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Shards from Norwegian Air flight fall ‘like bullets’ on neighborhood in Italy, damaging cars, rooftops

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Italian authorities are investigating after debris that detached from a departing Norwegian Air flight allegedly rained down “like bullets” on a neighborhood just outside of Rome.

Locals in Isola Sacra, a neighborhood in the city of Fiumicino, south of the Rome-Fiumicino International Airport, said pieces from the plane damaged cars, rooftops and awnings, and one even reported being burned by a shard that fell from the sky.

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“They were like bullets,” one witness told Italy’s Il Messaggero, per a translation from The Sun. “My shirt was on fire.”

Photos from the damage shared on social media and aviation blogs show several of the shards, which are described as being between 2 and 4 inches long, as well as some of the damage they caused to car windshields.

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The airline says the flight, which departed for Los Angeles on Aug. 10, safely returned to Fiumicino after experiencing a “technical issue a few minutes after take-off,” but would not specify what the issue was. A news release shared by Italy’s National Agency for Flight Safety, which is currently investigating, blamed “engine problems” for the incident.

The aircraft, a Boeing 787, was taken out of service.

The airline also confirmed that the 298 passengers aboard the flight were reaccommodated on other flights, while reiterating the carrier’s commitment to safety.

“The safety of customers and crew is always our main priority. We are actively collaborating with Aeroporti di Roma and the Italian authorities in the investigation,” reps for the airline wrote in a statement obtained by Fox News. “As it is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment of specific aspects of this event.”

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On Facebook, however, Fiumicino Mayor Esterino Montino said the incident has renewed concerns over the planes’ trajectories, and claimed that the airport had “disregarded” a former agreement to not use that particular runway in the mornings or at night.

Montino also said the incident calls for an “urgent” meeting with the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and the Aeroporti di Roma “to address and resolve the issue and secure homes and people.”

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A representative for the Italian Civil Aviation Authority was not immediately available to share details of the ongoing investigation.

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Tom Brady having hard time adjusting to new helmet: ‘I don’t really love that one that I’m in’

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Tom Brady does not appear to be a fan of his new helmet either.

The six-time Super Bowl champion said in an interview with WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show” that he is still trying to get adjusted to wearing his new helmet.

Brady’s old helmet, the Riddell VSR-4, was banned by the NFL this year as part of an initiative to enhance players’ safety.

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Brady did not go as far to threaten to leave football altogether – like Antonio Brown has – if he didn’t get to wear his old helmet, but he conveyed that he was still getting used to the new equipment.

“I’ve been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don’t really love the one that I’m in, but I don’t really have much of a choice,” Brady said Monday. “So I’m just trying to do the best I can to work with it.”

The New England Patriots quarterback added: “You get used to the same helmet for a long period of time. My last helmet, I wore it the last four Super Bowls, so it was a pretty great helmet for me. I hated to put it on the shelf. It’s kind of what I’m dealing with.”

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The NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association policy according to which helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified.

Brady was one of 32 players using helmets last season that are now banned by the league and players’ association. The players were able to use the helmets last season under a grace period but will have to make the change this season.

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Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown lost a grievance Monday in his fight to wear his old helmet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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NASA finds evidence of ‘interplanetary shock’ for first time

NASA has captured a phenomenon in space that has eluded humanity for centuries — an “interplanetary shock.”

Four spacecraft from the space agency, which are part of the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS) that launched in 2015, managed to get a view of the event in January 2018. The craft were just 12 miles away from one another, which made seeing the spectacle possible.

“MMS was able to measure the shock thanks to its unprecedentedly fast and high-resolution instruments. One of the instruments aboard MMS is the Fast Plasma Investigation,” the space agency said in a statement on its website. “This suite of instruments can measure ions and electrons around the spacecraft at up to 6 times per second. Since the speeding shock waves can pass the spacecraft in just half a second, this high-speed sampling is essential to catching the shock.”

