The Hartford Courant
7:31 PM EST, December 15, 2012
The New York Giants will honor those killed in the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school by wearing a decal on their helmets for Sunday's game at the Atlanta Falcons, the National Football League website said on Saturday.
The NFL has asked all hometeams to observe a moment of silence prior to opening kickoffs on Sunday and the Giants will also have the initials "S.H.E.S." for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on the back of their helmets, nfl.com said.
The New York Jets and New England Patriots will also wear memorials on their helmets.
NFL.com also reported that the Patriots, in addition to wearing a memorial decal, will also hold a pregame tribute and launch 26 flares during a moment of silence.
Newtown, site of the shooting massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead on Friday, is about 60 miles northeast of New York City.
Every NFL game will hold a moment of silence, the league announced.
ESPN Tones Things Down
ESPN refrained from calling the Nevada offense the "Pistol" as it is widely known as part of a company-wide decree to avoid mentions of weaponry and acts of violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy Friday. Nevada played Arizona in a bowl game Saturday.,
ESPN senior vice president and executive producer Mark Gross sent an e-mail to staff Friday regarding the shootings in Newtown. The e-mail detailed the policy that is in effect throughout Saturday. Employees were also told not to tweet anything sports related until noon Sunday.
Heat Coach, Players Shaken
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra walked off the court following his team's practice Saturday morning, took a seat behind a microphone and started speaking his mind.
His words had nothing to do with basketball.
Friday's school shooting in Newtown was the primary topic for the Heat, even though they were gathered to finish preparing for a game against Washington.
"We talked about it as a team today and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the community," Spoelstra said. "Horrific tragedy in Connecticut. We took some time to give our thoughts and prayers to them. ... It's despicable. It's a horrific tragedy. And it doesn't matter whether you have family or not or kids or not, you can't relate to a tragedy like that.
Said LeBron James, the league's reigning MVP: "Basketball, this is nothing. These games are nothing compared to when you have a tragedy like that."
Black Armbands In England
In England, the Queens Park Rangers soccer team wore black armbands at the request of its players during a Premier League match against Fulham. Chelsea captain John Terry on Instagram said "So So Sad" beneath a picture of a candle, and he urged prayers for the school. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: "Giving guns to everyone to `protect' their home or fighting to get rid of all the guns? How many more Newtons will it take?"
Around The Nation
Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant wrote "Newtown CT" on both shoes for the Thunder's 113-103 victory over Sacramento Friday night. "I wish I could do more," he said. "But it hit me really hard. It's tough to see, especially kids that couldn't do anything for themselves. Words can't even describe it. I'm kind of at a loss for words right now." ... Golfer John Daly talked about home schooling his children, and outspoken Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wondered about the road ahead. "The way we deal with this tragedy in CT will tell us a lot about where we're headed as a society. Do we only address the symptoms (i.e. just gun control laws)? Or do we also address the disease — how we treat each other and those who need help," Kluwe said in a couple of posts on Twitter. ... Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta tweeted: "Not sure if there is anything lower than harming innocent children." He ended the tweet with a hashtag of "coward," then was critical of the media interviewing young children outside the school. ... New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams, who has five children ranging in age from 2 to 14: "At some point, we've got to get past bureaucracy and all the nonsense and do something about this so our kids can be safe. If we can go to outer space and take care of trees and rivers and animals, we can do a better job of taking care of our kids. It's just a sad situation."
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