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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 »

Ex-Players Sue: NFL Fed Us Illegal Painkillers

They allege greedy league doped them up, didn't tell them of broken bones

(Newser) - A group of retired NFL players, including three from the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, filed a lawsuit today alleging that the profit-thirsty league illegally fed them risky narcotics and other painkillers that numbed their injuries with no regard for health complications down the road. Players say they were... More »

Star QB's Secret Draft Strategy: Text the Coach

And it worked for Johnny Manziel, now with Cleveland

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel, who in 2012 became the first freshman to earn the Heisman Trophy , didn't want to wait around during the NFL draft. So he texted the Cleveland Browns' quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains, asking him to "hurry up and draft me because I want to be there. I... More »

Rutgers Cans QB After Fight Leaves Man Clinging to Life

School kicks him off the team

(Newser) - Rutgers has kicked quarterback Philip Nelson off the team, its head coach announced today , in the wake of a fight that left former Minnesota State linebacker Isaac Kolstad in critical condition with brain damage. The fight occurred outside a bar at around 2am Sunday in Mankato, Minn. Witnesses say Nelson,... More »

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 »

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