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It's Official: the Raiders Are Moving to Las Vegas

2020 move approved by NFL owners

(Newser) - The Oakland Raiders will soon be the Las Vegas Raiders. The football team's move to Sin City was approved in a 31-1 vote of NFL owners Monday, Sports Illustrated reports. Miami was the only city to oppose the move, which will take place in 2020. "The Raiders were... More »

Colin Kaepernick's Days of Kneeling for Anthem Are Over

The quarterback says he'll be standing next season

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is declaring victory and ending his protest of the national anthem, ESPN reports. After kneeling for the anthem during every game of 2016, the quarterback says he'll stand during the 2017 NFL season. According to USA Today , Kaepernick started kneeling to protest police brutality and racial inequality.... More »

Tom Brady Reveals 'Suspects' in Stolen Jersey Case

They include ... Lady Gaga

(Newser) - Tom Brady has revealed his list of "suspects" in the case of his missing Super Bowl jersey , posting a "suspect board" on Instagram on Wednesday. The tongue-in-cheek group of shady characters includes halftime performer Lady Gaga, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, and the "guy who stole... More »

Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

NFL Punter Makes Unusual Career Change

Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee will produce content for satirical Barstool Sports site

(Newser) - One of the best punters the Indianapolis Colts ever had just kicked his NFL career to the curb. At just 29, Pat McAfee has decided to walk away from the game and onto the comedy scene, a surprise he announced on live TV Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. His... More »

The 10 Best Cities for Football Fans

Green Bay is No. 1: WalletHub

(Newser) - Come Sunday, the best US city for football fans will undoubtedly be Houston. But that's not the case during the rest of the year, according to WalletHub . The site checked out 244 cities with at least one college or professional team to determine the best places for football fans... More »

Hard-Core Workouts Send 3 Oregon Players to Hospital

One Ducks football lineman has come down with rare, potentially life-threatening condition

(Newser) - Three University of Oregon players on the Ducks football team are recuperating at a local hospital after a series of intense workouts last week that left one of the players with a rare, serious condition, the Oregonian reports. Offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick... More »

Bo Jackson: If I Knew Risks, I'd Have Skipped Football

Former NFL star says he would have stuck to baseball only

(Newser) - Turns out, Bo didn't know football, and if he had, he never would have played. Bo Jackson, who starred at the pro level in both football and baseball decades ago, tells USA Today that he would not have played football had he known about the concussion risks. "Never,... More »

NFL's Newest Head Coach Is Its Youngest Ever

Sean McVay named head coach of Los Angeles Rams on Thursday

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams' new head coach is the youngest in NFL history. CNN reports the Rams announced the hiring Sean McVay, who is all of 30 years old, on Thursday. He beats the record formerly held by Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when named head coach of the Oakland... More »

No Charges for 10 Players in Gophers Sexual Assault Case

University of Minnesota football players received suspensions

(Newser) - Ten suspended Minnesota football players will not face charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault near campus , prosecutors announced Friday after taking a second look at the case. It's the second time the Hennepin County attorney's office has weighed in on the September incident that triggered suspensions,... More »

Browns' Lone Win Turns Into Good News for Food Bank

Team gets in on joke, donates to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland Browns fans were looking forward to a "Perfect Season Parade," though that "perfect" season was meant to be perfectly winless, reports NPR . But then the players had to go and ruin everything by winning their Christmas Eve matchup against the San Diego Chargers 20-17, leaving more... More »

Team Loses Celebration Bowl Due to Excessive Celebration

You can't make this stuff up

(Newser) - Grambling State won the Celebration Bowl when it blocked an extra point set back 15 yards by an excessive celebration with just over two minutes left, holding off North Carolina Central 10-9 Saturday, the AP reports. Down 10-3, North Carolina Central had a chance to pull even after Quentin Atkinson... More »

Football Team Ends Protest of Suspensions for Sexual Assault

University of Minn. was boycotting football after 10 players suspended

(Newser) - The University of Minnesota football team has ended its boycott of all football activities—meaning the team will compete in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. NBC News reports the team announced the boycott Thursday after 10 players were suspended for an alleged sexual assault. Players were upset they weren'... More »

Heisman Winner Found Dead in Colorado Park

A cause of death has not been given for Rashaan Salaam

(Newser) - Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam was found dead Monday night in a Boulder park less than two miles from Folsom Field, where he carved his name into the University of Colorado record books as one of the greatest players in the program's history, the AP reports. The Boulder County... More »

The NFL Is Finally Hiring Some Full-Time Officials

League VP says up to 17 will be hired this offseason

(Newser) - Get ready for some full-time NFL officials to start throwing yellow flags next year. Troy Vincent, the league's vice president of football operations, tells the AP that he expects the NFL to hire as many as 17 full-time officials this offseason. The additions are allowed under the collective bargaining... More »

Yale Students Strip Down During Win Over Harvard

'Behold, the bare asses of the brightest young minds in America'

(Newser) - The Yale football team beat Harvard for the first time in a decade Saturday, leading to a display of naked emotion by Bulldog fans—emphasis on naked. With Yale leading 14-7 in the second half, a section of fans stripped completely nude and mooned the field. "Behold, the bare... More »

NFL Might Shorten Games to Woo Back Viewers

Roger Goodall also addresses poor officiating and Donald Trump

(Newser) - Are fewer ads and faster games in the NFL's future? Commissioner Roger Goodell said they very well could be while addressing the league's falling television ratings Thursday. The New York Times reports ratings are down by double digits, and while Goodell is largely placing blame on the presidential... More »

NFL Has No One Else to Blame for Sinking Ratings

Football is becoming 'less appealing and more disturbing': columnist

(Newser) - Prime-time NFL games on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday have lost more than a fifth of their viewership on average this season. Sally Jenkins, who sees professional football as the purest form of reality television, says the reason why is obvious. "Viewers don't especially like the stories they're... More »

Former NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer Has Alzheimer's

Five years after diagnosis, Schottenheimer is staying positive

(Newser) - Marty Schottenheimer, the only man in the last quarter-century to post an overall winning record as coach of the Cleveland Browns, has Alzheimer's, ESPN reports. The 73-year-old Schottenheimer has been privately battling the disease since being diagnosed five years ago. "He’s in the best of health, [but]... More »

Brains of Kids as Young as 8 Altered After One Football Season

Players don't even need a full-blown concussion to suffer adverse effects: study

(Newser) - Grade-school football players may not ever experience a concussion, but just one season of "sub-concussive head impacts"—blows to the head that aren't quite severe enough to cause a full-blown concussion—could be enough to alter young athletes' brains, ABC News reports. Per a study in the... More »

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