Another active NHL player dies suddenly

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Another active NHL player dies suddenly

From Comcast SportsNet Tuesday, August 16, 2011
COLEMAN, Alberta (AP) -- Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found dead in his home Monday, nine months after he took a leave of absence from the NHL to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. An official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called Rypien's death sudden, but not suspicious. He was 27. "Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future," the Jets said in a release. "His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team." Rypien, a native of Alberta, was the second active NHL player found dead this offseason. Former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May due to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone. Rypien signed a 700,000, one-year deal with Winnipeg last month after spending parts of six seasons with Vancouver. He had nine goals and seven assists in 119 career NHL games. The Canucks announced on Nov. 25 that they had granted Rypien an indefinite leave of absence. It was the second time in three years the forward had left the team to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. Rypien also received a six-game suspension from the NHL last season after grabbing a fan on his way to the locker room in Minnesota. And during the 2008-09 season, he took an extended personal leave after a rash of injuries, missing 70 games. Rypien was the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, a Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.

Isaiah Thomas talks about shooting with the Seattle Seahawks

Isaiah Thomas talks about shooting with the Seattle Seahawks

Isaiah Thomas tells John Wallach on Toucher & Rich the story of when he visited the Seahawks training facility to take on their free throw shooting champ Tyler Lockette, and the swag they gave him for coming.

Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

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Patriots punter Ryan Allen named AFC special teams player of the week

FOXBORO -- Ryan Allen was the definition of an x-factor on Thursday night against the Texans. 

He punted seven times for an average of 47.6 yards per boot, and none of them were returned. A career-high six of his seven landed inside the 20-yard line, and the one that did not was marked right at the 20. He dropped his other punts at the 11, 10, 10, 14, 5 and 4-yard lines, helping to limit Houston's average starting field position to the 15-yard line. 

Allen has won the award now twice in his career. He also took it home in 2014 following a Week 14 win over the Chargers.

It is the second AFC Player of the Week honor for a Patriots special teamer this year. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski picked it up after kicking the game-winning field goal against the Cardinals back in Week 1.