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Data from the Fast Plasma Investigation aboard MMS shows the shock and reflected ions as they washed over MMS. The colors represent the amount of ions seen with warmer colors indicating higher numbers of ions. The reflected ions (yellow band that appears just above the middle of the figure) show up midway through the animation, and can be seen increasing in intensity (warmer colors) as they pass MMS, shown as a white dot. (Credit: Ian Cohen)

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NASA continued: “Looking at the data from Jan. 8, the scientists noticed a clump of ions from the solar wind. Shortly after, they saw a second clump of ions, created by ions already in the area that had bounced off the shock as it passed by. Analyzing this second population, the scientists found evidence to support a theory of energy transfer first posed in the 1980s.”

An interplanetary shock, which emanates from the Sun, is a type of “collisionless shock,” where particles transfer energy through electromagnetic fields as opposed to bouncing into one another, NASA added.

“These collisionless shocks are a phenomenon found throughout the universe, including in supernovae, black holes and distant stars. MMS studies collisionless shocks around Earth to gain a greater understanding of shocks across the universe,” the space agency continued.

The researchers behind the observation hope that additional instances are spotted by the MMS that will give them more detailed looks at these interplanetary shocks.

NASA has released a video describing the charged particles, also known as the solar wind, in greater detail.

The research describing the find was published in the journal JGR Space Physics.

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Oakland Raiders’ Antonio Brown loses grievance over older helmet, looking to get back on field

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Oakland Raiders star Antonio Brown lost his grievance with the NFL in his battle to use a helmet that is no longer certified for practices or games.

An arbitrator made the ruling on Monday after holding a hearing with Brown, league representatives and the players’ union. Brown reportedly threatened to stop playing if he wasn’t allowed to use his old helmet.

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“While I disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, I’m working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field,” Brown said in a tweet. “I’m excited about this season [and] appreciate all the concerns about my feet.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy had issued a statement on the situation earlier Monday without mentioning Brown’s grievance.

“The player can’t practice or play in games with equipment that’s not approved,” he tweeted. “If he doesn’t play or practice he is in breach of his contract and doesn’t get paid. Nfl policy is that Helmets have to be certified by NOSCAE. They don’t certify equipment that’s old than 10 years.”

Brown’s Schutt Air Advantage helmet is no longer allowed because the NFL follows the National Athletic Equipment Reconditioners Association policy, according to which helmets 10 years or older cannot be recertified. Schutt discontinued making the helmet three years ago because of the updated technology.

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Brown has not practiced because of foot issues. He reportedly suffered frostbite after a mishap at a cryotherapy chamber.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lil Nas X hit ‘Old Town Road’ makes Billboard charts history

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Lil Nas X is galloping his way to two new records on the Billboard charts thanks to the massive success of “Old Town Road.”

The song that beat out Mariah Carey and “Despacito” to become the longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of the Hot 100 chart has now set records on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs and Hot rap songs charts, respectively.

Old Town Road,” which features Billy Ray Cyrus and is spending its 19th week at No. 1, surpasses the record set by Drake’s “One Dance” on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Drake’s track spent 18 weeks at No.1.

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On the Hot rap songs chart, where Lil Nas X’s county-rap tune is also spending its 19th week on top, the 20-year-old beats the record set by Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Missy Elliott’s “Hot Boyz.” The latter three songs each spent 18 weeks at No.1.

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Last month Lil Nas X’s viral song became the most successful No. 1 song of all-time when it reached its 17th week at No. 1 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart — Billboard’s main chart for singles — surpassing the 16-week record held by Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”

“Old Town Road” is now spending its 19th week on top of the Hot 100 chart.

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Lil Nas X’s song, which has achieved most of its success through audio streaming, was originally a solo song but he added Cyrus to the track. The song also has remix versions featuring Diplo, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and BTS, and Billboard counts the original song and its remixes as one when calculating chart position, thus helping “Old Town Road” stay on top.

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Young equestrian star, 15, dies in riding accident at home

A rising equestrian star tragically died in a riding accident Sunday.

Iona Sclater, 15, died after falling from her horse in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, according to ITV. She was remembered as being an “exceptionally talented and dedicated young event rider” in a statement posted by British Eventing.

