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SAN FRANCISCO -- NFL opening day excitement this week was tarnished with the death of
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SAN FRANCISCO -- NFL opening day excitement this week was tarnished with the death of one fan walking over a pedestrian overpass outside the big game in San Francisco, and injuries to two others from falls inside the Indianapolis stadium. Billy Smith Jersey . San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday that early indications show that 32-year-old Kevin Hayes of nearby Hayward fell accidentally. "Alcohol may or may not have played a role to some varying degree, but right now, it looks like a very sad, tragic accident," Suhr said. Hayes fell while walking with his brother on a bridge raised above four lanes of traffic outside the stadium, connecting a street to Candlestick Park, police said. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but authorities from police and medical examiner offices said he was declared dead from his injuries. The death came just after kickoff in what was eventually San Franciscos 34-28 win over Green Bay. Multiple witnesses reported that Hayes appeared to be intoxicated before he fell over the rail to a sidewalk below. Also Sunday, a railing collapsed at the Colts game against the Raiders in Indianapolis, injuring two unidentified fans who were leaning against the barrier above the tunnel leading to Oaklands locker room. One person was taken away on a stretcher, while another left in a wheelchair, witnesses said. After the Colts 21-17 victory, Barney Levengood, executive director of the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, issued a statement that said one of the people was released after receiving medical attention at the stadium. The other person was treated at the stadium and transported to Methodist Hospital for additional evaluation. Levengood said that the second fan did not appear to be seriously injured. 49ers spokesman Bob Lange confirmed in a statement that the team had learned of the accident outside the stadium. "We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time," he said in an email. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee added Monday that while he doesnt know all of the facts regarding the fall, he called the incident "very unfortunate." "It certainly marred what otherwise a very happy day for fans who know this is the last opening game we will see in Candlestick," Lee said. "And, if intoxication was involved, well have to look at that for as well for the fans safety. Well have a lot of things to look at." Since 2003, there have been more than two dozen serious cases of fans falling at stadiums across the United States, according to the Institute for the Study of Sports Incidents. That includes a 2007 fatality at Candlestick Park when a fan in the concession area misjudged a jump up to sit on a wall and fell instead from the upper concourse to the mezzanine level, said Alana Penza, director of the institute, which is part of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, based at the University of Southern Mississippi. "Sometimes a venue will say this was an accident, but other times they might decide to make adjustments," said Penza. She said Monday that while alcohol can raise the danger to fans, "you have to think of how, regardless of alcohol, how easy would it be for you or me to misstep and fall down stairs." Historic Candlestick Park closes after this season and will be replaced by a shopping centre. Next year, the 49ers will move into a $1.2 billion stadium at the teams Silicon Valley headquarters in Santa Clara, a steeper design but with many built in safety rails. Penza noted that stadium fatalities are not limited to football. In Atlanta, baseball fan Ronald Lee Homer Jr. died last month after falling 85 feet following a tumble over Turner Fields fourth-level railing. Homers death was the third at an Atlanta stadium in the past year. Also last month in Denver, Broncos fan Noel Robinson was injured when he fell about 10 feet from an escalator at a preseason game. Brock Nelson Jersey . Chelsea took until the second half to trouble the leagues bottom team, but Schuerrle then ripped through the defence with ease at Craven Cottage to keep Jose Mourinhos side on track for the title. John Tavares Jersey .Leicester won 25-21 in a heated European Rugby Champions Cup group match on Sunday.Toulon said on its website on Wednesday that it decided to open an investigation after Leicester complained about the behaviour of prop Martin Castrogiovanni and fullback Delon Armitage. http://www.authenticnyislanderspro.com/C...rs-jersey/ . The Flames announced Monday that Treliving, a former assistant general manager with the Coyotes, will take over the vacant GM spot in Calgary. "Im ready for this,"Treliving said. MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings have moved into the home stretch of their search for a head coach and Cincinnati defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer has emerged as a favourite. John Wooten, the executive director of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview on Monday that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told him last week the teams plan was to contact finalists for the job by Tuesday. According to an NFL Network report on Saturday, Zimmer was scheduled to travel to Minnesota on Monday and meet with Vikings officials for a second interview Tuesday. The alliance, based in Washington, is designed to promote candidate development for coaching, front office and scouting jobs in the NFL. The FPAs strategic efforts include advocacy for and marketing of the hiring and promotion of minorities among NFL teams, and one of Wootens protegees is Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles, another strong candidate for Minnesota. Bowles spoke with Spielman in Arizona last week, and Wooten said Spielman told him the interview went well. "He was thoroughly, thoroughly impressed. Thats the way I would describe it," Wooten said. Wooten said on Monday afternoon that he had not yet heard from Spielman about a second interview for Bowles. The Vikings began the week one of four teams left without a head coach, joining Cleveland, Detroit and Tennessee. The Lions, according to Wootens conversation with general manager Martin Mayhew, were also moving toward a concclusion, with a similar plan to invite finalists to Michigan on Monday or Tuesday for further talks with team brass. Valtteri Filppula Jersey. Another candidate working with Wooten is former Indianapolis coach and current Baltimore offensive co-ordinator Jim Caldwell, who has previously interviewed with the Lions. "We think that Jim is right in the thick of this thing," Wooten said. One of Spielmans favourite terms is "due diligence." His public declaration when the process began was that he wouldnt let a particular category, circumstance or deadline limit his options for Leslie Fraziers successor. Spielman, though, said his preference was to make the hire prior to the Senior Bowl, a prime period of draft prospect evaluation for coaching staffs around the league. Practices for the annual college all-star game in Mobile, Ala., begin next week. The Vikings arent publicizing any information about the search. Zimmers agent, David Dunn, didnt immediately return messages left on Monday. Theyve already interviewed, according to various reports: Seattle offensive co-ordinator Darrell Bevell, Seattle defensive co-ordinator Dan Quinn, Cleveland defensive co-ordinator Ray Horton, San Francisco offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman and San Francisco defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, in addition to Bowles and Zimmer. With the Seahawks and 49ers playing this Sunday for the NFC championship, the Vikings couldnt talk to any of those four candidates again until next week. 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