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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 »

Kaepernick to Start First NFL Game This Year

San Francisco 49ers QB's reaction: 'Let's go'

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is in the news again, though not for anything related to his national anthem protests . Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills—a role he hasn't held since last November, reports. The controversial player has... More »

Restaurant's Wager Costs It 50% Off Customer Tabs

Ruth's Chris offers percent off based on Michigan game's point differential—which was 78 points

(Newser) - No one expected the University of Michigan to blow out Rutgers so utterly and completely during Saturday night's football game—least of all the Ann Arbor location of one of the country's most high-end restaurants. Now in its Monday morning quarterback role, Ruth's Chris Steak House is... More »

Hurricane Matthew Kills 3, Can't Stop Football Game

NC State hosts Notre Dame in 'torrential downpour'

(Newser) - Hurricane Matthew killed at least three people when it hit North Carolina on Saturday, the Weather Channel reports. And according to the Chicago Tribune , multiple flood warnings were issued for Raleigh, which was expecting 7 inches of rain. But that didn't stop NC State from hosting its scheduled football... More »

NFL Ratings Are Tumbling

One theory is that the election is stealing interest

(Newser) - The NFL has endured criticism about concussions , allegations about domestic violence among its players, and Tom Brady's DeflateGate , and yet the viewers kept coming back to the networks for more gameplay every Sunday (and Monday and Thursday and Saturday). Until now, per the Wall Street Journal , which reports on... More »

High School Football Team Is So Big, Others Won't Play

Rivals are forfeiting against Archbishop Murphy in Washington state

(Newser) - After crushing the opposition by a combined total of 170-0 in its first three games of the season, Archbishop Murphy High School in Washington state won the next three games when their opponents forfeited out of fear of literally being crushed. The Everett high school is a private Catholic institution,... More »

Cam Newton Sued for Allegedly Partying Too Hard

Lawsuit claims the Carolina Panthers QB destroyed a rental mansion

(Newser) - Apparently Cam Newton shied away from that Super Bowl fumble because he was (allegedly) saving his body for partying. TMZ reports a lawsuit filed against the Carolina Panthers quarterback by the manager of a luxury hotel rental company claims he did nearly $100,000 in damage to an $11 million... More »

Entire NFL Team May Take Action During National Anthem

The Seattle Seahawks may join Colin Kaepernick's protest as a team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem appears to be snowballing. Two Seattle Seahawks players have insinuated they may do something as a team during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. "Anything we want to do, it's not going to be... More »

Cops May Stop Providing Security at 49ers Games

Police union says Kaepernick is creating a 'hostile work environment'

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick is going to continue boycotting the national anthem in protest of police brutality, then the police might just boycott the San Francisco 49ers in protest of Colin Kaepernick. NBC Bay Area reports the Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop providing security for 49ers games unless... More »

Cost for Most Expensive High School Stadium Ever Hits $70M

Texas really, really loves high-school football

(Newser) - When Texas voters approved a $63 million high-school football stadium in May, the school district fought back against claims it was the most expensive high-school stadium ever. They might not have much of a leg to stand on anymore. The Dallas Morning News reports the cost of McKinney Independent School... More »

49ers QB Won't Stand for National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick is protesting treatment of black people in US

(Newser) - Before Friday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand by not standing for the national anthem. It's a decision reports will likely lead to "incredible backlash" against him. “I am not going to stand up... More »

New NFL Stadium Might Be Dangerously Loud

The roof at US Bank Stadium is made of 'acoustically reflective' material

(Newser) - The NFL may have a new loudest stadium, but how loud is too loud? Good Morning America reports the noise at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is already making news, and it hasn't even hosted a Minnesota Vikings game yet. At a recent soccer match—a soccer... More »

NFL Nixes Dallas Cowboys' Decal Honoring Slain Cops

'Arm in Arm' helmet decals cannot be worn during preseason, regular season

(Newser) - Last month, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled a helmet decal meant to show solidarity with the Dallas Police Department after five officers were murdered. But on Wednesday, the NFL rejected the team's request to wear the decals during the preseason, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Cowboys had already been... More »

Trump Complains About 'Ridiculous' Debate Schedule

He accuses Hillary Clinton of rigging it to clash with NFL games

(Newser) - Donald Trump is deeply unhappy about this fall's presidential debate schedule—and apparently a little confused about who created it. Two of the three debates clash with NFL games, and Trump tweeted Friday that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were "trying to rig the debates," though the... More »

NFL Great Bitten While Fighting Over Lobster With Shark

The shark didn't care how many career sacks Warren Sapp had

(Newser) - It's a bad idea to get between a shark and its meal. The same could probably be said about NFL Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp. So when Sapp and a shark both found themselves going after the same lobster Wednesday, the result was understandably gruesome. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sapp... More »

NFL Youth Program Doesn't Help Concussions After All

'New York Times' finds that widely shared stats are bogus

(Newser) - Heads Up Football was supposed to be the NFL's salve for parents wary of letting their kids play football. The safety-training program for coaches—which the NFL funds and promotes and the USA Football organization manages—has been given a strong push by the NFL, and the league... More »

Former NFL Coach Dennis Green Dead at 67

Vikings, Cardinals coach was one of first black coaches in college football, NFL

(Newser) - Dennis Green, one of the first African-American coaches in college and professional football, died Thursday at the age of 67, ESPN reports. As coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Green helped the NFL team earn eight playoff spots in 10 years. He also helmed the Arizona Cardinals for two years, serving... More »

NFL Player Who Walked Away Now an Unpaid Intern

Chris Borland working with Jimmy Carter's organization

(Newser) - When he stunned the NFL by retiring after a great rookie season over concussion concerns, Chris Borland was labeled "the most dangerous man in football" by ESPN . So what's Mr. Dangerous up to these days? The 25-year-old is currently working as an unpaid intern in Atlanta for the... More »

Bubba Smith, NFL's 'Gentle Giant,' Had CTE When He Died

Player-turned-actor was one stage away from full-blown dementia: researchers

(Newser) - Before he played Moses Hightower in the Police Academy franchise, Charles "Bubba" Smith took some hard hits on the football field as a Pro Bowl player and defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, among other teams. And those hits during his 10 seasons in the league were apparently enough... More »

Bong Photo May Have Cost NFL Draft Pick Millions

He claims his Twitter account was hacked

(Newser) - Despite being drafted 13th overall by the Miami Dolphins with a contract worth an expected $12.4 million, Thursday was a bad day for Laremy Tunsil. CBS News reports the University of Mississippi offensive lineman was expected to go much higher—to the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth pick—which... More »

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