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Denver Shocks Carolina, 24-10

Broncos defense controls favored Panthers

(Newser) - The Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with a dominating defense that forced four turnovers—two of which turned into touchdowns, USA Today reports. Denver opened with two scores in the first quarter, a Brandon McManus 34-yard field goal and a strip-sack of... More »

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Dazzle at Bowl

Halftime show is up-tempo, colorful, and kinda crazed

(Newser) - Coldplay kicked off a jubilant and colorful Super Bowl halftime show with lead singer Chris Martin appearing to spend most of the time in mid-air, the Guardian reports. They performed "Yellow," "Viva La Vida," and "Adventure of a Lifetime" as people around them played violins,... More »

Manziel's Ex: He Said He'd 'Kill Us Both'

Colleen Crowley says quarterback hit her on Jan. 30

(Newser) - Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims the NFL quarterback forced her into a car, hit her, dragged her by the hair, and threatened to kill them both during last weekend's altercation in Dallas. Though a police report notes Colleen Crowley "was somewhat vague on the details of the assault,... More »

Behind Henry VIII's Bad Behavior: Brain Injury?

The anger and forgetfulness started after jousting and horse accidents

(Newser) - Henry VIII may be best known for having had six wives, killing two of them, and establishing the Church of England in the process. Now a behavioral neurologist at Yale is posing an explanation for the English monarch's famously erratic behavior: traumatic brain injury. (Interestingly, a 2009 documentary for... More »

This Man Owns the Only Recording of Super Bowl I

And the NFL doesn't want him showing it

(Newser) - "The first Super Bowl was always our holy grail of lost sports programs ," a curator at the Paley Center for Media tells the New York Times . Well, it's not lost anymore, having been found by Troy Haupt in the attic of his childhood home in North Carolina.... More »

Another Legendary NFL Player Had CTE

This time it's ex-Oakland Raider and NFL MVP Ken Stabler

(Newser) - "I'm tired" were the last words an ex-NFL quarterback who died in July spoke to his family, and recent findings may now explain why his final years were such a struggle. Ken Stabler, an NFL MVP who made his name with the rambunctious Oakland Raiders in the '... More »

Last Straw? Browns Will Reportedly Dump Manziel

'Johnny Football' might be out of a job after another off-field incident

(Newser) - He started with such great promise , but it now appears that quarterback Johnny Manziel is about to flame out of his NFL job. ESPN reports that the Cleveland Browns plan to cut Manziel as soon as the new NFL year starts in March. The decision comes after yet another off-field... More »

NFLers Worry About '100% Injury Rate,' Teams Using Them

AP: Many think their organizations don't give best care, have interests at heart

(Newser) - As the NFL victims of brain damage get more prominent and younger and younger , the AP sent reporters into all 32 locker rooms in the league to take the temperature of 100 current players themselves. What those reporters encountered: An acute awareness of the risk of injury—though some players... More »

Patriots Fan's Premature Tattoo: Super Bowl 'Champs'

Burke O'Connell will be wearing pants for a while to cover up ink

(Newser) - A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached—yet he says he has no regrets. Burke O'Connell, 31, says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the... More »

Ex-NFL Player Who Died at 27 Had Advanced CTE

Tyler Sash was at stage of disease rarely seen in someone so young

(Newser) - An ex-New York Giants player who died at the age of 27 in September after accidentally ODing on pain meds suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy—and was at an advanced stage of the brain disease rarely seen in someone so young, the New York Times reports. Dr. Ann McKee, the... More »

Panthers Owner: Entire Staff Going to Super Bowl on My Dime

Even the interns, per Jerry Richardson

(Newser) - From interns to executives, every member of the Carolina Panthers staff will be going to the Super Bowl thanks to the generosity of team owner Jerry Richardson, the Charlotte Observer reports. Per Sporting News , Richardson will pay for every full-time employee and one guest to travel to the San Francisco... More »

NFL Player to Begin Work on Math PhD

Urschel will spend the offseason crunching numbers at MIT

(Newser) - Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 305 pounds—but his brain may be more intimidating than his bulk. The 24-year-old, who already holds two math degrees, will begin his math PhD at MIT this offseason, specializing in spectral graph theory, numerical linear... More »

One Rout, One Nail-Biter: Super Bowl Is Set

It's Carolina vs. Denver

(Newser) - It will be Carolina vs. Denver in Super Bowl 50 two weeks from now, and the teams got there in very different ways. In the night game, Cam Newton and the Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, to take the NFC championship. Carolina got out to a 17-0 lead early,... More »

Former NFL Player Found Dead in Prison Cell

Officials are calling Lawrence Phillips' death suicide

(Newser) - A former NFL player was found dead in his cell at a California prison on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials are investigating the death of 40-year-old Lawrence Phillips as a suicide. According to KernGoldenEmpire.com , Phillips was found unconscious in a cell by himself at Kern Valley State... More »

The NFL Is Returning to LA

Rams may be joined by Chargers or Raiders

(Newser) - The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles, maybe with company. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders might end up staying put, although the leadership of both teams didn't come close to making that commitment Tuesday night. Or one of them could be headed to LA, too. A... More »

'Lost' First Super Bowl to Be Aired Again

For the first time since it was first televised

(Newser) - For the first time since it originally aired in 1967, Super Bowl I will be re-aired, CNNMoney reports. The NFL Network will broadcast the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs (spoiler alert: The Packers won 35 to 10) on Jan. 15. Tapes of the game,... More »

Trump: I Had NH Newspaper Booted From GOP Debate

He also thinks the NFL has 'become soft,' just like the US

(Newser) - The New Hampshire Union Leader has been dropped as ABC's co-sponsor for a GOP debate next month—or, according to Donald Trump, they were "kicked out of the ABC News debate like a dog." New Hampshire's biggest newspaper has been fiercely critical of Trump and he... More »

NFL Playoff Game Expected to Be Historically Cold

Highs are expected to be at or below 1 degree at game time

(Newser) - For those cynical fans who believe hell will freeze over before the Minnesota Vikings win a championship, your time might have finally arrived. The forecast is calling for some incredibly cold temperatures when the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Sunday.... More »

3 NFL Teams File for Relocation to LA

Chargers, Rams, Raiders all want to move

(Newser) - The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market after a 21-year absence. The Chargers want to partner with... More »

NFL Player Fined $10K for Watching Daughter Dance

Eric Weddle didn't ask permission to skip halftime meeting

(Newser) - A San Diego Chargers safety has been fined $10,000 for "conduct detrimental to the team" during the Dec. 20 game against Miami. What did he do that was so detrimental? Watched his daughter dance in the halftime show, USA Today reports, calling it "one of the more... More »

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