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Tom Brady's Hand Injury Throws Bettors for a Loop

Patriots QB hasn't practiced since Wednesday ahead of AFC Championship Game

(Newser) - Tom Brady hurt his hand during practice Wednesday, and while coach Bill Belichick is being—typically, hilariously—coy about the extent of his star quarterback's injury, oddsmakers aren't being shy about what a less-than-fully-operational Brady means for the New England Patriots when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars' league-best... More »

Rookie Made a Season-Ending Gaffe. His Response Inspires

Saints' Marcus Williams says he won't let bad play define him as a man after a big loss to Vikings

(Newser) - It's a play Minnesota Vikings fans won't soon forget—nor Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings won the NFL's divisional playoff game 29-24 over the Saints on Sunday in the last 10 seconds, with Stefon Diggs scoring a jaw-dropping 61-yard touchdown that sent the... More »

After 'Perfect' 0-16 Season, Browns Fans Throw a Parade

More than 80 vehicles circled the 'Factory of Sadness'

(Newser) - Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland Browns fans, some of them chanting for owner Jimmy Haslam to sell the team, paraded to protest a 0-16 season, the AP reports. Despite wind chills below zero, the so-called Perfect Season Parade went off without incident Saturday as Cleveland fans displayed outrage, creativity, and a... More »

The Longest Current Playoff Drought in Major Sports Is Over

What's eluded Buffalo Bills for 17 years is now theirs: wild-card spot after 22-16 win against Miami

(Newser) - The Buffalo Bills already had the record for the most consecutive Super Bowl appearances , with nary a win. On Sunday, what SBNation calls "one of the NFL's longest-suffering franchises" broke its most recent record: the longest current playoff drought, not only in the NFL, but in any of... More »

Man Blames Cleveland Browns in Obituary

He 'passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner'

(Newser) - An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise, the AP reports. The obituary published in the Sandusky Register says Paul Stark died Wednesday at a hospice facility after a brief illness "exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns."... More »

He Missed a Huge Field Goal, Then Found a Lesson

Navy's Bennett Moehring inspires fans, teammates with how he handled crushing loss

(Newser) - Bennett Moehring hadn't even turned 21 when he suffered one of the most crushing disappointments of his life, live in front of nearly 70,000 people in "swirling snow," per the AP . But the New York Times details the very adult way in which the Navy junior... More »

Kaepernick Joins Diddy's Push to Buy NFL Team

'Let's make it happen!' exiled QB tweets after rapper floats idea of buying Panthers

(Newser) - Sean Combs has gone by a slew of monikers, but he'd like to add "Carolina Panthers owner" to the mix. The rapper, who now goes just by "Diddy," took to social media on Sunday evening to voice his intentions after current Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced... More »

After Fans' Taunts, Ejected NFL Player Goes Into Stands

Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Jefferson tried to climb into stands after taunts, items hurled his way

(Newser) - The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 in Florida on Sunday, and it resulted in what ESPN calls an "ugly ending" after tense final minutes between the opposing teams. Per USA Today , defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was thrown out of the game toward the end of the... More »

Builders Race to Save NFL's Eagles From Billy Penn Jinx

If Eagles are to stay in 1st place, Philadelphia's founder must be appeased

(Newser) - Superstitious construction workers have placed a small statue of Philadelphia's founder atop the city's newest skyscraper in an effort to save the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles from a fabled jinx, the AP reports. According to Philly.com, the William Penn figurine was affixed to the Comcast tower's highest... More »

Trump on Rumored NFL Plan: 'Almost as Bad as Kneeling!'

Sources say league may be considering keeping players in locker room during anthem

(Newser) - President Trump is still latched onto the idea of punishing NFL players who don't stand for the national anthem, most recently calling for the suspension of Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch, and he definitely has thoughts on a new idea the league is reportedly tossing around. Per the Washington Post ... More »

Trump: NFL Should Suspend Marshawn Lynch Over Protest

Oakland Raider stood for Mexico's national anthem, sat for US version

(Newser) - On Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch stood for a national anthem for the first time this season. It was the Mexican one. Lynch remained seated for the US national anthem before the team's game in Mexico City against the New England Patriots, Sports Illustrated reports. Lynch has... More »

Bob Costas: Football May Soon 'Collapse Like a House of Cards'

He says the 'fundamental' danger of football will likely be its undoing

(Newser) - Bob Costas says football, at least as we know it, may soon "collapse like a house of cards" because of one "fundamental fact": "This game destroys people's brains." USA Today reports the Emmy award-winning sports broadcaster and former host of Football Night in America called... More »

NFL Owners to Be Deposed in Kaepernick Collusion Case

Jerry Jones, Robert Kraft, others may also have to turn over phone records, emails

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against the NFL is progressing, with an unnamed league source telling ESPN that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Texans owner Bob McNair, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and others are being asked to turn over cellphone records and emails. Others, including Seahawks owner Paul Allen and 49ers... More »

High School Ref Won't Work Game After Anthem Protest

Coach blasts the ref for yelling at players

(Newser) - A high school football coach is criticizing a referee who refused to officiate a game after members of the opposing team knelt during the national anthem, the AP reports. Referees Ernie Lunardelli and his son, Anthony, say they told officials from Colts Neck and Monroe high schools before Friday night'... More »

540K FCC Complaints Won't Keep Him From Super Bowl

Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in February

(Newser) - Fourteen years after "Nipplegate," the NFL is ready to have Justin Timberlake back for the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The singer—who accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's right breast to half the nation in 2004's notorious "wardrobe malfunction"—made the announcement in a Tonight Show... More »

One NFL Player Is Donating His Entire 2017 Salary

'I want to celebrate the awesome opportunity I've had to play football by giving back'

(Newser) - Chris Long is playing the entire 2017 NFL season without making a cent for it. CBS News reports the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end already donated his first six game checks to fund scholarships at a school in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. And on Wednesday Long announced he would be... More »

As Trump's Attacks Persist, NFL Owners May Soon Give In

Owners meeting next week could require players to stand for anthem

(Newser) - No NFL player who has used the national anthem to protest against racism and police brutality has faced punishment from the league. That could be about to change. The Wall Street Journal reports NFL owners are scheduled to meet next week, and league spokesperson Joe Lockhart expects player protests "... More »

Sorry, Guys, Football Isn't Rocket Science

Reaction to Cam Newton's sexist remark ranging from sarcastically scathing to forgiving

(Newser) - Cam Newton has apologized for his sexist remarks to female reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, and to women in general, but the hype hasn't yet died down. "I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model in my community and tries to use my platform to inspire... More »

Cam Newton Loses Job Over Sexist Comment

The quarterback will no longer be the face of Oikos Greek Yogurt

(Newser) - In the wake of his sexist comment to a female reporter, Cam Newton has been fired ... as a yogurt spokesperson. TMZ reports Dannon will no longer be using the Carolina Panthers quarterback as the face of its Oikos Greek Yogurt brand, saying it was "shocked and disheartened" by his... More »

Cops: Terror Attack in Canada Appears to Be by 'Lone Wolf'

Cop stabbed, 4 others injured after car chase; suspect in custody in Edmonton

(Newser) - A car and knife attack on a cop outside a football game and a high-speed chase that left four people injured appear to be the work of one suspected terrorist, Canadian authorities say. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said officers took the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Edmonton man, into... More »

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