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Colder Game Days More Dangerous for NFL Players

Players at higher risk for concussions when playing in the cold

(Newser) - Amid the furor over concussions in the NFL, a new study finds that players are at a higher risk for the injuries during games played when it's colder out. Researchers looked at injury report data from all 32 NFL teams for the 2012-13 and the 2013-14 regular seasons, and... More »

Ex-NFL Player Swims 9 Miles for His Life

Rob Konrad says he fell off his fishing boat near Florida Coast

(Newser) - Imagine falling off a boat and swimming through dark, shark-infested waters for more than ten hours in search of dry land. That's what happened to former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad, who police say was fishing off the South Florida coast Wednesday when he fell off his auto-piloted boat... More »

Police: Arrest in Shooting Death of Auburn Player

14 hours later, arrest made in killing of Jakell Lenard Mitchell

(Newser) - A 22-year-old man has been arrested on a felony warrant charging him with murder in today's fatal shooting of Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell, police say. The shooting took place at the same off-campus apartment complex where two former football players and a third man were slain in 2012.... More »

Too Little: NFL's $765M Concussion Deal Scrapped

She worries it's too little to cover 20K players

(Newser) - A federal judge today rejected a $765 million settlement between the NFL and players who suffered concussions, but maybe not for the reason one might think: US District Judge Anita Brody scrapped the deal on the grounds that the funds wouldn't be sufficient to cover nearly 20,000 players... More »

In Conn. Town, Echoes of Steubenville

Football players charged with assaulting 13-year-old girl

(Newser) - Two 18-year-old high school football players in Connecticut stand accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, in a case that has disturbing echoes of Steubenville . Edgar Gonzalez and Joan Toribio are each charged with sexual assault and two other felonies; the investigation into both cases began Feb. 10, but it'... More »

NFL Player Kills Girlfriend, Self

Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs is the shooter

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend this morning and then killed himself, reports the Kansas City Star . Police say the 25-year-old linebacker shot the woman about 8am during an argument at their home—in front of her visiting mother. He then went to Arrowhead Stadium,... More »

Teen Jumped to Her Death Over Sex-Party Bullying

Felicia Garcia was tormented over night with football players: police

(Newser) - For Felicia Garcia, an oncoming train was better than another day of bullying. The long-troubled girl—a chronic runaway who lived with foster parents—jumped to her death at a packed train station on Staten Island this week because she was bullied, police say. "Kids are saying she had... More »

NFL Reaffirms 4 Players' Suspensions in Bounty Scandal

But reduced penalties for 2 Saints players

(Newser) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith today for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. Vilma will sit out the entire season and Smith's punishment stands at four games. Hargrove, a... More »

NFL's Junior Seau Dead

Standout linebacker victim of a shooting, possible suicide

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau has been found dead in his California home, and cops tell TMZ that they're investigating an apparent shooting, if not a suicide. The 43-year-old standout linebacker—a defensive force of nature with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots—last made headlines... More »

3 Women Call Terrell Owens a Deadbeat Dad

He hasn't paid child support, they claim in court filings

(Newser) - Terrell Owens did not have a good Friday: Not one … not two … but three women filed court papers that day alleging the NFL free agent owes them child support, the New York Post reports. Melanie Paige Smith claims he owes her a $5,000 monthly payment, while Samelia... More »

NFL Star, Actor Bubba Smith Dead at 66

Michigan State legend remembered as gentle giant

(Newser) - Towering former NFL star Bubba Smith has been found dead at his Los Angeles home. The 66-year-old defensive end, who won the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Colts in 1971, forged a successful acting career after his playing days ended, appearing in dozens of TV shows and movies including the... More »

Ex-Footballer Faces Caning, Fraud Charges in Singapore

After overstaying visa, former FSU player in more legal trouble

(Newser) - An American citizen who faces caning in Singapore after overstaying his tourist visa has also been charged with fraud, the AP reports. The former Florida State football player was already at risk of being the first American to be caned in Singapore since 1994. Now he’s been slapped with... More »

Ex-NFL Star Drives Car Off Cliff

Junior Seau injured in car crash after domestic violence arrest

(Newser) - Former NFL star Junior Seau has been hospitalized after driving his car off a cliff in California. The ex-linebacker had been arrested on domestic violence charges and released on bail hours earlier, CNN reports. His 25-year-old live-in girlfriend sustained minor injuries in the domestic incident, according to cops. Seau, star... More »

Police Fatally Shoot Pace Univ. Football Player

Danroy Henry drove into two cops outside bar fight

(Newser) - Police shot and killed a Pace University football player after he drove his car into two officers outside a bar where customers were fighting early yesterday morning, the New York Daily News reports. Danroy Henry and two friends were parked in a fire lane outside the bar; after police responding... More »

Lawrence Taylor Indicted on Rape Charges

Football great accused of having sex with teen prostitute

(Newser) - Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been indicted by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act, and sexual abuse. The indictment today comes after his May 6 arrest at a Holiday Inn. Prosecutors say he paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have... More »

Brett Favre Now a Grandfather

(Newser) - In addition to all his records and awards, Brett Favre has something no other current NFL player has: a grandkid. Parker Brett Favre was born on April 2nd to the Vikings quarterback's 21-year-old daughter. Favre still hasn't announced whether he'll return next season for his 20th year in the league.... More »

NFL Union Boss Rips Rush 'Hatred'

Exec director urges players to speak up about Limbaugh's potential Rams purchase

(Newser) - An email from the head of the NFL players union has blasted a potential purchase of the Rams by Rush Limbaugh, complaining that the right-winger's brand of "hatred and discrimination" have no place in sports. "Sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of... More »

NFL Stars Donate Brains to Science

After death, players' brains will be used to help research into concussion injuries

(Newser) - Three NFL players have agreed to donate their brains after they die to help scientists better understand sports brain injuries, HealthDay reports. Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens, Lofa Tatupu of the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals' Sean Morey are the first active NFL players to join the brain... More »

NFL Runs 'Broadcasting Boot Camp' for Aging Players

Intensive course prepares sportscaster hopefuls for being on the other side

(Newser) - The NFL is teaching two dozen pros nearing the end of their playing days how to tackle a media career in its third annual "Broadcasting Boot Camp," the Washington Post reports. The would-be sportscasters were no strangers to the camera, but many needed extensive coaching from ex-players with... More »

Having Top NFL Draft Pick Is Now 'Lead Necklace'

(Newser) - As far as usefulness and entertainment value, Michael Rosenberg writes for Fox Sports, the NFL draft, which begins Saturday “is dead.” Inflated rookie contracts mean the worst teams have the privilege of paying exorbitant fees for unproven players. Take the Lions, 0-16 last season. Their “reward for... More »

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