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Iona Sclater, a 15-year-old who was a “bright star” of eventing, has died in a riding accident at her home.  (SWNS)

“Our thoughts are with Iona’s friends and family, her Dad, Charles, Mum, Hetty, and sisters Lara and Alicia, at this very difficult time,” the statement read.

Sclater competed with the British Eventing team and finished in the top 10 in her events 33 times and had represented the Eastern region four times at the U-18 Regional Team Championships from 2016 to 2019. She was also coming off wins at the BE100u18 at Stratford Hills in June and a win in the BE100 at Aston Le Walls in May.

A tribute was posted on her Instagram early Tuesday.

“Iona’s family have been overwhelmed with the enormous display of love and support at this devastating time. It is a great comfort to see the lives she has touched with her kindness and enthusiasm,” the caption read.

“Charlie and Hetty are hopeful that the energy and momentum can in due course be turned into a positive legacy for Iona, but this will of course take time.”

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The post also cautioned those from donating to “unauthorized” fundraisers for Iona.

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Murray loses in first round at Cincinnati in singles return

Andy Murray moved well in his first singles match since January, but not well enough to move on — even to the U.S. Open.

Using a bottomless arsenal of drop shots, Richard Gasquet snapped a five-match losing streak against Murray with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday.

The singles match was Murray’s first since a painful exit from the Australian Open that had him thinking his career might be over. The three-time Grand Slam champion underwent a second hip surgery on Jan. 28, receiving metal implants that helped eliminate the pain that had hobbled him for a long time. Murray played doubles in several tournaments, including Wimbledon with Serena Williams and at Washington with brother Jamie, before deciding to try singles at Cincinnati, where he is a two-time champion.

“I don’t really know what I was expecting, to be honest,” Murray said. “I think I did OK. I think there was a lot of things I would like to have done better in the match, but, you know, you also have to be somewhat realistic, as well, in terms of what you can expect in terms of how you actually play and hit the ball.

“I think physically, you know, my legs were a little bit heavy at the end of the match in comparison to maybe what they normally would be if you played, you know, a bunch.”

The U.S. Open’s wild-card timing led Murray to decide against playing in New York.

“We were hoping to maybe hold a wild card until a little bit closer to the time to see how I feel and get some matches, hopefully, and a bit of practice, but they were announcing the wild cards today and didn’t want to wait,” he said.

The 32-year-old’s rust was evident as he double-faulted on his first serve, but he recovered to last 1 hour, 36 minutes with no apparent health issues.

“When he drop-shotted, there was a few times I didn’t even run to the ball, didn’t react to it, and that’s nothing to do with my hip,” Murray said. “That’s just me not running for a ball, which I did do that better at the end of the match. I reacted and got to a few and won points.”

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and third-seeded Roger Federer remain in the men’s draw. It’s the first tournament for both players since their five-set final at Wimbledon, won by Djokovic in a match considered one of the greatest in history.

The other member of the Big Three, Rafael Nadal, withdrew from the Masters event, citing fatigue after he won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Sunday.

The women’s Rogers Cup champion, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, also withdrew from Cincinnati to rest for the U.S. Open. Andreescu won in Toronto after Serena Williams retired with back problems.

Gasquet will play fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round.

Before a standing-room only Granstand Court crowd, including a teen boy waving a a red-and-white piñata shaped like a horse, Nick Kyrgios reached the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lorenzo Song. Kyrgios will face eighth-seeded Karen Khachanov.

In the women’s draw, five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova moved on to a second-round matchup with top-seeded Ashleigh Barty by knocking off fellow wild card Alison Riske 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Eleventh-seeded Anastasija Sevastova became the highest seed to fall, losing to wild card Svetlana Kuznetsoza 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 6-4. Caroline Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, was eliminated by Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 6-4.

Also, 14th-seeded Johanna Konta was upset by qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Unseeded Venus Williams won the last four games against qualifier Lauren Davis for a 7-5, 6-2 victory, earning a second-round match with fifth-seeded and defending champion Kiki Bertens.

In the first match on Stadium Court, 20th-ranked Elise Mertens dispatched local favorite Caty McNally 7-5, 6-0 to set up a second-round match with Elina Svitolina, the No. 7 seed and a semifinalist at Wimbledon.

