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Dolphins Fire Coach Accused in Sex Doll Incident

Two fired in wake of Incognito report

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill yesterday, less than a week after the two were called out in the NFL's damning report on bullying in the team's locker room. Turner not only let Richie Incognito and two other... More »

Stewart: If Only Michael Sam Had Just Killed Dogs

'Daily Show' host points out some NFL hypocrisy

(Newser) - Michael Sam could be the first gay football player in the NFL —assuming he actually gets drafted. Now that the University of Missouri lineman has come out, Sports Illustrated talked to personnel directors in the NFL who confirmed that some team managers just don't want to deal with... More »

Iran's Women Soccer Players Told to Take Gender Tests

And a few have already failed, officials say

(Newser) - Think mandatory PED testing in baseball is bad? Players in Iran's professional female soccer leagues will have to undergo gender tests to make sure they're really female, the Telegraph reports. The ruling comes after a few top players, including four on the national team, turned out to be... More »

Seahawks Crush Broncos, 43-8

Denver horribly out of synch as Seattle dominates

(Newser) - "Omaha! Omaha! Wha?" The Denver Broncos' first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII turned into a humiliating safety when the snap sailed by Peyton Manning's head into the end zone. That set the tone for a scoreless Denver first half, as the Seattle Seahawks defense intercepted Manning... More »

Bunny, Manatees, Porcupine Predict Super Bowl Winner

But the animals can't agree

(Newser) - One way or another, a horse or a bird is going home with the Lombardi Trophy for Super Bowl XLVIII. The big game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is just around the corner, and it's the first Super Bowl to be played on Groundhog Day, so what... More »

Here's the Story Behind Manning's 31 'Omahas'

Companies gave $800 to his Peyback Foundation for every pre-snap mention

(Newser) - Peyton Manning's foundation for at-risk youth will receive a $24,800 donation for all the times he shouted "Omaha!" during the AFC championship game yesterday. The donations were organized by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce after Manning's 44 pre-snap "Omaha!" calls during the... More »

Seahawks Beat 49ers, Are Super Bowl-Bound

They'll face Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII after a 23-17 win

(Newser) - "Every ounce of your energy, every moment spent watching film has been worth it, because we made it." Indeed. So said Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, whose game-saving deflection in the end zone with 22 seconds left was caught by teammate Malcolm Smith to clinch the 23-17... More »

Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Arrested in Rape Case

Los Angeles, New Orleans police investigating multiple alleged assaults

(Newser) - Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department says. Sharper was arrested and booked yesterday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight, according to police. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. The LAPD says it is... More »

Tennessee Titans Fire Head Coach

Mike Munchak had year left in contract

(Newser) - The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Munchak after three seasons as head coach and 31 years combined with this franchise as a player and coach, the team has confirmed. General manager Ruston Webster says in a statement that the last week was a difficult time trying to figure out how... More »

3 People Stabbed After Denver Broncos Game

And police think 4th victim is out there somewhere

(Newser) - Several people were stabbed in the parking lot outside Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado, last night following a Broncos game. One man is in critical condition after what Denver police are calling a "quadruple stabbing" following the team's 27-20 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Two other... More »

NFL's Andre Johnson Buys $17K in Toys for Kids

Houston Texan makes it an annual tradition

(Newser) - A little antidote to the usual headlines that NFL players make off the field: Houston Texan Andre Johnson dropped more than $17,000 at a Toys R Us for a dozen kids and their siblings in child protective services, reports Fox Sports . In fact, it's the seventh straight year... More »

Man Nabbed Over Prank Calls to Pro Coaches

Kenneth Tarr allegedly presented fake job offers

(Newser) - Famous last words: "I'm like the world's most safe criminal." A Los Angeles man has been arrested after allegedly making prank calls to at least a dozen NFL, NBA, and college football coaches offering them new jobs. Kenneth Tarr, 32, allegedly called the likes of ex-Tampa... More »

Rob Ford's Latest Transgression: Seat Stealer

And he ate chicken wings in it...

(Newser) - Another week, another Rob Ford dust-up : The embattled Toronto mayor attended a Buffalo Bills-Atlanta Falcons game at Toronto's Rogers Centre last night, where he showed up after kickoff then promptly stole Matt Mays' seat, according to none other than Matt Mays. The musician tells the National Post that he... More »

To Save Football, Demystify It

Tell us more about the game, and make sure what we see is flattering: Nicholas Dawidoff

(Newser) - Americans are developing conflicted feelings about the NFL. "They love football ... but they are repelled by the thought of enjoying a blood sport that brutalizes the minds and bodies of players," writes Nicholas Dawidoff at the New Yorker . But Dawidoff has a solution: Show us more. "Is... More »

Bills Fan Fired After Stadium Fall

He's barred from games after reckless slide

(Newser) - Unemployment has been added to injury for a Buffalo Bills fan who put himself and another fan in the hospital with a reckless stunt at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. In an incident that became a viral video, a fan identified as Rob Hopkins slid down a safety railing on... More »

This High School Coach Should Change Pro Football

Kevin Kelley never punts; pro teams shouldn't either: Mallory Rubin

(Newser) - In 2008, high school football coach Kevin Kelley took his team to a state championship without punting a single time , and he still doesn't do it. Pulaski Academy, in Little Rock, Arkansas, nearly always opts for an onside kick, writes Mallory Rubin at Grantland . Statisticians acknowledge the benefits of... More »

Football Fan Swaps Wedding Rings for Tickets

Don't worry, the rings were from a previous, not current, marriage

(Newser) - A longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan says he swapped six game tickets for a wedding ring set advertised on Craigslist. The ring buyer, 49-year-old Kansas City resident Rusty Jones, said he first learned of the ring offer last week through a story in the Kansas City Star . He contacted the... More »

Dolphins' Incognito: 'I'm Not a Racist'

Gives 1st interview since scandal erupted, says texts taken out of context

(Newser) - Miami Dolphin Richie Incognito spoke out publicly today for the first time since allegations of racism and harassment against teammate Jonathan Martin surfaced, telling Fox Sports that texts (in which Incognito called Martin the N-word and threatened to kill him) were taken out of context. Martin, he said, once sent... More »

DC to Redskins: Lose the Racist Name

'Enough is enough,' council member says

(Newser) - More pressure on the Redskins: The NFL team needs to change its "racist and derogatory" name, a resolution passed overwhelmingly by the DC Council says. The team's argument that the name is part of its heritage "is akin to saying to the Native American people ... your pain... More »

In Dolphins Case, a Chance to Change NFL Culture

Slate writers: League needs to stop letting a 'poisonous misanthrope' go unpunished

(Newser) - The case of a Miami Dolphins player essentially accused of bullying a fellow player to the point of serious mental distress is nothing short of a "test of NFL culture," write Emily Bazelon and Josh Levin at Slate . Sure, it sounds strange at first that a bulky NFL... More »

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