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Patriots Win Nail-Biter, 28-24

Seahawks give up 10-point lead in second half

(Newser) - New England cornerback Malcolm Butler tonight stole Seattle's dream of a second straight championship, ESPN reports. With the Patriots leading 28-24 in the waning seconds of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seattle Seahawks drove down the field and even saw receiver Jermaine Kearse complete a miracle catch ( Bleacher Report... More »

NFL Ponders New 'N-Word' Penalty

Owners will vote on how to penalize players for racial slurs

(Newser) - Trash talking on an NFL field is one thing, but the N-word? No way, says John Wooten, head of a group that promotes minority hiring in pro football. He said he expects owners to approve a new rule punishing N-word users with a 15-yard penalty on first use and ejection... More »

Dolphins Fire Coach Accused in Sex Doll Incident

Two fired in wake of Incognito report

(Newser) - The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill yesterday, less than a week after the two were called out in the NFL's damning report on bullying in the team's locker room. Turner not only let Richie Incognito and two other... More »

Female Running Back Makes History in Pro Men's League

Jennifer Welter is first woman to do so

(Newser) - The numbers may not be impressive on the stat sheet—three carries for a net loss of 1 yard—but Yahoo's PostGame blog is calling Jennifer Welter's performance over the weekend historic nonetheless. The 36-year-old became the first woman—not counting kickers or placekick holders—to play men'... More »

Stewart: If Only Michael Sam Had Just Killed Dogs

'Daily Show' host points out some NFL hypocrisy

(Newser) - Michael Sam could be the first gay football player in the NFL —assuming he actually gets drafted. Now that the University of Missouri lineman has come out, Sports Illustrated talked to personnel directors in the NFL who confirmed that some team managers just don't want to deal with... More »

NFL Prospect: I'm Gay

Michael Sam set to become league's first openly gay player

(Newser) - Is the NFL ready for its first openly gay player? All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam is set to make history after announcing that he is an "openly, proud gay man." Sam, whose coaches and teammates at the University of Missouri were already aware of his sexual orientation, is... More »

NFL to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765M

Judge announces proposed deal

(Newser) - The NFL will settle concussion-related lawsuits from more than 4,500 former players for $765 million, a federal judge says, though she still needs to approve the deal. The settlement would go toward concussion-related compensation as well as medical research and medical exams, reports the AP . The NFL and the... More »

Patriots' Hernandez to Be Arrested in Murder Case

Tight end allegedly destroyed evidence

(Newser) - Police have issued an arrest warrant for Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, ABC News reports. While police haven't yet ruled out Hernandez as a suspect in the murder itself, the warrant is only for obstruction of justice. Police... More »

Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL

Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide

(Newser) - Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also... More »

ESPN Suspends Commentator Over 'Cornball Brother' Comment

Rob Parker called Robert Griffin III only 'kind of black'

(Newser) - ESPN has indefinitely suspended commentator Rob Parker after his controversial " cornball brother " remarks about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III yesterday, the network announced in a brief statement today. "Following yesterday's comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review,... More »

Costas' Gun Control Call Stirs Hornet Nest

Halftime speech draws fierce criticism

(Newser) - Bob Costas' response to Jovan Belcher's murder-suicide ruffled a lot of feathers yesterday. Costas used his commentary segment during halftime of yesterday's Cowboys-Eagles game to call for increased gun control, quoting extensively from a column from Kansas City native and Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock. "Our current... More »

NFL Investigates Chargers for Cheating

Team allegedly spotted using 'Stickum'

(Newser) - A sports team has been accused of using a banned substance—and for once, it's not performance enhancing drugs. No, the NFL is investigating reports that the San Diego Chargers used "Stickum," which, as its name implies, is a sticky substance designed to help players grab and... More »

Protective Parents Could Kill the NFL

How concussion awareness could hit football's talent pipeline

(Newser) - Will the Millennials be the generation that killed pro football? Morley Winograd and Michael Hais, who've written two books on Millennials, think so, because if any generation is going to be scared off by the reports of the long-term risks of the game, it's them. "Millennials are... More »

NFL Urges Judge to Toss Concussion Suits

Issue is a labor dispute, league argues

(Newser) - Thousands of former players suing the NFL over football-related brain injuries should have their lawsuits dismissed because the issue is a "labor dispute," the league argues. The NFL filed a motion yesterday to shut down the lawsuits, reports AP . Some 3,377 former players, including 26 Hall of... More »

'Chad Ochocinco' Is No More

NFL player's new last name? Same as the old one

(Newser) - Who wouldn't want the last name Ochocinco? Chad Ochocinco's wife, apparently, so the former NFL phenom has changed his name back to Chad Johnson, NPR reports. "The main reason behind the name change was due to his marriage to Evelyn Lozada," said the OchoCinco News Network... More »

Researchers Want a Look at Junior Seau's Brain

To look for signs of repeated head trauma

(Newser) - Did Junior Seau have football-related brain damage? The Boston University Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy wants to look at his brain to find out, Peter King reports on Twitter today. The Center has studied the brains of a number of deceased football players, and almost every time it's found evidence... More »

Peyton Manning Picks Broncos: Report

Denver will try to trade Tim Tebow

(Newser) - Is Tebow-mania on its knees in Denver? Peyton Manning has told his agent to begin negotiations with the Broncos, sources tell Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN . In a TV appearance, Schefter said Manning "fully intends" to play in Denver, and has already discussed the parameters of a... More »

Kyle Williams Gets Twitter Death Threats

Big game miscues lead to angry online backlash

(Newser) - San Francisco fans weren't happy with Kyle Williams last night—and they let him hear it online. After Williams fumbled two punts to essentially cost the 49ers the NFC Championship game, fans lit into him on Twitter, telling him to kill himself and/or "burn in hell," Mashable... More »

Madness Mixed With Genius in Al Davis

He 'always thought he knew best,' even when team was losing

(Newser) - Al Davis: madman. Call him "prickly," "peripatetic," "nettlesome"—even "anachronistic throwback"—but the former Oakland Raiders owner who died today proves that "no great genius is without a requisite dose of madness," writes Len Pasquarelli on CBS Sports . He "... More »

Congress Should Force NFL to Play Ball

Arlen Specter: Congress should step in to break gridlock

(Newser) - NFL owners and players can't seem to figure a way of their legal fight , raising the very real possibility that we'll have no season this year. This goes way beyond sports, writes former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter in the New York Times . It would be a devastating economic... More »

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