USA youth teams win with video game training
The USA Hockey Team hasn’t won a championship since 1996, but its youth teams are dominating the world, thanks in part to using IntgelliGym, an Israeli-developed video game. America’s Under-20 team has won two of its past four world tournaments, while the Under-18s have won four of their past five. Danton Cole, in his fourth year as coach of the U-18s, told the New York Times that using a video game helps in “Deep learning . . . Work the brain; the science is there.” IntelliGym is similar the old arcade game of Asteroids: moving triangles through the opponent’s triangles at escalating levels of difficulty. The game develops hockey sense and spacial awareness.
Kurt Busch keeps ride despite assault probe
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will compete at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday even if he’s charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend. So says car owner Gene Haas. Busch is being investigated by Dover, Del., police following claims by Patricia Driscoll that he smashed her head three times into a wall of a motor home at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 26. “He’ll be in the car until someone pulls him out,” Haas said. “I’m not pulling him out. . . . I think we’re just going to let the police department do their job and try not to say anything that would compromise that.”
Romo with broken back in game with 24-point lead
Even with a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Dallas Cowboys would not remove Tony Romo from a game against Jacksonville in London despite the quarterback suffering from two fractured discs in his spine. There were many who questioned if he should be allowed to play at all, but he took a pain pill and wore padding that looked like a lifebelt. “It’s like any broken bone,” Romo said. “You can kind of feel them, and they’re uncomfortable.” Despite the pain and limited mobility, Romo completed 20 of 27 for 246 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions in a 31-17 Dallas win.
Bengals rookie says Browns were ‘worse than I thought’
After they were upset 24-3 in a home game against Cleveland, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill was asked if the Browns were better than he expected. “Oh, no, not at all,” he said. “They’re probably worse than I thought, to be honest with you.” Upon hearing of that remark, Browns safety Donte Whitner said, “You know, that’s a rookie. So you can’t take his words as anything other than pure ignorance and being a sore loser.” Hill later said he didn’t mean the Browns weren’t good but only that his own team “missed a lot of little things. It was on us. . . . It was us making a lot of simple mistakes.”