Lady Rams get 7 wins at Centralia
MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon’s girls track team opened the season with seven first-place finishes at Centralia.
In addition to the host school, the Lady Rams competed against Marion.
Aaliyah Palmer won the shot put and discus events. She had a throw of 35 feet, 4.5 inches in the shot put and hurled the discus 108 feet, five inches. Allie Skobel had a pair of firsts in the 3,200 meters (13:15) and 1,600 meters (6:41.6). Charde Golliday won the long jump (14 feet, 10 inches) and 200 meters (27.1 seconds). Ashley Paulson was the top time in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 57.8 seconds.
Golliday will compete in the Illinois Top Times Meet in Bloomington on Saturday in the 200 meters. The Lady Rams travel to Edwardsville on Saturday to compete in the Southwestern Relays.
NFL passes helmet rule, ends tuck rule
PHOENIX — NFL owners passed a player safety rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make contact with a defender in the open field.
Several coaches and team executives expressed concern about officiating the new rule, but Commissioner Roger Goodell championed it and it passed Wednesday as the owners meetings concluded.
Its passage was the second significant step in protecting defensive players; on Tuesday, the league took the peel-back block out of the game.
“There was a lot of discussion,” Steelers President Art Rooney said of the helmet crown rule, “but the way it was presented was the most effective way to address it.”
The tuck rule, one of the most criticized rules in pro football, was eliminated. Now, if a quarterback loses control of the ball before he has fully protected it after opting not to throw, it is a fumble.
Rooney said the Steelers were the only team to vote against getting rid of the tuck rule.
“We didn’t think it was necessary to make that change,” Rooney said. “We were happy with the way it’s been called.”