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USC CB Josh Shaw out after jumping off balcony to save nephew

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USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw is out indefinitely after hurting himself saving his nephew over the weekend.

Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale over the weekend when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, struggling in a swimming pool. Carter cannot swim and there was no help nearby, so Shaw instinctively jumped off the second-floor balcony to help save the young boy.

Of course, real life is not like the movies where people can jump from the second story and land below without incident; Shaw landed hard on the concrete and hurt his legs, but he was able to crawl into the pool and pull his nephew to safety.

Shaw was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with two high-ankle sprains. The Trojans senior team captain expressed no regret over his injuries.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said Monday via USC’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

USC opens up its season on Saturday against Fresno State.

Ndamukong Suh reportedly saved comedian Louie Anderson from a pool

Many Detroit Lions fans and several players have expressed concern over Ndamukong Suh appearing on the reality TV show “Celebrity Diving.” There is certainly some danger involved when a 300-pound man plunges into a pool from a high dive, but comedian Louie Anderson must be happy Suh took the risk.

According to TMZ, Anderson (another contestant on the show) was practicing his dives last week when he became exhausted and nearly sank to the bottom of the pool. He reportedly fell off the ladder and into the water several times before being lifted out of the pool and rescued by Suh and diving legend Greg Louganis.

Anderson’s rep said that he is “feeling great” and going to be fine, despite the fact that he reportedly coughed up water for several seconds after being pulled from the pool. Naturally, Suh was the one who lifted him from the water. TMZ has some photos of the alleged incident here.

The Lions defensive tackle may have a reputation for playing dirty because of incidents like this, but it sounds like he was involved with a different kind of extracurricular activity on the set of “Celebrity Diving.” The city of Detroit is worried that Suh is putting himself at risk by participating, but the contestants must enjoy having an NFL lineman on hand to rescue them from fatigue.

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High school runner Seth Goldstein stops mid-race to save rival opponent

Seth Goldstein liked his chances of winning as he hit the halfway mark of his recent cross-country race. The 17-year-old senior from Cooper Yeshiva High in Memphis, Tenn. was somewhere in the middle of the pack with plenty of race remaining when a runner ahead of him dropped to the ground. Had the boy merely tripped over his shoelaces, Goldstein may have taken it as a lucky break and continued past the runner from rival school in Germantown, Tenn. But his opponent needed help.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” Goldstein told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here.”

Goldstein is a lifeguard. He was the only runner to stop after his opponent had fallen, noting that it was “obvious” he needed help. When he realized the Germantown student had blood bubbling from his mouth, he yelled for a parent to call 911.

“He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad,” Goldstein explained. “I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.”

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Cheerleader helps save collapsed football coach during game

It’s a good thing for football coach Jerry Senter that Jessica Anderson is one of his team’s cheerleaders.

When Senter, head coach of the minor league Indianapolis Tornados, collapsed during Saturday’s game with an apparent heart attack, it was Anderson, a member of the Syrens cheerleading squad, who came to his aid.

Anderson, an EMT and firefighter, reportedly administered CPR on the coach (because heaven forbid there be actual on-duty paramedics with an ambulance already on call at a professional football game). An ambulance eventually came to rush the coach to the hospital. He reportedly is “up and talking.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen CPR administered under unusual circumstances at a sporting event.

Todd Frazier saved choking man

Todd Frazier was a hero on Tuesday. The Reds rookie third baseman is in Pittsburgh for his team’s series against the Pirates this week and was out to lunch with a teammate when they noticed a man choking in the restaurant.

“I was talking to [teammate Ryan Ludwick] and I see it out of the corner of my eye,” Frazier told MLB.com. “I said ‘I think that dude is choking over there.’ He was a little obese and there were two women side-by-side trying to give him the Heimlich. [Ludwick] said get over there because I was the closest one. So I went over there and was yelling at them to get out of the way. They did and I gave two pumps and it came out.”

The man was choking on a big piece of steak, so it could have gotten pretty bad had Frazier not been there to help.

“It was a big fat piece too, it was pretty insane,” Frazier said. “It was a good 30 seconds they were trying at least.

“He paid for our lunch, which he didn’t have to do and said thanks a couple of times. It was pretty surreal. I have never done that before.”

Looks like Todd has a new biggest fan. Incredibly, this is the second spectacular act by Frazier in the past few days. He also now has something in common with Jeremy Shockey. Maybe the saving moment will give Frazier some good karma for his game on Tuesday night.

H/T Eye on Baseball
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Iditarod musher saves fallen dog with CPR

An Iditarod musher dramatically saved one of his fallen dogs by administering a CPR technique earlier this week.

Scott Janssen, who owns an Anchorage funeral home and is running his second Iditarod, noticed that the tug line of his sled slacked while exiting a famously tricky section of the Alaskan race. Janssen saw that one of his dogs — 9-year-old Marshall — was on the ground after collapsing.

“Boom! Laid right down. It was like a guy my age having a heart attack,” Janssen told the Anchorage Daily News. “I know what death looks like, and he was gone. Nobody home.”

Janssen says he began sobbing, but he didn’t wait long to try and save the dog. He began a dog-saving technique taught to him by another musher where the dog’s tongue is folded into its mouth, and the mouth is shut.

“I had my mouth over his nose, breathing into his nose as I was compressing and rubbing his chest, trying to work the air out,” Janssen said.

He said he was doing the CPR for what felt like an eternity, but was likely no more than five minutes. He implored the dog to respond. “I’m like c’mon dude, please come back,” Janssen explains.

“And he did.”

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H.S. Football Player Helped Break Up Hallway Stabbing at School

Seeing someone getting stabbed in the hallways of a school is one of those fight or flight moments: do you step in to break it up, or stand there astonished? One high school football player did the heroic thing by stepping in to break up the fight.

Senior Justin Richardson (pictured) was walking through the hallways between classes at Poughkeepsie High School last Thursday when he saw one teacher being attacked by another. 40-year-old English teacher Ronette Ricketts was attacking Cynthia Glozier.

Witnesses and police tell the Poughkeepsie Journal Glozier was stabbed at least 16 times in the head, face and back with a screwdriver. Richardson was coming from a science class when he stepped in.

“I put my hands in between them and separated them,” Richardson, a linebacker, told the Journal. “I put my arm against her (Ricketts) and gave her a decent shove and pushed her into the corner.

“I tried to knock the screwdriver away from her,” he said. “It flew out of her hand.”

Richardson says he’s disappointed with Ricketts, with whom he previously had a falling out, because teachers are supposed to be role models for students. He’s also disappointed that about 20 other people, including a few adult staffers, stood around and watched the attack.

Richardson helped save the life of Glozier, who was treated at a hospital for stab wounds.

“I believe it could have been fatal,” said Richardson.

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