Marin Cilic, the men’s 14th seed, was beaten by 39th-ranked Radu Albot 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Among other men’s matches, wild card Sam Querrey earned a second-round berth opposite Djokovic with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (1) win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Monday’s last match, between 6-foot-11 Reilly Opelka and 12th-seeded Borna Coric, was suspended by rain with Coric leading 6-4, 3-6, 4-3.

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Pick Six: Helton leads coaches on hot seat entering 2019

Can a coach really be on the “hot seat” in Year 2?

We might find out this season at Florida State.

Willie Taggart is trying to turn things around after a rough debut with the Seminoles, who failed to make a bowl game for the first time since 1981. Taggart walked into a bigger clean up job than he expected, but he owns that 5-7 record. Finances alone would likely make firing Taggart untenable after this season. He would be owed about $17 million. Florida State needs to show some obvious progress and that should be enough to keep Taggart around for 2020.

But what if things get worse in Tallahassee, like 4-8 or 3-9? Florida State leadership could be facing a difficult decision. The heat might be turned up elsewhere, too.

CLAY HELTON, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Helton avoided the axe after the Trojans went 5-7 last season, much to the chagrin of a good chunk of the fan base. That might not have happened if USC had a more experienced athletic director and a university president in place at the time, but the school’s general dysfunction provided Helton a chance to fix the issues with a staff makeover. Most notably, Graham Harrell was brought in as offensive coordinator.

Helton went 21-6 with a Rose Bowl victory and Pac-12 title in his first two full seasons as USC coach, but his job status is one of the stories to follow this season. How many victories will it take for him to keep the gig? Eight? Nine? 10!? Every week will be a referendum on the state of the Trojans, who face maybe the most challenging first six games of any team in the country. And if all that wasn’t enough, Urban Meyer will be spending his weekends in Los Angeles this fall as an analyst for Fox.

LOVIE SMITH, ILLINOIS and CHRIS ASH, RUTGERS

Smith is 9-27 with four Big Ten victories in three seasons, though the program has taken baby steps forward. Ash is 7-29 with three conference victories, but the Scarlet Knights regressed to 1-11 last year.

Similarly, both work for ADs with a strong desire to NOT change coaches. Another baby step for Illinois could keep Smith safe. That might not be enough for Ash, but this probably isn’t a straight bowl-or-bust situation in New Jersey either.

BOB DAVIE, NEW MEXICO and TONY SANCHEZ, UNLV

A couple of Mountain West coaches who have likely exhausted the patience of their schools. UNLV made it clear after last season the Rebels need to go bowling in Sanchez’s fifth season. The program can’t move into a shiny new NFL stadium in 2020 without something to get fans excited. In lieu of victories, a coaching change is the alternative.

Budget issues at New Mexico probably bought Davie an eighth season, but after consecutive 3-9 seasons, another clunker is not likely to be written off.

STEVE ADDAZIO, BOSTON COLLEGE

In six seasons, Addazio’s Eagles have won seven games five times and finished 4-4 in the ACC four times. He is 38-38 overall. On one hand, BC might be the toughest job in the ACC, lacking facilities and resources to challenge the likes of Clemson, Florida State and Miami. On the other, this might be as a good as it gets with Addazio. He got a two-year extension through 2022 after last season, which did not exactly scream confidence.

GUS MALZAHN, AUBURN

Only at Auburn would a coach with a 53-27 record, entering the second season of a seven-year, $49 million deal, be on the hot seat. Well, maybe not only at Auburn, but it’s a pretty short list of schools where support is this mercurial. Malzahn is retaking control of play-calling in the hopes it will revive the offense. The Tigers have been one of the most difficult teams in the country to predict in recent years. Fittingly, the same can be said of Malzahn’s long-term job security.

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Storm coach Dan Hughes ready for emotional game Sunday

Seattle coach Dan Hughes knows that his team’s upcoming game against Minnesota will be more emotional for him than many other games this season. It’s the Storm’s annual Breast Health Awareness night.

