium. The Lions overtime push came mostly on the ground as Maurice Morris rushed four times for 35 yards and ended the game with 109 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Drew Stanton was solid in his fourth career start for the Lions (4-10), completing 23-of-37 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. Im just so proud of this team and how were still fighting even with where our record is, Stanton said. We dont even look at it. We go in every week with the approach that were going to win it. He also conducted a 58-yard game-tying drive at the end of regulation, with Rayners 28-yard field goal knotting the score at 20 as time expired. The Lions were able to build off a rare NFC North victory over Green Bay last Sunday and have now won back-to-back games for the first time since 2007 when they started the season 6-2. Getting a win on the road is important, said Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz. Thats two weeks in a row against teams that are battling for the playoffs. Josh Freeman looked to have completed his sixth fourth quarter comeback by charging the Buccaneers (8-6) down the field for a Connor Barth 26-yard field goal with 1:39 left in the game. But Detroit came back and the Bucs loss put them on the outside looking in at the final NFC wild card playoff spot. Its not the death of us, were still mathematically in it, Freeman said. Hopefully well be in the exact same circumstances next week, its just that theres not as many games left. Freeman was 21-of-32 for 251 yards and a touchdown, while LeGarrette Blount rushed for 110 yards and a TD on 15 attempts. Calvin Johnson ended with 10 catches for 152 yards, including an acrobatic, toe-dragging catch for 12 yards and a first down that put Detroit on the 25- yard line in overtime. Morris carried the ball three times after that for short yardage, setting up Rayners game-winning field goal. The overtime win was made possible by Stantons 4-for-8 performance for 58 yards during the last drive in regulation. He hooked up with Johnson for 23 yards to put the Lions on Tampa Bays 45-yard line. Five plays later, Stanton went to Johnson once more in the end zone, but the ball wwas tipped incomplete and the Lions settled for Rayners game-tying field goal. BenJarvus Green-Ellis Womens Jersey. On the previous drive, Freeman connected with Mike Williams for 13 yards and drew Detroit offsides with a hard count on a 3rd-and-1 play, setting up a Bucs first down on the 15-yard line. But the Lions red zone defense held and Barth hit a 26-yarder to cap an 11- play, 57-yard drive for a 20-17 lead. Detroit trailed 14-10 at halftime, but came out of the break moving the chains for three first downs. Morris busted through the middle during the ninth play of the drive for a 10-yard touchdown and 17-14 lead. Blount broke several tackles for a 27-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. After a facemask call put the Bucs at the one-yard line, Kellen Winslow was called for offensive pass interference on a would-be TD catch, backing Tampa up to the 12-yard line. The Bucs settled for Barths 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 17. Scoring a touchdown would have been huge, Freeman said. We had plenty of opportunities we missed. The Lions scored on their second possession of the game, marching 68 yards on seven plays. Nate Burleson scored on a relentless 10-yard touchdown catch, grabbing the ball at the five-yard line and pushing past E.J. Biggers. During the drive, Detroit had a healthy mix of run and pass plays highlighted by Johnsons 20-yard catch. The Bucs came right back with a touchdown drive when Freeman found Williams in the end zone from 24 yards -- Williams finished with six catches for 96 yards during the series. The play was set up by a short pass to Arrelious Benn on a 4th-and-2 conversion from the 37 yard line. Following a Detroit punt with 8:26 left in the first half, Blount rumbled 39 yards for a touchdown and the Bucs first lead of the game, 14-7. Rayner made it a 14-10 game at the break with a 41-yard field goal. The Lions squandered their chances for more points when a holding call inside the 10- yard line pushed them to back them to the 23. GAME NOTES:The Lions hold a 28-25 edge in the all-time regular-season series...Detroits last road win came in Chicago, 16-7, on October 28, 2007...It was the Bucs first loss of the season that has been decided by three points or fewer. They had been 5-0... Johnson eclipsed 1,000-yard mark for receiving... Stanton headed to the locker room early for halftime cradling his left hand, but he was able to return. ' ' '

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