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Super Bowl LI to Go From Small to Big Screen

Book, movie will recount Patriots' comeback win: report

(Newser) - Super Bowl LI was one for the ages—and also one destined for the big screen, apparently. Deadline reports an upcoming book and film will recount the New England Patriots' remarkable comeback win in overtime with a focus on quarterback Tom Brady, who's now won more Super Bowls than... More »

2 Patriots Skipping Visit to White House

'I don't feel accepted' in Trump's White House, McCourty says

(Newser) - New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty says he "doesn't feel accepted" in the White House with Donald Trump as president and that he'll be skipping the team's ceremonial visit following their stunning Super Bowl win . "With the president having so many strong opinions and... More »

NFL Punter Makes Unusual Career Change

Indianapolis Colts' Pat McAfee will produce content for satirical Barstool Sports site

(Newser) - One of the best punters the Indianapolis Colts ever had just kicked his NFL career to the curb. At just 29, Pat McAfee has decided to walk away from the game and onto the comedy scene, a surprise he announced on live TV Wednesday night, the Indianapolis Star reports. His... More »

After 2 Blowouts, the Super Bowl Is Set

Patriots will play the Falcons on Feb. 5

(Newser) - It's the Patriots vs. the Falcons in this year's Super Bowl. Tom Brady and New England easily beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36 to 17, while Atlanta routed the Green Bay Packers, 44-21. The championship game will be played Feb. 5 in Houston. In the New England game, the... More »

A Former Football Star Blames Hits for Dementia

'I led with my head all the time,' says Mark Gastineau

(Newser) - A former big-name player in the NFL is blaming football for leaving him with serious brain-related health issues. In a phone call to WOR radio in New York, ex-Jets star Mark Gastineau revealed a disturbing diagnosis from a year ago, reports ESPN . "When my results came back, I had... More »

Oakland Raiders Apply for Las Vegas Move

NFL owners are likely to vote on the relocation in March

(Newser) - The Black Hole just got one step closer to Sin City. The Los Angeles Times reports the Oakland Raiders have officially filed their application to relocate to Las Vegas. The application will be reviewed in the next few weeks and will likely be voted on in March. Twenty-four of the... More »

NFL Quarterback Helps Find Missing Child

Derek Carr retweeted an Amber Alert on Saturday

(Newser) - It appears something good came of Derek Carr's broken leg, which arguably cost his Oakland Raiders a win in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Instead of spending Saturday taking on the New England Patriots, the quarterback retweeted a notice about a missing Oakland toddler to his 247,... More »

NFL's Newest Head Coach Is Its Youngest Ever

Sean McVay named head coach of Los Angeles Rams on Thursday

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams' new head coach is the youngest in NFL history. CNN reports the Rams announced the hiring Sean McVay, who is all of 30 years old, on Thursday. He beats the record formerly held by Lane Kiffin, who was 31 when named head coach of the Oakland... More »

San Diego Shocker: Chargers Plan to Bolt

Sources say team is moving to Los Angeles after 56 years

(Newser) - A shocker for San Diego fans: The Chargers are planning to move to Los Angeles, saying farewell to San Diego after 56 years in the city, sources tell ESPN . Insiders say the team has scheduled a Thursday morning staff meeting in which the move will be announced. NFL commissioner Roger... More »

Pipeline Protesters Arrested After Spectacular NFL Stunt

They unfurled banner from roof truss

(Newser) - Two Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested after a stunt that left them dangling from a roof truss at US Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon during the Minnesota Vikings' season finale against the Chicago Bears. The pair sneaked up the truss and rappelled down at the start of the second quarter... More »

Ex-NFL Player Dies in 'Freak Accident' on Family Vacation

Keion Cole was also a well-regarded philanthropist in Baltimore

(Newser) - A former NFL player and respected Baltimore philanthropist died Thursday at the age of 39 after what his family is calling a "freak accident," the Baltimore Sun reports. The accident happened Wednesday while Keion Carpenter was playing with his son during a family vacation in Florida. "They... More »

Browns' Lone Win Turns Into Good News for Food Bank

Team gets in on joke, donates to charity

(Newser) - Cleveland Browns fans were looking forward to a "Perfect Season Parade," though that "perfect" season was meant to be perfectly winless, reports NPR . But then the players had to go and ruin everything by winning their Christmas Eve matchup against the San Diego Chargers 20-17, leaving more... More »

For $2, Watch KC Chiefs Play ... in -15 Degrees

Kansas City just one of Sunday's games facing severe cold

(Newser) - For those wanting to see the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tennesee Titans in hopes of sealing a playoff berth, all you needed Sunday was $2 and whole heck of a lot of inner fortitude, reports the AP . Of course, that's assuming you can handle the minus-15 wind... More »

Proposal Would Let Fans Bring Guns to Stadiums

League opposes idea in Washington state

(Newser) - Lawmakers in Washington state are floating a controversial idea to let sports fans bring guns to the stadium. Under the proposed amendment to state code, private entities that operate stadiums would not be able to prevent people with licenses for concealed guns from entering while armed, reports CBS Sports . In... More »

Man Cops Say Killed Ex-NFLer Released Without Charges

Joe McKnight was shot and killed in a road rage incident Thursday

(Newser) - The 54-year-old man police say killed a former NFL player during a road rage incident Thursday in Louisiana had been arrested and charged for a road rage incident at the exact same intersection 10 years ago, USA Today reports. In 2006, a man saw a truck driving unsafely and called... More »

The NFL Is Finally Hiring Some Full-Time Officials

League VP says up to 17 will be hired this offseason

(Newser) - Get ready for some full-time NFL officials to start throwing yellow flags next year. Troy Vincent, the league's vice president of football operations, tells the AP that he expects the NFL to hire as many as 17 full-time officials this offseason. The additions are allowed under the collective bargaining... More »

Aretha Franklin Stretches the National Anthem to 4.5 Minutes

It was a 'church spiritual'

(Newser) - Americans were reminded of one more thing to be thankful for on Thursday: Aretha Franklin. In what caused a "Twitter meltdown," per CBS Sports , Franklin sang the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Lions' game against the Minnesota Vikings and stretched the song into an incredible "4-minute,... More »

He Was a Rich NFL Star. He Got Scammed in Silicon Valley

Inside the odd story of Eren Niazi, Patrick Willis, and Open Storage Solutions

(Newser) - Open Source Storage is a phoenix of sorts, reborn in 2013 from the ashes of the original Open Source Storage. It was founded by a twenty-something man named Eren Niazi in 2001 and ultimately bankrupted, but not before supposedly working with the likes of AOL, Sony, and the NSA. Niazi'... More »

No NFL Game Has Ever Been Decided Quite Like This

Broncos block Saints' extra-point attempt, return it for the win

(Newser) - It was a heartbreaker for the New Orleans Saints Sunday afternoon after they lost to Denver on the craziest of plays. The Saints were trailing 23-17 with less than 90 seconds left when Drew Brees threw for a long TD to tie the game and set up kicker Wil Lutz... More »

NFL Might Shorten Games to Woo Back Viewers

Roger Goodall also addresses poor officiating and Donald Trump

(Newser) - Are fewer ads and faster games in the NFL's future? Commissioner Roger Goodell said they very well could be while addressing the league's falling television ratings Thursday. The New York Times reports ratings are down by double digits, and while Goodell is largely placing blame on the presidential... More »

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