While breast cancer survivors will be honored at Sunday’s game, it has special meaning for Hughes, who had a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract removed during training camp. He has made a full recovery and returned to the bench on June 21 after missing the team’s first nine games.

“I’ve always told people that the best thing the WNBA has done is the Breast Health Awareness game,” Hughes said. “It has been special. When you hear the word cancer in your life, things that you’ve done in the past carry a little different meaning to you. You’re thankful. Let’s look at the reality. I went through cancer not quite knowing what they are going to find when they do the surgery. What they found was pretty good. I go through screenings every three months to make sure I’m a healthy guy.”

The Storm are hoping to raise $25,000 for the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Patient Assistance Fund, through an online auction , 50/50 raffle and promotional ticket offer. Hughes had his surgery at the Swedish Medical Center.

On Sunday, Hughes will remember a college teammate who was diagnosed with cancer soon after his diagnosis. The Storm’s leader sent a text offering his thoughts and saying that he had just gone through cancer surgery himself. Unfortunately, his former teammate died two weeks ago.

“There are different endings to this story. I feel called to represent the ones that keep going,” the 64-year-old Hughes said. “I’m a faithful guy. I feel God said I want you to deal with this, but I want you to keep going.”

Hughes recalled how one of the first people who reached out to him when he was diagnosed said that now he’ll not only be known as a basketball coach, but also a cancer survivor.

“Our Breast Cancer Awareness night you’ll see that,” he said. “Yes this is a deadly disease, but you also want to celebrate the people who continue to move on in life.”

The veteran coach did say that while cancer has given him more of an appreciation for life, it hasn’t completely changed his coaching habits. Losses still sting.

“I still bottom out, I can’t lie to you,” he said, laughing. “When I do bottom out, it does enter my mind. This is still way better than me being unable to live life. It does enter. I still bottom out. I don’t care what you’re dealing with, if you’re a coach and you lose, it’s just hell. But it does creep in. You’re out here living life and doing probably what you are supposed to be doing.”

One of the many things that Hughes learned while being sidelined by the cancer was how to delegate more to his assistants. That is something he admits his younger self could never have done.

“One of the first things cancer patients told me is that you have to trust other people and let other people help you,” he said. “If you’re a driven coach, 20 years ago, no way (I’d be able to delegate as much). You learn. My cancer rehab doctor said to me. You’ve been around, you’re a bright guy, you figure out how to help your team from where you are. Those are pretty good words. I feel a lot of appreciation for people doing their jobs around me that helps all of us do what we’re trying to do.”

Assistant coach Gary Kloppenburg, who took over while Hughes was out, said that he saw a change in the head coach.

“He definitely took the doctor’s advice,” Kloppenburg said. “He was still around as a consultant, but he had total faith in his staff that we could handle it until he got back.”

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NCAA amends agent rules to no longer require college degree

The NCAA has backtracked on new certification standards and will no longer require a bachelor’s degree for a sports agent to represent Division I men’s basketball players who declare for the NBA draft while maintaining college eligibility.

The requirement drew criticism last week when the certification standards were revealed, including a social media blast by NBA star LeBron James. The requirement was quickly dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” in reference to James’ agent, who does not have a college degree.

The NCAA announced Monday it would amend the standards so bachelor’s degrees would not be required for agents currently certified and in good standing with the NBA players union. The NCAA had said last week it modeled its rules after those of the National Basketball Players Association.

“We have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the (NBPA) has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement,” the NCAA said in a statement. “While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria.”

The NCAA rule permitting players to obtain an agent yet still return to school after withdrawing from the draft was part of recommendations from the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball, which was formed in response to a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

The change took place last August, and the first players to take advantage of the rule did so in the spring. They were permitted to sign with an agent certified by the NBPA — which was the stopgap standard until the NCAA put together its own certification requirements — though they had to terminate the deal if they decided to withdraw from the draft and return to school.

The amended policy still requires the agent to be certified by the NBPA for at least three consecutive years, as well as taking an in-person examination, going through a background check and paying required fees. In its release last week, the NCAA said agents would pay a $250 application fee and an annual $1,250 certification fee separate from NBPA certification requirements.

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