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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 »

NFL Wives' Club: Stay Quiet, Support the Team

Wife of former player explains the pressure Janay Rice surely has been under

(Newser) - People need to stop telling Janay Rice what she should or shouldn't do and show more compassion instead, says the wife of a former NFL player in Mother Jones . Tracy Treu— whose husband, Adam, played 10 seasons—argues that most people can't understand the "incredible pressure" Janay... More »

NFL Was Sent Ray Rice Video Months Ago: AP

Police source says he sent it to an unnamed executive

(Newser) - If Roger Goodell's job as NFL commissioner was on thin ice in the wake of the Ray Rice case, that ice just got even thinner: A law enforcement source tells the AP that he sent a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months... More »

Save the NFL: Hire Condi Rice to Run It

The league she loves needs her more than ever, writes Jonathan Capehart

(Newser) - The NFL is a mess, with its reputation in the tank and its players unable to stay off the police blotter. Commissioner Roger Goodell bears a good deal of the responsibility, thanks to his inept leadership in recent years, writes Jonathan Capehart in the Washington Post . The awful Ray Rice... More »

Video Surfaces of Ravens' Ray Rice Punching Fiancee

NFL claims it hadn't seen video when it handed down 2-game suspension

(Newser) - Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has already been seen on camera dragging the unconscious body of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Now TMZ has obtained the graphic surveillance video footage of the actual punch, which happened in February at the Revel Casino... More »

Cowboys Pick Up Michael Sam

He joins practice roster in home state

(Newser) - Michael Sam's second chance will be with the Dallas Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett said today that the league's first openly gay player will be added to the practice roster. "We just want to give him a chance to come in and help our football team," Garrett... More »

St. Louis Rams Cut Michael Sam

But he could still end up with Rams, NFL sources say

(Newser) - The St. Louis Rams have released Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the... More »

NFL: We Blew It on Domestic Violence

League toughens penalties after outcry over Ray Rice case

(Newser) - When the NFL issued a two-game suspension to a star player who assaulted his then-fiancee, the league took much flak for treating the offense so lightly. Now, in a letter to owners, league chief Roger Goodell has issued a mea culpa, reports ESPN . "I didn't get it right,... More »

Almost Half of Parents Worry About Kids Playing Football

But only 5% discourage their kids from playing

(Newser) - Almost half of parents have concerns about their kids playing football, but according to a new AP-GfK poll, they're not exactly yanking their offspring off the field in the kind of droves that will "kill pro football." Some 44% of parents were "not comfortable" letting their... More »

Tony Dungy Takes Heat, Says He's No Homophobe

Former NFL coach clarifies his Michael Sam comments

(Newser) - Tony Dungy says he's not prejudiced, despite his comment a couple days ago that he wouldn't have drafted openly gay player Michael Sam, TMZ reports. "I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team," Dungy said... More »

Cops: Man Tosses Football Full of Drugs Into Prison

It had cell phones, too, but the throw was off target

(Newser) - Points for creativity, at least. Michigan authorities say a man attempted to chuck a football filled with drugs and cellphones into the exercise yard of a state prison in Jackson. Two big problems: The throw fell short, with the ball landing between two fences instead of in the exercise yard.... More »

Hall of Fame Steelers Coach Chuck Noll Dies at 82

Won record 4 Super Bowls

(Newser) - Chuck Noll, the Hall of Fame coach who won a record four Super Bowl titles with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died last night at his home. He was 82. Noll was among family outside Pittsburgh when he died of natural causes, the county medical examiner said, per CNN . Noll transformed the... More »

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