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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING, College Crosse Nation!! We hope you all had a fun Thanksgiving! Thanks for making us a part of your day! Here are your links for November 24, 2017.

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The NY Times tackles the issue of helmets in women’s lacrosse again: As concussion worries rise, girls’ lacrosse turns to headgear.

The debate over whether headgear should be mandatory in girls’ lacrosse has been contentious for decades, fueled by fears that such equipment would turn their temperate game into a rugged version of hard-hitting boys’ lacrosse, where helmets have been required for years.

By rule, headgear remains optional in girls’ lacrosse.

But in the last year, with concerns about head injuries increasing, hundreds of teams and school districts across the nation, including New York City’s, have made headgear compulsory at girls’ lacrosse games and practices.

Florida imposed a headgear mandate on the approximately 5,400 high school girls playing the sport there. Brown University purchased headgear for its entire team in the spring, sending a jolt throughout the college lacrosse community. Officials say Brown is the first major N.C.A.A. program to make headgear available to all of its players, though it remains optional for them to use it.

Bill Pierce, the athletic director for the Corning-Painted Post school district in upstate New York, where the varsity and junior varsity girls’ lacrosse teams last season were required to wear headgear, said it was an easy decision.

“We put mouth guards on their teeth and have them wear goggles to protect their eyes,” said Pierce, citing two established, obligatory pieces of equipment in girls’ lacrosse. “The most valuable commodity they have is their brain, so we were all in when it came to protecting the most important part of their body.”

Speaking of women’s lacrosse and concussions, a recent ruling by a NY Supreme Court Justice involving a matter brought by female lacrosse players may upend the NCAA’s concussion settlement.

The NCAA moved earlier this year to dismiss Greiber's case. But in a legal shocker, New York Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Brown denied the NCAA's request. On Sept. 5, he wrote: "The court finds that the defendant NCAA owed a duty of reasonable care to the plaintiff." Brown held that because the NCAA has significant control over sports rules and equipment at its member schools and requires them to have concussion protocols, it is "charged with carrying out these functions with reasonable care."

Brown also found that because the NCAA "effectively prohibited the plaintiff from utilizing protective headgear," it can't argue that it has no responsibility for the dangers Greiber faced. The NCAA has a duty, he wrote, "to avoid exposing the plaintiff to risks that were unreasonably increased."

While Brown's decision to let Greiber's case go forward hasn't made many headlines, his ruling that the NCAA owed her a "duty of reasonable care" could be highly potent. Once it is established that the NCAA owes reasonable care to athletes, legal cases such as Greiber's will be about facts on the ground: whether the NCAA discharged that duty in specific circumstances. That could be dangerous for the NCAA, which didn't have any concussion guidelines until 2010, instituted its new rules only because of the litigation it was facing and has never disciplined a school for returning an injured athlete to play. Greiber's affidavit states: "The NCAA did not effectively research, monitor, assess or review the available data, nor did it implement or enforce any ... guidelines, protocols or requirement that would have prevented my severe concussive injuries."

UMass Minutemen giving back to their community.

Warrior Lacrosse now has a YouTube channel.

Things are still heated in Canada and the Canadian Lacrosse Association.

A Canadian Lacrosse Association statement released Tuesday about its Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association (RCAAA) status did nothing to appease the four men who raised the issue in the first place. John Mouradian, one of three men the CLA dismissed last Friday from its national team management group, says the statement raises more questions than it answers.

The CLA had its RCAAA status revoked in 2010 for its participation in a $60.7 million gifting program the Canada Revenue Agency deemed an "abusive tax shelter."

Mouradian, Dean French, Dave Huntley and Gary Gait, who comprised the former national team management group, said his group has been appealing to the CLA for two years to take steps to regain its status. Without it, the CLA is unable to issue charitable tax receipts which French said hampered their ability to raise funds and solicit sponsors. When they failed to get action from the CLA board the men threatened to resign if this and other issues weren't addressed by March 31, 2018. Instead, the CLA accepted their resignation effective Nov. 17.

The CLA then issued a statement saying it could find no "written evidence" the CLA lost out on donations because of the lack of RCAAA status. It also stated: "At the time our RCAAA status was revoked, it was certainly detrimental to our image as the national governing body for the sport, however it had little effect on our financial position. The return on our investment from the investment programs have far exceeded any charitable contributions we had previously experienced and continue to be an important part of our organization's funding structure."

WarDog Lacrosse inks deal with Major League Lacrosse.

WarDog Lacrosse, based in Burlington, will be an official provider of athletic socks for the 2018 Major League Lacrosse season. According to WarDog, it collaborated with MLL teams in developing the sock.

The company will create custom designs for all nine teams. MLL players tested the socks at the 2017 MLL All-Star Game and provided feedback. No financial terms of the deal were announced. WarDog founder and Brown Dog Hosiery Co.'s Callum Brown has filled other niches with socks for other outdoor activities.

“WarDog Lacrosse is excited to partner with Major League Lacrosse and support lacrosse athletes with a sock designed specifically for them,” said Brown, co-founder of WarDog Lacrosse. “Lacrosse athletes and the sport of lacrosse are unique and unlike any other, and their equipment should reflect that.”

Shout out to UMass Lowell’s Cliff Kucker.

Congrats to Jr Cliff Kurker on being selected to the Jamaican National Team for the 2018 World Games! @jamaicalacrosse @cliffro24

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A tradition unlike any other, the Cornell honorific turkey leg

Here’s some indoor action from down under for those who can’t wait for the NLL season to start.

What’s Up, PhilaJersey?

Meh, I’m cool with it: The death of Old City’s horse-drawn carriage business.

The familiar sound of hooves on cobblestones may no longer stand as an enduring hallmark of Old City in tomorrow’s Philadelphia, and while I’m feeling like I should be more wistful upon coming to this realization, I can comfortably say that this is actually for the best. Not only for minimizing the chances of stepping in something nasty when stumbling out of the Chestnut Street bars, but for the animals’s sake, too.

There are just two horse-drawn carriage companies that still carry tourists and romantic locals down the uneven streets once strolled by Revolution-era luminaries in 2017 – and in typical Philly fashion, one of them doesn’t even hold an active license to do so.

World/National News.

24-year old Chicago-area teacher was arrested for doing cocaine in her classroom.

A teacher at Lake Central High School in St. John, Ind. faces drug-related charges after allegedly being caught by students using drugs in her classroom. The student witnesses contacted school administrators, who called St. John police, who, in turn, requested assistance from Dyer police for their drug-sniffing dog.

Arrested was 24-year-old Samantha Cox, who was led from the school at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. She faces felony drug possession and misdemeanor paraphernalia charges and is being held in the Lake County Jail.

People are wilding out for Black Friday deals again.

Black Friday shoppers got into a huge brawl at a shopping mall as wild footage shows women wrestling on the floor and being handcuffed by police. Women were seen punching and kicking each other, while one allegedly threw a shoe that hit a baby. There were scenes of chaos as the women brawled and police and staff struggled to break them apart.

Stunned witnesses laughed and recorded video on their mobile phones as police ordered them to leave the store. The mall in the US state of Alabama had to be shut down early after multiple fights were reported, while a shooting left one person critically injured at a mall in Missouri as Black Friday shoppers showed up looking for deals.

Your GIF/Video for November 24, 2017.

So Drake has a tattoo of Denzel Washington. Jimmy Fallon informed Denzel of this fact when he stopped by The Tonight Show. Here’s Washington’s reaction to the news.

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