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Next Super Bowl Act Said She Wasn't That 'Kind of Girl'

Katy Perry said she wouldn't pay to play halftime show

(Newser) - Billboard last night broke the news that, based on sources, the 2015 Super Bowl halftime performer will be neither Rihanna nor Coldplay but ... Katy Perry. Which is interesting, because when she appeared on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, as Rolling Stone notes, Perry talked about the fact that... More »

Cardinals' Dwyer Pleads Not Guilty to Hitting Wife

Running back is among spate of NFLers in trouble

(Newser) - Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded not guilty to charges that he assaulted his wife during two arguments in July at their Phoenix apartment. Dwyer appeared at an arraignment hearing today in Maricopa County Superior Court. He is charged with felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault. More »

NFL Could Have an LA Team in a Year: Report

Rams, Chargers, Raiders possibilities to move

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams? The LA Chargers? How about the Raiders? Southern California football fans may be in luck: An insider tells Pro Football Talk that Los Angeles could have its own team, or two, in the next 12 to 24 months. The Chargers, Raiders, and Rams—all of which... More »

NFL: We Blew It on Penalty Over Muslim Prayer

League says KC player should not have been flagged

(Newser) - The NFL is getting quicker with its mea culpas: Amid another growing controversy , the league admitted its mistake today in penalizing a player over a Muslim prayer on the field last night, reports the Kansas City Star . In the game, referees flagged Chiefs player Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, after... More »

FCC Nixes Decades-Old NFL Blackout Rule

But 5-0 vote against regulation doesn't necessarily mean all blackouts will end

(Newser) - Football fans may still experience occasional blackouts of local NFL games on TV—but it won't be because of the FCC anymore. In a unanimous 5-0 vote today, the commission repealed a law that has been in place since 1975 to prevent cable and satellite television providers from showing... More »

NFL Penalizes Muslim Player for Touchdown Prayer

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah gets 15-yard penalty for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

(Newser) - Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim: He fasts during Ramadan—even during the NFL's grueling training season—and took off the entire 2012 season with his brother Hamza (an ex-NFL safety) to tour mosques around the country and make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the NFL... More »

Before He Died, Ex-NFL Kicker Acted Strangely

Rob Bironas' wife reported him missing; other driver describes road rage

(Newser) - On Saturday, the night Rob Bironas died in a car accident , the former Tennessee Titans kicker watched a movie at his Nashville home with his wife and a friend, drinking just one beer over the course of the evening, his wife says. He said goodnight to wife Rachel Bradshaw at... More »

Ravens Owner: 'Nobody's Losing Their Job Here'

Steve Bisciotti gives his team's version of the Ray Rice scandal

(Newser) - Now for the Baltimore Ravens' side of the story: Team owner Steve Bisciotti gave a press conference today criticizing an ESPN report on the team's handling of the Ray Rice scandal, DeadSpin reports. "Nobody's losing a job here," said Bisciotti. "I'm very confident about... More »

Ex-NFL Kicker Killed in Car Crash at Age 36

Rob Bironas crashed SUV last night a mile from home

(Newser) - Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died last night after a car accident near his home. Metro Nashville Police said Bironas, 36, lost control on a curve in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali and crashed after 11pm less than a mile from home. Police said in a statement that his... More »

Ravens Knew Details of Ray Rice Case Within Hours

ESPN: Rice felt team owner was essentially bribing him to stay quiet

(Newser) - If you haven't had enough of the Ray Rice scandal yet, ESPN offers the most thorough account to date of what happened in a new investigative piece. Interviews with more than 20 sources "found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since... More »

Goodell: NFL to Crack Down, but I'm Not Resigning

Commissioner outlines plans amid domestic violence cases

(Newser) - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL plans to have new personal conduct policies in place by the Super Bowl. At a news conference today, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence . He did not announce... More »

Thousands Gather to Swap Ray Rice Jerseys

As NFLPA works on player's appeal

(Newser) - Thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans swarmed M&T Bank Stadium today to rid themselves of a jersey many now consider tarnished. Though stores have dropped Ray Rice's jersey , the Ravens are offering fans a chance to swap those already purchased for another player's jersey this weekend after a... More »

Jonathan Dwyer Joins NFLers Facing Assault Charges

The Arizona Cardinals' running back faces multiple assault charges

(Newser) - The hit list keeps growing, and unfortunately, that is meant literally. In the first few weeks of the NFL season, a slew of domestic violence and child abuse allegations have come to light involving star football players, including a graphic video of Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens) appearing to punch unconscious... More »

Peterson Texted About Another Son's 'Whooping'

No charges after allegations NFL star injured his 4-year-old in 2013

(Newser) - Adrian Peterson was accused of beating and injuring another of his sons to discipline him last June, but the football star was never charged in the alleged incident, according to reports. KHOU has obtained text messages between Peterson and the boy's mother—a different woman from the mother involved... More »

Rihanna Has Some Words for CBS, NFL

And they're not exactly happy ones

(Newser) - Last week, CBS dumped a Rihanna song from the first of its Thursday night NFL broadcasts, partially thanks to the Ray Rice situation and Rihanna's own connection to domestic violence at the hands of Chris Brown. Now, apparently, the network wants to include the song in this week's... More »

Peterson to Play Sunday Despite Abuse Charges

Vikings running back is reinstated by Vikings, says he's 'not a perfect parent'

(Newser) - The NFL has been rocked by domestic violence allegations, most notably in the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases, but Peterson will play Sunday against the Saints after being reinstated by the Vikings today, the AP reports. As debate rages on about what punishment should be doled out to the... More »

Ray Rice to Appeal His Suspension: Sources

NFL players' union will handle appeal, sources say

(Newser) - Ray Rice has until the end of the day tomorrow to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and the former Baltimore Ravens player is expected to do just that, sources tell ESPN . The NFL players' union, which will reportedly handle the appeal along with Rice's own lawyer, is... More »

Panthers Abruptly Bench Star in Domestic Violence Case

Greg Hardy deactivated this morning, was convicted in July

(Newser) - Greg Hardy is the Carolina Panthers' franchise player, a Pro Bowl defensive end who will make $13.1 million this season. He will also sit out today's home opener after the Panthers abruptly reversed course and deactivated him this morning, reports ESPN . The reason? Hardy was convicted in July... More »

NFL Star Adrian Peterson Accused of Child Abuse

Vikings player indicted for 'injury to a child'; he calls it a spanking

(Newser) - More trouble for the NFL. Star running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been indicted on child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son, reports MyFox Houston . In a statement, the player's attorney says the incident involves Peterson "using a switch to spank his son" and says... More »

30% of Former NFL Players Face Dementia

Estimate comes as league works out settlement with players

(Newser) - About 19,000 former NFL players are still alive, and nearly 6,000 of them can expect to develop Alzheimer's or dementia, according to league estimates. Those figures, released as part of negotiations with players over concussion lawsuits , mean that retired players would be stricken at higher rates than... More »

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