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College Football Recruiting Site Eyes 6th-Graders

Rivals.com says 105-pound QB is 'incredibly composed' and 'very polished'

(Newser) - College football recruiting site Rivals.com is watching Tyson Thornton and Daron Bryden . Tyson, it said in a recent talent report , has "great explosiveness and surprisingly good body control for a kid his size and age," while Daron (who once beat NFL QB Matt Hasselbeck in an accuracy... More »

Mom's Suit Aims to End Tackle Football Among Preteens

Debra Pyka says her young son's dementia was tied to the game

(Newser) - In 2012, when Joseph Chernach was 25, he took his own life. His mother says he had been living with a type of dementia called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy—which she believes was brought on by childhood football games, NBC News reports. Chernach played in a Wisconsin-Michigan Pop Warner... More »

Patriots Win Nail-Biter, 28-24

Seahawks give up 10-point lead in second half

(Newser) - New England cornerback Malcolm Butler tonight stole Seattle's dream of a second straight championship, ESPN reports. With the Patriots leading 28-24 in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks drove down the field and even saw receiver Jermaine Kearse complete a miracle catch ( Bleacher Report... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

NFL lawyers seek science help from Columbia physicists

(Newser) - The investigation into DeflateGate has gone Ivy League. Lawyers working for the NFL are seeking help from Columbia University physicists, hoping to learn whether the weather could have played a role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC championship game, the New York Times reports. A lawyer in the... More »

Patriots Staffer Took Footballs Into Restroom: Reports

But he was only in there for 90 seconds

(Newser) - Reports are offering a potentially significant new development in DeflateGate : A Patriots locker room attendant was spotted in surveillance video taking 24 balls into a stadium bathroom. Half those balls were for the Patriots, the other half for the Colts, Pro Football Talk reports, citing an NFL source. That video,... More »

Bill Belichick: We Followed Rules 'to the Letter'

Patriots' coach makes unscheduled appearance amid DeflateGate

(Newser) - Saying his team "followed the rules to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating via deflated game balls . In an unscheduled... More »

Patriots' Belichick: I'm 'Shocked' by DeflateGate

'I have no explanation for what happened,' Pats coach says about deflated footballs

(Newser) - The hands-on head coach who scrutinizes obscure rules in the NFL handbook to come up with controversial plays said today at a news conference that he never fully knew the process behind inflating footballs and that he is "shocked" and has "no explanation" for how 11 out of... More »

11 of 12 Patriots' Game Balls Were Deflated: Report

League says it's still investigating DeflateGate

(Newser) - Allegations that the New England Patriots used deflated footballs in Sunday's game appear to be true: Unnamed NFL sources have confirmed as much to ESPN , though league officials tell the AP that "we're still awaiting findings." The ESPN report holds that 11 of 12 game balls... More »

DeflateGate: Patriots Face New Cheating Investigation

NFL investigating whether Super Bowl-bound team deflated ball yesterday

(Newser) - The New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl, but under the cloud of a new cheating scandal: The NFL is looking into allegations that the Patriots might have deflated the football in last night's victory over the Indianapolis Colts. An NFL insider told WTHR of the investigation,... More »

Seahawks Stun Packers in OT for NFC Title

Russell Wilson throws winning TD to Jermaine Kearse

(Newser) - Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown 3:19 into overtime to lift the Seattle Seahawks to an improbable 28-22 victory over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. The Seahawks became the first defending champion to make the Super Bowl in 10 years, and will play the... More »

In Ray Rice Clip, Couple Kisses While Cuffed

Rice fought to prevent release of latest footage

(Newser) - A third video has emerged from the night Ray Rice punched his now-wife, Janay Palmer (now Rice), in Atlantic City. Some 45 minutes of footage obtained by ABC News —unveiled after an unsuccessful legal attempt by Rice to bar its release—show shifting emotions between the pair. At first,... More »

Auburn Football Player Shot Dead

Jakell Mitchell killed in early morning apartment shooting

(Newser) - Alabama police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of Auburn University freshman football player Jakell Mitchell, who was shot early today at the Tiger Lodge apartment complex, reports AL.com . After police responded at 12:25am to the shooting, Mitchell was taken to the emergency room, where he... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

NFL Player's Amazing Catch Is Now an Amazing Meme

NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham caught the ball with 3 fingers

(Newser) - Was Odell Beckham's catch last night during the Giants-Cowboys game the greatest catch ever, as Business Insider (and pretty much everyone else) has dubbed it? That may still be up for debate, but what's not arguable is that a) it was an insane catch, and b) it's... More »

Can the NFL Ban the N-Word?

With dual meanings, it doesn't seem to be going anywhere

(Newser) - The NFL is trying to ban the use of the N-word entirely, but that may be a futile task in a country whose relationship to the word is constantly evolving, the Washington Post reports. Today, the word—ending with "a" rather than "er"—is used some 500,... More »

NFL Could Have an LA Team in a Year: Report

Rams, Chargers, Raiders possibilities to move

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams? The LA Chargers? How about the Raiders? Southern California football fans may be in luck: An insider tells Pro Football Talk that Los Angeles could have its own team, or two, in the next 12 to 24 months. The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams—all of which... More »

High School Football Player Dies After Collision

Tom Cutinella is 3rd such incident in recent days

(Newser) - A New York high school junior died yesterday after colliding with an opponent during a football game and collapsing. Tom Cutinella, a member of the Shoreham-Wading River High School varsity team, sustained a head injury and collapsed around 6pm; he was taken by ambulance from the field to the hospital,... More »

Ex-NFL Kicker Killed in Car Crash at Age 36

Rob Bironas crashed SUV last night a mile from home

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died last night after a car accident near his home. Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11pm less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement that his... More »

Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved... More »

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