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Mom on College Footballer's Suicide: 'Maybe It's His Own Brain'

Augustus Lee's brain to be studied by concussion researchers

(Newser) - Phyllis Lee was shocked to learn her 20-year-old son, a University of Richmond football player, had killed himself by asphyxiation in his car just off campus, where his body was found early Tuesday, per USA Today . "I just wonder if something happened … because what he did was so... More »

Marching Band Delivers Big Game's Most Touching Moment

Washington State plays University of Washington's fight song after UW bus accident

(Newser) - The Washington State University Cougars faced off Friday against the University of Washington's Huskies during their annual Apple Cup football matchup, but it was the Cougars' marching band that ended up generating the most buzz. That's because they played "Bow Down to Washington," the opposing team'... More »

Tom Brady: This Is What's 'in My Nightmares'

The New England QB opens up in interview

(Newser) - Despite a bout of illness this weekend, Tom Brady manages to lead one of the NFL's most fearsome teams—maybe because he knows what to avoid. The New England Patriots quarterback opened up about his fears when taking questions from California firefighters during an interview earlier this week, 247... More »

Player's Gesture Costs Harvard a TD

Running back appeared to flip off defender, though that may not have been what he actually did

(Newser) - It looked like Harvard had scored a touchdown to take a 34-27 lead early in the fourth quarter of its game against Yale Saturday ... and that would indeed have been the case, had running back Devin Darrington not wagged a finger at the Yale defender who was chasing him as... More »

Fan Falls From Stands Through Awning at NFL Game

It happened during cheerleaders' T-shirt toss

(Newser) - A football fan was hospitalized Sunday after falling from the stands at Tennessee's Nissan Stadium during the NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots. An NFL employee who witnessed the fall tells USA Today that as cheerleaders threw T-shirts into the crowd during the third... More »

Ex-NFL Players Stunned by Concussion Settlements

Some recipients are seeing their payments reduced

(Newser) - A $1 billion settlement for former NFL players with chronic brain trauma is adding up to little or nothing for some recipients, USA Today reports. Approved in 2015 , the money was supposed to help family of ex-players who had died or were in nursing homes. But at least a dozen... More »

Coroner: Teen Football Player's Death 'an Anomaly'

Dylan Thomas was injured in a Sept. 28 game

(Newser) - The death of a 16-year-old football player who was injured in a game last month was the result of a "traumatic brain injury," the coroner says. Dylan Thomas, a linebacker at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Ga., died two days after he was injured in a Sept.... More »

Teen Football Player Dies 2 Days After Collision

Dylan Thomas died Sunday after a hit in Friday night's game

(Newser) - A high school junior in Georgia died Sunday after being seriously injured during a Friday night football game. WSB-TV reports Dylan Thomas of Pike County High School was involved in a collision in the first half of the game that the 16-year-old initially seemed to shake off. Uncle Nick Burgess... More »

Students Support College Chief in Beer Bong Controversy

Southeast Missouri State President Carlos Vargas went viral for chugging while tailgating

(Newser) - Having the president of your college actively involved in student life is desirable. Having one who takes pulls on a beer bong with you at a football game—that's up for debate. Dr. Carlos Vargas, head of Southeast Missouri State University, says he now realizes his actions before a... More »

Superintendent Resigns After Racist Facebook Comment

Lynn Redden suggested black football quarterbacks are inferior

(Newser) - A Texas superintendent has resigned after drawing widespread ire for comments he made on Facebook about the inferiority of black quarterbacks. Per the Houston Chronicle , Lynn Redden of the Onalaska school district officially stepped down in a letter sent Saturday to the president of the school board. "As an... More »

Hit Caused a Concussion at Age 12. He Was Dead by 13

Bleacher Report looks at what happened to James Ransom after the hit

(Newser) - On the drive home from the game on Sept. 12, 2015, Greg Ransom spotted blood on his 12-year-old son's ear. Ransom had been at James' Pop Warner football game that Saturday but didn't see the hit to his head. James that night simply explained he had his "... More »

Female ESPN Host: That's It, I'm Done With NFL

Michelle Beadle says league doesn't care about women

(Newser) - Michelle Beadle has some more free time on the weekends—and the ESPN pundit says she has the NFL to thank for it. The co-host of the network's Get Up! program tweeted an image of a cringing Jerry Seinfeld Wednesday along with the line: "Me, pretending to be... More »

Police Told Not to Buy Miami Dolphins Tickets

"This organization obviously DOES NOT honor First Responders

(Newser) - Now cops are getting in on the NFL's national anthem spat, Sports Illustrated reports. Two Florida police unions, in Palm Beach County and Broward County, posted Facebook notices urging officers to not buy or refund tickets to a Miami Dolphins game after two players kneeled and one raised a... More »

Trump Warns NFL Players: 'Find Another Way to Protest'

President isn't happy some players kneeled, did other protests during anthem in preseason games

(Newser) - Is it football season already? It must be, based on President Trump's tweets from Friday morning. After reports filtered out about some NFL players kneeling, raising their fists, and taking part in other forms of protest during preseason games on Thursday evening, Trump once more railed against those who... More »

A Jury Awarded Them 4 Cents. Mike Evans Gave Them $11K

Pro NFL player Mike Evans is helping people out

(Newser) - A wide receiver who just scored an $82 million contract extension is helping a family that was recently awarded 4 cents, ESPN reports. Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers donated $11,000 Saturday to the family of a man who was shot dead by a Florida sheriff's deputy... More »

Nyet This Time: Russia Loses to Croatia in Shootout

And England advances with decisive victory over Sweden

(Newser) - Although Russia made it further at this year's World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw, the AP reports. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at No. 70,... More »

Washington State QB Had Brain Damage at Time of Suicide

Tyler Hilinski's parents say he had signs of CTE when he died

(Newser) - The family of the Washington State football player who died of suicide in January said the 21-year-old quarterback had extensive brain damage that's been linked to concussions from playing the sport, the AP reports. Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment with a gunshot wound and a suicide... More »

49ers Mourn Receiver Who Made 'The Catch'

Dwight Clark, who was behind one of NFL's greatest plays, dies at age 61 after ALS battle

(Newser) - An ex-NFL player known for a play that pushed the San Francisco 49ers into a championship run in the '80s died Monday at the age of 61 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, per ESPN . "I'm heartbroken to tell you that today I lost... More »

School Closed Over Threatening Post on Ex-NFLer's Instagram

Post on Jonathan Martin's account tagged 2 ex-teammates he accused of bullying him

(Newser) - A Los Angeles prep school was closed Friday and a former NFL player detained by police over an Instagram post showing a gun and shells on a bed, Deadspin reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , the image was posted to a verified Instagram account belonging to ex-offensive lineman Jonathan... More »

Coldest Super Bowl Ever? Getting Ready for the Big Game

Halftime rumors addressed on Prince and Janet Jackson

(Newser) - As fans are warming up for the Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, weather pundits are warning those watching the game in person to get literally warmed up, as it's looking to possibly be the coldest Super Bowl in history, per USA Today ... More »

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