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Cops: NFL Player Ignored Restraining Order

Ray McDonald arrested for 2nd time in 3 days

(Newser) - If the Chicago Bears were still giving Ray McDonald more chances, he would be up to at least four by now. The defensive lineman was arrested yesterday—for the second time in less than 72 hours—for allegedly violating a restraining order issued after he was accused of assaulting a... More »

Police: NFL Player 'Assaulted Victim' as She Held Baby

Chicago Bears release Ray McDonald 62 days after signing him

(Newser) - "We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear." That from Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace regarding Ray McDonald, who has been released from the team following his arrest yesterday morning on... More »

Extra Points in NFL Just Got Tougher

They'll be snapped from the 15 instead of the 2

(Newser) - A big change for the NFL: The league is moving back extra-point kicks to make them more challenging. The owners today approved the competition committee's proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line, instead from the 2. In recent seasons, kickers have made more than 99% of the... More »

Patriots Owner: We Won't Appeal Deflategate Punishment

Robert Kraft says he 'reluctantly' realizes it's in everyone's best interests

(Newser) - Tom Brady filed an appeal just days after the league suspended him for four games over Deflategate —but the Patriots have given up and won't be fighting the league's punishment, CBS News reports. In a five-minute press conference today out of San Francisco, where the league is... More »

The NFL Has No Business Suspending Tom Brady

'Time' writer: League penalty, without evidence, is 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Those who don't like Tom Brady or his Patriots are gloating about his four-game suspension over under-inflated footballs, but Sean Gregory at Time thinks they ought to stop celebrating the penalty. "Because it's ridiculous," he writes. The league doesn't have the evidence to back it... More »

NFL Doles Out Punishment in 'Deflate-Gate'

Tom Brady suspended for 4 games, Patriots fined $1M

(Newser) - The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for four games without pay today for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks, including next years' first-round choice. The NFL... More »

NFL Teams Paid to Honor Troops

Promotions 'leave a bad taste in your mouth,' senator says

(Newser) - Fans who see troops honored at halftime events during NFL games may not be aware that a lot of the time, their tax dollars are paying for the tribute to the military. According to an NJ.com investigation, the Pentagon has paid a total of $5.4 million to 14... More »

Brady: I'm 'Still Digesting' NFL Report

Ball scandal hasn't wrecked Super Bowl thrill, he says

(Newser) - A boa constrictor can take up to a week to digest a meal, and it looks like Tom Brady might take just as long with the NFL report that says he probably knew the Patriots were using underinflated footballs . "I don't have really any reaction," he said... More »

Bucs Make Controversial QB Winston No. 1 Pick

Florida State star will play for Tampa Bay

(Newser) - Heisman winner Jameis Winston, no stranger to controversy , is the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the former Florida State quarterback tonight, making him the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn't won a postseason game... More »

NFL Will Finally Pay the Tax Man

Giving up tax-exempt status means it no longer discloses exec compensation

(Newser) - The National Football League has decided to let the tax man come calling after its billions in revenue, reports NBC Sports . The league will voluntarily give up its controversial tax-exempt status, a 501(c)(6) exemption it's held since 1966, which Commissioner Roger Goodell dismissed today as a "distraction,"... More »

Judge OKs $1B NFL Settlement on Concussions

Average payout would be about $190K

(Newser) - A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits. NFL actuaries project about 6,000 of the league's nearly 20,000 retired players could someday develop Alzheimer's or moderate dementia over... More »

Sources: Tebow to Join Eagles

Insiders say he'll sign one-year contract

(Newser) - It's Tebow Time in the City of Brotherly Love. Tim Tebow is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Eagles today, according to three people familiar with the deal. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract hasn't been finalized. Tebow hasn'... More »

Ex-NFL Player Accused of Killing Cellmate

Lawrence Phillips is already serving 31-year sentence

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials say. Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, a prison spokesman says. Phillips, 39, was once one of the nation's top college... More »

Defense in NFL Murder Trial May Have 'Backfired'

Defense Rests in Aaron Hernandez Trial After Just One Day

(Newser) - The defense rested today in the murder trial of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after calling just three witnesses—one of whom may have hurt the man's case, Yahoo Sports reports. Hernandez, once a New England Patriots tight end, is accused of killing semipro ballplayer Odin Lloyd in June... More »

NFL Gets First Female Referee

Sarah Thomas is a full-time hire for the upcoming season

(Newser) - The NFL is getting its first full-time female referee in the upcoming season. The news of Sarah Palmer's hire first came via tweet from a Baltimore Sun reporter, and the Los Angeles Times has confirmed. The league itself hasn't made the news public, but the LAT reports that... More »

NFL Player Is an Accomplished Math Whiz

But Baltimore Raven John Urschel won't quit because he loves 'hitting people'

(Newser) - You can throw the "dumb jock" stereotype right out the window when it comes to John Urschel. The Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman has penned a paper titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fiedler Vector of Graph Laplacians" and published it in the Journal of Computational Mathematics,... More »

NFL Rookie Retiring Over Brain Injury Fears

SF 49er Chris Borland, 24, is leaving the NFL to avoid head trauma

(Newser) - It's a move that Dan Diamond, writing for Forbes , frames as what could be "the beginning of the beginning of the end … for the NFL's reign as the nation's most popular sport." San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland yesterday told ESPN's Outside ... More »

Youth Football Could Hurt Memory Later in Life

A new study finds that those who started playing before age 12 perform worse

(Newser) - It's no secret that football and concussions go hand in hand; studies looking at the brains of deceased and retired NFL players have found a high prevalence of neuro trauma and cognitive deficits. But new research out this week in the journal Neurology calls into question whether kids should... More »

DeflateGate Inquiry Goes Ivy League

NFL lawyers seek science help from Columbia physicists

(Newser) - The investigation into DeflateGate has gone Ivy League. Lawyers working for the NFL are seeking help from Columbia University physicists, hoping to learn whether the weather could have played a role in the deflation of footballs during the AFC championship game, the New York Times reports. A lawyer in the... More »

Patriots Staffer Took Footballs Into Restroom: Reports

But he was only in there for 90 seconds

(Newser) - Reports are offering a potentially significant new development in DeflateGate : A Patriots locker room attendant was spotted in surveillance video taking 24 balls into a stadium bathroom. Half those balls were for the Patriots, the other half for the Colts, Pro Football Talk reports, citing an NFL source. That video,... More »

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