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NFL refuse to punish St. Louis Rams players for Ferguson gesture

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The NFL has confirmed today that the five St. Louis Rams players who made a “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture prior to their game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday will not be fined.

The gesture was a show of support for protesters in Ferguson following the recent Michael Brown shooting verdict, and police had called for the NFL to discipline those involved.

Rams head coach Jeff Fischer spoke in support of his players on Monday:

"As far as the choice that the players made, no, they were exercising their right to free speech.

"They will not be disciplined by the club nor will they be disciplined by the National Football League as it was released today."

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Meanwhile on the field the Miami Dolphins needed a win on Monday Night Football to keep one step ahead of their many rivals in the hunt for a playoff spot.

And thanks to a fourth quarter comeback against a run heavy New York Jets they managed just that, winning 16-13. Wide receiver Mike Wallace recorded the crucial touchdown before the Jets' under fire quarterback Geno Smith threw a game-ending interception in the final minute.

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Over to the NBA and the Philadelphia 76ers moved closer to an unwanted league record after losing to the Spurs last night.

Their 17 straight losses to open a season is just one behind the 2009-10 Nets. With two games this week, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and then the Oklahoma City Thunder this Friday, they have a chance to break the record before the week is out.

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And finally the Tampa Bay lightning kept up their good form in the NHL, winning 6-3 against the New York Rangers to move to a 17-6-2 record - extending their winning streak to four games.

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