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Here Are the 5K+ Items the Jets Are Bringing to London

For a 65-hour trip

(Newser) - The New York Jets are playing the Miami Dolphins at London's Wembley Stadium Sunday—and though the Jets will only be overseas for 65 hours, the team is bringing a lot of stuff. The New York Times takes an amusing look:
  • 220 people in the delegation
  • 350 rolls of
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Researchers Find Brain Disease in 96% of Deceased NFL Players

'Where I sit, this is a very real disease'

(Newser) - CTE—a degenerative brain disease—was found in 87 of 91 deceased former NFL players, further strengthening the connection between football and serious brain problems later in life, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced today. Sports Illustrated reports researchers found CTE—which causes depression, dementia,... More »

Massive Report Alleges Patriots' Cheating Worse Than Thought

ESPN says 'Deflategate' was 'a makeup call' for Spygate cover-up

(Newser) - In a massive ESPN report —more than 10,000 words put together based on interviews with more than 90 players, coaches, team owners, and league officials, plus "previously undisclosed private notes from key meetings"—Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham lay out their case that the... More »

Tom Brady's 'Deflate-Gate' Ban Tossed

Judge allows quarterback to play season opener

(Newser) - Tom Brady can let out some air after a US district judge tossed his four-game suspension for "Deflate-gate" today, reports the AP , clearing the way for the quarterback to play in the New England Patriots' season opener. He was initially suspended after the NFL found he used underinflated footballs... More »

Former NFL Player Charged With Killing Cellmate

Lawrence Phillips is already serving 31 years for choking his girlfriend and more

(Newser) - Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with strangling his cellmate while locked up at Kern Valley State Prison in California. Phillips, 40, is in the midst of a 31-year sentence for choking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens following a pickup football game. He'... More »

Emails: Sony Changed Concussion to Please NFL

Studio didn't want to 'kick hornet's nest'

(Newser) - Sony execs must be wondering if the fallout from last year's hack will ever end. The trailer for Concussion was released Monday, followed swiftly by reports that Sony Pictures had watered down the Will Smith drama to avoid the NFL's wrath. The movie focuses on the story of... More »

Ex-NFL Cheerleader to Spend Weekends in Jail for Rape

Molly Shattuck will spend alternating weekends behind bars

(Newser) - Two months after pleading guilty to the rape of a 15-year-old boy , former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck was today sentenced to 48 weekends in jail—to be served on alternating weekends over two years beginning the first weekend in September, report NBC News and the Baltimore Sun . A Delaware... More »

Former NFL QB Erik Kramer Attempts Suicide

Ex-wife blames attempt on 'brain injury'

(Newser) - Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer was wounded on Tuesday night after shooting himself in an LA-area motel room, NBC News reports, in what Los Angles County sheriff's deputies and Kramer's ex-wife are characterizing as a suicide attempt. Kramer, 50, was discovered with a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to... More »

NFL Star Takes Away His Kids' 'Unearned' Trophies

Many agree with Steeler James Harrison's take on 'entitlement culture'

(Newser) - Everyone gets a participation trophy—except James Harrison's kids. In an Instagram post over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker showed a photo of two awards his sons received for good grades as student-athletes from the Best of the Batch Foundation , a nonprofit organization founded by ex-NFLer Charlie Batch... More »

Unkind Tom Brady Message on 20K Beer Cans

Sun King Brewery supplies beer to another team's stadium

(Newser) - Love Tom Brady? Then stay away from Wee Mac Scottish Ale, which has a simple message on the bottom of 20,000 cans: "Tom Brady Sux." Not surprisingly, the brewer behind the prank supplies beer to the Indianapolis Colts' home stadium, Fox News reports. "A SKB employee... More »

Jets Linebacker Busts His Own QB's Jaw in Fight

Quarterback Geno Smith needs surgery, and the puncher is out of a job

(Newser) - It can be brutal to be a Jets fan: Linebacker Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali "sucker-punched" starting quarterback Geno Smith today during a locker room argument and busted his jaw, coach Todd Bowles says. Smith will be out six to 10 weeks, meaning he might miss the season opener. It'... More »

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford Dead at 84

'We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live,' family says

(Newser) - From the football field to the broadcast booth, Frank Gifford was a star—and a winner. An NFL championship in 1956 with the New York Giants. An Emmy award in 1976-77 as television's "outstanding sports personality." Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '77.... More »

Tom Brady Hits Back: 'I Did Nothing Wrong'

Facebook diatribe on his upheld NFL suspension says he's upset

(Newser) - Tom Brady isn't shying away from the NFL's decision to uphold his four-game DeflateGate suspension . In a Facebook post this morning, Brady says, "I am very disappointed by the NFL's decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one... More »

Tom Brady's Decision to Destroy Phone Hurts Him

NFL upholds his 4-game suspension

(Newser) - World, prepare to meet Jimmy Garoppolo. The NFL has upheld its decision to bench Tom Brady for four games over underinflated footballs, meaning backup Garoppolo will be in the spotlight. Brady had appealed, but NFL chief Roger Goodell said he's more convinced than ever that the QB not only... More »

NFL Gets Its Very First Female Coach

Jen Welter to join the Arizona Cardinals

(Newser) - A woman has never held any kind of coaching position in the NFL, or, at least, ESPN wasn't able to find one. That changed yesterday. The Arizona Cardinals have added Jen Welter to the team's ranks. Her position, per ESPN: "assistant coaching intern for training camp and... More »

Junior Seau's Family 'Silenced' by Hall of Fame

But the Hall says that's normal with deceased inductees

(Newser) - The Pro Football Hall of Fame will posthumously induct Junior Seau next month, but don't expect to hear speeches from his family—who won't be allowed to utter a word. The Hall plans to show a 5-minute video that honors the star linebacker without mentioning Seau's diagnosis... More »

NFL Great Kenny Stabler Dead

Oakland QB was 69

(Newser) - It seemed for a while that this one might turn out to be of those false Internet obituaries—but, no, the Oakland Raiders have confirmed that quarterbacking great Kenny "the Snake" Stabler is dead at age 69. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer in February, reports the Oakland ... More »

Judge: Cancel Trademark Registrations for Redskins

Says NFL team name is offensive to Native Americans

(Newser) - Matthew McConaughey doesn't think there's anything wrong with the Washington Redskins' name or logo, but many others, including a federal judge, disagree. Judge Gerald Bruce Lee put out a 70-page ruling today that orders the US Patent and Trademark Office to cancel all registrations for the NFL team'... More »

Rob Gronkowski Hasn't Spent a Dime of NFL Millions

Patriots tight end says he lives 'off my marketing money'

(Newser) - Sean Avery could take a page from Rob Gronkowski's book—literally. Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has raked in more than $16.3 million in signing bonuses and contract money over five seasons in the NFL and, incredibly, hasn't spent a penny of it, according to an... More »

Former NFL Cheerleader Pleads Guilty to Rape

Molly Shattuck faces a judge in Delaware

(Newser) - A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware last summer. Wearing a pained and anxious expression as the entered the courtroom, Molly Shattuck, 48, told a judge she understood that her plea to a single felony count of... More »

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